It is an issue that pops up again and again. Did
humanity evolve from the apes? Did humanity come from other planets. Did
somebody tinker with the genetics of humanity? Are we evolving or devolving?
The following is a collection of thoughts based on many different sources.
Mankind seems to have that unshakable memory that in the distant past something
went wrong, and we are still suffering from it. Many visionaries have given
their own ideas of what went wrong. Each is like a piece of the puzzle.
I have put some of these pieces together. It is not the entire puzzle, but
it gives you some idea of what it is all about.
From when I
was young, I asked myself: "We have everything to make everybody on
this planet happy and to live in a luxurious lifestyle, but we don't do
it. Why is that?" If humanity is supposed to be the "Crown of
Creation", and we are God's children, and God is perfect, why are we
messing it up so much? Later on I thought: "If one would cast a horoscope
for somebody born on Mars, what energy would we assign to the planet Earth?"
Planet Earth might look lovely from outer space, but the history of mankind
is one of destructive chaos. For as long as written history stretches man
has been fighting each other, murdering each other, torturing each other.
I you think we presently live in a civilized society, if you think that
we evolved from primitive cave men and we are now so much better, look around
you. You will see that we are not one inch better or more evolved. Man still
fights each other, still tortures, still wages war, still murders. In the
two World Wars millions of people perished. After that there were plenty
more little wars, and even today the killing goes on. We speak about peace,
and bringing democracy and freedom to other countries, but in reality more
chaos, more destruction, more killing goes on. Pollution is epidemic and
is creating a whole new series of degenerative diseases. Depleted uranium
is spread out by the ton through new super weapons, they have contaminated
this planet to the end of its existence. We haven't evolved one inch.
In the esoteric field it is said that Jesus Christ came to Earth because
mankind has sunk to such a low state that it had itself cut off from the
Divine Source. Wandering in a darkened consciousness, it might be doomed
to extinction, like a plant cut off from water will slowly wither away and
die. Christ came here to make mankind aware again not only that the Divine
Source exist, but that it is present in each one of us. He infused the Earth
with an energy that man could use to pull himself up from the darkness.
Mankind, up to that moment, only believed in a creator-God (the god of the
Old Testament), a God that rewards or punishes. When you read the Old Testament,
he sure likes blood. It is a reflection man's state of mind at that time
(and of our present time), but there is more to it.
I have been stumbling
more and more on the idea that humanity is not evolving, but actually degenerating.
This might be a strange idea to you, as it is contrary to what you learned
in school. I have been coming across this idea from several different sources.
They all explain it in somewhat different terms, but the underlying idea
is the same. Again, when I was young I was asking myself, why is man, compared
with the animals, physically or biologically so weak? Animals, can drink
water from pools, if we do it we get sick. Man is very vulnerable to diseases.
Animals can survive easily in harsh weather. Some animals, like the deer
are outside all the time, in rain, and on cold, freezing nights in the winter.
If man would do that, he would get sick right away, or just freeze to death.
Animals are physically well developed, especially their muscles. Man is
physically very weak. Try to wrestle with any animals, and you know what
I am talking about. I studied horticulture. It is well known that when you
cross breed plants to gain certain new characteristics, the new species
will often get weaker. The same happens with inbreeding of animals. What
you end up with is a weakened species. Mankind has all the characteristics
of a weakened species.
It all looks like man is not the result of evolution,
at least not on this planet. He seems to have been more the result of an
experiment, an experiment that didn't quite work out. Remarkably, we find
a similar idea in the Cabala. Cabala teaches that the Divine created the
Tree of Life, containing the archetypes of creation. The Tree of Life consists
of ten Sephiroth (=vessels) containing ten archetypical energy emanations.
The Jewish books explain that originally the first Tree of Life, called
the Qliphoth, was unbalanced. The worlds thus created (based on the unbalanced
Sephiroth) were destroyed, separated, or cast down. They have been traditionally
interpreted as the source of all the evil forces in the present world. A
Hasadic view states that in the process of creation, ten sephiroth were
created, each encapsuled by a qliphah. The ten sephiroth are thought to
be ten divine "enumerations" or "emanations" of God
into the universe . The first set of ten qliphoth proved too weak to hold
the emanating force, and the lower seven of them broke. They were replaced,
but the broken former set, animated by a residue of the creative power of
God, remained and conflicts with those aspects of the world corresponding
to the lower seven sephiroth. The importance of the Qlipoth for today's
humanity varies, but in general it is seen that the energies and entities
from those destroyed worlds are still causing all kinds of imbalances in
today's world. Some see them as evil, other's see them as a shadow that
man to work out. There are like unbalanced forces in the unconsciousness
of man. They may be unconscious, but that doesn't mean they are inactive.
Dion Fortune (a famous British occultist) describes the Qliphoth as "aptly
termed the evil and averse Sephiroth and are the unbalanced and destructive
aspect of the Holy Stations (Sephiroth) themselves". She goes on to
write that "Whoever attempts to work with the positive aspect of a
Sephirah must remember that it has a negative aspect" and it's important
to maintain the balance of forces. The Qliphoth is looked at as the place
where one finds the Absolute of all averse conditions as in absolute lust,
absolute envy, etc.
God created a first world that was unbalanced. We
have approached it from the Cabalistic point of view. There are several
sources that speak of ancient worlds and human beings that weren't created
right and were destroyed. Mankind really seems to have an unconscious memory
of it, as it surfaces in many tales. So, did God make a mistake? Maybe we
should approach it from another angle. Let's leave behind the word God,
as it invokes a rather the idea of an ancient old man. The Divine is an
undifferentiated energy about which we cannot say much. But we can say (in
simplistic terms) that part of the Divine (if not all) split itself into
innumerable pieces that entered the universe and became conscious beings.
