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According to the Ageless Wisdom, humans are on an evolutionary path which will lead them to transform into spiritual beings. As part of its metamorphosis, humankind passes through seven stages of development known as root races. The first root race had no physical bodies and manifested only on a subtle vibrational level. Over the aeons the root races gradually developed physical characteristics. These early physical manifestations had no sexual organs and reproduced through fission. As humanity continued to evolve it divided into male and female. Human beings on earth today constitute the fifth root race of the human life wave.
The eras of each of the root races are separated by a major global upheaval as one civilisation disappears to make way for the next. The evolutionary project is then reset with the appearance of a new more developed race of human beings. In the mythologies of different cultures, these calamitous events appear as floods, earth tremors or other catastrophes. Mayan mythology contains stories of how humanity is wiped out by powerful natural cataclysms, only to be reborn in the following epoch. Native American myth includes tales relating to earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis. The Ageless Wisdom identifies ancient civilisations that have been destroyed when their continents underwent geological convulsions and sank beneath the sea. With the disappearance of each civilisation its knowledge is lost and must be rediscovered again by the race which succeeds it.
One of the earliest races of humans was the Lemurian race. Although primitive, the Lemurian era saw the fastest growth in human evolution. Lemurians were ruled over by a monarch and lived in sprawling crudely constructed cities. Communication between individuals took place via thought rather than the spoken word. The continent of Lemuria was immense and covered most of the Indian Ocean from what is now Sri Lanka in the north down to Australia and Madagascar in the south. Towards the end of the Lemurian era the continent underwent a catastrophe and sank beneath the ocean leaving only Easter Island, Sri Lanka and other splinters of land above sea level.
The civilisation that followed the Lemurians was that of the Atlanteans. The continent of Atlantis was gigantic, spanning the area from Canada to the British Isles and down to West Africa. During the Atlantean era human beings developed the physical characteristics that they have today. There were great intellectual developments but there was also a strong tendency towards materialism. Crime and the practice of black magic were rife. Between 850,000 and 700,000 years BCE, most of the Atlanteans were killed in a succession of catastrophes. The remnants of their civilisation provided the foundation for the human race of today. Present-day humans also inherited the Atlantean fascination with material wealth.
The human project is just one aspect of the spiritual evolution of the universe. A transformed humanity will ultimately work in supporting the development of lesser life forms in other galaxies and on other planes of existence. With each successive incarnation humanity inches further along the scale of spiritual and physical metamorphosis. The transition from one root race to the next is marked by a cosmic reset. One civilisation is swept away by a natural cataclysm which paves the way for a new civilisation to rise. As humanity continues its transition, the human form will take on a more diaphanous appearance. Humans will ultimately develop into a race of ethereal beings attaining ever higher consciousness and working for good within the boundless expanse of the cosmos.
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