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  • Title: The Inner Development of Man
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    • theory of life as developed by anthroposophy will have been outlined.
    • given at all in public, they will form the topic of a later
    • of human society, will soon discover that by these means least is
    • will generally achieve nothing at all. There is one rare exception
    • development will soon be aware of this fact and his task will then be
    • occult teacher acquires this knowledge. They will be discussed in
    • resultingly, certain definite qualities will appear in their
    • body and will continue to return in future incarnations, and the
    • teaching of karma, of compensatory justice — most people will ask how
    • that will eventually lead anybody to the desired comprehension This
    • those who resolve to call forth the will-power, endurance and patience
    • life as if reincarnation and karma were truths and they will become
    • today you will be tomorrow.” He who believes in reincarnation must
    • something permanent in his soul that will emerge ever again.
    • alter his soul by his own will-power. This must be tried as
    • decade, will never determine anything within himself about these
    • through sheer force of will. A formerly careless person must get
    • through any external pressure but by steadfast resolve of will. It is
    • will-power puts in the place of the habit or gesture something of his
    • that happens to him as if karma was a fact, will find that his
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  • Title: Lecture: Woman and Society (Die Frauenfrage)
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    • is to fulfill a task, a mission, then it must take hold of what moves
    • life. It will prove itself far more by building a real foundation for
    • Hill, did not work for the Post Office. But one who did, had the
    • illustration of the relation of the ‘practical people’
    • Few will deny that the
    • question exists will be denied by no one. Yet if we look back to
    • able to fulfill the profession of a doctor. With the great authority
    • illustrates the outer situation alone, and only shows us that we must
    • majority of people and you will find a very strange but fairly common
    • certainty comes somewhat to a standstill when so many different views
    • look at those peoples who still represent what is left of ancient
    • and there are still such peoples today, in which the woman, in the
    • a woman of one particular people (or nation or tribe) will differ far
    • remains with this materialistic view will simply miss, will overlook
    • differences — he will overlook the individuality which goes
    • women's question from this point of view, we will just look at
    • factories and the textile mills, so that they can be with the family.
    • influence this woman had on the men of the 19th century, will no
    • in the spiritual-scientific outlook, a movement that is still little
    • heeded. It is the spiritual-scientific world-view which will have to
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  • Title: Lecture: Problems of Nutrition
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    • are still able to benefit where humans fail. They still possess
    • who finds himself disgusted enough with meat will surely survive
    • offer a more mundane subject than many we have heard here. It will
    • what he says, he will then proceed to do the right thing. What I
    • another, and he who assumes that it does will misunderstand it
    • completely. Merely the facts will be stated, and you will have
    • instrument for the impulses of our spiritual life? Will we lose our
    • We will be wrong if, by observing only the chemical processes, we
    • to perceive the light-filled world of our surroundings. Light is
    • over the brilliance of physical light he can say to himself,
    • The invisible light lives within us and fulfills
    • a man then becomes ill.
    • processes leave off. A specific example will clarify what this
    • between the various peoples, one must still conclude that each
    • will be continued inwardly. In the food we consume from the animal
    • investigated, it will generally be found that they eat meat.
    • for an exclusively vegetarian diet will be found to prevail among
    • too large a portion of his inner activities, then activities will
    • soul will become more externally oriented, more susceptible to, and
    • independent and more inclined to develop inwardly. He will become
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etherisation of the Blood
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    • constantly aware of the hindrances he will encounter in his efforts.
    • rather have the patience and perseverance, the will, to penetrate more
    • and impressive natural phenomenon. We see how still he is standing,
    • manifestation of impulses of will, and it is easy to imagine that if
    • conscious will is absent; in the other there is no thought, no
    • ideation, and immediate expression is given to an impulse of will.
    • which the will has no part; the second pole is the impelling force of
    • will without thought. These facts are revealed simply by observation
    • contemplation, thinking — and about the will and its impulses on
    • has, as a rule, very little power or control over his will and its
    • impulses. The will is very detached from daily life. Only consider how
    • a decision of your own thinking and will. If you are hungry and seat
    • will, because it is occasioned by your circumstances, by the needs of
    • your organism. Try to picture your daily life and you will find how
    • little the will is directly influenced from the centre of your being.
    • Why is this the case? Occultism shows us that in respect of his will
    • present in his will-impulses at all. We may evolve better and better
    • individuals, but we can do nothing as regards the will. By cultivating
    • better thoughts we can work indirectly upon the will but as far
    • the waking life of day, our will is influenced only in an indirect
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  • Title: Lecture: Overcoming Nervousness
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    • have to say may be useful to some of you in that it will lead to a more
    • organic illnesses in a most deceptive way. Gastric disturbances are an
    • If people remain as they are, we need not doubt but that there will be no
    • that throughout the entire school year the student will be unable to spend
    • up in a healthy way. A man will not merely learn that he consists of
    • physical body, etheric body, astral body and ego. He will also come to
    • to health, and that many upsets bordering on severe illness can be
    • objects but in this case the lady should say to herself, “I will put my
    • brooch in a different place each evening, but as I do so I will hold the
    • thought in mind that I have put it in a particular spot. Then I will form a
    • clear picture in my mind of all the surroundings. Having done this, I will
    • go quietly away. I realize that if I only do this once, I probably will not
    • succeed, but if I make a habit of it, I will find that my forgetfulness
    • exercise not because he is forgetful but because he is nervous. It will
    • prove to be an excellent cure. His etheric body will be strengthened and
    • the nervous tendencies will disappear. In such cases, life itself
    • anyone with a healthy soul will be moved to compassion for clerical
    • whereas in a healthy man all his movements are subordinated to the will
    • vacation, but better still you might also recommend that he try to acquire
    • though anthroposophy can give such pedagogical advice, it will
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  • Title: Jesus and Christ
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    • willing to go into anthroposophy in any depth sees that this opinion
    • still exercise an immediate influence upon our physical existence and
    • mysteries will throw more light on this historical fact.
    • fulfill its end, because he was the meaning of the cosmos.
    • with this vision, it is possible that he still cannot learn anything
    • must gradually enter into human evolution, which they will the more
    • essence while still retaining his humanity. He could now find Christ
    • will find within yourself that element in which your soul is immersed
    • their fulfillment. The mystery disciples and their followers could say,
    • Christ. Men will experience Christ in ever greater measure, and
    • through Christ they will discover Jesus.
    • skepticism, to Christ. In future, Jesus will be found on that path we
  • Title: Lecture: Newborn Might and Strength Everlasting
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    • impair that simple joy, so full of love, that filled many hundreds of
    • our world conception. Indeed, every heart and soul will be filled with joy
    • Nevertheless, it is an illusion to think that our more complicated way of
    • Actually, today we face another world, a world that will become
    • complicated age needs another kind of soul impulse that will enable us to
    • understood today, it will be gradually realized how necessary it is to look
    • but it is still possible to distinguish what this unknown painter wished
    • "Higher up, we see some hermits sitting on a hill. Some are gathering food,
    • carefully at the angels and devils, you will note that each devil seizes a
    • expression in the painting I have just described. Ever and again will we
    • He who observes his inner life of thinking, feeling and willing, and the
    • disorderly way in which these impulses of thought, feeling and will arise,
    • willing resembles the changes of the weather, which become manifest in the
    • willing are related only with the changeable influences of weather
    • earth. Then he was filled with strength and courage and could feel that
    • man still possessed through his atavistic clairvoyance the inheritance of
    • and commercial life will grow increasingly strong. The earth's winter can
    • on earth, will assert itself, in contrast to the weather-like changes in
    • vain when we wish to be filled with hope in our earthly suffering, and with
    • into the evolution of the earth will acquire ever greater strength in the
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  • Title: Lecture: Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ
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    • after the awakening of the Ego-consciousness will there be any great
    • words and ideas containing something of the Christ-Impulse, will be of
    • still unable to work on the child by physical means, he will look upon
    • out of the condition he still occupied during the old Moon period when
    • You will have seen from my descriptions of Atlantean times taken from
    • to-day. We will restrict ourselves to the normal development of man by
    • will consider how he has transformed himself from a dumb into a
    • rightly indicate them, was still in danger from the Luciferic and
    • chaotic and confused, but filled, permeated with inner feeling, if
    • upon truth — it will be because thinking has acquired, through the
    • Golgotha. This can be the case even now if man will prepare himself
    • May light-giving Thought fill the Darkness of my Ego,
    • When man learns to understand the Life of Thought he will understand
    • And now there is still something more to be said, as we are standing
    • will it stream later into something which is indeed one of the
    • and ideas, live on further in us. And a time will come for humanity
    • which is now being prepared but which will only be fulfilled in the
    • Sixth Great Period of humanity when men will look back upon that which
    • within them as memory. They will be able to realize that Christ
    • Himself is present in the power of Memory. He will be able to speak
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  • Title: Lecture: The Four Sacrifices of Christ
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    • was lost to an extent that will be fully realized only in the distant future.
    • had not yet been fulfilled upon the physical plane. Only the fourth took
    • were as self-seeking as he still is in his moral, intellectual and emotional
    • The human being will gradually learn to develop this deep, significant
    • when he looks up at the starry heavens and at all that the sun illumines in
    • the animal, mineral and vegetable kingdoms. He will learn to say, “That
    • observation and enjoyment of nature will be permeated by Christ; when
    • of summer, or in any of the other delights of nature, will say to
    • pain. To be ill means that an organ has become selfish and is leading its
    • reason why illness results from the selfishness of our organs. Today we
    • will confine our discussion to normal conditions. Had it depended upon
    • organs. Someday these relations of the outer world with our organs will
    • themselves to be aligned with spiritual science, it will be known that
    • exposed to severe illnesses and we could not be at all healthy but for this
    • being will acquire, when he is able to imbue himself with a true
    • spiritual beings upon whom humanity depends. He will say in true piety,
    • Thinking, feeling and willing were threatened with disorder through the
    • that impulse of will, while his thinking would have impelled him in quite
    • a different direction, and his feeling in still another. It was necessary for
    • human evolution that thinking, feeling and willing should become
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy and Christianity
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    • a new religious sect of any kind. It hopes to be able to fulfill the
    • Although it is still misunderstood and misrepresented — and
    • often happens today, then prejudice will be heaped upon prejudice when
    • to the body, it will never be possible to say that memory is bound to
    • Just before we fall asleep, we feel how the will forces in our limbs
    • occur in thousands of different ways, but I will characterize it in
    • How unwilling people are to learn anything really new! They cling to
    • But another thing is still needed: Wresting the soul free of the body
    • feeling and will, just as in sleep he shuts out all awareness of
    • consciously. Adding this exercise in devotion to the first, he will
    • observation — a reality still rejected by current prejudices,
    • spiritual realm. When I pass through the gates of death, my body will
    • my being, which can live outside my body, will pass through the gates
    • human soul which matures during one earth-life will appear again in a
    • here many times before, and will return again and again. Let us look
    • living at that time and that they will appear again in the future;
    • It is still perfectly understandable today that people have a bias
    • claimed that the earth didn't stand still, but revolved around the
    • sun, and that the sun actually stood still in relation to the earth?
    • the urge to be prophets will suffer a different fate from the prophets
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  • Title: Lecture: Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman
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    • spiritual sciences is completed, it will contain, in a significant
    • group a figure will tower as if it were the manifestation of what I
    • Hence, one will be able to experience this representation of the
    • will be to make two ideas visible. Firstly, it will be important to
    • will be the remaining two figures of the group, one to the left and
    • His head. On top of the rock there will be another figure, winged but
    • visible will be a particularly important artistic task and you will
    • the Christ figure. There, the rock will have a ledge and, therefore,
    • will be concave underneath. In this depression there will be another
    • and the left one upward. Again, it will be an important artistic task
    • take form as a sculpture that will be set up in a significant place in
    • the new building. Above the sculptured group we will attempt to
    • three figures: Christ, Lucifer and Ahriman will stand at the bottom as
    • a sculpture, and above, the same motif will appear as a painting.
    • the comprehension of the Christ impulse will be to make man finally
    • must oscillate to one side or the other. The same applies to man's
    • development here on earth. Man must oscillate to the one side
    • up to this time; the science of the spirit will have to contribute its
    • You will remember an important event from history when Constantine,
    • was not decided by military skill, that is, not by the intellectual
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  • Title: Lecture: Preparing for the Sixth Epoch
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    • unwilling to enter deeply into more intimate truths connected with the
    • these working groups, we will continue to found them in full
    • prepare what will constitute the content, the specific external work
    • own epoch, throughout its duration, will develop and unfold the
    • consciousness or spiritual soul. But what will give to external
    • in advance. Many characteristics of the sixth epoch of culture will be
    • will be a characteristic of those men who reach the goal of that
    • epoch, and have not fallen short of it. It is a quality that will not,
    • of course, be found among those who in the sixth epoch have still
    • culture in the sixth epoch, will be a certain moral quality. Little of
    • the most highly cultured will not only feel pain such as is caused
    • such individuals will experience the suffering of another human being
    • as their own suffering. If they see a hungry man they will feel the
    • of the other man will be unendurable to them. The moral characteristic
    • sixth epoch the well-being of the individual will depend entirely upon
    • work, so in the sixth epoch a common consciousness will lay hold of
    • feels the health of the whole body, the individual will feel the
    • the first preeminently moral trait that will characterize the cultured
    • fundamental characteristic will be that everything we call the fruits
    • of belief today will depend to a far, far higher degree than is the
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  • Title: Lecture: Outlooks for the Future
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    • from the heavenly worlds could still form and shape their bodies.
    • another person. This will not be so strongly visible upon his face as a
    • change of its form; there will be a change to some extent, but not a very
    • this will not appear in a very marked way upon his physiognomy.
    • forms. To-day, we are still able to move our hands and our face can still
    • is still mobile to some extent, so that the etheric body still assumes
    • a hyaena, whereas his etheric body will have a far greater resemblance
    • with a hyaena. The etheric body is still changeable; it still possesses
    • fifth post-Atlantean epoch, so will also the etheric body take on more
    • forms penetrate into the physical body, will assert itself very strongly.
    • epochs, the rigidity of the etheric body will have a great influence upon
    • the physical body and the physical body will become a faithful copy of
    • This will give rise to
    • evolution of the earth, the human beings will therefore be born with
    • specially marked bodies, which will express their inner moral qualities.
    • future, the MORAL physiognomy will be particularly conspicuous, whereas
    • all those marks which now characterize the human physiognomy will be far
    • characteristics of our race. But these things will have no meaning
    • whatever during the sixth epoch, our bodily form will then obtain its
    • expression from the series of our incarnations. The human beings will
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  • Title: Lecture: Human Life in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • will, in the form of Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy, force its way
    • to put the questions in a new way. Such questions have now been instilled into
    • a visionary. But he will only seem so to those who allow themselves to be
    • during the 19th century. I will not cite as an illustration anything taken
    • account of them between 1850 and 1860, an era when such things were still
    • due to his living during the age in which it was still possible to be dazzled
    • world. It will not be possible to arrest the advance of scientific knowledge,
    • considered highly illuminating, and it is taught to our school children.
    • People delude themselves into finding it illuminating, for one has only to
    • understand; the experiment seems so illuminating. Yet there is one
    • authority notwithstanding. I will give you an example, the same one which is
    • scholars of future eras will some day have to expend much acumen. Goethe
    • world the point of view which disregards the ear will describe a symphony
    • one and will be here figuratively presented. The spiritual researcher himself
    • will observe — provided the book is read with the right sort of attention
    • will conceive things spiritually which up to that time had been conceived by
    • evolution. When this evolution has progressed, it will be increasingly
    • And for the very reason that Spiritual Science or Anthroposophy is still
    • derision. But this doubt and derision will tend to disappear by degrees in
    • beings. So general recognition will be accorded to Spiritual Science also,
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  • Title: Evil and the Future of Man
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    • deeper motive, for anyone who has knowledge will be well aware what
    • good-will there is even now for an understanding of such things. The
    • will to understand will come in time, and we must see that it does
    • us, kindling certain impulses in knowledge and in will — true
    • After all, in speaking of the railway system it will occur to no-one to
    • Nevertheless, the engine will spoil the rails in course of time;
    • instill, to implant into his evolution the faculty for the Spiritual
    • This will not only lead you towards an understanding of the mystery of
    • death; it will also show you what it is to think exactly on these
    • just of this quality — and this quality simply will not do if we are
    • and always with the mistaken idea that it is still possible to make
    • who still pay heed to all manner of professorial wisdom on social
    • into his own being. In the course of the present age they will work in
    • middle of the third millennium A.D. And he can do so. But he cannot
    • Universe in the Cosmos that man will be able to receive them into his
    • will undergo the following experience: There is no crime in all the
    • them about, for reasons which we still have to consider. But just as
    • domains. The first is this: Man as he evolves towards the future will
    • which as you know, will continue into the third millennium. To-day men
    • respect men have yet to make full use of all that has been instilled
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  • Title: Lecture: Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being
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    • we will particularly look at what is a peculiarity of our age — this
    • humanity in this age of the Spiritual Soul — will be that of laying
    • avoid this, he does not willingly take a conscious part in the shaping
    • illusion — one of the many illusions in which humanity lives today.
    • then will that gradually emerge which seeks to emerge in the Fifth
    • Spiritual Science will easily perceive that the essential impulse in
    • The social leaders and agitators, for example, live in the illusion
    • class of man who is willing and disposed (provided ideas are there) to
    • help forward the social impulse. It is an illusion to act in this way,
    • is to look these things straight in the face without illusion. It is
    • at straightly without illusion. One is tempted to say that people are
    • the present, they are still a manifestation of this pendulum between
    • are indeed the pillars on which personal independence rests. At
    • this evolution against which nothing will prevail, there must also
    • will balance this anti-social evolutionary tendency. The anti-social
    • a one-sided way. As men live nowadays, certain words (I will not say
    • put up a bridge, but it will collapse at the first opportunity. It
    • institutions, that their plans will be shown to be impossible; for the
    • there may still be some amusing additions to one's education.
    • to compare the illusions which have sway in social life with present
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Emptiness and Social Life
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    • ROM the two preceding lectures you will have realised that in finding
    • vestiges of the old Nibelung characteristics still survived. These
    • We will now consider in rather greater detail why it was that the
    • really brilliant spiritual movement which lasted from the time of
    • hand, indicating that this was a realm he was not willing to enter. A
    • civilisation. For when we envisage this brilliant culture of the
    • to grasp, with a due sense of the tragedy of it: this brilliant
    • and assessing their most characteristic traits. He was brilliant in
    • good-will born of a true appreciation of Hermann Grimm, we study his
    • Why is it that through the whole development of this brilliant phase
    • — they will make it possible for the spirit itself to come alive in
    • spirit ray forth — for those, of course, who were willing to receive
    • influence. And here again is something that will have to be stressed
    • it will be clear that this mediaeval history is really the story of
    • and then it will be clear that we have arrived at the point of time
    • begin to think about many things in a different way. Only then will
    • the modern age. It comes to expression in the absence of will from the
    • spirit. The spirit can be reached only by genuinely putting the will
    • anyone who thinks with thoughts, not with words, will get just the
    • experience. Nevertheless, this is what will have to be experienced,
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  • Title: Lecture: Social Understanding Through Spiritual Scientific Knowledge
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    • particular truths have, and that is what we will talk about tomorrow.
    • capacities have any part to play in the rest of man's life? You will see that
    • puberty, and from puberty till about the twenty-first year. If you do not
    • regard man purely superficially, you will be struck by the fact that the
    • fill our whole physical body. There is work in progress within our
    • still happens today — the forces that create organs in the physical body
    • From this you will see that the forces of Imagination, Inspiration and
    • And you actually always have to oscillate a bit between your soul and
    • the process of digesting too well, you may find you will not be able to
    • The crux of the matter is really to go into these things, and not, as is still
    • existence on the other, you will never understand man. There is no way
    • drawing). You will only have a complete picture of what is actually there
    • these? These are will forces. All the will forces, everything in man that is
    • of the nature of will, is subsensible.
    • An obvious question is where do these subsensible forces, these will
    • of will that are connected with these forces of the planets, these forces of
    • the planet. The forces of will enter into us from the planet itself. This is
    • of life, that is, up till the seventh year, the fourteenth year and the
    • twenty-first year. The will working in us up till the seventh year works
    • spiritual-scientifically that in everything working in the child up till the
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  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • somewhat remote, but it will be of importance for the further
    • the other, his place in the social life. But it will be necessary
    • members. But we will leave this aside today and think about something
    • canal, we can observe a regular up-and-down oscillatory movement
    • fluid organism which fills the same space that is occupied by the
    • which permeates this fluid organism and fills it with forces. The
    • impossible for our thought to come to a standstill within the limits
    • and it will soon be outside again. We are drawing in and giving out
    • acquired unless we are willing to acknowledge this membering into a
    • activates the will, generates impulses of will. — How does the
    • Ego generate impulses of will? From a different point of view we have
    • spoken of how impulses of will are connected with the earthly sphere,
    • does the Ego, which holds together the impulses of will, send these
    • achieved through the fact that the will works primarily in the
    • warmth-organism. An impulse of will proceeding from the Ego works upon
    • The space then remains filled with nothing but warmth which is, of
    • he acts in the world as a being of will. The feelings experienced in
    • the physical body still intrudes and tones down the pictures into
    • the air organism. But still another kind of Ether by which the air is
    • And now we come to the Ego. This human Ego, which by way of the will
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • with these perceptions, and we have our will-impulses. But we
    • everything will eventually become a kind of slag-heap in the universe.
    • alleged, the world becomes a slag-heap, this will also be the
    • graveyard of all moral ideals. They will have vanished. — No
    • will more easily understand what I shall now have to say on the basis
    • counsel with yourself, however, you will find it quite possible to
    • speak, still dark light, in the sense that the seed of a plant is not
    • the physical body, these higher members of our human nature are filled
    • You will now begin to have an inkling of what the life that pervades
    • ourselves to be inspired by moral ideals, these will carry forth life,
    • tone and light into the universe and will become
    • these future worlds that will come into being, we must go back to the
    • Because of unwillingness to consider these things, the ideas of the
    • is nothing but an illusion, a mirage. We can understand the course of
    • the world's development only if we grasp how out of this ‘illusory’
    • based upon what is studied today in anatomy and physiology it will not
    • solid, or solid-fluid bodily constitution. The life of soul will not
    • this, more than anything else, can fill us with enthusiasm for the
    • the universe — still persisted. And in course of time this
    • physical, but still thought of them as pervaded by living souls. In
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  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • will operates in us. It is not the case in human nature, nor is
    • can picture ourselves as beings of thought, also as beings of will.
    • outer world is completely stilled, the will is continually active. And
    • what thus takes place. In everything that is of the nature of will,
    • nature of thought, will is present. It is essential to be quite clear
    • that in this life of thought, will is also active; will is then
    • realize that the will is radiating all the time into his thoughts,
    • something will certainly strike us concerning life and its realities.
    • own. The will in our life of thought is our own.
    • the will, which rays out from the depths of the soul, we carry into
    • inherently our own. For the fulfillment of what self-knowledge demands
    • and how, on the other, the force of the will, coming from within our
    • more spiritual through the inner, will-permeated work we carry out in
    • strong effort of will. And the greater the strength and intensity of
    • this inner radiation of will into the sphere of thinking, the more
    • element of will which streams through our thoughts when we form
    • is nothing but will. I have laid particular emphasis on this in the
    • will. Thus from the realm of thinking we reach the realm of
    • will, when we become inwardly free; our thinking attains such maturity
    • that it is entirely irradiated by will; it no longer takes anything in
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  • Title: Lecture: Search for the New Isis, the Divine Sophia: The Quest for the Isis-Sophia
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    • Regard the evolution of history from whatever point of view you will, take
    • history you will find no thought as widely understandable or having as much
    • post-Atlantean age, which was filled with the deeds and experiences of the
    • epoch will be followed by the sixth and by the seventh. And I have drawn
    • Today, however, we will consider something which stood, in a sense, at the
    • the Egyptian mystery religion; we will consider the mysteries of Isis. In
    • being of the sun, the representative of the spiritual sun, is killed by
    • Ahriman kills Osiris, throws him into the Nile, and the Nile carries the
    • earth. The ancient Egyptian sage imagines in a spirit-filled way how the
    • is founded upon the story of Osiris — how he was killed, how his spouse
    • But the Isis legend must show itself as being fulfilled in another way in our
    • renewed, then it must not simply follow the old form — Osiris, killed by
    • the eternal cosmic truths, and it will when we learn to think and compose
    • result will then be that ahrimanic powers will appear as an active force
    • Oh, the soul will attain to altogether new feelings if it feels committed
    • to experience the new Isis legend within modern humanity. Lucifer kills
    • must learn to look again to the new Isis, the holy Sophia. Christ will
    • been killed by all that arose with the modern consciousness of humankind.
    • has been killed, and she must be sought, just as Osiris was sought by Isis
    • legend which must be experienced, and let us fill our souls with it. Then
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  • Title: Lecture: The Two Christmas Annunciations
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    • particularly between the human will and the super-sensible world, the
    • will-impulses into execution in the world is brought to human
    • soul-forces, to have been in all past centuries and millenia
    • of the world which will be permeated by full human consciousness.
    • Mystery of Golgotha approached humanity. But remnants of both still
    • understand them, that this was the case. Such remnants were still
    • as might illuminate human life upon the earth.
    • out of the dripping clouds; in the human heart when the will is roused
    • alchemy will tell you that the Philosopher's Stone is quite unknown.
    • content of feeling and the human fullness of which Novalis still
    • something which most people now-a-days will not agree with. And it is
    • Thus what sprang as science from an ancient culture, and was still
    • His peace shall be with all men of good will.” Thus did the
    • still extant in its last fragments in the Wisemen of the East, had the
    • actions, for his social life, he has still another unconscious
    • in outer space. The soul then lives as it will live consciously in
    • You will say that this is a contradiction of the truth that we are
    • founded, but one may still remain a mere phrase-maker even when
    • Wisemen of the East possessed still existed in its last fragmentary
    • all that still rises up out of our inner being as the modern
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  • Title: Lecture: The Threshold In Nature and In Man
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    • T will be clear, I think, from what has been said on earlier
    • science. This will be particularly evident when we come to consider
    • and to-day I will ask your attention for one such specific question.
    • And there remains always the question — to which one or another will
    • a demand which the conscientious seeker after knowledge will feel is
    • by no means easy of fulfillment.
    • will take us into fields somewhat remote from the ordinary
    • personification or what you will, in those ancient schools of wisdom
    • a vision of reality, a “standing within” spirit-filled reality.
    • means of an exact and thoroughgoing discipline of the will — a
    • discipline that should make the will strong and vigorous, able to
    • four centuries. Let me illustrate this for you in a particular case.
    • how it all looks to the eye, that, we are told, is a mere illusion,
    • will before such knowledge could be imparted to them.
    • natural science, as I think will have been evident from the example we
    • careful and unbiased study of Greek times will not fail to make this clear.
    • will enable him to rise to pure thinking; and on this path he becomes
    • we are at once free and unfree; unfree where we are still governed by our
    • clearly. Study the development of natural science and you will be
    • part in his conception of the universe. Man becomes filled, that is to
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  • Title: Lecture: The Sun-Mystery in the Course of Human History
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    • In the deep foundations of man's being lies the will. In many respects
    • the will is the most mysterious and secret element in human nature. It
    • will.
    • The reason why the will is so mysterious and secret is that in many
    • operations of the will, it has again and again been emphasized that
    • these operations of the will are as withdrawn from human consciousness
    • too, the will is an indeterminate, mysterious element.
    • will lies and which, like the experiences of deep sleep, is wrapt in
    • being. Two aspects of the will can be distinguished. — There is first
    • of all the will which — unless we are out-and-out idlers — spurs us
    • True, we cannot perceive the will in actual operation, but the effects
    • and images of them. We do not know how the will-impulse works in us
    • mental images of the workings of our will and in this sense are
    • conscious of its effects. That is one aspect of the will.
    • The other aspect is that the will is also active in us while we sleep;
    • operations of the will, only we are not aware of them — precisely
    • will stream through our being while we are asleep, although we have no
    • Thus two kinds of will can be distinguished: an inner will and an
    • outer will. The workings of the outer will are made manifest to us
    • while we are awake; those of the inner will take effect while we are
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  • Title: Lecture: The Alphabet
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    • matter only among members [of the Anthroposophical Society]. It will
    • this printed matter the prerequisite will be at least the
    • value as sounds. In Greek culture we still have a name for the first
    • times when cosmic being still revealed itself in the inner organism of
    • normally lies beneath the threshold of consciousness, we will hear
    • When there was still an instinctive understanding of these things, in
    • feeling and willing, and in the perception of the echo of the Zodiac.
    • modern times upon mankind's life in primeval times, we still find an
    • Since then Christian consciousness still preserves this primeval
    • still had to learn grammar, rhetoric, dialectics, arithmetic,
    • us nothing, but which, nevertheless, are still historical times, we
    • looked upon differently from how it is done today. I will give you a
    • astronomical, one reached still further into the cosmos with
    • into the single point of the ego something that, filled out by the
    • whole cosmos, will the way be cleared for the forces needed for Man's
  • Title: Lecture: The Human Heart
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    • the senses are during the rest of human life. The child is still in
    • The child will quite naturally follow and be guided by what is said to
    • him. Language itself he will of course learn by imitation, but that
    • again is only an external account. Today we will try to arrive at a
    • will not dwell so much on the character of man within the world of
    • soul and spirit; we will rather envisage him, to begin with, on his
    • still quite recognizable. But with the seventh year — with the change
    • acquires the etheric heart that will now be his. For the gathered
    • human life for human actions to be instilled into the essence of the
    • still prevailing; therefore the relation of the organs to the ego is a
  • Title: Lecture: Truth Beauty and Goodness
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    • exercise the students' faculties of thinking, feeling and willing.
    • and willing. These basic human qualities manifest in civilization
    • many illusions as to his connection with cosmic existence.
