Autism – A Leap in the Evolution of Consciousness?

Austism a leap in the evolution of consciousness?
One out of every 38 children born today is said to have autism. Autism, as it has been experienced by many, is an overwhelming condition which no doubt, takes a lot of attention and energy from parents and family.  Could autism be more than a neural development disorder which inhibits social interaction and ‘normal’ growth? What if autism was ahead of it’s time and instead of a disorder, a signal to a great leap in the evolution of consciousness?   Rev. Noel McInnis, diagnosed with a mild case of autism himself a number of years ago, author of numerous philosophical and spiritually based books and writings muses in this direction.

In one of Noel’s blogs titled “Autism’s Ultimate Cause: An Evolutionary Make-over” he begins:

I intuitively feel that the ultimate cause of autism is an emerging subjective evolutionary makeover of an outmoded, non-sustainable order of consciousness with which we objectify people, animals, the environment, and reality in general.  In other words, autism may be a NEW and SUBJECTIVE order of consciousness that cannot accommodate the prevailing old DISorder of consciousness that tends to totally objectify our experiencing of reality. Accordingly, it is so-called “neuro-normalism” that tends to be disordering of our consciousness, while autism is an evolutionary correction thereof – a re-education of our human sensibilities.

A re-education of our human sensibilities – wow.  Ponder that for a moment. Rev. Noel McInnis is not alone in his view of autism.  Lori Shayew, creator of ‘The Gifts of Autism’ website asks a very similar question – “What if the autistic state of mind and way of viewing the world represents, not a defect that we must correct, but an evolutionary step up? What if millions of autistic individuals are here to show us neuro-typicals a different way, a way of living that can potentially be more spiritually satisfying, more deeply connected, more co-creative and profoundly meaningful than we can imagine?”

And from Shayew’s up-coming book of the same title:

I can no longer see Autism as a disability. My perception has evolved. I now know that the condition of Autism is here with us in such great numbers as a gift. If we are willing to look, our autistic brothers and sisters can give us a glimpse into our future – into a possible world where we are not so driven by our personalities and egos. We might see a world of beauty, connection and artistry, rather than our world of self-consciousness and commerce. We might see the possibility of Spiritual communication with each other, of reverence for each moment, of the healing power of unconditional love.

If you have ever known or interacted with an ‘autistic’ person, you know there is something special about them, you can feel it.  They draw you into the present moment in a way no one else can and lure you away from the troubles of your mind into a space of joyful freedom.  Challenges present themselves with those who are ‘autistic’ when you try and impose upon them the regulations and limitations of our agreed upon reality.  However, if you relinquish attachment to ‘how things ought to be’ and simply allow the moment to happen as it wishes to unfold, these beautiful beings will lead you into a space far greater than the one you currently reside in.

I am not saying that many of us do not live in a beautiful reality, I can say I do – largely.  For most of us it seems, however,  that we waver in and out between the ‘blissful’ and the ‘ordinary and mundane’, hoping to find more blissful than ordinary in any given day.  For those who are named ‘autistic’, there isn’t that choice – they simply exist in a reality that is set – the fluctuation comes in our interaction with them and our response.

Sometimes these beings get frustrated, no doubt.  Just like a baby who can’t talk yet will throw a fit – and you know that if they could just communicate what they feel, all would be okay, but they can’t.  Autism lends itself to this same type of challenge.  Yet, what if they are experiencing a more advanced version of reality than we can see – and it is us who is not getting it – how maddening it would be to look from their shoes?

What is conscious evolution?  What do these amazing ‘autistic’ beings have to show us?  As Noel McInnis quotes in his blog:

Homo sapiens, the first truly free species, is about to decommission natural selection, the force that made us. … Soon we must look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.” ~Edward O. Wilson in Consilience, The Unity of Knowledge.

