The following text is meant to be an short
overview of the history of mankind from a different point of view than the
scientific. I hope it will stimulate your interest. More information can
be found in the book of Rudolf Steiner, the readings of Edgar Cayce, and
other psychic sources.
Why does the title say "esoteric" history?
Well, it is the history of mankind according to clairvoyants, psychics and
other gifted people in contrast to modern scientists who examine bones,
put up a theory and sweep everything that does not fit their theory under
the rug. How accurate is esoteric history? We do not know, but there are
a lot of similarities between the different sources. We can at least get
an idea where man came from and the evolution he went through. Most of what
is written below is based on the writings of Rudolf Steiner. His books are
widely available and I recommend them highly. Edgar Cayce was another seer
with interesting accounts of Atlantis.
It is a question everybody will
ask himself sooner or later: where did we come from? The very origin of
man is Light, residing in an all encompassing Light Realm. Then, entering
the Universe, the human being could be perceived as a tone, a vibration,
a sphere of light with prismatic light beams.
About fifteen to twenty
years ago our Universe came into being. Around 14 billion years ago the
Milky Way formed. Around 5 billion years ago the our solar system arose.
Our solar system is a second generation. That means that it was formed when
other solar systems had gone through their evolution and blew apart into
cosmic dust out of which our solar system was formed. Who knows what life
developed in those first generation solar systems? Planet Earth was formed
around 4.5 billion years ago. Can you imagine all those years passing by
since our planet was formed? A human life is just an eye blink.
Steiner gives a rather unique view on how our planet formed and the life
that was already present before the planet solidified. He talks about four
The Saturn period
The Sun period
The Moon period
The Saturn period was when the future solar system only
consisted of one big massive, spinning ball of glowing, gaseous substance.
In this primal "sun" life was already present. It consisted of
life forms that would later become humans. Those pre-human life forms did
not have physical forms yet, that would happen in the last stage, the Earth
period. In the Saturn period they had a very subtle, spiritual form. They
had a "mineral consciousness", that is a consciousness that is
dull, vague and can be compared with deep trance. During this period the
physical body was being formed, not in physical matter as it is now, but
on subtle levels, more like a matrix for the future human body when our
planet Earth would be completely physical.
The primal "sun"
expelled two masses that became Uranus and Saturn. The remaining primal
mass, in which gasses and fluids moved around, has now entered the second
phase: the Sun period. The life forms of the Saturn period now had to make
a leap into the next phase of their evolution, as their environment had
changed by the expulsion of two planets. We had now gotten two kinds of
life forms: the most evolved which were still pre-humans, and those who
were behind in their evolution which would later become the animals. The
pre-humans during this Sun period had a "vegetable consciousness".
This was a consciousness that can be compared with a dreamless sleep. It
is a consciousness only aware of what happens inside oneself, but not of
what happens around oneself. During this period the etheric body was being
Another mass of substance was expelled which later will become
our Sun. Other planets were forming as well: Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and
Venus. This was the Moon period. We had a radiating Sun and planets, and
a mass of substance composed of gases and very dense fluids that would later
become the Earth and the Moon. Under the light from the sun the gases separated
from the fluids. This mass was inhabited with three forms of life. The most
evolved were still pre-humans. Included also were those who were behind
in their evolution, and would later become the animals. Finally there were
those even more behind in their evolution, they would become the plants.
The pre-humans now had an "animal consciousness". With this consciousness
they could evoke images in themselves in relation to what happened around
them. During this period the astral body was being formed.
primal mass of substance now expelled the Moon and became itself the Earth.
The Earth was becoming physical with gases, fluids and physical matter.
The physical body of man was formed. The life forms less developed than
man became animals, the lesser life forms became the plants and the least
developed became rocks, crystals and physical matter. Humans now had "human
consciousness" what we are all familiar with. The sense of ego was
being developed, but it is behind the three bodies in development (physical,
etheric and astral). Hence the many errors and illusions of man in his quest
for wisdom and knowledge.
This is the basic esoteric teaching as to how
our solar system came into being and the development of life forms during
this period. It is a little mind stretching, but interesting. Rudolf Steiner
goes much more in detail, but you have to read up on it if you want to know
more (look in his book, Cosmic Memory). The next stages of evolution are
easier to follow. One more interesting thing Steiner mentions; for its survival
every life form preys on lower life forms, because there is nothing else
around to live on. So humans eat animals and plants, animals eat plants,
and plants grow on minerals.
The Periods of Human
Human evolution happens in stages and for the moment
we are about half way. The stages we went through are
the Polar period
the Hyperboreic period
the Lemurian period
the Atlantic period
the Post-Atlantic period.