These conscious beings, of all different kinds, created everything in the
universe. So, each of us, and that includes you too, is a little piece of
the Divine. It is like a big sandbox out here, and the Divine let us play
in it. There are spiritual beings who create galaxies, planets, and the
life on it. As the universe has been around a long time, many intelligent
beings flourished on many planets. Our solar system is a second generation
solar system. That means that it was formed out of the ashes of previous
exploded stars and solar systems. Now, in the last decades there has been
a growing awareness of the possibility of extraterrestrial civilizations.
This also is reflected in the esoteric circles. We see more and more sources
that claim, each in their own way, that humanity did not evolve on this
planet, but was seeded from other planets. Not once, but many times. There
also seems to be evidence that humanity was genetically altered in the past.
Visionaries tell that the Atlantean people were familiar with genetic engineering.
But even earlier than Atlantis there were races that came and went, not
all being successful in surviving. There is a lot of information that points
to the fact that humanity did not evolve from the apes (an idea that now
has been abandoned by most scientist). The esoteric circles have always
claimed that the apes evolved from the humans, that is, the apes de-volved
from a branch of human bodies that could not hold the human spirits anymore.
In other worlds, this branch of human bodies was too degenerated (genetically).
Similar things seem to have happened in the distant time on this planet.
Humanity, already genetically altered when it came to this planet, had unbalanced
bodies. The souls incarnated in the human bodies were not always able to
live a normal, balanced life in harmony with the Divine. Mythologically,
we remember this as the Fall. Mankind turned away from the Divine as the
forces of the unbalanced physical body created too much havoc on the souls.
Lucifer (forget what the Catholic Church has said about it), was originally
the Light-bearer, the favorite angel of God. But he turned away and got
cast into the darkness. Lucifer is the symbol of individualized consciousness.
The consciousness that makes you an individual person is like a double edged
sword. You get to be an individual (in contrast to a group mind) but at
the same time you get cut of from the Divine source.
the founder of the Anthroposophical movement and a visionary, explained
this change in mankind in ancient times. Steiner said that in the Lemurian
period the Luciferian spirits developed the brain of man too soon, by which
man began to direct his attention to the physical world around him, and
he was not ready for that. By this act man lost contact with the spiritual
world and the spiritual guides who were instructing man how to live. Cut
off from this contact man did gain the precious gift of individualized consciousness
and free will. But free will implies the possibility of error, and thus
of suffering. So here again, we have something that happened to mankind
that wasn't quite right and was unbalanced. So, now, mankind still is carrying
around those mistakes made in the past. It is like a shadow that follows
him with every move. Steiner considered the course of the human path to
be aimed at the realization of the Christ consciousness, which seeks the
harmonious manifestation of all aspects of the human being in balance. But
man is opposed by a current of consciousness based on destruction, imbalance
and conflict. This current is twofold: Lucifer and Ahriman: Lucifer is the
symbol of energy, dynamic motion, dissolution of boundaries; Ahriman is
the symbol of matter, crystallization, formation of boundaries and limitations,
solidification in all regions.
Let me finish with this:
body might be the result of a failed experiment, but remember you are not
the body. You are a Divine Spirit that incarnated in this body to gain experience,
to develop your consciousness. Incarnating in an imbalanced human body gives
the opportunity to balance out the disharmony. That might take time, a lot
of time. With many mistakes. It seems that incarnating on this planet Earth
gives the human spirit the chance of individualized consciousness, a freedom
of choice, and to develop his own strength. It is a difficult task to work
in an unbalanced world, but the rewards are great. unfortunately, a lot
of people are swept away by the unbalanced forces. As one visionary once
said: "Uneducated man reverts back to the animal state." That
is what we need: education. To teach people how to handle this human life
in harmony with the Divine. That is what Christ and many other spiritual
teachers came here for. That is the task of all of you, spiritual seekers,
to do the same for your fellow man. If we fail, man will surely destroy
I also came across a Rosicrucian source, the Lectorium
Rosicrucianum, (LR), founded by Jan Leene who took the pen name Jan van
Rijckenborgh. As a Rosicrucian order (there are several), he took the rather
unusual point of view that “there is no evolution whatsoever, only degeneration”.
Mankind, if left alone, would only degenerate and return to a barbaric state.
Man has no real soul, but only a replacement soul, which is mortal, made
of corruptible fluids. Therefore, a radical revolution and transformation
is needed. A New Man must be born, after the old personality dies. No master
should intervene in this process, and only self-initiation in the candidate
is awaited. Jan van Rijckenborgh's teachings are very Gnostic. The LR proposes
a classical Gnostic dualism between the divine world (static) and the natural
world (dialectic). The so-called living beings that we are, having forgotten
their divine origin, are imprisoned in this dualist and absurd world. Yet,
they possess a "spirit spark atom" which manifests itself in many
as a remembrance or pre-remembrance and nostalgia. The path of transfiguration
as proposed by the LR aims to awaken the divine spark ("the rose of
the heart") and to lead humans back to their original condition.
In the light of the above, it is the task of humans on this Earth, to
use this imperfect world and these imperfect physical bodies to become aware
of their divine origin and to transform themselves into spiritually evolved
beings. The fact that the human body on this planet is unbalanced is something
we have to deal with.