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America, America.

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America stands not at a crossroads, but in a wilderness, seemingly unable to see a path to her future. Years of political turmoil have stirred the people into wakefulness, but we are not yet able to take the next step because we are bewildered by the passions, the potential loss of all that we relied--our institutions, our religions, our leaders and even our neighbors. Locked down by fears, we aren't even able to assuage our emotional tensions, continually stoked as they are by the constant streaming of sensational headlines. Calls for calm seem meaningless.

Lately it seems as though there are many references to the words of Abraham Lincoln in his various speeches at critical times in our history. In one of those speeches, commonly referred to as his "House Divided" speech given in 1858 as he accepted his party's nomination to the Senate, he said "If we could first know where we are and whither we are tending, we could then better know what to do and how to do it."

Where are we?

Consider the cosmology of the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, most recently elucidated by the late Scottish artist and esotericist, Benjamin Creme, in his book The Great Approach. Every 2150 years or so, our solar system slowly comes into alignment with one of the great constellations in the heavens, and thereby receives the energies transmitted through that constellation. We call this coming into the Age of whatever constellation is involved. For the past 2000 years, our system has been aligned with the constellation Pisces, so we have been living in the Age of Pisces. At the beginning of each Age, a Teacher comes to show the way to use the new energies most beneficially for humanity's evolution of consciousness. In Palestine, the Teacher was Jesus, and the tradition his followers started, Christianity, was signified by the emblem of the two fishes, the sign of the constellation Pisces. The energies of Pisces inspired the great civilization of the past 2000 years, during which time humanity apprehended the ideals that characterize institutions today: Freedom, Individuality, Justice, for example. The Age of Pisces has ended and we are now receiving the energies of the new Age of Aquarius, which energies are stimulating humanity to build new institutions based on the ideals of Brotherhood and correct (just) human relationships so as to create the next level of human consciousness - unity. Not to be confused with uniformity, that conscious sense of unity will enable humanity to move into the experience of oneness that will erase all awareness of the need for war, for exclusivity, for competition. In line with historic precedent, the Teacher for Aquarius, whose personal name is Maitreya (The Happy One), has come to show the way.

His mission is to teach us how to ground those ideals apprehended in Pisces, and actually live them. We are now in the transition between these two Ages and as yet can only see with competitive eyes the distorted differences between them. If you cannot as yet understand how "energies" influence our lives, look at the economic/political condition of our world today. The imbalances are extreme between rich and poor, powerful and subjugated, well-fed and starving. The very fact that we recognize these imbalances is due to Aquarian energies saturating the minds of those who are open, especially the young. The battle is raging full out between those who are demanding justice, equality, freedom, and those who fear the loss power of face and of all they have accumulated under the old rules of "the end justifies the means". Many are suffering under major stresses of inner conflict and not knowing what will happen tomorrow.

Whither are we tending?

Despite stress, anxiety and pandemic, many everyday people are turning to a simpler lifestyle revolving around family, and realizing that not only do we need less commerce in our lives, but also that our relationships have become much more important to their happiness. We are learning about empathy and sharing. We are concerned about our planet. Slowly we are learning to trust in our humanity and to create ways and means to nurture the best in humanity. As families, as neighborhoods, we are tending upward, toward the Aquarian consciousness of brotherhood. But it is very early days yet, and the political/economic battles still rage on.

What shall we do?

We cannot stop the surging energies of Aquarius. All we can do is to learn how to use them for the benefit of all, realizing that we are individuals yet we depend on others for our safety, our comfort, our basic necessities and our joy. "Essential workers", "first responders", "delivery persons" are among those many whom we cannot live without. We must trust others as they must trust us. Therefore, we must create trust in relationships.

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BA Philosophy, Wilson College, Chambersburg PA 1963 Wife, grandmother, contributor to Share International magazine ( and most recently begun blogging to share what I know about the coming of a teacher for all of (more...)

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