    • This will become clear if we think of the significance of beauty as
    • grimace! Ugliness cast a chill through the whole body of the Greek,
    • outer culture. A civilization that is filled with ugly machines, with
    • with enthusiasm for truth and truthfulness. And when his heart thrills
    • How can man develop an actual power that will lead him directly into
    • pre-earthly existence? The answer is, when he is filled with Goodness
    • these forces are of such a nature that they actually instill into the
    • When this true morality develops into momentous impulses of will which
    • These ideals show us how far man is able to fulfill his whole human
    • filled with a real sense of truth instead of conventional opinions.
    • will respect him less if he does wrong. He can, however, also do good
    • Such an experience of goodness will always lead to a recognition of
    • the reality of the astral body. Indeed, only this recognition will
    • will create an image, at least, of pre-earthly connection with spirit.
  • Title: Lecture: Self Knowledge and the Christ Experience
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    • Suppose that we observe an animal during the course of a year. We will find
    • according to the time of year it will form a chrysalis (pupate), at another
    • season it will emerge and shed its chrysalis-form, at another time lay its
    • died out. Among more advanced humanity, therefore, we will not find that
    • history, and which will form a whole within the long planetary development
    • the developing Consciousness Soul. It is that time when man will step fully
    • will then bring him fully to free consciousness of the Self.
    • during the course of a year. Now in ancient times people still
    • that of the animals, but still instinctive. His life has taken on a newer,
    • forward, towering above the animals, one must still concede that he has
    • to a particular grade of knowledge, of feeling, and willing. Then, when they
    • have advanced in knowledge, in higher feeling, and higher willing, they
    • and of their will, their actual deeds. With regard to past ages of man, the
    • man found fulfillment in his soul-life. He bore in himself the effects of
    • man. And a solution to the crisis was only possible because people still
    • Thyself’, and looks back upon himself, he will not find his full human
    • dignity there. He will not find it in earthly life before death. He will only
    • on earth: for the essence of humanity is simply not fulfilled here on earth.
    • as he lived on earth was still called, in the language of ancient Mystery
    • the individual on earth was not regarded as entirely fulfilling his
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  • Title: Lecture: The Invisible Man Within Us
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    • being, two beings can be clearly distinguished. You will recall that
    • the course of today's considerations you will begin to understand how
    • that we encounter after birth. I will sketch this visible human being
    • by the usual physiology, is active in the pulse; there it is still
    • breathing process, the longer our life will be.
    • healthy. Only when breakdown predominates will destructive processes
    • ill because something foreign accumulates in his organism that has
    • organization with a remedy. Therefore we must know which remedy will
    • can see that we will never comprehend the pathology that underlies
    • organization suffciently. Then in this individual there will
    • other can be enhanced, it will be possible to support the natural
    • penetrate the foreign object; instead, within this area a bubble will
    • form that is filled out only with the etheric. We have within us a
    • This will then have to be supported by the astral and the ego through
    • vessels will be stronger and lead to encapsulation. If the splinter
    • destructive force, will be stronger. It will excite or stimulate what
    • wants to become an exudate so that it will make use of the breakdown
    • the whole area will suppurate. Therefore we can actually say that we
    • when one process is stronger than the other will a real tumefaction
    • the human being there will be febrile phenomena. These are
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  • Title: Lecture: Polarities in Health, Illness and Therapy
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    • developed out of the anthroposophical view of the world, I will gladly
    • generally think about. Nevertheless, this evening I will attempt to present
    • come to a more or less clear awareness of how uncertain, how vacillating
    • illness and healing are lacking. These foundations are lacking in official
    • connection between any object of nature and its effect upon illness
    • concerning the treatment of illnesses with various natural substances.
    • boundary in medicine if we ask only for the actual nature of illness. What
    • is illness? This question cannot be answered out of contemporary
    • what are the processes which take place during illness in the liver, kidney,
    • processes of illness are also processes of nature. Why then is the human
    • being healthy with one sort of natural process and ill with the other sort
    • observatories. And so it is that the first conception of what I will now
    • the two. There is a kind of vacillation, oscillation, between them, so that
    • That results then in the various forms of the illness treated by medicine
    • humanity because these various forms of illness are known everywhere.
    • dangerous illness develops which is known as
    • illness develops out of a healthy process. If our head, with its nerve-sense
    • illness develop.
    • And just as we can point to two especially characteristic forms of illness,
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  • Title: Lecture: Man As A Picture of The Living Spirit
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    • during the times when he is fast asleep is still more important for
    • should be mere automata. True, we should still be spiritual beings,
    • I will now show how you can see this picture-character of man more
    • are asleep? Something must still be living and working in the blood,
    • fulfill what is needed there. The Beings of the highest Hierarchy —
    • are growing in the meadow. Just as this statement will only be of use
    • some indication of the living Spirit which in reality fills the entire
    • of it where the illuminated crescent is continued. What we are seeing
    • which fulfilled its human destinies more than 15,000 years ago, and,
    • future life. If you look back in time from this event, you will be
    • and you will very likely find: ‘I entered on the path leading to this
    • Elderly people, looking back contemplatively upon their life, will
    • find that it all works out. They will be able to say: ‘There was a
    • As you will readily understand, my dear Friends, the science of today,
    • relation to other human beings, who like himself will be discarnate,
    • Golgotha was taking place, a Gnostic wisdom was still there, inherited
    • still preserve some relic of the old instinctive wisdom. They are the
    • come to you from Asia; they will be able to tell you what Christ
    • which I will write as follows:
    • Guten Willens fur den Geist,
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    • devoted care of our friend Dr. Ita Wegman. And so I hope that I will still be
    • earth. And it will be one of the more beautiful results that can follow from
    • Festival. That however will only be possible when the might and power of the
    • taken hold in a number of human souls who will then be able to create the
    • Michael mood in our souls by giving ourselves up to thoughts that will
    • and will always be intimately connected, with the Michael stream, in the
    • and the same figure, as you will have understood from my book
    • penetrates, wisdom-filled, the sphere of Jupiter. In this sphere he is able
    • the hearts and minds of men, what lives of him still in their reverence and
    • beloved dies in her youth. He is himself still young. What is he going to do
    • life on Earth will be henceforth to “die after her”, to follow her
    • live; and then, after you have gone through the gate of death, you will find
    • This work is: to let the Michael Power and the Michael Will penetrate
    • the whole of life. The Michael Power and the Michael Will are none other
    • than the Christ Will and the Christ Power, going before in order to implant
    • [and you will know what that is], if you all, who have in this way received
    • heart and with tender love, and will endeavour to go forward from the
    • deeds in all its strength and all its power — if this is so, then will
    • the light that through the Michael stream and the Michael activity will be
    • Bearing mankind aloft — the sacred Will of Worlds.
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  • Title: Lecture: Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity
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    • matter only among members [of the Anthroposophical Society]. It will
    • this printed matter the prerequisite will be at least the
    • those who were willing — as I have said before — to
    • confession of Paul's conviction. The traditions that still existed in
    • An echo can still be
    • to others who still possessed an atavistic clairvoyance, became
    • course, that the people around them died. You will not think that I
    • great illusion, and it made no great impression on men, for they knew
    • from the aspect of the higher hierarchies, and then they will appear
    • permeating the Earth with intellect, will claim the Earth for
    • world, it will be possible to lead the intellect back gain into
    • for the world-historic moment in which he will not only invade the
    • but will invade also
    • man's consciousness. If we apply human expressions to the willing of
    • of the intellect. Ahriman has not lost all hope today that he will
    • might say, for instance, that special joy fills the heart of Ahriman
    • the bodily being, Ahriman will have to give up his hopes for the
    • speaking together while they are still battling with their doubts:
    • the gods had to fulfill in order to guide the evolution of the earth
    • to a right end. If we keep to him, we will learn something that men
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    • hypothesis that not William Shakespeare, the actor of the Globe
    • found in Schiller's dramas, who thought that he had to encumber his
    • a way as to thrill an audience. In the whole literature of the world
    • The influence exercised by Shakespeare's art will gain in power, when
    • They will act through the power which lies in the description of the
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    • schiller and the development of German literature in general
    • they became addicted to the hypothesis that not William
    • the idea of tragic guilt, as found in Schiller's dramas, who
    • action in such a way as to thrill an audience. In the whole
    • case today, will the effect of Shakespeare's art be ever
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    • We will examine the matter according to the tradition which is
    • then still mingled in evolution.
    • Widow. The soul, which will later on become completely independent, is
    • But Faust says, “We will only accept the teachings in
    • the Form and it passes over into the seed out of which a new form will
    • will prepare for that epoch in which the men of the Sixth Root Race
    • will be led by themselves, by the light of their own souls. Manes will
    • Christianity. Christianity will appear in its perfected form in the
    • Christian Life will find it. It creates Forms and shatters Forms. But,
    • and Evil will form a far greater contrast than they do today. What
    • will appear in the Fifth Round for the whole of humanity, i.e., that
    • the physiognomy will be a direct expression for that which karma has
    • created in man, so, in the Sixth Root Race, Evil will appear,
    • especially in the Spiritual. There will be men who are mighty in Love
    • and Goodness. But Evil will also be there as a mood and a disposition
    • human beings. They will extol Evil. Some inkling in regard to the Evil
    • of the Widow there will live the inviolable principle that Evil must
    • It is still there. It comes to expression later, again modified and
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    • will prove. Even when the man who lives in this every-day world does
    • the senses to work upon him, the residues of sensuous perception still
    • considered. This will certainly mean, for many, a giddy height of
    • never find a Circle in the World, which will not confirm for thee in
    • super-sensible mathematical perception; no experience will ever
    • us to reckon. The Differential still possesses all the properties that
    • thought-control. Even if errors do creep in this field, they will
    • three dimensions, our truth will still hold good as the special case
    • has passed through this experience must go through one still higher.
    • of a circle, etc., is still qualified by form, even though this form
    • for the Occultist who will raise himself to the higher worlds with
    • will be the most wonderful creation of the world, for which Nature
    • then discover plants without end, which will necessarily be
    • same way, only he will be able to understand and rule the
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    • And so we will study again to-day the life that takes its course
    • removed from the human being in the physical world. I will begin with
    • if the soul will ponder them time and again. They will then be
    • studied, they will be substantiated by the facts of life.
    • You will realise from many of the Lecture Courses that have been given
    • will, in such a way that pleasure or pain is caused by
    • and come together with what will live on Earth as a physical body, The
    • still-living on Earth or in yonder world, with whom he has already had
    • People to-day still find difficulty in acquiring knowledge of the
    • as it is to modern humanity, is relatively easy to attain; and it will
    • of the spiritual world, and we will now speak of the intercourse that
    • is possible between those who are still on Earth and the so-called
    • First of all, I will tell you something that may seem to have no
    • one has as it were to turn right round, then you will have taken hold
    • And now we will consider how intercourse with the dead takes place in
    • but in the time when we who are older were still young — people
    • really passed away but is still there. In physical life men have this
    • disappeared; it is still there. In the spiritual world it is so in
    • feeling and with will. Your relationship with the dead must be one of
    • sleep it passes over to him. Ordinary consciousness as a rule will
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    • time for this when they would still be fresh and receptive. Thus, the
    • gentlemen. Today we will add to what we have heard on previous
    • occasions so that we will be better able to understand the full
    • experiments with people whenever they have any kind of illness. If we
    • becomes ill in any way, we discover that nature herself arranged such
    • is only able to cry, its left convolution of the brain is still a
    • developed in the brain. If we pay some attention, we will discover
    • this particular region (and it will later be found to be the same way
    • gentlemen, when you dissect a corpse, you will find that the right
    • his work with the left hand that, strangely enough, he will not lose
    • stroke. Dissection will reveal that in the case of this left-handed
    • where the nerves are, you will find that there are nerves everywhere
    • Then the child will also breathe a bit more strongly on the right
    • side and will also hear and see a bit better on that side. The person
    • will make greater efforts on that side and through his movements
    • left-handed children (you will have a few of them), you must tell
    • In this activity, the right-handed children will merely reinforce
    • children to write with their right hand, I will destroy the
    • cerebral convolution. Yes, this development will be destroyed.
    • by the left hand to the right one. This way they will initially learn
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  • Title: Lecture: The Sense-Organs and Aesthetic Experience
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    • likes and dislikes. You will find in the works of Aristotle, for
    • still organs of life, still worked as life-organs, and that our
    • pathological — then one would have to say that humanity was ill
    • thing or process in the sense-world; that is the illusion imposed by
    • a vision on someone made ill by it. If the physical organism is so
    • about itself, then the person concerned will be strong enough to
    • mean? It means that the person will to some extent inwardly alter his
    • Zodiac, with its twelve sense-regions. He will alter it in such a way
    • life-processes than sense-processes will occur. Or, to put it better,
    • feeling and willing; again three. But they are different; not
    • thinking, feeling and willing as they normally are on earth, but
    • way, and then, if his development tends more towards the will, it
    • sense-organs are brought to life, and the life-processes filled with
    • which still belongs to the sense of taste, and this accompanies the
    • Spiritual Science will have to lead earth-evolution towards the
    • mankind will come about in the future. On the other hand, Spiritual
    • the nineteenth century people still spoke of vital forces. Naturally,
    • ignorance, will be to lead mankind — although the opposite may
    • be intended — into the crudest materialism, because it will be
    • vision than modern man. I will remind you of only one thing about old
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    • impulse working in Schiller when he wrote his Letters on the
    • was stirred by his dealings with Schiller. They led Goethe to express
    • the impulse which lay behind Schiller's “Aesthetic Letters”
    • You can read about the connection between Schiller's “Aesthetic
    • When Schiller wrote these “Letters”, his intention was not
    • the will behind it, and behind the whole revolution at the end of the
    • Schiller seeks to answer, in his own way, the question:
    • how does man achieve real freedom in his social life? Schiller would
    • this condition of freedom within the social order. Schiller believed
    • coming from physical nature; this Schiller calls the influence of
    • this rational necessity, it is still something that compels him. And
    • still compelled. So man is placed between reason and sensuality. His
    • For Schiller, man can be free only if he does not follow in a
    • Here Schiller, in comparison with Kant, whom unfortunately he
    • attracts us...” Schiller says: “I serve my friends
    • willingly, and unfortunately I like to do it. And so it often worries
    • on Kant, who would regard serving one's friends as a duty. Schiller
    • Thus Schiller seeks to draw down rational necessity into his human
    • give it expression, having raised it to its highest level. Schiller
    • Schiller felt when he described this middle condition as the real
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    • part of what is contained in the trunk. Moreover, as you will have
    • sphere of feeling; and finally the sphere of the will, which
    • Similarly, the life of ideas, the life of feeling and the life of will
    • directly through the feelings themselves. The life of will is in still
    • lie beneath the life of feeling; and still more deeply unconscious
    • ideas lie beneath the life of will.
    • contains within it thinking, feeling and willing. In the head system
    • or the system of thought, a life of feeling and a life of will are
    • impulse that works upon your life of soul from outside. I will not say
    • — or rather, what is within the words — then you will
    • You will readily see how many opportunities there are for such things
    • recently. You will remember how in another connection I brought them
    • of fulfillment of our destiny. If we have some experience today, then
    • reality. These traditions you will find sometimes very beautifully
    • Till late, his wedding guests to call.
    • Tomorrow will be my wedding day!”
    • Tomorrow will be my wedding day!”
    • Illness and pest shall follow thee.”
    • of illness and of death. Please note the words exactly. In old poems
    • Indeed, my dear friends, it will become urgently necessary for the
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  • Title: Lecture: Man, Offspring of the World of Stars
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    • quite clear from his famous conversation with Schiller. Schiller
    • the human race, those who still received their training in the Greek
    • awaken a faculty of the soul which will quicken in this shadowy
    • kindled and quickened his Ego. His was still aware of the spirituality
    • As a matter of fact, this experience still comes to those who have a
    • was in the days of Greece, but for all that it is still possible to
    • but for all that they are still working from outside.
    • fulfilling its functions. The forces in the etheric body come, not
    • man cannot sleep properly, that is to say, when his astral body will
    • of Saturn, which are still at work within his being. His astral body
    • will be torn away from his nerves, and he will be driven more and more
    • Mars works upon a still smaller part of the astral body than that with
    • inner planets are likewise connected with the being of man. We will
    • Jupiter takes a definite time to complete his orbit — he will
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    • Today we will continue this line of thought for certain other facts
    • but give ourselves up to an illusion. For the truth is that the inner
    • filled with physical, sense-perceptible material, and so becomes the
    • are. For this is how it appears when illuminated with anthroposophical
    • cochlea or ‘snail-shell’. It is filled with a watery
    • what went before it in the pre-earthly life; then you will also
    • And now remember: even after we are born, we still continue what was
    • your legs you walk about on Earth. And — if you will forgive my
    • breathe in to fill ourselves with life. Then in a manner of speaking
    • at it in the right way — we can still feel that we possess in our
    • deeper sense, is an illusion. In truth it is the Cosmic speech which
    • presents to us. Anyone who has a feeling for it will feel the one
    • In time to come there will be an interesting branch of knowledge,
    • permeated with spiritual science. It will be found that in languages
    • Heavenly, you must add the vowels to it. But have a care! for you will
    • apparatus, we should still have the forms. But when we see a human
    • are a little expensive nowadays1 — still, you can buy
    • But I think your heart will still be left cold. Let outer physical
    • it could be given more perfectly. Then it would appear still more
    • of the head, it is a science that goes straight to the heart. It fills
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    • smacks of illness. Our entire pedagogical art and science is becoming
    • ill because again and again the highest value is attributed to these
    • The feeling for the teacher's authority will flag perhaps for a while,
    • but such things will be forgotten comparatively quickly, in any case
    • of self-observation and not give in to any illusions; for it is fatal
    • they are so gripped by what they hear that their attention will really
    • power and eroticism, then you will see from the beginning how
    • relationships they will be just such men and women as those of our
    • only as urban life triumphs altogether in our civilization will these
    • long as you like, you will still have a blossoming of city life to
  • Title: Lecture: The Work of Secret Societies in the World
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    • the Epiphany. The lecture today, therefore, will be more in the nature of a
    • But I can tell you — and in the course of the lecture you will
    • through these many lives. This consciousness, however, will gradually arise
    • contribute nothing at all to your own means of subsistence. What has still
    • humanitarianism which, while it is empty of real substance, still persists
    • perish and become dust; not a trace of it will survive. But what you have
    • vanish without a trace. Every atom bears a trace of your spirit and will
    • machine, and this change that you have wrought in the atom will never again
    • and how greatly his consciousness will be enhanced by them. Certain men,
    • but it will now be clear to you why the aim of the Freemasons is to work in
    • will give back to you. The measure of what you yourself place into the
    • world is the measure of the consciousness that the world will give back to
    • what is now around you will become your inner life. You will take into
    • yourselves what is now the mineral kingdom and it will become part of your
    • inner being; similarly the plant kingdom. What surrounds you in nature will
    • You will understand
    • because it is not done only for the self; the higher self will be united
    • knew: In future times the mineral world will be spiritualized; to build
    • ourselves prepare and make ready in the world — that is what will
    • what you have contributed will become an integral part of you. If a man
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    • observes the phenomena of life with a certain impartiality will
    • sense of uneasiness and this increases till he stands there in
    • other man comes still nearer and the harmless instrument which
    • as you will find in the description of world-evolution in my
    • first thing that they will find when they enter the
    • conscious in the outer ether which fills the whole cosmos;
    • and willing. But just as the waking consciousness has these
    • willing; consciousness can also function in three conditions
    • life the human being not only thinks, but feels and wills.
    • will take some time to overcome when one regains consciousness
    • are in the lightest sleep human beings are still actually
    • waking consciousness. In a certain sense they still participate
    • from which no dreams proceed, but in which the soul is still
    • crystal, still perceive it as some kind of crystal — it
    • sense; and if you could then still dream — that is not
    • possible in the ordinary way but we will imagine it to be so
    • feeling and willing, so during sleep we either flow with the
    • willing the condition of the greatest insensibility — as
    • break it up, for that would still be to see it only outwardly,
    • in Central Europe, where there was still a vivid, ancient,
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    • body and Ego is still so weak, at the present stage of their cosmic
    • We see the physical body grow still. We see the human being unable to
    • move his limbs — unable also to pour his will through his bodily
    • inwardly still. Just as externally his arms and legs are still, in his
    • organs of perception his will is not active in the delicate movements
    • sense-organs, are not filled by any activity during sleep. Over its
    • being. The interior space of the human being is illumined by a
    • further process. What a man can still observe while he is going to
    • extraordinarily rich in melody and harmony, which also fills the whole
    • something I will describe in a moment. The streaming warmth goes
    • Looking at this still more closely, using the same methods through
    • say something evil, something filled with hatred, this work of the
    • particular Beings that are at work, and the rest is illusion, arising
    • from the co-existence of Beings. Physical matter, too, is an illusion
    • live on earth, are realities; they too are illusion; the realities are
    • take hold of Thinking, Feeling, and Willing in the astral body, as
    • limbs, through all that is imbued with Willing — and which also
    • human being in Willing, Feeling, and Thinking — these must be
    • Kyriotetes, Dynamis, and Exusiai passes over into a still higher
    • activity: that of the Thrones, who bring human Willing into
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    • culture of the present time will be able to deny that the theme of
    • life. Modern Spiritual Science, the ideas of which we will try briefly
    • spiritual stream. I will indicate one such aspect, at once the most
    • origin of man led us back to a form still hovering in spiritual
    • Thus — for the Gnostics — when man was still living
    • it will be particularly difficult for modern man to understand is
    • man and the different relationships of social life, will readily
    • actual life.’ This Gnostic conception is still held to be
    • Gnostic Christ, if you will; so that by the Middle Ages we find
    • the personality of Jesus of Nazareth, and was only willing to believe
    • achievements of the modern age will realise that it has been attempted
    • external, materialistic research. He will further realise that the
    • another direction. Read a book like that of William Benjamin Smith,
    • and you will see that our age, after much painstaking research into
    • so long will he fail to understand the significance of the Christ
    • mankind — when I know that an Initiation was fulfilled there as
    • stock. All that will arise in human souls as evolution proceeds to
    • Gospels from this point of view will enter into the mighty process of
    • accomplished through the spiritual world. He will see how there was
    • Christianity upon man will be that its innermost mystery is
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    • into the culture of the present and immediate future. It will begin to
    • lead us too far, but a comparison will show that our method of
    • this the very thing that helps him to understand its nature? And will
    • the word will be used here in connection with the name of Richard
    • open, the higher world will emerge out of the darkness. To the
    • our interpretation of these words will be put down as inartistic
    •  Still sings the primal song of wonder, ...”
    • I shall here repeat certain teachings of Spiritual Science which will
    • myths. — The legend of the ‘Noonday Woman’ is still familiar in
    • wisdom-filled Ego builds the Ring which gives rise to the struggle for
    •  All that pervades the hills and vales,
    • the Holy Grail the following teaching was given: — (I will give
    • realise step by step. Many people will say: This is unheard of! None
    • the less it is truth but truth that will be subjected to the same fate
    • was that the man of the future will have powers of reproduction not
    • filled with the element of desire but as chaste and pure as the calyx
    • Grail Ideal will be fulfilled when man brings forth his like with the
    • standing on the balcony of the summer-house at the Villa Wesendonck
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    • age when very much of the old Initiation-wisdom was still living in
    • Greek culture, had spread over into Italy and still further into
    • deeper Mystery-wisdom, although this wisdom was still possessed by
    • words when there was still knowledge of the principles of true
    • Nevertheless, Aristotle could still receive the substance of the ideas
    • ancient times it was still possible for individuals here and there to
    • experiences and their conceptions of the spiritual world were filled
    • us pay heed to time, for only the illusory images of cosmic reality
    • the planetary Spirits. I will draw (on the blackboard) this pentagonal
    • above the three hundred and sixty-five days, there are still a few
    • wisdom because it was still cultivated in many places during the first
    • will there find peoples who give names to their Gods. Turn to the
    • Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans — all will name their Gods. The four
    • remnants of the ancient wisdom still existed in Roman civilisation.
    • could still have been discovered by means of the old
    • develop to a point where he will understand how the Christ took up His
    • still knew something of the spiritual universe reaching down into
    • those days there were still some who understood what was, for example,
    • when the Egyptian priests — who still had knowledge of these
    • of Isis, performing all the ritual acts still possible at that time,
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    • you know that when the human being will be able to look into the
    • spiritual world, he will, to a certain extent have that experience
    • themselves; the forces of thought, feeling and of the will become
    • 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
    • spheres of thought, feeling and will become separated. This imposes
    • foundation upon which the will can reach its particular development.
    • reason I think that the necessity of a threefold social organism will
    • and justified is, however, the APPEAL TO THE WILL. It is not at all a
    • that we should WILL things in accordance with the direction of
    • human beings still ignore a secret of life which is intimately
    • this feeling, will he be able to make the right decisions and
    • ANGEL! They can still turn to their Angel, for this touches a
    • beginning of events which will be enacted upon an entirely different
    • the will — brotherliness, human love, thinking for others and not only
    • occurs through our economic life, namely, that through our will we
    • for there you will find that these things
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    • it is necessary that we should have the good will of filling out the
    • Society; but these cycles of lectures still contain relatively
    • physical world, is willing to contemplate with the aid of its
    • You will undoubtedly
    • Spirits of the Will or the Thrones, so the transformation during
    • you will find that they describe all the other beings in such a
    • animal species, you will have to admit: The various species of
    • put it into a glass, it will adapt itself to the form of the glass
    • and will no longer maintain its own form. But if you take it out of
    • the glass, it will bound back into its own form. In a similar way,
    • fact that the Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai still work upon it, but
    • that the Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai live above us, you will also
    • from the earth, and they, too, will work upon this material. Our
    • We know that Jupiter, Venus and Vulcan will follow our Earth.
    • and even the Spirits of the Will. When after years or decades we have
    • then the astral body will contain the results of a work, results that
    • and the Spirits of the Will require in order to incorporate something
    • actions fulfilled by spiritual Beings belonging to the higher
    • ordinary science will learn to think differently in embryology
    • concerning all the organs and also concerning the human head. It will
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    • the future, too, the super-sensible will impress itself into the
    • of mankind as a whole. And unless this demand is fulfilled, the aim
    • of such a Building will not be achieved. In an undertaking like this
    • judgment which future times will pass upon us. In the present cycle
    • and in a certain sense it is an illusion to believe that in the
    • as a whole — only then will achievement be within our reach ...
    • will dawn upon us that in these very ancient temples, everything
    • underlying law. But for all that, we still confront a kind of
    • and winged wheels, of the curious pillars and columns to be found in
    • The following will
    • image will give you an inkling of the inspiration from which the
    • the pillars, capitals and remarkable forms of such temples are a
    • respect of dynamic perfection you will find nothing except the Greek
    • who receives the Spirit into his soul! But this Art of Building will
    • something that will be the completion of this striving. With the
    • truly to the future will have walls — and yet no walls; its
    • interior will have renounced every trace of egoism that may be
    • associated with an enclosed space, and all its colours and forms will
    • shall fail, in which case the task will have to be left to those who
    • importance. And what will this interior be?
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    • descendants are still to be found in the interior of Australia.
    • interminglings are difficult to unravel. We will try to follow the
    • to his own will. He must bring everything to consummation in
    • Lemurians and was still present in Southern Asia, and the remains of
    • Manu said to himself: peoples who know nothing of reincarnation will
    • and the right result will be achieved. In Egypt, these colonists came
    • slight traces of them still remained. In the South of Europe there was
    • and technical skill of the Etruscans.)
    • still able to absorb the sublime spirituality that surpassed the
    • Initiate for all that was to be fulfilled on the physical plane. This
    • The Manu resolved: I will make the Fourth Subrace into a confluence of
    • Spiritual Will manifested in the personality, they were also able to
    • carefully prepared. The Fifth Subrace was at this time still in the
    • real role in history because on this soil, previous history is still
    • medieval Mysticism. This stream was still able to have an effect upon
    • evolution, prepared the social legislature, and will be the actual
    • will be made. The Leaders of mankind, their Manus, will arise in
    • Root Race onward, they will be capable of becoming the Leaders of
    • mankind. The Leader of the Sixth Root Race, in particular, will be a
    • among men. He will be a Being who began his development when
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    • unite with it all the forces of man's being. But this will only
    • must derive the sources of our Will (and these for Christianity are
    • Thus it will be indispensable to turn attention in our
    • was a soul before I descended to the Earth. Notably in still more
    • Universe filled with spiritual pictures or Imaginations, and as he
    • will. From yonder world I descended.”
    • ill.” Sickness and Sin: for the man of olden time these two
    • Spirit. Yet at the same time their souls were filled with a deep
    • spiritual insight will find it as I have said. He will see at the
    • God; he will see this consciousness gradually weakened and paralysed,
    • till man at length should only see around him a world of Nature, void
    • Ex Deo nascimur. But do we know it still? Can we still know
    • If we look still more deeply into the souls of those who
    • they said: We still behold Him in the spiritual worlds, but His
    • human souls, for what they would still bear in memory after their
    • worlds — He will seek a new sphere of His existence. He will
    • fulfilled, in Jesus of Nazareth. In the centuries before the Mystery
    • fulfilled, and the signs in the Heavens would proclaim His coming.
    • the Gate of Death, conscious of immortality. And you will no longer
    • you will feel the Son as Him with whom you can die and yet remain
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    • If you will remind yourselves of some of the things I have said in
    • recent lectures, you will, I think, be able to call up a picture of
    • of the Archangels. You will remember I explained to you the
    • are round about him. As you will know, we have in the course of our
    • indicated. Who is there who still feels, when the word Blitz
    • or so since words were still felt in this way in the Northern
    • again; the will takes an intense and active part in the
    • relationship to external Nature was pre-eminently one of will, we
    • peoples — the Folk Spirits as we call them. You will know of
    • Now in those far-off times when an element of will came to expression
    • health, — in effect, how his will was aroused to
    • expressions of will. How do we account for this? It was due to the
    • Intuition, and you will have a picture of the activity exercised by
    • they bestowed upon man the language of will.
