In an early stage in
the evolution of consciousness,
humankind did "not develop a separate, hidden, inner world of private thoughts
and feelings"; our inner life was not felt to be the possession of the
individual--to be used only for his/her own benefit. We possessed angelic
With the fall
of man, however, Lucifer "induced man to
begin hiding and hoarding his inner life, and to take pride in it---as
a "room of one's own"---making it into
something separate and detached alike from its own outward manifestation
(nature) and from the inner world of spirit beings" (RCA 213). Man
thus stopped reflecting, or passing on, the light, the illumination or
spirit he received from above, and instead took it to be at his disposal.
|See in particular
"The Fall in Man and Nature" (RCA 205-22).