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We Live in Interesting Times

evolution spiritual life center rev. james trapp

There is a statement—sometimes referred to as a curse—attributed to the Chinese which says, “May you be blessed to live in interesting times.”

These times are certainly interesting. They appear chaotic and unsettling to the surface mind. Recently, this came to my attention during a conversation with a friend. He shared how he’d been evaluating some of the appointees to the country’s most powerful political positions. He shared that the head of the U.S. Department of Education has spent much of her adult life attempting to undermine public education, the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency seems to have been chosen for his fervent opposition to the mission of environmental protection, and the head of the U.S. Department of Labor seems hostile to the rights of employees.

On the surface, it may seem that such individuals will cause irreparable harm to very important areas that affect so many people. From a spiritual perspective, however, the opposite is likely the case.

Such events, while initially unsettling, when seen from a higher point of view, are evolutionary triggers that bring important issues to the forefront of our awareness. It’s an indication we are about to move from a lower stage of consciousness to a higher one.

However, before that happens, we experience spiritual chemicalization. Chemicalization occurs when a certain way of thinking clashes with a new or evolved thought. It’s like mixing two dissimilar chemicals together. There is an agitated reaction, after which something higher and better always results.

This is likely what is happening in the political arena, where people appointed to important positions possess views that collide with the direction of our evolution. There is a chemicalization occurring before the next step settles in. This often takes place just before a breakthrough happens.

Ultimately, our evolution cannot be stopped. It can only be frustrated. The evolutionary triggers remind us what our work is, what to pray for, and what needs to be brought to light in order to realize our oneness with each other and our planet. What appears as a series of negative events is here to wake us up and create the conditions for something new to emerge.

At the turn of the 20th century, the number of horses used for transportation in American cities posed a sanitation problem. There appeared to be no solution. But around the time of the greatest threat, the automobile evolved to the point that it became readily accessible as the chosen means of transportation. A major health epidemic was averted. What appeared to be an imminent threat to humanity’s well-being proved to be an opening for a creative solution.

Similarly, while the times we face appear fraught with peril, we can realize that our collective consciousness is seeking to rise to a more-evolved state. This results in some very interesting times. But, in the end, what evolves is a greater good for all.

Peace and Blessings,


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