Humanity and the Divine
by Scott Washington
As early as I can remember I always saw greatness in those around me. In greatness exists an intrinsic beauty.
Perhaps we are all aware of this when we are young. Everything was alive and valid in its own right. Each moment presented another opportunity for discovery. The one thing I wanted from my father, and from the external world, was confirmation that the beauty, which so inspired me, was equally valid and important to everyone else.
As I grew up it became painfully clear that the overwhelming love for life and expression that surged inside me was rarely met, addressed or even recognised by others. The overriding message as a child seemed to be ‘fit in,’ and was followed with the innuendo, ‘to the real world’ I would wonder what is real!
Is my inner world, with its dreams, aspirations and love of beauty real, or is it that the external world, with its rules, organisations, actions, structures and methods, which is real? As a child it seemed to me that the inner world, and the imposed concept of reality handed onto me by my parents and the world, were two mutually exclusive domains. One seemingly could not exist with the other.
It was this discrepancy, which became a guiding light for the direction of my life. I wanted to know what was real, who I really was, how it is in the external world and why it was that people didn’t communicate with each other’s inner world. The inner world for me as a child was the life that was underneath the body .It was and is something that one communicates with through communion rather than words.
I can remember being thirteen years old and contemplating the work I wanted to do when I grew up. What kept occurring in the contemplation was, ‘talk to people’s hearts’. There was no description of such worlds, so I was forced to pursue this strong inner urge for communication as a part of my own journey
I left Australia to explore the world and find resolution for my inner desire. The journey lasted thirty years, and although I have had to forgo marriage, children and a home of any permanence during this time, what I gained was the ability to bridge different worlds i.e. inner/outer, human/divine and illusi
Along the way I have lived in over 35 countries and have been able to learn about different cultures, religions and lifestyles. I also undertook many outrageous adventures from which valuable life lessons were gleaned i.e. hitch hiking from Istanbul to Geneva with only six dollars and no other money available In Switzerland, demonstrating a lifetime interest in food, I made cheese fondue and was called, ‘Doctor Fondue’ After another years travel around Europe and Great Britain, I spent time at Findhorn Foundation, a community in Scotland and then left the cold English winter for. In 1979, I met a man called Robert Fritz (who wrote Path of least resistance, Creating).
At this point in his life, Robert Fritz had just finished a very successful career as a musician, including playing with jazz legend Dave Brubeck and teaching music composition at the New England Conservatorium of Music. He was developing programs on the processes involved in creating, by using his masterful comprehension of musical structure and it’s dynamics and applying these to how people create results. His interest was in the technologies involved in creating.
I was fortunate enough to meet Robert at an early point in his transition from music to teaching about the technologies of creating, and I was able to pilot new programs as he developed them. During this time of mentorship with Robert I developed D.M.A, New York (1979-1983) and D.M.A. Australia (1984 -1986). D.M.A. was an organisation, which presented programs developed by Robert Fritz and was later called Technologies for Creating. The programs presented were on basic and advanced principles of creating, as well as intuition I am greatly indebted to Robert Fritz for his personal support, for the truly empowering work he initiated, and for the highly principled manner by which he has taught others and myself to teach. A part of the foundation of the work I do today can be attributed to Robert Fritz and the things I learnt in his association.
In 1982 as an aside to the Fritz work, I developed a form of short term counselling. The objective of the counselling was to communicate with, and validate, the inner nature of my clients and by 1986 had become my singular focus.
This counselling became very successful and after seeing over 4,000 clients in both the U.S. and Australia the time came to teach others about the lessons I had learnt from doing sessions and from the work I had done with Robert Fritz. The childhood dream to talk to people’s hearts as a profession had come to fruition. By 1991, and for the next six years I directed my focus towards developing and presenting the Change Consultation Program, which taught about the principles involved in counselling, creating, change, identity, intuition and consulting. As it began to dawn on me that the Change Consultancy training was succeeding, it also seemed that something was completing itself for me.
