Called forth by the enormous challenges of our times, a powerful new movement is emerging with the potential to change our world. Evolutionary spirituality is a new, integral vision bringing spirituality into social action—infusing a deep, evolutionary spiritual vision into radical social, economic, and ecological transformation to help meet today’s global crises and create a new way of life on Earth.
By Kavita Byrd
Oct 6, 2015
Combining the depth of non-dual spirituality and its perennial wisdom with the breadth of an evolutionary perspective and its transformative scope, evolutionary spirituality aligns us with both the eternal and evolving faces of the Divine and gives us access to the power of both. It recognizes that by igniting the alchemy of these two great forces, we can exponentially accelerate the course of our evolution, generating the co-creative power to transfigure our world.
The vision that is emerging today is one, above all, of a living spirituality. Spirituality can no longer afford to divorce itself from life and stand idly by while our systems are collapsing. Spirituality must be applied directly to revolutionize our life systems—infusing its power and wisdom, as only the deepest connection with the Source of Creation can—into a living Universe, a living Earth, living economics, living science and technology, and living forms of governance.
Evolutionary spirituality is a way of applying spirituality to life, not as a means to escape life or to justify the social status quo. In dealing with the evolution of the life force, we bring spirituality directly to bear on life itself in a way for the most profound impact. This union is positive, life-affirming, and joyful—a vision that celebrates life and its vast possibilities. Despite all the gloom and dire predictions around us, if we choose life in our hearts, the resulting vision catapults us towards our goal, with ramifications in all dimensions of our lives—personal and global.
It has become undeniably clear that a quantum shift is needed today from a life based on separation, competition, and conflict to one based on interdependence, cooperation, and unity. Such a shift needs to come from a deep understanding and experience of the essential truths of our existence; it cannot be a superficial change at the outer levels alone with just a technological, political, or legislative fix. We need to go beyond old authorities and dogmas—beyond divisions of culture, religion, race, and gender— and join together to draw upon the deepest truths of our unity—with each other, with nature, and with the whole field of existence, visible and invisible, manifest and still-unfolding—to create a new paradigm and to create a new world beyond our present imagining.
Many are aware today that we are in the throes of a great paradigm shift, the labour pains of a new birth, a new phase in evolution. What is needed is a re-visioning of our animating spiritual paradigm, a spiritual revolution on the scale of a Buddha, Christ, or Sankara. This time, however, the revolution will not be through the agency of one great man but through the collective synergy of men and women together because the resurgence of the feminine principles of interconnection and integration are such essential parts.
The principle of interconnection is asserting itself today in both the spiritual and social domains. As the Oneness of spirit and matter, known both to ancients and postmodern science, is being reclaimed, spirituality is being put to the service of action. It is through the re-unification of spirit with matter and spirituality with action that we will heal our polarized, fragmented world into Wholeness.
Here spirituality is reframed as a driving force for profound social change, not as a means of transcending the world while either setting one’s sights on a distant Heaven or dissolving back into formless eternal emptiness. Yes, there is a level of the Eternal, but it is not the only one that is ‘true.’ All that exists is a dance of the Divine in its evolving forms. This all-inclusive, dynamic truth is, in fact, the perennial truth at the core of the ancient mystic traditions, but today it needs vitally to be put into action in a more global and comprehensive form than ever was needed before. This means a radical reframing of the role of spirituality today, restoring it to its true power to infuse the sacred into all aspects of our life, our psyche, and global society.
By its nature, this vision is thus a multi-dimensional one that embraces the spectrum of spiritual, subtle-energy, psychological, and social levels through which non-dual Consciousness unfolds. It also responds to the call today to balance the feminine and masculine by integrating their energies, values, and perspectives at each of these levels. Balance and unity at each level is seen as fundamental to alignment with the unified Source of Creation itself, facilitating the emergence of an ever-growing, dynamic, co-creative synergy within and between all levels, from the innermost spiritual realization of all-encompassing unity to its outermost expression in coherent, complex, co-creative social systems.