    • live in the spiritual world. To-day we will extend this into a realm
    • still higher Hierarchies, giving themselves up in devotion to these
    • next higher Hierarchy. (What they did still receive through their
    • of will, as in former times, we have now a language of feeling. We
    • and the language of will, brought down as it were out of these
    • far back as Roman times. Cicero and Caesar we can still understand,
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    • to-day, therefore, we will consider how certain happenings in the
    • begin with, we will study the character of certain spiritual impulses
    • in still earlier times the intervention of Jehovah was regarded not
    • might be fulfilled. The Gnostic teaching was that in the man Jesus
    • to him through illumination, through inspiration and through an
    • the learning will not be of the kind that finds favour to-day. It
    • through the light that filled the mind of man. A veil was then drawn
    • world behind this veil were still preserved, but in Europe it was as
    • still preserved over in Asia. In Europe, this vision was completely
    • And these forces work upon human beings who are unskilled in such
    • mankind will be accomplished. But if they persist in ignoring what is
    • happening here, their inner life will be taken hold of by the fiery
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    • lecture you will have seen how the spiritual world, in which we are
    • which we studied yesterday more externally. We will try to bring
    • perception for the elemental world cannot begin in man till he is
    • elemental world. Imaginative perception will surely return to mankind
    • will gradually arise in our Fifth post-Atlantean epoch will be a
    • natural process of evolution it will enter into human nature.
    • physical world. To begin with, I will give one example to confirm
    • etheric body. In future time there will be a kind of medicine which
    • will reckon especially with what I have now said; there will be a
    • medical, physiological conception which will ascertain how the one or
    • this, it will be possible to diagnose the sick or healthy condition
    • of the patient. For what is called illness today is in truth only the
    • planetary system, and the illness is but an image of this
    • let occultism show its art!’ Well, it will do so the moment its
    • doing this or that it can only be improved by the common will of a
    • medical practice which will make the penetration of medicine with
    • anything is not in order, our materialistic age will always cry aloud
    • only be hinted at. A very great deal will yet be necessary towards an
    • death. One who has attained Imaginative perception will be aware of
    • were pouring his will into the etheric body which he has laid aside,
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • come again to such a thinking, such a grasp of the universe, as will
    • thinking that still rules in the soul today is connected with the
    • Chronos with Rhea had not yet reigned, when the rulers were still
    • will examine the words a little, so that we can form an idea of what
    • disappeared: the beings who can still have real Imaginations, these
    • Gods with Rhea and Chronos. They still perceived what Gaea and
    • You can still find this knowledge in Jacob Boehme and Paracelsus,
    • even up to the time of Saint Martin. Jacob Boehme still gives: Sal
    • but in the actual sense as the Alchemists of the Middle Ages still
    • Martin still speaks of how thunder and lightning are really
    • that in Saint Martin there was still a consciousness that this
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • in a certain sense even the Old Testament teachings to which we will
    • matter where he stands in the world, can be helped by the will to
    • Ideas — as it were — as Goethe still did, and that they
    • super-sensible worlds and have still preserved life in the imaginative
    • said to themselves: that age in which men still lived directly with
    • this life-in-Imaginations. Osiris has been killed by his brother
    • sure is still directed to the super-sensible, but will no longer
    • legend, Osiris was killed by Typhon.
    • conditions, but they hold that such things should still be kept under
    • too, since it was still the ancient Imaginative time. In those times
    • events in the atmosphere. (Today there are still slight remains of
    • like an ascent of still more inward Imaginations: it was the human
    • There you have a still
    • constellations which appear after centuries, after millennia, what
    • union with the outer world, which still had an inner connection
    • further evolution (of which I will speak later). As this connection
    • the air was everywhere filled with Light phenomena; for the grown
    • man, the matured man, the air was certainly still there, but he knew
    • out of the air-filled space what he himself experienced.
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • of the transitional humanity to which we still belong.
    • time we are still vouchsafed to be together.
    • the second, the Zarathustra, the Old Persian epoch will light up, and
    • the original Indian epoch will light up again. That is a law in the
    • once lived a perception among men through which man could still
    • time that Isis was once united with Osiris, when Osiris still
    • For, my dear friends, we will set opposite this Osiris-Isis myth
    • imperfect way. But I will try to characterize its features in a
    • banally. But, as I said, I will try to relate this other Osiris-Isis
    • profundity, in the midst of the land of Philisterium. Upon a hill in
    • particular illusion, just as the visitor believed one day in a
    • particular illusion: the new Isis had an offspring — and she
    • true offspring which only through an illusion had been stamped into
    • clairvoyant vision: she suddenly noticed that she still had the
    • scientific nature — still it was of paper. And she now had two
    • Legend. I will not of course make myself the commentator who explains
    • method, that even the paper crown will become a genuine golden crown.
    • this new humanity is still only master of the abstract word, the
    • chuckling being — mankind still had self-knowledge about this
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • We will try to go more fundamentally into those matters connected
    • culture, it was still plain and clear that when one spoke of
    • who neglect to do so. If you think this over, you will easily see
    • that the saying on the Statue at Sais actually meant: He who will
    • exclusively to the mortal element, one who will not approach the
    • instill into the laity — not the priesthood — that they,
    • it is only still in use in the French Academy where, following
    • truth is to be spoken it cannot be expected that no mention will be
    • not the slightest sense, and so by way of illustration a portion of
    • this World-Clock shall now be set before your soul. We will use it as
    • I have used the illustration of one human being meeting with another.
    • still much tinged with atavistic forces, namely, by what is connected
    • Therefore thoughts in this fourth post-Atlantean time had still
    • between birth and death — we will speak next time of the other
    • if a man will — but he must will — of his finding
    • yet will.
    • time, above all it is necessary for men to develop the will to
    • attentiveness, the will to set Jupiter in motion. Jupiter is
    • doing, for men hammer out concepts and stop short at these, and will
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • by our power of will. We become physically different in our twenties
    • own willpower we must make any further advance. This is how it seems,
    • catastrophe. Then indeed man was still dependent on his physical
    • which we call the Old Persian, man remained still capable of
    • own freewill to take their further development in hand. And the
    • future of mankind will consist in their receding more and more,
    • it is shown by the fact that in Greece, let us say, a man had still
    • and more demands will be made in this direction, and unless an
    • insight arises to paralyse them there will be demands that not only
    • nineteen-year-olds and eighteen-year-olds will believe that they
    • only when an entirely new knowledge of man's being is reached, will
    • hand of its own freewill what nature no longer provides. We dare not
    • believe that, the future of humanity will come through with the
    • I will link this to a
    • fact — I could take a hundred others — but I will link on
    • 1828. But for certain reasons which will shortly be clearer to us
    • again and again even in the most enlightened minds the illusion crops
    • rejuvenescence. With these illusions people can no doubt say
    • things and carry out things that are great and brilliant, but it
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • age it was still possible to bring about a deeper knowledge of man
    • here in the physical word, but, if one only will, one can also
    • The rest of the man without the skull is still a very complicated
    • being, but we will now grasp it as a unit and leave aside its
    • complexity. But we will first consider the duality which we see when
    • as absolute, develop them metaphysically — that we will not do.
    • pay attention to the complications, only we will not do that today.
    • You will, however, easily see that disregarding certain
    • This has a deep inner justification; however we will not discuss
    • unillumined moon. (See drawing below.) In other words, one must
    • very little further. The rest of the organism is still little
    • yourselves: this same man who has been killed at the age of thirty
    • eighty, ninety years old. If he had still lived from thirty to ninety
    • half-a-minute, if he is killed at the age of thirty. When it is a
    • the life-wisdom of the whole life that might still have been lived,
    • transformed into heart-knowledge. A real miracle will happen if
    • organism. The miracle will be accomplished when men also learn to
    • materialistic natural science of today will become spirituality.
    • It will the sooner become spirituality the greater the number of
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    • still present and active in other realms; and we can have access to them
    • willing to see that the whole universe participates in it. In the
    • experiments; as he is very unwilling to acknowledge clairvoyance, but
    • means in the camera obscura. Still there is a connection. Precisely
    • ordinary science. Things will move quickly, and it will be the same
    • purely from researches of natural science it will be possible to
    • through spiritual science. Thus natural science will discover, as it
    • organism — this will be discovered even by natural science. But
    • their development will perhaps know that in the very early days it
    • some at least of you will have already noticed that. It rests on the
    • filled with spirit and spirit-beings — and the earth on which
    • In this case I will
    • culture knows that there will be a bad crop three to five years after
    • will only stress this as a matter by which you can see how one comes
    • You will realize from what has been said that it is the head which is
    • will speak of this presently — but it is so in our time. Now
    • It will be the special
    • my dear friends — I will not say to think-through something,
    • Spiritual-Science, since we know that the Earth will be transformed
    • that will follow the earth's existence. In the forces that go back
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  • Title: Lecture: The Souls Progress through Repeated Earth Lives
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    • requisite preliminary knowledge. Other opinions will be in so far
    • disregarded, as the authors of the works in question are not willing
    • certain things that require a still more detailed study.
    • This brief period during which the human being still has an etheric
    • still find the after-effects of the etheric body, that is to say, all
    • means of his intellectual life, his feeling life, his will, that is,
    • head. Our will organization, however, expresses itself in what is
    • will from the earth. Between the two lies feeling, which is given to
    • circuit of the former astral body, and our will organization, which
    • more to our extra-earthly origin; our will is intimately related to
    • oscillate toward the brain through the spinal canal, and to strike,
    • or, even if not as a corpse, still from without — but upon a
    • clear to you by an illustration.
    • preceded by one still further back. We thus go back to former
    • that your soul has gone through previous earth lives, and will go
    • was still in the spiritual world. Our body has inherited from all of
    • this source, you will see, something comes to light relating to the
    • said will not in any sense be corrected here, but only amplified, for
    • even after the Mystery of Golgotha, were still endowed with a
    • are now undoubtedly facing an era in which people will develop a
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  • Title: Lecture: The Forming of Destiny in Sleeping and Waking
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    • We will consider a certain theme today which may serve as an
    • unconsciously satisfied or dissatisfied. (You will understand this
    • I will put it like this. — Just as human beings in their
    • will remember what I have said in earlier lecture courses, namely,
    • fundamentally, they are only willing to believe in a Spirit which can
    • really an attempt to deny the Spirit, inasmuch as these people will
    • signifies will ultimately develop the power to make it once again an
    • willing to overcome. True and genuine love for human beings during
    • Reflection on these things will develop insight into the mysterious
    • body will be enabled, while he sleeps, to rise to the Hierarchy of
    • You will remember what I have said in previous lectures: The
    • will not do to generalise, saying merely that destiny and karma
    • am ill — it is my karma!’ ‘A misfortune has
    • subsequent life, then in that life you will be able to look back to
    • karma, as it will be then, is to be traced back to this present
    • attitude to karma leads us to say: An illness which befalls me now,
    • soul; it is possible that an illness may constitute a first
    • beginning. Karma holds good, nevertheless. If an illness, a
    • will quite surely come, — or again the illness, the misfortune,
    • will make me conscious of the weakness (which expressed itself
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  • Title: Lecture: Goethe and the Evolution of Consciousness
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    • accustomed, their first reaction will be one of astonishment and, for
    • the moment, the shock will make them put aside all such knowledge.
    • his soul even when he was still a child, when he was studying at
    • refuge. Read the works written by Goethe in his youth and you will
    • environment enfilled with ideas much closer to Nature than those
    • and outlook, will never understand him. For an inner change of mental
    • thought will easily be misled into the belief that the world was
    • Scotus Erigena in the ninth century will find no trace of similarity
    • I have spoken of this historical fact in one setting and will approach it
    • Greek culture as still remain extant, if we imagine that the Greeks
    • The arrogant scientist of modern times will say: ‘Yes, but that
    • made such splendid progress.’ And he will look upon all that
    • absolute. But those who are less prejudiced will say: Our way of
    • When Schiller had conquered his former dislike of Goethe and had
    • literally but only according to the sense. Schiller perceived how
    • We can, however, go still further back than this. Spiritual Science
    • Any history written with psychological insight will bring home to our
    • they, as a rule, are not considered from this point of view. In still
    • Even to-day there are still a few who feel that speech has proceeded
    • were still one, when instead of intellectuality man unfolded an
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Reality of Higher Worlds
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    • will realise that one brief lecture is foredoomed to be both
    • cannot cross except it be through illusions and fantasies.
    • science will inevitably come up against these boundaries and are
    • involuntarily or at will, pictures of our life since birth, or rather
    • here and tries by deliberate efforts of will to bring ideas,
    • fundamental guiding-lines for a study which will have to be pursued
    • complete survey, deliberately and as a free act of will at the centre
    • time. Some people will require more time, others less, according to
    • will be no danger of succumbing to anything in the nature of
    • suggestion or auto-suggestion; every moment of the exercise will be
    • filled with a conscious activity of will and after a time we shall
    • will need a lengthy period, another may achieve considerable success
    • in a few months; others again will need years. The principle,
    • illusory form ... When a man has this experience as a result of
    • which will lead him to the reality of the higher worlds.
    • intensified. But before long it will be noticed that something very
    • in other circumstances, thoughts, ideas, feelings, impulses of will,
    • illusions, visionary experiences or hallucinations in our Imaginative
    • what I have said to-day, will realise that the path taken by
    • manifestations of mediumship for what they really are. Nobody will
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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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    • particular, will be unfolded in the next few days. We may say that
    • Europe in the form of an ancient wisdom, from what could still be
    • which may still be found in the pre-Socratic philosophers and which
    • wisdom, gained through super-sensible means, is still alive in a
    • gnosis of that time, with its still ample store of wisdom, which
    • one good to take hold of a book such as Willmann's “History of
    • with the contents of Willmann's book, for it contains things which we
    • has just been characterised. Otto Willmann's “History of
    • could still be reached through the intellectual technique. Human
    • soul-attitude which still existed after the fourth century of our era
    • was still supposed to uphold what had been preserved traditionally
    • that they forget their own spirit, that they are unwilling to grasp
    • still tries to justify the existence of philosophy, and a philosopher
    • were neither willing nor able to go beyond the world of the senses.
    • They remained at a standstill by the image, they thought that this
  • Title: Lecture: The Remedy for Our Diseased Civilisation
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    • written, with the aim of stating that it was still possible to make
    • the metabolic part, with the life of the will. Hence, this
    • wished to set this forth objectively. So he said: In reality, it will
    • popular world-conception even in the most distant country villages.
    • dream-representations, and what we experience within our will,
    • push through. But you will just as little recognise their
    • particularly the world of the impulses of the will, inserts itself
    • through the fact that we will. Just as little as you know what occurs
    • you when you lift your arm through your will. The real inner forces
    • the sleeping, willing part of the human being, and what occurs from
    • dreaming life of feeling, nor our sleeping life of the will. These
    • become spiritually inclined, particularly the life of the will.
    • heads; but below, they have their will, the volitive part of man,
    • particularly in the subconsciousness of man's will, and the
    • head is skillfully engaged in elaborating material things and
    • intellect. Not even with the best will, or rather, with the worst
    • will, can anyone extract out of the philosophy of Avenarius or
    • world, he will do it in such a way that he remains inside his own
    • investigations of John Stuart Mill, or philosophical structures
    • will then not stir up the instincts in his ahrimanic shape, but he
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  • Title: Lecture: The Etheric Body as a Reflexion of the Universe
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    • the portal of death, he is, to begin with, still united with his
    • portal of death at an early age, that etheric body might still have
    • or 30th year, the etheric body that abandons him still
    • question, it will be a good thing to become acquainted first of all
    • our time, will find that this is quite an insane idea. Spiritual
    • aura. If you contemplate the Dornach Building you will know (and
    • culture, knowledge and forces of the will and of feeling, is all
    • the portal of death, it still contains a great, great deal of unused
    • being that is called upon to make this sacrifice, thus fulfilling
    • and this is the aim of our Building at Dornach, that will house our
    • the evolution of humanity in which the souls of men will be able to
    • time that these unused etheric bodies contain forces that will be
    • particular task. You will find this in many of my lectures. And we
    • now — you, who are filled with a heartfelt enthusiasm for
    • a portion of what everyone can feel, if he is filled with
    • events of our time are taking place, will be there — and these
    • etheric bodies with their unused forces will be inspiring forces,
    • they will be helping forces in the near future. We only need to
    • towards these etheric bodies ... all those who are filled with
    • towards these forces, and they will obtain help from these etheric
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  • Title: Lecture: Salt, Mercury, Sulphur
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    • therefore say: Jacob Boehme still shows signs of possessing a
    • these expressions — salt, mercury, sulphur — still mean
    • together, as it were, the last vestiges of knowledge filled with
    • spectre the faculties of thinking, feeling and willing also come into
    • filled with so-called inner experiences which are, in reality, mere
    • Boehme, however, had still been able to gather up those crumbs of
    • meaning but who still felt that some great value was contained in
    • the metamorphosis of etheric thoughts into a force, the will is born
    • man.’ And together with the will there arise the forces of
    • growth which are connected with the will.
    • nowadays by the abstract word ‘will.’ It is a concrete
    • which was then experienced in the soul as will.
    • described. Nor did he speak in an abstract way of the ‘will
    • the sulphur-process from which the will is born. Willing was a
    • feeling and willing they would have felt rather like frogs in a
    • purely abstract will-process, of a purely abstract thought-process,
    • fourteenth and fifteenth centuries still showed traces of this
    • of people when they speak of thinking, feeling and willing, consider
    • again be filled with content because they can be experienced.
    • filled with inner life. And as he observed them in their living
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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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    • the course of this morning's considerations, and in a way that will
    • of human evolution in which we are still living. In the year 747
    • still prizes to-day as Greek culture; developed through the fact that
    • Greeks still possessed and no proper comprehension of man's inner
    • difficult and is rendered still more difficult through the fact that
    • and pre-Platonic times, still knew a great deal of the processes of
    • pre-Socratic times still felt this in a living way. He did not think
    • highly appreciate, but that he still observed rather timidly —
    • filled with something, and so that that which really lives within us
    • indicating that man still knew something of the connection between
    • knowledge of man still existed at that time. For instance, the
    • Disciples of the Lord, still possessed something of that old
    • that time it was to a great extent decadent, but at any rate it still
    • conditions of time which still enabled man to understand the Mystery
    • traditions, and they were still able to grasp that a super-earthly
    • stragglers of those who were still able to have a real understanding
    • knowledge still existed. An ancient human inheritance lived in the
    • paintings; there you will see a world that took on a completely different
    • spiritual world, that may still be seen in
    • traditions are still alive, traditions that come from a clairvoyance
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    • FROM the present time onwards it will be impossible for man to
    • which man is unwilling to speak to-day in the age of materialism are
    • evolution on the earth. A time will come in the physical evolution of
    • the earth — it will be after the year 5,700 — when, if he
    • fulfils his rightful evolution, man will no longer tread the earth by
    • women will be barren; children will no longer be born in the manner
    • millennium. They would become much more like animals, while
    • evolution, then in the sixth millennium they will enter for a further
    • that they will, it is true, still have a relationship with the earth,
    • physical children. In order to make the picture graphic, I will put
    • it like this: In clouds, in rain, in lightning and thunder, man will
    • He will pulsate, as it were, through the manifestations of nature;
    • and in a still later epoch his relationship to the earthly will
    • conditions and the way in which he will be related to them when he no
    • it will be when this relationship is permanent.
    • leagues away. Most people to-day still persist in believing that the
    • away without being understood. People are never willing to believe
    • will have a sorrowful picture! For most people are not in the least
    • equal unwillingness to perceive that straightforward, candid
    • respects this confidence will also be necessary in the future with
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  • Title: Lecture: The Relation of the Movement for Religious Renewal to the Anthroposophical Movement
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    • inmost impulses of the will surrendered themselves in reverent
    • rites were the means whereby the external actions of man’s will
    • were to be filled with spirit. Men felt the living unity in science
    • will have to take many steps in spiritual development before such an
    • will understand what is really the deeper cause of my words. Let me
    • Society, but that the Anthroposophical Society, if it would fulfill
    • fulfill its real nature when it feels itself as the kernel of the
    • I will therefore narrate briefly the manner in which a certain
    • Movement will become clear if we take our start from the forms in
    • thinking, feeling, and will. I remarked first of all to those who
    • spiritual truths. They will then find the way, which will be on the
    • later will join the anthroposophical path.
    • Taking for granted therefore that the Anthroposophical Movement will
    • an authentic and inwardly vital cult, filled with spiritual content,
    • Anthroposophical Movement itself, but who will be able to come to it
    • Movement as its forerunner — will look for adherents outside
    • is precisely then that they will work together in the right way. It
    • aid in founding it. Matters will therefore go on in the right way if
    • our will to do, it is absolutely necessary in these early days that
    • who have founded the Movement for Religious Renewal will oppose any
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  • Title: Lecture: The Ego-consciousness of the So-called Dead
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    • course which spiritual science has followed up to now, will have
    • materialistic meaning, will argue: “We are thoroughly
    • descriptions of spiritual science, you will no doubt remember what it
    • possess was still formed from outside. Since that time, we have
    • the physical-sensory world, it will be impossible for us to
    • rolled together and that afterwards it unrolls again and fills out
    • which must again and again be filled out by us. And then we acquire
    • reflected in those members which we still possess, in our astral body
    • our earthly experiences backwards — we are still connected with
    • our earthly life; we still stand within our earthly existence. Now
    • filled and permeated with — we cannot say with material — but
    • You will grasp it
    • What now lives within us, what now fills us as LIFE-SPIRIT, is the
    • which we compare, as it were, what fills us in the form of
    • which you will find described in one of the Mystery Plays, in “The
    • better it will be for us. Just consider the fact: We use our
    • knowledge, it will spontaneously be filled with feelings of gratitude
    • with souls that still dwell in their physical body, with souls that
    • are still alive when we die. Even here on earth, we encounter them in
    • materialistic thinker, approaches us, he will, of course, say: “It
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    • the soul was still thought of in connection with the cosmos.
    • on “Kalevala”, you will find in it all these
    • nature, striving after the unity of the Ego. At this still primitive
    • such a kind that it could still feel in a natural way the streaming
    • way that they still possessed in their souls something that has more
    • sentient soul. But that is still another influence, resembling
    • The nations who still experienced
    • take together the following things and say: There is still a great
    • one another. But if he describes it in this way, it will be difficult
    • leans over in the three great Bays, that were still experienced by
    • significance has the fact that a nation that fulfilled so eminent a
    • great Finnish nation, should still exist after having accomplished
    • disappear after having fulfilled its mission, has its meaning within
    • will take hold of human hearts, when the ideas of “Kalevala”
    • will begin to blossom from out the midst of the Finnish nation
    • itself, when this wonderful epic poem will be spiritualised and
    • permeated with modern anthroposophical ideas, so that it will once
    • of still deeper sources of the soul’s life. This cannot as yet
    • be grasped. But it will be grasped, when the teachings of
    • Anthroposophy will be used in a corresponding way, in order to
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  • Title: Lecture: Awakening to Community - I
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    • But I hope to be able, at the delegates' meeting that will soon be
    • Society's current concerns are going, you will perhaps allow me to
    • from honest motives will probably recognize a piece of his own
    • will certainly discover that by far the greater number of those who
    • to feel what millions and millions of others will be feeling keenly
    • honest seeking will find, if he practices self-observation, that this
    • be called a reversing of human will impulses. A person is born into a
    • that his will impulses simply coincide with those of all the rest of
    • without any great inner stirrings into the will tendencies of the
    • against these habitual will impulses that he has adopted from the
    • outside world to turn this erstwhile external will inward. When he
    • does so, this reversing of the direction of his will causes him to
    • of his will.
    • has to do with the will is intrinsically ethical and moral. The
    • thus, in its will and feeling aspects at least, an ethical-moral
    • will and — to some extent at least — his life of feeling
    • religious and will impulses of recent centuries are the very same
    • our sixth year onward is the product of externally influenced will
    • when a person seeking anthroposophy wants to escape from these will
    • will impulses inward, he must, in other words, strive for the kind of
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    • part that we are considering today; I will speak of it therefore as the
    • intensely within the outer ether, till after a few days they leave the outer
    • I will repeat what a soul by whom these Powers are to some extent recognised
    • passed through the Mystery of Golgotha, during that time when He still
    • disciples of Christ could still evoke at that time and which, as I have
    • ‘I will
    • ‘I will
    • ‘Here is a fragment of the Pistis-Sophia, which says, “I will
    • extol Thee, O Light! for I desire to draw near unto Thee. I will extol Thee,
    • will not desire to understand it until one has called forth in one's self the
    • evolution; we have made splendid progress since then! [You will remember what
    • now knows, however, that there are a few men — who will be more and
    • illusion, that those who have already covered all true effort after knowledge
    • with scorn and ridicule will attempt to interfere with everything that still
    • fill mankind from childhood with materialistic ideas. This materialistic
    • accordance with the illusion of the times, people veil this domination by
    • illusion. For, if the world proceeds in its evolution according to the wishes
    • not only will anyone be forbidden to do anything for the health of
    • humanity unless he is certificated, but no one will be allowed to say a
    • mankind that is not stamped and certificated will be forbidden, so every word
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 1: Forgetting
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • far more deeply illuminating than people usually imagine.
    • you will all have had some distressing experiences with what is
    • conveyed by the word forgetting. You will all know the annoying
    • opposite of memory, namely forgetting, will have something to do with
    • strange illusions seen today in a recent trend of natural science.
    • earth; out of it a quite definite plant will arise. From a grain of
    • wheat a wheat stalk and ears will grow, and out of a bean will come a
    • bean plant. You will have to admit that the plant's development is in
    • minor significance compared with the fact that a particular seed will
    • inclinations, changes of temperament and so on, you still need the
    • Yet the following can happen: Suppose a man gets ill simply because
    • this man could be ill in two different situations. One might be that
    • and out through the other. A person like this will not have so much
    • will, of course, still have to be proved by external medicine why the
    • recovery from an illness, it makes the world of difference if we have
    • active people behave when they are ill.
    • today, you will notice a certain difference, of course, but beans
    • life, from morning till night, were always in your mind. You know of
    • yesterday and have now forgotten it, the picture of the rose is still
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • ILLNESS
    • been attending these group lectures for years will perhaps have
    • this has not been immediately apparent. Therefore it will obviously
    • something else we should note as well, which will gradually have to
    • this group. There will be a certain inner connection in the course of
    • this winter's lectures and all the preparatory material will
    • course will then close. Last week's lecture was a small beginning,
    • and today's lecture will be a kind of continuation. But it will not
    • follows on after the thirty-seventh. There will be an inner
    • connection, even though the subject matter will appear to differ, and
    • the connection will consist in the fact that the whole series will
    • in view, we will start today by sketching the nature of illnesses,
    • and next Monday we will talk about the origin, historic importance
    • These could well appear to have nothing in common; however, you will
    • would like to speak today about the nature of illness from the point
    • about illness, or one or another type of illness at least, until they
    • medicine, irrespective of its various forms, still makes itself felt
    • with great intensity and will do so to an even greater extent in the
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 3: Original Sin
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • We will keep to our set
    • programme, and in the group meetings this winter we will work through
    • illness. And later on these various aspects will group themselves
    • towards which we will gradually work our way. In the first lecture of
    • this series we made a kind of classification of illness types, and
    • All that goes beyond this text will follow in the course of the
    • want to speak of other aspects that will not appear to be directly
    • series of aspects the comprehensive meaning of which will not dawn on
    • will start today by looking at an important moment in man's earthly
    • will gradually accustom themselves to this way of thinking.
    • This was still a long time before the sexes separated, when there was
    • man still lived in a very insubstantial material body.
    • meaning will become clear to you when you see what we call
    • fructifying forces with their food. This food was still of course of
    • with clairvoyant consciousness we look further back still, we find
    • forefathers. All these beings that were still undivided into two
    • times this was not the case. When man was still as it were more
    • man was still in a softer, more spiritual body he was much more open
    • could still alter their limbs at will, and make them long or short
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 4: Rhythm in the Bodies of Man
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • will concern ourselves today with something that will again appear to
    • be far removed from the previous lectures but which will nevertheless
    • certain illnesses like, for instance, pneumonia, there is a crisis on
    • foundation of things. First of all I will simply present you with the
    • will only understand this correctly if you take what I have said
    • period of twenty-four hours, still expressed today in the alternation
    • will remember my saying that a man's etheric body is female and a
    • and, because of the difference in man and woman, we will just say it
    • certain processes, but they are still noticeable to occult
    • will have noticed from the number ten times seven times four or
    • round the sun. Anyone who only looks at it superficially will think
    • fill both physical and spiritual space with their deeds, that these
    • said, however, you will find a new way of looking at a thought I
    • expression in the movement of the moon. The changing illumination of
    • out something that occultism has always taught, but which will appear
    • still in a different condition, this movement did not as yet exist.
    • course of seven days. Imagine how illnesses are connected with
    • body. Now we will suppose that the astral body has a certain defect.
    • is not an illness; it is the human being calling together all the
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 5: Rhythms in the Being of Man
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • gather together all the threads as it were that will eventually link
    • other things connected with man's whole life and evolution that will
    • (21st December 1908) and take our start from there. You will remember
    • one another. You will remember that there are certain relationships
    • night, sleeping and waking, will be seen as a kind of unity. So when
    • people, but as a rule the starting-point of the illness is not always
    • temperature? Why does it occur? The temperature is not the illness.
