Andrew wrote:I'm trying to understand the matter-antimatter interaction here. The physical birth process begins when an egg accepts(?) a sperm. The cells begin reciprocally multiplying in the form of sacred geometry. Is this material, chemical process growing the aether of the soul, the 3D time aspect? I always had a hard time visualizing how material and aetherial units aggregate to form a life unit.
Gopi shared a nice explanation with Billy, Spaceman, and myself last night in regards to the nature of seeds and the potential stored within them that essentially, looking 'into' the seed to find the form and energy for what will at some point become the plant that the seed is destined to become, will leave you wanting because the information that constitutes the stuff that will emerge from within the seed actually exists externally to it and the determining factors are those far out ones that go into the growth of a plant i.e. lunar cycles, seasons, orientations to planets and stars, etc. - a very interesting reciprocal relationship. It's also interesting considering the same situation as it applies to the seed of personality that is imprinted at the moment of a person's birth due to astrological orientation.
It must at least not be so difficult to achieve enough "reincarnation points", otherwise not many souls would have survived past the middle ages or in other times when lifetime expectancy was low.
Considering the information in the Homo Sapiens Ethics paper, and thinking about the state of the world at that time and how humans related to it, I think it's possible that the proper types and amounts of energy could have been acquired within the constraints of a shorter life cycle. I just started one of Rudolf Steiner's books that Gopi lent me, Polarities in the Evolution of Mankind
that seems to address the issue.
Rudolf Steiner; Stuttgart, 5 March 1920 wrote:As you know, a new era in human evolution started during the 15th century, very different from anything that went before. Thinking of this you will want to be aware of the many ways in which life is different in the present age, which had its beginning in the 15th century, if we compare it to the preceding age. We may say that one particular feature of the present age is that intellectual thinking has developed since the middle of the 15th century. Humankind has to undergo a major process of education in the course of Earth evolution. Part of it is this training of the intellect. Human beings had to find out, as it were, how human life can be lived when the emphasis is on intellectual thinking. They could never have been raised to be truly free individuals if the intellectual principle had not become part of them. We have no clear idea today of the extent to which people differed from us before the middle of the 15th century, particularly in this respect. We tend to take the things we are given for granted, without giving them much thought. We are now generally dealing with the peoples of civilized countries who are inclined to think with the intellect, and we have come to believe that people have always been thinking like this. That is not the case, however, Before the middle of the 15th century people were thinking in a different way. They simply did not think in the abstract terms in which we think today. Their thinking was very much more vivid and concrete, immediately bound up with the objects of the world around them. They were much more bound up with the feelings and will impulses that can be experienced in the human soul. We are living very much in our thoughts, though we are not sufficiently aware of this. We are not even aware of the source from which this way of thinking, the intellectual approach which we take so much for granted, has evolved. We shall have to go a long way back in human evolution to get a real understanding of the origins of this way of thinking, this intellectualism. Another question we must ask ourselves is whether anything still remains of the human activity out of which our thinking evolved.
You know that older evolutionary forces persist into later ages and continue to be present side by side with those that are normal to the age in question. This also applies to our thinking. Reminders, echoes of thinking, of an activity similar to our thinking are experienced in our dreams, when a whole world of images emerges from our night time sleep. Experience teaches us to distinguish between the world of thoughts we evolve between waking up and going to sleep and the world of dream images which we experience in an entirely passive way. If we go back to earlier times in human evolution we find that the further back we go the more does the life of the soul during waking hours come to resemble the mental activity we known in our dreams today. Present-day thinking is the fruit of later stages of evolution. During earlier stages along this path the human soul developed activities more akin to dreaming. If we follow this dreamlike activity of the human soul a long way back we find ourselves going beyond Earth evolution as we know it. We come to a time when the earth had taken a physical form in the cosmos that preceded the present one. We have got used to calling it the Old Moon evolution. Human beings were part of this as well, but in an entirely different form. During that Moon evolution, i.e. the time when the earth materialized in a form that preceded the present one, the human being, the true ancestor of modern man, was still completely etheric. His soul became active in a way that was definitely dreamlike, consisting of dream images. The peculiar thing about this was that it related to the outer world in a way that is quite different from the soul activity we know as thinking. I would say that when our soul is active in thought we find ourselves rather isolated within the world. The world is outside us, it has its own processes. We reflect on those processes in our minds, but just when we think we are reflecting most profoundly on those external processes we actually feel ourselves entirely outside them. Indeed we often feel that we are best able to think about those external processes if we keep ourselves well isolated from them, withdrawing into ourselves. The human ancestor who was dreamy in his thinking, if I may put it like this, did not have that feeling. Developing in his way in his dreams what we develop in our way when we are thinking, he knew himself to be intimately bound up in everything he experienced with what went on in the world. We see the clouds, we think about them, but we do not feel that the powers alive in the clouds are also alive in our thinking. Our human ancestor did have the feeling that the powers alive in a cloud were also alive in his thinking. This ancestor said--and I must translate what he said into our language, for this language was a silent one compared to ours: The powers that are alive and active in the cloud out there produce images in my mind. He saw himself no more isolated from the great universe in which the cloud revealed its essential nature than my little finger is able to think itself isolated from the rest of me. If I were to cut it off it would wither; it would no longer be my finger. The human ancestor felt that he could not exist apart from the universe that belonged to him. My little finger might well say: The blood which pulses through the whole of the body also pulses within me; the whole of my organic life is governed by the same laws as the organic life of the rest of the body. The human ancestor said: I am part of the universe; the power that pulses within me as I evolve images is the same as the power that is alive and active in the forming of clouds. That is how the human ancestor felt himself to be closely related, intimately bound up, with the whole world.
