May 17, 1909
A SEER SUCH AS THE WRITER OF THE
see the future evolution of humanity in the astral world. What will
enter into evolution after the war of all against all is already being
prepared. Those human beings called to carry evolution into the future,
beyond the war of all against all, are already being prepared through
the wisdom taught in Theosophy. In far-reaching ways, the spiritual
stream of wisdom will become increasingly effective.
When the clairvoyant can
observe the modern human being, it sees the etheric body extending a
little bit beyond the upper part of the physical body. The etheric body
of a man is feminine and the etheric body of a woman is masculine. The
astral body, on the other hand, is a flowing structure, variable in terms
of color and form, changeable according to the inner life. If we raise
our hand the impulse to do so comes from the astral body. When we walk,
when we cry or laugh — that is caused by an impulse in the astral
body having influence over the physical body. However, what has the most
essential influence on human beings is their I. The I works in an
altogether roundabout way through the astral body.
In ancient Atlantean times
and in the Lemurian age, human beings were not only able to stretch out
their different bodies, but they could also extend and “puff”
them up. At that time the physical body was only a very small inclusion;
on the other hand, the etheric and astral bodies were gigantic. The
astral body might look like one kind of animal but was constantly changing
and soon resembled another. Human beings constantly changed their physical
form according to the desires and impulses living within them. The air
then was filled with thick foggy mists much thicker and water-filled than
our mountain fog. The human physical body had the most varied colorings
and forms; one could already see in its gelatinous substance indications of
the physical organization, for example the blood system and the skeleton.
Toward the end of Atlantis the air was cleared of thick watery masses.
Only then could human beings become the creatures of air and earth that
we are today. Atlanteans did not see the sun at all the way it is seen
today; it was seen as the mighty ring of the sun. Because the air was
never free of water, there were never any rainbows. Only after the
separation of water and air were rainbows possible. The entire process
of the Atlantean flood is portrayed in the story of Noah and the rainbow.
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It was also necessary
for the beings on the earth to pass through their stages of evolution
at very different times. If a portion of humanity in the early stages
of Atlantis had not wanted to descend into a “densified”
physical body, then the human form would have remained as it was —
with all the instincts, desires, and passions still expressed in the
physical form. However, there were beings that became solid, hardened
at that time. Animals are nothing more than beings that entered into
a hardened, dense condition too early. What the human being carries
in the astral body today in terms of desires and passions has come to
expression in the physical body of the various animals. Each of the groups
of animals developed a particular instinct, and is “congealed”
or solidified in it. During the Lemurian age it was the mammals; they
are human passions that have congealed into a rigid form. What we carry
within ourselves presents itself as a picture in the various animals.
With human beings, the instincts have been gradually refined and we
can hide them in our heart. The lowest instincts of the human being
were first to fall into the physical world during eruptions of natural
forces in the earlier times of Lemuria. The apes represent, so to speak,
the last lower instincts to fall or be pushed into physical matter before
the soul of the human being was itself hardened in matter. With some
animals, horses for example, we still find today as a peculiarity the
etheric body of the head extending beyond the physical head. That was
the case with Atlantean human beings. A certain point in the human etheric
body moved into the corresponding part of the physical body only in
the last third of the Atlantean age. Only then were human beings able
to develop a physical form appropriate for the spirit.
There are sixteen groups
of human instincts and passions and so too, are there sixteen groups
of animals. Zoology will one day understand how these sixteen groups
were gradually “precipitated out” of the spiritual world.
We can easily say how the various parts of the mammal groups were created.
The formation of hoofs, for example, occurred when, in a very special
way, animal nature closed off from the outer world. Claws were created
through aggression. The hoofed animals express a very different stage
of evolution than animals with claws. We see just such a contradiction
expressed in the forms of the centaur and the sphinx.
This is portrayed in the
second part of Faust, a very important book from the occult
point of view. The Sphinx encounters Mephistopheles and laughs at him
because of his horse hooves, which are a sign of a hardened nature,
a nature that has egotistically closed itself off from the world.
If we cut our finger we
feel pain; this shows us the bearer of feelings, the astral body. Earlier,
when the human being's entire nature was still soft, the hair
growth was also permeated by astral forces. We are told of Esau that
he was covered with hair; he was still retarded in his development and
in his power of judgment. For this reason Jacob could trick him, because
Jacob had already come further in the development of his power of judgment,
of his I. There are forces again working outward in human beings today.
The more the I has mastery over the astral body, the more the physical
body can also be molded and transformed. Today we have our karma within
us like a life account, with a balance of everything we have prepared
in our various incarnations. But because the human being's physical
nature expresses very little of the I, we carry our karma inwardly and
unmediated. But later it will show itself on the human face. Humankind
will evolve in the future so that its karma is carried on the countenance.
No longer will the fact that a human being is born into a specific race
or in a specific climate be decisive for external appearances. There
will be rather a class of good people and a class of evil people. Let
us understand Paul correctly, who said: “I live, but it is no
longer I who live, but Christ in me.”
What is called
“receiving the Yahweh-Christ being” will later show itself
in human beings externally. Today it is still possible to be a rogue
and yet hide it; but in the future, human beings will carry the mark
of their inner life on their foreheads.
Let us look at the human
being after the war of all against all. We can think of him or her as
someone with radiant, good features and a noble benevolent expression.
This will become the fate of those who have taken in spiritual impulses
at the right time. All moral, intellectual, and spiritual forces will,
in the future, confront us visibly in the external features of a human
being. What is taken in today will be sealed into souls. After the seventh
age, after the war of all against all, they will be unsealed.
That is what the writer
of the Apocalypse sees in the seven seals that will gradually be broken.
The book with the seven seals is not intended to be like our books or
like ancient scrolls. What is intended is a succession of events. The
succession of epochs is the concept of the Apocalyptic “books”
as, for example, the Evangelist Matthew speaks of the succession of
generations, of the lineage of Jesus of Nazareth. Orders of succession
are created in this way. The book tells us that the power of the lamb
can break the seals.
That gives us an idea
of what is intended with the seven seals.