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The Urge to Evolve


The Essays of Brother Anonymous
Spiritual Essays

Last revised: June 24, 2009.

Have you ever wondered why it is you’re drawn to spiritual talks, retreats, texts, etc.? Why do we feel moved when we sing to God, recognize a spiritual truth, or help somebody?

Is it accidental or not?

The answer is contained in a phrase that SaLuSa used recently: “the urge to evolve.”

His full remark was that “the urge to evolve drives you onwards and with it comes the greater understanding of your relationship to God.” (1)

In spiritual literature, the “urge to evolve” is known as a yearning, longing, or desire to grow, progress, evolve, awaken, be liberated, or ascend.

As it turns out, it is a design feature of life, a kind of built-in homing device or low-level, steady, and eternal thirst, an undying but sub-sensible yearning that can only be satisfied by union with God.

We mistake it for ordinary desire and attempt to fill its yawning chasm with objects, experiences, emotions, etc., but to no avail. Only God can fill it.

God is a magnet that draws us, through many lives, slowly but irresistibly back to Himself.

“The urge to evolve” is known to most spiritual teachers and afterlife communicators.

Many centuries ago, the Hindu avatar, Shankara, called it “the longing for liberation.”

“[The] longing for liberation is the will to be free from the fetters forged by ignorance -- beginning with the ego-sense and so on, down to the physical body itself -- through the realization of one's true nature.” (2)

The early Christian mystic, Pseudo-Dionysius, called it “a strong and sure desire for the clear and impassible contemplation of the transcendent. It is a hunger for an unending, conceptual, and true communion with the spotless and sublime light, of clear and splendid beauty.” (3)

Modern master, Adyashanti, calls it “the impulse to be free, … an evolutionary spark within consciousness which originates beyond the ego. It is an impulse toward the divine, unity, and wholeness. It is an impulse originating from the Truth itself.” (4)

Let’s leave the mystics and listen to ordinary spirits who have left the physical body and describe to us through mediums the same basic and irresistible yearning. Without the drag of the physical body, this yearning operates more tangibly on them:

Twentieth Century British aristocrat Arthur, Lord Sandys: “The urge to go on is very great.” (5)

German WWI soldier “Sigwart”: “I have an intense desire to advance further. This desire is more effective here than when I was in a physical body because one is more receptive.” (6)

Twentieth Century American theologian A.D. Mattson: “I am still left with my inquisitiveness, my desire to know, my thirsting for knowledge, and my thirsting for new experiences.” (7)

Christ Sphere resident “Therold”: “The desire of every earnest spirit is to rise gradually to higher and ever higher spheres.” (8)

Everywhere in spirit realms or from awakened people we hear the same news.

From my own experience, when I moved from the position of taking my attraction to the spiritual for granted to the position of recognizing and responding to a sub-sensible thirst, this yearning began to magnify itself, like coals that were blown upon.

Now, with the dark having left the planet or packing their bags, I have a hunch that the more we blow upon the coals of divine longing, the more the resulting blaze will unimaginably benefit us.

It certainly is a good time to make a friend of what SaLuSa calls “the urge to evolve.”


(1) SaLuSa, June 22, 2009, at .
(2) Crest-Jewel of Discrimination, trans. Prabhavananda and Isherwood, p. 36.
(3) Collected Works of Pseudo-Dionysius, p. 54.
(4) The Impact of Awakening, p. 4.
(5) Awakening Letters, p. 42.
(6) Bridge Over the River, p. 8.
(7) Witness from Beyond, p. 51. zz (8) From Across the Borderland, pp. 97-8.


The Essays of Brother Anonymous
Spiritual Essays