Mankind is on the verge of an evolutionary leap in consciousness, to a whole new way of thinking and being that will put us as far above our present concept of “man” as modern man is above our stone age ancestors. Until roughly the present time, the forces of evolution have been external to mankind. Whether we think of these forces as essentially physical/biological, or essentially spiritual, in either case we have not consciously directed the course of our own evolution. This is simply where the journey has brought us.  But no more. From this point forward we will consciously participate in the direction of our own evolution. We will become what we choose to become. ~visionary Gregory Ellison

We must choose which direction we go, but as in all times of change, there are those who are the way-showers, the ones who lead the way, could the autistic people be them?  Is autism merely a difficult and disruptive disorder that we must seek to ‘cure’ or is it the signal of an evolutionary leap in consciousness here to show us the way?

Written by: Stasia Bliss

Sources: Rev Noel McInnis Blog; Noel Blog more; The Gift of Autism; National Health Stats report

38 Responses to "Autism – A Leap in the Evolution of Consciousness?"

  1. hiding   April 20, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I know this is probably meant to make auties feel better about themselves, but it just makes me feel more depressed about not fitting in or being able to function like everybody else does. I don’t want to be special or highly evolved, I want my family to not think i’m weird and include me in their activities instead of avoiding me.

    • Michael B   April 26, 2015 at 1:08 am

      I know what you mean.

      When I was much worse, life was bascially:

      Outside the home in public – a full time actor
      Around friends – a full time psycho-analyst
      By myself – a full time philosopher/monk, trying to keep it together

      You need quite a lot of love to aspire to anything at all and to follow your dreams…

      Improving the immune system really helps (big surprise)….

      -Lithium foods are probably the greatest all time improver. eg 2 fresh squeezed lemon drinks/day
      -Selenium foods, also improves thyroid, metabolism, neuro aspirations, reduces sulfites, lets you eat gluten, and helps the gut. Eg. Brazil nuts
      -Eggs.. B2, molybdenum, Cysteine, amongst other things, helps the gut and immune system
      -Spinach.. B6, Zinc, folinic acid (real folate) improves the adrenals, dopamine (happiness), focus, can also compeltely remove depressive and anxiety disorders.
      -Fructose/Sugar.. the major reducer of the neurotoxin (in excess) glutamate.

      There are people that mean well but say the wrong thing. And there’s people that don’t mean well and say the wrong thing…

  2. Berthajane Vandegrift   March 18, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Autism, and for that matter most of what we label mental illness, may merely be part of nature’s attempts to organize adaptations to our changing environment. Random mutation and natural selection eliminates gross errors, but doesn’t create anything. Novel adaptations are organized by a creative intelligence innate to life itself, and like all creative processes, is imperfect. I prefer to think of myself as an active participant in an imperfectly-created, evolving universe, rather than an impotent observer of an indifferent, mechanical reality. Thus, my thoughts and actions matter, as I strive to change and adapt – and make my small contribution to the growth of this great responsive, living complexity. And if my contributions seem limited, they are enormous when compared to what I might enjoy under the concept of genetic determinism.
    Berthajane Vandegrift

    • Sharne   April 25, 2015 at 7:25 am

      I believe the human mind and brain is evolving therefore Autistic people are the product of evolution that is evolution of the homo sapien species, one can often wonder if there are different species of humans walking the planet there has been evidence of this thousands of years ago so why not now ??are Autistic people a different species altogether that’s why the spectrum is so far and wide and why there is no cure no answer not one specific gene or gene mutation not one external or environmental factor. People with the best brains in the world are said to have Autistic behaviours thus reinforcing the idea of the human brain evolving and being able do new or advanced things msinstream people cannot. The Autistic brain thinks differently we can also see from evidence Autistic people have larger heads than norm thus may have a larger brain is this similar to Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens?? Homo Erectus were stronger and more physically capable than homo Sapiens but the brain of the Homo Sapien was larger it developed use of frontal lobe aquireing language thus communicating with each other and in climate change think of ways to adapt and find food so they survived and Homo Erectus Died out. Taking a scientific perspective as to why autism is increasing you would say it is apart of evolution evolution of the mind for humans to move forward as a species our brains need to increase capacity and ability as I said some of the great minds of the world are Autistic and a lot of psychics claim to be on the spectrum , as With anything the quest for perfection comes at a price so with that evolutionary process of the mind will produce some beings that were not able to adapt to this new information in the brain therefore causing the being to be impaired by the overwhelming changes that are evolving . Some adapt and produce things that normal minded people could never do or dream of doing which moves us forward as species thus the mind is evolving and Autism is a product of evolution

