What I’ve come to understand as I’ve got older is that certain things have to happen in a certain order for a human being to evolve into a mature “elder.“
Now when I talk about mature elder, I am basically using the archetypal model that was formulated by Carl Jung and developed by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette in their book King Warrior Magician Lover.
Video – Archetypes
It’s a wonderful book which describes human development in archetypal terms, which for those of you who don’t understand this language basically means that it takes those patterns of behavior and deep subconscious impulses which are common to the whole of humanity.
It then distills them down into a formula that applies to each and every one of us. The same could be said of the Law of Attraction and the process of manifestation, of course – principles of attractiveness and desirability apply to each and every one of us.
Now, you may think it’s a strange idea that the whole humanity can be distilled down to certain fundamental patterns of behavior and ideology – but in actual fact, when you think about it, there’s nothing mysterious about this at all.
The human species not actually divided into races, because each and every human being can reproduce with each and every other human being – there is no species barrier of any kind. We are, in short, more similar than we are different.
If it’s true that we are more similar than we are different (and it is) then it follows that we must be similar in other ways besides our fundamental reproductive biology – for example, how about the similarities that might exist in the fundamental way in which our minds operate?
Since the fundamental structure of the brain is the same in every human being, it’s likely that this there are certain patterns of operation which are commonplace to all of us, then archetypal patterns could easily have evolved as a commonplace aspect of human psychological development.
By that, I mean not only the psychological development not only over time for the entire species, but over time for each individual member of the species.
And because we are the same, we are able to manifest anything because of our unique and divine connection to the universal intelligence – a process which people tend to refer to by using the expression “Law of Attraction.”
It’s abundantly obvious that young members of any species have completely different emotional, physical, sexual and care needs than older members – and it’s equally obvious that people move from a place of childhood to a place of maturity through different stages of life, each of which has certain uniform features, regardless of the society in which you examine them.
My thesis, therefore, is that we can take archetypal modelling as a basis for humanity and how it operates – including how it evolves from a state of immaturity to a state of maturity.
Carl Jung’s model of elderhood was basically designed to suggest that this is a time in which an individual “ought” to move into a space of joy and blessing. An elder, you see, is able to take events and experiences which in earlier life would have caused an emotional reaction of some kind, in his or her stride.
This is the wisdom of elderhood: the understanding about what matters and what doesn’t, the significance of events and dialogue and exchanges between individuals.
There’s a great deal of writing on the Internet about elder wisdom, but in essence it’s the movement from a place of internal evolution to a place of stability, a place where the essence of life is truly understood.
From that place of wisdom and stability, the elder man or woman is empowered to give blessing to the younger men and women around them.
Now it’s an interesting theory, but the practical application of this idea is that if any of the evolutionary stages which take an individual from immaturity to maturity get blocked – and boy do they ever get blocked in our society! – then the evolution into elderhood can’t take place, and the midlife crisis may develop.
There are, of course, many pieces of writing on the Internet about the midlife crisis as well.
It’s generally portrayed as a time of crisis caused by a man slowing down in his 50s, and then realizing that things which sustained his identity as a younger man – for example earning money, fucking women, competing with other men, and so on, can no longer sustain him – mostly because he’s no longer able to indulge these drives in the way that he once did.
Now I actually believe that the midlife crisis is an essential part of male development – I think it’s caused by the absence of certain necessary stages of development – in particular, the transition from the hero stage of life into the wise elder and sovereign.
So what’s the real point of this post? Well, first and foremost, I guess, it’s to recommend you read Douglas Gillette and Robert Moore’s book King Warrior Magician Lover!
But more to the point, of course, it’s to give you some framework in which you can evolve into elderhood, feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that the transition through which you are going is perfectly understood in terms of human evolution….. and indeed, is probably an evolution which has been experienced by every other single human being who has ever lived.
But in addition, I have another suggestion to make to you – and that is that you can control what happens to you rather than allowing life to control you.
One of the ways in which you can do this is by using the process of manifestation, and developing a spiritual life which will enable you to utilize the Law of Attraction to get whatever you want in life. (Oh yes, you can!)
If you’re interested in finding out how to do this, you can click here.
This is a website that should give you all information you need to be able to control your life in a much more effective way than perhaps you’ve been accustomed to in the past – and in doing so, it should make your transition into a mature elder much easier than it otherwise would be.