Universal Humans In Training

Gary Zukav

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Awakin FeatureWe are in the midst of an unprecedented transformation in human consciousness. Unprecedented. Our perception is expanding beyond the limitations of the five senses. Together, they form a single system whose object of detection is physical reality. Now we are acquiring another sensory system: we are becoming multisensory. We are transiting from a five sensory species to a multisensory species, and this is happening very fast. From an evolutionary point of view, it will happen within three or so generations. Our evolution is no longer tied to the evolution of physical matter that's taken 40 thousand years. This evolution is happening in you.

Being multi-sensory changes your sensing or understanding of yourself. You sense that you're more than a mind and a body, that you have an immortal component. 

It changes your understanding of the world. For example, we see power differently now. When we were five sensory, our understanding of power was the ability to manipulate and control. That used to be good medicine for five sensory species, but it's now poison. The pursuit of external power now produces only violence and destruction. The new understanding of power -- real power, authentic power -- is the alignment of the personality with the soul. The alignment of the mortal temporary part of yourself with the immortal timeless part of yourself. The part of yourself that intends harmony and cooperation and sharing and reverence for life.

And it creates the conditions for a universal human.

The universal human is an adult citizen of the universe. If we think of ourselves as children of the universe, this is playing with toys like that. That image no longer serves us. It constricts us. It prevents us from giving our gifts. It's the image of a sheep demanding a shepherd. A universal human is beyond culture, even great cultures like this one. A universal human is beyond nation. A universal human is beyond religion. A universal human is beyond gender. A universal human is beyond an ethnic group.

All of these things are characteristics of a personality, but a soul has none of them. They are all characteristics that create learning opportunities for us. A universal human’s allegiance is to life first, and everything else second. For example, I am a universal human first, and a male second. I am a universal human first, and an American second. I am a universal human first, and a grandfather second. I am a universal human first, and everything else second.

We are all universal humans in training.

Gary Zukav is the best selling author of many books. The above excerpt is from a speech he gave at the Gandhi Ashram in India, and includes ideas that he hopes to cover in a forthcoming book.

Seed questions for reflection: How do you relate to the notion of a universal human? Can you share a personal story of a time you aligned your personality with your soul? What helps you sense that you have an immortal component beyond your mind and body?

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    On Sep 3, 2019 Dr.Geeta Subhash Mehta wrote:
    A universal man is one who thinks of the whole world & the welfare of all human beings like 'Jai-Jagat' victory of the whole world .he may be sitting in one corner of the world like acharya vinoba bhave,but thinks & works for the welfare of the humanity,working for act locally & think globally.acting is more important rather than thiking.Because acting changes man as well as Society.
    Dr.Geeta Mehta 

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    On Sep 3, 2019 Deepak Shah wrote:
    Yes this universal human is same as "Purusha" as we call in Yoga and Samkhya Philosophy
    It has Characteristics of
    All Knowing
    With Complete Satisfaction
    Knowledge without beginning
    Freedom
    All Knowing
    Having immeasurable power
    We all have this characteristics within us. We just require to practice to come out of Chitta vritii.e. Personality complex

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    On Sep 3, 2019 Beatriz wrote:
    Since I was a teenager I believed the world was my class room... and I was eager to learn! To be a universal human would be to expand the horizon beyond the known borders, and believe that we could blossom anywhere, if we chose so. Our soul will always hint us the way...

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    On Sep 3, 2019 Linda wrote:
    I believe we all long to return to union.....we all know what union feels like because we experienced it when we were in our mother's womb. That was when we were not one and alone but we were two and together. We all search for the rest of our lives to experience that union again. We get glimpses of it through the love of our family, through sex and those occasional moments when through empathy we feel one with another human being. I search for more of those moments. They are peak experiences when I feel the glimpse of immortality. I befriended a man experiencing homelessness, who lived in my neighborhood. Slowly over time I got to know and understand his experience of life on this beautiful earth. We could not have been more different.....two different ages, different races, such different life experiences. He was a vet, an alcoholic, estranged from his family. I am a woman "of privilege". I started out thinking that I was helping him but over time I came to realize that... [View Full Comment] I believe we all long to return to union.....we all know what union feels like because we experienced it when we were in our mother's womb. That was when we were not one and alone but we were two and together. We all search for the rest of our lives to experience that union again. We get glimpses of it through the love of our family, through sex and those occasional moments when through empathy we feel one with another human being. I search for more of those moments. They are peak experiences when I feel the glimpse of immortality. I befriended a man experiencing homelessness, who lived in my neighborhood. Slowly over time I got to know and understand his experience of life on this beautiful earth. We could not have been more different.....two different ages, different races, such different life experiences. He was a vet, an alcoholic, estranged from his family. I am a woman "of privilege". I started out thinking that I was helping him but over time I came to realize that he was helping me. I learned so much from him. He gave me the gift of knowing it is possible to feel union with anyone on this earth. If we are willing...to slow down....to listen....to be gentle and kind....to be present in the moment to what is called for and then to be willing to act. Now I try it in many different ways, always in search of feeling that moment of immortality again. [Hide Full Comment]

