Ageless Wisdom traditions see human beings as living at the center
or synthesis of the Seven Kingdoms of God. Just as the three
material kingdoms mineral, vegetable (plant), and animal
support us, we also require the sustenance of three Spiritual
Kingdoms the conscious
Souls on earth, the Perfected Souls in Heaven, the Father's Will
is in this sense that human beings are said to be "in the image
and likeness of God." Only humans have a second level of thinking
that allows them to consciously agree or disagree with their unconscious
instincts or impulses. Animals, plants, and minerals can only react
to external stimulus. Humans can learn to choose how they perceive
and respond to events and circumstances.
have dominion* over the earth's ecosystem because only humans
can recognize their self-interest in protecting the life-support
system as a whole. In other words, only humans can know enough to
care about other animals, plants, and the quality of air and water.
Many still don't, but their numbers are growing.
Caretaker, service provider; responsibility in a celestial hierarchy.
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