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The Natural Mind - Waking Up - Evolution

The Natural Mind - Waking Up - Evolution

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Published by Alan Macmillan Orr
In this topic from The Natural Mind - Waking Up, the author asks us to question ourselves regarding our evolution as a species and what we are doing to the world and each other now.
In this topic from The Natural Mind - Waking Up, the author asks us to question ourselves regarding our evolution as a species and what we are doing to the world and each other now.

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Published by: Alan Macmillan Orr on Jul 04, 2011
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The Natural Mind – Waking Up
alan macmillan orr 
Evolution
1.
 A process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a moreadvanced or mature stage)
2.
(biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
3.
Group of organisms
 
here will always be an ongoing argument between religions and scientists as to whether humansevolved from simple organisms, over several billion years, or indeed whether they were created, justas they look now, by a supernatural all powerful god. I do not want to start this discussion byagreeing or disagreeing with the theory of evolution and natural selection; everyone has their own opinion,and you would find yourselves closed to this discussion if you were on the opposite side of my opinion! I donot want to talk about whether darwin, or the creationists were right. I wish to go much deeper into our conditioned minds, and explore with you how we came to arrive at our opinions, and then use our creativeminds to move forward; to advance our minds. To shift our thinking.
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I have not studied religion or the theories of evolution in any great detail, but I have not blindly accepted or rejected either; rather, I have investigated it with my own mind to find out the truth. I do not believe inabsolutes, and so, if the mind is to remain open, there can be no absolute truth.With both accounts of how we humans arrived here, the evolutionists and the creationists will show
overwhelming 
evidence to support their findings. And although it is important to know where we came from,for us to understand the origins of life, (whether created by a god or whether simple organisms evolved intocomplex ones), the fact remains that even if one is proved “true,” there will always be someone who firmly believes the other.It is this firm belief by people who have not investigated it themselves that concerns us here, not whether life was created in seven days or four billion years.If I told you I had investigated it, and have concluded that evolution was how Man was created, whatwould you say if you believed that god was the creator? Your conditioned mind would instantly jump in andshout, “Nonsense! He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”Do you find it strange that so many people just blindly believe what they’ve been told? And not only believe it, but actively share their opinion with others, as if it is their own discovery? Why do we do that? Weare the most intelligent species on the planet. We have the capacity for learning and discovering, yet weconsistently just accept the writings of one “learned” man, or accept the teachings of professors as absolutetruths.There may be more physical evidence that Man evolved from simple organisms, but who is to say thatthere isn’t one super-intelligent supernatural being who whimsically created life on earth? The key here is belief. The blind belief that what someone says or writes must be true because it has been accepted.Many brilliant scientists who were revered over the ages, have been proved wrong, again and again, because someone else investigated it themselves at a later date. Einstein proved some of isaac newton’stheories incorrect; and who knows, maybe in the next hundred years, or maybe even tomorrow, someone willcome up with a new theory that supercedes einstein’s.Investigation, not blind belief, will help us evolve psychologically. Blind belief in science, or in religioncannot advance us. Only by allowing ourselves to be open to the possibilities of what
could be
, can we trulyadvance our minds.In the years since man has populated this planet, we have constantly evolved, not so much physically in thelast few thousand years, but psychologically. We have used our brains to develop into a more advancedcivilisation – albeit rapidly – in the last two hundred years. Scientific discoveries have lead to the inventionof the motor car, the aeroplane, computers, telecommunication systems, space travel, skyscrapers, andelectricity for all. You only have to look around you to see the marvellous discoveries we humans have made.And whether through engineering, chemistry, mathematics, physics or biology, progress has only been possible through the ingenuity of Man, and his willingness to experiment, to investigate, and to not believeeverything he has been told before. This is what separates us from the animal kingdom – our ability to useour imaginations; to imagine, possibilities.So please can you tell me why we constantly fight for the supreme position of knowledge of the creationof life on earth? Why do we try to control human minds, to make them accept that one story is true or not.Why would you try to tell someone that life was created in seven days, and not as a long difficult process,when you have not investigated the truth of it yourself? Is that helping us advance, by limiting the minds of our children, by making them blindly believe?We must allow everyone to investigate for themselves, not to condition their minds with our opinions.Please think about this carefully, and watch your mind as you are reading this. If you instantly jump in with a“this is nonsense, everyone knows that evolution is how we got here,” it is as worthless as “only god couldhave created this earth.” We must find out for ourselves.
 
