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A Cosmic Realization of the Purpose of Life – in One Word

At the age of 14, I woke up one morning with a question – what is the purpose of life?

At the age of 18, that question was answered through yoga philosophy and especially the teachings of Dr. George King and The Aetherius Society: to go back to God through spiritual practice with its main focus being service.

At the age of 70, I knew why.

Seated on the terrace of our room at a hotel in Tenerife in September 2023, I entered a state of cosmic realization. It took me about an hour to do so, as my wife, Alyson, sat nearby performing spiritual practices.

For the first time kundalini reached the highest psychic center, Brahma Chakra, though not in its entirety, rising through each center in turn, inducing trance, circumnavigating the mind, transcending thought and visualization processes, into the I Am.

I had been on this journey once before in January when Ajna awakened in violet hues, but that was as far as I traveled then. I knew God as man, animal, mountain, even as a pebble, on this realm, on other realms, but all of them upon this Earth. It was a state of terrestrial enlightenment – oneness with all life on this planet – but it was not yet cosmic.

And so I proceeded, and the following is an account of what transpired which I offer for your consideration.

Deep breath followed by restraint. At first involuntarily – Kevala Kumbhaka – then deliberately. Breath – hold – meditate. Awareness of the chakras – a tensing of the sphincter muscles – effort, pressure, intensity, more effort, but not force.

The solar plexus is activated, but this time, instead of detachment, allowance followed by effort to raise, purify, transmute. I notice greater bliss caused by the transmutation process or, as the yogis might have put it, “frying the seeds.”

The heart center is activated, momentary bliss, onwards, upwards. The throat center is energized, and then I seek trance. Last time I resisted it, now I want it, but it is not easy to bring about – my negative karma acts as a resistor.

Awed by the fact that Dr. King could enter full samadhi in just a couple of minutes, I so much want to be absorbed in a trance of oneness, albeit to a far lesser degree. But I also want the mystic fire of kundalini to move even higher to the very crown. Wishful thinking unless that wish becomes a reality.

The third eye – violet – strong – pulsing – but not my ultimate destination this time. Now, her tendrils reach even above the Christ center, to pierce Sahasrara – only to one degree but still to penetrate – a profusion of colors – the Golden Sun.

Here that misused, hackneyed saying, silence is golden, actually becomes true – a release from terrestrial bondage into the vastness of the cosmos. I know why this is sometimes called the thousand-petalled lotus – because a thousand represents infinity.

A sunbeam courses through space, across the oceans, through my being, traveling up the spine and into the crown center. I jerk, gulp and become still.

I enter oneness with God – the I am within us all – and now I am one with life in the cosmos.

First I am Mars.

Then for longer I am Venus. I appreciate my inhabitants, who feed my Flame and strive to express my essence, energizing and being consumed in my Flame. They are being made ready; they are constantly preparing for this.

As Saturn, I admire my inhabitants who want to do as their Lords, the Lords of the Sun, and become a part of me.

And as the Sun I emit a sound which causes all life to evolve. The energy from Earth, Her Flame, is the same energy as that I emit but in a different phase.

The energy I emit travels through every realm, is part of every realm, from the highest to the lowest and my sound reverberates beyond this solar system, raising and energizing. I momentarily know Mercury as a planet of change and Pluto as small but still grand.

And then I am the Galaxy Itself with a body which seems to be of a jelly-like substance, holding all in place and yet tenuous enough for movement to take place within it. Numerous craft form a tapestry of transit on multiple frequencies – a complex weave of moving luminous threads with one single purpose.

And there is only one purpose in only one word – evolution.

It’s the reason we exist. Interplanetary travelers make their journeys because of it. Planets and suns know it. It’s why the galaxy is in manifestation. Evolution – evolution for all life.

That’s why God involved Itself in matter because without involution there could be no evolution. What God wants is evolution. What the galaxy, the Sun and the planets want is evolution. One word – an often misunderstood word – from which all experience derives – the purpose of life.

And then back down to Earth with a sadness borne of disappointment. Because here most people don’t live to evolve, they live to find happiness whatever their idea of happiness may be. And even if they think they have found it, it’s only transient unless it’s the happiness derived from evolution.

Even bliss is not the goal, it is only an effect of the process – a wonderful sign that you are nearing your goal – but not the goal itself. And that must be where some gurus went wrong. They identified the process with the goal and got stuck along the way, misidentifying the blissful sensation with the oneness which is beyond all sensation or even mind. As a result, as Mars Sector 6 so brilliantly put it in the Sixth Freedom – the Power was still warm in those places.

