I spent the past weekend at Omega Institute assisting a workshop with the spunky Barbara Marx Hubbard and the energizing John Perkins called After 2012: Manifesting Change: Rebirthing Self And Community.
Barbara has boundless energy. I loved walking her around the campus having tête-à-têtes about her ideas and family. Holding hand and squeezing tight as the thrill of the weekend moved her. She bloomed even brighter (if that is possible) before my eyes as she grew even more connected to her own life mission.
Barbara inspired the participants with her words and ideas. She began by inviting us into thinking about evolution.
Never interested in evolution or history when I was little, I became more interested in it as I was older and saw the psychological and cultural impact of times past. Then, when my son was little he preferred non fiction books about paleontology, animals, and evolution to storybooks. I became as entranced as he was in this fascinating science.
But Barbara brought it alive for me this weekend. I was a sponge to her knowlegde about how crisis is the catalyst for evolutionary change. And how we are now facing another crisis (i.e, limited resources, growing populations, unstable economic systems.) She promotes that: rather than lament this crisis, be grateful for it, because it is necessary for the next stage.
She was talking about our current time in evolution. Reminding us that in the past, at each step in evolution, the creature never knew what the next step would be. Evolution was unconscious, the species did not decide to evolve, it evolved because of biology.
She says that now we are coming to a new era where we are conscious about our evolution. We can create what comes next on purpose. This is how we do it:
In this new era, there is a new kind of attraction between people. In the past we connected for self preservation (we are safer in numbers) and then, self reproduction. But now it is for self evolution. People are going to be “vocationally attracted.” We are now attracted to others with the same life mission/soul purpose as our own. She encouraged us to connect with others in the group for “vocational dates.” Because it is almost impossible to stay committed to our life purpose if we didn’t have a community that would support it or even co-create it, we need to connect with these vocational partnerships or teams.
Our purpose is creation. The love we share with these partners/teams leads us to co-create (rather than procreate.) She calls this “suprasex.” And what follows is the birth of a new way of being. A new reality. An evolved reality. Conscious evolution. Awakening the Power of our Social Potential.
For example, this birth can be a project. Two women in our group were hospice nurses and wanted to open a home to give dignity to dying people and their families. They wanted their home to change the paradigm on how we care for people while they die. Their work will be co-creating that baby. And in living that soul mission, they will be changing something that has a ripple effect which can go on and on far beyond the patients, staff, community, and families they will directly serve.
The synergy is that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
John and Barbara were overjoyed to be working together. It was thrilling to watch and be invited to the co-creative space with them. John has a way of setting people on their path with newed or renewed energy. He inspires people the first hour, and they continue to spin and spiral from there, while he watches, reflecting back encouragement and wonder. I have worked with John for a couple of years and we will hopefully create something new in the future. And who knows what might start through this loving, living connection to Barbara. To boot, I connected to some amazing folks who already are shining leaders of the future, especially the brilliant and kind-hearted Kiman.
I was focused on logistical and practical aspects of the workshop, because my purpose there was one of service, so I did not go deep into my own life mission. (It is clear to me everyday, anyway.) But when involved in that kind of propellent energy, one can’t help but to see his or her own next steps a bit clearer, and be invigorated to take them.
I can say so much more about the
workshop co-creative event, but I have a day filled with clients and family to give some attention to.
Have you had suprasex? Do you find yourself being attracted to and creating with like minded people? Anyone want to have suprasex with me?
If you want to know more about me and my journey, I told my story over at The Spirit That Moves Me Blog last week. How Do We Heal? Go take a look!