Life During a Golden Age
From: The Path of the Higher Self
Summit University Press
"The outer memory of past Golden Ages has long faded in the race consciousness, but the desire of the people for social progress and good government points to the inner memory of souls who know there is a better way because they have experienced that way firsthand. The records of Golden Age civilizations have been buried not only with the continents that sank beneath the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and with the remains of other civilizations that have been destroyed through cataclysm, but also in the subconscious recesses of all evolving on this planet; in addition, these records have been impressed upon the ethers, upon that substance and dimension known as akasha, where they can be read and studied by the clairvoyant.
"Now let us examine the Golden Age civilizations that rose on Lemuria and Atlantis. These were composed of lifewaves who came forth as Spirit-sparks from the Great Central Sun and whose souls descended into form for the purpose of gaining self-mastery in time and space, where they were destined to manifest in denser spheres the immaculate concept of the Real Image locked withing their beings by the Almighty Logoi [cosmic beings that embody the Word]. During three Golden Ages, these lifewaves lived in purity and in that childlike innocence of which Jesus spoke so often to his disciples as necessary to their “entering in”—innocence of harm and selfish motivation, innocence of duality and carnal desire, innocence of the synthetic consciousness and its energy veil.
"Brave souls in a brave new world saw their beginning and their end, their origin and their ultimate, to be the manifestation of the Universal Christ. Thus they strove to magnify the Light of the eternal Christos each day throughout the cycles of their sojourn in the dimensions of matter; they understood the meaning of the “testing of the mettle, and they were willing to prove their proficiency in precipitation of the arts and sciences, of the handiworks of God. They know that thereby they would earn the right to expand their dominion in the domain of Spirit, ultimately attaining their immortal freedom and proceeding on to higher worlds in the endless opportunities of the Father’s many mansions.
"These citizens of earth never lost sight of the vision of their Reality. They saw the Christ in one another and loved all with whom they shared the goal of becoming more of God. They loved a man for his intrinsic worth and the unique design of his lifestream even before the God-idea matured.
"Government and education in the ideal society are instruments for the development of the individual potential of man in harmony with all members of the community. All institutions, public and private, stress the unity of life through its triune aspects of faith, hope, and charity, embraced as the power, wisdom and love and God. Here the Trinity in action and a striving for excellence in all things are the motivating forces.
“'Learn to love to do well, and you shall!' was the advice given by Casimir Poseidon, ruler of an ancient civilization that flourished at the site of the Amazon basin. Adherence to this principle kept each soul striving to excel beyond the attainment of yesterday; every form of activity from athletics to mutual service was seen as recreation, the re-creation of the qualities of the Holy Spirit in man and nature.
"Competition between peoples was never a factor of motivation; the only competition man knew was that competition that he practiced with himself in order that he might transcend his former attainment through the invocation of more light and through greater mastery of the energies and talents entrusted to his care. If man could realize today a more perfect union with life than he did yesterday, his reward was with him and his cup was full.
"Contrary to the lie that man is a sinner and gravitates to the baser elements of his nature, man is inherently Good; he polarizes to Good and to the highest representatives of God-Good. Therefore, the relationship of the individual to the Whole—of the part of Good to the All of Good—is kept in proper perspective in the ideal society as the spokes are to the wheel of life. The relationship of the individual parts to one another is likewise honored, even as the Whole acknowledges the autonomy of the parts within a given frame of reference. Thus the Golden Rule is the keynote of social relations in the ideal society. Contact with the Center of God’s Being gives all men a reason for being, a path to follow, a spiral of direction leading to the very Hub of Life. Thus a sense of expectancy prevails, and man responds to his ability, God-ordained, to become all that he really is.
"From the foundation of the Pyramid of Life rises the balance of the Christ consciousness as the ideal that all are to attain no matter what their calling from God. Although all are created with equal opportunity, all do not remain equal in the ideal society. For as each one multiplies his God-given talents, he ascends the scale of Hierarchy; as each one proves himself faithful over a few things, he earns the right to rule over those of lesser attainment and to educate those who are following in his footsteps.
"The leaders of the ideal society are priest-king-scientists; for there is no separation between government, science and religion, which are seen as a manifestation of the tripartite flame of power, wisdom, and love. Positions of authority in the temples and in governmental, educational and scientific institutions are awarded to those initiates who have passed certain degrees of self-mastery and who are thereby qualified to rule and make decisions on behalf of those still going through the tests and initiations that all must eventually pass in order to win their immortality.
