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A Vision of the Aquarian Age
Sir George Trevelyan


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7  New Age Now


IN THE OPENING CHAPTER of this book, I made it quite clear that there is no question of trying to impose or enforce belief. We are, rather, invited to entertain new ideas, and, if we are drawn to them, to live with them until it becomes apparent whether they have the genuine ring of truth and can be accepted as integral parts of our lives. Of course the great scientists and mathematicians have often admitted that many of their discoveries have been the results of flashes of intuition coming from they knew not where. This faculty must be respected and used in our uncertain days when consciousness is breaking through into fields beyond what ordinary sense perception can attain. Since the issues involved concern the very survival of our race and of life on our planet, we are surely justified in according most serious consideration to the intuitions and communications received telepathically by sensitives all over the world, and emanating, it would appear, from higher intelligences.

In our dramatic age, we must learn to reserve judgement and keep an open mind to novel possibilities, however surprising and perhaps even unlikely they may appear at first sight. To open a chapter on the imminence of the new age, therefore, I shall quote from a lecture by Anthony Brooke, entitled "The Awakening of Man" and published in the Findhorn News, September, 1973. Mr. Brooke states succinctly and lucidly the human situation in its universal context:
Most of us will surely agree that, if this picture is accurate, it offers grounds for genuine optimism. It is not theoretical talk about what might happen in the far distant future. On the contrary, all the great teachers and sensitives urge us to realise that something is really happening now. It is happening inevitably, as the barriers between the eternal and temporal planes are melted. We are witnessing the impinging of the eternal world into our plane of time. The events of which we speak represent the "intersection of the timeless with time".

The veils separating the levels of consciousness are growing very thin. The truth is that, in a most profound sense, the New Age is already here, waiting for us to bring it into manifestation by lifting and opening our awareness and allowing the timeless to be earthed. It is thus dependent on us when and where the New Age manifests. But the moment we learn how to open ourselves and invoke them, the New Age energies begin to flow. Thus man's understanding, acceptance and creative channelling is an essential factor. Just as we have noted that the higher worlds are to be found wherever we can direct our attention to them, we must also recognise that the New Age already exists. It only remains for us to determine how and where it shall assume concrete form.

As Brooke claims, there appears to be a clear intention on the part of the higher intelligences to influence man and cooperate with him wherever and whenever he offers them the opportunity. We must, however, never forget the fact that, by divine dispensation, we have been given free will. Cooperation, therefore, can never be forced, nor will it occur if we simply remain passive and wait for it. Disaster may be allowed to strike us as a salutary lesson designed to awaken us, but the true inner cooperation must await our invitation. It can come only if man calls for it in inner freedom. This, naturally, he will never do until he accepts the reality of higher worlds. Hence the importance in studying the findings of those who can research into the spiritual worlds.

The inner freedom stressed above is guaranteed by the very nature of the telepathic contact, which speaks as the "still small voice" within the mind or in the impulse to action in the heart. Though the source is all powerful, the method is delicate and gentle. Unless we can learn to still our chattering minds, we shall never hear the guidance. A spiritual being will not appear outside us and command us. It will speak telepathically within our thought, as if we had ourselves answered the questions we posed. In short, there is no constraint or compulsion. Again, we have total freedom of choice, to listen or ignore the intimation that – apparently – we offer ourselves. It is not even necessary that we know its higher source. What ever that may be, we are continually being subtly influenced in a constructive way, for we each have our invisible guides, as well as our Higher Self. And the inner mental contact afforded by these principles is clearly the doorway to true spiritual experience, lifting us beyond the dangers of deception – including the deception that rises through too great a preoccupation with psychic phenomena.

There are many qualitative degrees in the blending of minds. Those with developed intuition do really meet and converse in fullest consciousness with the beings of the spiritual worlds. Most of us, by study and rational processes, will arrive first at a recognition of the reality of these invisible forces of consciousness. Then we will be prepared to accept their influence and guidance. In doing so, we will implicitly acknowledge that creative intelligence is everywhere at work. And we can accept as well the concept of "living ideas" weaving through the super sensible planes and desiring to be earthed through human thinking. In this way, we will begin to awaken to a constant and subtle penetration of our consciousness, almost like falling dew, or "dropping like the gentle rain from heaven". We must, however, admit that we are always personally responsible for what we give out. It is a mistake and a danger to say, in effect, that something was given us as a higher truth, but that we disclaim responsibility for it.

In ordinary life, man strives to solve his problems by proudly relying on his own self-sufficiency. In the New Age, this self sufficiency must be augmented by a new cooperation, in which a man is still the fully responsible agent, yet knows that he is channelling spiritual power and accepting a measure of guidance. Only in this manner can we learn to be companions and co-creators with God – the goal of our developing sense of individuality. As Christ said to His disciples: "Hitherto I have called you servants. From now on, I shall call you friends".

The new flowering involves constant surrender of self-will and ever renewed dedication. But since freedom must always be respected, we ourselves, as stated before, must send up the invitation to our Higher Self, to enter the heart and guide our lives. What it amounts to is a planting of the soul in the soil of the spirit, so that it may flower into new creativity. Rooted only in our lower self and personality, on the other hand, we are like a thing adrift:
Here is the real new birth that must come about in each soul through the creative flow of the Higher Self. Here is the coming of the New Age. Uprooted, unplanted, man may drift and lose power of initiative; but once "rooted and grounded in love", he will tap new creativity. The great initiates have always demonstrated great powers of initiative, bringing spiritual power down into practical and daily life.

Once we discern the rootlessness of modern man, we can see how the psyche, in its loneliness, despair and loss of all sense of meaning, must often turn its inner drives into violence, cruelty, hate and negativity. It is a souring of human nature which has lost touch with the springs of life. To continue our analogy, it is as if the plant of the soul is being fed only with artificial fertilisers and sprayed with poisons. What it needs instead is to be set again in living humus and re-united with the cycle of life.

The flow of new age energies must inevitably draw kindred souls into new groupings, the focal points of a new society. Where the living spirit floods the consciousness, values cannot but change, and we shall wake up to the significance of things we have hitherto taken for granted. Thus, certain practices now accepted in our present-day society will simply fall away and fade out of new age culture as it begins to coalesce. Let us take a single example. Once we really recognise our kinship with all life, we shall cease to be able to take life. Cruelty to animals will become intolerable. Such hideous practices as factory farming and vivisection will be revealed for the barbarities they truly are and will be abandoned. To engage in blood sports for pleasure will become unthinkable; and, for more and more people, the eating of once living flesh will become abhorrent. We shall then awaken to the fact that we have an immense karmic debt to the animal world, and that until this is settled, man's spiritual progress will be retarded. The movement for animal welfare has a profound significance in human collective destiny.

Since the New Age involves a fundamental transformation in the very nature of man, we may expect killing and violence – so prevalent today – to wane. Gandhi's vision of non-violence will become an ever greater reality, and in the end war will be universally recognised as the insanity it intrinsically is.

The basic virtues of tolerance, honesty, respect for truth, cooperation and compassion will become ever more manifest, while the very capacity to deceive another, to bear false witness, steal or murder will be eradicated from the patterns of human behaviour.

We are not talking about naive optimism, pious hopes or airy idealism. Certainly it is idealistic, yet at the same time it is practicable and intensely relevant to daily life. The New Age is not a social plan based on intellectual concepts. It is a living impulse which, by its very nature, carries transforming power. Once it begins to touch the soul, a person will inevitably begin to change. And the impulse will spread rapidly, drawing more and more people into its field of influence, for it is nothing less than a mystical event of which we are all the potential instruments. The wind of the spirit blows through us. It transcends and subsumes the cynicism that might point out the cruelty and violence so characteristic of our age. We are talking about a new society which is now emerging through a metamorphosis of the old. "Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth".

The present situation is well summarised in a quotation from a lecture by David Spangler, author of a most important little book entitled Revelation: the Birth of a New Age:
The path is an adventure into the unknown which is at the same time a return to the source, with the certainty that we all have loving and invisible guides to help us overcome the difficulties and trials of the way. It involves a conscious building of soul qualities. This in turn entails a deliberate and creative deed, for we recognise that when we sound a quality in the soul, it resounds or reverberates up onto higher planes. Just as a note struck on the piano evokes a resonance on higher octaves, so we may expect a response to that which is sounded in our souls. We may then see that the spiritual worlds are in a sense composed of living qualities and attributes which are also Being. Thus we can grasp that courage is an attribute of the sphere of Mars, joviality of Jupiter, steadfastness of Saturn. In meditation, we leave our everyday consciousness and enter into absolute tranquillity. At this moment, we are poised in the "eternal now" at the "intersection of the timeless with time". Regret for the past or anxiety about the future is simply non existent. The negative emotions of the lower self are for this precious timeless moment in total abeyance, and the soul can consciously sound the qualities which it discerns the Higher Self to possess. These are basically peace and tranquillity, love, courage, joy, and gentleness. By sounding them, we evoke the higher response and the character is strengthened. When we plunge back into daily life, we will be suffused and coloured by those positive qualities, as if the soul had been dipped into a dye.

In sum, then, we can indeed "take courage". It is a highly significant phrase. To touch the plane of attributes and qualities is truly a creative act. Take joy, take love, take peace, take the lot! It is your birthright, your heritage. As ambassadors of the divine, it is our assignment and task to re-enter life with positive thinking for active transformation of our environments. Thus, each can contribute to the birth of the New Age. Each human being and each group is potentially a vortex point through which spiritual quality can flood. Arithmetic is irrelevant here. A small breach in a dam can lead to a flood. A small group can channel energies which, once released, will take their own course, since they are imbued with intelligence, life and love. Our task is to dedicate ourselves as channels, to invoke the higher energies and, with praise, to give thanks. Then we must go forward living into the new day, with joy and courage.

