For years I have known it was my purpose here on this planet to first wake up myself and then wake up others. The only problem was, I really had no idea what that actually meant.
It’s been a journey of discovery. I let the not knowing paralyze me for a while and then began to realize that part of waking up meant moving forward even when I didn’t know all the details about how and could only see two feet in front of my face. Two feet was all I needed and I was on a need to know basis.
From bad-ass lawyer at a big, prestigious law firm to hanging my own shingle to “million dollar business owner” to bestselling author and television talking head type to hippy lawyer to hippy creative entrepreneur to community builder/farm girl.
The past two years (reconnecting to my inner hippy and letting her out) have been, without a doubt, the most transformational of my life. What led up to them was an intense period of making lots of money and discovering that my focus on money was as stage of evolution to pass through, not to get stuck at.
I see now that so many of us get stuck at that evolutionary stage (even many who calls themselves “conscious entrepreneurs” and cater to the “conscious business, spiritual, heart-centered entrepreneur” crowd) and today, more than ever, I understand why we must all wake up, break free and make the leap to the next stage of evolution.
We truly are the ones, it really is up to us and if we don’t do it, who will? The path is not easy.
Evolutionary leaps require letting go of so much (often before being able to see exactly what’s going to be there when you do.)
I think of it as being on the monkey bars that require you to let go of one bar before grabbing the next and getting comfortable in the nothing – liminal – space.
In my experience, the fastest path to this evolutionary leap is by seeing and moving through my greatest fears. Fear represents conditioning. If I am afraid, it’s a sign that I will progress forward when I dive in to break through.
Fuckin’ a, that’s scary.
Much of these past two years has been learning to trust myself to keep saying yes, yes to the things I have spent my entire life avoiding.
I understand now that when 10% of us have done this work and woken up, the world will transform and look radically different in a way that very few, if any, of us can truly imagine.
The new world is cooperative, it’s collaborative, it’s harmonious, it’s connected.
What each of these books portends and I can feel so deeply alive in my body is that the evolution is coming — we will either willingly take the steps to make the leap and learn to live, work and love together or outside circumstances will force us into it.
I generally prefer choice to force and I’m pretty sure you do too.
That means we need to wake up. We need to make the evolutionary leap from what evolutionary theorists refer to as Stage 6 or lower to Stage 7 and even Stage 8 consciousness.
We are the ones to do it. Me and you.
(This article is one of the clearest explanations I’ve seen of what it means to evolve through the stages of conscious development – wake up – and why it’s so important — archive of article as that site is now down. I’ll be writing here on this blog about what it means on a practical level to make this leap over the coming weeks and months and what you can specifically do to wake up and evolve your consciousness. You can also watch my weekly show about waking up to the truth about love and money.)
There are nearly 1.5 million fans of the Facebook page “I Am Conservative” and it’s very unlikely they are going to do it. So it has to be us.
Here’s the really good news. According to those who understand shifts in consciousness and have studied historical trends, it only takes 10% of us waking up to the next stage of evolution to create a cultural tipping point.
Only 10% of us wake up and the entire world shifts.
Maybe that means wars end, maybe it means abundance for all, no more people dying of hunger or thirst, maybe it means we finally recognize that we are all in this together and start caring for each other differently.
Wouldn’t you like to be on forefront of that movement? If so, wake up.
It’s not about the 99% and the 1% who have access to the money. The Occupy Movement is on the right track, but It’s got the wrong focus. It’s about the 10% who will wake up and make money and the corrupt systems totally irrelevant.
So, what does it mean to wake up?
That’s a great question and one I’ve invested the past ten years waking up to myself. Here is some of what I think it means to wake up and make an evolutionary leap in consciousness (from stage 6 to stage 7/from tier 1 to tier 2/from non-integral to integral/yellow to turquoise), but I’m interested in your perspective.
- No longer being motivated by fear. This alone is a quantum shift for most of us who have spent our lives and made most of our key decisions based on a fear motivation. It’s become normal. Not after waking up. Fear no longer has the same hold on you.
- Seeing your own anger, not projecting it onto others; radically forgiving and not being mean to yourself or others (no matter how awful it seems they have been to you.)
- No longer being motivated by the desire for a certain money size business –> we begin to see that it’s not necessary to obsess on how much money our business makes.(I’ve got some personal challenges around this as talking about my million dollar law firm is still a motivator to bring lawyers into our training programs and then wake them up to something so much greater. But, I cringe when I see the conscious business owner set using the promise of 6 and 7 figure businesses to motivate evolutionary entrepreneurs. Hypocritical? Maybe.)
- Not embellishing, but instead speaking the plain truth.
- Not taking things personally.
- Only wanting to win if everyone wins — never wanting to win at the expense of anyone else.
- Holding two conflicting ideas as truth — paradox.
- Being able to relax into the right now (no matter how shitty it is) with an awareness that what opens up as a result of that relaxation is far better than you could have ever dreamed up on your own.
- Making decisions not based on survival, but on a desire for sovereignty.
To me, these are some of the hallmarks of a leap in consciousness that means we have woken up. And when we do, the world does. I’d love to hear if you agree with this list, disagree or have something to add.
I think this is the single most important conversation we can be in as we move into 2012. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Please comment below.