Beginning individuality in the animal kingdom

Some species of animal existence are exemplarily chosen which are representative of the struggle of consciousness for an ascending evolutionary line in our evolution. One can easily recognize the reciprocation between apparent opposites. It was a necessary process in the exploration of all possibilities and breathes life into the concept of duality.

If we remember that for thousands of years the early earth was covered with water it’s very likely that we went through a fish-existence. In the mentioned hypnosis incredibly concrete insights are described:

„You are living in a permanent state of tension. When one gets a reflex one at once twitches and pulls away, like a flash. –  A strong willingness for defense but not as fiercely as at the animals, or so aggressive. Always careful to all sides, to hide oneself or to move away fast. It 's more passive ... It' s very dull at all ... I think here  lies also the reason for our basic anxiety ... that there' s danger all around ... I think we have taken over something of this Lurking, this basic fear." [1]

This, in turn, speaks for the statements of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother that the memories of our entire experiences of evolution still exist in our cell consciousness, influence our feelings and actions and await their redemption.

At the same time, Mr. Reiter emphasizes the feeling of security in this nutrient medium of water which provided everything that was needed for life. This correlates to one of our embryonic stages in the mother's body. According to today's research results of prenatal psychology negative experiences during pregnancy are reason for later possible primal fears and a lack of security in life.



The mentioned dullness witness to a very little developed consciousness which was mainly determined by the experience of being one with the whole swarm. Compared to the individualized human soul one speaks of the "group soul" of animals.

Death was accepted as something that simply happened:

"It 's not so bad to die as in a human being. There are certain feelings, everything is a bit duller, but it seems to me that there are only reflexes that simply run. Everything not so controllable and – somehow I feel no thought of death. … The fish is already feeling a pain; it twitches because it is choking. A rebellion against this abnormality, but he does not know exactly, now I'm dying, oh what drama. It just happens, I cannot say it otherwise." [2]


A particularly beautiful aspect which appeared in the animal world is the relationship with the offspring. Mr. Reiter describes it as a very strong emotional bond which appears  together with the offspring and is obviously triggered by the reference object. Here we have once again arrived at the primordial intention of the mind to meet himself as a love in the Thou, which finds his climax in the Homo sapiens. We are wrong when we think that simple animal species would not be able to feel that:

"You can not think," Oh, I would like to have descendants“, but when they are here there  is a strong feeling, too . " [3]


Again, there were genera as a transition between the habitat of water and the land, such as the turtle or the duck. They were still attached to the wet nutrient medium.




[1] Dr Peter Reiter in "Der Wiederverkörperungsweg ...", Werner J. Meinhold, AURUM Publishing House, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1989, pp. 215, 216

[2] a.a.O. , P

[3] a.a.O. P. 222

Freedom was for the first time realized in the bird world. A characteristic feature of the bird was the delicate, the light, which has always been associated with the element air. Also the defenselessness.

This was a first approach of individualization because a bird was able to rise into the air alone and fly away if it got startled. 

"Being a bird it seems to me, they are like eccentric people – even if they are two identical ravens; very "idiosyncratic" figures." [1]

Elsewhere, Mr. Reiter uses the attribute witty and talks about a tendency to eccentricity, especially in relation to the large birds of prey, which always circled high above the others and posed one of the few threats. 


 "I believe such a bird is a very special attempt of the Spirit to win individuality. Perhaps one could summarize it like that. "[2]

If one observes the birds at the feeding place in winter one can observe the peculiar and different behavior of our feathered friends very well. And the quarreling about the best sleeping places in the fir in front of the house or in the wine on the facade often reminds of a classroom during the break. Therefor one does not even need to understand the bird's language.


