Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


Revolution in Consciousness? Not Yet!

Revolution in Consciousness? Not Yet!

By Martin LeFevre

Dusk is quickly descending. Moments after sitting down at streamside, I hear something in the water a short distance downstream. I turn to see a young, but full-grown deer standing in the shallow current.

At the same moment, it spots me, and a split second later the animal performs an astounding athletic feat, taking three big bounds across the creek and up the steep bank. The water’s edge must have always been a place of danger for deer, and so they evolved a highly developed flight reaction at any hint of a predator.

The palpable mystery of dusk deepens. One feels, as the last light of day drains from the skies, that one knows nothing and is nothing. The sounds of nature (the washboard of water musically flowing by at my feet) and the noises of man (the roaring engines on the racetrack a couple miles away) co-mingle in the darkening parkland.

Knowledge can drain out of one like the light on a hot summer’s evening. The mind falls silent, and its content —the useful and useless memories —cease operating. Psychological time stops, and for a little while at least, one simply is, and is nothing.

This, you might say, is fine for the individual, but in the meantime humankind is plundering the earth, poverty is becoming more acute, and wars are raging on, killing millions and wasting billions of dollars. Something far greater than a few individuals sitting in samadhi is urgently needed: a revolution in consciousness and a political manifestation are urgently needed.

Some say that a silent revolution in consciousness is already in progress, and that it is an inexorable movement that will be impossible to stop. I would like to be so sanguine, but human history is in fact accelerating in the opposite direction.

I once heard a great religious teacher say that no teacher, however illumined, has changed the basic course of humankind. And the basic course of humankind is toward increasing division and fragmentation through the unintelligent use of thought.

Thought is a separative mechanism. Its fundamental principle is to remove ‘things’ from the environment and prepare them for use. As such, it obviously has its place. However, thought doesn’t stop with utilitarian outward separations, but fabricates and sustains a separate self--a personal and collective ego —that is given the importance of life itself. Therefore without insight into thought, inner and outer fragmentation proliferates, and threatens the wholeness of nature and people.

Two attitudes are indisputably false: that it doesn’t matter what happens to humanity; and that humankind will go on this way forever. The outlook that ‘things have always been and will always be this way’ is wrong on the face of it. Even if we’re thinking in terms of thousands of years (since the beginning of cities), or tens of thousands of years (since the beginning of modern humans), change, not stasis, is the law of life.

Does what happens to humanity matters to more than just us? All sentient species in the universe matter because they have the potential to consciously awaken cosmic intelligence within themselves. That has nothing to do with a separate God, a deity projected as perfect thought, but with Intelligence without a designer.

Humankind is meant to live in harmony on this incredibly beautiful planet, not plunder it and make cyborgs of ourselves. (The line between machine and man must be sharply drawn now, or man will become a machine.) Nothing is perfect, but human beings can live in imperfect harmony on this earth.

For that to happen, obviously a revolution in consciousness is absolutely necessary, but just what does that mean? First and foremost, a psychological revolution means the beginning of the end of thought’s domination —both in the human mind/brain, as well as ecologically. Also, the revolution in consciousness has to manifest politically very quickly, in order to begin to manage the many extreme challenges facing people in the global society.

People all over the world are beginning to awaken, and for the first time in human history, a planetary psychological revolution is essential (since humankind’s margin of error is gone), and possible. A few people, questioning to the core of consciousness and awakening insight together, could ignite this revolution. And that will change the course of humankind.

- Martin LeFevre is a contemplative, and non-academic religious and political philosopher. He has been publishing in North America, Latin America, Africa, and Europe (and now New Zealand) for 20 years. Email: The author welcomes comments.



© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news