The language we use to co-create the future we want is one of the most important components of getting through a transformative process. Language is the way we communicate intended understandings of essential concepts.

In these divisive times, using language to bring us back together as a whole is especially crucial. Language is a catalyst to the evolution of consciousness. We need to use language in ways that facilitate the evolution of our consciousness.

Stories and narratives have always been central to this endeavor. The first peoples gathered to share stories that embodied the values and principles they lived by. These stories held the community together. They were unitive narratives, essential to their wellbeing.

Over time, communities expanded, spread out, became more diverse, and experienced conflict and disorder. Out of this discord emerged divisive narratives that maintained separation.

As we approach a consciousness of global integration, a new story of our wholeness is needed to frame this emerging interconnectedness. Humanity has arrived at a time when it is necessary for our own survival to come together again through unitive narratives that express the unified nature of reality.

The narratives we use to define us need to be unifying. Consciously choosing language that comes from and speaks to the heart carries the power to heal generational wounds.

We are entering the unitive age, when individually and collectively we will arrive at a unitive consciousness. With this will come a vision of reality as one, the understanding of our undivided wholeness, and the desire to work collaboratively toward our common destiny.

This unitive impulse is coming through us, bringing us together to fulfill the unitive function of the whole. Emerging now is the realization that only narratives guiding us toward wholeness will serve this evolutionary impulse.

Unitive narratives address the needs of our time, help us regain a natural balance in the world, and invite us to embrace the wisdom of the complementarity and wholeness of seemingly opposing forces. Binaries like feminine and masculine qualities are more valued as human attributes than as a reason to divide us along gender lines.

Adopting the language of unity will assist us in better achieving a common understanding of the key terms we utilize in this evolutionary unfolding. With unity as the intended outcome, we can define these key terms in this way:

• Story is a weaving together of a sequence of events that may or may not be true.
• Narrative is the form, structure, or pattern an ongoing myth or story is told in.
• Unitive narrative is a truthful personal or collective story of living into the wholeness of the unified field of existence all around us.

Wholeness in this context is experienced in the qualities of completeness, harmony, balance, and unity within all the parts of a whole.

The use of unitive in describing various parts of the unified nature of reality is just beginning to be understood and applied now. As this develops further, it will become more common to think of unitive justice as justice that brings about unity, unitive healing as healing that brings about unity, and unitive narratives as narratives that bring about unity.

Unity is the primary characteristic of the wholeness of all things. Understanding this and applying it in everything we do, especially in the language we use, will help us live into the understanding that wholeness is all there is.


Adapted from A New Story of Wholeness: An Experiential Guide for Connecting the Human Family by Robert Atkinson (2022)


Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., an award winning author and member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, is an internationally recognized authority on life story interviewing, personal mythmaking, and soul-making. He is the author of A New Story of Wholeness: An Experiential Guide for Connecting the Human Family, co-editor of Our Moment of Choice: Evolutionary Visions and Hope for the Future (2020), and the author of The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness is a 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner.