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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • worlds surrounding him, namely, the actual physical world, the soul
    • here. The advanced level concerns actual clairvoyance and to the
    • extent that indications pertaining to such actual clairvoyance can be
    • development will soon be aware of this fact and his task will then be
    • as a fact in the literal sense of the word. Even in this area a birth
    • fact, then certain efforts made by man that have an effect on his soul
    • such inclinations, virtues or characteristics in one's mind. They must
    • acquire new characteristics, thoughts and inclinations. A person must
    • accustomed to being neat and exacting and this he must accomplish not
    • particularly effective in the case of insignificant characteristics
    • was a fact. If a disaster or a sorrow befall you, try keeping in mind
    • view of karma would be able to actually perceive the cause of a joyful
    • that happens to him as if karma was a fact, will find that his
    • hears come to him from the spirit realm. It is characteristic of the
    • soul world that one “sees” it. It is equally characteristic of the
    • actual alteration of the soul, that relate to the most profoundly
    • do no harm even if a person practices them improperly. This had to be
    • can actually perceive the process of development of such soul organs
    • defined, compact structures. Certain organs appear in the aura that
    • Equanimity must be preserved, patience must be practiced. Anger and
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  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • to be something unpractical. But if, in our time, Spiritual Science
    • the practice of life. It must not float in Cloud-cuckoo land or lose
    • itself in bare abstractions, but must have something to say to human
    • only thing that is practical. The individual who has always shown
    • himself to be truly practical is the one who can see beyond the
    • immediate present. And who was the practical individual when in the
    • practicality of which is doubted today by no one — came at that
    • time from someone not engaged in practical things. The Englishman,
    • practical, medical point of view, if the nervous system could stand
    • unpractical to the highest degree, because it would cause severe
    • illustration of the relation of the ‘practical people’
    • practical ones. And from this point of view Spiritual Science appears
    • examples where, believing they had a monopoly in practicality, people
    • our culture, for today this is simply a fact. There are opponents to
    • certain views on the question of women, but the fact that this
    • — one that is characterised by the example of the famous
    • the women's question does not bear witness to the fact that those who
    • question of women's education that has, in fact, borne fruits. Almost
    • have been refuted by actual practice. Little by little women have
    • in no way inferior to men, so that reality in practice, has resolved
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • In spite of the fact that a notable portion of
    • the capacity to extract nourishment where nourishment for men no
    • that vegetarianism can be a more practical diet for those engaged
    • background of his inner spiritual activity. In response, he
    • individual's own inner spiritual activity takes part in directing
    • the satisfaction of his nutritional needs.
    • ingested by him and his actions are influenced by the food absorbed
    • completely. Merely the facts will be stated, and you will have
    • only need allude to this generally familiar fact, that speaking
    • task of a man's food is and in what way it is actually utilized in
    • question of how these four members of man's organism react to the
    • found in the breathing process. It is a familiar fact that men
    • disintegration is part of the activity of the astral body. There is
    • light has built up. Without this activity of inner dissolution a
    • between men and animals is found in the fact that the
    • must be stressed. The body permeated by the ego performs an action
    • in disintegrating substances, and through this action something is
    • created inwardly. The inner activity of consciousness particularly
    • Actions, activities are called forth by the process of destruction.
    • result of the dissolution of proteins, so the activity of the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • are to reach a worthy goal in world-existence and if our actions are
    • the action had been preceded by thought no blow need have been struck.
    • will without thought. These facts are revealed simply by observation
    • are organically and actively interwoven, but that in sleep the
    • existence. These facts could also be approached from a different point
    • These facts can be considered in yet another light. On deeper scrutiny
    • man actually sleeps by day, that is to say he is not in the real sense
    • activity of the will becomes comprehensible when we remember that all
    • conceptual activity ceases when we ourselves are asleep. To begin
    • shadow-image is to the actual thing. The shadow-image of a flower
    • activities which cast their shadow-images into men, and these
    • irrespectively of any other factor. But our soul experiences sympathy
    • in witnessing some kindly deed and setting the will in action and
    • actually performing some such deed. I will call pleasure in good deeds
    • It is easy to picture these three stages of activity of the human soul
    • will. And in point of fact man needs the life of sleep in order that
    • can become active and effective. In his ordinary life today man is
    • activity that is not concerned wholly with crass reality. Those who
    • into us. And when we work actively during sleep, impressing morality
    • into our will — we cannot be aware of this actual process but
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • exact idea of the nature of man and his relationship to the cosmos.
    • hopeful. There are many harmful factors strongly influencing our lives
    • acts most adversely on the strength of the etheric body. Thus, because of
    • This exercise is based on the fact that the person's ego is brought
    • whenever they are about to write. Actually, with some of them the
    • occult facts. In this case we must recognize the existence and efficacy of
    • practicing for fifteen minutes a day to pay attention to the way he forms
    • expected to acquire an entirely different character in their handwriting.
    • exercises are practiced, an actual force is applied to the etheric body that
    • practice such exercises. They also would become aware of the positive
    • life. Nevertheless, it is still a good exercise to practice in later years.
    • importance, it is good practice to look carefully at what is being done.
    • a clear picture of his movements and gestures. Few people actually know
    • quickly lead to vanity. Quite apart from the fact that it can be corrective
    • involuntary actions, the control of the astral becomes increasingly
    • suppress certain actions or movements out of his free will.
    • The fact is that man would so much like to be “good” that he is
    • against. It is an uncomfortable fact to have to realize, but there are always
    • many possible objections to practically everything we do. People are not
    • become an effective truth when it is made a practice in everything that is
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  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • fact, it is a most unpopular and much misunderstood spiritual stream
    • the human soul. This fact accounts for the misunderstanding and
    • is commonly said, “This fact can be known; that other cannot.”
    • completely change itself. Through practicing certain exercises, the
    • facts, however, this natural scientific method is not easily applied.
    • Christianity as Mystical Fact,
    • development ordinarily described in history. As these facts are
    • we realize that facts in history arrange themselves as do facts in our
    • less important parts. This arrangement can be recognized when facts
    • history, however, facts are rarely so viewed. Here, the succession of
    • facts is easily described, but the fact that the way of contemplating
    • the historical facts differs from the way of contemplating scientific
    • facts is lost sight of.
    • External facts must be used as a language, as a means of
    • Exact spiritual-scientific investigation shows that during the whole
    • existence in the external world can in fact be compared only with the
    • especially bears out this fact. Modern pedagogy differs markedly from
    • education strongly confirms the fact that humanity has now passed
    • mysteries will throw more light on this historical fact.
    • the pupil's soul gave rise to an experience he could characterize with
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  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • Actually, today we face another world, a world that will become
    • cavern finds three coffins guarded by a hermit. There are characteristic
    • characteristic connection between medieval science and what we are again
    • find manifest the fact that man may, indeed, cherish a great hope for his
    • that are active everywhere at the right moment; it belongs to the
    • elements of water, fire, air and earth, all active as demoniacal forces.
    • should be able to experience something that was active within him, deep
  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • Golgotha, however, was the only one enacted on the physical plane. The
    • Christ-Being. This is the essential fact in the Mystery of Golgotha
    • plane. Man, in fact, only enters the physical plane consciously when
    • the line of direction of his spine was practically horizontal,
    • Atlantean man was actually the first to learn to speak, and the
    • second capacity which a child acquires before the actual
    • active upon the Earth. Animals are permeated by those forces; they do
    • fact that for the second time the Being in the etheric heights, who
    • for the power of speech to create, by means of words, actual signs
    • A third thing which the child has to learn before he actually awakens
    • into disorder in its activity on the Ego, there came the fourth
    • There was exactly the same length of time between the beginning of the
    • it actually comes, when it lives not only in the understanding of man
    • perceives facts which live in his ordinary life as Memory. He will not
    • force and activity of the Christ-Impulse.
  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • to active soul life.
    • act was preceded by three preparatory steps. Three times earlier
    • supramundane acts, one taking place in the old Lemurian period and two
    • relation to all the activities of our consciousness soul, we must first
    • released that acted within human evolution upon earth. Its effect was a
    • In His three preparatory steps, taken before the actual Mystery of Golgotha,
    • act upon earth to prevent the withering of plant life, so must the Sun
    • by the activity of his will. He might have gone mad even though his self-
    • also Christians, the only kind of Christians possible before the actual
    • do not know, for I never make theoretical combinations. The facts
    • Because the ego or I at this time was to take its place as a living factor in
    • near future we may offer certain occult proofs of these facts in order to
    • needed for our spiritual activities. These forces must flow into us. Just as
    • originality, we all loved. Removed to the spiritual world, she acted as a
    • flowed over into our earthly activities was an expression of the
    • there was a certain reciprocal action — she asserted that she found the
    • passage from heaven to earthly activities, unite with the understanding of
  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • bodily nature. No one can discern the real facts of the soul-spiritual
    • nature of hydrogen can be discerned without first extracting it from
    • something that can actually happen does happen — for instance,
    • may refer to an activity of soul in this way) is superficially bound
    • How do memory and the power of recall actually confront us? Events
    • lie far in the past, our soul is actively involved in conjuring them
    • Let me outline the basic soul activities which
    • What activity does a person usually engage in when he confronts his
    • mental activity leaves off. Anyone wanting to become a spiritual
    • external world. We must place these images, taken from the practice of
    • A person observed in this activity seems to be engaged in something
    • resembling sleep (although it is in fact radically different). For if
    • quiet down, how a kind of twilight settles around us, how the activity
    • different from sleep. In fact, it could be called fully conscious
    • soul activity. He mobilizes all the strengths of his soul and focuses
    • even those who are not distracted by the demands of daily life, have
    • fraction of an hour at most. We must repeat them again and again until
    • Let me share facts with you rather than talk abstractions, and say at
    • of all that the power of thinking, which is usually active only in the
    • occur in thousands of different ways, but I will characterize it in
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • generals over-reacted to the Russian mobilization and interpreted it
    • the following historical facts. France, for thirty years an ally of
    • that France regretted the Russian action, but there seems little doubt
    • breaking the wings of this being. Rather, the interaction of the two
    • see how the meaning of this interaction could easily be misunderstood.
    • To understand the Christ in His quintessential activity we must
    • through the Mystery of Golgotha was present as a fact. It is not
    • important how well or how inadequately this fact has been understood
    • explain exactly what man has not understood about the Christ impulse
    • the fact that the Christ impulse was present and that through his
    • important is the actuality of the Christ and His real and visibly
    • active power. Only in the science of the spirit do we begin to
    • familiarize ourselves with the fact that the state of wakefulness on
    • spiritual level. The old way of spiritual interaction with the earth
    • This Norwegian legend does in fact describe the experiences that one
    • the talents of military leaders were decisive factors in changing the
    • entered her soul, inspiring her to act as its human shell on the
    • 6th day of January. Thus, supernatural forces become active in the
    • fact to us. They tell us that the Christ impulse had already streamed
    • I want to explain these facts in order to instill in your souls a
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • Three Fundamental Characteristics of the Future Civilization
    • Three Fundamental Characteristics of the Future Civilization
    • the fact that we can speak quite differently among ourselves, knowing
    • of significance for these invisible worlds, that we are actually
    • culture in the sixth epoch its content and character, must be prepared
    • in advance. Many characteristics of the sixth epoch of culture will be
    • entirely different from those of our age. Three characteristic traits
    • will be a characteristic of those men who reach the goal of that
    • significant characteristics of men living on the earth at the peak of
    • of the other man will be unendurable to them. The moral characteristic
    • the first preeminently moral trait that will characterize the cultured
    • fundamental characteristic will be that everything we call the fruits
    • characteristic will be that men in the sixth epoch will only be
    • human souls of the three characteristics of which I have spoken:
    • pneumatology. These three characteristics are essential in a community
    • Movement. It is therefore of great importance to grasp this fact in
    • fact that as modern souls we belong to the fifth post-Atlantean epoch
    • significance of West European culture lies in the fact that the quest
    • just a reaction to the perpetual striving of the fifth epoch for free
    • “the Russian man,” is quite characteristic. Genius
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • From the lectures“Significant Facts Pertaining to the Spiritual Life of the Middle of the XIXth Century”
    • Significant Facts Pertaining to the Spiritual Life of the Middle of the XIXth Century.
    • up in our mind the facts which we know in this connection.
    • very different from ours. I have repeatedly drawn attention to the fact (you
    • may therefore say, if we wish to characterize the human being: At the
    • all those marks which now characterize the human physiognomy will be far
    • characteristics of our race. But these things will have no meaning
    • marked. When we encounter somebody, we shall then know exactly: This
    • You see, the fact that
    • conviction! Let us bear in mind the fact that if our etheric body is to
    • body, its strength should be evident through the fact that we learn to
    • man's etheric body was active from within and moulded his physical body.
    • grown rigid ... The human being should accustom himself to the fact that
    • Homer? He was Homer through the fact that he was still guided by a higher
    • may nevertheless be seized, so that they may be active within these
  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • because of the actual objects we had in view, but because of their very
    • continually to strive to present the actual methods and aims of Spiritual
    • this fact is to be found in the belief held by many individuals during the
    • to face the facts of life, and they demand an answer.
    • tolerable as long as human interest is strongly attracted by the other factor
    • characteristic of our modern age. Many such examples might be cited.
    • science, contact with spiritual life, and with the individual, in-dwelling
    • revolved by means of a pin. And behold! tiny particles do actually sever
    • factor which always escapes notice in the experiment. And while it is
    • shall merely draw attention to the fact that in addition to the ordinary soul
    • must emphasize the fact that by no means everyone desiring to make
    • Though this fact is little recognized, and the literature of Spiritual Science
    • fact, that we are only now witnessing the commencement of spiritual-scientific
    • of it such results by an activity of our own. But it must be clearly
    • active and alive within the man of the senses and alone capable of
    • matter and energy, together with their activities, which are present in his
    • which actually exists between the processes in the world surrounding us
    • We are aware of active growth during the summer succeeded by rest and
    • activity and repose; and the spiritual researcher compares it with the effect
    • actual fact that this “spiritual eye” really beholds a stream of
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • as a simple characterisation, so that human beings may see what kind
    • candid recognition of the fact should have some positive effect upon
    • which are active in the great Universe, and which — inasmuch as they
    • active within man, they bring him death. But we must now ask
    • ourselves: These forces which are active in the great Universe — what
    • is their function, apart from the fact that they bring death to man?
    • death; it will also show you what it is to think exactly on these
    • way of criticism, but as a pure characterisation — our modern thinking
    • can simply say: “They bring about evil actions within the human
    • the evil in man, we must seek for it not in the evil actions that are
    • tendencies to evil. We must, in the first place, altogether abstract
    • plainly visible in evil actions? Who are the men concerned?
    • action depends on quite other circumstances than on the inclination
    • purpose of bringing about evil actions in human society. They do bring
    • Universe in order to entice him into criminal actions. They are there
    • order, do not exist in order to call forth evil actions. On the
    • evil actions of man. We shall do best to ask ourselves: What is
    • impulse to strong actions.
    • indeed become an abstract thing; and all the efforts that are being
    • uncomfortable to speak of actualities to-day. Many people find the
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • apply to the conditions and activities of these times those feelings
    • fact of human evolution, from the fact that this evolution is
    • the period of the development of thought. People are proud of the fact
    • only when this instinctive nature becomes instead an active element,
    • in human nature, one also finds the opposite. This fact must above all
    • help forward the social impulse. It is an illusion to act in this way,
    • characteristics, we must clearly see the common elements in the
    • flows between us creating a bond. It is this fact which lies at the
    • arrangement of man's total being. It rests on the fact that what we
    • relation may be established between them. This striking fact is
    • subconsciously of course, but it nevertheless actually penetrates our
    • an anti-social character, the assertion of one's individuality, of
    • make for regularity in social transactions are only outward swings of
    • scientifically connect with these facts. For how is it that social
    • notice of the social in merely acting naturally. Rather it must be
    • actively acquired is the interest of man in man. This is indeed the
    • realities. One who really thinks about it recognizes the fact that
    • then you begin to get a picture of the real facts.
    • not remember the fact that this brings about a social relationship
    • for each apparent transaction (such as the exchange of goods for a $5
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • order, anthroposophical spiritual science is not actuated by any
    • vestiges of the old Nibelung characteristics still survived. These
    • from the practical point of view, serious study must be given to this
    • This is connected with the whole inherent character of mid-European
    • Hermann Grimm while I was in personal contact with him, there was one
    • always stressed the fact that Hermann Grimm's only response to such
    • essential characteristic — but without valuing it less highly on this
    • empty of anything that can be called spirit. That is the fact we have
    • and assessing their most characteristic traits. He was brilliant in
    • hitting upon words for such characterisations. Take a simple example.
    • misunderstood the character of the wild Nibelung people. He was an
    • To hit upon such a characterisation indicates real ability to shape
    • flair for apt characterisation. And other kindred minds, belonging to
    • speak of Goethe's spirit. It is thoroughly characteristic that the
    • And then, in the inmost soul, a reaction can set in. Then a man can
    • man's life of soul. The only persons who can gain satisfaction from
    • or ammonia in laboratories, or have studied specimens extracted from
    • unnoticed, in the political and spiritual spheres. Economic activity
    • came an alien intrusion, one that had actually found a footing in the
    • towards materialism — the strangely incongruous fact that certain
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  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • We shall then see what a great impact on a person's everyday life these
    • actual connections are between these forces and man's being, they do not
    • regard man purely superficially, you will be struck by the fact that the
    • in which they work. These super-sensible forces, active in the whole of
    • forces that are active within the human body until the seventh year are the
    • Now the forces that are active from the seventh year to the fourteenth
    • times — is the force of memory. The power of memory is active within
    • entirely, arises through the fact that the force in our souls with which we
    • And you actually always have to oscillate a bit between your soul and
    • drawing). You will only have a complete picture of what is actually there
    • But there are forces under this line as well. If we actually want to
    • enter birth the forces of planet earth are active within us.
    • The question now arises as to how this activity is distributed. There is a
    • age of seven, it is the force of the earth's depths that are active. If you
    • want to see an actual manifestation of the forces of the earth's interior,
    • You would only find earth substances. The forces that are active in the earth
    • spaces are filled with our own actual planetary system, up till the twenty-
    • fact actual transformations of bodily organs are brought about;
    • Activities going on in the blood forces always used to ensure that this
    • enough. Nowadays they have to be put into practice, for they are
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  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • the fact that in addition to his physical body, man also has higher
    • regarded as a state or condition of his organism, but not as an actual
    • saying this. I have already drawn attention to the fact that when we
    • the solid element as the only organizing factor and do not realize
    • (yellow). More exact study shows that just as the solid or solid-fluid
    • organism, so the actual fluidity should not be thought of as so much
    • obvious from the fact that the different solid substances have, for
    • becomes an integral part of us. In our aeriform organism we actually
    • exactly newly born, but it undergoes a change, both when we breathe in
    • constant interaction between the aeriform organism within us and the
    • and activity of the soul unless we remember that the Ego works
    • activates the will, generates impulses of will. — How does the
    • achieved through the fact that the will works primarily in the
    • course, in communication with the warmth outside. But what is active
    • he acts in the world as a being of will. The feelings experienced in
    • process, in so far as this has a pictorial character — more
    • produced? Through the fact that within the fluid organism something
    • tone as being borne to us by the air. But in point of fact the air is
    • only the transmitter of the tone, which actually weaves in the air.
    • way of the air arises through the fact that the air is permeated by
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • in everything aeriform, the astral body is paramountly active, and in
    • really nothing to do with our own essential being beyond the fact that
    • dream-consciousness which has to do with actual bodily processes. We
    • of the fact that man also has within him a fluid organism, an aeriform
    • practical expression of these ideals. But nobody can conceive that the
    • more vigorous activity in the warmth-organism when the soul is fired
    • warmth-organism it is an actual air-organism in man. Warmth, quickened
    • him through the fact that he can be fired with enthusiasm for moral
    • I said yesterday actually underlies the outer tone conveyed in the
    • deepest levels of subconsciousness is actually the primal source of
    • for moral ideas — be it that they attracted you merely as ideas,
    • inwardly satisfied by having put such impulses into practice, by
    • life of ideas, and in so far as we feel a certain satisfaction in
    • has nothing to do with what actually penetrates down into the
    • warmth-organism, is, in very fact, permeated by moral ideals. And when
    • Moral ideas, or ideas of a moral-religious character, which fire us
    • nullity through the fact that we formulate theoretical thoughts. But
    • have to eliminate the moral world-order — which in actual fact it
    • the soul can be directly active in the rarefied physical element, as
    • way of the warmth all that becomes active which we inwardly experience
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  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • hand, and as a doer, a being of action, on the other; with his
    • the other side, feeling enters into his actions, his deeds. We need
    • success or lack of success of our deeds, how in truth all action is
    • deed, of action. Only through the fact that we are thinking beings are
    • the fact that we can inwardly picture the world around us; we live in
    • As doers, as men of action, we have our place in social life and
    • by side with one another; the truth is that whatever is an active
    • factor in life can be characterized from one aspect or another; the
    • outer world is completely stilled, the will is continually active. And
    • again, when we are performing deeds, thought is active in us. It is
    • actions or deeds — which may also take effect in the realm of
    • understood, that you are engaging in no kind of outward activity at
    • that in this life of thought, will is also active; will is then
    • certainly realize that thoughts, as far as their actual content is
    • external world; as far as the actual content of the thoughts is
    • increasingly efface and exclude the actual thought content, in so far
    • as this comes from outside, and kindle into greater activity the
    • Activity: purethinking. We think, but in our thinking there
    • Philosophy of Spiritual Activity,
    • beyond our organic life and pass over to activity that is liberated,
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  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • through the Mystery of Golgotha has played an active role in the evolution
    • unknown gods should come to the aid of human beings without their active
    • and meaning that the evolution of the earth has acquired through the fact
    • such references to the fact that the outwardly visible stars and their
    • your attention to the fact that the Greco-Latin, the fourth epoch of
    • is in complete harmony with that of Raphael's picture. Of course, this fact
    • Christianity As Mystical Fact
    • to Egypt and how he then became active in another form, namely, from out of
    • result will then be that ahrimanic powers will appear as an active force
    • active.
    • ahrimanic, see it with luciferic characteristics. Lucifer is present, he is
    • the grave of Isis, a mathematical abstraction. Then comes the search for
    • should actually shine as a light of peace, as a light that brings external
    • [ This summation may be confusing, but it is exactly as printed in the book — e.Ed ]
  • Title: Lecture: The Two Christmas Annunciations
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    • imagine this thinking and perceiving, in fact, all use of the inner
    • not the abstract mechanical thing it has become for modern humanity.
    • character that, even then, in the age of instinctive clairvoyance, the
    • between birth and death had more of a dreaming character; but just
    • supposedly taught in the Mysteries. Actually, in their purely abstract
    • children to-day. They are nothing else; and their Mystery-character
    • lies not in the fact of their being unknown to us, but in the
    • to action; in the heavens when the sun moves across them. Varuna is to
    • The facts are simply upon occasion quite different from the concepts
    • we hold of them with our present-day abstract, theoretical grasp of
    • Fact”; but just such important things as these are usually not
    • significance. The fact that the way in which people were
    • abstract to us, revealed at that time something really living, because
    • existence, the fact remains that they do not think thoroughly enough
    • over the outer reaches of universal space what we actually lived in
    • actions, for his social life, he has still another unconscious
    • sleep and dream into waking life, were once very active in the
    • The fact really is such that when we are in the condition experienced
    • Golgotha became necessary. The fact of the Mystery of Golgotha must
    • with this fact.
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    • after all, a fact of the life of soul, and one that becomes more and
    • being of Nature to allow him to gain some degree of satisfaction from
    • means of an exact and thoroughgoing discipline of the will — a
    • times was actually none other than the condition of soul which mankind
    • It is important to grasp the significance of this fact. What is common
    • in the act of sense-perception. For him thought was also, in a manner
    • sense-perceptions; but thought we ourselves produce by inner activity.
    • For the Greek this kind of inner activity did not yet exist. Just as
    • something that acts independently. In doing so he has placed himself
    • allow the impulse to quicken in our soul to action, then the action we
    • fact that scientists base their results everywhere on observation and
    • correspondingly. The very fact that we have become materialists, and
    • Threshold and pass the Guardian correspond exactly to inner
    • As a matter of fact man is experiencing to-day precisely what the
    • themselves to inner activity of soul; for by dint of inner activity the
    • abstract reasoning from concept to concept; rather do we use inwardly
    • spirit does he now behold the spiritual. By the practice of certain intimate
    • darkness; our feelings vanish and our will is inactive. The ordinary
    • is, however, incomplete; and we shall not arrive at any satisfactory
    • are awake. But the fact is, we are not awake in our whole being. This
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    • this spirituality is active in him only during his waking hours or in
    • his conscious mental life; the fact is that this spirituality is at
    • to activity from the time of waking until that of falling asleep.
    • True, we cannot perceive the will in actual operation, but the effects
    • The other aspect is that the will is also active in us while we sleep;
    • purely organic activity, neither pervaded with soul nor illumined by
    • activity. The will that is working while we are asleep has to do with
    • organic activity, inasmuch as organic processes, life-processes take
    • But during waking activity too, that is to say when our will is in
    • organic activity.
    • feeling is a dimly apprehended experience, that so far as actual
    • antipathy. Whereas the will that is involved in outer activity and
    • through a sense of well-being or comfort — all this weaving activity
    • activity, feeling in activity of the soul.
    • have the counterbalance of our organic activity in the very forces
    • its right place, namely as the regulator of organic activity during
    • the same time denuded qualitatively — it becomes abstract. In feeling
    • you see, lives in us as abstraction only. In feeling, inasmuch as we
    • Whereas in acts of judgment — which are a mental, conceptual activity
    • We affirm and negate. We do not come to the point of actual antipathy;
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    • he speaks as follows concerning the character of this privately printed
    • be necessary, however, to put up with the fact that erroneous matter
    • characteristic at this moment of the cosmic evolution of mankind. It
    • eminently concrete changes into abstraction. It might be said: as long
    • constituted the actual transition from everything belonging to Greece
    • the names of the alphabet consecutively, would not be the abstraction
    • talked about, there is no recognition that it is actually contained in the
    • poured out over the matter-of-factness of life. In speaking today, Man
    • penetrate Man's actual being beyond this recollection, this thought
    • waking state. It remains unconscious and essentially forms the actual
    • designated in accordance with their actual being we must say that they
    • result of the activity of his lower part, which is a consequence of
    • do with formative activity.) Thus when we speak, we bring to
    • letters of the alphabet are actually formed as images of what lives in
    • H is not actually a letter like the others, H imitates the rotational
    • speech what is abstractly expressed by the words: Man is made up of
    • in the abstract by saying: Man is composed first of physical body,
    • The first is abstraction, the second reality.
    • When you say ‘I’, what is that exactly? Now just imagine someone had
    • It is an actual fact that this name which Man gives himself is really
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    • although we are not conscious of this fact. In our eyes, for example,
    • becomes the decisive factor between the change of teeth and puberty.
    • become a determining factor for the child only after the change of
    • viewpoint, how a child grows into the world. These facts can be
    • rather more inward characterization of these processes.
    • will not dwell so much on the character of man within the world of
    • characterized by all that we see with the senses and understand with
    • actually take with us in our etheric body a kind of image of the
    • cosmos. If we could extract the etheric body of a man at the moment
    • our usual standards, but it meets the case exactly.) The first etheric
    • whole of man's activity which finds expression in the outer world is
    • in manifold ways through all our human actions.
    • enter into many forms of activity. This activity expresses itself, as
    • together all our actions. And so from puberty a central organ is
    • created wherein all our doing, all our human activity, is centered. It
    • activity is centralized — centralized, in this case, neither
    • our activity in the outer world. Thus we can truly say (and in so
    • onwards man's whole activity becomes inserted, via the astral body, in
    • human life for human actions to be instilled into the essence of the
    • etheric body. There it makes ready to receive all our actions, all
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  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • more concrete reality than they have in our age of abstraction.
    • facts of everyday life.
    • physical body. When man is confronted by a simple fact, he may either
    • an idea that does not coincide with the fact. When he thinks the
    • forms an idea that is not in accordance with the fact, it is as if he
    • intellectual consciousness that is a characteristic quality in the
    • with pre-earthly existence remains intact.
    • abstract feelings in regard to ugliness by his features-he makes a
    • things of which I have been speaking — and which were actual
    • with his rationalistic intellect and love of abstraction he tends to
    • enthusiasm for truth can help us to maintain intact our relationship
    • How can man develop an actual power that will lead him directly into
    • these forces are of such a nature that they actually instill into the
    • then pass to reality in moral acts, it begins to be a quickening,
    • of the three abstractions of Truth, Beauty, Goodness. In short, we can
    • relate to the actual being of man all that is expressed instinctively
    • The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity.
    • abstract knowledge of and inconsequent chatter about goodness, if
    • loving enthusiasm for goodness in its essence does not lead to actual
    • actions here on earth, if he lives a life of goodness. The sense of
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  • Title: Lecture: Self Knowledge and the Christ Experience
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    • fact that humanity itself is undergoing a development, which constitutes its
    • and of their will, their actual deeds. With regard to past ages of man, the
    • best place in which to study such guidelines is actually the training of
    • Though not of course in the abstract, intellectual manner of today, the
    • of mineral, of plant, and animal. These people did not absorb the abstract
    • pictures, actually yielded him something that lived in the mineral, plant
    • would arise before his soul. For it was characteristic of the more ancient
    • On being initiated into this fact, the pupil in the Mysteries would be told
    • after death into his actual earthly life. And what we have gained,
    • lay hold of the inner strength of pure thinking in the act of self-knowledge.
    • further developed into conscious, exact clairvoyance. It then lives in a
    • free activity of his own soul. Thus the Mystery of Golgotha and the
    • and warmth our mere thinking that is otherwise dead and abstract.
  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • existence. This spiritual organization continues to be active
    • organization continues to be active in the human being throughout his
    • entire life. It is somewhat different in character, however, from the
    • being is not consciously active. Its work extends into this
    • unconscious activity, right into the growth activity, into the daily
    • becomes a body of forces that is active in us but does not come to
    • character of this invisible man, which we all carry within us,
    • entire human being directly from the ego. An activity thus penetrates
    • most of the sense organs are concentrated, but I should actually draw
    • Actually, however, this
    • weakened process of destruction, a weakened death process. The actual
    • by the usual physiology, is active in the pulse; there it is still
    • Thus everything interacts
    • membranes and are active in the human being after birth only through
    • being, moving centrifugally; the nerve process, which is in fact a
    • If the interaction of
    • encroach on the activities in the organism. The human being becomes
    • about healing directly through human activity, because the moment
    • that too much activity is developed from the nerve-sense
    • working with the astral body, from acting alone. The healer has to
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    • The fact that within our anthroposophical movement there is also a
    • the views of contemporary, official medicine actually are, of how in
    • many cases the foundations for the actual comprehension of processes of
    • medicine because today the claims for scientific validity are actually
    • himself, substances which are not merely passive, but which are actually
    • this living and weaving activity, proceeding chemically and physically
    • contemporary natural science actually excludes from its realm what
    • processes, this etheric living and weaving, it actually does not at all
    • look into the inner activities of the human being in order to comprehend
    • in more recent times has actually only been made in the area of surgery
    • contrast, in the area of actual therapy, there reigns great confusion —
    • has about natural science, one actually excludes the human being from
    • boundary in medicine if we ask only for the actual nature of illness. What
    • What is actually going on when customary natural science is applied in
    • approaching the human being? The predominant practice is not to look at
    • is sampled and then various abstractions are made about what kind of
    • healthy or sick natural processes proceeded within it. Thus it actually
    • actually become the most highly developed teaching of the human being. Of
    • What must provide the basis there I actually dared to express only a few
    • but we can best approach them if we characterize them by saying that one
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  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • of sleep, the fact is that we see a void, a nothing, in the intervals
    • ability to say ‘I’ to yourself, not to the fact that you were
    • active every day from morning until night, but to the fact that you were
    • ordinary waking life, man's earthly life and action was far more
    • I will now show how you can see this picture-character of man more
    • night by Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai. There is a constant activity
    • and in detail of what is commonly propounded in a rather abstract
    • world can only be applied in practice if one is able to point out in
    • the fact that in the present epoch the Moon is there like a fortress
    • he does come into contact with the Saturn-beings. Within Saturn in
    • cosmic record. All facts and all events, both physical and spiritual,
    • the Saturn-beings — in their collective activity — cherish the
    • struck by the fact that something like a plan was leading you towards
    • on Earth. It fails to relate them to the cosmic activities,
    • In earthly life, as to his conscious action, man is confined — in his
    • planet. The Universe then becomes the scene of man's activity and of
    • is in Jupiter's domain; yet the interactions between them are far more
    • to be the scene of action of the relations between human souls between
    • populations of Mars and Venus — a never-ending interaction, a
    • force of reproduction, so is the hidden spiritual interaction between
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    • especially stirred to activity within us when we turn our gaze upon all that
    • “Christianity as Mystical Fact.”
    • Raphael's earthly life that gave him satisfaction. In his own view all he
    • the light that through the Michael stream and the Michael activity will be
  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • he speaks as follows concerning the character of this privately printed
    • be necessary, however, to put up with the fact that erroneous matter
    • the fact that Jesus of Nazareth — or better, the Being who was
    • past of human evolution on earth, it was a well-known fact that men
    • conscious at once of the fact that their soul-being had come down
    • the fact that we are able to die. I have often mentioned this. Man
    • a battle of the gods which was enacted through the Mystery of
    • I have characterized a short while ago. But these divine worlds could
    • fact of being able to say that they were the disciples of one who had
    • to the scribes of his time. The fact that prominent men took up the
    • error. Naturally, only the actual fact that this is so, indeed, could
    • evolution of the Ego, through the enactment of the Mystery of
    • Golgotha. An esoteric fact can never be merely mystical. It is always
    • esoteric knowledge is always a knowledge of facts which take place,
    • divine world and Ahriman takes place, as enacted in the death on the
    • is active, we do not really live. We must feel that when we are
    • to experience the living activity contained in the lifeless images
    • formed by our intellect, a creative, living activity inspite of all.
    • modern speech, which has already become abstract. For this reason, I
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    • an uneducated actor could not have produced all the thoughts which
    • hypothesis that not William Shakespeare, the actor of the Globe
    • view of the low estimation of literary activity at that time, borrowed
    • the actor's name. These suppositions are based on the fact that no
    • world-conception. But such statements are contradicted by the fact
    • acting.
    • Shakespeare's dramas are above all character-dramas. The great
    • action, as in the wonderful exposition and development of the single
    • characters. The poet conjures up before us a human character and
    • period. Shakespeare's character-dramas could only arise as a result of
    • The fact that Shakespeare's fame spread so quickly proves that he
    • individual characters, he was far from presenting to his audience an
    • simply the definite characters of Othello, Macbeth, or Hamlet. Just
    • because he did not burden his characters with theories, he was able to
    • and this practical knowledge enabled him to develop his action in such
    • standpoint of the actor. This is a clear proof that Shakespeare, the
    • actor, has the merit of having written these plays. (See in
    • These facts have been adduced against his authorship, yet these very
    • experiences could only enrich his dramatic creation. Even the fact
    • flight of his fantasy, his sudden changes in the action, his passion
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    • have decided that an uneducated actor could not have produced all
    • Shakespeare, the actor of the Globe Theatre, could have written
    • literary activity at that time, borrowed the actor's name. These
    • suppositions are based on the fact that no manuscripts written by
    • opinions are contradicted by the fact that the plays, in the form
    • extremely bad translation and poor acting.
    • plays are above all character dramas. The great interest which
    • they arouse does not so much lie in the action, as in the
    • wonderful development of the individual characters. The poet
    • conjures up before us a human character and unfolds his thoughts
    • Renaissance. Shakespeare's character-dramas could only arise as a
    • The fact
    • describe individual characters,  and he was far from
    • definite characters of Othello, Macbeth, or Hamlet. Just because
    • he did not burden his characters with theories was he able to
    • stage, and this practical knowledge enabled him to develop his
    • action in such a way as to thrill an audience. In the whole
    • completely conceived from the standpoint of the actor. This is a
    • clear proof that Shakespeare, the actor, has the
    • dramatic creation. Even the fact that in spite of his good
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    • of the fact that it united with the Rosicrucians.
    • Luther throws an inkpot at the Devil's head. Faust enters into a pact
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    • Transactions of the Congress.)
    • representation of a comprehensive spiritual fact. Here again, however,
    • learn to know super-sensible facts by way of the sense-world. This was
    • nothing else, in fact, than the calculation of the sensible from the
    • however, the point becomes alive, the zero becomes an active Cause.
    • activity when from the infinitely small we attain an understanding of
    • spiritual activity in the midst of super-sensible proportions and
    • these attempts: the fact that such thinkers extend the conception of
    • never act so misleadingly as do the undisciplined thoughts of the
    • part of those who admit exact knowledge only to the extent to which
    • exact sense of the word) in the domain of the qualitative itself. In
    • formless protoplant, and he endeavours to derive therefrom the actual
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    • confirmed by the facts which meet us in life; if only life is properly
    • studied, they will be substantiated by the facts of life.
    • us in the physical world react to our actions, our manifestations of
    • these actions of ours to beings in our environment. Reaction of-this
    • actions are performed by us. (Spiritually considered, of course, the
    • reaction of the environment is such that pleasure or pain proceeds
    • activity of the life between death and a new birth consists in
    • acquiring a more and more intimate and exact knowledge of the animal
    • In order to make the picture more exact, we must acquaint ourselves
    • of thought deny the factor of cosmic influence. What would be
    • fact, participating; what happens on Earth is merely the stimulus to
    • has contact and can make links only with those human souls, whether
    • contact — the animal kingdom — we can say that everything
    • longer perceive it. In yonder world we are actually within human souls
    • attain. Actual intercourse with an individual who has died is possible
    • contact with the spiritual world in the general sense, when we acquire
    • it is a matter of contact with individuals who have died, the relation
    • occult fact. We shall find that precisely when we are speaking about
    • concerns us closely, leading on as it does to matters in actual life.
    • Thus abstractly described, the nature of the process is easy to grasp;
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    • Practical
    • actually originates between the processes in the intestines and those
    • activities of the blood and the air, our feelings come about. Now we
    • convolutions by itself. Instead, I must think about what has actually
    • activity, forms the brain. Just as a carver shapes a piece of wood or
    • the organs the child activates through observation are at work here
    • convolution. This in turn is based on the fact that the eyes and
    • What is actually
    • brain. This activity begins the very moment we are born and even
    • carried there by the blood, and of whatever activity comes in through
    • in others), our brain is actually structured through the combined
    • activity of perception (via the nerves) and of the constant intake of
    • and so forth. All of this merely points to the fact that the person
    • active on that side than on the left.
    • I sense the activity through this nerve, but I become aware of it in
    • of the larynx. Again these activities are taken in more vividly with
    • These facts lead
    • In this activity, the right-handed children will merely reinforce
    • human being! We would slowly have to shift activities from the left
    • the right convolution. Instead of distributing two activities between
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    • consequences of the fact which underlies such knowledge. Above all,
    • man has been given in his lower organs and his lower activities a
    • reaction of higher activities and higher connections. The sense of
    • according to the attraction or repulsion they exercise upon us,
    • important facts of life.
    • point of view, every human quality and activity can be comprehended,
    • imaginative way of looking at things that was characteristic of Old
    • in fact out of his mind. That, of course, would be complete nonsense.
    • feeling, an activity, a deed which would have been appropriate on the
    • that is pathological. A man acts in that way only because his earthly
    • the spiritual world — and acts accordingly with his body. He
    • begins to act wildly, because the vision penetrates and stirs his
    • Then it no longer has the character of pretending to be the same as a
    • life-organs. The life-organs are imbued with a strong activity of
    • activity of soul than they normally possess for life on earth. It
    • nutrition, are brought together and imbued with heightened activity
    • when they are imbued with activity of soul, they form a unity. They
    • activity of soul. Then the two parties can themselves unite: not that
    • the emergence of soul-powers which have the character of thinking,
    • permeated with more activity of soul in the experience of art than in
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    • attracts us...” Schiller says: “I serve my friends
    • practise it as a law of his own nature. The necessity of the senses he
    • It is very characteristic of the time of Schiller and Goethe to seek
    • in art a guide for the rest of human activity. The spirit of Goethe
    • terribly abstract if he gave himself up to rational necessity. He must
    • activity of shaping it. He must spiritualise the sense-perceptible by
    • rationality, sensuality, aesthetic activity — work together in
    • the same way a keen abstract thinker and he had less poetic passion,
    • of abstract philosophical talk, including talk about rational
    • these are abstractions if one contrasts them with one another —
    • world and its mysteries in terms of philosophical abstractions. And it
    • way of looking at things, developed by Schiller in an abstract
    • nineteenth century. And we can understand this fact only if we ask:
    • thought in abstractions, possessed spirituality in his abstract
    • have the mere abstract universe; everywhere man is in some way
    • — except for our own — he has been active in a threefold
    • the middle” who has the capacity to form a judgment and to act
    • Thus man is a threefold being in practical life. If you read my book,
    • Yes, but this leaves out the fact that the substances used in
    • active in man, but only while he sleeps. In your foods live the
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    • of thought and ideation; the whole rhythmic activity in Man —
    • A recognition of these distinctions allows us to indicate more exactly
    • than is usually done the character and extent of the subconscious
    • of abstract science, and it is this. These subconscious members of the
    • true, in fact, for the whole course of human life.
    • of time depends on the whole form and character of the individual
    • in upon our feeling life and are the reaction of the world to an
    • reaction that comes back on to Man — their power to do so,
    • around him a spiritual atmosphere whereby he comes into contact with
    • fact is how our destiny is moulded. Elemental beings who feel
    • attracted to us by reason of our nature, work at the shaping of our
    • of illness and of death. Please note the words exactly. In old poems
    • knowledge are always to be distinguished by the fact that they are
    • reproduction in poetry of what actually goes on around Man in such an
    • hour of destiny. It is in fact always going on around Man, but it
    • Let me now draw your attention to a particular fact. Wherever I have
    • directly and entirely from actual observation of the human being, down
    • We may characterise this turning-point by saying that the
    • year of life it has more of a soul character. This is only one of the
    • exactly than has been held to be necessary hitherto. Otherwise these
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    • it is said that the Greek's life of thought consisted in an actual
    • into being merely by inner activity of the soul, but they were born as
    • ideas, and to this Goethe retorted that he actually saw
    • in our inner, intellectual activity, only a shadowy reflection of the
    • shadow-intellect that is characteristic of all modern culture has
    • As a matter of fact, this experience still comes to those who have a
    • abstract, shadowy intellectualism prevalent in every branch of
    • Moon are entirely different in character and function. In a certain
    • outside, even during the period of embryonic life, are the active
    • are centrifugal forces. This does not contradict the fact that these
    • metabolic system and work as it were by attraction upon the forming of
    • a chaotic play of forces in man. The fact that these forces work
    • body the Moon forces are actively at work. The Sun forces too play
    • they are active in the physical body and are then taken hold of by the
    • influences continue to be active when the human being is born and is
    • and are the essential factor in bringing about a proper connection
    • regarded as a factor of great importance in ancient times. In the
    • evolution is denoted precisely by the fact that in our age, which, as
    • man can achieve nothing better than the forming of abstract concepts
    • this intellectual activity tends to alienate him from the influences
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    • ONCE before I spoke to you of certain spiritual facts concerning the
    • Today we will continue this line of thought for certain other facts
    • contracted it sufficiently (if we may use this image), he then sends
    • the drum of the ear. Within your ear you actually have a human member
    • fluid, which is necessary for the act of hearing. What the
    • ear. They actually have the inner tendency, the potentiality to become
    • the spiritual world in the pre-earthly life. It is in fact a pure
    • may say that in our ear we have an actual recollection of our
    • witness to the fact that we have incorporated ourselves into this
    • head-organisation in the Spirit, to become an actual head once more in
    • the next earthly life. Thus the fact of repeated earthly lives is
    • We may adduce many another concrete fact in this direction. Last time
    • being with the Beings of the Hierarchies. He actually forgets himself,
    • breathing belongs — and with the breathing the activity of speech
    • hold of him. An organ like the human eye or ear has in fact been
    • wrested away from the incursions of gravity. The act of orientation in
    • act of adaptation: we adapt ourselves to our environment in the
    • heavenly activities, as I described just now, there lives what you
    • after-image of Heavenly activities: I should like to know the soul
    • Judgment on all your actions sound towards you; the moment you
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    • not the only determining factors, but rather the pedagogical method.
    • already set through the fact that they are entering school, and we do
    • judgment is actually borne out of the powers of imagination. And if
    • every kind of social reform but within their souls actually bring
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    • are actually available. You have heard of Hatha-Yoga, Rajah-Yoga, and other
    • consciousness of every single being, even if such a being has not actually
    • of an example of really objective human action. — An architect builds
    • and is cultivated as tradition. Selfless activity is, in very truth,
    • is part of you, into that machine; the actual machine does, of course,
    • fact that you have united the spirit in you with the mineral world, a
    • science well knows in what way the human being can perform selfless actions
    • — and very few deeds are selfless to this degree. An act of charity
    • effects. And this brings us to the heart of the matter. The fact that some
    • We actually see the
    • you breathe nature into yourselves. The act of sight does not pass away
    • — that too perishes; but what you have experienced in the act of
    • atom consist of the same substance is put into practical application.
    • with the facts. If, therefore, it were possible to inculcate a new content
    • can picture the spirituality that was once actively at work.
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    • come to the point of questioning. The fact that someone asks
    • when the attempt is made to approach facts from the most varied
    • essential factor.
    • anxiety, then greater anxiety, and lastly actual terror. The
    • ordinary consciousness there is no conceptual activity in
    • actual sleep. The dream pictures arise only at the moment when
    • characterised.
    • which are creatively active in the cosmos. Human beings can
    • these thoughts which are active in the cosmos. This is the
    • day unless we have practised special exercises of the soul. A
    • movement, in perpetual activity. At a definite moment, however,
    • in this alternation of activity and withdrawal, something
    • and harmony but as the deeds and activities of those beings who
    • conscious of the fact that, during sleep, they had been faced
    • are in the lightest sleep human beings are still actually
    • sleep they do not actually participate in the processes of
    • Barbarossa. In spite of the fact that so far as the outer
    • was an objective fact, and what I am here describing as an
    • objective fact is wholly independent of belief. I will speak of
    • now stating is an objective fact having nothing to do with
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    • body, astral body, Ego, and so on, is really very abstract. For this
    • organs of perception his will is not active in the delicate movements
    • sense-organs themselves, or more exactly the sites of the
    • sense-organs, are not filled by any activity during sleep. Over its
    • body becomes all the more active and inwardly mobile between falling
    • asleep and awakening. This is a characteristic fact: in the same
    • after the moment of falling asleep, a more and more lively activity of
    • This lively activity of the etheric body streams out, in particular,
    • activity streams inwards. This is the life of the etheric body,
    • had stored up forces for an activity that develops only after sleep
    • begins. And this is in fact an etheric activity. In the same measure
    • One of the inner activities of the etheric body in the human being
    • musical activity continues. And the Ego and astral body, which are
    • is an immensely beautiful and impressive living and streaming activity
    • consciousness by the perceptive activity of the physical body. And the
    • revelations of the human senses, so active in their etheric substance
    • activity — the physical body of course as well — and this
    • activity is somewhat different from that I have described for sleep;
    • the activity then extends a little outside the physical body.)
    • If one were to follow this inner activity of the etheric body during
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    • the fact that it is one of the weightiest — is this disharmony
    • facts which Science has had of necessity to establish, so apparent as
    • united with that world in which the Christ was active. Then, at the
    • abstraction, nothing but a piece of daring imagination. We, as human
    • actual life.’ This Gnostic conception is still held to be
    • an ‘abstraction,’ for to-day man is very far from
    • realising that there is a far greater satisfaction in experiencing
    • arise from perceiving the ‘concrete actualities’ of our
    • lay aside as abstractions those things which must be attained
    • called upon to enter into those factors which have laid hold of human
    • the actual existence of the personality of Jesus of Nazareth cannot
    • In contrast to these facts, let us consider what
    • “Christianity as Mystical Fact”.
    • reveal, because spiritual impulses, spiritual factors — in
    • as if outer, abstract ideas were taking root among peoples and
    • “Christianity as Mystical Fact
    • spiritual-scientific study of history reveals the fact that this
    • through its own activity. This was not possible in pre-Christian
    • enacted in the Sanctuaries of the Mysteries. The following is a brief
    • [A more exact description is to be found in
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    • light of the conviction that is characteristic of Mysticism. Again and
    • knowledge in definite terms. They say: In the act of knowledge, man
    • Curiously enough it is invariably characterised by an image —
    • meditated deeply, and tried to characterise in The Birth of
    • were admitted to the rites enacted in the Mysteries. The rites and
    • the universe were not the abstract conceptions they have become
    • verily acts of religious worship. He felt too, that streams which had
    • dramatist who, with marvellous inner certainty, staged human action as
    • within him and he expresses in action what he feels and experiences in
    • for between this action and that action there is something in the
    • human heart which acts as a mediator, something that cannot pass over
    • could express itself outwardly in action. That which cannot be
    • draw his characters from everyday life. And so he turned to the myths,
    • be. It is quite natural that Wagner's stage characters should be
    • action and the music — albeit in a form not always understood. I
    • character and another.
    • vague abstraction. Wagner is expressing a profound truth when he uses
    • actual expression of Nature's wisdom. Wisdom streamed into the men of
    • characteristics and qualities of Nifelheim while sending their
    • dramatic action and in the tones of a music expressing the invisible
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    • mystical, abstract or indefinite thought. It expressed itself in
    • shall find that the characteristics of this knowledge through
    • vented it on Plotinus. He actually wrote a polemical thesis entitled
    • family-likeness but this family-likeness is actually expressed through
    • abstract, logical thought. Even now (at the beginning of the third
    • of the first to change these imaginations into abstract concepts and
    • fact, five additional days, ruled by seventy-two sub-heavenly Powers,
    • through Jesus of Nazareth into His earthly activity.
    • abstraction had crept into Roman culture, a spirit no longer capable
    • being. The spirit of abstraction had crept in, not yet in the
    • Jesus in the form of an abstract dogma laid down by the Councils and
    • abstraction, albeit working on in the guise of revelation, took its
    • of Isis, performing all the ritual acts still possible at that time,
    • was said to be a sermon of the Apostle Peter, whereas it was actually
    • Initiation but did in fact succeed in exterminating it, wishing to put
  • Title: Lecture: The Crossing of the Threshold and the Social Organism
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    • and intermingling activity during his physical life begin to organise
    • independent. These forces become independent through the fact.
    • activity of thought, feeling and will within man, will in future take
    • on a separate character and this will come to the fore in various
    • fact which is clearly evident to the clairvoyant power. Humanity
    • experienced even in his EXTERNAL life. Through the fact that
    • must build up a foundation upon which the activity and influence of
    • What has hitherto exercised a chaotic and intermingling activity in
    • existed in recognising a goal of a spiritual character, and because
    • people withdrew themselves more and more even from the mere act of
    • heart of one who is able to look into these mysteries, is the fact
    • turn to the new thoughts, which are now beginning to be active.
    • particularly in regard to the abstract laws of Nature, which have also
    • of PRACTICAL LIFE. Only if the human being is intimately pervaded by
    • be discussed to-day. We must speak of the fact that the human being
    • soul-spiritual life before birth. We must speak of the fact that
    • revelations of the god within him, and we must speak of the fact that
    • the face of the spiritual world than the more abstract feelings of
    • A clear view of things is impossible unless we extend this fact, that a great
    • beginning of events which will be enacted upon an entirely different
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  • Title: Lecture: The Weaving and Living Activity of the Human Etheric Bodies
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    • THE WEAVING AND LIVING ACTIVITY OF THE HUMAN ETHERIC BODIES.
    • place: it was transformed through the fact that the etheric body was
    • body has been transformed through the fact that the etheric body
    • the change entailed through the fact that an Ego now dwells within
    • Form, This is a most significant fact, which we must bear in mind.
    • Spirits of Form, and is in keeping with the fact that an Ego had to
    • now has and which is in keeping with the fact that it is the bearer
    • notice the differences which exist among human beings. The fact to be
    • aspect of spiritual science. The following fact should be looked upon
    • being enacted; imagine that the whole physical body of man can be
    • fact that the Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai still work upon it, but
    • his physical body and by the activity of the Beings of the
    • through the fact that every animal-species has assumed a form of its
    • A strange fact
    • After all, it was merely the exact repetition of a truth which
    • in mind the following fact: If the things which I have just now
    • described to you would not take place, if in addition to the fact
    • in that case? The fact that the Beings of the hierarchies of the
    • Archangeloi and Archai is active around us and works out forms for
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    • spiritual activity to the test. True, the Gods do not refuse their
    • free activity of our own human souls. The hallmark of our age is
    • these temples — the character of which can only be dimly
    • realise that a Gothic building, with its characteristic forms, is
    • remarkable ... exactly the same, in reality, as the experience which
    • subject. Imagine a human being lying on the ground, in the act of
    • to its interior. A human being in the act of raising himself upright
    • human being, therefore, sheds light on the fundamental character of
    • living on the physical Earth. It is asked: Has anyone actually seen
    • we can actually see a man who is in the act of raising himself
    • super-sensible fact ... and yet it must become perceptible in the
    • characteristic of the times. Ferstel made the strange statement:
    • of architecture are born from the intrinsic character of the
    • different versions exist. Fragments of it are to be found practically
    • the days when this story was actually written, nobody would have been
    • no getting away from the fact that a skeleton of abstract concepts
    • the living reality this is just as abstract and barren as a
    • perhaps, actually necessary to inflict these things upon our eyes —
    • and drag glorious works of art into the desert of abstract concepts,
    • that in a sense it takes away from us practically all the living
  • Title: Lecture: The Migrations of the Races
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    • is, in fact, contained about what extends beyond birth and death.) The
    • then come into contact with others who have intimate knowledge of it
    • into contact with the descendants of the Atlanteans, among whom the
    • other side, the racial stock that went Westward also came into contact
    • with the remains of Atlantean civilization — actually the fourth
    • earlier times had practiced magic. From here came the teachings of the
    • Medes and Bactrians. Here labored the first Initiates of Zarathustra,
    • agriculture and vine-cultivation. These activities constituted a
    • character how this process came to its consummation. The goal of the
    • characteristic is that instruction was given in telling the truth
    • practically nothing left of the Hyperborean strain. On the soil of
    • ancient Greece there now arose the Pelasgian population, who practiced
    • activity is least successful in the very people most qualified through
    • there. The racial character of the Galileans was very mixed.
    • Root Race. This can be done by Christ alone, who is the actual impulse
    • only been prepared for. The highest Initiates had actually seen it.
    • preparation was made through the fact of personality being
    • the Grail. These impulses assume different characters. Again it is
    • founding of) the Knights Templar, the actual messengers of the Grail.
    • cultivated in the Fifth Subrace the study of the concrete facts of
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    • intellectual abstraction. We can no longer feel our way into the
    • in the mere abstract constellations which we see to-day. He saw them
    • stars are essences of Being — Beings who make felt their active
    • longer. Sin, for the man of modern time, lives in a world of abstract
    • activity in those worlds grows ever less and less. For He was the
    • activity, His mission.
    • can now behold, though with ever lessening activity, in spiritual
    • the greatest fact that ever took place on Earth, answer was given to
    • facts around them. They felt it not as Death. Only in later years, as
    • fact of Death. For by degrees the soul within them had grown so
    • consciousness, feel the greatest satisfaction) he finds himself
    • but the dead corpse of the soul. I am stating a simple fact. It is
    • the soul's knowledge is active and courageous. It is not what
  • Title: Lecture: The Recovery of the Living Source of Speech
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    • assumes a materialistic character, or whether in his speaking he
    • that even primitive languages show the same character as civilised
    • when lightning actually flashes through space? To-day we are inclined
    • the activity of ploughing. This has been lost, and the word has
    • again; the will takes an intense and active part in the
    • relate particular facts and phenomena to particular higher spiritual
    • him from this or that fact in Nature, summoning him to defend
    • activity, what he was induced to do under the influence of
    • some fact or other, — this was the aspect of experience that
    • older times we find words that express how man reacts, what he finds
    • fact that the Archangels came to language by way of Intuition.
    • Intuition, and you will have a picture of the activity exercised by
    • them in the same way as we understand characters in fairy tales. As a
    • matter of fact, it is only through a deeper study of Anthroposophy
    • not so at all, their whole life of soul was of a different character
    • approaches the abstract. And behind this lies a fact of great
    • element. This is a fact of incalculable significance. And what the
    • changes from one form of life into another. The actual event of death
    • Gods. The actual event that took place in that moment on Earth, and
    • become a power in man that can create speech. And among all the facts
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    • abstraction but a reality which transcends and works into the
    • and acting being. For many centuries it was justifiable to hold such
    • begin with, we will study the character of certain spiritual impulses
    • actual Creator of the world — the Demiurgos.
    • to their study of a mystery of this character have long since passed
    • it was man's task and function to activate the spiritual forces
    • world of the Pleroma. Faculties of an entirely different character
    • of everything that is associated with the activity of thinking.
    • faculty of thinking was turned to practical application in the
    • passively, not by dint of their own inner activity. The urge to inner
    • activity is lacking in our present age, whereas in Scholasticism it
    • must be an active learning, not a learning that consists
    • have unfolded that strong, inner activity of thought which came to
    • the Pleroma was a revelation vouchsafed to man. Through an Act of
    • into Western culture in its most characteristic form. As a matter of
    • fact the position to-day is fundamentally the same, except that men
    • down to the material realm and gave rise to the practice of corrupt
    • practised by the Shamanic peoples of Northern Asia and their
    • achieved by the inner activity of the soul was now assisted by
    • practised by certain spiritual beings who in their etheric and astral
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    • and such characteristics. For we are connected between death and a
    • lives in the physical. It is, in fact, the first of the super-sensible
    • the most part it consisted in this very fact: man was able to free
    • being, and is actually accompanied by a number of elemental beings
    • medical practice which will make the penetration of medicine with
    • spiritual principles a practical possibility.
    • Through the fact that we are etheric beings, we belong to an
    • rays to us. Via the elemental or etheric body, the dead react
    • Through the fact that as ether-beings we belong to the elemental
    • comes to expression in man as wrong and evil actions would not be
    • this fact is brought home to us strongly enough, we shall recognise
    • time between death and a new birth, practises this tolerance both in
    • physical life. It is part of the very character of man, when he has
    • always sees through the fact that Lucifer and Ahriman are playing
    • fact that Lucifer is playing such and such a part in him. He does not
    • mutual interaction between what goes on in the realm of those who
    • is determined once more through our karma. The fact that we are
    • but on a variety of factors which lie in the unconscious, beneath the
    • expression in dissatisfactions of one kind or another, surging up
    • reverence this actual connection with the spiritual world. It is the
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • less dreamt, slept through by mankind, that in any case abstract
    • active in the social life. I stated that in earlier times men were
    • viewed in the most manifold ways, and in fact I pointed in these
    • actually how little deeply, one is concerned with reality in
    • attention to the fact that the Osiris-Isis-Myth is also conceived by
    • fact it was expressly stated that Osiris did not spread them by the
    • were, and this is very characteristic and significant. When a
    • Gods whom he finds there. In spite of the fact that the Gods whom he
    • in many respects, characteristic of swallowing all his children as
    • the Gods who meet us where actual Greek history makes its appearance.
    • characteristic, the especially representative concepts, these are
    • what actually were the Gods of the Zeus circle, the Olympian Gods,
    • circumstances. They dwelt in fact on Olympus, they dwelt in the
    • of the being of Zeus — please note exactly how I form the
    • Epirus. The Greek had in fact this idea: There was once such a king
    • point, as it were, from the fact that Zeus had descended, had lived
    • ordinary man but in fact as an ‘Olympian’. And it was the
    • time. A certain Luciferic character, as we should say today, was
    • relation to the world was ordered by the fact that they had an
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • consciousness in fact expressed in imaginative myths facts about
    • could really say: we see them. Entirely abstract thinking has only
    • in fact this represented the truth: — there are, however,
    • more. The forces active in the old clairvoyance are now amidst the
    • been elaborated there actually lies all that I have been stating. The
    • considered sacred. And how actually was the picture-script brought
    • star-constellations, in fact from what clairvoyance saw in the
    • cosmic wisdom which in fact was at the same time a heavenly wisdom,
    • that which has become the abstract script. This no longer expresses
    • mysteries, but gradually, since it has become abstract, only serves
    • his brother but his opponent, the hero of the abstract script of
    • Phoenicia. From Phoenicia back to Egypt the abstract-script has come,
    • concept in the abstract script has also found expression in the
    • fact, expressed in the myths. Thinking gradually passed over to
    • abstractions — not immediately to the quite empty
    • abstractions of today but to the somewhat fuller abstractions of
    • by the human being is today — in fact since the times when
    • fact that which shot up out of the forces which are usually called in
    • only in different ways, experienced the fact that they actually
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • as actual doctrine, with the key-note of morality. In fact,
    • In fact the whole evolution of earthly man is only accomplished
    • important and significant fact this conception points. In the
    • is expressed in the fact that these ancient ages evolved the
    • heart, of the Egyptian. We have done so in a few characteristic
    • features to begin with. And through these characteristic features
    • imperfect way. But I will try to characterize its features in a
    • was open to all, and in fact everyone could see it at convenient
    • Statue, in fact, was only the veil for an invisible statue. But the
    • was not an abstract new Isis, but an actual, real new Isis. The
    • fact, in themselves, that which they made themselves out to be.
    • inscription once stood on the veiled form at Sais. In fact the
    • her special benefactor and loved him. And one day she believed in a
    • considered the visitor whom she looked on as her benefactor, to be
    • actual golden crown of genuine substance.
    • of action which is bound up with the new Isis statue is at first only
    • a spring. We have seen how we live in the age of abstractions, where
    • men's words and concepts have only an abstract meaning, where man
    • such things with the modern abstract words. For such things it is
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • is, in fact, most deeply connected with the contrast that I wished to
    • ‘immortal’ one spoke actually of man himself. In the
    • ‘Christianity as Mystical Fact
    • that the saying on the Statue at Sais actually meant: He who will
    • Mystery-principle into a power-principle, they actually sought to
    • said to characterize the times not to criticize them. Where, however,
    • their emptiness or for their harmfulness. In fact one is fully
    • facts, must be censured if the age is to progress. The sentimentality
    • abstraction in the sense we have come to know it, namely estrangement
    • phases of post-Atlantean evolution. In point of fact, something of
    • clock we practise astrology. We have subconscious members of our
    • began. We can actually call it the ‘Cancer-civilization’
    • one can characterize this first, ancient Indian culture by saying
    • Cancer. If one would characterize it microcosmically one can
    • how one then actually perceived! One was aware of the others, but one
    • as modern humanity forms its abstract, its straw-like abstract,
    • not even straw, but paper-abstract concepts of sun, moon and stars,
    • sphere correspond to the planetary moon. In fact one can say that
    • just as what I earlier characterized was taken in through the thorax
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • preparatory facts drawn from distant sources are necessary to our
    • which there actually proceeded a kind of glacial state.
    • independently of our own action; we are capable of development
    • There was in fact a
    • it is shown by the fact that in Greece, let us say, a man had still
    • fact — I could take a hundred others — but I will link on
    • to a definite fact and let it serve as an example — one could
    • merely to bring forward a fact, to consider a human outlook.)
    • To be sure, one might find it today reactionary if such a man as
    • examples. Friedrich Schlegel did not look on Napoleon exactly as an
    • lies in the fact that men cannot lift themselves to a more
    • to indifference, but to strong and active life. And therefore he
    • nowhere has what is meant by the actual Christ-Impulse penetrated in
    • actually atheistic. And the various churches try to get along well
    • have seen exactly that such events had to come. They were preceded
    • make all things new’. He was in fact one of those men of the
    • not stupid and not unpractical, but can give an impulse to the time.
    • reacted that the whole matter became repugnant to him, and he turned
    • forward because it points to the profoundly important fact I
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • The matters which we are now discussing are connected with a fact
    • for a knowledge of what man on the earth actually is.
    • fact that they sound as if they were difficult. They are only so for
    • that what we call understanding at the present day is actually the
    • result of our always seeking to understand through abstract
    • concepts. But one cannot understand everything through abstract
    • abstract concepts; one requires something different for the
    • miraculous structure this human being actually is, who wanders about
    • is actually twofold, if one disregards everything else. One
    • could speak much more exactly, but if one disregards all the rest,
    • And so it is very natural, since it actually corresponds to what we
    • this, but only think of the fact that the human being falls into
    • the first place a true apparatus for spiritual activity, for all that
    • knows nothing of the fact that the whole world has a share in the
    • given in our head an apparatus, as it were, which is like an extract
    • Why? Well, by reason of the fact that man is more than all that we
    • abstract, it seems paradoxical and hard to understand, but yet the
    • the fact that in life as well we are really a duplex being. Not only
    • practically up to our twenty-eighth or twenty-seventh year, the rest
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • again between death and a new birth — that is actually the
    • comparison but as an actuality. We can truly say that the whole
    • laws that prevail in wide cosmic spaces. In fact, when we think of it
    • limbs and members that the configuration of cosmic forces acts upon
    • what is in his head. On the other hand, we actually receive the rest
    • its own standpoint. In fact the natural science of today only
    • opposition and abuse, has thus shown its point of contact with
    • the head in fact is produced by forces of the cosmos. We should never
    • for us now to consider a fact which can only be brought to light
    • has discovered the aura, the fact that the head is only influenced
    • fact that the head is mainly neutral as regards earthly conditions;
    • physical substance, not a chemical element, but actually spiritual,
    • one has once realized that the earth actually inhales and exhales
    • relate how I came upon this fact years ago. The forces that play
    • the cockchafers — yes, cockchafers. Cockchafers are in fact
    • looked on that as an interesting fact, and then I discovered that the
    • This is also connected with the fact that the out-streaming substance
    • is more active, streams in quicker, the out-streaming substance is
    • indicated yesterday. They are the rejuvenating forces which act upon
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    • have already drawn attention in our literature to the fact that one
    • of form structures, becoming ever more widely diffused, actually
    • what has imprinted itself upon the etheric body actually continues to
    • which it enters into reciprocal activity. Indeed one can even put it
    • the facts): the astral body expands more and more, but it reaches a
    • it begins to contract. And the speed or slowness with which it
    • expands or contracts depends essentially upon what has been
    • makes the ego feel attracted to just this particular returning astral
    • of forming mental pictures points in fact to our previous earth life.
    • fact that what we have woven into our astral body in our previous
    • birth feels attracted to a particular spot on earth. So we can say
    • essentially the product of the macrocosm acting upon the great
    • simply to practice this old oriental method today, without attaining
    • as it were, against the brain. It is this impact of the brain fluid
    • this impact that causes mental pictures to arise. The production of
    • of mental pictures. This is nonsense. The real fact is that there is
    • actually a constant striking of the brain fluid against the nerve
    • raised this activity to consciousness. What did he learn by following
    • consideration the fact that modern man is much more closely united
    • not abstract and fanatical, but are founded upon a penetrating
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    • practical manner, it is necessary to study the being of man a little
    • assumes that the activity of consciousness ceases when a man falls
    • human activity is at rest. But sleep is by no means merely rest; we
    • physical and etheric bodies as active realities.
    • activities are, to say the least, as significant as those of waking
    • times when a child is actually and obviously asleep, but of the whole
    • physical world, to the fact that the human being has to acquire
    • for the most important activities of life; in left-handed people the
    • organ of speech lies at the right side of the brain. These facts
    • Now, the characteristic development I have just described is not
    • how he imparts to the words his own characteristic tone of voice, how
    • the night. This is a characteristic function of the astral body.
    • hands, in every act of grasping an object. Whereas, in connection
    • movements carried out into sleep, but satisfaction or dissatisfaction
    • action was not good! This is an expression of the element of soul and
    • body of man is destined to come into inner contact between sleeping
    • nothing but what is actually present in the physical world. More and
    • satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the activities of the limbs.
    • actual life arises only when we carry out into sleep the basis for a
    • satisfaction or dissatisfaction with what we have done during the
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    • accustomed, their first reaction will be one of astonishment and, for
    • to measure, number and weight. It is the abstract concept —
    • the bent towards abstract thinking, the tendency of thought to work
    • viewed then just as we view it to-day. But the characteristic
    • separated from man. And this very fact indicates that their
    • consider another historical fact to which little attention is paid
    • I have spoken of this historical fact in one setting and will approach it
    • what lives in abstract reason and what lives in the word can only
    • pervert our clarity of consciousness. Abstract reason is, after all,
    • carried into the word itself. And their thinking was not abstract and
    • any means the abstract concept — was imbued with life.
    • them to-day. It is characteristic of our civilisation —
    • limitation, but it is a fact nevertheless. And a true understanding
    • impossible because he did not pass on to abstract thoughts as we have
    • there is a certain affinity between abstract thought and the
    • the entropy of the Earth. All these things are abstractions, derived
    • is also a factor in the education of the human race — but out
    • become closely acquainted with him, he wrote a characteristic and
    • In what sense can speech, for example, and the inner activity of
    • lives in pictures when the main factor is not so much the content
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    • issued. I attach great importance to the fact that here too, as in
    • doubts cast from one side or another upon the scientific exactitude
    • approached with the same scientific exactitude the same methodical
    • same strict exactitude with which natural science reaches its
    • the results as well as the actual modus operandi of authentic
    • down, mingling with these memories and remembrances, lie many factors
    • complete survey, deliberately and as a free act of will at the centre
    • with good reason, that one who aims at becoming an actual
    • practised — we may have evolved them ourselves or they may have
    • is not that we acquire anything from the actual content of the
    • filled with a conscious activity of will and after a time we shall
    • from the abstraction and intellectualism with which it is fraught in
    • abstract thought. And nearly all the thinking that goes on in
    • ordinary life and science is abstract. Only those thoughts which
    • increasing capacity. We realise that through the activity which
    • can actually be crossed with the help of newly developed faculties.
    • When a man has reached this stage, when he actually feels: now I no
    • actuality and to inner experiences. In everyday life the human being
    • unfolds the activity of thinking. He thinks about something or other;
    • that has here taken shape is actually the sum-total of the forces by
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  • Title: Lecture: The Dual Form of Cognition During the Middle Ages and the Development of Knowledge in Modern Times
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    • characterises the modern life of the spirit.
    • in mind a few things which characterise this modern life of the
    • contradict the fact that in our times the essential character of a
    • attention to this fact) hardly enable us to study the ebb of this
    • education of humanity took on an essentially intellectual character
    • at all able to grasp this intellectual element, is a fact which took
    • character, if we observe how concepts such as “hypothesis”
    • have acquired an entirely indistinct character, whereas for the
    • cannot accept, nevertheless it reveals a thinking activity which
    • has just been characterised. Otto Willmann's “History of
    • scholastic activity of thought, can, to say the least, exercise an
    • This thinking activity has now adopted a definite attitude in regard
    • forth the position of man's thinking activity towards the contents of
    • abstract manner the beginning and the end of the world, that it
    • although in a certain abstract manner — of the truths which
    • this dual character of cognition during the Middle Ages. New
    • with contents of a natural-scientific character. The knowledge of
    • ideas, but psychological and historical facts.
    • nevertheless act under the influence of these habits. In the
    • and more accompanied by the fact that the forces which the soul
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    • end of the nineteenth century. Let us observe how the external facts
    • outcome of the arbitrary action of a certain number of leading
    • so-called refutations. Let us simply observe the fact that, on the
    • namely, the fact that Haeckel came to the fore, with his conception
    • of a purely naturalistic structure of the world, and the fact that
    • of Haeckel's teachings, consisting in a collection of facts which
    • characterised, for instance, by the celebration of Haeckel's sixtieth
    • man of the same type would stand there, he would be exactly the same.
    • is what I wish you to grasp, as a characteristic pertaining more to
    • those who do nothing but collect scientific facts, facts out of which
    • content themselves with collecting facts, because they do not wish to
    • empirical facts which Haeckel had collected, if these were put
    • most characteristic ... for even otherwise, philosophy could not say
    • much more; it was just an abstract and thorny bramble of thoughts. By
    • us now consider the positive fact which is contained in all that
    • characteristic way in the outwardly pious Christians, particularly in
    • undoubtedly the characteristic of the modern epoch. We may study
    • see, the human being can only be active intellectually and he
    • exactly the same degree of consciousness as the
    • into human life. We dream through the fact that we feel; we sleep
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    • feel in the manifold events of the present time, is the fact that
    • of their earthly life. What characterizes the events of the present,
    • the ordinary natural science of to-day always speaks of the fact that
    • would simply say that the cause of his death was the fact that he
    • fell into the river. Yet this would be the exact opposite of the
    • your attention to the fact that this etheric body was of such a
    • body and the significant fact is that all those who had any
    • enter the Goetheanum, we actually enter this etheric aura.
    • world. It would be far easier to hide this fact, or to take on airs
    • essential point; the essential point is to recognise the true facts.
    • we consider the facts which I have described to you just now, we can
    • awake. We might say, however: The activity that our astral body and
    • perceives by day; it perceives through the fact that the sun shines
    • way that it can be used by the earth for it's thinking activity, when
    • fact that to-day we do not pursue spiritual science arbitrarily, but
    • that man receives through the fact that the human soul enters
    • fact that they passed through that human being. All the forces that
    • fact, it is most important that these heavenly forces should have
    • the tremendous importance of this fact! It means, that it will depend
    • fact that they can inspire us with what spiritual science has
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    • not actually reach this knowledge. Giordano Bruno’s imagery is
    • them merely from the logical and abstract point of view, merely place
    • does not actually attain to this knowledge.
    • activity of human knowledge, but it has no content. Had it been
    • to abstract ideas which have no real content. Jacob Boehme gathered
    • consideration, but they remain abstractions, shadowy thought-pictures
    • hovers into infinitudes but is nevertheless abstract. And that which
    • was their science. But in addition to the fact that these ancient
    • to evolve this knowledge, they were able to have actual intercourse
    • was ancient clairvoyance. Man experienced a real process, an actual
    • begins, directly the breath contacts it, to become indefinite, That
    • nowadays by the abstract word ‘will.’ It is a concrete
    • times men did not use the abstract word think to express
    • described. Nor did he speak in an abstract way of the ‘will’
    • astral nature, from the fluidic to the aeriform. The abstract ideas
    • abstract concepts would have appeared to the thinkers of old. They
    • purely abstract will-process, of a purely abstract thought-process,
    • become abstract; man was obliged to look, not into his own being but
    • times was not possible. Man lost the spontaneous, inner activity
    • looks out into nature and evolves his abstract concepts. None the
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  • Title: Lecture: It is a Necessity of Our Earnest Times to Find Again the Path Leading to the Spirit
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    • and The Science of the Spirit, Education, and the Practical Life.
    • and The Science of the Spirit, Education, and the Practical Life.
    • that we live in an epoch whose characteristic peculiarity began to be
    • characterised as the rise of a particular inthrust of egoism in all
    • still prizes to-day as Greek culture; developed through the fact that
    • Of the characteristics pertaining to the intellectual soul, the
    • to a high point. On that account the Romans developed such abstract
    • juridical concepts. These are something abstract, something that is
    • penetrating character of the knowledge of the universe that the
    • heredity, but particularly through the fact that we ourselves
    • criticism, but in spite of the fact that it brings with it so many
    • difficult and is rendered still more difficult through the fact that
    • so abstractly about thinking as we do to-day. He thought: The sun
    • visible, is active within me, by reflecting itself, as it were,
    • 15th century, we have acquired in an abstract-theoretical way a
    • through their full knowledge of the fact that in hypochondric people
    • the activity of the soul-spiritual gives rise to cartilaginous
    • through modern medicine, with its abstract way of thinking, even
    • reach once more real facts, realities.
    • already far too abstract in order [to] grasp the Mystery of Golgotha
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  • Title: Lecture: Some Conditions for Understanding Supersensible Experiences
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    • activities relevant to the present time.
    • whereby he can act upon and transform external nature.”
    • human nature actually takes shape are nowhere contained in what man
    • There must be no misunderstanding about such a fact as this.
    • upon such translation being correct than upon the fact of having
    • this, but it is a fact.
    • times when procedures such as I characterised at the end of the
    • activities of the Threefold Commonwealth Movement at the time it was
    • course, but actually they are so little matters of course that
    • the same fact as when one says here on earth: Man lives in his body
    • free spiritual activity. And even in our Elementary Schools to-day
    • children are educated away from free spiritual activity. The very
    • activity. Dare one incur the responsibility of concealing from the
    • was thought necessary to set into active operation an institution
    • such as many desire, but that something is truly striving to activate
    • discerned in the most seemingly trivial facts of life. But in one
    • acts as a mirror, reflecting the image of our ego to us —
    • pass out of the passive experience into activity in the fullest
    • amassing of facts and data. They will be there in abundance once this
    • active in the real sense, those thoughts are born which can fertilise
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • devotion to this divine-spiritual principle. And the sacred acts and
    • rites were the means whereby the external actions of man’s will
    • formative activity in tones and in words — an art which also
    • Movement having a religious, cultic character has arisen, a Movement
    • upon the practical duties of ministers of religion. What they said to
    • ground under his feet for the practical work of a minister that is
    • ministers for their practical work and their care of souls the
    • at the universities and yet were about to enter upon the practical
    • of spiritual truths, truths regarding the actual spiritual content of
    • ethical and religious social activity that is requisite for
    • fields of science — which ought actually to be vitalized by it
    • necessary counsels — which are consonant with the practice of
    • world. When I gave this advice I never performed a ritualistic act
    • myself; I only showed, step by step, to those who wished to enact the
    • This has nothing to do with the fact that the advice which makes this
    • Movement, and so on. Taking into account the fact that the opponents
    • is not the case, the facts are as I have just presented them.
    • keep them apart, is actually — by becoming lax as regards the
    • each of these spheres of activity. It is indeed necessary that with
    • I hope that none of you will now go to someone who is doing active
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  • Title: Lecture: The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead
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    • science shows us the eternal forces that are active within us, that
    • instead of being merely the abstract end of life (only a
    • few things on death, on this great event, and on the facts of human
    • essential facts, particularly in regard to this subject. The
    • add to the facts that you already know in connection with this
    • super-sensible character and cannot, therefore, be contemplated with
    • etheric body is an organism having super-sensible character,
    • character, but as far as imaginative knowledge is concerned, it can
    • We should bear in mind that many super-sensible facts are connected
    • character to the corresponding experience during our life here, upon
    • Exactly the opposite
    • abstract manner, we do not simply stare at them, but our
    • with a mighty experience. It is connected with the fact that when we
    • your friend standing before you in exactly the same way in which he
    • Ego, through the fact that we constantly look back upon our death, is
    • Hierarchies is active within this process through which we acquire
    • important and essential fact which we should bear in mind.
    • inwardly, during our earthly life, through the fact that we can think
    • impression. Now we acquire it spiritually, through the fact that our
    • made in the form of images; in its image-character it is, however,
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  • Title: Lecture: Concerning the Origin and Nature of the Finnish Nation
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    • experienced within the soul the soul's threefold character —
    • express the fact that this form of consciousness once existed in a
    • those ancient seers (but we must bear in mind the fact that the
    • epic poems, we may say that these three heroic characters come from
    • marvellous picture as the forging of Sampo. The fact that once upon a
    • mentioned to you: a uniform character of the soul, a soul-element
    • expressing this uniform character in the qualities of its character,
    • souls having a uniform character for Christianity, and on the other
    • threefold character; this threefold character and its connection with
    • and in the character of Faust, in general — it bears within its
    • external events described in history had to take place. The fact that
    • based on the fact that it really prepares the “one-ness”,
    • threefold character it prepares the acceptance of that unity which is
    • supply this preparation, in view of the fact that the Mystery of
    • spiritual character is, at the same time, indicated outwardly, even
    • soul-tribe. This was actually the case, for a powerful stream, a
    • magnificent epic poem “Kalevala” the three characters
    • true Ego, the gift of the earth, depends upon the fact that the
    • nature, temperament, character and soul, is related with everything
    • instance: The face has certain definite forms; flesh and air contact
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    • of knowledge, the ethical practice, the inner religious life that
    • such as ours has to act as a vanguard in an ever wider disseminating
    • approach the Society do so out of a sense of dissatisfaction with the
    • spiritual, psychological and practical conditions they find
    • which, when considered factually and not critically, might even be
    • practical situation prevailing in the life around them must be taken
    • into account as a factor in the founding of the Anthroposophical
    • honest seeking will find, if he practices self-observation, that this
    • practice that civilized man has developed in recent centuries is just
    • exactly the kind from which an anthroposophist longs to free his
    • the fact that the factors accounting for the development of the
    • to the kind of life and practice that past centuries have brought us,
    • may come to realize purely instinctively that the life and practice
    • he longs to flee received their present form from the fact that man
    • life and practice are outgrowths of a materialistic science, and a
    • After the first act in
    • the soul drama of the anthroposophist, the moral-religious act, there
    • practice. He has taken flight into the Anthroposophical Society, but
    • mankind's evolution in the act of reversing one's will and
    • real feeling for the fact of our humanness. The term
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  • Title: Lecture: Perceiving and Remembering
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    • actually within them with his ego and soul being. It is in the daytime, when
    • light-ether from the light-ether. This is remembrance purely as an act of
    • everywhere on the physical body. Through these impacts, the light movements
    • us through contact with the physical body that we are aware of them.
    • ether. The inner light-ether is then no longer stirred by impacts on the
    • memory — not what arises through the impact of the etheric body on the
    • physical body, but the actual swayings and movements of the etheric body
    • impacts of the etheric body on the physical body?
    • Pistis-Sophia script. I shall now read you an extract from it as follows:
    • else than that power that I have interpreted for you from the activities of
    • needful to see these facts clearly, for it is very important to recognize how
    • active magical powers as regards all that is believed by people throughout
    • not uncommon case of a false presentation of facts having led to the
    • the fact that care must be taken that things which are now entrusted to print
  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 1: Forgetting
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    • it is only with the help of the facts of occult life that you can get
    • significance in the fact that the things a human being has had at
    • to be satisfied with characterising forgetting in a purely negative
    • different task? We have often spoken of the fact that in contrast to
    • the plant were only subject to the activity of the etheric body,
    • own kind, for this is due fundamentally to an activity of the etheric
    • activity of the etheric body. The termination of the plant's growth
    • growth of the plant. The fact that in man the vertebrae of the spine
    • activity of man's astral body. So we can say that everything
    • actually sheer dilettantism on a higher level.
    • minor significance compared with the fact that a particular seed will
    • regard to ability and external characteristics, and then imagine that
    • there is actually a part of man's etheric body that is not used by
    • the activity of the etheric body. To perceive an object you need the
    • body. Even though very little activity of the etheric body is
    • of forming an idea of this participation is to get to know a fact
    • people owe their rapid or painless recovery to the fact that when
    • active people behave when they are ill.
    • which furthers the development of man, in fact man's whole
    • happened, that would really do some good. It is a fact and not a
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    • being held here alongside the actual group evenings, and which are
    • again is connected with the fact that the further we progress the
    • the connection will consist in the fact that the whole series will
    • future. Laymen are in no way to blame for the fact that this can and
    • People do not care about the deeper significance that is actually
    • medicine, the basis of which does not concern them, but only the fact
    • a consciousness of the fact that there has to be more than an
    • egoistic desire for recovery; in fact there has to be knowledge of
    • with materialistic theories, despite the fact that it arises out of a
    • apply and make valuable use in life of those facts that are not
    • are still quoted today, they do in fact say a very great deal. Present-day
    • science has no inkling of the fact that scientists ought to treat
    • exactly the same way as is done with any other substance, such as an
    • ourselves what the actual basic character of the ego is like. What
    • with one or another basic soul character of the ego. Certain chronic
    • character type his ego is, otherwise you are bound to go wrong with
    • the character of the ego. To find the right cure, you need, in
    • person's character and can say: For this person to recover, he must
    • have just mentioned, in fact most of them. For it is sheer
    • have to turn to spiritual science for the actual basis of our
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    • with the content and the actual trend of the Commandments. Today we
    • in such a way that in one group of individuals the characteristics of
    • group the characteristics of the male sex developed more strongly.
    • enough to make the hands go round. In actual fact if we want to know
    • sexes were outwardly very similar, and their characters were more or
    • to come into the world today with identical appearance and character,
    • and how little could actually happen in human life, as everybody
    • being. Although the people were different in character at different
    • long as they had a body of soft material they could actually become
    • about any basic changes in their character. The reason for this is
    • contact with his environment, especially his human environment. To
    • inwardly it is very clear, in fact striking, that the one who is
    • individual characters from birth. So the significance and meaning of
    • the inter-working of the sexes is to be found in the fact that
    • yourself actually there in those ancient times when man was entirely
    • were eating — an activity quite different from what it is today
    • reached the point when the two sexes were sensually attracted to one
    • times — happened when physical consciousness was actually
    • times that what we call the attraction of the sexes began, what we
    • surroundings, he now acquired something through the act of
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 4: Rhythm in the Bodies of Man
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    • The fact that we have
    • that it is an ordinary fact and no superstition that in the case of
    • fact that pneumonia shows something quite remarkable that is
    • understand this fact and many others besides. You know from the
    • more accurately today. The astral body and the ego are not active in
    • depart, the activities of these two members have to be replaced. The
    • body active within it, so there also has to be an ego and an astral
    • body active when the human being is asleep. To be exact, we would
    • have to say that the ego and the astral body that are active in the
    • during the day, but their activity is completely overpowered by the
    • activity of the human being's own astral body and ego. If we want to
    • is awake, and because of its activity during this time it deprives a
    • actually do during sleep? We can in truth say fairly accurately that
    • cosmic ego during the night and foregoes its own activity. And
    • cosmic ego it is possible for the night ego to be active in an
    • The astral body actually does sink down into a universal cosmic
    • days, man's astral body actually goes into the same part of the
    • higher beings. It is due to the action of these spiritual beings, who
    • it is subject, and the human ego actually took the earth with it and
    • see how everything that is physical around us is actually an outcome
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    • world. And in a public lecture I also indicated a remarkable fact
    • because it is an indisputable fact. It is something that really ought
    • circumstances there is no recovery. This fact is known by most
    • the fact remains, so we have to ask why the temperature drops with
    • why phenomena like a temperature arise. What actually is a
    • up to fight against the actual process of the illness. The
    • is healthy and all his inner activities are working harmoniously,
    • these inner activities are bound to fall into disorder if one
    • you to look at the fact of the lungs being an expression of the
    • astral body. The actual expression of the astral body is of course
    • tendency to counteract the temperature and bring it down. If the
    • fact that what we call the four members of man, physical body,
    • fall victim to such suggestions! They overlook the fact that the
    • rhythms of the heavenly bodies and actually bring about all the
    • times seven positions of the etheric body are exactly mirrored in the
    • should have found an exact reflection of cosmic relationships in the
    • And if he had not conformed to the cosmic situation, exactly the same
    • if all his activity had remained in cosmic leading strings. The basis
    • at certain times, this is the abstract talk of the amateur. The
    • characteristic of our age that it has lost the old, external rhythm
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    • illnesses arising as the actual result of karma would not be
    • have an exact picture of how the karmic causes of one life become the
    • what actually happens to man spiritually in the period after death.
    • certain way for use in the future. Nevertheless an extract of the
    • instrument of enjoyment and action. This he has no longer, but the
    • satisfaction. This is felt as a kind of thirst for physical life
    • we must picture to ourselves what man actually does in Kamaloca. We
    • has a certain effect on his whole life. Any action of man that hurts
    • that were active — it is this very force that is to bring the
    • through life he feels it in his own astral body in exactly the same
    • about the special character of your future lives on earth.
    • this good resolution forms a bond of attraction between B and A and
    • attraction that brings people together in life springs from what they
    • attraction.
    • recompense someone. The bond of attraction has brought us together,
    • comes down from the spiritual world our soul is attracted to the kind
    • forces, then comes the inevitable reaction, which we call the process
    • general character. For instance we see typical cases of children's
    • particular way or having a certain characteristic in the blood
    • settlement, but we should actually think of illness as just the
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 7: Laughing and Weeping
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    • globe. By virtue of the fact that man has acquired on this globe the
    • human capacities and characteristics we inherit from our parents and
    • the other stream consists of the qualities and characteristics we
    • the inherited characteristics like a sheath, its own qualities and
    • characteristics originating from past lives in previous incarnations.
    • incarnations. Thus we differentiate between the actual kernel of
    • characteristics. Now it is true that the actual individual kernel of
    • birth there are active in man the causes of all those characteristics
    • is actively engaged in choosing his parents. But this, too, is
    • the mother. But the actual work of the individuality on the organism
    • expression of the characteristics of his physical ancestors but also
    • it is just the activity of the ego in the organism that calls forth
    • How does he restore the balance? He does so in that his ego contracts
    • environment, and it tries to restore the balance by contracting the
    • ego feels forsaken. So the ego contracts the forces of its astral
    • ego, the fourth member of man's being, contracts the forces of the
    • contraction, laughing is produced through the relaxing and expanding
    • the ego is contracting the astral body. Every time someone laughs,
    • because the ego is active within man's being and not working as a
    • the ego only gradually begins to be active in the child, and at birth
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 8: The Manifestation of the Ego in the Different Races of Men
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    • External bodily characteristics vary according to the different zones
    • actually the human body too, developed in the different epochs of
    • have often described it by saying that this was actually the time
    • man owes his present existence to the fact that the sun and moon
    • consisted of transparent forms that were therefore not actually
    • the moon was becoming more and more active from outside. The air was
    • had, in Lemurian times, the characteristics of group soul beings to
    • by people that actually lived in the realms of air in a kind of
    • actually found them, the group souls around the North Pole. If they
    • into those wicked and immoral practices that led to the downfall of
    • extent migrated to Atlantis, the active development of the ego would
    • Through the fact that the better sections of the Lemurian population
    • find echoes of these facts in the Bible, if you cared to look for
    • according to spiritual characteristics. Therefore it could also take
    • actual ego being, a being with self-consciousness. These capacities
    • and characteristics, however, developed on innumerable different
    • physical characteristics. If a man brings his whole inner being to
    • comprehensible through the fact that all these possible shades of
    • the population that stayed in Europe whose characteristics were as I
    • characteristics of the evolution of the Asiatic and African peoples
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    • something to round off the many facts and views we have been studying
    • action and deed. Today, however, we want to give a few concluding
    • like to draw your attention to a fact that can tell you a great deal
    • ‘education’. Actual education is impossible in the animal
    • for this apparently superficial fact.
    • actual ego of man is born. Not until then does the human being awaken
    • clairvoyant consciousness a very special fact becomes apparent here.
    • You can actually discover what is happening, even without clairvoyant
    • which first worked from outside become active from within. What was
    • then slipped inside, is active for the first time independently of
    • free and awakens into intense activity.
    • that man's astral body is not actually born until then. But the
    • higher animals. Lower animals are characterised by the very fact that
    • anything with him, he would be at exactly the same stage in the
    • following life as he was in the previous one. Through the fact that
    • that education is practicable, and something further can be done with
    • acquires new factors of development and is constantly adding to his
    • let us ask what actually happens when man adds to his store from
    • small and only the spiritual part is large, he says: the actual being
    • in the case of man we have to speak of yet a third factor. If we were
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    • All the forces of the soul must be activated if the essence of
    • the spiritual world. Activity in the physical world, quietude in the
    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • Christianity as Mystical Fact,
    • book you would ipso facto have an adequate understanding of
    • direct experience of the spiritual facts for concepts, theories and
    • abstract speculations. And if, in spite of it all, a feeling of a
    • inevitable on the physical plane, namely, the time factor. Hence I
    • of two characteristics of the spiritual life to which special
    • between death and the new birth — which is, in fact, existence
    • world has often been emphasised, also the fact that when the soul
    • essential to become accustomed to a great deal that is the exact
    • have to be active, to use our hands, to move our physical body from
    • one place to another. Activity on our part is necessary if we are to
    • exactly the opposite holds good. I am speaking always of the present
    • tranquillity corresponds to busy activity on the physical plane. The
    • about; the more active we are, the more can happen. In the spiritual
    • co-operates with the spiritual world and is an essential factor —
    • previously or are ready now to participate in this activity from the
    • by busy activity on the physical plane, but primarily by having some
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    • result of contacts and collisions with the external world and with
    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • The most important and most outstanding fact revealed by
    • child is born the ‘I’ is already active. This is obvious
    • when a child opens his eyes and light falls upon them. It is actually
    • by such contacts with the world outside that the child becomes aware
    • own depths. If we investigate all this with exactitude — and
    • impersonal character. We can observe too that this impersonal
    • character becomes more marked the longer ago the events in question
    • our ‘I’-consciousness to the fact that we press inwardly
    • it in some way. It is in fact the sum-total of these results of
    • ‘I’-consciousness to our own destructive activity, to the
    • the moment exactly what — that has a certain value in the
    • do harm to someone to whom we owe a debt of love, we shall actually
    • a fact that every human being can recognise. At the same time he can
    • what comes to expression in the bodily constitution. The fact that at
    • and make no contact with them. This self-isolation is an outcome of
    • — in occultism it is always so named — a man's contact
    • Contact with the beings of this sphere can be established by
    • develop understanding of and inclination for what we hope to contact
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    • the spiritual world. Actual experiences are only a fractional part of
    • creation of an actual link between the physical and spiritual worlds.
    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • spiritual world we come into contact with a friend or an individual
    • on Earth, one of whom comes into contact with Anthroposophy at a
    • follow that an individual feels exactly what he expresses in his
    • desires be only those of which he was actually aware. The longings
    • feeling of depression, dissatisfaction with oneself. After death, the
    • astral consciousness is an indication of the whole character of the
    • certainly present. In this practical way very active help can be
    • up from the physical plane is something that can be a factor in
    • We realise from this that when Anthroposophy actually
    • the gate of death but shall establish active contact with them and be
    • of the fact that our world consists of physical existence and
    • intellect he gets to know and recognise the ordinary facts of life in
    • attention only to what actually happens, not to what may be
    • possibilities is infinitely greater than that of actual happenings.
    • only the forces which actually determine our life on the physical
    • thing were said it would imply ignorance of the fact that the idea of
    • represented by the physical realities and that our actual experiences
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    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • the simple fact that during sleep the human being has no
    • profoundly significant words to express this fact. It is one of the
    • characteristics, for instance, the faculty of distinguishing between
    • actual inflow of life can still be observed, the child's
    • is the fact that he does not remember his earliest childhood. We can
    • he faces the expanse of space. Exactly the opposite is the case
    • characteristics as it pours into your being which you have left at
    • actually how things are during the life between death and the new
    • namely, the condition of sleep, this difference can be characterised
    • sleep can be characterised as follows.
    • world of stars, he too is actually in that world. And it is a fact
    • death and the new birth. The difference is actually only a state of
    • and learn to view things from all sides. We generally characterise
    • picture of the Ego when a human being is asleep, actually becomes
    • in appearance at all events; we cannot, however, speak of an actual
    • spectacle is a kind of pictorial expression of the fact that the
    • particularly the lower parts of the trunk. Actually, during sleep,
    • the waking state, and below they are denser, more compact.
    • participate in this more lively activity of the lower aura during
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    • With this individuality and his activity since the
    • of the innumerable factors which enable us to grasp the supreme
    • Thereafter the Buddha continued to be active in the
    • mention must be made of his further activity. The Buddha was no
    • were Teachers of great significance. What actually took place there
    • could therefore be contacted only by pupils and neophytes able to
    • his being, had actually co-operated in its inception. What had still
    • the general tone and character of what the Buddha imparted in the
    • Buddha's activity would have been in all subsequent times if nothing
    • numbers of human beings would have developed the character and
    • the new birth we actually become inhabitants, in succession, of Moon,
    • in the transference of the Buddha from a sphere of earthly activity
    • to one of cosmic activity. The impulse given by Christian Rosenkreutz
    • Centre near the Black Sea, and transferring his activity to Mars. And
    • prepared for this by his teaching of Nirvana, lack of satisfaction
    • preparation of activity that was not to be confined to the Earth. And
    • then we shall realise how infinitely wise was the contract between
    • activity on the Earth through which he would have been able, from the
    • collaboration of the Buddha. If the Buddha had continued his activity
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    • life. The true 'I' is the actor in the processes of
    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • ether and only a kind of extract of it remains with him. The astral
    • After that the extracts of the etheric and astral bodies are subject
    • is the principle that remains intact although everything else in the
    • philosophers speak is refuted by the simple fact that during the
    • Who, then, is the actor in this process of learning to
    • walk, to speak and to think? The actor is the real, true ‘I’!
    • proper to mankind. There is, in fact, a natural correspondence
    • talk only because its form is upright. The fact that it is able to
    • Other factors too, of course, play their part. The human being is not
    • human form actually stems; it is the form in which the human ‘I’
    • movements is a resurgence of Dervish practices which are already
    • clairvoyance; convulsive movements of every kind were characteristic
    • super-sensible activities with the etheric hands. This would be an
    • is, in fact, a Medusa head. This is a very real phenomenon. The
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    • will be characteristic of those who are to become spiritual leaders
    • character when they have reached a certain age. This is the result of
    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • understand with greater exactitude than has hitherto been possible
    • the actual life of the human being other facts of incisive
    • occur at exactly the same point of time, but in most cases it may be
    • experiences connected with the actual seven-year cycles. You will
    • hardly find two human beings whose memories go back to exactly the
    • astral body, the sentient soul, and so on. The evolutionary factors
    • nature of man. That is essentially characteristic of the seven-year
    • act of what may be called the formative principle. The last
    • is no longer in action. With the seventh year the formative principle
    • ceases to be active. What comes about later on is only an expansion
    • that the principle of form unfolds its activity specifically in the
    • stems from the Spirits of Form; thus these Spirits of Form are active
    • birth, his actual form is not complete. What happens is that the
    • Spirits of Form continue their active intervention during the first
    • formative principle has now come to its conclusion. Were its activity
    • are active in the human being until the seventh year there is no more
    • his organism, lay hold of it, but in such a way that they now act as
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    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • fact will strike us most strongly of all if we succeed in developing,
    • thinking. Hence we must use or at least activate the brain when in
    • it is actually observing something, and the same holds good of the
    • fundamentally speaking, entities attributable to the fact that
    • progress in evolution has in point of fact been made only by beings
    • memory of his actual experiences; he is in fact contemplating what
    • on man himself. It is actually as if everything else were blotted out
    • characteristic of which can be expressed in words somewhat as
    • weaving life and activity in the other kingdoms of nature. The body
    • of destruction are always in excess. And the consequence of this fact
    • of sleep we are actually witnessing a process of destruction —
    • from the other side of life, the fact that man's body can gradually
    • long time previously been preparing his essential characteristics.
    • and the whole line of ancestors. Quite an otherwise attractive little
    • characteristic qualities are traced back to his ancestors. Outwardly
    • scientific fact that is correctly presented and the facts brought
    • man bears within himself characteristics inherited from his
    • and other factors. In principle, therefore, Spiritual Science cannot
    • insist that he has preserved the characteristics of his own
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    • contacts between death and rebirth. Rejection of spiritual ideas in
    • characteristics of three successive incarnations. An example:
    • thinking in the third. Acting out of love rather than merely out of a
    • sense of duty enables contact to be made after death with spiritual
    • had been no contact in earthly life, but this remains an exceptional
    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • is disclosed to spiritual investigation when the facts connected with
    • contact with many and infinitely varied forces and beings. He does
    • not only find himself living amid a multitude of super-sensible facts
    • but he comes into contact with definite forces and Beings —
    • ourselves what this contact signifies for one who is passing through
    • touch with the outer physical world, to act and moreover to think in
    • Hierarchies with whom he has made contact between death and the new
    • them, understand their nature and essential characteristics, be able
    • itself occurs because we shall then discover what the facts are —
    • loneliness, in order to establish contact with those Beings and
    • offering their gifts to him. But the fact that Lucifer has tainted
    • character. The forces of the higher Hierarchies are then not exactly
    • intellectual, sharp-witted character in life, they had been led
    • and his logic come to a halt when confronted by the facts. His logic
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    • Facts, in German, Das Leben Zwischen dem Tode und der Neuen Geburt
    • (Wunsche), a region of ‘Attraction and Repulsion’
    • ‘Soul-Light’ (Seelenlicht), of ‘Active
    • firmament itself. The soul or, let us say, the actual spiritual
    • spaces and then begins to contract, becoming smaller and smaller, in
    • as a matter of fact, what was said in the book
    • that does actually burn within the soul and is part of the existence
    • And then finally, in the region of Attraction and Repulsion, man
    • Susceptibility, of Wishes, of Attraction and Repulsion, a certain
    • exactly with the passage of the expanding soul into the region called
    • about the ‘Active
    • Active Soul-Force and you will find that they agree, that in one case
    • that in the Sun sphere after death the soul comes into contact with
    • more and more closely into contact with those forces which now enable
    • Attraction and Repulsion is concerned, that is to say the
    • This description portrays the inner aspect of the fact that the soul
    • Earth belongs to the actual material realm and causes the mineral
    • kingdom to appear as a purely material realm is due to the fact that
    • on, for the time being, their characteristics. Through this they
    • Golgotha he was, as we know, sent by an act of Rosicrucian wisdom to
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    • amount of knowledge concerning the facts of Nature and have been
    • or convictions. We shall be concerned purely with objective facts
    • more exactly one studies this contrast, the more is one brought to
    • We have already called attention to the fact that behind
    • full activity within oneself, the impression is received that neither
    • immersed in the individual character of this thought. And then one
    • cosmos and arrive at the most abstract conception of some kind of
    • this feeling is actually experienced, according to the Gnostic, as
    • with your nebulae and your entirely abstract concepts. You say the
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    • we shall not be able to comprehend an essential fact of later
    • their ideas were inadequate, powerless in face of what had actually
    • apparent to us in — one might say — an abstract form.
    • abstract words such significant phenomena as those I have just
    • grasp the significance of this fact in relation to the Sun-Spirit. To
    • Indeed a strange paradox, is it not? For the fact that confronts us
    • is actually this: the Christ appeared on Earth in an epoch that was
    • prophetic character entirely their own. External scholarship cannot
    • drawn to the fact that in comparatively recent times the nature of
    • of the character which strikes us immediately in Jeremiah and comes
    • What then is the special character of these Sibyls? What
    • permeated with the actual life of the world-spirit; and this was felt
    • arising inevitably from all that had been active in the souls of the
    • remarkable fact that men with their wisdom have not understood much
    • teaching. The essential thing is the character of the facts, the
    • Thus the Christ had in fact to fulfil the office of a
    • otherwise have gone on from strength to strength. And this fact is
    • rationalistic, abstract way if one leaves out of account what I am
    • tomorrow we enter a little into the character of Paul.
    • peculiar facts as this — the fact that Paul carries his message
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    • lectures already published, attention has been drawn to the fact that
    • it is, for in relation to a certain fact the concepts and ideas which
    • have already drawn your attention to the fact that in this child we
    • fact they did pursue. If these souls had simply gone on using the
    • the Earth in such a way as to give the senses this character. Any
    • Spirit of the Sun, so that the activity of the Sun was modified in
    • solar activity, did not become organs of mere sympathy and antipathy.
    • a while. The worst activity of Lucifer and Ahriman had been turned
    • acquired a quite peculiar character. The forces which provide for
    • in order that this destructive activity should not enter into human
    • his innermost nature by the fact that human evolution could go no
    • Earth itself is essentially the scene of action for the Ego. The
    • the Moon goes round the Earth. Hence I cannot say exactly that the
    • Sun's activity continued to be influenced by the fact that in
    • activity of the Sun impregnated with this influence. In this way his
    • human souls, as a continuing human experience, of the activities that
    • this arose that science of planetary activities which comes before us
    • the reflections, of the activity of Christ Jesus on the individual
    • relation to Sun, Moon and Earth. If we are to characterise this we
    • had actually to connect himself with the Dragon-nature; to take on as
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    • to say something about the basic characteristics of the world
    • characteristics of these world pictures. They arose as after effects
    • are used today — have a dry, abstract, even pedantic sound;
    • workings of Time — Zervan Akarana. Not, however, the abstract
    • Egyptian and Chaldean Mysteries — all this was activated by the
    • into them, inoculated them, its activity plays out from them on to
    • the elements the Sun-Spirit is actively alive, and this is the
    • activity the Greeks saw in their Apollo.
    • the sun's activity in the atmosphere, and this activity they
    • Earth, is Geology. Is not the geological character of the ancient
    • find them constantly related to activities of the Earth. Moses goes
    • activity. For we must think of this mountain as a volcano, or at
    • is active in it. The column of fire in which Moses stands is akin to
    • Italy and smoke comes out. So does fiery smoke, telluric activity,
    • come out of the mountain. And in telluric activity the Jews always
    • fire — telluric activity! We could go deeply into details and
    • prophesied, this very fact shows us how closely bound are the
    • character of Jewish culture will be understood only if it is taken in
    • heralding of things to come. And we meet with the remarkable fact
    • this character. But if we look at these festivals in their true
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    • was the essential characteristic of the old Hebrew school of prophecy
    • drama to watch this impact of the Christ Impulse; to see how, from
    • dreams, the activity which the Christ was undertaking in the depths
    • I had to experience the fact that occult researches are
    • peculiar character; we know that she wished to shield him from
    • on, often wandering from the right road, until exactly on a Good
    • fact, if this reading of the stellar script is seen in the
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    • itself. I have pointed to the fact that in the gold-gleaming sickle
    • important fact. The gold-gleaming sickle becomes apparent because the
    • golden vessel is actually the spiritual power of the sun. So we can
    • If we look back once more at the primal character of the
    • to hold fast to the geological character of its revelations. I have
    • traced, in the activities and spiritual mobility of the Earth. The
    • Hebrew endeavour was to keep at bay the elemental activities that
    • Now I should like to bring before you two facts which
    • your attention is also a fact from the new times that the fifth
    • form, a Christ-filled form, and then, if one can practise it
    • And in fact this was done; men did look up to the stars. Although
    • which take place on the earth are so exact and regular that they
    • hence the subterranean warmth and the fact that without warmth there
    • kinds, leading often to the most terrible actions and events. They
    • character; a great part of astrology has to do with this. Probably
    • processes. The fact that the earth truly has a soul is shown most
    • deceiving the weak. Those spirits were active in guiding the birds
    • activities connected with the stars.
    • protected from it. What he learns to know comes from sources active
    • “how”! For it is not a question of characterising such
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    • Sun Activity in Earthly Evolution
    • Activity in Earthly Evolution —
    • matters actually stand in regard to what we call man's Saturn
    • evolution arose and again passed away; it possessed characteristics,
    • formed their peculiar characteristics has passed away with them and
    • characteristics of the Saturn evolution among the hidden occult
    • activities which pulsate through the world. We can still, as it were,
    • you are aware that there was an active co-operation at that time
    • connected as cause and effect. The forces active in our personal
    • forces active in our karma. Thus the historian, the modern
    • evolution depends on the fact that human souls, for instance, who
    • The fact that they participate in current events and that the way in
    • ancient Saturn are still in a certain way active.
    • laws of Earth which prevail and are active when the ego fashions man
    • outwardly active. Now if we encounter a man we shall say: “You,
    • withdrawn from the external activity of the world, this too is not
    • directly under the active forces of Earth-existence.
    • activity? We must we seek it protected and embedded, veiled from
    • Earthly existence. For it is active in the period before man enters
    • Earth existence through his physical birth, it is active before the
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    • Planets and their Characteristics. It is
    • Planets and their Characteristics. It is
    • fact that he is a being of soul and spirit. With the help of
    • characters of the several planets.
    • seclusion. Outwardly, the Moon acts as a mirror of the universe; the
    • fact that it reflects the light of the Sun is evident to the most
    • find the abstract truths that are the pride of present-day humanity.
    • is the exact opposite of the Moon. Saturn speaks unceasingly of the
    • individual character, of Saturn.
    • Jupiter is a planet with a different character. Jupiter is the
    • Thinker in our planetary system, and thinking is the activity
    • genuine activity of thinking. Jupiter is the Thinker in our universe.
    • and works inwardly at it, that the Jupiter powers will actually help
    • Jupiter is able to bring satisfaction to man's need for wisdom. And
    • to them clear and active light-filled thoughts of his own. And that
    • is why in ancient times, when active thinking was still at a very
    • and he is particularly active when human beings talk in sleep or in
    • relationship of Venus to Mars is therefore a factor of great
    • Masters of the forces of co-ordinative knowledge and mental activity
    • right relationship with them, act as liberating factors. They
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    • through a knowledge of the objective facts to which we are led
    • pertaining to the spiritual worlds. The facts which come to light in
    • is good to draw attention to them — the facts which thus come
    • actually exist.
    • an insight into the facts of the spiritual world develop gradually,
    • that, at first, we learn to know the chief facts of spiritual life,
    • through the fact that the world has, to begin with, an enigmatic
    • that life becomes less interesting through the fact that the riddles
    • for many people. We must now bear in mind the fact that spiritual
    • relatives. I have already explained to you that through the fact that
    • who has remained behind must bear the loss. In an abstract way, we
    • able to have within the physical body. The fact that grief and sorrow
    • through the fact that we have both lived in a physical body. Just as
    • left behind will not diminish through the fact that he has gone into
    • the fact that he is united with them in thoughts, that he penetrates
    • connected with the fact that, on the one hand, grief and sorrow must
    • let us say, fifteen years sooner. The fact that he has spent a
    • knowledge of these facts and of the way in which they interpenetrate
    • the fact, that death viewed from the other side, from the world which
    • although this may sound strange, an investigation of these facts
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    • body mediates — that is to say, our actions. Immediately behind
    • entail for our life as a whole. In fact, our whole relation to our
    • our fellow human beings. In fact we always carry with us in life
    • to spiritual beings of an elemental character. The ‘beings of
    • an elemental character’ are precisely those who are able to
    • one among them — related to us most nearly of all — acts
    • of Death, but the more exactly we study it, the clearer the
    • more exactly, we find that there is a certain mutual interplay,
    • counterpart. The fact that our etheric body is taken from us a few
    • days after death is mainly due to its being attracted — drawn
    • do in fact lay aside our etheric body, we hand it over, so to speak;
    • which we commonly refer to in abstract terms — ‘the
    • are present to those whom they have left behind are due to the fact
    • spiritual training we come into actual intercourse with this
    • trivial and all too realistic term — is acting as a
    • one has acquired a certain practice in making contact with an
    • individuality through the fact that he lives in the writing. Or
    • kindness or of criticism or rebuke. The fact that they were brought
    • You will understand the character of such an influence from the soul
    • habits, the character, the very human nature of the one with whom he
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    • We have seen how it is possible, through exact observation, to gain
    • insight into the fact that within the physical-soul-spiritual
    • now practically run its course — and a future devoted to the
    • Yet the practice of centuries continues through a certain cultural
    • vitality. One gets the feeling that the activity of the intellect has
    • What they actually do is explain how sense observation, interpreted
    • when knowledge is no longer obtained by means of combining abstract,
    • characteristic of these elemental begins dwelling in solid earth is
    • cleverness, cunning, slyness — in fact, a one-sidedly
    • on. But elemental spiritual beings are active behind all this, and
    • characteristics. During the period in which man developed the
    • in fact an admission that reason no longer resides in the head. It
    • material world around us, the fact remains that what is investigated
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    • that are active within us, that pass through births and deaths and
    • event, instead of being merely the abstract end of life (only a
    • few things on death, on this great event, and on the facts of human
    • new birth, so that we were able to gain many essential facts,
    • points of view. Today I shall therefore add to the facts that you
    • our etheric body: this already possesses a super-sensible character
    • having a super-sensible character, concerning which we may say that it
    • owing to its super-sensible character; but as far as imaginative
    • turned. We should bear in mind that many super-sensible facts are
    • experience is of opposite character to the corresponding experience
    • Exactly the opposite is the case with the corresponding
    • we do not contemplate things in an abstract manner, we do not simply
    • connected with the fact that when we contemplate this emptiness, a
    • before you in exactly the same way in which he stood before you
    • the manner in which we grasp our ego, through the fact that we
    • our experiences, the whole world of the Hierarchies is active within
    • This is the significant, important and essential fact which we
    • through the fact that we can think and have feelings, whom does this
    • through the fact that our etheric being outside makes an impression
    • image-character it is, however, the prototype of what we shall one
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    • being enacted, and who must be answerable with body, soul and spirit
    • of the entire actual world. As we come together so seldom, it is not
    • world even by means of concepts. In fact, many people believe that it
    • because their ideas have become stiff and dead, through the fact that
    • consider, to begin with, the most outward fact regarding the dead a
    • fact visible even from the physical plane, we find it to be
    • the fact that man lays aside his physical body. We do not need to go
    • But, even when we consider this fact, that the physical
    • even this fact only with regard to its meaning for the physical
    • way. And, in fact, it is often considered in a most inadequate way by
    • only as a kind of characteristic. But it is this warmth which is, in
    • with the earth, through warmth, is the materialistic way. The fact
    • fact that he lays this physical body aside, that he gives over to the
    • the fact that something remains in our soul as a result, as a
    • existence, through the fact that he experiences the falling away of
    • attributed to the fact that our etheric body — the same one we
    • world, not of our Ego. In this experience, it actually is as if that
    • to find a contact; it is a moving experience to follow, not only the
    • I repeat, that this first contact with what the dead
    • even if we were unable to come into contact with the Being itself,
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    • It affords me great satisfaction to be able to speak
    • attention to the fact that this particular course of lectures must
    • technical one, and if we wish to characterize without further ado —
    • that if they were to characterize in all its fullness that which is
    • described as the character of homelessness, they would meet with
    • Swiss nation-spirit? He would describe in abstract expressions a few
    • different, a being, in fact, just as man himself is a being; only man
    • is distinguished from a Folk-spirit by the fact that he presents to
    • we wish to form an idea of a real being? A characteristic example of
    • comprehend how they act upon us, we must bear in mind, that such
    • body and being active here and there in the world independently of
    • this. It cannot follow what in a certain respect is already actually
    • their own activity. If we contemplate the various peoples on the
    • characteristics and qualities peculiar to these peoples, we see a
    • succeeds nation, we can then, at all events in an abstract form (and
    • activity of people after people something else takes place in human
    • the activity of the Folk-spirits, into that which we have described
    • as the activity of the Archangeloi. To the materialistic man of
    • to-day, the Spirit of the Age is something quite abstract, without
    • described as the actual inspirers — or we should here say, if
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    • But, if the activity of these beings, of these Folk-spirits plays a
    • work, the activity of these beings is expressed, must also in some
    • characteristics peculiar to the various peoples. The materialist will
    • country and other things determine the characteristics and
    • vegetation, the characteristic configuration of the rocks, does not
    • materialist we are only speaking of an abstraction. To clairvoyant
    • an abstract form, but if concrete connections are sought for, it is
    • appertaining to the characteristics of a people, that which a man who
    • that works into them, weaves through them, is active within them.
    • these three parts arises the peculiar character which belongs to a
    • does this affect? It acts on a threefold nature in the temperaments.
    • It acts on the temperaments which are themselves immersed in the
    • the folk acts upon the choleric, the phlegmatic and the sanguine
    • which works into the temperaments constitutes the national character of
    • intentional acts, as that which it is their mission to do. But
    • also come into consideration. These consist in the fact, that they
    • Naturally man himself also advances through their work; it reacts
    • upon him. Hence human work reacts upon the Folk-spirit. Later on we
    • folk's etheric body; picture the interaction of the human
    • Folk-spirit. We should have not nearly exhausted the characteristics
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    • We have already said what was necessary to characterize
    • itself, as the folk-character of the single human individual.
    • is first actually brought to a state of consciousness.
    • of man is active in all three parts of his inner life, in the
    • active in such a way that man is hardly aware of his ego. In the
    • still not what meets us as the actual human inner being or soul. The
    • we designate as Folk-spirits their actual inner part, or that which
    • most practical, because people already know it, having learnt it at
    • only able by means of abstractions such as the truths of mathematics,
    • to conceive of the activity of the Archangels. These truths appear
    • brought about by the external world, all colors, sounds, in fact all
    • indeed be an enthusiast but never a practical man. We must not absorb
    • from within, and indeed exactly so far as man permeates himself
    • does the actual life of the Archangels extend. You must therefore
    • of spiritual facts, in which it lives just as man lives in the realm
    • the Archangels. The Archangel-’ I ’ is in fact two
    • action of the Archangels or Folk-spirits.
    • take place in the intellectual-soul or mind-soul; but their activity
    • Folk-souls? The world of man is differentiated by the fact that if he
    • inner activity, the contents of whose souls are richer, — these
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    • a very complicated being and that only by the co-operative activity
    • activity of the several Beings, do we learn to understand how through
    • Beings whom we call Powers, Exusiai. If we listen to the activity of
    • active in him, we should find that these are the donors of the
    • these Beings have really to accomplish in man, only actually comes
    • set to work with their chief activity, that of bestowing the ‘ I ’,
    • three ages of man which precede the actual birth of his ‘ I ’,
    • strange, that so far as the actual intentions of the Spirits of Form
    • fact is a very dim state of consciousness such as is possessed by the
    • his fourteenth to his twentieth year, he would be very active
    • consideration the activity of the Spirits of Form, man attains his
    • who remained at the stage of the Spirits of Form and are now active
    • different germinal conditions. In fact, through these abnormal
    • extent he actually is to-day. If that had happened, then all the
    • connected with that particular place acting within him. All these
    • things determine his racial character, and in this indirect way the
    • characteristics are not only expressed in the influences of the
    • science, that only in the past were the racial characteristics
    • surroundings. At a later epoch race began to assume the character of
    • descended to the earth and the racial characteristics were handed
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    • impartially into the facts under consideration, it will certainly be
    • of the facts contained in this course of lectures. With this also is
    • connected the fact that these matters cannot be spoken of on any
    • about the character of this or that people, and however our feelings
    • lectures, if it be rightly understood, will bring no dissatisfaction
    • objective survey of the character of the peoples, nations and races
    • characters of the several Folk-souls, we shall have to make use of
    • folk-characters of our times, in which we ourselves live with our own
    • ourselves with the character of nations, which as regards time are
    • can comprehend the characters and the missions of nations.
    • is going through an abnormal one must act together, — that has
    • would hurl him with lightning rapidity out into space. The fact that
    • outward streaming forces, acting in such a way that they stop each
    • is essentially the same as what we must call the activities of the
    • activity of the Thrones being arrested by the Spirits of Motion, —
    • opposed activity of the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Motion
    • activity had not come in, one which is exceptionally enduring and
    • which expresses itself on the surface of our earth by the fact that
    • to the Will-forces, acting in conjunction with the Spirits of Motion,
    • was added that which we call the activity of the Spirits of Form. You
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    • activity of the three hierarchies. These things are by no means so
    • in the course of the evolution of the earth, the pure activity of the
    • would actually be brought about. Thus if all these seven Spirits of
    • normal Spirits of Form are active, those Beings who, as described in
    • abnormal Spirits of Form should not by their activity produce too
    • the simultaneous activity of the abnormal Spirits of
    • Jahve or Jehovah. If you wish to look for His activity in the
    • weaken their activity by splitting off one of themselves. They would
    • If we want to obtain a satisfactory conception of the
    • activities of these normal Spirits of Form, it is best to think of
    • obtain an idea of the abnormal Spirits of Form, and of how they act
    • ruling and guiding the latter. The activities of this Spirit of Form
    • are influenced by the activities proceeding from Saturn, Jupiter,
    • which a certain activity is exercised from the Sun by the Elohim or
    • If we now more closely characterize the spot which in
    • character, in their racial character, the Jupiter men. If we cross
    • unique racial characters which are spread over the Earth, a knowledge
    • that in fact that equilibrium, that state of balance could be brought
    • whose activities proceeded from the centre of Mercury also worked in.
    • heavenly activity which originates through the forces of the heavenly
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    • rank, then only do we obtain a correct conception of what is actually
    • going on in the great world. This ascent is connected with the fact
    • of fact, look back very far indeed, back to early Atlantean times, if
    • to the rank of an Archai and then acted through intuition upon those
    • Monism. The actual inspirers, the impulse-givers of all Monotheism
    • comprehensive and exact view of it. Nevertheless in the
    • represented by this people with a certain abstract severity, with an
    • abstract relentlessness, and how all the other peoples, in so far as
    • different Beings; for example, the most extreme abstraction of the
    • the synthetic, inclusive activity of the ‘ I ’,
    • The objective language of facts often leads to quite
    • for instance that Spirit of the Age who was active in old India had
    • The Archangel of the Greeks developed into an Archai, the active
    • required not only the fact that this event took place, but it
    • event, that — at a definite moment of time, which practically
    • Age, who then acts on through the ages. He became the representative
    • practiced a special resignation and had undertaken a special mission.
    • That is a characteristic example of how in such a case the
    • had united his activity with that of the Christian Spirit of the Age.
    • activity of several Folk-spirits who were filled with a sense of
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    • of all to keep in mind the fundamental character of its mythology;
    • and your attention was drawn in the last Lecture to the fact that
    • time have been a similar understanding of the unique character of the
    • knows the facts under consideration this comparing of religions is a
    • by such comparisons of religions on one who knows the facts is
    • mistake, for a person of quite different character might be wearing
    • We can scarcely understand the fundamental character of
    • this fact prevented the Easterner from interesting himself at the
    • clairvoyance. This was brought about by the action of the forces into
    • the work and activity of the various Angels and Archangels upon the
    • awoke, they actually no longer needed to observe how human
    • Chaldeans had only a dark, dim recollection of the action of the
    • In the Germanic and Scandinavian countries the action of
    • Beings immediately above man. The old gods, those who were active
    • Beings who were active in a very far-distant past, in the time of old
    • experienced Odin in his activity at a time when he still went about
    • merely abstract wisdom, but it represents to us the wisdom which
    • the character of the blood. In these two Beings we have Archangels,
    • from the spiritual world, could actually be so carried in. If we bear
    • him return again and again to the same places, as being the act of
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    • whole of our post-Atlantean epoch, and in fact even the later ages of
    • accordance with the facts, that the people belonging to this ancient
    • you are then, in the act of cognition, always really dealing with two
    • stone, makes no difference to the purely formal act of cognition. But
    • activity, therefore, in our earth-existence is such, that his point
    • The spiritual science of all ages, that really knows the facts,
    • becoming active in the domain which lies outside. Hence he has his
    • The Indians at this time pursued exactly the opposite
    • come across such a clear and profound knowledge of the fact that
    • form and coloring to man and made him an independent, active being in
    • himself the firm kernel of existence and wishes to act out of
    • actions, and brings his whole being into a lower position than he
    • How then does the Luciferic influence act? It encloses
    • selfishness. I should like to draw your attention to the fact that
    • another, and yet come from quite different causes. External facts may
    • The outer facts of the case may often be exactly the
    • threefold activity to Loki, to Lucifer? It had to say that Loki has
    • that which to us is an abstract lie, expressed itself at once as an
    • tendency to untruthfulness which is active there. In the Fenris Wolf
    • sense, even to the external facts.
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    • Before we can develop all that can be extracted from the significant picture
    • through the activity of the various Folkspirits progress was brought
    • the East, when the ‘ I ’ actually awoke, they
    • actual Germanic Scandinavian evolution began, the mystery-education
    • wonderfully wise, clairvoyant character of the old Indian culture,
    • activity in the etheric body, there was a more blurred, a fainter
    • the peoples of Western Europe can finally be explained by the fact
    • folk-characters in their light and shadow sides, you will find that
    • statement so characteristic of him, when, in answer to the question,
    • ‘what is the abstract?’, he replied, ‘The abstract
    • us say a carpenter.’ That, therefore, which to the abstract
    • scientist is concrete, was abstract to Hegel. That which to the
    • abstract scientist are mere thoughts, to him were the great, mighty
    • divine figures worked out even down to the individual character, is
    • world of the Cosmic Father. Everything that is creatively active in
    • with the facts, creations and beings of Nature. We must conceive of
    • concepts which characterize this fifth plane or spiritual world are
    • meaning in it unless one accepts the facts of a divine and a human
    • an abstract but an organic unity, that thus only can this be
    • concreteness of personality, so that it acts indeed as a spiritual
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    • extract in the shape of knowledge from the spiritual research of our
    • directing activity over this country, will permeate with the
    • its national character. Hence also you will see why I have said that
    • his actions in the etheric world. Thus gradually the first elements
    • be seen from the fact that a picture has been found in the vicinity
    • clairvoyant power which might act in a confusing way, and who will
    • the truth, of the facts.
    • The moment the facts should teach us otherwise, we
    • should be ready to act differently. The facts and the facts alone
    • necessity of the facts alone compels us to speak on these matters in
    • really active in the sense of the Christ-Principle. As this is
    • our souls a Christianity of which we know that Christ was active in
    • experienced in the way it actually was experienced by humanity. We
    • the truth according to the inner nature of the facts.
    • in each people practicing self-knowledge and inquiring, ‘What
    • they were to preserve either the old or the new characteristics of
    • the active friend of co-operative work, of cooperative industry, for
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    • mineral substances — actually derive their different hues from this
    • relationship of the moon to the earth. Recognition of this fact enables us to
    • evolution in the other direction — an impulse which actually reached its climax
    • of abstractions, this reunion of the moon with the earth is placed thousands
    • go on dreaming, vaguely and in the abstract, of some form of Divinity, but he
    • time. And we must learn to connect what is happening today — I mean the fact
    • event that can be described only in the light of facts which are revealed to us
    • so now Vulcan Beings are actually coming into the realm of earthly existence.
    • Super-earthly Beings are already here, and the fact that we are able to have a
    • They want to give it to us and they want us to act in the sense of Spiritual
    • behaviour and action on the earth.
    • are speaking of concrete fact when we say: Spiritual Beings are seeking to come
    • Spiritual Science. For there are men who are actually conscious allies of this
    • ourselves to be shocked by descriptions of this kind. Such facts are the
    • own shadowy thoughts. It is not enough today to speak in abstract terms of the
    • need for Spiritual Science. The only thing to do is actually to show how
    • thoughts become realities. Dreadfully abstract theories are hurled at men
    • Abstract statements of this kind altogether fail to convey the full and
    • science of colour must be lifted out of the realm of abstract physics into a
    • a series of abstract thoughts they are supposed to be able to acquaint
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    • in the sense that spirit is to us something real and actual, whereas
    • as spiritual sciences, resolve the spirit into abstract ideas.
    • stress on the fact that at the time when I was invited to speak to a
    • in order to place a fact in its objectively right light.
    • exactly popular at the present time. If the objects of spiritual
    • fact that with the view of the world taken by natural science,
    • are only due to the fact that the otherwise normal nervous system and
    • educates itself by the facts of nature itself.
    • statue. The logic developed from the outer facts of nature has
    • This the statue cannot do; but human thinking, inner logical activity,
    • inwardly active and alive, so may the will also be developed in a
    • be experienced in itself alone. Thinking may be made active, so as to
    • actions. This is no mere image, no merely pictorial expression, but it
    • into a spiritual world, which is actually experienced, as the physical
    • the ordinary one. There now act one upon the other, the human being who
    • man which does not act through the outer body, which is of a soul and
    • is that the spiritual is actually experienced as a fact by means of
    • And this in a higher sphere is no different from the fact, in a lower
    • experience, is in any way a fact, anything said by the spiritual
    • learns to know spiritual facts, these are realities in a far higher
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    • fact that they were preeminently Summer Mysteries, connected with the
    • similar kind of activity was, it is true, exercised by the men of old
    • artistic and the scientific did not, in fact, appear until
    • an activity of soul with the procedure he adopted in his artistic
    • and culture, art, science and religion were one. It was actually the
    • ascribes it to his own activity of thinking. He forms chains of
    • not contracted because of the cold or enveloped itself in a raiment
    • contact with the Upper Gods. He availed himself of his natural
    • sense their pupils and in their presence enacted that solemn rite at
    • This act was merely meant to signify that the offering made by man's
    • (Torheit) before becoming wise again — this was actually felt
    • needed all the year round, and who for this reason could not act or
    • teachers in the Mysteries who practised the art of healing —
    • by referring to some very simple facts. — Those of you who have
    • growth begins. So when we see a plant growing this year it is actually
    • character. Indeed the principle of aristocracy really had its origin
    • in those old Mysteries, for it was the priests who enacted the
    • ‘democratic’ character. What modern men acquire as that
    • be rightly understood. For the character with which Christianity was
    • can feel the importance of the fact that man has now to look within
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    • follows: If we have a number of facts, say about a raindrop, we can
    • itself. Historical facts on the other hand are unique; we can recount
    • not in abstract theory but appealing to the feelings — is to
    • any abstract argument. But if we seriously observe life and try by
    • ourselves becoming gradually more and more convinced of the fact of
    • the course of human history, that in fact the structure of the soul
    • for yourselves in actual detail, what I am describing. When Herman
    • they give expression to what man experienced as the activity of his
    • muscular tension the activity of the soul in our organism, and the
    • space, is characteristic of the plastic art of Greece. This is a
    • them. What matters is not what is actually represented but rather
    • of soul; they are set within the actual world around us; we should
    • not feel at all surprised if we saw David actually using his sling.
    • beings among men. Once we have accepted the fact that in the
    • scientific geneticists would have difficulty explaining the facts:
    • extraction but which had fallen on evil days, a family which
    • attention attracted to Michelangelo's drawings Lorenzo de
    • and this is the characteristic thing — he very soon combined
    • exact knowledge of the inner structure of the human body. In all his
    • active within them, Michelangelo had to acquire through external
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    • makes a strong impact upon those who have been torn away from any
    • person realises what actually happens to him when he spends a night
    • contrivances in which they were actually involved and which they
    • of the adjuncts of modern life may come into contact with my bodily
    • One fact of which I have often spoken must be clearly
    • actually sleep by day as well, only the day-sleep is less noticeable
    • They take no account of the fact that when they are investigating the
    • indeterminism and determinism. In fact, we are conscious of our life
    • to an actual science of Nature; this has been done for the first time
    • study the natural world purely in the light of its abstract laws;
    • characteristic of the present day. The acquisition of genuine natural
    • second stage, what has thus been extracted from Nature and shattered
    • according to accepted natural laws, what has been extracted from,
    • united with all the processes and activities of external Nature.
    • the fact that the world is becoming more and more steeped in the
    • activity should be demanded of the soul; that Spiritual Science
    • activity of the soul. What Spiritual Science has to offer must be
    • activity and effort of the soul. We know well that many people are
    • right way is to strive with activity of soul to follow and master the
    • into vision — and we are actually within the spiritual world.
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    • they actually are in practical life — in other words, to
    • earthly lives nor of the fact that in spite of the full reality of
    • the life of man. As a matter of fact it is scientific thought
    • that has remained farthest of all in the rear of the actual demands
    • people base their actions upon the opinions of the recognized
    • the principles underlying the fact of repeated earthly lives. But
    • suppose he wants to inform himself about things that are actually
    • nowadays tries to interpret certain facts and events of history, he
    • heredity. Sons have inherited certain qualities and characteristics
    • working as well as the inherited physical characteristics. We must
    • courage to apply these truths neither in practical life nor even in
    • their study of problems of practical life.
    • the fact emerges that we are here concerned with souls whose life in
    • were souls who had had no contact with Christianity in former
    • Another fact, too, emerges as the result of spiritual investigation.
    • abstract intellectualism of Theology. It was a force that worked upon
    • character of the impulse they received in their early Christian
    • Eastern coquettishness and yet we shall be attracted by an
    • actual life any concrete expression of their abstract beliefs. They
    • that some problem in actual life gives the impetus to investigation.
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    • I shall speak on the appearance of Christ and reveal a few facts
    • meaning of the word. Of course, all theosophical facts discovered
    • works in the experiences of life and in the development of character.
    • conviction of these truths by observing facts supported by life
    • be seen in the fact that in the case of no other human error is the
    • fact, it is possible to ignore the devil; it is possible not to see
    • the course of a single incarnation. Let us now speak of facts which
    • characteristic: a certain timidity. There are people who cannot look
    • though the decisive influence upon man's character only appears
    • fundamental character which expresses itself in the three bodies: the
    • In the next life the character qualities build up the three bodies,
    • our character is then the architect of these three bodies. If envy
    • Karma is a fact which can be reasonably accepted, if it is a valid
    • ourselves, but not to HIM — we shall act accordingly and await
    • Moral qualities in fact produce results; they bring about Karmic
    • determine our actions: He will have told us many lies during a past
    • This is a very significant fact in life. Let us now recapitulate the
    • person's good actions towards us, at a time in which we did not
    • action has its effect, even though it may not immediately appear to
    • which Karma works in the world. If we study Karma and act
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    • facts, which come to light through spiritual-scientific knowledge.
    • Let me indicate some of these facts today. You should realize that
    • practically when the human being stands before you, he is that being
    • and the physical body. The fact that whenever we face a human being
    • with the external physical world, for they are facts revealed by
    • illness simply consists in the fact that the human body in part goes
    • are simply due to the fact that in the one or in the other person a
    • certain botanical facts in the medical sphere are, in many respects,
    • Humanity will grow more and more conscious of the fact that it is the
    • unutterable name may therefore be seen in the facts explained to you
    • A characteristic which we should bear in mind is that we must now
    • consider who is the person whose chief characteristic is this search
    • dead, abstract concepts and to penetrate into living, concrete
    • people develop their world conception. I drew attention to the fact
    • This egoistic character of our modern world conception depends on
    • facts lying at the foundation of these things. During the epoch
    • superficial facts can show you that religious beliefs have become
    • friends! People still have some inkling of the fact that a guiding
    • is a consequence of the fact that the Occident designates as a Maya
    • may draw attention to this important, weighty fact, yet people do not
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    • characteristics of the physical-sensory world vanish and on the
    • being expands and becomes a world. Man himself actually grows to
    • comparison really in keeping with the facts must differ from the
    • keeping with the actual facts? Because when we develop in the
    • vegetable activity in the organism abandoned by the astral body
    • and Ego. There is activity in man's inner being and we feel that
    • you facts which rise up before the clairvoyant consciousness. And
    • cannot help taking on the character of religious immersion in the
    • words for such significant facts; what we appear to be in our own
    • is not the essential point just now, but our thinking activity is
    • activities? Ordinary psychology enumerates, but does not
    • penetrate into the essence of these four soul activities, and
    • them; feeling is older, thinking still older, and the activity
    • activities. You will grasp this more clearly from the following
    • now connect these things with other facts described in my
    • consider separately the activity which we designate as memory.
    • Memory is a subconscious reading activity. In memory remain the
    • subconscious act of reading.
    • during the ancient Saturn evolution. We have in fact within us
    • out this subconscious writing activity is essentially dependent
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    • the other hand there is today a terrible reactionary, conservative
    • understand man. Actually man, as such, is entirely excluded from the
    • need only give one characteristic example take the usual theory of
    • derives his origin from this line of evolution. But actually it takes
    • claims of a practical kind, on the other we have the increasing
    • feeling has actually given way to another. More and more man is
    • characteristics. To a dispassionate view this is quite clear; men
    • characteristics inherited from parents and grandparents. The first
    • or that characteristic. And the reply seldom is that the child
    • of dependence on purely earthly inherited characteristics, the more
    • characteristics, he will feel his existence to be worthless. To-day
    • oneself in the purely inherited characteristics will lie like a
    • world, but merely a child of characteristics inherited in the course
    • is merely the social counterpart of the utterly reactionary outlook
    • characteristics. When we no longer strive to fathom man's
    • solely in accordance with characteristics inherited through the
    • depths of the soul. For if one does not face honestly the fact that
    • learn so to live inwardly as I shall one day live actually, when the
    • outcome of the sense of dissatisfaction that properly educated
    • at the thought of purely inherited characteristics and at the
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    • acquire to-day by the activity of the intellect — and all
    • question of practical life, a man will defer to books — or
    • scientific fact. Knowledge has become severed from direct personal
    • another character. It calls upon the personal in man; he cannot so
    • knowledge has, throughout, this characteristic: it starts from the
    • basing our conclusion on the facts of experience. Once we have come
    • Let me take a simple, practical example. When we satisfy
    • make an interesting discovery. The abstract concept, it denotes
    • to the Divine Order”; the abstract meaning came later. When the
    • associate something actual and vital with what we assent to or
    • Devotion, loving devotion to the spiritual facts of
    • life, becomes a characteristic of one who is able to receive
    • purely intellectual knowledge has any specific effect on character;
    • his character, without its entering — to speak in a paradox —
    • The effect upon character is one of the most important
    • results that can accrue from spiritual knowledge. Abstract
    • understanding derives impulses to act and work in life — the
    • action. From the root of spiritual knowledge springs the plant of the
    • present-day knowledge, we tend to be proud of the fact that it has no
    • We begin to speak no longer merely in an abstract way of
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  • Title: Lecture: How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times Be Overcome?
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    • The Event of Death and Facts about the Time.
    • be dead facts, but should bring with them understanding of such a
    • at every point. Taken in the abstract, as is often the case at
    • mean? This abstract statement, rightly understood, contains the
    • and make immediate contact with heart-and-feeling in the other. Up to
    • our actual connection with plants and human connections in the fourth
    • contacts. The art of printing which has done so much up to now, and
    • reactions, nor of a penetrating intellect, but impelled by the
    • [a] more and more pronounced characteristic of our time. The hallmark
    • of life brings us into contact with certain people and not with
    • this or that experience. And these experiences bring us into contact
    • development of the consciousness soul, the moving factor between
    • develop when our contacts with other people are made from within;
    • immediate contact.
    • inner activity. A beginning has been made, but what has begun must
    • more out of the abstract into the concrete, into fullness of life,
    • and characterological tendencies, how this person with a particular
    • with the same temperament but with a different trend of character
    • deal differently.” Practical psychology, practical knowledge of
    • the soul, but also a practical knowledge of life, will be cultivated,
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    • attention to the fact that in ancient times man possessed a faculty of
    • we find among others the one practised in the Orient within the culture
    • returning to what was practised then because they cannot rouse themselves
    • are followed — the exact opposite is
    • fact. This is the reaction of ordinary consciousness. We develop a
    • from the yoga exercises practised in very ancient times. There are
    • a much more spiritual character than the five familiar senses. Through
    • reacts to it. Thus, the north-south direction has a special quality. By
    • pain and all kinds of deprivations. It is practically impossible for
    • the bodily functions are suppressed, through ascetic practices, something
    • knows how modern man generally reacts to some slight hurt, then it is
    • through such practices. Nearly all of the earlier great religious
    • the fact that when man is completely bound up with his organism, as of
    • abstract concepts. On the other hand, those concepts handed down as
    • though, that basically, knowledge and faith have in common the fact that
    • the sake of inner perfection, then one loosens, without ascetic practices,
    • direction of space — in fact, perceive what is alive. One discovers that
  • Title: Lecture: The Meaning of Easter: St. Paul and the Christ Impulse
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    • experience of Christ Jesus, we discover a strange and astounding fact
    • with such ideas. But it is a fact that a person who is completely given up
    • even trying to disprove and deny the actual Resurrection of Christ Jesus
    • fact that the figure of Paul stands at the summit of Christian tradition,
    • those times which possess to a striking degree the characteristic
    • spiritual. Incredible as it may appear to modern man it is a fact that in
    • only the race of Adam, they had no need to draw forth an active
    • active strengthening of his own inner life. He had to learn to understand
    • matter of fact they do neither. They shrink from having nothing but a
    • character can be brought again into the human faculty of knowledge? Should
    • lying and deception in modern culture is due to the fact that we
    • evidence of a desire not to take seriously the fact of the Resurrection
    • I refer to that world-catastrophe which consists in the fact that men
    • point of fact, man has no other symbol that fits the Easter festival than
    • impressing this fact again and again upon man: You are the highest of all
    • character.
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • his devoted work, in the farming activities we undertook at Stuttgart
    • Anthroposophical Movement, were meant to counteract these things.
    • plane of discussion. What was the real, practical point? I will
    • practised nowadays in the widest circles. For it should go without
    • saying, and every man should recognise the fact: One cannot speak of
    • one first possesses as a foundation a practical acquaintance with the
    • many things in life and practice as though they were dealing only
    • it not for the fact that in spite of all the modern science a certain
    • atmospheric influences. There is, however, another fact of which the
    • the Cosmos. For man this fact is only masked because he has
    • to the earthly life on a large scale, the first fact for us to take
    • is how very little notice is taken of it. It is practically excluded
    • outwardly as baths. In effect, practically everything that shows
    • less pyramidal forms. The flowers would all be stunted. Practically
    • all plants would have the form of the cactus, which strikes us as
    • would provide practically no nourishment. Plant-life in the form in
    • from knowledge into practice. For we must ask ourselves: If forces
    • investigates practically no more than the mere fact that when it
    • For him, the water is an abstract substance composed of hydrogen and
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • depends. Thereafter we shall draw the practical conclusions, which
    • significant when put into practice. In these first lectures you must
    • people are wont to speak very abstractly of the influences which work
    • ideas can give no real information as to the exact relationships,
    • — but an effective astral principle as well; a fact
    • coming to a realm of knowledge, immensely significant for practical
    • diaphragm. (Though it is not quite exact, it will suffice us for
    • purposes of illustration). We gain a right idea of these facts if we
    • water. All this actually corresponds to that which would represent,
    • these influences, I beg you to observe the following. The activities
    • important than any other factors. They are most important for the
    • the quantities we need we can reckon practically everywhere on the
    • presence of the silicic activity.
    • upward. There must be constant interaction between what is drawn in
    • must also be in mutual interaction with what is going on in the
    • practical matters, this knowledge will give us the necessary
    • downward into the soil. Thus a true mutual interaction will arise
    • jargon of to-day — and it will then be possible to give exact
    • recognised as exact indications. This is the season when the
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • shall pass on to various practical aspects, but before we can do so
    • lecture we shall consider Nature's activity quite generally
    • of nitrogen's activity, has fallen into great confusion nowadays.
    • Wherever nitrogen is active, men only recognise, as it were, the last
    • excrescence of its activities — the most superficial aspects in
    • spaces, into the wider aspects of Nature, and study the activities of
    • acts as mediator between the Spiritual that is spread throughout the
    • material world, must follow the activity of sulphur. Though this
    • activity appears less obvious than that of other substances,
    • Sulphur is actually the carrier of the Spiritual. Hence the ancient
    • “phosphorus.” The name is due to the fact that in
    • activity in the economy of Nature is so very fine and delicate, we
    • laboratory, but he knows practically nothing of their inner
    • its living activity, passing through the human or animal body, or
    • substantiality. Wherever we find it in full action and inner
    • behold the Spirit-activity of the great Universe, moistening itself
    • immense power of attraction for the carbon-framework. Wherever the
    • complete human being. This “nitrogen-man” actually
    • still suffice us. We do not actually need to breathe nitrogen. But
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • too they deal with narrow spheres of activity, or rather, with conclusions
    • for adequate nourishment. It was, so to speak, an established fact of
    • it begins to enter into practical life, recognising as it does the wider
    • inner mobility, activity. The greater part of what man thus receives
    • in itself as actual substance — this it is constantly
    • the exact opposite. I say heart-rending, because we must admit, it is
    • with it. For in practical life, the science of to-day would very soon
    • about them which is so bad. Unfortunately, the practical instructions
    • practical domains of life — and notably for Agriculture.
    • soil with the characteristic properties which proceed from the ethereal
    • the plant. The actual life is continued, especially from the roots of
    • is something that expresses quite exactly — yet in a kind of personal
    • and activities within it, stimulating and maintaining life within the
    • one fact which can already give you a strong indication of what is needed.
    • which betrays the fact that it is supported only by a quickened watery
    • is, the reaction of the periphery on the digestive tract — must
    • another (we shall go into the details presently). What we are actually
    • our digestive tract are of a plant-like nature. We ought to be very
    • manure. In reality they are only indicators of the fact that
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • in this respect. They are at pains to investigate the working of bacteria
    • the bacteria do for the manure. Brilliant, highly logical experiments
    • have been made, inoculating the soil with bacteria. Truly brilliant!
    • These things, in fact,
    • to know what is abstractly correct. If our correct knowledge is merely
    • fact be clear on this: So long as we try to ennoble or improve the manure
    • the fact that they are really groping about in the dark. It is a very
    • all around the Earth — actively working, though in the finest
    • for it is so characteristic that the effect is scarcely likely to be
    • nuisance, though it is never actually harmful).
    • then, you have a fairly compact mass of yarrow in the stag's bladder.
    • sulphur in homoeopathic quantity and distribution, so as to attract
    • is distinguished by its strong potash and calcium contents. The facts
    • Truly it is the greatest benefactor of plant growth in general, and
    • contact with the soil. Bury it straight in the earth, but take good
    • is a fact that healing in this instance takes a more universal course.
    • prophylactically to combat or to arrest any harmful plant diseases.
    • something to attract the silicic acid from the whole cosmic environment,
    • organic processes, might well be revealed. The fact is that under the
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • alone will tell us how to act if we wish to influence the plant's growth
    • very earliest germinating activity within the Earth. So the old Indians
    • the weeds growing rampant in a given year. You must accept the fact.
    • that which is developed in attracting the Moon-forces.
    • fact, you will make fruitful the “effects of smallest entities,”
    • capable of direct practical application. And as there is still the
    • another illustration. Suppose I have something manufactured by fifty
    • But it proves nothing in reality. If you are working exactly, you must
    • consider the other case with equal exactitude. If you do so, whatever
    • come to the animal pests. Let me choose one example — a characteristic
    • are confirmed in practice.
    • itself, it certainly applies to what we must do in counteracting it.
    • more exactly when we come to the animal kingdom). Notably, they are
    • in the plant. We must be well aware of this fact. Thus we must first
    • notes and facts — that is no science.
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • facts and conditions. We shall do this to-day, and pass on to-morrow
    • to the more practical hints and applications.
    • the Universal being — all things are in mutual interaction; the
    • the fields. Only these coarse interactions are traced. But in addition
    • to these coarse interactions, finer ones, too, are constantly taking
    • take these finer interactions into account. Otherwise we shall make
    • growth, more or less — is it actually rooted? An actual root is
    • very thing I have here sketched as an hypothesis is actually present
    • sketched on the board is actually there in the tree, as the cambium
    • is actually bulged out; it has grown outward into the airy regions.
    • For I now beg you observe: What happens through the fact that a free
    • the earth would react on the vegetation, and thus in turn upon the animal
    • interaction with the larva- and insect-world.
    • we rest content with the abstract repetition of words: “Man consists
    • All things in Nature are in mutual interaction, once again. But we can
    • to the lower animal world — to the bacteria and such-like creatures,
    • — the mushrooms, being akin to the bacteria and other parasitic
    • water into its inward parts; it must therefore have the digestive tract,
    • what we know. The fact is this: Whereas the animal consumes the earthy
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    • practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play.
    • have said, and to give a few more practical hints. These practical matters
    • with, for this alone will enable you to act with individual intelligence
    • theories which they then apply in practice, though as you know, the
    • the fact that a living organism is essentially different from a crystal
    • in practical life. The man who first speaks of “combustion inside
    • if you will. If he has the true facts in mind, his speaking loosely
    • will do no harm, provided he still acts correctly, out of true instincts
    • act according to these theories, they no longer hit off the reality
    • from what actually occurs when you have animals to look after. It is
    • a characteristic phenomenon of to-day. They set to work and do something
    • what is actually taking place in Nature. In this domain especially,
    • exactly when we describe this threefold nature of the body; for the
    • true at all. In actual fact, cosmic matter is absorbed through the senses
    • by no means a matter of indifference, in practice. Suppose you are using
    • — these must be got from the actual fodder. The foodstuffs —
    • activity in this finding and taking of the food.
    • emerges as earthly matter in the brain has actually been excreted; it
    • activity of the digestion — a certain quantity of earthly matter
    • with things — neglecting the fact that this is a perfect and self-contained
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    • corresponding phenomena were practiced.
    • actual Mysteries. In the Egyptian Mysteries he had to spend
    • within the Mysteries. This was now enacted before the world
    • of the Mass, in which the Act of the Mysteries was repeated
    • there is an Act of Preparation (Stafelgebet), Introit, and
    • right of the Altar. The actual altar is so constructed that
    • Sacrifice brings about the transformation of man. This Act
    • priest himself. This is symbolical of the fact that the
    • Jahve — which is the actual “I” in the
    • awake to the fact that we are here concerned with
    • transmuted substances we actually have at the altar —
    • breast, then the chasuble. The stole signifies the actual
    • the initiation as enacted in the old Egyptian Pyramids.
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    • begin with, the fact that the human form, of course,
    • the second place how the human being activates within him
    • But these prenatal experiences then begin to be active in
    • the fact that we do not only have a skin, but that it is
    • filled out, and through the fact that we were thus able to
    • activities. But in the present time, our activities no
    • activities. He participates in the external world, by
    • then progresses in his activities.
    • include the activities which followed. They are of
    • characterizes man in regard to his form and the way he
    • farmer, or trader. These are forms of human activities, of
    • animal with the most intensive heart activity, the lion,
    • Formation of Man's Activities on earth.
    • reproduction; its characteristic trait is that Aries is
    • characteristic lies in the gesture of looking back.
    • thing, the gesture of looking around and activating the
    • should be considered. It expresses the fact that man is
    • character: A man striding along with two urns and pouring
    • character of trading.
    • stage, but in an abstract way. In the past, he grew
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    • of the Order and the further course of its activity — you can easily
    • practice what they had spiritually resolved. Words are impotent to describe
    • world. And inasmuch as this took place, humanity was actually brought a stage
    • had gained the power actually to attain Christian initiation by means of the
    • particularly cruel deed, by means of a terrible act of
    • the Mystery of Golgotha, of not using the right formula in the act of
    • And thus it came about that, during the moments while they were actually
    • the evolution of humanity. It had become a factor in history.
    • Only through the fact that evil holds sway in the spiritual course of human
    • facts of history, there began in European humanity a spiritual development
    • that owed its origin to the fact that individual souls were continually being
    • even he was not strong enough to bring to actual expression the mighty
    • able to complete it; and we may see in that very fact an indication of how
    • actually believe that they place their children into existence all by
    • has actually been taking place in modern times.
    • under torture to speak untruths about themselves. This fact — not
    • materialistic in character; and the eye of the soul grew dim for what now
    • let me say, I am not criticizing the fact, I am not passing judgment on it.
    • Through the fact that errors found their way into human evolution, human
    • gradually assumed a personal character, inasmuch as it aims merely at putting
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    • set at the centre of our consciousness by systematic practice, so
    • expression, — “mathematizing,” the activity of
    • outside the soul. Our cognitive power can only act freely when we
    • free from sense impressions, acquires an inner activity which
    • experience in connection with that intensified thought-activity which
    • severely, as pathological elements; in fact, the results obtained by
    • exercises principally characterised as thought-exercises (you will
    • of an Occult Science) and if we constantly practise them in a
    • constituting a systematic practice, should be carried out in our
    • the nineteenth century, I wrote my Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
    • Activity called forth many misunderstandings, because people simply
    • Philosophy of Spiritual Activity already employs that form of
    • thinking which must be gained by systematic practice in order to
    • expressed by the movements of the clock. The same process in fact is
    • whole, so the thinking which I characterised as morphological
    • way of thinking, the thinking activity which takes its course in
    • psychopathic people due to the fact that certain memories are blotted
    • But it does not apply to the way of thinking just characterised as
    • can only be characterised by ascending to such growing, constantly
    • Activity gave rise to so many misunderstandings. But it had to be
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    • in their character as error will it be possible to guard oneself
    • through which activity of the soul, through which confusion of the
    • observe objects in their reality, leads man to see facts and beings
    • the facts of the higher, super-sensible worlds purely and clearly. Any
    • you will find special practices for the soul through
    • life becoming in a certain respect inwardly more active, more infused
    • like. That objections from this side rest on ignorance of the facts
    • unbearable, impossible in an actual development of the human soul.
    • to an object and became so attracted to it that he could not avert
    • mean exactly the same in relation to the super-sensible world if a
    • that actually does not exist at all in man's
    • as an outer reality that which we actually are ourselves, that which
    • certain level of this development, actually to forsake everything in
    • exactly with an actual soul experience that appears in this
    • person to another, taking place within consciousness, actually can be
    • consciously. Actually, all human beings who have not yet entered the
    • which has already been characterized and which underlies the
    • again characteristic; it is characteristic that the ordinary mood of
    • to be seen; they do not want to perceive spiritual facts, spiritual
    • actually exists in materialism want to see everywhere only ghostlike,
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    • circles today. For we should imagine, in fact, we should be
    • attracted by this so-called ‘faith’ shut him off from
    • facts that people on the one hand find really incomprehensible
    • characterise the paths by which the kind of spiritual science we mean
    • is merely a spectator. And man is conscious of the fact that he
    • actually thinks best in ordinary life when he allows his experiences
    • you can bring activity into the world of thought. You will
    • bring such activity into the world of thought that you will be
    • active as you are when you use your limbs, even though this is an
    • inner activity. Will must be brought into thinking, the kind of will,
    • natural phenomena must now be developed as a thought activity
    • thinking is an activating of thinking. This is a fact that many
    • spiritual scientific knowledge — namely the fact that man's
    • thinking and whole activity of mental picturing really takes on quite
    • a different character than it has in everyday life.
    • and progresses from ordinary thinking to active thinking. He feels as
    • certainly say that this activated thinking ‘awakens’
    • to use this active thinking man acquires an entirely new way of
    • human body, to begin with. Active thinking ascends to the kind of
    • the kind of seeing that active thinking opens up we come to realise
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    • taken in a real and active sense.
    • existence spiritual and psychic beings are everywhere active. We are
    • actual fact.
    • which our senses perceive — are spiritual activities, and
    • have, however, often remarked that this in fact refers to our blood
    • consciousness, for us practically no consciousness at all; while day
    • and it is exactly the same with the Earth, when on the one hemisphere
    • Earth was such, that our soul experienced a contact of its
    • four divisions within the Earth year. This fact is deeply rooted in
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    • actual, there to find many of the things of which the men of the
    • far-reaching wisdom was actually lost to man; how this wisdom of the
    • evoke within itself by means of its nervous or other activities. When
    • world that act on the senses of the soul. That which was at first
    • From this point of view all our sense perceptions are in fact mere
    • impression — the reaction as one might say — evokes
    • any actual ‘thing in itself.’ Why is this? It is solely
    • on the ear? The action points to something real behind the images!
    • wrong hypothesis; the whole matter hangs on the fact that we have to
    • other science is practised here, its characteristics are only
    • profound in this thought, but yet it is an undeniable fact.
    • is actually by chance that we have these particular senses, and
    • absolutely retain the form and character of the thought, but
    • The fact is that such inaccurate thinking does not
    • crudely into evidence, it is present everywhere. It is active in the
    • thought for the future of humanity, which is exactly the mission of
    • how this careless thinking acts; I quoted: ‘results only do we
    • no longer see that the living interchanging activity of the reflected
    • images leads further than to the mere image-character. This method is
    • what Spiritual Science tells on page a,b,c, are facts of Spiritual
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    • innermost nature, than are the abstract truths current in the world
    • the system of nerves and senses — is, in fact, a kind of
    • on the Earth must be able to develop love not only for an abstract,
    • impossible to characterise all the individual peoples. All that can
    • led, in the first place, to a very characteristic type and also one
    • may impress us, if we study the racial characteristics of the
    • oriental — especially of the most characteristic type —
    • physical phenomena on the surface of the Earth and the external facts
    • characteristic. The whole organisation of man as we see him in the
    • man, he develops his rhythmic system, by an act of free-will he
    • natural characteristic that for which the Indian strives as his ideal
    • dint of self-discipline and free spiritual activity, and another
    • Earth activity, just as vapour rises from water into the clouds. The
    • sake of any philosophical content. The abstract nature of the
    • characteristics of the different peoples of the Earth. Let him
    • characteristic in the other peoples and allows this to penetrate
    • fulfilment by understanding the special characteristics of the
    • we find that what is truly characteristic of them is hidden under
    • it be, is a characteristic of the Middle European peoples. Those who
    • characteristic of true Teutonic stock.
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    • of spirit has actually seen what is revealed when ‘the
    • out of actual knowledge, Novalis says that the Christ whom he
    • of the peoples and as an enactment in the highest
    • The very fact that the
    • because much of Atlantis was actually covered with mist and
    • and stir human hands to activity.
    • if the Greeks did not actually behold Zeus or Pallas Athene
    • Power proclaimed so long in advance, actually appeared on the
    • fact of supreme importance is that man can now take his
    • which was enacted at the first Christmas and is repeated at
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    • in the external world may take on a stormy character, though that
    • insignificant and unimportant, but it is an actual fact for one who,
    • actually is.
    • investigate this remarkable fact that seems so strange to the man of
    • Now it is a fact that
    • effects of this experience are active in his coming life. Here on the
    • is actually the case. I can only tell you of it, for these things can
    • only be brought from the spiritual world through actual experience of
    • This fact (which,
    • peculiar fact that this catastrophe of the world-war burst over
    • Central Europe, for example, actually without anyone knowing
    • some other factor at work.
    • inadequate to their true character. And if we look more closely at
    • It is this that is characteristic of our age. Since the beginning of
    • activity.
    • living to-day come from the fact that men must receive
    • this they led humanity into misfortune. People must impress this fact
    • are adequate to the needs of to-day. It is a fact that what the
    • a phenomenon that is characteristic of the psychology of the age.
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    • world facts and world beings. We construct hypotheses about the
    • active in us which we describe as ‘moral’, which streams
    • against the necessary exactions of science, certainty of belief can
    • Inspiration, we must not only practise in a soul-spiritual way the
    • work in such a way that the spirit-soul also practises forgetting, to
    • consciousness which has been now attained. We must practise no longer
    • stage, then by means of all these practices we are able to strengthen
    • Imaginations which in fact do not come from ourselves, but from
    • its outer appearance through these Imaginations. Exactly in the same
    • be active in sense perception, we convince ourselves through the
    • fact that the horizon has widened to include a spiritual world, then
    • first obtain a true insight into what is in fact our own thinking,
    • intuition, for this intuition arises through the fact that a man
    • feeling life of man and see what can only be there through the fact
    • in rhythmic interchange with an outer force active in the
    • Intuition and Imagination we see, soul-spiritually, what is active in
    • the activities of the organs and the reproductive process in us, damp
    • building up activity is such that from the beginning of life right up
    • so interrelated as with our abstract ideas we often think they are. No,
    • love, so that we can become men who act freely out of love springing
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    • speak of certain facts which belong essentially to the ethical and moral
    • indicate the characteristic trend of human evolution in each of these
    • sixth and seventh. The essential characteristic of our present fifth
    • characteristic of the sixth epoch will be that very definite feelings
    • actions. Nobody living at the present time can have the faintest
    • actions, in the seventh epoch the natural outcome of such
    • between taking pleasure in a moral action and the doing of it.
    • the essential characteristic of the following epoch will be aesthetic
    • seventh will be characterised by an active moral life.
    • by certain actions, to moral impulses — all these are related
    • to the higher worlds. Every moral action has a definite connection
    • what will be the characteristic qualities of the soul in future
    • morality are practically separate spheres in the life of soul. It is
    • discover whether a certain action was both good and wise, he made
    • taken in moral actions, in the sixth epoch, it will be
    • intellectual power for this will depend entirely upon moral actions;
    • the more immoral it tends to become. This fact is confirmed by a very
    • actually as though a figure were presenting us with the register of
    • our physical life. The important fact — for which, naturally,
    • This fact has always been known to Rosicrucian research since the
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    • The prospects are by no means hopeful; for there are many harmful factors
    • core of the man's soul and the activity that he engages in.
    • Ego is brought into connection with the fact, with the deed I
    • occult facts; we must believe in the existence and activity of the
    • they assumed a different character of writing. This change —
    • The course they actually take is due to the weakened ethereal body, which
    • is characteristic of the man of today.
    • body. When we do this, we apply an actual force to something —
    • suppress certain actions or movements of your own free will.
    • point, to find the right educational tact. If you are able to fulfil
    • to enlist the reasons against. The fact is this: Man would so
    • against. It is an uncomfortable fact, but there are many possible
    • objections to practically everything you do! Truth to tell, you are
    • practice, with all things that you do, clearly to put before you what
    • action in themselves. Let us assume that such a person, who is fond
    • it, if instead of acting under the influence of that which speaks for
    • body. It is a good thing to practise this self-denial: not to
    • to day how he acts and speaks, and let this form a basis for our
    • not through one particular action, but from the consistent
    • is good for the strengthening of our Ego, to meditate upon the fact
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  • Title: Lecture: The Position of Anthroposophy among the Sciences
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    • characterise the position of Anthroposophy among the sciences, and to
    • respect to its scientific character and importance. I admit,
    • fail to perceive correctly what I have now to characterise by way of
    • is, when actively engaged in mathematical thinking. His attitude of
    • characterise it by speaking, first, of that branch of mathematics
    • not so in reality. We human beings do actually build space out of our
    • time of life when we do not think about our own activities in the way
    • earth's surface — from the fact that we human beings are not
    • left develops, that this activity excited on the left by an activity
    • abstraction from what we learn to know concretely, with our own
    • In this abstraction the quite definite configuration of space is
    • abstractions.) And then, when we have constructed, by abstracting
    • kinetic relations between organic structures. Briefly, this fact
    • largely determines the character of our external world. Having
    • spatial measurements. We actually go out of ourselves when we
    • of space; simply by making from it a kind of abstraction, now becomes
    • actually only subjective, while what is external, objective is said
    • characteristics that one can ask of clairvoyance in the
    • in an exact, scientific way.
    • depth-dimension, by connecting all this with the abstractly perceived
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    • the Anthroposophical Movement had been active for some time, a number
    • contradicted the whole intention and innermost character of the
    • accordance with the needs of practical life in these
    • it had its origin in a thoroughly artistic act of perception and had
    • directed, as by inner necessity, through the fact that friends came
    • abstract, theoretical. But this excursion will be brief; it is
    • a physical, earthly being in accordance with the bare, dry facts, we
    • that are active when, for example, I bend my arm. I have then lines of
    • life-activity, not on the muscular tissue. Because, however, one has
    • reacts to the cosmos, not only by taking in oxygen and remaining
    • in which the man reacts to the world out of his metabolic system. In
    • and present him as an outwardly active form. Thus one who has a human
    • model; he must actually be able to experience inwardly the forces
    • what I have just hinted at: of being able actually to stand, as an
    • scientific spirit, in the sense in which I characterised it
    • the animal's or man's. We are confronted here by a peculiar fact:
    • the whole sense of the factual world. It would be more possible in wood,
    • through eyes and nose, opposes the cosmic action, while the whole
    • opposition also. What comes from the human being is active there and
    • actions: the human and the cosmic. The etheric body is so formed that
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    • let action and social life spring from it, the main thing was joy
    • factors and impulses of modern civilisation. And if we knew how to
    • In fact,
    • knowledge of the outer world and of the spiritual facts and beings
    • fact, they were now able to penetrate deeply into all that exists in
    • it often flows into action. In later centuries after about the middle
    • whole soul. Many facts must then be judged by other than conventional
    • — one cannot help characterising it in this way at first
    • modern man lives and out of which he acts. At most he is led by a
    • to tell how feeling and will are actually working. For this reason he
    • matter is destroyed. It is precisely upon this fact that our human
    • point with every possible emphasis towards this inner human fact.
    • what actually exists within man. But to-day we must do so, for
    • conscious of this fact.
    • is a fact, and knowledge merely draws attention to it. If the centre
    • facts. Then they were able to conquer by consciousness what
    • lives on in the outer actions of men, in the social structure, in the course
    • words indeed, but I prefer to try to place the facts before you as an
    • radically! But from such a radical characterisation of things we can
    • senses was in fact experienced by the ancient Oriental sage in his
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  • Title: Lecture: The Seeds of Future Worlds
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    • realm we cannot see when the mirror is intact. Correspondingly, if we carry
    • evil in the life and actions of men.
    • was there in visible actuality for the perception of the ancient
    • external nature, we only built up abstract laws. We come, in other
    • necessary to change the whole form of our consciousness. The abstract
    • meditate upon these facts.
    • Then we perceive the spirit within us in the act of creating. For
    • back into chaos, we are beholding a real activity of the spirit
    • spirit concretely active within us, the spirit that is the seed of
    • or symbol, but actual fact. What we can hear externally with our ear
    • fact, entered a realm where it is meaningless to speak of subjective and
    • what you hear him saying. On the other hand, you know that the actual
    • formed and fashioned through the fact that the Christ has come to
    • Imagination is active, then we can see in the moon something that is
    • influence. In the centre of the sun lives the fructifying activity of
    • activity of the sun. Such is the relationship in which we stand to
    • the cosmos. We must become aware of these two opposite activities in
  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • either of a religious of philosophical character. But it must be
    • revelation came to him at Damascus, the fact that Jesus of
    • fact that Jesus of Nazareth, or rather, the Being indwelling the
    • means that it was actually possible for humanity to be taught by
    • a very special character. Strange as it will seem to you to-day,
    • however, is dependent upon the fact that the human being can
    • was indeed indicated by the fact that during the nineteenth
    • teaching himself from the Risen Christ or had been in contact
    • went on. A teacher had men one who had come into personal contact
    • could only be convinced by the fact itself. Christ Himself and He
    • misunderstanding. Esotericism is always a recognition of facts in
    • the spiritual world, facts which lie behind the veil of matter.
    • is practically no documentary evidence and which must be reached
    • of free spiritual activity. In the book,
    • The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity,
    • clothing them in the abstract words of modern language. That is
  • Title: Lecture: Realism and Nominalism
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    • an abstract way, their contrast will not be very evident. We might
    • already considered ideas and thoughts as something abstract, but they
    • called these abstractions a reality, because they were the result of
    • this real being of an earlier age into the abstract idea.
    • they had grown abstract. This was the last stage of the old
    • was very thin indeed. When the age of abstraction or of
    • granted that during the act of cognition I somehow enter in
    • later stage of human evolution. The actual theoretical atheism only
    • Mystery of Golgotha was enacted thirteen or fourteen centuries ago.
    • Nature was characterized in such a way that people said — the
    • Son. Essentially, even the strongest Realists could not characterize
    • Then came a kind of reaction
    • this that more importance was given to the fact that people wished to
    • to them. This is connected with the fact that the human being who
    • following facts of consciousness and say to ourselves: — if you
    • of resurrection — to understand it practically, as an experience.
    • afternoon without the spirit — in fact they would like to do
    • Leadbeater's atom was actually “seen”, or whether Leadbeater
  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • an abstract truth, as a theory, but it should be grasped with the
    • consciousness in him. And a historical character who picked out, I
    • characters might also be taken as an example. When we trace back the
    • — for she actually achieved this — really implied that
    • states, is an invention that does not take into account the fact that
    • is indeed a fact that there are two seasons of the year which are
    • cosmos. But the spiritual forces which are also active in the
    • for thirteen days also in the soul of a character such as the Maid of
    • aura. This is a historical fact. The villagers did not know what had
    • in such facts. Only when these mysterious things are seen in their
    • events. Because her Karma brought about the fact that she was born on
    • of Orleans. This fact gave Europe a completely new form.
    • future enable us to refer to such facts, for by that time the fifth
    • post-Atlantean epoch of culture will really have extracted from human
    • science as an abstract theory and will instead feel it livingly,
    • active forces and that we should learn to consider earthly phenomena
    • attracted by the child's soul, even if one only met the boy, now and
    • facts and the whole sequence of events leading up to the circumstance
    • boy) — the external facts as such will appear to us as an
    • you were strengthened in it by the fact that a stone was found on the
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  • Title: Lecture: Fundamentals of the Science of Initiation
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    • the one which has just been characterized. And this kind of
    • We feel that they are the motives of our actions, and that we allow
    • them to guide us when we ourselves wish to be active in the ordinary
    • “The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity”
    • On the other hand, he has also written a Critique of Practical
    • standpoint which I would like to characterize as a historical
    • culture had a uniform character. It was principally based upon
    • special characteristic of this ancient pagan wisdom was the fact that
    • characteristic times of the ancient pagan wisdom. A historical
    • also told them how they were to behave and act here upon the earth.
    • at the foundation of the fact that certain Secret Schools
    • — but the schools of an earnest character have really ceased to
    • Nevertheless, this conceals a certain fact. In Saint-Martin's books
    • were by Nature a prosaic, matter-of-fact nation — even denied
    • transformed everything into abstractions. The course which I
    • containing that which had remained as a kind of moral extract from
    • led him to the corpse, showed him that the nerves in fact go out from
    • arises. In fact, we shall be far from understanding human
    • which can be an ideal for human actions. For natural science is
    • characterize these two things rather sharply), he may, for instance,
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  • Title: Lecture: Cosmogony, Freedom, Altruism
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    • understanding and action in the world to-day. It is not very
    • difficult — in view of the many facts that meet one
    • — had something of a scientific character about them
    • — a scientific character of a sort which made men
    • strangers. In all their daily transactions, these men of old
    • affairs were transacted under the guidance of spiritual
    • character, which is best described by saying: In those days
    • tabulated isolated facts, and we have constructed a logical
    • practical link between us and the spiritual world. How paltry
    • the forces of the spiritual world! In all his actions he had
    • scope for free action on the part of man. And when men feel
    • action in life. That is why all the processes of our
    • fortunate incarnation next time.” To act from such a
    • is what many people did actually get out of the ideas of
    • altruistic, not to egoistic actions and sentiments.
    • three things which are acting within our civilisation as
    • recognise the facts as they have just been stated, to regard
    • must be by means of the forces that are actually present in
    • what actually exists in the concrete evolution of mankind.
    • for we must look at the actuality of things, and from the
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  • Title: Lecture: Brunetto Latini
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    • spoken of this fact, and we have indicated many examples.
    • connection of the facts to which we are here referring,
    • who has written a number of works highly characteristic of
    • Moreover, it is characteristic how Brunetto Latini's
    • abstractly of the Laws of Nature; they would on no account
    • proceeded all that was subsequently felt as abstract Laws of
    • characteristic.
    • things. But it is precisely the characteristic of spiritual
    • seventh and eighth centuries. Some of them actually refer to
    • Lecture-Cycle a year ago. They told him how he should act,
    • was working in them — livingly, actively carrying
    • her mission. For one who penetrates into the spiritual facts,
    • such facts as shine out far and wide in history, we see how
    • active part through our understanding of and longing for the
    • Then we shall look with satisfaction into that future which
    • perfect, it is true, yet in the same style and character.
  • Title: Lecture: The Shaping of the Human Form out of Cosmic and Earthly Forces
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    • metamorphosis of his previous limb-formation. But the fact of
    • for this is to a certain extent repeated in the interaction
    • full Moon is active on some part of the face, whereas the
    • activity of the new Moon is concentrated on the back of the
    • movement and activity remaining over from the old Moon and
    • is given essentially by the Moon and its activity. This comes
    • body — though it actually begins during the embryonic
    • the forces which in the limbs continue their activity
    • forces of the Earth. These activities are connected with
    • decreasing rapidity. A man needs actually twenty-eight years
    • the limb-man connected with the Earth, but actually with the
    • the Venus-man! But this is what actually appears to spiritual
    • the fact that our earthly power of observation gives us
    • actually underlie the forming of a human being. The fact that
    • keep it in a straight line. From the interaction of these two
    • man's earthly strength. You are then able to say: In the act
    • Earthly forces are not the determining factor in a man from
    • mean. For each has only one meaning. The fact that the
    • formation of our head has a peripheral character, and that in
    • nothing here to be discussed, the facts are quite clear. The
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  • Title: Lecture: Yuletide and the Christmas Festival
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    • actually as though a kind of death made its way into the
    • necessary to say — not in dry, abstract words but
    • characteristic of the centuries immediately following, that
    • physical world contact us? At the point when, looking back in
    • and active within us, even when there is no realisation of
    • characterised by saying that in those dark days, when souls
    • characteristic style during the Christmas period. All the
    • the unique character of these Christmas Plays, however, we
    • altogether. A real power was active in souls at that time of
    • that people actually experienced during those weeks? Their
    • experiences, translated into actual feelings, were that human
    • in the actual sounds: AVE MARIA. AVE was felt to be the
    • actors might visit a brothel. In the village this was a
    • lying before the actors must be steeped in piety. Nobody,
    • piety and fervour of scholars who still had some contact with
    • must absorb into their whole character something that was
    • in minutest detail. The actors devoted themselves for weeks
    • on end to practising rhythm and intonation, and were wholly
    • these old Christmas Plays, however, lay in the fact that in
    • Christmas days were over, the actors taking. the parts of the
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    • teaching of Buddha should frequently be discussed to-day, is a fact
    • repeated. We are not on this earth for nothing. We are active in
    • greater future, the consciousness of continuous activity —
    • our practical wisdom and science (in effect our essentially
    • deep inner satisfaction and bliss as he felt the connection of his
    • certain phenomena in human history, of which external facts also
    • clairvoyant powers. But facts will in time compel thinking people to
    • was enacted in the soul of the last Bodhisattva who was to become
    • anything in the objective world, it can only be characterised by a
    • somewhat abstract conception of Buddhism to its fundamentals, we find
    • goal of all human striving could be characterised in no other way
    • thought but, with an altered state of things in which the factor of
    • But since another factor has entered into the process of descent I
    • enable me to see the original reality. My actions are not fruitful. I
    • that his vision and his actions have changed the world around him
    • actions committed in a different consciousness. Equally, he should
    • for an act arising out of an earlier consciousness. This former
    • days I will build it up again.” Here we have exactly the
    • from a misunderstanding of the basic facts of man's historical
    • separated from Christianity. Human progress inheres in the fact that
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    • revealed in the fact that people start from certain theories: this or
    • has become abstract, so seldom grasping the social feelings and
    • bacilli and bacteria cause the different diseases. We need not
    • the facts of modern science no longer justify the general explanation
    • chemical process taking place in matter. But the fact that a few
    • molecular in character. When we are explaining world-phenomena
    • the point is not whether we conceive any thought, feeling or activity
    • something more than the material action of atoms, but whether his
    • distinctions and relations between such facts of human life as a
    • which modern science will admit as valid and exact — they are
    • but the outer manifestation, the outer revelation of active spiritual
    • an immortal soul.” It is far from being characteristic of a
    • up all manner of abstract, mystical theories about this immortal soul
    • only at actual death that there is a radical expression of what has
    • this living interaction between the soul and every single part of the
    • processes, into the functions of liver, breathing, the action of
    • by the abstract concepts of modern science, but because it shows
    • abstract tittle-tattle about a soul independent of the bodily nature
    • so utterly given up to the bodily activities that it lives in
    • Spirit. Then we can behold the actual unity of the soul and Spirit
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    • in recent lectures how certain functions or activities of the human
    • metamorphosis of activities which belong to man between death and a
    • spiritual activity — an activity which man performs in unison
    • that which man forms and creates in this activity — we may call
    • of song — the full human being is in fact contained. How deeply
    • fact that something or other in our body has a certain plastic form.
    • activity which the nerve-strands here develop is entered and
    • permeated by another activity, namely that which comes about through
    • the spinal canal right up into the head, and the impact of the
    • activity of the nerves in the head. We have not a separate nervous
    • activity, and a separate breathing activity; we have in the head a
    • harmony and mutual resonance of breathing activity and nervous
    • activity. Now the man of to-day, having grown prosaic in his ordinary
    • nervous activity of the nervous system — and restores it to the
    • current of the breath. He consciously calls into activity this second
    • into the head which is directly called into activity when, as in
    • The plastic instrument of the body is in fact a dead thing until the
    • Through the fact that we on
    • Beings join their activity together. The one provides the instrument,
  • Title: Lecture: Three Epochs in the Religious Education of Man
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    • abstractions, since the inception of the theory — invalid
    • it is not to be lost as a fact of knowledge.
    • characterised a primal instinct in the human race, faded away into
    • actual experience. It was the task of the old wise Initiates to
    • human body. The Christ has now become an “extract” of the
    • of facts and discoveries of knowledge, but an impulse to an
    • mood into the practical life it ever seeks to serve. —
  • Title: Lecture: Concerning Electricity
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    • accidentally came into contact with the window … the frog's leg
    • that time to imagine, at least abstractly, the spiritual in Nature.
    • believe that this is utter nonsense. But this is only due to the fact
    • tell us much. For it does not express the fact that the modern
    • ideas, but in accordance with reality, we would come across the fact
    • it!” — But this can only be done in an abstract way. For
    • simply rubbish. We cannot shut our eyes to the fact that we must live
    • unconsciousness over a fact, or whether I grasp it consciously.
  • Title: Lecture: The Problem of Jesus and Christ in Earlier Times
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    • MY LECTURE YESTERDAY, I tried to indicate an important fact related to the
    • Christ problem as a whole — a fact that is no doubt surprising. A
    • great store of wisdom has in fact disappeared, and it is known today
    • complete disappearance, it would in fact be necessary to eradicate,
    • Jeû, and so on. In fact, this is what happened.
    • being. This is a very important fact. Furthermore, I have already
    • they did in fact strive for this knowledge. They asked themselves:
    • of Jesus was a historical fact. Them might have said: A number of
    • often — that the Christ had, in fact, always existed for human
    • And we are dealing with the historical Jesus, who in fact once
    • greatest possible difficulty in understanding this fact; the capacity
    • heretical was the fact that people wished to renounce any form of
    • now? What aspect must they assume for us? We see, in fact, that an
    • is the important fact. Evolution ceases within the most significant
    • ordinary people. Today, the actual view that we maintain is that the
    • experience — to inner contact, so to speak — of the
    • beginnings of these Christmas plays actually appear at the same time.
    • In fact, mysticism also continues to live. And today, in our own
    • noble, in fact, that one might say that he was almost ... but here,
    • themselves. What is there to add to the fact that he was viewed
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    • enough, man is distinctly aware of the fact that such a thing exists.
    • quite apart from all that, the fact is that man is conscious of his
    • of movement, in outer activities.
    • place in his body, a process of soul-and-spirit is enacted — a process
    • line of thought actually arose more than once during the
    • everyday functions of life, in a word, all the activities of man in
    • not really so. The fact is, at this point there are certain
    • fact to which I am referring appears still more distinctly when you
    • an object by bringing the lines of vision into contact, just as you
    • bring your right and left hands into contact when you touch yourself.
    • left and right into a certain mutual relation. By the contact of the
    • of an underlying fact which is of deep significance.
    • and sensation, the fact that we have a right and a left half of the
    • body — the fact that we are built symmetrically —
    • has a certain thickness. But an actual plane, though it is in
    • at the same time to a fact of very great importance, which is not at
    • The fact
    • from the fact that you will probably reach out in a very tangible
    • content of Feeling is in fact far too shy, far too elusive. We can
    • shall we characterise Thinking? To begin with we must admit with open
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    • mineral character. And it is perhaps also known that some of the most
    • whose character is clearly such that we can say: the material which
    • different in character from the one below. Thus in its successive
    • layers, the earth shows us how the character of their rock-material
    • their character — extend to the surface, that in the course of
    • it is an interesting and generally known fact that the upper layers —
    • today as alluvial deposits washed up by river-action or the like in
    • remains provide living witnesses of the fact that life has existed
    • granite-formation. [The above statements refer in general to the actual
    • secrets than all abstract thinking are the words spoken by Goethe
    • life. – At this moment, as the inner attracting and moving
    • traced back to any kind of action by fire, but that everything we can
    • and that, consequently, granite too owes its origin not to the action
    • fire-action. But those with deeper insight — Goethe, for
    • Goethe already points out that in the last resort neither fire-action nor
    • already cooled but still subject to the effects of fire-action, we
    • characterised here — follows earth-evolution backward into
    • character of a living entity; in the environment of our earth we do
    • way through the effect of fire or water action, and were then
    • true picture must be given of the facts
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  • Title: Lecture: Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
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    • Naturally, however, what actually takes place in the life of the soul
    • hand, unless we are actually raving, or given to walking in our
    • sleep, we cannot be active in our will without allowing our will
    • our will-activity, so that in this connection we may say: in the life
    • forces gradually emerge as actual thought-forces; but they are present
    • chaotic movements through the fact that his soul and spirit are
    • quite meaninglessly, purely out of the activity of the physical body,
    • actual fact that the time is rapidly approaching when old people will
    • suppose that yesterday you ate some cherries. That is a past action.
    • — well, it might be possible to do so, but the fact would in no
    • actual event. Is the following event logically connected with it? Can
    • nature? The present is similar to a dream, except for the fact that
    • study of such things! In the same way, unless he has actually learned
    • owing to the fact that it has become part of us ourselves. This
    • accordance with truth depends upon the fact that between the
    • similar pictures, — but in this case through personal activity
    • pictorial, and the pre-earthly life is no longer an abstraction but a
    • but who sees matter itself and the activities connected with
    • dependent upon it, then the facts are as follows: We perceive through the
    • actually carries something away. A hole is bored in our own
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    • activity, and above all it is necessary that those who take part in
    • them, should be conscious of the fact that they are working at
    • Art the fact that Theosophy is not a merely abstract theory and
    • that it can, so to say, act practically. It is particularly
    • the active life of Art. This can be observed by the inner
    • in Munich, who took part. It can also be observed in the fact that in
    • upon the fact, that I have again and again emphasised that in our
    • occultism should give its conclusions on these facts in the West.
    • It is precisely these facts relating to Christianity, to the Mystery
    • understands includes the fact that the being in question, the being
    • understanding of these facts belongs to a different level. Then there
    • twentieth century. We admit that. Is there actually any point at all
    • real facts of the case and may know what to reply if someone on the
    • mixed up and no attention is paid to the fact that the Name of Christ
    • The characteristic of
    • of detraction — although an unconscious one, when we are called
    • is an unconscious detraction when our movement is given the name of
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    • This can be seen in the fact that there are to-day teachings
    • have often drawn your attention to the fact that in the German
    • in fact all spatial environment. And he can do no other than lose
    • emphasise the fact that we do not start from the Gospels when we
    • — our ordinary world must be non-existent for us, in the fact
    • timeless character of the infinite sea of courage with its Beings
    • entirely of Wisdom interact with the hierarchy of the Spirits of
    • actively radiant. In short, you then become clairvoyantly aware how
    • the Cherubim are radiantly active there.
    • here is not the abstract time of which we usually speak, but
    • foundation — this fact, that the beings belonging to the
  • Title: Evolution/Aspect: Lecture 3: The Inner Aspect of the Sun-embodiment of the Earth
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    • attention to the fact that the description in my Occult
    • Will or Thrones achieved sacrificial acts; so that when we look back
    • sacrificial acts of beings. Thus in describing heat we must say
    • called attention to the fact that ‘brought to birth’ is a
    • abstraction man now accepts as time, but a totality of beings, the
    • an actual comprehension of what lies behind, when it is said:
    • were to see a real, genuine act of sacrifice, or that he were to
    • sacrificial act of the Thrones, the Thrones offering up their
    • devotion. Sacrifice is devotion transformed into activity. The
    • contemplation of active practical devotion may call forth the
    • us, an active inspiring with grace; a bestowing, a giving. Let us
    • grasp the nature of a being chiefly characterised by what I have just
    • offerer of gifts. Such a being whose chief characteristic is the
    • what is the character of these Spirits who appeared on the Sun in
    • characteristic of these spirits is the virtue of giving, of pouring
    • That is the activity
    • deeds of the Spirits of Wisdom lie behind it. Weaving, active air
    • and creative activity is connected with it; this giving is
    • giving must consist of two actions, giving and accepting, otherwise
    • Cherubims on ancient Saturn — through an act of nativity
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    • lectures an endeavour was made to call attention to the fact that
    • conception of fire and heat; for in fact fire, heat and light bear
    • actual conditions of development we must acquire a definite idea from
    • an act, to an achievement. Now at first a man would say that a
    • strong, forceful act, one for instance that is to bring about great
    • while a less important act comes from a weaker impulse. And in
    • smallest purely spiritual facts. We do not attain any spiritual
    • this life, the more forceful shall we become as regards the activity
    • spiritual activities intended to lead to spiritual effects in the
    • self-inflicted suffering. In many cases the practice of this may be a
    • spiritual self-indulgence, for a person may practise it in order to
    • self-satisfaction. In such cases asceticism produces no results; it
    • repeatedly been necessary to draw attention to the fact that these
    • be faulty beings actually injurious to the evolution of the world;
    • initiative action had not the Luciferic beings remained behind on the
    • fact that he has in his astral body passions, emotions, and desires
    • Luciferic beings in his astral body he could not act freely, or
    • Cherubim. In this sacrifice is to be found the actual essence of all
    • sacrificial activity; so that we have there the sacrificing Thrones
    • laid in ancient Saturn. Time, as we have seen, actually originated on
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    • revealing little of the fact that the spiritual in its own
    • material element, and the fact that specially volatile substances
    • the fact remains that in those other Beings who wished to contribute
    • have no recollection of it, yet it works! It becomes active beneath
    • working within him. All these diverse characteristics we include in
    • be active in a thousand forms, and would be more accurately defined
    • plurality in unity, and find full satisfaction in so doing. But if
    • noble character in whom dwells what is generated by their own natures
    • longing than by change? This is proved by the fact that persons who
    • entities connected with our evolution; through the activity of the
    • fact that it was necessary, as has just been described, that pictures
    • have passed, when pictures were brought to us by the activity of the
    • Longing’; longing capable of satisfaction yet flowing on
    • science for satisfaction for the powers of his Soul, above all, when
    • of boxes, the smallest exactly like the biggest!’ — (From
    • to grasp, when we speak of the combined action of the sacrifice of
    • will held back in longing, of the satisfaction of this longing, which
    • its ultimate satisfaction, only to come on the planet of
    • tragic act in which longing could be embodied. How can we fail to
    • us, is an actual living embodiment of that which dwells in the
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    • lectures the fact has now been brought home to us that behind all
    • renunciation, in fact, to those virtues with which we can only become
    • have to characterise that which is outwardly expressed in the
    • phenomena of heat, presenting it in its true character of sacrificial
    • actually nothing?
    • shows exactly that there is in the depths of the ocean something that
    • in the nature of man, actually leading the life of the soul to find
    • satisfaction only in the advance of that world of ideas which we have
    • actually to feel the dryness and withering of any knowledge not
    • satisfaction.
    • first meet with a being, a thing or a fact, it appears strange to us.
    • rejected sacrifice one of the principle factors in the ancient
    • fact that during that period sacrifice was to be offered by certain
    • of the peculiar character of the Beings belonging to ancient Moon was
    • sense the whole character of the ancient Moon-evolution, its whole
    • exactly like a man who cannot be contented within himself by means of
    • a single great satisfaction, but experiences a number of partial
    • satisfactions; the result of these different experiences being to set
    • were still able to obtain a certain satisfaction.
    • undeniable fact that that which was to have been offered up would
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    • It is a matter of deep satisfaction to me,
    • physical world around us. We are asleep in exactly the same
    • characteristic element to be found day by day, hour by hour,
    • on the character of the Russian people and the difference
    • actually taking shape. Later generations will be able to use
    • fact still waiting in the wings, and they are wrong in taking
    • This is a law, an iron necessity. One way to characterize the
    • put into achieving material knowledge and material actions
    • and used this to give a character, a foundation, to the
    • impulses for their activities in the social sphere? It would
    • also knows that people actually no longer knew how to use the
    • understand this concrete fact: Longings have arisen in the
    • actually following the example of these sermonizers —
    • these histories will have to be pulped. In fact, no one will
    • inactive, neither Ahriman nor Lucifer have access to it. But
    • when it is not fully active and one needs to use the phrase
    • merely human actions, but above all the actions of ahrimanic
    • shall have to point to real facts through which ahrimanic
    • concrete realities and not merely as abstract formulations.
    • millimetre thick would actually answer in the affirmative.
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    • soul and spirit which comes after death. In practice this
    • when the fact that an age of materialism must inevitably
    • great riddles of the age. However, many are not fully active
    • foods for their constituents and manufacture chemical foods,
    • an amoral character and has in many respects become downright
    • human actions, because elements which are separate and
    • activity.
    • the ego are active and aglow in it; during the night they are
    • the ego acts like salt during sleep. Human beings thus have
    • and salty. The fact that the body becomes mercurial has
    • more about this in the course of these weeks. The fact that
    • night now come together. As they interact, opportunity is
    • is the instrument we use for intellectual activity and it is
    • mercurial and salt principles — in fact, it is this
    • works which attracted all kinds of comment, some sensible but
    • to our actions are not the true ones. It is painful to have
    • strongly that their actions are based on a particular motive.
    • have to look deeper before you realize that they actually
    • it spur us on to even greater activity; then a later attempt
    • the characteristics of 27-year-olds. And with people refusing
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    • opinion and those who hold it react to these truths; nor do
    • react to truths today and in the immediate future. People
    • the chaos in which we find ourselves today; in fact, they
    • other illusions, and particularly and characteristically the
    • You can easily put forward ideas of exactly this kind; people
    • come when a certain basic characteristic of the present time
    • may actually be labelled with a particular name, a name that
    • philistinism. Of course, philistines would not actually do
    • apparently the fact that I come from there indicates that I
    • were actually to present the certificates of baptism for the
    • despite the fact that modern people do not believe in
    • world. To characterize anything relating to this region one
    • spiritual truths will first of all activate low instincts,
    • outsider attitude is to be found in our ranks exactly at this
    • actually become opponents, there will be a reason for this,
    • account of the fact that three or four people, or even more
    • soul is occupied by cowardice, reluctance to take action, and
    • set in circulation. And this despite the fact that the people
    • actions. In the first place I am going to impose two rules an
    • a continuation of earlier practices: to have individual
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    • human birth and death are actually as they present themselves
    • destinies have to use elemental spirits who actually are the
    • where entities live and are active whose whole conduct, views
    • actual form it is taking now and in the immediate future to
    • did not exist before and which are quite characteristic of
    • the spirit of invention is active, elemental spirits are
    • commercial activities which proceed under the influence of
    • that these spirits can be active in technology, industry,
    • civilization, for they see things in abstract terms and know
    • exactly what modern humanity will have to discover. Insight
    • people are not really much concerned to develop the actual
    • endlessly more important to people today than actually having
    • than practise it.
    • something nice in an abstract way is not enough. People must
    • or at least aim to be so, but when people are actually
    • abstractions. Yet they will have to learn to have such ideas,
    • have to live with the fact that a destructive element becomes
    • to act on their behalf they do not allow the powers of these
    • Modern abstract thinking immediately needs an apology, even if
    • is something else that is characteristic — I mention it
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    • difference. It is actually true to say that today, at the
    • himself entirely on scientific facts, Suess comes to the
    • especially in our characterization of Greek art, which we
    • and experience all manner of things by the very fact that we
    • withering away. I am using fairly radical terms. The fact is,
    • Oddly enough, Brentano is actually showing that there is no such
    • we may say that Brentano's characterization of genius does
    • behind it all? The fact that human beings now relate to their
    • do on earth. The fact is that women will no longer be able to
    • and in the centuries which followed did not actually relate
    • body. It will however, need the brutal reality of the facts
    • facts will force them to know these things.
    • Well, the actual spiritual element has already separated to
    • them to establish exactly the following: This is how the man
    • blackest of black magic was practised in Atlantean times, and
    • matters out of human control. This was one of the factors
    • still be active in dried-up brains but which no longer come
    • elements had come together. Such a book has in fact been
    • ideas people have today, are abstract and crude; they are
    • concepts, ideas and actions will be based on the outside
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    • First of all we consider the fact that human beings have the
    • imagine. No, this thought-substance is actually what we call
    • consist of thought-substance, actual thought-substance. There
    • thoughts are actually thought-corpses. This is the essential
    • us, and this makes our thoughts abstract. We have abstract
    • thinking about it, or you can actually produce the thought: I
    • abstract, and the difference is enormous. If you get up
    • arose during Moon evolution, though the head has, in fact,
    • actual human being, for the human being is really a head with
    • is due to Lucifer's influence, was actually destined to be
    • merely seen as sexual symbols, are explained by the fact that
    • fact, is the luciferic element in our higher nature. Thus
    • not abstract, dead ones that come from the head — they
    • this and acted and behaved accordingly.
    • social laws and political impulses. They are actually doing
    • — but surely it is not what you would do in practice! And
    • have changed, even if they are not exactly more intelligent.
    • fact that we live in the world of elemental thought and have
    • important fields of human activity, people will have to go
    • physical world and exactly the opposite in the spiritual
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 7: Working from Spiritual Reality
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    • us and gives spiritual, if not exactly physical, weight to
    • exactly the same whether the weights are made of cardboard or
    • details, numerous characteristic and significant things to
    • post-Atlantean age, for he felt, thought and reacted like
    • paradoxes never represent the actual facts, of course, but we
    • are able to deduce the facts from them — we might say:
    • age and the outside world, of how they would act in that
    • phenomena which were, in fact, to be of the essence in the
    • characteristically under the influence of these powers but
    • What has been written is not exactly outstanding, however,
    • gain awareness of the factors which give the world around us
    • spiritual weight, and be aware of the fact that the spirit is
    • mainly depends on the fact that the world around us is full
    • of Central Europe and America see the east of Europe exactly
    • neither do the people who actually live in eastern Europe
    • eastern Europe, for this is how we should actively consider
    • lecture cycles — how the spirit-self is actively
    • of the West — and if you add the fact that impulses for
    • be in touch with certain factors which belong to the world of
    • factors which demand that we gently draw closer to the world
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    • time we must come to realize the distinction between abstract
    • literally inclined to think in abstractions. This takes them
    • or four centuries, and the fact that as such it has become
    • thinking about the physical world in abstract terms. We can
    • then in human actions. And we can see how abstract thinking
    • reality is in many ways seen in an abstract way. People look
    • significant characteristic of many of the concepts held today
    • most limited concepts, with practically no content, are
    • these about — the more abstract the better.
    • it cannot be decided by using generalized abstract ideas of
    • — which in our time means the most abstract
    • satisfactory conditions for humanity, what does it matter if
    • achievements of abstract thinking when it is addressing
    • most abstract of abstract ideas which, however, can only be
    • there, are saying exactly what the philosopher put so
    • but he ignores the fact that eternity, infinity, lives in
    • time. Life is full of contradictions. Abstract and
    • comparisons will always prove fruitful. But the fact that we
    • State to the whole organism, when in fact it can only be
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 9: The Battle between Michael and 'The Dragon'
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    • dead, outer facts with the intellect, refusing to enter into
    • your mind's eye that the human souls who were born exactly in
    • the fifth decade of the nineteenth century actually took part
    • of evolution. We may characterize it by saying that every
    • powers were active in the spiritual realms and therefore left
    • Everything which has the power to act as a bacillus,
    • are quite clear about the fact that a certain danger
    • also needs to be understood. Exactly because of its logical
    • is a method which can be quite brilliant and is, in fact, the
    • hypothesis of Laplace. Exactly the same method is used to
    • doubt. But in fact the time will never come, just as it will
    • this how unconsciously human beings are, in fact, being
    • idea with the other ideas we have characterized today. A time
    • ways of involving themselves in the activities of bacilli
    • impulses which act as numerous ties to hold human beings to
    • potential to develop into something that can be characterized
    • especially those who were active in mind and spirit, and of
    • spiritual entities and their activities have no part in human
    • the physical world are, in fact, particularly powerful at the
    • prepared to admit. And the human actions performed under the
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    • developmental factors which evolution has given except for
    • Since then their fortress, their field of activity, is in the
    • great scheme of things; they are concrete facts which have to
    • abstractions over and over again and to say something as
    • abstract as: ‘Human beings must fight Ahriman.’ Such an
    • abstract formula will get us nowhere. At the present time
    • some people have not the least idea of the fact that they are
    • today. A certain group of people knew of the facts of which I
    • human realm — this is a fact. They had to penetrate
    • powers by simply using the abstract formula: ‘Those powers
    • think how many people there are today who actually make
    • actively promoted, and gave an enormous boost to the
    • things. They were silly old fools, of course. The fact is
    • that none of these scornful modern people actually know how
    • the field of social life and politics is actually still based
    • physiology or biology in the light of the spirit, not exactly
    • is alive and active in the present time! It may well be that
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 11: Recognizing the Inner Human Being
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    • fact that only the child's understanding is addressed. This
    • this, of course, but this is in fact what they have in mind.
    • is, of course, anything but the abstract mineral entity
    • actuality pass through everything; they can therefore pass
    • actually to say something about realities which outer science
    • abstractions and, indeed, is most useful when it enters into
    • all kinds of abstractions. People will need this science for
    • future. To teach children abstract notions of nature and the
    • actually happen or not; what matters is that they are
    • thoughtful and come from the heart. The kind of extract of
    • crystal to an octahedral one. Instead of the abstract
    • abstractions which are taught as history today, but again to
    • Conversations which did not actually take place in the
    • much more useful than all the historical abstractions
    • abstract laws of nature. These are a few thoughts I wanted to
    • — and other abstract formulations of this kind. Of
    • grasped in exactly the form it will take in the immediate
    • life which can act as a stimulant in the way I have
    • active; they do not want to establish links with related
    • contracts and agreements on the one hand and Germanic social
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  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 12: The Spirits of Light and the Spirits of Darkness
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    • certain spiritual entities, which had been acting like rebels
    • poor if we base ourselves on abstract definitions. Yes, it is
    • members of the hierarchy of the Angels have been active among
    • function up above, whilst their relatives, who acted in the
    • whole of this time spirits of darkness were active on earth,
    • their activities have done enough where the establishment of
    • you get exactly the opposite of their function in more recent
    • characteristics and inculcate human beings with the attitudes
    • spiritual worlds. How terrible is the reaction already
    • that a highly reactionary mood would bubble up from the blood
    • fact that people want to follow one or the other rather than
    • took action, humanity was united with the whole cosmos
    • not want to understand physical life and practised a false
    • into the cosmos, as it were, though in entirely abstract
    • characteristics given by the soil, and the bodies of
  • Title: Fall/Darkness: Lecture 13: The Fallen Spirits' Influence in the World
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    • been active in the feeling, will and mind impulses of human
    • question must arise as to the actual nature of the battle
    • the 1870s, and of the activity of the spirits of darkness
    • have characterized, thinking that leads to technical
    • due to the fact that for millennia they had been bound to
    • what it actually has become in people born after 1879.
    • have kept this life and activity in the spiritual regions. It
    • why they did so — I am giving you facts — and
    • actually the transmission of impulses from the spiritual to
    • Michael won his victory in 1879. The fact that we have a
    • can continue to be active in them. They will seek to push
    • Christianity are said to be due to the fact that at the
    • have; they will fail to realize what actually lies dormant
    • characterization of them in these last weeks, and I have to
    • interval? Many factors were involved, outer and inner ones,
    • teaching the exact sciences of mathematics, physics and
    • mind he always thought he was doing exactly what he wanted to
    • speak about Part 2 exactly when the victory had been won over
    • characteristic things and we shall see more of them. Even
    • as something different from what they actually mean to
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    • entirely abstract, it is necessary to characterize many of
    • fifteenth century. This has been characterized in many ways,
    • This is how the fact can be presented at the spiritual
    • characterize the events of the time more or less as follows.
    • attraction for the regular Archangels who were seeking to
    • eleventh centuries we find the earth's power of attraction
    • own again — exactly at that time? Because at the time
    • the Archangels were most attracted to the earth. They
    • spiritual activities, otherwise they cannot be understood. It
    • earth held the greatest power of attraction for the
    • important fact to which I have already drawn your attention
    • actual spiritual observation to enable us to observe the
    • different currents which interact to produce the whole. You
    • significant insights and their interactions, such as those of
    • Angels are active in them via the nervous system and the
    • This is where the forces are anchored which act with each
    • The fact that
    • important as a basis for the concerted action of Archangels
    • into action when individuals have reached the age of 28, when
    • rebelled against this. They wanted people to take an active
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    • And to begin with today, let me point to the fact that this
    • from this point of view, to characterize what is meant by the fall of
    • this fall of man — which I do not need to characterize in
    • We know in fact that the
    • preparation for the fact that earthly humanity is meant to acquire a
    • were active in him and that now he himself was active.
    • And, as I have often emphasized, the strong connection actually
    • Scholasticism is in fact denied altogether. In modern natural science
    • can investigate, has limits to his whole thinking, in fact.
    • — to revelation, in fact — when one wants to know
    • fact could no longer be understood, i.e., could no longer be grasped
    • intellectually. But the fact remained unnoticed — and this is
    • outside but are fabricated from within. Through this fact we have
    • intellectualism actually achieved in natural science? It has only
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    • activity — he attains pure thinking, when he, attains this pure,
    • The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
    • I sought, in fact, to find our moral impulses in this
    • being too base to act morally, and we extended this baseness also
    • abstract thinking, but in real thinking.
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    • mediaeval thinking which entered modern thinking is that the activity
    • The abstract,
    • are dead and for this reason they are abstract. But our thinking is
    • force of thinking, which becomes active when a human being is born or
    • inner activity of thought is the continuation of the living force of
    • of knowledge is quite abstract.
    • this in mind rightly we must say that whenever we contemplate the activity
    • fact, for what is developing under the influence of intellectualism
    • facts do not show this at all. You will find, along this whole line
    • of evolution, that the facts do not coincide.
    • about Nature is not true. For, if we consider the facts without any
    • assumed a higher spirituality. Facts show us this.
    • of these facts could have been gained if human habits of thinking had not
    • most incredibly abstract explanation. “Beautiful” is a
    • do otherwise than characterise it with the idea of beauty.
    • For us today it is abstract. In fact, there has been an interesting
    • that is connected with it. But it is a painful fact, and one that is
    • futile discussions on atomism. In all spheres of fact, modern science
    • intuitive vision as far as the domain of facts. Goethe's theory of
  • Title: Lecture: Calendar of the Soul
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    • not so, for what is actually present as a reality is the spiritual
    • that we actually experience when we go to sleep at night? Our astral body
    • shall perceive that their activity at night and by day is entirely
    • out our physical and etheric bodies through acts of will, through
    • out our physical and etheric bodies. In fact our daily life is a
    • activity. The worn-out nervous system and etheric body begin as it
    • activity has died away, is brought about in our physical and etheric
    • active, only he knows nothing of it. The essential point is to
    • realise that we can actually speak of the Earth-spirits beginning to
    • spirits are active on the Earth. Divine life, divine consciousness,
    • spirits rise up and reach a state of ecstasy at midsummer, that the activity
    • require this, is absolutely characteristic of our age. It
    • arrangements but the very fact of the date of the Easter festival
    • and when he wakes from sleep, a spiritual element is active; but when
    • wakes. The withering away is no reality; it is a symbol of the fact
    • circumstance that the death of the Sultan Soliman actually occurred
    • spiral movements in the heavens, their forces actually guide the
    • difficult concept to grasp but the reality of certain facts can be
    • — or Beings, to be more exact — are exercising a
    • the Zodiacal constellations are representations of actual experiences
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    • spirit is actually present.
    • existence, how it is active in the animal and human existence. Our
    • that if we do not begin with abstract philosophy, or with abstract
    • the middle of the nineteenth century, he actually tried to take into
    • explanations appear rather fantastic, but his thoughts were actually
    • is much in this botany that is actually magnificent and truly
    • an abstraction, at something thought out. We must also add that the
    • not a comparison but a fact. If we study the curious lawfulness of
    • activity that proceeds spiritually from the sun. In the winter
    • activity, drawing itself together into itself. Now let us compare
    • condition it is a curious fact that the human being becomes
    • being, the astral body and ego, actually draw themselves out of the
    • scientific point of view, I have actually found only one individual
    • be cause it corresponds with spiritual scientific facts. It was a
    • should form itself under the influence of the sun activity. In that
    • earth with all its forces enters the realm of sun activity, only we
    • activity — although this could be compared with the sleep
    • pass over into the active, the living, summer condition.
    • thinking and feeling can be in the realm of the sun activity. Just as
    • woven into the activities of our spirit.
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    • referred to the fact that in the 18th century there still
    • became so utterly materialistic, find the most characteristic
    • assumed the character and stamp which the 19th century
    • impressed on nearly all human activities. I mean, what we
    • found most characteristically expressed in the ‘bon
    • Heine greeted Jesus. I mean the character of bourgeois
    • limitation was the essential characteristic of 18th century
    • this impulse, which only found its most characteristic
    • common folk, they clothed these facts of astronomy in myths,
    • Dupuis, the Mysteries were so many lie-factories, instituted
    • was practised by the priests of the old Mysteries.
    • other than facts of Astronomy, welded together and
    • fact is nothing else, than that Dupuis had pointed out to
    • preserved as esoteric were the facts they knew about certain
    • Science was in its swaddling-clothes; there was practically
    • facts which has been so gloriously discovered in our
    • remember, I characterised last year.
    • External history is of course unaware of this fact; indeed,
    • it is ignorant of some of the actual facts connected with
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    • fact that it is necessary, somehow to bring the human soul
    • or otherwise inadequate methods. It was in fact the task of
    • of Golgotha can bring about, is such as to counteract that
    • to speak — a Christmas character. This, as I said,
    • social life; not to our personal Karma. If I manufacture a
    • pair of shoes, needless to say there is something in this act
    • a stream by itself. But I manufacture the shoes for another
    • expresses a certain cosmic fact — a fact we cannot
    • active.
    • often been made in one form or another. It is in fact the
    • so on. Precisely this fact is indicated, in that the time
    • abstraction as from a terrible and insidious disease. This
    • Universe with a few abstract concepts; it would fain be
    • astronomers can calculate with their quite abstract
    • an abstract mathematics. Yet this is what humanity needs to
    • action we perform, be it the most trivial and everyday.
    • only wants to enter into things with abstract intellect
    • of the materialist abstractions of the 19th century. What
    • forces in the soul whereby the fact of the Immaculate
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    • was not pursued with the abstract calculations of to-day, but
    • They were clearly conscious of the fact that when a man gives
    • not regard it as a mere outer fact, to be summed-up as we are
    • earliest times man had an exact super-sensible vision of the
    • are the image of what the old atavistic clairvoyance actually
    • we find a clear awareness of the fact that the Zodiac is not
    • fact. They studied Man in his whole being, in his attunement
    • corresponds exactly to the proportion of the diameter of a
    • calculated approximately — is a certain fraction of the
    • important thing is not the mere fact that the Wise Men of
    • means an abstract knowledge which they had, of man's relation
    • fixed stars in their movement have sped on exactly a day
    • body. It corresponds exactly to the duality of the movements
    • strange thing to say; but the mere fact that Religion still
    • in the stars. But in real fact there is a mutual interplay
    • mere notification of facts, — becomes a science of mere
  • Title: Lecture: The World Development in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • all, with the aid of the exercises already characterized, that
    • when speaking of these. The way in which I characterized the exit
    • Ordinary consciousness is therefore based upon the fact that we
    • abstract, theoretical manner with which we can live in the
    • and the understanding. The fact that love or perhaps hate are
    • world, the fact that we feel induced to do certain things for
    • How conscious we are of the fact that our inner life grows cold,
    • characterize the external world differently from the way in which
    • we usually characterize it.
    • does not change through the fact that I look upon it with fire
    • change through the fact that we connect ourselves with these
    • super-sensible knowledge, the fact that people (if I may now
    • premonition, but it is a certainty, a fact just as certain as the
    • not the faintest inkling; namely, the activity of thinking. We
    • earthly substances, a fact also revealed by the spiritual
    • activity of thinking, we learn to recognize that this activity
    • takes its course through the fact that physical substance is
    • which the forces of growth are active within us, thinking is
    • body. This elimination gives rise to that thought activity which
    • the fact that man continually develops within himself the mineral
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    • actions, has its ultimate root in the depths of the human soul.
    • Beings that were active within him.
    • activity of divine spiritual powers, whose sphere of action
    • Nineteenth Century has learned to reflect over the fact as to how
    • plants grow, the way in which electricity and magnetism act
    • it. Although we may feel deep pleasure, profound satisfaction and
    • were, in the soul atmosphere as something quite abstract, and
    • else. He is conscious of the fact that he is estranged to the
    • active in the world and frequently, in order to find at least
    • facts and to super-sensible world conceptions.
    • which we encounter in man is the fact that when he experiences,
    • The fact that we are structured in such a way, that our structure
    • order, as a gift of divine spiritual powers that were active in
    • divine spiritual powers were active in his bodily organization
    • with the three peculiarities of human nature, characterized
    • walk to an upright walk, the divine spiritual world is active
    • not make human actions derive in an immediate way from the divine
    • spiritual, a freedom that seeks the motives of man's actions in
    • found, if we apply the strict, exact method of thinking which is
    • the three characteristic qualities of human nature that were
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    • spirit. As I do not wish to speak in abstract terms, let me
    • was not satisfied. He went to another doctor who told him exactly
    • laboratory. The real facts which he now relates, and which, one
    • describe a scene enacted on the Belgian-German frontier shortly
    • photograph taken and described this act in detail. In was
    • the fact that upon the second photograph Sir Oliver Lodge's son
    • been taken. After examining all the facts, Sir Oliver Lodge came
    • In fact, after two
    • see in this fact, to begin with, one might say, an
    • description was correct even in regard to the fact that two
    • described exactly. A conscientious scientist could not find the
    • seek a knowledge which goes beyond the facts revealed by ordinary
    • must draw attention to the fact that the methods of
    • scientific character of Anthroposophy and its foundations, let me
    • essential facts are known to the great majority of those who are
    • fact that under certain pathological conditions of a lighter
    • Schleich's patient, the factors which brought about his sudden
    • actions were determined by this. In that case Schleich simply
    • faculty can, so to speak, transcend space and time. This fact
    • conditions the intimate character of such a perceptive capacity
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    • conceal the fact that this Christmas above all calls for other
    • meant to express in the language of the East the characteristic
    • illusion – apart from the fact of it being expressed more
    • know the characteristics of the life conceptions of the East,
    • wisdom of the ancient Egyptians consisted in the fact that people
    • characteristic of the Occident is that it gained the faculty of
    • merely human character which can also be recognized with the aid
    • light, but in an abstract way.
    • cold abstract knowledge which led us into the misery of the
  • Title: Lecture: Man and Cosmos
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    • activity, and in order to understand them we must first study
    • The things mentioned above are facts evident to the ordinary
    • only constitute facts pertaining to our ordinary consciousness.
    • and frequently far more important in human life than the facts of
    • dream in our feelings is the counter-activity which meets the
    • thinking capacity counteracts. For this we need our physical and
    • sense impressions and with our thinking activity. When the human
    • have such mystical eyes and so forth. This may be due to the fact
    • is a metal. Pathological people may actually be trained, not only
    • foundation of all this? It is based on the fact that there is a
    • have a different inner character; they are no longer a perception
    • these two streams, the joint activity of the sun's current from
    • astronomer. And she is confronted by another character, by the
    • in the fact that Anthroposophy reveals itself as Anthroposophy
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    • frequently characterized as the conception of illusion (Schein),
    • life and his organic life, or the activity of the single organs;
    • so as to feel the freedom of action in the sphere of thought; but
    • track of the conceptions which might have given him satisfactory
    • Beginning and end became a hazy, unsatisfactory picture.
    • which gives a meaning to history. The significant, peculiar fact
    • Consider this fact
    • semblance enables us to develop a satisfactory knowledge of
    • freedom by an activity which I have recently designated in
    • anthroposophical spiritual science as the cognitive activity. A
    • luxury edition”, that is to say without any inner activity
    • everything which modern man requires through the fact that he
    • inner activity, is able to lead us to Christ, to the Mystery of
    • abstract, not merely theoretical, but one that fills the whole
    • Anthroposophy and Theosophy, this is due to the fact that they do
    • science has already drawn attention to the fact that modern
  • Title: Lecture: Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love
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    • epoch which has been characterized as the fourth post-Atlantean
    • epoch. And you also know, from certain soul characteristics of
    • feeling soul into the characteristic of the ancient Greeks,
    • this gave him pleasure, or at least a sense of satisfaction, and
    • full measure inner joy and satisfaction derived from the life of
    • observed in the historical characters of a subsequent epoch. For
    • existing in Schiller, or even to the extraordinary exact
    • This fact is
    • connected with the fact that man himself adopted an entirely
    • being disturbed by the fact that in approaching Nature with his
    • character, demands from him to be just as living and mobile in
    • whole extent of facts and grasped in the form of ideas, then
    • arisen through the fact that man lost life completely in the
    • One might say: In the past, man was conscious of the fact that
    • fact that people thought that after death they returned to the
    • on earth. The fact that the Mystery of Golgotha entered history
    • more be able to speak not of lifeless ideas and abstractions, but
    • moment of Greek life, the Greek rose up to the abstraction of
    • example Parmenides, speaks of the abstract idea of the
    • say, the glacier character, of man's world of ideas. A truly
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    • intellectually active, I am spiritually active, but at the same
    • are still active in the whole life of Nature; they enter into us
  • Title: Lecture: The Golden Legend and a German Christmas Play
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    • action, and who have to devote their lives and souls to the great
    • their souls, active Guardians,
    • their souls, active Guardians,
    • representations began by reading, occasionally even by enacting, the
    • thing remains, that in our calendar, before the actual Christmas Day
    • original scene of action of their being.
    • from a deeper point of view. A deep meaning lies in the fact that in
    • man through his whole activity, through his deeds, is united with the
    • activities not only that which was originally intended for man but
    • difficult to understand because we cannot grasp the fact that
    • But this is actually the case. The Ego remains stationary, because it
    • spiritual world. There the Ego remains; it remains practically in the
    • was developed in Central Europe, we see the wonderful, active,
    • enacted. In connection with the representation of to-day, which is
    • the external acting. But this could no longer continue to please, for
    • something of what was being enacted before them. Gradually it became
    • read; they were only acquainted with a few extracts from the Holy
    • what attracted the people was rather the desire to take part in what
    • character that appeared in a new form in the Jesus-Child. When we so
    • at them externally and point only to the fact that numberless bullets
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    • which David belongs. And out of the wood of this tree, which actually
    • deeper foundations. There is a deep meaning in the fact that in
    • rather it becomes clear that the human being through all his activity,
    • itself the stamp of what the earth has become through the fact that
    • that blossoms out of human deeds, out of the activities of human
    • being brought about by the fact that he left his original state of
    • knowledge that has become muse by the fact that I have gained the
    • “I” itself was active in forming and structuring us. This
    • “I” does not actually unite itself with what approaches
    • conscious of this fact. And humanity is only able to become
    • conscious of this fact because at a certain time the Christ
    • Christmas experience: to know how the human being has actually
    • active.
    • to take part in what was presented to them, to be more active
    • the fact that this thought can live in souls so as to unite all
    • however, something spiritual must be active in the world; we must
    • actually wonderful that in the simplest way it can be said to the
    • people: something entered which is active through human life on
    • earth, something that actually may not go beyond childhood. It is
    • simply, but spiritually we must consider the fact that there is
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    • Science, we find that there is a very deep meaning behind the fact
    • content, its special characteristics, and all the varied
    • conceived ideas of morality exactly as he does to-day. But Spiritual
    • with the spiritual world. The spiritual world actually entered into
    • practised by different peoples living in regions not very far apart
    • physical phenomena, the reality of a spiritual power, active and
    • A teacher like Zarathustra, who had actually ascended to the
    • spiritual world, did not speak in this abstract and vague terminology
    • behind the physical Sun — the origin of all life and activity
    • was able to teach his disciples that within them was an active
    • when spectro-analysis reveals the fact that the same substances which
    • teaching was not abstract but very concrete. Even when people of our
    • subordinate forces whose realm of activity is more limited than that
    • abstract conception of what underlies the Zarathustrian doctrine of
    • which the Cosmic Spirits inscribe their activities into space. Their
    • in which Ormuzd manifested his activity to man. Zarathustra showed
    • activity of Ormuzd. The course of the Sun through the Zodiac is the
    • expression of the activity of Ormuzd. The Zodiac is the expression of
    • summer or in the daytime reveal his activity unhampered by Ahriman.
    • and of Ahriman (the dark part), in their activity on Earth? Now there
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    • seemed to me as though I have actually penetrated to the mysterious
    • consciousness also. This is an indication of the fact that we can
    • these pictures indicate an actual vision of the spiritual world. If
    • doors until only the lowest stages of spiritual activity were
    • millennia before the Christian era — knew from actual
    • danger of death, because his act aroused such fury among the
    • benefactor of humanity under whose wise guidance Hermes or Thoth gave
    • active thinking. After having been active in soul, we may then be
    • thinking and conceptual activity. Ultimately we perceive in our soul
    • the form that has been built up by our active thinking. Now the act
    • conceptual act to the final concept, the active principle to the
    • product of the active principle there before us, as Osiris to Isis.
    • In short, activity per se is a
    • male, active — filling the soul with thoughts and feelings. The
    • The active principle of thought has become the power of ideation in
    • the active principle of thought was once
    • clothe such conceptions as “the Osiris-Power is active within
    • Osiris may be envisaged as the active power of light proceeding from
    • when the active principle of thought does not enter. The Moon awaits
    • me how I can best picture the activities of my soul,” —
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    • to be aroused regarding the actual working of this Spirit, we cannot
    • of spiritual activity to be found in Nature. Now today I am going to
    • this is even of great practical significance. In fact, I am convinced
    • the true facts. Even in regard to the practical side of life these
    • complicated process. We will start from the fact that when autumn
    • actual butterfly. The egg is laid in some place. The caterpillar crawls
    • phenomena. You have no doubt noticed the astonishing fact when a lamp
    • beam of light. It spins in exact accordance with the beam of light and
    • which is then able to fly out and enjoy the activity of a sun-being.
    • is produced by the action of imprisoned sunlight? In every instance
    • butterfly owes its colour to the action of imprisoned light. The
    • into contact with the light, one sees that it spins the light out of
    • is outside. The ego is actually light and is responsible for the
    • butterflies. The human ego actually has the power needed to create real
    • pronounced the word with right inner feeling he saw actual butterflies.
    • urge to express the “I” — in fact to produce real
    • The fact is
    • that activity not only takes place within the animal but the whole
    • happens to the egg after he has dissected it. Nature no longer acts, but
    • the microscope! One forgets all that is active outside in air, light and
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    • gives me great satisfaction to be able to speak to you today
    • imagine, for example, that thinking is a purely spiritual act, and that
    • is certainly not the essential part of his activity; the essential part
    • organ that we have of an external object. It is characteristic of
    • spiritual life between death and a new birth the exact opposite
    • rebirth we feel ourselves actually to be the whole world — when I
    • lungs, and so on. What is most characteristic is that in spiritual
    • not a question of knowing something in a purely abstract way, or —
    • I might add — for the satisfaction of spiritual curiosity; it is a
    • speak more exactly of what echoes on in the soul — the becoming
    • we can act morally, are essentially echoes from our life between death
    • between going to sleep and waking, actually experiences a kind of
    • when, outside himself, he has to experience the actions he performed
    • has become a pale, almost abstract shadow. That is what our capacity for
    • recollection is — pale and abstract compared with the full vigour
    • and love. And in fact memory and love also work together here in
    • dear friends, the fact is that when we pass over from the spiritual
    • connection in his creation and enjoyment of art. Actually art never
    • with art. At first I astonished myself, although Goethe actually spoke
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    • actualidad. Si un hombre de la era moderna va a tener pensamientos, debe
    • interna. Un tipo similar de actividad era, es cierto, ejercida por los
    • idéntica como actividad del alma con el procedimiento que
    • tratar de transportarnos dentro de esta actitud bastante diferente del
    • hoy concibe un pensamiento, él lo atribuye a su propia actividad de
    • sensación y actitud muy definida hacia los pensamientos llenos de
    • sagrados, establecer contacto con los Dioses Superiores. Aprovechaba su
    • ascendente que de esta forma se expandía en ondas. Este acto estaba
    • esta actitud. Los líderes de los Misterios asistían a las
    • año, y que por esta razón no podían actuar o seguir el
    • en los Misterios que practicaban el arte de curar – porque eso
    • me permite utilizar los nombres de la actualidad de los meses —
    • cosas son evidencia de que la actitud hacia la sabiduría que
    • planta que crece este año está siendo realmente activada para
    • actualidad. Es allí que gran parte de la culpa real debe ser
    • arreglo. Por ejemplo, los hombres comienzan el año con el actual
  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • thought. Neither does such vision as we can gain by practising
    • are in common acceptance today. For as a matter of fact, no one who
    • We fully accept the fact that with such means of acquiring knowledge as
    • fathomed. We fully accept the fact that as far as these means go we can
    • or feelings or acts of will to flow forth from it. When such a statement
    • however, we are on uncertain ground; and the fact is, no serious and
    • present as an actual fact, and the effect of the experience is not
    • as if it were consciousness; the fact is there, it is only the
    • consciousness of the fact that is lacking — you feel like a wave
    • world-existence. If consciousness were present, one would actually have
    • security which comes from being in contact with the material things of
    • is a simple fact. Let us say, for example, you feel joy. When you feel
    • notwithstanding, a fact. And it is the same here too. What I describe as
    • of the blood which lies behind joy or sorrow. The facts are there, and
    • differentiated world around us to a universal existence. The fact that
    • God, were it not that he has experienced the corresponding fact in the
    • perception. Something else now shows itself as a fact of the life of
    • experience is due to the fact that the soul is no longer merely swimming
    • experience other feelings in addition to those aroused by contact with
    • with the most varied religious practices, but they all awakened these
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    • characteristics. But one has made up one's mind to close one's
    • other astonishing facts could be cited. True, Anthroposophists,
    • out all difference between the lower characteristics of soul
    • insists on clinging to gross matter. Take the fact proved by
    • soul-activity. One may admit over and over again that the person
    • confronted with the fact that “life originates in
    • There are facts
    • comes along and out of a fact accessible to every one discovers
    • fact which is accessible to all and which, rightly understood,
    • throws a clear light on the character of the soul-spirit. It is
    • has the same racial characteristics as his physical ancestors in
    • the same way as the animal; but where the genus-characteristics
    • created. Did we not have as many miraculous creative acts
    • we are obliged to admit numberless supernatural facts in other
    • greatest benefactors of mankind.”
    • we not find that which we call higher human spiritual activity,
    • more and more facts and laws will be discovered and the
    • fact presents itself to anyone who looks without prejudice at
    • the reasoning of the followers of the new creed; and this fact
    • there, the true facts of modern science appear in a clear light,
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    • the death of man?” Quite apart from the fact that there
    • establishing conceptions and ideas in the most exact manner
    • of the fact that “death” and “life”
    • expressions used in this sphere may be shown by the fact that
    • really reduce into a twofold one; that, in fact, if we could
    • even if other respects the facts hinted at were quite correct.
    • only draw your attention to the fact that natural science
    • the nature of death is extremely characteristic. They have
    • found the main characteristic of death is that it leaves a
    • characteristic of that which has to do with the deepest
    • the fact that most plants and lower animals have the
    • conceptions, that it is an acknowledged fact that
    • self-evident fact, a, triviality, for him who is capable of judging.
    • penetrate to the fact that the origin of a living creature
    • classified quite exactly how, for instance, hornets develop
    • carcase, etc. That was all nicely set out. Exactly in the
    • speak more exactly of this development in a later lecture).
    • capacities in man, an exact distinction must. be made between
    • what is characteristic, what is brought over from parents and
    • education or in historical evolution, rests on the fact that
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    • THEIR ACTIVITIES, AND INFLUENCE.
    • precisely this fact which explains the great variety among
    • to reach a clear conception of what actually takes place upon
    • a physical body.” This statement is exactly as false,
    • workmen in a quarry break stone, this actually gives rise to
    • animals, owing to the fact that every human being has an
    • of the human being, he must recognize the fact that the
    • which have the character of a physical apparatus, have
    • reached merely the stage of the mineral. They follow exactly
    • actually permeate the whole body. If a materialist declares
    • mineral forces alone are active. And were we to study the
    • and muscles. If we wish to observe these things exactly, we
    • an Ego are active within it. Hence, every night, the blood
    • fact that in reality, the blood and the nervous system would
    • other Beings must pour their activity into man, in order to
    • to explain the nature of these Beings who become active when
    • his blood intact.
    • kingdom. This is the peculiar characteristic of the human
    • human activity. You look out into the world through your
    • each takes place during the act of cognition. Now imagine to
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    • especially attractive for man not only to examine, from this
    • facts — having a special theme to speak upon — I
    • principal facts of this Spiritual Science. And even when such
    • facts shall have been named and described, a feeling, quite
    • in exactly the same way as color and light phenomena surround
    • rule, perceive the spiritual facts and beings surrounding
    • fact that in the 17th century not only the laity but also
    • superficial, inexact observation which can conclude that from
    • germ, and that this germ can only attract from out of its
    • Psycho-Spiritual, in other words, it is an inexact method of
    • attracts from his physical ancestors the powers for his own
    • attractions of the heart uniting one soul with another — can be
    • truth, attracted to what spiritual investigators can
    • true knowledge of the facts of spiritual science will become
    • “When the healthy nature of man acts as one whole; when
    • abstract knowledge, but a warm perception of the heart, he
    • letting only these signs act upon us, then we experience
    • concentration which so develop the soul that, as an actual
    • fact, something like a spiritual eye operation is performed
    • or feeling; something within me becomes active, compelling me to
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    • in comparison with the spirit that held sway and was active in
    • description. To-day we only bring forward a few extracts,
    • mysteries. Oh! he describes them exactly — those powers
    • body and in the ego. Like wisdom that has made an extract of
    • we can feel the significance of the fact that it is just this
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    • interesting point for us is the fact that the books of
    • lecturer, always emphasizes the fact that this or that has
    • Giordano Bruno laid stress upon the fact that a few centuries
    • these extracts from Aristotle (in support of immortality)
    • are distributed to the various activities of the human body.
    • lecture, he drew attention to the fact that the great
    • Muellner draws attention to the fact that it is owing to
    • actual composition of matter in space.
    • distinguished from the human mind by the fact that everything
    • things aright, we must remember these two facts: — that
    • the fact that the world around us is nothing but illusion and
    • Bruno could not reconcile this conception with the actual
    • Knowledge. His classifications are more in the abstract. We
    • come in direct contact with the stream which connects us with
    • is the fact that, if we would be consistent in speaking of
    • that the vertebrae may be distended if the activity of the
    • of words — in a practical way to everything in natural
    • in perpetual action; it forms the various parts of matter,
    • — “More light”, which is exactly what he
    • really the bones of Schiller. Goethe was attracted by a
  • Title: Lecture: On the Occasion of Goethe's Birthday
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    • interest, particularly in reference to the fact that Goethe's
    • indication of the most pronounced characteristic in Goethe's
    • for us, then, to devote a little study to the inner character
    • which exact science must reign supreme. How frequently do we
    • might point to the fact that the weighty deliberations
    • to the fact that the teachings of theosophy exactly agree
    • coincide with the facts which have been accumulated with so
    • the nineteenth century, it was shown by the facts which
    • attributing external physical facts, such as the phenomena of
    • to certain facts which have come to light by degrees,
    • with the real facts, all this has been demolished. But we
    • the unprogressive. There is an interesting fact in this
    • discuss certain characteristics of our own time and of
    • is, that there is no attraction between matter and the
    • to support this so-called theory of attraction, because one
    • must ask: How can the Sun attract the Earth, if it does not
    • this book has appeared, in which attraction is ascribed to
    • impacts are continually being exercised from all sides by
    • number of impacts exercised from outside is compared with
    • outer impacts the two bodies, whether molecules or planets,
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    • learn to know, in addition to the characteristics of truth,
    • pertaining to an active, strongly-conscious, creative content
    • such revelations, it is less a question of the exact,
    • — the fact of the experience. And when one can look
    • even in the physical-sensible world, and this fact can work
    • take position as fact in the middle — between the
    • as a worthy characteristic, as something changed, external,
    • world-powers see through him completely — is a Fact,
    • his activity, then the listeners also should hold themselves
    • the knowledge spreads that a seer who, as a practical
    • fact of the meteor-showers of which they were notified; also
    • the fact nevertheless it establishes itself, hope,
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    • depends on countless factors. To this, indeed, the manifold
    • position, and many an extraneous factor comes into play at this
    • factors too, help to determine how a man is placed in his
    • vocation as extraneous factors, make it possible for Ahrimanic
    • human activity. A man who has been placed at a certain post in
    • We simply take our stand on the real facts.) While on the one hand
    • it, this truth would be admitted, were it not for the fact that
    • recognise the fact to which I here refer, were we not so
    • offices are occupied, in fact, only too frequently by
    • Goethe's manner of description in this act especially, we see
    • a science of the soul, already divine the fact that dark
    • depths of the inner life, and will elicit the fact that in his 15th,
    • being aware of it. In short, they have perceived the fact that
    • that alone is active, which, stirring the slime in the soul's
    • factor. Especially where a mistaken education is at work,
    • not in general and vague abstractions but in reality. It is so
    • characteristics become consolidated in the growing human being,
    • reacts on what has been developing hitherto. Once we are
    • aware of these facts as derived from spiritual science, we can
    • astral body reacts. According to quite other Karmic forces, it
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    • of destiny in human life. The fact is brought home to us when we attempt
    • thus to lead him to a fruitful grasp, a really practical hold
    • Theodor Vischer? The fact that he had not seen a map until he
    • for if he had, a certain trait in his character would have been
    • Because the people of our time have no courage to practise
    • cruelty externally, they practise it in their
    • present time; but many a one finds satisfaction for
    • criticise it, giving ourselves up to an abstract idealism; ...
    • himself to the manufacture of steam ploughs. Indeed, he became
    • had to test and put into action on the spot.) In one of his
    • ones who stand in the practical vocations of today, who
    • purely external reading many a fact which theosophists in
    • in all, it is a peculiar fact. Eyth was a man of genius;
    • sometimes, however, people who are not exactly ‘men of
    • actuary’ or ‘assessor’ —
    • clear thinker that he was, seeing through the facts, — he
    • they now wanted a reactionary report. So his superior
    • an equally good reactionary one. Will you not now prepare me a
    • reactionary Report? To which he answered, No, I cannot. —
    • there was one difficulty. There was a very famous actress at
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    • certain matters directly related to practical life and to the outer
    • practical life, even in his calling or profession.
    • often pointed to an important fact of life; and if those whose
    • it may well be that this fact will play an important part in
    • characteristics from their parents or earlier ancestors. And in
    • doubt, characteristics subsequently acquired can also be
    • a very different way with his advice and active help. He can
    • Remember how I tried to characterise the streams of life
    • characteristic of the men of to-day, even of those who see most
    • of that social character which has been stamped, to begin with,
    • now rather in our ideas; John Stuart Mill expressed practically
    • stronger individuality was speaking; one felt the active rising
    • the counter to play the part they actually play in this fifth
    • confirm them by the facts? Our age is assuming a certain
    • character, — a character clearly perceived by those who
    • want to see. We cannot give to our age any character we like;
    • assumed an impure character. That does not prevent them from
    • might discover something of the real character of life in our
    • the public journals write against it, characterising it as
    • — exactly the same. An ideal example! Assume, for
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    • quarters. It only bears witness to the fact that in the circles
    • his God. The question is whether, as a matter of fact, he can
    • This is of great practical significance. For it bears a
    • But it is of no little importance to realise the fact. For the
    • quite definite takes place. We do not alter the spiritual facts
    • facts ensue, whether we think rightly or wrongly. A man looks
    • up only to his Angel, but does not admit the fact. He imagines
    • not exactly permissible to-day.
    • relation to them, though they do not admit the fact. Nevertheless,
    • to mind how we endeavour in Spiritual Science to counteract
    • of time, letting their several characteristics influence us, so
    • would characterise the false paths along which men are led by
    • human evolution. How often have we emphasised the fact
    • and more exactly, to recognise its full meaning. To-day men
    • to criticise, but the facts are far too serious, they must at
    • actual fact), questions one about the subject which seemingly
    • us now bring before our souls one characteristic —
    • mankind. How often have I emphasised the fact that
    • in the right way, then for the men to whom he spoke it actually
    • power of the speaker. These things are not so abstract as
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    • has as yet become very little aware of the fact that birth and
    • in the very fact that both these boundary experiences of the
    • strip away all the mystery character of the Christmas
    • child is of such a character, for those who possess insight, as
    • body, the true ego actually vanishes out of the physical form,
    • the facts express himself. But one who is ignorant of the facts
    • bodies. But the fact that we do not perceive a being does not
    • can be acquired only in this way, only through the fact that
    • as it will then be in human hearts. For it is a strange fact,
    • be aware of the fact that this life of man from birth to death
    • and never quite distinctly. When we grasp the fact that the
    • fact of his having been born, forces that do not seem to belong
    • Christmas conception, and call attention to the fact that
    • characteristics appear, but they are to be conquered and
    • these thoughts all abstractions, anything theoretical.
    • sensed the Christ-permeated character of
    • friends, the fact that we cannot at present be relieved of all
    • again awakened. This actually pertains to our
    • abstract in a single form. And if we feel ourselves as
    • human beings, not only in an abstract sense but human beings
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    • sun, the Christ-light. This fact, which marks a profound
    • are closed at noon. This is a fact which connects Christianity
    • definite intellectual or abstract terms — shows us the
    • enters he is actually received in this spirit. When he enters
    • “worked and been active in the world and won his way to a free
    • His ev'ry action I remember well;
    • they work? Their activity is of an unusual kind, and we are
    • told that it is an activity in the spiritual world. A man whose
    • activity is of great importance as a service to mankind.
    • guise the nature of their combined activity. The individual
    • contribution of each of the Brothers to this combined activity
    • spiritual activity, so that these streams flow together into a
    • combined activity is of the spirit, that it is spiritual life.
    • To live for others both in thought and action
    • Seemed but to give him joy and satisfaction.
    • With all the stirring facts he still can show;
    • Each object will arouse to life and action
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    • your attention to the fact that they must of necessity incorporate
    • wish to characterize without further ado — since we are not
    • maxim will have a certain significance for the activity of mankind in
    • a common characteristic peculiar to hundreds and millions of people
    • Swiss Folk Spirit, we would describe in abstract terms a few
    • characteristics peculiar to the people inhabiting the Swiss regions
    • characteristic example. First, we study the being of man. From the
    • the most intractable member of his being. When our present physical
    • factor must be borne in mind. We human beings (on Earth) are now
    • have just characterized. We doubt their reality as little as we doubt
    • our life on Earth; it penetrates into it and acts upon it. The
    • question now is: what form does the activity of these higher Beings
    • spiritual aspect the activity of such Beings will be different from
    • movements of his astral body and can be active in the world
    • independently of his physical body, activities which are denied to
    • spiritual activities now at work to some extent in the external world
    • will also be active within the human being at some future time.
    • activity. If we survey the various peoples on Earth and select out
    • individual examples, then we see in the life and activity of these
    • peoples, in the characteristic attributes peculiar to these peoples,
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    • None the less, if the activity of these Beings, of these Folk
    • whose activity is expressed in this physical form must give some
    • factors determine the distinctive features or characteristics of a
    • vegetation, with the characteristic configuration of the rocks, does
    • depends in fact not only upon the etheric emanations from the soil,
    • external factors to some extent. Every one of these etheric auras is,
    • active principle in the etheric forces. Indeed only that aspect of
    • how does the activity of the Archangels, the Folk Souls, work into
    • characteristic of the person who lives in this etheric aura of the
    • people. This etheric aura acts upon the three temperaments, the
    • commingled and interact in a wide variety of ways. There are infinite
    • possibilities of interaction, as when one temperament influences
    • national characteristics of an individual are determined by that
    • the Folk Spirits are active everywhere. They follow, however, the
    • path peculiar to them. The fact that they work into the temperaments
    • a volitional act, a necessary part of their mission. At the same time
    • it reacts upon him. And equally, the activity of man reacts upon the
    • the etheric body of the people; then picture the interaction of the
    • character within a particular people. Having said this, we have, in
    • should by no means have exhausted the characteristics of a people if
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    • is also involved in this activity. In so far as he is involved in the
    • folk-characteristic of the individual human being.
    • of man is active in all three members of his inner life, in the
    • as man's inner life which is the field of ego-activity is
    • measure the three angles of a triangle with the aid of a protractor
    • an operation in pure thought by the power of your own inner activity;
    • selected this example because it is the simplest and most practical
    • is impossible for him to receive tactile impressions of objects. Such
    • limitations that he can only conceive of the activity of the
    • Archangels in terms of abstractions, such as the truths of
    • joys or sorrows of life, all colours and sounds, in fact all sensory
    • an enthusiast, but he is never a practical man. We must not receive
    • defines the extent of their actual participation. You must therefore
    • The ‘I’ of the Archangel is, in fact, two stages higher,
    • Intellectual or Mind-Soul. Their activity is, by comparison, of a
    • are the specific characteristics of the world of the Archangels or
    • Folk Spirits? The world of man is characterized by the fact that he
    • individualities. He meets with some who respond more actively to the
    • Such are the characteristics of the world of the Archangel who,
    • to be less productive, less active and to lose their inner vitality.
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    • members testify to the activity of the spiritual Beings during the
    • closely and watch the activity of the several Beings do we begin to
    • Exusiai. If we follow the activity of these Beings alone and ask
    • predominantly active in him, we shall find that they are the donors
    • Spirits of Form only wished to embark on their chief activity, the
    • then, that precede the actual birth of the ego at the age of twenty
    • Spirits of Form intended, in fact, that man should incarnate only at
    • fourteenth to the twentieth year he would be very active inwardly,
    • we only take into account the activity of the Spirits of Form it is
    • remained at the stage of the Spirits of Form and are now active in
    • these Beings who actually control us; the periods of our maturity and
    • specific characteristics is unrelated to the middle third of life.
    • is born are active in him. All these factors determine his racial
    • character, and the abnormal Spirits of Form, those Spirits or Powers
    • characteristics thus acquired may also be inherited by his
    • explains why racial characteristics can be inherited and why, as we
    • racial characteristics were determined by the locality where man was
    • and racial characteristics were hereditary from the beginning of the
    • how, in our own time, the national characteristics prepare in their
    • turn the break-down of the racial characteristics and begin to
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    • facts underlying our present investigation we must transcend those
    • of the facts presented in this lecture course. For this reason these
    • national and racial characteristics may, nonetheless, provoke
    • order to acquire a full understanding of the characteristics of the
    • clearer to us in certain respects than the folk characteristics of
    • folk characteristics which belong to a more distant epoch, in order
    • to have a yardstick for determining the characteristics and tasks of
    • outline of the racial or folk characteristics.
    • product of the cooperative activity of a normal and abnormal Spirit
    • illusion; it is a result of the activity of the in-streaming and
    • the activity of the Thrones is neutralized by the Spirits of Movement
    • Spirits of Movement acting and reacting upon each other would not be
    • intervention of another activity which is remarkably persistent and
    • of the activity of the Spirits of Form with the Spirits of Will (the
    • them into form. We can therefore point to the cooperative activity on
    • Beings. On the one hand we see the activity of the Spirits of Form
    • who work inward from the cosmic sphere and unfold their activity in
    • of Will. But another element is always associated with this activity.
    • activity of these two Hierarchies that we owe the configuration of
    • Form first weave and work. Since, however, the activities of light
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    • comprehensive picture was given of the cosmic activity of the three
    • of Form to act independently. These are the same spiritual Beings who
    • wish to find in the Cosmos the sphere of activity of the normal
    • activity of the abnormal Spirits of Form should provoke too great a
    • lest the simultaneous activity of the abnormal Spirits of Form, who
    • Jehovah. If you wish to follow His activity in the Universe you must
    • cooperated with His six colleagues to counteract the forces of the
    • normal Spirits of Form were obliged to modify their activity by
    • we wish to have a clear idea of the activities of these normal
    • or Jehovah, from the sphere of the Moon acts as a counterpoise by
    • activities of these Spirits of Form are influenced by the activities
    • active in a particular region of the Earth's surface, then only
    • racial character are “Jupiter men”. If we cross the ocean
    • characteristics peculiar to the peoples spread over the Earth, an
    • accordance with these determining factors the grand design is drawn
    • etc. It is an image of cosmic activity and reflects the planetary
    • to that which actually makes him into man. When he looks up to the
    • racial character cannot at first work directly into his higher
    • vehicles. They are active first of all in these reflections of the
    • directly into the physical body, but they are active in the three
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    • connected with the fact that in late Atlantis and for some time
    • Archangel to act as his vice-regent. In ancient times, therefore, the
    • characteristic is peculiar not only to myths and teachings about the
    • abstraction of the Unity underlying all things was divided into a
    • synthesizing activity of the ‘I’ has been distilled by
    • language of objective fact often leads to quite different conclusions
    • Time Spirit who was active in ancient India bad already risen in
    • Golgotha, without the activity of certain guiding and directing
    • an act of renunciation such as we have spoken of. Because the Greek
    • similar act of renunciation took place on another occasion, and this
    • special act of renunciation and had undertaken a special mission.
    • This is a typical example of how, in such a case, an act of
    • an act of renunciation, a sacrifice on the part of one of these
    • Here then is another example illustrating an act of renunciation,
    • Christian Time Spirit in order to coordinate their activities. Both
    • the simultaneous activity of many Folk Spirits, filled with a spirit
    • of liberty, each acting independently and who therefore made it
    • compromise with one of the former Time Spirits who were active before
    • Time Spirit — who continues the activity of the Greek Time
    • Spirit — so that in fact, in a remarkable manner, there
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    • character of Teutonic mythology. In the last lecture I pointed out
    • unique character of the Teutonic mythology throughout all the
    • essential characteristic of Greek mythology, to say nothing of the
    • mythology, and so on. To anyone who knows the real facts this
    • the practice to compare externals. The impression created by the
    • comparative studies of religions upon one who knows the facts is
    • characteristics of the Beings in the various legends may be very
    • can scarcely understand the fundamental character of Teutonic
    • Whence all the activity and positive influence of the various Angels
    • Archangels and Angels and all those spiritual Beings who were active,
    • Spirits of Wisdom, to that which was later characterized by the Greek
    • additional factor which may help to clarify our understanding. The
    • bold, clear outlines of the influence or positive activity of the
    • recollection of the activity of the Angels and Archangels, but they
    • activity of the Angels and Archangels who were still active in their
    • subject to the Folk Spirits were still active in their souls; hence
    • the new. They perceived an active weaving of real spiritual powers at
    • above man. The old Gods, however, who were active before the Gods
    • who were active in the very far distant past at the time of old
    • Nordic ma experienced the activity of Odin at a time when he was
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    • of the physical world. Their reaction to this physical world was such
    • our last lecture — and the facts confirm this — that the
    • human being distinct from itself, then in the act of cognition one is
    • really dealing with two factors, with the knower, the cognizing
    • agent, and the known. In the formal act of cognition it is irrelevant
    • external world was a purely instinctive one. The decisive factor in
    • spiritual science of all ages that is familiar with the real facts,
    • is organized for activity in the external world; hence he has his
    • this time the Indians pursued exactly the opposite course. They lived
    • awareness of the fact that there are two influences at work on man as
    • active being in the world. With his clairvoyance Nordic man felt
    • solid and reliant and is determined to act independently. Nordic man
    • his desires and actions and causes him to suffer a greater
    • then, does the Luciferic influence act? It penetrates into the astral
    • attention to the fact that the materialistic scientists of today
    • this kind of mistake. Externally the real facts may often be exactly
    • consequence of the tendency to falsehood which is active there. The
    • external facts.
    • facts. This terminology is an integral part of the grandeur, that
    • facts in the form of pictures and I could perhaps enumerate many
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    • the activity of the various Folk Spirits has furthered the
    • Folk Spirits enjoined upon men to act more on their own initiative it
    • developing ego-consciousness. He then returned to his activity in the
    • organ of perception was the Sentient Soul; and the characteristic of
    • Mind-Soul in which he was active. He himself was only able to work
    • related to the activity of the etheric body, the Greek culture
    • peoples of Western Europe can finally be explained by the fact that
    • characters in their positive and negative aspects you will find that
    • able to understand, however, the peculiar characteristics of those
    • can be attributed to the fact that the impulse of the Spiritual Soul
    • different way. This accounts for that characteristic trait of
    • remark, so characteristic of the man, when, in answer to the
    • question, “What is the abstract?” he replied: “The
    • abstract is for instance an individual who fulfils his daily duties —
    • abstract theorist was therefore abstract to Hegel. What to the purely
    • abstract theorist are mere thoughts, were to him great, mighty
    • for the peculiar character of the Slavonic peoples who are our
    • creatively active in air and fire, in all the elements in and above
    • which characterize this fifth plane or spiritual world are to be
    • reveal to mankind a fraction of what it holds in store. But if we
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    • unless he realizes that this event actually took place.
    • been a matter of actual vision. This Goddess offered the human bodies
    • you can read how miscegenation and contact between different peoples have
    • indicating that the blood is an essential factor in the development
    • or pictures is no flight of fancy, but actually stems from the
    • A man performs some act and at the same time feels himself impelled
    • a very deep truth concealed in the fact that the struggle between the
    • This may be seen from the fact that a picture has been found in the
    • the factual truth.
    • moment the facts are open to other interpretations we should be
    • prepared to act differently. Facts and facts alone must decide. We
    • are compelled by the needs of the situation to present the facts as
    • acting in accordance with the Christ principle. Since this principle
    • profess a Christianity which proclaims that Christ was active in all
    • people assembled here. Those, not of Norse extraction, who have come
    • it by the facts of life itself. For in life too, at every stage of
    • down dogmas and claim that the facts are such and such and must be
    • active mind and you will find confirmation of what has been said as a
    • nature of the facts alone determine their truth. He must bear this in
    • contributions to the common weal. Each people must practice
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    • the focus of our spiritual-scientific activity here in Munich. This
    • European cultural development when the several activities of the
    • minds were directly concerned with the practical affairs of everyday
    • have a faint reflection, an abstract reflection, in our science and
    • actions of everyday life. Then what we call profane life will became
    • These sacrifices are in fact being made, but men are as yet too
    • given a sacerdotal-religious character in sacrifice to the higher
    • These two factors
    • characterised, and to connect them with the names of Persephone and
    • significance of Goethe's action in immersing himself in the
    • whole of his work, Goethe made his first contact with the spiritual
    • practical and aggressive forms it takes — so Persephone is the
    • outpoured over the fields and penetrated the activity of
    • ‘chastity’ — as today we abstractly call it —
    • are not successful it is because the powers behind our activity do
    • means easy sacrificial task actually experiences something spiritual.
    • be in the hands of actors who are striving for spiritual knowledge.
    • experienced in the depths of the actor's soul.’ In many
    • co-operating with us should have freedom of action as regards his own
    • part, so that each one can feel that every action he makes and every
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    • extent the actual knowledge, of what we are now endeavouring to
    • Greece. We draw attention to the fact that in primeval times the soul
    • world and how cosmic forces appeared to them as actual forms or
    • figures; so that men did not then speak of abstract forces, but of
    • separation there must have been a point of contact somewhere. How
    • scholarship has nothing but a few abstract ideas to offer in this
    • nature of this act, and only one — a goddess — partook of
    • brings home to us the fact that the way man looks at the wonders of
    • whole wondrous action comes alive for you in the Pluto scene of the
    • the human soul? This rape of Persephone has in fact been going on
    • eyes, my brain, my organism, and are active in me, these very same
    • with the substances I take in also the forces active in them.’
    • which are active in them, and that it is these forces which construct
    • compact, than the bodies of those men who were still able to give
    • is taking in forces which are active in the inner earth, whereas
    • supple. And what is active in the sub-earthly realm, the realm
    • fruit from the Earth, so also is what comes from Demeter active
    • active within the Earth and not on the Earth's surface, so does
    • nature — her forces which were active in the plants and caused
    • I accomplish something in the world, I do so because forces active in
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    • of our hand is an expression of our own soul-activity. When we move
    • our hand from left to right, we know that a mental activity lies
    • something outside us which we study according to abstract laws,
    • divine-spiritual activity — was unknown to the Greeks. We shall
    • spiritual creation, divine-spiritual activity, entered into every
    • learn to feel again that the spiritual is active in everyday events
    • there are also other occurrences which can be accepted as facts, just
    • as the facts which follow the physicalmathematical-chemical laws, but
    • Strader's character and his inner experiences illustrate how
    • such an event acts upon the heart as an ordeal of the soul. This
    • To such people it is a necessity to inquire into the characteristics
    • And the fact that attempts are made, that societies are established,
    • to examine the activity and nature of laws in the physical world
    • only that the chemical and physical laws active in his physical body
    • human organism. He no longer experiences the important fact that what
    • are the two facts of which the wise men of ancient Greece already
    • become active within, so outside us in the cosmos those forces are
    • active which form the rainbow out of the ingredients of Nature; there
    • work in himself, and the forces active outside in the macrocosm;
    • circumstances commit some action which causes him happiness or
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    • human soul, within the microcosm; in actual life we can scarcely
    • find in evolution that one thing, one epoch, is never exactly like
    • in a very abstract way. Things are not like that in the real world;
    • there are all sorts of distinctions. As a matter of fact, there are
    • epoch it was Angels who were the actual leaders of the epoch. How did
    • what he said and did and what he taught was spoken and enacted in him
    • great leaders of civilisation were actually men (I am not now
    • lowest of the Luciferic ranks. What then was the actual task of these
    • higher worlds. In the same way the Archangels, who when they acted as
    • who have accepted the Christ, but in the action upon our own epoch of
    • abstract, entirely unspiritual. We have the urge to rise to
    • reflect upon this other factor that we are able to grasp not only the
    • lectures, but who can only gradually be fully characterised — I
    • only one characteristic of the Christ — that He once descended
    • that it is actually in the twentieth century, actually in our own
    • defined in this abstract way, as bodies through which the gods
    • point of attraction of a material nature to which other material
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    • have. In fact, compared with the gods of Egypt or Persia, the Greek
    • their gods as so human. This very fact may well prompt us to ask
    • Jahve, as the extract of the Elohim, means life itself to the ancient
    • upon a time, exactly in the manner of today, a human soul, centred in
    • larger, it broadens out, it is in fact the macrocosmic counterpart of
    • the cosmos. They actually dwelt on the physical plane, and were, in
    • with his ego, as poured out into cosmic space. He is in fact outside
    • realise that it describes quite realistically, in all detail, actual
    • of the stuff of his own soul! Capesius does actually feel as if what
    • without the impact of Greece, it is no less so without the impulse
    • civilisation, however steeped in imagery and fantasy. Thus actually
    • developed in such a way that in fact man cannot do otherwise than
    • separation, individualisation, isolation. Thus Hera plays an active
    • In point of fact it
    • which man does in fact tend to cut himself off as an isolated person
    • fact that in our hearts we can still develop a different kind of
    • intermingled with them that their egotistic character can to a
    • abstractions, over mere ideas, as other men do about real life’
    • — meaning by that the satisfaction of hunger and other lower
    • in the Greek myth in the fact that the Dionysos-nature is concealed
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    • the form it took. Since our actual subject is ‘Wonders of the
    • structure, is actually the Greek reply to the question ‘What is
    • dry-as-dust, prosaic, abstract wisdom. And if we want to make real
    • aspect. Abstract logic, abstract intellectual thinking, is always
    • see that it has been activated by contradictions. If at some later
    • bearer’. The outstanding characteristic of this human ego
    • extremely important fact. Let me put it in another way, half
    • any abstract concepts.
    • today actually does not measure up at all to the inner being of man.
    • by today is in fact a real contradiction, and the Greek felt that
    • Then the human form would be different from what it actually is. If
    • man who actually walks about the earth? He is neither the ego-less
    • imbued with a kind of science more profound than our modern abstract,
    • sentimentality, lies in the abstract, empirical science of today,
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    • Spiritual Science has to say about the human mind in the act of
    • Admittedly, work does take place in the brain in the act of
    • talking expressly of the content, or of the activity of mental
    • philosophy and psychology are based, that in the act of cognition
    • the inward super-sensible activity of the three higher members of the
    • this activity may become evident to the human being himself, in order
    • nothing of the act of cognition, takes place anywhere within this
    • they are reflected through the activity of the brain and thrown back
    • we see when as earthly men we become aware of what actually goes on
    • necessity a complex activity takes place in order that it can become
    • saying is for most men of today an abstraction, because they have no
    • I used the word dichten for an original activity of
    • German for what is indicated in an abstract way by geboren werden
    • reaching in this way right into the activity of mental
    • mystery, by not using merely the abstract phrase geboren
    • wants to characterise the things of the spiritual world, which lie
    • fact that one will probably be looked upon as stupid, because one
    • when they are discussed in abstract terms — they were then in a
    • teacher of the pupils who were sufficiently prepared was in fact the
    • journey from Europe to Asia and back, actually incarnated in a
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    • respect than our abstract ideas, which are too impoverished to be
    • undergone a certain preparation. The ordeal thus lies in the fact
    • actually is.
    • changed by what flows therefrom, not as abstract content, but as life
    • a mask, one hides this fact from oneself by saying, ‘I want
    • most unselfish actions are performed for our own sakes, for by
    • complexity of the facts of life will be recognised in wider circles
    • superficial, is the contribution of the abstract science of today.
    • another side. We cannot come to know occult facts by pinning
    • ourselves down to a few abstract concepts; we have to approach the
    • truth by throwing light on the facts from all sides. The paths of
    • with the physical element not actually present. When Earth evolution
    • clear that, in fact, man's appearance today is quite different
    • by way of the pineal gland our etherised blood reacts upon our brain.
    • solidification, but also a reverse process of rarefaction. When we
    • This duality in the whole of cosmic activity only started from the
    • in fact related to the other as our thoughts are related to our real
    • merely the thoughts of the others? Because of certain characteristics
    • thoughts. And just as man actually first comes to know himself in his
    • ourselves in a mirror. Thus in fact the Luciferic beings are backward
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    • have seen further that it is in fact because this newly-formed
    • These forces actually stream into man from below, they are directed
    • conspicuously active.
    • of all that they represent by their abstract and tidy genealogical
    • directions. Actually it is quite wrong to describe the animals which
    • of the lion, with all the characteristics of the leonine
    • active. They are the creatures belonging to the bird kingdom. Our
    • abstract zoology will one day be very much astonished to have to
    • have in fact what a clairvoyant culture, which was inwardly aware of
    • in fact came about during the Atlantean time; so that one can say
    • pure white dove, which represents as it were the purest extract of
    • Jordan with the dove hovering over him we have in fact the expression
    • stream and said that it was only able to be what it has in fact
    • is actually the body of Christ.’
    • Earth, did in fact take possession in the mysterious moment of the
    • Baptism by John in the Jordan. In fact, through that event an
    • accessible to us, and its purest extract, which previously,
    • interaction, between all that streamed from the Earth and formed the
    • contact the brain, cool down. Modern science of course says
    • fact there is such an etheric current from the heart to the head.
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    • satisfaction, arrives at something of which he can say that it
    • other way. Through this activity man demonstrates that he is not
    • the most arresting Beings and facts of the world-process. It was said
    • seems a marvel by finding, through its own activity, a kind of
    • aware that in one or another fact, one or another thing in the world,
    • lies in the abstract ‘laws of nature’ of today, is the
    • tenuous ideas, devoid of reality, and our abstract laws of
    • abstractions will not succeed in feeling this great impoverishment as
    • scientific path which is quite practicable, even though to modern
    • path into a much more vital reality than the purely abstract laws of
    • world’, along the lines of abstract science, finds himself at
    • today — which are bound to be abstract, because they are derived
    • by the thought: ‘You are actually the aim and goal of the gods.
    • form? Here we encounter once more a characteristic phenomenon of the
    • already often had to refer in these lectures. In point of fact
    • in Spiritual Science as the facts of modern science. The development
    • of all that is here said. It is only that the facts are often least
    • the facts by modern philosophy and modern science does constitute a
    • facts themselves invariably support what we say here, but the current
    • explanation of the facts always constitutes a stumbling-block. It is
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  • Title: Lecture: The Mission of Raphael in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • study of Raphael's creative activity. There is no question of giving
    • all that preceded it seems to bear a different character from following
    • with the traditions of Greek culture are highly characteristic of the
    • of action existing in the inner being of the soul apart from the external
    • energy-pain has been characteristic of the onward progress of evolution.
    • fact the whole Papal system against which Savonarela directed his words
    • but in order to characterize as fully as may be the feelings that arise
    • the fact that man is a being whose life transcends everything below
    • not theoretically, or in an abstract sense, but with the whole soul
    • through the following sentries as a characteristic quality of the development
    • Here we are directed once again to a characteristic quality of this
    • follows cause as a natural matter of fact. It is only too easy in this
    • by leaps and bounds. Well and good, but the fact is that in a certain
    • and activities of those Spirits who developed onwards during the epoch
    • to his book on Raphael is remarkable, and moreover, deeply characteristic
    • always remain as a living witness of the fact that there was once an
  • Title: Lecture: About Horses That Can Count and Calculate
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    • with the facts relating to the horses of Elberfeld that can calculate
    • is a very characteristic feature of the present time.
    • they decided to observe these facts more closely, since the information
    • to be quite reliable. He could do excellent sums, extract roots, etc.;
    • he also found out the right card in a card trick, and so forth. In fact,
    • can actually pass from soul to soul was something which modern professors
    • The foundation of mathematical thinking can be explained by the fact
    • the horse acts in such a way that at the slightest instigation, with
    • wire between Earth and the one who is in contact with the horse. The horse
    • for instance, to extract the root of a number consisting of six or seven
    • immediately, and had no difficulty in extracting the roots of numbers
    • could not reckon anymore. In fact, he became quite wild. He felt that
    • It must in fact be considered
    • that the earth is the chief factor in this particular spiritual activity.
    • If we succeed in bringing about a contact through the special psychic
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    • The fact of this lecture being given is in response to the wish of the
    • immediately the fact shines forth, that by means of these national epics
    • only point to one fact with regard to the Greek Epics, to a fact which
    • facts of the Iliad work upon him, Hermann Grimm is again and again obliged
    • at the first lines of the Iliad that Homer speaks with exactitude. What
    • Iliad, of events which form the connecting link with the facts of the
    • fact appears at the very beginning of the Iliad; Homer does not begin
    • simply with facts, he does not even begin with any personal opinion,
    • to ask ourselves: — What do they actually mean?
    • of the Olympic Gods — enacted in unison with the deeds, purposes
    • work acts, absolutely from personal motives for a long time, so important
    • writings but often in personal conversation, and then much more exactly
    • Grimm spoke of an actual creative imagination permeating human evolution
    • the interaction of the super-sensible, divine spiritual powers, we do
    • their characters, in the dress of superhuman myths. There is much that
    • time at the Burgundian court are two very different characters —
    • characters in whom obviously forces are at work which are not to be
    • how characteristically do we encounter the Trinity in the three —
    • figures utter a remarkable language when we compare them in character
    • the field of action on which the facts take place of which we are speaking,
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • world, we have all this before us: these are the external facts. But
    • characteristic: they are not comprehensible without further
    • again, exactly repeated, we find there to-day the following saying,
    • of this kind, pointing to facts
    • solved, so that men may bring their soul-forces into activity.
    • receive more and more into their being and activity the order which
    • activity of the forces and substances within our skin, so, by taking
    • prepare our souls to become receptive to the activities that go on
    • conventional way of reacting to the outer world merely by putting on
    • the interweaving activities, the flow and ebb, of nature — only
    • planetary activity in the outer world can be inwardly experienced,
    • actively in nature's germinating and fruiting, it follows that
    • inner activity.
    • organism, but in a different guise. And so it is a fact that these
    • a meteoric activity. The effect of the raying in of the iron is
    • there to act as a powerful summons, a powerful spur to action, which
    • locomotives, our factories, on all sides we see how we
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • character of the Earth, we must of course not forget that when winter
    • This is a fact we must keep in the background of our minds. But just
    • exact footing. It has been possible to make dilutions of substances
    • up to one part in a trillion, and in fact to establish precisely the
    • now it has been raised to the level of exact science. The graphs
    • nature for the general activity of quicksilver, leading quite
    • give substance to the roots and enable them to act as the earthly
    • stand here on Earth, our head actually projects into a mixture of
    • characteristic of being porous, as it were, to the spiritual. Where
    • salt-crust, the Moon-forces are particularly active — I mean
    • Moon-forces are active in the Earth
    • spiritualised salt, activates everywhere this tendency towards
    • Moon-life, for it is chiefly the Moon-forces that are active in it.
    • told, consists of oxygen and nitrogen and other elements. But in fact
    • is always permeated in the daytime by the activity of the Sun. And
    • what does this activity signify? It signifies that the air up above
    • active, then nothing but the earthly would be there. But up above,
    • because the activities striving upwards from the Earth are taken up
    • into the activity of Sun and air, Earth-activity is transmuted into
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • factor in winter-time. We will study this first in the limestone
    • in the limestone, becoming steadily more active as spring draws on,
    • of living activity, and it acquires on this account an extraordinary
    • power of attraction for the Ahrimanic beings. Whenever spring
    • are really able to pursue their activities only within human
    • imagine it to be. The fact is that every spring the Ahrimanic beings
    • themselves with the cloud-formations and acquire an inner activity
    • there, among the active elemental beings, is permeated by Luciferic
    • and permeate all the activities that have risen up from the Earth.
    • acid is active in a higher region than it is in winter; it rises into
    • the realm of the plants, and there it comes under the attraction of
    • various activities are manifested
    • occur only in the spring, when the forces were active in the way I
    • freed are conception and birth. The fact that a
    • influences that are still active, but to-day I wished to show you how
    • in earlier times the aims of the Luciferic beings were actually
    • prospect that the Ahrimanic beings, since they cannot actually
    • abstract way, as the usual account suggests, but because
    • the soul and spirit of man. Those are the facts. They depend far more
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • have been turning our eyes on the active working of the spiritual in
    • becomes constantly more active, more satisfied inwardly, and
    • interweaving activity, coloured throughout with deep blue.
    • now within this radiant activity there
    • light. Through the power of attraction residing in the concentrated
    • characteristic raiment — the raiment which first lights up in
    • the moral world-order does not exist only in ourselves as abstract
    • of cosmic life, cosmic activity. It stands forth with inwardly
    • plays through our souls when we feel our way into great Uriel, active
    • foundation of active spiritual being. The Heights become Mysteries,
    • be read from the cosmic activity of Uriel. Here it is that
    • fact that the Christ, though the working together of the
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    • the year in four Cosmic Imaginations. The activities of four mighty
    • this is said because one essential fact
    • is not known — the fact that all external substances and
    • external flame stand towards the living activity that goes on in the
    • he sees how little are human errors compatible with the abstract but
    • errors with the living activity in the crystals of the earth.
    • work directly in man, but have also a characteristic further effect.
    • for his activity works into the forces of nature — we must
    • actually cause an image of the cosmos to arise in our heads,
    • activity of Raphael travels round the Earth, as Uriel does. In terms
    • Raphael who is active in the whole human breathing-system, regulating
    • he comes to know how Raphael is active in human breathing.
    • education: the breathing system comes specially into activity
    • body. A secret activity of healing resides in the breathing system,
    • breathing. And this is connected with the fact that the workings of
    • Gabriel has descended from his cosmic activity during the winter to
    • his human activity in summer, when his forces stream through the
    • Michael's gaze is positive, active. And his sword forged out of
    • fact. It is really shattering to read these words in the
    • These forces are active in the human metabolic system.
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    • speak of such a Fifth Gospel and that in fact no title is more
    • understanding. But is this, in fact, the case? Quite simple
    • was working, these dramas make the sovereignty and activity of
    • unsurpassed to this very day. The scientific exactitude of
    • study its progress as historical fact, observing what has
    • the Acts of the Apostles, without the Epistles of St. Paul, we
    • will consider what has actually come to pass. This, of course,
    • aggressive personality characteristic of Roman civilisation.
    • something about Tertullian that attracts one's attention
    • — but what exactly is it? That is the point of
    • remarkable fact that up to the Middle Ages the peoples among
    • to Christianity. The facts of history may seem,
    • is an external detail, but the fact remains that Copernicus was
    • by the Church. These facts only go to prove that the Church did
    • exactly is it that spreads? It is not the ideas nor is it the
    • of it. That is the strange fact. There is a mystery here, only
    • vision one investigates what actually happened then, an answer
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    • he comes into contact do not notice at all that he is in a
    • strange experience. The Apostles felt as if there had actually
    • consolation to every single individual, to say to him exactly
    • dawned in their souls an understanding of what had actually
    • a picture that represents an actual happening, one that is
    • clairvoyant gaze actually beholds a kind of darkening of the
    • when an actual, physical eclipse of the sun casts shadow over
    • matter but merely draw attention to the fact that a vision, at
    • acted, not as a light-bringer or solver of riddles, but rather
    • of the fact that human evolution had reached a stage where the
    • the ordinary sense of the word, of any infraction of the laws
    • then there actually comes before the clairvoyant
    • to discern it as a symbol of what has actually transpired in
    • tremor closes; the stone is hurled aside. These are all actual
    • they actually happened. I can imagine someone like Ernest
    • death of Jesus, been born into the earth. In the abstract, such
    • words seem facile, but one must for a moment actually be
    • outpouring, of the Spirit. The nature and character of the
    • spiritual picture, represented an experience actually
    • picture, while still intact, merged into the picture of the
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    • are the intermediaries between those who are the actual
    • the degree of the Sun-Hero, there became active in the soul of
    • activity of a single people. And just as one who was to become
    • out of his body and, during this time of absence, actually have
    • noble, beautiful writing and cheap fiction. The fact that a
    • benefactor of humanity, but who is then carried away by
    • Him. It can actually happen that a man like this makes the life
    • rendering of what actually came to pass: the begetting,
    • body of Jesus, we will, to begin with, only consider the fact
    • well confuse it with the actual body of Jesus of Nazareth.
    • contracts more and more into the human microcosm. Exactly
    • body of Jesus of Nazareth, contracted into earthly conditions
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    • actually been recorded, many other things may have
    • over, through a mystical act, into the other Jesus child
    • of the Fifth Gospel something that does not actually belong to
    • practices and ceremonies common to Mithras- or Attis-worship.
    • The fact, for example, that the Church of St. Peter in Rome
    • say that in its outward form the ceremonial practised in
    • heathen peoples by actual, physical observation — if one
    • may put it so. At that time, as the result of the mighty act
    • the priest was enacting the rites of the cult at many a heathen
    • altar and Jesus of Nazareth witnessed the whole act of worship,
    • he saw that numbers of demonic beings were attracted to the
    • had in many respects actually come to the point of taking the
    • wild, demonic powers which, attracted by these images and
    • exact place. It seems to me that the event took place on a
    • of the Essenes. The Essenes were people who practised a kind of
    • — If my doctrine, as it actually is, were to be led to
    • contact with the Essenes.
    • practised by the Essenes and their whole mode of life made a
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    • to realise it by studying the actual life of Christ Jesus. And
    • heart that had characterised his life. As a boy he had lived
    • contact with the external treasures accumulated by humanity, of
    • does not come from Judaism alone. And in fact Hillel was born
    • will relate it as it actually transpired.
    • Lucifer is, knew how souls on earth must act if they desire to
    • acts, the Spirit who descends from the heights; thou hast not
    • Ahriman actually had access, simply because it was necessary
    • actually healed. They went to their neighbours when they
    • Being were actually within him, and he would begin to speak
    • This band of disciples went about and came into contact with
    • was actually far away. His ether-body was among them and also
    • wrong one, for they all speak alike. Such an act would be of no
    • Ahriman, who in actual fact betrayed Him for the sake of money
    • character. At the conclusion of these lectures there comes
    • to-day already and the way they act is really very curious. I
    • another strange fact. There are people who have been saying for
    • remarkably forbearing with people who acted so unscrupulously,
    • arrogant or too limited to be willing to know the actual truths
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    • activity of the beings of the next higher hierarchy, the hierarchy of
    • with the fact that the human soul goes through repeated lives on
    • in youth we grew angry, and condemned this or that human action. If
    • understand. If we have the character that from birth some things
    • When we fill ourselves with wisdom, when we try in action and
    • cerebrum, the more activity is withdrawn (a thing unknown to external
    • become wisdom, we find ourselves in fact under a ‘tree,’
    • its activity.
    • exactly — the virtue of Courage. It contains the mood which
    • strength and activity. It can be said that this virtue comes from the
    • itself, but the forces which are active in the physical heart, remain
    • in the next incarnation. But the forces active in the heart reappear
    • if we do not practise the virtue of moderation. Those who like to be
    • where with his Ego and his astral body he is freely active, using his
    • Courage as the virtue active where man is only free with his Ego,
    • the divine. In practice Injustice is equivalent to the godless;
    • intemperate or cowardly actions. All that can be seized by Lucifer is
    • practise wisdom and justice without becoming selfless, as has been
    • have the right disposition for it, experience then in fact the spiritual
    • of the stream, where they are active, feeling ourselves united with
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • has actually become the servant, the mere tool of research.
    • The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
    • The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
    • practical effect. When we go further and further into the
    • semblance nature of thinking and, by actually pursuing the
    • man's development was once actually discovered —
    • as something actually harmful to mankind. But in successive
    • practice of yoga I am describing.
    • carriers of mental activity, the nerve and sense
    • processes. Actually, in our ordinary life, we never have
    • our respiratory rhythm. A connection, interaction,
    • his whole mental activity. In what direction did he alter it?
    • nature: the imagination was not all that unusually active.
    • swells and acts in the universe; whereas today, when we
    • robustness of life, with human labour and human activity as the
    • who had damped down this organism, did in fact gain pure
    • precisely the fact that, as the ascetics' experiences were able
    • accepted were in fact discovered by a genuine way of knowledge,
    • that of Patanjali. But as practised today, it certainly does
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • not arise from any actual doubts he has regarding the spiritual
    • again we know only through observation — what actually
    • the mental only as a kind of effect of it. The unsatisfactory
    • characteristics of thinking and feeling (volition is
    • capable of effectively activating the physical. It is then that
    • impartial observer of humanity with factual evidence of the
    • in experimental psychology, the fact remains: everything that
    • precisely because of the scientific character of this
    • ordinary life. And so, since for scientific reasons this fact
    • yesterday of exact clairvoyance. What the soul has to undertake
    • to the development of the soul, which thus in fact
    • have previously called dead and abstract thinking, becomes
    • plasticity, in his mental activity. And if you devote
    • life does he feel his thinking, in contrast to abstract
    • abstract thinking to vital thinking is exactly as if we found a
    • superficial as ordinary abstract thinking. It is full and
    • the balanced attitude, required during the actual exercises, to
    • completely controlled, conscious wakefulness, despite the fact
    • the fact is that anyone who falls into this kind of morbid
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • increasing consciousness is itself a factor in history.
    • there remain countless facts in history which are not
    • permanent and enduring character there. What men think in
    • characteristic of the early Oriental seer was precisely
    • this mental activity, there is no incorporation into memory in
    • the ordinary sense, but a momentary contact with the spiritual
    • world. If we later wish to regain this contact, we cannot
    • the experience, exactly as we return to a sensory perception.
    • This is one of the most important factors that authenticate
    • explanation. Anyone who has some contact with the spiritual
    • thirty times, no lecture will be an exact repetition of the one
    • in the very fact that they can never be completely solved. Such
    • characteristic of true spiritual vision that we should have to
    • self-possession, like that which is active in the solution of
    • virtue of the fact that our thinking cannot just be extended
    • actually developed from the handling of language. Anyone with a
    • actually derives from what language makes of our soul's
    • philosophy — can catch, in fact, the mood of Greece
    • characteristic of our age that modern man demands a
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • work on earth (and already briefly characterized in these lectures)
    • Oriental spiritual activity in favour of a “faithful
    • (to them) fantastic character. If so, we may ask: How, then,
    • that in what reaches us from this Eastern spiritual activity,
    • through the world! How we regard it by means of abstract
    • observation of the animal's shape and actions, and to enjoy the
    • of the temper I have just been characterizing as the one that
    • contact between the tempers of East and West in our present
    • spiritual life can be characterized in another way.
    • man that I should now like to characterize.
    • activity. We live in conjunction with the data of the outside
    • bearing within us faded, shadowy and, in fact, mental images of
    • memories of external, factual, sensory experiences. Of course,
    • is acting as a mystic and summoning something from the depths
    • is, of facts. Here within is the world of shadows in the soul;
    • replica of the world of facts and of the senses. Now,
    • spirit ceases to have the significance of something abstract
    • our organic functioning there is in fact a replica of what we
    • physical organs. We are entirely in agreement with what exact
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • with a rationalist is usually at an end. He reacts strongly to
    • spiritual form of existence. The reaction of the rationalist to
    • extraordinarily shrewd. Yet the fact remains that, as
    • activity and inner experience, we shall also realize that a
    • the sense in which we must in fact be men, if we did not
    • become active — that part of us which is beyond clear and
    • mysticism. It is a fact that even noble minds at the
    • within man, to reach the actual foundations of existence. But
    • do without? — Those who gain great inner satisfaction
    • observation actually falls on something like a mirror within
    • When we examine our own reaction to nature by means of this
    • ordinary consciousness is extinguished in the act of cognition.
    • abstract thinking into the world around us: one that carries
    • consciousness, we feel, in a super-sensible act of cognition of
    • the outside world, and that the act of cognition transforms
    • it gets the right temper precisely through the fact that, along
    • against the curious fact that, by making ourselves increasingly
    • able to enter into the outside world, we actually arrive at
    • to act as the organ of sight. If the eye were to fill with
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 6: Individual and Society
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • social reforms from first principles, in an abstract and
    • spiritual, does not remain at the abstract and Utopian level,
    • actually no party that is entirely mistaken in what it asserts.
    • treat these various standpoints exactly as if someone were to
    • formulated, almost as an abstract theory, however, is a feature
    • exists for his own satisfaction and the good of others. In this
    • respect, the men of earlier epochs were actually much closer to
    • to the characteristics of the present epoch. And for these he
    • activity, earlier ages added something that resulted simply
    • did not inhabit pure, abstract thought. But we need such
    • find our place in the world can never be determined by abstract
    • spiritual science takes us from abstract, dead thought once
    • again to vital thought, by which in fact we can penetrate not
    • it as a kind of mental bone-system. Until then, we actually
    • influence of intellectualism, in spite of the fact that
    • present. Nowadays, we speak in rather inexact terms, for the
    • The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
    • out of any reactionary instinct. What I have to say is in
    • very small area in fact, of present-day social needs. It can be
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 7: The Individual Spirit and the Social Structure
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • whole world. Only now, in fact, is the world gradually
    • the fact that not only economic and social relationships, but
    • try this evening to indicate what is actually happening in this
    • only to illustrate what is in fact a widely-held view — a
    • actually ordained by spiritual, extra-terrestrial powers and
    • practical detail. He has an immediate personal relationship
    • actual life, even economic affairs, may look to economic
    • practice first of all; but he is always looking over his
    • shoulder at something of a juridical-political character that
    • activities as a part of such a system. The Englishman has no
    • — though in fact it has not been realized to any great
    • us today. It was based on certain quite material activities of
    • were eaten. They regarded as a secret the fact that, by the
    • sensory activity is suspended, and he is taken back to times
    • and when spiritual life, too, was not yet so abstract as it
    • What they were actually asserting we again become capable of
    • spiritual laws were not so abstract as they are today. In
    • contact with the spiritual world through stimulating their
    • spiritual activity. This was in fact the way in which the high
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 8: The Problem (Asia-Europe)
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • attracted comment on many sides and has led a large part of
    • impact on us of such a statement.
    • full privileges of citizenship. Apart from the fact that
    • he sees it — into its fabric, are not in fact completely
    • When we come to examine the basic character of spiritual life
    • characterizing yoga. On the social side, it reveals itself when
    • This is, of course, connected with the fact that Oriental
    • and science were combined: in performing the ritual actions,
    • soul, but the fact that the individual was participating in a
    • was made principally through sacrifice and ritual act.
    • Yet the ritual act and its foundations in turn involved an
    • usually interpreted. He means in fact, as we come to perceive,
    • manner of its survival, however, was determined by the fact
    • this whole civilization was in fact built on slavery, on the
    • has actually received little attention. For community
    • him his authority, we are describing something that was in fact
    • constructed over the heads of the masses, who were actually
    • social order in our time was actually only decided with the
    • respect, in characterizing division of labour and its
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 9: Prospects of its Solution (Europe-America)
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • less. The fact is that mankind can prosper socially in all
    • this reason, I evoked a certain amount of satisfaction,
    • contact with the masses. Efforts in this direction were made
    • could see people working in factories for months on end, in an
    • into the factory and business, whatever its kind, and being
    • For example, if you start with quite simple scientific facts,
    • mechanistic and economic factors and the like. I was able to
    • show them that this is because in fact, from about the
    • my kind of popular instruction impossible, but the fact that
    • interest — with consumption and the satisfaction of human
    • inestimable value to us today. Its characteristic feature is
    • contact with our inheritance from the Orient and is thus
    • this fact has, of course, been noticed in a superficial way,
    • make contact with the whole man, then accounts of this
    • point to the element of natural creature active in man.
    • when we clearly perceive what we are actually doing, when we
    • matter of cognitive fact, is little understood nowadays,
    • the planet was actually like which preceded the earth,
    • drily, in abstract concepts, they may feel: There's nothing
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  • Title: Tension Between East and West: Lecture 10: From Monolithic to Threefold Unity
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    • the second half gives the impulse to right action.
    • anyone who has reacted to the social life of Europe in the last
    • institutions. Our institutions, in fact, run counter to what
    • practice, cannot be realized! There are differences of rank and
    • result from the fact that — as I stressed so much
    • decades, we become aware that in fact the essentials of the
    • They reside in the fact that there has
    • put into practice the wisest designs and establish, in a given
    • individual personalities are active in it. What is correct for
    • sort of thing, it is true, is often appreciated, in an abstract
    • beyond abstractions, however much they may fancy themselves as
    • practical thinkers. People in general, we thus discover, may
    • volition, they do not recognize in practice what they have
    • upward development, it resulted in a certain satisfaction
    • other social factors, which move in a parallel direction and
    • situation in which the standard of life was in fact raised
    • not with any lively and practical awareness of the social
    • active in any period, and all the rest of social life depends
    • the significance, for social life as a whole, of the fact that
    • are, however, also affected by another factor, one that has
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  • Title: Lecture: Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance
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    • something we all know, from the fact that during daytime
    • awake. But how the Will arises, and passes over into action, of this man
    • chalk, and think of this action, then you have of course an idea of
    • your thoughts when you are asleep. A great part of the activity of will
    • connected with them, we would develop an extraordinary activity. We
    • would follow the actions we perform right into the body; with everything
    • blood-vessels. You would see from within the activity of the blood,and
    • the activity of blood and nerves. This would be an inner enjoyment to your
    • own blood-and nerve activity. But during our earth-life we must be withheld
    • from this inner enjoyment of our own blood and nerve-activity, otherwise
    • our own inner being our own blood and nerve activity. We cannot
    • ones nerves and blood — to feel satisfaction in oneself —
    • in fact these have even been developed to a certain high degree in this
    • was in fact related to what lay at the root of the pythic clairvoyance
    • even if it cannot be described with the exactitude and precision of
    • in a sense stand far, or at least relatively far, from the activity
    • of blood and nerve. A release from blood and nerve activity must be
    • We have in fact worked
    • — when, with this closer contact, certain qualities which exist
    • of those who are active on the building; so that this labour which already
  • Title: Lecture: Pythic, Prophetic and Spiritual-Scientific Clairvoyance
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    • we all know, from the fact that, during daytime waking
    • and passes over into action, of this man can only dream in daily
    • think about this action, then you have of course an idea of it in
    • asleep. A great part of the activity of will while man is awake is
    • with them, we would develop an extraordinary activity. We would
    • follow the actions we perform right into the body; everything we
    • activity of the blood and the feelings attached to it, for example,
    • inwardly experience yourself, along with the activity of blood and
    • nerve activity. But during our life on earth this inner enjoyment
    • of our own blood and nerve activity must be withheld from us,
    • activity — we cannot do this — yet something happens,
    • satisfaction in oneself — is in general but a finer
    • the after-pleasure of eating and drinking, in fact these have even
    • clairvoyance, because it was in fact related to what lay at
    • with the exactitude and precision of modern spiritual science — you
    • from the activity of blood and nerve. A release from blood and
    • nerve activity must be attained.
    • We have in fact worked from cycle to
    • brotherliness and unity, and when, with this closer contact,
    • through the beautiful co-operation of those who are active on the
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    • certain historical, and also a few objective facts; and to-day
    • historical facts, and from these, and especially from the
    • personalities more characteristic of the World-Conceptions of
    • our own, the Post Atlantean epoch. A very, very characteristic
    • Augustine actually broke with Manichaeism because in the course
    • attention to the fact that through the mere observation of what
    • it can he characterised in the following ways: — St.
    • so, to such a thinker as St. Augustine, the fact is
    • my dear friends, the fact is that with reference to any
    • human evolution. One cannot get away from this fact; and it
    • Spiritual progress of mankind rest3 finally on the fact that
    • the fact that it is characteristic of the world-view of our
    • to a satisfactory philosophy through a grasp of one's immediate
    • perhaps, but the very fact of sleep contradicts it.”
    • life in which was revealed, not merely as an abstract life, but
    • true, even if not real inwardly.” The fact that one could
    • kingdoms of nature and man, is dependent on the activity of the
    • Moon. With this is also connected the fact that the Initiates
    • those pre-Christian conceptions depended on the fact that the
    • honoured as the cause of death. The fact that beings had to die
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    • that confronts us with facts as strongly and clearly today as
    • world will know what a distinct language these facts speak. It
    • language of the facts will find out in the not too distant
    • which are active in the great world-all are also active in the
    • human heart, in the soul, and in fact give this soul the
    • developing interesting notions about hidden facts, but rather,
    • is correct in practice. One that has applied himself to how, in
    • all the scientific character which it has developed up to now,
    • called upon to be active in human evolution. Taken in a higher
    • why. In theory things look different from practice; even the
    • power of practical thinking without Theosophy. Look at the
    • more closely. Congresses in general bear this character. If
    • those who busy themselves would care to descend into practical
    • their activity into guideposts in the realm of public life. As
    • facts, its special stamp. Whoever wants to see what will happen
    • these laws through some sort of abstract science. Theosophy
    • does not proceed abstractly. It proceeds from clear
    • facts, then I will say a few things concerning what it is
    • actually all about.
    • these facts. And in this connection people let themselves miss
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    • from a profound consciousness of the life and activity of the
    • those which are active from the moment of the earth's
    • inward compactness or completeness of Greek architecture,
    • express, in form, the action and speech of the soul on the
    • With this hasty survey, certainly inexact, we come to modern
    • objective facts of the world, but betray the fact that people's
    • actually only shame what they do not understand, as many a
    • in of stone to stone, there is no flowing in of sacred action
    • fact that only he can paint a Madonna who has an impulse in his
    • were absolutely right, only the future can show, when the facts
    • longings which could actually be satisfied within them if they
    • activity.
    • Himself a phase of deepening has dawned in His activity.”
    • that superficial symbolising practised everywhere by abortive,
  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture I
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    • adheres to facts without stopping merely at the surface of things
    • and the experience of the senses, and finds within these facts the
    • fact produced. If we take three philosophers of German spiritual
    • concept. Fichte, who wandered on these heights of abstraction,
    • philosophy is. In fact there could not be a greater contrast than
    • fact-world of concepts in a comprehensive, systematic frame,
    • concept as fact, where he is capable of experiencing it directly.
    • merely a playing with abstract words. If we wish to know Hegel's
    • writes: ‘Goethe seeks behind the sense-revelations the actual
    • These facts testify to the force of Goethe's
    • a way that the reader who is content only with externals has some satisfaction
    • deep significance every point and every fact has.
    • actually a short way downstream and buries them in the crevices of
    • Schiller's time. It is characteristic that Goethe and Schiller
    • might become a fact. The hand will gradually dwindle and finally
    • this has happened. The Youth had conceived the active desire to
    • strength, and still he was ever attracted to her.
    • quickly altered, and in fact it is so. We learn that the Old Man
    • of the whole situation can be actually attempted. For there is
    • on the other side, that through the contact with the Snake, who now
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture II
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    • figures,’ I cannot stress the fact sufficiently that what is to
    • he finds it repulsive or attractive, sympathetic or antipathetic. And
    • takes the will to be the origin of soul-activity. In a way that is in
    • abstract ideals we set before us, but of what we can accomplish in
    • subjected to the personal characteristics of a man, and when it
    • applied to the acquirement of knowledge, that, in fact they would
    • factor, and letting the matter speak for itself. This exclusion of
    • eliminate all the personal factor from feeling, so that the appeal of
    • thing that the thought and action of the man assume this or that
    • didactic poet was not content to say what this or that soul-quality
    • question of the characters meaning this or that. That is certainly
    • that soul-activity and transformed his feelings in connection
    • with one or the other soul-activity into one or the other
    • shown by the fact that the Ferryman has to refuse it —
    • proto-plant was an idea, an abstraction, which one receives when one
    • that human soul which moves in abstractions, and preferably in those
    • direction of the abstract. Now when they combine this
    • abstraction with something they come across as soul-power, this is,
    • excluded. This soul-condition, characterized by unproductivity and
    • abstraction, is represented to us in the Will-o'-the-Wisps. They take
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    • whether I do it or not, is all the same!’ If we permit a fact
    • Weimar is a literary work of a quite personal character into
    • part is a complete character picture of the inner human development
    • theosophical literature. He himself attempted the practice of
    • of a sharp, penetrating mind; he was not an unpractical man. He was
    • an advocate, but only practised for a short time. Those who
    • acquainted with his eminently practical mind. As advocate he knew
    • know that frame of mind which we can only characterize as the
    • character who had lived in the first half of the sixteenth century.
    • abstract or drawn from thought. They were ideas which could be
    • Faust influenced Goethe, and he entrusted to this character his
    • in his 70th year beginning to see himself in the character of
    • Faust. In this character he expressed all the
    • dissatisfaction, and all the sorrow proceeding from the
    • place the fact before our souls so that any feeling for such things
    • pain, ‘However artistically these characters are drawn,
    • characterized here as slumbering forces in man, and that through
    • spiritual world. He could believe that he came into contact with
    • characterized Him in a wonderful way:
    • ‘In the tides of Life, in Action's storm,
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    • the end of Part II, Act 3, Mephistopheles, who in this Act had worn
    • nowhere traversed in a satisfactory way. Now how does Part II
    • Faust II, Act I.
    • Faust II, Act I.
    •  The cataract, between the crags deep-riven,
    •  Life is not light, but the refracted colour.’
    • Faust II, Act I.
    • are not mere abstractions. He sees in the spiritual world the true
    • abstractly ‘Folk spirit and Time-spirit.’
    • souls, and that they make their own resolutions, human acts and
    • some meaning, becomes for Faust the expression of the fact that one
    • facts — as well as with the perceptions and feeling which
    • characteristic in the highest degree. Let us think of the entry
    • fact that he shows us the way into the spiritual world which he
    • reality of it, for that is explained simply by the fact that Goethe
    • That is the characteristic of the astral body, and he says
    • ‘Since I exist, then I must active be.’
    • live in continuous activity. He must be taken away to those
    • spheres, where he can actually combine spirit and body.
    • powers and beings which are active behind the physical-sense-world,
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  • Title: World History: Lecture I: Evolution of the Soul and of Memory
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    • who challenges us to take a step into a new sphere of activity, into the
    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • actual sphere of knowledge, it is generally held that the
    • exactly what that really means. Ten years ago you experienced
    • their head, who did not experience any such abstract content of
    • not give themselves up to abstractions as we do. To experience
    • my own image of the Earth-planet.’ Exactly as our modern man
    • Cosmic universe; the activities that come forth from herself
    • to receive the activities of the Sun. Now each human being, in
    • no longer so conscious of the fact. For an ancient Oriental
    • too that depend on the character of the Earth's relation and
    • contact with cosmic space. All that goes to make up the Earth,
    • have the abstract life of feeling still. But who of us knows
    • abstraction, from the solid, firm Cosmos — in the same
    • content, we find everywhere that for the action which we
    • said: Mars impels me, Mars is active in me. Going forward was
    • attention by giving him a push or a kick, the action would be
    • Sitting down was a Jupiter activity, and lying down, whether
    • experience only abstract thoughts! What are these in reality,
    • cleverest of our abstract thoughts. Anatomy and physiology know
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • dependent than in later times on the character and constitution
    • of the human head, was unknown. So too was the abstract feeling
    • by the human intellect in its matter-of-fact way with the aid
    • was weaving within him in a spiritual activity of the external
    • answer is astonishing; for the fact is, the Initiate of the
    • was different. Of course the abstract forms of letters which we
    • have to-day were unknown then; written characters were in more
    • Christianity as Mystical Fact,
    • of olden times. It is in point of fact always so in the course
    • characteristic instances that are a true expression of the
    • continually active within us — and are overcome
    • exactly of the dates — the condition of
    • have many times had to draw attention to the characteristic
    • instance, in the characteristic figures of Hector and Achilles.
  • Title: World History: Lecture III: Asiatic Mysteries of Ephesus, Gilgamesh and Eabani
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • Age. It was the last Act in the downfall of the Atlantean
    • We have already had to draw attention to the fact that during
    • with these connections. But an ancient humanity felt this fact
    • characters on twelve tablets. This text is based on older
    • Epic of Gilgamesh has in part the character of a Saga, and so
    • characteristics of the humanity of earlier times. Clear though
    • substances, enter, — it is none the less a fact
    • owing to the fact that in the personality of Gilgamesh we have
    • ancient Mysteries man could actually address himself to the
    • continues to act, although alone, not simply out of his own
    • was living an after-death existence, to speak and act through
    • speaking, it was a matter of clear and exact knowledge to man
    • and was returning home again, he did in fact possess a high
    • Nevertheless, — and this is the peculiar characteristic
    • it was characteristic of these two personalities that in the
    • and nitrogen and other substances, — containing, in fact,
    • Christianity as Mystical Fact,
    • Christianity as Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity
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  • Title: World History: Lecture IV: Atlantean Wisdom in the Mysteries of Hibernia, Gilgamish and Eabani at Ephesus, Logos Mysteries of Artemis at Ephesus
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • illusion, so that in fact true being is not accessible to man
    • consciousness of the illusory character of the sense-world is
    • attitude of despair: the illusory character, they felt, is so
    • Men shrink in terror before what inner development actually
    • Being and its illusory character. And now there awaited them a
    • scarcely be able to experience anything but quite abstract
    • This statue had a male character.
    • the side of it stood another, that had a female character. It
    • figure had been restored, and the statue was intact. Thanks to
    • receive in connection with the statue having a female character
    • rose is red, the sky blue, and so forth. But these facts make
    • experiences of quite a different character. Here he experienced
    • was indeed characteristic of the Greek that he took what had
    • indeed that held great tragedy for them. The fact is, Alexander
    • beings that were actually present to them before they entered
    • wonderful dramatic power the events that were enacted through
    • the two souls whom I have characterised.
    • point of fact it is only the writings that deal with logic or
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  • Title: World History: Lecture V: Mysteries of the East, West, and of Ephesus
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • great change that took place in the character of the Mysteries
    • actually there present.
    • outstanding characteristic of all ancient Oriental Mysteries
    • these Mysteries — the Spirit of Nature was actually
    • contact with the Mysteries, namely, with the Mystery of
    • Oriental Mysteries. It is characteristic of these that they do
    • the World-All. In Greece, on the other hand, the character of
    • Moon; no longer a living connection with what actually took
    • Mysteries of the Greeks had a pictorial or image-character.
    • characteristic of the Mysteries of the East.
    • adapted to the nature and character of the Greek. It was the
    • was in Alexander the Great had come into close contact with the
    • civilisation and taking on more and more the character of a
    • Greek character and culture is this fact: that in the Greek
    • of the old Divine Presence wherein man had contact with the
    • come again into contact with the Mystery of Ephesus, bearing
    • form a idea of this, we can rightly estimate the fact that on
    • is the fact that all over Asia larger and smaller academies
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VI: Mysteries of the Ancient Near East Enter Europe
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • expeditions of Alexander to Asia, is contained in the fact that
    • they form, as it were, the last Act in that civilisation of the
    • more general qualities and characteristics, we find that we
    • Herodotus describes the facts of history in an external way, he
    • action into line.
    • not derived from these Mysteries: he owes it to the simple fact
    • it was preceded by an actual living within those earlier times.
    • is testified by the fact that Julian the Apostate found it,
    • abstractions. In Rome the very Gods themselves became
    • abstractions. We have reached a time when mankind has no longer
    • although most men are not at all alive to the fact, another
    • world exactly as the men of ancient Atlantis had seen it.
    • the Mystery of Golgotha was being enacted in Palestine, in that
    • the same time that it was fulfilled in actual fact in
    • sublime event was being enacted in concrete physical reality,
    • characterise it as the age when man, if he wishes to remain at
    • that meant a great deal. For Aristotle's works have a character
    • authors, and his more abstract and logical writings are no
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VII: The Fifteenth Century and the Transition from Mind-Soul to Spiritual-Soul
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • real substance of man's nature to these material abstractions
    • was for them no mere general principle in the abstract: had
    • occurring in man. But lead is, as a matter of fact, distributed
    • this classification in practical life, especially if we want to
    • ‘practice’ in life, and one that depends at every step on our
    • ground. We say, the stone is heavy, it is attracted by the
    • inwards to it from every direction. Yes, it is a fact, such
    • by this very characteristic, that it is in a condition of
    • to hen. In actual fact it is not so. Every time the transition
    • can actually perceive in the form of man where the one kind and
    • obvious, their form is due to the fact that they are more
    • can actually find certain places in Nature where the physical
    • chemically recognisable in it, the albumen is in fact subject
    • piteously abstract, but to observe and note the marvellous
    • have a remedy wherewith to eliminate their over-activity. The
    • to establish the fact that the appearance is different in the
    • human being in a way that accords with the facts, unless we go
    • begin to act intensively upon it. They break down within you
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VIII: The Burning of the Ephesian Temple and the Goetheanum
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • exactly a year ago in our old Goetheanum, — those of you
    • character was devoted. And to-day you will allow me to speak to
    • in point of fact men of the old world, men of the old world who
    • action. And any man who was able to perceive the language of
    • contact with the Spiritual of the Cosmos. And after the pupil
    • to speak with abstract words; to speak spiritually demands the
    • exactly at the moment in its evolution when the Goetheanum was
    • that is divided by but a short space of time from the actual
    • impulse to action, then we shall also change the sorrowful
    • it rests with us to find in the pain the urge to action, to
    • action in the Spirit.
    • for action, upheld and guided in soul and spirit.
  • Title: World History: Lecture IX: World History in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • decisive act of establishing the new mysteries during the Christmas
    • scale are everywhere in evidence. Forces that are actively at
    • attracted extraordinarily large audiences so that the
    • this kind, one becomes attentive to the fact that something is
    • worthy of note. The fact of the matter is this: the impulse
    • to take with us from the Meeting for our further activity must
    • into the physical world and to live there as a practical,
    • intrinsic character of these concepts and ideas is such that
    • the abstract ideas which man applies to everything to-day. With
    • different connection there is another factor as well.
    • exist. If Dornach is to fulfil its task, actual happenings in
    • Dornach men must be able to hear of actual experiences, actual
    • forces, actual Beings of the spiritual world. Here there must
    • can then apply in the activity that is needed in this age so
    • is of essential importance that a branch of practical life such
    • genuine anthroposophical activity. It will be worked out now,
    • anthroposophical activity. In future we shall know exactly how
    • the practice of medicine people must be shown that ours are the
    • will come into being through our activity and devotion. And the
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    • inimical to religion were being practiced; and there is even
    • activity. Of course if anyone studies Goethe's world-conception
    • and what he did by considering only what is actually written in
    • up actively his impulse-filled suggestions, and tries to gain
    • what can be gained from Goethe, an act of homage to the
    • from an act of homage, an act of gratitude, then no one, as I
    • which are the exact opposite of what is really intended. For it
    • what in our day is won for humanity and for practical life in
    • of dissatisfactions with life. People feel a certain
    • to today. And if I am to characterize this concept, I should
    • fantasy acts in the most extravagant way to metamorphose these
    • heart-action, disturbances in the organism, are
    • kind of outer forces, the human life took its course exactly as
    • we can, of course, have a feeling about it, but exact
    • brought about by conscious soul-activity, in the same way that
    • deliberation, that it points to a spiritual activity of
    • activity of representation accomplished in ordinary life? Well,
    • life. We can try to take up with inner activity concepts of any
    • with inner activity upon such a concept, so that we surrender
    • surrender to an active living in representation, in my books,
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    • are now contacting is not possible unless one looks more
    • an abstract Ego of those shadowy ideas and concepts which fill
    • Personality, in the 20th Century.” The fact does not enter
    • the fact that especially in our present cycle of time, man, when he
    • are not then active; but they are not inactive. They are then in
    • the fact that in the present cycle of time the Ahrimanic powers are
    • consciousness; it is essentially a characteristic quality of
    • Nature. It is an important fact, that this change took place in the
    • a characteristic delusion of life, and after the Mystery of
    • what I have characterised to you as the delusion of man, can be
    • Demons, as for the most part they were. And that rests on the fact
    • abstract concepts. And so came the centuries where, in place of the
    • they put abstract ideas, a metaphysic of abstract concepts. The
    • as in the place of living Gods there now appeared abstract,
    • earth; one came to command and the other to obey. Abstractions
    • social order was kept by writing documents, by making compacts.
    • brought disbelief in the abstract concepts, in metaphysics.
    • not as yet realise aright the fact, that the very concept of Truth
    • This extraordinary fact, my dear friends, is not realised now. It
    • revealed in the course of what actually happens, that one can do
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    • Art and Practical Questions in the Light of Spiritual Science.
    • Art and Practical Questions in the Light of Spiritual Science.
    • actually found everywhere in our study of spiritual science,
    • bound up with the fact that processes of destruction are
    • life of the body, from that moment the processes, activities,
    • system (see diagram). Clairvoyance actually sees the
    • anything is actually destroyed by initiation, but through
    • the macrocosm is merely an abstraction, Nor should we think
    • that we can do very much if we hold to abstract ideas about
    • time our activity is only equal in value to that of the
    • and death. This process is concentrated in actual physical
    • and discard the whole body. And the act we thus perform, this
    • that has absolutely no meaning for them. It may actually
    • cannot always act in such a drastic way as was done recently
    • away.” The man had actually bought a ticket. It can't
    • that he actually feels himself as microcosm in the macrocosm,
    • actual living-together-with-the-dead only when we can see in
    • into this time what we now experience out of this actual
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    • science should recognise exactly the value of spiritual
    • scientific activity as such, and its relation to the personal
    • unity of the world? How they only find satisfaction when they
    • of fact, the external world meets us most eminently as a
    • unity, arrive at all possible abstractions in thought, while
    • satisfactory view of the world in five minutes. I need hardly
    • into three worlds. And we must not lose sight of the fact
    • our head, and also the beings active and creative in these
    • the cosmos, as if by a spiritual electric attraction.
    • an imaginative character, tinged with feeling.
    • will, to a connection with the actions of spiritual beings of
    • necessary for the satisfaction of certain needs of knowledge,
    • what I must call a universal scientific character; it will
    • character. This results as a self-understood tendency from
    • efforts which lie on this path, does the shadowy character of
    • if we contract this surface, then supposing it to be a pale
    • infinitely disagreeable to many; the fact that they have to
    • these the etheric body, astral body, and ego are active. All
    • through the fact, that whereas the other clairvoyance starts
    • character which they have in ordinary, everyday life. In
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    • nature. From the facts adduced, we tried to prove that a
    • can only obtain a satisfactory reply by examining the
    • to foolhardiness — that is, unbridled activity in the
    • action. If it were fitting for man always to observe the
    • not only a possibility, but an actuality; for as man
    • act is a process of destruction, and the moment man sees that
    • impulses are in fact never better guided than when we take a
    • actual foundations of morality and do not stop at the mere
    • souls with widely different characters, racial and national
    • actions.
    • is something which makes the mind ever more active, helps us
    • that time the ancient impulse of wisdom was active.
    • action, between apathy and sensuous passionate devotion. The
    • regulated by nature, and were so far active that the right
    • together in relatively small tracts of country in the
    • counteracted by a spiritual conception of the world, so that
    • to describe truth as a characteristic of our times.
    • false, and place the facts before him. As a rule, you will
    • dwelt on this many times, and also on the fact that
    • characteristic and striking example of Francis of Assisi. The
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  • Title: Karma of Vocation: Lecture I
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • characterizes him especially as a personality of the fifth
    • like to bring before your souls the very facts pertaining to
    • symptomatic of the character of our time than one might assume.
    • mayors of Frankfurt were chosen. This fact alone signifies the
    • supposed. In telling how he practiced the piano,
    • activity, as he is also inclined to escape from her and
    • certain matter-of-fact way to what people in those days thought
    • was a little chilled. But he was still more chilled by the fact
    • must realize how much passed through his soul as he actually
    • grasped everything that was then known of the facts of nature
    • created characters directly from human individualities; who
    • possessed nothing of all the unity of time, place, and action
    • and action.
    • could return home. The practice of law began, but there was a
    • at an inn during the revolution! The lawsuit had actually
    • world of ideals, must be deficient in practical life. He was
    • point to their busy schedules and call attention to the fact
    • related to his work. But in addition to being just as practical
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • destiny. This fact will, perhaps, explain to you the detour I
    • contact with painting and the art of the theater while scarcely
    • actually occurred and a tile had fallen on Goethe's head when
    • create a Faust — in fact, actually wrote a fine scene.
    • to the fact that his organism was consumed by his mighty,
    • You will recall that I reminded you yesterday of a fact that
    • active until then. It was loosened to such an extent that,
    • really makes it possible to form concepts, to think. Abstract
    • disposed, come about through the fact that the etheric body is,
    • magnetic union. It is also through this fact that we possess a
    • So long as we merely consider the external biographical facts
    • anyone possessing a compact connection between the physical and
    • thing. Such a person simply lives in direct contact with the
    • Goethe and the fact that, as we learn from his biography, he
    • not present in Schiller. For this reason, he creates characters
    • indirect contact with life, and thereby he prepares his karma
    • etheric body, through the physical body to such a firm contact
    • acquaintances, he realized that he was unintentionally actually
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • understanding, and it corresponds exactly with the spiritual
    • scientific facts. But the truth is that we give only a part of
    • vivid activity in the rest of the human organization. It is,
    • that the action that the ego and astral body bring to bear upon
    • fact that the nervous system of the physical organism is a
    • system is related with the actual ego. These are the primary
    • active relationship exists during the state of sleep between
    • actually happens to someone and his etheric body is loosened.
    • brings about another. If one expresses what I characterized
    • is actually happening as a result of this experience? What does
    • called your attention to the fact that the air that you hold
    • professionals. They were actually enraptured, especially when
    • more objective understanding, how much intellect, is actually
    • As a matter of fact, the enormously important achievements and
    • writing such learned tracts on the Mannheim dog and other dogs,
    • abstract thinking whatever, but only through the succession of
    • it strange how closely actual thinking is approached and
    • actual reflection. It turned out, however, that the dog
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • fact that each person belonged to a certain class into which he
    • were brought into contact with the universe, the cosmos, the
    • action.
    • the earth's aura. By putting these individuals into contact
    • in this respect; we must simply recognize this fact. The
    • time, I called your attention to the fact that what constitutes
    • their vocational activity that will be the first potentiality
    • for Vulcan, just as the Saturn activity was the first
    • add to this reflection the fact that vocational life has
    • people to criticize the fact that, in recent times, vocations
    • factory where he perhaps makes, not a whole nail, but only part
    • earlier handicraft life with the factory life of today, we are
    • already come to pass in the various branches of human activity
    • sort of outlook is opened to us by this fact? Fundamentally, it
    • facts, and I imagine they are not congruent with your own
    • accomplishes through vocational activity is also detached from
    • detachment, vocational activity grows increasingly into
    • Sun, and Moon. It is a peculiar fact that when one speaks as a
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • depends on many factors, and the very multiplicity of life
    • The very fact that people frequently have to follow their
    • external factors to have a bearing on their lives, and other
    • him, have a bearing on the many factors that influence the way
    • human activity. Someone in a certain position in life, who,
    • past, but we stand here in the presence of an actual fact. The
    • presentation used by Goethe in this act, we can see that, in
    • second fact is equally important. It is extremely difficult to
    • will be better. Actual “cures” are frequently achieved by these
    • light the fact that the plan he had for his life when he was
    • because consciousness would, and actually does, resist all
    • while all that is really active in their souls is what burrows
    • theological psychoanalysts take great satisfaction especially
    • contact with what lies, works and weaves below the conscious
    • aspects of such a total human life are also active in the
    • subconscious and, as a matter of destiny, have actually
    • characteristics in the soul's life.
    • means grow from the manure, in spite of the fact that it must
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • especially the unprejudiced character of our thinking. Before
    • is that at the very beginning attention is called to the fact
    • became the specific individual we find in history. The fact
    • certain trait in his character would not have been present.
    • his biography and criticize the school that actually made him
    • such concepts, he actually slashes — spiritually, I mean —
    • have to characterize in a loving way the nature of the school
    • comes from cruelty, a quite definite characteristic that is
    • in the subconscious. Since people lack the courage to practice
    • characteristics are thus developed in the soul. Not everyone
    • is permeated by this characteristic; of this we must be
    • simply criticize it or surrender to an abstract idealism,
    • have actually appeared, but few concepts that correspond with
    • spiritual scientific activities.
    • are those who are engaged in practical vocations. From this
    • however, the peculiar fact is that often not the individuals
    • practice of law. He was a clear-headed person who viewed
    • attracted the attention of his superiors, as one calls them,
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    • He shows how destiny works into our routine vocational activity and how
    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • is related directly to the practical and general outward life
    • practical, even vocational, life.
    • of our time. Thus, our truths bear a character that is always strong
    • called your attention to a significant fact that may, in a
    • inherited characteristics when they wish to pass judgment on
    • inherit certain characteristics from their parents and ancestry
    • carrying over of human characteristics from previous
    • those characteristics that enable him to impart traits to his
    • characteristics. It is entirely different in animals because
    • you will recall how I have undertaken to characterize the
    • eyes are open to what is happening, in spite of the fact that
    • This is exactly the peculiarity of people today, even those of
    • looked upon by many as actually the one who renewed logic and
    • assumed for him a tragic character: In what direction does the
    • social character upon the life of the nineteenth century lead?
    • significant fact that the age is taking on a certain character
    • a question of attributing a certain character to the age in
    • called your attention to the fact that there are occult
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • facts of life, and then fortifying our point of view with this
    • opinion, paying no attention to the fact that the world may be
    • single fact, can be viewed from many standpoints. I will relate
    • extraordinarily obstinate one; this was characterized by a
    • unsystematic way, one fact simply following after another with
    • was not well-liked because of his various characteristics. So,
    • country, teaching mathematics and also practicing medicine, of
    • son of an actual princely personality of that particular state.
    • although he had already succeeded in attracting attention to
    • mention the following authenticated fact; it was related by a
    • to get at the fact, it is demonstrably true. This man with whom
    • this dream, the cathedral had actually burned down.
