Beyond the Age of Reason
When the Age of Reason began it was a light of new awareness. It dissolved the fear of old superstitions and, by explaining the world in a logical fresh light, helped free people from mindless subjugation. It was a dawning where individuals could investigate honestly without fear of being burned for hearsay or killed for treason as had been quite common. So, at the time a huge improvement.
Do you remember what it was like when you first began enjoying your favorite beverage? In the beginning it was a powerfully good sensation. After a while you need a little more for that same sensation… until eventually we are drinking more to avoid feeling bad than to feel good at all.
That’s where we’ve arrived in the Age of Reason. It doesn’t even work anymore, we are just terrified of how we’ll be without it.
Our light of reason is reduced to thin slits of light softly filtering through a colossal structure. Our ideas about how the world is and should be were constructed by the thoughts, work and lifetimes of men and women into vast, intricate and heavy ‘consensual reality’. Science, logic, education, government, commerce are all based on mental frameworks. We’ve built them up so completely we find ourselves living unaware in a complicated, unbending and layered maze.
What is brilliant about the mind? The mind moves quickly. It integrates ideas and searches out solutions to problems. It calculates, makes lists and measures. It inquires and compares.
What is flawed about the mind?
It doesn’t feel.
The mind doesn’t feel.
Our brilliant 17th Century move to elevate and lift up the power of the mind and suppress and control the feeling and ‘animal’ forces has confused us. So, while maybe in the 1500’s and 1600’s emotions were out of control, by the 21st Century we hardly know what a feeling is. “You mean pain?” Some ask, confusing sensation for feelings.
Our emotions are intelligent guides. They are part of our full intelligence: when our lives are vibrant with creative intelligence and emotional power fuels inspired thought.
Instead, for most people today our own emotions have become strange and threatening enemies to fight and suppress. Men and women both! Some fail even to recognize emotion as real, others recognize the feelings but don’t trust them. Instead, we medicate, deny and even project them with perfect innocence because we sincerely do not know these strange, anti-social, anti-conformist, uncomfortable sensations. Feel sad? Take a pill, have a drink or smoke something. Our most clever emotional strategy is to numb them.
Who does feel?
In society, areas where you have been more likely to meet someone in touch with their feelings as they relate to the creative process are:
But everyone was meant to be free. Everyone is in some way creative, at least in the sense that if we let life touch us we will transform and become more.
The light of the new age is integrating our powerful emotional selves into this wonderful, comfortable structure we have created.
What might the world look like if most people would think and feel?
Since emotion is the language of animals we would creatively find ways to meet out needs that is harmonious with the natural world.
Since emotion puts you in touch with nature we would be unable to “put out of our minds” any longer the destruction we are causing. If you’re numb it can actually feel good to irritate or hurt something else, because it gives a person access to their feeling by projection. Once you have opened up, healed and developed a relationship with your emotions causing pain only feels painful. Once committed our creative ingenuity would find win-win solutions to housing, roads, fuel and food production. We lack neither the technology, the resources or the ability. All that is lacking at this point is the collective desire.
Since a clear emotional body detects dishonesty, as we regain our emotional power deceit, manipulation and dishonesty become more difficult.
If we understand and have faced all of our feelings, we are able to stay clear while our children or parents or loved ones struggle with theirs and help them actually resolve it instead of reacting or shutting down.
When we discern how to trust our emotions, we learn to trust ourselves. So when you do have a great idea, you’re much more likely to see it as great and act on it even if no one else around you agrees.
When you have permission to feel deeply and truly loved without money, success, marriage or anyone else’s approval you are free to be yourself. Truly.
When we each blossom as ourselves the world becomes a place of beauty.
Beyond the Age of Reason: the Age of Enlightenment.
I dare you to lead the way.