The earth human being often thinks of his/her "reality" as a flat plane solely and exclusively limited to conscious-thinking, conscious perception such as sight, touch, hearing, smelling and so on, respectively what is solely graspable and tangible only in the so-called material or coarse sense which also includes experiences, things, objects, defined time confines, systematic structures of society, orders, politics, religions, false sciences, educations and so forth. The earth human irresponsibly often lets his/her feelings and emotions swing wildly out of control, erroneously, ignorantly and even arrogantly believing feelings and emotions to be beyond control - as if he/she is some puppet, some plaything; subject to his/her uncontrolled spasms.
On one hand this is absolutely true - that is to say - the human being creates his/her world, world view, scope, subjectivity, and so forth, but on the other hand, no matter what the human being wishes to convey, convince, believe or convict themselves of, for better or for worse, the neutral-reality resp. the reality that is true-non-subjective-reality and is effectively true-reality regarding the consciousness of the human being operates in effect to given causes. In layman terms, the human being is indeed what he/she creates through the thinking which overtime, does not only deposit itself solely for conscious thinking but for the plethora of consciousness blocks and factors such as psyche, the subconsciousness, the unconscious, the digestive 'data' for the spirit etc.
Because the earth human is so foolishly configured to think of time in a linear fashion, he/she ridiculously converts his/her life accordingly, thereby stagnating progress because unfortunately earth mankind's systems, orders, structures, governments, politics, religions, sciences, academia and educations are so misguided, valueless, half-hearted, primitive, unevolved, barbaric, illogical and stupid that the human who ignorantly lives in such confines of madness would naturally become mad themselves. It does not matter if one has the potential to be good because truly, the Creational nature exists in all human beings therefore all human beings in some way or another has something one can learn from or even an inkling of goodness in them. However, it does not mean that such human beings can pick up on this good nature, especially if the psychopathy of their consciousness has become too thick and blinding due to the hustle-n-bustle of earth mankind's accepted inhumane normality.
This is a critical element over-positive peoples or even Creational-aligned-thinking humans must wrap their heads around. Although good potential can be sensed it in no way or wise is an automatic determination of goodness or the creation of that which is good, which is logical, upright, honorable, noble, wise, loving, harmonious, peaceful, free, truthful, and so forth because such can only come from one's personal individual efforts to recognize the innermost impulses and act upon them accordingly. Earth mankind's systems are so toxically induced with sheer illogic, madness, stupidity, instability, lack of foresight, inhumaneness, robotic-hustle-n-bustle-pay-the-bills-mindsets, apathy, showmanship through politics (IE: posers who love jumping on the climate change and vegan bandwagons) and effectively shining above others - that it is extremely difficult for any human being born into such crazy systems to find any semblance of lasting peace, let alone understanding reality and being a decent human being.
Thus, it must also be said that the spiritual teaching in its basic forms serves massive importance not due to its actual significance as books or guides but because earth mankind is so horribly degenerated that they have forgotten the very basics of being a decent human being. Naturally, the demand for such doctrines would be of enormous importance to a mankind which is so out of whack that he/she cannot even grasp the basic fundamentals of reality and the laws of reality (Creation) such as the law of two-fold resp. the law of bipolarity resp. the law of cause and effect. Earth mankind, even among their most prominent scientists save for less than a handful, continues to walk as blind as a bat, being so ridiculously and unhealthily attached to their earth consciousness-block that he/she naturally gives in and draws upon the over-material-intellect thinking from a blind general earth-collective thinking.
It is therefore important that this fact is highlighted and made sufficiently clear - if one wishes to evolve the human race then it will never come from replicating the same illogical, inhumane, degenerated, foolish, dumb, lazy, apathetic, greedy, excessive, religious, sociopolitical, belief-fabricated thinking which extends into the very fabric of earth mankind's society. This is a fact that even the most striving of earthlings struggle with time and time again, but this struggle is mostly caused from their alcoholic-like thinking which stems from moving beyond their sphere of accepted, comfortable existence amongst the lies.
This leads to further elaborations which must be undertaken to provide deeper clarity and context because on one hand; thinking beyond the times, thinking in the future, living in the future, living isolated (regardless of this is physical or mental isolation), bringing great strides and evolution to the consciousness, the spirit, and effectively, the self and the rest of mankind, requires what would appear to be tremendous, almost unnatural, unreal, PSI Titanic strength, resilience, determination, discipline, patience, feeling-emotional-mental stability, an extremely high morality factor, honor, values, neutrality, and above all, walking as one with the source-programming resp. laws of reality, laws of Creation, directives of the Creational order and so on.
By all means, the path of being a PSIborg as RSFO coined, or a true spiritual-teaching human being resp. a human being who thinks accordingly to natural law and order, effectively - Creative-Creational-existence and BEING; being of the spirit, the truth above all truths etc. is by no means an easy path nor is it possible every human being on earth can walk such a path either. In fact, it must be rigorously stated that such a path resp. walking away from earth's current and past corruptions, degenerations, idiotic systems of all sorts which includes the dumb educations, politics, religions and so forth, is a path that is solely determined for the strong and those who are actually capable. Incorrect walking of this path resp. only being excited about wisdom due to phantasmagoria, trends, and so forth, can lead to a deadly backfiring if the human being is not ready and prepared to deal with the enormous responsibilities, difficulties, setbacks, mistakes, victories, evolutionary gains, secrets, and mysteries unveiled by empirical knowledge and wisdom etc.
It must be strictly stated that this path can lead to absolute madness and psychical destruction depending upon the evolutive capabilities of the consciousness and the state of the psyche. If an earthling is far too caught up in rejoicing, praising, circle jerking, defending the current and past systems of earth mankind, then it is impossible he/she can have a steady, stable, healthy path toward Creational-order, evolution, freedom, universal-love, true peace, lasting harmony, knowledge and wisdom. It is also impossible for such an earth-stuck-in-the-head human being, regardless if they have read every single spiritual teaching book and still haven't grasped the fundamental factors, to exist in such an evolutive path because he/she still praises and worships the old - even uses selective biases to defend the old, the outdated, the degenerated, the sick, the inhumane, and so forth.
A multitude of factors and reasons can be involved for such defense which can include self-profiting, over-selfish-self-preservation, fear of stepping out of the religious shadows and much more. Nevertheless, it must also be said that despite the fact ET spirit forms are born here on earth, they still must use earth bodies and thus, are still in some way or another, subject to a certain degree of earth-activity and influence. However, this activity and influence can in fact be subject to the universal-consciousness-thinking-based human being and not the opposite - that is to say - that the earthling activities, systems, orders of all sorts etc. does not pervade as the totality of true reality.
More must also be said to this statement regarding universal-consciousness-thinking-based human beings because therein lies the distinct difference between the earth-thinking human who has an earth body and the universal-thinking human being who has an earth body. The latter of these two are the only ones who can bring true change for the better in their world whilst simultaneously being connected to it, albeit from a distance. The earth-thinking human on the other hand is like a pathetic alcoholic - still unable to put down his/her booze, needing it just to get by. Of course, to a certain degree even universal-thinking human beings are subject to a degree of earthling devices and influences, but the difference lies in the fact that these devices, influences, things, peoples, systems, orders, doings etc. never act as the ruling factor of the universal-thinking human being.
The universal-thinking human being uses all which is earthly, all which is even degenerated, in a positive wise and flips these factors into successful, good, positive outcomes that are more or less aligned with Creational-order despite possible barbarisms. Yet this is not an excuse nor a justification that the human being should use this as some sort of pretentious excuse that they can be an asshole to other human beings out of contextual moral high ground that they are somehow operating neutral, neutral-positive, aligned with the mission, not being too good etc. because often this excuse is flung around, along with other excuses such as not being a perfect human being, not without mistakes etc., simply to get across hateful, degenerative arguments, slander, witch burn, be a crusader etc.
The universal-thinking human being overcomes these factors and despite a blowup or a mistake which will be made, he/she inevitably learns how to control themselves and align their personalities in an absolute-Creational order to relative perfection during the given lifetime. Unfortunately, due to the current systems of mankind, to proudly proclaim one is an earth human with earth-thinking is to proclaim one is insane, inhumane, barbaric, dumb, illogical, a kindergartener, immature, selfish, unknowing, ignorant, arrogant, prideful, and humble all in one. Therefore, to confidently state one is a universal-human is to confidently know one is filled with the true high values, objective, hopeful, resilient, strong, patient, knowledgeable, wise, adaptable, evolutive, capable, can move mountains, can make a difference, is peaceful, loving, truthful, knowing, and unstoppable.
