NEO Magazine Issue 2 - Page 80

CONSCIOUSNESS and spirituality in the new earth corbin jonathan darrall-rew new earth institute director:consciousness & spirituality faculty “I believe deeply that we must find, all of us together, a new spirituality. This new concept ought to be elaborated alongside the religions in such a way that all people of good will could adhere to it.” - H. H. the Dalai Lama XIV As the mystics of all times have attested, the One Reality of Consciousness has both an unchanging, ever-prefect, and originally complete aspect, and an ever-unfolding, dynamically expressing Life-force that is always in the process of becoming. 13.7 billion years ago, within the unconditioned brilliance of the One, this Life-force broke forth as the universe from a mysterious singularity. With incredible speed, through the cooling of the rapidly expanding universal space, the first subatomic particles, such as protons, neutrons and electrons, emerged. The former of these combined quickly to form the first atomic nuclei. Then the combination of electrons with them allowed the consequent production of the first elements – hydrogen and helium – which allowed the arising and formation of the first structures of the universe: black holes and the dark halos of early galaxies. Within these there were then major bursts of star formation. And from the cycles of star birth and death, over billions of years