    • up to fight against the actual process of the illness. The
    • temperature is the organism's defence against the illness. There is
    • extent connected with it. We will eventually come to talk about what
    • meanwhile moved on to one. It will be roughly another five minutes
    • illness in question. A definite position of the astral body is
    • not got the tendency now to push the illness out, the patient comes
    • expresses itself in four times seven. In the case of other illnesses
    • you will notice that the fourteenth day is of special importance;
    • and a time will come for this — we should recognise the rhythms
    • Atlantean race. We are now in the fifth race and two races will
    • working of his clock will not have changed, it will only have become
    • he will make it three o'clock again; that it, his clock's movement
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  • Title: Being of Man/Future Evolution: Lecture 6: Illness and Karma
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • ILLNESS AND KARMA
    • understanding of man's being and task in the world. You will remember
    • possible for the human being to be ill, and we indicated that
    • illnesses arising as the actual result of karma would not be
    • part of this karmic cause of illness.
    • have a kind of survey of the phenomena of illness in so far as each
    • presented the illnesses arising out of the ego as such, and which
    • have to look for those illnesses that primarily have external causes.
    • All this, however, only points to that aspect of illness that is
    • inkling that illness must also depend to some extent on a person's
    • is very interesting for people to know, namely, how illnesses are
    • still has all those forces in his astral body which were there at the
    • astral body he still has. He still has the bearer of passions,
    • instincts and desires. He still hankers for the same things —
    • his fortieth year, he will pass through all the experiences he has
    • It requires considerable effort to get used to this, but it will
    • of illnesses. So what I am about to say must not be taken as the only
    • is the very eradicating and overcoming of these hindrances that will
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • aspects as possible. Today we will make it our task to speak of
    • reaches the spirit will really fathom man's real nature. Laughing and
    • laughs. Certainly there will be people who maintain that animals also
    • the one about the nature of the temperaments, you will remember that
    • still there. Disharmony occurs when we have lost something and the
    • physiognomy, and so on. You will admit that within certain limits, of
    • still has this mobility because man can give himself his own form
    • will work with less force on the etheric and physical bodies,
    • of someone who is weeping, you will notice that it consists
    • really enquire into it you will find that laughter can always be
    • living soul, you will also sense the connection this has with
    • the four members of man's being. In the days when people still to
    • moving, because we know that it will and must be overcome, but how
    • will not have the necessary depth or necessary upward thrust that we
    • possibly can for the development of the ego. Then the ego will move
    • surrounding world all the time, then sorrow and joy will be real
    • in adulthood, and it can still cry while it laughs and laugh while it
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • namely laughing and weeping, and today we will explore the conditions
    • working at in these group lectures this winter, and we will go on
    • of the earth. You will remember that there are ‘races’,
    • originally connected with certain regions of the earth. You will also
    • know, still one body. The conditions within our whole evolution must
    • evolution, would have been very different whilst the earth was still
    • was already in a physical body at the time when the sun was still
    • into the air, as though he had no bony elements within him, but still
    • shine on him from outside. We will disregard all the other forces
    • spiritual science has to say about these things will make sense. It
    • the sun and moon were still united with it. Today, of course, these
    • conditions are quite different. But even today it is still to a
    • remain above in the regions where the air was still interlaced with
    • below that still had no density to speak of. These bodies were too
    • each of these beings that did not descend but was still ethereal
    • will see that they were much more highly developed than the souls
    • population: one kind that had still remained spiritual, and whose
    • still evolving. In Atlantean times the human body was not yet
    • those days the body was still to a certain extent perfectly capable
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    • laughing and weeping, different types of illnesses, and rhythms in the
    • and hold one idea before you, and you will soon notice the difference
    • the fourteenth to the twenty-first year. We will only touch on this
    • he is still enclosed in a second maternal sheath, an etheric one.
    • etheric body born. Then the astral body is still enclosed in the
    • If you watch a very young child for several weeks or months, you will
    • the same as it will be a few weeks or months later. The child already
    • nerve-strands develop only after birth. A child will hear and see a
    • etheric body is still enveloped in the astral body until puberty, and
    • so it dies. The animal still has an astral body, but no ego.
    • transformed more and more by education and life, and it will have
    • plant filled with an etheric body, a body consisting of streams of
    • if you take the small seed of the lily of the valley you will find
    • in involution the physical will disappear further and further and the
    • sessions, for you will have the whole summer to ponder over it. We
    • constantly being added to man come from? We will make this
    • still in the situation today that man was in on the Moon. The animal
    • causes. To a certain extent this is still so today, for those
    • now the following will take place.
    • will develop in his own way through the subsequent ages. We know that
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    • the soul need only be duly prepared and revelations will flow from
    • will deal chiefly with the life after death when the Kamaloka period
    • will have realised what
    • by these beings in the lives of men. The Play will also have helped
    • will for truth which lies in the depths of his soul unless prejudices
    • who seriously studies this book will find that it already contained
    • certain lack still exists, this lack is due to something that is
    • the life between death and a new birth. The same subject will,
    • are due to our Movement. The demand will continue to be made that by
    • prepared and revelations from the spiritual worlds will be able to
    • flow into it. Individual souls will become more and more receptive
    • and, being aware of their task in the present age, they will find
    • it must be achieved through our inner calm, our inner tranquillity;
    • tranquillity corresponds to busy activity on the physical plane. The
    • because we have deserved it as the fruit of inner tranquillity.
    • men in a way differing from what was previously usual. I will give
    • Intercourse between human souls and the higher Hierarchies will
    • become more and more dependent upon inner exertions, and men will
    • higher worlds depends upon our own inner tranquillity; the calmer we
    • can become, the more will the facts of the spiritual world be able to
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    • acquired on Earth determine whether companionship or isolation will
    • faiths. The Mystery of Golgotha was fulfilled for all men, not only
    • the new birth. Obviously, what will be said from a comparatively new
    • point of view will become thoroughly clear only when the whole course
    • deal will consist in the communication of findings of investigation
    • have only to knock against the corner of a cupboard and you will
    • will hardly fail to be aware of that ‘I’ when you have
    • observation, for instance, of the moment of waking will, however,
    • morning he will find that a great deal of what his memory has
    • You will readily understand that this must have the
    • the ‘I’, and we will now try to be clear as to how this
    • you will realise that between birth and death it is possible for man
    • still available at the end of one incarnation we could do nothing in
    • man must himself possess some quality that will enable him to
    • beings between death and the new birth are investigated, it will be
    • In the next sphere, which we will call the Venus sphere
    • they will be in the Venus sphere. On the Earth we must already
    • still divided into groups determined by their religious tenets and
    • such a way that in the Venus sphere it will understand and be
    • this will change in the future and has already begun to do so —
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    • the possibilities. The purpose of Anthroposophy is fulfilled in the
    • birth you will recall that during that period a human being
    • through human will is able to bring about certain changes in the
    • We will now take an example that can be instructive in
    • This wish would have to remain unfulfilled, for it could hardly
    • finds its way into the hearts of men it will in very truth bridge the
    • gap between the physical and the spiritual worlds, and that will
    • Maybe someone will ask: Is it possible that this will annoy the dead,
    • of how men will gradually develop consciousness of what surrounds
    • humanity, this will eventually come about. Simply through paying
    • attention to the teachings of Anthroposophy men will find the ways
    • reality only. But an example will show that a very great deal is
    • car and killed; if we had left home punctually we should no longer be
    • are possible for good or for ill, things which are converging and
    • would probably have been killed in an accident to a train which he
    • other means makes his thinking more mobile, will have moments in his
    • waking life during which he will feel that he is living in a world of
    • Anthroposophy, this will be a means of educating humanity to be
    • culture, upon spiritual life, influences will not only rise up from
    • by the dead during their life between death and the new birth will
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    • is illumined for us from a certain time onwards during life after
    • science as Mercury, a man will be able to draw the requisite forces
    • actual inflow of life can still be observed, the child's
    • consciousness is still dim and the whole restorative process is
    • will not be able to make much of it. Put simply, the condition of
    • but rather with his whole relationship to the world. We will
    • evolution — which you will find described in the book
    • study Eastern writings, you will find a statement that is exactly the
    • Vedanta writings you will find it stated that the part of man of
    • in Eastern writings? It is because the Oriental still has a different
    • progresses it will become more and more possible for him to picture
    • will be quite a number of individuals who when they look at a
    • are still well-informed about the starry sky will steadily decrease.
    • There will even be people, among town-dwellers for example, whom one
    • skill and accuracy he sets about building his den.
    • being, changes which are still brought about today but are unnoticed.
    • be meant by ‘proof’, he would still have insisted that it
    • experienced yesterday, so did souls in the Graeco-Latin epoch still
    • The Spirits of the Spheres still play an important role in the works
    • approach. The more spiritually minded among men still drew from their
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    • conscious. Today we will think especially of one aspect only, namely,
    • shall be peace on Earth among men who are of good will.’ It is
    • hearts of men who are of good will. We have heard that the song of
    • his being, had actually co-operated in its inception. What had still
    • the course of his incarnations an individual will have lived in
    • but it will continue if human souls receive the impulse of this
    • realities of cosmic space itself and we will consider a particular
    • made this possible. We will speak on another occasion in greater
    • mystery which has brought an impulse still operating in the evolution
    • and in its light follow the course of evolution; then you will
    • this and you will understand in its true light the phase of evolution
    • which you yourselves are living; you will understand it because you
    • will realise that before human souls pass into physical existence
    • Perhaps some or even many of you will receive it as was intended —
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    • physical mobility can be held still while complete mobility of the
    • Science. In this way not only will a knowledge of the being of man
    • that is necessary for the future be promulgated but there will also
    • will help them to understand the life between death and rebirth in
    • period of Kamaloka when he is still completely enveloped by the
    • when he is still crawling on the floor. The real ‘I’ —
    • months or even first years of his life will seem to external science
    • you will be as little able to remember it as you can remember how you
    • is still under the sway of gravity and crawls on all fours, while his
    • faculties of speaking and thinking are still undeveloped. When the
    • with an intelligence much greater than that of a parrot will never
    • evolution and have still not reached the level of the Spirits of
    • Form. They are Luciferic Spirits who have come to a standstill in
    • birth, in the efforts he makes to acquire capacities which he will
    • healthy human reason must be willing to recognise how during the
    • completely formed? His stature as a whole is still not particularly
    • hold the physical hands still and move the etheric hands only. To
    • hold mobile parts of the body still and move only the corresponding
    • the clairvoyance of the future will develop to further and further
    • clairvoyant were, for example, to hold his hands quite still in a
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    • will be characteristic of those who are to become spiritual leaders
    • world. And there will be still more to say about this subject in the
    • will be needed to draw together a number of details that will
    • point of view. Today, then, I will ask you to think, above all, of
    • in periods of seven years. Even to ordinary observation it will be
    • well founded, but on the other hand it will also be evident that in
    • experiences connected with the actual seven-year cycles. You will
    • But why this is so in the latter case, we shall still have to
    • will therefore think about the cessation of growth which after all
    • formative principle still produces out of the human being. The
    • on growing and the basic principles of his form develop still
    • principles of form still have an effect upon him. They have already
    • Spirits of Will (Thrones). Between these two extremes there are other
    • life as a whole, we will not hesitate to think about matters which
    • course of evolution. If we realise this, it will, become evident that
    • question cannot be specified. A person today will readily be floored
    • illness. Why, it is asked today, should anyone need to know about
    • health and illness? The doctors know about these matters and the
    • unwilling to believe this on the basis of the occult facts should
    • will then be apparent, but there was no such thing as public opinion.
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    • fact will strike us most strongly of all if we succeed in developing,
    • has taken place in the past and still enjoys a certain existence. But
    • this threefold entity is filled out, permeated by the foodstuffs that
    • still is the spectacle before us when, instead of external perception
    • body that will subsequently be ours — all other bodies which
    • will not make much difference whether we pick an car from a grain of
    • we stand before the mystery of Number which will not be further
    • from the physical. What is seen in countless examples will again be
    • Egypto-Chaldean epoch men still beheld the spiritual around them,
    • material. This process will go to further and further lengths. A time
    • will come when men will lose interest in the direct impressions of
    • the world of the senses and will concentrate attention on what is
    • approach of the time when men will be interested only in what is
    • and oscillations below colour. In many books today you can read the
    • matter of oscillations, wave-lengths. Observation here is already
    • will go to further and further extremes. No attention will be paid to
    • material existence as such and account will be taken only of the
    • given on 14th August, 1872, you will find a peculiar expression for
    • forces. A time will come when human souls — and some of those
    • who are being educated in certain schools today will have the best
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    • was in its prime, in the middle and still to some extent during the
    • theoretical materialism are still to be found in certain circles.
    • time again and this is still the case in wide circles today; in the
    • of the super-sensible world that have been accessible to us and will
    • be the light through which we must ourselves illumine the path
    • loneliness, groping in darkness. In the next incarnation he will fail
    • and consequently he will be an inadequate human being in his next
    • feel or will the truths of spiritual life. He remains dull and
    • deeds and the Beings of the higher Hierarchies are indeed illumined
    • into his soul. It is Lucifer who illumines the higher worlds for him
    • their intellect and acquire certain skills which will help them to
    • cases the seer will very often find that their previous history was
    • because what comes later will be revealed in all good time. But the
    • form in which it will be revealed depends entirely upon how we have
    • Anyone who is alert to his surroundings will find that
    • between the last death and the last birth, when this illogical
    • be suffering from the type of illness occurring very frequently in
    • hypochondriacs. And if we were to go still further back, to the life
    • are sojourning after death, he will find among them those who during
    • can become servants of the evil spirits of illness and misfortune, so
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    • will, is a period during which the soul's life is still concerned
    • any direct connections still persisting from the last incarnation on
    • much still remains in it, you will have a picture of a very meagre
    • content indeed! And yet on final consideration you will be able to
    • soul, it will be easy for you to form an idea of what remains of
    • experienced, for example, yesterday, while they are still
    • comparatively vivid, and you will realise how pale they have already
    • become compared with their former vividness; that will give you some
    • the human being still clings to his sense-impressions and retains a
    • like still to have sense-impressions for a long time after death, but
    • already ceased to long for sense-impressions but still longs for
    • sense-impressions but still longs to think in the way that is
    • brain, he is still aware of a certain connection with the Earth
    • longing for the last earthly life is still present. First, in the
    • region of Burning Desires the soul still longs to be able to see
    • exist. When the soul has finally cast off any such longing, it still
    • on Earth. Having got rid of this longing too, there still remains the
    • incarnation on Earth taken as a whole, still lingers. Gradually,
    • will find that all the experiences in these regions correspond
    • the passage of the soul through this region and you will see from
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    • Anthroposophy in our present age will find it necessary to clear away
    • that we will rely on what cannot be denied even by minds most given
    • over to externals; we will draw on the old tradition as found in
    • history, but we will try to penetrate into that part of it which
    • course of human evolution. I shall have to say many things which will
    • thought is still only thought; that it lives first of all only in the
    • because materialists are illogical that they do not embrace the only
    • the thought-content on which we still nourish ourselves came forth in
    • documents one can still get an impression of its endless depth. We
    • will speak of it only in so far as it bears on our present
    • not superficial we can, if we will, see it glimmering through what we
    • period will have great difficulty in understanding it. Our souls are
    • Anyone thoroughly attuned to modern education will perhaps be unable
    • true picture of how the world began! Indeed, he will hardly be able
    • We will disregard for a while what we have ourselves
    • look, said the Gnostic, to the lowest but still purely spiritual
    • spiritual worlds, you look into the desire-filled world of Achamod.
    • Because this world is filled with desire, it cannot disclose within
    • separated through being filled with Achamod. This feeling of being
    • illuminated by a. ray from the Son of God, who dwells in the world of
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    • most significant, wisdom-filled current of thought — when we
    • illusion, Maya. This notion, too, gained no recognition. So we can
    • to terms with the problem, but first it will be well to grasp clearly
    • questions and try to answer them, the course of events will become
    • will be given later — in the epoch when all the means of
    • If we go further still into the Chaldean-Egyptian
    • One thing that very few people think about today will
    • must certainly be put to the Bible, and which will be more
    • into this way of putting it will be able to grasp the deeper meaning
    • light-filled concepts. From Ionia sprang the philosophy of clarity
    • often shedding a true illumination on the future, but also often
    • make it seem that the prophecy had been fulfilled.
    • Dies irae, Dies illa,
    • Solvet saeclum in favilla,
    • which the Mystery of Golgotha was fulfilled.
    • soul-forces the message that is to be instilled with all the power of
    • the second and third post-Atlantean epochs it was still there, and
    • Greek philosopher still felt that his thoughts emanated from the
    • the science that followed philosophy — then you will have a
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    • These lectures are so arranged that separate themes will
    • be introduced, and then I shall bring in considerations which will
    • significance of the prophecies of the Sibyls as illustrating one side
    • I will return to these leading themes, but we must
    • centre. What is really meant by the themes will then gradually
    • that is the term we will use for the present — for whose own
    • evolution the Old Sun period was especially important. I will not go
    • further into that just now. We will simply look up to the Christ
    • we will now call simply Jesus of Nazareth, have any previous
    • one wants to say) while still in the world of the higher Hierarchies
    • was then still living (if I may use the phrase) in the Sun-sphere,
    • which will enable us to understand much that happened later on. A
    • thinking, feeling and willing. If nothing further had happened, these
    • soul-organs would have become disordered. I mean that willing would
    • interfered with willing, and so on. Men would have been condemned as
    • have been maddened by an excess of will, or confused by repressed
    • willing, are coordinated from the surroundings of the Earth, for the
    • working together of thinking, feeling and willing has to be kept in
    • thinking, feeling and willing were on the way to becoming; and he
    • was still making itself felt at that later time.
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    • are manifest in the evolution of mankind. It will first be necessary
    • Yesterday I tried to illustrate it through a single example, but it
    • hillsides like a dragon — the dragon killed by the Greek St.
    • still echoing the threefold Christ-event — take in the fourth
    • The development of the ancient Hebrew civilisation will
    • what happens when we bum a piece of paper in the sulphur hills of
    • saw symbols. In front of them went the pillar of cloud or of
    • conceptions of the world will never be understood unless it is
    • even her blue mantle billows in the wind, and under the influence of
    • will find that the prophet sets himself — and that is the aim
    • Prophets to the element of Geology. A future kingdom which will
    • character of Jewish culture will be understood only if it is taken in
    • out of its own inner will — this kind of commandment is met
    • have already tried to illustrate.
    • there lives the Christ who will later on fulfil the Mystery of
    • time.” Elijah proclaimed the Christ-filled Jahve. For the
    • history — you will perhaps look for something more behind these
    • was a Being who then belonged still to the Hierarchy of Angels and
    • willing — this was celebrated at the Adonis festivals. And in
    • be fulfilled? Do we not see how He had sent His messenger in Elijah,
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    • neighbouring regions than external history is willing to recognise. I
    • strife, but below the surface, and human wisdom will have to uncover
    • superficially. Much will have to be revealed as a symptom of the
    • discern what was going on in the depths. I will mention only one
    • Many of you will perhaps guess something of what I mean
    • fight against Constantine outside the gates of Rome, you will destroy
    • lecture-courses, and if you feel about it as I do, you will find,
    • his name will appear shining upon the Holy Vessel. But where is the
    • I sought an answer to the question — Where will you find the
    • do with a certain matter, one very often does not know what will be
    • whether something drawn from the depths of the occult world will have
    • fifth; the second epoch will recur in the sixth, and the first epoch,
    • the epoch of the Holy Rishis, will recur in the seventh, as I have
    • Will draw thee near the holy Bond.”
    • script something that anyone can see — only he will not
    • the Holy Grail. What I have still to say, briefly, on this subject I
    • will give you tomorrow.
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    • descriptions, it will bring forward all possible — or rather
    • physical rays of the sun fall on the moon. The illuminated part of
    • important symbol will be manifest. Because the moon reflects the
    • of again yielding lawful revelations. Never willingly did the true
    • will perhaps indicate how, under the influence of the Christ Impulse,
    • I will not repeat here what can be read in history
    • and with God's help she will accomplish still greater things.
    • under special protection, and will therefore be preserved. Of the
    • Duke of Orleans, your nephew, she says that he will be delivered in a
    • conclusion. Still more wonderful things are happening and have
    • Anyone reading it will feel how we have here a description of a
    • Christ-filled Sibyl.
    • a time is coming when the old Astrology will live again in a new
    • form, a Christ-filled form, and then, if one can practise it
    • properly, so that it will be permeated with the Christ Impulse, one
    • spiritual script.’ Here was a man — as you will shortly
    • imagination; it has movement, certain illnesses, and ebb and flow are
    • pulsed, as the new age came in, the Christ-filled Astrology which
    • they are always here still in the empty air, and with God's
    • writes in a frame of mind that can truly be called Christ-filled. In
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    • activities which pulsate through the world. We can still, as it were,
    • between the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Personality.
    • This co-operation still exists today though it cannot be discerned
    • Scientist. He will find nothing among the forces disclosed in the
    • ancient Saturn are still in a certain way active.
    • there is still remaining an invisible element which may be
    • we still find today these ancient Saturn laws, still find what cannot
    • in the human being towards what still prevails in him from the Old
    • existed during the Old Moon evolution still playing an active part,
    • evolution; it filled the whole field of vision.
    • will have to ask the question: How does it stand with what is derived
    • part, for we found it still ensheathed in the sensible. Nor in the
    • One can still apprehend it but it is not easily recognised.
    • should like to give you an example of something where you can still
    • will have found that four periods in the development
    • for a public still quite unacquainted with Spiritual Science.
    • thought-life is still essentially different from that of modern
    • concerned with a thinking that is still not man's own
    • you will find everywhere how the Christ-Impulse rules in them. It is
    • outside. There is still at first an appeal to traditional dogmatism,
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    • We will think, to begin with, of the planet nearest the Earth, the
    • speaking not in a very remote past — when the Moon was still
    • We wrestle our way through the deeply significant truths still
    • If we succeed in fathoming this mystery — I will call it the
    • What is still transmitted to the Earth from the heavens represents
    • much later. We will leave them out of consideration now and think of
    • problem but cannot get to the root of it, will find, if he is patient
    • and works inwardly at it, that the Jupiter powers will actually help
    • flash into human destiny those wonderful moments of illumination when
    • 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
    • interests her, that is what she will allow to approach her. Thus the
    • utterances of Mars. She transforms and illumines her dreamlike
    • life that weaves between Venus and Mars. When destiny wills it, the
    • the Masters of wisdom-filled thinking.
    • The inner will-impulse contained in acts of free thinking is due to
    • no-one can understand what is contained in the flaming brilliance of
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    • will lead us more deeply into the real significance of spiritual
    • special aspects of truth, spiritual science itself will also acquire
    • spiritual world itself, will be solved.
    • left behind will not diminish through the fact that he has gone into
    • the spiritual worlds in connection with such concrete cases will
    • intimately connected with him still dwell upon the earth, and through
    • we encounter, will bring about another influence, it will influence
    • dies, or one whose life reaches its close through illness. We also
    • very soon through illness, and a life which terminates after having
    • is in a certain way weak, that it lacks strength. He is filled with
    • that he is losing it more, and more, it will become an ever growing
    • reasons explained above, spiritual science will be needed from now
    • onward, and in future it will become more and more necessary.
    • that man still possessed an old inheritance in regard to his
    • passed through the portal of death. From now onwards it will be
    • such a way that they will be connected with the earth only through
    • they are still connected with it because after death this earthly
    • they will form something after death enabling him, not only to
    • of attraction. Because spiritual science is filled with life, a
    • upon earth we are filled with thoughts taken from spiritual science,
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    • world to which we direct our will-impulses for which the physical
    • Death, when for a few days we still bear our etheric body with us, we
    • us from birth till death. It might be compared to the relation of a
    • mutual interplay gives rise to the forces which instill into the
    • the spiritual world. Then you will say to yourself: the thought you
    • your death it will be handed over to the universe in such or such a
    • But there still
    • who are still in the physical world. For only by his transmitting it
    • the etheric body of the dead — if you will pardon my use of the
    • soul of the one who is still living here — deeply enough for
    • been, we will soon notice that we have often gone hither and thither
    • who is not deliberately foolish will say: how can a person be free,
    • in the bed, and our etheric body, are still connected with the
    • You will understand the character of such an influence from the soul
    • wishes to communicate. He must be able to enter into him till he can
    • feel as he could, and will as he could, also.’ It is the
    • living still as astral beings in their astral bodies. We may draw
    • manner of his vision and all that he is then able to know, he will
    • Hence you will
    • direct way, too. Now, after all that we have said, you will well
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    • begun to lose its creativity, though we still live with its heritage.
    • will say next. One is not curious because one knows it already; it
    • into the earthly life of mankind. Whether this will happen depends
    • world. It will be necessary for man not only to become conscious once
    • sphere of self-consciousness. To belong willy-nilly to a
    • You will realize from what was said yesterday that mankind must
    • the rhythm of external existence. In this way mankind will again
    • two, three — one soon notices that they will not be counted
    • lives in the human will. It is splendid that the analytical chemist
    • will be — and there are signs already of it happening —
    • that these elemental beings will gather together to form a kind of
    • possibility exists that these beings will unite with ahrimanic
    • beings who dwell in the lower elements will join forces with
    • ahrimanic powers, and on the other, that the ahrimanic powers will
    • happen will happen to the earth. No matter how far or how deeply our
    • will all disappear along with earth existence itself. In the last
    • substances will turn to dust and dissolve in the cosmos. Only what
    • pertains to the plant, animal and human world will pass over to the
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    • science has followed up to now will have shown you that in every
    • ordinary science, in the usual materialistic meaning, will
    • carefully remember the descriptions of spiritual science, you will no
    • which we now possess was still formed from outside. Since that time,
    • which we have in connection with the physical-sensory world, it will
    • that afterwards it unrolls again and fills out the universe, with the
    • filled out by us. And then we acquire the feeling: ‘I exist in
    • we still possess, in our astral body and in our ego; it is reflected
    • backwards — we are still connected with our earthly life; we
    • still stand within our earthly existence. Now that we have cast off
    • we feel, as it were, inwardly filled and permeated with — we
    • You will grasp it best of all if you imagine it in the
    • what now fills us as Life-Spirit, is the wisdom connected with our
    • fills us in the form of Life-Spirit from out of the wisdom of our
    • approaches the Midnight, which you will find described in one of the
    • knowledge we take up in our feelings the better it will be for us.
    • meaning of a spiritual-scientific knowledge, it will spontaneously
    • be filled with feelings of gratitude and thankfulness towards the
    • It is not the same with souls that still dwell in their
    • physical body, with souls that are still alive when we die. Even
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    • they were united with us while they still looked at us with physical
    • soul. And you will perhaps understand that many of the words spoken
    • faithful fellow-workers here on earth, will remain so also after
    • still have faith that Spiritual Science will penetrate into the
    • themselves still to be led astray by all sorts of moral conceptions,
    • If you go into Museums to-day, you will find skeletons
    • of ancient men who lived upon earth in bygone ages, yet the time will
    • indeed come when what is present there to-day as skeletons, will
    • possessed on earth — remains still united with us after death,
    • So long as we still carry this etheric body, after
    • having laid aside our physical body, we can still think everything
    • we still carry our etheric body with us; and we have it before us
    • in any way excited through these exercises, he will damage himself.
    • surface, the impression it leaves will not be the same as that left
    • You will be able to convince yourselves of this fact:
    • the chapter on the ethical effects of colours, you will find
    • to come toward us and will not leave us alone — something that
    • Being. The way in which the Building faces the world will be
    • for man to hold fast, in some way, to this moment. He will see
    • something, and will at times be able to feel that something
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    • From this point of view it will sometimes be necessary
    • to meet our explanations with a certain amount of good-will; for were
    • and proof of what will be said here in the next few days, it would
    • your goodwill and sympathetic spiritual understanding. For indeed the
    • Perhaps you will better understand what we mean if you
    • This will show you that a certain degree of maturity in mystical or
    • the near future will bring men together much more than has hitherto
    • been the case, to fulfill a common mission for humanity. But the
    • individuals belonging to the several peoples will only be able to
    • great rôle; in a not far-distant future this sentence will be
    • This saying will have a certain significance for the future work of
    • Now in our age it will be peculiarly difficult to
    • it that is still referred to here and there as the soul or spirit of
    • millions of people, who are crowded together in a certain country.
    • That besides these millions of people who are crowded together in
    • can distinguish the Swiss Folk-spirit from the millions of people
    • future higher forms. The ‘ I ’ will remodel and
    • transform the astral, so that it will become something different from
    • what it is to-day. The astral body will then represent what you know
    • by the name of Spirit-self or Manas. In the same way a still higher
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    • characteristics peculiar to the various peoples. The materialist will
    • in the world with physical consciousness is only maya or illusion. It
    • fundamentally only maya or external illusion; it is a condensation,
    • we observe these occurrences we are still only observing the affairs
    • we spoke of yesterday — and you will also find it described in
    • — you will say that of these Beings it was the Archangels who went
    • than man and consequently are still related to him, these Powers,
    • guided from epoch to epoch according to the will of the intuiting
    • will, but those who take possession of him and forcefully push him
    • that conditions will be touched upon which you must meet with your
    • ages of which the historical traditions still remain, the effects of
    • what was formerly concluded in that agreement still continued to
    • of a ‘folk’ is defined, and you will see what curious
    • not always be wrong; but they are always bathed in maya, in illusion.
    • Hence one will naturally always obtain very different
    • Thus you will see, that we shall only understand the
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    • In the course of these lectures we shall study matters which will, so to
    • say, easily enter into the soul of each one, because each one will be
    • comprehension, and which will be a little more difficult than that
    • still not what meets us as the actual human inner being or soul. The
    • will not be quite easy but we must endeavor to cross this rubicon.
    • It will now be a case of starting out from some conception with which
    • You may nevertheless form an idea of it if you will patiently follow
    • make 180 deg., but you will at once be informed, whether you draw
    • it will in every case bring this certainty; you may carry out the
    • the sum-total of the angles of all triangles will give 180 deg.
    • consciousness and has filled it.’