Messages and communications received by sensitives – as recorded, for example, in the book Gildas Communicates, by Ruth White and Mary Swainson – speak of inevitable changes as the new energies begin to flow. These changes would obviously imply a radical change in consciousness. Many people would begin to see with fourth or fifth dimensional vision. Others, fettered to a materialistic perspective, might feel they were going mad. And there might be changes in the outer world as well, in climate and even geological disturbances. This might be construed by some as the retribution to be visited upon man for his treatment of the living earth. Yet the teachers from the world of spirit all urge us to have no fear. Indeed, "fear not" is always the first injunction of the spiritual visitant. Disaster and calamity may serve a purpose for the higher worlds – to awaken man to the evil of his ways. We may feel confident that the more difficult outer conditions become, the closer and more certain will be the individual protection and assistance of our invisible guides. New dimensions of knowledge are being opened up, and the new age vision will clarify and crystallise as living ideas work to counter the collapse of antiquated forms.

Of course it is quite impossible in so brief a book as this to do justice to what is now so rapidly emerging, or, in Spangler's phrase, "precipitating". Suffice it to say at this point that it is occurring on an ever broader scale. In centres and communes, in meditation and healing groups, in conferences and lectures, in yoga teaching, in courses and activities offered by the great schools of esoteric knowledge, in international contacts, in the striving of individuals for higher knowledge, in books and publications and the creative and performing arts – everywhere, the vast vista of the ageless wisdom unfolds. It is indeed to be seen as one of the truly significant phenomena in the intellectual climate of our time.

In light of this picture, we might consider what the so-called "rebellion of youth" really means. In doing so, we must re member that there is no death without a rebirth and that human society is like every new growth in nature, involving first a breaking down of matter into sheer formlessness or chaos, as in the seed. Chaos or formlessness is the necessary precursor to new birth on a higher level. We must now apply this principle to what we are witnessing about us – the disturbance of an entire generation, many rejecting all old forms, opting out of accepted standards, experimenting with previously forbidden directions, deliberately breaking sacrosanct taboos. Youth in revolt, in quest – for what?

If our earlier premise is true, many of these souls chose to descend into the maelstrom of world affairs so as to be at their full maturity at the time of the coming spiritual crisis. Many are no doubt advanced and mature souls who chose the task of leading the new society into social forms consonant with the spirit. They came with a task, but the nature of life on earth is such that we forget wholly the wider vision we witnessed from the heavenly planes before descent into birth. What, then, do these old souls incarnate as young people find? They are confronted with gross materialism, values based on greed and selfishness and aggression, a rejection of love, a scramble for possession of things and power. And quite naturally, they revolt, because no parent or mentor has reminded them that there exists a wholly different perspective, which affords a view of man as a spiritual being, an ambassador of God, given responsibility for the stewardship of this lovely planet, enjoying the possibility of cooperation with the power of light and love in starting to build a new order on earth. Without such a perspective, it is not surprising that many are adrift and lost, If this is indeed the soul condition of many of the younger generation, we may expect an instant response when the spiritual world view is rendered accessible to them. All they need is to be reminded.

Bewildered as many now are, experimenting blindly with drugs, for example, in their quest to escape from the cage of self, these young people will in a sudden flash recollect and half remember the task they undertook and the vistas they witnessed before they entered their present "trial by existence". Then, when spiritual change begins, when the powers of light descend, these young people – already freed from all binding ties of convention – will be in a position to rise to the call of "Follow me!" They will know and understand. For this they came. Then all that now seems negative may turn into positive creation, and above and beyond our present social structure a new society will begin to form, based truly on love and immediate contact with the divine sources of guidance. The pros pect is exhilarating. With all its apparent darkness and confusion, this is truly an age of joy, and Schiller's "Hymn to Joy", echoed in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, should indeed be its anthem – along with Blake's "Jerusalem".

Never before has man lived through an age so pregnant with promise, and we must acknowledge that many of the young in our time are souls who have chosen to be involved with the greatest surge forwards in spiritual evolution that the human race has ever experienced. Such are the days in which we live, and they are bright with the most supreme hope ever offered to struggling and troubled man.
William Blake, who really wrote less for his own time than for ours, sounded the apocalyptic clarion call: "RISE UP, YOUNG MEN OF THE NEW AGE!" This is, of course, high-sounding and idealistic stuff, easily written. Yet in a world of as much darkness and conflict as ours, set apparently on a course of collective suicide through unbalanced materialism, it may well be worthwhile making the last cast of banking all on a world view which, if true, offers an optimistic alternative. At this turning point in human affairs, we have so little to lose, and eternity to gain.

Of course the personal and social difficulties confronting us are huge and daunting. To live in an apocalyptic age is exciting, but not particularly comfortable, not conducive to a desire for either psychological or material security. But once we grasp the tremendous possibilities that extend all the way down into practical life, we can face all trials and tribulations. And we can do so with the zest of members of a resistance movement awaiting an invasion for which warning has already been sounded. If many of our young have "dropped out" of our acquisitive society, it is perhaps an unconscious prelude to a step forwards into a new one – of which courage, love and joy are the basic ingredients, once heart and mind are kindled with the fire of the living spirit.

It will be appropriate to close this chapter with a quotation from Sri Aurobindo, published in the Auroville magazine, "= One". We must remember that this is a call to the young in heart, however many years they may have lived, for the soul within us is immortal and ageless.


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A Vision of the Aquarian Age
Sir George Trevelyan


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