Homo Divinus, An Evolutionary Advantage
by Lawrence Hagerty, April 25, 2002
The stand-off at the Church
of the Nativity in Bethlehem boggles the mind. News of this
event reads like the work of some deranged writer of fiction.
Even the most casual observer of this astonishing event must
conclude that a significant part of the human family has gone
Being social creatures, we
humans organized governments to serve our collective needs
on the material plane. We organized religions to guide us
on our spiritual quests. Most of these collectives of human
consciousness were founded upon lofty principles and beliefs,
and for a while they served us well. Over time, however, these
mega-human institutions took on a will of their own, and in
the process they lost much of their original loving spirit.
Short on empathy and love, several of these human-created
group minds converged in Bethlehem. And so came to be the
sad state of affairs where the holiest shrine in Christendom
became a sanctuary for suspected Moslem terrorists fleeing
from Zionist Jews who were trying to murder them under the
banner of "self-defense." Such behavior is nothing
short of insanity. Fortunately, all is not lost.
Like a climber on an infinitely
high mountain, human consciousness relentlessly continues
its ascent. Occasionally it reaches a broad ledge on which
it can take a brief rest. And with each new ledge comes a
better view where consciousness becomes more self-reflecting
and expands its awareness of the world on which it is focused.
The ledge we call Homo sapiens has been well worth
the climb, for much has been learned here. However, as is
obvious from the siege in Bethlehem, the day has arrived for
human consciousness to once again begin its ascent. It is
time to continue our evolution to yet a higher level of awareness.
As we look up, searching for
our next hand-hold, we notice that something is different
this time. Our climb, our evolution, is no longer shrouded
in fog. From here we can continue in the bright light of the
sun, for human consciousness has become a partner in the processes
of evolution. No longer must we wait for some random mutation
or cataclysmic event to trigger the birth of a new species.
And so, almost imperceptibly, a new genus of humans has begun
to evolve. Most people fail to recognize these new humans,
for their physical make-up is much the same as their mother-species,
Homo sapiens. But as scientists will tell you, biological
changes are not the only determining factor in a speciation
event. In fact, eating habits, mating habits, and other life-style
factors are enough to distinguish one species of animal from
another, even when their genetic make-up is identical.
As was the case some tens of
thousands of years ago, when at least three different human
species coexisted on Earth, more than one species of human
is now inhabiting this planet. I call the new human species
Homo divinus. If you look closely, you will find
members of this new species everywhere. Perhaps you are one
yourself, for now that consciousness has become evolution's
willing partner, self-selection (the willed mutation from
one species to another) has replaced chance as the best way
to improve life on this planet.
The first phase in the evolution
of Homo sapiens into Homo divinus may take
place unconsciously. It might begin with a deepening love
of nature and increased concern about its destruction. Or
it could come about through an instant awakening to the fact
that you are living an exceptionally privileged life. With
this increased state of awareness comes a gradual shift in
consciousness, which in turn brings about a change in lifestyle.
Over time habits change, and new friends with similar states
of consciousness and interests enter the picture. Then the
day arrives on which you seemingly wake up in place and find
yourself to be a stranger in a strange land.
This moment of awakening brings
with it the last phase of your transformation, which comes
under the guise of an intense inner quest for the spiritual
essence of being. It is on this path that the final metamorphosis
takes place because the search for spiritual identity ultimately
leads to the only possible conclusion: You are divine. God
is all, and you are a part of all that is. There are no boundaries,
no dividing lines. There is only oneness, and that oneness
is divine in nature.
At this moment of awareness
the new human takes the final step in joining the species
I call Homo divinus: You consciously decide to live
the remainder of your life in harmony with your own divine
nature. In an instant, you are no longer a member of the warring,
polluting, selfish species we call Homo sapiens. And
in that instant, all of the problems humans have created in
this world become less of a burden to you. "Those problems
were created by a less enlightened species," you think.
"I must join together with others like me and teach the
divine (but unaware) Homo sapiens how to evolve."
While nothing may have changed in your physical world, at
that instant, everything will have changed in
your spiritual world.
Newly awakened members of the
species Homo divinus are all around us, yet most
remain virtually invisible. Often they are hesitant to reveal
themselves for they sense they are in a hostile environment.
At times they feel isolated and alone, even when in the company
of family and friends. To Homo divinus, the insanity
of a significant part of the species Homo sapiens is
clearly apparent. To Homo divinus, whose consciousness
has expanded far beyond their personal concerns, greed and
war are inconceivable. A distinguishing trait of the new humans
is that they understand, at the most fundamental level, how
intimately everyone and everything is interconnected. And
they are aware that they are not destined to be the supreme
species on this planet. They see themselves as they truly
are, an equal part of all life on Earth.
As members of this new species
awaken in the light of their divine nature, they begin to
look for others of their kind. Over the past two decades,
small groups of these new humans have made contact with one
another. Occasionally they unite at gatherings, both large
and small, to celebrate the pure joy of being alive. Already
there is at least one permanent community with hundreds of
these advanced beings living together in harmony. While they
may not have consciously named themselves Homo divinus,
they are fully aware of what a precious gift it is to be human.
Furthermore, they sense the responsibility that flows from
The world as it has been for
the past 2,000 years is about to come to an end. This does
not mean that the flame of human consciousness is about to
be snuffed out. The chaos in the world today comes not as
a prelude to Armageddon, rather it is a reminder that we are
in the process of giving birth to a new life-form. Big things
are happening and even more significant events lie ahead.
Everyone can feel it. Evolution is on the move once again
and consciousness is reaching up for its next hand-hold.
The concept of Homo divinus
is not a new idea. It is just an idea whose time has come.
Now the choice is yours. Do you want to remain mired in the
quicksand of Homo sapiens' history, or do you want
to climb in the sun? If you like, you can remain a Homo
sapiens. There is no natural law compelling you to see
the world through the eyes of a new species. Self-selection
means just what it says.
Should you choose to live as
Homo divinus, however, it most certainly will give
you the evolutionary advantage of living in harmony with the
Earth and with other members of your species. You are divine,
why not live that way?
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© 2002 by Lawrence Hagerty
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