A New Vision
The old gods are dead or dying and people everywhere
are searching, asking: What is the new mythology to be, the mythology
of this unified earth as of one harmonious being?
Joseph Campbell, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space
Planetary consciousness is knowing as well as feeling
the vital interdependence and essential oneness of humankind and the
conscious adoption of the ethic and the ethos that this entails. Its
evolution is the basic imperative of human survival on this planet.
Without a global revolution in the sphere of human
consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our
being as humans, and the catastrophe toward which this world is headed
- be it ecological, social, demographic, or a general breakdown of civilization
- will be unavoidable.
The passionate longing of the human heart has always been
to go beyond the boundaries of the known, to break through the limitations
of our understanding. This is perhaps the most fundamental and essential
freedom. Now, more than ever before, we need to honour that longing.
What is the emerging vision of our time?
It is a vision that takes us beyond an outworn paradigm where we were
held in bondage to beliefs and attitudes specific to race, nation, religion
or gender. It is a vision that offers us a totally new concept of God
as an energy field - a cosmic sea of being - as well as the creative
consciousness or organising intelligence of that sea or field, and a
totally new concept of ourselves as belonging to and participating in
that consciousness. It is a vision that recognises the sacredness and
indissoluble unity of the great web of life and imposes on us the responsibility
to become far more sensitive to the effects of our decisions and our
actions. It invites our recognition of the needs of the planet and the
life it sustains as primary, with ourselves as the conscious servants
of those needs. Above all, it is a vision that asks that we relinquish
our addiction to violence and the pursuit of power; that we become more
aware of the dark shadow cast by this addiction which threatens us with
ever more barbarism, bloodshed and suffering, leading ultimately to
the possible extinction of our species.
We have developed a formidable intellect,
a formidable science, a formidable technology but what of the soul,
the dimension of our deepest instincts and feelings? What of our visions,
dreams and hopes as well as our deepest wounds and the suffering caused
by our lack of compassion towards each other? What of our need for relationship
with a dimension of reality invisible to our senses? The pressing need
for the soul's recognition has brought us to this time of choice. It
is as if mortal danger were forcing us to take a great leap in our evolution
that we might never have made were we not driven by the extremity of
circumstance. Because our capacity for destruction, both military and
ecological, is so much greater today than it was fifty years ago, and
will be still greater tomorrow, we have only a few years, possibly no
more than a decade, in which to change our values and our behaviour.
When politicians talk of the changes they plan to introduce, it is this
change above all others, that needs to be addressed.
The crisis of our times is not only an
ecological crisis but a soul crisis. The answers we seek will not come
from the limited consciousness which now rules the world but from a
deeper understanding born of the union of heart and head, bringing the
recognition that all life is one, that each one of us is a marvel, an
atom in a cosmic body of immeasurable extent. The urgent need for this
psychic balance, this profound intelligence and insight, this wholeness,
is helping us to recover a perspective on life that has been increasingly
lost until we have come to live without it - and without even noticing
it has gone - recognising nothing beyond the human mind. It is a dangerous
time because it involves the disintegration of long-entrenched belief
systems and institutions. But it is also an immense opportunity for
evolutionary advance, if only we can understand what is happening and
In Man and His Symbols (p.
101), the psychologist C. G. Jung writes: "As any change must
begin somewhere, it is the single individual who will experience it
and carry it through. The change must indeed begin with an individual;
it might be any one of us. Nobody can afford to look round and to wait
for somebody else to do what he is loathe to do himself. But since nobody
seems to know what to do, it might be worth while for each of us to
ask himself whether by any chance his or her unconscious may know something
that will help us."
For a tiny minority of us there is the
possibility of asking that question and responding to the ideas that
occur to us in the context of our own lives. We can choose whether to
imitate the patterns of the past, continuing to live our lives in servitude
to the power principle, however subtly expressed, or we can choose relationship
with life, respect for life, love of life, and the immense effort of
consciousness we need to make to understand and serve its mystery. After
so many billion years of evolution, it is simply unacceptable that the
beauty and marvel of the earth should be ravaged by us through commercial
greed, the destructive power of our weapons or the misapplication of
our science and technology. It is inconceivable that our extraordinary
species which has taken so many million years to evolve a physical vehicle
for consciousness out of the life of the planet, should destroy itself
through a deliberate or inadvertent act of violence. The choice is ours
and ours alone.
I include here this Declaration of Humanity written by
Dr. Ilchi Lee - part of a dedication of the University of Peace, Seoul,
I declare that I am a Spiritual Being, an essential and
eternal part of the Soul of Humanity, one and indivisible.
I declare that I am a Human Being whose rights and security ultimately
depend on assuring the human rights of all people of Earth.
I declare that I am a Child of the Earth, with the will and awareness
to work for goals that benefit the entire community of life on Earth.
I declare that I am a Healer, with the power and purpose
to heal the many forms of divisions and conflicts that exist on Earth.
I declare that I am a Protector, with the knowledge and
the responsibility to help the Earth recover her natural harmony and
I declare that I am an Activist, with the commitment
and the ability to make a positive difference in my society.