After the biological evolution on our Earth, there has been a consciousness evolution. Part of this is reflected in the way human beings have been able to harness nature’s forces to their advantage. It can now go into the spiritual realm. Planetary consciousness evolution opens us to a grand vision of human development and meaning. We recognize the possibility of embarking on a new path of human journey- more creative, caring and vibrant than anything that has gone on in the past.

In these days of troubled times, it may be good to remember our responsibility in the larger context of the planetary evolution. Then we will not be thinking only of our own personal advancement in the material or spiritual realms. There is openness in the psychology of a person who shows interest in understanding the deeper issues of life, body and mind. With that openness, self-awareness establishes itself as a constant companion; that way one becomes a channel for higher energies to descend on humanity.

Eckhart Tolle makes our spirits buoyant by saying that positive forces are already at work on this planet. He says that it is not so apparent because the negative forces are making a louder noise! That should give us enough encouragement to be involved In the planetary evolution. We get charged and move towards applying ourselves in that direction.

There are people who have developed attachment to some religious beliefs and the associated prophecies. They believe that the world is doomed and will come to an end soon; the chosen people will go to heaven and the rest will go to dogs. They seem to like the idea! If you are not one among them, you can help produce a transformation in the collective consciousness towards bringing about a world of happy human beings. The work begins with oneself and spreads like the ripple from the impact of a stone on the placid waters of a lake. All that is needed is the eagerness to understand the wider consciousness of which the mind is a small subset. Then our perspectives expand and we conduct our daily life from the point of view of personal and planetary transformation, rather than from the usual drives of personal aggrandizement and self-centered activities. One would not be guided by the ego to put up some spiritual goal in order to be in the good books of God. Sectarian religious practices that divide people into wrangling groups will be seen as detrimental to bringing about human unity and collective wellbeing. However, the philosophically oriented spiritual approaches can help as they do not indulge in dividing people.

Individually and collectively, we now have the opportunity to participate in the emergence of a new culture – one in which there is the beginning and the culmination of the long, majestic process of planetary evolution. What triggers interest in that direction is the serious questioning of accepted norms created by conventional approaches, spiritual or otherwise. One would stay away from atheism and agnosticism too, as they also sustain the ways of the ego.

Messages from paranormal phenomena, such as the near death experience and the out-of-body experience, can help us a lot in understanding our responsibility in the region of planetary transformation. They can inspire us to treat each day as an honored element of life on this planet. Those messages enrich our individual lives as well as give momentum to the evolution of consciousness on Earth. The journey of life becomes venerable and it reflects in the sacredness of our relationships. It would be based on unconditional love and wholeness from the direct perceptions of the vaster consciousness and Divinity, rather than on religious injunctions and moral concepts. You may remain unknown to the public and media because there will be no hankering after social fame on your part. There would be the understanding that basking under the social image can create obstruction to self-awareness and the inner dive. Here we are reminded of the Taoist question “Can one love all beings and govern them without being known?”

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Author's Bio: 

Gopalakrishnan T. Chandrasekaran was born in Madras (now Chennai), India. He received his doctoral degree in Coastal Engineering from the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA in 1978; served on the research and teaching faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India, the North Carolina State University and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait.
Aside from his professional involvements, he was interested in the philosophic issues of life for the last forty years or so. This led him to the messages of Ramana Maharishi, Lao Tzu, J Krishnamurthy, UG Krishnamurthy, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Eckhart Tolle, Marcus Aurelius and similar Masters. His book entitled “In Quest of the Deeper Self” is the outcome of his reflections on those and his wish to share the outcome with others.
Gopalakrishnan is a member of the International Association for Near Death Studies, Durham, NC, USA. He lives in Kodaikanal, a hill town in the southern part of India, with his wife Banumathy who also received her doctoral degree from the North Carolina State University, in Organic Chemistry. Now they are both retired and currently involved in developing a fruit farm at a village 20 km from their residence. They have a daughter and son who are both married and settled.