How I Found Evolver
I studied Cultural Anthropology, and got into employment and training after I graduated from college. I have been getting people jobs and doing resumes/life coaching ever since. Now I'm a life coach for the government. I help get people off of public assistance, hopefully forever. I can get them new clothes, find them a job, pay for college, etc. It's a little-known facet of government, and one of the few that is compassionate and works well. I get paid by Uncle Sam to help people change their lives on their own terms. It's an amazing job and I’m lucky to do it.
I got into Evolver when, in February of 2009, I accidentally wrote a cosmogony during a time where I was laid off from work. I stayed up for three months straight in kind of a mania working on it. At the end of my evolutionary theory, I proved to myself the existence of a God, which was an unwanted and highly unwelcome side effect of this crazy theory business.
I was researching a tangent of my theory on octopi as a dream symbol and came across the blog of an octopus dream that someone wrote on www.evolver.net, which said I could not view unless I joined, and I wanted to read it badly. When I put my email in, it would not allow my entry, and eventually after tinkering with the site it said I was already a member and to pick a new password. I was confused but went ahead and picked a password to start my profile, which I took as a sign. I had no way to know that it was just that, one of the biggest signs of my lifetime.
In the meantime, since I believed in a form of deity now, I made the first actual prayer of my life (at age 30!) to anyone I thought might be listening (God, Gaia, trees, nature, moon, sun, Venus, Universe, Galaxy, Goddess, etc.) and said that I had this strange theory and I needed a sign because I felt like I was going crazy. My friends didn’t like me anymore, my partner thought I was bonkers, and my mother was worried. I begged, "Please give me a huge and amazing sign, so blindingly apparent that I cannot refuse to see it." I sincerely thought nothing would happen, and that my theory would fade into the distance.
The next day, I went to an animated movie suggested by a friend, who called me and said, "This movie is so similar to your description of your childhood, your life, and your theory that it is amazing me." Indeed, it was so “me” that I predicted every scene before it unfolded. I even knew how it would end and numerous facets of my research were prominent in the plot of the film. So I asked for a huge sign, and I got a major motion picture; that was big enough for me. It didn’t tell me what to do with my writing, but it did tell me that what I was onto was as big as I had suspected, and not to give up. I put my theory on Evolver, which helped get some feedback and let me know that I was indeed not crazy. My friends and I went to an Evolver Dimensional Shift retreat in Utah in October of 2010 to meet the founders of the network, and see if they had the right energy for what we were after. They were just what we were hoping for, and we loved everyone that we met.
Fast forward two years, and my friend/neighbor/acupuncturist/life-long activist Tara Barnett and I are co-hosts of Evolver Columbia, which has been one of the most satisfying and magical endeavors I have had the privilege to encounter. My theory has become my life's work, and though I am still employed by the government to pay the bills, I am almost ready to publish my first article relating to my theory on the allegorical sight of orchids, called Orchid See, Orchid Do.
I am 100% behind Evolver and I feel that part of the brilliance and resiliency of the network is the autonomy of the spores. The vision in each city is different, but we are all working for the health of the same beautiful planet. Having an “overall destination” is not our focus because there isn't one; the well-being of Earth as a whole is not a singular goal. So far with the Spore in Columbia, Missouri we have hosted parties, ceremonies, potlucks, and ventured deep into the mysteries of the Universe. We have conducted a city-wide blackout to reduce energy usage, a group meditation to heal Earth’s damaged water supply, discussed the merits of Modern Love and the possibility of finding a Unified Field Theory, and explored religious ceremonies from various faiths across the globe. In the near future we will be experimenting with the Mystery of Dreams in an overnight sleep-in/campout on the Missouri River, teaching a Raw/Vegan/Veggie workshop, facilitating a traditional Korean solstice ceremony, hosting an Introduction to Peruvian Shamanism, and beginning an urban intentional community, in addition to film screenings, a book club, and visits from the authors/filmmakers as we explore their work and join in their efforts to push the limits of human consciousness.
Evolver is a gift and a powerful tool that we do not take for granted; how fortunate and blessed are we to have this network and its members as a support system for the work we already had underway. It gives us a name and a place for what we are doing and were doing, as well as a path to find others who are dedicated to reaching the same goals. We are consciously Evolving day by day, breaking out of habits that are harmful to ourselves and to Earth, beginning new ways of life that place us as 'symbiotic beings in' instead of 'predators on' our incredible world. Evolver is giving us the resources and information to do that where we live, right now. Here in Columbia, Missouri we are excited to meet you, whoever you are, and other Visionaries who share our future, which is not a dream but a concrete reality we have already seen emerging. We are choosing the reality ahead of us, of life on a planet that is vibrantly, lushly, and pervasively green in every direction, as far as our mind's eye can see. We look forward to being you there.
image by Jayel Aheram, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing