Mankind’s Inner Envoy

The true origins of the human being remain a mystery to this day.  Darwinists and materialist evolutionists using the scientific method are constantly making new discoveries and creating new theories, but their self-imposed materialism limits what they will conclude.  Religious creationists make literal the poetry and mystery of the scriptures to satisfy their own ultimately rational minds.  But the authors of scripture bear witness to a great mystery they call “God,” understanding that this mystery can never be fully probed by the rational mind. At the same time, the scriptures also witness to something in the human being that is leading it to a full revelation of the mystery of God and existence.  Preston Harold begins:

The idea that man has incorporated in his being from one-cell creature onward a knowing Authority-Ego in an unconscious domain may seem fantastic. But the concept that the unconscious may have played a role in man’s biological evolution from some point in the past to the present has been voiced.  Dr. von Franz writes… ‘The physicist Wolfgang Pauli has pointed out that, due to new discoveries, our idea of the evolution of life requires a revision that might take into account an area of interrelation between the Imageunconscious psyche and biological processes.  Until recently it was assumed that the mutation of species happened at random and that a selection took place by means of which the “meaningful,” well-adapted varieties survived, and the other disappeared.  But modern evolutionists have pointed out that the selections of such mutations by pure chance would have taken much longer than the known age of our planet allows.”

So if random chance and mutations can’t adequately answer the origins of the human or it’s ultimate purpose, what can at least lead us in the right direction?

God-sense voicing itself in man insists that something other than chance had brought about the housing of his soul: “Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it…”

ImageMan’s evolutionary journey could come of his having to know all being and form in order to be representative of the tree of life itself.  The last and most highly developed of all life forms, man yet possesses a sense of being before creation was.  This sense tells him that all he partakes of is the flesh of God, coming into being before him to prepare the way, and that everything that lives is living through God’s being, even as he, himself, is.

Harold says that because of this sense, the human being practices theophagy, a ritual of “feeding on a god, or God.” In the Christian Communion rite, this ritual enfolds the power, glory, art, and grace of God, of life. In the Gospel of John, at the Last Supper Jesus says,

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit… Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches.” 

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 Harold ponders these words of Jesus during the Last Supper:

Jesus, as symbol of Son of man – which is to say, as symbol of Adam become one with his knowing Authority within – indicates that man represents in his being the whole of the tree of life which his consciousness longs to know, and the vine of it is still growing – “I” go on to prepare a place from which “ye” spans of knowing may branch out higher in every direction while the a priori “cell of Father-being,” love and truth in action within each one, acts as a husbandman: truth purges and prunes, love restores and is fruitful. But toward what is the vine growing? And how is man’s growth accomplished?

 Provocative questions indeed! Let’s see where they lead. Until next time, peace…

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Male and Female – A Balancing Act

As mentioned in our last post, the human being shares much in common with his insect friends.  But at a certain point he must deviate to tread the path of “irrationality” that is his destiny.  How might this deviation come about?  What roles do the male and female play?  Our esteemed author asks:

In the insect kingdom subordination of all else to survival of the species leads to enthronement and enslavement of the female while manhood becomes a mockery, as with the social bees where the queen must murder if necessary to secure her throne, killing her mate in the act of fertilization.  What biological turn could work to set both sexes free of an insects life by “making a man” of the male? 

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Harold wonders if it might be Cro-Magnon man that reveals the deviation.  Why?  Because in Cro-Magnon the female was physically much smaller than the male, which meant her brain was probably not quite as efficient.  He ruminates:

Upon her shoulders the whole responsibility for the social order and survival of the species could not rest, as it does upon the queen bee and her like in the insect’s world.  Perhaps by evolving away from equality in physical stature ancestral female induced ancestral male to participate directly and share the responsibility that knowledge imposes, even as Eve did in Eden – Adam’s participation and shared responsibility are points upon which the drama turns.

