At the Vancouver Peace Summit in September 2009, the Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the Western woman.” After the adventure of organizing and attending Evolutionary Woman: A Tribute to Barbara Marx Hubbard, I would make a small edit and say, “The world will be saved by the Evolutionary woman.”
On the clear evening of November 10th, 2016 at the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, California, ninety-five people gathered to honor the life and work of consciousness pioneer Barbara Marx Hubbard. The hall was filled with leaders, changemakers, and conscious beings of all ages who have been inspired by Barbara’s books, speeches, and profound presence.
After a sneak peek excerpt of an upcoming documentary about Barbara’s life by the award-winning filmmaker Karen Everett, the evening continued with a light-hearted and loving roast of Barbara by four individuals near and dear to her: her sister Patricia Ellsberg, publisher Bill Gladstone, co-leadership colleague Alain Gauthier, and long-time friend Avon Mattison.
After the roast and a heartfelt introduction by collaborator and tech pioneer Justin Rosenstein, Barbara herself took the stage and revealed to everyone that while they all thought they were attending a tribute, the real reason for the event was to launch her new Planetary Mission. If you’ve ever heard Barbara speak in person, you know that her presence speaks louder than her words. It was clear that she was not only revealing her plans for creating an Office for the Future at the UN and unifying people all over the world to create local peace committees, but she was showing everyone how to embody a new way of being in the world. She was teaching everyone how to be evolutionary women and men.
In the words of Barbara Marx Hubbard, an evolutionary woman is “the universe in person. Her passion to grow, to love more, be more, create more is the Eros of the Universe itself animating her.” As she described the plans for her planetary mission, it was clear that she was expressing the universe’s longing to evolve into greater wholeness and harmony. As she continued speaking, more characteristics of an evolutionary woman flowed through her. These characteristics, in Barbara’s words, include the following:
“Evolutionary women often feel we are not getting older but getting newer. Something new is being born in us.”
At 86 ½ years young, Barbara shone as one of the brightest and sharpest individuals in the room. She showed us how to embody continuous renewal and a mature innocence and curiosity!
“The Evolutionary Woman is not seeking to be equal to men in a dysfunctional world, but to join with men and women to participate in the emerging world.”
Barbara introduced her team of both men and women working together and contributing both masculine and feminine gifts that were all valuable in their own unique ways. There was definitely a sense of wholeness and unity rather than competition or comparison.
“Evolutionary women do not avoid technology, they attempt to guide it. High Love and High Tech merge for the New Culture of Humanity.”
Barbara and her team revealed the ways in which they were embracing technology to reach millions of individuals and make the greatest impact for the good of the whole with organizations like Unify. In addition, her team includes leading innovators in the field of technology, so they are literally creating the latest technological tools for humanity from a place of heart-centered love.
“The Evolutionary woman has faith in the evolution of humanity no matter what a mess we are.”
The event was just two days after the divisive presidential elections, yet Barbara radiated a sense of trust and faith that was palpable in the room. This steadiness allowed her to unveil her new plans with grace and conviction.
“The Evolutionary Woman accepts the reality that she is needed for the evolution of the whole culture.”
Barbara was confident in her ability to contribute to a peaceful humanity and encouraged each person to know the same for themselves. She reminded each person that what the world needs now is for them to find their own unique gift and to contribute it. Each person is necessary for evolution towards wholeness.
“The Evolutionary Woman is inspired by the higher wisdom of the great avatars and beings to manifest them naturally and humbly as a new norm.”
She reminded us that the wisdom of compassion and unconditional love is awakening in each and every one of us now; that we each embody the beauty of the universe unfolding towards ever-growing unity and freedom. What was once an extraordinary exception is becoming an extraordinary norm!
“Evolutionary Women are becoming co-creators as well as pro-creators. We are extending the love of the unknown child into the world as the love of the unknown future, toward love of humanity, and all Earth life.”
Barbara let us know that just as a woman gives birth to a child, we are now giving birth to a new world. Our crisis is a birth, which is not without pain, but that will result in something incredibly beautiful.
The evening concluded with a beautiful performance by artist Iam&A, who embodied the ineffable energy of the event in a multimedia performance that she describes as a “shapshot of ecstatic enlightenment into a new race of human being.” Guests stayed long after the conclusion of the event embracing and discussing plans for offering their unique gifts to our world’s evolution. Everyone seemed to be freshly transformed into evolutionary men and women ready to contribute to the planetary shift.
Let us all uphold Barbara’s vision and become the evolutionary women and men that we truly are!
Watch the event’s program in it’s entirety below!
Read Barbara’s autobiography that includes the quotes from this blog here.
Learn more about Barbara and her work at evolve.org.
About the author: Carly Visk is the Partner, Sponsor, and Event Coordinator at Greenheart Transforms, a division of Greenheart International. She is a yoga teacher and has a passion for the mystery of consciousness and transformation. She enjoys creating and contributing to events that not only foster inner transformation but also support the sharing of creative ideas for bringing more balance and peace into our relationships with each other and our planet. She recently coordinated sponsors and vendors for Sukhava Bodhe Yoga and Music Festival and is now focused on organizing events for Greenheart Transforms and the Global Purpose Movement. On the side, she is co-founder of Sweet Aum Chicago and hosts visionary art and music events. She also studies with indigenous teachers from Brazil and Columbia who inspire her to work towards manifesting the vision of an Earth that can be protected and shared by all living things.