Oh, How We Struggle to Obey, Even in Paradise!

Someone once asked the Pathwork® Guide why life has to be so hard. In fact, according to the Guide, another way was tried. It was an easier way, that took us by way of Paradise. And yet, because we struggle against having to obey, we failed.

This three-part article explains:
1) The first plan, involving a shorter Path to Freedom by way of Paradise, and why it failed.
2) God’s back-up plan, involving the creation of Earth and the arrival of humans here.
3) Humanity’s current stage of development: Our transition into adulthood.

Part One | Another Way Was Tried

PARADISE: The First Path to Freedom

After the Fall, God wanted to give us the opportunity to make our way back to the divine light as quickly as possible. To this end, God created a spiritual plane called Paradise. Here, the first arrivals to ascend from the higher depths of Hell—those who had worked their way up through stages of self-improvement while in Hell—would find a temporary home.

We may know of Paradise from the biblical story of creation, but we may not realize it was a spiritual plane and not an earthly one. For at that time, Earth had not yet come into existence.

Living in Paradise

The first spiritual being—again, people weren’t yet a thing—to work his way up to Paradise was the one called Adam in the Bible. Before the Fall, Adam had been a high-ranking prince in Heaven, sitting just below the level of the archangels, as pecking orders go. Adam had not been swayed by Lucifer to turn his back on Christ as the King and to support Lucifer in his efforts to claim the throne. In fact, Adam wouldn’t hear of it.

Adam instructed all spirits in his service to make sure Lucifer never darkened his door again. On this Adam was clear and firm. He barred the door to Lucifer and warned all under his direction to do the same. But Lucifer was a charmer, and a persistent one at that. Using abundantly cunning means, Lucifer went a roundabout way to reach his goal.

Over time, Lucifer managed to win over a steadily increasing number of supporters, many of whom were Adam’s subordinates. Some of these higher ranking spirits then went to their prince, Adam, and eventually persuaded him to reconsider. And this fickleness—this wavering—would be Adam’s downfall. For even though his allegiance was steadfast at first, Adam’s loyalty to his King was later swayed by how others felt.

Lucifer was a charmer, and a persistent one at that.

When the Fall happened, it was swift and irreversible. And all who were not firm in their support for Christ as their king were swept into darkness. And so it was that Adam, as well as his twin soul, Eve—who was in the same ambivalent boat as Adam—were plunged into Hell.

Since Adam was one of the spiritual beings who fell the least, he was the first who managed to work his way back up through the layers of darkness into the newly created limbo sphere of Paradise. Shortly after, Eve joined him there.

Just before they arrived, loyal servants of God said to Adam, “God, in his abundant compassion, has created a Path to Freedom for you. But you will once again need to adhere to the Law of Obedience. In other words, you must show that you are able to obey. If you can use this opportunity wisely, all those who follow you shall be able to liberate themselves from darkness and leave the higher depths of Hell.”

And so it came to pass that Adam and Eve lived for a long time in Paradise, along with all the other spiritual beings who had also lightly burdened themselves. But this was not their final destination. Living in Paradise was only a test.

Paradise Was an Easy Test

Paradise was an incredibly beautiful spiritual world filled with marvelous gardens and magnificent flowers. There were also houses of every size and style imaginable. But there was one very important thing to note: Paradise had precisely defined boundaries, and these borders had been clearly marked. Each new inhabitant was carefully instructed to live and work within these boundaries.

While Paradise was an admittedly grand place, it lacked the ethereal quality of the inhabitant’s original home in Heaven. But the bigger problem was that the occupant’s no longer possessed their former creativity. For due to their disobedience and subsequent Fall from Heaven, their inner harmony had been disrupted. They were no longer one with God within.

A darkness had spread throughout their souls and spiritual bodies, covering over the divine spark through which God had brought each of them into everlasting life. Their fall had cast a shadow on their own inner divine light, and they could blame no one but themselves for this.

It was for this reason that the beings living in Paradise had lost their sense of their divine consciousness. They weren’t really sure where they came from and they didn’t understand what they had done wrong. All they knew was that they had been banished from their original home. That a king had come and given them the terrible news: They could no longer remain in his kingdom. Although everything else had slipped from their memory, the King’s words, as they were forced to leave, still echoed inside them. As for Adam and Eve, they even forgot they had once belonged to a princely family in God’s world.

