Human consciousness has leapt forward from a localized parochial perspective to an awareness of regional, national, and now international matters. As we approach a consciousness of global integration and interconnectedness, our greatest challenge may be accepting this new, emerging reality, and developing a new story that frames it all. But, as with earlier evolutionary crises, it may be that there are hidden forces guiding this process in which we are necessary participants.

This is the heart of a new chapter in our evolving story that we are gaining greater glimpses of now. As systems theorist Ervin Laszlo points out, what is needed most now is a change in our thinking, a transformation of consciousness, in which “a new worldview with new values adapted to living, surviving, and developing on this planet” would make sense of the past, the present, and a possible future as an on-going evolutionary process because, as he explains, “We are far more interconnected to one another and to all elements than we ever thought.”

The story of our interconnectedness is the emerging vision of our time, actually an awareness that has been around for a long time. As the concepts of “the great chain of being” and “the perennial philosophy” have shown, there are principles and values that are shared by all humanity, that are timeless and universal, and that have forever linked all beings and all created phenomena in an interwoven whole.

This expanding worldview also “recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds,” as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it. His core idea is that as evolution increases in complexity, an increase in reflective consciousness follows. In other words, consciousness itself is progressive and ever advancing. This is one of the bases for understanding the big-picture view that awareness of the world we live in has continually evolved from a consciousness of duality to a consciousness of oneness. And this is exactly where the new chapter in our evolving story has brought us, to this formidable and consummate threshold.