Published on December 1st, 2017 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.


INSPIRATION: Human by Design Our Origin: Why It Matters

Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best selling author, and is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science, spirituality and human potential. He wrote his latest book Human by Design with one purpose in mind: to empower us in the choices that lead to thriving lives in a transformed world. Below are excerpts from his book.

Since our earliest ancestors looked with awe into the distant stars of a moonless night sky, a single question has been asked countless times by countless numbers of people sharing the same experience through the ages.The question they’ve asked speaks directly to the core of every challenge that will ever test us in life, no matter how big or how small. It’s at the heart of every choice we’ll ever face, and it forms the foundation for every decision we’ll ever make.The question that’s at the root of all questions asked during the estimated 200,000 years or so that we’ve been on earth is simply this: Who are we?

In what may be the greatest irony of our lives, following 5,000 years of recorded history and technological achievements that stagger the imagination, we have yet to answer this most basic question with certainty.

Why our Origin Matters

The way we answer the question of how we came to be as we are penetrates the essence of each moment of our lives. It forms the perceptual eyes — the filters— through which we see other people, the world around us, and most importantly, ourselves. For example, when we think of ourselves as separate from our bodies, we approach the healing process feeling like powerless victims of an experience that we have no control over. Conversely, recent discoveries confirm that when we approach life knowing that our bodies are designed to constantly repair, rejuvenate and heal, this shift in perspective creates the chemistry in our cells that mirrors our belief.

Our Origin: Why It Matters also includes changing the existing story when new discoveries give us the reasons to do so. New Discoveries Mean a New Story If we’re honest with ourselves and acknowledge that the world is changing, then it makes sense that our story in the world must change as well. Likely, the new human story will be a hybrid of theories that already exist. These will be woven together into the new tapestry of a grand chronicle that describes an extraordinary and epic past. And with this new story, at last we’ll embrace the
history that cannot be accounted for in any of the existing theories by themselves.

A growing body of evidence suggests that we are the product of something more than random mutations and lucky biology. But the evidence can only go so far. Fossils, DNA, ancient cave art, and human burial sites can only show us the remnants of what happened in the past. They cannot tell us why those things happened. Unless we find a way to travel backward in
time, the truth is that we may never know the complete why of what has made our existence possible. But maybe we don’t need to know. Maybe it’s not necessary to have that level of detail for us to shift the way we think about ourselves and change our lives.

The discovery that we are the product of something more than evolution—very likely a conscious and intelligent act of creation—may be all we need to point us in a new, honest and healthy direction when it comes to the human story. The undeniable fact is that something happened 200,000 years ago to make our existence possible. And whatever that something was, it left us with the extraordinary abilities of intuition, compassion, empathy, love, self-healing and more. We owe it to ourselves to embrace the body of evidence, the story it tells, and the healing it can bring to our lives.

The power of the emerging human story may help us bring true and lasting healing to the racial hate, the sexual violence, the religious intolerance, and the other devastating challenges we face, ranging from the abuse of technology to the plague of terrorism that’s sweeping the earth. To do anything less is simply to place a Band-Aid on the emotional wound that creates these expressions of fear. For the first time in the 300-year-long history of science, we’re writing a new human story that gives us a new answer to the time- less question of who we are.

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