While the term ‘evolutionary’ may make it sound like a gradual transformation (one taking billions of years), the quantum shift being evoked is anything but gradual because at a radical crisis point like what we are undergoing today, evolution itself is compelled to make equally radical jumps—indeed, revolutionary leaps! What we are speaking of here is truly a revolutionary transformation; it is revolution not as the violent overthrow of the existing political regime, but as an upheaval in the reigning paradigm of consciousness. Here the insurgency comes from within and it upends established thinking, obsolete cultural worldviews, and the social structures that uphold them.
This is a revolution of revolutions. It will not come top-down from the predetermined theory of one man or even one religion or party, which creates followers, dogma, conformity, and, ultimately, reactive confrontation. Instead, it will come from the awakening within the hearts of each of us of the deepest inner connection with the creative wellsprings of our own Source, igniting a critical mass of spontaneous transformation.
It will come from the very grassroots of our being—Consciousness itself.
Here is a brief outline of the principal aspects of this vision, which follow one from the other:
- Spirituality in Action
- Interconnection and Oneness
- Evolutionary Non-Duality
- Conscious Co-Creative Synergy
- Quantum Revolution from the Zero-Point Field
- Balance and Unity of Feminine and Masculine
Spirituality in Action
Spirit and matter have been too long divided, a split that has reflected itself at all levels of society. We are all united in Spirit and need to begin to express that in the structures by which we live. This means that spirituality and social change have to go hand-in-hand. A spirituality that cannot bring about harmony and sustainability in society is impotent, and social activism without an authentic spiritual worldview behind it is also bound to burn out. Spirituality and true social change have to go together, each coming from a vision of deep interconnectedness and Oneness, spiraling out from the non-dual core at the centre of existence and being expressed in all our social systems. When this connection is consciously made, we consciously co-create in evolution’s unfolding and in the Kosmos’ own expression of greater and greater Wholeness.
Just as spirit and matter have been divided in the current religious and social systems, so spiritual practitioners and social activists have tended, even today, to mistrust each other and go their separate ways. Yet it is becoming increasingly clear that if we are to overcome the crises facing us, spiritual vision and social action need to come together, and we need a unifying paradigm to garner the power of each into a combined force for transformation. Only through such transformations can we hope to achieve the radical, whole-systems shift that is called for.
The spiritual worldview of a society, whether conscious or not, is the animating force behind all of its systems. It informs the ecological approaches, economic structures, and all forms of social relations. When unconscious or at a low level of consciousness, these systems tend to be divisive and to express the aggression and violence of divisive ego-agendas based on separation and competition. When the worldview is a conscious one of interconnection and Oneness experienced at the deepest core spiritual level, all the outer systems will likewise come into line and express this unity like concentric circles unfolding from a coherent centre.
Those working to affect this integration between the innermost spiritual level and outer social systems have become aware of the importance of addressing the psychological level in between. Our personal healing and re-balancing at the energetic and psychological levels is an essential bridge in the integration between inner spiritual wisdom and outer global healing. This bridging includes re-balancing the masculine and feminine qualities of consciousness within us, opening up the heart-brain connection, and exploring new processes of communication and collective presencing, which bring into co-creative synergy the gifts of creative individuation and the interconnective wisdom of the unified field.
It is this vision of conscious co-creation with each other and with the Earth and the Kosmos Itself that is now becoming possible and emerging in the collective consciousness. This co-creation asks us to bring together a deep non-dual, universal, spiritual worldview and action for evolutionary global transformation.
A new and exciting universal spirituality is emerging that applies the deep realization of interconnection and Oneness, which are found at the core of all mystical paths, to the way we live in the world. We are called as never before to help catalyze this emergence—to articulate it, animate it, and help put it into action—by gathering and joining together with others inspired by the same spirit during these intensely challenging but immensely fertile times.
