Our Evolutionary Journey

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Purpose and Preparation: Our Evolutionary Journey includes a brief meditation and 5 minute video, and takes us through the amazing unfolding story of our universe.  It places our current challenges and feelings within a larger context of deep time. So just allow yourself to rest and expand your consciousness.

Process 1

[Download MP3s: Evolutionary Journey, or you can use the Transcript text below to guide others.]

Process 2: Watch this video, Our Story in 1 minute to journey through our evolutionary pathway.

You might also enjoy listening to the song, Expanding Universe, sung by John Seed and Dana Lyons.

Expanding Universe Song

 

Reflection: Imagine the energy and passion of our evolutionary process flowing through your being right now, guiding you on your next steps into a positive future for the Earth and all its creatures. How does that feel in your body and your heart? If it feels good, stay here for a while, drinking in that feeling and resting, bathing in it.  Write a few notes down in your Joyality Journal. What might your next steps be?

If you enjoyed this exercise and want to connect deeper into our evolutionary journey we suggest checking out the Deep Time Walk App here. Deep Time Walk is a 4.6km walking audio book for smartphones telling a history of the living Earth. This unfolding takes you from 4,600,000,000 years ago (4,600 Million Years Ago) to the present day, with each metre walked representing 1 million years.

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[Transcript Process 1]

Closing your eyes, settle yourself down into your body, and take a take a couple of deep breaths … focusing on your inner feelings and sensations, allowing them to be exactly as they are.

Now, think about your parents, your grandparents, greatgrandparents, their parents and so forth back through all your ancestors as far as you can go … taking your time … and reflecting on all the challenges and struggles they faced and how they all survived to give birth. … Now go further and further back through your human history.

And then travel further back into your evolutionary history through all the animals (apes, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, single-celled organisms … Imagine the challenges they faced in their lifetimes, including periods of extinction.

Reflect on the incredible fact that every single one of your ancestors, right from the beginning of time, survived and thrived despite all the challenges … many of them overcoming countless seemingly insurmountable obstacles … otherwise you wouldn’t be here right now!

Now let your imagination take you even further back in time … to before the “big bang” … and let yourself sit quietly in the stillness, before space and time began. … Allow yourself to rest in this feeling of spaciousness, beyond time, beyond existence; a moment of not-knowing but full of potential.

Stay in that silence, that spaciousness, for as long as you feel like it.  Then open your eyes and look around you, but only when you feel ready.

Sources: Meditation created by Eshana, inspired by the Cosmic Walk (lineage: Thomas Berry, Miriam McGillis, Ruth Rosenhek and John Seed’s Future Human Visualisation. Carl Sagan’s video from ‘Cosmos’ (found by Peter G ). Expanding Universe from ‘At Night They Howl at the Moon: Environmental Songs for Kids’ (deep ecology version of the original by Monty Python).

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