J. R. R. Tolkien, the modern don of ‘high fantasy’ was a master at creating a living, inhabitable landscape with just a sentence, or a world with a paragraph. Tolkien tells us where his thoughts wondered to after taking up the challenge of his fellow Inklings to write fantasy stories that defy space and time – for him that was the sinking of Atlantis (Numernor). He wrote his first story about time travel after being prompted by fellow Inklings to “do better” than David Lindsay did in his disturbing fantasy The Voyage to Arcturus. This “challenge” to write better novels about conquering space and time in a believable fashion, led to a commitment by numerous Inklings to try their hand at writing fantasy novels that make space and time travel believable.

Individual humans began to have free thoughts, independent of the transcendental, divine world. Christ then incarnated on Earth in a physical body, once and only once, to bring to birth the personal ego of every free human being from that time forward. With further spiritual development of the personal ego, each liberated human ego can rise into the astral light (Spirit Self), lower devachan (Life Spirit), and higher devachan (Spirit Man) to reclaim the three higher egos that reside in the three supersensible realms where our older siblings, the Angels, Archangels, and Archai, live and help sustain the human astral, etheric, and physical bodies.

Ultimately, the free human individual, acting freely out of the impulses of Christ’s love, returns to the place whence they have come, but now with the gifts of personality and individualization that make each person a unique facet of the divine.

Conscience is often seen as the “highest moral and logical authority” and evaluates information to determine the quality of an action: good or evil, fair, or unfair. Consequently, conscience usually ranks higher than consciousness and, in addition, has the ability and the authority to decide how information will be used, either for good or for ill. Conscience can determine our final decisions for action after evaluating, in a split second, all of the varying parameters. It also seems to be able to predict the outcomes of some actions.

Now for the first time we reach the actual Earth evolution. In the next Pralaya which followed the Moon evolution, the Moon fell back into the Sun. As one body they went through Pralaya. When the Earth eventually emerged out of the darkness the whole Sun-mass was united with it. In that epoch the first or Polarian Race began. Then the previous Sun-Men, in accordance with conditions at that time, were able to form this specially favored species, the Sons of the Sun, because the Sun was still united with the Earth.

The Spiritual Hierarchies described by Rudolf Steiner, and many others, are nine ranks of beings who work together as one being with three part, — the first, second, and third hierarchy. The Holy Trinity works through the “threefold” set of hierarchical beings as the Father God rules the first/highest rank of the hierarchy – Seraphim, Cherubim, and Thrones; the Son God of the Holy Trinity (Christ) works through the second, middle rank of the hierarchy – Dominions/Spirits of Wisdom, the Mights/Spirits of Movement, and the Powers/Spirits of Form; and the Holy Spirit works through the third/lowest rank of the hierarchy – Angels, Archangels, and Archai.

This inherent “trinity in a trinity” does not make the Christian Holy Trinity and Celestial Hierarchy a form of pantheism or deity worship because a “threefold” Divine being manifests Itself through a “threefold” set of hierarchical aspects, virtues, qualities, forces, beings, and levels of consciousness congealing over four ancient periods of development of the Earth to create a human being on the Earth today.