What is Evolution?

“We began as a mineral.
We emerged into plant life, and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again.
That’s how a young person turns toward a teacher.
That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively.
Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through the migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
— The Story of Evolution
Rumi, 13th Century

6.18.2007

Ijuin, Kagoshima, Japan.

I'm writing this here post not only because it's been a while since i've written anything (publicly that is) but because I have nothing else doing really. I spent the whole day researching my new home online. Well the little information that I was able to salvage from the world wide web. I guess I now have a clearer idea of where I am going and what i'll be facing once I arrive. Still waiting on a reply from my predecessor or the package that he is preparing for me. Prior to this JET programme I never really conceptualised the vastness that is Japan and the changes that i'd be encountering once my arrival. But as the time draws nigh, I am confronted with the reality of my displacement. Ijuin, Kagoshima is a town west of Kagoshima City, but is accessible by train. I'm still a bit unclear of my exact situation, but as the JETs reiterated "everyone's experience is different". After a weekend long orientation showing the worst case scenarios, I think I'll be able to manage quite well. Atleast I hope. I'm excited about the hot springs and the volcano and the lush vegetation. On the other hand though, i'm gunna miss the comfort of home life. The unknown is pretty scary but then what isn't unknown in this day and age. I just hope everything works out according to plan. And I plan to make the best out of my year-long exodus to Kagoshima, Japan.

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."