All the classic questions can be answered: Who am I? What am I supposed to be doing here? What is reality? What is important? Who is in charge here? Where does meaning come from? What is truth? Where did I come from? What happens when I die? Did I live before? What is love? How do I get some? What is really going on here? Do I have to pay taxes? What's for lunch?
All these questions can be answered, however, (as you've probably figured out by now...) each real answer gives birth to more real questions...
If you follow this line of inquiry a bit further it leads to a number of practical realizations, for example:
1. The answers are not as important as the next questions.
2. Being able to ask any question is a core skill for navigating spaces because it gives you more options to choose from in each moment.
3. Human beings are designed to fly in the gaps between answers even if it is scary.
4. Those people who have learned to journey in the gaps suddenly get special jobs to do and services to provide for the village... jobs which other professions have neither the capacity nor the courage to deliver. (Responsibility is applied consciousness.)
5. Learning something new has less impact than integrating into everyday interactions what you already know.
This is not a religion. A religion believes in beliefs. Evolutionaries Labs have discovered that beliefs are a band-aid covering over the fear of asking the next question and possibly having no answer yet.
This is not a sect. A sect asks you to stay small, repress your individuality, give your center away, your voice away, your authority away, your power away, your money away, and maybe your wife and kids away.
At Evolutionaries Lab you keep your own authority, ask authentic curiosity questions, distinguish feelings from emotional reactions, keep your center, use your voice, get more relational (intelligence is the ability to interact), become the source of something more valuable than money for yourself, make boundaries, become a sword of clarity, escape your constructs so they become options that you own instead of prisons that own you, ask for what you want (even if it is impossible), transform yourself into something uncontrollable, and create something epic together.
There is no Guru here. Neither is there a Priest, a President, a CEO, a Doctor, a Director, a Boss, a Dad... Evolutionaries Lab is a Torus (http://torustechnology.org). Since there is no authority to blame in a Torus we find ourselves in deep shit... together.
(It's not an accident that the "No" is standing here alone and without further explanation. It is there on general principles. Probably it means we reserve the right to say, "No", to anybody about anything at any time for no reason. You could reserve that right for yourself too.)
Maybe the human race has already exterminated itself by unconscionably triggering the release of 500 gigatons of atmospheric carbon (in the form of carbon dioxide and methane) that Gaia has so carefully sequestered over millions of years (in underground coal, oil, natural gas, methane clathrates frozen in tundra and Siberian seabeds, and the massive arboreal forests). The sequestered carbon gave Earth stable enough climactic conditions to evolve a biological organism that was complex enough to become self-aware and flexible enouth to expand its consciousness within one lifetime.
Yes, you are that biological organism.
Maybe this is our chance... global warming, climate change, class 6 storms, mega-fires, ocean dead-zones, nuclear-weapons proliferation, wars between corporate-controlled shadow governments... maybe this is our chance to grow up, to go to the next level. Maybe we will make it...
6,000 years ago hierarchies derailed the authentic adulthood initiatory processes that permit a person to transcend the two childhood misidentifications: "I am my body." and "I am my Box." Maybe are ready to reinstate the new initiatory processes that upgrade human thoughtware for creating generative cultures, and Gaia's human experiment will succeed...
Evolutionaries Lab is dedicated to doing everything it can to tilt the scale towards rapid evolution of human consciousness on planet Earth by empowering agents of transformation.
We don't know, yet.
Like all gameworlds, Evolutionary Lab is an experiment. The EvoLab was created because some of us have been trying to get into a gameworld like this for our whole lives.
Since we couldn't find an already existing gameworld that fulfilled our wishes, we needed to build one ourselves. This is it.
We don't know yet who else has been looking for something like this.
We think EvoLab is an experiment in long-term caring friendships.
What does that mean? We don't know, yet.
We are pretty sure that Evolutionary Lab is also a nanonation, a group of people sourcing the cultural context of radical responsibility and possibility.
When will our nanonation be able to issue passports? We don't know, yet.
Principles Of Evolutionary Lab
The term 'Evolutionary' is spelled with a capital letter to remind us that each action and inaction intends to serve Bright Principles.
Doing what you say you will do, not necessarily what others define as "the right thing to do". Staying true to what moves you to be alive.
Your swift, precise, radically honest, compassionately intelligent, razor sharp, present, dependable sword of clarity has two edges.
Evolutionary, unpredictable, improvising, initiating, doing what needs to be done even if it has never been done before and you don't know how to do it.
Mutual support to help other Evolutionaries over the long-term deliver loving service of whatever is needed in abundance.
