The ages from 21-42 are for the development of soul maturity, psychological maturity.
- The “I’” incarnates more fully.
- Strong emotional life, excitement, impulsivity, sociability, adventure, sensuality.
- Memory reaches its peak.
- A time to prepare for a career and to gather experiences.
- Betty Staley also writes about marriage when both partners are in their early 20s and how this often works but can be a difficult road as both partners do not have a bank of life experiences to draw on.
- Men during this time period are often focused on work, marriage and family and trying to set and achieve goals “he thinks he deserves by the time he is 35.”
- The “I” begins to enter the soul-life more deeply and penetrates thinking. We begin to experience life through our thoughts and our thinking.
- We feel the need to organize our lives.
- We regard things more objectively than before, but at times our objective thinking can also separate us from life – if we judge everything around us, we can become cold, distant, critical, self-righteous.
- In this phase we tend to think that thinking can solve all of our problems.
Ages 35-42 – Going into consciousness
- A time of strength, ambition; but also of emptiness and loneliness.
- Life taken in through our senses, through our bodies, does not excite us the same way it used to.
- Our natural spirituality fades and we can feel overwhelmed by life
- Life takes on a routine quality, and yet we can experience more and more problems than before.
- Much of what used to bring contentment no longer does.
- We become critical of causes, philosophies, religion that used to appeal to us.
Whew! I think when we are in the 35-42 year phase, we have to be particularly careful to NOT pass on our adult baggage and criticism to our small children. I have seen over and over parents of this age frame to have difficulty working within the Waldorf framework with the spiritual elements because they themselves are going through a period of disillusionment with spirituality. Please make sure to not shove your 8-year old into the 35-42 year old phase by putting your “adult stuff” on them!
We will talk in detail about each of these seven-year cycles, but next we will look at the last part of this overview of the seven-year cycles that covers ages 42- 63 (and beyond), a time of developing spiritual maturity.
Till next time,