Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

We are all hardwired to get along and co-create.

"We are the change we have been waiting for."

Hardwired for collaboration

Are you aware that contemporary science has proven that we are hardwired for collaboration? Studying the brain with advanced imaging technology, scientists reveal that the human brain is wired to reward caring, cooperation and service. The act of helping another person, working in a cohesive team, expressing love, compassion, kindness and forgiveness triggers the brain's pleasure center. These actions also produce important benefits for our wellbeing. The uplifting biochemistry boosts the immune system, reduces our heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and literally prepares us to want to serve the greater good.

If our brains were not wired for life in community, our species would have died off long ago. Collaboration is the key to our survival. Scientists add that behavior contrary to this positive norm is an indicator of serious social and psychological dysfunction, leading eventually to annihilation. (Few people realize that in his famous book Origin of the Species Charles Darwin wrote extensively that species in nature survive precisely because they collaborate.)

Free will

Another important part of our wiring is that we have free will. So we can choose to follow the lead of how we are hardwired to collaborate, to love, to be inclusive, and to work for the greater good, no matter what is going on externally. Nothing and no one outside of ourselves can make that happen. No matter who is governing whom, we are in control of the inside job of how we react to anything life brings... and we are in control of choosing to embody a loving state of being.

Amazing information

More scientific data: Every thought and emotion we have is felt by and responded to by every cell in our bodies. Even more amazing is that every thought we have contributes to the quality of the collective matrix of life on this Earth. Do you realize how powerful this means we are in determining our own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of everyone and everything on this Earth?

We are co-creators

When there are enough people around the world who make the commitment to choose and embody the loving state of being we are wired to be, the energy will reach a tipping point in the matrix of our collective consciousness, which will change the entire paradigm of the world. We will have co-created a paradigm of inclusion (rather than separation), where the differences among us are appreciated, and by choosing to follow our hard wiring for collaboration, everyone will naturally pool resources for the greater good of all. We will have the chance to thrive and to discover our highest destiny.

True spiritual sovereignty

These are precarious times. We are all in charge of whether humanity thrives or becomes extinct. True spiritual sovereignty is achieved by owning how powerful our consciousness is and using it to make possible an evolutionary leap for everyone.

The opportunity of catharsis

Right now we have been and are experiencing polarization and separation to the extreme. I am not the first to suggest that what we are witnessing is a purging of the dark underbelly of humanity. If bringing this negativity out in the open serves as a catharsis of old poisons, and if enough people choose a positive shift in their own state of being, all this can make room for a huge healing/upgrade. A pretty graphic example of healing after a catharsis is what happens when you vomit. Afterwards you feel better and can then begin to heal. If we can turn this collective "vomiting" into a clearing, which then brings us to search for and find common ground, we will fulfill our higher potential.

Let the healing begin

Thousands of years ago, Confucius said: "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right."

We are called now to heal ourselves first and turn these negative events into the biggest opportunity ever to transform. More and more often the latest scientific research and longstanding wisdom traditions overlap. Right now they both concur that peace is our true nature. PJH