The Race to the Top
Jan 07, 1995 01:08 PM
by Eldon B. Tucker
This is by Eldon Tucker
Following are a few more comments on the nature of planes and
existence, in further discussion with Jerry Schueler of the
position that I am presenting.
---- The Race to the Top
It is true that each plane that we descend into, going lower
and lower into materiality, takes us one step further from
our divine source. There is something lost, something
forgotten, something sacrificed with each further descent.
On any planet, like our earth, we reach the lowest point on
Globe D, beyond which we can go no lower. This is were we
are now: the earth we see about us is Globe D, on the
What we have in life is an outpost of consciousness. We are
pioneers in exploring new territory. Being able to exist on
a low plane is both a limitation and a special opportunity.
We have a special opportunity to "fetch water and chop
firewood" or to "clean our dishes after eating." Unlike in a
dream where we can wipe the slate clean and go from one
situation to the next at the blink of an eye, in physical
life, we are both limited and accountable for our actions.
What we do is narrowly defined, and the results that
come from our actions are likewise enforced by surrounding
nature. We are "stuck" in situations and limited, but at the
same time we have an ideal situation for the development of a
clarity of consciousness.
In some approaches like Yoga, the approach seems to be union
with the divine along with a rapid escape from the physical
world. The outer world is seen as evil, illusory, a place of
sorrows that should be exited as quickly as possible. The
union with the divine is seen as happening by the exiting of
lower planes of existence.
The Zen approach is closer to the theosophical scheme of
spiritual evolution. In Zen, we learn to stay firmly rooted
in the outer world, and achieve union with the divine *here*,
rather than leave the outer world to achieve union *there*.
With Zen, we have the higher conscious as an integral part of
our outer lives; the other approach gives us a vacation to
other planes and a visit to the higher consciousness, but
upon our return to physical life it is lost to us again.
What are we doing here on the physical plane? What is the
purpose of evolution on this plane of existence? It is the
same as on any plane, on any Globe of our planetary chain.
We harvest the precious crop of self-consciousness, something
only possible *here*. This opportunity is lost when the exit
the physical world, between lifetimes.
Is the physical plane the only one where we can achieve this
harvesting of self-consciousness? No. But the conditions for
learning and growing in the human kingdom are here. The
Human Lifewave is on Globe D, our world as we know it here on
the physical plane. This is where the circumstances and
superstructure for growth and learning and evolution is
possible for the vast majority of humanity.
Are we safe here, on the physical plane? Is it simply a
matter of leading good lives and fitting in with society? Not
entirely. In a sense, we are in "enemy territory," since our
world borders on yet lower planes. On the Descending Arc, as
humanity moves from Globes A, to B, C, then D, it reaches a
turning point. It then enters the Ascending Arc, and climbs
the planes again along Globes E, F, then G. At the lowest
point, on Globe D, when then Descend Arc is ending and the
Ascending Arc is beginning to start, there is a point of
failure in the system, and some Monads fail to make the
Ascending Arc; they descend further to yet lower planes.
(See "Fundamentals of the Esoteric Philosophy" by G. de
Purucker for more information on this.)
At the point of time, our evolution is on Globe D earth. Our
challenge is to give expression to the highest in our lives.
Inwardly, we express it in an awareness in our minds and
hearts. Outwardly, we express it in our actions, giving
direct expression to the brilliant, creative intelligence
within ourselves. There is a supreme gratification to giving
outer, tangible expression to the divine, for it is otherwise
impotent and unrelated to our lowly plane!
Living here on the lowest plane of our earth, don't we miss
out on anything? There's so much more going on elsewhere; the
higher planes await us with such wonders, that we certainly
should return to them as soon as reasonably possible? Not
really. No matter how high we go, there are yet higher
planes. We never reach a top. The experiences of the
loftiest plane of which we can conceive of pales by
comparison to yet higher planes.
No matter how high we go, there are countless higher planes
to rise to; there is no top, nor a finite number of steps
upwards after which we directly reach the Unknowable. How do
we ever reach it, then, if it is not by going higher and
higher? We reach it by connecting *in a different direction
than up or down.* We reach it by both a realization that it
is as much an integral part of our consciousness now as it
ever will be. The realization comes that the connection is
never lost, never missed, and not subject to approach over
time. We become *rooted* in the Unknowable, and then express
the highest, with dignity, on whatever plane that we reside.
The urgent need to hurry off to higher planes is replaced
with a peaceful, holy, gentle appreciation of life wherein
the craving for union with the divine is finally satisfied.
We have reached the top, in a special way, and now we are
content to live it out.
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