As A Means For Evolution
Compiled by Sarah Nadich
Written by Sophia Claire January, 2001
Our animal nature seeks
ease, pleasure, and the line of least resistance. Change is always more
or less disturbing and traumatic. Pain and suffering, therefore, invariably
accompany, and often stimulate, spiritual growth and evolutionary progress.
The catalyst power of adversity and the spiritual value of disappointment
are among the less recognized and appreciated constructive aspects of evolutionary
There is a basic law of readiness operative in all growth and development.
We learn and grow through hands-on, minds-on participation in reality. There
are no shortcuts to divine growth. When we attempt to skip grades in our
learning experience, we eventually labor under handicaps or fail. Proceeding
too rapidly leads to a breakdown in growth and development. Conversely,
when people achieve development and learning levels, they cannot be arbitrarily
held back very long. Violence, revolution, apathy, or other similarly noncreative
responses occur when such restraints are imposed. Although our actual achievement
is slow, the overriding imperative is that we are facing and moving in the
direction of God’s will and way.
God has established creative purpose in the laws and evolutionary dynamics
of the universe. There is a movement from the simple to the complex, from
the atom to the galaxy, from the amoebae to man. We grow from selfishness
and egocentricity towards love and universality, from selfexpression
to self-mastery, from negative fear motivation to positive self-actualization
achievement. There is a planetary dynamic moving from randomness, lawlessness,
and arbitrariness towards order, lawfulness, design, and justice. There
is a holistic evolutionary trend from external control to internal control,
from group rights to individual rights, from force and coercion to freedom
The mature person does the good and wise thing of his or her own volition.
He or she moves from external control to internal control, from force and
coercion to freedom and creativity. Intra-relationships have an endless
complexity, and adjustments take time. An advanced or spiritually mature
person perceives a universe governed by law and purpose and recognizes justice
even when it is inimical to her own immediate personal welfare.
Immature people see life determined by whim and caprice. They make rules
to fit their personal advantage. Immature persons need strict rules and
regulations. The purposeful dynamics of evolution seldom functions on a
simplistic, straight-line basis. There is fluctuation back and forth, before
the supremacy of divine purpose establishes a stable ascendancy.
Universal evolution is grounded in intelligent purpose. The most fundamental
truth is that there is a divine plan operative everywhere. God’s will
and way shall eventually prevail. It’s underlying objective is progress.
God’s challenge and command to all mortals is that we grow toward
perfection. Curiosity, the urge to explore, and the drive for ever increasing
environmental adjustments and adaptation is innate in evolutionary creatures.
Spiritual maturity is based on evolutionary insight. The basic laws of the
universe undergird growth and change. Our attention needs to be directed
towards areas that are ready for improvement. Patience, perseverance, courage,
and faith are the watchwords of spiritual maturity.
There is no substitute for experience. As we participate in evolutionary
growth, we become partners with God on his own creative process of becoming.
We learn that everything starts with the small and insignificant, the quiet
and undramatic. From these mustard seed beginnings most of our accomplishments
are made with inadequate resources, means, associates, and abilities. Living
experience is designed for educational purposes and the entire universe
serves as one vast school.
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