Your personal Axial Age

There was a flowering of spiritual consciousness just after the dawn of the recorded era called the Axial Age. It lasted for approximately 600 years, from 800 to 200 BCE.

Major religions were established and solidified. Jainism influenced both Hinduism and Buddhism (which sprung out of Hinduism the way Christianity later spiraled out of Judaism).

Thinkers abounded. Socrates and the philosophers in Greece. The Buddha. The Jewish prophets. In China, Lao Tzu and Kongzi (Master Kong, known to us as Confucious). Others whose names we’ll never know.

Paralleling humanity’s great spiritual emergence, I think we also have personal Axial Ages. Mine began sometime in the last decade, where spirit consciousness became of paramount importance. 

I read! I talked! I listened! I watched! I googled! I was rabid for information. I was keen to match my experience with the experiences of others who’d trod similar ground.

Before this personal Axial Age, I’d drifted inchoately along, unformed, mildly curious, a flirt but not an ardent lover. During my personal Axial Age all changed. As it does whenever your world view enlarges.

A personal Axial Age is a glorious thing. You seek your spiritual practice. You fashion your own cosmology from the cosmologies akin to your own thoughts, though not too tightly for really, what can we know with certainty? (What the bleep do we know?!

You search for others like you. You are ravenous for the experience and thought of others who’ve gone before you. You leap without knowing where you’ll land. You find your spirit groove . . . and emerge from your personal Axial Age into the Age of Deepening.

You move from discovery into embodiment.

(As best you can.)


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