We have created an inert, packaged, world that we think we can control and live in like a bubble. As I sit and read the news about humans herding to beaches, damaging the environment, and each other, I realise how a large proportion of the population doesn’t see Nature as a ‘living other’ but as a resource to be used. I call these humans ‘low potential’ because they are the ones that Nature wants to eliminate. The natural world is suffering and I believe the coronavirus is Nature’s way of bringing the earth back into balance.
The low-potential type of human lives in a world of entities devoid of life, consciousness, and interiority. Their relationship with Nature is that of resources to be used, of exploitation, of humans using entities that have the status of inanimate objects. Our whole culture is rooted in this self-evident truth, with humans acting on an inert environment that is essentially silent. There is no point asking Nature what it wants – Nature does not speak or have intelligence or interiority or consciousness when addressed by a self-willed human. This is reflected in our cultural practices and in the way we conduct our lives on a daily basis.
Sometimes humans are in between high and low-potential, perhaps in a period of metamorphosing to the higher level, often after a glimpse of true consciousness. During this in-between stage they might believe, personally and passionately that nature is alive, a living other etc. they might go camping, spend time in nature, or practice mindfulness, but when they go shopping for food that belief may play no part in their practices or conduct: animals now are conveniently packaged food items, trees are packaging and labels – all disassociated with the sense of a living ‘other’. Compare this modern-day food gathering behaviour with former times when food gathering was clustered around a core meaning of living Nature who made a claim on us and the way we lived. There were practices such as ritual preparations, addressing the animal with respect, and atonement rituals after killing the animal, in order to make sure a delicate balance between life and death was maintained. They grew their own crops, made their own food. They took from Nature only what they needed.
The predicament we are in today is that for many people their day-to-day lives only involve a connection to dead resources and there is nothing to remind them of the essential human beings they are at their core. Low-potential humans unconsciously live their lives on auto-pilot, identifying with their thought processes and emotions, reactions, desires, and emotions. This is most people’s normal state. They are run by the egoic mind, and not consciously aware. It’s not a state of acute pain or unhappiness, but of an underlying unease, discontent, boredom, or nervousness.
Low-potential humans are the product of the environment they live in – dead. It’s impossible to stick to positive habits in a negative environment. We constantly fill our lives with highly engineered versions of reality that are more attractive to unconscious minds than the natural world our ancestors lived in. They are self-willed but they are only one kind of human being and the world appears as it does only to this kind of human. But, as long as they dominate our cultural practices, belief systems, and understanding of ourselves, then the world will correspondingly only appear how it does, i.e. as comprising entities that are ‘dead’, silent, and have no voice, unable to make any claim on our existence. When the low-potential human seeks, for example, to ‘save the world’, they can only conceive of right action in terms, once again, of imposing their will upon an unresponsive, disenchanted, object-filled world.
So, how do you become a high-potential human? To start with stop thinking about your environment as filled with objects – start thinking about it as filled with relationships. Think in terms of the way you interact with the spaces around you. Eat fresh food (grown locally or grown and/or harvested yourself, if possible), think about where things have come from, and feel gratitude for what you have. Only take what you need. If you look at, say, a houseplant, ask it what it needs and wait for the answer (this might sound silly but if you start to look at the houseplant in this way you will remember to water it and you will notice when it needs extra feed). Touch a tree and feel its life and energy. Practice mindfulness and gratitude. Open your eyes and your consciousness to the beauty around you. Who needs television when you have birds to watch?
The High-Potential Human is a new breed of human that is emerging in response to Nature’s need for balance. They are in a minority at the moment but as their influence grows and these spiritual and mindful humans, who respect Nature, culture, and creativity, will start to dominate our culture. The truth is we can all be high-potential humans if we learn to become more consciously aware, quieten our minds, and stop negative beliefs from holding us back.
We are moving toward a new way of living on an earth full of life and goodness. And, as you continue your journey, remember, that beneath all those shadows and weight, you are a radiant, beautiful soul, and the earth awaits what you will bring.