Interconnection and Oneness
We live in a unified web of life, an interconnected field of Consciousness, energy, and matter. Our true nature is that Consciousness, the unified Source from which everything else flows—the manifestation of this world, including our bodies and all that surrounds them. There is no actual boundary between ‘inner’ and ‘outer.’ This means that everything we do touches the whole Universe and vice versa. We cannot isolate ourselves either way.
Today especially, when our mistaken sense of separation has driven us to a life of great fragmentation and conflict, we need to start living again from the Source that connects us all, invoking its unity, harmony, and beauty into all levels of our being, our psyche, and our society. This is the fundamental basis of the personal and global healing that is so much needed today, which will bring us home to our true Wholeness.
The spirit of interconnection and Oneness permeates the whole Kosmos; all of our outer systems, no less than our inner ones, need to reflect and embody this. The same core truth of interdependence and Oneness that exists at the spiritual level applies also to the material level, the bio-systems of our body, the ecosystems in which we live, as well as our social, energy, and economic systems. Because it is the true nature of all that exists—that cuts across all divides—not only our spiritual worldview but also our cultural, economic, ecological, and energy structures all need to reflect the spirit of interconnection and Oneness if we are to live in a truly healthy global society.
Non-duality means that spirit and matter are one, and evolutionary non-duality means that our evolution today is calling us to apply that in the world. Spirituality itself has taken a quantum leap today and is offering a radically new, integral, evolutionary perspective. The Eternal as Source remains the same, but we don’t just wait to get to heaven to join it or dissolve back into its emptiness, we joyously co-create with it now in its evolving expressions. We are no longer passive victims of God’s wrath or evolution by chance but active participants in the unfolding of the vast genius at the Source of Creation. This radically shifts the role of spirituality from offering ways out of this world to helping us bring spirit’s unity into expression in the world, imbuing it with the sacred in all of its dimensions.
The term evolutionary non-duality can also be seen as a more specific way of unpacking the meaning of spirituality in action. Non-duality is the spiritual part, referring to the deepest universal spiritual truth that spirit and matter are not-two. Thus, neither are we separate from spirit nor anything else in existence. The evolutionary part means bringing this eternal truth into active expression, responding to the actual and unique needs of the times.
The term non-duality is a direct translation of the ancient Indian tradition of Advaita Vedanta (“the truth of the undivided”) in the line of the great master Sankara and later Sri Ramana Maharshi. Various versions of these teachings have, in the last few decades especially, been adapted to and popularized in the West as people seek a more direct, universal spirituality. The term can also refer, however, to any spiritual tradition based on the unity (non-duality) of spirit and matter, of Consciousness and the visible world through which it manifests.
When we speak of evolutionary non-duality specifically, distinct from the more general evolutionary spirituality, it is to emphasize the undivided, eternal non-dual Source from which all evolution unfolds. Wedding the depth of non-dual spirituality and its perennial wisdom with the breadth of the evolutionary perspective and its transformative scope, evolutionary non-duality galvanizes the power of the eternal to the power of its manifestation on Earth. Fusing the forces of these two great spiritual vectors, vertically and horizontally, exponentially accelerates the spiral of evolution.
Conscious Co-Creative Synergy
Conscious co-creative synergy, which springs from evolutionary non-duality, is the dynamic expression of interconnection and Oneness in action. It is the dynamic interplay that interconnects the spiritual and social levels, aligning the Source of Creation with our own social creativity. It not only serves as a conduit between the core of pure Consciousness and the material level of our being but, at the same time, it brings into play all the levels of our being in-between.
Co-creative synergy occurs when we tune into the wisdom and guidance of the Source of Creation itself—in creative collaboration with others—to bring its primordial unity into expression at all levels of our being: spiritual, psychological, and social, including our energy, economic, and ecological systems. In co-creative synergy, the same magic of creation occurs as when musicians riff together to create beautiful music—we are guided by the unified, orchestrated field of energy vibrating through and between us. That music is the New Earth that is emerging now. There is a secret synchrony that emerges from an unseen field; we are dancing to a different drummer, a hidden Kosmic music revolutionizing our life on Earth.
