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When Darwin published his seminal work on the Origins of the Species, he recalls to have been so struck and heart broken by the violence and lack of empathy in the concept Natural Selection that he lost his faith in God. No God of Love would have ever allowed such a brutally disheartening evolutionary factor as Natural Selection… Since then, much debate has been going on about Evolution. Most scientists I know would still advance Darwinism or post darwinism as the sole motor for physical evolution. In more spiritually inclined circles, new theories have emerged, with according to me, two trends. One trend goes back to Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, in which we find the“first truly cohesive theory of evolution, in which an alchemical complexifying force drove organisms up a ladder of complexity, and a second environmental force adapted them to local environments through use and disuse of characteristics, differentiating them from other organisms”. We see here that in Lamarck’s theory, the adaptation with the environment is a crucial factor for evolution as well as this mysterious “alchemic force” which amounts to say that there is another evolutionary drive than the survival of the fittest, but that we don’t know much about it. The last category of evolutionary theories, have been led three immense visionaries : Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo and Rudolf Steiner. In this last category, Evolution on the physical plane is linked with Spiritual evolution. One of the most interesting idea comes from Teilhard de Chardin and his idea that Spirit and Matter do incarnate together at the beginning of Times and from then on, evolve together. In a sense the Exterior (Matter) and the Interior (Spirit) of the Kosmos are evolving together, one influencing the other in a very symbiotic way, instead of well, Spirit coming fom Matter or Matter coming form Spirit. This very beautiful idea, that the evolution of the Interior of the Kosmos (or consciousness) has an impact on the External world and that the two act in a kind of symbiotic way, is currently finding a new expressions in the Integral Movement, in Andrew Cohen’s Evolutionary Enlightenment, and I recently found, by chance, a shamanic visionary version of these ideas in the best-selling book by James Redfield the Celestine Prophecy , which to my surprise, encapsulates a very deep vision of Spiritual Evolution.
In this post, I would like to develop a crazy idea : suppose those mystics and scientists are right, suppose that indeed Spirit an Matter have emerged or incarnated together in this world, from the first minute, from the first instant , maybe 13 billion years ago, maybe at another Time, but suppose it is true that they have emerged together and evolved in a symbiotic way since then, Spirit being present already in the most primitive forms of matter and technological development having its impact on the Evolution of Spirit. Then my question is the following : is there a spiritual equivalent to natural selection ? is there such a thing as Spiritual Darwinism ?
It looks like a crazy question … I mean : only the fittest would survive , even on the spiritual planes ? and yet what do we know about Spiritual Evolution, and what do we know about its development ?
The notion of Spiritual Darwinism first obliges us to acknowledge the evidence of a hierarchy in the spiritual level. It is actually not a new notion : already at the time of Plotinus, we have the notion of the Great Chain of Being. I mean there is a spiral of Evolution going from the gross realms to the subtle ones : gross, mental, psychic, subtle and causal, every realm being more and more subtle than the preceding one, and in each of these realms, certain entities are present. This notion of Great Chain of Being has been completely lost with the materialistic revolution of the modern times, by which our vision of reality has been encsounced to stop at the level of purely material and reproducible world. Again here I only ask you to suppose that it exists, just a pure supposition. Suppose that matter as we know it from the modern times is not the ultimate reality but that some less palpable levels of existence do exist. What would be Hierarchy in this less palpable world ?
Well, let’s start slowly and very naively. To me a higher Being would be a Being who embodies more spiritual beauty, more spiritual strength , and more spiritual confidence. It would also be a Being whose reach and vision is wide, has breadth, and whose wisdom is refined and subtle. Lastly, if I had to define a higher spiritual Being in one word, it would be one who is independent, who has a constant access to an independent source of confidence and energy. That’s the definition of “higher spiritual Being” … for me. I agree that it can look a bit infantile and regressive, a bit naive, but well, as far as spiritual matters are concerned I find it always good to start with naive answers ( this works in science as well ! )By the way, what is your definition of a higher spiritual being ?
What strikes me in all the definitions given above, is that the hierarchy, or the arrow of greatness has nothing to do with survival here, nothing to do with domination, with restrictions and with exploitation of other Being’s energy. The spiritual definition of hierarchy is pure,elevated, it relates only to very idealized qualities which strike our Soul, like Beauty or Force or breadth of Vision, or Depth.
Hence comes my main insight : recognition of spiritual hierarchy in others , which we could call Spiritual Natural Selection, proceeds in precisely the opposite way as it does in the Material World. In the material world, if you live in the Forest you can be eaten by the Tiger. The Tiger eats you to take your energy, your substance. In the spiritual world, it is the opposite, the recognition of your qualities makes the recognizer prosper and flourish, it multiple the breads, it multiplies qualities between the two interlocutors, and all around us. Hence Spiritual Darwinism goes towards a passionate multiplication of each others qualities by mutual recognition, rather than a shortage of them. It is an apology of generosity with the greatness of others, of absolute awe and Joy at seeing qualities in other people.
I feel it is a very important notion , especially at the times where we live. Our dominant culture is very jealous and stingy, maybe due to the unconscious notion that what is great is scarce and what is scarce is pricey and there is not enough money for everyone. These notions have worked out an unconscious drive to protect our qualities and to put them directly in competition with the qualities of others. As such, we have ultimate difficulties to truly recognize when real greatness crosses our way. We are jealous. Even many spiritual teachers are jealous. Jealous of each others, jealous of their little territory, their little group, their great ideas. Many spiritual teachers tell you that we are all One, and then are completely unable to recognize greatness in people they meet, when comes the test of life. Many spiritual teachers only recognize greatness in so called “official luminaries”…. We protect too much as a result.
My call is to wake up, and to start to operate the true Natural Spiritual Darwinism with each others, and with everything beautiful and worthy that we meet in life, whether it is small or big, whether the person is famous or not. This doesn’t matter… Our humanity, with its castrating narcissism, is starving for true recognition given to each other with generosity and wisdom, and with no barriers, no borders. Every form of greatness is Sacred, whether it is a great artist, or a great cook or a pioneer in evolving spiritual background, or a great Shaman. Recognition shall be given, person to person, with sincerity, for what has value to our eyes !
Make no mistake, this recognition is a kind of Love, and it is Agape, compassion, but not stupid compassion. It is Evolutionary Compassion, that the human Soul is so desperately in need of at the moment. With this type of generosity miracles can happen, and like Jesus we can start to multiply the breads around us…