The Awakening of Human Consciousness
to the God Within
The soul in the most recent past lifetime
experienced a very crippling disease.
The entire left side of the body was in
paralysis for much of that time, and there was a
dependence upon others to maintain the health and
the needs. It developed a sharp awareness in the
self of the need for the care of the life, the
body, the health, the diet, and the exercise in a balanced manner.
Now, in that experience, you were healed
through great effort of those who brought to the
limbs, that of massage, of the application of hot
sand, of the moving of the arms and legs in a
patterned motion, similar to what would be called
in this time physical therapy. The experiences
of that time, the loss of some of the control of
the body, came as a result of hunger, famine and difficulties in the land that came as a result
of war and of changes within the society.
Now, that lifetime came something as a
result of the experience of compassion in earlier
times. And this might well be understood, for
you worked among the healers of several places
again and again in the cycles of return, whether
of the Therapeutae in their various centers
throughout the world, though not that famous center in
Jordan, nor of Epidourus, though the teachers
were from these environs. And you travelled
through the areas of Egypt, of Persia, of
Palestine, and gave and taught applications of
water, of herbs, of hot and of cold, of exercise
for the perfection of mind and body.
But in the earliest encounter with
consciousness, your soul in its development
encountered the priests who came from an ancient
land, an ancient time and built facilities which
are now often referred to as temples, but should
be thought in terms of schools or hospitals. Those often referred to
as the temples Beautiful, Initiation, and
Your main experience was in the Temple
Sacrifice, which we refer to as something of a
hospital facility in the sense, yet not in the sense
of a modern hospital for the treating of disease.
It was, in fact, called in that time, "gymnos,"
and is the derivation of the term, gymnasium. The particular temple in which you developed a
consciousness in that time was in the environs of
ancient Greece, where the temple concerned itself
with great pools of naturally heated water by
which there was a cold spring.
These were in the mountains where eventually
there developed the school of Delphi, or the
temple there. The work of the Gymnos was the
training of the body and the mind to use all
those elements of nature, sand, clay, mud, and the hot and cold waters. The hot
waters there ran with sulfur. These were
used both internally and externally for the
regular cleansing of the system.
You were trained further in the use of the vegetables and herbs, particularly that which
grew wild for developing a sharpness in mind, body, and spirit. This was a facility of sport
and games, of exercising in a playful way, in
a natural way. Not of competition, and not of
stressing the body, but in allowing the body to
express the energies, the vital forces which
flowed through it.
It could be described that in that very
early time, you were among those beings who were
hardly self-conscious, developing from those
periods in which were called
the "animal day." There was the habitation of a body that might
be called pre-human in the sense, for it was a
physical body in which a soul incarnated, but did
not understand self as a unit.
It was the responsibility of the priests and the
teachers of that time to awaken within you, and within others,
the development of
consciousness to begin to recognize beauty
through rhythm, harmony, and color. This was the
function of the Temple Beautiful through
experiences of play, of drama, of rhythm, of art
and the creation of beauty.
You were awakened to the awareness of the
magic of beauty and creativity, and so became
self-conscious. The development of the mind,
then, in the body was taken further in the
Gymnos, or Temple of Sacrifice, where the
body and minds of these early humans were trained in
self-awareness and the abilities to think, to
think for self, to know self. And this was the
origin of the great Greek admonition, "Know
For this was a technique of the awakening of human consciousness to the God within. Now, we mention this experience in some
detail because the soul is aware in this lifetime
of the importance of maintaining consciousness,
of lifting consciousness, of making the body and
the mind instruments through which one can know
God and know self, and know harmony and balance.
© 1994, Paul Solomon Foundation