      • g   October 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

        You are right. ..different species

  3. me   March 10, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’d suggest not that autism is the evolutionary advance as posed by the author, but rather the symptom of an incomplete evolutionary advance that requires an expanded neural gateway to process stimulation. Hence the anecdotal “twice gifted” children who show the promise of heightened awareness being held back by an overload of information.

  4. Michael B   February 23, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Autistic people are much more sensitive because they have no amino acids proceeding to the adrenal system to feel strong, focused and to stand up for themselves, they instead get paranoid. They also have sensitivities to light and sound because of a B6 block restricting Cysteine (also creating sulfites, and draining the thyroid Selenium levels), and homocysteine recycling for the adrenal system (methylation). It’s an autoimmune disorder. Please do something about her health. She is coping thanks to god, but it is the devils work.

  5. Tiffany twidwell   February 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I agree 100% I have prayed and asked God many questions about this and without any studies of my own just listening and spending hours upon hours with my daughter she has shown me so many spiritual things, things I never learned from preachers, teachers, prophets or evangelist! There is definitely something changing and our father in heaven has it amen

  6. Michael W   February 19, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Michael Boag, do you personally have a loved one diagnosed? You would not understand the evolution theory at all if you do not. I do understand and found this because of my gutt feelingly alone. My son has special abilities that I could discuss with you for hours. He would laugh at your comments because you surely do not understand and of course you don’t. You are not capable.

    • Michael Boag   February 19, 2015 at 7:15 am

      I have it myself, and I’m trying desperately to improve my immune system and get on with my life and improve my social skills. Don’t belittle others. Stick to facts of the argument. If you think your son is special or unique in some way, that’s no reason to wish harm on the world. Help him and fix his immune system up, and he will be even smarter, wiser, happier, and will enjoy the things in life others do.

  7. Nate LaChae   January 28, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    It would help is Michael Boag would give some references to support his opinion.

  8. Michael Boag   December 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Big surprise autism is on the rise when Folic Acid supplementation after the first few weeks of pregnancy is proven to mechanically increase the chances of autism!!!

    Folic acid supplementation is MANDATORY in wheat products in most western countries under the pretense of birth defects, so people use more. It’s Pteroyl-l-glutamate. Glutamate/MSG and mercury products mechanically drain the immune system and create methyltrapping, destroying CBS pathways, creating gluten intollerance, retarding social and mental development. YEAH THIS IS PROGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Berthajane Vandegrift   September 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Autism is said to have increased dramatically in recent years. Some people speculate that autism is an aspect of evolution, a response to our change in lifestyle. We used to call inheritance of acquired characteristics Lamarckism. We now call it epigenetics and acknowledge that lifestyle can influence biology over multiple generations. Some species may have achieved stasis and stopped evolving, but humans appear to be in the process of dynamic change. The way children spend their childhoods has changed profoundly. What could be a more dramatic change than children spending hours a day looking at symbols on paper and transcribing them into abstract thoughts? Maybe our persistent emphasis upon reading and learning is eroding some of our intuitive abilities, and we are all becoming less conforming. Some autistic children have savant abilities, and appear overwhelmed by super-sensitivities, such as sight or hearing. Like all creative processes, Nature’s ability to devise adaptive change is tentative and imperfect – sometimes producing partial results. Not all of Nature’s innovations are successful; just some of them. Are we labeling Natures incomplete adaptations mental illness?
    Berthajane Vandegrift
    A Few Autistic Questions about Freud, Marx and Darwin

  10. Amy   August 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I have Asperger’s, and this article is absolutely ridiculous.


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