We’re living in a time of profound transition. On the one hand, there are nasty global trends taking place that could have serious impacts on the livability of many communities. We are also in the middle of technology changes that will accelerate the obsolescence of perhaps half our present jobs, including things people are training years for now.
Opposite this is predictions by various speakers of a rising golden age or age of enlightenment. A number of ancient time systems like the Yugas, the Mayan calendars, First Nations, and Age of Aquarius concur but don’t actually align well. Even experts don’t agree when the “big change” is.
There was a time when some were saying the opportunity was there but it wasn’t clear if the tide would turn in the right direction. But now consensus is largely that it has.
To me, it really became apparent in about 2006, when many people started waking up. Not by going to India or spending long periods in retreat. Just by being around the awake. Or grace came. Many long-term meditators started to “pop” as well.
The key now is making the transition as smooth as possible for the larger population.
“In order to establish order, disorder has to be shaken; and for shaking to remain under control, we who are at the basis, at the level of Para [transcendent], have to be Para — that is, unreachable by the surface turmoil. In that integrated state, the fast moving chaos and change will pass away in a steady manner.
So we have to be very steady. We have to be very careful not to get upset by little or big things. If we lose our basis, our dignity, the phase transition will take much longer.
This is a very precious time for the world. Everything depends on how our awareness is; just don’t let it be shaken. Our awareness is the basis of all these transformations. More than ever before, time demands we remain completely ourselves. It is a very tender, delicate time for us — we should not become angry, indifferent, or sad; we should just be like an ocean. The evolutionary power is waking up. We shake it, then leave it; then after some time shake it again. Each time a new level of purity, awakening is added”.
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 1992
Another way of putting it – the inertia has to be broken up so flow can return. I sometimes use the analogy of puberty. It’s a time of great transition that can be smooth or bumpy depending on how we are with it and the purification needed.
In 2007 he said:
“What is going to come? Unexpected, unimaginable bright future of mankind…” I can certainly agree.
Astrologically (jyotish), there has been some challenging aspects for many people over the last year or two. That has not ended but this year brings something different.
Jupiter of expansion goes into its place of exaltation or greatest potency for a year in June. Then both it and Saturn of structure and limitations will be exalted for a few months. This happens every 60 years and tends to create a lot of societal change for the better.
A peak of this 60 year cycle is when Jupiter is joined by the Sun and Moon in the Pushya Nakshatra. However this time, on July 26, they are all conjunct within 2 degrees. This is not typical of the 60 year transit. The Srimad Bhagavatam calls this a sign of Sat Yuga.
Then in mid-September, everything but Venus is briefly either in its rulership or exalted. Potent times.
And why am I talking about astrology? If you understand that everything is an expression of consciousness, then our outer world is an expression of our inner world. (as a group, not individually) We can thus see the world as a reflection of our inner life. Any aspect of it could be “read” to reveal what is not obvious to us. Relationships make a great mirror, for example. Astrology done properly is a map of the trends of time, the cycles of energy underway plus points of opportunity for growth and avoiding danger.
Of course, we’ve all heard the lyrics to the old song Age of Aquarius.
“When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius…”
Trouble is, the above circumstances happen every few years. And this actual Age change is still over 100 years away. That’s not what we’re talking about. This is better. Better than 2012 too.
We’ll see how it actually unfolds. Nothing instant, just a progression where the light reaches enough intensity that it breaks through every so often. That may be wonderful but if we’re not prepared, could be a little bumpy too.
What a ride.