Due to their disobedience and subsequent Fall from heaven, their inner harmony had been disrupted.

Back in their original home, everyone could clearly see the spiritual beings who were guiding and helping them. But now, in Paradise, with their whole nature dulled and dimmed, such helpers were no longer visible to the fallen spirits. Nonetheless, spiritual guidance was always close by.

The residents of Paradise, then, had lost their ethereal quality and become coarser. Gone was their purity and creativity. But not all was lost. They could still reflect on their situation and their role in creating it, and they never lost their free will. They always retained the power to make better decisions.

Being the first to arrive, Adam was the leader of Paradise, so it was his job to maintain order. There were laws—it was clear what was allowed and what was not—and everyone was expected to follow them. And although Adam had been stripped of his former radiance, he did retain certain psychic abilities. So heavenly spirits were inspiring him about how to be a good leader.

The main law everyone was instructed to follow was to not step cross the boundary that God had set, no matter how attractive the distant territory appeared to be. “You can look all you want, but don’t go over there. Be content with the glory you have. Look for joy in the wonderful work you have the privilege to do. Find satisfaction with your present life.”

No one lacked for anything. Spiritual food was plentiful and this was Paradise, for heaven’s sake. How hard could it be to live in happiness and contentment, even if there was a limit to the vastness at hand?

Discontent Was Growing. Even in Paradise.

Of course at first, everyone arriving into Paradise was beyond thrilled. All spiritual beings, now relieved from perpetual darkness, were happy to make any promise God might wish. But then, over time, surrounded by only beauty and abundance, many lost their respect for it. They began to take it all for granted.

Keep in mind, this vast throng of spirits still had their free will, and many were itching to exercise it. They were each, after all, their own master, and their only two superiors were Adam and Eve. Sure, they had plenty of freedom, but no one was giving them constant reminders about what they could or couldn’t do. And so they became arrogant and over-confident.

Due to their complete independence and lack of surveillance, they started to think they’d been forgotten. But that was exactly the test they had to pass! For if an angel of God had been forever wagging a finger at them and saying, “You know Heaven will be lost to you if you don’t do this, or if you fail to do that; you know you need to obey…” it wouldn’t have been much of a test. And surely then they wouldn’t have forgotten there were certain things they weren’t allowed to do. But no one lifted a finger to steer them right. That was their job. And no one told them that this was all a big test.

Spirits still had their free will, and many were itching to exercise it.

Immeasurable periods of time went by. And since the growing population of Paradise had lost its shiny luster, thoughts of discontent arose. There was jealousy and greed, strife and discontent. Soon some beings wanted to oust others, as they were unable to get along. One by one, laws were broken, and Adam was unable to ensure harmony.

And what did God do at that point? Nothing. Everyone had been told what was allowed and what was not. That hadn’t changed. Adam and Eve stepped in from time to time to let the guilty ones know when they’d stepped out of line, but even they lost interest and eventually stopped trying to intervene. Meanwhile, God was paying attention and waiting to see if the two leaders, Adam and Eve, would themselves break his laws and commandments.

As all this was unfolding, the cruel legions from Lucifer’s ranks were far from idle. Because the feelings of hatred, envy, greed and spite that were percolating throughout Paradise prepared the ground for dark forces to also get in. For although Lucifer had been plunged down into the lowest depths of Hell, he could seek out anyone who’d been cast out of Heaven with him. And so began the second Fall.

The Second Fall

Working behind the scenes, Lucifer began sending out his sinister agents to lure the inhabitants of Paradise into dangerous territory. They couldn’t see these dark spirits any better than they could see the divine angels of light, who were continuing to encourage them to use their will in the direction of goodness. But by nurturing their base feelings of discontent, Lucifer tempted them to follow their resistance and rebelliousness. To be fair, with their knowledge of their past blotted out, it was for them easy to stray from the truth of who they really were.

