How a New Age looks back on history…
So in the last week I’ve been asked by several conservatives why I am still fairly hopeful for the future (the long term, not the short term—short term sucks) in light of the fact that both here in America and basically everywhere overseas we’ve been guaranteed at minimum four years of going to Hell in a hand basket.
Now my optimism is an extension of my faith. I see mankind as moving toward Enlightenment, not just of some, but eventually of everyone. And while Hinduism and Buddhism have many statements about everyone eventually reaching Enlightenment, I always like to go to prose of A Course in Miracles:
“You are as certain of arriving home as is the pathway of the sun laid down
before it rises, after it has set, and in the half-lit hours in between. Indeed,
your pathway is more certain still. For it can not be possible to change the
course of those whom God has called to Him.”
I have faith that humanity is moving toward complete Enlightenment. It is not a question of if, it is at most a question of when.* It will happen. Every soul will reach complete Enlightenment and return to being one with God.
Now it’s easy to say this as a statement of faith, but even the faithful need something to justify a belief in…and more importantly need to at least see that in the long run there is nothing to contradict this viewpoint.
So let’s look at this. As I pointed out in Republicans and Reincarnation, whether you want to use the system of chakras or a myriad of other versions in other cultures, there seem to be seven stages in the evolution of the soul back to Enlightenment. More or less each stage corresponds to the energy and issues often associated with each Chakra.
Now we could go over each stage and each chakra, and I know you love when I make these blogs like ten pages long, but the fact of the matter is that, right now, I would say only the smallest portion of humanity are above the issues of the third chakra.
The first chakra, the root chakra, is associated with our physical existence. Do we have enough to survive? Are we safe in this instant? Do we live in fear for our existence? Do I live?
The second chakra deals with safety and security. Not just surviving in the instant as the first chakra looks to, but to long term safety and comfort. Not just do I have what I need but do I have what I want? Do I win?
The third Chakra deals with self control and self awareness. Not just having things but doing things? Not just comfort but achievement. Do I strive?
(The first three chakras are remarkably similar to the first three levels of Maslow’s hierarchy.)
Now since at some level each soul is connected to each other even if one soul is extremely advanced they are affected by those around them. This is why stories of ascended masters and saints often describe them having a positive effect on people just by their presence and conversely why it is best to avoid being in proximity of those who are very negative. And since we are all connected society as a whole acts like much in the way of an average of the collective evolution of all its souls. And as all souls are reincarnated and evolve so does society.* So, the question then becomes, if I’m right, and the world is experiencing a continuous growth in spiritual evolution is there any evidence of it?
The answer is yes.
If the average of people were working out problems with level one then society would be about survival, it would be about power, it would be about having more and more, not quality or comfort, but more in a numerical value where the chief worry is famine or invasion. You would see constant conquest, constant struggle, and constant fear about not having enough. Sure there might be the occasional enlightened person or at least some not consumed by a desire for protection and safety, but they’re the exception (and groups of them are especially the exception. To a person or a society at this level, the universe is chaotic, uncaring maybe even vengeful—there is no way to reason with others, with God, with life, there is only power and ability to survive (in practice, it’s a little Hobbesian). This pretty much describes all history until around 1400 CE. The rulers always had to have more, the common people never really complained so long as they were promised safety (ignore whether that promise was actually kept). At your highest moments most people were looking for no more than bread and circuses.
For a society where the average level of the second level you would find people not so much concerned with just safety but now with comfort (and at its worst decadence). You won’t see as much a desire for power but for rules and order. You would see an outlook that saw the universe not as chaotic, but ordered…still often uncaring, but not capriciously so. And again we see this in history. Starting just before the turn of the common era you see society from Europe to China more concerned with rules, with what we would match the requirement of any general definition of civilization. And from this point until around 1400 you see the battle conflict between the predominant themes of level 1 and 2 defining the time, power vs. rules. And from 1400 from the Renaissance/Scientific Revolution in the West, Ottoman control in the Middle East and the Qing Dynasty in the East. Not that the world is suddenly a bastion of humanity and good will toward each other, but the focus seems to have made a massive switch from a universe defined by brute force to one defined by rules (often very evil rules, but rules nonetheless).
And with level three we see people and society move from a concern not just with things but with the individual, with personal accomplishment and personal achievement—of a search within one’s self for what they want. And while there have been strains here and there of this dating back even to the ancient world, this strain started to appear en mass in the 1700’s. (I know I’m going over this in very general detail and often ignoring those moments where this group or that makes a major step forward or back…and if anyone wants I’ll go into more detail, I will, but for now the very broad swaths seem to make the most sense).
And now we are beginning to see the whole world tilt from an average of level two to level 3. (Yes the unfortunate side effect of level 3 is a me, me, me attitude…but it’s slightly better than resigning yourself to fate.)
Now also with this you’ll see that when you switch from one level to another there seems to be a purge of the old ideology through what is unfortunately a very effective way for people to learn, suffering. (Aeschylus stated in Agamemnon that “Only through suffering do we learn.” This is not the only way people learn, but sadly, so often, many people only learn when they hit rock bottom and have to confront their beliefs without any illusions.) In that transition between level one and two you have the world wide pandemic. A great karmic blowout that cleared out the majority of the issues from the old way of thinking and ushered into the new. And if you apply this basic line of thought you see it is true also in smaller societies as you see this growth in smaller more concentrated areas. And I think we’re in for an economic equivalent of this purge now as we move from an average of level 2 to level 3. Now, given the fact that there does seem to be some increase in speed between levels one and two, I hope this karmic purge doesn’t take the century it did in the 1300’s, hopefully we’re right in the middle of it with only 4 years or so left.
Oh sure you can probably say I’ve engaged in this fallacy or that, superimposing my beliefs and interpretations onto what are otherwise unrelated events or issues. But like I said, this is primarily about an issue of faith. I am merely showing that my faith isn’t completely without justification and doesn’t contradict what we know to be fact (unlike, say, ignoring all the evidence that shows your creation myth might be a little off from what really happened), you may not believe it, but at least it isn’t completely baseless.
So why I am optimistic? Because I believe, not entirely without reason, that this is the storm before the calm and what lays on the other side is well worth the inconvenience in between.
*Technically time itself is an illusion, so I’m not sure if it’s really a question of when either.
**Yes even I have said that reincarnation does not necessarily go in a straight line through time, but most souls at the level one and two levels are more comfortable still perceiving time as linear and thus their souls reincarnate in this linear fashion. And yes, since some people have pointed this out, souls reincarnating out of linear order in time does do some fascinating things to the laws of causality…I will defer to a much better writer to describe it: “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey… stuff.”