Signs of the Potential Advent of a Subjective Age of Development of Humanity

As the evolutionary progression develops beyond the limits of the mental consciousness, the signs of this development will begin to appear, first in those regions of human activity that are closest and most receptive to the new energy, and only later in those fields of life and physical activity that are the oldest and least adaptable segments of the complex human existence.  This would imply that we would begin to see new ideas, and experiments taking place in the realm of the mind, breaking through the boundaries of the usual mental limits, with new emphasis and focus on things like intuition, development of new powers of insight and new ways of expression.  Philosophy, science, psychology and the humanities should begin to show the impact of the developing spiritual force and its pressure on the mental action.  We can trace the rising interest in and action upon these levels with leading scientists declaring first that matter is actually ordered energy, and later indicating that energy is in reality consciousness.  The boundaries between matter and spirit are being systematically explored and the closer humanity looks, the more the boundary lines begin to disappear.  The development of the field of quantum mechanics brings the subjective principle into full view.  The subjective idea is even trying to reach into the political field with the recent attempt by a spiritual proponent of the Course in Miracles actively attempting to run for President of the United States on a “consciousness-based” platform!  Once the limits imposed by physical matter, life and mind are removed, there are bound to be areas of progress, as well as substantial errors along the way, as humanity blindly gropes for what its next future needs to be.

Sri Aurobindo observes:  “These ideas are likely first to declare their trend in philsoophy, in psychological thinking, in the arts, poetry, painting, sculpture, music, in the main idea of ethics, in the application of subjective principles by thinkers to social questions, even perhaps, though this is a perilous effort, to politics and economics, that hard refractory earthy matter which most resists all but a gross utilitarian treatment.  There will be new unexpected departures of science or at least of research….  Discoveries will be made that thin the walls between soul and matter; attempts there will be to extend exact knowledge into the psychological and psychic realms with a realisation of the truth that these have laws of their own which are other than the physical, but not the less laws because they escape the external senses and are infinitely plastic and subtle. … These are sure signs, if not of the thing to be, at least of a great possibility of it, of an effort that will surely be made, another endeavour perhaps with a larger sweep and a better equipped intelligence capable not only of feeling but of understanding the Truth that is demanding to be heard. … It is only when these groping beginnings have found that for which they are seeking, that it can be successfully applied to the remoulding of the life of man.  Till then nothing better is likely to be achieved than an inner preparation and, for the rest, radical or revolutionary experiments of a doubtful kind with the details of the vast and cumbrous machinery under which life now groans and labours.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle: The Psychology of Social Development, Chapter 23, Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age, pp. 248-249

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3 thoughts on “Signs of the Potential Advent of a Subjective Age of Development of Humanity

  1. The subjective idea is even trying to reach into the political field with the recent attempt by a spiritual proponent of the Course in Miracles actively attempting to run for President of the United States on a “consciousness-based” platform!

    We should prepare ourselves for incessant accusations of egotism, hucksterism, celebrity guruism and spiritual marketing on this one, however, as anyone who has benefited from the neoliberal economic paradigm in any way (including book publishing) is automatically suspect of such in the “common mind” and, unfortunately, tend to have their own spiritual principles compromised by the system rather it being transformed if and when too closely associated with it.

    It is, indeed, a sign of the times and always a breath of fresh air, however, when the public conversation — anywhere — turns to a politics “disconnected from the heart” and “healing the soul.” I am guarded, but hopeful, that the message, at least, will have an impact among the public, if not lawmakers.

    • As Sri Aurobindo pointed out, the field of politics is very difficult to change. Errors along the way will certainly be made. It is the very attempt to infiltrate political debate with these ideas that represents the sign, not a commentary on the particular messenger, platform or motivation of the messenger, which we have not attempted to analyze. It would be very useful if the message begins to take hold, as you have noted.

  2. I follow your blog. But I was made aware of this post because InfiniteWarrior linked to it. About Marianne Williamson, I’ve recently written about her running for president:
    https://benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com/2019/06/16/heretic-for-president/
    https://benjamindavidsteele.wordpress.com/2019/07/05/a-bitch-for-god/

    I agree with the last part of Aurobindo’s thoughts: “Till then nothing better is likely to be achieved than an inner preparation and, for the rest, radical or revolutionary experiments of a doubtful kind with the details of the vast and cumbrous machinery under which life now groans and labours.” We will go on groping for a while. But it is refreshing to sense change in the air.

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