Again, if it had been otherwise, it wouldn’t have been a real test. Had all the fallen spirits clearly recalled that regaining all they’d lost depended solely on their obedience to God, they would have made every effort possible to avoid falling once again into disobedience. And that’s why they were kept ignorant of their origin. They needed to show they could use their God-given free will in the right way. That they were willing to obey, no matter what.

But instead, they forgot.

Finally, Adam and Eve fell again as well. Their subjects were clashing and they became tempted by the possibility of giving everyone a little more space. This, they thought, might bring peace. “Why don’t some of us just move over there?” Eve said. They didn’t remember they’d been specifically forbidden from crossing that line.

If it had been otherwise, it wouldn’t have been a real test.

Eve was the first to go to the other world, over there, which looked ever so delightful. Then she went to fetch Adam and show him what she’d discovered. “Look, Adam! It’s marvelous!” As soon as he joined her, he too had committed the sin. And as they walked into the adjoining territory, admiring this new sphere, they suddenly felt a pang of conscience. In that moment, they remembered that God had forbidden them to cross the border. Now they had both broken his command, revealing their inability to obey.

They returned home to Paradise feeling very uneasy. Next thing they knew, the voice of God was calling out to them. They had failed. God had given them a test to see if they merited a relatively short return home to God. In the end, Lucifer and his devious powers had prevailed, successfully tempting the returning spirits to disobey God all over again. It wasn’t just Adam and Eve who blew it, as the story in the Bible suggests, but all the spirits living with them in Paradise.

Ushered Out of Paradise

God is not a being like you and me, but more like the force that enlivens and supports all of life. Yet, like us, God has free will. This is the defining characteristic that assures we can each return to Heaven one day and reunite with God. No aspect of the Fall has ever, or will ever, take away our free will. In this instance, using his own free will, God once more took action. All spirits were then ushered out of Paradise and sent back into the lower planes of darkness.

So there were no more blossoming flowers and none of that delicious fruit. We had robbed ourselves of a speedy return to Heaven. Our only choice was to wait for God to create another opportunity for us to work our way back home. This time, the journey would be much longer, and there would be suffering along the way. Adam was told, “Next time, you will have to win your bread through your own sweat,” and Eve was told, “You will bear children with great pain.”

We robbed ourselves of a speedy return to heaven.

With that, memories of heavenly splendor were once again wiped away. Darkness overcame all who had fallen. Everyone existed in distress.

There were a variety of levels of darkness, and each spiritual being was directed the level where they belonged, according to their degree of guilt. Submerged in unhappiness and despair, all had to wait, all the while blaming each other for having caused their own suffering.

But because God is a God of mercy and compassion, he sent spirits of consolation who brought messages of hope: God was preparing another way for all to be tested anew. But it would be a long time before new spheres could be created. Many clung to the dream of redemption, whereas others became bitter and turned away, filling themselves with hatred.

Part Two | How Evolution Dovetails with Divinity

EARTH: The Plan of Creation

Deep sorrow now prevailed in Heaven among the spirits who had not fallen, for the second Fall was a bitter disappointment for them as well. Once again, God discussed the situation with Christ the King, who would need to bring into effect the second part of the plan for the return of the fallen spirits.

This path would be much longer—and harder—but it would create a way for every spirit from every level of Hell to work their way back home, not just for those who had fallen less far, as was the case for first route through Paradise. But for all this to happen, a new world had to be created.

The Plan of Creation

Following the failure of the first part of the sevenfold Plan of Creation, the remaining six stages needed to be formulated more thoroughly. Note, this is the origin of the erroneous notion that the world was created in seven days. In reality, it was created through seven stages, and it took billions of years before any kind of life could be brought here to Earth.

Christ the King examined every plan.

Christ called together angelic beings endowed with exceptional creative talents and capabilities, and discussed his father’s plans with them. Together, they would create a place where human beings could live and be put to the test. Building on their good will, people would be allowed to work their way up, step by step, and develop further.

Eventually, the angelic artists brought forward beautiful ideas for how to construct this new world. Christ the King examined every plan and contributed new ideas, which is why it is right to say that everything we now experience came into existence through Christ. God had shown him how it could be done, and Christ made it all come true.

