EL, Kassel, 2-26-'09
As soon a pupil begins an occult path powers approach him who try to
inhibit his development. When we mediate we should forget ourselves by
extinguishing everything that connects us with ordinary life, we
should immerse ourselves entirely in the content of the given words so
that we don't feel our body or have any ordinary thoughts or daily
feelings. The opposing powers try to pull us back into ordinary life and
to prevent us from concentrating. As soon as we notice this, as for
In pure rays of light
where we should only
think and feel that light is the Gods' clothes, so that we live
entirely in this image, we can use the Mercury staff as an effective
symbol, and namely a bright, shining yellow staff with first a dark
snake and then also a shining white snake wound around it.
Every live thing has a skin as a sign that it's enclosed in the
physical world. Etheric and astral bodies also have skins. When a man
receives impressions through his senses, the astral body's skin gets
cracked and is used up; this becomes manifest as tiredness. This skin
is shed and replaced during sleep. We should try to become aware of
this process before going to sleep. Think that one is going into
spiritual worlds where the astral body is renewed by spiritual beings
in the realms of harmonies and sphere tones. We should go to sleep
with thankful feelings for these divine beings and powers; here we
should feel love for wisdom. Then bad feelings won't be able to
Just as a man uses up the skin of his soul body every day and renews
it, so a snake also sheds its skin every so often and renews it. That
is why looking at a Mercury staff is an effective way to get into
spiritual worlds during meditation in such a way that hindering
influences are overcome.
Another way is through the idea that we're inside a blue aura, closed
off from all bad feelings and thoughts that want to get at us. Only
the good powers can gain access to our soul. This can be effectively
connected with the following meditation:
May the outer sheath of my aura become denser.
May it surround me with an impermeable skin for all impure, unclean thoughts and feelings.
May it only open to God's wisdom.
A beginner will only feel the presence of dark forces in distracting
thoughts, but an advanced pupil see these astral powers as rats, mice
and parasitic animals. But no one should be glad to see such animals,
otherwise he would fall prey to them. One must strengthen oneself to
resist the influences of these dark powers.
Another typical experience that's felt by a novice and seen by a pupil
is that his physical body is dismembered and scattered, and seems not
to belong to him anymore. Even the organs like the heart, liver and
gall bladder expand. Thereby we recall that our physical body arose on
Saturn through the streaming in of Thrones' substantiality, our
etheric body on old Sun through Spirits of Wisdom, our astral body on
old Moon through Spirits of Movement, whereas on earth the I was given
to us by Spirits of Form. We return to these spirits during
meditation. Now one should not imagine that each of our organs goes
back to the power who implanted them in us, but we blend into their
moods; although when we feel that we belong to these powers we must
remain aware of our own I.
Another typical experience during meditation is that consciousness
seems to get weaker or is being dimmed down. This is also the case in
a certain respect, but we must try to always keep it awake. The black
cross with seven red roses is a way to do this. The rosy cross is the
great symbol of Christ Jesus — dying, perishing life that has
the power to produce new life. Imagining this symbol always has a
strengthening effect on spiritual development; it strengthens our
everyday life in all situations.
It's during our occult exercises that the Tempter approaches us most
strongly. An advanced pupil sees him just as he's described in the
Finally a feeling of deepest soul peace arises during meditation
— no external feeling of quiet, but a deep inner feeing of peace
that can't be disturbed by anything, no matter how much things are
raging and roaring around one. Here the Mercury staff helps us to
press into spiritual worlds and the rose cross makes us firmer in
them. Two things must be completely avoided during occult training. We
should never harm anyone through deeds, thoughts or words
intentionally or not. Secondly, the feeling of hate must disappear in
us, otherwise it reappears as a feeling of fear; for fear is
suppressed hate. We must transform the hate into a feeling of love,
the love of wisdom.