(Frequently Asked Questions)
WHAT IS MEANT BY USING THE TERMS SOURCERESS OR WYZARD IN EVOLUTIONARY LABS ?
Such terms are commonly reserved for fantasy stories. We use them as additions to our self-image to remind us of the existence of our 5th body, our archetypal body (the other 4 bodies being: physical, intellectual, emotional, and energetic). By claiming 'Sourceress' or 'Wyzard' as part of your identity you eventually start admitting to yourself that your 5th body exists. Your identity expansion (for example, "I am a Personal Development Trainer Wizard Dad...") helps guard you from being hypnotized back into ordinary sleeping life where you might forget for days or weeks at a time that you even have a 5th body. The identity-space you occupy determines the tools you have available to use in each moment. A Sourceress and a Wyzard can do things that someone using only 4 bodies cannot do. As Robert A. Heinlein said, "One man's magic is another man's science." (He obviously meant this to apply also to women.) (Using Heinlein's quote implies that what we are doing is science... and... uhhh... well... the tools and thoughtmaps are teachable, the results are duplicatable, and we do our work in Labs... What we are missing is public funding...)
WHICH ANCIENT TEXTS DO YOU STUDY AS PART OF THE EVOLAB PROGRAM ?
BY WHAT AUTHORITY OR LINEAGE DO YOU CLAIM TO BE EVOLUTIONARIES ?
A person's title is declared by their own authority and proved through the results of their actions. Come sit around the campfire and listen to some Sourceress and Wyzard stories. If their stories have credibility for you, your answer to this question will be at hand. When you are qualified through your own experiences to tell such stories, you will be a Sourceress or Wyzard.
HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN A SOURCERESS AND A WYZARD IN EVOLABS ?
The difference comes from where they put their roots.
A Sourceress sinks her roots deeply into the Earth and uses everything to navigate transformational processes - making something out of something else.
A Wyzard sinks his roots deep into the void and uses the nothingness to create results - making something out of nothing.
(NOTE: Obviously the feminine masculine thing does not correlate to these titles, but it often does. The answer as to why this might be so is probably archetypal.)
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY SCHOOL ?
In the global ecology of gameworlds, there are many different categories, such as: sports teams, gem collecting clubs, hospitals, businesses, grownesses, not-for-profits, religions, special military forces, local and national governments, etc. One such classification of gameworlds is a school.
Schools are learning gameworlds classified according to which of the 5 Bodies is the focus for learning.
Many schools - such as grade schools, high schools, colleges, and universities - use teachers to deliver content to the intellectual body.
Other schools focus more on learning physical skills such as martial arts schools, dance schools, art schools, film schools, etc. Barbara Brennan's School of Healing, for example is an energetic body training school. Feelings Practitioner is an example of an emotional body training school.
One classification of school is spelled with a capital "S" and specializes in training in all 5 Bodies simultaneously for the purpose building matrix to expand human consciousness.
These 5-Body Schools are further classified according to their structure, ranging from a hierarchical pyramid with a 'master' or 'guru' at the top, to a torus - shaped structure (like a doughnut) with shared responsibilities and rotating spaceholders. Such 5-Body Schools are also classified according to their learning style, ranging from following a traditional set of teachings and practices, to doing empirical research and implementing newly discovered distinctions and practices. Evolutionary Labs are a torus team doing 5-Body empirical research learning expeditions bonded together by the attraction to and the love of certain kinds of questions, particularly those questions the answers to which enhance Energetic Body awarenesses and skills.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF AN EVOLAB?
The purpose of Evolutionary Lab is to integrate in daily life what we may already know unconsciously but do not consciously apply, plus also to integrate answers, tools, and processes we find together while investigating the spaces opened up by questions most of us never dared to ask alone.
We also have the purpose to document and share as widely as possible anything we discover that may help accelerate the evolution of human consciousness.
This means whatever we discover is anti-proprietary. It cannot be copyrighted. It is all copylefted, open code, and protected by Creative Commons International 4.0 Attribute and Share Alike license (CC BY-SA 4.0), except for the stunning rendition of Lady of the Lake illustration at the header, which is copyrighted 2005 by Michael Komarck http://komarckart.com/ccg_ana07.html.
HOW DOES EVOLUTIONARY LAB WORK ?
In the film, The Mask of Zorro, someone asks Zorro, "Are you looking for something?" Instantly Zorro responds, saying, "A sense of the miraculous in every day life." The questions we investigate together during EvoLab cannot be answered except through direct experience. Or rather, they canbe answered in an infinite variety of ways. Either case infers the miraculousness of what is. This is not saying that nothing can be known. Rather it is saying that things can be known at deeper and broader levels ad infinitum. Our efforts are made together in the name of, and with joyfully awesome respect for, the Mysteriousness that drives the force of Evolution in the Universe.