At the pinnacle of my success I awoke one morning with a high fever, and felt like death warmed up. I was diagnosed as having toxic poisoning, a leaky gut, Crohn’s disease, and later was able to add depression to the list. Overnight I had gone from healthy to unhealthy, financially free to bankrupt, physically vibrant to obese, from having a strong sense of identity to no sense of identity, and from living in a beautiful home to being homeless.
Life has many ironies, and having spent much of my adult life teaching about creating your own reality, identity development and dissolution, and the principles of change, I had found myself not creating what I wanted in my life. My entire sense of identity was falling apart and I was stubbornly resisting change. I felt lost and barren. The journey had begun where I was to welcome back the prodigal son in myself. I faced the experience of losing everything physically, emotionally and mentally, which gave me a sense of reality and identity. Amidst the chaos and debris of what my life had been a heart was still beating. The only thing for sure was that I knew that I had a heart, and it was my heart, and it was real. The life of the heart lived on after everything else was lost.
I discovered that there is life after death, and although I no longer knew what life is about, I knew Life.
Imbalance is always ultimately followed by balance and so I hold the view that within my lifetime there will be, as a matter of global acceptance, a greater interest in the exploration of our spiritual nature. I see this as a spiritual revolution, but not a religious one. The progress of our evolution will be measured by what we do to our environment and each other rather than by our technological advances. To do this Humanity will have agreed upon a greater unifying definition of itself.
We currently define ourselves through division and by separation, like individual trees in the forest, each attempting to convince the others that it is the chosen tree. Just as each tree is part of a forest, each of us is an inseparable part of Humanity.
Many of the global decisions being made today are not for the good of Humanity, but for the pleasure of an elite few. We have reached a point in our evolution where, to go forward viably we must recognise the things we have in common and be able to make decisions from a wholistic viewpoint and in favour of Humanity as a whole. What is in common with each of us is that beyond our personal, religious and social beliefs, we each have a Divine and a Human nature. We are Spiritual beings who have entered a Human experience. Not just human, and not just spiritual beings. We are that unique combination of life expression, the Human Being.
All things evolve in cycles. For years and years, Humankind has lived through a cycle of evolution in which we have stood firmly entrenched in the Human side of our nature, and have become blind to our Being or spiritual nature. The pendulum is now swinging the other way, and the new epoch of Humanity is witnessing the birth of a synergistic, wholistic life form, the Human Being.
Many smokers would rather continue their old habit instead of creating a new healthy lifestyle. We too can be reluctant to abandon our old ways in the face of change. So often we can live our lives habitually and automatically, being satisfied to keep things the way they are and remaining unaware of the long-term consequences of our actions.
As a race we cannot ensure a healthy future by continuing to base our life on patterns and structures whose use-by date has clearly passed. Our Human nature, wants power, wants comfort, wants to survive, defends itself, fears and remains separate. Our inherent Being seeks expression, creativity, aspiration and fulfilment; our inherent Being is whole.
When we consider the smallest particles at play, we find electrons charged negatively and positively. These poles are not in harmony, but in a continual act of striving for, but not achieving a proportionate, equitable relationship. If the positive and negative poles were equally balanced, life, as we know it would not exist.
We are both Human and Divine. An electron is the product of opposing forces at play just as the Human Spirit is the product of opposing forces at play. If we identified ourselves purely as Human we would assume that there is some point in our life where there will be an absolute resolution of our needs i.e. we will achieve the perfect house, relationship or job. We would be greatly disappointed when we found no such thing exists.
On the other hand, if we defined ourselves purely as divine we would find ourselves at odds with anything Human, denying our emotions, conflict and materialism. We might assume the purpose of life was to escape the Human experience. It is one thing to create an enlightened state of being living high and alone in the Himalayas, but to come back from that cave into the Human experience, ah, there’s the real test! All life as we know it is born from a union of opposites. The discrepancy of our dual nature creates a striving dynamic called Life. From this discrepancy all great art literature, music, innovation and creativity is born.
It is the inner fire, which ignites when opposites unite. Humanity is arriving at a point in evolution where we will no longer define ourselves as one pole or the other but as a trilogy. We are Human, we are Divine and we are the Life, which is born from their union. Most structures society is built upon are not designed to kindle and empower this creative fire called Life, but instead are designed to control and restrict our true creative nature.