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So in Harold’s view, the female decreases so the male may increase.  Some may reflect that history shows the male may have “increased” beyond a reasonable balance to the point where females have often been viewed and/or treated as second class, subjugated citizens.  Absolutely.  And yet the image of God is male/female equally.  With that in mind, Preston Harold reassesses something he said in the previous quote and sees the female now rising to take her appropriate place at the table:

Certainly, woman lost her physical and social equality long ago, but now the female is gaining in stature and she bids fair to gain equal status on the social level.  It is difficult to believe that there has ever been a time when in actuality the female’s brain was not as efficient as the male’s, because woman carries the heaviest part of the load of bearing life, as the legend states Eve must do, and this responsibility must tend to sharpen her wits.  The Eden legend indicates that Eve’s was the questing mind.

So where does this leave us?

The quality of the female mind versus the male mind always has been and no doubt will be for some time to come debatable: there is the question of ways and means of opportunity for expression, the question of the female mind bringing to bear upon the male mind, and the part woman has played in bringing to life the reward of mental effort, civilization… Homo sapiensImage cultural development allowed him to adapt to widely varying environments, but this serves only to present the deeper mystery of the human mind, male and female, which led mankind in time to state the Golden Rule.  Man’s ability to learn returns one to the mystery of his brain which, in Arthur Koestler’s words, is an “evolutionary novelty…quite out of proportion with the demands of his natural environment.”

A mystery indeed.  Until next time, peace…

Leaving the Nest

The human being is driven by irrational desires to push the body and mind to the limits constantly.  Who hasn’t heard the inquiry, “Why  would a person want to climb Mt. Everest?,” followed by the answer, “Because it’s there.”  Even great personal risk cannot inhibit the human spirit’s thirst for knowledge and discovery…

The Eden legend says a “serpent” induced Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, saying, “Ye shall not surely die…,” and she gave of it to Adam… the important point is that neither the threat of death nor the promise of life influenced Eve – it was her “irrational” desire to know that led her to accept this food: the fruit was desired to make one wise….ancestral-man began to be a thinking creature early in the day of his being and thought irrationally enough to risk death to gain freedom from ignorance though he was well provided for in his bondage.  

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Man’s irrational desire to know leads to his having to work.  He leaves his parents home and strikes out on his own.  But where does he learn his skills to survive and fend for himself?  Harold ruminates:

Man’s life changes completely as it shifts from Eden to the ground of Imagethis world wherin work, now seen to be his saving grace, has been imposed on him…. Who taught him to work?  Did he learn from the ants – oldest cultivators of the soil and keepers of flocks, making war and capturing slaves, suggesting human beings – pyramid, apartment house, and tunnel builders that they are?  Man appears to possess many of their instincts, and yet he is not of them. 

 Irrationally, man keeps on seeking more than survival; irrationally, he still thinks he would rather his species die than survive in a new type of society resembling all too closely an old, old ant heap.  He cannot function as a human being without love…Eve’s act precipitated ancestral-man’s expulsion from a gardener’s job in a world that knew not love and hung only upon the idea of survival. 

Once work outside paradise becomes a reality, what roles do the female and the male play to survive?  We will explore that in our next post.  Until then, peace…

Animal Instinct Transformed

If animals are seen as rational (in a Darwinian sense) in contrast to man’s irrationality, it is because they have adapted perfectly to their surroundings, therefore aiding in their survival.  But in ancient Egypt, animals were seen as rational because their forms were perfect representations of their cosmic functions.  An animal’s joy was made complete in fulfilling its instinct; a cow chewing its cud, a cat toying with it’s prey, a horse galloping freely across the plain. 

In her few but penetrating works, the French Egyptologist Isha Schwaller de Lubicz has noted the role animals represented in Pharaonic theology as Neters.  Pharaonic theology was Imageconcerned with man becoming a “king,” one who assumes complete control over his lower nature.  The animals represented specific functions and instincts incarnate within mankind.  In her “Journey Into the Light” she states:

The forces of instinct are the expression of essential functions (cosmic functions).  Incarnated in animals they are neither good nor bad, but inherent to their nature.  Within each species they operate accordingly.  Only man has the power – and therefore the responsibility – to control the extent to which he comes under their influence.

