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Consciousness in the Aquarian Age

Excerpts from Shabd Guru: Basis, Use and Impact of the Quantum Technology of the Shabd Guru by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D. and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., April 1995

The Aquarian Age is dawning. November of 1991 marked the cusp of the last step of the shift of the Age. There have been many Ages and shifts of Ages before in the long history of Humankind. But this shift of Age is different. The old Piscean Age was dominated by machines and hierarchies. The new Aquarian Age is ruled by awareness, information and energy.

The greatest power will be your Word―your consciously projected words. This change is radical, not incremental. It is a simultaneous change in both the outer and inner worlds. The mind is changing its sensitivity, its basic frequency and functioning. Our lifestyle is changing its sense of time, space, relatedness, and relevancy.

In the Age we are leaving behind, it was a central and even sacred task to find and gain access to the right information. There were special places of study in remote areas like Tibet, or in a deep jungle or an isolated desert, accessible to a few who could qualify or who had a special destiny.

The motto of the Age was, “To be or not to be." Learn, grow, and become something. Great knowledge about human potential was guarded by secrecy and layers of initiations.

In the Aquarian Age there are no secrets! Information is available. Finding it is not the central task any longer. In this Age the motto is, "Be to be." You already are something by the grace of the Creator. Accept your wholeness and your connectedness to a larger creative existence, and express it with each committed action.

Let your actions demonstrate wisdom. To study alone, knowing a truth alone, will not be important. Real value will come from truth embodied in practical actions and in the internal caliber and qualities of your mind and heart. This is the profile of a fulfilled human being.

The Unknown will be Known

In the last Age people could get away with many more behaviors—from embezzling to dumping pollutants. They could hide them. Now that is rapidly becoming impossible. In the past one could establish a persona, a mask to show to the world and be known by. Now every persona is under audit. Each action can be tracked regardless of appearances. Every money exchange, statement, and behavior leaves a trail. They will be known by those actions.

Action is the language of the awakened Self. As the Aquarian Age dawns, the old defenses and manipulations based on hiding or controlling access to information will no longer work. We need the capacity to assess our actions and their consequences before we take them, as if every action will be known and will reveal us. Only then can we realize that our word, fulfilled by actions, is our ultimate gift and power.

Vast Changes Afoot

There are many dimensions to the radical shift of this Age. People everywhere are talking about it, making predictions or debunking it. Some sense the shift as a cataclysm or end of the world; others as a new beginning, and still others as a time of uncertainty and unpredictability. What is clear to everyone is a sense of urgency and a vast change in society, consciousness, and the nature of our perception of the world and each other.               

We have always experienced change, but rarely with this intensity and speed, and never with this scope and vastness. The change is on all levels of life at once. It is not sequential and orderly, nor is each step predictable. And it affects each one of us personally.

Regardless of how the shift is perceived, every person down to the grass roots of society is reaching for something to do about it. Each person must accept the responsibility to elevate and manage his or her own state of awareness, deal with widespread and constant stress, and take actions and make decisions on a vast, shifting array of problems. Although people intuit the shift in different ways. there are several over-arching themes that we all agree must be confronted and dealt with.

The Character of the Aquarian Age

  • Change and learning is continuous and life-long. We must maintain mental, emotional, and physical flexibility.
  • Intellect is not enough. We need a new relationship to intuition, emotion, and instinct.
  • Information is not enough. Neither is knowledge. We need wisdom.
  • Learning is not enough. We must learn how to learn.
  • Complexity is increasing as is our need to deal with it.
  • Our sense of personal identity and its foundation is shifting.
  • This is an age of paradox—more global and more individual, with fewer boundaries and more demand for political separations. Everything is faster and we have less time. We need far more love and unity, for we have more fear and tremendous insecurity.

Stamina and constant peak performance are the common benchmarks to evaluate all people and their work, and the need is to go inward and regenerate.

We require a reconciliation and integration of the spiritual. There is no isolation. Each action we take must be considered ecologically and globally, because each person does affect—directly or indirectly—vast networks of people, and other living beings and places.

Using the Meditative Mind

We must learn to use the mind differently. The mind of the future Aquarian Age person will change both in sensitivity and quality over the next several decades. In a few generations our mental struggles will seem as distant and perplexing to them as the problems and thoughts of ancient prehistoric empires seem to us now. That change of mental quality will occur automatically and has already begun in some people.

The outer education provided by the information revolution must be matched by an inner education in wisdom, self-control, intuition, and the use of the neutral mind. We need stamina under stress, clarity of values for decisions, and a new base for identity. We need the ability to command our brain, mind, and states of consciousness consciously through the filter of intuition, wisdom, and the positive, negative, and neutral minds.

Unique Challenges in the Aquarian Age

We must prepare for and find antidotes to a wave of new maladies. Each Age has its special challenges to body, mind and soul. For example. leprosy, tuberculosis, malaria, and smallpox are plagues that we faced for many generations in the last Age. Through new medical technologies and committed efforts, some of the old enemies like smallpox have disappeared. Others are contained and in retreat.

Now, as we enter the Aquarian Age, previously unknown challenges such as viral epidemics and psychological and spiritual ailments beset us, with more on the way. Depression and fatigue­related psychological illnesses are at epidemic proportions and rising at accelerating rates. The Annals of Internal Medicine, a prestigious U.S. medical journal, recently reported fatigue and stress as two of the top reasons people seek a doctor. Over 25 percent of patients complain of prolonged fatigue lasting at least several weeks. Other symptoms come with the fatigue: insomnia, inability to concentrate or make decisions, loss of a feeling of control, and alienation from normal social and sexual relationships.

News reports are increasingly documenting that even the most competent, productive, and intelligent people have lost their sense of balance to the inescapable pressure of information overload, the lack of time, and increased social and personal demands.

At first people will try to deal with this gap with increased electronic technology, attempting to use more sophisticated devices and software to sort the flood of information. The ancient defenses of our human nervous system will accelerate. We will fight, withdraw, and fantasize more. Some of us will attempt to diffuse the impact of the flood of information with harmful adaptation like drug use and violence. Electronic technology will only bring us more information, more choices, more contacts, and more complexity. It will push us beyond all the old frontiers of identity—home, neighborhood, country, values, and the natural rhythms of nature. Our old touchstones for forming an identity will fail and we will have a pervasive identity crisis.

A Technology for Inner Energy

All these examples highlight the necessity for a potent and practical technology to generate the inner energy needed to survive and excel under this pressure. Energy is "the capacity for action or accomplishment: the effort the mind and body is able to exert to move from the current state to a desired state."

Remember the famous formula of Einstein. E = mc2. It converts the mass of an object into the amount of energy it can generate. In the realm of the mind we can write a similar formula:

E (inner energy) = mc2 (Mind) (Consciously Conscious) We must consciously direct the consciousness of the mind.

We release the energy we need to excel and balance ourselves with an inner technology that can alter the frequency of the mind and the state of the brain.

We do not need new choices. We are flooded with choices. We need an elevated capacity to make choices. We do not need more information. We need the wisdom to use all the information. We do not need another religion. We need the experience of a dharma that creates the spiritual fitness to act believably on our beliefs.

© Yogi Bhajan 2003