Soul Power – An Agenda for a Conscious Humanity

I just discovered Anne Baring & Scilla Elworthy, & I feel so inspired by their work, their mind… I had to share this article, directly copy-paste from her website…

Soul Power – An Agenda for a Conscious Humanity

Anne Baring and Scilla Elworthy – published by Booksurge, USA, June 2009


For a long while I have held Anne Baring in high regard as the foremost exponent of the divine feminine. I was keen for her knowledge to become widely available, especially for people who do not read long books. Just before New Year 2008, I suggested to her that we spend 3 days together teasing out the essence of what we might know about the change in consciousness required on the planet today, and she agreed.

We worked off and on for three months, and the result was Soul Power: an Agenda for a Conscious Humanity – a book full of extraordinary quotes and many beautiful photos. It was the fastest publishing process I’ve ever experienced; we completed the manuscript in April, it was then designed and laid out by Tania Coke, and published by Booksurge in the USA in July 2009.

What it says is essentially this: we live in an extraordinary age – an age both of mortal danger but also of unprecedented opportunity, if only we can understand what’s happening, and why. Our capacity for destruction, both military and environmental, is vastly greater today than it was half a century ago, and will be still greater tomorrow.

It seems as if this mortal danger is forcing us to take a great leap in our evolution that we might never have made, were we not driven to it by the crises facing us. This leap consists in an expansion of human consciousness – a shift from seeing ourselves as the dominant species on this planet with a right to exploit its resources for our own needs, to seeing ourselves as utterly dependent for our survival on an extraordinary living web of planetary life. This great web of life, formed over countless millions of years, will not survive unless we respect the interdependence and balance of its living systems.

At present we live irresponsibly, unconsciously, as if we can do what we like to the earth, without consequences. We live as if there is no purpose or meaning to our lives beyond the fulfillment of our material needs. We live as if we are separate from each other and the planet. We live as if the concept of soul or spirit is an irrelevance.

The treasure that we have lost is a living relationship with the soul. In the past, the word ‘soul’ conveyed meaning: the greatest artists, poets and mystics were engaged in keeping people in touch with their soul. Today the word means nothing in a culture unaware of the value of an inner life.

Our brilliant technological culture inflicts intolerable stress on us because it grants no value to mystery. It allows no time for relationship with the soul, no time to awaken to the beauty and wonder of the extraordinary treasure that lies within us, and the magnificence all around us.

Given that we may have only a few decades to heal ourselves and the planet, how do we recover our lost sense of being part of something totally sacred? How do we develop respect and compassion for nature? How do we meet the needs of the human heart for love, relatedness, connection?


How can we be the change we want to see in the world?

We can make radical shifts in our everyday lives – in the way we do things, in the way we think, in how we are. Instead of seeing the current crises as frightening, we can see the opportunity they offer to transform the deficient values that currently drive our economies.

We can develop new energy technologies that are benign rather than destructive or polluting. We can adjust our domestic decisions – decisions about travel, heating, conserving food and precious resources – to the needs of the planet. We can take our business away from de-humanized organisations to more connected ones, where we can form a relationship with a person, such as local barter systems.

In our workplace, we can suggest and support moves away from hierarchical structures to horizontal ones that are personalised, connected and enable individuals to develop and thrive. We can demonstrate to leaders and managers that ‘top down’ change cannot succeed without ‘bottom up’ consultation and engagement. We can move away from the sickness of greed and ruthless competition towards an understanding of our path in life, of what we are really here to do.

We shall need emotional intelligence – understanding not simply the point of view but the needs of the ‘opponent’. Non violent communication is now being learned and used by people all over the world, simply because it works, and works wonders.

We are being offered new opportunities to grow and become more complete human beings. Servant leadership for example is a powerful way to learn how I – as an ego – can step back, and I as a servant can step forward. An on-going practice of reflection or self-awareness could become a daily support. Self knowledge enables us to develop the ability to confront and transform darker emotions.

Each of us needs to find our own unique path. In fact this may be the most important thing we ever do, to perceive how our particular skills can be of most use to the planet and future generations, and let this inspire and guide our actions.

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