    • a professor. This was in 1610. The fact was that he was
    • service to him every other satisfaction for me, I will then not
    • through the fact that I would perhaps bring to those studying
    • certain time he actually betrayed this man of learning. The
    • now given you a factual account of the life of a human being.
    • medicine without much satisfaction, then turned to philosophy,
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • whether he actually can. What is really important is not
    • nothing else whatever. The important fact is not whether a
    • he has eliminated the angels' characteristic of guiding the
    • fact that it is only the archangels who are beings who control
    • has immense practical significance and is most important
    • stupefaction of the soul is everywhere present nowadays but,
    • soul do actually slip in. That is to say, in place of the
    • expressed through the fact that the human being disdains to
    • consecutive periods of time with their special characteristics,
    • evolution a little. We have frequently emphasized the fact that
    • deeply significant light. But our characterization must become
    • case among the Masons, a great deal of nonsense is practiced;
    • on the basis of facts or whether the talk is nothing but words.
    • mysteries. Such a person — and I am telling you facts — comes
    • will bring to mind a real characteristic in connection with the
    • practices of the mysteries that has grown from the evolution of
    • humanity. I have frequently stressed the fact that humanity has
    • consider a vitally important characteristic of this evolution
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • is not satisfactory; that is easily recognizable from the
    • Certainly, but then no attenion is paid to the fact that the
    • Golgotha; that is, it actually occurred only once at a definite
    • ancestral cults were not based on fact, as is supposed by
    • into contact with the spirits of the higher hierarchies; most
    • should appear as historic fact in the evolution of humanity; it
    • Christ. Those who wish to practice individual mysticism, as
    • really imparted to every individual human being through the fact
    • actually implanted in human nature so that it might have, as it
    • it can attract and hold the moon nearby. Should the earth not
    • view, is the same as that with which the earth attracts the
    • century, this truth has been exactly reversed in Sinnet's book,
    • described as something actually hostile to man. The truth is
    • victim to the temptation of Lucifer; it acts as the cosmic
    • sphere, that attracts the moon. In her misguided ways,
    • through the fact that both confess Christ, that they understand
    • that entered humanity through the fact that differentiations
    • by changing external mechanical actions into holy actions, we
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    • anyone wish to understand the age in which he is actually living,
    • was the manifestation of unified goodness, the active centre
    • Golgotha — 747 the actual date of the Foundation of Rome.
    • have talked exactly the same nonsense.
    • of the actual presence of the spirit. As it refuses to
    • actually happened? Before the Mystery of Golgotha men used to
    • these things, one actually touches on what is of most
    • fact an image. I shall draw it like this — in a simple
    • paint something actually — goes out from them, is sucked
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    • is practically no real separation between the sleeping and
    • soul-spiritual actually disconnects itself in sleep; it
    • this would be the actual drawing for the contrast between
    • actual man, man on earth, is in a sense breast-man. And
    • the old Sun-evolution. Thus they are actually old, primeval
    • is living his ordinary life he has actually only his ordinary
    • consciousness, in the subconscious, you are actually
    • cultures repeated lives on earth treated as a fact. This is
    • heart beat even is when in fact all the functions of man's
    • man is able to draw it up through ceaseless activity in the
    • otherwise we cannot arrive at an exact understanding. I
    • keen participation, which is exactly what is so hard in any
    • look within on all your memories you are actually looking at
    • without reason that I once told you that man actually has
    • something tremendously characteristic. If you follow the
    • factory, from the inside of factories, from the inside of
    • of view of the factory — for that is socialism, my dear
    • friends. It is the factory aspect, the aspect of men who know
    • nothing beyond the inside of their factories. And in all that
    • shown by the bourgeoisie with their abstract ideas; the
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    • others again in middle life. Concerning the fact that on the
    • to old age and then die — concerning this fact questions
    • century, ideas were in fact circulating everywhere in the
    • therefore to immortal man have actually been lost. Only these
    • that our outlook on life is actually permeated by it, that in
    • physicist actually pictures — a ball of glowing gas or
    • possible, let alone what can actually be perceived
    • than nothing, we can have debts. Then we do actually have
    • three I have referred to, that actually has something in it
    • picture the matter as it actually is.
    • And if the soul-life were not actually alive in the holes of
    • it; what he experiences is actually its reflected image. All
    • between birth and death is such that actually his face is
    • or lass within the body. So that actually, perceived with the
    • of soul and spirit who in this way actually stretches out
    • active soul-force. So that you have to remember that your
    • by the soul-life, there is the active soul-force.
    • more deeply into the framework of actual human evolution
    • abstracted from the physical man.
    • (remember what was said yesterday) are actually one and the
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    • short time he worked to bring his ideas into practical application but
    • action, any direct human intervention, being able to effect
    • has actually been asserted, for instance, that the important
    • make such ideas too the basis of social action. In the eyes
    • affairs of practical life as well.
    • has nothing whatever in it of that peculiar abstract,
    • theoretic character assumed by materialist, natural-science
    • at the actual facts of life, and not to let these facts of
    • to the careful consideration of actual facts, then he is in a
    • position to carry this training on into practical every-day
    • facts tell their own tale and to allow them their due weight.
    • examines the actual economic facts; and then one discovers
    • facts, such as these, one must look, that is, to
    • quite specific, concrete facts of actual life, and not to
    • general theories, if one wants to understand actual life in
    • table;’ and it is a most characteristic symptom, that
    • abstract theories, than to consent to examine actual
    • eminently practical branch of life, Insurance. One calculates
    • which one can to a certain extent reckon for the practical
    • The real fact
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    • short time he worked to bring his ideas into practical application but
    • more in keeping with the character of a study-evening, such
    • propose to do upon the experiences we have actually had up
    • attention to the fact, that with our propaganda we have met
    • understanding of the threefold idea, as an active
    • understanding. And the actual questions of economic life too
    • were practically discussed. There is one very definite
    • that the fact of the matter is simply, that in the economic
    • not long ago, to talk with a thoroughly practical business
    • experience as a practical businessman, he had arrived at the
    • all-important matter that one is ‘a practical
    • man,’ and that one is ‘a practical man’
    • through their own practical thinking on business matters, to
    • conglomeration!) are all alike equally impracticable and
    • practice of life, with what the actual facts of life require,
    • — that is to say if one really thinks about actual
    • one can learn in the factory as a business-man or a practical
    • shibboleths and party-programmes; and the real practical
    • with real practice, is compared with some bee or other, that
    • ‘the practical thing.’
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    • immediately be aware of two facts. Apart from approaching such
    • scientists have disputed and acted in quite contradictory ways
    • something like free decision at the root of human action, a not
    • contradictory and unsatisfactory nature in other
    • from that taken by ordinary science. Science takes the facts,
    • Because of my profession I am attracted by one particular book
    • question satisfactorily, we have to ignore this continual
    • character from this continual movement of our feelings and
    • no further than establishing the facts, while the fundamental
    • the other hand, there is the fact that among all the other
    • Yes or No to a particular action, to decide to do it or to
    • scientific observation. For this action can only take place on
    • Activity I attempted to make these two boundaries or limits
    • happens in the human soul when an action is performed where a
    • have just characterized as the border points of genuine
    • of the characteristic things about the science of spirit is
    • say this. The actual method and practice of the scientist of
    • What is characteristic about this is that such activity should
    • own soul activity.
    • thinking. In fact, this absolutely clear thinking, carried out
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    • really founded on what was actually happening?
    • history has been completely disproved by the facts in the most
    • that happen in human life. I would like to characterize
    • two nations are quite different in character. The one is the
    • got beyond the merely factual kind of historical observation
    • clearly differentiated epochs according to the inner character
    • German nation at that time arose out of a kind of activity of
    • view, lies at the root of history, leads to the fact that
    • of the times and revered, portrayed and characterized as such
    • middle of the 15th century. Lamprecht characterizes this
    • with the way men were respected, with the way they acted, and
    • Lamprecht characterizes it as the time of the conventional
    • primarily based on deeds, on actions, founded on impulses of
    • personality, that becomes the decisive factor. This lasts until
    • available for reaching a reality which has soul-spirit factors,
    • admirer of Woodrow Wilson. The actual fact of the matter will
    • when it comes to discovering the virtual factor in
    • reality, it really loves the abstract and theoretical. When
    • actual reality, and however odd this may sound it is proved by
    • Lamprecht. The abstract minds of the present time are
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    • a paradoxical way to show his audience what kind of activity
    • his soul to penetrate the inner activity of his thinking he can
    • where the real being of man is. In fact, at last we become
    • I shall just mention a few things to characterize what is
    • actually achieved when this comes about. You can find a more
    • separated from the activity of thinking. Just as the chemist
    • activity in thinking which leads to the normal memory, from the
    • actual activity of thinking itself. But how can we do this?
    • elements that are dissolved in it can be extracted from it, how
    • can we extract that part of the thinking that leads to memory
    • activity, which, it is true, we also always have in
    • Let us assume we perform an external action connected with our
    • leads him to perform the same action every day. This is the
    • something which can be produced by our action. The result is
    • takes place and even when it concerns an external action, we
    • own activity. Perhaps we do not often notice this
    • intensification of our activity. But we can do so.
    • activity itself that works in his thinking. He observes that
    • there is such an activity of thinking through the
    • feeling this activity of the thinking, in strengthening this
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    • up. And in circles which are not inclined to make exact
    • exactitude which have been developed particularly in the
    • understanding of the simplest human heart, and the practical
    • strength in action, and for faith in mankind and its destiny.
    • unsatisfactory if it attempts by itself to penetrate to
    • theory. No harmonious, satisfactory conception of the
    • recognized by someone with an exact knowledge of the
    • reach. Serious and exact researchers do indeed already speak
    • case can only be shown in practice, and this is what
    • power of will through which we can enter life as active human
    • practice, according to a man's capacities, years, months, or
    • choose a few characteristic ones.
    • “I think” is not quite exact. Thought develops in
    • contact with external things; we only become conscious because
    • achieved through practice; I have described particular
    • One who practices meditation and concentration must
    • remains active, side by side with the new, in a sense, second
    • actively testing and criticizing. That is a difference in
    • developed for use in the sense world. It is an abstract
    • thoughts, which however are no longer abstract, but
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    • the great questions of life take on a new character in each
    • possible to do more than indicate this fact. We can see how the
    • picture, which actually has very little to do with what the
    • one form of belief or another, but only from the facts of
    • what, in fact, does one find out? The scientist has to
    • famous, in the following way: Exact research on the individual
    • now there is another interesting fact. We could, of course,
    • Just imagine, we are confronted by the fact that one of the
    • exactly the same substances with exactly the same forces in the
    • of any particular fantastic, arbitrary act or fantastic
    • Without actually being grasped by the mind, it must be present
    • I can only just mention the one fact that the ego of which we
    • have exactly the same existence in our waking day life as
    • it is true, are washed away by our active life in the day. But
    • all very well, but how do we actually distinguish our ordinary
    • actually happens when we wake up, if our ego really remains
    • The fact that we are awake and do not dream is due solely to
    • fathom the actual nature of the things that surround us
    • outlook upon nature and the world is due to the fact that my
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    • dramas with the actors, he always used a baton as if he were
    • represents one aspect of Eurhythmy as we practise it. The
    • other is the pedagogic, didactic element, shall I call it.
    • fifteen who are beginning to practise these eurhythmic
  • Title: Differentation of Primeval Wisdom into East, Middle, West
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    • illusory idea of the outer world; but as a matter of fact,
    • Otherwise we always come to an unreal, a mere abstract grasp
    • earthly existence. Now it is a fact that, because of this
    • from humanity, and we can point almost exactly to the time in
    • pursued very evil practices with them. But such societies
    • of fact, we can distinguish three types which we have studied
    • actually cultivating the soil, of working upon the immediate
    • interesting fact that such things are said by human beings,
    • previously drawn your attention to the fact that over the
    • characteristic of Central Europe, as the ethical type is of
    • be able to bring forward a proof drawn from external facts:
    • within thee of an attractive or insinuating nature, but
    • Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
    • have a definite character, which bear the colourings of what
    • by no means so easy to reckon with this fact, that Spiritual
    • types which I have characterised: the Ethical, the Aesthetic,
    • must be ethical and form an extract of the best
    • towards artistic things. An abstract, Aesthetically
    • them out away from the abstract symbolic element. Perhaps if
    • look at facts in their true light. To-day the tendency exists
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    • the fact that on the one hand our life between death and
    • possibilities depend on the fact that besides those powers
    • developing their inner soul powers, the inner activity of
    • come they will rule as an abstract authority over humanity,
    • crippled on the one side and reduced to a merely abstract
    • actually connected. Sense-appearance is the right way and
    • fact that all that was once different, has been utterly and
  • Title: Necessity for Spiritual Knowledge: Lecture 1
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    • what may happen in future as a result of our activities here.
    • have a feeling for the real, living activity in the spiritual
    • and through the spiritual. When, however, this real activity
    • So, then, I recently received this letter from someone active
    • facts of the case He has no dis8rimination about the way in
    • have a living feeling for the active working and weaving of
    • activity.
    • fathom the following — the actual reason for our getting
    • sentimental one), but the actual tone in certain cases is
    • exactly the same.
    • soul, whereas they are acting merely under the influence of
    • any compromise. If in our ordinary activities we are forced
    • spiritual science that has grown out of actual modern
    • actually expected of one to talk continually of inner depths.
    • for they may do great harm to what actually has to come
    • actively to penetrate what today must prevail as spiritual in
    • actually till a short time ago leading spirits of the
    • extracts from the Official Gazette. Or there is a label
    • for a certain purpose. No, there is actually to be found,
    • subject should be treated. That today is actually the content
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    • progress in matters social, if understanding of the facts in
    • a letter from a man who takes an active interest in spiritual
    • to be active in the Spirit must work outwards from
    • within that same Spirit in which he actually lives at
    • there in actuality. And so again I have to repeat that the
    • also absorbed the thing itself, whereas, as a matter of fact,
    • someone, as a result of practical knowledge, made certain
    • make comprehensible the fact that in the animal kingdom and
    • characteristic of the followers of Karl Marx and other
    • The fact of the matter is that we have entered upon an epoch
    • that, as a matter of fact, the guiding Spirits of the
    • is found to lie in nothing else than the fact that men are so
    • far away from looking at the relationship between facts and
    • facts. There is a tendency to repeat phrases unendingly at
    • realised that the facts are not necessarily there at all
    • believe it — we are actually told how the instruction
    • then we must realise that to-day pedagogy — didactics
    • involves. But as a matter of fact it is only by feeling what
    • an abstract way and does not teach us how to take the Spirit
    • fact that any single person who teaches spiritual science at
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    • different facts which face us in the world.
    • really human factor in this picture; it simply says something
    • to us in abstractions, which do not touch the substantial
    • real content. As a matter of fact we are just at that point
    • to collect in more exact detail proofs and verifications of
    • extended by the fact of a break in the journey at some town
    • abstract idea of the journey. The travellers' inner knowledge
    • matter of fact, he moves together with it, since it is itself
    • proof of it can of course only be found in the actual
    • periods of time which are a guarantee of the fact that one
    • experience, and not merely the abstract experiences which are
    • experiences have changed their character. I am here speaking
    • do not look upon mysticism in an external, abstract way, but
    • The abstract mystic may talk from the age of 25 years, right
    • willing, our deeds, our acts. The fact of holding our sense
    • certain facts of the external world — we are in living
    • external events. And again, when we act, we stand but from
    • and acts.
    • the senses. But as a matter of fact within this apparent
    • unity; but that it is not, The fact is that something is
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  • Title: Man and Nature: Intellect in Man and Nature Bereft of the Gods
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    • difference between merely abstract concepts and that which
    • his body which thinks, that his brain actually does the
    • will be saved to man for all eternity without any action
    • these become abstract and shadowy. This has been the tendency
    • have no connection with existence as it actually is. Neither
    • fundamentally involved in the forming of abstract thought.
    • These abstract thoughts are quite remote from reality; they
    • an indication of the fact that since the middle of the
    • fifteenth century, through his abstract, intellectual
    • see, to begin with, nothing but abstract concepts which can
    • abstract intellectual concepts or to receive into himself the
    • living substance of Spiritual Science. Abstract
    • the minds of men to unworldly abstractions and is silent an
    • actually think that in a couple of hours or so they can
    • activity in human beings. Inner activity leads to a real
    • grasp the fact that the Beings who there constitute the
    • has descended to earthly existence. It is the attractive
    • this. But because the fact of ‘having weight’ is
    • It is exactly
    • no factor in them. This state of balance between gravity and
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  • Title: The Physical-Superphysical: Its Realisation Through Art
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    • may be differently perceived by many people. The fact
    • created for the satisfaction of these particular needs. This
    • actually evokes the need for art. Perhaps ours is the first
    • actually living in art. In recent times, where the study of
    • may never actually arise.
    • way to the depths of the soul what is actually wanting to
    • visionary which is actually In the souls of us all. This is
    • forth from the human form what is not existing in the actual
    • man, something missing in the actual man hidden by nature.
    • to re-discover what has thus actually been overcome — and
    • being, contracted, narrowed, driven throughout. into a
    • various spheres has the characteristic of striving — not
    • abstractly but visibly, concretely — to be something
    • growth; what, for example, is characteristic in the
    • desires, takes actual shape — whereas otherwise it is
    • that held it spellbound. We actually come to be naturalistic
    • actually accomplished in art — in artistic creation and
    • Actually these are the two sources of all art.
    • rising conception that is actually a suppressed vision, seeks
    • in our time satisfaction through art. On the other hand there
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  • Title: The Sources of Artistic Imagination and the Sources of Supersensible Knowledge
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    • purely through activity of the soul, independently of the
    • the reality takes place in all artistic activity. In artistic
    • active. The artist adheres to his perception of the external
    • seership differs fundamentally from the activity out of which
    • and willing develop towards within, an activity of soul that
    • It is an activity of soul to which thought-structures are
    • thinking that is active in seership embraces space within its
    • forms. An activity of intellect is born, which thinks in
    • spiritual activity of intellect unfold, but the seer is as
    • For example, character in a drama, into whose mouth the poet
    • puts only a few words — this character shapes itself out
    • contact with the artist; the meeting is a noteworthy and
    • human being standing before him. There are actually people
    • character to the perception of the colour and shape of the
    • themselves as they actually are in themselves. Surfaces,
    • and mysterious process is enacted in the soul that passes
    • external world. The higher, finer content of the character of
    • none the less it is a fact; the seer feels this application
    • living activity that transcends words. A man who has
    • what he experiences; but because he silences the factors of
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    • practica la recordación del espíritu
    • Practica la contemplación del espíritu
    • en el actuar del alma humana.
    • Practica la visión del espíritu
    • jerarquías haciendo una salutación más abstracta. Steiner quiso que
  • Title: The Foundation Stone Meditation
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    • Practice spirit contemplation
    • Practice spirit-seeing
    • hierarchies by making the salutation more abstract. He wanted this
  • Title: Lecture: Human Knowledge and Its Significance for Man and the Cosmos
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    • of man? But the fact remains that the birth of the human being from
    • all, light must be thrown on this fact, because otherwise it would be
    • get along without actually knowing very much about the complexities
    • and have no inkling of the fact that when they speak of this ‘simplicity
    • transformed into a head. What is it, exactly, that makes this transformation
    • the growth of a new wheat-plant out of the grain. The fact that a grain
    • knowledge of these things, the philosophers and theorists are exactly
    • new birth. It is, as a matter of fact, an exceedingly intricate complex
    • age is, in a sense, exactly the opposite in this respect. Nowadays a
    • was also due to the fact that the area of the Earth inhabited by the
    • Indians. In our age, when practically the whole Earth has been explored,
    • curious fact that numbers and numbers of grains of wheat do not go to
    • split off, as it were, and diverted to another sphere of activity altogether.
    • Now it is exactly the
    • the Gods, must, as it were, become an act of divine worship. All the
    • and absolutely practical result shall emerge from our strivings in the
    • the realisation that this knowledge must be an act of divine worship
    • this feeling was actually present. It was born from an atavistic instinct
  • Title: Anthroposophical Ethics ... St. Francis, Lecture III
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    • nature. From the facts adduced, we tried to prove that a
    • can only obtain a satisfactory reply by examining the
    • to foolhardiness — that is, unbridled activity in the
    • action. If it were fitting for man always to observe the
    • not only a possibility, but an actuality; for as man
    • act is a process of destruction, and the moment man sees that
    • impulses are in fact never better guided than when we take a
    • actual foundations of morality and do not stop at the mere
    • souls with widely different characters, racial and national
    • actions.
    • is something which makes the mind ever more active, helps us
    • that time the ancient impulse of wisdom was active.
    • action, between apathy and sensuous passionate devotion. The
    • regulated by nature, and were so far active that the right
    • together in relatively small tracts of country in the
    • counteracted by a spiritual conception of the world, so that
    • to describe truth as a characteristic of our times.
    • false, and place the facts before him. As a rule, you will
    • dwelt on this many times, and also on the fact that
    • characteristic and striking example of Francis of Assisi. The
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  • Title: Teachings of Christ the Resurrected
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    • dreamlike and imaginative in character, it was
    • one thing of special importance which, as a matter of fact, was
    • most essential facts of knowledge for modern mankind. The
    • but I should like to emphasize the fact very strongly that in
    • The reason for this is due to the fact that in the course of
    • facts of present-day animal life. This life lies below the
    • present-day human being, in spite of the fact that, when
    • their attention also to the fact of birth. Earth life, in
    • regard to this distinction, assumed a character which
    • preceptors did not deal with the facts of birth and death.
    • content and extent of ancient divine wisdom which actually had
    • observed something — the facts of birth and death —
    • — we must characterize it in this way — did not
    • we can actually grasp it — the secret of death confronts
    • satisfactory and no inward information about death. If at the
    • significant fact that a divine being resolved to go through
    • traditions but on the fact that they have received knowledge of
    • of actual esoteric wisdom which still existed in the
    • people were conscious of the fact that the resurrected Christ
    • gaze; but He was able to call attention to the fact that it is
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  • Title: Christianity in the Evolutionary Course of Modern Mankind
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    • year of his life. This Being, Who first came in contact with
    • the following facts concerning Shem, the ancestor of the Semites.
    • we are able to study what the exact significance is when an
    • economy consisting in the fact that anything of especial value
    • the etheric body can be re-embodied. Aside from the fact that
    • history of the Hebrew people actually did bear the etheric body
    • of the tribal ancestor. In fact, we have here one of those
    • aside from the fact that what was contained in the
    • Thus delicately interwoven are the facts existing behind the
    • able to point to such facts: to facts of a spiritual nature
    • explained out of itself, if we consider physical facts alone.
    • copies of the original. This fact assumes very special
    • Nazareth. But first we will take into account the fact that
    • characteristic for the pre-Christian time. When in this way an
    • development is connected with this fact. What is ordinarily
    • little consideration is given to a fact of very great
    • importance: namely, to the distinction of actual periods in
    • fact that recollections extended back to those who had
    • were still eyewitnesses of the fact that Christ had lived
    • the determining factor. Thus we can see that in the
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  • Title: Eternal Soul of Man in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • natural sciences actually climbed and arrived at the point of
    • they often carry, namely, an interesting character, but have a
    • the fact that we wake up, and by awakening we come to an
    • of this activity we are quite capable of assessing the value of
    • drive us to our actions, and in everything that we do from
    • that it is actually possible for the human being to come to
    • to enter into true, exact spiritual research. For there is
    • us imagine once that this popular consciousness actually works
    • actually occurring here? There lies before us something in
    • From these facts intended here to emanate
    • a more highly developed memory, yet is not actually a memory
    • the facts of mental life. Because for natural science and for
    • the ordinary consciousness of the practical human being, only
    • surrender all of the work and activities of thought life,
    • presupposes that each step during practice is completed with as
    • for the mathematical sciences; so it is known exactly and
    • precisely how to practice every forward step of the soul, just
    • thought was just abstract; you could think about something
    • thinking and action as a reality within you — now you see
    • importance as the earthly human being — and it actually
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture I: The Significance of Supersensible Knowledge Today
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    • may sound rather sensational, but it is in fact a subject
    • fantastic with no relation to facts, something that belongs
    • purpose. In fact, the hatred and intolerance that formerly
    • rather Truth in all its forms should act as a unifying force.
    • theosophical movement acknowledges this fact and sees it as
    • who still find satisfaction in what traditional religion has
    • An individual is a bad practitioner who believes that
    • practical minds are enough to ensure success. A person who
    • contemporaries find satisfactory. The situation in Spain can
    • of unworldly abstract thought — nothing but a play on
    • interest in abstract philosophy. When those who long for
    • philosophy, influences not only morals, and acts of will, but
    • mere fantasy can act morally. Many believe they have overcome
    • towards moral actions in their soul. Then we will no longer
    • science speaks, the situation is exactly the same.
    • say: Give me the means to see for myself. Actually, anyone
    • supersensible issues. As they believe they are practical
    • folks, they will have nothing to do with such unpractical
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture II: Blood is a Very Special Fluid
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    • into a pact with evil powers, represented by the emissary
    • from hell, Mephistopheles. Faust is to sign the pact in
    • act on us, we begin to recognize the profound ancient wisdom
    • described in exact terms by means of modern spiritual
    • Spiritual science has often pointed to the fact that human
    • experience. For someone actually in the throes of pain and
    • to the fact that a thinker's facial expression always suggest
    • contact with the external world through the fact that we
    • the instreaming oxygen acts as a kind of poison, as a kind of
    • fact, what I am going to say may well appear as just a string
    • being. In fact, behind the physical body there are several
    • some plants do react when something approaches them, but it
    • boundaries of its own being. This fact is most interesting,
    • lungs, the digestive tract and so on.
    • cord extended to the organs, through which contact was
    • with a process that brings the blood into contact with the
    • dreams even when lucid. In such conditions all brain activity
    • and transform them into mental pictures that act an our
    • mingling of blood took place through the fact that marriage
    • fact to bear in mind is that in ancient times a dim
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture III: The Origin of Suffering
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    • dawning understanding for the fact that the significance of
    • and inorganic substances do not differ as far as the actual
    • fact that organic substances are more complex in their
    • albumen.” It has one important characteristic that
    • character of living substance is that it cannot remain a
    • consider this one essential characteristic of living
    • substance, the fact that it disintegrates the moment life has
    • is its most characteristic feature. So what does life do? It
    • is being fought. Life possesses the exact opposite qualities
    • Thus, we are dealing with an actual phenomena.
    • they too react to certain influences. But that is not
    • sensation and feeling. But what exactly is it? If we are to
    • light, air, heat or cold, then these external elements act in
    • in fact continuously creates itself out of death. If the
    • is when such instinctive reaction is not enough to protect
    • suffering is a universal factor of life, they do not go
    • dawn in human souls for the fact that a connection exists
    • certain acts of will. The human organism must function
    • correctly if the three soul forces are to act in harmony. If
    • impulses of will; he is weak as far as action is concerned.
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IV: The Origin of Evil
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    • characteristic of today's literature that it hardly mentions
    • human characteristics in order to discover the origin of
    • science points to the fact that there are highly developed
    • characteristic of physical nature is wisdom; the evolution of
    • may seem very strange, yet it is a fact more real than, say,
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • spiritual scientific movement began its activity some thirty
    • solve not only spiritual but also everyday practical
    • it is possible to provide practical guidelines in this realm
    • it and condition a person's destiny and character were given
    • expresses the fact that what speaks is the soul's primordial
    • individually. A person's characteristics are indicated
    • The fact that a
    • fact influence the ether body as little as we influence the
    • habit, character, conscience and memory, and also
    • These facts
    • the child should act beneficially.
    • child perceives, also in a moral sense, acts on the formation
    • greenish colors, while the lively, too active child should
    • contradiction, but the fact is that through its inherent
    • that spiritual investigation throws light even on practical
    • remain inactive. The child has an extraordinarily sound
    • physical body has become free to interact with the external
    • joy and the child's natural cravings. To practice asceticism
    • trust and reverence. Character and habit are special
    • the child with whom he has contact must be his ideals; the
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture V: Illness and Death
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    • the words imply, nor of the fact that a solution to the
    • have anything to do with a physical fact such as death. Nor
    • connected with actions done for egoistic or selfish reasons,
    • in contrast to impartial, objective actions. Here we must
    • realize that we are dealing with facts, not putting forward a
    • action. They also saw that to the independent personality
    • humans and animals. In fact, if today's lecture is to be
    • the various kingdoms do not have certain abstract
    • characteristic. In the main we shall speak only of human
    • the fact that within it the other three members are at work;
    • the physical body at its birth. The maternal body acts
    • teeth the spiritual forces of the ether world act on the
    • physical body; now it is freed and can act independently. The
    • factors. These are not built up by his own principles, but
    • body culminate their creative activity by producing sexual
    • seventh year the physical principle culminates its activity
    • things attain a permanent character, they become a feature of
    • the fact that it absorbs its own foundation. The root of
    • some degree. But what exactly is illness?
    • what exists in the outer world actually builds up the
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VII: Education and Spiritual Science
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    • greater, a fact we find preserved in heroic legends and
    • how the student in fact does develop.
    • methods that matter in a teacher, but character and a certain
    • burdened with abstract concepts; what is taught should have a
    • words the facts themselves existing behind the
    • have a natural appreciation of things before abstract
    • what is taught bears fruit and forms the character. What the
    • that a person's character is formed partly by study and partly
    • from life. Rather should it be said that a person's character
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VIII: Insanity in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • name is actually misleading; one cannot speak of the spirit
    • ideas in this realm. Many illnesses that in fact belong in
    • question, we must also bear in mind the fact of repeated
    • incarnates, the stronger becomes his character and his moral
    • and what is inherited. This usually happens through the fact
    • to say on this subject. He suffered from a partial cataract
    • is quite useless to attempt a cure by means of abstract
    • abstract logic — and our bodily organs are concentrated
    • contribute to practical life. To be effective in the world
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IX: Wisdom and Health
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    • science aims to be an influence in practical life, to be a
    • was awareness of the fact that healing was connected with
    • made to serve egoism despite the fact that its very nature is
    • healing, which they practiced by combining their spiritual
    • person experiences the hope, strength and incentive to action
    • phenomenon. Actually, the fact that it was seen by many
    • a rare event; so the fact that the strange light was seen by
    • become decision and action. Someone who is knowledgeable
    • become an inner force. Through his contemplation and exact
    • not abstract but creative images. Abstract concepts and ideas
    • archetypal plant. It must be seen so vividly and so exactly
    • active in our eyes. We would be surrounded by perpetual
    • required of human beings. The soul must become active, as the
    • eyes are active transforming light. Unless the soul creates
    • acting from outside has become individualized in humans.
    • characteristic of human knowledge and scientific pursuit.
    • natural science; in fact, no one who is serious in his
    • difference between the effect of abstract concepts and that
    • People became rich by manufacturing pills from ordinary
    • one who had manufactured the pills.
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • behind him, during which the fundamental character of his
    • remains, which is like an extract or a summary of the past
    • extract remains united with a person throughout his further
    • journey. In fact, an essence or extract also remains of the
    • satisfaction is lacking. This indicates the nature of the
    • organs are lacking through which satisfaction can be
    • the extracts from the physical and etheric bodies.
    • three extracts, a person passes into the essentially
    • extracts of his three bodies. If a person is born with
    • physical characteristics he needs for making use of the
    • already acquired capabilities. The characteristics a person
    • inherits do not determine his actions or his abilities; all
    • described as the essence or extract of the former physical
    • on or exists around him. It is this activity of imitation
    • second teeth marks the end of the activity of the physical
    • because the child's fantasy becomes active in providing what
    • activated. The environment should provide happiness, pleasure
    • and activity that flow like strong up-building forces through
    • family likeness. Traits and characteristics pointing to the
    • character are brought before the child. From descriptions of
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XI: Who are the Rosicrucians?
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    • the obvious fact that a human being should be moral and
    • than further historical description, I shall give a factual
    • what the book M — — — — actually is, and
    • In fact, right up to our own time, it has been impossible to
    • initiation, a method as exact and as scientifically worked
    • this fact that we have preserved up to our own time a
    • the actual Rosicrucian training as it still exists and has
    • facts. Here we are concerned with thinking that has become
    • find a thinking that combines physical facts, but thoughts
    • thinking with the characteristic that is self-generating.
    • characteristic contortion of his features, you see beyond the
    • In the tides of life, in action's
    • also characterizing a certain type of event that can occur
    • Poseidon is based on facts; the island was part of the
    • often referred, namely, that if we could draw an extract out
    • of everything around us, it would prove to be like an extract
  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XII: Richard Wagner and Mysticism
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    • other objections concerned with mysticism, the fact is that
    • the divine element was enacted in Egypt, in the drama of
    • still had a religious character. He saw that in gray
    • have to become a prominent factor of life.
    • hidden influences that act from person to person without a
    • mystical effect that acts from soul to soul? It demonstrates
    • destiny is caused by the fact that he cannot believe in a
    • Wagner has an instinctive feeling for this fact, and portrays
    • playwright and actor-manager of the Globe Theatre.
    • import. Only when inner impulses have become external action,
    • inner drama, but also to flow into words and action. He
    • some action taking place on the stage, we should become aware
    • human soul. This aspect caused dissatisfaction in Wagner with
    • Characters like Siegfried and Lohengrin do not display
    • spirit lives in sagas and myths, that he extracted from myths
    • impact of the emerging human “I.” Wagner's deep
    • yet become so, and still strongly acts as
    • person to person, whose musing and actions all stemmed from
    • consciousness has characteristics that correspond to those of
    • he expressed through music, his action through dramatic
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XIII: The Bible and Wisdom
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    • actual writing of the four Gospels and Scriptures in the Old
    • and consequently doubt that they were in fact inspired. By
    • ancient; in fact, what was the true primordial religion is today
    • reactions are based on complete ignorance of the Bible
    • happen. It means never to lose sight of the fact that not
    • instance we are not concerned with the fact that a person's
    • rather with the fact that the human soul can climb upwards
    • fact that as well as the forces that are already developed
    • practically everything he wrote. However, those who recognize
    • initiate is actually greater than the difference between the
    • What a person sees was actually always about him, but he sees
    • discussed the fact that in ancient times people had
    • refer to clarity, but to the fact that it penetrated through
    • the embodiment of the words of God. The fact that the human
    • in existence, or rather not actual books, but traditions
    • various people are similar This fact contains a great secret,
    • Mystical Fact, you will find this question answered in
    • expressed characteristics of the astral body. If a person had
    • characteristics of the ether body. If it was to express
    • characteristics of the physical body. In ancient times, names
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  • Title: An Impulse for the Future
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    • indications for later activity in our souls, seeds for the future
    • guarantee for a later resurrection of the spiritual impact through
    • philosophical abstraction entered, and the old images and signs were
    • pour in, demanded first the transition through abstract
    • to this seeking and asking. He mastered today's exact science; he can
    • related to previous actions – which however does not exclude
    • derogatory criticism. Those words characterize how the principle of
    • it, by the very fact of uttering it he entered into a contradiction
    • is the consequence of such a fact? The
    • anyone except the one who desires to be a member. And the fact that
    • from older occult principles, and this deviation consists in the fact
    • the fact is also that to give a definition to what is to be done will
    • characterize the matter, he says something incorrect. Therefore at
    • replied: the fact that it didn't happened could be considered an
    • of the East” being active also in Germany. The President [A.
    • evasiveness, her hide-and-seek games and behind-the-scenes acting.
    • transparent nuances of speech allow spirit and soul to interact and
    • complaint provided the opportunity for strictly carried out actions
    • The necessity of women being active participants in the cultural
    • would act independently in the sense of these titles. I said at that
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    • himself in the act of cognition. In cognition, man uses as an instrument
    • material bearer of the life of thought, even in the most abstract thinking,
    • Among the partial currents whose interaction and reciprocal conflict
    • economic affairs a character adapted to agricultural economics. With the
    • are only abstract standards of rights. As civilization advanced still
  • Title: Contrasting World-conceptions of East and West
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    • anthroposophical facts closely connected with the human
    • our senses, and a certain soul-activity within us
    • of humanity, and the fact that its soul-life has passed through
    • the fact that in these ancient times man's sleep was different
    • — were the field of action used by the divine-spiritual
    • divine-spiritual beings directed their activities. When the
    • the fact that the gods had been active in his head while he was
    • inspired him when he was asleep, while they were active in his
    • awake, as the result of what remained to him from the activity
    • Even if the gods were still to be active in his head during
    • sleep (they are no longer active in it, for man's
    • immediately attract him strongly to the external world.
    • for their activities, these inspirations would retreat into his
    • action for the world of the gods, this could only be
    • penetrate into its more intimate fundamental character, we
    • strongly aware of the fact that it is man who forms the
    • than his actual thoughts, how a man is rooted in a certain
    • lost its sensory character. Ghosts, as they are generally
    • character (or have become tangible) through the human
    • action upon the earth to-day is therefore of such a kind that
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  • Title: The Mystery of Golgotha
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    • Australia. There, man took on his present form through the fact
    • when Christ was active on the earth, so that the whole astral
    • perceived abstractly in his vision.. Each stage was represented
    • heaven. At this moment a spiritual act of conception takes
    • have repealed that a Mystery had been enacted. A small
  • Title: Year's Course as a Symbol for the Great Cosmic Year
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    • Parallel to this we have the fact that when, for instance,
    • practically no consciousness at all, and the daytime
    • What is the characteristic of the mineral consciousness,
    • secret of existence consists in the fact that cycles
    • through the fact that the human being only uses his physical
    • consciousness contacted with the consciousness of our astral
    • the heavenly spaces, through the fact that its consciousness
    • fact that it can bear within it the year's course as a symbol
  • Title: Spiritual Relations in the Configuration of the Human Organism: Lecture I
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    • merely on the factual act, it means that something makes an impression
    • for the act of seeing, continuously occurs in the human organism. Continuously
    • heard yesterday has its cause from the fact that the matter is still
    • interesting fact. And this fact, which one can observe by the way of
    • so, but I say it as an example) there would have been already four impacts
    • the fact that our pulse beats four times, while we inhale once. The
    • which brings about the dissolving factor. What expresses itself in the
    • it, so that the act of striking from outside will be sufficiently fastened.
    • itself only through the fact that we can call ourselves completely grown
    • 35 years old, we would be in fact only 14 years if we were only
    • Of course, it never is exactly one to four, but there are all kinds
    • a much slower activity of life than in that part which remains back
    • at night, if one knows that man sleeps not only in an abstract way with
  • Title: Spiritual Relations in the Configuration of the Human Organism: Lecture II
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    • into our digestive apparatus. I don't have to characterise here the
    • too little of a character of the earthly, if only would happen what
    • the ether body. Now an activity has to be developed that everything
    • that had been formed up to the heart-lung activity, will be taken up
    • the astral body through the activity of the kidney system which extends
    • that all which is liquid and dissolving through the activity of the
    • the other hand. The one, the throwing upward, corresponds to the activity
    • the human organization. Man, in fact, has to take up nothing living,
    • time together. For example the activity of the kidneys must not be interrupted.
    • Therefore, if a shrunken kidney exists, we will have an exact picture
    • it causes a reaction, this will lead to a generation of the function
    • too strong effect on the kidney activity.
    • which are generated in the blossom organs of plants, that one can counteract
    • it can also be that the plastic activity of the kidney, is working too
    • the rounding off, the crystalising activity — I would like to
    • fact healed from outside. One only has to bring about in the organism,
    • the kidneys, and become active only there. So every substance has its
    • ego. That alone gives them their character. Without considering this,
    • with all those activities of man which go beyond the ego, which approach
    • are not in any way animated through the activity of the spleen to an
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  • Title: Spiritual Relations in the Configuration of the Human Organism: Lecture III
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    • extracting their juice. One said to oneself: this plant is blossoming
    • a delicate age suffer from lack of light, will contract rickets or other
    • these are related to other factors, too — an illness can never
    • dead light. With our abstract joy of the woods, with our abstract joy
    • for processes of healing, received a physical character. One looked
    • But it was in fact only
    • to know something the earlier times had known in an exact way. Today
    • through eating. In fact there was a time, especially among the Arabian
    • fact for some time, especially
    • a good practice if one person or another who cannot tolerate this or
    • a healing factor; there again is no borderline, if one gives more pepper
    • to the dead light. But this dead light gives man only abstract conceptions,
    • whole into abstract conceptions. This must develop more and more into
    • and not strike it. But the fact is, one must first know the match, otherwise
    • Perhaps one has tried if this or that can help here. But the fact is
    • heart that something is not in order in the activity of the kidney.
    • is the reaction of the dark age, which does not belong in our time.
    • was actually conserved light which the plants once gave to man during
  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture I: The Past Shows Us a Picture of Necessity
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    • aka: Elementary Beings Behind Physical Activities)
    • in human actions” and “human freedom in these two
    • souls. If we look at world events and our own actions, feeling,
    • to happen as it did, and we ourselves could not have acted
    • view and would have to accept the fact that we are like cogs in
    • actions and our willing are strictly predetermined, and there
    • logical exactitude that “the world is infinite with
    • fact that one can just as well prove positively, in as proper
    • happens in the world, including human action, is subject
    • studies of the last few years will actually have more or less
    • they are exactly half of all the numbers together because every
    • true that there are exactly as many numbers on the right
    • actually be used where infinity is concerned, where we go
    • infinite number of sides — and yet exactly twice as
    • Matthias Claudius wanted to draw attention to the fact that
    • this is a poor sinner. In fact, what the good pastor quoted
    • proved right? We will find this has to do with the fact that
    • was actually in the course of the nineteenth century that
    • December, including the fact that Easter is movable. A special
    • construction, and then regarding the fact that the man who was
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture II: The Legend of the Prague Clock
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    • aspects: world processes and human action. I began by
    • in what approaches the human being in his actions and his whole
    • fact, it is a great work of art created by a very talented man.
    • gave the clock such a jolt that it could actually never be put
    • and Lucifer are active. Thus in the clock itself we see a
    • stamp of rigid necessity. In fact, we know that it is the
    • It might be pointed out that Goethe himself refers to the fact
    • see this from the fact that the folk tale goes on to relate
    • abstractly call “time” and “the marching on
    • practice” he said, looked for the first miser he could
    • thinking now if we want to judge our actions by asking,
    • as actions where you have to ask what the consequences will be.
    • clockmaker and not consider the consequences of our actions.
    • supersensible element active in the whole stream of
    • supersensible activity, and from this proceed those impulses
    • Mephistopheles himself realized even before the contract
    • you see, this judgment was actually passed upon Faust at
    • However, I am less concerned about that than about the fact
    • about did not exactly bring along his antipathy to Faust
    • to start with, are only words for real spiritual facts. And the
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture III: Three Teachers with Different Attitudes
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    • existence are concerned the best way to avoid abstraction
    • tremendously in character and temperament. It is the
    • a certain satisfaction that I have teachers in my school who
    • character of my pupils and have done a kind of review of what
    • characters and what has taken place there. I have not thought
    • a definite disposition, and the interaction of our different
    • year I have always studied the previous year's characters
    • “Yes, but look, I have actually asked my teachers about
    • headmaster, “I actually agree with him entirely. You
    • previous year; if you study the character of last year's
    • character of the new pupils. I appreciate that more can be
    • than human beings are actually supposed to have acted in this
    • practiced strict self-observation, for example, with the one
    • actual facts are concerned. Because if you were to do things
    • character, and made himself more perfect by doing so; in
    • fact, he did it with this in view. For he told himself,
    • his future work, acted in an ahrimanic way. It was an ahrimanic
    • looked with complacent satisfaction at everything he had done
    • second teacher's character was governed more by luciferic
    • actually were, and tell ourselves we made mistakes that
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture IV: The Roman World and the Teutonic Tribes
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    • do the facts a thorough injustice. When I mentioned this
    • before, I drew your attention to the fact that at the beginning
    • arrange his actions in keeping with what has happened on
    • is essential that we become aware that the deciding factors
    • actually enter forces we sense as coming from the spiritual
    • action and world history shows clearly how necessary it
    • right relationship to our past actions if we merely continue
    • is past, including our own actions, belongs to the realm of
    • relationship to our actions if we can look objectively at
    • objectively and not wishing we had acted differently. The
    • the highest order. But are we not actually doing away
    • Philosophy of Spiritual Activity
    • Philosophy of Spiritual Activity,
    • our acting out of necessity. We would be bound to be
    • our actions cannot be other than free. If a ball that I struck
    • actions. The fact that we do not make this distinction
    • practical one. We do not in fact distinguish between
    • correct estimate of an action that has not succeeded and has
    • that the force of the repentance raises the action into
    • the other hand, if you have an action that does not fit the
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture V: The "I" is Found on the Physical Plane in Acts of Will
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    • a fact that the I cannot be seen in the same way as the
    • What does the fact that we know something about the I
    • and that we come to the point of naming it actually tell us
    • firsthand that the I exists.” In fact, there
    • so long as we are active solely on the physical plane? If we
    • I within the physical world except will, acts of will.
    • All we can do is will. The fact that we are able to will makes
    • true act of will, and the mental picture we have of the
    • our body. This impact is just like looking into the mirror and
    • physical plane the I lives as an act of will.
    • space; and we know of our I through the fact that we can
    • will we actually become conscious of ourselves. But of
    • up this watch, but how this act of will passes through the
    • etheric body into the physical body and actually turns into a
    • way I have described this here has actually been applicable to
    • and this fact is usually overlooked. As for us, we have studied
    • pure fancy to imagine that people lived then in exactly the
    • who actually perceived something of the aura of the physical
    • fact that painters believe they can no longer manage
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture I: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • you that among the actual experiences possible in the
    • spiritual world men have had before they die act forcibly
    • these days mankind is proud of being practical: where,
    • however, this practical sense should be most active in
    • observation of actual life, people pass lightly over all
    • only in the mind; indeed few people think of anything actual
    • is abstract. A picture arises of something vague and
    • abstract to the concrete. Then because you yourself go from
    • the abstract to the concrete the dead begin to understand
    • thinking something written over from the abstract to the
    • this very vague abstraction that is in mind when the right,
    • abstractions. How then is one to arrive at a concrete
    • dreary abstraction. but the wholly concrete “he behaves
    • into abstractions because at present wherever the social
    • abstractions—in that pamphlet itself I strove as far as
    • being abstract is driven to its furthest extent. People have
    • behind every noun and make it a practice not always to speak
    • impressively given in abstract words. And as for the
    • still more concrete character: Spiritus, which is
    • further consideration it all becomes very abstract because
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture II: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • — is that really the ultimate practical solution of
    • acquainted with certain fundamental facts without knowledge
    • and feel, and, according to the impulses of their characters,
    • to abstract, unimaginative thinking. What must be evolved
    • so to speak, the culminating point of abstract spiritual
    • towards abstraction; from out of that there must be developed
    • interpenetrated not with thoughts abstractly expressed but
    • life is not to be expressed in abstract thoughts. One should
    • not always be pondering about abstract thoughts, but it is
    • things in the more or less abstract way that I have written
    • Inspiration is active in the fifth, Imagination is not fully
    • characterize what is very difficult to describe. In regard to
    • surface, but actually only the superficial. What the
    • word from one's own language is taken to mean exactly the
    • impress of a subconscious in the character of peoples that is
    • What is actually characteristic in the matter stands out
    • stigmatizing, this mere characterizing, this abstract
    • passes unnoticed by the man of today with his abstract
    • actually far more inward than man's ordinary, everyday
    • the fact that a mark, a furrow, is made. The soul feels that;
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture I: The Difference Between Man and Animal
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    • when the facts of Spiritual Science are given out to say: “How
    • of facts they themselves often advance concerning it and form their
    • must above all be borne in mind as a particularly striking fact at present
    • actual experience. This aversion to spiritual reality is a characteristic
    • swing. Thus the article is not up to date. Also it is not exactly
    • from the whole character
    • delusion. For some time we have actually been living in an age very similar
    • wisdom succeeds that of passion and delusion.” For, as an abstract
    • truth, this is in fact undeniably right. And when anyone expresses the
    • we must give recognition to such a fact, such a tendency of thought.
    • became alive to the fact that it is necessary to turn to the spirit,
    • years in which to practise their Roman Catholicism and yet have fallen
    • has the capacity for forming deduced abstract concepts and of summing
    • abstract concepts must live in the spiritual. For this reason one has
    • abstract concepts; whereas the animal with its particular kind of inner
    • life has no power of forming these abstract concepts.
    • he could only say things that the others considered very reactionary.
    • But in spite of the fact that speeches were made at the time by the
    • to say anything derogatory, I am actually praising the man — a
    • present time men actually become quite frightening when they begin to
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture II: St. John of the Cross
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    • activity. And so we wish today to enlarge in many ways upon what was
    • actual lack of significance in the light of the greater demands of the
    • if they would bestir themselves to go into the facts concerning the
    • the spirit. Another characteristic of Pantheism lies in saying: Pantheism
    • to make it appear that it is believed where the actual ranks of the
    • perform his action in accordance with the Church, in accordance with
    • in his acting, thinking, feeling, and that because the Holy Ghost is
    • working in him the practice of certain virtues becomes easy which otherwise
    • further need to worry. This is exactly what is such a pity today, particularly
    • senses, by stopping the activity of his intellect, (and this is necessary
    • statement mean that God Himself is alone active in the soul, when it
    • over the chief activity in the soul? To recognise how far truth is the
    • governing factor in official circles you must keep consciously in your
    • soul the following fact—that, at the sane time, such masters are
    • be able consciously to keep the fact before them that it is possible
    • anointing by the Holy Ghost who, as he is God, acts as God.”
    • “The Holy Ghost acts
    • conceptions. For what does it actually mean to be permeated by a scientific
    • it impossible for him to be satisfied with them. There arises exactly
    • today all thinking men are candidates. This exactly represents the progress
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture III: Clairvoyant Vision Looks at Mineral, Plant, Animal, Man
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    • outer manifestation of his own essential being and enters into actual
    • still actually more or less dominated by inherited concepts and impulses
    • of things that were actually to be developed in the following evolution
    • actually to become as man of the earth; then he continues on, and now
    • perceives or is outwardly active in his willing is really surrounded
    • by the Guardian of the Threshold unconsciously. It is actually a certain
    • like the smell of a corpse; there is a corpse-like smell which characterises
    • be described by saying: actually (you will forgive me, I know, for putting
    • this Imagination into words) actually so long as they are in a physical
    • knowledge there is always a gradual ascent from semblance to actual
    • it now is, we actually have to do with semblance alone. For the corpse-like
    • given practical proof. The question may now be asked: If man does not
    • for having ideas, into action, in the conception he loses his own identity.
    • And he actually has his identity, that is not able to make an appearance
    • would actually constitute our world. Imagine the world looking as it
    • with the will. Thus in mere conception we actually lack—to use
    • we develop the will, the object is actually lacking. The object does
    • the right, and actually do it—the real object of the will does
    • the conception which takes its ghostly way into the will, but the actual
    • reality, is actually neither quite within his conception nor his will;
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 4: Human Qualities Which Oppose Antroposophy
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    • actual form of the spiritual life. Now today I should like to go into
    • concerning Spiritual Science. If I may say so, through the fact that
    • their sound human intelligence active so that it may understand, or
    • of the spiritual world actually look like when this world is entered
    • is still right, what actually happens when a man seeks to enter the
    • This preference for actually penetrating into the spiritual world without
    • excluded, it must be actively, diligently, applied. If for sometime
    • it is sought to make a practice of excluding sound human intelligence
    • until then has actually not been acquired, this characteristic feature
    • this fact, we may be able to recall a basic truth of our Spiritual Science
    • is just that we really should keep in mind, and not the abstract words:
    • with the instrument of the physical body. In actual fact a tremendously
    • more closely. It may be asked what actually comes to expression in this
    • Our body, that is to say, has a certain characteristic where these experiences
    • weakens all that in actual truth we experience with the surrounding
    • picture indeed because not only is it actually a picture but it corresponds
    • is related to the actual sunlight streaming towards us from the sun
    • As men we are actually as if we were blinded by a sunbeam and what we
    • would live with the sunlight. And in the actual experience, in the actual
    • practical experience there is indeed a very concentrated sunlight.
