Angelic Consciousness

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 consciousness.

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” (Romanticism Comes of Age 280). 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.

Copyright © 1997 — Owen Barfield Literary Estate.       Return to Top.