In the beginning, when it was time for life to take hold on Earth, there were only low forms of life that came into existence. Links with other planets were also established, and their inherent energy was amalgamated with Earth’s. Then it was time to animate life on Earth, which was a process only God could bring about. This seventh and final part of the plan of creation has been mistakenly reported in the Bible as the day the Lord rested.

Slowly the Earth Cooled

What started as a glowing ball had to then cool off. But this was not a uniform process. Different parts of the world were affected differently, so lava still erupted in some regions and oceans were not yet divided. Rock masses were very much in upheaval meaning earthquakes shook everything. Everywhere was rock, mud, fire and water, but there was not yet life.

Then the point was finally reached when creative spirits of God were sent to a particular part of this world to introduce life. Because of their purity, they possessed great creative power, and they used it now to sow divine seeds throughout Earth for the bringing forth of life that was destined for this planet. Later, human life would arrive.

To make this all possible, certain angels visited the higher regions of Hell where the less culpable spirits could be found. Some fallen brothers and sisters were taken from this realm into a temporary sphere—a limbo, if you will—where they would stay until it was time to incarnate on Earth. Although no one knew what this new way would entail, all were looking forward to being delivered from the violence of Hell.

While the former Light-bearer may have lost all his beauty, Lucifer still wielded great power.

In addition, the angelic hosts also passed through the terrible depths of Hell and selected spiritual beings who had burdened themselves heavily at the time of the Fall. Lucifer was powerless to prevent this exodus, even though everyone banished to darkness was under his dominion. For he also knew it was God who had initiated this punishment—by enacting the Fall—and that eventually all would make their way back to God.

That said, Lucifer had successfully sabotaged the test in Paradise, and so he logically figured he could once again destroy our lives on Earth, and thereby win. He is, after all, in human terms, wickedly cunning, shrewd and intelligent. Plus he retains certain psychic powers which, since he was originally a prince of the highest order, could not be taken from him.

So while the former Light-bearer may have lost all his beauty, Lucifer still wielded great power and the ability to control others by conjuring up illusions. Nonetheless, it was impossible for him to resist the divine beings who entered his hellish realms and removed particular spirits here and there.

So how long did all of this take? In terms of timing, it might take humans as long to work their way home to Heaven as it took the Earth to become ready to host them. Indeed, it might take as long as the epoch in Heaven during which Lucifer lured and seduced so many to follow him. In other words, an immeasurably long time.

Evolution Eventually Led to Humans

The hand-selected burdened beings were then transformed and condensed in such a way that they could be incarnated into material bodies. When the divine beings first created the world of animals, they provided a home for the lowest spiritual beings. Millions of years later, the Earth’s crust was stable enough for higher forms of life. And in this way, Earth was finally ready to fulfill its ultimate purpose. Meaning the Earth sphere was eventually open for occupation by human spirits.

But before this could happen, of course, more primitive forms of life had to grow and evolve. Here’s how things proceeded: After their death, animals would return to their original point of departure and await their next incarnation. Diving beings would receive them and watch for when it would be time for them to return. That same being would return time and time again.

At last, the spirit of one particular highly developed animal was considered ready to make the leap and embody a new higher phase of life. And so it was that high-level angels, acting under Christ’s direction, applied their creative talents to fashioning a human body from an existing animal body. The spiritual essence of this animal, which had now reached a more refined state, was to be that of a human being. But at first, it was a human body that lacked animation.

In order to bring it to life, the angels drew on their own creative power, along with life force taken from the animal body plus that culled from plants, water, air and earth. All this, when combined together with divine power, endowed the first human form with vitality and the ability to move. And the being who occupied this body? It was once again Adam, the former prince of Heaven.

Divine Spirits Are Always Guiding Us

By anyone’s standards, Adam’s lifestyle was extremely primitive. Earth was still going through upheaval and the man had no roof over his head. Indeed, when he first awoke in this inhospitable environment he was surrounded by only plants and animals, and the climate was harsh. Adam needed protection from animals as well as the extremes of heat and cold, since fires could flare up anywhere and water could come gushing up from the bowels of Earth.

