Humans have been a highly successful evolutionary species. Over millions of years nature has subtly refined our genetic makeup causing us to develop larger brains and ever higher mental functioning. However to do this successfully without risking an entire species, nature has been conducting ‘split tests’ over millions of years and does so with all species. If a test is successful the species survives, if not it becomes extinct.
Applying The Evolutionary Split Test To Human?
When we look at the evolutionary chain of our hominid ancestors, we can see that every so often a genetic type (an ancestor) will diverge into different genetic branches evolving into new species. For example, in our own case, around seven million years ago we branched off from a common ancestor to the chimp (note our ancestors were not chimps). The success of this divergence resulted in humans and chimps, but humans and chimps were not the only species resulting from this branching point, there were others, but not being genetically successful became extinct, as is our common ancestor. This is natures way of improving on its work, without the risk of losing it all, and it is a ceaseless process.
Even as a highly evolved species we haven't become exempt to natures laboratory, in fact it might make us all the more susceptible to it. For having created us with an ability to intend and create ourselves through mental volition, nature has equipped us with the wherewithal to consciously affect some measure of ‘partnership’ in our evolutionary development. It might even be argued that this has been natures intent. Of course this begs the question: in what ways will, can, we differ from what we are now and how can we play an active intentional role in making it so?
When we think of genetic evolution we commonly think of it as an adaptation of a species in response to its environment. If it adapts successfully it survives, if not, it becomes extinct. But in the case of humans we cannot apply this assumption because we have evolved the ability to alter our environment to our own needs. Other species do this too such as birds and deciduous trees. But in the case of humans it has developed beyond our need for survival, is accelerating, and is in fact threatening our survival and that of all other species. Nature will not stand for this!
Without doubt, our species is in the throws of an exciting but frightening metamorphosis. We need only look around at our world, and the greater complexity of our inner worlds to see that despite our great successes, we are also failing in vital ways. The state of our outer world is the result of our inner world, and acting as a mirror for our inner thinking world, it clearly reflects that the focus of our thinking is on a destructive trajectory.
There is no going back in our evolution, our minds are the new frontier and its refinement is the necessary next step for our species to successfully diverge from what it currently is. Many of us have already begun this process, learning how to master the most mysterious but powerful terrain of our being: our minds. Once the reserve of the anomalous few: great sages and mystics throughout history, we now understand ours minds as the means to accessing a higher, more evolved self.
The divergence in our evolution has begun. In ever increasing numbers we are awakening to the greater latent potential that resides within, a potential that is accessed through practised discipline of the mind and its higher functioning brainwave states. This is scientific fact: by disciplining the mind so that the brain regularly vibrates at specific frequencies, the brain grows, and develops in a way that habituates higher levels of functioning, empowering us to discern faulty thinking, and inhibiting us from acting against our better nature. It is a way, perhaps the only way, to evolve into a thriving branch of nature's split test.
Disciplining the mind in this way takes time and practice but is achievable. For more information:
Positive Mind States
Overcoming A Fearful Mind
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About Me - I have spent many years in the study of personal development. Diagnosed with leukemia 11 years ago. I used the power of meditation, auto suggestion and visualization to heal myself. I knew I could do this because I realised it was the way I was using my mind in the first place that made me ill. For four years prior to the illness I had been performing in a piece about ‘blood going bad’. I literally focussed my brain on that negative suggestion - not realising that I was manifesting it in my body. This was a right of passage that taught me about the importance of focusing my mind on what I wanted, not on what I did not want. Since then I have dedicated my life to understanding the power of the mind and how to develop and harness that power to positive effect. Our mind is the most precious resource for creating the life we want and whatever way we work it - works!