"The most advanced initiate within a Golden Age civilization who masters these three branches of cosmic law becomes the ruling authority for the planet under the Ascended Masters and Cosmic Beings who have charge of the planet at inner levels. He is the pillar who stands at the nexus of the figure eight because he has mastered his own world and taken dominion over the earth; for him the microcosm is the planetary body and the Macrocosm is the entire cosmos. (Thus we see that whatever portion of God’s energy man masters becomes his microcosm, and he becomes centered as the God Presence of that world.) His consciousness is the Super Ego, the Christ personified on behalf of billions of lifestreams who have not yet evolved to the point of complete manifest action of their own Christ-potential. Through his consciousness flow the energies from the heart of the Sun and he holds the balance of power, wisdom and love for all evolving on the planet as they outpicture the cosmic blueprint of the City Foursquare.
"Holding this office, he is responsible for teaching the people likewise to attune with the flow of energy from the one great Source of Life. Being a master of cycles and of the very rhythm of the universe, he teaches them how to govern the ebb and flow of energy within their individual forcefields, gradually to transfer this mastery over the individual microcosm to mastery over the planetary microcosm, and finally to identify with the Macrocosm through the interchange of energies—as Above, so below. The total identification of the ruler with his Real Self is the basis of his mastery, won over long periods of study and application of the laws of the universe. To him the people give obeisance as the highest living expression of the Deity; for to them he is the will, wisdom and love of God incarnate.
"In Golden Age societies, souls newly come into the world of form go through a very exacting program of discipline and education. In early years they are taught the rudimentary science of the psyche, how to develop their senses to contact physical and metaphysical dimensions of Reality, and how to expand the faculties of the soul to prove cosmos through nature. They are taught communion with all life through the focusing of their attention within the heart and establishing an arc to the heart of all things living, to the hearts of plants and trees and flowers, the very elements and the fiery core of the atom. The mastery of levitation, precipitation and the science of alchemy are also part of the curriculum in the early years of soul development. Higher education is based on a series of initiations leading to cosmic mastery whereby individuals then qualify for position in government, science, education and temple service.
"The flaming sword is the symbol of divine wisdom that stands before the institutions of learning to keep the way of the sacred energies of the Tree of Life in all who enter there. The sword symbolizes the dividing of the way between the Real and the unreal. In the ideal society the concept of unreality is taught in allegory, since the evolving souls have no direct experience with the synthetic image that is produced when man lowers his gaze from perfection to imperfection. Thus a study of cosmic history is required, and the akashic records of other systems of worlds are carefully reviewed. The initial causes and the far-reaching consequences of individual and collective failure to uphold the standard of unity on other planets afforded ample proof to those evolving in the first three Golden Ages as to why they should use their free will to invoke the will of God and his kingdom come upon earth.
"The powers wielded by those lifestreams who were the first to walk upon the virgin soil of Terra, who never knew the feeling of limitation or struggle or even the burden of a dense physical form such as we now wear, would be considered miraculous by those whose memory scans only the relatively short period in which the planet has been immersed in a synthetic civilization and consciousness. Souls sustained life in one body for as long as a thousand years; and when they reembodied, they retained the memory and faculties of former lives, including the mastery they had attained.
"The entire planet was a veritable Garden of Eden, and man ate every fruit and herb that was charged by nature’s helpers with the essence of the immortal Spirit to energize and revivify his mind and form. The ground was transparent like crystal, and the rays from the sun in the center of the earth glowed softly beneath man’s feet. During the period of rest when the souls of men, together with their lower vehicles, were charged for another round of service, there was an ever-present radiance from the white-fire core like an aurora borealis Thus total darkness was unknown, and evil as the energy veil was no more real than a fairy tale. To the Almighty man gave the glory for each accomplishment. The Sun that ruled the day was the focus of his adoration, symbol of the unfoldment of the only begotten Son of God, whose promise would be fulfilled in each one. The stars defined intervals of time and space and were the giant reflectors of man’s blissful adoration of the One Supreme Being. Crystal coordinates marking this courses past, present and future, they magnified his mystical feelings of heavenly joy that rippled across the antahkarana of cosmos."
NOTE - Because gender-neutral language can be cumbersome and at times confusing, we have used the pronouns he and him to refer to God or to the individual and man or mankind to refer to people in general. We have used these terms for readability and consistency, and they are not intended to exclude women or the feminine aspect of the Godhead. God is both masculine and feminine. We do, however use the pronouns she and her to refer to the soul because each soul, whether housed in male or female body, is the feminine counterpart of the masculine Spirit.