Divine spirits guided him every step of the way, having passed some of their own odic force onto him and thereby giving him some measure of spiritual power. In fact, it was through this connection that he could make contact with those beings who had given it to him. This is how Adam was able to communicate with divine spirits.  

Limited by his reduced human faculties, Adam couldn’t perceive them in their full radiance, but by lowering the vibrational rate of their spiritual bodies, Adam could see them and speak with them. He was able to know they were emissaries of God and that they were there to help him deal with the difficulties of life on Earth.

Divine spirits guided him every step of the way.

Of course he didn’t arrive with the gift of speech, so they began to teach him the basics of language. By teaching him certain signs and words, he could start to express himself. These would be important down the road, as he wouldn’t always be alone. He was led to understand that a companion would be arriving, and he should make the necessary preparations for her. Communication, for example, would be needed.  

The divine spirits advised him on preparing animal skins for use in making clothing and building shelter, and they showed him how to make some rudimentary tools. A few years later, Eve arrived. The story that she was fashioned from one of his ribs is about as inept as the story about the apple. Yet in some way, odic force from Adam was, in fact, used in combination with other sources to create her body and bring her to life.

Again, high angels accessed the creative power of God to bring this about. Before long, the incessant battle to attain their daily bread became their primary concern. When their children were born, divine beings again helped them to raise their offspring and then send them off to establish their own families in various regions.

This is how life on Earth came to be. While many other spheres exist where spiritual beings do the work required to return home to God—many, many come after this sphere and some others come before it—God has created no other planet with the same conditions as those found on Earth.

Part Three | It’s Time to Grow Up

ADULTHOOD: Maturing Through Stages

As we enter a new era—the start of a new epoch, really—we are going through a time of crisis. But this is just a normal part of growing up. And ready or not, it’s now time for humanity to step fully into adulthood. Here’s where we are heading next.

Stepping into adulthood.

During Transitions, Turmoil is Inevitable

When all is negative, stuck and dead, the destructive forces seem to be quiet. But then, during a growth process—which is a fundamental aspect of living—there will be a temporary time of turmoil. This is what is happening now.

Over the last century or so, there have been many, many more souls arriving here. Many of these souls are highly evolved, more so than in former times. At the same time, many are also arriving who are lower in their spiritual development. And these two clash. This conflict, while inevitable, has also been absolutely necessary for moving us all forward.

It works the same in the collective as it does in an individual. For example, if a person has been doing their personal self-development work, they will expect their life to gradually get better. Problems and pain should diminish. And while this will indeed be true in some areas, it won’t be true where deep-rooted problem remain. There, the conflict still exists, and it must come all the way out into the open in order to be eliminated. Simultaneously, positive creative forces are being mobilized in the soul, and the two will clash.

Conflict must come all the way out into the open in order to be eliminated.

This will necessarily create an inner tension and frustration. Unless this is brought into a person’s conscious awareness, they won’t understand why they feel all this unease. The person may doubt their progress and become discouraged. But in truth, these opposing forces must both be mobilized and then clash before unification can happen.

This same thing is happening with humankind as a whole right now. A tremendous development is going on. Strong, new forces are coming into this earth plane—positive forces that haven’t existed here before. And they are being obstructed and feared by the negative forces—present to a greater degree in those who are less developed—that are also becoming doubly strong.

The more we can recognize the truth of what is now happening, the more we can create a healing climate to support this transition. For when we know the truth, we create a special feeling, and that feeling generates a special atmosphere that is very healing.

Clarity and Understanding Are Key

The clash going on now is ushering in a new epoch. In this new era, we will recognize spiritual values more and more, and we will live by them instead of deny them. The cold, mechanistic, materialistic approach many have developed toward life will soften and transform. There will be upheavals, but we will be able to overcome them.

We will learn to move past the darkness in our souls that blurs our connection with our inner divine self. We will begin to see that what concerns one concerns all. For currently, in our three-dimensional state, we make a distinction between me and you and God, between this and that, up and down, here and there. But all these are illusions. Whatever is inside us is also everywhere else.

So any tiny step we take toward unfolding our inner wisdom, courage and beauty—where we connect with our own divine nature—is incredibly significant for everything and everyone that ever was, is, or will be. What we each do every day counts.