    • We shall therefore inquire, ‘What then still remains for the
    • intellectual-soul or mind-soul and of our spiritual-soul is filled
    • still have that which we call our ‘ I ’. To us
    • still gathered some of that part of the astral, which we human beings
    • these Archangels. You will already have noticed, from what I have
    • with what he has above all to do so as to fulfill the duty which is
    • not stand still, because he would then be allowing the germs for
    • directions as to what this people as a whole has to fulfill. The
    • corresponds to the great ordinances of the Archangels. You will form
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    • as that has run its course hitherto. If you will bring before your
    • Will or Thrones, the Spirits of Wisdom, of Motion, of Form, of
    • the Spirits of Will or Thrones, the Cherubim and Seraphim, —
    • you will admit that only from a very complicated work could that come
    • of the child from the standpoint of spiritual science, you will admit
    • normally still have no interest in man. So that we must say: the
    • that, if you come to think of it, you will no longer find it very
    • that no one should till then have dabbled in their handiwork. If no
    • still, so that now, during the Earth-evolution, they might be able to
    • in the least ripe for, having still too much to retrieve from an
    • From what I have just said, you will see in which period
    • the races are evolving too. Races have arisen and they will some day
    • seventh, there will be no question of a condition which we may
    • evenly on, we have only a sort of mill-wheel in our mind, and are far
    • several points, we get a remarkable line. This line still holds good
    • appreciation of physical nature still sleeps, whilst the
    • civilization. You will see that a very ancient Indian civilization,
    • still under the influences of the abnormal Spirits of Form. This
    • creations of man are still to a great extent dependent upon the
    • that in reality all civilization flows onward, you will then see that
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    • It will be seen from the last lecture, that in order to penetrate
    • impartially into the facts under consideration, it will certainly be
    • so long will it be difficult to obtain an unprejudiced understanding
    • lectures, if it be rightly understood, will bring no dissatisfaction
    • as this, will nevertheless produce discontent and disharmony in
    • Anthroposophist will learn, through the teaching of karma and
    • will be so very important, that in the second
    • part of this course of lectures it will be shown how the
    • Now let us ask ourselves: How do the still higher
    • what has already been explained, you will then know that we so
    • 1. Spirits of Will or Thrones,
    • realm of maya or illusion, that is to say, in the realm of the world
    • manifestation, at the stage of illusion? Man with his ordinary view
    • of Nature and Spirit knows only the domain of maya or illusion, the
    • most external manifestation of these spiritual Beings. I will show
    • of the North. Now the first thing he will say of it is: ‘Here
    • there is substance spread out,’ and he will describe this
    • Thrones, the Spirits of Will. These Spirits radiate their forces from
    • is nothing but illusion. What really is there is a balance of forces,
    • and as it were an agreement between the Spirits of Will and the
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    • that the mission of the earth can be fulfilled; when they have so to
    • work that finally a state of equilibrium comes about. Hence you will
    • Spirits of Will, the Cherubim and Seraphim, as being something which,
    • You will therefore only be able to form a complete idea
    • But if you take this into consideration, you will then
    • You will also to a certain extent have the feeling that knowledge
    • you will have become somewhat more closely acquainted with what may
    • for the establishing of the earthly equilibrium, for the fulfillment
    • conception of this, you will acquire an inner knowledge of these
    • you will find it pointed out that in old Atlantis, in
    • is still something quite special. Just as the six Elohim from the Sun
    • You will now perceive the special element contained in
    • attacks chiefly upon the blood, then you will also comprehend why the
    • We shall now go back still further and trace how the
    • Now you will also understand that a people like the
    • senses has the upper hand, so will the different peoples be
    • starting-points of occultism and it will show you that in those
    • as those of you will know who took part in my course of
    • of One still greater, set itself the task of investigating into the
    • the Indian? It was that he was still able dimly to sense something of
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    • last few days, you will find it comprehensible that not only a
    • by this exalted and important Spirit were able to fulfill their high
    • ancient India were still under the guidance of the Archangel. When
    • the Spirit of the Age of India had fulfilled his mission, he was
    • call the Semitic Folk-spirit. His was a very special task. This will
    • You may look round wherever you will in the world, and you will see
    • and so on. Everywhere you will find a trinity and this again divided
    • the last lecture you will know that it is in their blood, to
    • can still see at the present day Monotheism ruling in its greatest
    • fill their several parts with rich contents, to fill themselves with
    • the several peoples of Europe were still for a long time guided by
    • fulfilled his mission in the fourth post-Atlantean age of
    • rank of Spirits of the Age, we still have an Archangel in Europe who
    • peoples who, at the time when Christianity started, were still spread
    • will be a source for everything which may again be changed and
    • still carried on by the Archangels themselves, because the several
    • activity of several Folk-spirits who were filled with a sense of
    • of the fifth post-Atlantean age, under whose guidance we still are
    • Those of you who dwell in the North will be interested
    • closely. The following question will especially interest you: How did
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    • the spiritual impulses therein described, it will be necessary first
    • already gone through what the Germanic Scandinavian peoples still had
    • Atlantean epoch human beings were still endowed with a high degree of
    • The air was still permeated with water-vapor and clouds of mist. But
    • was still in a dull state. They went through various stages of
    • development, and yet their ‘ I ’ was still in a
    • still experienced for a long time by the peoples of Europe. The
    • later peoples still had to look at with their ‘ I ’.
    • it was a stage which the peoples of the West had still to reach,
    • still had to work up to. Hence the Persians were acquainted with the
    • were a little nearer to the Germanic peoples. But still in them the
    • was still experienced as being the work of the Angels or Archangels,
    • still possessed a distinct recollection of it. You must therefore
    • Græco-Latin peoples is, that the latter still had a recollection of
    • this very clearly; they had gone through it while still in a state of
    • more distinct outlines than what one is still living through. It is
    • this you will also recognize that just for those very peoples of the
    • closed themselves to Western spiritual life. They will certainly
    • Jesus walked upon earth, the people could still see that this work
    • affairs of the Angels and the Archangels who were still working in
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    • apparent difficulties, and indeed for the reason that they will have
    • clairvoyance then still to be found in humanity, were transposed
    • that which was outside in the world was merely maya or illusion.
    • The apparent contradiction will at once disappear if you
    • developed comparatively early, whilst still in their old
    • will be able to understand it philosophically also, as you will all
    • mythology. If you bear this in mind you will understand why Europe
    • to the whole world; and the Guiding Folk-soul had, and still has, the
    • feels and wills; whereas as regards his own concerns he was guided by
    • It will seem very remarkable to you that in the views of
    • You will find, — for at the time of the writers of the Gospels
    • the Luciferic powers lie hidden, he will have nothing to do even with
    • You may search as you will through the many different
    • mythologies and concepts of the world, but in none of them will you
    • Scandinavian mythology. As the Germanic Scandinavian could still see
    • which was even then still participating in the formation of the races
    • one felt with compelling accuracy that which will only gradually
    • day only give hints as to this Luciferic influence. What you will
    • and death are produced. That will easily be understood by those who
    • materialistic will be greatly surprised that Spiritual Science should
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    • of the ‘Twilight of the Gods’, it will be well to form a
    • collective picture; and you will perceive from what has been said,
    • ages still clairvoyantly shown to man from the spiritual world. It was
    • still felt himself attached to a group-soul, belonging to a whole
    • of the organism. At that time each individual still felt himself to
    • But he felt this God to be still united with the collective spirit of
    • The Northman still felt thus about them, at a time when to the
    • the still youthful ‘ I ’ of the peoples of
    • was still united to the group-soul nature, and yet the Celtic element
    • reached a culminating point in the fulfillment of its special
    • later reflection of which we see in the Vedas and in a still more
    • they alone could, because they still enjoyed the blessing of being
    • folk-characters in their light and shadow sides, you will find that
    • Then you will be able to understand the peculiar nature
    • of those peoples who till now have lived in the land of France, if
    • had been driven outwards, you will find that the great historical
    • impulse. You will also find that what took place there in the
    • the Spiritual Soul, to fill it inwardly with the consciousness
    • contains in pure concepts that which the Northman still saw as
    • will understand the details of the Chinese culture. This culture was
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    • will not be the last time we shall speak together here on similar
    • directing activity over this country, will permeate with the
    • from then on, this modern spiritual research will be fertilized in a
    • which I was able to give here, will remember that once upon a time in
    • one may still find to-day in the Akashic Records. In the course of
    • still found it among the South Germanic peoples at the time when he
    • does not know that this event really did occur, will understand what
    • you will see what a significant rôle the interminglings and relationships
    • Vanen you can still find one of the very oldest recollections of it.
    • which was still ‘at home’ here in those old days when the
    • mists of Atlantis still extended to this neighborhood. The Germanic
    • away in the smallest of boxes — the human skull. You will find
    • Those of you who will go more deeply into these things,
    • will be gradually convinced that this is no fantasy; but that what
    • its national character. Hence also you will see why I have said that
    • new capacities begin to develop in man. These will at first appear in
    • single individuals, in a few especially gifted ones only. It will
    • come about, for instance, that persons will be able, through the
    • the etheric body are developed will be found in increasing numbers,
    • and will attain to clairvoyance, which can to-day be acquired only by
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    • receive new impulses into his life of soul, and we will turn our attention
    • Most of you will have read the book
    • and will have realised that one of the great events in earthly
    • Today we will confine our attention to what came to pass on earth in
    • from the earth, it would still have been possible for man to draw out of his
    • the moon. He still envisaged the world in pictures, and if nothing else had
    • You know that the moon will one day
    • and thousands of years ahead. But this is mere illusion. In reality it is by no
    • Human beings are coming to a point when their development of body and soul will
    • possible until the 27th year. In the fourth millennium a time will come when
    • men will be capable of development only until the 21st year. In the seventh
    • millennium the bodily nature will be capable of development only until the 14th
    • year of life. Women will then become barren. An entirely different form of
    • earthly life will ensue. This is the epoch when the moon will again approach
    • and will enter the earth again.
    • decisive event, so too will be its re-entry. It is true that as human beings we
    • shall still be inhabiting the earth, although birth will no longer take place
    • that the intellect is becoming more and more shadowy — with what will one day
    • being what can now flow to them from spiritual worlds, then they will
    • understanding. Even the life of the plant remains enigmatical; still more so
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    • will begin with the way in which a more or less unknown thing is judged
    • century. Moreover, the name Anthroposophy takes us still further back
    • still earlier. The name, therefore, is an old one; we are applying it
    • I will now also say
    • till then I had, I may say, endeavoured as a solitary thinker to build
    • Bâle, on a very beautiful hill, where a large piece of land was
    • Spiritual development of mankind, will not be surprised at such
    • science is will find that it bears no more resemblance to the Gnosis
    • learned and ignorant alike, believed that the earth stood still in the
    • It is still difficult to
    • investigator will be most careful not to let the body have any
    • with regard to the inner handling of thought. I will now try to make
    • changes this soul-life into something else, which I will once more make
    • inwardly active and alive, so may the will also be developed in a
    • certain way. The methods by which the will is so treated that we learn
    • development of the will, something of quite a different kind results
    • something in ordinary life, if we work, the will, as it were,
    • penetrates into the limbs. We say, “I will”; we move our
    • hands; but the will only comes to expression in this movement. In its
    • will may be released from its connection with the limbs. The will may
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    • we find that the Mysteries were institutions of men still possessed
    • humanity were still able to gaze into the spiritual worlds whence the
    • well be amazed at the power and brilliance of the thoughts of that
    • comparatively late, indeed after Goethe's time. Goethe was still
    • into this quite different attitude of soul. I will put it in the
    • could not regard his thoughts in this way. They were illuminations;
    • to a very definite feeling and attitude towards the wisdom-filled
    • was still significantly present at the time of the Mystery of
    • lived in the country will know how the peasants dig pits in the earth
    • earth, so that in Winter the Summer is still there, under the soil.
    • unfolding of the plant we still have the previous year and the
    • illumined. For it is indeed so when he realizes that once in the
    • that Being of Sun and Earth who fulfilled the Mystery of Golgotha.
    • in traditions which will have to be superseded if Christianity is to
    • unwillingness to realize the necessity of renewal — the need,
    • celebrate Christmas as honest human beings; again there will be
    • fixed Easter — a festival which is still regulated by the
    • realize in actual experience that what is best and most filled with
    • with the strength that will come to your souls when you feel with all
    • Holy Night, Christ will be born in the heart of each one of you, and
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    • 1850's, he could not give any illustrations at all —
    • though the second edition published forty years later was illustrated
    • looks properly at the works of Greek sculpture will perceive that
    • expression to the powerful will of Moses as he did. The whole
    • impression is of a leader of his people who fills his people with his
    • own spiritual power and pours his own will over a whole people and
    • completely penetrated with force of will that he can put upon him
    • themselves, by the inner “life sense” which was still
    • different means. While he was still quite young, in 1498,
    • our right when we enter St. Peter's. This work still bears
    • it even has still a sort of Byzantine quality. Yet if we note carefully
    • Christianity but which originated in Judaism and still retained to
    • still have some immediate feeling of what Goethe called the spirit of
    • view still closely akin to what had gone before but at the same time
    • brought it to a standstill and the Pope transferred his interests
    • really do feel as if God the Father were surging through the still
    • from the past still echo in the work of Michelangelo can be seen
    • outstretched, and with this hand touching that of the still-sleeping
    • third perhaps in anger — point in the one direction which will
    • These Sibyls are very peculiar figures and modern Christianity will
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    • machine. This is of course a crude simile, but you will not
    • is Anthroposophy alone that can make the human heart and will
    • like to withdraw from modern life into communities where they will be
    • sleep. By day it is the life of will that is more wrapped in sleep,
    • the life of will.
    • philosophers on the subject of the freedom and unfreedom of the will.
    • will they do it as day-sleepers, and being for this reason unable to
    • preposterous nonsense about free will and unfree will, about
    • of will to a very small extent indeed during the wide-open
    • consciousness of the day; the will sinks down into the subconscious,
    • with our life of will and feeling.
    • Nature and upon life. So they fill modern life with products of the
    • in such terms are speaking the language of Ahriman. We will try to
    • We will turn now from what we have thus come to know
    • Nature that was still the habitation of the good spirits of the
    • becoming steadily rarer. Men did not in those days fill themselves
    • killed, destroyed. And he becomes aware that this destruction makes
    • develop the power of vision and seership which will bear him thither;
    • but he perceives how the Ahrimanic world fills him with everything
    • sphere and allow ourselves to be filled with Ahrimanic spirituality.
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    • As students of anthroposophical Spiritual Science it will certainly
    • not fall into the error of thinking that it will ever be possible to
    • And so in all seriousness we will ask ourselves this question: Why
    • previous occasions are quite correct but for reasons which will be
    • Now you will not be able to understand what I have to tell you unless
    • from that of today. In those times Christianity was still imbued with
    • force in the whole of life and was still entirely free from the
    • applied to life in a concrete way, although this is still far from
    • speculations were to some extent still nourished by forces of the
    • You will soon realize how useful it is to try to understand the
    • still too soon to speak in public lectures of matters such as I have
    • reincarnation — will be quite different, simply because their
    • that directly concern me before I will acknowledge them as
    • truth. Nothing will make me accept these things merely on the basis
    • intelligence is obstructed by prejudice in this way, then it will not
    • upon the earth. Understanding will not come from a study of heredity
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    • take in spiritual-scientific truths we are still a long way from
    • Those who strive after spiritual truths will more easily gain a
    • developed among men. It still contains a great amount of egoism. Of
    • discovers that his soul is filled with envy, he begins to fight
    • great school — but he will reveal instead a new, plainly marked
    • Another example: A person may be filled with the feeling of envy.
    • others; he will lack independence in the way in which he faces life —
    • In reality, Karma works in such a way that a faint fulfillment of its
    • in the next incarnation. Helplessness and lack of independence will
    • throughout kamaloka, etc., and it will be contained in the forces
    • which build up the next life; it will become interwoven with the
    • has been a fundamental quality during one incarnation, it will
    • the laws of Karma hold good, it will soon appear whether our attitude
    • try to do what is right and the result will not fail to appear. This
    • of Theosophy will then become living substance.
    • us at all! The fulfillment of Karma will come of its own accord; our
    • more will falsehood in one incarnation produce timidity in the next
    • will not only be shy towards the people of his environment, but he
    • will also fall a prey to certain pathological conditions of fear. The
    • of falsehood, will therefore appear in the next incarnation as a
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    • human intellect will take in future, are based upon quite definite
    • fills out space with his physical body and that we see his physical
    • as human bodies are now constituted. They were filled to a far
    • all be ill. They would bring us illness. We would bear within our
    • illness simply consists in the fact that the human body in part goes
    • they continue experimenting, they will one day be able to understand
    • atoms, molecules and their alternating forces. This will never arise.
    • Along the chemical-physical path, they will only be able to
    • understand the mineral, lifeless substance; that is to say, they will
    • is only because in these circles there still exist traditions of the
    • Humanity will grow more and more conscious of the fact that it is the
    • The more we advance into the future, the more intensive will be the
    • perceive what is alive. Many things will be needed in order that man,
    • An echo of this may still be found among the ancient Hebrews, where
    • and you will find in it that Goethe incessantly tried to grasp the
    • But it will not be possible to penetrate into such thoughts and
    • Ego has also permeated the human will. Let us not fall a prey to any
    • illusion in regard to this.
    • friends! People still have some inkling of the fact that a guiding
    • during the past four or five years will be followed by the mightiest
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    • of events upon the earth during a whole year. The simile will
    • but I will now draw attention to one aspect and refer to
    • we come to feeling, and still further to the will. When we look
    • memory, thinking, feeling and will.
    • there we discover that the will is, as it were, the infant among
    • them; feeling is older, thinking still older, and the activity
    • activities. You will grasp this more clearly from the following
    • unfold in our will, the will as it exists today, arose upon the
    • man was not an independent volitional being; the Angels willed
    • for him. The will rayed in, as it were, when the evolution of the
    • “Occult Science” you will discover an important
    • impressions or signs, is still elastic. Consequently we should
    • activity of thought, or representation. This will show you that
    • the Earth. This will enable you to understand many things. In the
    • form, many things will be pressed into their organism; they will
    • thinking power they will not be able to unfold much in a
    • being endowed with will. If he had merely the power of thinking,
    • In regard to the will, I have already explained that it only
    • spiritual hierarchies, the Angeloi, still willed for man. During
    • the Moon evolution, man's whole will was still of such a kind
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    • the general course of modern civilisation will inevitably involve the
    • disappearance of much that is still greatly to men's taste and
    • to speak yesterday it will be clear to you that a very disagreeable
    • fulfilled to the letter. But what must be regarded as imminent is a
    • will be crushed.
    • natural science, that will arouse the deepest need for what I have
    • able to read the Gospels — although the ancient veto is still
    • prevalent in modern civilisation will again lead to experience of the
    • Christ-Experience of the first half of the twentieth century will
    • come in an unexpected way. And it will have a clearly definable
    • stick to the ideas that have once been instilled into them. But there
    • youth. The poets, especially, furnish us with repeated illustrations
    • that there are many who still cling to a certain piety, a piety which
    • spread of this materialism will not be checked in the near future, as
    • some misguided scientists seem to think. On the contrary, it will
    • science are fulfilled — so that children are given a stimulus
    • of this chaos, individual souls will emerge who will have a very
    • education will bring such a feeling to life. If education up to
    • will already have the feeling: “We have a science which is born
    • intellect, the development of which has been and still is of course
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    • question of practical life, a man will defer to books — or
    • shall we say, for it sounds a little better, will seek the requisite
    • something he has discovered out of his own experience, it will
    • matters will immediately reply: But that does not tally with what is
    • — be filled with enthusiasm for the truth, and turn with
    • Now it will be found that the concepts “true”
    • was said to be “what the Gods willed.” The world was
    • divided for man into what the Gods have willed and what the Gods have
    • not willed. In many languages the word “true” still
    • Let me illustrate my point by comparison once again with
    • body; he begins, so to say, to devour himself. Certain illnesses are
    • filled with world content, then it is that he finds his true manhood.
    • A certain clairvoyance will be found to enter into this
    • knowledge have place. I will give you an example.
    • skillfully and well, or badly and clumsily, we occasion, at any rate
    • sincere seekers after truth, they will receive health and healing
    • that is how the position is to-day. One earnestly hopes it will soon
    • inwardly. As things still are, however, mankind remains to-day a
    • personal has place in the path of knowledge, you will allow me, I
    • knowledge often obliges one to sit still for long hours at a stretch,
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    • humanity has developed, and will develop further, through different
    • in which humanity will be living for many hundreds of years to come.
    • cultivate it as we must do at present, and as will be increasingly
    • Heart-and-feeling in the one could still reach out more spiritually
    • the present, through the medium of our senses, we can still
    • will no longer be possible to do this spontaneously in the
    • seventh post-Atlantean epoch when learning to know nature will
    • will do more and more in the future, to establish impersonal
    • acquainted, this rubbing off of corners, that the still unconscious,
    • will become increasingly difficult to bring ourselves into a right
    • who meet in life as friends; it will also be increasingly
    • will become more and more difficult, because of the increasing need
    • This must take place. Men will have to undergo this test.
    • thing and it will be plain to all of us how the remedy is to be
    • sought for one of our necessary ills — for the
    • interest will have to be felt for SOCIAL UNDERSTANDING. In this term
    • matters. The Graeco-Roman civilisation is still coloured by a
    • moral forces, is in itself a fixed structure and will in the fifth
    • human individual. And it is spiritual science which will first
    • interest in, humanity will be aroused. There will be people with
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    • breathing caused the air to billow and whirl through the brain and
    • soul-filled thinking pulsated through his inner being with the result that
    • you will find that one of the first exercises shows how to
    • To illustrate the difference I will draw it
    • I will explain more fully on another occasion, the old yoga exercises are
    • today one is willing to accept only knowledge that can be acquired
    • possible, through inner self-discipline and training of the will, to take
    • the will. One can, for example, say to oneself: Within five years I shall
    • will-power upon achieving it. When the will is trained in this way, for
    • training of the will is undertaken for the sake of self-improvement, is
    • with iron determination and unwavering will. It is often the case that if,
    • certain thought is recommended, people will embark upon it with
    • burning enthusiasm. But it does not last, the will slackens and the
    • appears. This causes pain so they say they are ill; when something causes
    • pain one must be ill. However, the attainment of higher knowledge will
    • often be accompanied by great pain, yet one is not ill. No doubt it is
    • great religious truths which fill our soul with awe, conveying as they
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    • will be the first full moon of spring and upon this full moon will fall
    • these were laid down at a time when traditions of wisdom were still
    • meaning still in this plan of a movable time for the Easter festival. It
    • that is implied in this manner of dating the Easter festival, it will be
    • In order to see the whole matter in a true light it will be necessary
    • had come to an end in the physical sense, Paul was still an antagonist of
    • illumination, the understanding once possessed by men in an atavistic
    • life of Christ Jesus was completely filled with the presence and Being
    • as a kind of illusion, as a
    • elemental spirits, and necessarily so, for in those times they still
    • entered earth-evolution. “Christ will come again to you,” he said, “if
    • you will only find the way out of your purely physical vision of the
    • earth. Christ will come again to you, for He is here. Through the
    • objective, that it requires to be learned; of faith it will allow no such
    • while still professing to
    • that will inevitably lead to decadence in the whole cultural life of
    • the circle of their friends who still want to gather together to keep the
    • distinct unwillingness to take part in the great change that is so
    • modification in our day, nevertheless in all essentials it is still the
    • come into being. And carrying the theory further, a time will come when
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    • Course on Farming this condition will most certainly be fulfilled at
    • Steiner will join me. We are thankful that we may spend these festive
    • days — I trust they will also be days of real good work —
    • inasmuch as we are gathered here in Koberwitz, there will prevail
    • which I feel it will be done here. Therefore I think I can also give
    • they may be, I am quite sure that every single one of us will go away
    • Whether you will go
    • more open question, though we will do our utmost, in the discussions
    • will show us how intimately the interests of Agriculture are bound
    • will lead us along many different side tracks — necessarily so,
    • for the very reason that what is here said will grow out of the soil
    • inevitably — a little far remote. Not everyone, perhaps, will
    • plane of discussion. What was the real, practical point? I will
    • can no doubt be said. Yet therewithal you are still far from
    • instinct still remains over from the times when men were used to work
    • poor fellow still feels hungry, if, after all, he has not had enough
    • to eat! At least there is still this instinct to tell him so.
    • “If the cock crows on the dunghill,
    • It'll rain — or it'll stay still.”
    • obtain, and a certain custom still prevailed. You had to fetch your
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    • You will recognise
    • I will indicate the
    • admitted nowadays. But we can go still further. We must observe that
    • which — if you will — you may compare to the human
    • 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
    • practical matters, this knowledge will give us the necessary
    • downward into the soil. Thus a true mutual interaction will arise
    • will be a science of these things — not the mere scientific
    • jargon of to-day — and it will then be possible to give exact
    • indications. It will be known, for instance, that there is a very
    • water and of the solid earthy element itself. They become still more
    • this winter season. The time will come when such things are
    • plants?” The time will come when it is recognised, how very
    • direct the growth of plants. I will observe at once, if we are
    • it has not yet reached its culminating point — which it will
    • We get indications that will really help us, where we should
    • Now for the tilling
    • grows ever more complicated, till at last we get to the infinitely
    • organism will grow. The new organism, infinitely complex as it is,
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    • this indeed will presently emerge — that nitrogen as such does
    • significance of protein it will not suffice us to enumerate as its
    • olden time they recognised in the out-spreading, sun-filled light,
    • carbon. (The application of these matters to plant-life will
    • still assign an aristocratic value to one modification of carbon,
    • our form like a palm. Carbon is constantly about to make us still and
    • (Diagram 6). I will here draw a scaffolding or
    • permeated by an ethereal. The latter will either stay still —
    • holding fast to the beams of the framework — or it will also be
    • the oxygen. A modern materialist will only speak of oxygen such as he
    • the ethereal, is living — unless indeed it has been killed or
    • our breathing the living quality is killed, is driven out, for the
    • — will make us faint, nay even more than faint. If we were
    • killed. Nevertheless, by virtue of its native essence it is the
    • a given space filled with air, and then remove a small quantity of
    • nitrogen from the air that fills the space, thus making the air
    • nature and the nitrogen that surrounds us. It will not do for the
    • still suffice us. We do not actually need to breathe nitrogen. But
    • you will have a true idea, of the necessity of nitrogen for the life
    • life. And above all, you will remember what I told you yesterday and
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    • but positively harmful, and a man will remain most healthy if he only
    • superfluous protein is consumed, it will create by-products in the intestines
    • produce, often do not emerge for a long time. Spiritual Science will
    • it from the air and thereupon hardens and condenses it, till in the
    • will which is at work in the body. This is the truth —
    • all, a baby — so long as it does not know what a comb is for will
    • which has been cast up, and which — we will assume — is
    • assume: this is the hillock of earth, rich in humus. And I will now
    • this hillock of earth being formed, with a hollow in the middle —
    • above this normal level of the district will show a special
    • ethereal vitality. Hence you will find it easier to permeate ordinary
    • product in process of decomposition — you will find it easier
    • with the said substance. For then the earthly material itself will tend
    • will more easily achieve what is necessary for the fruiting process,
    • impossible. Why so? You will see it at once if you can go into the question:
    • If you use mineral, purely mineral substances as manure, you will never
    • get at the real earthy element; you will penetrate at most to the watery
    • stand under the influence of mineral manures will have a kind of growth
    • of quicklime — into the heap of compost, and you will
    • be able to see the whole. Our detailed measures must still depend on
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    • as an improvement, as an enhancement. Needless to say, you will go on
    • still further, in view of our necessary standpoint that whatever is
    • I even showed how we can imagine the transition from a thrown-up hillock
    • discussion. I will only say this to begin with: The idea that in farming
    • the bacteria do for the manure. Brilliant, highly logical experiments
    • have been made, inoculating the soil with bacteria. Truly brilliant!
    • to increase the number of flies (imagining that they will eat the dirt
    • for it will only tend to annoy.
    • There is a saying you will
    • in the Earth, we must till the soil and manure it properly. Heaven does
    • tillage we can gradually impoverish the soil. We are, of course, constantly
    • still be of no use for plant-growth, unless by a proper manuring process
    • altogether unaware how the minutest quantities will often work with
    • we have the brilliant investigations of Frau Dr. Kolisko on the effects
    • You will remember how we
    • too, we must still try to give the manure the right living property.
    • We must give it such a consistency that it will retain of its own accord
    • will enable it to bring the right vitality into the Earth itself.
    • vitalise it in such a way that it will then be able to transmit its
    • stem or the like. The potash-content will hold back the growth in forming
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    • dealt with. Therefore, to begin with, I will give examples which —
    • taken as the starting-point for your experiments — will lead you
    • will naturally grow there through the prevailing conditions of Nature,
    • alone will tell us how to act if we wish to influence the plant's growth
    • When the Moon was still one with the Earth there was nothing so mineral
    • as to intensify the normal vitality of the Earth, which is still just
    • Earth by itself is still just able to transmit that feeble reproductive
    • not at the full Moon but at the new, it will simply wait in the Earth
    • till the next full Moon. So it gets over our human errors and takes
    • way, the weeds will demand their rights just as much as the vegetables,
    • when the Moon-forces work more than in the dry. The weeds will then
    • of the weeds; they will be unable to reproduce themselves. Now we cannot
    • ash, you will have concentrated in the ash the very opposite force to
    • in the second year you will see, there is far less of the kind of weed
    • year you will see, if you continue sprinkling the pepper year by year,
    • the weed will have ceased to exist on the field in question. Here, in
    • fact, you will make fruitful the “effects of smallest entities,”
    • pepper and scatter it over the fields. Then you will have the dandelions
    • to-day will not believe it; such things were known and mastered once
    • capable of direct practical application. And as there is still the
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    • occurring in Nature (minerals, plants, animals — we will leave
    • its boughs and branches. It is the earth, grown up like a hillock; shaped
    • the boughs and branches still belong to this). Out of all this the real
    • question will at once arise: Is this “plant” which grows
    • what a root is. A true comparison will help us forward here. Suppose
    • be. No such thing need exist in reality, but this illustration will
    • intelligence into the mysteries of growth. But it goes still further.
