For the Earth suffers as do all life forms on Earth. Balance must be regained. More of the Heavenly knowledge and wisdom must be filtered through your learning systems so that a renewal of energy occurs.
The ancients still had this knowledge of how to bridge the gap between life and death or Heaven and Earth. The old ones could open a hole in the veil that separates the worlds and gain useful information or knowledge that would benefit the many.
This information was freely shared and expected from the others in the tribe or clan or whatever name you have given these social-economic living arrangements.
Now, only a few remain with this knowledge-scattered around the planet. They have brought balance and sanity to your world for countless centuries.