An essential ingredient to the positive evolution of humanity is that we each work to extend our circle of care and concern for others to include the entire world.   Our evolutionary path points towards an expansion of our empathy or compassion towards others.  Plainly stated, it is important for each of us to learn to love everyone and everything, no matter what.  (How you comin’ with that?)

I have written a number of times here on “the bridge” about that topic.  For those of you who took the time to read my recent article in Integral Leadership Review , you will know that two of the characteristics that appear to be a part of our highest possible future are to ” live recognizing the interconnectedness of everything” and to work to “meet our individual needs while meeting the needs of the greater whole”.  A  natural by-product when we can truly “feel” that all is part of a One is a desire to ensure that all aspects of the One are supported.

Evolving to this place starts with each of us individually being aware of the Oneness, moving to a state of embodying that awareness (feeling it deeply), and then acting with higher levels of love, compassion and empathy towards more and more “others”.  As we grow to that point in our consciousness, we also seek to be an agent to assist others in moving to that place. Today, and off and on over the next few weeks, I want to offer some resources that can be useful in moving us personnally towards that shift in our consciousness and then as tools for you to use as you seek to be a change agent for good.

First, a wonderful and fast paced video based upon the work of Jeremy Rifkin and his recent book “The Empathatic Civilization”.  In it, he investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.  It’s about 10 minutes long, but it is worth the time…..watch it, pause it if necessary, but think about what it is saying.  The concepts it discusses are a key to the next steps in humanity’s evolution.

Watch it and let me know what you think:  LINK TO VIDEO

Mark Gilbert

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Check out all of Mark Gilbert’s books—available at Amazon. Click here to visit his Author Page. This includes his recent one Our Spiritual Rights and Responsibilities. In this book, he offers what he suggests are the 5 basic rights we all possess by virtue of our being these spiritual beings on planet Earth — and our 2 responsibilities we all hold in relation to one another! Check it out!