Wednesday, 30 March 2011

how do we believe it to be?

Last year I read Spontaneous Evolution by Bruce Lipton and Steve Bhaerman. I found it so compelling that I bought four or five more copies to share around the community. 
The book explores what scientists are saying about where the world is heading.
The future hinges on community; humanity is the next evolutionary step.
Lyttelton has an amazing community, it is so palpable that visitors instantly see and feel it. What we have here, what we are allowing to unfold by being caring and loving is what is being identified by many as the way forward for this planet.
A quote that always inspires me is from the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

"It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. 
The next Buddha may take the form of a community – 
a community practicing understanding and loving kindness,
 a community practicing mindful living. 
This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth."
I like to play with this idea in my mind. 
What if we dared to think, “What if that community was us?” 
Well it could be: or it couldn’t be. 
But what if we believed it was us and acted as though it was? How would we do things differently? Would we strive to reach the full potential of what is intrinsically already here? Would we become conscious that the world is looking towards us which is indeed what is happening?
It was delightful to be called up by Bruce Lipton and have a long conversation about these matters. 
He pointed out that Buckminster Fuller a well-respected futurist said (paraphrased),
”When the world changes come, New Zealand will be the template by which countries will organize themselves for the future.”
These times that Buckminster Fuller refers to are around us now – see what is happening currently in the Middle East, climate change, peak oil, monetary crashes, pollution of the planet, deaths of species. 
The world is watching us. 
Can we step into a leadership role by simply doing what we are already doing – consciously caring for one another?

by Margaret Jefferies, chair of Project Lyttelton

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