I am one of the luckiest guys in the world because I have the Mother of all good fortune.
What more could a person ask for … growing up and living in this golden era… a wonderful wife… five healthy, independent, productive children, five beautiful grand children and a really great mom… who is still going strong!
Here is a recent shot at our Florida home of mom and Matilda our youngest granddaughter… the first and fourth of our living generations!
For me, thinking of mom is extra special now and helpful in adapting to the increased rapidity of change. This is because using logic with our thoughts is the basis of the Western mindset. Yet there is not much focus on how we process information to create thoughts.
Nor have many of us considered that we process information in different ways via different parts of our bodies at different times in our lives.
I have a theory about this. If correct, knowing the idea can help us enhance our intelligence. This is a theory pieced together from many sources…. living in Hong Kong with Chinese medicine and lore… from a Tibetan healer… from living, studying and traveling with Vedic physicians… from friendships with numerous Western MDs and chiropractors who look at holistic health… plus years living and working with an Andean Yatchak. Each provided pieces of of a puzzle that when put together all seem to fit.
Like many theories that have a huge impact on our lives (such as quantum physics that rule reality), there is no unification… but thinking these thoughts through may help make success one of your constants in an ever changing world.
Seven year cycles seem to have great importance in the way we process information. Jewish people (Bar Mitzvah) and Andeans (First Cutting of the Hair) and Latins all celebrate near and around age 14 for the coming of adulthood.
This piece of the puzzle appeared when Merri and I were invited to age 14 “cutting of the hair” ceremony at a sacred site in Ecuador.
Seven seems to be a pretty vital number in our reality. Seven days in the week. Seven original planets. Seven classical planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
Our son-in law sent us this note about our five year old granddaughter yesterday…this thought she had about music came when the importance of “seven” arose. He wrote:
I was chatting with Sequoia the other day about octaves; she takes piano lessons and Teeka takes guitar lessons.
She realized that an octave is really 7 notes and we then discussed that the root of an octave also forms the ending of the previous octave.
So, 7 appears in music very clearly. It just needed a 5 year old child to point it out!
It occurred to me from various other experiences that we shift our major energy processing to a new energy point (chakra in Vedic terms, Acupuncture point in Chinese Medicine – Laguna del Luz in the Andes) each seven years.
For the purposes of this theory they are energy processing centers/main connectors you might say in the energy processing system (Chi meridians in Chinese medicine) in our body. Each of these centers is connected to the spinal chord which in turn directs the energy to one of our organs and glands.
There appear to be seven main chakras each processing data for one of the major organs or glands.
The theory is that every seven years one of these chakras acts as the main energy processing center.
Each seven year period has a purpose.
The first seven years is aimed at bonding us with our mother. No other relationship is as important during this time.
At around age seven, we shift chakras to another that is aimed at bonding us with our peers of same gender. Take a batch of ten year old boys and girls to a dance and watch them each rush to opposite ends of the room. Girls are sugar, spice and everything nice. Boys…spiders, snails and puppy dog tails.
Then at 14 we shift again. Age 14-21 bonds us with peers of opposite gender. Take the same boys and girls to a dance when they are 16 and watch out. You’ll need chaperones!
Age 21 to 28 is aimed at bonding us with our mate. Even the West recognizes 21.
This goes though a cycle of nine shifts. In Hindu astrology there are the Navagraha or “nine realms.” In the Andes there are the nine major points in the the rivers of light.
Andean philosophy is that there are nine main energy centers in the Chakras called Rios del Luz (Rivers of Light) At the end of around each seven years what we were doing, if done in harmony with what our body should be doing, grows pale. The way we think changes. Time to take a Sabbatical (from the word Sabbath or Seventh).
Sabbath is the seventh day off. Sabbatical the seventh year off. In the Jewish Faith the Sabbatical Year, is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle called Shmita, when the land is left to lie fallow and plowing, planting, pruning, and harvesting—is forbidden.
This theory can have profound consequences. Imagine every seven years we need to take time off and make some monumental shifts in how we think and what we do.
We have all heard of taking a sabbatical. This is the time when we leave the old cycle and rest before shifting gears and beginning anew.
We have all heard of the seven year itch. Is this the body saying, “Hey, Bud, time to shift”.
What does appear in many religions and philosophies is a major shift at age 50.
The Bible gives a clue about this in Leviticus 25:9-12 when it says.
“You shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, everyone of you, to your property and everyone of you to your family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces.”
The Vedic and Andean philosophy is that at about this time we should leave the material aspect of our life and become more spiritual.
Life sciences from India and the Andes suggest that the first 50 years of life should take care of the material and the second 50, the spiritual.
In the Andean shamanic beliefs, the 8th cycle connects us to our souls, the 9th the infinite being.
This also ties into the Vedic idea that there are seven levels of spiritual enlightenment.
Our first seven cycles takes care of our material life. This gets us to age 50. Then we have the age 57 to 64 of a transition before starting the seven cycles again but these second seven cycles moves us towards deeper spirituality.
We go through the process of growing up, procreating, caring for our family and then in the second series of seven go through a similar process in a spiritual journey.
I do not think that this means we should necessarily stop working at 50. Work… Service… this is one of the eight paths to enlightenment.
However at 50 we may feel a natural urge to beginning preparing to change our goals. Merri and I certainly felt this and work now more for the fulfillment and whatever positive good we can create rather than the money.
Then at 64… we really can begin again… living a full life at a more spiritual level. We can work where “Action is our goal… reward truly not our concern”… we work with reality in order rather than our bank account.
Here is an example of how we are using this theory in practical day to day business and life. Merri and I are coming into our tenth cycle… the one that bonds us to our mother… so we should be focused more on maternal (and paternal) concepts. One way we use this thinking is that instead of expanding our seminar and course business we decided to train teachers and help them put on courses instead.
That is just one of many examples. Every day as we have ideas… opportunities… decisions to make… we are thinking about the maternal and paternal qualities of the universe and ask… “How can we use this part of nature in this logic?” Having rose colored glasses that tint our logic may be something that we as humans cannot help. But knowing the tint and why they are tinted can hone the power of our thoughts into correct logic.
This theory can have profound implications because it suggests that every seven years the way we think, our information processing system and even our thoughts change. When we understand this we can think more clearly and come to conclusions that lead to actions that are more supported by nature.
This can also help out thinking the social economic forces that bombard us with advertising dogma suggesting that we act in unnatural ways… out of tune with our nature… being more physically active… having more… doing more in the material realm as we age.
If you have seven year itches, acting on the desires we feel may help us remain in tune with nature. Our bodies are quite miraculous and few events take place are by accident. The way we age, the way our thoughts change may do so because that is the way our lives are meant to unfold.
When you are in tune with your genuine wants, needs and desires and those desires are in tune with nature… you’ll see that you are smarter as you enhance the mother of all good fortune.
On the subject of Mothers, see two ways to give roses for this Mother’s Day.