From its first beginnings to its ultimate end, the spiritual evolution of mankind has exercised the ingenuity of all thinkers in all ages. Proclus said: “All things are full of divine natures; terrestrial natures receiving the plenitude of such as are celestial, but celestial—super celestial essences, while every order of things proceeds gradually in a beautiful descent from the highest to the lowest.” As we, by attunement, identify ourselves with the principles of a higher nature, so we hasten our evolution in a gradually ascending scale; leaving the coarser part of us behind. But this has nothing to do with Karma! It is simply a turning away from darkness to light. And the spark of God within us being light it must inevitably rejoin with the source from which it sprang, or descended, or was separated.
Van Helmont, the great Flemish scientist and chemist said: “Man is the mirror of the universe, and his triple nature stands in relationship to all things.” Yes—relationship to all things—darkness and light, sun and shadow, white and black. But the vital spark within us gravitates towards its beginning, which is from God. And God being in all things, and we being a part of God, can enter into all things, according to the amount of power and wisdom we have garnered in our evolution. What a long journey it seems at times, yet it is but a moment in Eternity.
It is necessary for the Higher Self to pass through temptation in order to learn virtue, just as it is necessary to dwell, or have some knowledge of the dark, in order to appreciate the Light. It is good for the Higher Self to be shackled to an earthly body, in order to better enjoy its glorious freedom in the higher realms, and render thanks to its Creator for the lessons learned. There has never been a philosopher of any repute in ancient times who did not believe in the spiritual evolution of Man. The doctrine of metempsychosis was taught by the Brahmans, Buddhists, and later by the Pythagoreans in its esoteric sense. Socrates’ ideas were identical with those of Pythagoras, and both suffered violent deaths as a result, as materialism always has been and always will be, blind and deaf to all divine truths. All these philosophers taught that God infused a portion of His own Divine Spirit into matter, and that this spirit moves and animates every particle of it.
This leads us to an important point that has puzzled many students of the Occult. Having all experience of the material world does not necessarily mean that we have to experience everything in the way of what we may think of as ‘sin’ or ‘evil.’ Our personal view is that it is not necessary to go wrong in every way, although most of us do in some way or another. Rather we think that by all experience is meant that we should have full realization of what a stone, a plant, an animal, feel like, consciously and subconsciously, and learn our lesson in that way, without necessarily committing every crime in the calendar, as many occultists seem to think, before we can evolve to higher planes of consciousness.