I studied to be a historian and I can’t recall such a time in history. Not where so many people aligned on … call it what you will. Global peace. A world that works for everyone. A higher-dimensional world.
Nova Earth. Nova Being. A Nova Future. The name doesn’t matter.
And their numbers swell every day.
It’s an evolutionary shift for the whole human race and we – you and I – are leading the way.
I remember what it felt like to fully realize what a program I was attending could mean for me. I was enrolled in a three-month, residential, human-growth program at Cold Mountain Institute on Cortes Island, British Columbia (now known as Hollyhock), in 1975/76.
When I saw that we were exploring everything from our deepest secrets to everything about our sexuality, from art therapy to meditation to raw encounter, when I realized that anything went and all was grist for the mill, something exploded inside of me. I hung from the cross for a day. I joined a threesome. I went around blind and silent for a day. I can’t remember what I didn’t do.
We learned about integrity the hard way: by being called on our actions, attitudes and intentions in encounter groups.
This whole behavioral laboratory had been set up totally for exploration, for breaking down walls, for letting the sunlight in to dark places.
And I was ready to explore. I grew more in three months than in my life to date. That was the beginning for me of all this.
Fast forward to the present and here I am again, about to enroll in a human-growth program of vast expanse and global consequence. And really all I’m being asked to do is just be myself as I go about gargantuan responsibilities. And just being myself was all that those days were about.
It isn’t like Cold Mountain today because there all we needed was seen to. The seclusion that this service provided us with was complete. And that really allowed us as a group to go as deep with each other as we could bear. (1)
Our present situation isn’t like that. We’re not being asked to abandon ourselves or drop our masks and faces and fronts. We’re not being asked to cough up every withhold or bare our souls (or anything else).
We’re being asked to organize a global effort, both in the inner and outer world. We’re being asked to build a new world, one that works for everyone, that has physical, emotional, and mental components, which we lightworkers have agreed to supply. That’s a big task.
It starts inwardly with the intention. It grows through the mind’s and heart’s investigation. It matures into action. And its consequenes ripple throughout the outer world.
The Cold Mountain experience called for letting go. But the task ahead of us requires different skills. It requires fromn= financial wayshowers a decent amount of vigilance. Things that matter rest upon our decisions. They carry weight and consequence.
But what unites the two times is that this is still a time for exploration. Within the boundaries of the need for prudence, we can still strike out in any direction we please. Think of it as having a gigantic palette of true colors and being able to paint in huge brushstrokes. Give us the tools and we will finish the job. We can make a difference in our world and we will.
If Cold Mountain was the dancers, we are the orchestra. Each of us is playing a musical instrument but in tune with each other, in a coordinated fashion. It’s coordinated by the commonality of dedication to the Mother’s service. All else flows from that.
I hear you. You’re not religious. Well, then, call it dedication to the highest potential that we as humans can reach. To the utter unfoldment of the human spirit. Because that’s what it is.
Cold Mountain and other human-growth centers (notably Esalen) were the lightworkers of their day. They broke the glacial ice in which our society was frozen. They and their cohorts laid a foundation of openness and awareness, warmth and authenticity, upon which we can build Nova Earth.
This generation of lightworkers is forging a new life in the space they created. We need to bring forward their emphases on transparency and integrity. But we need to apply it not only to creative expression but to creative construction as well.
(1) I’ve written about it here: “Last Lunch at Cold Mountain,” at https://goldenageofgaia.com/2014/08/10/last-lunch-at-cold-mountain/.