From a discussion in another forum on the value of talking about a coming new age:
I agree that a focus on the future or on the past is missing the point. However a lot of people avoid the present as it’s so unpleasant. They don’t share your experience of it.
I agree there is a big new age theme going on around the subject. It’s probably almost an infection in some spiritual groups. But what I’m speaking of is not that. It is a message coming from both east and west. It is from direct observation.
And we’re not talking about perfection. Just the end of fear. Thus, the rising of peace and happiness. Simple things that will bring beauty and contentment to everyone, like you describe for yourself.
A few years ago, it was all just talk to me too. But since then, a great deal has happened. There is a greatly accelerated rate of awakenings going on and it’s speeding up. And now unity switches are becoming less rare. That is astonishing in itself, considering how many become realized and don’t get much further during their lives.
At first for me, it was some nebulous future, but it’s becoming increasingly clear it’s closer than I dreamed possible. Not next year, but in the near term. For example, some of those unity switchers are due for Vedic enlivenments within a couple of decades. The kind of thing that’s profoundly evolutionary and happens when the “air is clear” enough.
We can understand what is going on by looking at the contraction we’re coming out of. In that case, there was a rising of vague fear and paranoia in group consciousness. This was an unfamiliar experience in those times and made many very uncomfortable. The sense of separation arose and they began to blame. The first war in a very long time happened. Two civilizations of legend fell, a little like in the Bhagavad Gita. Only more so.
What we’re now seeing is the reverse of that trend. The roots of our separation are becoming conscious and being cleared. But in both cases, the process happens from the inside out.
This is why, while someone like Maharishi Mahesh Yogi may have announced the Age of Enlightenment is here, we see little outward evidence yet.
We can understand this best with local awakening. First, the Self awakens to Itself, then to the devata (the doers), then to the seen – the world. It is only in the flowering of this later stage that the world itself is fully enlivened with the light of love. When soma spills over at source, not just dribbles in the throat.
Same thing on the group scale. Self is stirred, memory awakened, and the drive to spirit increases. Awakening begins, and so forth.
I saw this exemplified on a recent retreat. There was a hard surface crust of resistance. But under that was a wide open clarity. In a short time, a deep intensity of alertness was built and profound experiences and development occurred. On much longer courses not so long ago, this would have been unheard of.
The New Age meme is that it will all happen on a certain day or very quickly. I disagree. It will take some time. But it is already well underway. Yogananda suggested it takes 12 years to fully integrate and “to rid the bodily kingdom of the usurpers.” It will take more for the group. But it will accelerate. And groups are growing all over to help the process along. Core groups enlivening the Veda together, for example.
Another aspect I’ve seen & heard from several quarters – enough clearing has taken place that young more awake souls are showing up. The so-called Indigos. A couple of jyotish charts I’ve seen are astonishing. This will also speed it up.
But still, it will take generations for a complete shift, where children are born without fear.
I think it’s an important message, even if it is just a projection for most. It brings hope. A confidence to continue during what may be a bumpy transition. This may not speak to you. It won’t for many. But the soldiers of light are assembling. The bridge to Sri Lanka is being built*.
* from the story of the Ramayana