The prototype of the ideal city
As long as we live in time, we contribute to the solution of the problems of safety, natural resources, health, education and pollution wherever we can. This is demanded by our culture and our inner civilisation. However, in the essence of life that is eternal, in the domain of original humanity, the processes of life do not end, and self-realisation is nothing other than working for others.
We have seen that a human being and his environment are strongly interdependent. A human being cannot live without others; he is a social being and not a solitary individual. Consequently, interaction with others is essential, so that forms of society, like settlements, villages and cities, are indispensable. In this context, people sharpen each other’s awareness and ultimately gain insight and consciousness. Our environment actually reflects our consciousness. This is why, when we build a city, the following questions crop up:
- Does the perfect human being exist? - What properties does he have? - Where can we find him? In myths, legends and holy writings which have accompanied humanity throughout time, we find descriptions of man as a perfect being, sometimes represented by a magnificent flying dragon, sometimes by a hero or as the equal of the gods. In hermetic thinking, he is sometimes described as one with God, as an ‘infinite sphere, with its centre everywhere and its circumference nowhere’. Lao Zi described the human being as one with Dao: ‘Dao is empty, and in its radiations and activities, it is inexhaustible. I know not whose child it is. Ere the highest God was, it was.’ In the teachings of the Rosycross, he is represented as man-microcosm! This original human being has existed since time immemorial. He developed as a divine being in the spirit field. His source of life was the universal Light, and outside this field, he was active, wholly in accordance with the vibration of this Light. This environment might be considered the ideal city, a field of life that naturally attunes itself to the laws of what is absolute and has the same vibration as the original energy. In whatever way we describe this field, such as Nirvana, the holy Jerusalem, the city of God or the Holy Spirit, it refers to the same superdimensional reality: the original field of life, in which immortal humanity lives and develops.
The three types of cities
It is clear that when a group of men and women practise this life of change of the consciousness on the basis of the inner Christ principle, this will immediately have consequences in society. During a certain period of time, situations and circumstances will appear that will offer great opportunities to those who are sensitive to it, to see and walk the path ahead.
However, it is important to understand that these possibilities are only offered for that certain period of time and are not intended to improve or embellish our world. Although they may certainly work like a balm, their aim is to link our consciousness with the inner reality of the eternal life, with the ideal city. We can distinguish three types of cities: firstly, the time-spatial city, in which the four pillars of safety, management of resources, health and education are constructed time and again. Time and again, this ‘city’ disappears and time and again, it is rebuilt. It refers to a social development that is unable to hold onto any true perspective in the sense of the original life.
Next, there is a ‘city’ that appears briefly, when a mystery school undertakes an alchemical work of transfiguration, a spiritual school that shows the way to the restoration of the microcosm with the energies of the original life and that, consequently, has a certain effect on the world and society.
Throughout the ages, there have been different liberating communities and mystery schools. Seen geographically, they were established from China, the indo-Iranian region and Asia Minor to Bulgaria, Great Britain and the South of France. These communities always imparted a new impulse. In its wake, the liberating impulse always caused social changes, too. The ancient Egyptian society, the gnosis of Mani or the brotherhood of the Albigenses are but a few examples of what the development of a gnostic brotherhood in a country or on a continent is able to accomplish. Although traditional religious and political rulers fought these communities by fire and sword, we should not underestimate their influence. The consciousness of the average person who came into contact with them, was always stimulated to think and act for himself, and the longing for a free and liberating life was always strengthened in him.
What is the perfect, ideal city?
And ultimately, there is the perfect, omnipresent city, which is to be found in eternity and where microcosmic humanity has its eternal abode. This city does not know space or time, but rather everlasting development in the fields of the new soul life, a perfect and omnipresent field of life that expresses itself as absolute love.