The existence as a bird was still characterized by a dull consciousness. Feelings were triggered by an object and not reflected. However, the following detailed description is interesting:

"... really fluffy sweethearts are they .... I love them so very much. - They're still totally helpless. – And it was the most beautiful thing in the world to have such sweethearts and to care for them. - Somehow also to give life of my life. Also the idea this life is incredibly precious ... And I'm also afraid when I fly away and get something to eat for them, that something could happen to them."[3]

As a fish in the liquid nutrient medium one still was supplied with everything one needed for life. On the other hand one was even more involved in the whole, less free.

The bird existence meant a great step out of that unity and towards a starting individualization. In order to take account of the necessity of protection the bird was able to rise into the air. Most of the enemies were lurking on the ground. If one was one of the greatest of his kind, one scarcely had one - as long as man had not yet appeared on the stage.




The bird is usually the symbol of a soul power, if not the soul itself. 


Sri Aurobindo

[1]   Dr. Peter Reiter in "Der Wiederverkörperungsweg eines Menschen durch die Jahrtausende, Reinkarnationserfahrung in Hypnose",  Werner J. Meinhold, AURUM Verlag, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1989 , S. 211

[2] a.a.O.   

[3] a.a.O. S. 210

No one who lives together with animals will say that animals are stupid, have no consciousness, no feelings, no soul.

In animals, also in the higher developed as for example the mammals, one speaks of the group soul. Mr. Reiter repeatedly mentioned that, for example not the individual incarnations were at the center of consciousness but the existence within the species as such, which often extended over long periods of time.


"Animals have much more perfect senses than humans. Who of you could already track down a human being, just as a dog can!

This means that in the curve of evolution, or rather the spiral, animals (and especially those we call "higher" animals because they are more like us) are governed by the Spirit of the Species, which is a highly conscious awareness. Bees and ants obey this Spirit of the Species, which is of a very special quality. And what is called "instinct" in the animals is simply obedience to the Spirit of the Species, who always knows what should be done and what not." [1]


In hypnosis Mr. Reiter could look at the others, as well as himself from outside. This sense of unity and freedom were reduced to the extent that individualization developed. The latter required a more and more intensive „tieing" to the body and to the Matter. Presumably, joining together to the group was an external substitute for the security in oneness, a conscious projection to the outside. Until we alone would be able surviving.

Looking at the spiritual aspect behind all things, one again can recognize the endeavor of the Spirit descending further and further into His creation – that is, in Himself – in order to taste Himself into the very last depth of His possibilities:

"I notice that I can use the [wolfhound] ... to get into nature ... Because I am the dog somewhere. I have more than an outward look at the dog.  In the dog is also anything of me. ... I am my so-called higher self, but not only higher but also deeper self. … This is what comes from the depth. And depth means to go into the depth and gather experiences there. The deeper self cannot overlook the experiences, but experiences it from the depths quite isolated and deepened. It is only in the depth that one can deepen the experience ... Nature is the depth. [2 ]

The statements of Sri Aurobindo and Mother's work perfectly corresponds to Mr. Reiters insights. The Self, which wants to explore and experience Himself in the most remote corner of His possibilities. In this world, created out of Himself. In nature, which He at the same time forms with and in which He leaves His traces, in the depths of Matter.

In the "step back" everything has to be transformed including into those depths, nothing can be left out and must again be awakened to the Divine Consciousness, which is involved in the Matter. In order to be able to follow the progress of the Lord. 

All what exists is Divine Consciousness, which plays hiding with Himself and unfolds more and more in an increasing multifaceted nature. If the depth is to be seen as a vertical development (with the ascension of ever higher levels of consciousness on the other hand), the external variety in time can be understood as horizontal development. Therefore Mother speaks of a spiral of development. 


