Welcome to the World Transformation Movement (WTM) Toronto Centre.
My name is Karen Riley and in 2017 I read a review from world-renowned fellow Canadian, Professor Harry Prosen, praising a book so highly as ‘the greatest book of all time’. That book turned out to be FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition by Australian biologist Jeremy Griffith. After reading this incredible book I too came to the conclusion that its profound biological understanding of our species really does resolve our psychologically troubled human condition.
Dr Karen Riley, BScPhm, PharmD, is a clinical assistant professor in the US and a practicing clinical pharmacist in Canada with over 36 years’ experience in hospital, community and consulting pharmacy practice.
FREEDOM is an exhilarating, redeeming, empowering and transforming piece of work. It inspired me to open this Centre which I hope will become a home for Canadians in the central provinces to come and share and participate in these astonishing insights that I believe can save the world.
I am the mother of three wonderful children and five amazing grandchildren. I currently own my own business as a consultant pharmacist providing medication therapy management services. In addition to my practice of patient care, I have also been a university professor, teaching pharmacy for the last 15 years.
Since high school I was always looking for the truth in life based on science, and although I was taught that science was the study of the body, and religion the study of the mind, I knew that the truth had to be able to reconcile science with religion and spirituality.
FREEDOM - The Manual to Life
I think FREEDOM is best described as a manual to life which really sits well for me because it's the ultimate brain food for humans. Life went from feeling bewildering and confusing to something that was clearly transparent—I am now able to understand and see through all the behavior around me. I see the human condition is driving all of our behavior whether it be individual behavior or cultural, country, civilisations, religion, politics, men and women—absolutely everything! So life has become even more exciting for me!
I found one of the most interesting and simplest perspectives on the profundity of this information was delivered by Tony Gowing, who is one of the founding members of the World Transformation Movement, in this video (video 5 from the WTM homepage.)
I know from my experience in healthcare that one of the most effective tools is to tell my patients a story and Tony’s story demonstrates how understanding a situation can completely change your behavior. It shows how anger can change to relief and calmness. It demonstrates that understanding enables you to stop being a victim of situations… and understanding the human condition is much, much, much bigger than this little story!
So I hope this website inspires more people in Central Canada to learn about these phenomenal scientific insights that allow us to immediately know that fundamentally we're good and not bad. We can legitimately decide not to think about and live in accordance with the upset within us. We can simply leave our old ways of feeling and thinking behind and adopt a simple and new way of thinking and feeling that's in support of a reconciled non-aggressive, non-competitive and truth-based world for humans.
Please visit the World Transformation Movement website and watch THE Interview below and the introductory videos at the top of the homepage — specifically videos 1-4 and 14, because they provide a concise summary of the key understandings of the human condition that make possible the transformation of all humans from a human-condition-stricken existence to a fabulous life free from that agony.
MUST, MUST WATCH: Craig Conway, the acclaimed British actor, writer, producer and broadcaster — and the founder of WTM North East England Centre — has brought all his skills to bear to produce the ideal introduction to Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition in this absolutely astonishing, world-changing and world-saving interview with Jeremy. It’s called ‘THE’ Interview because in it Jeremy gives such a concise and accessible summary of his world-saving explanation of the human condition that it’s nothing less than the most important interview of all time!
WTM Global Centres
Alongside the original WTM Centre in Sydney, Australia, World Transformation Movement Centres are being established around the world to help bring to everyone the now desperately needed all-relieving and all-explaining biological understanding of the underlying issue in all of human life of our troubled human condition.
Visit the WTM’s Transformation page to learn more about the formation of these Centres. You can access the following examples of WTM Centre websites by clicking on their images below.
