Research Paper By Alexandra Wang
(Life Coach, Germany)
What is Evolution?
The term ‘Evolution’ is nowadays most commonly used to describe a process of change on a linear time scale. May it be a change in physical organisms and populations, or a language. Science refers to Evolution as a chain of subsequent changes of material matter over generations, decades and ages (s. merriamwebster. com).
Tracing back the literal meaning of Evolution, etymology leads us back to the Latin word ‘evolvere – to unfold, unroll’, ‘evolutum’ as a past participle: ‘unfolded, unrolled’. This word appeared within the context of rolling out a book scroll. Scrolls were the main carrier of writings at the time and had to be rolled out to unveil their content. ‘Evolutum’, or Evolution, as we call it today, describes the state where inherent content and context have been unveiled. In other words: we have proceeded in our state of being by unfolding the scroll, as new content has been revealed. Evolution can thereby be understood as a process of moving ahead by disclosing inherent information that was hidden until then.
This is the meaning we’re adhering to in our further context: the state where inherent information is unfolded and newly revealed. Rather than emphasising the material change in its outer appearance, we hold the space where content already exists on the inside and simply is unveiled. It is not the outer situation that has changed but knowledge and insight that has emerged to open up new potential. It is like looking at the same outer scene through a new lens. As if it were a shift of perspective rather than a material change.
Taking ourselves onto the path of Evolution:
What do we have inside ourselves to unveil?
Living Life as Evolution of the Soul
When there is a quest, there is meaning: where physical matter does not provide the depth of coherence and understanding we seek for, the next consequential step towards finding purpose and meaning is to look beyond the physical body with our perception. By looking beyond material physicality, one gains a greater perspective on life and life’s coherence.
There are different layers that can be perceived with awareness. As individual perception varies, there are different frameworks and theories we can find to describe the immaterial layers of our body. While scientists measure electromagnetic waves flowing through and around our physical substance, the world’s most popular religions speak about the holy spirit, whereas yogis and meditation practitioners feel the layers of their energetic, mental, and spiritual bodies.
This article does not intend to discuss the outline of these different frameworks portraying human perception. Let’s rather look at what they have in common: they all ultimately lead us to overcome physical matter towards something immaterial, a matter perceivable with intuitive perception and consciousness. It’s a quest towards finding meaning and purpose on our soul level.
Our soul can be described as…:
- ‘immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life’;
- ‘the spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe;
- ‘a person’s total self’;
- ‘a moving spirit’;
- ‘the moral and emotional nature of human beings’. (merriam-webster.com)
How do you feel your soul?
No matter how each of us sees or perceives the soul level, there is a common thread to all, again: our Soul is where we are home and rest internally.
The truth speaking from the Soul is the source of our inherent creativity and potential that is to be unveiled for finding true fulfillment in life.
As the essence inherent on our Soul level is covered by layers of conditioning, it is the purpose of our quest to take these layers of conditioning off so we can find the coherent meaningfulness that roots deep within our Soul. It can be seen as peeling off the layers of an onion’s skin, or uncovering the inner layers of a Matryoshka puppet.
Unfolding what is inherent in the layers inside us, we unfold ourselves into life: our Life evolves as we unveil and live what is in us. At the same time, the Soul matures and evolves as it is manifested in Life. The depth of meaning and purpose we can find within reflects on how we live our life. When we can bring in greater meaning and purpose into our life, we create greater context, insight, and knowledge. We align our action with what comes close to our soul’s purpose, giving life meaning and context – one layer at a time.
By taking the way we live towards our soul’s purpose, we go along the path of Evolution step by step, continuously taking ourselves to the best possible place we can be in each moment. Going through the stages of our Evolution, we will find ourselves living a life with increased inspiration, passion, and creativity.
Knowing that we have a soul’s purpose to unfold, how can we take next steps to living an Evolutionary Life?
Coaching for Living Evolution
Even when we know that we live to blossom on our path of Evolution in life, taking the steps towards it is not always pleasant. It can be challenging to acknowledge and trust the process.
It also is unique to each of us how our lessons on our path of life look like. A ‘one size fits all’ approach does not apply well to it. Living embedded into a society where we are exposed to expectation and judgement, it may appear as an additional challenge to clearly take one’s own evolutionary path.
Source: Living Evolution – Coaching Model
Conditioning is deeply engrained onto our perspective. It requires a clear path and self-discipline to overcome identification and attachment to habitual patterns. The inner self can be resistant and easily distracted to prevent giving way to what’s truly inside.
Coaching provides a support structure where one can find a space to freely articulate and explore one’s own inner voice. It is recognised that a Client comes in with an own agenda. The coaching process serves the Client alone and is an exclusive opportunity to gain clarity and understanding, so to create a way forward to live a life with understanding and meaning within a greater context.
The role of a Coach is to mirror, reflect back, acknowledge, and provide feedback. The Client benefits from having a sparring partner to explore, release attachment, and shift perspectives. Furthermore, a Coach can support in finding and holding up accountability structures to ensure movement forward by taking steps for progression.
A Coaching Process balances out smoothness and a healthy challenge to empower the potential of a Client.
At Living Evolution, Coach and Client go through the stages of an evolutionary process continuously: Observation – Finding Purpose – Setting an Intention – Experiencing Evolution – and Observing again…. continuing an ever ongoing cycle of conscious Evolution, applied with awareness in life.
By fulfilling the purpose, Clients will find themselves in increased satisfaction and fulfillment from inside. Life is experienced as a sequence of conscious decision making, acting with responsibility, accountability, inspiration, creativity, and passion. One will find oneself acting rather than reacting. Simply by taking the steps of Evolution into a Coaching process, you will find yourself living the life you want to create.
Rather than chasing what’s outside, and being empty inside, you will find yourself choosing work and activities in line with your soul’s purpose, ending up in harmony with yourself and the outside. There are not shoulds, woulds, buts, doubts…. There simply is. At the best it can be at this moment. Living the life we want to create for ourselves. This is Living Evolution.