If we look at the the basis of transformation that occurs during this stage as a product and force of willing, feeling and thinking, Betty Staley writes:
“In our willing we are learning to “walk” in a new way- in other words becoming more aware of what we do, of how to direct our actions so that they pass through our hearts and minds in the service of a higher goal.”
“In our feelings we nurture a quality of devotion so that our hearts become activated to serve what is highest.” Betty Staley points out this devotion is not only our immediate family, but also may extend to our community and especially to nature.
“In our thinking we have to work to overcome the prejudices which have slotted other people into convenient categories; we have to stop giving simple reflex answers, or adhering to common opinions and “party lines.”
She also adds on page 160 that, “During this period, as I mentioned, we begin to realize that our physical body no longer has the agility and strength it had before. So there is a temptation to concentrate only on the physical body, to try to revive some of the old vitality, forgetting that what is really needed is to activate the soul and the spirit. Of course, we need to pay attention to our health, diet and exercise; but ignoring our inner development is like building a strong shell around an empty space……When we gain the humility to realize we want to work together with spiritual forces or beings greater than ourselves –however we choose to express this –then we can recognize our capacity for contributing to the world.” This becomes even more pronounced in the new seven year cycle of years 42-49.
Deep food for thought on a cold night,