The journey to a new way to be human involves mindful choices that must be taken seriously. Your choices and mine matter. By the same token, the seriousness of their implications are revealed in how lightly we are able to walk with ourselves and others on the field of life. The freedom to nurture and cultivate and choose is a gift that begins with you.
Freedom from something is always about freedom to do or to be. So—what will you do? Who will you be? Your daily choices can lead to living a conditional life or they can birth the emerging truth of your new way of being. There is nothing conditional about you and your life. Yes, you are still learning, evolving and being birthed in new ways of becoming fully alive. And—you are unconditionally invited to a new way of being human, marked by unconditional love and compassion.
At each new step to becoming fully human you have the opportunity to become more awake to the invitation of the Universe and the Holy. Ready yourself. Keep in mind that often the life events that seem the most disruptive can invite the greatest awakening. In fact, each disruptive or dislocating experience can become a path of emergence. Choose the emergence. And take with you some wisdom to keep in mind along the way:
The journey to being a new human is never to be taken for granted. It invites you to become awake and to stay aware.
In 1990 while living in exile from South Africa, my friend and colleague Michael Lapsley was sent a letter bomb by the apartheid government. Opening the parcel he saw two religious magazines. Between the two magazines a bomb was hidden. Michael lost both hands and the sight of one eye in the explosion.
After years of working with victims of trauma Michael participates in creating a Universe of reconciling compassion. He now leads the Institute for the Healing of Memories as a healer who teaches and enables other to be healers of painful memories.
Your choices and mine matter. By the same token, the seriousness of their implications are revealed in how lightly we are able to walk with ourselves and others on the field of life.
Most of us hope never to share an experience like Michael’s, and yet if you step back and withdraw from your emergent transformative experiences, your life will become listless and stultified as you clutch to the past and ignore the present.
Along my journey I keep rediscovering the holy recipe for living an aware, awake and mindful life. By indulging in moments of playfulness, mischievousness and delight, I disarm and reimagine preconceived ideas. I dislodge distrust. And I uproot suspicion and old hatreds. The Universe and the Holy are not a sinkhole of despair. Neither are we intended to be. As you choose humor and joy you create sacred space for meeting one another in a universal desire for happiness.
The journey to being a new human is never passive. It invites you active engagement.
As you actively embrace your passages of emergence, you intentionally engage in the new way to be human and discover new wisdom and truth for your journey. With each step forward into a path of emergence, your courage will expand the chambers of your heart and allow your spiritual positioning system to recalibrate and point you in new directions. With each recalibrated direction, your story intersects with the stories of those you have met in this book. As the seven pathways are internalized within each new insight and each new transformative, emergent choice in your life, they will evolve into an intentional way of life.
yet if you step back and withdraw from your emergent transformative experiences, your life will become listless and stultified as you clutch to the past and ignore the present.
My friend Judy was at work at a refugee camp in a war zone when a helicopter drop of emergency food supplies went wrong, falling on her and resulting in the amputation of one of her legs. And yet here, at one of the birthday events in South Africa, I was captivated by a group of eight years olds who encircled my friend Judy in her wheelchair, dancing to the rhythm of the music with the radiance of joy beaming from her as she followed the lead of her young dancing partners. Nothing seems to stop Judy from actively engaging in being fully alive with others.
The journey to being a new human is never silent. It invites you to be a proactive, compassionate voice for the wellbeing of every person.
Your life and the future of the world are at stake. Because all are intertwined, no compassionate step along the way is ever wasted. Through your proactive engagement with others you can do far more than you could ever accomplish alone. Your voice, imagination, compassion and love will find willing companions throughout the world in creating a happier world of wellbeing and justice.
The lackluster leadership, corruption, economic dislocation and political paralysis that characterize much of the world are an invitation to exercise your voice on behalf of those who have been marginalized or silenced. In this global hairpin curve your voice, intuition and imagination join those of others in igniting a universal awakening.
As you embrace humanity you choose to be proactive in saying “No” to the forces who seek to reject the emergence of a new way to be human. As you choose to set aside silence, the old ways of being human give way to an emerging and proactive compassionate path for the wellbeing and happiness of all.
Your daily life presents you with endless invitations to reaffirm your need for others, and to make intentional, inclusive oneness part of the fiber of your being—a gift you share with others. Being a new human is your invitation to convene, celebrate and intentionally create community in which the magnificent luster of each individual shines brightly.
Your life and the future of the world are at stake. Because all are intertwined, no compassionate step along the way is ever wasted. Through your proactive engagement with others you can do far more than you could ever accomplish alone.
Find, create and claim your space with a community or a circle of communities. They might include local groups or organizations as well as those that are virtual, and even global. In community and relationship with others who seek to become fully alive your collective brilliance is a declaration of hope, inviting others to discover a new way of being human.
Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from A NEW WAY TO BE HUMAN: SEVEN SPIRITUAL PATHWAYS TOBECOMING FULLY ALIVE © 2012 Robert V Taylor. Published by New Page Books a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. 800-227-3371. All rights reserved.