“The second of the great periods of evolution that have been mentioned, the ‘Sun period,’ effects the raising of man’s being to a higher stage of consciousness. … The higher stage which man reaches on the Sun may therefore be characterized in this way: the physical body, already formed in the germ-state on Saturn, is raised to a second stage of perfection by becoming the vehicle of an etheric or vital body. This last-named etheric body attains the first degree of perfection on its own account during Sun evolution. In order, however, that the second degree of perfection .. may be reached, the intervention of still other spirit-beings is necessary during the further course of the Sun life.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Periods of Evolution
A common belief among both materialists and occultists like Steiner is that man has been on a constant upward path of evolution. Spiritual Mystery schools tell a different story. They say that man devolved from spirit into a being of half spirit, half matter. Over time, we have become denser and denser, more and more material. The average human now is probably more like 90% matter.
While we have gone through various periods or cycles of development, I’m not sure we can label them the Saturn period and the sun period. Nonetheless, cycles do exist. Unfortunately for us, those cycles have been more in a downward direction rather than upward. We may have gone through brief periods of spiritual growth, only to have it followed by a longer period of further descent into matter.
That is all changing now. We are still going through cycles of various length, but one major thing has changes. The Sun of Righteousness, promised by the prophet Malachi, has arrived. This makes the spiritual sun far more powerful than before. As a result, we know have the opportunity to turn that descent into matter around and become spiritual beings again. God is in charge of this transforming age, but we have to participate as well.
God made the first big step of sending the Sun of Righteousness to help us. We now have to do our part in the process. We do that by taking in the light of that spiritual sun. We take it in abundance, and share it with others who have not yet learned of the importance of this spiritual light for our real evolution. We participate by developing an open mind. That allows us to learn that most of what we thought was reality is actually illusion. Then we can go on to learn the actual truth. We learn that through our awakened and developed spirit and soul, not through the brain-mind, and not by reading books. The soul does not read books, and ultimate truth s available only to the soul.
Higher Stage of Consciousness
Moving to higher states of consciousness is indeed what it is all about. It is what the Pythagoreans were doing. It is what the Essenes were doing. The primary goal of all the mystery schools was to achieve higher states of consciousness. But this is not a form of mental development. Consciousness and intellect are not the same thing. There are people with degrees and very high IQ’s who are still operating at low levels of consciousness. That is because consciousness is more a spiritual thing than a material one. So developing higher states of consciousness means developing our spiritual faculties. And the current Sun Period is the best time to do that.
Spiritual illuminaries of the past, such as St. Francis, Jacob Boehme, Pythagoras, etc. had to waken without the aid of the Sun of Righteousness. They didn’t live in the Sun Period. It is as if they had to climb out of a deep hole using a rickety, old ladder. With the Sun of Righteousness shining down on us, it is as if we can climb out of the hole using an escalator. So be grateful that you love in the sun period, and use the opportunity it provides.