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Jean Houston: We Were Made for These Times

6/23/2011 12:00:00 AM

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Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnail“Do you sometimes feel like your life is a microfield for everything that’s going on today?” scholar, philosopher and researcher Dr. Jean Houston, one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time and a founder of the Human Potential Movement, asked the crowd gathered this morning for the LOHAS Forum in Boulder, Colorado. That got my attention, especially when she went on to say that humans now face “the most profound task in human history—choosing whether we grow or whether we die.”

At this moment, Houston says, many of us are “encapsulated bags of skin carrying around dreary little egos,” caught up in “lives of serial monotony.” Still, she has hope. Humans, she said, have an opportunity to play a role in “the greatest transition the world has ever seen, the most far-reaching and rapid change in our history.”

“We are coded with potentials, few of which we ever learn to use,” Houston said. “We can no longer be half-life versions of ourselves, and something huge is beginning to happen as the world’s mind is discovering itself.”

Houston believes that as women rise to power across the globe, they are creating a new way of being stewards and connecting cultures. “It’s not about the rise of women,” she explains, “but about a whole new system” that recognizes humans as the connection between biology and cosmology and understands that we have the ability to save or destroy our sacred earth.

“This is the time and place when we partner with creation in the re-creation of ourselves,” Houston said. “Now there is a quickening, an almost desperate sense of need. Be not afraid. You were made for these times.”

In this room full of green businesspeople, the quickening was palpable.



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