The world is changing as we continue into the pivotal year of 2012. This is the year that several indigenous populations have touted as year of change and paradigm shifting. From the Native American Hopi nation to the Mayan calendar and beyond, there is a general feeling of shifting from an aggressive world view to a gentler over-arching world view. This change will not happen overnight, but as the years progress into the 21st century, the world is due for a change and hopefully for the better.
Because the world is changing, we have to be prepared to change too. If we fight the shift, if we fight against the turning tide, there is no doubt that there will be strive, struggle and loss. But we are seeking an uplifting of our spirits and our souls. We want to move into this new time with ease and joy. For joy is our natural state of being. We did not come into this world to struggle, although at time it may feel that way.
Now is the time to release the old and embrace the new…the new path that is gentler, quieter and far happier to be on.
Did you know that happiness and joy are our natural state of being? It’s true. Several independent scientific studies have been performed over that last several years to determine if our natural tendency is toward cooperation versus competitiveness. Scientists studied animals in the wild and found that overall nature is in a cooperative state of being.
Animal altruism examples include dogs who adopt other species including cats, ducks, squirrels and even tigers! Dolphins have been known to support other sick or injured animals, staying hours with them, nursing them back to health. Even wolves will bring back food to the pack, if not all members can hunt.
Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler , best-selling author of “The Wealth of Networks” is known as one of the world’s top thinkers on cooperative structures. He was recently interviewed on his new book, “The Penguin and the Leviathan: How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-Interest”, where he uses evidence from the scientific fields of neuroscience, economics, sociology, biology, plus real-world examples to break down the myth of self-interest and replace it with a model of cooperation in our businesses, our government, and our lives.
Business consultant, psychologist and author of several books, including “Natural Born Leaders: Why People Blindly Follow”, Dr. Perry W. Buffington, Ph.D. states in his paper, Competition vs. Cooperation, “Which works better, competition or cooperation? The answer, without equivocation, is cooperation. Although most people are surprised by this, scientists have repeatedly verified it in hundreds of studies since the late 1800s.” He further states, “If in fact competition brings out the “beast” in us, then research demonstrates that cooperation surely brings out the “best” in us. This finding has been held in virtually every occupation, skill, or behavior tested.”
The studies are too numerous to list here – you can do your own research and determine for yourself if we are better as a species to cooperate with each other or to remain competitive with each other? I believe we are moving towards a more altruistic society and away from the world of competition. Perhaps this is the change the ancient elders were talking about for the shift of 2012. We can only hope so.
With Love and Light Always,
Blake Cahoon, Founder
Illuminated Engagements Centre for Whole-Being
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Blake believes that joy is our natural state of being and that cooperation gets us further than conflict.