This book was the basis for a series of Sunday talks. The congregation gave it good reviews for the thought-provoking ideas and the practical guidelines for becoming creators of our own evolution.
In Unity, we teach that the Bible is the story of our spiritual evolution. According to the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Adam represents the first movement of mind in its contact with life and substance. Adam also represents generic man or the whole human race as an individualized idea. In his book, Brumet points out that in the creation story in Genesis, Adam went to sleep. Nowhere does it say he woke up.
Now is the time for the human race to wake up. There is a crisis in our world—a spiritual one. The crisis comes from the very evolutionary tool that kept us alive. While animals had sharp claws or fast speed, we had minds that could help us change our environment. “We can change our internal maps and strategies much more quickly than it takes an animal to evolve biological changes.”
This strategy has worked for thousands of years but no longer. “The problem is that the human mind, our evolutionary tool designed to help us survive, is no longer our servant but our master.” We became so identified with our mind that we think that is really who we are. It has helped us survive, but it can’t wake us up from the deep slumber of Adam. It can’t take us beyond itself.
So what are we going to do about it? The urge is there, that deep yearning, “a divine impulse to grow, to evolve and to become more than we seem to be.” Are we ready to wake up? Are we willing to do the work of transforming consciousness beginning with ourselves?
It’s amazing how Brumet was able to weave science and spirituality, theory and practice, East and West, as well as traditional Christianity and Unity together to help us in answering that question. It is an adventure of phylums and peduncles, tiers and memes, and the practice of mindfulness. Ideas of Don Beck, Jean Houston, Charles Fillmore, Swami Vivekananda, and Nikos Kazantzakis (to name a few) are shared for those wishing to delve deeper.
Together they make a compelling argument for us to take a quantum leap of conscious evolution—to be the leap—one transformation, one person at a time.