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The Mission of Michael. The Revelation of the Intrinsic Secret of the Human Being

Elemental Beings and Human Destinies

A lecture by
Rudolf Steiner
Dornach, December 6, 1919
GA 194

A lecture, hitherto untranslated given at Dornach on December 6, 1919. Published in The Golden Blade, 1984. It is also known as, The Michael Impulse and the Mystery of Golgotha.

It is the seventh of twelve lectures in the volume The Mission of Michael. The Revelation of the Intrinsic Secret of the Human Being. In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works, the volume containing the German texts is entitled, Die Sendung Michaels. Die Offenbarung der eigentlichen Geheimnisse des Menschenwesens published by De Verlag der Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. (Vol. 194 in the Bibliographic Survey, 1961). Translation revised by Charles Davy.

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A lecture at Dornach, December 6, 1919, printed in German in “Die Sendung Michaels” published by De Verlag der Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland (GA 194) as lecture 7. Translation revised by Charles Davy.

FOR a true understanding of the nature of the human being we have to recognise his division into three members, each of which is, relatively speaking, self-dependent. We have within the human being the head, the organs of the breast system, and the organs of the limbs. These are of course crude expressions that are only roughly true. Under the name of limbs, for example, we have to include a good part of what is contained in the trunk. Moreover, as you will have gathered from my lectures, as well as from my book, Riddles of the Soul, there is a connection between the head of Man and his life of thought and ideation; the whole rhythmic activity in Man — roughly speaking, the breast system — is connected with the sphere of feeling; and finally the sphere of the will, which represents the essentially spiritual part of Man, goes together with the system and organisation of the limbs. Relatively speaking, these three systems of the human organism are independent one of another. Similarly, the life of ideas, the life of feeling and the life of will are each self-dependent, although at the same time they work together.

Now, as you know, we can best comprehend the difference from a spiritual point of view between these three systems when we observe them in the following way. In ordinary waking life Man is fully awake only in his head system — in all that has to do with the life of thinking and ideas. Everything connected with the life of feeling — that is, from a bodily aspect, with the rhythmic system — is a dream-life. Even in daytime the