It is written, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’. All philosophy is contained in these two words: heaven and earth.

What is heaven? Heaven is the spirit, light, the virtues. And earth is the material world, the physical body.

Moses, who was a high Initiate, first mentioned heaven, then earth. Human beings, however, tend to put the earth first.

Some go even further and behave as if only the earth had been created, and who knows by whom! And that is why nothing is right in the world anymore – because everybody gives priority to the earth. This imbalance has an impact on individual human beings as well.

We must realize that all imbalance stems from a lack of understanding of the place the Creator has given to the spirit and to matter. Of course, we should not neglect matter, the physical body, but it is far more detrimental to humankind not to have understood once and for all that the spirit must always come first.

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov