Invictus is Latin for unconquerable. And it’s also an interesting move about the co-operation between Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaard in preparing the team and the country to win the Rugby World Cup in 1995.
What I liked about the movie was the portrayal of Nelson Mandela as an evolved soul in manifestation, if you’ll excuse the phrase with all of its problems. Morgan Freeman did a fine job of accessing this quality within himself. There was a lot of rugby and a lot of focus on Mandela’s time in prison. I enjoyed watching how Mandela used the emotions and attachments of the nation to bring in an aspect of the country’s soul. Perhaps this contrast was unintentional, but this was precisely what made it interesting to watch.
Recently I have been connecting to old visions of humanity. Old for me in this lifetime anyway. And perhaps going further back. I don’t know.
One is work. The way that we have organised ourselves for work had to change. And we are in the middle of it. Making ourselves free. That has been our urge for a long, long time. Witness as a crisis in the French Revolution and repeated in the American Declaration of Independence and then later Civil War and then again on a global scale in the second world war. The Soul of Humanity spoke. More than once. But once again we find ourselves in a kind of enslavement, this time to our own desires. And it will be a mass movement, that is sure, but focused on what we must also indvidually do. And that will reflect itself back into our work lives. Working without attachment there is no doubt that we will end territorialism and its mental expression: ambition. Free to perform the kind of work that we want to do in our inner being. Our inner vision, our purpose.
I have my own personal vision for humanity. Well, how personal it is I don’t know. It seems my great grandfather shared something similar. It’s just been lost for a few generations. Free to work. But then you think work for what? What are we in service of. The Jane Goodall video I shared last time reignited an old fire for me.
My vision is that humanity will decrease in size. Technology will become much more impressive. We will have contained areas and the animal and plant kingdoms will have much more scope on the earth. We will become caretakers of the planet nurturing the other kingdoms. We will have found out how to raise ourselves. And in achieving this we will have found a greater acceptance of our own animal natures and in that acceptance found how we transform them, enlighten them. And then we will have earned the right to work with the rest of the planet. Perhaps that is our true work. Our purpose as one humanity.
It’s an interesting thing to look at ones life dispassionately. I watched a Google video of a lecture given by Jane Goodall, the one above, today in which she briefly talked about the idea that what we have, and maybe the only thing we have, is a life and the idea of nurturing that life. Anthony Robbins also talks about designing a life in The Time of Your Life programme, although most of it is spent discussing time management.
This is certainly not a new thought. Surely what destiny is is the most that we can do with our lives. The more we free ourselves from our conditioning circumstances the greater the potential and the greater our destiny.
I like this thought that we acquire a life and it’s our task to make the most of it that we can. Someone said to me recently that we get 4,000 weeks. Put that way it doesn’t seem so long. It creates a sense of having no time to waste. What will we have achieved with this life?
When our consciousness is decentralised from the life being ours to a life being something that we are a stewards of, and it is really only a project with which we’ve become endowed, then I think the possibility of service opens up. In Buddhist terms perhaps this is the Bodhisattiva path.
It seems clear to me that there is no separate individual soul and there is no separate destiny that is ours. Rather there is a combined destiny, a group service fulfilled according to ones environing conditions, and the flowering of the inner Buddha.
Ultimately I believe that we awaken, not for ourselves, but for all beings. There is no separate self to awaken for. Awakening here is itself a service, the service of serving humanity, the animal kingdom, the earth better.