Lecture 120 – The Individual and Humanity | Abbreviated Version

P1             The deep insight which comes as a result of relentless self-confrontation truly sets you free. The more you realize that each negative phase contains a special lesson, that each disturbing happening harbors a knowledge you desperately need in order to find yourself and live the full and satisfying life you are destined to live, the easier will it become to make disturbances and crises productive experiences of short duration.

Certain unalterable laws of growth and development apply to all living organisms in the universe. They are identical in principle and procedure for the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual organism. They apply to the macrocosm and the microcosm—to the one-celled life organism, to the individual human entity, and to humanity as a whole.

P2             The same relationship exists between the totality of one human being and each of his cells, or particles of being, as between humankind and the individual. They conform to identical laws of living and growing. This concept is perhaps more understandable to you at this time, when it is known that every atom is a replica of the universe. All a baby experiences are sense impressions—pleasure and pain. Even pain and pleasure—this limited range of experience—do not exist on emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels.

The infant is not only entirely a physical creature, but also utterly self-centered. But while this selfish, self-centered and limited infant dwells within, it must always be in conflict with the whole personality. The infant can grow only if it is allowed to manifest in the person’s consciousness, if it is no longer suppressed. To the degree that this infantile attitude toward the world exists, the person is dependent.

An infant is, as you well know, utterly dependent. Concomitantly, the so-called neurotic, conflicted, immature person is emotionally dependent. Hence, self-centeredness and dependency are interconnected. Just think of this great spiritual truth, my friends: lack of selfhood means self-centeredness. Full selfhood means concern for others, fairness in evaluating advantages and disadvantages of others and self.

P3             They (mature people who have a sense of selfhood) are free and independent, which is not to be confused with omnipotence. Instead, a healthy interdependence exists between them and their fellow-creatures. A child will hit a smaller child because it wants the latter’s possessions. To an infinitely greater degree, the identical tendency existed in former times, as it does today. Primitive humanity was also much more helpless and dependent than it is today.

P4             The physical system also undergoes crisis in growth. A teething baby experiences pain. Puberty is psychologically a painful process. It is, again, a step toward individuation. Humanity has now left behind infancy and childhood. It is just about coming through its adolescence, but is not yet a mature, adult entity.

P5             Humanity is beginning to leave the adolescent stage. This does not necessarily mean that its whole organism is any more unified than is the average adult. Nevertheless, the approach of a more mature state can be felt on earth, in spite of the remnants of immature trends in the psyche of humanity. As the individual grows capable of dissolving destructive, childish trends through reason and the power to understand, so will humankind. Hence, humanity is now on the threshold of greater maturity and is therefore in a state of crisis. A similar adolescent crisis has especially marked the last hundred or two hundred years.

P6             One apparently single cell also consists of many aspects. It, too, becomes sick if it is split. The many aspects in one cell are a replica of the bigger organism it forms a part of, as the individual forms a part of the larger body, humankind. The inner brain, so to speak, located in the solar plexus, gives you the most enlightening guidance, wisdom, understanding and creative outlet. Your inner conscience conveys the truth without the burden of destructive guilt feelings, showing a way to truly absolve yourself from wrongs you have committed.

Humankind, too, has to learn to direct the solution of its problems by looking inward, behind the effect, into the inner causes. So far, humanity does not usually resolve collective problems in this manner. In politics, economics, and even religion, humanity approaches life and its problems on the outer, superficial level of manifestation, and therefore cannot find true solutions.

P7             When you truly face the issues you encounter there, although it may at first seem difficult and unpleasant, you soon see that the situation is not hopeless at all, that there is a wonderful, realistic way out in which none of the involved people are dependent on circumstances beyond their control. When the world spirit begins to operate that way, all existing problems will genuinely find a solution. Then you will dispense with brute force because you can rely on reason and fairness, rather than on power.

But to make this possible, each nation, each government, each group, will have to probe itself for its own shortcomings, rather than blame the other, regardless of how much appearances may lend a hand for such rationalizations. The more each one of you pursues this path in the manner you are doing, being forever more determined to overcome resistance to facing the truth in yourself, the more do you contribute to the whole of humankind’s reaching the phase when humanity can really resolve problems by adequate means, not by temporary, shallow ones.

This can, of course, only be discussed in principle, for it will take millions and millions of years before complete individuation of the world spirit is reached. You may also wonder why it must necessarily take all that time. The answer to this question is that there are so many individual souls involved. For the totality of humankind to reach maturity, all individual parts of it have to do so, just as your personality remains conflicted until you integrate each aspect of your being with aspects that have already reached maturity.

An individual entity is bound to the earth sphere until it has reached full maturity. It returns again and again. A highly developed human being begins to perceive a new dimension which is already outside the human sphere. The earth sphere itself will become finer, its matter more and more subtle, its vibration faster due to its correspondingly higher degree of consciousness.

P8             We may liken civilizations which have risen and fallen to the young person’s outer or inner pseudo-solutions, ways of life which combine conflicting elements in the self and in the world. This time indicates one of those times of crisis I have spoken about. The spirit Jesus Christ acted out visibly one of those crucial periods of change. This marked—in history—a shift between childhood and adolescence. It may seem disproportionate that so much more time has elapsed from infancy to childhood, and again from childhood to adolescence, while only two thousand years have gone by and humankind is now on the threshold of maturity.

P9             The fact that humankind is on the verge of entering maturity as a whole is bound to bring a great deal of betterment in this world, but it does not do away with its destructive aspects.

—The Pathwork® Guide