In ancient times, the nature of wishing found expression in propitiating the gods for direct intervention on behalf of a sought-after goal. This was not based on the lack of a capacity for reason or clear-thinking, but rather on a sense that the invisible world that influenced the physical was full of life, and that the forces within that invisible world had individuality, being, and areas of specific influence upon the earth. In such times we would not have sought to do things on our own or to achieve things on our own, for all had to happen through the benevolence of the deity.
Wishing occurred in those times as part of a relationship with a divine Being. It did not occur to anyone of that era that one could achieve results in life through one's own efforts alone, or that simply willing something could bring it into existence. The of man was infused by a sense of ‘presences’ and of life everywhere – life that responded to the human life expressing upon the earth. This world of ‘presences’ included not only the celestial world, but also the natural world of trees, plants, grasses, and animals, for everything had life in it and everything was perceived as a living reality.
Had we lived in this time, we would have believed that we could achieve the fulfillment of our wishes by enacting the proper behavior. Sometimes that behavior involved prayer, and sometimes it involved sacrifice – the expression of a need to make an offering indicating our humility and the sincerity of a heart which requested help with something. Only tangible subservience to the Divine could attain such help.
Over time, this view of reality changed. Our right-brain, metaphoric thinking which allowed for the perception of invisible worlds, shifted into more rational, left-brain thinking. As a result, we began to experience ourselves as more separate from the world around us and more distant from knowing how to attain what we wished for. This loss, which was a loss of significant proportions, became a generative force in human evolution, producing major historical trends. Ultimately, it gave rise to man's endless desire to control the conditions of life so that in the absence of a vital and approachable spiritual world, man could still retain control of his destiny.
Through the centuries of advancing knowledge and increased communication, mankind endeavored to create rules and regulations which, projected onto the face of Heaven, were meant to guarantee the fulfillment of wishes and the assurance that life on earth could continue. Always, the traits of benevolence and judgment were projected onto the external deity in varying degrees, defining the means by which favors would be granted or riches and blessings taken away. During much of this time period, spirituality was not infused by the sense of life, but by the sense of fear.
Over centuries, and into the modern era, the separation between ‘I’ and ‘Thou’ grew, not everywhere, but in many places on the earth, creating a perceived gap between the physical world and the spiritual world. In many nations and cultures that benefited from human progress and the increase in knowledge concerning the physical, reason became the new substitute for the Divine, and intellect the means by which all problems could ultimately be solved. Science replaced religion as the means for providing answers to life's questions, and it was assumed that the use of man's brain and intellect would ultimately find the answer to humanity's most pressing concerns.
All of this forms the foundation for our situation today. For modern history has brought us past reason to the new age of technology – an age in which the making of things produced by human creativity and ingenuity, were deemed capable of substituting for the lost world of all-encompassing life.
To many, and even if only unconsciously, reason and technology offered to mankind a way of arriving at a seemingly endless number of solutions to practical problems - a way to turn wishes into reality without having to turn to the spiritual universe at all. Technology, and all that it brought to the world, allowed each self to believe that it could have whatever it strove for, perhaps not immediately, but eventually. This was not true for all cultures, for some few held fast to the ancient ways, but it was true for most.
The heart that sought to have its wishes met could not know that this gradual replacement of the world of presences by human reason and effort did not happen accidentally, nor did it happen because it was a necessary part of human evolution. Rather, this development, in large measure fostered by human ingenuity, was also engineered by forces which overshadowed mankind's ongoing progress, seeking always to create separation between human and Divine truth, and seeking also, wherever possible, to infuse the idea that human will and intellect, accompanied by the primary role of reason, were all that existed. Such forces have played a major role in history, most often behind the scenes, but nevertheless have influenced the outcome of many historical epochs and many cultural tragedies in which man turned away from his true spiritual core.
Today, the secret place of the wishing heart is finally experiencing a reversal of this trend. It is happening because the separation between the physical and the spiritual is coming to an end, and the oneness of what has formerly been perceived as two worlds is increasingly being understood by the human heart. In this time of the progressive advance of light upon the earth, we are collectively coming to understand that there is a unifying force that extends to all of life, and that life is more than the biology or physical structure of which it is composed. We are, today, returning to a more ancient understanding of what life is, and who we are as part of the overall mystery and wonder of existence.
This shift is only just beginning. There are many steps yet to be taken. But the idea of a seamless fabric of life which contains both visible and invisible worlds is everywhere gaining adherents and coming to feel both natural and simple. Discussions about spiritual reality are part of this and are a reflection of a deeper unfoldment. For the primary cause of this shift is the advance of spiritual light upon the earth and the changes this is capable of bringing to human . This new arrival of sensory connection with the spiritual world has been long-awaited by those who guard the earth and watch the unfoldment of its spiritual evolution. Despite the great sorrow present on the earth at this time, it is also a time of rejoicing.
A new way of conceiving of wishes is occurring today, as we imagine our wishes to be carried on the wings of light into another realm in which they become actualities. This is today's translation of what, in ancient times, was acknowledged as the role of the gods in human affairs. Today, we understand this role to be one that relates to thought as energy, and that views the human self governed by their Divine center, to be the actual gods of yesterday. This human-Divine self is not separate from the higher realms of light nor lacking in the power to create. For this reason, we can, today, send our wishes into the universal energy of Light, knowing that what we direct our thought to, what we direct our energy to, will ultimately be sent back to us as actuality.
The return of the spiritual matrix in which wishes can live and be fulfilled is with us today, connecting us with ancient times and with the metaphoric mind that conceived of the world as full of life. Yet it adds to the past, the new element of understanding that we are here on earth, inhabiting an essentially spiritual universe, bringing to it the sacred gift of our own human expression as an extension of the Oneness, and as a means for the co-creation of abundant life.
Julie Redstone is a teacher, writer, and founder of Light Omega , a center for spiritual teaching and healing in Western Massachusetts. The purpose of Light Omega is to create an understanding of the sacred transition into light that the earth is presently going through and the changes this will bring to individual and planetary consciousness.