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The first substage in humanity’s path through the evolution of its consciousness is an awakening to the power of its objective mind. This stage represents the journey from oneness with the divine to the emergence of the group soul. From nomadic wandering to the first structures of society. At this point, humans are primitive hunters without agriculture, community, priesthood, etc. This is an era of pure survival and a total reliance on nature to provide basic needs. Always wandering with the herd, man was unbound to any peoples or place, and yet, intimately connected to the pulse of the earth and, therefore, the universe. Like a newborn baby, who has no concept of being separate from it’s mother, early man rested his head on mother earth’s bosom and was soothed by its heartbeat. This connection naturally lead to a sense of earth’s inner spirit even before man was able to articulate the concept of God, or even develop a single word to speak His name. Early legends and art speak of man being taught basic skills by the gods, and decorated altars to natural deities are among the world’s oldest discovered artifacts. Prayer rituals were first conducted to gain control over the hardships that could not be understood, and had to be attributed to a force higher than man. This guttural want to know god and worship with others to influence the forces of nature and thereby better ensure survival was one of the catalysts of man’s congregation and creation of language, legends, religions, education, and eventually the first societies.

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from man is the animal, released May 16, 2009
will saxton

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