The Right Or The Need To Exist?

By Jaap van Etten, PhD


It is easy to say that we believe that every being has the right to exist. People often say that because they think that it is spiritual to say such things. Sure, a lot of people believe that certain species of animals and plants have the right to exist. It becomes less easy when we talk about mosquitoes, ticks, or a virus. So, let us look at some possible issues that may come up when we talk about the right to exist.

Do All Humans Have the Right to Exist?

When we talk about the right to exist, most people will refer to human beings. While it seems that we agree that every human has the right to exist, when we look at human behavior, that does not seem to reflect everyone’s behavior. People can go so far as to kill another person because they are different. Sometimes people even kill because they feel that they have the right to take somebody else’s life. That means that among people, the right to exist is not uniform. If people can take the right to live away from somebody of their own species, how do they look at other creatures with whom they share this world?

They Have the Right to Exist If

Almost all people love nature. People pay money to be able to go into National Parks and enjoy the beauty of nature. We go to zoos or wild parks to see animals. We feed birds, squirrels, and other animals in our back yard. It seems that we give other creatures the right to co-exist with us. But do we?

Let us take as an example the beautiful yard you have created. There is a group of gophers that agree with you and come to enjoy your yard in their way. Suddenly, you see hips of soil pushed up in your beautiful yard. Do you still agree that these gophers have a right to exist in your yard?

Many people will say that they like gophers if they do not mess up their yard. That is true for many animals that, according to human ideas, mess up what they believe they own. That means that many people may agree that animals have the right to exist if they do not damage their property. We do not want caterpillars eating the plants that we cherish, even though we love the butterfly they will become. However, people do not see the future butterfly, only the caterpillar damaging “their” plants. When they see the butterfly, they can enjoy its beauty, forgetting that they were angry when they were still caterpillars

What I just describe refers to situations on a small scale. It becomes even more complicated when we look at a larger scale.

The Ever-expanding Human Species

For a long time, the human species was an integrated part of nature. They took what they needed from Mother Earth and all that lives on her. They did that with gratitude. Living in harmony with nature was a natural aspect of life. We still see elements of that in the indigenous traditions. The connection with nature was part of survival, and because people lived in small communities, they were still in contact with nature. Life was about making sure that there was enough food, safety, and a connection with the spirits of the land and all living beings. At a particular moment, this started to change.

There is quite an agreement that the change came when people changed from gathering and hunting to settling and farming. Agriculture allowed people to stay in one place and begin to create larger communities. In larger communities, people began to provide services. Slowly communities grew. With that, people became specialists. Increasingly people began to carry out jobs and functions for which they no longer needed to be connected to nature. In this way, disconnection from nature began to become stronger.

With the development of industries and technology, human settlements grew, and with that two important things happened. Firstly, the disconnection from nature increased. Secondly, the need for material to support the growing communities increased. We began to use Mother Earth for our increasing needs instead of taking only what was essential and doing that with respect. With growing populations, a power struggle developed, resulting in those that have and those that do not have. It seems that to have or to have more is a need that only increases, and as a consequence, we plunder the Earth even more. In our attempts to control nature, we developed all kinds of poisons and started to pollute the earth, water, and air.

This development showed that the right to exist only applied to humans, and not even to all humans. We have destroyed almost all values. Even those on a spiritual path get caught in the systems we developed. Many people talk about change. For some, it means going back to nature. Indigenous people want to go back to their traditions. Is that the solution? Is there a solution?

The Need to Exist

From my perspective, the right to exist is a weak statement. When we talk about the different species of plants and animals, it is more than the right to exist. I believe that it is essential that they exist, or they would not exist. From a broader perspective, they need to exist. However, if we can accept that each species has the right to exist, we may be able to take the next step. I like to explain why I mention that each species needs to exist.

Every existing species, whether it is a plant, a tree, an animal, a human, visible or invisible beings, has a morphogenetic system. This system exists of a field holding the full potential of a species, a grid containing those aspects of the field the species uses, and a vortex connecting the field and the grid.

A Vortex

The morphogenetic fields of all species are part of the morphogenetic field of Gaia. That is an important statement. It means that all species are an inherent part of the Gaia system. They are an expression of Gaia. For Gaia to express her full potential, all these species need to exist.

When we eradicate a species, we diminish the expression of the Gaia system. We can compare that with removing tissue or even an organ from our body. We still can live, but we need to compensate for the loss. The same is true for the Gaia system. We can destroy a certain amount of species, but there comes a moment at which Gaia no longer can compensate for the loss. I do not know when that moment comes, and I hope I will never find out. However, I sense that it is much closer than we realize.

The human species also cannot exist without a morphogenetic system. Our morphogenetic system is as much part of the Gaia system as that of the jaguar, an oak tree, a grasshopper, or a coronavirus.

Humans tend to see themselves as the center of the world and superior to all other species. However, we are not. We are part of the Gaia system, and like every other species, we are here to fulfill a role. Our role is to be a co-creator, not a destroyer. We are here to help the Gaia system to evolve so that she can express her full potential. That can only happen when each species has the opportunity to express its full potential. That also applies to us. Like all other species, we are here to fulfill our full potential. As part of that, we need to support all species to achieve their full potential. Therefore, species have the right to exist, and even need to exist for the Gaia system to express herself fully.

Unfolding the potential

Anyone who can find the grids and vortexes of the morphogenetic system of Gaia will feel that Gaia is only expressing a limited amount of her potential. We see that also reflected in the situation of humanity. Humanity is also expressing only a limited amount of its potential. We have chosen to be co-creators, and due to our limitations, we fulfill that role insufficiently or not at all. Most of what we call creation is destructive for the Gaia system.

The first step we need to make is to acknowledge what we are doing. We need to recognize that we express our potential in a limited way. That is essential, so we can set the intention to develop our potential. We only can do that if we accept that we are part of the Gaia system and that every aspect of that system is to be respected. It has the right to exist, and it is needed for Gaia to fulfill her purpose.

Many people ask what they need to do to develop their potential. People have developed many systems, from science to spirituality, to help you. All these systems have their value. All of them also have their limitations. The reason for their limitations is because they are made or interpreted by people, who all are limited. The only answer to the question is in the Gaia system. It is in the morphogenetic field of the human species which we can access through vortexes.

Vortex of the human morphogenetic grid

By learning to attune to this field, we have access to all we need for our personal development. We all are unique and will take out of the morphogenetic field those energies and information we need to express our full potential. When more people begin to do that, they will become the co-creators we potentially are and support Gaia in her process of expressing her potential.


Humanity cannot support the evolution of Gaia alone. It is human arrogance to think that. We need all other beings, visible and invisible, to partake in the process. We need to see all other beings as our relatives. They are genuinely our relatives because we all are Gaia’s children with bodies built with material from her material body, Mother Earth. It is difficult for most humans to view other beings as equally important because they tend to see themselves as superior. They forget that we cannot even live without other beings who provide us with food.

Based on all that we shared, it may be evident that all beings have the right to exist, and are needed as an essential part of the evolution of Gaia in which we have chosen to play an important role. Let us start with the first step: respect and love for all creatures with whom we share this incredible planet Earth.


Image 1 A vortex is a connection between a field of potential and a grid that holds the part of the potential that is expressed

Image 2 The morphogenetic grid of the jaguar.

Image 3 Vortex of the human morphogenetic grid.


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