How can a generation made up of tens of millions of unique individuals coalesce into a single force that reshapes society? A lot of skilled, well-educated researchers and demographers look at the social, economic, and political forces to answer this question. Because demographics are a minor fascination of mine, I decided to ask the Akashic Records about four current generations: the Baby Boom Generation (1946-64), Gen-X (1965-80), the Millennials (1981-96), and Generation Z (1997-2012).* I wanted to see what, if anything, the Records had to say about these specific generations. Turns out, a lot. This is the first of a four-part series about the energies of these generations, as viewed through the Akashic Records.
*These ranges are established by the Pew Research Center; for Generation Z, no endpoint has yet been determined.
From the Akashic Records
What is the energetic agreement of the Baby Boom generation?
The generational agreement is in two parts. The first, during the generation’s youth, was to shake things up. The second, during its later years, is to reach mature understanding of itself, its power, and what it started. The most important thing to understand is that the shake-up the Baby Boomers started is only a part of what was needed—and still needs—to happen. It was foreseen for a very long time that the Baby Boomers would come in to start to unsettle things. What the Baby Boomers have done, as a whole, is to lay the groundwork for future generations. Other generations, especially the Millennials, are picking up the work. There’s even more work to be done by the generations that will come after the Millennials, but the Baby Boomers are the ones who started the shake-up.
What was that shake-up?
The shake-up was to call attention to the injustices that had been taken as the usual order of things. Some of these injustices are sexism, racism, ageism, and the stigma of being physically different, such as with a disability.
With racism, for example, the actions to end racism started in previous generations, but the Baby Boomers brought it front and center in ways that couldn’t be ignored. It’s the same with sexism. The Baby Boomers, at least in the Western World and especially in the United States, brought sexism against women into the limelight. What the generations after the Baby Boomers are doing is continuing the fight by bringing up even deeper layers of racism, sexism, and other “-isms” to the surface.
This isn’t to say that the Baby Boomers have stopped their efforts. They haven’t, and it’s important to understand that the Baby Boomers aren’t done. They have a lot of strength collectively. And collectively they’ve laid down many paths. It’s these paths that the younger generations are now using to forge their own trails.
What is the next chapter for the Baby Boomers?
It’s to provide counsel and support for those who are continuing the work. The initial work of the Baby Boomers—the upending of things—paradoxically is now the foundation upon which other generations are building. To reiterate, the Baby Boomers’ efforts are not over. But now, in their generational maturity, they also have wisdom to pass on.
Also, as they continue to age, the Baby Boomers are going to upend how current Western society views older people. Just as they did when they fought against other injustices, the Boomers will bring a lot of change to how older generations are treated. This work has already started and will continue.
Is there an overarching theme, thing, or idea that the Baby Boomers wanted to bring in?
Yes. And that is by joining hands you get things done. That’s not to say there wasn’t division among the Baby Boomers. There were a lot of different groups fighting for specific changes. And all of those efforts came together at the same time for cataclysmic social change. What they brought was the ability to come together in large groups for a single purpose, open up new possibilities, and shake up the status quo.
This generation figured out how to fight the power structures by working together. The patriarchy was very strong, and the Baby Boomers stood up to that, individually and collectively. This happened by standing up to their own fathers. What this generation couldn’t see at the time is that by standing up to their own fathers, a lot of cracks started to open up. It was in all of these little cracks that new growth started, which turned into collective growth and social change. The work that took place in individual families directly fed the social changes.
Have the Baby Boomers become the status quo?
Yes and no. If you ask the Baby Boomers, no, they don’t see themselves as the status quo. This is because they’ve lived through the social changes they started. For ensuing generations, however, there is the viewpoint that Baby Boomers are the status quo. This is because these generations are living with the collective changes the Boomers brought forward without having personally experienced what it was like before. So, the answer to that question depends on which generation is asking it.
Is there anything else to know about that the future generations can learn from the Baby Boomers?
The energy of the Baby Boomers was upend things while also laying the groundwork for future generations to continue the work. There’s a great deal of energy in other generations to keep this work going. But there’s also a caution, which is this: While it’s important to be a unique individual, being almost solely focused on unique expression can, at times, get in the way of focusing on the big picture. It’s another paradox. Each person brings their own unique power. Yet it’s finding a way to work together despite differences that will allow the necessary changes to keep happening.