The Emerging Culture of Light: Anthropology for the Golden Age

Intro: The Evolution of Anthropology

The technological revolution has produced a number of noticeable shifts in the way humans operate on the planet today. One of the most subtle shifts, yet potentially most profound, is the self-awareness that has been created through the complete accessibility of all information via the internet and various media devices. Today people everywhere can instantly find out everything they want to know about “other”, which creates the automatic feedback loop of one re-examining their own sense of self. Who am I really? Who are all these people around me? Why am I here? What is my true purpose?

While 20th century Anthropology was essentially founded through Western academics studying global indigenous cultures, the Anthropological discipline has reached a climax of what it can accomplish in the field of knowledge, as there are truly only a handful of native cultures on the planet that haven’t been heavily westernized or completely categorized and studied by industrious, adventuring intellectuals. For these reason, 21st century Anthropology has been more focused on activism and application rather than the assimilation of information on indigenous cultures or the human experience in general.

The Cutting-Edge of Emergent Culture

There is, however, one last bastion of culture to be fully documented, understood, and experienced: The Emerging Culture of Light. This Culture goes beyond religious dogma and national borders. It transcends attachment to specific rites and rituals, or the need to completely identify with a specific family, tribe, or ethnic background. It is a made up of young and old, as well as people of all colors, genders, and Socioeconomic backgrounds.

The Culture of Light can be found and recognized all over the planet, and their identity, message, and mission in the World is very simple: Love. They are normal people allowing Love into themselves, their families, their communities, and the whole World. They are working everyday towards the healing of People and Planet, and their tools are many:

Yoga, meditation, prayer, medicinal movement, and various self-awareness practices; Permaculture, Ancient & Modern nutrition, Sound Healing, and an endless list of appropriate technologies for optimal elegance and well-being in our inner and outer environments; dozens of modalities for communicating in a loving way (NVC, RC, etc), or for understanding how one is programmed (NLP, Landmark, Theta healing, etc.); and of course the many innovations being made in our understanding and application of media, commerce, and social and political organization, from compassionate documentaries, to gift economies, to Spiritual communities.

One could really list for thousands of pages the innovations that are occurring on every level. The purpose of this article is more focused on presenting the phenomenon of the emergent Culture of Light within an Anthropological context, as well as the impetus for understanding, experiencing, and becoming a part of this inevitable, unstoppable movement of beautiful beings committed to bringing Heaven on Earth.

Characteristics of the Culture of Light

You can find them in urban and suburban yoga studios; on farms and in Eco-Spiritual communities. They are available to give you loving attention as they run down the beach, hitchhike to their day job, or sip a smoothie in a live-food restaurant. You see them riding hand-built bicycles, wearing clothes covered in Sacred Geometry, and holding potlucks and ceremonies to bring about thriving community. They are devotional singers, festival organizers, and technology wizards constructing free-energy devices in their garages.

The emerging Culture of Light, though it can often be seen far outside the mainstream, is much more about how things are done rather than what things are done. These beings act from love, with a calm, present demeanor and steady nervous system. Whether it be a dance Goddess leading a contact improvisation class, or a web-designer absorbing himself in the love of his work–It’s not the what but the how. Everything becomes an exercise in self-mastery. You can see these light-beings living in monasteries, working for telephone companies and billion-dollar businesses, or practicing simple trades like plumbing and carpentry! They are everywhere, living and breathing in every imaginable circumstance.

Some call members of this emergent culture “hippies, cultural creatives, rainbow beings, or just green.” They have also been known through soul-group, astrological lingo as “crystal” or “indigo children”, “star-beings”, or simply star-seeds: beings that have incarnated on Earth from advanced galactic consciousness in order to bring about a Golden Age–a time akin to our Edenic origins, where all walk in perfection and loving connection.

There are many cultural traditions that foretell of the army of God that will arise during the height of the dark times. The Hopi people tell of the Rainbow Warrior of Light that would come to heal all people and planet. And the Tibetans spoke in their Shambhala prophesy of a group of beings that would magnetize all negative forces and re-unite all people on the path of loving kindness. A truly staggering number of saints and visionaries have also spoken of this time on Earth now, and the people who would guide and lead the world towards peace. Paramahansa Yogananda, Baba Sawan Singh, and Edgar Cayce (just to name a few generally well received and respected Super-Beings) all spoke of the unification of East and West, rising Cities of Light, as well as World Brotherhood communities that would lead humanity to an era of greater consciousness.

Though there are many obvious characteristics to note about the Culture of Light externally, there is again only One unifying principle, One State of Being that brings them all together: Love. That place in their Hearts, in our Hearts, in the Heart of the Earth that is emerging today. It is a place at the core of all things that longs again to be One, to share, to have deep compassion, and to be of Service whether things are chaotic or flowing perfectly.

Answering the Call of the Hero

To join this Emerging Culture of Light, it takes courage, humility, equanimity, and surrender. It may ask us to relax our beliefs, be vulnerable, or quit the job that is sucking the life out of us. To join this Culture of Light, it may require cleansing, fasting, and persistent, vigilant attention to our physical, and emotional, or mental health. Everyone’s medicine will be suited to their needs.

One thing is certain, however: The Time to join is Now! The state of the World and all its passengers asks that we take a leap of faith and do whatever it takes to find that unshakable place of Loving kindness within each and every one us. And when we do find it, and it becomes strong, we reach out and touch the lives of those in need, of those in deep distress. And in this way, the whole planet will be safe for One and All to express their deepest Love, and the Culture of Light will bring health and wellness to All beings.


Asia Travel – Seeing Vietnam by Train

No matter where a person may go, seeing the country while traveling by train is spectacular. When traveling by train the traveler can sit back and relax and let someone else do the driving. For longer trips, the travel can spend a little more money and get a sleeping accommodations. Trains usually provide a dining car or someplace to purchase snacks and a drink. From the train a traveler can see sights that they wouldn’t be able to see when travel by car or plane. This article is about Asia travel through Vietnam on a train.

Traveling by train can be one of the cheapest ways to travel. When traveling in Vietnam, the traveler has a choice of trips that they can take by train as they do their Asia travel. All trips listed leave out of Hanoi and travel to different destinations throughout Vietnam. One trip leaves Hanoi and travels to Lao Cal with final destination being in Sapa. Another leaves Hanoi and travels through Haiphong with its final destination in Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island. Another train goes from Hanoi through several towns with final destination in Saigon. All of these train have sleeper accommodations for the travelers relaxation. Some of these train trips take less time than flying since they don’t have to wait in crowded airports waiting for their flights or for their baggage to be unloaded. In fact when traveling from Hanoi to Hue City, the traveler can leave Hanoi in the evening and arrive in Hue City in the morning refreshed and ready to see the sights.

No matter what train trip the traveler chooses to take in their Asia travel across Vietnam they are going to see some spectacular sights. Reportedly there are many sights to see between Hanoi and Saigon. One of the most spectacular sights that the traveler will see as they travel through the Vietnam countryside is the views along the Hai Van Pass. As they go through this pass the traveler can see the beautiful bays and islands that make up coast line between Hue and Danang. As they travel through this part of their journey to Saigon, the train starts to climb into the hills that lead into the mountains. During this part of the journey, passengers are allowed to sit atop the train and enjoy the view as the train slowly winds through the mountain.