Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Three Stages of Human Consciousness?

I came upon a snippet today (one of many interesting fragments of thought I came across this morning) while “researching” a whole bunch of other ideas that have been ping ponging around in my head for the past few days (weeks/years/lifetime?) I come across about a million quotes/thoughts/ideas/excerpts that would make a good blog post every time I sit down with my laptop, pick up a book, read the Bible, watch a movie or read the posts on the lists. More posts than I could ever hope to write…more thoughts than I can ever hope to think through.

Perhaps this is the sad travail it talks about in Ecclesiastes…you know…that God hath given to the sons of man to be humbled by…. exercised with…wearied of….burdened by (depending on the translation of Ecclesiastes 1:13 you happen to read) But alas that is the subject of a whole other post so I am going to leave that alone for now and just get on with the snippet du jour that I came across by happenstance (and google) this morning….and what came to mind when I read it.

The link on google, led to a PDF file…which led back to the web site I skimmed some of the writings there…long….deep…metaphysical. I don’t have the time or energy to be exercised with all the wisdom there this morning. I think some of Ken Wilbur's  theories are incorporated in this writing…entitled, An Integral Theory of Evolution. It is about 19 pages long…and written in a very scholarly fashion…with footnotes and references and too much new information for me to ponder in it’s entirety. So anyway…..back to the snippet….

……. we can look at the phylogeny of human consciousness from about 25,000 years ago in three stages, which we can call innocent, mental, and spiritual. During the first phase, our ancestors were like innocent, young children, from the Latin nocentem, present participle of nocere, ‘to hurt, injure’. So someone who is innocent is literally ‘harmless’. It seems that this innocent matrifocal or matriarchal age was comparatively peaceful, in contrast to the conflict-ridden mental epoch.

I am thinking that we are probably in the thick of…heading perhaps to the death throes of…..the conflict ridden mental epoch. The reign of the carnal/adamic/natural/egoic man. If Jesus ushered in the beginning of the spiritual age….the age of the realization of the christ in you, the hope of glory, perhaps we are in the transition period. The out with the old, in with the new. (Doesn’t Paul talk about this in his theories of old man/new man…the new creation man?)

And this age of innocence…when our ancestors (adam and eve?) were like innocent, young children. When they walked in the cool of the day (in the spirit) with God--when they had no inkling they were naked. Eckhart Tolle thinks the Fall came about when mankind started to think solely with their brains. Is that when the pineal gland shrunk to the size of a grain of rice and the pituitary gland…the gland that controls all things human, took over? When mankind closed their “third eye” and began to overthink things….and have been overthinking things ever since? The day we ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” and wandered away from the Tree of Life?

We are a species that has lost its way. Eckhart Tolle/ A New Earth

And doesn’t the Bible….if not taken literally, illustrate these three stages pretty graphically? The Garden…the age of innocence, the Old Testament with its atrocities and carnality oozing from every page (but with the voice of the spirit breaking through here and there...spoken by the prophets who sometimes proclaimed the true character and nature of God) And then the New Testament….the Gospels, where Jesus, THE prophet proclaimed what our true character and nature really are. Declaring boldly that the kingdom of God is within you and "Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?" A living, breathing, walking amongst us expressed image of the invisible God….the God who lives within us and in whom we live and move and have our being? And then the rest of the New Testament with Paul’s proclamations of what is carnal and what is spiritual….leading into the promises written about in Revelation….the new earth…the New Jerusalem.

Are we in the midst of the continuation of scripture? Are we living in the age of the  New(er) Testament? The ushering in of the spiritual age? The New Earth? The awakening?



A new species is arising on the planet. It is arising now, and you are it! Eckhart Tolle/ A New Earth

A new species? Perhaps what the Bible refers to as “the new creation man”?

These are just my thoughts this morning….not etched in stone….and I may rethink them as the day goes on and decide they don’t fit….but for now, this morning, they seem to make sense....

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