The human mind, the intellect of man, is ignorant. The more educated it becomes the more it is capable of fooling itself that it knows, when it doesn't. As long as all the energies of man are given to trying to solve what isn't the problem, the problem remains unsolved, unseen. The problem is the consciousness of man himself. The body of man is a part of the ecology of nature. The ecology which man recognizes to some extent on the surface of the earth is included in a much greater ecology extending into the furthest reaches of the Cosmos. There is no real separation anywhere. “The Lord our God is one.” There is one whole, with many parts. What is experienced here on the surface of this planet is a part of that vast whole. Nature maintains a balance. If man, by his disruptive actions, upsets the balance, nature seeks to restore it. If in order to restore it it means eliminating man, that too will be done. No matter how bright the human intellect may think it is, it is neither so bright nor so eternal that it can buck the Cosmos.
The kingdom of God relates to the Cosmic Ecology—in this context the Cosmic Ecology as it relates to what occurs on this planet. Man is inclined to ignore the kingdom of God as though it didn't exist. He undertakes to do what he wants to do, to follow out his own fancies and ambitions of various sorts, disregarding the natural ecology, which operates in a balanced manner not only on the surface of this planet but in the whole Cosmos. The disruption of the ecology on the surface of this planet has been seen. The mind is studying this with a view to solving the problem, but the problem isn't with the ecology—the problem is with man.
People don't pay much attention to what our Master said: “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” And who is the Son of man? The Son of man points to what we have been speaking of as Divine Ego, the consciousness of Being Divine, man's true identity, the Son of God in man. This identity is in heaven, being a differentiated aspect of God, and has descended from heaven to be present in human form—that's the incarnation, true of each one. So here our Master was pointing to the answer to the problem, having pointed already to the problem, namely man, who needs to be born again—that he begins to experience a new identity, that he begins to be restored to his true self. There it is. What else? Divine Being is eternal. To experience Divine Being is to experience the eternal state. One can't experience that while rejecting the Son of man. The only thing that has to be restored is man. When man is restored everything else is automatically restored.
I wonder if we could recall something of a very far-distant memory, when the world was a Garden. We might forget some of the ideas promulgated by the evolutionary theory, for the moment. All those things fit into the true picture when the true picture is seen by the true consciousness, but man in his present state of consciousness can't see the true picture. Long ago there was the Garden on earth, and man in it, besides all the other creatures, the vegetation, the state of the mineral earth itself—very different from what it is now. Obviously some violent upheavals have taken place down through the ages. We have evidence of this in the mountains just back here. But man was in the Garden, with Divine consciousness, knowing himself, knowing the part which he was here on earth to play, and recognizing that his physical form and the capacities of mind and heart in the physical form were all included in this whole pattern of what we now call nature. But when we speak of nature nowadays we usually exclude man—he's out of it somehow. Well, then he knew he wasn't out of it, that he was an absolutely essential link in the whole system.
In that state the earth itself was a living thing, just as the Cosmos is a living thing. It isn't a machine—it is a living organism. Our solar system is a part of that living organism. Human beings go up to the moon and they look around and say, “Oh, here is a dead planet, there's no life here.” But the moon is a part of the ecology of this planet, even as earth and moon together are part of the ecology of the solar system, and the solar system in its completeness is part of the ecology of the galaxy. There's nothing dead. It only appears so, perhaps, to the ignorant human intellect. The physical earth, the planet, is a living organism and part of a living organism. On the surface of the planet we have evidence of life which sprang forth from someplace.
So here was a living planet, with the evidences of life on the surface of it in proliferating form. Now these forms were not the same as the forms we know today. Man has had a long time to be disrupting things on this planet, wreaking havoc in various ways, nature constantly trying to restore the balance. There have been a number of occasions in the past when nature almost succeeded in restoring the balance by eliminating man. But man persisted, as witness the fact that we're here tonight. But here was a living setting, with a working ecology and man included in it, man filling his right position in relationship to it, having a conscious mind, having a capacity through which the expanding creative cycle could be maintained on the surface of the planet, under control.