In the animal existence emotions appeared as affects. They were perceived "instinctively" but not reflected. For example the warm feeling to the offspring, or the perception of the wit or strength of others:

"This is not yet a distinct individuality, even though every dog has its own peculiarities. The one of them which I see at the water is always barking boldly to the birds, although he knows that he will never get them. Now and then I can’t help grinning about the dog, as if I had a dog, and yet I feel at the same time very strongly being concerned by these affects and how one empathizes or is in fear. Somehow it is a depressing feeling to be pressed in in such a dog.“ [3]



"There is an intelligence that acts in nature and through nature, in its action, but it is not aware of this intelligence. You can see this in animals. Take, for example, ants. They do exactly what they have to do; all their work and organization is something that looks really perfect. But they are not aware of the intelligence that organizes them. They are mechanically moved by an intelligence they are not aware of. And even if we take the most developed animals, such as the cat and the dog, they know exactly what they have to do: a cat that brings up her little ones does it just as well as a woman – sometimes better than a woman, but she is driven by an intelligence that moves her automatically. She is not aware of the intelligence that makes her do things. She is not aware of this; she cannot change anything of the process by her own will. Something lets her act mechanically, but she doesn't have any control over it." [4]



With increasing individualization and the strengthening and refining of the Vital something appeared on the evolutionary stage of the animal kingdom, which should extend to our present existence: dominance over others, the power of the stronger. In this stage it still was the unconscious necessity to survive, but later it should combine itself with a feeling of pleasure and welcome power. 

Animals living with humans


"All animals living close to humans lose their instincts because they harbor a kind of admiration for this being that can give them protection and food without the slightest difficulty – and also a little fear because they know that they are beaten if they do not obey man's will!

It's quite strange, they lose their abilities“[5]


"There are so many examples. You bring a cow to the meadow; it strides around, sniffs, and suddenly stretches out its tongue to pick a tuft of grass. Then it walks around again, sniffs and gets another tuft of grass and so on. Has anyone ever heard of a cow eating poisonous grass in these circumstances? But lock this poor creature into a cowshed, gather some grass and put it into the trough. And the poor creature, who has lost its instinct, because it now obeys man (excuse me please), eats the poisonous grass with the rest of the grass. We already had three such cases of cows that died because they ate poisonous grass. And these unfortunate animals, like all animals, have a kind of respect (which I might call unjustified) for the superiority of man – when he puts poisonous grass before the cow and tells it to eat, then it eats! But if it is left to itself, that is, without anything between it and the Spirit of the Species, it would never do it. "[6]

"Dogs, for example, the shepherd dog who lives far from the people with the herds and has a very independent nature (he comes home from time to time and knows his master, but does not see him often), if he is bitten by a snake he will crouch in a corner, he licks himself and does everything necessary until he is healed. But if the same dog is living with you and is bitten by a serpent, he dies calmly like a human being. "[7]


 Mother had spent years studying cats. That is why she had a special relationship with them:

„These cat stories went on for years and years. ... And it isn't true that they don't obey! It's just that we don't know how to handle them. Cats are extremely sensitive to the vital force, to vital power, and they can be made perfectly obedient – and with such devotion! Cats are said to be neither devoted nor attached nor faithful, but that's not true at all. You can have quite a friendly relationship with them. …

There was one – I know I SAW it: when he died there was already the embryo of a psychic being, ready for a human incarnation. I made them progress like wildfire.“ [8] 

People in my environment claim stiffly and tightly that cats are cruel because they throw their prey through the air and "play" with it before it is dead. Well-fed domestic cats retain this instinct, even if they do not eat their prey afterwards:

"This is an example given to children, but I have been watching cats. I know what they are doing. And it is by no means true: they don't do it out of wickedness. Usually it happens as follows: the mother cat goes hunting and she catches a mouse. If she would give the mouse immediately to the little ones they wouldn’t be able to eat it, for it is hard, tough, and they do not have the ability to eat hard, tough meat. Therefore, the cats play with it (they seem to play with it), she throws it around, rolls it, catches it, lets run the mouse and chases behind it until it is softened. And when the mouse is so soggy, ready to eat, and the meat is well worked on, then they give it to the little ones who can eat it now. But surely they will not play with the mouse for the sake of fun! First they are hunting and then they prepare a meal. They have neither stove nor fire for cooking and therefore they make the thing soft. They have to prepare it for consumption." [9]


"What I know about animals is only their instinct, which drives them to action, but they do not have that perversion like in the human Mental. 

I believe that with this kind of mental function and under the direct influence of the Vital,  man became a being with evil will.“ [10]


What is instinct? - It is the presence of the Divine in the genius of the species, and this is the psychic of the animals: a collective rather than an individual psychic. I have seen in animals all the reactions - emotional, affective, sentimental - all the feelings that people are so proud of. The only difference is that animals can not talk about it and write about it, so we consider them as subordinate beings, because they cannot flood us with books about what they have felt.





Treat yourself and all living beings in a way as if you were to look them in their eyes until all eternity. 


Andreas Tenzer

[1] Mother in:  „Flüstern der Natur.“ 

[2] Dr. Peter Reiter in "Der Wiederverkörperungsweg eines Menschen durch die Jahrtausende, Reinkarnationserfahrung in Hypnose",  Werner J. Meinhold, AURUM Verlag, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1989 , S. 207

[3] a.a.O., S. 207, 208

[4] - [7]  Mutter in „Flüstern der Natur.“ iBooks

[8] Mothers Agenda, April 12, 1961

[9] , [10] Mother in „Flüstern der Natur.“ iBooks


On the way from animal to man

"We have all the animal species, we know them up to the higher animals which really are very conscious. They have their own completely  independent will. They are very conscious and wonderfully intelligent, like f.i. the elephant; you all know the stories of elephants and their wonderful intelligence. Therefore it must already be a very noticeable phenomenon of the Mental. 

And through this progressive development, we suddenly come to a species which has probably disappeared – traces of it have been found – an intermediate animal like a monkey, or of the same branch of development – something which is very close to it, similar to it, though not the monkey as we know it – but already an animal which runs on two legs."[1]


In the transitional area from the animal to the human being the focus was on the release from group consciousness and the further individualisation. An individual is characterized by the fact that he has all abilities to live alone. This not only includes the vital force as it had emerged in the plant kingdom. Whereas there everyone was connected with everyone and supplied by nature with light, rain and air, the animal beings themselves had to search for food and defend it and themselves against other animals. Their Vital had already evolved and gained strength, an indispensable prerequisite.

"I do not know if it's a gorilla; I see it black and shaggy, and it's quite big. I'm assuming it's an animal creature. It’s running rather strong, but … somehow clumsy. I am sorry for it, though it is so strong. It cannot express itself; no one understands it - terrible, actually sad. It sometimes roars aloud, quite heart-rending, everyone is afraid, but no one understands it. It feels eerily alone (sad voice). Its strength is of no use here, but he cannot think about it, so I feel sorry for it - I feel with it. [2]

The creature could not grasp why it was expelled. It was a first attempt to communicate and make itself understood. Shouldn’t such a regrettable being have to have more power than the others when it had lost the protection of the herd? In one of his further incarnations as an early man Mr. Reiter gave a very accurate description of the evolving Vital:

„ … the feeling of having something like an energy in me. This is a force field to the body. As if I were able to concentrate the energy somewhere when I am struggling or doing something, without thinking about everything. … Especially the solar plexus; it is going up to the chest and over the arms and legs, and also the sexual center is involved." [3]

The evolving vital strength repeatedly led to ranking fights, which were still strongly tied to the animal kingdom:

"He who wins is the boss, until another wins. ... And who is the boss there, he can always first eat the meat of animals which have been hunted or which we have gotten from somewhere. … If he is in a good mood I’ll get a piece. I have to wait until he gives permission." [4]

A woman belonged to the horde and also in this case the leader gave permission to take her or not:

"I just grabbed one, where he tolerated it ... First one smells each other a bit. ... That’s always a certain reward. ... The smell is important, because it brings the whole in motion.“ [5]


The focus on expressing ones experiences, affects and feelings came up. Not by rational thought and recognition of a necessity, as to express oneself was the necessity itself:

