Lett's Set A Spell
Last week in Chapel Hill, I met a brilliant thinker and social innovator who believes that global change happens when people work collectively for the greater good. Barbara Marx Hubbard invited participants in her audience to discover how they could draw upon their own talents and connection with community to change the world.
The two-day program, “Conscious Evolution,” was sponsored by Center for Ecozoic Societies, C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle, The Fenwick Foundation, Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute, and United Church of Chapel Hill.
As a teenager, Barbara Marx, daughter of a wealthy toymaker father, began to ask deep questions about the meaning of life. Her quest started in 1945 when America dropped nuclear bombs on Japan, and Barbara realized that we could use our power to destroy people, nations, and even our planet.
Barbara began searching for the meaning of power. While at Bryn Mawr College, she studied Greek and Roman philosophers and spent her junior year in Paris. Sitting in a cafe she began talking with a young man, Earl Hubbard, who told her: “I am an artist. My purpose is to seek a new image of humanity commensurate with our power to shape the future.” Barbara loved his view of power and married him.
BY THE AGE OF 36, Barbara had given birth to five children and was severely despondent. She eventually realized that the cause of her deep depression was lack of creative expression. She started reading the Christian mystic, Teilhard de Chardin, who wrote in “The Phenomenon of Man” about a new kind of human on the earth who was attracted to creating a better future. She also studied Abraham Maslow, author of “Motivation and Personality,” who believed the meaning of our power is to release the individual creative potential of each person’s chosen work.
Barbara’s passion and eventually her vocation was to understand the nature and the meaning of the enormous power that human beings have developed. In 1998 she published a book, “Conscious Evolution: Awakening Our Social Potential” and continues to research and speak on this topic. She says that social transformation occurred previously during the Renaissance periods in history and later in the United States when a call for freedom became a declaration of independence and resulted in the establishment of a modern democracy.
She states: “Now once again a new world view is arising. This idea is the culmination of all human history. It holds the promise of fulfilling the great aspirations of the past and heralds the advent of the next phase of our evolution. It is the idea of conscious evolution.”
FOR SEVERAL DECADES, Barbara has traveled the world to spread her message: Human beings have the ability to shape their own evolution. She says this new state of consciousness can lead us to greater creativity, environmental breakthroughs, and spiritual advancement. She believes that we can make the transition from pollution, overpopulation, overconsumption, and other major threats to sustainability to a regenerating system that fulfills our potential.
Barbara’s story demonstrates how one woman focused on finding the truth can contribute to the shift toward a new worldview. She sees the potential for humanity to create a new story that draws upon all our advances ... spiritual, scientific, and social ... into a magnificent vision for the future.
AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest;” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299.