meditation or after it one could ask oneself: Where is the Christ?
Where do I have to look for him?
memory goes back to a time between birth and the change of teeth;
that's when ego-consciousness began. The physical body's form is
already finished then, it only grows some more. One could ask what
things would be like if one's memory only went back to age ten.
Suppose that someone who awakened to self-consciousness at 10
asked to be awakened at a certain time. Then on waking he would have
the impression that he went to his door himself, knocked, and
woke himself up. Or on awaking by himself he would see himself coming
in as a light figure, walking towards himself, opening his eyes and
awaking himself thereby. He would be able to know: In the realm from
which his light form comes to him, there the Christ is also.
people will experience this in the near future, even though man's
self-consciousness arises already during the first seven years. We're
standing at an important turning point, and this must be pointed out.
A man will then experience that the light form of his astral body is
floating towards him, and he'll know that this light form is
consuming his physical body, and that every time it leaves the latter
it takes a piece of it along, as it were. And when the apparition
takes possession of the physical body again in the morning, the man
will see that he's living at the cost of a dying process. This
knowledge can make men very sad and melancholic. They'll no longer
value their physical body. And whereas men's courage will be
tremendously increased by outer culture, air vehicles and other
technological attainments, at the same time life will be considered
to be of little value. Men will be overcome by deep sadness and
melancholy, and the number of suicides will rise sharply. While outer
courage is growing in sensory life, inner courage will necessarily
decline and give way to a disguised cowardice. Men become ever
more materialistic and don't want to know anything about the soul and
spirit. Angels inspired Kant to set up his limits to knowledge, so
that men could develop outer courage. But just as a compressed rubber
ball springs back, so this will produce a reaction in souls, and then
men's courage will want to turn to the attainment of knowledge of
spiritual worlds again.
don't find their way to the Christ see the figure of death walking
beside them. But we know that Christ lives in the earth's aura and
that we're always connected with him. If we know this and keep
it alive in us, the picture of death takes on Christ's features and
he walks beside us like a man, even if we don't see him
clairvoyantly. Then we know where to look for the Christ. We can't
escape the spirit of the times, it works everywhere. But the
knowledge that Christ lives and that we can get to him will keep our
souls from desolation, deep melancholy and disdain of life. We'll
understand the word in our rosicrucian verse:
In Christo morimur.
If we let all of this become really alive in our souls in quiet moments
it can become a big help to us.