MILLIONS of years ago, the ancient sages taught, man and all the kingdoms of nature existed as prototypes.
They gradually developed in the womb of Gaia, Mother Earth, gestating in their formative stage before birth onto this plane of existence.
The living spiritual prototypes were held in an invisible astral matrix, a semi-physical energy field, The Secret Doctrine explains.
This field is the astral projection of the eternal akasic field, the storehouse of all pre-evolutionary blueprints of former worlds.
As they develop the prototypical forms are likened to a living fetus suspended in the ocean of its mother’s womb. There was no ‘solid matter’ as we know it in those developing astral times, more than 300,000,000 years ago it is taught.
Guiding the process is an intelligent hierarchy of spiritual parent-beings, a “hive-mind” at work behind-the-scenes, says The Secret Doctrine, a Mind busily retrofitting the numerous forms of nature and man—preparing them to be reborn on the to-be new Earth, guided by immutable cyclic laws. (Differentiation of Species-Missing Links.)
Just as Earth mother nourished and birthed innumerable beings in the faraway past, the same grand evolutionary scheme is mirrored today in the differentiation of the human fetus— stages that traverse single-celled zygote, which becomes a mass of cells known as a blastocyst.
Science rejects everything except “mechanical laws,” Blavatsky wrote (SD 2:660), “and admits of no principle outside matter.” Occult Science on the other hand, “allows the human physical frame to have passed through every form, from the lowest to the very highest, its present one.”
Scientists of Blavatsky’s era recognized this, notably E. H. Haeckel, (mentioned by Blavatsky) who formulated a biogenetic law proposing a recapitulation theory.
The theory states that the embryological development of the individual repeats the stages in the evolutionary development of the species, i.e. “ontonlogy recaptitulates phylogony.”
Ironically the process supports both the intelligently guided evolution of occultism, and the random materialistic Darwinian model. Take your choice.