In her novel, “Her-Bak,” Schwaller de Lubicz explains how the process of transformation of animal instincts within the human being takes place:

The animal in which (it’s) characteristics are incarnate to such perfection is therefore more than an image: it is the living symbol of the Neter (function)…. As for the cult of veneration which we pay the sacred animals, it is rendered to them as to earthly expressions of a cosmic functional property…. (An aspect of animal worship) serves to educate man toward becoming conscious of the universal functions incarnated through each of those “species…”

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I am reminded here of why it was given to Adam to name the animals.  This was a process of personal inventory of the functions he observed within himself.  He was able to “name” the animals because they represented instincts that dwelt within his very nature.  Schwaller de Lubicz continues…

You will still have to acquire knowledge of the structure of the human being before you can really interpret the… object of the animal cults; for this object is the development in man of the ideas, and later the consciousness of natural functions, so as to teach him the path of their total Consciousness, of which he will finally have to become aware within himself.

The more a man is still an animal, the more useful it is to him to relate himself to the ‘functional type’ corresponding to his own nature.  As his superior Consciousness progresses, it makes him more and more independent of the inferior states and their influences, and finally he will have to acquire complete domination over them.  The human elite (those who would endure suffering in the pursuit of wisdom) discerns this progress in the transformation of animal cults, when man seeks to replace them by human images until he at last arrives at the idea of the Spirit without images or formulas.

There was one who spoke openly about worshiping without images or formulas:

“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” –John 4:24

Until next time, peace…

Eating Our Way Out of Innocence

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Preston Harold continues describing the amoeba and why its course is humanity’s course…

There is no apparent reason why amoeba should ever die.  In the course of its division a new one is not produced: there are “only fragments of the original individuals, whose life has thus been continuous back to the time when life itself was first created…” Like an amoeba, Adam self-divided, and there is no immediately apparent reason why Adam and Eve should ever die.  But when amoebic animal life comes into the picture, innocence goes – as it does in Eden – and this is connected directly with eating.  Joseph Wood Krutch explains:

…all animals must eat something which is or was alive. …No animal, therefore, can be innocent as a plant may be. …And that, perhaps, is the deepest meaning of Original Sin.

The Eden drama relates that loss of innocence is directly related with eating.

And eating leads to death, which we will explore in our next post.  Until then, peace…

The Adam-Cell

Let’s jump train!  But in order to make sure we have a safe landing, let’s be reminded that “Harold believed that the laws and findings of the sciences are simply developments in the expression of truth that has been intuitively grasped and poetically stated in the great religions.  He believed that as Jesus studied the Scriptures he saw in them the same thing that he, Harold, saw in them and also in the records of Jesus’ drama: these writings embody a symbolical representation of the underlying laws functioning throughout nature.” (Winifred Babcock)

With this firmly under our belts we let Harold begin:

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin postulates that consciousness is the force Imagethat raised up life from matter, and that consciousness is life’s goal.  The Adam-Eve drama depicts life’s seeking an enlarged consciousness… The legend presents them first in what might be called “plant life” or “garden-being” – other legends and symbols dealing with “Cosmic Man” also indicate that he, or life, must be seen first as plant…  To examine man in his original form, one must examine animal life in its first form, in the form of a one-cell creature.  Thus, in his beginning, man must be seen as a one-cell creature, and one fold of the Eden legend tells of the Adam-cell – which is to say, Adam may be seen as a symbol of the simplest form of life, amoeba, for he follows amoeba’s path.

Image It is at this point, approaching the human being beginning as amoeba, that we turn aside to briefly examine one of the 20th century’s greatest inner archeologists, Rudolf Steiner.  ImageThe founder of the Waldorf Schools and Biodynamic agriculture among other movements, all of these outer initiatives were based on Steiner’s extensive inner digging.  He called his approach to spiritual investigation Anthroposophy, and defined it as “a path of knowledge to guide the Spiritual in the human being to the Spiritual in the universe.”  He also called Anthroposophy “spiritual science,” and unlike the Biblical writers who sought to put volumes of information in as short a communication as possible (The shape of the legend follows the shape of the brain) and who therefore used legends, Steiner left us with volumes of books and lecture cycles filled with his spiritual scientific research findings.  In his “Cosmic Memory” and “Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centers” he gives us page upon page of information on how man began as a single celled creature.   Cultural historian William Irwin Thompson has studied Steiner extensively and in his masterful “Coming Into Being” not only describes Steiner’s findings for us, but also clues us in to how the Biblical authors may have come across their “Divine Revelations:”

In his book Cosmic Memory, Rudolf Steiner claims to be able to take us to the edges of history in an archeological excavation that he calls “reading” the akashic record – the etheric image in the structure of space-time that holds the record of the past… the template for registering this crystalline structure is Steiner’s own imagination, and what Steiner “sees” is a negotiable instrument that brings forth a relationship between himself and the akashic record of the collective unconscious… For example, when Steiner talks about the ancient body of man swimming in the sea, we should not picture some comic book Aquaman swimming around in a submarine Atlantis, but the evolution of the cell.  Take this description from “Cosmic Memory:”

Thereby the likeness of man is in a position to attract certain substances from the environment and to combine them with itself, secreting them again later by means of the repelling forces.  These substances, of course, can only be taken from the animal realm described above, and from the realm of man.  This constitutes a beginning of nutrition.  Thus these first likenesses of man were eaters of animals and men.”

When Steiner uses the word “man” here, one should think of the German word Mensch or, even more generally, of “creature.”  Steiner is describing the cell, the chemotaxis of the amoeba.  We were the cell.  The origin of life is the origin of us.  Steiner’s vision is one in which humans are deeply embedded in the whole of natural history, of the planet and the solar system.  And he’s right… Steiner is an amazing visionary, but if one becomes a fundamentalist follower of his, an Anthroposophist constantly intoning “Der Doktor hat gesagt,” then one destroys the spirit with the letter of literalism.

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Fundamentalists everywhere!  In that last quoted paragraph, we can simply substitute “Steiner” with “the Bible” and, well, there you have it.  Thus Harold’s warning from our previous post about poetic license.

We will continue to explore Harold’s “Adam as amoeba” idea in our next post on Chapter 4.  Until then, peace…

The Role of Marriage in the Evolution of Mankind

Jesus’ espousal of the equality of the sexes leads to his view of marriage.  Preston Harold explains:

Marriage is dealt with in the passage wherein the Sadducees confront Jesus with the concept of Homo sapiens existing forever in a place of heavenly abode: they ask, in heaven whose wife would a childless woman be had she been seven times married and to seven brothers? sadducees  Jesus elevates the question in stating that when one is worthy of eternal life marriage will no longer be.  Here, He presents the concept that man’s nature is changing; that he will come in time to know a larger freedom than the sexual freedom marriage allows; he will be whole, a Self unto himself, knowing love that needs not the bonds society imposes to cope with sexuality in this generation.  Then He poses the principle that although man has not yet realized his constant-being, life is, even now, a constant state: He points out that the dead are raised, saying, “God is not a God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.”  If all are living to God, then all in time will be worthy of eternal life, and this “adulterous generation,” as Jesus calls it, must be seen as only a step in the evolution of man.

Marriage is a temporary sign in this generation of what the human being will ultimately become, “whole, a Self unto himself…”  What does this mean?

male-female-equalityIn the view of this study, there is within each individual both animus and anima, male and female consciousness outgrown from Adam-consciousness, originally bisexual, into “Israel,” a world of male and female selves.  Each treats with his own sex as he treats with his own masculine or feminine being.  Humankind must become equal to itself: male and female equal and equally responsible in every sense of the word before equality among mankind can come to be – and before the individual can become equal to himself in bisexual being: man and woman, even as Adam incorporated Eve in his original being.

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One’s soul may be said to represent the union of his masculine and feminine consciousness, or to be Self as Self is being developed through conscious experience with others.  The Authority-Ego may also be seen as bisexual, or as whole-being uniting within itself the masculine and feminine elements: the Self as the “us” of God, complete… The union of the Authority-Ego and the Soul born of consciousness when the Soul is fully enunciated, appears to be the goal of man — whole-being then embraces whole-being to give rise to a new being more richly endowed than Homo sapiens.

In the next post we will look at what is needed for the union of the masculine and feminine principles to take place.  Until then, peace…