WHERE YOU'RE AT
your PRESENT MOMENT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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