Signs of the Upwising — Apparently You CAN Teach an Old Dogma New Tricks

“I support any religious expression, provided it’s non-dominational.”

— Swami Beyondananda

A few months ago, I read one of those channeled messages from a distant galaxy, and one idea jumped out and landed on solid ground.  The idea was that the December 21, 2012 date, the “shift of the ages” marked the “expiration date” of the old, “lowest common dominator” paradigm.

I like that idea, and since I heard about it, I’ve been finding evidence everywhere that something has indeed shifted.  And so as a regular feature of the Notes From the Trail blog, I’m going to highlight the signs that the “evolutionary upwising” is underway.

Today’s heartening message comes from the Pope himself.  According to an interview reported in today’s New York Times, Pope Francis has declared that the mission and message of the Catholic Church is bigger than shaming gays and bashing abortion.

Here is the quote from the Times:

Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics. In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone for the church, saying it should be a “home for all” and not a “small chapel” focused on doctrine, orthodoxy and a limited agenda of moral teachings.

 “It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time,” the pope told the Rev. Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit and editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal whose content is routinely approved by the Vatican. “The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent. The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently.”

You can read the full article here.

When we combine this with the new Pope’s outspoken opposition to the bombing of Syria, it may very well be the case that a newly-emerging sense of Sacred is emanating from what has been a moribund religious establishment … and the old Dogma is indeed learning some new tricks.

In this time of great upheaval — and downheaval — it’s important to highlight these shards of light … my sense is, we will be seeing more and more of them.

Yours in evolutionary upwising,

Steve Bhaerman

Steve Bhaerman is a writer, humorist and political uncommontator who has been writing and performing comedy for the past 25 years as Swami Beyondananda (  On the more serious side, he is author with Bruce Lipton of Spontaneous Evolution:  Our Positive Future And a Way to Get There From Here, and he is about to launch his new blog and movement, Evolutionary Upwising.

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