NEWS FROM WTM TORONTO
I had a wonderful visit from our Canada West Coast co founders Bill and Cindy McCaugherty in early August 2021. The friendships that are based on the truth that Jeremy Griffith provides through his work are so real and enduring, it reminds me of this passage from ch 9.10 in FREEDOM (para 1259):
“The following compilation of quotes from the Bible perfectly describe the transforming ‘change of heart’ from living selfishly to living selflessly that the great prophets of the past knew would one day occur when Integrative-Meaning/ God-acknowledging, truthful thinking finally delivered the reconciling understanding of the human condition. Firstly, from the prophet Joel: ‘Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come… Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste — nothing escapes them. They have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. With a noise like that of chariots… like a mighty army drawn up for battle. At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. [The reconciling truth is shockingly confronting and exposing at first, but those who have progressed past the shock stage are overwhelmed with excitement about being transformed and having the capacity to end human suffering and the devastation happening on Earth.] They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other [Joel 2] … [and] In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines… will run with water… Their bloodguilt, which I [Integrative Meaning] have not pardoned, I will pardon .’ And from the prophet Hosea: ‘on the day of reckoning…let us return to the Lord [the integrated state]. He [Integrative Meaning] has torn us to pieces [has horribly condemned us] but [now] he will heal us… As surely as the sun rises, he [the redeeming and relieving truth] will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth [Hosea 5-6].’”
This was shared on the WTM’s Facebook Community Group recently by WTM Founding Member Anthony Gowing, and I thought it was very special so thought I’d post here, I hope you enjoy it. Karen
I was watching Jeremy Griffith's 2009 Full Introductory Talk recently (which you can find here: www.humancondition.com/.../full-introductory.../) and the first thing that struck me in his 4 minute introduction is just how clearly and simply Jeremy articulates THE problem facing humans.
The problem is us, our selfish, competitive and agressive behaviour.
This behaviour doesn't stem from our genes as we have be taught at school.
The REAL problem is the human condition and it is a PSYCHOLOGICAL condition.
This is absolutely wonderful news because a psychological condition can be healed easily once they are identified explained and understood.
And that is what Jeremy Griffith has done - solved and explained the human condition.
Jeremy has explained that the human condition is a suicidally depressing insecurity that virtually all humans have suffered from for the last 2 million years since we humans developed our fully conscious thinking brains.
This psychological insecurity can now end, we can finally love the dark side of ourselves, own our own shadow, or however you want to describe it, our species psychosis can now be healed, understood, looked after, parented but most importantly and unbelievably excitingly ENDED.
And because it's this insecurity that is actually driving all our egocentric, mad and destructive, mean and selfish behaviour, all that behaviour can now end too!
Anyway just go an watch Jeremy describe the whole story. It is an awesome listen.
Honestly, if you are trying to solve any problem on earth, big or small, personal or societal and you aren't dealing with it from a basis of understanding the human condition, you are wasting your time, not because whatever the issue isn't critically important, but because you simply aren't using the only tool that can solve your problem at its source and end all of it's negative outcomes for good. If you want all the problems on earth solved come and help the WTM! Let's Go!
It is wonderfully instructive in terms of negotiating the deaf effect and well worth a look if you haven't seen it already! Check it out here.
Here’s a great pic of Bill and Cindy with WTM Nice founder Lucas Machlein (centre).
I was looking over the WTM’s main website recently and saw this wonderful passage from Freedom Essay 21: How did we humans acquire our all-loving, unconditionally selfless moral conscience? that I thought I’d share, about the sensitivity in the Bonobo chimpanzee and their relationship to us.
“The bonobo, the species of great ape that lives south of the Congo river in Africa, is the most cooperative, selfless and loving of all non-human primates, and they are extraordinarily focused on nurturing their infants, as this quote evidences: ‘Bonobo life is centered around the offspring. Unlike what happens among chimpanzees, all members of the bonobo social group help with infant care and share food with infants. If you are a bonobo infant, you can do no wrong… Bonobo females and their infants form the core of the group’ (Sue Savage-Rumbaugh & Roger Lewin, Kanzi: The Ape at the Brink of the Human Mind, 1994, p.108 of 299).
