Maturity: Learning to be an Adult
Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(Implementation, egalitarian, accord, similarities, integrated, symbiotic, teamwork, plurality)
- When a design has been conceived and built it is fully developed and ready for implementation. A feeling of certainty about capabilities attend this stage. Manifest your true characteristics. Apply yourself and refine your unique features and specifications. Advancement is assured.
- A fully developed person gives the impression of being the director of their own destiny. Yet maturity reveals itself, as Epictetus reminds us; “not what happens to it but how you respond to it.” An annoying circumstance is going to initially vex you but with a bit of patience and neutrality, it may blossom into good fortune.
- Relationships mature when we risk being authentic. Showing your real self may feel vulnerable, but you will know where you stand.
- “A mature person is one who is does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
- “Maturity of mind is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” ~ John Finley
- “Maturity is that time when the mirrors in our mind turn to windows and instead of seeing the reflection of ourselves we see others.” ~ Anonymous
- “Maturity is knowing when to be immature.” ~ Randall Hall
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(Dependancy, entanglement, enmeshed, incomplete, ambivalent, indifferent,)
- Reaching the stage when one is supposed to be “grown-up” doesn’t insure actual maturity. Deployment in life is inevitable but with the motto “ready or not, here it comes.” Insecurity, fearing lack of adequate performance, the problem and solution lies with support or lack there of. Get some support to revise or repair dysfunction and try again!
- You can get older only once, but you can be immature perpetually. Seek a solution.
- “Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
- “Maturity is only a short break in adolescence.” ~ Jules Feiffer
- “Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents; maturity is when you learn that everything is the fault of the younger generation” ~ Unknown
- “Immaturity is the incapacity to use one’s intelligence without the guidance of another.” ~Immanuel Kant
The Mature Soul Stage in the Michael Teaching
In someways, we might think of it as the turning point in the series of incarnations. The Mature Soul, with many of the more painful extremes of events now under the belt of experience, so to speak; a soul begins to focus on the nuance of the underlying emotional qualities of their lives and choices.
The focus becomes contemplative with an emphasis on connecting; or perhaps more accurately, reconnecting. Relationships to people, work, life, one’s principles, take center stage and pivot the Mature Soul’s choices based both on how the other will be affected by an act or decision, but also how they themselves feel about those same events. Genuine conscience you might say, emerges more strongly than ever.
Not to be confused with Ego imprints of shame or guilt which are more likely to seem like a foreboding inner parent or imposing guardian ready to impose punishment for not following regulations meant to contain you. At the Mature Soul level, the conscience is more a Self regulating monitor between ones actions and one’s genuine values and principles. That difference is important and profound! Because now the emphasis for authority and guidance turns inward, and the quest for spiritual connection and reunification toward something fulfilling can no longer be ignored.
Yet, Michael has stated, and unfortunately many have reduced an entire Soul age to one word: drama. Why drama? The answer lies in the inherent conflict that arises between an up-till-now Ego-directed set of Soul Ages, and the emergence of a Self which will no longer be denied or ignored. Hence, if you consider the concept of projection, where one’s inner turmoils are acted out upon others and the world. Then the idea that emotional conflicts are transferred and played out with others, is the idea upon which the word is used. To see a Mature Soul invention one need do little more and watch day time television: soap opera’s and reality shows.
Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Nicole Kidman, Nelson Mandela, Soup Opera’s, Charities, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, FDR, United Nations (why do you think it has so little power?)
When societies realize that their cohesion is better served when the all its member citizens are cared for, and have the ability to work and live in safety without want, everyone benefits from a more stable and equitable environment. Reliance upon police, military, or heavy handed means of keeping citizens “in control” are far less necessary because the Mature Soul, guided by an inner monitor and sense of responsibility, is far more likely to respect his/her fellow citizens and if just, the rule of law.
As mentioned on several places on this web site, the human race, burgeoning now at 7 billion plus people, is at a crossroads. A time between the height of our self indulgent, hyper consuming, isolating individualism which epitomizes the Young Soul mentality. Contrast it with beliefs of the Mature Soul Paradigm that suggest that we are all in this together. That the Earth is not unlimited and we must curtail our indulgences upon her. The attitudes of these two Soul Ages are in conflict on a scale never seen before. Philosophical differences, now in extreme opposition to each other, like Liberals and Conservatives, reveal the mounting tension which is the precursor to change. Change that is usually intense, and sometimes violent.
It is at times of great pressure, social, economic, with the added effect of a world ecological transition which might devastate our food and water supply for centuries to come; that signal the harbinger of change. Our choice as a species is whether we work together to shape ourselves for the good of the whole? Or do we allow for further segmentation’s into small groups who think of themselves as us, and then rationalize whatever action they might carry out on them.
You might be at the Mature Stage if….