The creation wasn't finished at this point. There was an expansion to take place on the basis of the living, integrated form that had appeared on earth, in the recognition that what was being developed was not unrelated to the rest of the solar system, not unrelated to the sun, not unrelated to the galaxy, not unrelated to the whole Cosmos. Therefore man had a very particular part to play, a very delicate part, because he had to provide the connecting link of conscious understanding as to how this living organism could operate and expand and achieve what it was created to achieve while still being held in the integrated pattern of the whole. This was the responsibility of man, made in the image and likeness of God—made in the image and likeness of the Cause of all this. This was his part. Therefore, whatever he did would have to be done with a conscious understanding of what was necessary to be harmonious to the ecology which was already operating, so that there would be no disruption of it but, rather, an enhancing of it. Man was never required at all to do anything to disrupt nature in order to fill his own needs. Nature was supplying his needs and he was supplying nature's needs.
Here is the true system, complete in itself and yet a part of something greater. But man decided that everything was operating all right anyway, so why couldn't he branch out a bit? Well, there was some branching out going on in the sense of the development of the already existing pattern. Much could be and was achieved in that regard while man was still in place. There was much building, we might say, on earth, but the building was of living forms. Man did not have to destroy anything to build. Nowadays, man destroys constantly to build his civilization. Obviously, the trees have to be cut down to provide lumber. Why? “Well I want it! I want a house!” And the minerals are wrested from the earth, are torn from the bosom of the earth, so to speak, to create all kinds of things—amongst them automobiles and airplanes—all these good things of life, they say. How could you have a good thing of life out of something that is dead? Life is good; the absence of it not so good. Man's concern, in the true state, was—and still is, if he will be restored to it—to increase life, to multiply the forms in which life manifests. This is something beyond the present consciousness of man. He can't envision it, really. He cannot envision, except in very vague terms, the possibility of his own dwelling place, which would be alive and consequently self-renewing—his house, what is called a house nowadays, which is always falling apart because it's dead. We're always having to patch it up and paint it and get it in shape, renew it one way or another, but eventually it's going to pass away for sure, because it's dead.
But this was the world of life, a living world, a green world if you please—green is the symbol of life. And as long as man worked on the basis of his centering in what was above him, the control could be extended to what was below him, and all that was needed was right here. There was a control in operation in relationship to the processes of procreation, so there was no possibility, in such a pattern, of the cancerous growth of human beings on the face of the earth that we see today. So man, instead of being willing to go back into the true control, tries to invent controls of his own in this field.
But we are looking back to a more pleasurable picture, a picture of beauty, truth made manifest, Divine Men and Women on the face of the earth, and all the other kingdoms of this world in harmony with man. In that state—no creatures of the wild, no wilderness!—everything part of the Garden, in balance, under proper control: the animal kingdom, the vegetable kingdom, the mineral kingdom. Does this seem merely a figment of fancy, or is there a stirring of the memory? The human race as such has a vague and far-distant memory of this, but it has been very deeply buried down through the ages. It was said, however, that the Spirit of Truth would call all things to remembrance, so we might as well stir the memory a little.
The Divine State as it relates to this planet, fresh from the Creator's hand—the state where the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy. The morning stars, the new creation of consciousness in man, so that man could be conscious and aware of what was transpiring, experiencing the reality of true identity on earth, the identity of the Son of God, who would naturally, in the creative process, be shouting for joy. That is what brings joy, isn't it? The happiness for which human beings seek so futilely comes on the basis of a participation in a true creative process. When there is such participation happiness is natural. If we're out of that, then it's unnatural and we think we have to try to get it somehow, to grab it or extract it from our environment; but it doesn't come. No, because it doesn't come from there, that's why.
So the expanding creative cycles for which man was responsible related simply to living things. He was not required to destroy life. Now some might question that point, because they say, “Well, he had to eat, didn't he?” The vegetable kingdom was provided for that purpose. The answer is not in what you eat. What you eat has an importance, but the answer isn't there. The vegetable kingdom was provided for the animals that were present at that time, and for man. When you eat a delicious peach now, are you destroying something? or are you offering the substance of that peach an opportunity to participate with you in life? The same is true with any fruit or vegetable you may consider—even the lowly carrot. When you go to dig it up out of the earth it should be done in the right attitude, an attitude which can convey the information to the carrot that you are thankful for the life of the carrot and you are going to offer the substance which has heretofore been given form as a carrot the opportunity of being given form as a Divine Man or Woman. If this is actually what is going to take place—and it isn't, with most people, of course—then the carrot will be just delighted, and it won't give you indigestion. The attitude in which you partake of food is important. You don't just stuff it down your throat in order that your body may keep on living for a while so as to do the things you want it to do, to please you. That is a totally wrong attitude and a wrong state. No, when man sees his responsibility to all creation here, he has a different sort of attitude. He may recognize the appalling distortions that have been brought about by his disruptive action, but there is still the potential of the Garden, and that potential can be realized if there is the reality of Divine manhood and womanhood taking form again on earth.
