Experience in practical terms is defined as a direct participation in an event. But it also means trusting what you feel over what you are told.
Yet it is not big enough of a word to extend to the furtherest corners of joy it might entail. In its’ juiciest form, experience is ecstasy, delight, jubilance - the feeling of being alive.
That’s what we are searching, what we have always been searching, since the beginning of time. We’ve had different hurdles to jump along the way as the pendulum of life swings from extreme to extreme. Quite simply - we once had profound knowledge and connection to a kind of ‘technology’ currently unbeknownst to man (man in terms of the western model of man, of patriarchal, capitalist organisations that riddle the world today), then about 12,800 years ago we were hit by a giant comet that changed the course of the world forever.
This caused such inconceivably vast and abrupt changes to the planet and its climate that many species became almost instantaneously extinct, including human beings. It’s impossible to know exactly how reduced our numbers were, but we do know that entire civilisations were wiped out, eg. the Clovis culture, and with them, entire records of teachings and wisdom. The ones that did survive to tell the story, namely the Indigenous of Australia and South America, have had their voice box torn from their throat and their profound sageness overshadowed by the ceaseless hunger of consumerism.
It is a generally accepted consensus within the scientific community that humans were alive and kicking up to 200,000 years ago. We’ve come close to extinction a few times since then, but that’s a damn long amount of time to learn how to navigate the world.
To learn how to navigate the stars. To be immersed in nature, to listen to her whispers and be encumbered by her magic. We had no ‘tech’ as we know it today, we just had all the time in the world to be with each other, and with ourselves.
There are incredible perks in today’s world, (as I’m writing this I’m mesmerised at the ascension through the gloomy rain of Hobart, bursting through and gazing atop a thick blanket of clouds, from the shelter of a machine we invented), but we can’t deny the current state of the world. We have no time. We are running late, we are sick, we are disconnected. There are more than just a few facets to this phenomena we’re experiencing right now, it’s completely new, of course we’re confused and kind of fucked up!
A couple of the big factors are: the transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, the meticulous preservation of sacred knowledge, and the recognition of, and attempts to harness, our creative genius.
WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT
Guest Experience Officer. Manifestation Expert and Life Coach.
Creator of Life Changing Experiences.
Those are job titles in this day and age. They cater to a demographic that all have one thing in common - they want more.
Looking back on headlines of the past, we see the seedlings of this curiosity sprouting more and more into mainstream media. Let’s go back to the 80’s when materialist gain was the epicentre of the Western world - people’s fancies were tickled enough to publish articles like this one, extrapolating why in the world a person would enjoy the thrill of a rollercoaster ride.
In the NY Times 1988, Dr Epstein, a psychologist at the University of Massachusetts, takes a science-minded peer through a magnifying glass to the mystery behind people craving experience. First he jumps to assume a potential chemical imbalance in the brain of thrill-seekers, — a little far-fetched — but then he hits the nail on the head;
“Being totally absorbed is in itself pleasurable,” Dr. Epstein said. “Complete concentration that blanks out everything else temporarily relieves you from all conflicts. When something demands your full attention, all your senses engage. It's a very different feeling from being in your usual semi-awake state.”
Now, the word ‘f l o w’ was definitely not in circulation back then. Today, it’s saturated but continues to invite us into such soothing imagery every time it is spoken, and most of us have at least a vague idea of what it’s like even if we’re not an artist, musician, athlete or yogi, or have trouble concentrating.
How does this translate into business?
According to a study done by the Center for Generational Kinetics in 2018, a staggering 74% of Americans now prioritise experience over products.
“Consumers are seeking phenomenal experiences,” Shantanu Narayen, Adobe’s CEO states during a lecture in NYC. “Successful companies recognise that experiences rise above everything else.”
That they do. And to be able to sell experiences, first you have to design them.
Efforts have been made to make creativity a skill, to harness the most creative minds. In their book, Stealing Fire, Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal dive in the making of ‘talent traps’ across Silicon Valley. With billions of dollars at their disposal, companies like Google and Facebook rely on innovation to drive them forward. Our creative flow has been coined as something immensely valuable because companies rely on it more than ever to stay ‘alive’.