    • from the woods and forests! Then you will feel the difference between
    • and the scent of trees. Then, in the former case you will become clair-sentient
    • observe where this will lead us. We must now ask: What of the polar
    • here within, it will be somewhat poorer in ether. And as, through the
    • the root in its turn will be influenced. The roots of the tree become
    • we still remain within the realms of life — of some of its ethericity.
    • you must clearly envisage. Now whatever arises in this way will always
    • as between the insects and the birds. I will describe it in a picture.
    • for our part, will use the treeing tendency of other plants; there we
    • will flutter about, and to you birds we will leave the astrality that
    • will see, as we begin to specialise what I have given, ever new things
    • will dawn on us — things which were undoubtedly recognised with
    • Thereupon our vision is still further sharpened, and a fresh relationship
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    • our last lecture, though we may still be able to supplement it a little
    • with, for this alone will enable you to act with individual intelligence
    • it will be much improved when our agricultural training tends more to
    • 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
    • what at first was only a slight slipshod way of talking into a brilliant
    • theory — I really mean it, brilliant. And when people begin to
    • is produced — that is to say, something which will support the
    • see into the process, you will readily observe in any plant or other
    • does so. Something that still comes from the sense-organism passes into
    • Moreover, the food which will pass through the stomach must be suitably
    • get the proper change in the open air — how different it will
    • are inherited. The animal you merely place at the manger will not reveal
    • at once that it has no cosmic forces; for it still inherits them. But
    • it will presently beget descendants which have the cosmic forces in
    • will show you how futile it is merely to give general instructions:
    • encounter a relationship which you will think most paradoxical, even
    • still contains the Ego-potentiality.
    • dung, and the Same Ego-forces will cause the plant in its turn to grow
    • and you will gain the insight that you ought to keep your animals as
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    • Sacrifice. The student had to have the will to undertake
    • descend again into the physical body of its own free will.
    • will he incarnated in his body, and he could now say
    • from wine, for one who enjoys wine will never attain an
    • but in the spiritual, the heart will be the organ of
    • thought. At the present time the heart is still personal.
    • the Mass, a symbol for the condition when the Sun still
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    • universe, you will find, as it were, that as regards the
    • these laws fill out the whole universe. Consequently, when
    • Table). In reality, we are still in the external world,
    • by the skin, you will obtain this process of encompassing
    • but we are still outside. Then the imitation of the
    • something which is inside, which fills us out, surging and
    • fills us out, surging and weaving through us.
    • filled out, and through the fact that we were thus able to
    • not only fill out the human being inwardly, but makes him
    • our being, with that body which fills us out. Then, when we
    • That which fills us out.
    • He becomes a trader. Later on you will see that I do not
    • be reproduced.] might be made, as an illustration
    • between, filling out man; that is to say, the influence of
    • the blood, which fills the human being. How may this blood,
    • What fills him out.
    • will see that this is not a materialistic or naturalistic
    • Taurus, you will find that he is always looking sideways
    • if you look at Gemini, you will
    • certain way man is still outside and takes in his prenatal
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    • modern spiritual striving, we will consider, once again, an important
    • already said, we will not consider now the more external side of the event,
    • but will look at it from a spiritual point of view and turn our attention to
    • Jesus. Every moment of their life was to be filled with the perpetual
    • else, something that has still greater effect is developed when this inner
    • feelings and impulses of will connected with that Mystery. What had thus
    • to criticize the wisdom-filled guidance of the world. We must therefore also
    • fall a prey to some cheap mysticism that will not see the pain; we must be
    • purpose and will of existence, we must also learn to understand how the most
    • give you an example of this. It is one I have mentioned before, but I will
    • still from the earth — became in succeeding centuries for many others
    • itself still
    • moving towards an ever richer life, and will have to become more and more
    • will be so more and more definitely — as to whether he will fall into
    • themselves. And as materialism spreads, it will be more and more believed
    • For that to be possible, human beings will have to lift themselves to a
    • their descendants. You will accordingly understand that this mystery of how
    • Harmony of the Spheres — will have to remain a mystery for a long time
    • personality and of all individuality and have the will of their parents
    • through the will of the wise world-guidance.
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    • present at my last lecture, it will be necessary to weave into this
    • complete willpower. A person who wishes to become a spiritual
    • unconsciously, without the application of our will.
    • shows us how to transcend any illusionary or suggestive element, we
    • The same applies to that which we now allow to fill our consciousness
    • is completely permeated by a clear, conscious will.
    • to enter human consciousness in the form of suggestions, illusions,
    • higher knowledge, will see that this kind of spiritual investigation
    • reveals most clearly of all the true nature of illusions,
    • exercises principally characterised as thought-exercises (you will
    • systematic way. (One person will need longer time for the attainment
    • Perhaps you will allow me to make a personal remark; which, however,
    • is not meant personally, but, as you will readily admit, it belongs
    • conception, an idea or a thought, we cannot pass over at will to
    • another. Even as in the human organism we cannot pass over at will
    • Perhaps you will also have heard of the terrible condition of certain
    • speculations, simply based on the fact that people are unwilling to
    • experiment for a long time, yet they will only come to quite abstract
    • time, will find that after the second dentition certain soul-forces
    • memory, more sharply outlined feelings, and they will know that these
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    • in their character as error will it be possible to guard oneself
    • comparison from ordinary sense observation will help us to understand
    • He will not be in a position to observe objects in as accurate and
    • willingly to any delusion, had a certain eye condition, and he
    • embarked upon. Everything that readily surrenders itself to illusion
    • unsound intelligence, lead to faulty spiritual organs, so will a
    • world by being filled in the spiritual field of consciousness with
    • you will find special practices for the soul through
    • images called into consciousness by his free will, tries to draw
    • can be kept relatively in check will be intensified, along with the
    • unhealthy soul life as illusions, visions, hallucinations, and the
    • stage of spiritual development through a strict self-observation will
    • free will in ordinary life. If man in ordinary life undertakes to do
    • is in the position of applying his will impulses. To extinguish, in
    • the way I described, the spiritual world that appears, the will must
    • point of utter will-lessness, even to the point of extinguishing
    • itself. Such a cultivation of the will is accomplished only when the
    • will surely fall. This must in a certain way become an experience in
    • life is called anxiety, fear, will be intensified through such a
    • have described, fear, terror, and horror will approach us, but we
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    • vegetation of the soul, and animalisation of the body will
    • vegetation of the soul, and animalisation of the body will
    • mankind. However, there are still all manner of prejudices against
    • the kind of way people would still like to hear it spoken of in many
    • less intense although they may still be unconscious. Nowadays when
    • presenting a point of view still popular with many people who find it
    • science that will be spoken of here. This kind of spiritual science
    • many people nowadays have the most detrimental illusions. Today,
    • be said first of all, because today, in particular, what I will have
    • to say concerning the super-sensible being of man will need to be
    • thinking, sense perception, feeling and willing comprise the
    • feeling and willing we have in ordinary consciousness, on the other,
    • life, and in the other direction makes his will nature consciously
    • you can bring activity into the world of thought. You will
    • bring such activity into the world of thought that you will be
    • inner activity. Will must be brought into thinking, the kind of will,
    • people still disbelieve today — we are only at the beginning of
    • thought our ego filled our soul being through and through, but now it
    • are to do with disciplining the will. Although I characterised them
    • himself in such a way that his own will controls the progress he
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    • now passing, and which fills us with a deep feeling of holy awe in
    • a still deeper mystery.
    • and further still man has to develop.
    • materialism. A time will come, however, when man will not only make
    • use of his physical body, but will again learn to use his etheric
    • last great rays still illuminated the Gnostics, but of which only a
    • consciousness, but at a higher stage. Man will once more experience a
    • We will seek to prepare for this cosmic New Year. If
    • a year. When we understand this yearly course aright we are filled,
    • thought: I will accept the year as a symbol of the great cosmic year
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    • individual concern, that they will eventually have to take up the
    • A man is ill — he takes not the least trouble to
    • learn the simplest thing about the illness. Why should he? We have
    • will find that on numberless points he himself is sunk in blindest
    • ill of me, if I say — that the less he finds of this belief in
    • Illusion.’ Anyone who studies this chapter will find a
    • connected with this. This I will explain by means of a
    • Speech. You will remember that during the autumn I gave you
    • you can transpose this line of thought into another. I will
    • translate it into another. I will now state this other
    • still further. How is it possible to learn anything of the genius of
    • excuse and still maintained that he had before him nothing but the
    • People will never be able to take the right interest
    • Spiritual Science — if they have not the will really to enter
    • of the spiritual worlds. People will not believe that this is not
    • confidence. Otherwise things will get worse from day to day. This
    • Science. We still often think that we understand the great interests
    • just because of the brilliant advance in the experimental science of
    • confidence to a still better future. ...’ Now follows what
    • we must see clearly that it will above all lead to far, far more
  • Title: Lecture: The Peoples of the Earth in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • ideas, feelings and impulses of will in human beings. Inner strength
    • will not suffice to unite the peoples of the Earth. A conscious and
    • destiny. Mere knowledge of everyday dealings between man and man will
    • lie slumbering in his daily life, will gradually begin to see a
    • senses. Similarly, the life of will is connected with the
    • — is the bearer of man's life of will.
    • a threefold being. The spiritual will, the feeling-life of the
    • will flowing in the human being, the will that is, in turn,
    • is the bearer of the will — hence the will develops in
    • man, he develops his rhythmic system, by an act of free-will he
    • in history is a supreme achievement of man — then he will
    • strong will-impulses of this wonderful man into a description of
    • inner fervour which will enable them to experience man's connection
    • which will elude him unless he consciously develops it. It is quite
    • for only then will he become fully man. Full and complete manhood is
    • deeply into his own being, he will realise that the purpose of his
    • existence cannot be fulfilled without these other qualities, because
    • Europe, and nothing will divert them from the prevailing materialism
    • will.
    • inheres, then, in what I will call the thinking system. The
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  • Title: Lecture: The Christmas Mystery, Novalis, the Seer
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    • earthly existence with the proof that life in the spirit will
    • that only those who with their whole soul are willing to
    • body will gradually be transformed. A wonderful vista of the
    • of ancient times is still contained, transformed into the
    • Gods who through untold millions of years have moulded and
    • Earth that will be the body of the new God, the God of the
    • Novalis recognises the God who in time to come will have as
    • so we will let one who lived a brief life at the end of the
    • say, the works of a poet such as Schiller, although had such
    • Schiller's time the Christmas Tree in its now familiar form
    • symbolises, are as ancient as humanity on Earth. But man will
    • hour we will bring a picture before our souls of what men on
    • man once had lived. But the Gods he was still able to behold
    • point to something more: in future times there will spread
    • around man something that will be akin to the blossom of a
    • Gods — such was the ancient teaching. That the world will give
    • woven from physical substances. There will come a time when
    • you must labour on the physical plane, when it will seem as
    • eyes will be able to turn to where the new star can appear to
    • you, to where the new seed comes to life, where there will
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    • events which escape the ordinary human powers of perception still
    • world. These souls still bear within them the effects of all they
    • give the descending souls some idea of what they will encounter here.
    • how, in a sense, their “spiritual plumage” will be
    • will come to see more and more, namely: that there was not so very
    • especially high, the strongest spiritual force that has ever willed
    • world — is willing to reveal itself to men in all strength; yet
    • only willing to use their physical bodies as instruments for
    • thinking and, indeed, of feeling and willing too. Men have persuaded
    • one hand, the spiritual world is willing to reveal itself with great
    • strongly upon themselves, or they will not form a strong resolution
    • — gradually develops a thinking, a feeling and a willing that
    • only because they will not admit this fear that they say they do not
    • fact that men, in accordance with the will on the part of the
    • understands what is willing to reveal itself to him to-day. For
    • feeling, through those inner impulses of will which can be trained by
    • or that party or class, lead into the worst of blind alleys and will
    • bring the greatest misery to mankind if not illuminated by the inner
    • receive the spiritual wave that is willing to invade human evolution
    • ought to fill himself again with what is revealing itself from
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  • Title: Lecture: Anthroposophy's Contribution to the Most Urgent Needs of Our Time
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    • will opt for natural necessity. He will declare the experience
    • of freedom to be an illusion, and will extend the area of natural
    • being, so that mankind will be fully enmeshed in the web of natural
    • necessity. And in the same way he will assess in the light of this
    • heat death in which the earth will perish.
    • that which will explain the whole world in terms of natural
    • earth as such will succumb to what is called ‘the heat
    • soul must lead in the very near future. An answer will never be found
    • future, and what precisely in this way it seems to him that he will
    • far back as to his birth. If he is then able to go still further
    • what lives within the human being as rhythm. This will not destroy matter,
    • as in the case of the thinking process, but it will retard life so
    • that in the rhythmic events life can always be held back and will
    • soul. And as we survey this second element in man, it will certainly
    • human will works in moral deeds. If we have first recognised that
    • appears as soul-willing is connected with the up-building processes,
    • and the will arises out of those depths of the human being to which
    • the death process, willing lives in what is growing, thriving,
    • through Intuition, how out of the digestive system, through the will when
    • Thinking as such breaks down, but willing builds up. Indeed this
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    • post-Atlantean epoch clairvoyance will gradually be
    • the Græco-Roman the fourth; the sixth and seventh epochs will
    • follow our own. And then another great catastrophe will befall the
    • characteristic of the sixth epoch will be that very definite feelings
    • regarding what is moral and what is immoral will arise in the
    • souls of men. Delicate feelings of sympathy will be aroused by
    • The sixth epoch will be
    • followed by the seventh, when the moral life will be still further deepened.
    • Whereas in the sixth epoch man will take pleasure in good and noble
    • pleasure will be a moral impulse, that is to say there will be
    • the essential characteristic of the following epoch will be aesthetic
    • seventh will be characterised by an active moral life.
    • the seeds of what will become part of mankind in future epochs are contained
    • it will be the forces of Lower Devachan that penetrate more deeply
    • into the soul; and in the seventh, the forces of Higher Devachan will
    • epoch which will last until the fourth millennium, souls will
    • what will be the characteristic qualities of the soul in future
    • order to ascertain the will of God. (See among other biblical
    • the true text, as we can still restore it from the LXX., makes
    • 14:40 Then said he unto all Israel, Be ye on one side, and I and Jonathan my son will be on the other side. And the people said unto Saul, Do what seemeth good unto thee. \
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    • lead to still worse symptoms, till it expresses itself in
    • be no doubt that it will grow no better for mankind in the near future.
    • way: For a whole year, the college student will spend his time and
    • examination, he will set to work and ‘cram’ for it during
    • effect. He will not merely learn that man consists of ‘physical
    • body, ethereal body, astral body and Ego;’ he will behave in
    • he will often find that the very slightest thing can work miracles.
    • even bordering on very severe illnesses of human nature would be
    • in the morning. No doubt, you will say, the best thing to do is
    • always to put it in the same place; but we will speak of a far more
    • I will put it in different places; but as I do so, I will unfold the
    • thought: I have put the thing there, and I will mark the
    • this can be very useful for life; one will forget far less. Still
    • this will strengthen the ethereal body. Assume, however, that you
    • because he shows certain signs of nervousness. You will see that it
    • is a very good cure; he will gradually put aside certain so-called
    • nervous conditions. Life itself in such a case will prove that the
    • begins to write. It will certainly be good to advise: ‘Take a
    • holiday, write less for a time, and you will get over it!’ But
    • doubtless it will not be followed for a long time yet. Suppose that
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    • this course, and it will be my task to present here, in the main, the
    • research, while the other lecturers will deal with special scientific
    • do this in a way that will enable you to understand that
    • will be well aware that man — to mention what pertains more to his
    • view from which we look back upon ourselves as filled with
    • geometrical illustration; I could give others also.) Neither
    • (in which mathematics is our sure guide), and will open up a new
    • the genesis of our idea of space, as I have described it, will detect
    • and watch it oscillate. Watching it purely externally, we might
    • that the pendulum oscillates and cannot go further because of the
    • progression but oscillation. Our perception of space must return into
    • space becomes filled with spirit, whereas three-dimensional space is
    • filled with matter. And we find space filled with ever loftier
    • ourselves to “Imagination” and, in the way I have still
    • “filled” point.
    • domains, he will be developing something related to elementary,
    • handed down as cognitive principles still retained. The path to
    • breath. It was just the same when the will stirred. He stretched out
    • movements of the will.
    • self-understood, had been achieved in still earlier times through
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    • I have to say to-day will be,
    • will show that this interlude is really a contribution which will
    • the choice of the hill at Dornach, in the Jura Hills near Basle,
    • quite lost. You will permit me to set out from a way of looking at
    • abstract, theoretical. But this excursion will be brief; it is
    • intended only as an introduction to what will be able to come before
    • cloud, will be a different experience from facing constellations. One
    • “imaginative cognition”. I have still to speak
    • when an instinctive clairvoyance still persisted among them, gazed out
    • and in no other, did plastic art arise in times when it was still an
    • many circles (including artistic circles), people will probably laugh
    • you will have seen from these brief indications that the sculptor
    • only illustrating an idea, working novellistically. If one is forming
    • the human figure in wood, let us say, one will know when at work on
    • of the “body of formative forces”. Then one will feel the
    • with them. One will be able to return to a really fundamental
    • body and then only fills it out (in a sense) with matter.
    • something which could easily be misunderstood will be less misunderstood.
    • the other to the (magnetic) south, it will not occur to him —
    • what I am now indicating in more general terms, one will be able to
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    • an echo of the ancient civilisation still persists in Asia, even though
    • wide-ranging and light-filled, was not yet permeated by this kind of
    • Mysteries began to develop their colonies still further to the west
    • because these Mystery pupils, when still living in Asia, had acquired
    • is still repeated — without any understanding of its
    • the West which, externally, still have a great influence. But it is
    • between one attitude of soul and another; then such a thing will be
    • transformed by impulses of feeling and of will, together with
    • transformed by feeling and will. One finds only the
    • impressions are transformed by feeling and will, man is still unable
    • to tell how feeling and will are actually working. For this reason he
    • of the forces of will. As we look out into the sunlit space and
    • developing our human, thought-filled Ego we all bear within us, below
    • what will happen to Western civilisation; yes, and to the
    • being of man into the outer world; and in the future man will be able
    • unconscious fear it still exists. Under all manner of masks it works
    • man was and still is influenced by this unconscious fear to the
    • have come into decadence now — you and these men of Asia will
    • utterance from the lips of an Oriental sage. It will perhaps be
    • civilisation. Mankind will have to know again that intelligent
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    • will one day suffer dissolution, and of how out of all manner of
    • intermediate states of transformation the Jupiter existence will
    • Jupiter existence will contain nothing but the new creation that is
    • the Jupiter existence will be a battle between the good which man,
    • intellectualism will never help us to pass either behind the
    • be ill, pathologically ill, if like the atheistic materialist one is
    • not willing to recognise this spiritual element. We live in this
    • held — you will remember — that knowledge obtainable by
    • Father God, he must be in some way ill. To be an atheist is to be
    • ill; that is how I put it here once before.
    • still held that it could. They did not imagine that the Gospels were
    • still a good deal of the Oriental wisdom in Christianity, men were
    • will feel that the moment you want to make a distinction between the
    • experiences each separately, and so he has still an understanding for
    • It will be
    • will have to be replaced by a much more concrete life of
    • modern science will have to become permeated with conceptions
    • filled through and through with the moral impulses we ourselves lay
    • of that part of the world which is going down and will pass away with
    • earth may come to an end, but matter will never be destroyed.
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    • that the old prophecies could have been fulfilled by one who had
    • that were still extant during the first centuries of Christendom
    • writings there are still echoes of these things. And so to-day we
    • a very special character. Strange as it will seem to you to-day,
    • human beings around him, die. You will not accuse me of comparing
    • soul-and-spirit. Death belonged to Maya, to the great Illusion,
    • it will produce the forces necessary for the development of
    • process of the Earth's evolution, he will bring death, and
    • with death, intellect; the seeds of death and of intellect will
    • the Earth will fall away from us; Ahriman, whose only interest is
    • to intellectualise the whole Earth, will demand the Earth for
    • Using words of human language to describe the will of a God, it
    • the hope that he will succeed.
    • centuries, weight was still attached to this living continuity,
    • understood, and the new form of wisdom was still undeveloped. For
    • scribes who knew from this Holy Writ what was still preserved of
    • man like Paul, while he was still Saul, turned to the ancient
    • truth ... . While Paul was still Saul, he argued that if indeed
    • dead thoughts, when filled with life, may be led to their
    • teachings. I hope that these things will not lightly be passed
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    • considered everything else an illusion; quite the contrary was
    • which can be found in the world as material substance, will not be
    • an abstract way, their contrast will not be very evident. We might
    • Nevertheless, the realistic scholastic philosophers still felt that,
    • were then still aware of this descendancy or progeny. In the same way
    • stones, in the plants, in animals and in physical man, was still
    • the following instance, and you will see that the entire meaning is
    • If I still find real ideas
    • or better still, if I find in them the ideas as realities — I can
    • which men still had an insight into the true nature of such things through
    • atavistic clairvoyance, we will find that the ancient Mysteries
    • long as people still found real thoughts in the things around them.
    • something concerning a person called Miller; you are only told that
    • he is the son of the old Miller. Hence, the only thing you know about
    • him is that he is the son of Miller. You wish to know more about him
    • — The old Miller is such and such a person, and he describes
    • Miller is his son. It was more or less the same when people spoke of
    • Christianity”, you will find that it contains a relapse; for in
    • still looks at Nature spiritually (for he brings the spirit with him
    • lies deeper still. You cannot be content with what you bring with you
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  • Title: Lecture: Spiritual Science, a Necessity for the Present Time
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    • of all that remains externally invisible in the events, and still
    • we must look ahead with special attention, times which will break in
    • those who are now living will have to pass through great and
    • the midst of the events which will befall mankind in the 20th century
    • these children. In the 20th century our descendants will need strong
    • storms will also have to be experienced by the descendants of the
    • why we speak of such things among ourselves, but now they will more
    • knowledge to do with the events which will break in upon the
    • realise that a long time will have to go by in the evolution of the
    • fifth epoch of culture the Mystery of Golgotha will not work in the
    • the soul can develop of its own accord will serve to grasp Christ
    • St. Paul's words, “Not I, but Christ in me”, will become
    • were, of natural initiations which could still be attained in
    • still look in the darkest season of the year. The earth's aura then
    • illuminated by the physical forces of the sun. And because Christ is
    • stir in her whole village; there was something undefined in its
    • aura. This is a historical fact. The villagers did not know what had
    • true light will it be possible to understand what is really taking
    • such happenings. A spiritual way of looking at the world will in
    • post-Atlantean epoch of culture will really have extracted from human
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    • initiation, which will then supply to us a kind of foundation for
    • world. And every man will undoubtedly feel that this knowledge of the
    • you will know that the highest ethical
    • we may still find an echo showing that up to the end of the 18th
    • In Plato we still encounter
    • and you will see that, after all, this course of
    • Golgotha ... the moral impulse will continue from there, but what was
    • but you will never be able to draw a moral impulse out of this
    • this is a tremendous illusion. For it is impossible to squeeze out of
    • developing more and more, it will again come to the point of
    • super-sensible knowledge will have to develop by the side of this
    • knowledge of Nature. This super-sensible knowledge will then contain
    • once more the rays of a moral will. And when the beginning which was
    • made towards the middle of the 15th century will have reached its end
    • knowledge will flow together with the knowledge of the senses,
    • and a unity will arise out of this.
    • conception based on knowledge is concerned. Indeed, he will become a
    • you will find what great results Goethe has reached
    • he will certainly not become a materialist, but will undoubtedly
    • knowledge, will at least become idealists, and probably
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    • those we have still to go through, for in many respects we
    • conception the Greeks still possessed of worlds beyond the
    • conception of what freedom really is — and fewer still
    • no illusions. One must say to oneself: There they are, these
    • We will take
    • it still preserves some traces) — had, one may say,
    • have one third of what will have to be there before
    • will put it as follows. The old pre-Christian civilisations
    • hollow, that our civilisation still remains unconscious of
    • round earth. We are never really willing to go to the root of
    • themselves. If you do so, you will find that the people who
    • this will be the case. Of course, on the surface, there may
    • But, in conquering the world, it will need to absorb what the
    • but dead. But there is still less possibility, now, than
    • million of persons, who can be added together and summed up,
    • old. The ruins of the old civilisation will gradually
    • has will and courage for one that shall be really
    • otherwise it cannot give inward human impulses which will
    • the past, then they will never understand each other,
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    • work upon his soul will fail
    • will readily be inclined to use the word fancy or
    • imagination. Dante, they say, was filled with
    • you will recognise from what we shall presently say, may be
    • etheric body. Still less does he surmise that which resembles
    • indeed it will be. It may be — indeed it often is so
    • soul-forces is a thing from which man will often flee, when
    • inwardly till you have descended through the temperaments
    • your own eyes, for instance, or your ears — filling
    • doubt, will say: ‘Maybe, but this world of the eyes and
    • the ears will not impress me greatly. The world of the
    • still remains within the physical. But when he thus
    • planets, he still remains in the body with a portion, as it
    • instructed him that he must go still farther. This, however,
    • will be quick enough with his reply: Philosophy — with
    • and it will be something quite new to you. Then only will you
    • to know by external study — he only will claim to know
    • clearly through this, we are led into still more ancient
    • humanity — so great that it will only be able to be
    • must realise that coming ages will penetrate more and more
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    • which, after certain metamorphoses, will underlie the
    • fashioned on Earth, will be further organised physically,
    • will go through reorganisation, during the embodiments of
    • is always said to reflect from the Sun will stream to the
    • will say, quite rightly : But surely we have not to assume
    • embryo destined to become the face, the human being will have
    • the head. He will have different gifts, physically, if the
    • of what he will be able to do during the Venus-evolution.
    • Just as the stag casts his antlers, the human being will then
    • of the Zodiac on its way. Hence you will recognise in the
    • were to have no effect, he would be just a pillar. The human
    • of being made a pillar, a radius, by the Earth, or of
    • he is not a pillar, that he is not born with feet joined
    • and are not just a pillar. In order that in our head we
    • should be a pillar. This combined working of cosmic and
    • human strength, working there also as will, has from ancient
    • where there is the will to understand this configuration, it
    • said, you will find that only one conception is possible. You
    • lectures, afterwards attending others and still others —
    • things. There is need for that strenuous exertion of the will
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    • are utterly at variance with each other. We feel this still
    • of the world and way of thinking, will certainly be the
    • And maybe it is the anthroposophist of today who will most
    • everywhere. Today we will not go back to the very far past
    • own Christmas Festival is drawing near. We will think briefly
    • to be slaughtered. All outer life was stilled; it was
    • Nature, enabled echoes of ancient clairvoyance still to
    • external world; but when the fields were still covered with
    • snow, when icicles were still hanging from the trees, when
    • as if the spiritual horizon were filled with all kinds of
    • Earth. And so, although it will inevitably be difficult for
    • your childhood! Then that Ego will shine into everything
    • still persists in the Christmas Plays which during the
    • early Christmas Plays were still performed in a village near
    • Julius Schröer — went to the village in an attempt
    • to discover what vestiges of these old Plays still survived
    • village — Oberrufer was its name — there lived an
    • Christmas came near, to gather together those in the village
    • the last indications of such feelings were still to be
    • Sumens illud Ave
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    • and wisdom as will free him from all desire for rebirth. Only
    • necessity — only then will he enter the state that may be
    • ages the general condition of humanity was such as we find still
    • clairvoyant powers. But facts will in time compel thinking people to
    • Spiritual Science has to say about the future evolution of man will
    • general attitude of soul, till it could be said: “We have
    • illusion.” Only when he was linked with the spiritual world
    • — the great “Illusion.” It is also natural that as
    • inner effort he attained, in his twenty-ninth year, the illumination
    • appear in the future, will rise to the dignity of Buddhahood.
    • element of existence has its place in the wisdom-filled process of
    • increasing life. His soul is then filled with the idea of
    • may be filled with wisdom and through this wisdom be filled with
    • illumination “under the Bodhi tree.” We may express the
    • in a world of illusion. Life after life we live in this world of maya
    • innumerable lives will never solve the great riddles of old age, of
    • illumination he knew that all that is spread abroad in the world of
    • illusion is not true wisdom, for even after countless births, outer
    • earthly wisdom. Treading this path a man will find the means
    • earthly order. How did Buddha himself seek illumination? Unless we
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    • bacilli and bacteria cause the different diseases. We need not
    • people — and the others as a matter of course--still reveal a
    • which modern science will admit as valid and exact — they are
    • develop a Spiritual Science which will be able to bring life into
    • will come across many mystics and theosophists who love to
    • This again will make it
    • become brain or nerve specialists, we should then still be able, in
    • subject, you will probably soon lay it aside. At all events you will
    • not learn much that will help you to realise the worth and dignity of
    • whole being of man. Such illumination is cast on the nature of
    • healthy human being, but when we are observing the man who is ill
    • that will have a remedial effect. When we add to our understanding of
    • meaning of life will arise.
    • And now think what it will
    • different will be the relations of one human being to another in
    • social life! There will be far greater understanding in the
    • of the individuality of the other. The social question will be lifted
    • if understanding for the health and ill-health of our fellow-beings
    • life, they will be able to shed light on its problems, for they will
    • have knowledge of the kind I have described, the doctor will be a
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    • But we will now study
    • Finnish language you still find these twelve preserved very nearly in
    • twelfth has grown a little indistinct, but it, too, is still present.