The way we do this is to serve each other as gateways through which answers come when someone has authentic necessity in their next question.
WHAT ARE YOUR CORE TEACHINGS? WHAT PRACTICES DO YOU USE ?
Ah, yes... well. As tempting as it might be to answer your question here, we would be doing you a significant disservice.
This is a website.
Its skips 4 of your 5 Bodies, and briefly entertains your Intellectual Body.
Your question is excellent. It would be a shame to kill it with an incomplete answer.
Good questions can be hard to come by.
Better to keep this question alive so you can use it in a more productive time and place...
WHAT ARE THE EVOLAB COSTS ?
Evolutionary Labs are formal training and practice spaces - think of it as an Evolutionary Dojo - usually 5 days long, sometimes delivered in unusual places or under non-ordinary circumstances.
Evolutionary Labs typically cost €650 to €950 (sliding scale) tuition plus housing and shared self-prepared food costs.
They are usually delivered by legendary Evolutionaries, or... why else would you attend?
The real question is: after you buy a thing, how do you pay for it? This is an interesting question.
In Evolutionary Lab, you pay everything.
WHY ARE THERE PREREQUISITES TO THE EVOLAB ?
How did you know about the prerequisites? Never mind...
There are prerequisites because over the years we have learned the hard way that spaceships fly higher with less mass.
This is not a rule. It is an observation... a Law of Flying.
A heavier than normal condition can be rectified in flight, but usually at a high cost, such as someone leaving in the middle of a training.
Therefore we prefer to pay the price up front before the spaceship takes off by making the prerequisites more stringent.
The prerequisites for attending an EvoLab are that a participant be an already employed Evolutionary, has already participated in at least one Expand The Box training plus one Possibility Lab, (and, for extra credit, at least one Avalon Meeting), and that you have a personal Skype or Zoom call with the EvoLab Kaitiaki (the Guardian of the Realm) who, at this moment, is Clinton Callahan.
HOW CAN A PERSON KNOW IF THEY ARE AN EVOLUTIONARY ?
Anyone, of course, can consider themselves to be an evolutionary.
I mean, who could stop you?
Nobody knows what you are actually thinking in there...
If you want to think of yourself as an evolutionary, well, what a cool thing to think! You are the only person who can decide what you think of yourself. Even if no one else knows that you are an evolutionary you can decide to be an evolutionary. We only ask that if you ever decide to stop regarding yourself as an evolutionary you participate in a Decompression Ceremony with us so that your departure is graceful and so that we can all learn the most from the experience.
If you decide to be an evolutionary this is part of the deal.
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL PREPARATIONS ?
The interesting thing about preparations is that the Universe takes ongoing and careful note of the matrix you have truly built.
Evolution occurs by reflex.
What this means is, if you are, in reality, prepared to be initiated into the next level, you may be automatically initiated into the next level whether you think you are ready to go there or not.
Your preparation initializes your initiation.
What a fucking hell this can make of your plans if you like your life the way that it is and then the Universe comes along without warning and suddenly throws you into the next level simply because you were prepared for it ! "Grharhghaaagh!#!!?#? "
(People have been heard saying something like this in such circumstances...)
As we said, the preparations - fortunately - never end.
Please keep in mind that the only time you have to prepare yourself (and your village...) is NOW. Better minimize it...
HOW IS THE 5th BODY INVOLVED IN EVOLUTIONARY LAB ?
Evolutionary Lab empowers you to be a better Evolutionary through a series of 5-Body inner-design checks that are accompanied by the appropriate healing and transformation processes. Some of the checks include:
What is the condition of the Witch's Circle in your Community, Project, or Gameworld?
What are the functions of the Witch's Circle?
In what ways have you, your Research Team, or your Gameworld arranged to be defended against Presence, which is the only place Magical actions can happen?
What pain of realization or recognition about current circumstances in yourself, in your relations, and in the world are you avoiding because you regard them as too painful to witness?
How thoroughly is your Work and offerings grounded in Phase II of Feelings Work?
How thoroughly is your Work and offerings grounded in Radical Responsibility?
In what ways do you feed the evolution of your Gameworld, because if your Gameworld is not evolving it is dead?
What are the ways you are sharing your critical discoveries and knowledge within the global network of practicing Evolutionaries?
Intensive nonlinear skills-building training
The Evolutionary dojo
It is rather certainly relevant to your success as an Evolutionary to participate in Expand The Box training, Possibility Village Labs, and the Intimacy Journeyer Lab.