If we are deeply interested to know how we got here, we must not accept what we are told, or pass our opinions on to other people, as if they are absolute truths. We must use our minds to investigate, and in thatdeep investigation, we may find what we are looking for.
Life is small stepsLife is not absolute. Life is a process.
I wrote in the introduction to the book that nothing I write is absolute truth nor to be blindly followed; andthat this book is not the final word in being human. In the process that is my life, I have reached a stagewhere I want to make my small contribution to the future, and it may be that in several years, or eventomorrow, someone will write a book that is more advanced than I could ever hope or dream to be. That isevolution; that is the advancement of our human civilisation. Taking small steps, progressing in every way.According to evolutionary theorists, the state of the world today may well be addressed sometime in thefuture, by natural selection, and that all the wrongs will be righted, by mother nature herself. And for thecreation theorists, it may well be that god has a grand design for everything, happy to let the world carry onas it is, until he feels it is time to intervene. But if you believed either of them, you wouldn’t be You. Youwouldn’t be the magnificent, amazing collection of atoms that you are. You wouldn’t be human. BecauseMan now has control of his own destiny, and that of the planet. We have the power in our minds, to create or to destroy.Although it would be nice to think that god, or nature, will make it all better, and we will all start beinggradually nice to each other over the next 250,000 years, I think we have to face facts, that although smallsteps are what has allowed us to progress to where we are today, we have come to a crucial stage in our development as a human race, where we can’t wait for evolution or god to help.We need to intervene. We need to take a big step, and that step, I would like to call a shift. A shift inthinking. And with that shift comes action: Immediate action. We don’t have to wait to see the results in tenyears or fifty years. We will start to see the changes filter through the world immediately. Can you imagineit? A more compassionate, loving, sustainable world for all who live here. For me and you and for all futuregenerations...I’m sure most of you reading this might say, “Well, it would be nice if something good happened, andthere is suddenly no more hate, greed, poverty, hunger, or war, but it’s not going to happen, these problemshave been around long before me, and will probably be around for thousands of years after me. It’s justhuman nature; you’ve just got to do the best you can.” And there are millions who would agree with you.“We don’t want the world to be a bad place to live in, but what can we do?”Most people see the problems of the world as too huge to take on and deal with, but the problems are notwith the world, they are rooted firmly in the minds of the individual. Each and everyone of us. Me, you, thethief, the warlord, the soldier, the politician, the factory worker, the office manager, the florist, the greengrocer, the supermarket shelf stacker, the serial killer, the arsonist, the teacher, the parent and the child. Weare all individuals, with individual thinking, able to change.We all talk of wanting to change something about ourselves, but we see it as a long process, not assomething that is effective immediately. It’s not the change itself which takes time, it is the time we take toget to the point of wanting to change! It is by starting to notice things about ourselves we do not particularlylike or want to improve, that gives us the impetus to change.
A shift in thinking
Let’s go into this a little more deeply together, shall we? We have said that change in the individual mind isan instantaneous process, after we have made the decision to change something about ourselves. Right now,many of you will be saying “I’d like to, but it’s difficult” or “why should I change,” but it is only the mind’sresistance to the change that is making it difficult.Take driving to work as an easy example. You inform yourself about the harm the motor car is doing tothe planet, and you decide not to use the car every day to go to work. Instead, for one day a week, you use public transport, cycle or walk. It’s a nice idea. It gets you out in the fresh air, you are responsible for less pollution, less petroleum consumption, less traffic, less stress. Hey! You’re really doing a great thing! That isuntil the helpful brain steps in.“What if it’s raining? I’ll get wet, and it’s a real pain walking to the bus stop, and it’s quite expensive, and

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