Synchronicities in a Time of Confusion
For those who are paying attention, an amazing display of synchronicity
is occurring at the forefront of thinking about the way out of the
seemingly impossible impasse of compounding existential crises facing
as the Visioneers Project is planning a bold launch declaring the sure
and certain evolution of humanity towards goodness and planetary
cooperation, two new books have appeared showing the possible way
forward on a timeline as short as the decade of the 2020s.
three quarters of a century of slow revelations in which scholars and
forecasters have been warning about the world’s march into a
non-sustainable future, the tempo of warnings and proposed solutions has
intensified, shifting the timeline from decades to mere years.
This also coincides with the work of the United Nations setting out 17 Sustainable Development Goals for achievement by 2030.
It is as if a tsunami of action for rescuing the world from human predation
is now sweeping over us, and we are being challenged to ride the wave
into a sunny shoreline now becoming partly visible through the flung spume.
The first of the two books presaging immediate human progress on our existential problems is Beyond Knowledge: How Technology is Driving an Age of Consciousness (2021), written
by Dr. William Halal, Professor Emeritus at George Washington
University DC and recognized as one of the top 100 futurists in the
world. In this timely book, Bill Halal sets out the structure of a
Life Cycle of Evolution from the beginning of the
universe 13.8 billion years ago to our present time, in which humanity
at an exponentially increased rate of change has just reached the apex
of an Age of Knowledge and is heading into an Age of Subjective
Consciousness. Halal’s timeline for seeing substantial progress
into the Consciousness Age is the next five to ten years.
hard upon Bill Halal’s book is the latest publication of planetary
elder, philosopher and system theorist, Professor Ervin Laszlo.
Released in February 2022, Laszlo’s book is entitled The Upshift: Wiser Living on Planet Earth. It
is a “handbook for urgent action” for “achieving our highest levels of
individual and collective action.” Taking off from the precept
that one must be the change that one wants to see in the world, The Upshift outlines
what each and every conscious and responsible human being can and must
do to choose a future of thriving for the human family. Laszlo’s
vision of that future world, attainable he believes to a large degree by
dateline 2030, is rich with poetic imagery drawn from his beloved field
“Together we shall create the most beautiful performance ever attempted:
life and governance fused into the synergistic energy of music,
resonating and singing to all corners of the universe.”
is an Upshift to a higher order of global consciousness rather than a
Downshift to go deeper into the quagmire of outdated beliefs and
behaviour that have brought us to our present state of multifaceted
global crises. Laszlo believes that we are now at the tipping
point for that Upshift or Downshift to occur in the world system, and
that the shift will occur soon and quickly.
with the intellectual fervour created by the developments described
above, comes in February 2022 what appears to be a devastating step
backwards for humanity, as Russian dictator, Vladimir Putin, launches
the most egregious military assault on human well-being and world
stability since the darkest days of aggression launched by Adolf Hitler
and his Nazi regime in the 1930s. We can pessimistically see this
as confirmation that a future of peace and harmony across the world is
beyond the capability of humans to achieve, or we can see it from a
The perspective I prefer to offer is that Putin’s assault is an egregious example
of resistance to the collapse of the old paradigm that must dissolve
before a new one can replace it.
can expect more examples of this in the coming years (though hopefully
not stained with blood as this one is), not just in geopolitical
affairs, but also in economics, corporatism, and industrial activity—in
fact, in any of the spheres where human activity in the old paradigm has
been carrying us towards the abyss.
We can expect pain and suffering everywhere, but we should not interpret this as breakdown, but rather as dissolution of a destructive human presence on Earth,
which is in the process of being replaced by something much more
wholesome and unified. We cannot expect to see Laszlo’s Upshift
without the pain of dislocation as the way we live undergoes radical
change— everything from our consumption of products to our choices to
exert pressure on the Earth in a myriad of ways, and our exploitation,
conscious and unconscious, of other peoples, particularly in the poorest
countries. The essential requirement as we go through such birth
pains is that we understand the process and hold fast to a vision of the
possible future world we are striving to create.
provides us every year with the model we must seek to emulate in human
affairs—the transformation from the rigours of winter to the birth and
renewal of spring. There will be unexpected wintry blasts in
company with warm and sunny days, but the full flowering of the new
season will surely come.
The spring of a new global paradigm to replace the old
that has gripped humanity for too long, can be nurtured into life
with intention only by human consciousness.
We are being called to be midwives to a new global consciousness
of peace, harmony and sustainability that is now building, especially
while we act together as a catalyst of this new time in human evolution.
Let us then join our voices and
speak loudly together with a common message that we are a noble
species, intimately connected to each other, and evolving in all our
magnificent diversity towards goodness; and that we need to act with
intention, passion and resolution to create our future on that central
us embrace with enthusiasm and humility the role we are being called
upon to play, uplifted by a spiritual understanding that in the words of
Visioneer Heroine of Humanity, Anne Baring,
“We are the voice of the cosmos waking up on the planet.”