Tuesday, September 2, 2014

9 Beliefs that are Preventing Humans from Evolving

I love Star Trek. But before you let that scare you off from reading this, hear me out. One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from the character Q, an omnipotent god. In the last episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, he says to Captain Picard, "The exploration that awaits you [is] not mapping stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence." Many people think that since we have some advanced technology, we have evolved as humans. Nope. I don't think we've evolved at all since the emergence of the homo sapien. The genius technological minds of a rare few do not make humanity, as a whole, more progressed in a truly meaningful way.

Like Q, I don't think that the spark for human evolution is technology. While technology may help, human progression will happen when we can overcome the age-old human tendencies and rise to a new level of consciousness. I believe that a major shift to a world of love, happiness, and spirituality is underway, but we need to ride the wave. In order to do so, we need to shed belief systems that are not compatible with the new world that we want. Here are a few:

1. Killing and hurting each other

Enough is enough. Why can people not just stop it already? We've been killing each other for thousands of years. I can see the side of people who want to kill and hurt fellow humans. But I certainly don't understand it. Honestly, I don't think there is any logical reason to kill somebody. I suppose if you're defending yourself or your children, it's more understandable (but then again, why can't you just incapacitate the offender?) We are all made of stars. We all bleed red blood. We all laugh, cry, and smile. If we are all the same in these important ways, can't we get over the desire to kill somebody so similar to you?

2. Comparison to others
This is a habit as old as time. It's so easy to compare yourself to others, and with that comes judgment about others and yourself. It's not healthy, productive, or kind. In all honesty, how can we even compare ourselves to other people? Each of us is so unique that it's literally impossible to make an accurate comparison. To evolve, we need to accept that each of us are different, not better or worse.

3. Deciding that life is hard
You hear it all the time. But, while I do not disagree that life is full of -perhaps- frustrating moments, it is the way you define life that makes all the difference. I like to think of life as just being beautiful. I recognize that, before I was incarnated on this planet, I chose many learning opportunities that I would have to encounter in order to progress. That's all that happens: learning opportunities. You can interpret certain situations as "bad", but that only makes them harder to bear. If we want to progress, we need to recognize that we have a purpose and that everything that happens is essential to our progression.

4. Focusing on the negative
This goes along with #3. There is only one thing that can determine how happy or miserable you can be, and that thing is between your ears. You decide what you experience. Nothing else is to blame for your unhappiness. Sure, things might not go your way. But that's the point, isn't it? Take accountability for your happiness. Choose to see only the positive. You might be thinking, but that's easier said than done! But guess what? It's as easy as you let it be.

5. Being complacent

Some say that the modern world is full of smart phones and dumb people. In a sense, that may be true. In order to evolve, we need to challenge and expand our minds. We cannot sit idly by and watch life happen. We need to study philosophy, engage in friendly debates, and discuss ideas to progress. Insta-face-tweet-chatting about celebrities, what we had for breakfast, what we wore to a funeral etc. is not going to help humanity evolve...it may, in fact, be taking a step in the wrong direction.

6. Having fear-based motivations
Traditionally, humans have only been called to action out of fear. For example: "Get a good job because otherwise you won't be able to buy food and you will DIE AND YOUR BABIES WILL DIE AND THERE'S NOT ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE SO RUN AND GET A JOB BEFORE THE OTHERS GET YOUR FOOD!!!" Another example: "Do not sin because God will strike you down!" The truth of it all is that there is no need to fear anything. Guess what? It will all work out exactly the way it's supposed to. We should only act out of love, compassion, and gratitude. In the new era of peace, there will be no room for fear or other negative emotions.

7. Waiting for the end
I think it's funny when people justify their actions or lack of action by "It doesn't matter, because Jesus will come to save us" or something equivalent. The only time you really have is NOW. You can't change the past, and you don't know how much of a future you have, so be the best you can be NOW. People think they have time to change their habits because "the Second Coming won't be for a while." Chew on this: do you think the Second Coming/world peace/whatever you want to call it will happen at a set time, or when we prove that we are ready? Do you not think that you need to become a person who is already compatible with a perfectly peaceful, loving world?

8. Disharmony with nature
I don't know if there's anything I'm more passionate about than respect for nature. So many people think that the earth belongs to us and that we can do whatever we want to it. Are we not made from the earth? Are we not buried in the earth when we die? Is it not us, then, that belong to the earth? Hippie moment: I fully believe that Mother Earth is a real entity, and that she is crying for what we, her children, are doing to her. We need to recognize that we are responsible for respecting the wonderful planet that brings us life, shelter, food, and beauty.

[Bonus paragraph for this important topic.] Those who know me well know that I detest, above all else, the killing of animals. Humans have also been killing animals since the beginning of time. Is it not logical, then, that we should overcome this barbaric tendency in order for us to evolve? Mormons believe that after the Second Coming of Christ, the "lion will lay down with the lamb." Do you think that this will happen on its own? No way. Animals will never live in harmony each other or with humans as long as they have something to fear.

9. Denying the existence of extraterrestrials 
Back to the Star Trek theme. Ha HA! You thought I would forget, didn't you? Alright, it's just a plain ol' fact that intelligent life out there exists. It denies all science and probability to think that it doesn't. Every ancient society knew extraterrestrials exist. The Founding Fathers of America knew they exist. Why do we try to deny the obvious? Perhaps extraterrestrials are waiting for us to accept their existence before they make first contact. But you're worried: won't they be bad? Won't they destroy us? Once again, that's an example of a fearful mindset :) To put your mind at rest, don't you think that if they had the superior technology to know of our existence, wouldn't they also to have the technology to have destroyed us already?

I have all confidence that the extraterrestrials are more advanced technologically and spiritually, and they are eager to make contact with us. In all likelihood, they are highly evolved beings living in a perfectly loving, happy, and peaceful world. And if that's the case, wouldn't they want to share that with us? I have high hopes for humanity and our ability to evolve into people who love unconditionally and realize their true nature.

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