[Excerpt from TT (Team POF): 2011-04-11]
[Geraldine] Michael – The information on my first Grand Cycle was so intriguing that I’d like to continue in that vein by asking for similar information on my Spark’s Second Grand Cycle as a Server. Would you please describe the species, life cycle, planet, details on its evolution as a sentient species, notable traits, things learned as a server, etc. And, how many from my Cadre shared in this particular GC?
[MEntity] Your Essence’s Second Grand Cycle appears to have been in a planetary system that we could not accurately point to in any way that would make sense, not only because the mapping of your skies is barely begun, but that the particular planet is “gone” at this point.
The species through which your Essence incarnated was one that, by standards of measurement familiar to you now, was on the scale of ants in size.
[Geraldine] well, I meant planet “type” . . .not so much as to where
[MEntity] The planet was one quite similar to what you know as Earth, and inhabited with a great many non-sentient species.
Most of those species were on a scale that would be considered similar to the difference between ants and humans now.
Or rather, on a scale that is similar to how ants measure up to other species on your planet now.
By no means is size relative to sentience. In fact, a species that has been contenders for Sentience on your own planet has been what you call Bees.
The key for Sentience in its choice for a species includes the relative amount of manipulation capable over the environment, the relative amount of exchange with each other the species can have, the depth of experience that the species can access, and how closely it can be to the Sentient species already in place.
No Sentient Species ever “springs” forth on its own. There is always an introductory Sentience for the transition in some way.
In regard to the species for the Server Grand Cycle, the bodies would be rather familiar to you, except for the eyes, which were far more similar to that of a fly’s.
In fact, the species did fly.
Some of the mythology on your planet regarding “faeries” harkens back to some romantic “memories” of this Grand Cycle.
The species made dwellings in what might be understood as the trunks of trees, and among bushes, and had no real enemies or threats.
Despite the size, the species immediately took to the concept of stewardship, and the religions that sprang forth during the maturing of the Sentience focused nearly every aspect of the path toward caretaking.
The concept that we are describing as “religion” had a very different connotation, of course.
Because of the scale of the species to the environment, the concept that a scarcity paradigm brings never took root, and because the mating process was one that was group-oriented, as well as the raising of brood, the challenges of such things as jealousy never existed.
“Lifetimes” were the equivalent of what you might experience as 20 years, and the entire species Grand Cycle was completed within what you might measure as approximately 500,000 years.
One thing that scale does influence is the experience of Time, and the processing of experiences within time is very different for the tiny versus the giant.
[Geraldine] How do mythologies arise from GCs so long ago . . .do Sparks (essences) and then fragments retain these memories?
[MEntity] To a fly in your world, for instance, you are almost experienced as a solid object.
[Geraldine] Yes, I can see that flies would view us as nearly immobile
[MEntity] Essence retains ALL memories, and while those memories never affect a current Grand Cycle, many things can still spring forth from those memories, including templates for mythologies or interpretations of unknown.
[Geraldine] creative use of imagination
Many from your Energy Ring were a part of your Server Grand Cycle, and the species described, and those fragments may find the entire mythology of faeries, or nature spirits, or even the fantastical “what if” scenario of being tiny, to be rather romantic and appealing to some degree.