The Case for Evolution
Lately, my older daughter has been asking to watch a lot of nature shows. Planet Earth, Life, and Blue Planet have become daily viewing in our house. I'm starting to hear David Attenborough's voice in my sleep.
Of course, watching the myriad forms of life on our planet got me thinking about evolution.
Most forms of life on our planet have evolved in response to their environments. Seals and polar bears have layers of fat because the Arctic is cold. Green mambas blend in with the leaves in the Indian jungles because how the hell else could you miss a snake that big? Cheetahs run fast because the animals they eat run fast. It's simple, when you think about it - and yet, so incredible at the same time. There are millions of species on our planet, each perfectly adapted to its environment and place in the food chain.
Similarly, when we humans are not operating on an awakened level, we evolve as a response to our environment, particularly our closest social groups. But, unlike the polar bears, mambas, and cheetahs, we have the freedom to choose how, where, and why we live. We have instincts and conditioning, but we also have free will, choice, and consciousness. We don't have to be what we were brought up to be, what others expect us to be, or what our environment seems to demand of us. We can be whatever, however, and whomever we want!
Pretty awesome, right? I think so, too.
If our natural environment and life experiences haven't conditioned us to think, feel, and behave in a way that supports our visions, goals, and dreams, we aren't doomed to a life that doesn't make us happy. We just need to start hitting the "override" button. When we create different conditions for ourselves through our thoughts, decisions, and actions, we will evolve according to those conditions. This means choosing to engage only with the thoughts, feelings, experiences, people, and actions that shift our status quo in a positive way and push our boundaries in the direction of our growth.
So many people dream about finding love. But until you evolve into the kind of person who can love yourself and experience love in a healthy way, every relationship you attract will mirror your current ideas about love, not your dream of love. (Trust me, I know this one firsthand. I'll tell you that story sometime soon.)
If you dream about being rich, but until you evolve into a person who understands and can handle money, you will always feel like wealth is out of your reach. (This is another one I know from experience.)
If you want to create a movement, but until you evolve into the kind of person who believes that what you do matters and actually has an impact, nothing you do will get off the ground. (Yup, I've lived this one, too.)
So ... How do we evolve toward what we want?
That, of course, is the million-dollar question. And it's the reason I started this blog. My ideas around this aren't perfectly-formed, and I don't have all the answers, but here is the basis of what I'm proposing:
Every day, we can make small, incremental choices that push us toward becoming the person who can receive and sustain our dream. These small choices challenge our internal safety mechanisms and give our brain new feedback to chew on. Soon, what at first felt challenging and unnatural will become a habit—a new, higher-level status quo.
It may not be easy, but I'm certain that it really is that simple.
So ... are you ready to choose your evolution?
Philosopher, seeker, waymaker, coach, editor, and award-winning, best-selling author: Bryna Haynes's passion is discovering new pathways to personal growth and empowerment. Constantly challenging the status quo, Bryna is an agent for change and expansion for conscious entrepreneurs, changemakers, healers, and influencers around the world.