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    On Aug 31, 2019 david doane wrote:
    Gary Zukav's description of the universal human is right on. The universal human is an adult citizen of the universe, beyond allegiance to merely a particular culture, nation, ethnic group, religion, or any narrowly defined exclusive category. He is way beyond constricted nationalistic identity and even beyond global identity. It would probably be even more accurate to think of this evolving human as cosmic human, but universal human will do for now. My belief for a long time was that I had a soul. My conviction at this point is that I am a soul and for now have a human body, which conviction gives me a deeper spirituality and sense that all is sacred, and my personality is increasingly aligned with this soul and with my conviction. I don't just have an immortal component -- the soul that is essential me is immortal and has a mortal component or form called my mind and body. I don't know what helps me know that. I guess it's my waking up by way of activities such as pay... [View Full Comment] Gary Zukav's description of the universal human is right on. The universal human is an adult citizen of the universe, beyond allegiance to merely a particular culture, nation, ethnic group, religion, or any narrowly defined exclusive category. He is way beyond constricted nationalistic identity and even beyond global identity. It would probably be even more accurate to think of this evolving human as cosmic human, but universal human will do for now. My belief for a long time was that I had a soul. My conviction at this point is that I am a soul and for now have a human body, which conviction gives me a deeper spirituality and sense that all is sacred, and my personality is increasingly aligned with this soul and with my conviction. I don't just have an immortal component -- the soul that is essential me is immortal and has a mortal component or form called my mind and body. I don't know what helps me know that. I guess it's my waking up by way of activities such as paying attention, being open, discussing, listening, reading, reflecting, meditating.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Aug 30, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    A universal human is beyond everything that divides us our personality, our physical reality such as I am a male, I am a Hindu, I am an American Indian,I am 94 years old, I am a highly accomplished person. A universal man is a citizen of the universe. A long time ago I came across a poem written by Carl Sandburg: There is one man in the world and the man's name is All Man; There is one woman in the world and the woman's name is All Woman; There is one child in the world and the child's name is All Child. I may add one line: The person's name is All Being or a Universal Soul. Am I evolving in this direction? From body, mind and individual personality? I sense it when my personality is in alignment with with the soul. I am on the WAY. I am in the making. I sense it. I experience it. I realize it.There is oneness in manyness. There are many small examples of my personality in alignment with my soul. This morning I went to SwaminarayanMandir-Temple-with my friends. I saw o... [View Full Comment] A universal human is beyond everything that divides us our personality, our physical reality such as I am a male, I am a Hindu, I am an American Indian,I am 94 years old, I am a highly accomplished person. A universal man is a citizen of the universe. A long time ago I came across a poem written by Carl Sandburg: There is one man in the world and the man's name is All Man; There is one woman in the world and the woman's name is All Woman; There is one child in the world and the child's name is All Child. I may add one line: The person's name is All Being or a Universal Soul. Am I evolving in this direction? From body, mind and individual personality? I sense it when my personality is in alignment with with the soul. I am on the WAY. I am in the making. I sense it. I experience it. I realize it.There is oneness in manyness.

    There are many small examples of my personality in alignment with my
    soul. This morning I went to SwaminarayanMandir-Temple-with my friends. I saw old and young, man and woman, multiracial, multiethnic, multi religious people in the temple. My friends and I felt the sense of Universal oneness in the sacred place. When we came out from the temple, I ran into a small family-father, mother and a little child being held in his father's hands. He looked at me with a childlike innocent smile. He extended his little hands towards me to reach out. I held him im my hands close to my heart. It was a heart filling experience of onenessgoing beyond all apparent differences. And I get such heart-filling gifts amy times.

    What helps me to have such beyond man-made boundaries is my open mind and open heart to receive such gifts. In such moments, time and space melt away. It's a pure experience of here and now consciousness, an experience of soul transcending body and mind. As the author Gary Zukav says, " We are all universal humans in training."

    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave[Hide Full Comment]

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