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Every Form of Life Shares Fundamental Qualities

By virtue of exist­ing, we share a sto­ry with every­thing else that has ever exist­ed.

Our thoughts, moods, and iden­ti­ties are as wild­ly diverse as can be imag­ined. And yet, in terms of our DNA, all humans are near­ly iden­ti­cal.

Ear­ly X‑Ray of carved cameos, Josef Maria Eder, 1896

As the Smith­son­ian states on its web­site for the Nation­al Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry, “The DNA of all human beings liv­ing today is 99.9% alike.” Over 200,000 years since humans first emerged and then migrat­ed out of Africa, humans con­tin­ue to add to the sto­ry of evo­lu­tion. The gen­er­a­tional chap­ters of that sto­ry are writ­ten on our genes and expressed through the cells in our bod­ies.26

Even nature’s most seem­ing­ly chaot­ic com­po­si­tions, such as an erod­ing coast­line, can reveal an intri­cate order of under­ly­ing con­di­tions. Sci­ence and spir­i­tu­al­i­ty can eas­i­ly over­lap in the inter­pre­ta­tions of com­plex nat­ur­al phe­nom­e­na. Frac­tal pat­terns, like snowflakes

“Ner­vous Struc­ture”, Dr Ale­sha Sivartha, 1898

or galaxy for­ma­tions, are geo­met­ric fig­ures in which each of the pattern’s many parts shares sim­i­lar sta­tis­ti­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics with the whole. Sacred geome­tries describe math­e­mat­i­cal shapes believed to have a sacred or divine mean­ing, as seen in Bud­dhist and Hin­du man­dalas, the archi­tec­ture of cathe­drals, the form of a nau­tilus, or the mod­els of cos­mo­log­i­cal spac­ing by the 17th cen­tu­ry astronomer Johannes Kepler.27 Human Design is the name for a sys­tem of self-knowl­edge cal­cu­lat­ed with an individual’s birth date, time, and place, to form a Human Design Chart or Body­Graph, which can help indi­vid­u­als access con­scious­ness for per­son­al deci­sion-mak­ing.28, 29 Each of these exam­ples of an under­ly­ing design, to life and the uni­verse, can be explored to dis­cov­er an even greater mys­tery: how every­thing has a struc­ture which repeats, varies, and res­onates with a sig­na­ture vibra­tion.

Because we are beings of vibra­tion, we exist with­in a field of vibra­tional intel­li­gence. The term applied to this field is VQ, which stands for a Vibra­tional Intel­li­gence Quo­tient, and was coined by lead­er­ship coach Eve Kon­stan­tin in 2004.30 Our VQ allows us to rec­og­nize that we are each con­nect­ed to an intense­ly ener­getic field spi­ral­ing with cre­ativ­i­ty. With this in mind, let us become open to our abil­i­ty to receive, expe­ri­ence, and trans­mit super­nat­ur­al phe­nom­e­na.

“We are mul­ti­di­men­sion­al beings. Con­scious­ness is not local­ized sim­ply with­in our body, but extends through­out the uni­verse. We are part of a uni­ver­sal mind.” — J.J. Hur­tak

Think of the role humans play out, not only on our plan­et, but in the con­text of a much larg­er cos­mic com­mu­ni­ty. Accord­ing to inves­ti­ga­tions into var­i­ous dimen­sions of intel­li­gence by the social sci­en­tist, lin­guist, and futur­ist, J.J. Hur­tak, and his wife, social sci­en­tist and envi­ron­men­tal­ist, Desiree Hur­tak (who co-found­ed the non­prof­it Acad­e­my for Future Sci­ence), a fun­da­men­tal human abil­i­ty is to exist through mul­ti­ple dimen­sions. This means that mul­ti­ple lev­els and dimen­sions of intel­li­gence are pos­si­ble through evo­lu­tion,31 which can be accessed and expressed through the inter­con­nect­ed capac­i­ty of con­scious­ness. Through res­o­nant states of vibra­tion and exis­tence, we can con­nect to the supreme source of co-cre­ation.

There is a tidi­ness to the fact that all humans are so sim­i­lar in terms of DNA. There is also much to be under­stood and cel­e­brat­ed about what makes us each unique vari­a­tions on a com­plex evo­lu­tion­ary track. As we learn to rec­og­nize the pat­terns in our sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences, we will begin to receive the kind of wis­dom that is sym­bol­i­cal­ly rep­re­sent­ed by com­plex math­e­mat­i­cal equa­tions. No mat­ter how life is arranged or where it is going, we believe that we all belong to every­thing that has ever exist­ed, exists now, and will exist in the future.

“Bud­ding Uni­verse”, Car­ol Prusa
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Set Ego Aside

We some­times get so caught up in our small selves that we fail to rec­og­nize how tru­ly immea­sur­able we are.

Rid­ing the ham­ster-wheel, going over and replay­ing every­thing we did, didn’t do, failed or suc­ceed­ed at, can be exhaust­ing. We tuck­er our­selves out with over­think­ing and overex­er­tion and have to rest. Then we get up and do it all over again. Why? Because our ego is extreme­ly occu­pied with telling us it needs our atten­tion and to busy our­selves in its ser­vice.

Rid­ing the ham­ster-wheel, going over and replay­ing every­thing we did, didn’t do, failed or suc­ceed­ed at, can be exhaust­ing. We tuck­er our­selves out with over­think­ing and overex­er­tion and have to rest. Then we get up and do it all over again. Why? Because our ego is extreme­ly occu­pied with telling us it needs our atten­tion and to busy our­selves in its ser­vice.