These photographs illustrate just how nurturing bonobos are:
As to how cooperative, selfless and loving bonobos are, the following quotes (which are all referred to in chapter 5 of FREEDOM) provide powerful evidence. Firstly, from filmmakers who were producing a documentary about them: ‘they’re surely the most fascinating animals on the planet. They’re the closest animals to man [in that they share 99 percent of our genetic make-up]… Once I got hit on the head with a branch that had a bonobo on it. I sat down and the bonobo noticed I was in a difficult situation and came and took me by the hand and moved my hair back, like they do. So they live on compassion, and that’s really interesting to experience’ (accompanying film discussing the production of the French documentary Bonobos, 2011)."
Anna Fitzgerald’s presentation in Freedom Essay 9: This is the real liberation of women is well worth watching. Anna is a scientist and she presents a wonderful testimony not only to the accountability of Jeremy Griffith’s explanation of the human condition, but also the power of this information to help heal the divide between men and women.
She says, “As a woman, this explanation was both very arresting and confronting, because it’s fearlessly honest about humans’ contradictory nature. It makes sense of what it means to be a woman — our nurturing instincts and compassion, as well as our neuroses and vanity and emotionality — it goes so far as to make sense of why we have developed our feminist streak, to counter the baffling and oppressive egocentricity of men. But what’s really astonishing is that we can now understand why this egocentricity in men was actually necessary.
Until we could explain the human condition we couldn’t acknowledge the differences between men and women because it only led to prejudices, so all we could ask for, or in fact even demand, was equality. But because Griffith’s work establishes the equal worth or goodness of all humans we can now understand the different roles that men and women have traditionally played in the human journey and this is actually the unlocking point, this is what brings about deep empathy for each other, it heals the divide. As a scientist, I find the evolutionary biology underpinning the explanation of these roles absolutely fascinating.”
The Truthful Biology
Freedom Essay 25: The truthful biology of life represents a paradigm shift in biological thinking. With our ability to properly acknowledge Integrative Meaning now that the human condition has been explained and our disintegrative behaviour defended, it is finally possible to properly understand biology. We can now see that the genetic process is an integrative one, not a selfish one, albeit with the limitation that it cannot normally produce unconditional selflessness. As Jeremy explains: "While genetics has proved to be a marvellous tool for integrating matter it has one very significant limitation, which arises from the fact that each sexually reproducing individual organism has to struggle, compete and fight selfishly for the available resources of food, shelter, territory and the mating opportunities it needs if it is to successfully reproduce its genes.” But as Jeremy explains, while “such selfishness is only occurring because of the limitation of the genetic process of normally being unable to develop unconditional selflessness between sexually reproducing individuals…Integrative selflessness, not divisive selfishness, is the real nature or characteristic of existence, the theme of life.”
And using this truthful understanding of the genetic process, Jeremy is able to explain the real story of the development of life from the development of matter, to the advent of so-called ‘life’, to the development of single celled organisms, to multi-celled organisms, sexual reproduction, reciprocity and dominance hierarchies, colonies etc. Finally, Jeremy explains the emergence of the nurturing love-indoctrination process that allowed our ancestors to overcome the limitation of the genetic process and integrate sexually reproducing individuals for the first time.
Opening FREEDOM at random
It is a wonderful exercise to let Jeremy’s definitive book, FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition, open randomly, and then check out the unevasive honesty you find there.
So I let my copy of FREEDOM open by itself, and it opened at Chapter 2:5: The three fundamental truths that have to be admitted for there to be a true analysis of the human condition. As Jeremy writes, “So these are the three truths that have been denied by human-condition-avoiding mechanistic science—and, as sufferers of the human condition, it is most likely that they are truths that readers of this book will also have been living in denial of, and thus unlikely to have been accepting as being ‘truths’.”
So what are they? “…the three fundamental elements involved in this explanation are that our conscious mind caused our upset state to emerge, that it is a psychological psychotic and neurotic state of upset that we are living in, and that our species’ original instinctive orientation was to living in a psychosis-free, peaceful and harmonious state of cooperation, love and selflessness.”
