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A New World Picture

Here you can read an introduction to some of the spiritually scientific analyses that Martinus presented in his extensive body of work.

People’s world picture is formed by their consciousness

Throughout history man has created images or pictures of the world. He has created myths and religious narratives that have provided explanations of the way the world is and of life and death. These individual world pictures are not, however, merely pictures of the world. They are also pictures of the stages of consciousness that prevailed in the society of the past. By observing the evolution of the various world pictures we can follow the evolution of man’s consciousness and the course of his psyche through history. We can see that world pictures arise and then perish. Martinus puts this evolution of consciousness in a comprehensive perspective by presenting a new world picture.

Mankind has gone through various cultural epochs

Martinus had the surprising insight that there was a higher plan behind these changing world pictures – a law-bound evolution of the consciousness of mankind.

Man has moved through various mythical and religious cultural epochs. The early cultural epochs were based on notions of war and revenge and of many gods. Later cultural epochs, however, cultivated the worship of only one god and inspired people to practise neighbourly love. Even later in evolution some people lost faith in the traditional religions and what they saw as their antiquated ideas and moral values. This happened at the same time as our intelligence developed, and our practical experiences of the world around us took on greater significance. The natural sciences and worldly humanistic and psychological theories have progressed and created a materialistic world picture. According to Martinus this is not, however, the final stage of the evolution of man’s consciousness. The various forms of consciousness that have arisen during the course of history have given rise to various stages on the road of life.

Evolution or the transformation of living beings is making steady progress, even though human beings sometimes think that it is not going fast enough. We have, however, entered a period of accelerated evolution, with everything now going at a faster pace than it did hundred years ago. As a result, terrestrial mankind is inundated with a vast amount of material of experience. The great world wars, the revolutions, the unemployment, the great number of physical as well as psychological illnesses, the personal difficulties that each human being is subject to all contribute to strengthening human beings’ longing for peace.
(The Mental Change of Course, Kosmos (English ed.) no. 4, 2007)

Materialism cannot tell us what the meaning of life is

The word “materialism” has two meanings. One is cognitive, where one considers only material things to be real. The other is a matter of values; one values the acquisition of material goods above all. As time passes, the lack of spiritual awareness will lead to many people gradually losing sight of any meaning in life. They concentrate on that which is dead, thus gradually losing a sense of that which is living. The materialistic world picture cannot give man any explanation of why suffering exists or of what man’s existence is all about, nor can it give people any ethical guidelines.

Experience gives us knowledge and insight

At a first glance it can seem to the individual human being as if our cultural past and the past of our consciousness is merely something that happened to others, to people of the past. Martinus’ insight, however, opens up an enormous perspective for the individual and his connection with his surroundings. During one life after another the individual’s consciousness has evolved. We all take part in both the past and the future. Life, according to Martinus, is a long project of evolution and education adapted to the individual. Through experiencing life’s fundamental contrasts – joy and suffering ­– man’s consciousness develops. Because of his ignorance he makes inevitable mistakes, thereby reaping painful consequences and gaining valuable experience.

The treasure chest of wisdom, the development of intuition

During one life after another the direct speech of life leaves profound impressions on the individual. From these impressions essences of what life is all about are distilled, essences that enrich the individual human consciousness and constitute a treasure chest of wisdom, which forms the basis for a future use of intuition. We see the first signs of the workings of intuition in certain artists and scientists. At a far more advanced stage the ethically highly developed and loving human being can choose for himself to use his intuition to study the law-bound regularity of life, to experience his own part in eternity and to be in contact with God. It is in this way Martinus has created his life’s work, thereby making a new and comprehensive world picture available to mankind. In this world picture, religious questions are presented in a new and intellectual form that constitutes a defence of all living beings. 

The transformation of sexual roles, sexuality and love,

Martinus shows the consequences of the higher laws of life in modern man’s diverse and scattered experience of life. For Martinus it is not surprising that many people experience a feeling of being alienated from life. The experiences that people reap create profound changes in their consciousness. More and more people experience that they no longer have a psyche that fits into a traditional lifestyle and traditional sexual roles, where there is a strong division between the sexes. Both feminine and masculine qualities are developing in people today – the feminine shining through in men, and the masculine shining through in women. It creates changes in the structure of the family and of society as well as in people’s intimate relationships and sexuality. The evolutionary path of love and sexuality has thus many and various stages.


The living universe. Evolution towards a humane world society

As a part of his initiation into divine consciousness a vast perspective on life was revealed to Martinus. God is, according to Martinus, not a person, but the universe in its entirety, which has both masculine and feminine characteristics. Martinus agrees with astronomers in saying that the physical universe is gigantic, spanning from elementary particles to clusters of galaxies. But he sees the universe as a living whole, thereby creating a spiritually scientific world picture. He sees consciousness as that which controls the evolution of life ­– including the biological evolution. The various species are rooted on the spiritual plane, and emerge, manifest their lives and evolve on the basis of what is possible on the physical plane. In the animal kingdom this takes place as a struggle for existence. Man is regarded – as he is by natural science – as a living being that has evolved from an animal stage. Martinus says, however, that this evolution continues, and that our evolution towards becoming human beings is incomplete. We lack the experiences that will develop various faculties in us, including sympathy, tolerance, social understanding and an ethical sense. In the long term this will lead to a just and all-loving world society and a new and more conscious relationship to God.