Just as food can bring pleasure though its purpose is nourishment, and as air brings vitality though its purpose is preservation, evolution brings a deep joy which is eternal but not permanent. And therein lies a paradox which can only be resolved by evolution itself.

Yes, I know the answer now to the desperate question of my 14-year-old self, though I know it to only one degree of infinity.

I also know that I owe even that degree to my master, Dr. George King, for the sacred initiations he bestowed upon me and the opportunities he entrusted me with, which led me to this place.

The path he left of world salvation can also be our key to God realization.


About Richard Lawrence

Richard LawrenceRichard Lawrence is the Executive Secretary of The Aetherius Society at the European Headquarters and a Senior Bishop in The Aetherius Churches. He worked very closely with Dr. King, speaking to him face to face or on the phone almost every day for over 20 years. He is an international bestselling author of 11 books, including Contacts With The Gods From Space, and Realize Your Inner Potentialboth of which he co-authored with Dr. King. He is the lead author of The King Who Came To Earth (the biography of Dr. King), and an editor of Cosmic Voice (the journal of The Aetherius Society).

All the blogposts written for are written by experienced Aetherius Society personnel and approach themes relating to the teachings, practices and ideals of the Society. However, they also contain personal opinions, insights and interpretations that are not necessarily representative of the Society as a whole, or all of its Members as individuals.

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  1. Jack Stafford on September 25, 2023 at 8:16 am

    What a wonderful description! Thank you so much for sharing what must be very private and personal moments. You are walking this path for all of us and showing us that the path of service does indeed lead to the highest states. Your work is so valuable!

    • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 3:18 am

      Thank you Jack. It was very private and personal, but I felt it wasn’t given just for me, nor even mainly for me, so I hope it is inspiring and helpful to other sincere aspirants on this path, such as yourself..

  2. Christine Grace on September 25, 2023 at 9:03 am


    • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 3:22 am

      I agree Christine – I AM in its highest sense means God, as the ancients knew.

  3. Chrissie Blaze on September 25, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Richard – What a fantastic and well-deserved accomplishment after your many decades of dedicated and focused service and spiritual practices! Your writing about this was perfect. I so appreciated your delicately crafted wording which enabled me to understand a little more clearly how this must have felt.

    When I first read it, all I could say was “wow”! Then, I thought how difficult it must have been to share such a personal crossroads in your life. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience, Richard.

    • Marian Schroedl on September 25, 2023 at 3:19 pm




      • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 3:42 am

        I am so glad you found it encouraging, Marian, because that’s exactly why I shared it with others. It’s one thing for a great avatar to share his monumental experiences as a benchmark for us all to aspire to, and another for a terrestrial such as myself, who is certainly not claiming to be an adept or a master, to share my far more lowly experience. Hopefully it shows what can be achieved by following this path.

    • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 3:27 am

      Thank you for these beautiful words Chrissie. I have to say that the credit, if there is any, goes to Dr George King without whom I would not be in a position to have an experience like this. And of course it doesn’t come close to his demonstration of samadhi and cosmic consciousness, which he has described so brilliantly for us.

  4. Scott Lucchese on September 25, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Thank You for sharing this. It is amazing and wonderful journey. Another sign the world is changing. Hopefully more people will come to have these experiences in evolution. So the mind belt can be transmuted into Love energy, so we can all put in the work and help change this world. May the Absolute bless us all.

    • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 3:48 am

      Great words Scott – indeed may the Absolute bless all who are giving service in these days.

  5. David Trimble on September 25, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Wow! What a fantastic achievement and how brave to share, and, by doing so, to give encouragement to all of us on the path. Thank you so much, Richard.

    • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 3:50 am

      As ever, David, I very much appreciate your comments.

  6. Leonor R. Cadete on September 25, 2023 at 4:23 pm

    «Yes, I know the answer now to the desperate question of my 14-year-old self, though I know it to only one degree of infinity.
    I also know that I owe even that degree to my Master, Dr George King, for the sacred initiations He bestowed upon me and the opportunities He entrusted me with, which led me to this place.»

    «The path He left of world salvation can also be our key to God realization.»

    Such Grace, indeed!
    Such LOVE, such BRA-VE-RY!!

    Thank you for sharing this.

    • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 3:58 am

      I am glad you picked that quote Leonor, because I really do owe it to Dr. King, who bestowed so many initiations upon me and gave me all the positions of service I now hold. Without him, I do not believe this would have happened, which is why I felt duty bound to share it with others on this path such as yourself.

      • Leonor R. Cadete on October 1, 2023 at 2:01 pm

        Thank you very much – Your Grace. May Love and Truth transmute all evil.

  7. Lilita Boden on September 25, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you, Richard, for the wonderful explanation of your journey through evolution.
    We must all take this journey, sooner or later.

    • Richard Lawrence on September 26, 2023 at 4:02 am

      That’s so true Lilita, and I must say that I am still very much on this journey. In fact when people think they have arrived, we can be sure they have a very long way to go!

  8. Monique Asante on September 27, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Amazing experience; while reading, felt immediate pressure to crown, and warmth to palms. Great encouragement to persevere in spiritual practices.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. Richard Lawrence on September 28, 2023 at 7:49 am

    That’s a good point Monique, perseverance in spiritual practices is essential; as is taking the opportunities offered to us to serve others, especially the important global ones. I wish you well in your continued advancement in the divine journey.

  10. Sue Kaemena on September 29, 2023 at 9:48 am

    Thank you so much, Richard, for sharing this next stage of your very personal journey. We are all so blessed and privileged to have such advanced teachings and opportunities to serve on a global scale. To these blessings we can now add your living demonstration of our journey towards our Divine heritage.

    • Richard Lawrence on October 1, 2023 at 3:27 am

      Thank you Sue for these very thoughtful words. Dr King personally bestowed a unique number of positions of responsibility and initiations upon me, and I only hope this reflects in some small way upon our very great Master.

  11. Kunle Kolawole on September 29, 2023 at 11:04 pm

    What a fantastic information considered as an initiation for me, strengthening my faith and beliefs in the Teachings of The Cosmic Masters through Dr. George King and The Aetherius Society. Thank you very much for sharing and I sincerely congratulate, Your Grace, for this Unique Feat. Wonderful experience. This is a Holy Experience for me. Thank you sir.

  12. Richard Lawrence on October 1, 2023 at 3:32 am

    That’s wonderful Kunle and exactly the reaction I would have hoped for, in fact I felt that this experience was not given just or even mainly for my benefit. You really can have full faith and belief in the path of our Master and The Aetherius Society – it works both globally and individually.

  13. Paul Nugent on October 2, 2023 at 7:25 pm

    Richard, thank you for sharing this remarkable experience and insight. I believe it is important – especially for us who knew the Master – to realize the greatness of this path, and the legacy which he bestowed into our care, and to live in the light of it. Well done, and more power to you!

    • Richard Lawrence on October 3, 2023 at 6:02 am

      Thanks Paul, I must say that the invaluable aid you gave to our Master in his final difficult years of ill health adds so much weight to your point. I fully agree that the path he left us should be honoured and validated by us, and I sincerely hope that this experience helps to do just that!

  14. Jeanne-Claer on October 9, 2023 at 10:28 am

    An truly excellent and authentic experiential account on a subject so very misunderstood still, Richard.
    Profound thanks go to you, for not only sharing your deeply personal encounter, but for shedding lazer-sharp light on complex metaphysical aspects. And a sincere Thank You also to lovely Alyson, for assisting you in this.

  15. Richard Lawrence on October 10, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Your words are much appreciated Jeanne-Claer and yes, I have been very fortunate that Alyson has been with me for over four decades as she was on this occasion – a spiritual teacher in her own right.

  16. Telan Pan on October 14, 2023 at 6:49 am

    What an amazing and inspiring experience! Thank you for sharing. My first reaction was, “I wish I could have that experience too!” But my second reaction was, “I only started this path two months ago, and I am already 56. Can I make it in this lifetime?” I think the most important thing is, to keep walking on this path, “to go back to God through spiritual practice with its main focus being service.”

  17. Richard Lawrence on October 14, 2023 at 9:46 am

    How wonderful to hear, Telan, that you have started on this path. I know of others who have done so late in life, some considerably older than you, so please don’t be concerned about that at all. Whether or not you have an experience like this one, you will certainly have profound spiritual experiences as you travel on this journey through service towards enlightenment.

  18. Andrew Elston on November 15, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Moving and aesthetic. I reflect on this, just seeing it, remembering numerous interactions with you and times, wondering…

  19. Richard Lawrence on November 16, 2023 at 2:45 am

    Thanks Andrew – I too remember the time decades ago when you helped at the Society.

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