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The Critical Mass of Enlightenment Out of thousands of seeds only one tree is born Out of millions of sperm only one flips the ovarian switch to turn on an infants life Though the potentials for life are abundant the critical mass of fulfillment of those potentials is atomically small The mystics believe the same law works in the evolution of human consciousness Billions of humans have been born each carrying within the shell of their personality the potential flower of Christ-consciousness They are Gaias near-countless seeds falling upon her earthly cradle Billions live and die considering themselves blessed if the wings of existence scatter them upon barren rocky fields of orthodox behavior Only a tiny proportion of humankind ever reaches a full flowering The critical mass of enlightenment can be defined as the smallest number of awakened human beings whose collective influence can initiate a significant shift in global consciousness The process of creating enough enlightened ones to achieve this critical mass can be likened to the transformation of coal into diamonds The pressure of surrounding human unconsciousness creates an urgency in the potential enlightened one to awaken from illusion The total weight of so much unconscious carbon exerts a tremendous pressure through which a few coal stones reach the appropriate mass to become diamonds These awakened beings embody the crystal clarity of enlightened consciousness which can transform the level of consciousness of the entire planet Mystics who have used the metaphor of the mud and filth necessary to grow a lotus like the sixth-century patriarch of Zen Bodhiharma say most of humanity has no other destiny than to live and die as compost and manure for the Bodhisattvas or spiritual teachers flowering The constant revelation of the rank odors of human consciousness hidden behind societys manure of moralities and illusions nurtures the urgency for a budding Bodhisattvas consciousness to grow Once
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