The deep insights that come by way of self-confrontation can truly set us free. We can be liberated from compulsions and choose a new course for ourselves. But such change is only possible when it is our free choice. And for us to make the best choices, we must have clear understanding.

Any tiny step we take is incredibly significant.

There are spiritual laws that God has created and which guide each of us. We need to get to know them. Humanity too, as a whole, is an entity that is governed by certain laws. And just as there are aspects of ourselves we don’t yet understand and can’t control, humankind contains hard-to-understand aspects that work to destroy union and disrupt peace.

At first, as we each grow, there will still be times of confusion and depression. But gradually, as we master our own inner darkness, the negative periods will become shorter and less frequent. Peace, freedom and joy will deepen. We will realize that the negative times contain lessons. And if we master those lessons, we will be able to pass the tests.

The Gift of Growing Up

Long ago, Earth was in its infancy. Like a human baby, primitive humanity had no sense of itself back then. Everything came down to an immediate reaction to sensations of pleasure or pain. There was no logic, and no knowledge of cause and effect. Everything was physical, just like for an infant.

It’s still this way in the parts of our psyche that are immature. While various parts of us have grown up and know better, somewhere there remains a selfish, self-centered, limited infant that is in conflict with the rest of our personality. The only way for these parts to grow up is for us to stop suppressing them. We must see our immaturity so we can transform it.

Being self-centered and being dependent are linked.

For to whatever extent we hold onto infantile attitudes—wherever we are neurotic, conflicted and immature—we remain dependent. These are what rob us of our freedom. Being self-centered, then, and being dependent are linked. What an inner conflict we create for ourselves by insisting on staying self-centered while we struggle against being dependent on others!

To mature, then, is to develop a sense of self, which paradoxically leads us to become more concerned about others. This is what leads to creating fairness for all. Then we become capable of foregoing an advantage for ourselves if it creates an unfair pain or disadvantage for someone else. As such, we move into an awareness that surpasses the either/or illusion of pleasure and pain. In other words, we begin to transcend duality.

Such mature people are free and independent, but not omnipotent. They have a social sense and a feeling of responsibility that leads to creating a harmonious whole. Whereas primitive humanity fluctuated between ruling and being ruled, today we have the choice to discover healthy interdependence, if we are willing to grow up.

Finding Harmony Through Adulthood

The transition from being utterly self-centered to having concern for others marks a crucial period in development, both for a person and a society. But every growth transition is fraught with crisis. Let’s consider a human baby. The birth process itself is a crisis, for both the mother and the infant. Then the infant is weaned, which is also a crisis. Starting school is another crisis. Leaving the parent’s protection, too, is a sort of crisis. Teething and puberty are other forms of crisis that lead to individuation.

If we fight against these growing periods, they will be painful and filled with conflict. But to the degree we embrace them, life brings us new experiences and challenges.

By now, humanity has left behind infancy as well as childhood, having transitioned into adolescence roughly two thousand years ago. When the spirit of Christ incarnated in the person of Jesus, there was the kind of upheaval and turmoil we associate with puberty. At that age, young people have lots of idealism and strength, while at the same time having cruel, violent and rebellious impulses. All this was going on during the time of Jesus Christ.

Growing up doesn’t automatically make the destructive aspects go away.

It may seem odd that so much time lapsed on Earth—millions of years—between infancy and childhood, and between childhood and adolescence, while only two thousand years have gone by since we went through puberty. And now here we are, standing on the brink of maturity. But the phases of growth for the overall Earth entity can’t be measured in the same fixed way as for a human being.

Consider too that an individual may be more or less a mature adult, yet retain destructive and immature elements within. No doubt, the average adult has a number of mature, responsible aspects that operate freely, while also harboring problem areas where a selfish child still reigns. So while growing up and maturing is bound to bring a great deal of betterment—to both the world and to a person—it doesn’t automatically make the destructive aspects go away.

In our world, there are groups, countries, religions and sects that have different outlooks and attitudes. We lack peace due to their split aims and conflicting ideas. In the same way, we each have contradictory inner convictions that we only learn about through our work of self-exploration. After we discover these inner splits, it’s no longer so hard to see why we feel disturbed—why we are at war with ourselves.