Yet, ego is a bar­ri­er to our true con­nect­ed uni­ver­sal self. We get occa­sion­al glimpses of this self when we dis­tance our­selves from our egos. Some for­tu­nate indi­vid­u­als have even devot­ed their entire focus to this one self that is greater than any indi­vid­ual can be. One can find great peace in prac­tic­ing a life that hon­ors such a res­o­nant con­nec­tion between one­self and the uni­verse beyond.

Con­nec­tion to a spir­i­tu­al self, and con­nec­tion to our envi­ron­ment, can be one and the same. As Bud­dhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says, “The solu­tion is to learn how to touch eter­ni­ty in the present moment. We have been talk­ing about the envi­ron­ment as if it is some­thing dif­fer­ent from us, but we are the envi­ron­ment.” Indeed, by deal­ing with the most extreme moments of life: birth, death, love, tragedy, we can bet­ter come to under­stand that we are all one in being part of a con­tin­u­ous­ly-evolv­ing cycle.

We all deserve space to access the insights and enlight­en­ment found by chan­nel­ing the con­nec­tion between one’s own exis­tence and the exis­tence of every­thing.

“Kit­tens and Cats”, Eulalie Osgood Grover, 1911
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Recognize Which Choices We Have

We are free by nature. Be free to assert your own iden­ti­ty. Be equal­ly free to resist the def­i­n­i­tions oth­ers might make of you.

The dif­fer­ence between what Isa­iah Berlin termed neg­a­tive lib­er­ty (how oth­ers might lim­it your actions) and pos­i­tive lib­er­ty (free­dom to exceed lim­its from with­in) helps to define what is meant by the term free­dom.

In all indi­vid­ual and col­lec­tive instances, it is vital that we declare our free­dom to live accord­ing to the truths derived from our intu­ition. Fear of reproach will bind us into sit­u­a­tions of false free­dom. This fear will fool us into think­ing we have options that might not be viable at all. Instead, imag­ine a com­mu­ni­ty built upon val­ues of the courage to speak your mind. Where no one con­trols the dia­logue. Where the dia­logue is open. Where one is allowed to present a ver­sion of one­self unen­cum­bered by the expec­ta­tions and bias­es of oth­ers.

Accord­ing to Mari­am Tha­los, Dean of Phi­los­o­phy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee, “True free­dom is fun­da­men­tal­ly about self-fash­ion­ing: you are free when you act out of your self-con­cep­tion, even (or espe­cial­ly) when doing so defies what oth­ers think you are capa­ble of.”32

Being true to one­self is a mat­ter of authen­tic self-expres­sion. The options we are pre­sent­ed with can cre­ate arti­fi­cial bound­aries. Rather, the choice to estab­lish iden­ti­ty based on one’s intu­ition and knowl­edge-of-self is what will res­onate most strong­ly.

Sketch of Isi­ah Berlin, Arturo Espinosa, 2012

As a species, if we are to rise to the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing a world in which every­one feels their inher­ent val­ue, it is manda­to­ry for every­one to expe­ri­ence the free­dom to devel­op the gifts of their true nature as inim­itable mem­bers of a lim­it­less com­mu­ni­ty.

Hein­rich Welz
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Pathways to Wise Decision-Making

Feel free to ask ques­tions, chal­lenge assump­tions, and change your mind. Being con­sid­er­ate of dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives helps us become bet­ter informed. Learn from oth­ers, but make your own mean­ing.

Think long-term. Go after last­ing knowl­edge and wis­dom. Dis­tin­guish between infor­ma­tion, data, and knowl­edge. Seek to syn­chro­nize with what is good and just. Seek wis­dom from both ancient and emerg­ing sources.

Your heart is like a crys­tal ball into every sit­u­a­tion. When you’re irri­tat­ed, you can feel the dis­sat­is­fac­tion com­press­ing in your chest. When you’re excit­ed, your heart-rate amps up. We don’t have to be car­di­ol­o­gists to under­stand this infor­ma­tion. We only have to pause and pay atten­tion. Yet, it helps to have knowl­edge of what’s going on with­in us because that insight makes us gen­er­al­ly more self-aware.

We usu­al­ly can’t con­trol what our heart is doing. But some­times, with prac­tice, we actu­al­ly can. With our breath, we can slow down our heart rate. Or even speed it up, if we so desire. Yogis have been prac­tic­ing this kind of self mas­tery for mil­len­nia. Con­trolled rhyth­mic breath­ing leads to many ben­e­fits for our mind and our body. That’s because con­scious breath­ing pro­duces a sen­sa­tion of calm with­in our cen­tral ner­vous sys­tems. And, with that slowed-down rhythm, you can lis­ten to the var­i­ous oth­er expres­sions of life (wind, birds, peo­ple, water, etc.) and cen­ter your place with­in the greater tapes­try of exis­tence.

“We are drown­ing in infor­ma­tion, while starv­ing for wis­dom. The world hence­forth will be run by syn­the­siz­ers, peo­ple able to put togeth­er the right infor­ma­tion at the right time, think crit­i­cal­ly about it, and make impor­tant choic­es wise­ly.” — Biol­o­gist E.O. Wil­son

Fac­ing an over­whelm­ing amount of adver­tise­ments from cor­po­rate mar­ket­ing, we can learn to reclaim our atten­tion by resist­ing the noise of those offer­ings. We have the choice—and the right—to say “no” to self-inter­est­ed com­pa­nies see­ing our engage­ment as a resource to be exploit­ed, and say “yes” to authen­tic exchanges in which we can increase our own agency. Our iden­ti­ties result from who we feel we are inside, and how we wish to present that exter­nal­ly. The more we rec­og­nize our own abil­i­ty to cre­ate mean­ing by pur­su­ing what makes us feel inspired or ener­gized from with­in, the more we will exer­cise the pow­er of our intu­ition to lead in the cre­ation of pos­i­tive real­i­ties.

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