Your life is the compilation of many experiences.

As your life unfolds, you may perceive it as linear, with birth at the beginning and death at the end, and many significant experiences in between. However, your life can be understood in a much broader way, as a spiral which involves thirty-year cycles. Within each cycle is a sequence of eight phases. The cycles and phases you experience as your life are the process of gradually unfolding your Life Objective. The unfoldment of your Life Objective is integral with the expansion of your awareness of your Identity, from “I” to “Me”, “We”, and “Us”.

The Life Rhythm diagram illustrates your lifetime as a spiral and the unfoldment of your life cycles of I, Me, We, and Us. Your birth date determines the phase in which you began your human experience. The point at which you initiated your “I” cycle determines what years of your life are associated with the other cycles of Me, We, and Us.  Locating your age on your personal Life Rhythm diagram will show you which cycle and phase you are currently experiencing.

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THE "I" CYCLE / person + individuality

The “I” Cycle is the building of your “I”. It is the emotional, physical, and mental development which creates you as a “person” who is unique in temperament, personality characteristics, direction of interests, etc. This development occurs predominantly through the conditioning of your culture, family relationships, and environment. You either accept this conditioning passively or resist it. During this cycle you are unaware, and innocently socialized.

THE "ME" CYCLE / individual + connectedness

The “Me” Cycle is the deconstruction of your “I”. In this cycle you break apart the conditioning established in your “I” cycle. It is the development of you as an “individual,” expanding upon your “I” cycle development. You use the “I” cycle for reference in rebelling against your cultural and familial conditioning. You transition from unaware, to having some degree of awareness of the conditioning forces that contributed to shaping you from birth. This cycle unfolds your desire for independence from cultural and psychological requirements and restrictions. Your individualizing process involves transitional crises and life issues which establish a constructive, participatory connection with society.

THE "WE" CYCLE / self + wholeness

The “We” Cycle is the construction of your Self and the resocialization of you according to your objective assessment of your Self and the meaning given to your life so far. As a person who was originally and innocently socialized during the “I” cycle, passed through the individualizing process of the “Me” cycle, which involved transitional crises and life issues, and has established a constructive, participatory connection with society, you will now experience transitional realizations involving the understanding of the entirety of your life and your experiences as a human. The intention associated with this cycle is based on the quality of your vision of what is possible and significant in life and the establishing of your sense of Self based on your own ideas and values.

THE "US" CYCLE / existence + oneness

The “Us” Cycle is the embodiment of all life experiences using self-reflection to refine the understanding of your Self as One with all of existence. Using the knowledge gained from your “We” cycle intention, and the quality of your vision of what is possible and significant in life, a re-orientation is experienced which attunes your Self for the inevitable transition from the perceptual reality of humanness to the vibrational realm of Spirit.

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The Emergence phase sets the stage for important life-developments which will become clear later. A new power is operating, and needs to operate, in your life. It may be obviously external or subtly internal. Your response to this new power may be spontaneous, instinctive, or simply innocent. Depending on your established patterns of response, your entire being may respond freely to the new inevitability of emergence or resist it. The key quality to embrace during this life-period is openness.


During the Expansion phase, life-events tend to reflect and make clear the general direction of the new cycle. As you emerge from the subjectivity surrounding the beginning of the cycle, you may encounter a shock when forced to deal with this new reality. The confrontation between the forces representing your past and your tentative and developing future may be quite sharp. Whatever happens during this period, it can be interpreted as intended to force such a confrontation, so that the ghosts of the past cycle can be exorcised, and you can fully and freely commit to a new life-direction at the time of the next phase. During the latter part of this phase the new life-direction should begin to stabilize, and, almost magically, opportunities for developing in the direction of the new cycle, for giving form to what it implies, will naturally present themselves. The challenge of this life-period is to recognize these opportunities for what they are and, despite previous resistance, to embrace them courageously.


This is the time in the cycle when the new life-direction must be established as a fact in your life. As commitment and the capacity for independent action grow, the past must be entirely renounced to make way for the establishment of a new way of life. This life-period is often experienced in a way that can be best conveyed by a metaphor: you are driving a speeding car around a sharp turn; the momentum of the car pulls it into the curve automatically, but midway through you must take control and deliberately steer through the remainder of the turn and the rest of the course. The momentum of life-events can likewise lead you to a definite turning point or crisis, during which you have the opportunity, or are forced, to make important decisions or commitments. The keywords here are courage and confidence. You are often challenged, then given the opportunity to integrate a new direction into a fully workable way of life.


