Robert Gilman is an astrophysicist turned thinker. He founded The Context Institute with his wife in the 1970s, and has recently revitalised it. He calls himself a planetary midwife, aiming to ease the birthing of the new era of human culture, which has been on its way since the Renaissance.

The Foundation Stones Project

According to anthroposophy, we humans are now in the pit of the physical period of our evolution, and we are intentionally unsupported by the more powerful spiritual hierarchies while we find our own (as yet undeveloped) spiritual awareness. We need to be “free” to make our own decisions about how we live our lives – in other words we cannot be directed by any higher sense of what is right or wrong anymore.

So how has this separation from our spiritual superiors been achieved, so that we don’t meet them in our sleep every night? Perhaps by filling the world with wifi and toxic food, so that we are polluted and no longer able to make contact with our spiritual selves. Perhaps these technologies are the tools used to achieve severance, and perhaps they are necessary – they need to exist so that they can be unconsciously accepted and then consciously rejected.

But if you’re like me, even when you reject them, you realise that that is not enough. You are still ill. Your food is not nutritional enough. You are still tired, your muscles are still knotted, your stress levels are still high… And they always will be until you realise that in this age, it is no longer possible to be independent and to be healthy and achieve your potential. The things that have severed us from the spiritual world have also made the planet unable to sustain our bodies. So we need to seek out homeopaths and hypnotists and massage therapists (who turn out to be light workers); we need to seek out local farmers and cheese makers; and we need to “see” them and meet them on a spiritual level here on earth, while money changes hands and we talk about the weather. That is how our spiritual independence will come about – through letting go of the ego and making it a Human journey.

So I accept that I need help. I realise that I need to stop even trying to know how to fix myself and everything around me, and I’m going to trust the people who come into my life.