The following is an extract from Our Spiritual Origins, by a modern "Rene Descartes":
The Universe was not first created out of matter, but existed prior to material creation in spirit form. Imagine a Consciousness similar to our own, except that this first Consciousness was boundless - a Universal Consciousness, or Super Consciousness. This is what religions much later termed "God".
At some point, the Universal Consciousness desired to express itself. It began to conceive, to imagine, and to express its inner promptings. And so the creation began – light, sound … eventually stars, galaxies etc. This was prior to the physical creation of the Universe that science records. This was a realm of thought, fantasy, and imagination: no physical forms existed, only thoughts in the Consciousness of the Universe. The physical Universe had not yet been created.
According to the secret teachings, there came a point in this spiritual creation where the Creator’s Consciousness desired to bring forth companions - creatures like itself that would share in this expression of life. In order for the creatures to be more than creations, they had to possess individual consciousness and freedom, so that they could - if they would - choose to be loving companions and co-creators. Otherwise, they would only have been servants of the original Consciousness. So within the one Universal Consciousness many individual points of Consciousness were awakened and given freedom.
It’s important for us to realise that at this point in our existence we did not have physical bodies. All of what has just been described occurred within the mind of the Universal Consciousness. Consequently, its form resembled that of thought or imagination rather than physical objects. In the very beginning we were individual points of consciousness within the one great Universal Consciousness. At first we were quiet and were content to observe the wonders of the spiritual creation as they flowed from the mind of our Creator.
In these early periods we were so much a part of the Creator’s Consciousness that we were one with it, virtually indistinguishable from it. However, it wasn’t long before some of us began to use our will and express ourselves. At first, we simply imitated the creator; but eventually we gained experience, and with experience came knowledge and confidence. Then we truly began to create on our own, adding new realms to the spiritual creation - much like a second voice adds to a song by singing harmony with the main melody.
All beings were made in the beginning: none came later - all are Godlings or Gods in the making. Some, by now, have reached perfection and again become One with our Maker. Others will do so soon. This was exactly why we had been created – to share in and contribute to the great expression of life, and to be its co-creators and loving companions. To fulfil this purpose we were created in the image of the creator: Consciousness with freedom, capable of conceiving, perceiving and remembering; capable of communicating directly with the Creator and the other companions.
Consciousness and free will were the greatest qualities given to any creation, but they came with equally great responsibility for their use or misuse. Of course, the all-knowing Universal One knew the potential dangers in giving beings complete freedom to do as they desired. However, the potential joy of sharing life with true companions, not servants, was deemed worth the risk. Therefore, each of these new free-willed beings would simply have to learn to take charge of themselves and to subdue harmful desires in order to live in harmony with the other companions and the Creator. To do otherwise would only bring chaos, suffering and separation.
Unfortunately, chaos came. As we continued to use our godly powers, we became more fascinated with them. We began to focus more and more on our own creations and became less concerned with and less attentive to their harmony with the Creator, with the whole. The more we thought of just ourselves and our own desires with less regard for the whole, the more self-centred we became, eventually perceiving ourselves as separate from the whole.
Of course, this sense of separation was all in our minds, so to speak - because there really was no way we could exist outside the whole, because everything was of the Spirit. It was more a result of our sustained focus of attention on ourselves and our self-interests, that resulted in a heightened sense of a distinct and separate self.
This was the beginning of trouble. It led to a very long fall for us, a fall that eventually left us feeling alone and separated from the rest of life. It continued to the point that we, who were actually companions of and co-creators with the Universal Creator, today come to think of ourselves as little more than dust-like creatures, descendants of apes and inhabitants of a planet on the outskirts of a typical galaxy in the endless and diverse Universe.
To know ourselves and yet be one with the whole was the ideal condition, but the centring of awareness on self alone resulted in a sense of separation from the whole. The more we exercised our individual consciousness and free will for self-interest, self-gratification, self-glorification, self- consciousness and self-righteousness, the more we heightened our sense of self apart from the whole.
The resulting loss of contact with the source of our life and the purpose of our existence was the beginning of darkness and evil, which is ignorance and disregard for the Universal Laws and Principles.
Without a clear sense of our relationship to the rest of life, many began to use free will in ways that were never meant to be. Others simply let themselves be carried along with the current of life, abdicating their free will to the will of others. In both cases, these were things that would make it very difficult for us to again be companions and co-creators to the Universal One. However, the Creator foresaw this potential and, prior to creating companions, created a Universal Law – whatever one did with one’s free will oneself must experience the consequences.
The law was not intended as punishment or retribution for offences, but as a tool for education and enlightenment. Thus, as we used our freedom, we experienced the effect and came to understand and learn. Interestingly, both science and religion recognise this law. In science it is often stated that “for every action there is an equal and opposing reaction.” Its religious counterparts are “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”; “as you sow, so shall you reap”; and “as you do unto others, it will be done unto you.” Even today’s common knowledge expresses this principle in the saying “what goes around, comes around.” This is the law of karma, sowing and reaping, of cause and effect and accountability.
It was, and is, the great teacher of the companions-to-be and it is an integral part of the hidden teachings. Once this law was established, the Creator conceived and freed countless independent points of Consciousness within its own Infinite Consciousness and, thus, the companions came into being, each conscious and free.
What a trembling wonder it must have been in those first moments! Again, it’s important to realise that the companions were not physical bodies. They were like ideas in the mind of the creator that were given freedom to be independently conscious. As they used their freedom, they developed into unique points of thought, feeling, desire, expression and memory. Each was slightly different from the other by virtue of its different vantage point within the Universal Consciousness.
Each companion had spirit. They had mind and Soul. Spirit is the essence of life, the life force. Remember the condition of the creator before the creation: alive yet still. This is spirit. It is the living stillness in the midst of activity. So often we identify life with motion, but the essence of life was there before the motion. Spirit is the essence of life. Life in motion - or the power to move and shape ideas and even physical forms out of spirit - is mind. Mind is the sculptor, the builder who conceives imagines and shapes ideas out of the essence of life. Spirit is life; mind, the power to use it.
Each of the companions had spirit and mind. As they used their life forces, they developed experiences, memories, desires, fears etc. This caused their uniqueness: each had its own collection of experiences and aspirations - each its own story. This individual aspect of the companion is its Soul. Soul is the sum total of all that the companion had done with its free-will consciousness. It’s the companion’s story, its complex of memories.
All of the companions have spirit and mind, but each developed a unique Soul, because each built a different collection of memories and experiences, resulting in different desires, hopes and attitudes about life. Thus, spirit is the life force, mind is the power to use it, and Soul is the being that develops.
The creation then progressed from essence to thought, thought to thought- form, and from thought-form to particle-form or atomic-form - in other words, matter.