I felt it deep within me first as a child. As I grew up, it always reemerged when it was needed; as a shield of inner peace to retreat to when tragedy struck. I never had a word for “it,” as I believed every human had it in them, an inherent nature we all possessed like breathing. Still, I believe this notion to be possible. A decade has passed since I was that curious child standing on a bluff rich in Native American cave dwellings, paintings, and artifacts; experiencing my first moment of a shift in consciousness void of the ego within me. A moment which transcended all time and space, connecting me to our indigenous ancestors, to the present, to the universe, to truth in its rawest form, and to you. Since then I have inevitably observed the grotesque nature of society at times, but I have also had the pleasure of witnessing glimpses of the astounding and inspiring nature of humanity to rise above societal limits against all odds. More importantly, I have come to understand what “it” is, or rather what “it” leads to. An awakening to a higher level of consciousness.
This particular shift in consciousness, often referred to as awakening or enlightenment, simultaneously brings to surface one’s ability to dissolve identification with their ego. With each passing moment it becomes more apparent that a collective awakening of such has already begun to arise within many, proving itself to be a major role in the successful evolution of humanity. I have heard people speak of evolution as a thing of the past. However, such talk is just that, talk. Perhaps, unconsciously underlying such talk exists the individual’s subliminal illusion of their ability to evade the unknown. It is no secret that change accompanies the unknown. Attached to change is the idea of stepping out of one’s comfort zone, an idea withholding immense potential to ultimately breed debilitating fear in a person if allowed to run wild in one’s mind. Deep truth is unchangeable though. Always it will remain, despite being ignored. And the truth, though at times its presence is subtle, is that the universe is constantly evolving and will continue to do so. As descendants of the universe, the human species ultimately depends on it for survival and is therefore destined to evolve with it.
There is no doubt the ego itself has served a purpose in evolution as well. But, by nature, it did not stop there. It continued and continues to evolve as a means to satisfy solely itself. Both rapidly and steadily, the ego continuously increases its power over the human mind and strengthens its potential to become man’s ultimate demise. Now stronger than ever, the ego is able to control man’s every move. With this, society begun to self-destruct at all levels and unconsciously repeat history in a manner which reaches a higher level of severity and evil each time. Eventually, for survival, it will be necessary for man-kind to collectively evolve and awaken to a new level of consciousness in order to avoid ultimate destruction of the human species. Some call it awakening, enlightenment, or a shift in consciousness. All are correct. In the end though, it is nothing more than pure truth. Incidentally, pure truth is everything. As Eckhart Tolle so adequately states, “humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction.”