Monday, December 5, 2011

Entering the Spiritual Age

I believe we all can agree that the world is in a mess.  No matter which way we turn, things and situations aren’t working properly.   We are facing today unprecedented circumstances in the economy, ecology, politics, poverty and social issues, health, discrimination and human trafficking, terrorism, weather and natural disaster, etc.  No matter what I am going to list here, most people get overwhelmed by just thinking of a small section of these global issues.  One thing is for sure we are all affected and not just by local concerns. 

“The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."
~ Albert Einstein  (1879-1955) – German American Physicist

As Albert Einstein so rightfully put it, history has been made by focusing on physical problems, wars over territory and materials based on greed, power, and ignorance regarding our true human nature.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” 

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian reformer for independence

1) You can only change yourself

If you have not learned that lesson yet, you can avoid a lot of frustration by not trying to change others.  This is the best time to heal yourself and your past, to let go of unwanted emotions and memories.  Once you are healed you can heal others or at least assist them in their healing journey.  We have to stop the blame game and not criticize and judge each other.  Hurt people hurt people.  Once we can break that cycle, true change can take place on the individual level.

"We're not human beings having a spiritual experience. We're spiritual beings having a human experience."

~ Dr. Waye Dyer (1940-) American author and spiritual teacher

2) The spiritual age gives equal opportunity to all

History was dominated by men who are task-oriented, authoritarian, and domineering.  The time has come for women to come forward and share their female qualities in communication, cooperation and consistency.  Neither of these qualities are better; they need to complement each other.  Now is the time where women can shine and contribute their leadership qualities.  By integrating the male and female energies and giving both sexes an equal chance, we will see true changes taking place.

3) Is December 21, 2012 going to be the end of the world?

According to different prophesies like the Mayan calendar at the end of next year great changes will take place.  Just like Y2K or other predictions, I don’t believe the earth will end.  That’s one promise we have from the bible:

“Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.”

~ Ecclesiastes 1:4

We will experience great transformation though.  It is up to each one of us how we are going to react to these changes.  The important thing is that we connect to our source of life, God, our creator.  Everything else depends on our attitude.  Do we want to be victims to our circumstances and become depressed, shrink and withdraw or do we want to be become our true authentic self and become the victor?  We need a revolution from selfishness to unselfishness.  True Peace can only come through peace of mind. 

St. John of the Cross spoke of the “Dark Night of the Soul.”  It looks like we have to go through the dark night first before we can enjoy the dawn of the New Spiritual Age.