Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Welcome to the Human Era

Welcome to the Human EraHi everyone, 

Here's a beautiful inspiring piece by my friend Annie Hart. Thanks Annie, you are an inspiration. 

by , The World of More: http://theworldofmore.com/welcome-to-the-human-era/

Welcome to the human era, a time in which we are meant to share, collaborate and work together for the betterment of all.

Why the human era?

We have lived as separate parts of a machine for long enough. Now it is time to remember that we are all moving parts of the same larger body, which will change how we think and how we live and work together.

So what are the tenants of the human era? This is just a start:

The first is to make a shift from the “I” to the “we” and begin working together in partnership. Collaboration, synergy & combined creative effort is what will take us further

In the human era, human beings naturally come first. Health, happiness and well-being of people no longer come as an afterthought, but are an essential aspect of creating our world.

The next big change is that money is no longer the “bottom line.” I have a lot to say on this subject!

First of all we need to wonder why has money been the bottom line in the first place? Is this intended to mean that money is the most important factor in life? Does it mean that money is meant to be the stable base? Unfortunately neither of these is true. Just look at the large scale unhappiness of human beings or observe the precarious nature of the financial market to see the fallacy in this.

Believing that money is or can be the bottom or base of anything is short term, survival thinking, not the visionary, broad range thinking that we need today. For those of you screaming, “But we need money in order to survive!” I want you to keep an open mind here.

Money is a useful tool of exchange but it is not and cannot ever be, the stable base of a culture, organization or society. The problem is not money itself. The problem is that we have not questioned the thinking that’s been in place for thousands of years.

Humans are and always have been, the essential capital and value of any culture. We simply need to get back to the basics and money can fall in line as a means of exchange, but not the only one and certainly not the one with the most value.

In the human era we also need a new operating system. We need a shift out of our heads and into our … hearts! This one is simple and obvious, but has been largely overlooked.

In the human body the heartbrain (yes it’s an actual brain) is a more evolved and effective brain to help us navigate a complex world. The headbrain, our current operating system, is ineffective for many things.

If you look around today you will see many people who are anxious, scattered, disorganized and chaotic. The headbrain is ineffective for complex functions. The heartbrain regulates not only the autonomic functions of the body, but is also essential in reducing our stress levels.

The heartbrain also naturally includes another element of our human era which is empathy. Not to be confused with sympathy, empathy is the prime capability we need to live and work in harmony with each other. It is the ability to see the world from another’s perspective, which is an essential part of the “we” mindset.

All of these are skills we can develop and I will be sharing them in future posts. Take some time today to look around your world and see the wonderful human beings who are in your sphere.

What have you missed about them? Have you been so focused on work, family, deadlines and other external pressures that you’ve forgotten the human side of life, including your own?

Take a nice long breath, have a cup of tea and take time to make contact with those around you. Who are they? What do they have to share and how can you bring out the gifts in them?

Start to think about how you can experience the  larger “we” rather than the solo “I” and notice what a difference this makes. Welcome to the human era, an era in which the whole, happy and fulfilled human being always comes first.

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