Evolution as a Spiritual Journey

“Most people think of evolution in physical Darwinian terms, from the perspective of the evolution of species. My purpose in this paper is to show evolution in a different light, from the perspective of the evolution of human consciousness.” – Richard Barrett is an author, speaker and internationally recognised thought leader on the evolution of human values in business and society

Most people think of evolution in physical Darwinian terms, from the perspective of the evolution of species. My purpose in this paper is to show evolution in a different light, from the perspective of the evolution of human consciousness.

We can think about the evolution of human consciousness in two ways: as a cultural phenomenon beginning about 200,000 years ago when modern man (Homo sapiens) emerged as the most successful strain of the genus Homo, or as a personal phenomenon that affects all of us, stretching from the moment we are born to the moment we die.1 It is this latter perspective that I propose to explore in this paper.

A PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL APPROACH

My approach is psycho-spiritual, having its roots in transpersonal psychology. Transpersonal psychology is an emergent school of psychology that integrates the spiritual aspects of human experience with modern psychology. “Transpersonal” refers to the experiences we have of our transcendent nature, a sense of our larger identity that goes beyond the narrow confines of the ego-self to embrace the broader horizons of the soul-self.

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