The legendary scientist Isaac Newton spent his entire life in fear of the possibility of being sentenced to death for heresy. Even as he published his Laws of Motion, he kept very quiet about his religious views.
Newton was a key figure in the Enlightenment, an era from the 1650s to the 1780s in which an age of science emerged. The development of reason and scientific analysis empowered individuals to free themselves of the oppressive power of church and social hierarchy.
The Inquisition was still alive and well in Europe, and there were even laws against peasant literacy. Incredible as it may seem today, there were towns where possession of written material by anyone other than the clergy or nobility was punishable by death. If you were caught with a book, you could be burned at the stake in the town square just like any herbal practitioners who ran afoul of the Inquisition.
Thanks to the invention of the printing press, books and even encyclopedias began to circulate, promoting literacy and the development of an active faculty of reason.
In metaphysical terms, this was a shift in the focus of consciousness from the lower to the higher aspect of the solar plexus chakra. The authoritarian age of social and religious hierarchy was being replaced by a sense of independence born out of the intelligent use of free will.
Today, we face another tide change in the consciousness of humanity and this is the big one. The age of solar plexus reasoning is being enhanced by a shift to heart-centered consciousness. Like all evolutionary shifts in consciousness before it, the new, higher level of thought incorporates all abilities that came before it and adds on a new and wider perspective of reality.
Today’s Shift adds a new standard of social awareness, social responsibility and heartfelt service to others. And that’s just the start of it. Those are just attributes of the lower aspect of heart-centered consciousness – the part where people get used to the feel of the new frequency. Next, comes the mastery part.
The New Enlightenment is dawning. As people master the new level of consciousness, they will use it to take action, transforming themselves from heart-centered to heart-powered people.
Those who are already aware of this new reality are the pioneers in the next revolution in human consciousness. And this is the revolution that will dwarf all previous shifts to higher consciousness.
The heart is the gateway to spiritual consciousness, to a place where inner purpose comes into focus, where life takes on true meaning, and where a sense of unity with all life emerges into everyone’s consciousness.
The New Enlightenment will be a new age of innovation where each person will have their own vision of a better world. And, with the support and cooperation of others, they will act to manifest that vision for the benefit of everyone.
“The New Enlightenment”, by Owen Waters, March 29 2015 at http://www.spiritualdynamics.net/articles/enlightenment/
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