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 5: Paganism, Hebraism, and the Greek Spirit, Hellenism
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    • way we characterise one of those great, fundamental contradictions life
    • understanding when they want to give merely abstract, logical form to
    • If we would put it tritely, Judaism might be called the actual discovery
    • of the moral impulse in the evolution of man. The characteristic feature
    • human birth, then punishes bad and rewards good actions in the course
    • simple conception of what the Jahve-Being actually is, and an unprejudiced
    • kingdom is in fact indicated, in which are the good and the evil and
    • was no higher point to be gained. And now world-evolution actually resulted
    • this is exactly what happened at the time of the Mystery of Golgotha.
    • at this point because the pendulum cord is in exact opposition to the
    • of time which might be called zero, to see right into what was actually
    • up to something coming as a new impact into the evolution of the earth—this
    • and took place as an objective fact. Christianity is not a doctrine.
    • Recently I have expatiated on this fact from another point of view.
    • can reed in my book Christianity as Mystical Fact how what
    • the body of Christ. In this ritualistic action the true Catholic who
    • fact that in the whole south, throughout Christianised Judaism, throughout
    • the kingdom of ideas. When he spoke of ideas, it was not to the abstract
    • up men and events one after the other, says actually nothing at all
    • truly, actually speak of this secret deeply in the same way as it came
  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture 6: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation
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    • Leyh died. I believe from the very fact of her expending so much energy
    • these facts, particularly when you have so constantly seen her here,
    • it clear that, looked at from one side, the actual content, the deeper
    • in fact there is deep truth in the saying of Christ Jesus; “For,
    • did not mean that He would be inactive among men but that He would be
    • revealing Himself actively, entering into their souls, giving souls
    • it is already necessary today to make clear to ourselves what actually
    • thing that came was actually what at a certain stage man had experienced
    • in the Mysteries, the inner resurrection, enacted as historical fact
    • course of human evolution the fact once came about that at a certain
    • and thus the overcoming of death could actually be one of the experiences,
    • one of the practical experiences, of earthly existence. And what was
    • fact that it was only at Goethe's epoch that the epoch of Plato was
    • impulse? We might first consider how Goethe actually stood within European
    • and actually merely appropriated again in its language and so on in
    • which Goetheanism has evolved. We are faced today by this fact, a fact
    • It goes without saying that the tragedy of this fact will bear its fruit.
    • fact, we see appearing in a further step forward of Europe's evolution,
    • developed throughout the centuries by reason of the personal characteristics
    • actually stood in intimate connection with it; my old friend, Karl Julius
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    • inwardly active in such circles, will think back to a time when
    • These revelations become absorbed just like facts on the
    • religion, as the heavenly world, the actual spiritual world.
    • world, just so real their activities play continuously into our
    • people. When we determine a single characteristic of all these
    • form which can be observed in the astral plane is the exact
    • expression of the inner soul experiences and soul activity of
    • that belongs to a physical being is actually spatially linked
    • the case. Also already in physical life, actually in every part
    • which can be characterized by saying the thickenings will
    • participate in the general characteristics of the astral world,
    • beings of which we, who only know the physical, actually can
    • action of the personalities who lead and link what is
    • happening. Actually these are such astral personalities who
    • depicted what they actually found in Higher Worlds. Thus they
    • fact which we discover in poetic images, which are
    • astral plane. The actual plant soul, the plant-Ego is only
    • found in the higher, the actual spiritual world, in the
    • plant soul and plant-Ego mingle, their actual centres so
    • physical world we are accompanied in our soul by our character
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    • regarding the relationship of the spiritual character of Goethe
    • notices this is actually not so. Here exactly lie difficulties
    • within the observation regarding Goethe's spiritual character.
    • the key to exactly that which had depth in the most meaningful
    • Exactly that which I express now, applies in a particular
    • satisfactory. Deeply, decisively we heard Goethe's words as he
    • laws of nature and of humanity. No, in fact Goethe didn't
    • would know how unsatisfactory the result can be, that one can't
    • thereby giving a superficial elucidation and satisfaction. He
    • Wagner; he has a locked personality, a character which has
    • While illusion acts as a threat towards world knowledge, due to
    • existence. We actually live from forces which direct us towards
    • originates in fact from the descending forces, out of which we
    • actual character, Goethe continued to sense, subconsciously,
    • However, everything originates from what Goethe actually
    • luciferic element, results in dissatisfaction. We can only
    • reach satisfaction when we try to find the relationship with
    • a disputing scene. That is the ahrimanic character which lived
    • discussion, actually, lives illusion. In this way Goethe wanted
    • character, bringing Faust to a poetic expression. In 1790 he
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    • what we call the actual Ego- or “I”-carrier
    • what their characteristics and faults are, they should brood
    • one or the other activity — that kind of thing. Here
    • faults, is false and a danger which works backward in fact,
    • himself and this is exactly what the Anthroposophist always
    • with remorse or drives one to self satisfaction, brings you
    • develop to create the characteristic keynote of his life?
    • ask ourselves to which member of mankind we actually belong. We
    • I want to immediately link up to occult facts. We all know that
    • particular. Should we have a very limited outlook and actually
    • environment, others can actually see how our aura enlarges all
    • the fact that now and then this incarnation must be renounced
    • characteristics in the astral body? Something is expressed from
    • how difficult it is in the present human cycle to actually
    • Exactly by dint of our freedom can we do what karma gives rise
    • counter-acted and as a result create more karmic causes, thus
    • something often practiced and discussed. It is actually a mood
    • moral principal. It is actually like this, with anthroposophic
    • Anthroposophy regarding supersensible facts, what follows is
    • karma, to live out of ourselves. It deals more with the fact
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    • to be given forth at Dornach and that which encloses its activities.
    • with the housing of our activities, every detail of form and figure
    • actually brought this state of things about? You see, in everything
    • world. We must never lose sight of the fact that one of the essential
    • artistically had an actual fear of every kind of philosophy, for it
    • place, I drew attention to the fact that in all the present struggles
    • is characteristic of the conception of the world which is studied here,
    • a few words the special characteristic of this conception of the world,
    • Hall. The Building stands rather above the level of the actual surface
    • objections are known. But here we have actually dared to make the attempt.
    • structure is wider and more forceful, becoming contracted and condensed
    • draw attention here to the fact that in the whole building the endeavour
    • is actually very little understood in the world to-day. You can here
    • found which does not convey its actual purpose.
    • that everything shall absolutely and truthfully express what it actually
    • I refer to this ground-plan I am always anxious lest the actual structural
    • and from cosmic activity itself.
    • structure. What this actually is can perhaps only be completely grasped
    • curve is expressed exactly as it should be: while at the same time you
  • Title: The Building at Dornach (Bn/GA 289): Lecture II: Bau Lecture II
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    • in its place by reason of an inner necessity, exactly as a limb of an
    • but that it is a part of the whole form, as if the organ had actually
    • matter of fact only-relates to exterior conditions.
    • in the fact that beginning from the most simple forms it proceeds to
    • is actually included in it and so you feel that out of the complicated
    • what is seen outwardly, that is actually to in nature. Man has no appendix
    • a satisfactory view of the world especially, in relation to the social
    • in their actual inner reality by means of such simple forms. In this
    • which the mind can act a pretty play had to come to an end. In our time
    • conceptions, and act with fullest consciousness — that is with
    • really the satisfaction of a selfish desire for sleep. Well, here the
    • is why every single form must be conceived actively. We must be able
    • active life' But we must have a desire for this supremely active life.
    • We must seek here not soul-spiritual indulgence but soul-spiritual activity.
    • actively identify ourselves with the living movement, with every single
    • shall take place in the action of eurhythmics than takes place in ordinary
    • itself exactly to the kernel of the nut. The shell cannot be different
    • that it is exactly with regard to the things that are at present working
    • First the intensity of the campaign comes from the fact that people
    • matter of fact expresses what is necessary to humanity for the future.
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    • of view is actually felt — even then of course everything is only
    • and exchange of activity between the colours, an entirely new world
    • “I” he had only an abstract idea in his mind. This is therefore
    • who in the fifth our post-Atlantean age actually seeks, which is the
    • characteristic of our age. Of the real fundamental character of this
    • what is dead. All our ideas, all concepts which are the actual concepts
    • of death in our head. Were these forces which are active in our head
    • lightly expressed in the abstract, the law of our time. When I tell
    • civilisation comes into this figure. Thus you see the actual human history
    • who perceives colour as something actually living cannot experience
    • understood, I might say, as a description of what is actually intended.
    • the actual psychic evolution of humanity is painted, certainly not according
    • and everything depends on the understanding of the fact that the initiation
    • The fact that you see here the child as it were held up by the Initiate,
    • in temperament, in character and the joyous inclination towards that
    • under the actual inspiring influence of the dual principle.
    • appears physiologically in man as actual formative principles, the Luciferic
    • preserve such a form. Only through the fact that the Ahrimanic principle
    • which is prosaic, materialistic, abstract, which is Ahrimanic. From
    • exact opposite. In every shape, in every line you will see the exact
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    • our action, and which will last until the third millennium.
    • actually look back into the previous age, the age that came
    • actually only see the ruins of a culture, a spiritual culture
    • sixteenth century, the historical Faust who actually lived
    • modern, materialistic way, hoping to make contact with a
    • would have been able to develop in those days. Actually this
    • freedom in both knowledge and action. This he could not have
    • medicines had been manufactured from them. But all that no
    • action. Faust has made his own a certain capacity not only to
    • absolutely characterises the two men, After Faust has dreamed
    • — the weaving of an inner spirit that actually speaks.
    • have characterised as coming from what is inherent in the
    • on working, and now they influence an action of Faust's which
    • “Faust”; for what do these interpreters actually
    • this is the Greek Logos. That actually stands in the John
    • is it that distinguishes man from all other beings? The fact
    • But actually
    • scholar! Faust is genuinely practising self-knowledge, he
    • stands actually facing himself. Now for the first time the
    • the different characters whom Faust meets, Goethe is always
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    • understand. The witch-apparitions did not attract him; in
    • dramatic action. It grew to an independent whole becoming
    • own satisfaction how it comes about that, two days after the
    • dream was actually written a year earlier than the
    • this was all described very exactly in the man continued: now
    • when such things were intensively practiced, those who wished
    • Mephistopheles, on the night of April 30, actually find
    • They have actually entered another realm,
    • exact truth.
    • attention in passing to the fact that the first part of the
    • dancing, are not assigned to the several characters. Now the
    • not actually belong.
    • being who has lagged behind. Hence he actually introduces
    • practise witchcraft, yet by reason of the existence of
    • practice trifling magic arts upon him but, once he was out of
    • aside from actual Evil; that is not to be disclosed to Faust
    • into the sphere of smelling! It is actually the case that in
    • attracted. He feels that he is in a very inferior spiritual
    • about it in the Transactions of the Academy of Sciences in
    • pre-eminently a spiritual fact. It is highly probable that
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    • , Part II, Act II
    • Faust, Part II, Act II
    • circle is the fact that a really intensive striving towards
    • the spiritual world should actually promote caricatures of
    • the active, creative ego, and also the ego filled with God.
    • that he tried by abstract, all-round concepts, to give life
    • often much about it that is abstract; this is penetrated,
    • Fichte, who had at that time to express the truth in abstract
    • like Fichte, actually fought his way — as I have often
    • that is of no importance; he knew that actually the pendulum
    • back to his cell, to his laboratory, paralyzed by his contact
    • of Kant and Fichte that he did actually believe he had
    • see a genuine ahrimanic activity developing in the creation
    • ahrimanic impulses given when something actually comes into
    • instructions. And Homunculus does in fact immediately become
    • consciousness — how he has actually gained access to
    • the physical plane, all that we find her in the third Act of
    • away by abstract thinking and the desire to live in abstract
    • able to understand once again the real, actual, human being,
    • body for an abstract concept of a soul floating in
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    • come to the sphere that can be called the sphere of action in
    • he himself must undertake the action. But in what is meant to
    • case. Faust has actually to produce the departed Paris and
    • a magician, and must accomplish magical actions. It very
    • changed. But at the same time he has to be given power to act
    • human embryo is always a result of cosmic activity. What is
    • been said, he has to accomplish magical actions. For that it
    • significant factor in Faust is development.
    • understand that there is danger in the fact that it is
    • is connected with the fact that these forces no longer retain
    • their character as mysteries but have been made available for
    • What is the actual Rhine? On reflection — I have
    • actually is it when we look into the matter? Is it the water?
    • actually different from what it appears at first sight. What
    • one. What then is our Astrologer actually doing as he stands
    • be actually proved that spoken words produce a trembling in
    • what actually happeens on the stage. The devil sits in the
    • because he wishes to represent something that actually
    • to portray something that actually happened and was moreover
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    • To characterise the successive epochs of
    • life itself. In actual life itself, impulses have to arise
    • It was, in fact, the Atlantean time which had to solve the
    • have characterised during these weeks will be clearly
    • representative of Evil? From this very fact you can see that
    • to the fact that Goethe felt himself in the fullest way a
    • Mephistopheles out of an empty or merely abstract reflection,
    • in the third Act of the Second Part. It
    • Kitchen.” As soon as the action is approaching Helena
    • more exact philosophic form in my forthcoming book
    • life he only has the idea in an abstract form. Now he
    • very fact that Goethe chooses Helena to appear to Faust, is
    • Luther's Faith. I It is characteristic; but we cannot
    • aspect of the legend in the third Act of the Second Part of
    • she is. In this Act Goethe places Helena before us, burdened
    • very clearly hints at the fact, how complicated the figure of
    • without meaning that it is Mephistopheles who acts as
    • ‘the All’ in a merely abstract sense, but in a
    • fact that in our consciousness, to begin with, mere
    • The fact is that these things can only now be said directly for
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    • already described some aspects of this fact. Forces there
    • Atlantean time one saw an actual connection between the
    • that, and cannot become abstractly pious all at once. On the
    • beings those Beings whom I characterised as fallen Spirits of
    • the abstract emphasis that is laid on the principle of
    • Nationality. This abstract emphasis on Nationality, this
    • father and marrying his mother. But the very fact that he set
    • a characteristic Hero of the fourth post-Atlantean epoch.
    • blood-relationship. Through die very fact that they are
    • tool to execute what is not only prepared, but actually
    • Are we really automata, who by their actions reveal the mere
    • to do, if it were actionless? Two things must be understood:
    • Earth the impulse that proceeds from these their actions. We
    • need not consider for our present purpose how these actions
    • is practically out of the question, you will say. Yet it is
    • they can learn to know all these things. But the fact is, the
    • were to say: It would be an unfriendly action against the
    • fact that there is a Power that rules over the Sea. One must
    • rules the Sea, it would be an unfriendly act, he says, to
    • such unfriendly action.
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    • wish to stress the fact that I shall not be speaking from the
    • of spiritual chemistry, so to say, we can extract from man
    • to be exact) we can show him diagrammatically as follows:
    • age, we should find the special characteristics of the
    • abstract concepts.
    • actually belong to man's nature, but which is, so to say, for
    • much more enlightened state than the one he actually enters
    • say exactly when these influences entered in; you will find
    • it is characteristic both of the friendship between Goethe
    • and Schiller and of the whole character of Goethe's soul.
    • knowledge of the kingdoms of nature. And that is actually the
    • — of which he knows so little that actually it only
    • — what he believed the men of his circle actually
    • had arisen — Helen only supplied the point of contact
    • him) he was conscious that the abstract, philosophical path
    • path of that activity which takes place on the physical
    • glowing and fiery that at last they become actually nothing
    • activity of the Seismos, regarded as cosmic force, is the
    • scene Goethe introduces what can actually only be experienced
    • nature he will be better able to characterise all that man
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    • which man is active with his whole will. Only in a small part
    • generally completely chaotic. But this chaotic character is
    • beneficent act of the Guardian of the Threshold that he hides
    • you had done something really tactless — unfitting.
    • such intense activity of the soul that the picture surges up,
    • Actually, waking life is the cause of all the illusions and
    • picture character is, at first, no different from the world
    • least think we know. We know the fact of its existence, we do
    • consider, Goethe embodies the characteristic features of
    • all that has gone before they becoming — the actual
    • clearly in this scene Goethe actually points to all these
    • elements. As being characteristic of Anaxagoras it is
    • heavens, it is Luna. In so far as it is active in the earth
    • the abstract mineral ball he believes to revolve out there,
    • character. It when you consider Goethe's characteristic
    • ugliness as contrasted with beauty. Hence the characteristic
    • to abstract ideals, ideals having no forces. (Forces such as
    • satisfying world-outlook who is either an abstract idealist
    • with abstract concepts. Having on the one hand scientific
    • in abstract concepts, men seek a world-outlook inclining more
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    • make ourselves thoroughly acquainted with the character of
    • aspects, an idea of the true basic character of the primal
    • such as dark material and so forth,or the actual prism, the
    • something that is simple fact, something that can be
    • is characteristic of Goethe, my dear friends, that he rejects
    • demanded for itself by the etheric body. This is exactly what
    • in spite of the fact that all the seven graded colors are
    • relation to the earth evolution. In actual fact, if we
    • abstract that with them external nature cannot be man
    • shall not then be confined to abstract theologies or phi]
    • then it is exactly as if you had something with two different
    • unite them through abstract concepts, having first developed
    • regions where Goethe never actually arrived but for which he
    • him, there did not work in him merely the abstract image
    • not merely abstract concepts but all his nod life of soul.
    • always his entire life of soul that was active. That is what
    • effort. This is exactly the reason why we can make such great
    • was nevertheless active. And I have often referred before to
    • matter — as, having founded an abstract Monism, many
    • speak today — when an abstract monism of this kind is put
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    • Forces Actually Slumbering in Man
    • Forces Actually Slumbering in Man
    • end of the second act of Part II, forms the bridge for
    • and aesthetic satisfaction in its series of pictures; the
    • great deal that is veiled, and is meant actually to introduce
    • by modern man in an abstract prosaic way — so the was
    • What must then actually happen?
    • and so forth. There alone can the abstract idea of Homunculus
    • the abstract human idea of Homunculus might be united
    • touched upon for the awe to be felt which the Greeks actually
    • asks himself: Can the idea of the abstract Homunculus perhaps
    • to make an abstraction of these things, not to apply the
    • abstract concepts, and taking them for symbols. the more you
    • his abstract scientific concepts; the more you open your soul
    • its strongest opponents is man's desire for abstraction, his
    • teaching is, in feeling, the exact opposite of this
    • There are many who wish to reduce everything to abstractions.
    • These quite abstract explanations, all this symbolising of an
    • abstract nature is, regarded inwardly, much worse than any
    • So by that nothing is actually gained for Homunculus'
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    • something merely abstract and theoretical; to grasp the truth
    • Thus, if we wish to give a more exact description of the
    • present-day abstract rationalistic man. In olden days when
    • for modern man who has become so abstract. They felt with
    • degree, soul and spirit actually free themselves from their
    • brought about by the Sirens. Above all they practise their
    • body in Imaginations. Unless the abstract idea of Homunculus
    • and above the abstract idea of Homunculus, through which it
    • criticism but to actual prophetic criticism holding in mind
    • polarised light. That is an abstraction that says very
    • actually happening. We experience it today if someone burns
    • in the rays of the moon, and that something actually happens
    • conception, the abstract Homunculus-idea can become that of
    • scene contains if we try to grasp it with our bald, abstract
    • nature. Even before he brought Homunculus into contact with
    • Thus they actually belong to the Sun. On
    • riddle of man, the actual plunging of Homunculus into the
    • men who when they are asleep know quite well what is actually
    • third act:
    • experience would have been. — The characteristic mood
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    • turn to the other pole of human activity, the willing. Man is
    • thinking, my dear friends, it is exactly as if a man were
    • into action, we again come to a boundary. Fundamentally,
    • our stand in life with the will that passes over into action,
    • no longer in accordance with our own wishes. In the act of
    • and self-satisfaction that the superficiality of life. lies.
    • to an active Christianity. Just think how, for many people in
    • too, arranging his worldly life, his worldly activities, to
    • take its place must be a relation to Christ that is an active
    • through His being to do it himself. An active Christianity
    • — or rather a Christianity that comes to activity
    • in which actually (forgive the trivial mode of expression) a
    • Christianity that is passive to one that is active, that it
    • reach ourselves. In willing we do this, for willing actually
    • after were always the result of what went before. Actually,
    • actual limit of the first period in life is the change of
    • period in life ends at puberty. And the case here is exactly
    • thirty-fifth year there is again a kind of contraction. That
    • waves: contraction, hardening; softening, expansion. That is
    • the physical world, we contract into our individual skins;
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    • facts of the so-called supersensible world which man is
    • practical results, are considered proof by contemporary
    • successes to the fact that it has limited itself to the
    • unsure and unable in outward actions, in relationships to their
    • dignified, that by which we actually are human beings, indeed
    • would like to call it — fact, and that which flows to it
    • contracting, constituting itself out of natural substances and
    • For this is the very character of present civilization that one
    • active, they express themselves — albeit not in theories,
    • can actually be noticed in the depths of every soul, even of
    • just as scientific, indeed as exact, not only as an outer
    • yourself, what is there actually inside you? — Then one
    • different way is actually interesting, and I must start from
    • of soul which I actually mean. But I mention beforehand that I
    • soul life appears much more characteristically in a dream than
    • initially not as abstract as the thoughts we have in our day
    • things knows that a certain area of dreams is characterised by
    • However, one must be quite knowledgeable about all the facts
    • what actually expresses itself of the inner being of man in
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    • inspiration of the Initiates actually occurred in the
    • fact was particularly prevalent in the ancient Indian times and
    • never practice worship. That only came much later. Certainly
    • their people of an actual, spiritual, good being, who they
    • godhead. - As a result all activity amongst people should from
    • activity took place but it didn't move from one “I”
    • heaven, which originates from the earth or is active between
    • previously a fact. We have already remarked that when common
    • actual meaning is: “I am the god working continually from
    • when he announced the laws, if we only think abstractly about
    • correct thoughts are an active reality. “When you create
    • infirmity.” Correct thoughts activate health, false ones,
    • process is established, the actual creator of the real healthy
    • - It actually means that a soul is inwardly strong because it
    • does not create the soul, exactly the opposite. So we see that
    • seventh day. Thus your actions and your son's activities and
    • your daughter's actions and your servant's activity and your
    • cattle's actions and everything that is with you, is within the
    • activities of his “I.”
    • about actual outward action which really sprouts from what had
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    • them. It is exactly this, which we acquire as experiences
    • That which comprises the actual soul of the plant feels
    • It already has an account of spiritual-soul facts of great
    • — Certainly, but this doesn't change the facts that
    • uprooting causes actual pain to the plant soul. Deliberate
    • fact seriously then we no longer argue about dry cerebral
    • activity within the entire development appears to us as one of
    • But we have to consider the activity of such a heavenly body on
    • but also spiritual activity streams to us.
    • souls as actual spiritual history. This is hardly understood
    • These are the facts that lie at the basis of Paul's words after
    • Then we will learn to grasp that the world looks exactly as it
    • where does this actual material world which surrounds us,
    • flooding we may consider that through air and water activity
    • Ocean is today. Land existed and there our souls actually lived
    • influences, the majority of mankind not. Even today actually
    • something had happened in human history which attracted Ahriman
    • element — because human materialism attracts him more
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    • not be unmindful of the fact that Haeckel's great powers of
    • must be recognised as an act of special significance.
    • Another fact to be noted is, that I am placed in a singular
    • actual riddles of the universe. On the other hand you will
    • fine web of the minutest animalcules, and that this actually
    • which acts as the organising principle in these living
    • practical research that we find a natural science grounded in
    • beyond what was actually visible.
    • active, and the secret sources of education also contribute
    • education. The actual beginning of this stage is traceable far
    • become interwoven with explanations relating to the facts
    • genealogical tree — in fact, the lineal descent of all
    • discovered new facts, but even then those feelings which for
    • sphere of activity, plunges into scientific questions with
    • aimless rhetoric, and distract the attention of his
    • how active is the Spirit in the moulding of the form, where, to
    • originate in a being so circumscribed that his every act is
    • would be the appearance of these active groups of human atoms.
    • the physical group of the active members of the body. With
    • radius where actual material knowledge is concerned, but
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    • lead to action. Above all, man ascribes to himself the
    • into ourselves.’ They were conscious of the fact that they
    • question of practical life he forgets it. For then at once he
    • fact, as follows: They imagined that they held the thoughts
    • evolve out of the mere independent activity of all European
    • fact that when a person dies the thoughts he received during
    • stream which I characterised before. But precisely as a result
    • thought so dryly, so abstractly or in such cold and icy
    • and we shall do so if we dwell upon such facts of life as lie
    • active, basically speaking, to this day. The one — albeit
    • attention also to such historic facts as these.
    • passes through the gate of death with a contracted soul.
    • to be attacked, but only the fact that we have lost the living
    • older man replied, ‘In thinking, through the very fact that man
    • to witness, as I did, many a concrete spiritual fact.
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    • lines for counteracting the forces which were leading straight into
    • improved although it may perhaps be said that the senseless actions of
    • during the actual years of the war.
    • fact that my lectures on Folk-Psychology were ignored by one who held
    • a leading position during this period of senseless action, seemed to
    • the fact that man longs for immortality because his egotism makes the
    • us alive to the fact that the limb-structures too, still reveal
    • to-day speaks of the fact that the Sun rises in a particular
    • Neither is there any knowledge of the fact that these forces are
    • forces. The fact of being subject to the Aries forces makes it
    • remain intact. These are the constellations which in the instinctive
    • of the fact that the forces by which the limbs are given shape are
    • corresponding activity in his limbs, making him a hunter, received the
    • is bound up with activities of the limbs — the merchant or
    • way, via the earthly activities, through the influence upon man's
    • activities in life. Not until man's connection with the whole Cosmos
    • activities. And at the very outset the human form leads us to the
    • in his activities, through the limbs more particularly. Between these
    • dying we owe the fact that we can think and be conscious beings. The
    • acting with excessive strength in the head. On the one side, man is a
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    • activity manifests, as in a child, in whom thought is not yet
    • in our acts of sense-perception and when we work over them in
    • wake up. In our willing, in our actions, we are asleep, while in our
    • dream. What we experience during actual sleep is withdrawn from our
    • up, we should contact the world of the Angels, in the first place the
    • world we are in contact with animals, plants, and minerals.
    • forces which enable him to come into contact with his Angel. Whenever
    • through death. This activity which unfolds between the Angel and the
    • Archai his most important contact is with the world of the Archangels.
    • as a result, in their second contact with the realm of the Angels
    • spheres. As a spatial being, man draws the forces that are active in
    • inwardly unfree. There is no truly free life in the activities which
    • position to act freely, out of the depths of his soul-and-spirit, if
    • characteristic of modern men.
    • active in the life of soul, or operate automatically.
    • greatest interest towards what was active in man between death and a
    • free spiritual activity, to a really intimate, and natural relation to
    • thoughts. When man speaks to-day of his Spirit, he is actually
    • speaking only of his thoughts, of his more or less abstract thinking.
    • man will become more and more a dealer in abstractions, He will not be
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    • higher worlds should be carried into actual life, that we should know
    • how to bring it to expression in life. Abstract theories are really of
    • by the Spiritual. This knowledge is not acquired by studying abstract,
    • general principles. These abstract principles are often perfectly
    • correct, but they do not carry us very far in the world as it actually
    • as to those who actually live here. There was certainly a great
    • will only be a very gradual realisation that this is actually so. Most
    • people are living and thinking to-day exactly as they did in 1914. In
    • the life of Middle Europe which was in contact with Italy — you
    • — all this begins to take on a more superficial character. Men
    • with a kind of abstract feeling. Christianity makes its way from the
    • think more of the external character of the peoples.
    • remarkable and significant fact in the destiny of the peoples that the
    • Gods. But it takes on a peculiar character which is not fully
    • We need remind ourselves only of one fact — how the peoples of
    • activity, of strength, of enthusiasm, towards the South West. In this
    • is a stimulus to activity in the whole life of the peoples. This is
    • geographical conditions are also reflected in the character of the
    • now think of the remarkable character — and this applies even at
    • everywhere deflected. They do not become really active. They cannot
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    • could tell his father the facts, he could not explain the real
    • unusual gifts the boy found himself deeply attracted by all the
    • with the support of his benefactor, to enter the Schulpforta School.
    • easy for him to obtain satisfaction for his intellectual
    • of work. It was altogether lacking in the quality characteristic of
    • it already betrayed the fact that the young man made it his special
    • meantime his benefactor Baron von Miltitz had died. The funds so
    • about eighteen months, Fichte was able to pursue a fruitful activity in
    • then filling the minds of all men, to the mental reactions provoked
    • character and endeavour made upon Fichte. For example, this Swiss
    • into all the intellectual life, so that all cultural activity
    • immediate action, with the world. For this German-Swiss character
    • character. He too was a man who could not conceive any human
    • activity or any human endeavour in isolation. For him too every
    • individual factor had to be linked with the entirety of man's action,
    • discussing his book, in fact associated it with another author. He
    • it impossible to say the exact contrary of what they had said before;
    • himself from contact with the outlook of Kant. There must be, he
    • utmost satisfaction the idea of introducing into this famous College
    • but it can be characterized out of his own spirit as follows.
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    • It would be totally wrong if we would look with pessimism at the fact
    • see a few decades ago small groups of actors wandering from village to
    • village — the last actors to present plays of “the Holy
    • Story.” The actual Christmas plays had already become quite rare,
    • “Star-Song” is, in fact, only a last remnant, a last ruin.
    • actually visiting these village people and witnessing how they have
    • Such art was actually performed by village lads who engaged in
    • rest of the year. These very same lads would act in the Christmas
    • plays. “Anyone wishing to act in the plays must:
    • Eve”, so what was considered the actual Christmas play was
    • plays which I have just characterized were so primitively performed
    • female characters, the name Eva (Eve) and the name they associated
    • You should appreciate this fact neither with optimistic nor with
    • carefully, we can actually detect how this materialistic mood has
    • 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. In fact it can be historically
    • Namely, when the one who gathered his actors for the Christmas play,
    • to those who were assembled there. For, the sort of abstract attitude
    • which prevails today between actors and audience did not exist in
    • was enveloped by an atmosphere of community. Therefore the actors
    • this Christ Impulse is a reality, something which can actually flow
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    • unprejudiced position. For in spite of the fact that the
    • stormy battle. We are introduced to a scene of action that is hardly
    • civilization has had no direct knowledge of what is actually the
    • but it is true — its significance depends also on the fact
    • spiritual worlds. The fact that you are sitting here is most living
    • spiritual. There is a deeply significant symbol in the fact that old
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    • of St. Mark. I refer to the fact that on looking deeply into any such
    • fact, as we may come back to it in the course of these lectures.
    • brother that is actually about to take place. Destiny is hammering at
    • that is wonderful in its dramatic art, apart from the fact that it
    • Mountains, the Volga, the Caspian Sea and Asia Minor — in fact
    • conceived, abstractly, as the center of man's being) — the
    • incarnation to incarnation — this stated in abstract and
    • reincarnation, but as Krishna taught it, as a general and abstract
    • another respect as well. Our abstract thought, which we use even in
    • natural — this thinking activity was by no means always so
    • extend to such abstract generalization. They know individual trees,
    • in the course of its evolution. In fact, one who considers why it was
    • Krishna impels Arjuna to logical thought, to thinking in abstractions, as
    • But this activity of
    • true of clairvoyance. No man could actually attain
    • and ideas, but no one could think abstractly, could have
    • arise in the soul through exactly the same process as what gives rise
    • abstract judgment, he is thereby giving him, for the first time in
    • die; the spirit, the abstract, the essential being, is eternal. The
    • spirit living through outer transformations. To abstract
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    • the present day, which tends to the formation of abstract concepts,
    • spiritual world. I tried to show you how at bottom this abstract
    • thinking enters man's soul in exactly the same way as the revelations
    • in a practical way with the ascent of the soul into higher worlds
    • by the fact that in most cases they have some kind of
    • characteristic of the age in which they live, pictures that could not
    • actually begin to assume a different character. One of the first
    • depths of his soul something more is active than is present in his
    • world dawning upon us, one in which we have actual experiences of the
    • carry out these exercises. In fact, we do not free ourselves from
    • they only need to realize this fact, that they are still grumbling
    • practice, we become aware of a certain layer of consciousness present
    • bitter feelings, let us try to understand how one actually comes to
    • for the first time we realize in practice what karma is. We entered
    • even though the latter had actually come to him, he would have known
    • the statement that Arjuna had done occult exercises. In fact he had
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    • exercises as may be practiced today. In that ancient time, however,
    • power is actually a stronger kind of self-consciousness. It is as
    • that is not only a question but an actual fact for every thoughtful
    • questions about this ebb and flow of activity. He would be content
    • with it as an animal may be content with its existence. In fact, if
    • comparisons have been made to illustrate this fact. I would like to
    • their occupation compare with the activities of ordinary men who
    • activity has penetrated deeply into the minds of the so-called
    • clearly in books that try to construct a satisfactory picture of the
    • claiming to solve the riddle of the universe actually begin to set
    • In fact, present-day
    • have vague, unrecognized longings. Something is active in them that
    • space. We can easily convince ourselves of this fact. When a ray of
    • processes in the higher region. Actually there is no more harmful way
    • beings. There we make a definite discovery. Through the actual facts
    • This, in fact, can already be realized on the physical plane, but in
    • wisdom in this fact that evil is mingled in cosmic evolution. Thus,
    • paradox appears, for sleep after all is characterized by the complete
    • actually a condition of life corresponding to our sleep in which,
    • usual human processes, are exactly like the condition of sleep, but
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    • what is meant by the cyclic course of life, for alongside the actual
    • characteristics.
    • activity of man's waking life brings about a continual destruction of
    • nerves and brain. Owing to this fact we have to allow the
    • the actual epoch of materialism is past.
    • active souls of men and are being used today to gather spiritual
    • two hundred years ago suspended the constructive activity on his
    • practicing the exercises I have given in my book,
    • from those worlds into the human organism. A sum of forces, in fact,
    • terminology, though actually these theories are only applicable to
    • Newton's time to find everywhere words like “attraction”
    • ingeniously. He says how unsatisfactory it is to apply purely
    • In fact, he is naive enough to admit it. He says the Newtonian
    • essential characteristic of mankind, this firm rooting in the ego,
    • a man's life caused all the forces active then to suddenly cease
    • binding him, suspending their action for a moment. Then he would
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    • kind of doctrine, an abstract teaching, or a philosophy, that makes
    • of modern abstract thinking, however, we may have a contradiction
    • the noblest words are given merely an abstract, philosophic
    • the Sankhya philosophy or of some other school of thought. In fact, a
    • distinguished scholar, in his edition of this poem, has actually
    • actually meet the Being whom we tried to describe from a certain
    • Arjuna’s thoughts and feelings as characteristic of that time,
    • of view to know this Krishna Being more exactly. The following may
    • fact that people wish to lift their lives into the super-sensible
    • be dimly felt at first, until by slow degrees we actually begin to
    • therefore we might look for the climax in the ninth. In fact, in the
    • strange saying that seems to sound abstract yet has deep
    • or that?” They want absolute truths, but actually there are no
    • abstractly, absolutely true statement. Yet this was spoken out of the
    • how the soul can retire into itself, realizing inaction in the
    • actions the body experiences. The soul can become a complete whole,
    • order to make this possible Krishna was active, indirectly and almost
    • abstractly for the present, we see how a continually increasing
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    • as the same forces are at work in him as are active in the three
    • kingdoms of nature outside him. The forces active within him which
    • more than an animal. Materialistic Darwinism disposes of this fact
    • easily by simply leaving out of account the fact that this special
    • know in himself those forces that are the actual means of knowledge.
    • that is actually impossible, for the very reasons implied in what we
    • an actual external process. The creative forces on the other hand —
    • Darwinism, even on the physical plane, is actually asleep in our
    • in the organism of man. In our waking life the latter are inactive,
    • recognize how the creative forces active in the earth's life to raise
    • indicated this fact.
    • existence by deductions from scientific facts. Apart from their not
    • air inside.” Actually that is not true. We can pump until no
    • shillings. In practical life less-than-nothing is often more
    • less than nothing. This “nothing” actually is a
    • real factor on all sides. We must imagine the world that surrounds
    • active in man when he sleeps. Natural science knows only the external
    • side of these forces. In fact, it holds fast to a mere abstraction
    • abstract number ten, for example, is to ten beans or ten apples. If
    • does experience the difference between these forces and those active
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    • It is true that one of the characteristics of our age, which is only
    • spreading abroad of facts that until now have remained secret from
    • poured out into all people. Until our time, however, these facts
    • protected by a fundamental characteristic of mankind in olden times,
    • This fact was a much more powerful protection than any external rule
    • certain facts, especially the case during the materialistic age. What
    • produced by the activity of a few, remains secret in regard to its
    • fifteenth to the nineteenth century. As a matter of fact, it is most
    • praise his effort, but the fact is, what this man produced could only
    • before his followers. They too of course were ignorant of the fact
    • spirits of earlier times, whose activity flows through the Vedantic
    • from the fact that truth must needs appear paradoxical. The following
    • quite misunderstanding what the West actually contains. A
    • understand all the facts history presents to us.
    • point that should be inserted here. In these abstract technicalities
    • fact that Shankaracharya's predecessors were striving upward from the
    • for abstract commentaries. We only need the power to transplant
    • with the abstract contents of these thoughts may find them easy to
    • actually lies in these words? Without a living sympathy with what was
    • kingdoms. It would be abstract and wrong to interpret these words
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    • his impulses and reactions, or by the thing itself, from fully
    • characteristic of the time in which he lives. So Krishna explains,
    • abstract concepts, but afterward these become more and more vivid.
    • give it to them. Rajas men are diligent, men of action; but they act
    • because actions have such and such consequences to which they are
    • attached. They depend on the joy of action, on the impression action
    • comfortable. They really do not want to act at all. Thus are men to
    • activities according to how they partake of sattwa, rajas or tamas.
    • damp down this fear. Actually, Ahriman — the giver of fear —
    • approach the Gods in actual prayer. In all cases the temper of man's
    • stage of picture consciousness, which as a matter of fact certain
    • main characteristic of this rising into Brahma, by which we have a
    • beautiful characterization of Krishna himself. At that time the
    • active, in order to get ideas and concepts of our surrounding world.
    • active than it was in the age before the origin of the
    • Intellectual Age (our present age) — actively working our way
    • say when he wishes to introduce that new age in which the active way
    • gift that shall impel thee to activity.” If it had all remained
    • man; while what is the self in man, the active working element that
    • fruit. That is true, but it is an abstract truth. It is no more
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    • Mysteries, whether Eastern or Western: contact with death, passage
    • impulses for practical training in the Mysteries have to be brought.
    • different. The change can be characterised in a few words by saying:
    • an end. The Initiate, in fact, is entering a new world. In order to
    • characteristic of knowing quickly, let us say, how one ought to behave
    • altered by the fact of knowing about it?
    • first can be called “Coming into contact with the Experience of
    • — the actual world in which man lives to-day, the world of the
    • what is meant by having “come into contact with Death”, by
    • becomes actual experience. Thus, for example, the feeling, “to
    • which man in ordinary life is preserved now actually occurs — the
    • the method of perception by the senses, and also the act of thinking,
    • advance of the actual moment — to such a degree that the aspirant
    • external world actually denies him all power, and he must have
    • Void — it is not there. The feeling of contacting something hard,
    • I am picturing actual experience. It is what is generally known in the
    • aspirant has risen beyond the mere “Contact with Death”, but
    • activity of the eyes. It is not a matter of constructing or creating a
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    • after death. Suitable and unsuitable characteristics for the
    • interaction of influences from the Earth and those from stellar space.
    • This requirement is shown by the fact that when the soul becomes
    • individual lacks sufficient force to unfold inner activity and
    • new world which he can experience through the fact that — as the
    • As already said, we regard the facts of the physical world as enmeshed
    • in the web of natural laws, while we judge human actions and soul
    • two sets of facts. We are accustomed on the physical plane to judge
    • where, in fact, there is no separation between something that could be
    • manner as we judge natural facts, but also as we judge moral facts in
    • turns his attention to a characteristic, the desire for ease and
    • have drawn attention to the fact that all these theories were in the
    • sense, and a readiness to recognise facts that cannot be overlooked,
    • bring into the ordinary world the characteristics and attitude of soul
    • actuality and judge things as they are — these are the people
    • Nowadays men build up plenty of abstract ideas on this subject.
    • carpet of plants is connected with the activity of the light from the
    • Sun; how the plants cannot grow without the specific action of the
    • Sun's rays. And men have some inkling that not only the Sun's activity
    • how influences from the Earth interact with those from stellar space.
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    • the activities of beings associated with the Sun and the Moon in
    • he experiences certain facts and meets with certain beings. The
    • an expression for spiritual facts and for the meeting with spiritual
    • in his inner life. And if nothing else were to happen, a protracted
    • happenings. And what is then experienced (one cannot characterise
    • if one tries to summarise all one sees, it can be characterised in
    • bodies of man. And through the activity of the beings into whose
    • certain beings who are associated with the Sun send their activity
    • come into existence. Whereas the seer can discern exactly how the
    • inward satisfaction in perceiving how the spiritual beings whose
    • past times found their highest satisfaction. It must be added that the
    • aspect in those times; hence the satisfaction it could afford. In our
    • satisfaction, for they were so disposed that they felt inwardly
    • found satisfaction.
    • of man and the life of the Sun. It was characteristic of the time of
    • and knew that they were now within a world of spiritual facts and
    • souls were then led. They were shown the individual beings and facts,
    • with that Being who is active when the human being as spirit and soul
    • inward character of soul, is poured in from the Harmony of the Spheres
    • active there. And ever more and more did this feeling condense itself
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    • described as characteristic of the nature of all Mysteries these four
    • As in earlier ages, so also in this later age, that which was enacted
    • characterise the processes involved.) But there had to be a difference
    • place in a quite special way through the fact that those inspiring
    • fifth epoch, accordingly, there were persons who, not exactly through
    • pictures of external facts to inner mysteries which were taking place
    • there was embraced everything which characterised the secrets of the
    • earnestness; for a characteristic of modern man is that something in
    • Holy Grail and of the new wisdom — which is in fact the
    • wisdom has less of a local character; for we are living in a time of
    • time evil arts were practised in that place, arts which penetrated
    • daughter of Eblis. Iblis, by her very name, is characterised as being
    • abstract ideas. And the whole of the hostility to the Grail was
    • enacted in that fastness of Iblis, “Calot bobot”, whither
    • alliance which Klingsor had contracted with the stronghold of Iblis,
    • the Grail legend through Amfortas is an expression of that pact. For
    • the pact between Klingsor and Iblis playing into it. And here we can
    • life-story in a rather superficial way. In fact, there was in Goethe
    • worlds in modern times, must be enacted in the Consciousness Soul.
    • enacted in the Consciousness Soul is crystallised in the figure of
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    • some who entered into direct and actual communication with the astral
    • ad infinitum. But we live in cities that are like deafening factories
    • radiance of divine Wisdom, embracing intelligence, love and action.
    • abstract reasoning but by its power to bring souls to flower and
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    • was to form and mould the future. Occult science is not abstract and
    • dead but active and living.
    • ideal is not necessary for action is a great error. A man without
    • of evolution based entirely on physical facts, attribute to man an
    • present point of time, the etheric body of man has practically the
    • expressed by the races actually existing on the Earth. The higher
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    • writer says: “Everyone contacts it frequently although he knows
    • body of man. But the characteristic feature of man is that a twofold
    • birth: the element of love. The attraction of love is so powerful, so
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    • What is the dream? It is an activity which has survived from
    • act as ferments for subsequent development; they are like the yeast
    • matter-of-fact human being; his reason is just as clear and certain
    • Nature are, in fact, already contained in her being. He imagines that
    • The thoughts we derive from the universe are actually there. All that
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    • Hindu philosophy. This is more than exaggeration; it is an actual
    • error, contradicted by the science and practice of occultism.
    • facts. Just as the bee emerges from the hive and gathers the juice of
    • having the power to attract other pieces of iron.’ Visible
    • the reason that the etheric body always has a contrary character to
    • and is in a condition of inactivity, but the vegetative activity of
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    • adjustments and ascetic practices. Everything must run its course in
    • The first condition requisite for the Initiate is that his character
    • direction of his life's current. The actions of man today are impelled
    • the outer world. Actions determined by space and time have no
    • (2) Control of actions. Our attitude to all actions, be they trivial
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    • fact that its authorship is said by some to have taken place in the
    • the Rosicrucians. All were engaged in practical occultism and looked
    • magical power — a fact well known to occultists. By repeating these
    • believed, of course, in the actual and historic existence of the
    • A materialist of today might ask whether the fact that the
    • Rosicrucians had these visions is any proof of the actual existence of
    • Christ, historic fact on the physical plane. The death
    • days of the Vedas it was practically unknown. In the ages when there
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    • character, relating to the scene where Christ washes the feet of the
    • gives a purely moral interpretation to this act and looks upon it
    • of ecstasy when he actually discovered the intermaxillary bone in the
    • inner will. The disciple brings about the separation by an act of
    • between the organs and the activities of soul. In the lunatic, the
    • fundamental idea of man is the idea of the body in action.) The
    • “In the tides of life, in Action's storm,
    • illusion. He is actually aware of death and of descending into the
    • enters the astral world. He is then in contact with the inverse
    • characterised by the saying: The creative word issues from the soul
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    • abstractedly. Effects we can perceive, and a complete history of those
    • effects would, in fact, sufficiently define the nature of the thing
    • itself. We should try in vain to describe a man's character, but let
    • his acts be collected and an idea of the character will be presented
    • “The colours are acts of light — its active and passive
    • — proving that the aim and the cause are identical, acting in an
    • able to solve by dint of abstract thought is thus solved by
    • death. By contrast, unsatisfied thirst for action produces the
    • sensation of cold in the soul. It is this cold — born of action
    • word, an illusion. It may do untold harm, but nothing is actually
    • form, a living force. The astral lie brings about an impact between
    • magic the followers are taught the horrible and diabolical practice of
    • degeneracy. This contact with the European populace produced, in the
    • decomposition became a field for the development of bacteria, giving
    • the form of actuality, event, fact. The nerve-storms that exhaust man
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    • eight are the result of the action of unconscious initiation, the
    • knights of King Arthur, and again in all creation, in all action.
    • happening in higher worlds. This fact appears again in masonic ritual
    • moment, man's activity has been concentrated on the development of the
    • usually right-handed? The right hand which is the more active of the
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    • body. Illnesses are caused by excessive activity of the astral body.
    • Eating to excess affords a stimulus to the astral body which re-acts
    • involuntary actions.
    • and for this reason the same character, temperament and outstanding
    • characteristics of his physical body every time he incarnates on
    • fell with the Sun in the sign of the Bull, a fact expressed in the
    • the movement of the Earth in its relation to Sun and stars. This fact
    • explains the different characteristics of the various epochs and gives
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    • dreams and to relate them to actuality. We may dream, for example,
    • clairvoyance, these signs — which we today delineate in abstract
    • The most ancient characters employed in Sanscrit, Egyptian, Greek and
    • In the Acts of the Apostles, mention is made of Dionysius the
    • The rhythmic breathing practised in Yoga was one of the methods by
    • consciously in the world of thought, quite independently of the actual
    • gestures, acts and thoughts. Everything that happens on Earth
    • experience the effects of a battle. We do not actually see the battle,
    • overwhelming urge to sympathy and action contained in the human soul
    • is faced with a boundless field of activity and a vista of infinity.
    • higher regions of Devachan are characterised by the fact that all
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    • facts but on their memory of these facts. They knew, by their memory,
    • but they did not grasp the causes of these facts, nor could
    • cannot, for example, hasten the growth of plants by an act of will.
    • transformed both as to character and appearance. Thus primitive man
    • hands — free instruments for action. Besides this, he began
    • soul. At that time, therefore, man actually inbreathed the divine soul
    • from the body; consciousness has a purely objective character.
    • which gave rise to attraction or repulsion, sympathy or antipathy. The
    • feelings of attraction or repulsion. He had no reasoning faculty and
    • The change from outer to inner activity of soul is expressed by a
    • dual action or movement — one from without inwards, the other
    • solidification and are about to re-ascend, through the action of
    • of creative activity in which the spirit of man can give birth to
    • eggs. It is wholly given up to this brooding activity and is filled
    • life is quickened and Who is reflected in the creative activities of
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    • as a whole, nor of the soul. We ourselves are in exactly the same
    • A consciousness which repeats the third stage but retains the acquired quality of objectivity. Images have definite colours and are realised as being quite distinct from the perceiver. The subjective sense of attraction or repulsion vanishes. In this new imaginative consciousness, the faculty of reason that has been acquired in the physical world retains its own powers.
    • of which four are actually visible: the mineral, plant, animal and
    • Evolution consists in the mutual interaction of all these seven forms.
    • necessary (the action of the Holy Spirit). In order to pass from one
    • state of life to another, a new power is necessary (the action
    • to another, a new consciousness is necessary (the action of the
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    • abstractions but to pictures, for pictures have a living, creative
    • a vital force. This mentality is a result of the fact that our
    • extract from the Earth, just as we build our monuments and our
    • able to reproduce his like by an act of conscious will, he will
    • ‘images’ will lead a real and actual existence, comparable
    • all the substances of which we are composed are ‘extracts’
    • of the macrocosm. All this preparatory activity in the universe was
    • has anything of the action of these Spirits of Fire remained in man?
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XVI: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Human Will
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    • them today. In fact, only a plant kingdom existed then but under
    • would never have been able to be active in evolution had they not
    • appear. In fact, it was during this separation that man was able to
    • planets. We in fact can divide our present terrestrial stage into two
    • Mars not the slightest trace of iron existed on this earth. In fact,
    • have become conscious. This fact is connected with the forces of
    • layer which in fact is only like a thin skin at the surface of the
    • abstract these three layers by means of our thinking, we would then
    • conscious astral vision, one would then see the activities in these
    • If now again in thought one were to abstract these last three layers
    • action. But this morality is the opposite of the one that is to be
    • everything which among human beings is good and worthy. The activity
    • magnetically acts on this layer and disrupts it. Nevertheless, when
  • Title: Esoteric Cosmology: Lecture XVII: Redemption and Liberation
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    • developed under the influence of the inspiration and action of the
    • whether the one or the other characteristic was more or less
    • The fact that his senses give man an objective consciousness of the
    • activity comes to expression at the point where the nerves give rise
    • it an act of a miraculous Providence which intervenes in the universal
    • world, just as mechanical action is the law of cause and effect in the
    • like a balance sheet, an exact statement of debit and credit. By every
    • action, bad or good, man augments his debit or credit