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Craig Hamilton Craig Hamilton teacher. scholar. spiritual evolutionary.

Craig Hamilton, founder of Integral Enlightenment, is a pioneer in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. He's a participant in the Synthesis Dialogues, a think tank presided over by the Dalai Lama. [www.integralenlightenment.com]

I derive my sense of meaning from awakening to a larger evolutionary context for human existence. Many of us are looking for personal meaning. I like to ask a bigger question: What’s the purpose of human life? We’re part of an unfolding evolutionary process that began with the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago and continues to unfold, in ever more glorious, diverse, complex, beautiful, harmonious, integrated manifestations.

About 35,000 years ago, one of the animals on Earth went through a dramatic mutation – the Big Bang of the human mind – when our self-reflective consciousness emerged. We became aware of ourselves and began to reflect on the question of meaning. That’s when people started painting on cave walls and putting flowers on the graves of the dead.

Now we’re at a point where significant numbers of us are starting to awaken and understand that we’re part of an evolutionary process. Like others, I’m realizing that I am the Big Bang. I am that creative explosion in motion. In essence, everything I am emerged out of it, and the deepest part of myself is that evolutionary impulse. We humans are the leading edge of the Big Bang, at least in this corner of the universe. We now have the ability to discern our trajectory – the direction of our evolution.

When we step back and look at the broad sweep, we see that evolution has been on a trajectory toward greater complexity, but also greater cooperation – from the first self-replicating molecule through the gradual development of increasingly complex partnerships in larger and larger circles of cooperation.

The Big Bang is alive in us and wants to go somewhere. Where it wants to go is toward greater and greater connectivity and cooperation and love.

I find meaning in my willingness to give myself over as a servant of this evolutionary process. I want all of my interactions to be expressions of higher and higher orders of harmony and integration and unity, bringing higher and higher manifestations of the good, the true, and the beautiful. That’s where our evolutionary impulse is trying to take us.

If I realize that I’m responding in a way that doesn’t feel in alignment with everything I just described, I take a step back and re-anchor in the deepest truth I know. I reflect deeply on the larger context. It’s hard to find much meaning when the context is just myself, but if I’m willing to stop and reflect, to ask myself What am I really doing here?, then I realize it’s not for me. None of it is for me. It’s all for conscious evolution.

– Craig Hamilton

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