progress is hindered because they think that the experiences
they should have are much more tumultuous than they are. Whereas it's
mainly a matter of paying attention to very subtle happenings.
Imagine going into a forest on a quiet evening. One would hear the
slightest sound — the falling of leaves, a sled's
approach, etc. And now imagine a big city. One wouldn't hear
them in its noisy streets, yet all of these slight, fine sounds would
also be present there.
hear the complaint: I can't free myself of the many images and thoughts
that arise when I'm meditating. But one can definitely look
upon this as progress in meditation. For as the astral body and ego
loosen their connection with the physical and etheric bodies
during meditation, an esoteric is enabled to objectify his other
human being, as it were. He should take a close look at his soul and
spiritual part that weaves and works there without his help.
temptation approaches an esoteric from within and that of Ahriman
from outside. An example: Say that one is living in a moral and quiet
family, but that there are people in the adjacent apartment who
read and tell each other a lot of tall tales. Even if one did not
hear any of this with one's physical ears it nevertheless
becomes imprinted on one's etheric body and then appears during
meditation. Another example: One happens to see a dog
being run over. Yelping and whimpering can arise in one's own body
and continue to work after one experiences such an accident. Or
a whole witches' sabbath can arise during meditation out of other
connections. The meditator shouldn't despair about this but should be
glad, since he can have an inkling of the connection, and thereby
learns to look at himself ever more objectively and at everything
that worked upon him previously.
like a palpation of one's whole body during meditation. Painful
feelings will arise here and there as a result of egoism and
other things. In this probing one begins above the head and goes down
the whole body, one small part at a time.
starts from symptoms one will learn to draw conclusions about
previous experiences. Thus an inflammation of the middle ear
permits one to infer the strangest impressions that were made upon
the etheric body through the fact that one heard tall tales as a
child without full consciousness, but which had a very vivid effect
nevertheless. If someone falls asleep in theosophic talks or
similar events, then what he heard continues to work in his etheric
body, and this especially if he feels pangs of conscience or if
he reproaches himself for having gone to sleep; this often works very
strongly in the subconsciousness.
reproaches oneself for still being so bad because ugly images
repeatedly arise during inner concentration and meditation we
can be comforted by the Gospel word: Behold the Lamb of God who
takes away the sin of the world.