The Polar and
The Earth had become physical and animals and plants
were forming. Man, however, stayed on the spiritual levels because he wanted
to create the conditions, on the physical, to obtain highly developed animal
forms in order to incarnate and develop them into human bodies. It is estimated
that the ancestor of apes and humans lived more than 200 million years ago,
even before the first reptilians roamed the Earth (they appeared some 140
million years ago). In text books it always has been stated that man came
long, long time ago after the dinosaurs died out (65 million years ago),
but new studies point out that not only had man and ape a common ancestor
but that man probably lived together with the great dinosaurs.
initial periods are a called Polar and Hyperboreic (=a region around the
poles) because man, on the spiritual plane of the earth, was situated in
these regions. During these two periods the perception of sound was developed,
the sense of taste, of cold, and man was perceiving by means of colorful
images inside himself.
The Lemurian Period
The Lemurian Period started around 225 million years
ago and ended around 54 million years ago. Man incarnated in highly developed
animal bodies that were being shaped to human forms. Matter was not as solid
as it is today, and form could be changed to a certain degree by the will
of man. Now man had become male and female. In the two previous periods,
on the spiritual plane, man was androgynous, but on the physical level bodies
were male and female. As Lemurian man evolved he developed feelings that
interact with feelings of other people. He primarily perceived by means
of inner dream images. His eyesight is rudimentary. As he progressed further
his inner perception weakens as his eyes develop and perceive the outer
world. Material substances were able to influence his feelings, and primitive
feelings like lust developed.
Lemurian man was in close contact with
nature. "The Lemurian derived strength of his ideas directly from the
objects which surrounded him. It flowed to him from the energy of growth
of plants, from the life force of animals. In this manner he understood
plants and animals in their inner action and life. He even understood the
physical and chemical forces of lifeless objects in the same way. When he
built something he did not first have to calculate the load-limit of a tree
trunk, the weight of a stone; he could see how much the tree trunk could
bear, where the stone, in view of its weight, would fit, and where it would
not. Thus the Lemurian built without engineering knowledge on the basis
of his faculty of imagination which acted with the sureness of a kind of
instinct. Moreover, to a great extent, he had power over his own body. When
it was necessary, he could increase the strength of his arm by a simple
effort of the will. For example, he could lift enormous loads merely by
using his will." (Rudolf Steiner)
As the human form could be shaped
by the will of man, we find human forms of different stature like dwarfs
and giants. Man lived in huts, in communities, and lived from hunting and
agriculture. In later times there were big cities. They knew and communicated
with the brothers of the stars, highly evolved beings who would come to
Earth to educate mankind. As man was still very much connected with his
inner life he was able to travel in his astral body.
During the Lemurian
time, there was a lot of volcanism, and the climate was humid and warm.
The atmosphere was often dense with mist and smoke. They was plenty of vegetation
and animals. Man lived by his instincts, his desires, his lust. Originally
he did not have a memory, that would develop slowly. He did not have a language
as we do, but communicated by means of nature sounds. He was very connected
with the life forms around him. He understood the plants, the animals, his
environment. Later on he developed a musical expression which brought him
into an ecstasy and contact with the cosmos. The Lemurian period ended by
In the evolution of mankind one needs to take into
consideration that there are certain groups of highly evolved beings that
have always worked on his evolution. One of those groups is the Luciferian
beings. They developed the human brain and made man aware of the material,
or the physical, too early in his evolution. The Luciferian beings did this
because it would bring certain advantages to themselves. Because man’s consciousness
became directed towards the outer, physical world too early in his evolution,
he gradually lost his connection with the other more advanced spiritual
beings who were guiding him from in the beginning. As this guidance decreased
man gained freedom, freedom in his actions but this implied the possibility
of error. Man began to make mistakes and cause disharmony.
The Atlantic Period
The Atlantic civilization began around 65 million
years ago. In the early Atlantic period there was still a lot of humidity
and mist. During the Atlantic period the emotional body developed itself.
The development of animal instincts was over, and now man was primarily
ruled by emotions. The intellect was still rudimentary. Atlantic man had
an instinctive knowledge of the powers of nature.
In the Atlantic period
we had initiates who learned to control their emotions by the spirit. As
their spirit was able to control the lower forces of nature, some of them
used their powers for black magic. Among the ruling class two groups developed:
the Sons of the Law of One and the Sons of Belial. Edgar Cayce explains
that: " The Sons of Belial were of one group, or those that sought
more the gratifying, the satisfying (of self), the use of material things
for self, without thought or consideration as to the sources of such nor
the hardships in the experiences of others. Or, in other words, as we would
term it today, they were those without a standard of morality. The other
group -those that followed the Law of One- had a standard…Their standard
was that the soul was given by the Creator or entered from outside sources
into the projection of the mental and spiritual self at the given periods.
