Age Index > The Mature
BY PHILLIP WITTMEYER
After the years of youth and early adulthood comes the time of
middle age. Much of what can be said about Mature souls is what would be said
about people in middle age. They are at the peak of their lives: beyond the
folly of youth, yet before the decay of old age. Like people in the fifth and
sixth decades of life, much of their experience is behind them. That is, they
have subconscious access to depths of experience not present in younger souls.
Consequently, their perceptions are fairly advanced. Rather than look forward
and outward like younger souls, they look backward and inward. They constantly
evaluate whether their life goals are being achieved, and what they would do
differently if they could start again. They have a strong tendency to be
introspective. This incessant self-evaluation can lead to psychological
difficulties. Mature souls are in the "mid-life crisis", so to speak,
of the Maturation scale. Mature souls make a lot of adjustments along the way in
Mature souls seek to comprehend everything. There is very
little that escapes their view or scrutiny. The place for Mature souls to seek
this is in such places as libraries and colleges. Mature souls are great
believers in education. They go to school for a different reason than Young
souls. Whereas Young souls get educated to further their careers, most Mature
souls seek knowledge for its own sake. They truly want to understand. It may not
always be in a formal or institutional setting, since this can seem too
structured and limiting (too Young-soulish) to them. They often pursue knowledge
on their own, reading widely or taking night-school classes on whatever subject
is of interest to them. This they often do rather than seeking a formal degree.
The courses that Mature souls take are less likely to involve occupation, and
more likely to be for personal improvement, than what you will see Young souls
taking. Mature souls care more about what they are learning than about the
grades they make in learning it.
Mature souls are in a searching mode all their lives. There is
an itch to "find themselves" and "express themselves".
Personal fulfillment is their constant quest. This they never quite achieve to
their own satisfaction. The problem is that Mature souls are complex — the
most complex of the entire cycle. There is so much going on in their psyches
which other people cannot fathom, and they themselves do not understand. The
Mature soul age is the most challenging of the Ages. Mature souls are agitated,
sensitive, and touchy.
Because of their psychological sensitivity and complexity,
Mature souls often exhibits a lot of confusion in their lives. For this reason
they are often considered neurotic. What psychological garbage they have they
keep churning their around in their heads. The Mature soul's
experiential units) largely concern feelings. They are working through emotional
blocks. They are the most likely of the ages to need and seek psychological
counseling for their emotional difficulties. The majority of people who go to
psychologists for counseling are Mature souls, and the majority of psychologists
are themselves Mature souls — and they probably have a lot of psychological
churning that they themselves are working through. Many psychological challenges
come to the surface in the Mature soul Age which have to be dealt with on a
conscious level. If it cannot be dealt with, the person may turn to alcoholism
as an escape. This method of anesthesia is more prevalent in this Age than any
other. Mature souls will not often let themselves do actual physical harm to
other people, like younger souls might, so they turn their frustrations
concerning others upon themselves.
Concepts and issues which younger souls would pass over as
meaningless are very important to Mature souls. For instance, the Young soul is
somewhat anti-psychological — he finds fulfillment in material things. He
rarely questions his own motivations, or that of others. But the Mature soul
looks for a larger meaning in life. He wants to understand the significance of
everything, and the motivations for why people do things. More than a person of
any other Age, the Mature soul cares — cares about the problems of the planet
and wants to correct them, cares about other people and wants to help them,
cares about his own well-being and wants to improve it. Mature souls are open to
all experiences, and are prone to try pragmatic solutions to their difficulties,
rather than using canned Establishment (Young soul) imperatives.
Since Mature souls are relatively evolved in their
consciousness, their behavior is very ethical. They are working on the finer
points of human relationships. They value the feelings and opinions of other
people. It hurts them when others do not think well of them. While it is true
they can be somewhat nonconformist and even a little bit rebellious in their
natures, nevertheless Mature souls are not completely detached from a sense of
Though relationships and knowledge and emotions are their
primary concerns, Mature souls do work for a living, but it is not with the
gusto of a Young soul. There is not the willingness to put everything into a
career and rise to the top. When a Mature soul does become an employer, he tends
to regard the well-being of the individual to be more important than the
well-being of the company. He may have policies and programs within the company
to foster the good of the employee, beyond the normal benefits.
There is a different type of awareness of the Mature soul
compared to younger souls. The Mature soul is always interested in learning
more. Knowledge is pursued by the Mature soul. Mature souls want to perceive
themselves as informed individuals, and they revel in each newly acquired
understanding. In the later Levels of the Mature Age, the person almost always
seeks answers to the big questions of life in a way that few people in more
primitive cycles do. This often means involvement in metaphysical endeavor,
practice, or knowledge. By metaphysical is meant everything from psychology to
religion to the psychic.
