Summary of the Foregoing
man's physical being is a subtle, etheric human being which lives in
an elemental environment, as physical man lives in a physical environment.
The elemental outer world is incorporated in the supersensible etheric
body of the earth. This latter proves to be the transmuted essence of
an earlier or Moon-world, and the preparatory stage of a future world
(Jupiter). One may give the foregoing schematically as follows. Man
physical body, in the surrounding physical, material world. Through
this body, man comes to recognise himself as an independent, individual
being, or ego.
The subtle, etheric body in the surrounding elemental world. By its
means man comes to recognise himself as a member of the earth's etheric
body, and hence indirectly as a member of it in three consecutive