Evolutionary Spirituality

The term "revolution" connotes sudden, radical, momentous, and often (but not always) violent or disruptive change. In contrast, the term "evolution" connotes long-term developmental change that is often very gradual.

The term "conscious evolutionary" here refers to someone who intentionally and mindfully works for radical developmental change, guided by understandings of evolutionary dynamics, including principles of cosmic, biological and cultural evolution and/or the evolution of consciousness. The speed of change is of less importance than the sense of working with the forces and tendencies that exist in the evolving domain the evolutionary is engaged with.

The conscious evolutionary may try to invoke, catalyze or facilitate the emergence of positive developments that seem to be ripening -- for example, by convening a juicy conversation between people working in closely related and potentially synergistic fields who are unaware of each other's work. Or the conscious evolutionary may see a crisis coming and study how it will probably disrupt business-as-usual and increase demands for radical change, and plan initiatives designed to use those opportunities to shift a community or social system in positive directions.

Conversation and story, as major mediums for the emergence of cultural transformation, are primary tools of conscious evolutionaries, who seek ways to use them with strategically evocative power.

The conscious evolutionary seldom, if ever, initiates violence, but knows that violence that emerges out of existing conditions generates energy that can be channeled towards positive developments. Sometimes the implicit violence of a system may be made more visible, which can evoke change -- something that was understood by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The field of conscious evolutionary action is, itself, ripe for development by all of us who are drawn to it.

Compare evolutionary agentry, which is our intrinsic evolutionary role. Conscious evolutionary agentry would involve becoming aware and, to some extent, intentional about our evolutionary role. If we choose to become strategic about it and to impact culture, consciousness, social systems, and/or tools in some significant way, we start to become a conscious evolutionary.