That was the standard of the Law of One, but was rejected by the Sons of
Memory developed greatly, and knowledge, science and technology
was based on memory and not on intellectual reasoning. Those who had a great
memory became leaders. "They had a highly developed memory. This memory
was one of their most prominent mental faculties…Nobody impressed upon his
intellect that three times four is twelve. In the event that he had to perform
such a calculation he could manage because he remembered identical or similar
situations. He remembered how it had been on previous occasions…Under totally
new conditions the Atlantean had to rely on experiment. One did what one
had always "seen" before. One did not invent; one remembered."
(Rudolf Steiner). Later on the faculty of thought developed and with it
a fondness for innovations and changes.
Language too developed, and the
power of words could control nature and people. In the Lemurian period only
the community was important, in the Atlantic period, the sense of personal
self increased. As the sense of ego increased, egotism set in.
we call Atlantis was a civilization that slowly developed itself in many
ways, growing into a true world civilization. There were many seaports and
ships, they had great agricultural, landscaping and industrial skills. The
technology was different from our present-day technology. It was based on
solar and electrical energy and crystals. Edgar Cayce gves a good description
of one of their devices. It can be found in "Edgar Cayce on Atlantis"
by his son Edgar Evans Cayce. Science and technology, and most of the knowledge,
was in the hands of a small elite group of priest-scientists. Their science
was mostly developed in underground facilities. The priest-scientists traveled
all over the globe and helped to establish communities and cities, but their
science and technology was not placed in the hands of common man. They had
airships, and other vehicles to travel through water and through the earth.
They had contact with extraterrestrial beings and thus also traveled in
space ships. The first rulers of Atlantis were extraterrestrials and brought
humanity many gifts like agriculture, certain herbs, bees, wheat and scientific
knowledge. Occasionally groups of humans from other planets were also brought
here. At the end of the Atlantic period, man began to experiment with genetic
manipulation. Spiritual values began to decline quickly and warfare with
powerful energy weapons caused much destruction. The Atlanteans could cause
earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and had death rays.
Atlantis was destroyed
three times. A first destruction happened around 50,000 years ago. A second
destruction happened around 28,000 years ago. The last and final destruction
was around 12,000 years ago.
There are still plenty remains from the
Atlantean civilization, although unrecognized by scientists as they do not
believe that once a mighty civilization existed. Edgar Cayce said that the
pyramid of Cheops in Egypt was built during the later times of Atlantis.
Machu Pichu and other cyclopean cities (built with huge, many tons a stone,
slabs) date from Atalantis. The 1,200 ton famous Stone of the South in Baalbek,
Lebanon, was cut during Atlantis. The Bimini walls and ruins were once part
an Atlantean city. The recently discovered cyclopean buildings of the coast
of Yonaguna, Japan was also part of Atlantis, when the sea level was much
lower (for those buildings to have been built on dry land they must be at
least 10,000 years old). Recently another underwater city has been found
of the coast of Cuba. The famous life-size crystal skulls were made by Atlanteans.
The Nazca lines, the topped mountains nearby, the petroglyph stones found
in underground caves near Nazca, depicting man and dinosaurs, and strange
scientific scenes, date from Lemuria and Atalantis. And so on.
This is the present period, that began some 12,000
years ago. First was the civilization of India during which insight was
gained into the spiritual worlds. Next, the Persian civilization saw the
universe as being filled with spiritual beings who were connected to humans.
The Egyptian-Chaldean civilization concentrated itself too much on the physical.
The Greco-Roman civilization emphasized the beauty of the physical body.
Contact with the spiritual world was rudimentary and the gods were just
reflections of human characteristics. Man became more self-centered. The
Christian period is a turning point. Man had closed himself off completely
from the spiritual worlds. Therefore Christ incarnated and put Christ-power
into the astral body of the Earth, making it available for whomever wants
to contact it. Now man has to search by inspiration and purity of spirit,
independent from external influences, in order to discover the divine in
In the present Christan era, the development of the spirit is
central, by concentration, study, meditation, critical thinking, and control
of emotions. In this period there is a development of creativity, and a
striving for universal love.
The next Aquarius period will start in 3500
A.D. The races will mix to produce a new race. The physical world and also
science will be regarded as a revelation of the spiritual.