Like people with the
Goal of Flow, Mature souls dislike
disruption and disturbance of the natural rhythm of things. Like people in the
Observation Mode, they are always on the lookout for information and knowledge.
Like people with the Feature of
Stubbornness, they regard themselves as bastions
of solidarity that cannot be overthrown. Like
Scholars, they value knowledge and
information very highly. Like
Pragmatists, they regard the world as a smoothly
functioning machine. Like People in the Instinctive Center, they live by their
impulses and whims.
Mature souls are psychologically attuned to other people
enough that they empathetically experience other people as they experience
themselves. This is not true of people in the younger Ages. As a result of this
intuitive perception, Mature souls are touchy about who they deal with. They are
easily upset by the "vibrations" of people that they are not in
harmony with. If there are uncomfortable feelings with another, they will likely
leave if they do not feel some obligation to stay. Mature souls need a sanctuary
wherein to shield themselves in times of psychological stress. It might be a
place that they withdraw to, or to the companionship and comfort of an intimate
Mature souls are very relationship-oriented and they seek the
camaraderie of like-minded companions. In contrast to Young souls who tend to
regard their career as paramount, Mature souls often value their relationships
as the most important thing in their lives. They build their lives around social
contacts and friends who have similar interests. Family members, in the sense of
blood relatives, which are very important to the three younger soul Ages, are
not as important to Mature souls as good companions are. Mature souls seek mates
not for status as Young souls often do, but for love. It is unusual for a person
younger than Mature to experience true love for the mate. Mature souls want
someone to whom they can relate meaningfully, rather than just someone to
fulfill the stereotypical role of a mate ordained by Young-soul society. A good
place for Mature souls to meet others for companionship or mating is in school
or at the library. Second choice would be informal and loosely organized singles
groups where they can get to know others as friends before they become lovers.
The bar scene does not appeal to them. Mature souls want to mate for life.
Mature souls have a highly developed sense of humor and they
laugh easily. The type of humor they prefer is "situation comedy"
involving social relationships. They like to tease and joke with their friends.
Their teasing is rarely hostile or denigrating like it can be with Young souls.
The type of movies they prefer are the award-winners with depth, meaning, and
originality, usually produced by Mature souls — not the shallow, action or
adventure type produced by Young souls.
Mature souls are very much involved in the affairs of the
world, but they have a great need for a quite refuge to which they can retreat
in times of stress. They like to have a cabin in the woods or at the lake where
they can take a vacation from the rat race. They do not seek material things or
have a second home for status like a Young soul, but for an escape, a sanctuary.
Mature souls seek less tangible things than material possessions.
In terms of religion, if the Mature soul is so inclined, he
prefers the liberal churches rather than the mainstream churches. If he goes for
organized religion at all, it is the undogmatic and quiet faiths such as
Unitarianism and Unity. In their quest for truth, at the extreme, the Mature
soul may experiment with more unorthodox and offbeat brands or New Age sects.
Mature souls have a strong sense of morality and ethics, but it is of the
situational ethics and moral relativism variety. This disgusts younger souls,
particularly Juvenile souls.
In political philosophy, the Mature soul is liberal —
"left-wing" — perhaps even to the point of being socialistic. The
idealistic hippie era of the 1960's was a Mature soul phenomenon. Often they
lived in communes or shared homes. Mature souls are reluctant to fight in wars
because they regard all of humankind as their brethren. For this reason they
also tend to be pacifistic — and not in a militant way like a Young soul might
be. Even though they love freedom, they usually prefer to submit to domination
rather than fight for that freedom. A clear example of this is that in Russia
today, the Mature souls who form the majority of the populace submit to the
domineering Young souls who control the government.
Mature souls are the avant-garde of society. It is they who
make the genuinely novel contributions to the advancement of culture. They are
the inspired visionaries. Whatever field of endeavor you might name — whether
scientific, religious, political, technological, artistic, philosophical,
humanitarian, or economic — it is the Mature souls who are in the forefront,
at the leading edge, on the frontiers. Mature souls often campaign for reforms
in society. They form the core of the environmentalist movement, the antinuclear
energy movement, the ban-the-bomb movement, and other such improve-the-world
endeavors. They are beyond the Young soul in perception of the value of the
spiritual aspects of life, but they are nevertheless entangled with the affairs
of the world to such an extent that they think the planet is worth the trouble
of making it a better place.
Old souls, on the other hand, have pretty much
given up on the world in a material sense, as we shall see next.
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Phil Wittmeyer is a longtime Michael student and scholar of the teachings.
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