Once before I have pointed out that the written accounts of Creation must not be taken in an earthly sense. The book of Genesis in the Bible also does not refer to this earth. Creation of the earth was simply the natural consequence of the further evolution of the first Creation effected by the Creator Himself. It is almost inconceivable how Bible scholars could have jumped to such an illogical and gap-producing conclusion as that God should have created the gross material earth, directly after His own Perfection and without any transition.
To get nearer to the truth of what actually happened, it is not necessary to change the “Word” of the Scriptures. On the contrary, the description of Genesis represents this truth much more clearly than do all of the false and incomplete assumptions. It is only the erroneous interpretations which have caused the inability to understand on the part of so many people.
These people quite rightly sense the mistake that is made by the insistence on placing the Paradise referred to in the Bible on this gross material earth, which is so far remote from the Divine. It is after all not completely unknown that the Bible is primarily a spiritual book. It gives clarification about spiritual events, man only being mentioned where he is directly related to explanations and illustrations of these spiritual things.
Even the human intellect can understand, because it is natural, that the Bible description of Genesis does not refer to the earth, which is so far away from the Creator. Hardly anybody will dare to dispute the fact that this direct Creation of God, named first Creation, can only be looked for in His immediate environment, since it was the first to emanate from Him, and thus must be in closer connection with Him. No calm and clear thinker will expect that this first and actual Creation took place on this earth, of all places, which is furthest removed from the Divine Sphere, and which only came into being in the further course of evolution.
Thus there could be no question of a Paradise on earth. As expressly stated in Genesis, what God created personally naturally remained directly connected with Him and had to be in His close vicinity only. Quite understandable and natural is also the conclusion that all that was created in or emanated from His immediate proximity must most nearly resemble the Creator’s own Perfection. And that alone is Paradise, the Eternal Kingdom of God!
However, the idea that it is on the gross material earth must breed doubters. The thought of an “expulsion” from the earthly Paradise, whereby those driven out would still have to remain on the same earth, is so unsound, so evidently and grossly material in its concept, as to be almost grotesque. It is a lifeless picture, bearing the stamp of a frantically constructed dogma which no sensible human being can do anything with.
The less perfect a thing is the further removed it is from Perfection. Hence the spiritual beings that were created out of Perfection cannot be the human beings on earth, but must have their place closest to this Perfection, and must therefore be the most ideal of models for humanity. They are the eternal spiritual beings who never descend into the World of Matter and therefore never become human beings. They are radiant, ideal figures who attract like magnets and at the same time have a re-enforcing effect on all the abilities of the human spirit-germs, and of the spirits who have subsequently attained to consciousness.
The Paradise mentioned in the Bible therefore must not be confused with the earth.
For a better understanding it is necessary once again to give a complete picture of all that exists in order to make it easier for the seeker to find his way to the Eternal Kingdom of God, the Paradise where his spirit has his origin.
Man must imagine Divinity as the absolutely highest above all. God Himself, as the starting point of all that exists, as the Primordial Source of all Life, is in His absolute Perfection Unsubstantiate. At times He takes on form by enveloping Himself in the cloak of the adjacent Divine Substantiality. Next to God Himself in His very own Unsubstantiality follows this Sphere of Divine Substantiality. In this originate the first beings to take definite form. To these belong in the first place the four Archangels, secondly and thirdly a small number of Elders. These latter ones cannot enter into the Divine-Unsubstantiality; they are however of great importance for the further evolution towards spiritual substantiality, in the same way as, later on, the conscious beings of the Animistic Sphere are of great importance for the development of matter. Lucifer was sent from the Sphere of Divine Substantiality to be a direct support for Creation in its automatic further evolution
The Son of God, however, issued from Divine Unsubstantiality as a part of It, and after fulfilling His mission of help had to return to Divine Unsubstantiality and again become One with the Father. The Son of Man also issues from Divine Unsubstantiality, directly from God. Through the connection with the conscious spiritual substantiality, His severance made it imperative that He remain separate, yet directly connected to the Divine Unsubstantiate, so that He may stand as the Eternal Mediator between God and His Work. As Lucifer, who proceeded from the Sphere of Divine Substantiality, failed in his mission, it became necessary to send in his place someone stronger who would fetter him and bring help to Creation. For this reason the Son of Man, who was entrusted with this task, issued from Divine Unsubstantiality.
Adjoining the Sphere of Divine Substantiality is Paradise, the Eternal Kingdom of God. Closest to Divine Substantiality there is first of all conscious spiritual substantiality, consisting of the created eternal spiritual beings or spirits. These are the perfect, ideal models for all that human spirits, in their most perfect development, can and should aspire to. Like magnets they draw up those who strive to ascend. Through this automatic connection those who are seeking and those who strive to ascend often feel an inexplicable longing, which gives rise to the urge to seek and strive upwards.
