The Wisdom of Ancient Man (Introduction)
Holistic understanding beyond physical reality
The mythological world tree or tree of life plays an important role in traditions again and again, symbolizing the whole existence.
It may be that ancient man knew much less from a scientific point of view than today's man. Perhaps, however, for this very reason he linked what he perceived all the more with a higher spiritual reality, which he took for granted. This led then to the fact that he was closer to the wholeness in some respects than the modern man who is attached to a materialistic way of thinking.
Images for "spiritual laws of nature
Thus the pictures of the old traditions describe again and again spiritual principles and modes of action, which can be confirmed partly only today by the modern science (quantum physics). (For example the principle "spirit moves matter", so for example Ulrich Warnke: "Everything comes into being through consciousness").
However, much remains a mystery, because the very big connections lie outside the human realm of experience with its five senses (see The Human Consciousness).
The basic principles of existence and salvation
As the oldest traditions already had the big, whole in view, they thematized the principles underlying existence in a pictorial way. Consequently, they were also able to point out problematic patterns that are still effective today. And finally, they even point beyond this to ways of overcoming negative laws in order to find wholeness and eternal life.
[S. Curse and Redemption in Traditions.]
Collective Redemption and the Tree of Life
In the Judeo-Christian teachings, the theme of collective redemption is also of central importance. Trees have played an important role in this since the beginning. Thus, the tree of knowledge (of good and evil) became a snare for people, which is why the tree of life fell out of reach and with it its fruit, eternal life.
The biblical way of salvation also includes the way back to the tree of life in five steps (which correspond to the hero's way).
[S. The Two Trees in Paradise and the Forbidden Fruit; The Dissolution of Negative Dynamics and The Way Back to the Tree of Life].