Text 2, Stages of Life in a Human Being, Part 1, Ages 14-16

We have been looking at The Main Central publications that offer great insight into the contents of Text 2.

Issue Number 61, Summer, 2008 continues a series of articles about the stages of life in a human being from page 42 of Text 2, authored by Iole Lebensztajn.

Today we will continue with that series:

Stages of Life in a Human Being (Continued)


Digesting, Studying and Exploring the World…

“Stomach is a 1st Depth Function Energy, the Surface Skin, which is the most external layer of the body, nearest the outer reality. Teenagers from 14 to 16 years old want to be out, to be in touch with what is happening around them, to explore the world. It is important to foster their curiosity because it is time to collect experiences and information for the next step, “Spleen time” (17-24 years old), when most of the people will choose how to sustain their own lives, defining their profession.

Stomach is related to Gemini, I think.  it is time to think the world, to process the world, to digest the world, to observe and understand the world, to prepare myself to start finding my place in the world.  It is not the time to choose. (They will change their minds twice a week or twice a day!) It is time to have opportunities to investigate all possibilities, getting involved, interacting and exchanging.

Now I want to know different people (preferably different from my parents) with different ideas, different behavior, and different interests. I need to be in relationship with my friends, my tribe, my group in which I have support to do what I don’t have courage to do by myself and in which I am recognized and accepted. At the other side of this coin are the teenagers who are isolated, alienated, not in touch, who have difficulty communicating with the world and feel excluded. This represents how the Gemini aspects of life are having difficulty being expressed.

Stomach Function Energy helps us to digest, understand the world and express ourselves in a way that we are understood by the world. It is common to hear teenagers saying that nobody understands them. Stomach will help them and us to better communicate, to have dialogues and not simultaneous monologues, in which the only voice I hear is my own. Gemini is related to mobility and freedom. People in this phase do not support prohibitions or controls, and they are very anxious for autonomy. They are unquiet and disperse. However, they are still in the process of being capable of assuming responsibility for their acts; in general, they are not fully ready for that. It is interesting that 1st Depth is also related to Saturn, which brings limits and contention. Therefore, this is a moment in which there are two “opposite” principles working. One is bringing the impulse to go out, to learn about the world, and the other is demanding young people to substitute the outer (parents’) rules for the inner principles and laws (self-regulation), because soon they will be the authority on their own lives. Freedom and responsibility always walk together and this is a time when, in general, we want all freedom and autonomy with no responsibility.

A big challenge during this time is drugs. Even having all the information (Gemini) necessary to prevent them from using drugs, many times they are not able to transform this information in practice and protection for their lives (Saturn). The lack of emotional structure and dialogue with parents makes them look for group approval, transgression of rules and limits, relief of anguish, new sensations and pleasure and makes them forget all the information and rationality they have.”

To be continued…


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