The critical role of consciousness in living a spiritual life to deal with
the challenges ahead
It’s inconceivable to me that the universe of which the Earth is a tiny part all happened by
chance. It makes more sense to accept there is a mystery which we probably won’t uncover,
but that the universe‘s evolutionary thrust is driven by a sacred intelligent energy that is
inherent in the way the universe functions. The role of human beings in this cosmic drama is
to evolve in order that the universe will know itself. We are the universe becoming aware of
As it is there is reliable scientific theory that the universe has evolved to its present state and
continues to evolve. The course of evolution is towards more and more complexity. Human
consciousness also evolves being able to handle more and more complexity and to also
increase its span of care and concern.
However, it is also clear that even though human consciousness has evolved towards greater
complexity and care and concern there is something problematic about human consciousness.
In the western developed world we have created a civilization that confers many benefits but
at the same time the Earth’s ecology is under serious threat, so much so that our civilization
might not survive this century, there is major social division within societies and within the
wider global community and there is widespread psychological alienation. Moreover the
economic model that emerged out of the 1930’s depression and after the Second World War
All of these issues pose major challenges which the current dominant consciousness will not
be able to solve.
What then do we make of the sacred intelligent energy that drives evolution of the universe?
Evolution will continue no matter what and the Earth will continue (at least for the next few
billion years) but our current human civilization may not unless we evolve beyond and
transcend the current dominant consciousness. This means t