Holo Earth and the Evolution of Awareness

There’s an old Bushman (Khoi San people of Southern Africa) saying that there is “a dream dreaming us”. I first came across that quote in Laurens van der Post’s books and Joseph Campbell also talks about it in his writings: that this dimension we call reality is no more real than a dream. Science has begun to consider a similar possibility with the ongoing theories on the Universe being holographic. All we see as real is merely vibrating energy… the dream that dreams us.

I’m sure our ancient ancestors understood this with the same simple wisdom of the Bushman people of Africa. It was, and that was enough. But as humanity stepped forward from hut and tribe to castle and nation, we began to sacrifice wisdom for knowledge. We lost the true meaning of progress in our scrabble for power. It’s understandable; we are a very young species.

Lloyd C Douglas Green Light coverThere’s an old book I love, written by Lloyd C. Douglas, called Green Light. In it he explores the idea that the evolution of human awareness is not so much a plod up a hill as a series of giant steps. He writes of this as being long time periods of fairly mundane human reality that only change when a violent or extreme event forces humanity to move upwards to the next level.

“Now our chief trouble in thinking about evolution is that we fail to understand that it is going on today. This creature with the irresistible desire to rise is still evolving.”

Lloyd C. Douglas, Green Light

StepsI’d like to take that idea a step further (terrible pun intended) and say that each step could relate to a stage in a human lifespan. So the ancient human who saw creation as the Creator would be our infancy, a time of complete trust and innocence when we did not need to understand atoms or energy strings to know that all was All. We then moved on through very turbulent centuries of toddler-hood, childhood and puberty with all the obvious problems and learning experiences of each stage of our growing awareness.

Where are we now? I think modern mankind is on the evolutionary scale of teenager: we think we know it all and it’s all about us.

I suspect, as Douglas suggested in Green Light, that once again we are about to be forced upwards. The feeling that mankind is at a point of extreme change is overwhelming. I’m not at all surprised that the new genre of Visionary Fiction has come into being at this time. We cannot go on as we did as a species, but for there to be change, that surge upward to the next level, we need reminders of that ancient wisdom we lost along the way.

Science says we need to wake up before it’s too late, but I think for that to happen… we need to dream again. Not everyone can get their brain around string theory or the science of global warming, but anyone can pick up a book and be changed by a story. Knowledge comes from study, but wisdom comes from awareness of more and that, for me, is the essence of why we need Visionary Fiction.


Michelle FrostAbout the author

Michelle Frost was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. She is the author of two novels, First Light and Wisdoms of the Light. She won second place in the 2001 Klein Karoo Arts Festival for the visionary sci-fi short story No More Empty Faces and won second place in the 2010 John Muir Trust Wild Writing competition for Leap of Faith.

She has worked as a librarian, blogger, commercial artist, astrologer, review writer and advice columnist. Her autobiography, Elephant Songs, is about her mystic experiences as a seer and empath.

Michelle now lives in Moray, Scotland with her family.

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13 thoughts on “Holo Earth and the Evolution of Awareness

  1. Robin says:

    Thank you, Michelle, for a beautiful and positive message. Yes, it’s really heard to see the rising in consciousness right now, but that recognition is a great help to the collective. I never heard of Green Light. I’m looking forward to reading Elephant Songs! Warm blessings.

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  2. Michelle Frost says:

    Hi Robin.

    Thank you and I hope you enjoy Elephant Songs too. 🙂

    I picked up Green Light in a second hand book store. I have a passion for old books and have found some real gems over the years. This one was also made into a movie, but never had the impact of his other books, maybe because it’s not your typical “religious” book? He tackles some rather radical ideas in a modern setting.

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  3. Saleena Karim says:

    Michelle, thank you for this post, and in particular for introducing us to the book Green Light, which looks at the evolution of human awareness, a core feature of VF, in detail.

    Indeed we are at a crossroads in our history which can take us into a new exciting phase but also presents us with challenges which could even threaten our existence on this planet. I find your analogy that we are like a teenager – full of potential yet somewhat brash and not fully responsible – an apt one. I agree with you that we need to look inward as a species.

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  4. Saleena Karim says:

    By the way folks, if anyone is presently having trouble posting a comment here – getting an ‘invalid security token’ message – please let us know via the contact form. I was having trouble until I changed browsers (from MS Edge to Firefox) but it’s not a guarantee that it will work. We’ll be looking into it at our end.

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  5. Michelle Frost says:

    Thank you, Saleena. I really enjoyed putting that article together for the VFA.

    PS re the posting. I log on via Facebook for the easiest/fastest way to reply.

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  6. margaretduarte says:

    Hi Michelle. I love your final statement: “Knowledge comes from study, but wisdom comes from awareness of more and that, for me, is the essence of why we need Visionary Fiction.” I will be quoting you!

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  7. Victor Smith says:

    Thanks for several important reminders in this article, Michelle. The idea that there is “a dream dreaming us” makes me woozy and unstable, but I also sense the truth in it and why it is important to keep it in mind, especially when “reality” appears to be an awful nightmare. My own dreams, usually quite ridiculous, have always fascinated me as a process. I drift into them, go through them as if it is actually happening, and then, often with relief, wake up to have them vanish, usually without a trace. Those Bushmen were on to something.

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    • Michelle Frost says:

      Not sure if there’s still a posting issue. I replied to Victor yesterday, but it seems to have vanished. I’ll wait to see if this stays before trying to remember what I wrote.

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    • Michelle Frost says:

      Victor, I wrote a very intelligent response yesterday and lost it. This is a lot rougher…

      “Woozy and unstable” sums up how I feel reading anything on physics. Part of me KNOWS and likes it, but my brain just can’t grasp the enormity.

      You should try keeping a dream journal. It can start to show up interesting patterns. My first chapter of my first book is a dream I wrote down in a dream journal. 🙂

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  8. Saleena Karim says:

    Testing! Please ignore this message. A VFA member has contacted us saying she is unable to post comments over that ‘security token’ problem again.

    UPDATE Michelle, did you get the ‘invalid security’ message, or did the comment appear and subsequently vanish? This is actually my fourth attempt at replying to you. My comments are refusing to post again as well.

    At any rate our Jim our tech guy is still looking into it.

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