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Imagine a world without growth.

Development would not be possible without it.

You don’t have to go too far to see that we have evolved as a species. If we hadn’t, we would be in the midst of living ‘Planet of the Apes’.

Be that as it may, there are so many of us who continue to search for the meaning of life and our purpose in this world. We consistently ask ourselves what the hell are we meant to be doing here that is going to make a significant impact on the planet.

All forms of evolution, transformation and change require us to be conscious of the very things we resist. Yes. The things that we run away from and the things that scare us the most.

Life is a process of self-discovery and no experience is ever wasted.

Then why is it that so many of us resist the change that is necessary to evolve?

Nothing changes if nothing changes

We know and understand from neuroscience that the brain doesn’t like to change. However, when we are reluctant to accept change, we block ourselves from evolving into what we aspire to be, do and have.

If what you are doing isn’t scary, then it’s probably not worth your time. When it comes to making a major shift in your life, you have to want it more than you fear it.

So many of us have negative associations with change because the lack of control makes us uncomfortable and overwhelmed. We perceive change as something that has been done to us.

The truth is that the more resistant we are to change, the more we convey, ‘I want to stay the same’, ‘I don’t want to grow’, ‘I don’t want to give up my comfort zone or everything that I know’.

This refusal to explore uncharted terrain builds a lot of discord for most individuals. Think about how much energy you invest in this resistance.

Change is a necessary part of the evolutionary process.

Therefore, how do we embrace it instead of crossing our arms and refusing to budge when everything around us is evolving?

The road to evolution is paved with resistance

We are all very powerful souls who are here to enjoy the experience of creativity and contribute to humanity’s evolution.

If you experience notable resistance, it’s a sure sign that you are heading down the path of transformation.

So, instead of digging in your heels, which will only leave you drained, disappointed and defeated, do the opposite. Kick your heels up and say, ‘I am in for the ride and ready to grow!

Ghandi once said, ‘In the history of a soul’s evolution there is a critical point of the human incarnation that decides for us whether we stay there, go down or progress upwards. There is a knot of worldly desires impeding us; cut the knot by mastering desires and go forward. This done, progress is assured.’

The more important an activity is to your soul’s evolution, the more resistance you will feel.

Evolution involves elimination

Sometimes we resist evolving because we know deep in our hearts of hearts we will no longer be who we are.

When we evolve, we move out of alignment with people around us, with places or events that were once so important to us but now no longer have meaning.

Due to this mindset, many would rather please others and stay in a situation that is not helping them grow emotionally, mentally or spiritually.

We are now in the age of Aquarius. This is a time of continuous change and evolution. It can be as simple as saying, ‘I am going to focus on changing my attitude, the way that I think and feel because changing my behaviours begins with evolving my beliefs’. 

Evolve or dissolve, it’s up to you

Let’s have a look at our retired individual souls. They hang on to work with such grip in fear that they will have nothing to do once they retire. They will have no purpose and no meaning in life because they allowed work to give them meaning.

The big problem is that recent retirees often experience a sense of loss and a feeling of not belonging. Some even lose their sense of worth, which leads to feeling miserable and lost.

If evolution is all about expansion, progress and growth, when we get to that stage of our lives, all we have to ask ourselves is, what is it that I need to do to grow?’.

Just from that question alone, you will find ways to broaden your horizons.

Take up a new hobby. Learn a new language. Play a musical instrument. Cook new recipes. Study astrology. Start meditating. Embrace the new.

There are so many activities that we wish we had time for. However, when we get there, we seem to find ourselves with all this time and no clear direction.

We are ever-evolving souls, and it is our time to try new things and get excited about it.

What are your thoughts, is evolution a random process? Or is it a conscious one?