Thank you for your heartfelt and thoughtful response. All I can say is this path of Soul unfolding (not merely EA, but the Soul itself - EA is just a tool given us to assist in that process - not the cause, but like a roadmap) is long, slow, at times difficult, progressive, and in the end, the only real thing there is in all of this life.
"Earth " is not an easy reality to navigate, in anyone's book. As some have stated here before, the elements of Goddess's intent, Natural Law, are sharing, cooperation, and inclusion. And above all else, each lending a helping hand, when requested, to those they encounter who are sincerely trying to walk that path. That is the real purpose behind EA, and the reason for this message board existing. Obviously that is not the predominant paradigm operating on Earth at this point in time/space.
It is clear to me, from what you wrote, that getting from where you were to where you are was no small amount of changes. And I know the resistance, judgment, and misunderstanding that are an inevitable part of someone making that scale of changes. Of course, on one level, it is fated and inevitable, but few people know that when they are in the thick of those changes, and it takes a lot of courage to be willing to move in the intended new directions. The questioning of "am I crazy?", "is this right?", "am I making terrible decisions that I will regret?", and all the rest of it. And the growing realization that next to no one you know seems to be moving their own lives in any similar direction, they in fact seem quite content staying as they are.
EA, and this place, are really for people who are facing those issues in their own lives, grappling with making those changes, or, having already made them previously, wondering now "what do I do next?", "where am I going now?", etc.
This place is as a community of like-minded Souls, themselves busy engaging in individuating, and spiritually advancing. As a percentage of the population, the numbers are small, but there are many many people on such paths. And its often difficult to find others taking it as seriously as one is in their life. So here is a place such people can connect, find support, comfort, and learn some things in the process. And Souls who, like Stephen, know within themselves that their Soul's deepest desires are to help others with the same - to learn about the lessons they need to learn to prepare themselves so the help they offer is genuine, from their own life experiences of walking the path and going through the changes, not just tossing platitudes, slogans, and book advice at others.
Adina and I had a conversation earlier, and she is going to start a new post talking about her observations on evolutionary stages, how to spot them in people, and the types of questions and mistakes people new to this paradigm tend to make while learning about stages. Please all feel free to join in and ask questions, offer insights, etc.
Also, especially for those newer to EA, feel free at any time to start a post asking a question, like this one about 2nd stage spiritual. Discussing the application of EA "theory" to real life, real behavior, is a really important part of learning the paradigm. It doesn't start getting real, beyond the intellectual, until you start seeing that what EA is describing is not just concepts, but the deepest issues, patterns, and behaviors in someone's life, far beyond the realm we typically conceive of as "astrology".
A major reason for this board, for the practice charts people start, for the questions, is to help make it real for people.
When I used the term "osmose EA" yesterday, I meant exactly that. As the paradigm sinks ever deeper into one's consciousness it literally can change one's thinking, ways of perceiving life. Osmose is a Scorpio/Pluto word - it means more or less to completely and deeply merge with something - to ingest it, to become one with it. In the process it expands us beyond our present limits (Scorpio). That is the point of all this.
I also want to add another mini-plug - the reason we hold these EA conferences is not to make money (sometimes money is made, sometimes not so much) or to sell things, but primarily to give the live in-person experience of an EA community. Sitting in a room with people for 2 or 3 days when the whole atmosphere is all about EA jumpstarts that osmosis process. It gets very real very quickly. And then you are sitting with people with an orientation towards Natural Law, natural process of giving sharing inclusion. That to me is equally important to the material being presented, because that is where true osmosis occurs - its a way of life, an experience, a lot more than just ingesting some more information. I highly encourage anyone who is serious about learning EA to come to the October conference. There you will experience it in action, way beyond just learning about it. And the personal connections made do deepen and grow.