The Homo Universalis Project #7 – The Epoch Story
The Homo Universalis Project #7 – The Epoch Story

Aviv Shahar with Karen Heney and Kyriaki Nikandrou

April 18, 2024

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Throughout history, the great questions have been asked, and great research has been undertaken, always expanding the territory of the known by shining a light into the unknown. Where is that cutting edge today? And can a community of people from all over the world, each carrying their own unique journey of discovery, come together to inquire at the edge of purposeful evolution, through dialogue and interaction? We think it is possible, and we hope that you will choose to be a part of this exploration.

What if we were to look at human history with new eyes and maybe a radically different outlook; not as events and cultures frozen in time, but as part of the purposeful flow of evolution that is ongoing and accelerating; the “her-story” that reveals the meaning of our planetary past.

We speak often on Portals of the Universal human, Homo Universalis, as part of an emerging evolutionary upgrade and our unfolding future. But when and how did the journey to universal life actually begin? This is where a trace of the human experience with new perception can offer deeper understanding of the epoch now culminating.  

It’s easy to see the influence of major civilizations and eras — Egypt, Rome, the rise of axial religions, and the Renaissance, for example — on human growth and progress. Her-story suggests the purpose of the epoch is to provide the range of influences and energetic and spiritual impulses that enable the human journey to fuller universal life.

A new awareness of the epoch’s universal purpose also brings insights into current global upheavals, and how each of us can engage with intention to help shape this emerging future.

We explore the mysteries and possibilities of this epoch journey in this new edition of the Portals series The Homo Universalis Project, with Aviv Shahar, Kyriaki Nikandrou, and Karen Heney. Among their insights:

  • The purpose of the epoch is to provide the range of influences and energetic, mental, and spiritual impulses for the human to make the journey to the fuller realization of universal life.
  • We can look at evolution as a progressive line from caveman through now, but also as a journey of purpose, to fulfill the human potential, through the most extraordinary layers and depths.
  • We can call ourself human, even Homo sapiens, but what if we’re not Sapiens at all — we’re actually a slave of our habits and our desires? How do we release ourself from this mental prison?
  • Homo Universalis, the Universal human, could populate the future for the next 1000 years — if we don't blow this place up — by letting go of the past that has no validity in the epoch now onsetting.
  • Whenever humanity struggles, the blessing or causing realms will reappear with a new rejuvenating influence that can uplift the body and mind and all of human experience.\

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We invite the contemplation that the purpose of this epoch was to support and initiate human life to the journey of becoming fully human in the planetary sense, to then journey step by step to be initiated into Universal Life.  

Aviv Shahar

Karen Heney

Karen Heney

From an early age there has been a compelling search for truths, those realities that didn’t have a fixing or a closed door. The quest for meaning, sometimes quiet, other times reaching and finding pathways, has always accompanied me. The awareness that all life is caused to exist for an inherent purpose, one that allows for the possibility of furtherance and refinement, has prompted both perceptions and questions. These concern the purpose of human life, its integration within greater domains and what I personally may need to discover in order to play my part. Creativity has always been integral, with an endeavour to create visual interpretations of concepts as practical activities. The intention behind a current project is to broaden the paths of relevance and meaning for others to access and explore.

Kyriaki Nikandrou

Kyriaki Nikandrou

When I was a child, staring at the starry night skies, I was filled with awe and wonder, about the mysteries of the Universe, Life, Time, the Human and its place in the Cosmos, trying to connect the dots that link everything with everything… Some years down the line, I still do. I am seeking to be in conversation with others in search for keys, for tools of understanding and application and for the real questions, the ones that become portals to contemplative journeys, leading to uncharted territories that feel like home. I believe we are on a trajectory of multiple and unpredictable changes; it is up to each one of us to rise to the challenge of our times. Now, more than ever before, is the time to be true to ourselves and fulfill our potential.

Aviv Shahar

Aviv Shahar

Aviv serves as the Portals' sherpa. He curates transformational journeys and is a storyteller of the epochal evolution culminating at this time. Aviv is the Founder of Aviv Consulting, helping leaders unleash strategic innovation, and is the author of Create New Futures: How Leaders Produce Breakthroughs and Transform the World Through Conversation.

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