the middle one of these three lectures there are a number of
anthroposophical truths in particular that I would like to develop for you.
We shall then see what a great impact on a person's everyday life these
particular truths have, and that is what we will talk about tomorrow.
Today I just want to draw your attention to some deeper aspect of the
being of man.
People very often do not ask the question as to which of man's forces are
used to acquire knowledge of super-sensible worlds. They try to answer
this question merely by saying that there is a possibility of acquiring
super-sensible knowledge by means of certain forces in man. But what the
actual connections are between these forces and man's being, they do not
usually ask. That is why so little importance is attached to making
knowledge of super-sensible worlds really fruitful in ordinary life. It can
be said that super-sensible knowledge is becoming more and more
essential to man, just in our time. In that case it is vital to understand
what its connection is with ordinary everyday life.
As you know, the first of the capacities that leads man into super-sensible
realms is the force of Imagination, the second capacity is the force of
Inspiration and the third capacity the force of Intuition. The question now
is whether these capacities need concern us at all except in their
connection with knowledge of super-sensible worlds or whether these
capacities have any part to play in the rest of man's life? You will see that
the latter is the case. As my little book
Education of the Child in the Light of Anthroposophy
tells you, we can see human life running its course in
three stages: from birth to the change of teeth, from the change of teeth to
puberty, and from puberty till about the twenty-first year. If you do not
regard man purely superficially, you will be struck by the fact that the
nature of man's development is entirely different in the three different