Clairvoyant consciousness is the outcome of the transformation of
forces which are present in every human being but in ordinary life are
When forces ‘economized’ from those concerned in early childhood with
the development of the organs of speech are transformed and
rightly used, retrospective clairvoyant vision into earlier
incarnations is possible. If these particular forces are developed in
the wrong way and misused, a dangerous and illusory form of
clairvoyance will be the result, and under their influence there may
be moral deterioration.
Transformation of the forces left over from the process of learning
to walk and to stand upright leads to clairvoyant vision of
life in the spiritual world preceding birth. These are the most
innocent of all the forces in man's nature. In the aura around a tiny
child, clairvoyance perceives these forces which still send their
radiance into the life before birth.
The kind of clairvoyance needed for insight into the conditions of
planetary existence described in the book
is developed from forces economized from those which have worked at the
elaboration of the grey matter of the brain.
Souls in the spiritual world after the middle point of life between
death and rebirth has been passed, direct their attention to the
earth, and very diverse impressions come to such souls from what
living human beings are thinking and feeling.
Anthroposophy is a sheer necessity for the earthly life of humanity
and will become increasingly so in the immediate future
Bergen 11th October, 1913