Their aim is to create an environment that naturally induces a state of flow, that invites the creative genius in with a warm smile, a fluffy rug in front of the fireplace and a big glass of red wine, and hopefully conceive some new ideas. But the tricky part is, the genius cannot be bought, it cannot be contained, it cannot be fooled. It is a fleeting, momentary encounter that likes to be seduced, in private.
After collecting data from 30,000 artists, “from break dancers and circus performers to poets and rock stars,”, Red Bull’s 2013 study named Hacking Creativity concluded, anti-climactically, that creativity indeed cannot be hacked.
There’s an immense satisfaction to be found here… to know that we possess something so special that even the most powerful fuckers in the world can’t buy.
AGE OF AQUARIUS
Astronomy, astrology…potato, po-tah-to?
With the extreme amount of bullshit out there nowadays, it’s quite logical to dismiss mass-generated blanket statements whose end goal is to get clicks. Horoscopes have become a scam, a saturated exploitation of something with true and powerful origins - surprise surprise, modernity has infected another concept.
Once upon a time, astronomy and astrology used to be the same thing; In Babylonian times, this art/science created a fundamental, soul-level connection with the universe - something we are have been lacking for a long time.
It is important to understand that humanity’s ability to observe, contemplate, study and understand the world around us has pushed our evolution forward by the momentum of philosophy, cultural development and imagination.
Ironically, it was this very force that fuelled the intellectual movement in Europe from 17th-19th century that brought along the “Age of Reason”. Science had some air under its’ wings, and flew thirsty into the unknown. This age was about discovering everything, about finding answers to unanswerable questions, of lives spent studying, organising, innovating. Of course it got personal, ego-centric flames lined the horizons in scientist’s arguments: I don’t blame them, it was hard times, and we thank you Science, for all you have done.
But when scientists couldn’t prove certain aspects of this study of the stars, they divided it into two categories: one they could measure and one they couldn’t.
In today’s definition;
Astronomy is the examination of positions, motions and properties of objects in the universe.
Astrology, is the study of how the positions, motions and properties of those objects affect humans on Earth.
Today, we still don’t have the tools to measure consciousness, or astrology, I don’t know if we ever will. But we’re getting somewhere, and unless you’re a conservative, wilfully blind, fearful bugger with a strong aversion to change, it only takes a little bit of research and insight to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Seriously, if I’m doing it, so can Joe Dirt.
In Johnathan Black’s words, from his mind-blowing book The Secret History of the World;
“Ancient teachings taught that the moon corresponds directly with the pituitary gland, the gland responsible for reflecting on experiences with other dimensions, meaning things that aren’t 3D but still exist, like our thoughts, like love, and like knowledge accessed through the spirit worlds. This might seem one of the madder things that anyone has ever believed, but to the ancients it corresponded to their everyday, lived experience.
If you observe oysters in a tray for a month, you will see that they wax and wane with the moon. Modern science has confirmed that the pituitary gland behaves like an oyster.
Additionally, among its’ new findings, the term ‘biorhythms’ has been coined to describe the way the relationship of the earth with the moon and the sun, marked by the sequence of the seasons and day following night. The ancients recognised how stupefying, mathematically complex rhythms that involve the outer reaches of the cosmos work their way into human life. Humans breathe on average 25,920 times per day, which is the number of years in a great Platonic year (i.e the number of years it takes the sun to complete a full cycle of the zodiac).The average human life, 72, also has the same number of days in it.”
If you’re still a skeptic, fine - but instead of finding things you disagree with - why don’t you come up with a simple thesis, a basic explanation for this astrology/astronomy hybrid, and try to sell it to yourself. For real, try to come up with a better explanation than the one I’m about to give you, and then really believe it.
If you can’t, and you’re still on the fence, that’s okay - but at least taking an open minded approach to possibilities gets us out of a state of denial, and you’ll feel a lot lighter too.
