Detail of The Hermit card, from the Universal Waite Tarot.

The essence of the New Age is that it is not a singular belief system. It is by no means just a “passing phase” or “trend” we find ourselves in, for a real evolution in human growth is underway. We are stripping away a long reign of artifice in order to uncover and claim our authentic selves.

The term “New Age” has been used fondly and pejoratively in equal measure. Proponents advocate with fondness that we have ushered in an era wherein people are proclaiming, “I am more spiritual than religious.” Critics rail in the pejorative, “There is nothing new under the sun.” There is a kernel of truth in the skeptical invocation of this biblical aphorism.

“The New Age is not new,” explains Cedric Red Feather, with wistful kindness in his smile. “The truths people are embracing today were with our ancestors long ago. Indigenous people had access to what we now refer to as ‘existing multi-dimensionally.’ It was natural for them to communicate with humans, plants, animals, sea creatures, birds and Spirits.” He punctuated his thought, adding, “What we call new is really just a rediscovery of very ancient truths.”

His view is refreshing. For years, we have anticipated The Great Shift and listened to prophecies of doom and gloom. Humankind held its collective breath as 2012 arrived like a speed boat and departed like a luxury liner. As seekers, many of us have already entered into the expanded awareness, having found ourselves turned off by the fire, brimstone, money and polemics of organized religion. Many have opted to leave behind fear-driven, hierarchic settings in the quest for more personalized ways of answering life’s tougher questions.

There is nothing wrong with religion, per se. Whatever brings a person closer to the energy that created the Universe is sacred and fine. We do not wish to judge anyone nor weigh the relative value of the multitude of different paths available.

An emergent truth, though, is that the essence of spirituality is freedom; you cannot regulate or legislate spirituality. We were all created with free will. No matter how many centuries were spent burning and torturing dissenters, ridiculing and punishing independent thinkers, suppressing and censoring creative people, the pure white flame of free souls will, at last, singe and dissolve the jackets of constraint.

People will gradually find a clear path to peace, in their own way and in their own time. There are those parts of the collective consciousness who cling tenaciously to duality. Some folks just are more comfortable dividing the world into light and dark. The Higher Beings of Light who are assisting the Earth with its fast-paced transition are very compassionate. They are helping us turn up the rheostat on our internal light, in order that we may outshine those darknesses we encounter from time to time.

Part of the shift taking place, per Cedric Red Feather, involves “a remembrance of who we truly are.” External differences are merely that. Race, class, gender, orientation, wealth, title and position mean very little in terms of who we really are, in essence. Religious beliefs and political positions will eventually lose their grip as divisive forces. Already, people are behaving more kindly in everyday encounters. Individuals of high integrity are rescuing animals and healing them with loving compassion. More of what we call “news” is starting to report more positive events from around the world. Positive intention and non-violence both take time, and that time is upon us.

True wisdom is not spawned of sensationalism and fear: it develops out of love and compassion. Human consciousness has received its wakeup call. Many are tapping into our inherent abilities as empaths, psychics, mediums and healers. The way to access these innate propensities is simple. In surrendering fear, we create an opening for the miraculous and synchronous.

All that is of the light finds a ready passageway within a loving person. We become as large, empty lantern boxes into which light can be flooded, housed and radiated in all directions. When enough lanterns are lit, the darkness, lacking sustenance, will flicker and wink out.

Janet Michele Red Feather
Janet Michele Red Feather, J.D., M.A., is a ceremonial singer who has learned over 60 traditional songs in Mandan and Lakota and sings in nine different languages. Janet was a full-time defense litigator in California for nearly eight years. Her life changed significantly after she traveled to North Dakota in 1993 to fast and pray for a way of life. A regular columnist for The Edge, she has also appeared in Psychic Guidepost, FATE Magazine and Species Link. Her book, Song of the Wind (2014, Galde Press), dealt with her experiences as an empath, and her journey through Mandan spiritual culture. She is currently a full-time, tenured English faculty member at Normandale Community College, having taught Composition and Literature for a span of 20 years.

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