Deepak Chopra called her “the voice of the conscious evolution of our time,” and Neale Donald Walsch wrote a book about her called “The Mother of Invention.” Barbara Marx Hubbard is the co-founder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and author of several books, including “Birth 2012 and Beyond: Humanity’s Great Shift to the Age of Conscious Evolution.”
While the year 2012, and the date December 21, 2012 in particular, strikes fear in many who worry it is the end of the world, Hubbard defines the date as the mark of a phase change in human history. Instead of fear, she believes we should be celebrating the birth of a new era.
“We have to celebrate and cultivate the new beginning phases of a new planetary civilization,” she told Elevated Existence in a telephone interview. “Embrace the change. You are the change, and the change has within it the emergence of a world that is far more creative than anything we have ever known.”
This new culture and consciousness is already in our midst, but it is not fully known because the media doesn’t cover it, Hubbard explained. Instead, what gets covered is everything that doesn’t work in our world.
“Every day I read The New York Times in order to see all the things I can do nothing about. They are so disastrous and painful, and they are happening. But there is this whole other world that is completely capable of transforming,” she said. “There is innovation, creativity, connectivity, inspiration, and a new mass nervous system through social media being born.”
With the innovations in technology, including smart phones, Apple products and social media, Hubbard explained a new planetary nervous system has arisen without anyone doing it consciously. This is the next stage of evolution. She also pointed out the surge in spiritual growth, the increase of people interested in spiritual and self-help books, and the large number of those attending spiritual seminars all around the world. This uprising shows there are people looking to embrace a new world.
“Paul Hawkins book ‘Blessed Unrest’ identifies thousands of organizations already working to overcome the problems and crises all over the world,” she said. “Look at all the people beginning to take personal responsibility for their health, and how they are beginning to understand food, diet, exercise, stress and relationships, and the rise in the interest of alternative health. It’s the greatest mass movement in the history of the world, and it’s not being noticed.”
Evolution by Choice
While many view the problems the world is facing as a historical crisis, what we are experiencing is an evolutionary shift, said Hubbard. We are being show the way things have been done in the past are no longer working, and it’s time to find new ways to sustain ourselves.
“The problems we are facing today are evolutionary drivers requiring us to innovate and transform or go extinct,” said Hubbard. “What we have learned from studying evolution is that crisis is essential to creating [it]. Stress creates evolution, and we need to connect with that which is creative and sustainable.”
Hubbard believes this is evolution by choice now, and we need to consciously commit our creativity and love toward shifting our systems and the way we view the world. This shift in world view and consciousness is up to us, and we can all contribute to the new world emerging, she said.
“We need to be conscious that we are effecting evolution in everything we do, and at the core of the process of evolution is a dynamic tendency to greater consciousness,” said Hubbard. “There is a map to cross the gap in this world view, and we could change global warming, the financial systems and more. We do it by connecting to what works. We have to be connected and attach to what is emerging.”
We already have new capacities in our midst that when used well, can transform societies, including our technology, Hubbard noted. And the higher consciousness of many who are awakening on the planet is also key.
“The closest thing in human history is the advent of self-consciousness coming out of the Neanderthal world. It changed everything,” she explained. “I believe a new form of consciousness is arising in our age. I call it spiritual-based, evolutionary consciousness.”
December 21, 2012 marks the end of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan calendar, and Barbara Marx Hubbard is joining with many other spiritual and evolutionary authors on December 22, 2012 to celebrate a global “Birth Day.”
“What is planned is an awakening of as many people as possible to the fact that we are members of one planet, and infusing our global brain with love,” said Hubbard regarding the online event. “Deepak Chopra has been saying the global brain is being rewired by social media – Facebook, Twitter, smartphones, iPads and all of that. So what we are doing is infusing that rewiring of the global brain with the experience of it being the brain of the whole planetary body.”
We have the capabilities and knowhow to make the world work for all, Hubbard explained. It’s up to each individual to harness his or her creative energy for the greater good.
“Every person needs to open up to their deepest desire to create,” she said. “At the essence of every person is a creative impulse to realize their potential.”
For more information on Barbara Marx Hubbard, and to sign up for her12-week, live online course “Agents of Conscious Evolution Training,” which includes sessions with teachers such as Deepak Chopra, Gary Zukav, Michael Beckwith, don Miguel Ruiz and more, visit www.barbaramarxhubbard.com. For more information on Birth 2012, visit www.birth2012.com.