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Dang the yang: Can we leap forward without the back?

It’s all the buzz: Humanity teeters on the brink of a much-ballyhooed evolutionary metamorphosis. Ready or not. Multiple sources, ranging from Stephen Hawking to Teal Swan™—which is, you might notice, quite a range—have foreseen it. And frankly, I also have a sneaking suspicion reminiscent of a gut instinct posing as an intuition, disguised as a hunch. And I haven’t even trademarked my name.

This evolutionary leap may take physical or spiritual forms. Or both. The physical would be startling enough (and for the materialist who does not acknowledge the existence of the spiritual, the only available option). Hawking believes that, through most of our evolutionary history, there was an “internal transmission of information” effected mainly by DNA, and changes were slow in coming. Factors exist today that accelerate the process.

“I think it is legitimate to take a broader view, and include externally transmitted information, as well as DNA, in the evolution of the human race…the external record, in books, and other long-lasting forms of storage, has grown enormously. Some people would use the term, evolution, only for the internally transmitted genetic material, and would object to it being applied to information handed down externally. But I think that is too narrow a view. We are more than just our genes.” —Stephen Hawking

The time scale for evolution in the external transmission period, Hawking says, has collapsed to 50 years or less. Fifty years or less.

Indeed, based on the tremendous, accelerated changes in environment and culture in which modern humans are immersed, science predicts a number of weird evolutionary adaptations, including:

  • Monoethnicity
  • Weakened immune systems
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Increased height
  • Loss of hair
  • Brain rewiring
  • Smaller teeth
  • Fewer toes
  • Larger/smaller skull volume
  • Genetic enhancements
Modern technological society introduces evolutionary forces that will lead to a taller frame, fewer toes, less hair, and muscle atrophy.

Startling enough: Modern technological society introduces evolutionary forces that will lead to a taller frame, fewer toes, less hair, smaller teeth, muscle atrophy, and a rewired brain.

Aside from Hawking’s estimate of changes within decades, science offers little to help us understand the sort of global itchiness that exists regarding an anticipated evolutionary breakthrough of some kind. This is more an Obi-Wan disturbance in the force, or a ripple in a Jungian archetype, than anything that might be detected at the Large Hadron Collider. When this evolutionary convulsion occurs, scientists likely will continue lively debates surrounding punctuated equilibrium. As  interesting as the loss of toes might be, however, a quantum advance in the evolution of humankind’s spiritual abilities may garner greater attention.

According to Teal Swan™:

“No matter how cloaked your perceptions have become throughout your life, you are probably feeling that we are in the process of a giant shift here on Planet Earth. Universal consciousness is changing.”

A common denominator of most spiritual narratives is the human isolation in a material universe represented by the Fall of Man and our ejection from the Garden of Eden. Humankind, so it goes, is the universe’s attempt to develop self-awareness. We have lost whatever spiritual sight we might have had as primitive peoples and must now consciously take control of our evolution so that the universe can develop into a self-aware organism. For some, the Garden represents our original sin and the Fall endowed us with free will even as it cost us spiritual awareness and oneness with nature.

I must admit to being a fan of classic renderings of the Garden of Eden. As shown here, they come in a variety of flavors, from halcyon to horrifying. Modern versions of the Fall and humankind’s resultant enormous role as the central architect in the development of universal self-awareness have picked up a few stubborn burrs along the way, including ones in which extraterrestrials intervene for and against us (see Pleiadians, for example). As my personal sense that the other shoe is about to drop does not include any inkling of extraterrestrial involvement, I have nothing to add in that direction.

Halcyon: “The Garden of Eden With the Fall of Man,” by Jan Brueghel de Elder and Peter Paul Rubens; oil on panel; circa 1615.

William Blake's color printing of God Judging Adam original composed in 1795. This print is currently held by the Tate Collection. In the Biblical story, God's judgement results from the fall of man.

Horrifying: “God Judging Adam” prior to the Fall; original by William Blake; composed in 1795.

Whatever your personal beliefs on the Fall (and Rise) of humankind, this is one cool story. The sense that humankind is headed for a spiritual apotheosis of some kind dates back at least 50 years; it’s a key theme in Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock“:

“I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, where are you going
And this he told me…
I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm
I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band
I’m going to camp out on the land
I’m gonna try and get my soul free

We are stardust
We are golden
And we’ve got to get ourselves
Back to the garden”

In fact, any human evolutionary climax about to burst forth on the planet Earth may include both a scientific and spiritual aspect. Science is coming to understand with John Mayer that the human mind—that is, human consciousness—is not restricted to the confines of the material constituents of the human brain and body; indeed, that we’re bigger than our bodies. Mainstream science has only begun to develop the necessary language and framework, but the existing evidence is strong, and can only become more widely accepted—for knowledge of past lives, telepathy, telekinesis, remote viewing, and a host of other abilities ignored or derided by science for over a century.

Will the classic depiction of Darwinian evolution progress to a spiritual being?

Extrapolating the classic depiction of Darwinian human evolution: But how many toes will we have?

My concern is the sort of moral polarity that appears to exist in the universe, which goes something like this: We can appreciate anything only if there exists an equivalent opposite. A contrast. So the cynic in me wonders: If we are about to receive some sort of huge spiritual gift, what greater badness will be allowed to creep into the universe? Can’t we have the yin without the yang for once?

There is, after all, a goodly amount of bad already here. ISIS. Walter Palmer. Even poor hitchBOT, who made it across Canada and parts of Europe, was decapitated in the City of Brotherly Love. I mean, how much polarity do we need?

Perhaps soon all of this will become clear to us. Perhaps we will stand at the pinnacle of human evolution, beings of light and co-creators of the very universe in which we live, standing slightly more wobbly with our atrophied muscles and eight toes, a smile full of tiny teeth. One can only hope.

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