Our Ultimate Challenge and Singular Opportunity:
Waking Up to Our
Common Inner Core
You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity….
– Marie Curie
This sentiment, expressed by two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie in 1923, conveys the ethic and purpose of On Just Being. Specifically, this work contends that the most direct path, the magic key, to “improving” ourselves is to re-discover and strive to ground ourselves in our inner core, the very center of our being where our innate awareness, love and strength ceaselessly abide. And we “build a better world” by recognizing and connecting to the same core of goodness in other people and the whole of life.
In On Just Being I will share perspectives and insights on this inner and interpersonal quest, and offer practical strategies, tools, tips, and techniques that can expedite the journey.
The goal is to broaden our self-limiting identity as separate individuals to include the greater and far richer reality of being co-equal members of an intrinsically interconnected human family. This expanded consciousness has been proclaimed by sages, saints and mystics for millennia, and perennially pursued by humble seekers in all cultures. While it has not been achieved on a wide scale in recorded history, the great majority of humanity longs for the more peaceful, just, sustainable world that such an awakening would engender.
In today’s troubled world this noble aspiration may appear more distant than ever. Yet I believe the opposite is true, that conditions are ripe for this awakening. In fact, this awakening is already happening in a growing number of individuals. Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, enough people will recognize and honor our intrinsic interconnectedness to create a tipping point. Crises and impending danger sharpen the senses and arouse the necessary passion to attempt even the seemingly impossible. Humanity has risen to the occasion before and we can do so again.
Marie Curie ended the statement above with these words:
…, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
I have long and deeply felt that my “particular duty” has been to develop, hone and articulate a model and methodology for what I have always believed to be an achievable state of harmony within and among human beings, and to share that vision and practice with those who are receptive to hearing it. And perhaps even entice those who are not naturally open to this possibility to at least consider the idea.
And here’s the clincher: Whether we are aspiring to create a better world or preparing to make the best of a decaying civilization – or simply engaging an inherently unknowable future – the most valuable work we can do is exactly the same: strive to connect to the awareness, love and strength at the innermost center of our personal being and reach out to the same core of goodness in our fellow human beings.