In loving memory of the extraordinary life and legacy of Barbara Marx Hubbard, Findhorn Fellow and Visionary for Conscious Evolution, we share this fitting tribute to her life’s work written by her close friend Hazel Henderson, also a Findhorn Fellow.
Barbara died 10 April, 2019 surrounded by family and supported by her global community who held vigil in the days leading up to her threshold crossing into the Great Mystery.
Her final contribution to the Findhorn Foundation was just six months ago in October 2018. Barbara was a guest speaker during our Living the New Story online learning journey on the topic: The Emergence of a New Human Species – ‘Homo Amore Universalis’ (universal loving human). We are blessed to have shared these intimate moments with Barbara and to have benefited from her deep wisdom, infectious spirit and rich life experience. Our deepest gratitude to this remarkable soul – the complete embodiment of the ‘universal loving human’. Her work now lives on in our hearts and through our evolutionary activism in service to the planetary awakening to which she devoted her life.
IN PRAISE OF BARBARA MARX HUBBARD
Barbara has inspired millions with her brilliance, reaching people with her lectures, books and course on Conscious Evolution – the next step we humans must now take if we are to survive.
Barbara will always be known as the unique planetary futurist. Buckminster Fuller described her as “the most knowledgeable human” he had ever encountered. Fuller knew that Barbara understood our future choices. She blew the top off future studies, soaring way beyond the thinking and careerism of so many technologically-focused professionals in the field.
Barbara also plumbed the depths of the human soul and allowed herself to deeply experience human life embodied in the living biosphere of this our home planet. She happily gave birth to five unique humans along her path – learning and teaching women about the boredom of sexual arousal compared with personal “vocational arousal“ (see her free book)!
As with so many others, I was inspired and electrified by Barbara’s unbounded mind, personal courage and deep philosophy. We met in the 1960s through our membership in the World Future Society. Barbara activated me to fully unfold my own awareness, live my life experientially and fully, while aspiring to become a responsible planetary citizen. Our deep sharing weekends in the late 1970s with our beloved friend, Jean Houston, resulted in the publishing of our discussions about humanity’s future choices and options in “The Power of Yin“, Cosimo Books, N.Y. in 2007. Barbara and I happily shared my house for about a year together in Gainesville, Florida and we came to see ourselves as “Earth Child“ (me) and her as “Star Child“. We pledged to always stay in touch by literally and metaphorically linking our little fingers together. We shared the same cosmic awareness, but had chosen different paths in our current lifetimes to communicate what we had learned in different ways. Barbara laughed about her childhood discovery of her Jewish heritage, at a neighborhood “wasp” kindergarten, where her classmates confronted her in the playground with “You killed our Lord!“. She was later taken by her famous toymaker father to visit the US president in the White House, asking, “What is the meaning of America’s power?” President Dwight Eisenhower responded, “Little girl, I don’t know!”.
Barbara has plumbed the depths of the human experience and soared to the heights of visionary cognitive mastery in her planetary awareness of our place on Earth and our relationship to our solar system. Barbara grounded the futures movement and led us all to aspire in achieving our potential as planetary citizens. She saw that with maturity and wisdom, we might well become a responsible inter-planetary species.
Now that Barbara has chosen to end her stay with us here on Earth, she can claim her place in the firmament of cosmic intelligence.