These are the spirits that were never born into the World of Matter, and were created as the first Pure Spiritual beings by God Himself, the Primordial Source of all Being and all Life, thus being closest to His perfection. They are the ones who are truly made after His Own Image! We must not ignore the explicit statement in Genesis: after His Own Image. Here too this statement is not without significance for they can only be after His Image, not after Himself, i.e., only after that in which He shows Himself, because only pure Divinity Itself is Unsubstantiate.
In order to show Himself God must first clothe Himself in Divine Substantiality, as has already been said above, but even then He cannot be seen by those of spiritual substantiality, but only by those of Divine Substantiality, and that only to a minor degree, because all that is purely Divine must in its perfect purity and clarity blind all that is not Divine. Even those of Divine Substantiality cannot look upon God’s Countenance! The difference between Divine Unsubstantiality and Divine Substantiality is still far too great.
This Paradise of conscious spiritual substantiality contains at the same time unconscious spiritual substantiality which holds the same fundamental components which make up conscious spiritual substantiality, i.e., its germs. These germs hold life, and, following Divine Will, all life in the whole Creation strives to develop, to develop towards consciousness. This is quite a natural and healthy process. Consciousness, however, can emerge from unconsciousness only through experiencing, and this urge towards further development through experiencing finally pushes such maturing or urging germs of unconscious spiritual substantiality automatically off or out, over the boundary of the Sphere of Spiritual Substantiality. Since this expulsion or ejection of a germ cannot take place in an upward direction, it must necessarily proceed in the only way open to it, which is downwards.
And this is the natural expulsion from Paradise, from the Sphere of Spiritual Substantiality, necessary to every spirit-germ striving to become conscious!
That in reality is the biblical meaning of the expulsion from Paradise. When it is said: In the sweat of thy brow thou shalt eat thy bread, this is metaphorically quite correct. In other words, the turmoil of experiencing makes it necessary to defend and fight for himself against the pressing influences of the lower sphere into which it penetrates as a stranger.
This expulsion, ejection, or being driven out from Paradise is in no wise a punishment, but becomes an absolutely natural and automatic necessity when the spirit-germ is nearing a certain stage of maturity as a result of the urge to develop self-consciousness. It is the birth from the Sphere of Unconscious Spiritual Substantiality into the Sphere of Animistic Substantiality, and later into the World of Matter for the purpose of developing. It is progress, not retrogression!
Genesis describes quite correctly man’s feeling the desire to “cover his nakedness” after the conception of good and evil awakened within him, which was the slow development of self-consciousness.
With the increasing urge to become conscious, ejection or expulsion from Primordial Creation, from Paradise follows automatically, so as to journey through the Animistic Sphere and enter the World of Matter. Now as soon as the spirit-germ steps out of the Realm of Spiritual Substantiality it would stand “naked” as such in the lower, different and denser environment. One could also say “uncovered.” It is then that it feels not only the urge but the absolute necessity to cover itself protectingly with the essence and nature of the substance surrounding it; to wrap itself in a sort of cloak and take on first the animistic covering, then the ethereal body and finally also the gross material body.
Not until it has clothed itself in a gross material cloak or body does actual sexual instinct fully awaken and with it physical shame.
The greater this feeling of shame is the nobler is this instinct and the higher the man also ranks spiritually. The inner spiritual worth of a human being on earth may be directly measured by the greater or lesser degree of his physical shame! This is an infallible standard and easily recognized by any man. When this feeling of outward shame has been choked or eradicated, the soul’s far finer and quite different feeling of shame will always be choked at the same time and the inner man will consequently be debased.
It is an infallible sign of a deep fall and certain deterioration when humanity, under the guise of progress, begins to want to “lift” itself above the feeling of shame, this precious jewel whose effect is positive and supportive in every way! No matter whether this is done under cover of sport, hygiene, fashion, children’s education or any another welcome pretense. Decline and fall cannot be stayed then, and only the greatest of shocks can perhaps still bring a few of all those to their senses who so thoughtlessly allowed themselves to be drawn along this course.
Following its natural expulsion and during its journey through the animistic sphere and material parts of Creation, not only one but ever more urgent necessities arise for the existence of the spirit-germ in these lower regions of Creation so as to further develop and uplift them. In return this also works to strengthen and fortify the germ, not only contributing to its own development towards self-consciousness but even making it possible in the first place.
It is a gigantic working and interweaving, in a thousand ways. Yet in spite of all the lively automatic activity there is such an absolutely logical interlocking with the reciprocal actions that the path of a single spirit-germ, right to its very end, appears like part of a beautiful richly colored carpet, deliberately formed by the hand of an artist. It is a path either leading upwards towards self-consciousness or descending to eventual annihilation in order to protect the others.