"... This does not even depend on whether someone is listening or not, even though that also is important. If you feel that, you also want to express it ... through movement and through sounds; this is not yet a dance, but you’ve got certain movements. For example you are jumping with joy with both legs ... When it shouts, the screams are more animal cries ... They also give signs to each other"[6]

There was not yet a reasoning about things which we today regard as terrible, in the sense of "Why only …?" This emerged with the further expansion of the intellect. Death was still taken as a natural condition:

"This is a beautiful day, the sun is shining on the water. And I am in the water up to my hips - I am catching some animals - I am really happy, it 's a beautiful day ... I am wounded somehow that I'm going to die of it, on the beach ... there beside the branch ... it can be that it was a crocodile ... just wanted to hold on to it. It went so fast, it rustles fast and splashes and it bites off a piece of my left arm, no, from the right arm. It’s broken totally then – that’s a huge wound. –  And since the water isn’t deep I can quickly make a few sentences to the shore, but then I'm bleeding to death. It happens quite fast. – somewhere I find it incredibly sad, on such a beautiful day, such a stupid thing - somehow I am feeling everything, but I do not think about it. " [7]

The very simple expression in this deepened hypnosis session reflecst the mental state on this development stage.

Particularly interesting is a further note from Mr Reiter from the same meeting: At the same time, there were already further developed cultures. So we do not know at what time, at what stage of development and in what sequence our soul incarnated. We can only assume certain evolutionary stages as existent.




[1] Excerpt from: „Flüstern der Natur“, iBooks.

[2] Dr. Peter Reiter in „Der Wiederverkörperungsweg …", Werner J. Meinhold, AURUM Publishing House, Freiburg im Breisgau, 1989, p. 205

[3] p. 194

[4] p. 195

[5] p. 197

[6] p. 202, 201

[7] p. 203 Besucherzähler

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 Der Mensch ist ein Übergangswesen. 

 Man is a transitional being. 

 Um den Glauben und alles andere zu erlangen, muss man darauf bestehen, ihn zu bekommen und darf solange nicht erlahmen oder verzweifeln oder aufgeben, bis man ihn besitzt – auf diese Weise wurde alles erlangt, seit diese schwierige Erde von denkenden und sehnsüchtigen Wesen bewohnt wird. Es gilt, sich ständig dem Licht zu öffnen und der Finsternis den Rücken zu kehren. Es gilt, die Stimmen zurückzuweisen, die unermüdlich behaupten: "Du kannst nicht, du darfst nicht, du bist unfähig, du bist eine Marionette eines Traumes." 

In order to gain faith and everything else you have to insist on getting it and must not grow weak, despair or give up until it is possessed - in this way everything has been obtained since this difficult earth is inhabited by thinking and longing beings. It is a matter of constantly opening ourselves to the light and turning your back on the darkness. It is necessary to reject the voices which tirelessly assert: "You cannot, you must not, you are incapable, you are a marionette of a dream."

 Ich glaube, ich kann behaupten, Tag und Nacht, Jahr um Jahr gewissenhafter experimentiert zu haben, als ein Wissenschaftler seine Theorie oder Methode auf der physischen Ebene prüft. 


I think I can claim to have experimented day and night, year by year, more conscientiously than a scientist examines his theory or method on the physical plane. 

 Die Manifestation der Liebe des Göttlichen in der Welt war das große Selbstopfer, die höchste Selbsthingabe. Das Vollkommene Bewusstsein willigte darin ein, in die Unbewusstheit der Materie einzutauchen und von ihr aufgesaugt zu werden, auf dass Bewusstheit in den tiefen ihrer Finsternis erweckt werde und nach und nach eine göttliche Macht darin auftauche und die Gesamtheit dieses manifestierten Universums zu einem höchsten Ausdruck des göttlichen Bewusstseins und der göttlichen Liebe mache.


