In 1633, Galileo proposed the earth revolved around the sun. He was imprisoned by the church for this outrageous suggestion.
Occasionally in history, a change arises that forces humanity to change the way we see. These changes have massive social and practical implications. I believe we are in the middle of a shift in consciousness towards oneness.
Wholeness – a global change in consciousness
We have lost sight of our wholeness, our “interconnectedness”, our oneness. So we need this next global shift to be a change in consciousness; remembering who we are as humans.
Despite the human capacity for longevity, productivity and access to human rights, we are killing ourselves and the planet. The gains we have made are fragmented and our thinking one-sided. As a result, we have cast aside wholeness and oneness in favour of a fragmented approach of “everyone for themselves”. Man has put individual achievement above the needs of the whole.
Human beings have forgotten their oneness: our interconnection with nature, each other, and all things. We have ignored the wisdom of the world’s indigenous people: they believed all of life was interconnected and we are all one.
To move away from one-sided success, we should re-orientate ourselves towards a holistic narrative that includes all our gains. As Howard Thurman said, “if one man is in prison we are all in prison”.
We need to move beyond competition, war and individual success, which are valued at the exclusion of other possibilities. It is this left-brain dominance that leads to societal collapse, as unpacked by Iain McGilchrist in his book The Master and his Emissary.
Alongside this large global change in consciousness, we require another shift that I call corrective change or re-orientation. Much of the change we thought would bring improvements, has been at a great cost to humanity and the earth. For example, wheat farmers produce grain to feed the world’s population, yet the earth has paid the price. So in re-orientation we farm productively, and at the same time improve nutrition and maintain soil health.
Some indicators of our need for re-orientation are Coronavirus; climate change; family breakdown; an increasing divide between rich and poor; increased domestic and social violence; and polarization of information and causes.
Is humankind open to these two changes? Can we stop, reflect and observe that our over-focused and narrow-minded perspective on finding single solutions has failed us. Are we open to coherent, multiple perspectives on the world’s issues. For human change to be successful, we need to integrate these new ideas, along with an evolutionary leap in consciousness.
Are we able to change?
Can we move past single, static viewpoints on important topics and allow multiple perspectives to shape our thinking and seeing?
Are we able to embrace oneness (wisdom)?
To transform our cultures and societies, can we see and understand oneness as the central and main perspective?
If we can embrace both changes, there is hope. If not, a deepening divide and fragmentation will tear our world apart.