Here is the answer to the problem. The problem is destructive man. The solution is Divine Man, or creative man. There is the answer. The answer is not, to start with at least, in the environment. The environment will reflect the answer when the answer is given by man. Now, to the human intellect looking around—perhaps catching a glimpse of this possibility but looking around and seeing the mess there is on earth—how could this ever be resolved? It can be resolved, all right, but I suspect not without a very great deal of suffering, a very great deal of destruction, a very great deal of disaster. Disastrous to what, though? To destructive man. Something is said in the Book of Revelation to the effect that those who destroy the earth should be destroyed. That will happen for sure. We need to find ourselves in true identity, so that we may play a part in a creative process emerging out of what appears to human vision to be destructive.
In order to build the true form, substance is needed for it. For the substance to be made available it must be released out of the false form. As long as it's held in the false form the true form cannot appear. When the true form begins to appear, composed of the bodies of men and women who are experiencing at least a beginning of true identity, then the false form is shaken, and when it's shaken some substance begins to fall out. And the substance that falls out has the opportunity of coming into the true form if there is adequate response to that form, a willingness to participate in it, a willingness to lose the old human ego identity and become identified with the body of the Son of God. The body of the Son of God is also the Son of man.
What the restoration to the Divine State of the Garden on earth will be is unknown to the human mind. It doesn't need to know. We sometimes say, “God knows.” Yes, He does. And we share that knowing, in Divine identity, to the extent that the knowing is needful for us to fulfil our own personal responsibilities. We don't need to know it all, even if we could—which we can't, obviously. But if each person knows what he or she needs to do, everything will be done and the answer is then reflected in the environment. That is salvation. We're not interested in condemning the world, or anyone, or anything, if we begin to accept true identity. All we are interested in doing is saving it. For what? For our own pleasure? For our own satisfaction? Oh no. For the Divine purposes, which are the ecological purposes of the Cosmos. There is something beautiful and priceless and unique to be experienced here on earth. We all have the opportunity of playing a part by which this may be brought to pass. The impossible takes a little while, but it proves to be possible.
You can very well see that what man has been doing in his inventiveness, in his so-called technological progress, has been to disrupt the true design more and more. The natural process is a cycle. Substance moves around in the cycle. But man, in his actions, in what he calls progress, produces more and more dead forms, unyielding forms, which pile up. They pile up on earth in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal down here: nerve gas. They pile up in the wrecking yards. They pile up everywhere. They pile up in the water, in the air, everywhere, because the process which might conceivably take care of these things has not been developed. So the waste—it becomes waste—comes to a dead end. Dead is right! It comes to a dead end and it virtually cannot be used in the cycles of the ecology of nature. This is what has happened. Whereas if man had continued in the true state all his developments would have been fitting to the ecology of nature. Maybe he wouldn't need to travel at five or six hundred miles an hour if he were really doing what he is here to do. Maybe he wouldn't need these machines. But if there were some need in this regard, do you think it could not be developed on a natural basis? Human
beings, even in their fallen state, have used horses quite thoroughly, up until
recently; it was about the quickest way you could get around. Well there has
been some sort of mythology about flying horses—maybe we could develop a flying
horse! The point is that all that is needful to do what we're here to do is available, or was available, in the Garden in the beginning, and if that had been cared for correctly—for man was put in the Garden to dress it and to keep it—it would have continued to supply every need in an expanding form—marvelous, undreamed of by the human mind with all its deadness around.
Our concern is to let it return to the Divine State, and the only way this can occur is for human beings to be saved. The opportunity of salvation is offered because God so loves the world that He sends His only begotten Son into the world constantly, and human beings just as constantly reject Him in order to maintain their own human state. Seeing the truth, let's come to know the truth and consequently to be made free.
There are many things, obviously, which have to transpire. None of them will transpire as they should without man. Therefore man is the first thing that has to be taken care of. And when there are those who are in position, then many other things are going to transpire, necessarily so, in order to bring the Garden State back as a reality. We could note many aspects of the planet itself which need changing, and we could note even the positioning of the planet in the solar system. There is much that needs attention, but the first thing that is needful is someone to pay that attention, and that is Divine Man on the surface of the earth. So, we have our work available to us.