All of humanity is divided within itself. As long as we hold onto self-centered pursuits and harbor wrong conclusions, we will continue to operate unfairly and blindly. We will continue to be destructive and wasteful.

It’s time now for humanity to leave the stage of adolescence, but that doesn’t mean we’re any more harmonized than the average adult. Yet just as with a person who lives maturely—in spite of immature trends remaining in their psyche—we could reach a more mature state of living. And the more we grow, the less confused we will collectively be about what’s constructive and what’s destructive.

In the past, when we were in the child and adolescent stages, we couldn’t always tell truth from lies. We couldn’t spot crass injustices and we would allow cruelty to parade as being done for a righteous cause. (Public hangings, anyone?) After all, a child’s mind can’t be discerning and it refuses to make the effort needed to sort out difficult situations. But as each person outgrows their destructive, childish trends, they develop the ability to reason and understand. So too, then, must humanity grow and grow up.

As a result, we are now perched on the threshold of greater maturity, and we are therefore in a state of crisis. We are in the darkness before the dawn.

We Must Dig Deep To Find Real Solutions

Life is not a process that is separate from us. Humanity is the sum total of all its people. The two are identical. Just as each person must go through tests in their own lives, we must start to work together to navigate this great test that is life. By understanding this, we will understand this world we live in much better. And we will deepen our own self-understanding.

Everything becomes sick if it is split. In order to heal, we must come to see our own inner darkness and how it is being out-pictured in the world. Then, the more we come to understand our own selves, the more we will understand the workings of the world. The deeper we go with ourselves, the more will we have fruitful connections with others. The less we know ourselves, the more will we withdraw from the world.

When humanity was younger, we didn’t have the ability to look more deeply into ourselves. We couldn’t look inward to find the inner causes behind the effects happening in our lives. So far, humanity as a whole hasn’t done much better in this regard. For looking at outer factors alone seldom fixes anything. It leads to short-lived solutions and bigger problems down the road.

But when we make the effort to truly look beyond outer appearances—to really face into issues, even when its unpleasant—we soon see the situation’s not hopeless at all. We find wonderful, realistic, creative ways forward that people have the ability to manifest. When the collective spirit of this world starts operating this way, all existing problems will find genuine solutions.

Looking at outer factors alone seldom fixes anything.

The more we each overcome our resistance to finding and facing the truth inside ourselves, the more will we each contribute to all of humanity reaching the phase when we resolve our problems through reason and fairness, rather than by trying to triumph through the use of brute force.

After the whole span of humanity’s existence, we are just now emerging from adolescence. The maturing process will certainly take a long time for the full individuation of the world spirit to be reached. For all individual parts must mature in order for the totality of humankind to live in harmony. And don’t forget, this integration must always respect the free will of every person.

Yet the faster we mature overall, the faster will the progress go for those who limp behind. Over time, as this evolutionary process continues, each person’s emanations will become finer and finer. As our matter becomes more subtle, we will eventually be drawn to a different world that is a match for our less coarse matter.

Then we will no longer be drawn back to this dualistic sphere, which is currently a match for our split inner selves. Then we will have passed the test of living on Earth, and we will graduate to living life without the difficulties of duality. Then we will all live together in peace. And doesn’t that sound like paradise?

“My dearest friends, receive very special blessings for your continuous development and self-realization…go your way in peace. Keep the inner light burning so that further growth, further individuation, can proceed within each one of you, thus enabling you to reach out and contact others in their true inner state. You will become more independent, more free, more responsible, less isolated. Our love, our blessings go to all of you. Be in peace. Be in God!”

–The Pathwork Guide

–Jill Loree

Adapted from The Guide Speaks, Q&As with the Pathwork Guide: Earth Conditions; Pathwork Guide Lecture #120: The Individual and Humanity, and Jesus: New Insights into His Life and Mission, “Chapters: The Creation of Paradise, The Great Test, The Second Fall, The Expulsion from Paradise, The Creation of Earth, and The Creation of Man,” by Walther Hinz.

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Two Power-Packed CollectionsAfter the Ego & Blinded by Fear
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