The Next Millennium:
A New Spiritual Landscape
by Ellen Koch
As the seasons flow haltingly yet inevitably, one into the other, so, too, does one spiritual age slowly diminish as the next age is already starting to establish itself. Some of the changes that will mark the next millennium are already beginning to happen and are visible. One of the greatest changes will be the shift from respect for external authority to respect for internal authority. Already, our society is moving away from accepting external authority. Our politicians, our sports heroes, our religious leaders those who we turned to for direction and inspiration in the past seem to be failing us. This is leaving many confused and unfocused, as they don't know where to else to turn. We cling to the hope that a new leader will emerge, one whom we can trust, one who will help us with this confusion. If we can just find the right person, we think, then we will get some clarity, then we will once again be able to give our loyalty and follow this person. If only this person would appear!
And so we cling to the old hope of an external authority to guide, teach, and lead us. At the closing of this age, the message our leaders and heroes send is that depending on them is no longer an option. External authority, by its actions, is saying, "Don't look to me for moral clarity; don't look to me for inspiration. Don't expect anything more from me than me doing my job."
Many of us turned to the New Age community, hoping that there we might find the integrity, meaning, and focus not available in the mainstream. For a while, we did. We discovered this person or that one who seemed to have answers, who was able to put us in touch with ourselves, who led us to new experiences, who expanded our perspective. In time, however, they, too, had nothing left to give us, and so we moved on to the next person, and the next and the next. When we turned to the New Age community, we brought with us the mainstream expectation that someone out there could be an authority for us. We changed where we were looking for our external authority, and for a while we seemed to have found our own personal heroes and guides again.
One of my favorite art forms is cinema, and it's interesting to see how films reflect and comment on the changes we are going through as a society. We've moved out of the time of disaster movies. Thank goodness, no more tornadoes, volcanoes, and tidal waves to reflect and release our fears of chaos. From there we moved to films like Mad City and Wag the Dog to portray the fact that we can't trust our external information sources.
Primary Colors followed, and it brought home Clinton's real-life lesson that we can't look to our politicians for moral authority. Titanic, once you take away the romance, is about not being able to trust authorities with the safety of our lives, even when we are totally dependent on these authorities. All these themes come together in The Truman Show. Here, Truman reflects that we can't trust any external information or authority. When Truman claims his own internal authority, he gains the courage to step into a whole new reality.
The people we need in our lives are the ones who can help us remove the beliefs,
Pleasantvilletries to capture the experience of stepping into our own inner worlds. We could expect more films in this direction, except that it's a daunting, and perhaps impossible, task to project externally on the screen the internal worlds to which we all now need to turn. So for now in film, we've slipped back into romance with Shakespeare a welcome respite.
It is clear that relying on external authority no longer works. For many of us, the alternative is not clear. We have not yet begun to recognize and connect to our own internal authority, and so the thought of relying on it seems impractical. Our inner worlds appear to us to be too subtle, too nebulous, so we feel stuck: caught between the retreating season of the last millennium, and the next one not yet fully here.
To step into this new millennium, we need to let go of our expectation that somewhere out there, someone has the answers for our life. We need to know conclusively that our answers lie within us. The people we need in our lives are the ones who can help us remove the beliefs, physical toxins, emotional patterns, and spiritual blocks that keep us from accessing ourselves. When we begin to clear our inner pathways, we discover the God and Goddess who live within us. We begin to connect, we awaken, we become conscious.
To reconnect, to become conscious, will become easier and easier as we move into the next millennium. As we move into 2000, the earth begins to realign herself within the galaxies. The effect of this for us will be that portals or gates or wormholes or pathways will begin to open up between us and the inner worlds. This will make it much easier for us to access the great sages, spirits, and angels. I expect this process to take about ten years, so that by 2010, awakening and being conscious will be available to large numbers of people.
As well as gates between the worlds, there are also energy gates within our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. As we move into this new age, we can open these gates and increase the Source energy reaching us or, in other words, our connection to the God and Goddess within. People of various backgrounds, in diverse areas and often unknown to each other, have been given the ability to help us open these gates now. When these gates are opened, more energy is available to a person, so that awakening and connecting to our internal answers becomes easier.
People who know they are not our authorities, people who can help us let go of beliefs, people who can help us remove the physical and emotional toxins that cloud our vision and hearing, people who can help us open gates: these are the resource people of the new millennium. We know that none of them will be our heroes, or our authorities, for they will help us find our own inner authorities. They will help us fulfill our longing to connect, to awaken, to know the God and Goddess within.
Ellen Koch is the author of The Essence That We Are. She will be holding an "Opening the Gates™" workshop on April 10. Check out <www.ellenkoch.org> or call Bart Walton at (206) 527-9672 for details.