Famous explorers of old had the support of their kings and queens to discover new lands, fresh opportunities for growth and settlement, and expansion of old empires.
Ships, sailors, supplies, and shiny gold coins got the job done. Rumors of more riches to be had, as well as “primitive” cultures to be conquered, further fueled the desire of some power hungry leaders of the world at that time.
But for more common men and women who followed them into the New World, the reasons were different. A deep desire burned for a new life outside of their known society, to feel the wide open spaces where one’s spirit could breathe again, and explore the freedom of a more personal say in the course of one’s own destiny.
This was not an easy undertaking. It took courage, sacrifice, hard work, and diligence to build a new life in unknown territory.
Determination of the human spirit
History has a way of repeating itself. We see patterns of domination and control, followed by humanity’s uprising of spirit to find a way out, onward and upward. The human spirit has proven over and over again, it will never be defeated. Sometimes it gets lost, but in times of challenge it reveals itself once again, ready to blossom and flourish.
Our current experience is feeling limited in potential and tired in spirit. In short, it is old. The question to ask ourselves right now is “What is that next frontier we will explore?”
We will create that next new experience
As there is not much uncharted geographical territory left, perhaps the next new frontier is not one just fueled by spirit, but it will be one OF spirit, an expansion of our collective human consciousness.
It is time for us to develop that vision in our imaginations, creating and honing it with the fire of our deep desire. Then we need to muster courage to head out into the unknown and never look back.
The next New World will not simply be discovered, and we won’t need kings and queens to finance it.
We will create it.
“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”
~ Judith Thurman
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide
“We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.”
~ John Wesley Powell
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”
~ Alan Watts
“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”
~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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New Frontier Spirit © Susan L Hart 2021