I believe 2017 will be regarded as the year that humanity began to deal with the power and potential of living soulfully. This year has revealed what poet, David Whyte, forecasted, as the year in which humanity's "...foundations not ... built on the realities of human relationship are being swept away by the forces of time." (Whyte, Crossing the Unknown Sea, 2001, p. 24)
2017 will go down as the year that many of us, a few sovereign nations and the global community began to earnestly deal with the contours of soul, with the way we express ourselves individually and collectively, and how aligned our behaviors and outcomes are with who we really are at a soul level.
As I explored in the article "What is Donald Trump's Purpose? What is the Purpose of the United States?", we have had the opportunity this year to truly see how deeply misaligned we are with our souls. We have been gifted a President and Administration that have graciously revealed what has been true for far too long. We have come face to face with America's default purpose, the effects of America's political economy (and to a large extent the political economy of much of the Western world). We have been gifted a high-definition view of our racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamaphobia, inequality, wanton disregard for the rule of law, electoral integrity and the health of the environment, the well-being of humanity and future generations.
And this is not just an American phenomenon as social and political unrest has swept through the EU (Brexit, Catalonia), China, North Korea and the Middle East, as well as the continued rise of extreme weather and climate change casualties. This is indeed a gift and precipice, as we are thrust now upon a horizon in which we either evolve, step into our soul's identity, and create lives, careers, families, communities, a culture, political economy and ecology that expresses it, or perish.
Fortunately, my colleagues and I have been laying the track for this new soulful emergence of humanity to arise. Over the last few years, we've amassed a compelling body of research suggesting that connecting with your soul's purpose is the most efficacious means to create a life you love (higher levels of income, wealth, leadership, engagement, productivity, impact, vitality, intelligence, attraction and love), as well as "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible" (Charles Eisenstein) via greater levels of learning, tolerance, charity, philanthropy, sustainability, entrepreneurship, activism, and a reduced reliance upon the state for healthcare and social services.
Moreover, we've developed powerful and highly effective means of awakening soul purpose, and 2018 will be the year that this soul awakening scales.
Lastly, we've been making lots of noise, to bring the power of this exciting evolution of our species into the mainstream.
What a year!!!
Among many other things, here's what you can expect in 2018:
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