Just extraordinary. That little segment, part of one paragraph amongst hundreds, totally revolutionises science; it totally revolutionises our understanding of the world – it just totally revolutionises everything! You can see why Professor Prosen said in his introduction to FREEDOM, “ It truly is a case of having got all the truth up in one go.”
In a year when crises are piling on crises, and human selfishness makes solutions seem impossible, it is good to reflect on the change of heart that the explanation of the human condition brings about, because it is that change of heart that will allow us to fix the world.
In Chapter 9:9 of FREEDOM, titled ‘How the Transformed Lifeforce Way of Living will quickly repair the world’, Jeremy explains: “until the liberating understanding of why humans are fundamentally good and not bad was found, humans had no choice but to keep on trying to achieve some relief from the insecurity of our condition by finding superficial ways to prove we were good and not bad, such as through winning power, fame, fortune and glory. We had no choice but to be ‘ego-centric’ — we had no choice but for our conscious thinking self (which again is how the dictionary defines ‘ego’) to be focused or ‘centred’ on trying to prove it/ we were not bad, worthless and meaningless. It is only now with the fundamental, trustable, knowable, first-principle-based, dogma-free biological understanding of why humans are not bad that we can afford to stop trying to prove ourselves all the time—that we can stop being egocentric; that we can let go of being so self-worth-preoccupied, and start living for the human-condition-understood world free of that old insecure existence. It is only now that we can transform from being selfish to selfless — that we can have the ‘change of heart’ that Sir James Darling recognised was so ‘serious and urgent’.”
Without the redeeming explanation of the human condition, humans have had to commit themselves to distraction and trying to prove their worth however they could. The great problem, as Jeremy explains in Freedom Essay 51, is that our world has now become so upset, so superficial, that it is difficult for it to access the explanation of the human condition now that it has been found. As Jeremy writes, “Humankind is now in a race to the finishing line of either an unimaginably horrific dystopian end where humans everywhere are writhing and dying in torturous and tumultuous levels of unbearable psychosis, or an amazingly joyous and happy transformed utopian life free of the human condition. The choice is that stark.”
And so Karen Riley, the founder of the WTM Toronto Centre developed this stunning calling-card, spelling out the requirement for strong leadership to lead humanity to a new, human-condition-explained, world.
And make no mistake, with this strong leadership, the very leadership that Karen has shown by founding the WTM Toronto Centre, humanity is winning the race between self-discovery or self-destruction. And as the liberating understanding starts to sweep the world, there will only be one game in town, the World Transformation Movement, and we are all going to need our FREEDOM business cards!
Read Karen's answer to the question What is the World Transformation Movement? where she explains, "The World Transformation Movement is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming the individual, the human race and thus our world through bringing psychologically relieving biological understanding to the human condition."
Karen Riley accompanied by her precious copy of FREEDOM toured around South Africa. The visit to Africa — our soul's home — was inspiring on so many levels including visiting WTM South Africa Centre founder James Moffett (pictured below with the FREEDOM car) and his family for an infusion of human condition understood fraternity. Even the colours of the native South African flora seemed to be shouting 'freedom'!
Austrian WTM Centre members Sophie Paradis and Gerald Staffaneller caught up with Canada Central WTM Centre founder Dr Karen Riley on their recent trip to Toronto (Sophie is Canadian). The trio were thrilled to finally meet and it was a wonderful opportunity to discuss their Centres, the expansion of the WTM's global network, and the exciting release of the Second Edition of their ‘traveling companion’— Transform Your Life and Save the World! I think the smiles say it all as to what a joyous time was had together.
Transform Your Life And Save The World
Transform Your Life And Save The World is a condensation of FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition. This short book of spectacular world-saving TRUTH about human behaviour will be so profoundly liberating, relieving and transforming of your life that this little book may be all you need to read!