    • nature of the rhythmic breathing process. The poet of to-day still
    • musical instrument for our soul to use. You will certainly have the
    • consonants. We still possess the vowels, but the consonants —
    • You will therefore find
    • vowel sound A for example, and — if you will the note C sharp
    • manifestation is the same, but it is filled in each case with a
    • Without it, the man himself could not be there. It will not therefore
    • there it becomes filled with soul. Instead of being shaped and
    • musical element reveals ever more and more as it becomes filled with
    • My dear friends! You will
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    • fourteen lectures on Education will shortly be published in book form
    • will, feeling and by his earthly education, each of these three
    • his earthly existence hallowed, although in his waking life he still
    • belong to the Earth no more. My earthly being will be changed and lo!
    • Christianity was still living, buried their dead but held divine
    • in a human form, he himself as man, will conquer death.
    • humanity will also lose sight of the Christ in Jesus of Nazareth.
    • weaving and working through the cosmos. And inasmuch as man will
    • instance, in a narrower sphere), will strive to bring a religious
    • soul, we live.” To these truths Initiation Science will ever
    • that will awaken the Spirit in heart and soul: In the understanding
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    • went still further. Even light, the honest
    • and brought into the ill repute of resembling electricity! When we
    • judge these things morally, because he still possessed an echo, weak
    • power of vision, you will realize that electricity in Nature is not
    • knuckle at any point with a closed current, you will immediately feel
    • you will see that it is a different matter whether I lull myself in
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    • be completely external? You will recall the analogy I used: I said
    • were to disappear, many of us would still be alive — at least, we
    • speak, of that ancient inheritance — which had already fulfilled
    • are concerned with the Christ (they still knew this, of course); the
    • still preserved at least some idea of why this was so. He wondered
    • Alexandria was still able to go as far as this. Further, he
    • is extremely important. Clemens of Alexandria still held to the view
    • even further by being able to fulfill himself as the Son. His ability
    • to fulfill his mission as the Son has the greatest imaginable
    • the primal Father, the so-called Stillness, or primal Spirit. These
    • still feel something of the Christ in one of them, the second. And we
    • before us out in the villages. There, among the simple folk, Jesus is
    • villagers and what they see in the Christmas plays and the deep
    • you will find this extraordinary idea of the
    • will thus be able to see how what humankind has lost can, with the
    • body. When we pass through the portal of death, we still retain our
    • and it illuminates for us the mysteries of the earth.
    • children. We still do not, of course, find the whole answer in that
    • the body; we are still unhampered by all differences, even by the
    • through the physical body, children still live in an element that
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    • translated into movement through his will. The movement is in space,
    • physical and bodily, which is spatial. Some people say: In the will,
    • thought flows into the will, or how it can be that the will, which is
    • of thought, feeling and will. All that we know is
    • course simultaneously with the bodily process. But we still do
    • filled with their immortal souls.
    • consider the nature of the will. To begin with, straightforward
    • will of man follows his movements everywhere. Moreover, the
    • will must also go everywhere, wherever the three dimensions extend.
    • if we are speaking of the will as of an element of soul-and-spirit, there
    • can be no question but that the will — albeit a thing of soul and
    • movement through our will, the will adapts itself and enters
    • by the arm and hand. The will goes with it everywhere, wherever the
    • will as of a quality of soul which can assume a three-dimensional
    • Let us pass from the Will to the world of Feeling. To begin with, we
    • the ordinary everyday consciousness, man will say to himself,
    • is spread out over his whole body. He will then speak of Feeling as
    • Will. But in so doing he gives himself up to an illusion. It is
    • these we must take our start today. Our considerations will
    • fact to which I am referring appears still more distinctly when you
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    • though the great questions about which we shall have to speak still
    • remain open. Our main purpose today will be to envisage the
    • still see today how rivers carry accumulations of shifting rocky
    • of the still undeveloped animals which were entombed in the deposits
    • in layers still younger than the tertiary layers, man.
    • eye of an observer who could have looked on during the billions and
    • billions of years which geology has calculated for these happenings.
    • instance, one observes how certain layers are still being formed
    • will know that they have no essential significance, although they are
    • really sometimes rather pronounced and amount to many billions of
    • evolution of our earth have taken during the later billennia.
    • still in a state of heat), we find our globe, evolving towards the
    • still presents itself in a kind of lifeless condition. That is where
    • though it is, what I have been able to illustrate so far shows
    • How far, then, does geology lead us? We will now put into plain words
    • still on the earth, but also those which have
    • the lowest layer of the earth's crust; it still belongs to that
    • already cooled but still subject to the effects of fire-action, we
    • drilling-operations reach depths which must be regarded only as tiny
    • now in the interior of the earth were still in the surroundings of
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    • and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life
    • lecture to-day will contain certain truths which will
    • be of use to us again later, and which will help us in the course of
    • thought element, at the other pole the will element, and
    • present by itself, nor willing by itself, there is always a
    • that we can say that our will does not function outwardly at all. We
    • quiescence, we think, an element of will reigns in
    • the thoughts that we unfold. Will holds sway in the sphere of our
    • certain will element prevails, at any rate inwardly. On the other
    • 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
    • of the soul the forces of the will are never separated off; they
    • a completely different origin from our life of will.
    • carry out by means of our will, even then experience lies at the back
    • will cannot be influenced by what is already there. This would obviously
    • entail a perpetual losing of the race. The will can be guided solely by
    • delight us, repel us. Feeling imbues our will impulses with life, and
    • stands mid-way between thinking and willing.
    • which develops into the forces of will has, in the case of the young
    • the first weeks of his life and you will certainly say: The child has
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    • Thinking and Willing as Two Poles of the Human Soul-Life (publ. 1931).
    • liegt, nach dem ändern Pol hin das Willenselement, zwischen
    • einseitig bloß das Denken vorhanden oder der Wille, sondern sie
    • sagen können, unser Wille sei nach außen hin nicht
    • darüber, daß Wille waltet in den Gedanken, die wir
    • waltet der Wille in diesem Denken. Also selbst wenn wir
    • denken, so waltet in uns wenigstens innerlich der Wille, und wenn wir
    • können wir ja nicht willentlich tätig sein, ohne unsere
    • Willensimpulse von Gedanken durchströmen zu lassen. Gedanken
    • durchziehen immer unsere Willensbetätigung, so daß wir also
    • sagen können: Auch der Wille ist niemals im Seelenleben
    • ganz ändern Ursprunges als das Willensleben.
    • vornehmen, das wir durch den Willen dann ausführen, so liegen ja
    • ein Nachdenken. Der Wille kann sich nicht richten auf dasjenige, was
    • spät kommen. Der Wille kann sich einzig und allein richten auf
    • das Innere des Willens nachdenken, Sie werden finden, das Denken
    • Vergangenheit, der Wille bezieht sich auf die Zukunft. Das
    • Aus unserem Gefühl heraus führen wir unsere Willensimpulse
    • was als Willenskräfte sich entwickelt — eine unbefangene
    • Konzeption und seit der Geburt, da liegt zunächst der Wille, und
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    • thanks to the self-sacrifice and willingness of those able to take
    • anything but a beginning — a beginning of something which will
    • life when none of us will any longer be able to be present in our
    • will be particularly striking this year to those who take the trouble
    • will be able to perceive from such a work as The Soul's
    • instead of passing from that to a still larger one I should prefer to
    • repeat my lecture, rather than give it once only in a still larger
    • day, but they will be when everything that Theosophy included
    • lectures given there. The immediate future will prove what fortune
    • done soon, otherwise the fairest fruits of our work will be lost
    • — for the simple reason that the next few years will be the
    • numerous ears, hearts and souls, and will apparently continue to find
    • three fundamental rules of our Society which are still on our card of
    • every normally thinking person will look upon the cultivation
    • who studies Isis Unveiled, or The Secret Doctrine will
    • which, till now, no one in spiritual life had any conception, —
    • Blavatsky had an illogical, disorderly mind, and invented things,
    • it is not right in occultism to speak in so impetuous a manner. Still
    • Bodhisattva received illumination and rose to Buddhahood, he
    • will now appear as man, a man towering above his fellows, until he
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    • it will be necessary to acquire still other concepts and views than
    • have had to start from these fundamental conceptions will know how
    • Earth, you will admit that nothing but a sketch could be given,
    • (indeed even if it were much more amplified it would still be no
    • speak in this way. For what has once happened is fulfilling itself
    • invisible to us; but it still somewhat concerns man even now, this
    • the world. Future writers on the history of civilisation will have
    • or printed, you will find but few indications of man having felt
    • awe-inspiring impressions; it will not be easy to find anything of
    • that can be experienced by man; it is infinity filled with
    • from them the deepest that can be expressed in them — will take
    • given point and fills emptiness with something similar to courage. It
    • Spirits of Will or Thrones. We learn so to know them that the surging
    • water but in a sea filling infinite space, a sea (there is no other
    • nature are the Spirits of Will. To begin with, we shall only
    • designate as Saturn-existence what the Spirits of Will, consisting of
    • Will.
    • will keep to the same order as formerly: Saturn-Sun-Moon; though it
    • able to move, then you will no longer be able to say that what you
    • that thought must be absolutely still: It is the same with
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    • You will have gathered
    • deeply immersed in Maya and Illusion; and we must first work our way
    • through the illusion in order to penetrate further into the truth of
    • Will or Thrones achieved sacrificial acts; so that when we look back
    • living idea permeating our soul, it will gradually lead to the
    • understanding ever does so against his own will. A sacrifice offered
    • against the will argues some compelling motive; there must be
    • warmth will gradually arrive at the reality of what is concealed
    • behind the illusion of warmth, behind the phenomenon of
    • glow of sacrifice of the Spirits of Will, so must we look behind
    • beatific sacrifice does not leave him unaffected, he will feel a
    • profound feeling of bliss at the vision of the sacrifice; he will
    • self-will, assertion of individual will. These are, as it were, the
    • contemplated, and self-willed assertion of individuality. These are
    • two great opposites. Personal will fatally opposes the permeation of
    • the higher Self with wisdom. In ordinary life we only know self-will
    • everyday thought work out whatever self-will has created by means of
    • the ordinary will of man, through the inherited or educated
    • will not accept anything that does not agree with my thought, I
    • will accept nothing unproved.’ Certainly we should not accept
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    • somewhere. Words alone will not suffice; we must have quite definite
    • us — although in maya or illusion — in all external
    • reality mere illusion, nothing but maya; and only when we progress
    • presents merely an illusion in relation to the man, so in this sense,
    • fire, heat and air are illusions; and the realities behind these bear
    • as concerned with the world of illusion. But before passing to the
    • will as a rule underlies it. Whatever he does, be it the
    • will underlies them. From his will proceeds everything that leads to
    • healing and blessing, must proceed from a stronger impulse of will,
    • strength of the impulse of the will. But only in a certain degree is
    • it correct that as we intensify our will we accomplish great things
    • depend upon the strengthening of our impulses of will. In the
    • will, for the more we wish to accomplish, the greater are the
    • necessitate any strengthening of the positive impulses of will,
    • renunciation of wishes, desires, and impulses of will which may
    • appear within us. The less we ‘will’ the more we say: We
    • will allow life to flow over us, not longing for this or that, but
    • it will be noticeable that his words to his pupils will not
    • accomplish very much, his words will go in at one ear and out at the
    • other. He will think that this is the fault of the pupils, but that
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    • part of will or will-substance. If we represent this to our minds in
    • substance of their will in sacrifice which through the renunciation
    • of yet higher Beings was rejected, it will be easy to rise to the
    • establish a particular connection with still higher Beings, which
    • regarding them which only have meaning in our ordinary life. It will
    • lives in great cities is less affected by it, but he will have seen
    • of home-sickness you will find it differs fundamentally in
    • that it is a kind of willing, and whenever we investigate this
    • longing, we find that is of this nature. What kind of willing? It is
    • a will towards an inclination which in its immediate form cannot be
    • sacrifice its own will, passes in a certain sense, into the being of
    • the Spirits of Will, and on ancient Sun Spirits of Wisdom, so, on
    • standstill, when he can experience no change! Who does not know the
    • brought into the lives of those Beings who were filled with longing
    • Personality, of Wisdom, and of Will — there is also what we
    • with the Will now transformed into longing, and within these Beings
    • barren and empty, suffering the tortures of longing, was filled with
    • balm of the pictures was slowly poured in, filling the desolate void
    • from the subsoil of the Soul will be further longing for something
    • something good, and die in doing it! One of the million deaths we
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    • that we call Maya or the great illusion, there is the Spiritual. Let
    • the willingness to sacrifice, and the virtue of bestowal or
    • behind the world of illusion, we must admit that in this world of
    • following. Does all that we have in this world of Maya or illusion
    • wide realms of our Maya or illusion, anything that is real? In this
    • still more intimate experience of the soul, one indeed to which
    • particular learning, will come to know that a sound way to learning
    • is something that is not as yet in me, but which may fill me.’
    • willingness of certain Beings to sacrifice, and their sacrifices
    • the force of Longing. We have still, in all that we sacrifice in our
    • was not accepted. Then in their loneliness, their isolation fills
    • were still able to obtain a certain satisfaction.
    • feelings of such Beings, you will have an idea of what may be called:
    • does not extend to matters such as these — you will perceive
    • of illusion and Maya, whether there is anything in it corresponding
    • concepts to be considered were somewhat complicated. It will
    • them, but also to meditate upon them; for only then will they be
    • realm of Maya or the great illusion, we have nothing but
    • deception and illusion before us. Yet there is something there
    • able to provide, is the following: That the event of Damascus will,
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    • of our intentions and of the will to come closer and closer
    • enquire into the essential nature of our will and intent. In
    • There will, of
    • impression, they will feel more or the less the way one does
    • these events developed. Many of our friends will remember the
    • you will find the passage where I spoke of the social cancer
    • even if they have only been touched on lightly, you will find
    • You will find that
    • Russian people, but those of Europe and the whole world, will
    • actually taking shape. Later generations will be able to use
    • the events which will be taking shape in Eastern Europe over
    • fact still waiting in the wings, and they are wrong in taking
    • the West are ill-equipped to understand what wants to come to
    • the surface. Why are they so ill-equipped? Strange as it may
    • people of today — order will not be created from the
    • science. Such will be the karma of world history.
    • what may seem like ‘peace’ — order will only
    • arise from the chaos that fills the world today when insight
    • may feel in your hearts that it will be a long time before
    • such order comes; you may think it will be a long time before
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    • Today's lecture will add further details
    • at a time — yesterday's lecture will have given you an
    • idea of this — of which we can say that much will have
    • to change in the way people think, feel and use their will.
    • Our inner aims will have to change. It is especially with
    • acquired habits will have to go and a new way of thinking and
    • these will give them the powers they need for the life of
    • the same degree. It will, however, hold true in future.
    • labouring under numerous illusions that have their origin in
    • in the past as they will be in the future evolution of
    • human souls are still very much asleep at the present time,
    • for murder! People will also begin to consider other things
    • in the light of this science of theirs. They will analyse
    • can we arrive at a science that will enable us to grasp these
    • seriously still knew of these things. After this,
    • which are generally read today. The old knowledge was still
    • ego and astral body enter and fill them with what they have
    • is enriched still further. On the one hand the physical body
    • by which to maintain the intellect by filling them with
    • wisdom in the world which they enter during sleep. It will
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    • lectures which will enable you to understand the present time
    • a long way back. There will be a continuous thread through it
    • context of the whole. I will sometimes go far and wide to
    • ahead. It is important to realize that it will be necessary
    • expected, therefore, that people will consider these truths
    • immediate future, people will feel more strongly than ever
    • this will be discussed later on in these lectures. To begin
    • with, I must speak cf some of the ways in which people will
    • believe they have long since outgrown the illusions and
    • entirely given up to illusion. There is a growing tendency to
    • live in illusion concerning some important and essential
    • extent that these illusions become powers that rule the
    • to realize this, for illusory ideas are a major element in
    • you of one common illusion which exists today and is closely
    • illusion that their kingdom should be very much of this
    • materialistically have the illusion that perfection can be
    • other illusions, and particularly and characteristically the
    • socialist illusion of the present age.
    • illusions come in all shades of meaning; they are coloured by
    • parties and you will see for yourselves.
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    • good will, they will be forced to learn them from the
    • terrible events that will happen as time goes on.
    • will need to know about in the time which lies just ahead.
    • more or less normal feelings, even today, will be shaken to
    • you a general formula, but it will be better to use the
    • times not very long ago. You will find times when there were
    • things of this kind will be the goal of future human
    • near future will be to have not more and more Goethes, but
    • You will remember some of the descriptions I have given of
    • the Atlantean age, when human beings were still flexible in
    • will recall my descriptions of what happened in the Atlantean
    • will again become work to be done by humanity. We are only in
    • its effects will be increasingly more radical. Until now, the
    • have any illusions concerning the radical nature of this.
    • This will be
    • harbours elements which will lead to the decline and fall of
    • — that people will not go on trains, and so on. This
    • exactly what modern humanity will have to discover. Insight
    • what will have to come to all human minds. It will
    • necessarily mean that much will have to change in the frame
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    • insights which humanity currently finds acceptable will not
    • today. Today I will merely consider one aspect of this: the
    • will say: The Greeks and the Romans perceived the world
    • they still saw spiritual entities through the colours. They
    • feature of ancient Greece that the inner life was still in
    • The Greeks still had an inner feeling for the etheric in the
    • organization. We do still incarnate, but no longer in order
    • they can be during time spent on earth. It will not be until
    • will no longer become part of the outer physical body to the
    • will be all kinds of changes in development.
    • You will find a memoir in my book
    • The book will have three parts and an appendix. In the first
    • get to anthroposophy with his psychology. The appendix will
    • the whole weight of present events will no doubt know what I
    • now; it does, however, agree with what genius will be in the
    • future, for it will not be the same in the future.
    • people were geniuses because their souls still had the power,
    • genius was therefore available when the body was still in the
    • ascendant. In future, bodies will be in the descendant and
    • the power will no longer be available. Anything resembling genius
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    • want to establish what fills the conscious mind in everyday
    • and so on, but also in a world of surging thoughts. You will
    • space filled with air. And in more or less the same way you
    • move in a space filled with thoughts. Thought-substance fills
    • you will find further references to this difference.
    • been killed. Outside us they are alive, which is the
    • the elemental world of thought in so far as we kill its
    • thoughts because we kill living thoughts. It is really true
    • would look quite different if they still had the shape they
    • course also had an effect on the head. This will give you an
    • nature. Rightly understood, it will solve countless riddles
    • Many historical phenomena will find their explanation if you
    • will also begin to realize that if thoughts from the
    • will not achieve this. Today the idea is that we only arrive
    • beings will just reflect, they can think about anything,
    • will in the soul. It is very intimate, and this intimacy
    • still had direct perception of spiritual elements in the
    • still had it for a long time afterwards. Those earlier people
    • essential nature still extended into it. People were aware of
    • have dreamt of a vicious, yapping dog; you will die in this
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    • experiment will frequently come to mind for anyone who has a
    • as will be evident from several
    • extent the spiritual world still lay open before his mind's
    • twelfth century, you will always find that people understood
    • and give their impressions — these will not give us the
    • man, someone with real weight; they will only give us the
    • are concerned — but, to stay with our analogy, you will
    • while ago it was still taboo for those in the know to speak
    • always look, it will also weigh the same. Just looking at
    • looking at objects provide? Illusion! If you regard the world
    • go. You only escape the illusion because you are
    • we perceive around us with the senses. The illusion may be
    • realize that they are merely presenting maya, illusion; for
    • necessary, however, for if it were not for this illusion we
    • our progress in consciousness to this illusion. To stay with
    • this illusion. It lies at the root of all things which make
    • of illusion. To begin with, however, the illusion must not
    • enter into human beings or they will become unsure. The
    • illusion remains beyond the threshold of conscious awareness.
    • of illusion.
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    • You will have
    • this — into billy-goats who keep butting against the
    • that will not yield; in this case we create the reality. And
    • if this goes on for a few hundred years the reality will be
    • what you may expect it to be; it will be full of
    • situation and you will find this everywhere.
    • war will continue. It is a vital question, I think you will
    • This kind of generalized philosophizing will get us nowhere
    • war continues for any length of time, for this will the only
    • it, and let us have paradise on earth. You will remember, I
    • material compared to what will be the end result?’ It
    • to develop here on this hill. For art, too, has gradually
    • present. This is what we must achieve; it will create a
    • completely new spirit. It will involve many sacrifices. But
    • what we intend to create on this hill. The nature of the
    • — effort of thought, effort of feeling, effort of will
    • will have heard and read a lot about a book which was no
    • commented on them in a positive way. So I think it will be
    • incontrovertible ideas will not do if we want to take hold of
    • a brilliant little book. He called it a
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    • knowledge and the like, for this will allow you to penetrate
    • involved in their after-effects, which will continue to have
    • this, it will give you a great deal of understanding of the
    • crowd of ahrimanic spirits still sent their impulses from the
    • perception and of will — became the personal property
    • matter will perish as the war is allowed to
    • life-forms which the medical profession now calls bacilli.
    • Everything which has the power to act as a bacillus,
    • everything in which bacilli are involved, is the result of
    • Thus we are able to say that tubercular and bacillary
    • them would be to live in something which will have been
    • brought about by bacilli, those microscopically small enemies
    • views as to what the earth looked like thousands and millions
    • brilliant, but they are based on a method where the evolution
    • drawn: millions of years before, and millions of years
    • out what it will look like in a hundred and fifty years. It
    • is a method which can be quite brilliant and is, in fact, the
    • physical laws which can now be observed. But I think you will
    • not exist as a physical human being; neither will it exist as
    • to read by, the earth will be nothing but a corpse. It is
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    • thinking, the inner responses and the will impulses of human
    • today are full of ahrimanic powers, as are their will
    • abstract formula will get us nowhere. At the present time
    • occupy your thoughts and feelings with them — you will
    • a group existed in the eighteenth century and still continues
    • than ever, people are much given up to illusion. Just
    • earlier times.’ You will recall all the things people tend to
    • — I am merely giving an illustration — that the
    • responses and will impulses. Those who understand the
    • and, of course, enlightenment still flourishes today. Really
    • perceptions. And we will not find the right attitude to those
    • exist and we cannot dose our eyes to them, for they will be
    • one way, however. The ahrimanic powers will also thrive if
    • but helps him to spread illusion and confusion in a field
    • things. They were silly old fools, of course. The fact is
    • the predictions were made. And everybody still talks just
    • the field of social life and politics is actually still based
    • approach, you observe past laws which are still continuing.
    • be seen and will only be visible to the eyes in the following
    • the world comes to an end, people will read their newspapers
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    • period of civilization which will make special demands in
    • effect especially in the present time and which will
    • these considerations that human soul nature will essentially
    • said that human soul nature will become more inward we must
    • not fail to realize that this growing inwardness will, in
    • the sciences. This will be due to the circumstances we have
    • already considered and others which are still to be
    • are biased, even if correct, will often cause greater
    • will run parallel to it (see Fig. 11a).
    • immediately ahead of us, outer life will very much follow the
    • will be more spiritual. It may well be that people do not
    • but it will happen nevertheless.
    • dwell on this in your soul, you will be able to give due
    • consideration to two aspects which will be extraordinarily
    • will take hold of this very process of growing inwardness.
    • issues will be particularly significant in the immediate
    • future. The inwardness of the human soul will be most
    • training will have to change completely in many respects in
    • It will have
    • different will have to be done: we must fill our souls,
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    • but also into our inner feelings, our will impulses and even
    • our temperaments. Human beings will be unable to get even a
    • which are part of historical evolution. They will have to
    • definitions in anthroposophy, however. Perception will be
    • darkness’, but this will not get us far. Spirits of
    • millennia, through the whole Atlantean age and on into
    • scheme of things will only work if higher spiritual entities
    • enable them to do what is necessary. As you will remember,
    • rapidly while still immature, but it was not to happen. Human
    • far as the fifteenth century. Echoes still persist, of
    • to those down on earth, were still in the spiritual world.
    • find extremely unpalatable. For millennia, human beings have
    • instilled the insistence on blood bonds into themselves, and
    • evolution which now follow and will continue until the time
    • of the great catastrophe, the spirits of darkness will make
    • twentieth century, will know nothing of the
    • given to him in 1879, he will be the earthly representative,
    • spiritual bonds between human beings which will take the
    • of spiritual communion will bring a progressive element into
    • fifth; this, together with the sixth and seventh, will be old
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    • theme, as this will provide a background for the evaluation
    • been active in the feeling, will and mind impulses of human
    • impulses to be instilled into humanity. If we consider how
    • observers will see this more clearly. It is reasonable to say
    • eye for more subtle elements in human life will note that
    • inventions, to criticism and to brilliant definitions, is
    • — you will find that at no other time were ideas so
    • was something we referred to yesterday: Through millennia,
    • which were later to enter into human bodies were still in
    • due to the fact that for millennia they had been bound to
    • approach will normally give the wrong result, because the
    • it has been and will increasingly be possible to gain direct
    • be poets they will tell you that they had spiritual
    • they will speak of what they call dreams, though this was
    • other areas, but people will not admit to it, for they think
    • dream,’ the other person will call them idiots. This,
    • or another are merely the vanguard of what will happen more
    • and more: spirituality will come to human beings because
    • have failed to achieve their aims: spiritualism will not
    • become the general human persuasion; people will not grow so
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    • Archangels — you will find some of the details in the
    • during the fourth post-Atlantean age and will be under direct
    • millennium. We can therefore no longer say that the
    • — will take possession more of the blood, and the
    • Archangels will be more involved in the nervous system. This
    • is that not later than the seventh millennium in earth evolution
    • women will grow infertile, and reproduction will no longer be
    • until the sixth millennium, or the sixth post-Atlantean
    • age. However, it will go on beyond this, into the seventh
    • millennium and possibly a little beyond. The reason will be
    • that those cast-down Angels will be in charge and will give
    • of light for its impulses will gradually come to an end. The
    • powers of darkness will have to intervene so that the affair
    • Europe. The East of Europe will develop powerful tendencies
    • civilization, in which procreation will be guided by impulses
    • from the cast-down Angels, will come from America.
    • will generally lead to error, for with this we tend to follow
    • a single line of thought which will finally led to the
    • statement that human procreative life will be extinguished in
    • from the human realm. You will recall something of which I
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    • develop the intellect as a human being, one can still only grasp
    • he sensed that he still experienced something of a flowing
    • are today. The Schoolmen still approached the human being with the
    • man. When you take up his writing in this direction, you will see
    • concepts are already instilled into our children in the early grades,
    • willed thinking which is something positive and real, when this
    • once into the depths of the human soul and you will find that
    • longer mere thinking, that is filled with experience, filled with
    • feeling, and that ultimately expresses itself in the will. I
    • nature, then we will also find the human being again.
    • really understanding Christ. Those who still understood something
    • Christ really is still lived in those who say that they understand
    • still explainable in earthly terms; the animals are not.
    • Whereas up till now one has
    • of sin there once were humble people; humility was still regarded as
    • into a gentle sleep and only dreamed still of a consciousness of sin.
    • to oneself: Man is sinful if he does not undertake actions that will
    • up, pride — which up till now has only been present, to be
    • sure, in a dreamlike way — will grow more than ever. And (I say
    • reached — I will not say a respectable — a quite
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    • en annen måte som den anerkjenner som likestillet.
    • Utgitt med velvillig tillatelse av
    • er. Hvis vi ville la det lille barns øyne hvile på et
    • Jesusbarnet eller Krusifikset, da ville vi, hvis vi kunne se
    • forestillinger som peker hen på Kristus. Men hjertets
    • tilstede. Men alle de Kristus-forestillinger som vi da kan gi
    • forestillinger som fra da av er besjelet av Kristusimpulsen,
    • den stilling som først og fremst skiller mennesket fra
    • lærer å innta en oppreist stilling før
    • så mange andre områder ville en sammenligning
    • innta en vertikal stilling. Med andre ord å heve seg opp
    • fra den stilling som det ennu var i under den gamle
    • de krefter som i seg selv umiddelbart ville kunne tjene
    • Jeg-bevisstheten våkner, ville kunne reise seg opp i
    • inn fra kosmos, fra det overjordiske. Lucifer og Ahriman ville
    • at mennesket gjennem sin oppreiste stilling er løsrevet
    • senere nathanske Jesus, som ellers ville ha hatt en engels
    • ødeleggelse som ville være trengt inn hvis ikke
    • på den rette måte på det lille menneskebarn som
    • opp fra den krypende stilling og for første gang står
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    • and willing. I have pointed out the more formal aspect of the fall of
    • hand, from a particular conception of the willing human being. To-day
    • observe the tiny child (I will not now consider the embryo in the mother's
    • air of the body. Thus we may say that modern man will understand
    • thinking, still possessing a certain amount of strength, was not allowed
    • their brilliant results arose (I do not mean to contest them to-day),
    • those who still possessed some feeling for the true nature of man were
    • facts do not show this at all. You will find, along this whole line
    • matters stood with Goethe, you will find that he was unable to
    • standstill and could not go on.
    • Goethe's writings on the morphology of the human bony system you will see
    • that finally led to Darwin and still rules official science, cannot
    • the world and in the remotest villages, contains something that can
    • not taken up. The relationship between the brilliant scientific
    • which have cost so much real sacrifice, will remain unfruitful.
    • the super-sensible world will remain an unexplored region, inaccessible
    • to knowledge, i.e. it will remain an article of faith, and
    • Christianity, too, will remain a matter of faith, not of knowledge.
