August 8, 2015

Cycles of Seven

It’s easy to think of each year as a chapter in our lives. Personally, each New Year’s Eve I feel like I’m closing a book rather than a chapter. But something far more beautiful than a book is evolving over each period of our lives, and it’s longer than a year.

Recently, I heard Dr. Robert Holden talk about the cycles of seven.  He says every seven years, we evolve and shift. When I researched it a bit more, I found the most beautiful description of this shift in an article on Inner Self.

The seven year cycles are an evolutionary spiral. They belong to every being that has ever been created. Every seven years there is a natural release of energy which encourages you to move forward and make changes. 

My jaw sort of half-dropped at that because I found myself thinking, that is so true! 

Without being able to really pinpoint it, I felt this shift very clearly after I turned 28. Something clicked or something changed. I couldn’t define it really, but it was this feeling of…a mix of an end and a beginning. It was like an end in that I didn’t feel like I was aging or growing up anymore. But it was a beginning in that, I felt like a lot of new feelings, emotions, and thoughts were coming to the surface. It was the age that I had my very first anxiety attack, and it was also the age I got into a horrifically traumatizing car accident.

It was definitely a beginning, and more so (thankfully), the beginning of my spiritual journey. It was perhaps a catalyst to my spiritual journey, actually.

But the cycles of seven are not cut and dry. It’s not like once you turn 28 you’re going to immediately see all these shifts in your life. I learned from more reading that sometimes you don’t feel it until either two years before or two years after your seventh year in each cycle. Which makes so much sense because I grew a lot from 28 to now. 28 started with fear, and now there’s just an air of excited preparedness.

When you really sit and think about this, it all makes so much mind blowing sense.

From 0-7 years you were going from infant to child. From 7-14 you were really feeling a lot of emotions, especially at 14, because you’re trying to figure out how to relate to the world and where you fit in. 14-21 I can’t even talk about. What a crazy ride that was. Talk about trying to fit in everywhere. And 21-28 just WOW. That’s when you really start taking on this role of adulthood, and it’s so freakin’ hard to get a handle on! (My best medicine for that is meditation – clear that shitty clutter OUT of your brain!) I encourage you to check out the article I read, so you can see how the evolution of your life relates to these cycles as well.

I like to think of that 21-28 period as teenage-hood but with tequila. And independence. Which makes it a hell of a lot more colorful. You’re still learning shit, but you’re able to do way more stuff. Which is basically life giving you a test drive. And when you’ve made your way through all of the ‘oh was that a stop sign?’ and ‘oh you can’t make a right turn on red here?’ moments….that’s when you finally get to a place where you take the biggest sigh of your life.


We’ve made it to the top. We’ve been steadily climbing and now we’ve made it to the top. We’re at 40,000 feet, cruising altitude now. This is your captain speaking. You are now free to move about your life and pop the champagne baby. Time to get this cycle started.

Thanks for reading! This post is part of a 30 days to 30 series, read all about it here

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Monique Muro

Monique is an exceedingly happy human from LA. She runs the blog A Novel Quest, and writes. A lot.

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  • DomSharee

    This is SO true! I’ve felt that way many times before, but never really put that much thought into it until I read your article. It really gives me something to think about now. Instead of making five-year plans, I may switch to seven year. :-)

    • Monique Muro

      Yeah! I was telling a friend of mine about this and he said he preferred thinking of his years as seven years versus decades, so I think I like it better too! I’m so glad you have felt this way too, now we know there’s actually a reason behind the things we feel :)