I remember being a child and noticing the strangest changes happening. My taste in food was always the most noticeable for me. Things I had loved before, tasted gross and I would start to enjoy and crave things I never would have considered. I remember this because I stopped eating meat as a child and that is when I became a little freak. My grandmother would call it a jubilee and around the age of fourteen I connected it to every seven years. There is a jubilee in the Bible but it is a forgiveness of debt, freedom of slaves and the mercies of God manifest every seven years. Leviticus 25: 8-13 One of the moments I wish she were still here to explain.
Earlier this year I started noticing my taste changing again. Everything tastes weird and I began to like beets… That has never happened. Other things that were strange is that last year I began to really focus on healing, forgiving and nurturing myself. Really learning how to be kind to myself. Becoming more present in my daily life, with others, I still have tons of work to do but the awareness is there.
Rudolf Steiner, an early twentieth century philosopher and mystic conceived of a theory of human development based upon seven year cycles. According to the American Institute for Learning and Human Development and Tom Monte, Steiner believed that the stage I am leaving was a type of pruning stage. (35-42). Crisis begins to come about. Mine was family sickness, death, losing jobs, trying to hold it all together, becoming sick myself. We begin to question our true source of happiness, become more of a spiritually inquisitor, turning more to our source for answers. (42-49) is almost like finding your place in the world. Having a deeper curiosity of what the last part of our lives will look like. Moving toward the things that bring joy and happiness instead of focusing on what had our attention in the first half of life. During this stage for me, I dream of getting into my car and driving, exploring, visiting old friends, making new ones, almost like the time I decided to get into my car and go to New Orleans. It was magical and I remember feeling so free and happy on that journey. There is such a deep desire for these next seven years to be the best years. Not necessarily because I want the next seven years to be great but I want the rest of my life to be great. I feel like the black cloud is being lifted and there is a strong sense that this prisoner has been set free. I know, that crisis will happen again, friends and loved ones will eventually move, pass on and this will bring great sadness to my heart, but the pruning has happened, grief has been experienced and I do not run from my feelings anymore. There is so much truth to the practice that happens on the mat, is great, but taking what you learn there into your life is unbelievable.
I hope you will look at Tom Monte s website above and see if you can relate to the seven year change.
Much Love 💜 Much Life