This is the basis of what we could call a quantum co-creative revolution, the quantum evolutionary leap that is growing towards a critical mass today all over the Earth. This is a revolution unlike any other in history—from within to without. It is not based on opposition or the imposition of one system on another—with shouting, ranting, and raving—but the natural blossoming of cocreative unity from within, radiating from the creative genius, love, and joy in our hearts.
Bridging between inner and outer, masculine and feminine. Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal. photography wikimedia commons, F. Mira,
Non-Duality, The Zero-Point Field, and Solving Our Energy Crises: How We Can Re-Source Power from the Source of Creation Itself to Revolutionize Our World
As we have seen earlier, energy is the level that connects spirit with matter. It is not at all incidental that our energy systems have become a prime focus of our attention on the stage of today’s world crises. Our energy systems are running out, our sources of power rapidly depleting. At the same time, on a personal scale, many are apathetic or paralyzed and lacking the power or energy to do any-
thing about it; our inner resources are exhausted no less than the outer. It is fascinating how this level of energy and power, on both the personal and global scales, is where our old systems are failing. But it is also the missing link as to how we can radically re-invent them, igniting new sources of power.
This level is both the key to the crises as well as the solutions. In both cases, that of the personal as well as the global scale, the answer to our shortages of energy and power lies in the quantum field, the zero-point field from which all energy and power arise. We have to learn to access this personally and globally to plug again into our true Source of power to change things in the world and, at the global material scale, into the zero-point field for new sources of power to run it. These two are not separate; they are intricately intertwined. It is through our vital connection with the zero-point quantum field at the Source of Creation that we can most powerfully mobilize the energy needed to change our world and ourselves.
Co-creative synergy draws its power from the zero-point field; it moves from the zero-point at the core of Creation to create an infinite possibility of new forms. The most complex creative connections are made when we are tuned into the zero-point Source, the core of Creation itself, where all is united and thus where all connections arise.
The zero-point field has no circumference; it is the wide-open ‘O’ of pure potential, which is infinitely expansive and open to vast constellations of infinite possibility. It is from the zero-point Source, like a bottomless spring of creation, that the New Earth we long for in the depths of our hearts will blossom.
Balance and Unity of Feminine and Masculine
As the basis for all of the above, balancing and unifying feminine and masculine energies, perspectives, and values is essential. The long-suppressed feminine values of caring, cooperation, and communion need to come front and forward to bring into balance the current pre-dominant masculine values and systems of our society. As the feminine is the origin of creation, it has been at our extreme peril that we have neglected it, and today the Divine Mother is clearly course-correcting us. In a healthy feminine-masculine balance—in each of us as individuals and in global society—the feminine values of receptivity to Source, a sensitivity to the creative emergent, and nurturing of the highest potentials in ourselves and others would be supported by the masculine values of action, boldness, and focus to create a new way of living on Earth that connects head and heart.
All of these six principles basically express the same thing—tapping into the unity inherent within diversity and bringing it into expression at every level of our being, personal and global. Above all, what the principles represent is a vision that embraces life in its totality. In our highly interconnected world today, we cannot solve our problems piece-meal—that is abundantly clear. Waking out of our trance of fragmentation and conflict, we need to embrace life in all its dimensions with a holistic vision and open minds and hearts. It is only by this kind of whole-hearted embrace of life that we can bring about the far-reaching, whole-systems shift that is needed, synchronizing with the life force itself for the whole-scale shift in all of our systems so vitally called for today.
Evolutionary spirituality offers this whole-hearted embrace of life in an overarching, intelligent, and compassionate vision that can help change our world. It holds out the extraordinary promise of bringing together a new universal spirituality; quantum, whole-systems science; and radical social action with the power to transform life on Earth as we know it. There is perhaps no other vision that brings together so cogently the spiritual, scientific, and social dimensions, leveraging such potent change on all levels. Evolutionary spirituality may turn out to be the meta-key to the Great Turning of these times.