EVOLUTION may seem a surprising word to be included in a series of spiritual meditations. We tend to think of evolution as existing totally in the realm of science, with little or no spiritual relevance.
But evolution was unfolding long before science discovered it and put a name to it. In fact, evolution was unfolding long before the scientific mindset itself had become prominent in our collective consciousness. It is important that we reclaim evolution as a spiritual process, and appreciate the perspective it gives on our individual growth and unfoldment.
Spiritual evolution does not concern itself with changes over time in our physical appearance. “Evolution,” Charles Fillmore wrote, “is the result of the development of ideas in mind. What we are is the result of the evolution of our consciousness, and our consciousness is the result of the seed ideas sown in our mind. Therefore spiritual evolution is the unfolding of the Spirit of God into expression. It is the development achieved by man working under spiritual law.”
Like so many concepts that are considered “New Thought,” this idea of evolution as the spiritual process ongoing in each of us is actually quite old. Consider the apostle Paul, writing to the Romans: “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”
What a powerful image! All of creation eagerly waits for us to evolve into our true spiritual powers. If we find ourselves tempted to set aside this spiritual work that calls us, we have only to remember this image – and to realize how far our own personal evolution has already taken us – to be renewed.
Let us affirm today that we feel the evolving energy of spiritual awareness quickening every cell, every thought in our being. We are open and receptive to the divine Power with which, choice by choice, we create the kingdom of heaven.