Questions then arise - what is the benefit of the universal-thinking? Can this be applicable to the current times? Of course, it is possible if the human being has not developed enough experience, or he/she is over-positively ignorant that he/she can fall prey to higher universal-love and understanding in a most negative way. The universal-thinking human being does not escape from anything nor is it an escapist of some sorts, trying to get away from dealing with earth-based problems, challenges, and activities. A universal-thinking human being is universal and therefore adheres to universal laws of reality resp. laws and directives of Creation and is thus adaptable anywhere in the universe as the word universal applies.
This means a universal-thinking human being can live through the times no matter what they are - no matter how hard, bad, how good, how mad etc. the times can be. The universal-thinking human being is truly what is denoted as the highest form of spiritual-thinking because the Universal-Creation-Consciousness is universal and therefore its logic can be applied universally and adaptively to any circumstance, situation, time, place, thing, objective, goal, dream, idea, thought, feeling, and so forth. The universal-human is therefore able to live both in the current times of earth with unmatched mental, consciousness and psychical stability whilst simultaneously living in thought-feeling-world in the future. Therefore, the universal-thinking human being is truly timeless and is able to see the entire future of mankind in front of him/her while being able to pull on that future and bring it into the so-called illusionary present and effective past.
The benefit of the universal-thinking is quite literally bringing the Universal-Creation-Consciousness' wisdom and the wisdom of all Creation, resp. the wisdom, inspiration, knowledge, love, logic, might, capability, power, will, etc. of the universe, to the earth and all of earth mankind; effectively pushing it forward and evolving the world - which the earth, regardless of how deluded earth-thinking humans wish to delude themselves with, is subject to. Indeed, the earth cannot exist without the universe and by extension the universal-laws (source-programming) which permitted, permits and continues to permit the earth's existence until its inevitable death in the future along with the entire universe which enters a period of rest and slumber for an eternity before being reborn into a new universe, freed from coarse-matter.
The final part of the question in regards to if such thinking is applicable in the current times has already been solved. Again, universal implies universal which means such thinking forms, impulses and so on, are of a timeless-universal nature and therefore can be applied here, there, to infinity and beyond - because truly, universal captures the entire universe to which earth is subject to. This is why there is a sound, logical basis behind developing universal-thinking which is the true so-called spiritual thinking, a term which in itself, is vehemently outdated but nevertheless, must be used due to current earth understanding and cognitive capabilities.
It is only logical the earth human seeks not to solely and entirely be a degenerative human who is confined to the madness of their world but to think in universal-form which would only bring benefit for earth and its inhabitants and ensure longevity, stability, a future, goodness, peace, love, harmony, freedom, logic, resilience, understanding, tolerance, strength, tenacity, knowledge, wisdom and progress. Therefore, the universal-thinking humans, resp. PSIborgs, spiritual-teaching humans, natural-order humans, humans who think in line with effective universal-reality, universal-consciousness-humans etc. are the only humans that can truly evolve and push mankind forward. They are the true so-called saviors, carriers, heroes, and heroines of earth and deserve every bit of recognition, respect, honor, and high regards for their task on earth is monumental, enormously difficult, and challenging.
Earth mankind should thank such innovators, such dreamers, such world-pushers, world-nurturers, world-lovers, writers, painters, philosophers, artists, creative peoples, those who do good for mankind not for show, not for initiatives, not even for missions, but out of the genuine goodness and connection to Creation out of their own hearts. Such human beings are the only reason earth mankind has even continued to exist, let alone even remain alive, and are terribly underappreciated, unrecognized, slandered, hated, and even killed. Such universal-thinking human beings, however, guide earth mankind out from their follies and it should be the objective of earth people to become universal-thinking human beings themselves. Of course, the Creation exists in every human and these distinctions in regards to universal-humans versus earth-thinking humans have their limitations because it is possible that any and every human can offer something to learn from. Nevertheless, that too has diminishing returns.