This wiz from California named Santokh Singh Khalsa gifted us with the most concise explanation of the current Age I’ve come across so far, so I won’t try to replicate it, I’ll just show it to you:
“What are these ages? Astronomers will tell you that the Earth rotates on an axis and that this line going through the centre of the earth has a slight wobble to it. It goes through a little circular wobble about once every 25,000 years. This cycle has been broken into 12 parts associated with the 12 astrological signs, based on which constellation the axis is wobbling towards. From around 2000 B.C. to 0 A.D. we were in the Age of Aries. From 0 A.D. to the present we have been in the Age of Pisces.
For the next 2000 years we will be in the Aquarian Age. We have been in the transition from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age for the last 50 years. The official beginning of the Aquarian Age is November 11, 2011 or 11/11/11. Some people have set this date as December 21, 2012. Considering that this is a 2000 year cycle, no matter which date you accept, we are in for lots of change in the near future!
Why is this so important? Many people go their whole lives not caring or knowing if they are a Pisces, or a Gemini, or what their moon or rising sign is. This change to the Aquarian age is so important because it changes the astrological conditions for the entire planet. Every person on planet Earth has been and will be affected by this shift. Let’s investigate what will be changing.
The Piscean Age has been dominated by hierarchy, and power. The key phrase for this age was from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To be or not to be.” To make a successful and happy life, you needed to resolve this question. The key to the astrological sign Pisces is “I believe.” During this age, in order for you “to be,” you needed to find someone or something to believe in.
When you found that thing, you attached yourself to that thing and were guided how to live. This could be a religion, a political ideology, a charismatic leader, work, etc. The keys to life were hidden and secret in the halls of power and in the monasteries and ashrams. But you didn’t need to know these secrets, only to follow leaders and guides who did. This created vertical hierarchies as a result, and it was essential to find your place in the pecking order.
This has been the foundation for human consciousness for the past 2000 years. Everything that you have learned from your parents, and they from their parents, going back 2000 years, has been colored by this Piscean frame of reference. And now that is all changing.
The Aquarian Age will be dominated by networks, and information. The key phrase for this age is “Be to be.” The key to the astrological sign Aquarius is “I know.” This is the age of information. Nothing is secret anymore. All information is available at your fingertips. Where the Piscean age was organized in a vertical, up and down structure of hierarchies, the Aquarian Age is organized in a horizontal network, opening the world up to true equality.
During this age, the focus is no longer on your identity and existence (“to be or not to be”), but on accepting yourself as a whole person (“be to be”) who does not need to believe in something outside of yourself. You are ready to accept that you have the knowledge and wisdom within yourself. It is no longer necessary to attach to something outside yourself, but to become a leader of one: yourself. Instead of being a railroad car that is pulled by an engine, you become your own engine. It is your responsibility to stay on the tracks and to keep moving forward.
With this understanding, it is easier to comprehend what has been happening in the world over the last 50 years. On the inner level, since the 1960’s, there has been a huge movement towards personal transformation: self awareness, self improvement, yoga, meditation, tai chi, alternative healing, natural foods, etc. There has also been a major increase in depression, suicide, anxiety, stress, and drug use, both pharmaceutical and recreational.
In the outer world, we have seen amazing changes: civil rights, environmental consciousness, women’s rights, gay rights, global consciousness, etc. We have also seen the rise of fundamentalism, terrorism, partisan politics, racism, xenophobia (the fear of the “other”), and general fear mongering.
This shift is bringing out the best and the worst in mankind.
Some people are preparing for this shift by opening their hearts and minds and embracing this new age, and some people are intimidated by the changes that they don’t understand and want to return to a “golden age” in the past, or to circle the wagons and trust only those who are like themselves.
Transformation is never a painless process. When you fast or cleanse to purify your body, at first you feel worse, because toxins get stirred up in order to be eliminated. Once these poisons have been cleared, you feel lighter and more energized. Now imagine that every person on planet Earth is going through this shift. We are heading into a time of radical change. It is a time of great potential growth and expansion, but it is also a time of great potential pain and suffering.
The more that you understand what is happening, the more that you can go through all of the changes without losing your balance and stability.
Welcome to the Aquarian Age!
When the moon is in the Seventh House
And Jupiter aligns with Mars
Then peace will guide the planets
And love will steer the stars
This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius
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