The Seven Evolutionary Steps of Man:
Step One—Beginning Life
1. Beginning Development of the Intellect
These are the first material lives on earth. The human form is nothing more than a spirit-form trying to develop its intellect. There is no accumulated knowledge from previous lives, only the intellect of the spirit which has not lived in a body before and can barely take care of itself, for it has no understanding of the material world at this time. All humans look the same at this point since our facial expressions, bodies, color etc are expressions of experiences, wisdom, emotions, and ego that we have not yet developed. Our lives are short as our spirits have very low energy to sustain the material existence. We also die young due to poor health.
2. Beginning Development of Spiritual Growth
Through numerous lifetimes we begin to think and provide wisdom to the spirit. The process of evolution has begun. Simple-minded, we can barely feed ourselves and sustain life.
3. Beginning Development of Reason
We can now think and reason a little better. We have lived many brief lives and are starting to build intelligence from the experiences of previous lives. We are 20 to 30 million years old at this point. The counting of age begins with the start of the first material lifetime and includes the sleep period on the other side that we call death.
4. Beginning Using Thinking
We can live longer now, for we are able to feed ourselves, start a fire, and build shelter. Our accumulated wisdom is providing us with some assistance since our spirit is now beginning to understand the physical existence better, and it can provide the occasional hunch or idea learned from previous lives to help out.
5. Beginning Development of Reasonable Actions
We are still very primitive and living in caves. We don't get along with each other, and in our material consciousness, we have absolutely no idea who we are or why we are here. We are trying to develop some more rational thinking patterns., but it's going slow. We can't even understand each other.
6. Beginning Development of Thinking and Action
Reasonable thinking and understanding are becoming useful in our day-to-day lives. We are starting to understand each other and are starting to work together. Man's appearance is unique, for his body and face are reflecting the experiences and wisdom of his life.
7. Beginning Awareness of Reason
Reasoning and rational thinking are now in control of our lives. We can communicate through language, symbols, and signs. We are starting to form communities and learning to get along.
Step Two –Life with Reasoning and Rational Thinking.
1. Beginning Development of Reason
Our ability to reason and solve problems is making a difference. We are still not aware that we are also a spirit-form. We are only beginning to question and look for answers. Life is purely a material existence to us.
2. Awareness of Reasoning and Its Use
We are now aware of reasoning and understand its use. We are searching for answers to our existence. Emotions are coming into play as fear, anger, and hostility begin to govern our lives. We all look much different form each other now, for we are noticeably on different paths of discovery and experience. The problems in life are being solved through our reasoning ability, and we now regard ourselves as rational, thinking beings.
3. Development of the Awareness of Higher Influences.
We are aware that there are powers in the world more advanced than our own and are searching for them. We question the power of the stars, sun, moon and nature around us. We are unsure of our existence and are looking for meaning in our lives. The moon and stars puzzle us as we search for answers to their existence.
4. Awareness of Higher Influences
We start to develop belief systems, such as worshipping idols, gods, and the sun, without actually having any knowledge of what we are doing. We are still without knowledge of the spiritual side of life.
5. Belief in Higher Forces, Superstition, Fear of Evil, Veneration of Good
Here we see the development of religions, superstition, and gods. Our lack of real knowledge of Creation and fear make us vulnerable to powers that we don't understand. Most of the current mass of humanity on Earth is at this stage.
6. First Awareness of the Meaning of Our Lives and the Real Spiritual Life, Development of the First Spiritual Cognitions and Their Use, Spiritual Healing, Telepathy
Now comes man's first awareness of the spiritual world. He is looking for answers but has no real understanding. It is the beginning of awareness of spirit and its uses. This will be the first attempt at using the powers of spirit without real knowledge. This is the current position of the average earthman, who at this level of development can gain only 9.4 months of spiritual growth within a lifetime. At this point we are around 80 to 100 million years old as spiritual beings.
7. Development of Knowledge and Wisdom
The mind is developing, and our accumulated wisdom learned from millions of years of lifetimes is creating intellect. Man is becoming aware that there is more to life than his brief material existence.
Step Three—Life with Intelligence.
1. Development of the Intellect, High Technology Advancements in Spiritual Forces, First Development of Living Forms
It is the age of the mind. We can be considered intelligent life forms now. We have broken through the age of ignorance and have advanced well in the sciences. Our awareness of our spirits and our connection to Creator is stronger, for we are learning more about the powers of our spirit. We have learned to create new foods, to crossbreed animals, and are searching for the understanding of how life works.
2. Awareness and Exercise of Knowledge, Truth, and Wisdom. Slow Dissolution of Acceptance of Belief
We are leaving behind the thinking of the past. We no longer accept old myths, idols, and false gods. Real intellect and reasoning are providing us with enlightenment.
3. First Usage of Knowledge and Wisdom
High technology is becoming a part of our world. Genetic engineering has led to the creation of the first life forms. The secrets of the universe are beginning to unfold to us, and man is learning about his place in the scheme of things. This is the present position of the educated Earth human being, scientist, etc.
Thus it can be seen that planet Earth is still on a very primitive rung of the spiritual ladder only half way through step 3 of the seven step evolutionary cycle. Most of mankind still has an even longer way to go. The intermediary and higher levels of these seven evolutionary steps can be found in Winter's book.
by Peter Farley