: a process of change in a certain direction
: the process of working out or developing
: a process in which the whole universe is a progression of interrelated phenomena
Evolution (n.): 1620s, “an opening of what was rolled up,” from Latin evolutionem (evolutio) “unrolling (of a book),” evolvere “to unroll” (evolve).
Used in medicine, mathematics, and general writing in various senses including “growth to maturity and development of an individual living thing” (1660s).
“Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.”
Rosa Luxemberg (1871-1919, a Marxist theorist philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen)
“Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809-1894, American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, author, and a member of the Fireside Poets)
“Now times had changed, and the inherited wisdom of the past had become folly.”
Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008, British science fiction writer and futurist, author of 100 books via his classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey; inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host)
“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642, Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance.)
“I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born theoretical physicist)
“The law of evolution is that the strongest survives!' 'Yes, and the strongest, in the existence of any social species, are those who are most social. In human terms, most ethical...There is no strength to be gained from hurting one another. Only weakness.”
Ursula K. Le Guin (b. 1929, age 86, American author of novels, children’s books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction; also written poetry and essays)
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”
Upton Sinclair (1878-1968, American author of nearly 100 books and other works across a number of genres)
“Reinvent new combinations of what you already own. Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”
Karl Lagerfeld (b. 1933, age 82, German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris; and head designer and creative director of the fashion houses, Chanel, Fendi, and is own label)
I was checking out Paulo Coehlo’s website and stumbled across his videocast entitled, “On writing.” He’s one of my favorite authors and most noted for writing The Alchemist.
Coehlo said he had a crisis of faith and felt stagnant so he took a 3-to-4-month journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a network of railways connecting Moscow, Russia and the Sea of Japan. Coehlo said, “I took this journey without knowing where it was going to lead me, because if you know where you are going to arrive, there’s no point. You don’t even need to travel if you already know the destiny. The important thing about life is being opened to the mystery and the adventure.” (Source: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/)
The idea of an uncertain journey resonated and became a jewel of an idea to ponder.
I thought about my integral practice of shamanism and the art of journeying to the beat of a drum that can last from 10-20 minutes. During that time I, the journey woman, can ask questions of my soul, request spiritual assistance from my guides and/or angels, and dive in to my dream state to connect with the deeper parts of my soul.
Spiritual journeying and its unfolding is meant to be a surprise, because the initiate has no idea where one is going, what will one see, and what answers will come.
Meditation is like that as well, which is another form of journeying. The more one connects in the deeper and more diverse the spiritual experiences.
For instance, sometimes my meditations are filled with fast moving vortexes, and sometimes I am blinded by brilliant golden light. Walking meditations are like that as well, except inspiration is provided from the outside world.
Our evolution remain these adventures of uncertainty. We don’t know what’s truly unfolding for us. But that’s the fun of it. It’s all should be a surprise and beyond our wildest dreams.
Yours Truly, Tonya