The Overcoming phase tests the commitment you made or the life-direction you established during the Action phase. It is often a period of intense, productive activity, but the momentum to continue in your chosen or established way of life may be quite strong. You must live with the decisions you have made (or which have been made for you) and adjust to the everyday realities of the new cycle. Flexibility and perseverance are key qualities to embrace during this period.


The fulfillment phase represents the culmination of the cycle. You have carried the impulse received at the beginning of the cycle as far as it can go. The specific forms built during the first half of the cycle have reached their peak of outward development. As the cycle begins the second half, you bear with you the harvest of your form-building activity. Whatever you have produced during the first half of the cycle, for better or worse, success or failure, is now illuminated and clear; objective realization. This act of illumination represents the end of the purely spontaneous growth characterizing the first half of the cycle, but it also marks the beginning of another process. On the one hand, you are in the process of assimilating the experiences of the first half of the cycle and reaping a harvest of conscious understanding. On the other hand, the forms you built during the first half have (ideally) satisfied the individual need for which they were produced. If that individual need was representative of a general human situation or life issue, the forms built to satisfy it can be evolved, refined, universalized, and made applicable to a larger social or cultural scheme. The fulfillment phase is the point in the cycle when you change gears. The symbolic seed planted at the time of the progressed New Moon now matures and flowers. It can mean deep fulfillment or produce a deep-seated disturbance. As fulfillment, it is experienced as the beginning of a new process of consciousness growth. As a disturbance, it can reveal the relative failure of the cycle, if the challenges of the first half of the cycle were not squarely met. Whatever occurs at this time, fulfillment or disturbance is meant to help you become clear and objective about what has happened throughout the cycle thus far. This phase forces you to consciously face the basic issues of your life. Detachment, clear vision and a sense of acceptance, underlying a new search for meaning, are to be embraced during this period. It is not unusual for the fulfillment phase to coincide with a period of perceived defeat, which is experienced on a practical level as not achieving your goals or fulfilling your established life agenda. The fact of defeat is not the important factor, what matters most is the meaning you give to your apparent failures and the deeper insight and growth they provide.


Linking with others to simplify and share one’s experience is an important aspect of this phase. The desire to demonstrate your realizations and newly formed capacities, and to make your efforts meaningful in terms of a larger social frame of reference, can be an important step in understanding and assimilating what has been revealed by the symbolic light of the Fulfillment phase. If you are shocked or disappointed by what you have seen, a period of reform or even radical activity may follow. The early part of this phase provides the challenge and opportunity to begin to integrate what has happened in the first half of the cycle, and what has been seen in the Fulfillment phase, into a practical philosophy of life. As the end of the Demonstration phase approaches, a philosophical struggle may emerge and intensify. The entire cycle thus far must be integrated into your understanding, and the process of reconciling your previous mental concepts, beliefs, and self-truths with the newly introduced concepts begins.


While the Emergence phase can be likened to the implantation of a seed out of which the new cycle develops, and the Fulfillment phase to the symbolic flower, the Re-Orientation phase brings the fruit. It is the harvest of the cycle, a harvest of meaning and of understanding. While the first half of the cycle sought to establish forms, the second half of the cycle seeks to break apart and release whatever has now served its purpose and become obsolete. Whatever does not harmonize with the growing consciousness and understanding must be relinquished; this is a time of release. The challenge is to know what to let go. This phase gives the growing consciousness and new philosophy of life an opportunity to establish itself within you, as underlying ideals for the coming new cycle.


The Release phase is a transition between the cycle now ending and the next yet to begin. During this closing phase, your consciousness expectantly, and perhaps self-sacrificially, turns in the direction of the upcoming cycle. The results of the entire cycle are refined and concentrated to become the foundation for the future cycle. This phase is often a particularly introspective or withdrawn part of the cycle. A period of emptying is necessary before a new cycle can begin afresh. You bring to you the potentials needed to open space for the new seed to be planted; you make space within your Self. An artist may no longer feel inspired to paint or may produce extremely subjective works. A guru’s followers may disperse, a politicians’ supporters may desert them. The external expression is not important, the actual experience is. Based on the experience of the now-ending cycle, your whole being begins to yearn for a new cycle of experience. It desires to satisfy the need, or to solve the new problem of becoming inwardly focused during this phase. A potential answer is presented to you to satisfy your new need. It is brought forth and adapted to you by the quality of consciousness, capacity for action, and depth of vision and faith created by your assimilation of the previous phases of the cycle.

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