When i wrote about balance between spirit and matter what was in my mind is that when we go up the spiritual ladder ,due to distorted social context ,we are more getting connected(or we have connected) with source that is of the heaven - ie air and fire energy becomes the main channel of connection.The source which is mother earth and its expression is different than heavenly god .you need to really use your earth and water(body and emotion) skills to work and be with the imperfection of nature ,rather than fighting and dominating ,and thus result in developing more tolerance,compassion within.
In the ancient time when people lived in harmony with natural laws ,the basic trigger for the ego to have separate desire may be due to the challenge nature itself produce as a result of its imperfection ;which slowly lead to control and dominance of nature ,and now to huge exploitation.One need lot of patience,compassion and tolerance to work with nature rather than fighting it .That is working with nature in itself is a spiritual practice .So the difficulty to integrate to consensus reality may be a call to work with nature - matter.And thus experience spiritual growth in that form.
I don't Know whether it makes sense with what i wrote.Just wrote what i felt ,may be i am influenced by the philosophy of Masanobu Fukuoka - The One-Straw Revolution .
I have read somewhere here in which JWG mentioned about Heavenly ( of the sky )and earthly God .Cant find where .Is he by saying Heavenly God points to man made religious God (Distored) or anything else, and then what about Earthly God .
Yes, EA teaches that in natural times the human species lived in attunement and connection with Nature and Natural laws. Nature itself was sacred, and thus, there was no conflict between Spirit and Nature, or between high and low, or between the life of the senses or the flesh, and spiritual life.
In Patriarchy, beginning around 6.500 BC, men introduced an artificial conflict between the Spirit and the senses. This conflict involved a devaluation of the feminine within human nature: the senses, the body, emotion, sexuality, women. Same time, the mind, intellect, Spirit, and the male form, were seen as 'superior' to the feminine. This artificial conflict has many deep manifestations. It is the root cause for long-standing permeating sadomasochistic patterns in relationships between men and women. It is the root cause for sexual distortions and sexual violence that did not exist in natural times. It is the root cause for the predation of Nature and the destruction of the planet, versus the consciousness that existed in natural times of the interconnectedness of all beings. It is, further, the root cause for the delusory sense of separation at an egocentric level in so many Souls which are only concerned about their individual self-interest. We can see how this manifestation occurred as a consequence of how the natural childrearing practices which were at the core of the matriarchy were replaced by beliefs about how children should be reared: by means of 'discipline' and artificial regulation.
As a result of such incepted conflict between the high and low, men created beliefs around heavenly gods, representing a superior, higher and 'transcendent' reality. In Natural times, again, Spirit was experienced 'within' the embodied, immanent natural life.
In current times, the South Nodes of Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter are in Capricorn for all Souls on the planet, reflecting the collective impact of the patriarchal ways in the human species. The north nodes of these planets are in Cancer, pointing the way back to our matriarchal biological nature. Within this, the ongoing intention to integrate the emotional nature, and to discover Spirit within is also indicated by these symbols at a collective level.
Jeffrey Wolf Green wrote extensively about this historical data in books like Pluto II, The Soul's Evolution through Relationships. This understanding is at the core of EA.