We need to feel isolated from everything that goes on outside us in our thinking, as though the umbilical cord has been cut and we are separate from the essential origins and causes of the existing world. In ordinary life we are not aware of the pulses beating throughout the universe. Our thinking has grown abstract. Our thinking tells us nothing, as it were, of what is alive and active within it. This provides the actual potential for the freedom of human beings, a freedom where we do not feel that something is thinking in us but that we ourselves do the thinking.
What I gather from this, firstly, is that the preexistence of mankind before the world is as it is currently, as well as the world itself before this time is similar to what I hope to relay of the information that Gopi shared with us. It seems to me that this preexistence in etheric form is the existence of the potential of the entity that would evolve out of the seed that is our planet/stellar system. The other thing I take from this, is that the evolution of consciousness at the present location in time and space is at a stage such that it takes more clock time and willful effort by the separate, individuating units to develop the necessary amounts and types of energies necessary for the reincarnation (to say nothing of the ascension) program to be engaged.
I was having a conversation with Spaceman yesterday about where I currently perceive myself on the path (a comfort zone staring down the barrel of an exit ramp) and how if this is as far as I go, then I could be ok with that because of the work that's been done up until this point to develop those aforementioned types and amounts of energies which as a consequence leave me feeling assured knowing that what comes after this life will be a change of scenery where the development of the person I will be in the next life will not happen in the same rivalrous mode that it has up to this one now. I have reorganized the structure of my self such that the corpus, anima, and animus are able to healthily communicate and can work together towards a common goal. Spaceman's response was that it seems that this point that I feel comfortable with and could potentially stagnate in is likely the starting point for the evolution beyond h. sapiens sapiens.
In thinking on this, I've realized that a) I'm not as comfortable as I thought myself to be, otherwise I wouldn't feel the need to discuss it and b) this IS that point of origin. What happens after this is completely new for me, and I'd be wasting a valuable opportunity that I have given myself to fulfill the goals that I set out into this manifestation with. Will I stub my toe along the way or bump my head on a low hanging branch? Probably, if I'm careless. But I shouldn't and won't let that stop me. Sure, I could waltz right through the rest of this incarnation "successfully", but it wouldn't see me completing the things that I came here to work on. Leaving that for further incarnations would be crass, callous, and irresponsible. I'm still learning that the ego is tenacious in its old ways and tries very skillfully/craftfully to usurp its former seat as king of the castle back again, but so long as I remain aware of that I can continue forward, knowing that the system is evolving.
Perhaps this is one such inhibition as was mentioned in the OP that keeps our species from developing the psychic abilities that we are most certainly capable of. Most of us here have experienced these to some extent at some point or another, but it's the next step that will see us growing into the potential that sat waiting for the right conditions in order to engage the seeds of who/what we are. Then, once again, the world will find itself home to wizardkind. We just have to be brave enough and believe enough in ourselves to take the steps rather than stand idly by at the threshold waiting for a push (via reincarnation) or an invitation. This moment is our invitation. No one can make us take these steps. Likewise, once committed, no one can stop us from taking them. This is the path we are choosing to walk. This is Kheb.