We Are the Dreamed (Part 7)

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Here follows Part 7 of a research paper that explores the connections between ecology, culture, science and the collective consciousness. Here are Part 1Part 2Part 3,  Part 4Part 5 and Part 6.

We Are The Dreamed

Young Girl Playing Paper Game: Dream is destiny.

– “Waking Life,” directed by Richard Linklater, 2001

A change of consciousness is the major fact of the next evolutionary transformation, and the consciousness itself, by its own mutation, will impose and effect any necessary mutation of the body… If a spiritual unfolding on earth is the hidden truth of our birth into Matter, if it is fundamentally an evolution of consciousness that has been taking place in Nature, then man as he is cannot be the last term of that evolution: he is too imperfect an expression of the spirit, mind itself a too limited form and instrumentation; mind is only a middle term of consciousness, the mental being can only be a transitional being.

– “The Future Evolution of Man,” Sri Aurobindo

As emerging science and the Indian poet-philosopher Sri Aurobindo posits: if it is true that we are undergoing what is fundamentally an evolution not of biology – but of consciousness – then it is unmistakable that dreams and the unexplored depths of the collective conscious will have a decisive role in it. Already, our human-made constructs of duality between subject-object, human-nature, modern-primitive, real-unreal and waking-dreaming are trembling under the forces of pervasive change and new social dreamings, both inside and outside of what we naïvely and narrowly conceive as our “self.” As Aurobindo implies, this transformation is inevitable, regardless of our self-conscious efforts to know what is unfolding. In the same vein, a universal ethic is in the making, whether we know it or not, it is inevitable. The darkest hours are yet to come, but if current times are of any indication, there is the faint heartbeat of a new collective dream of unity, surfacing. As David Orr states with positive conviction, the planet needs more “peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of every kind” (Orr 12), but ultimately as well, we need more dreamers to dream this emerging story into reality.

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