Conscious Evolution – Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential by Barbara Marx Hubbard

Book Review – Ruth Mattison

Conscious Evolution – Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential by Barbara Marx Hubbard

We are moving through one of the most important periods in human history. Conscious Evolution – Awakening the Power of our Social Potential sets forth a vision for the 21st century that invites human beings to participate in a social potential movement that connects us and allows us to consciously co-create the next step in evolution by choice not by chance.

The noosphere is the global brain of the larger social body created by human intelligence. Teilhard de Chardin saw it as the shared consciousness field of the earth which is capable of creating a planetary culture of oneness if/when we are prepared to collaborate , co-create and work towards a self actualising society. We have the potential to facilitate a gentle birth or non violent transition to the next stage of our evolution or face possible extinction through a continued sense of separation and self interest.

Some of the driver’s of positive social change are that we know that we are all part of one planetary body (from space exploration), the social media has the potential to connect us all, and women have started to participate in all fields using their creative potential in new ways.

Five Lessons of Evolution

  1. Quantum transformation is nature’s tradition. (a jump from one state to another rather than incremental change)
  2. Crisis precedes transformation
  3. Holism is inherent in reality – nature forms whole systems that are greater than and different from the separate parts. Unity increases diversity!
  4. Evolution creates beauty – natural selection favours elegant, aesthetic design
  5. Evolution raises consciousness and freedom.

Our image of the future is instrumental in the evolution of the world. It is important that we imagine the best possible future for ourselves. Our DNA contains not only our past but also our future and is a prospective blueprint. There is a natural pattern for development inherent in us all. This pattern resides in the integration of fields of knowing – spiritual, social and scientific/technological.

Two methodologies are particularly useful in envisioning a collectively desirable future. Hubbard cites David Cooper Rider’s Appreciative Inquiry which seeks out the best of what is and our highest hopes for the future and Otto Scharmer’s Presencing process – learning from the emerging future.

Core values for conscious evolution are moving towards greater unity and simultaneously towards greater freedom! This requires compassionate responsibility for others as well as ourselves .

This book encourages us to consciously and actively choose to collaborate at both a local and global level in whatever field we work in. Communities of practice are essential to increase interaction, share learning, build coherence and alignment and speed up implementation. We can no longer effectively operate on our own.

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