If we assumed ourselves to be that synergistic product of both our Human and Divine in nature, how would we view current world structures? How would we relate to others and ourselves differently? How would we create the future? How would our values change if we viewed ourselves firstly as a species of Beings sharing the Human experience together and committed to the betterment of our greater family, the Human race?
Ask a child how they would like the world to be and so often the response is ‘a world where we can all live happily and in peace together’. People once laughed at the dream of man landing on the moon, just as hundreds of years earlier people laughed at the notion that the world was round. The dreams of our children can become the world of tomorrow. Such evolutionary change, however, has its challenges. Whenever current values and beliefs are questioned, people are likely to become defensive, yet in order to become aware, we need to be able to examine the beliefs and values we automatically assume as true.
Over the years, my training has led me to think in terms of relative truths rather than absolute ones. Since the world is always changing, and today the new becomes redundant overnight, to suggest that anything might be the complete absolute truth seems arrogant. By holding ideas as absolute truths we limit ourselves by being unable to consider anything that differs, or conflicts with our views. When we view our personal truths as a series of current opinions (rather than iron clad beliefs) we are more capable of growth and mastery. We also spend less time and energy attempting to maintain and prove what we hold as true.
If you are rigid in your beliefs about how life is, then it becomes difficult to let in any new information. I encourage you not to believe me verbatim, but rather to be willing to try the ideas presented, as a traveller might try a different cultural experience.
We look outward at the world around us, looking for answers, blind to the fact that the answers we seek already exist within ourselves. We tend to want to change the world, but not ourselves. We sit comfortably with the notion that our beliefs and values are true. In fact, we can all prove our beliefs are true. Beliefs are just beliefs. When beliefs are challenged, it can seem that our sense of identity is threatened.
I am interested in discovering how we create this sense of identity that can be so easily threatened, and whether we really are the cherished beliefs we hold so dear, or whether we are something far greater. It does not require belief to feel the sun shine on you, to enjoy music, to be in awe, or to experience Life. In fact it is our beliefs, which restrict us from the greater mysteries that await us.
We don’t have to believe in the dreams of our children for them to be valid dreams. If you absolutely knew you could create your dreams, would you let yourself dream? We are not taught at school how to create, and so for many people childhood dreams become merely wishful thinking. You can learn in this book how you create, and how to create successfully. Any creative act has a beginning, middle and an end. We are comfortable and familiar with the middle of the creative process, but can be reluctant to experience endings and new beginnings. Endings and beginnings, however, characterise the state of the world today.
The history of the world can be viewed as a series of epochs or ages. The age we grew up in, and which has been dominant for the past few thousand years, is the Piscean Age, and we find ourselves moving into a new epoch, the Aquarian Age.
Old structures, as well as our individual and societal identities, are being challenged, as new and radical paradigms are being forged. How we respond to such unprecedented change will determine our individual and collective future. The only problem with all this is that as Human Beings we do not always co-operate with change. We have not been taught about change, only how to fit in with the world and its values.
We can see the younger generation dreaming inwardly of a new world, but unable to relate their inner aspirations to the reality of the outer world. When someone’s inner aspirations and dreams are not validated it is only natural to feel confused, disillusioned and not belonging.
Our concept of history has been somewhat biased by religion and academia. Since we can all prove our beliefs are true, and we have believed that modern man is but a few thousand years, any wisdom or life before that is considered unimportant and unverifiable.
Now, with advancing archaeological networking and technology, we are discovering that this recent epoch has not been the sole time frame for mankind, but in fact only a small fraction of our greater history. As we begin to account for the history of mankind on the broader level, we will find all our societal beliefs and structures challenged. Our religions and scientific achievements will look quite different as we realise that wisdom has been around much longer than our version of history suggests.
It is the identity we have formulated over the past few thousand years which we hold on to, in the form of history and its sacred institutions, which is now being challenged.
We are now being forced to examine identity both individually and as a race and what I have committed myself to discovering is how this identity has been created. It is time for the Human Race to truly know itself, not only as Human but also as Divine.