There are so many laws working calmly and surely in the wonderful work of Creation that one could write a treatise on each of the thousand different processes in the life of man, but they would always lead back to the one great basic truth: the Perfection of the Creator as the Source of all that exists, Whose Will is the Living Creative Spirit. The Holy Spirit! All that is of spirit is Its Work!
As man originates in this spiritual-substantial Creation he bears within himself a particle of this spirit. This, it is true, brings with it the freedom of decision and the responsibility attaching to it, but it is in no way the same as Divinity Itself, as is so often erroneously assumed and explained.
To those who are capable of a conscious comprehensive overview, all effects of the Divine Will, which work in Creation through the Natural Laws in such beneficial, supportive ways, will then form into a wonderfully harmonious hymn of praise, into one single feeling of gratitude and joy rising through millions of channels towards the Source.
The eternally recurring process of evolution in Creation, which brings about, at the respective time, the expulsion of the spirit-germ from Paradise at a certain stage of maturity, also manifests visibly to the physical eye in all earthly happenings, because everywhere the process is reflected in the same way.
One could also call this expulsion, which is quite a natural development, the process of automatic severance. It is exactly the same as a ripe apple or any other ripe fruit falling from a tree, in order to release the seed in the process of decomposition according to the Creative Will. Only then, under the outside influences brought to bear directly upon it, can it break open the covering, germinate and become a tender plant. The plant in turn can only develop resistance through exposure to rain, storm and sunshine and thus grow into a strong tree. Thus the expulsion of the mature spirit-germ from Paradise is an inevitable result of evolution, in much the same way as the Animistic and Material Spheres, and finally the Gross Material World, are basically only a consequential evolution from the Sphere of Spiritual Substantiality whereby the fundamental characteristics of Original Creation continually repeat themselves, but with the necessary distinction that the effects manifest differently, depending on the species of nature and substance. Also, for all of spiritual-substantiality on its journey through the gross-material earthly, the expulsion of the soul occurs as soon as its time of maturity has arrived. This is called physical death, and it is the automatic expulsion or severance of the soul from physical matter and its birth into ethereal matter. Here also one can liken the process to fruit falling from a tree. In calm weather only ripe fruit fall, but during storms and severe weather unripe fruit fall too. Ripe fruit are those who pass over into the ethereal beyond at the right time and with their seeds inwardly matured. They are spiritually “ready” for the beyond, and therefore will quickly take root and be able to grow upward securely.
Unripe fruit, however, are those whose fall or death, with the accompanying decay of the hitherto protecting physical body, exposes the as yet unripe ethereal seeds, thus exposing them prematurely to all the influences, whereby they either have to whither or will be forced to complete their ripening process before they can take root (adjust themselves) in the ethereal soil (conditions) and thus grow upward.
And so evolution continually proceeds step by step unless in the meantime decay sets in and destroys insufficiently ripened seeds. Such a seed is then lost and with it, of course, its inherent vital potential for growing into an independent fruit-bearing tree able to contribute to continuing evolution.
He who looks around attentively can clearly observe many examples of this fundamental picture of all the happenings in Creation in his immediate environment, the smallest always reflects the greatest. — — —
Following downwards from this Paradise of Spiritual Substantiality is the realm of all Animistic Substantiality. This sphere of Animistic Substantiality itself is again divided into two parts. First there is conscious animistic substantiality, consisting of the elementals and nature-beings to which belong the elves, gnomes, mermaids, etc. These elementals and nature-beings were the necessary preparation for the further evolution towards the creation of the world of matter, for matter could only come into existence in unison with animistic substantiality.
The elementals and nature-beings had to co-operate creatively in the developing World of Matter just as they still do today.
Secondly, in the Sphere of Animistic Substantiality there exists unconscious animistic substantiality. From this issues the life of the animal soul*(Lecture: The difference in origin of man and animal). Note the difference between the Sphere of Spiritual Substantiality and the Sphere of Animistic Substantiality. Only that which is spirit bears within it from the very beginning the power to make a free decision, and the resulting full responsibility. This is not the case with the lower animistic substantiality.
A further result of the process of evolution was the creation of matter. This is divided into ethereal matter, in which there are many divisions, and gross matter which, commencing with the finest mist is visible to the physical eye! But there is no question of a Paradise on earth, as the earth is the outermost edge of gross matter. A reflection of the real Paradise is to be on earth at some time under the rule of the Son of Man at the beginning of the Kingdom of the Millennium. At the same time there will be erected an earthly replica of the Grail Castle, the archetype of which stands on the highest heights of the true Paradise as the hitherto only true Temple of God.