The manifestation of the Divine Love in the world was the great self-sacrifice, the highest self-giving. The Perfect Consciousness consented to immerse in the unconsciousness of matter and to be absorbed by it to awaken consciousness in the depths of its darkness and to gradually reveal a Divine power in it and to turn the totality of this manifested universe into a supreme expression of the Divine consciousness and Divine love.


Ich kam nach Indien, um Sri Aurobindo zu begegnen. Ich blieb in Indien, um mit Sri Aurobindo zu leben. Als er seinen Körper verließ, fuhr ich fort, hier zu leben, um sein Werk weiterzuführen: d.h. der Wahrheit zu dienen und die Menschheit zu erleuchten, um die Herrschaft der göttlichen Liebe auf der Erde zu beschleunigen. 


 I came to India to meet Sri Aurobindo. I remained in India to live with Sri Aurobindo. When he left his body, I continued to live here in order to do his work which is by serving the Truth and enlightening humanity to hasten the rule of the Divine's Love upon earth.

 Gegenwärtig sind wir mitten in der Übergangsperiode, in welcher beide sich ineinander verschränken: Die alte Welt besteht noch in all ihrer Macht, beherrscht das gewöhnliche Bewusstsein, aber die neue schleicht sich ein, so bescheiden und unaufdringlich, dass sie für den Augenblick wenigstens äußerlich nicht sehr viel verändert ... aber sie arbeitet, sie wächst, bis auf den Tag, an dem sie stark genug ist, sich augenfällig zu behaupten. 


At the present time we are in the midst of the transitional period in which the two are intertwined: the old world still exists in all its power, dominates the ordinary consciousness, but the new is creeping in so modest and unobtrusive that at least for the moment it does not change much externally ...  but it works, it grows, until the day it is strong enough to assert itself visibly.


 Ich sah diese zwei Extreme: den Gipfel des Yogi und den Gipfel, sagen wir, des Elektronikers oder des Intellekts. Und was lag zwischen den beiden? Und wo ist es besser zu entschwinden? – Denn in beiden Fällen schien man zu entschwinden: entweder in leuchtendem Weiß oder in einem ziemlich erstickenden Schwarz. Aber das Leben, das göttliche Leben war das nicht!


 I saw these two extremes: the summit of the yogi and the summit, say, the electronics or the intellect. And what was between the two? And where is it better to escape? – For in both cases one seemed to be disappearing: either in bright white or in a rather suffocating black. But it wasn't life, not the Divine Life!

 Oh, wir halten uns alle für weise und wissend, wie schade! Wir schlafen weise und wissenschaftlich und auf einem seltsamen Feuer, das dort glimmert und das demnächst all unsere Weisheiten und Wissenschaften umstürzen wird. Was für Kinder wir doch sind! Dort, im Körper. Dieses Mysterium ...


Oh, we all consider ourselves wise and knowing, how pity! We sleep wisely and scientifically and on a strange fire glimmering there which will soon overthrow all our wisdoms and sciences. What children we are! There, in the body. This mystery ...


Es ist sehr seltsam: wie zwei Körper ineinander. Der eine weiß unwiderruflich und für immer und allen Widrigkeiten zum Trotz, er kennt das Leben, das er berührt; und der andere, ein wenig darüber und ihn gleichsam verhüllend, ist der alte sterbliche Körper, das Resultat unzähliger Vorahnen, die ihm den Tod und nur den Tod eintrichterten – den Tod bei der geringsten Anzweiflung seines überlieferten alten Rhythmus. Und dieser weiß überhaupt nichts! Er weiß nur um das alte Gesetz.


It is very strange: like two bodies in each other. The one knows irrevocably and forever and against all odds, he knows the life he touches; and the other a little above and covering him is the old mortal body, the result of countless ancestors which brought him death and only death  – death at the slightest doubt of his ancient tradition. And he knows nothing at all! He only knows the old law. 

Es ist die Dunkelheit vor der


just the darkness

before dawn ...