What is a new human as opposed to an old human?
I perceive a new human to be the best version of me that I can be right now. This means I live with an open heart, in harmony with nature, in harmony with mankind, at one with the cosmos. I understand my mission in life and am aware of the fears that I need to work through to learn my lessons and achieve my purpose. I have good contact with my guided teacher and can follow the guidance I receive. I live my life altruistically through being in balance with my ego, I have a deep respect for nature (living sustainably) and the natural flow of life. I act with integrity and honesty to myself and others. I do my best to be trustworthy and share my wisdom. Best of all, I love living this life I have here on Earth.
So, is that me, really? Hell no, not by a long way. I am often unsure of myself, get stuck in the smallness of life, am fairly moody (even if it doesn't show). I have very high standards of living sustainably, I barely reach 50% of this ideal. However, a good part of it is real and it gets better with every lesson that comes my way.
So, that is my version of a new human. As for New Humanity?
Well, try to imagine if we all lived like this and there you have it.
Mankind has a history of building up civilizations over thousands of years, then reaching a critical point where the balance between head and heart seem to get out of balance. This can be seen in the way the ego loses its way and becomes greedy and tries to dominate and control nature and other people.
When a civilization reaches its zenith, it will eventually fade away to make room for new ones in the same way that a flower blossoms, fades, but leaves seeds for new life.
This is the natural process on Earth ,both for plant life and indeed humans.
Our current civilization sits on the foundation of endless cultures that have gone before us, some that crashed horribly and some that thrived and moved on.
This civilization is at a tipping point right now. The fulcrum is the balance between head and heart, that simple. Right now the balance is heavily loaded towards the head, greed and the lust for endless profit are the external signs of this. The planet is a mess, as is humankind.
We have been here before. Without addressing the situation, crash is inevitable. Some would say it is already too late. We have the power to make a difference.
Where we are:
The planet is going through her own evolution of consciousness, with or without us. I am not sure what this means in specific terms but seeing we are a part of the system here, I am sure that the better we sort ourselves out, the better it will be for Earth too.
What is needed:
We need to find our natural balance between head and heart. We have it in us, it is innate within all of us. In Daoist terms, this is being in the flow, the balance between action and non action.
It is learning to live with an open heart and then use the intellect to create the heart's wishes and not vice versa.
What we have:
There are as many ways to find this balance as there are people on Earth. This is the foundation of what we refer to as New Humanity.
I just hope we can all create our own versions of this in time.
What we are doing:
The vision of the Shen Foundation is to uplift humanity .
In practical terms there are courses available and running (4 times 4 Health) where we relearn the natural flow of energy in our bodies through understanding when the time is optimal to work and when we need to rest. This leads us to be in harmony with our bodies, with nature and the natural flow of the Cosmos. The advent of the Industrial Revolution has taken most of us away from following this, resulting in stress, disease and a great dissatisfaction with life.
4 Times 4 Health appears to be a very simple process and indeed the techniques are, but they lead to an ever deepening understanding of our true nature, what is causing disease in our bodies and how we can heal it.
What we have in front of us:
The Shen Foundation is undergoing a process of expansion and consolidation at present. We are finding new ways to support mankind in this shift towards New Humanity.
Here are some of the things coming up.
Fireside chats, an idea inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt, where people who have a passion to improve humanity have a chance to share their ideas and possibly communicate and collaborate with each other.
Solstice and Equinox Retreats
Photo from Summer Solstice Retreat 2019
When the Corona era is over, we will resume retreats for these special times of the year to help us regroup our energy.
The five Virtues of, Altruism, Integrity, Respect, Wisdom and Fidelity (Trust).
Living Sustainably. A practical guide towards leading a zero carbon footprint, so we can truly say we live in harmony with nature.
This course covers every aspect of our physical presence on Earth from finding out if there is plastic in our toothpaste to our choice of transport, energy supply or choice of clothes we buy. It is a disturbing process but one we need to take if we are even half serious about living in harmony with nature.
The Home Project.
We have been looking for land for some time now, to establish a center where New Humanity can grow and flourish and become a model for others to follow. This will be an experiment and who knows how far we can grow? We have found three different properties over the last two years, none of which have worked out for various reasons.
The form it takes remains to be seen. The important thing is that a group of passionate people can live and work together to see what they can create.
Photos from properties we considered earlier.
So there you have it for now. I hope that this writing has inspired you in some way or even created some inner disturbance (often healthy).
Any ideas, feedback and inspiration are always welcome.
Lyell McLean Parry