    • And Science, that claims the name of “science,” will not
    • that is filled to-day with intellectualism, that humanity has slipped
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    • importance of Anthroposophy for present and future mankind will only
    • gradually be realised, but insight will come when understanding has
    • will be tremendously enriched when man is able to be aware of his
    • We will
    • alternation of sleeping and waking in man, many will think of the
    • out our physical and etheric bodies through acts of will, through
    • understand what is living in our environment. And this it will
    • interests of our time will gain the day and Easter will become a
    • fixed festival. But it would fare ill with knowledge that humanity
    • a festival. For this reason it will be incumbent upon the
    • together with spiritual Beings to whom he belongs. And so man will
    • external Nature is merely a symbol; more and more he will long to
    • Egypto-Chaldean-Babylonian epoch; the sixth epoch will be a
    • will. During that third epoch men were destined to unfold and
    • upon possessing it will be that Tycho de Brahe was admittedly a great
    • in the external world will reveal many secrets. We perceive, for example,
    • them. Some day, however, these things will again be studied and then
    • the striking discovery will be made that these movements of the
    • A time will
    • come when it will be known, for example, how Venus moves, and what species
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    • Although still only in
    • made in the nineteenth century, thoroughly illuminating the nature of
    • cells. They could in no way conceive how someone could still come up
    • enters into the achievements of natural science. He will have grave
    • certain mental image, for otherwise he will always succumb to error,
    • will always enter a labyrinth such as happened to Fechner despite his
    • examiner will not get anywhere if he wants to look merely at this
    • is always the precondition for the lower, the nonliving. We will see
    • it out of the earth. What was it millions of years ago according to
    • we can go still further. Today I can give only the first outlines of
    • then it will no longer appear absurd if spiritual science tells us
    • spirit-filled organism we may say that it surrenders itself to an
    • this condition with human sleep. I will now speak of what appears to
    • unconscious. For the spiritual investigator (we will see how he comes
    • which he is then imbedded. We will not understand the human being
    • must be able to think of the earth and the sun as spirit-filled
    • spirit-filled organism awakens, and in the plants we can see
    • way around very well in this realm; this is still so today, for what
    • irritated him and resolved: ‘On the way back I will spray him
    • still further, we would have to find, if the previous considerations
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    • thought will probably lie near at hand for all of you; it may
    • that can explain and illumine what is actually
    • referred to the fact that in the 18th century there still
    • that those who shared Saint Martin's way of thinking still
    • had a wider horizon. They were still able to look beyond the
    • — a celestial materialism; he still had the courage to
    • the learned and brilliant men of the 19th century.
    • from him to many other souls; but it is still more important
    • you will well be able to conceive that thoughts like the
    • willing to pursue them in the severely limited circle of
    • from certain dark Brotherhoods, whose origin, you will
    • who are still immersed, for instance, in a national habit of
    • same time filled with a national outlook; the national
    • Unbelievable as it may seem, there are still many people who
    • time. We therefore will now study, above all, the things that
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    • illustrate this by an example which is especially significant
    • we still find a consciousness of ancient truths of the
    • Martin, therefore, whose ways of thought still had great
    • materialism of Dupuis still had a certain greatness,
    • has still before it on the Earth.
    • differently. But I will only touch on that. It is in Winter
    • strongly his impulses will work into the next 33 years? Can
    • of Time and of the streams of Time. If you will only
    • or family affairs), — he will not easily find the way
    • to unite his heart's blood with the things he wills and does.
    • interest, and there is only one way to attain it: to fill the
    • pillars of the Christian understanding of the world, —
    • basic pillars of the Christian world-conception.
    • evolution. The Roman Catholic Church will, speak, for
    • but it will not be prepared to look for those spiritual
    • the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, you certainly will
    • will tell you something like this: — You must rise from
    • was all the more effective among those who were still able to
    • living entity that fills us and enfills us; For it can even
    • fill us in our soul with active impulse. Thus it becomes the
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    • Christian consciousness of to-day is still aware — or can,
    • at least, still be aware — of two poles, representing as
    • them outwardly — it will strike you at once that the
    • in the Spring, when the Sun rises in Pisces. Pisces will be
    • Now you will
    • reaches out into the Cosmos. What constellation will
    • the head — is informed and filled with forces, within
    • will) knew something else as well. When we observe the stars
    • strange thing to say; but the mere fact that Religion still
    • become void of science. Any one who will, can see that it is
    • Religion, is still more obvious. Quite unconnectedly, the two
    • to-day; you will find mathematical and mechanical
    • at least for human feeling — that something real will
    • centuries of our era. Julian the Apostate still tried to some
    • uprightly and honestly, and you will probably find still less
    • will be fruitful; this will endow us with new purposes and
    • aims in all domains of life One fruit, above all, it will
    • bear. It will liberate — all those who are willing to
    • to notice its existence. Alas! many a bitter experience will
    • still be necessary for poor mankind of to-day to find its
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    • which I took the liberty to give you, will have shown you that
    • inner being. The world of thoughts which fills our ordinary
    • knowledge fills it, as it were, with light and with warmth
    • will, simply cannot attain consciousness, because it has no
    • organs. By making the thought and will exercises of which I have
    • strange country which is indifferent to us. This will show us
    • our feeling and our will must be drawn in through special
    • circumstances; we must include the feeling and the will which
    • that in life itself feeling and will must first be drawn into the
    • a knowledge of the higher worlds, many things will therefore have
    • to be said differently, the descriptions will have to be
    • pertaining to us, complete loneliness fills our soul, that we
    • know as our physical world, through our feeling and will, the
    • physical body filled with substance and the body of formative
    • a different way, when those whom we left behind, still live on
    • physical body and within the etheric body and is filled by the
    • strong impression, in which the life of thoughts illuminates the
    • of illusionary pictures; he knows instead that to super-sensible
    • hypotheses, as some people say, still contain many unclear facts,
    • who at least try to understand them, will see that the
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    • connected illness, indeed death, with what was designated as sin.
    • People thought only a moral reason could be the cause of illness.
    • of Nature. Modern man will grow more and more confused if he
    • religious conception of the world. He will discover more and more
    • might say, three things in man that oscillate between that which
    • three manifestations of human nature; nevertheless, you will
    • this was looked upon still more as a gift of the divine spiritual
    • fulfilling his task upon the earth, was to be led up to the
    • I will not take
    • we clearly perceive, if we are only willing to be just a little
    • destroy it. In the past, when man still possessed a moral and
    • men still face these questions unconsciously and more feelingly.
    • of the will. From the side of thoughts it tries to penetrate into
    • stillness of our soul. This enables modern man to develop a
    • relationship between man and man, which will one day arise as a
    • — the social life in common among men, which will become a
    • will be essentially vivified if a feeling of trust and confidence
    • “I cannot, will not, recognize the results of
    • itself, which he turns inward. In this way he will find a
    • connection with the super-sensible of the world and will once more
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    • interest in the problems which will form the subject of my three
    • sensations and will impulses, and that the soul can really
    • which I will not mention here, one can see that Sir Oliver Lodge
    • anthroposophical research (I hope that my three lectures will
    • now present; allow me therefore to illumine the things already
    • everyone can test them … whenever the human will (and we
    • attains cognitive power. Since the human will is directed towards
    • which will take place in the future out of the whole connections
    • nature, which do not clearly appear in the form of illness, a
    • person may foresee, in the form of a picture, that he will, for
    • instance, be thrown by his horse. All precautions will be
    • appear in the forces of cognition, of the will and of feeling.
    • the will exercises already mentioned to you, which will be
    • characterized more fully in these lectures. Will exercises
    • the will exercises already mentioned to you, which will be
    • characterized more fully in these lectures. Will exercises
    • of the human will, and explains that through certain exercises
    • the will can be developed so that one changes and is able to
    • the aid of the ordinary scientific methods applied today, will
    • and also with transformed forces of the will.
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    • feeling of sorrow upon that part of mankind which is still led by
    • illusion – apart from the fact of it being expressed more
    • illusion that confronts man, as Maya.
    • years before Christ, and by going back still further into a
    • this idea of the great illusion connected with the
    • the 3rd and 4th millennium B.C. this
    • a great illusion, a Maya.
    • became paralyzed towards the 3rd millennium B.C. And
    • the gods, it is Maya, the great illusion. They did not speak of
    • the world as a great illusion from the very beginning; but
    • great illusion, as Maya.
    • of the 4th millennium B.C. there still existed in a
    • the stars. Reality will then manifest itself in Maya. If anyone
    • who understand the true essence of life in ancient Greece will
    • thought, the purest, most light-filled form of soul life. But the
    • our inner world filled with thought. In the course of historical
    • the Maya of our thoughts will be filled by an inner reality.
    • part develops from a life filled with the divine essence to a
    • towards the hoped-for life filled with the divine. And in the
    • human being filled by that which came down to man! The whole way
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    • illusion. Every direction relating to perception must in the end
    • And when we study the human being, it will not be difficult to
    • literature, you will find that there are other possibilities of
    • perception. This fills the consciousness of the ordinary human
    • consider the inside of the earth. Simple reflection will show you
    • inner vital feeling, which cannot even be interpreted, less still
    • derived from the stars, and this force is our will. What lies in
    • our will power, would be perceived as inspiration, if we were
    • earth. And the consciousness based on the will lies still deeper.
    • will that lives in him. I have often explained this by saying:
    • the will which shoots into his muscles, etc., all this remains
    • feelings and we sleep in our will. But the will which sleeps in
    • is concerned, the physical and etheric bodies become filled with
    • quite an indifferent matter whether people are slightly ill or
    • not flow out of man's free will, but out of the necessity guiding
    • that object is near him. There are people who really get ill when
    • But this must not be one. You will therefore understand me when I
    • ignorantly confused and nebulous way, will be understood in
    • will descending from the sun; that is to say, when you recognize
    • the counter-current of the sun current in the will. If you unite
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    • existence, when we rise up to free motives guiding our will; that
    • will, then we create the possibility of independence also between
    • cannot look into his own self. It is, of course, an illusion to
    • the corpse. This is an illusion, a deception. Here, between birth
    • frequently characterized as the conception of illusion (Schein),
    • semblance, as an illusion. This semblance may be taken into our
    • us when looking out into the world, it is an illusion which
    • illusion during our existence from birth to death, if we were
    • unable to experience this illusion, we could not be free. The
    • development of freedom is only possible in the world of illusion.
    • world which we perceive is a semblance, an illusion. But the
    • human being is not completely woven into this illusion of the
    • which fills his waking consciousness. But when he considers his
    • illusion; it is a reality, but one which does not rise up in
    • lectures, to times when people still had a certain instinctive
    • the illusion, but differently; to him it was an expression, a
    • the semblance, so that man was confronted only by illusion, in
    • Man must therefore find freedom in a world of illusion; he does
    • applies to our age — is a world of semblance, of illusion.
    • in the present age man cannot live in a world of illusion after
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    • for example, the intellectualistic world conception still
    • existing in Schiller, or even to the extraordinary exact
    • Goethe still had
    • pre-earthly life, and that they still bore within them, as an
    • will also be able to feel what really constituted the true
    • which is, however, still unable to discover man's connection with
    • of ancient Greece. He will say: I enfold a divine essence. By
    • reaches its human fulfillment in the event which took place in
    • mere existence. From the manifold impressions of Nature filling
    • more or less the following: It gives one a chilly feeling, as if
    • without becoming inwardly dried out, but filled with enthusiasm. By
    • will come to the Holy Spirit that will also enable him to see the
    • is contained in anthroposophical books, our ideas will remain as
    • important truth will be revealed to us: For the men of ancient
    • are still many Anthroposophists who think that something may be
    • succeed in proving that we say the truth, the more they will hate
    • assumed. These souls will find the spiritual nourishment needed
    • for the time when no destructive, but constructive work will have
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    • Nature. Hence the intellect is spirit, but it fills itself with
    • direct way the spiritual. I fill the spirit in me only with
    • are still active in the whole life of Nature; they enter into us
    • because we fill our own spirit with the life of Nature, and we
    • intellect was still unfolding and still possessed the inheritance
    • soul. (You will find all these things mentioned in my
    • still rooted in the spiritual through an old inheritance, as was
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    • will repeat the same words in a slightly altered form:
    • to men on earth who are permeated by good will.’ And as
    • easily testify how very far removed men still are in our day from
    • discord are spread abroad, these men can still be one at heart,
    • we shall want to comprehend it still more deeply at the present time.
    • even at the present day this is still the case, as we shall presently
    • Will. We mingle something else with it; something else, concerning
    • passing through conception and birth, it still works for a time
    • here touch a certain mystery of Spiritual Science that will become
    • but stands still. We have it always before us, because it reflects
    • in the spiritual world. Man will have to become conscious of this,
    • of the villages and were regarded as something especially sacred.
    • all the simplicity of the villagers, but profound seriousness
    • European villages in which they arose and gradually evolved, shows us
    • goes back to still earlier times. A manger was erected, a stall with
    • part in the experiences themselves. But the thing was still quite
    • did, a night-light. We burn something else and illumine our rooms in
    • of Adam's grave; and the time is drawing near when man will recognise
    • this. The time will come when man will know that this tree must
    • those who are learned will also have to follow the same path as those
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    • who are of good will.
    • easily show how far human beings in our time still are from that love
    • the thought in this way, we will want to grasp it even more
    • intensely, especially in our time. Then we will have an intimation of
    • were to happen, much that must still be fought for in such a bloody
    • this meaning holds good for the present as well. It will become clear
    • to us that it still holds true for today.
    • through conception and birth it still works creatively on our body
    • spiritual science that will become more and more clear as time
    • passes. Today, however, I will only touch on it, will only share it
    • remained in the hands of certain families in the villages and were
    • the Christmas season for the people of the village. Then the best
    • (This was still the case in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries,
    • but it goes back to still earlier times.) A manger was placed
    • how far removed the human being in present earthly existence still
    • there is in any way a wisdom-filled providence, a beneficent God
    • light in a completely different way, and we illuminate our rooms in
    • the main thing is this science, science will bring forth evermore
    • And the time is fast approaching when people will recognize that
    • will come when people will recognize that this tree must become the
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    • with the Great Teachers will appear in the subsequent numbers of
    • generally unpopular. As we have seen and shall still see, many
    • man's thought, feeling and will, have undergone great changes in the
    • future, other stages of consciousness will be reached, again very
    • prepared to state that historical research will, however unwillingly,
    • consciousness, still left to us in dreams. Everybody knows how dream
    • Clairvoyant consciousness will have to be cultivated again in the
    • must always draw from the source which we may call Illumination,
    • will reach the super-sensible worlds, stretching before us into
    • mystic, this world was Maya — illusion; he turned from it in
    • evolved into full manhood. This element, still unpurified, still
    • the great cosmic process; he is filled with awe
    • circle, by way of illustration. If we start at the lowest point and
    • is not far distant when even external science will discover that
    • spiritual world behind the world of the senses. It will then be
    • when he taught of the Amschaspands, but the world will have much to
    • learn besides this, for it will be found that all the moving and
    • present day culture will be replaced by another. Now one important
    • life — all these will disappear when the
    • we find traces of concepts derived from the illumination of the great
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    • slowly to the surface from hidden depths, it is perhaps of still
    • grows deeper still when we find that even external research has
    • physical evidence is still available. According to external research
    • years before our era, perhaps even earlier still. This may be one
    • the world will only be understood in the future.” So strongly
    • Egyptian sage once said to Solon: “You Greeks are still
    • children you will remain.”
    • the mythologies will reveal a wonderful connection with cosmic laws
    • those still able to gaze into the spiritual world contained less and
    • to look back to still earlier times when their leading
    • millennia before the Christian era — knew from actual
    • Egyptian epoch could say: “Even now we can still perceive a
    • for fear of being accused of having killed it, in which case he would
    • Egypt was subject to Rome, any Roman who had killed a cat was in
    • knowledge from the depths of Egyptian civilisation. And now we will
    • the Greek name was Typhon. Typhon pursued Osiris, killed him,
    • descended. The forces from which I came forth are still living within
    • male, active — filling the soul with thoughts and feelings. The
    • once filled the Cosmos. The same is true of the powers of thought.
    • of this spiritual world because they themselves still possessed the
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    • gentlemen, have you had any ideas? If not, I will talk to you about
    • really belong to aeronautics but which will shed light on the
    • complicated process. We will start from the fact that when autumn
    • a grub; in other words, a caterpillar is hatched. Now this caterpillar
    • the caterpillar completely disappears into this covering, and
    • cocoon. So we first have the egg, then the caterpillar and now the
    • egg, secondly the caterpillar, thirdly the chrysalis, and fourthly the
    • actual butterfly. The egg is laid in some place. The caterpillar crawls
    • around, the chrysalis remains quite still, and the butterfly gaily
    • take into account where and how the egg can live, how the caterpillar
    • to reach the stage of hatching out a caterpillar, it above all requires
    • the egg where it will find moisture containing some salt. Otherwise
    • This is necessary to the butterfly, too, as it enables the caterpillar
    • total darkness. The moment the caterpillar is hatched it meets the light
    • has entirely transformed itself into a caterpillar. Inner sensation is
    • produced in the caterpillar because it is exposed to the light and has
    • the case of the caterpillar, but it has the same urge. I may say that
    • the caterpillar is drawn to the sunlight by the same urge as that felt
    • by the insect who plunges into the candle flame, only the caterpillar
    • sun, very soon we should no longer have any caterpillars. They would all
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    • without our being conscious of them, and by the illumination that
    • the spiritual world. From my last two lectures here you will have gathered
    • perceive them only when they are ill, and then in a very imperfect way.
    • an official can still have a family life outside his office.
    • the sleep knows when it will end, and in this quarter of an hour you
    • before, a healthy, thoughtful person will not take it for a present
    • till waking, man lives without his body through what he has done with
    • the last remnant of memory is still present in the etheric body. If when
    • soul you are able to look at this physical life rightly, you will be
    • child up to the change of teeth. You will observe how the power of
    • and physiological science will certainly follow suit, for these things
    • the echo of what we were as self in the spiritual world? Who still
    • inner life of man will say: Generally a man remembers only the things he
    • weakened force of the seed which will come to fruition after death. And
    • truly drawn art from the religious life. And Schiller is right in saying:
    • physics one goes beyond — I am speaking figuratively but you will
    • religion and science were formerly one, and we should still have a sense
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    • a las raíces de las plantas a prosperar. Las semillas se convierten
  • Title: Lecture: The Experiences of Sleep and their Spiritual Background
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    • manner of manifestations — thoughts, feelings, impulses of will,
    • impulses of will-expressions, that is, of the inner nature and being of
    • knowledge, that all thinking, feeling and willing, as they are present
    • or feelings or acts of will to flow forth from it. When such a statement
    • to you many times from various standpoints. Today I will do so again
    • to sleep consciousness is filled with a content, on going to sleep this
    • sleep. And in Inspired and Intuitive Knowledge one can penetrate still
    • paralysed and the will-impulses have ceased to work, we experience in
    • a still further experience is united with this one. A tremendous need
    • have described. Nor would there rise up from the depths of our will
    • constituted that even during waking life the spiritual world still shone
    • spiritual. Humanity will, however, sink lower and lower in civilization
    • and culture if men will not learn to extend to the spiritual world the
    • — if we will only follow it out to the consequences — that
    • will be able to see from this how little justification there often is
    • are deeply self-deceived. I will not, however, enter into this subject
    • is in a healthy sleep. But as I have said, I will not at the present
    • Golgotha will have Christ for his strong guide in the moment when his
    • time to explain more fully the planetary experience, you will not take
    • the fixed stars, and we retain from it deeper and still more important
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    • generation was an illusion. The life-germs which entered such
    • it has followed since the 17th century the time will come when
    • out of its own perception it will represent the same view. For
    • execution by the inquisition. Still, Anthroposophists hold their
    • will come when some Virchow perhaps will say: There was a time
    • will write: “That highly gifted Scientist X has manfully
    • laws of spiritual life and you will find these higher laws
    • brilliant results in the domain of animal life because he has
    • illustrate, he wishes nothing else. He has to prove that in the
    • as well as other people, will readily admit any development of
    • will affirm that worms originate in clay, neither will any clear
    • important law of oscillation while watching the swinging of a
    • animal has none. Many will, indeed, say: Cannot one write the
    • not exhausted the description of Goethe and Schiller and Heine
    • physical-animal heredity ceases. The form of Schiller's nose and
    • not apply only to Schiller; it also applies to plain Mrs.
    • Miller, for example! In her, too, if you will only observe, you
    • will find a soul-spirit. which cannot be traced back in the same
    • in soul.” We will follow this line of thought further and
    • made without them. Darwin drew attention in an illuminating way
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  • Title: Lecture: Life and Death
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    • breathing, the organism would still continue to live in the
    • I will now
    • it will be clear without further explanation, that what
    • will not give up — only giving up what is necessary for
    • quite ordinary conceptions — as we will to-day in the
    • form, the different capacities and talents develop. (We will
    • observers truly will not fail to recognise. Only he who
    • before Francesco Redi will be able to deny that there is a
    • are planned. Certainly many will say: “Has, then, a
    • horse, a dog or a cat no individuality?” And they will
    • organism, will deny that the conclusions just drawn are correct.
    • this truth about the repeated earth-lives is still but little
    • originate from the Spiritual, will certainly make its mark in
    • human cultural life and will be more quickly accepted than
    • characterised. The time will come when men will realise that
    • respect, will admit that what is in him now was not there up
    • the subject, but we will observe the whole process of fatigue
    • work, so is the thrusting off, the killing of the outer
    • organism, a future bodily covering, which will carry within
    • children's lives, will be able to make one observation from
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  • Title: Lecture: The Elementary Kingdoms
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    • ground, can then be left rooted in this place. This may still
    • his passions, etc., you will see that this astral body of man
    • of the higher worlds to a still greater degree. If we
    • physical body. If we extend our observations still further,
    • of this, you must say to yourselves: I will try to imagine a
    • Arupa, the minerals will appear like the fingernails of the
    • single individuality, so you will find the Egos of the
    • future, it will indeed rise to a higher stage —
    • of the physical body, must be filled with wonder by the
    • you will see in it a retarded stage of existence; it has
    • still further, for it shows that the air may become still
    • more rarefied — may become thinner still. In this case,
    • etheric body; it has still the same value as the physical
    • the same time permeated by another part, which is still upon
    • value as has a mineral, and is still on the stage of the
    • bones and muscles, it would become still more competition.
    • The functions of the etheric body are indeed still carried on
    • mineral nature. When the human beings will have progressed,
    • will then appear to them just as clearly as do now the laws
    • form the foundations of Nature. In the future, it will be
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  • Title: Lecture: 'Goethe's Faust' from the Point of View of Spiritual Science
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    • superficial idea of it from lecturers or brochures will
    • illuminate life, give him power and security for his work and
    • it will take its place as a self-evident truth, and the
    • will become the universal possession of humanity.
    • show how Spiritual Science can illuminate life by
    • will, in a not very remote future, permeate, as necessary
    • concepts, human life, and man will gain power, hope and
    • true knowledge of the facts of spiritual science will become
    • approach Goethe and try to illuminate his striving with the
    • that filled his longing and feeling soul; and as aged man, in
    • by at the end of his studies in Leipzig. A severe illness
    • With billowy motion!
    • With change still rife,
    • While with the hollow noise the hill resounds:
    • will not again turn away from the Spirit whom he had wanted
    • forest and water, in the still bush, in the giant pine, in
    • rest, but endeavors to make still further progress. We then
    • see how he, encouraged by Schiller, he tries to go still
    • That Goethe never neglected the effort to enter still further
    • world of the Emperors Court. Goethe here will show that Faust
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  • Title: Lecture: Birth of the Light
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    • still greater; that might is a great thing — that love is
    • will take hold of the vehicle of that man who is himself the
    • be shown how, in times which were still nearer to the
    • Golgotha was still completely given up to the old heathen
    • Eudocia's poetry may not be very good, still we must say: there
    • still far from the Christian faith, quite given up to the old
    • And ye, who still are lost in dark illusion bound
    • Then to descend to earth with thousand ills
    • It was my parents' will that I should gain
    • My fairness and my skill unto his works,
    • Of yonder maiden. Till Eros, alas,
    • shadow of this legend, but filled with greater poetic power. In
    • hills. That other Being of St. Matthew's Gospel stands at the
    • shepherds from the hills. Nor does he stand within human
    • wisdom it is seen, it is illumined; through power and might the
    • filled with wisdom and yet more powerless than other people's
    • justification, before whom wisdom must stand still and power
    • must stand still.
    • awaken the will to the spiritual light after which we strive in
    • it is our will that that which is to come into human evolution
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    • which was then given to the thought of Natural Science will
    • opinion on this point,” “you will find it
    • literally after the lapse of so many centuries, still, on the
    • great deal. For the deeply illuminating teachings and
    • incredibly mistaken version of his teaching. To-day, I will
    • indeed, I will see it,” said the friend who took the
    • Aristotle on this subject, then I will support it by another
    • will take the example of the origin of the nerves in the
    • tangible, which we can all understand. Let me illustrate this
    • that that skill in the distribution of the laws of space
    • matters are carefully and thoughtfully considered, it will be
    • words, which will help us to understand his whole soul and
    • about Mathematics, he will have or to toil at Mathematics for
    • thinking was so rigidly mathematical. In illustration of this
    • we will take the matter of the telescope. Galileo heard that
    • Galileo could not rest till he had found out for himself what
    • the fact that the world around us is nothing but illusion and
    • things?” Galileo used a very remarkable illustration,
    • palms of his hands, the man will experience a sensation of
    • Bruno carries this still further. The things of Nature are
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  • Title: Lecture: On the Occasion of Goethe's Birthday
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    • the word, — till his death. For the second part of the
    • life-work, will discover many a thing of the most extreme
    • quest will be easiest, if we endeavour to approach the
    • theosophy. As our time is limited, we will avoid those
    • upheld. All that might still have found a hearing 5, 6 or
    • still of course hear of extraordinary ideas on the part of
    • force, prevailed till about 1860–1870. To-day we find
    • birds or fishes, but I will start from the principle that a
    • will examine the gills and fins, and will see whether more
    • the discoveries to which it has led up till the present time,
    • scientists disagree on all points. Thus, there are still
    • human being to the anthropoid apes still extant, or at least
    • regard to theories. When we come to physiology we find still
    • probably aware that under the influence of William James in
    • America, of Schiller in England and of other scholars in the
    • illogical. One who can draw such a conclusion, and who is in
    • psychology which should have filled several volumes. Whoever
    • is willing to follow the contents of the 1st. volume with an
    • only way open; and those who will not be led to spiritual
    • science, or even will not make a slight effort to arrive at a
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  • Title: Lecture: The Errors of Spiritual Investigation
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    • error with strong, inner power of WILL and regard
    • has worked into him. Accordingly, one will strive to hold the
    • as otherwise, these will make themselves felt,
    • if one can get beyond their unusual impression, one will
    • of mediumistic revelations, then one will also transcend the
    • far off goal. One will then come more and more to such
    • clear distinction to visions, hallucinations, and illusory
    • reasonable and convincing for all standpoints and one will
    • beheld, and what is left is objective. If one will not
    • person in question. If one will attain a high grade of
    • forsaken by all the ordinary means of help. One will then
    • veils it) is still so considerable, until, as spiritual
    • path to the end, however, i.e. till he attains certainty in
    • his powers of perception, will correctly observe and estimate
    • the qualities and prejudices of his feeling. He will not
    • investigator since something subjective will always have
    • you will have seen that one can look, in the way described,
    • will describe it all distortedly. In all sincerity, it is a
    • question of moral qualities. The immoral person will get to
    • person however, with selfless mood of soul, will find the
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  • Title: Lecture: Factors of Karma, Deficiencies in Psychoanalysis
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    • that is connected with it, you will have seen how difficult it
    • is still cut across in many ways by the Karma of classes,
    • or a Privy Councillor or the like (through circumstances which
    • schools will not yet admit a comprehensive
    • from the belief that what a soul feels and wills, wherewith it
    • is happy or unhappy, filled with joy or grief, depends only on
    • vanished. It is still burrowing on in the subconsciousness.
    • given herself up to it — if it had been fulfilled —
    • levels of consciousness the thing is still there, and presently
    • the patient gets to grips with the thing — then it will
    • will prove to be only semblances of cures. (We can explain how
    • with the aforesaid ‘science of the soul,’ will try
    • depths of the inner life, and will elicit the fact that in his 15th,
    • that he daily feels and thinks and wills, he has apparently
    • and thinks and wills is not the entire life of the soul. In hidden
    • by multitudinous examples. For who will fail to see how many a
    • ‘demonic’ element which, they allege, arises from still more
    • resides and you will find it. Gnosis is a demonic teaching,
    • unwilling to consider the investigations of Spiritual
    • Science. Consequently they will not discover how
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    •  OU will have seen how intricate are the deeper problems
    • Many another thing will yet be necessary to enable the man of
    • here as an example of certain things which we will now
    • to the Greek authors too. But at a late age they were still
    • river it flows. Study Friedrich Theodore Vischer and you will
    • inspires the fifth post-Atlantean age already now, and will do
    • the conditions of the age. They will have to be studied; and in
    • many respects, these efforts especially will have to be followed
    • all that a modern man's intelligence will understand if he
    • will find in Max Eyth; and — inconspicuous as it may seem
    • killed. There we have a tremendous Karmic question — not
    • man, brilliant in his profession, losing his life at a
    • are the very questions to which spiritual science will
    • not get it here, will get it in his life between death and a
    • will the fifth post-Atlantean age engender great and
    • life. The very conditions of life in this age will bring it
    • our time who are gifted, in a way, with clear, light-filled
    • an equally good reactionary one. Will you not now prepare me a
    • I will explain the matter more in detail. Would you not like
    • cannot tell whether he will want the post under the prevailing
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  • Title: Lecture: Hereditary Impulses and Impulses from Previous Earth Lives
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    • will go on and on evolving when the Earth passes through the
    • will tend to place us rightly into life according to the Spirit
    • to be judged and understood through them. We will not just
    • enthuse in a multitude of pleasing, comforting ideas; we will
    • you will remember something I have often emphasised, you will
    • it may well be that this fact will play an important part in
    • speak of the choice of callings, will also tell us of the
    • They talk of heredity; but they will only gain a right idea of
    • period until the twenty-eighth year.) You will find some
    • Natural Science will therefore have to find out the reasons why
    • it will have to do so, unless it wishes to be void of all
    • what an infinitely fruitful thought will arise from these
    • Here we can gain an outlook, of what untold importance it will
    • disorder, even so it will always be explicable out of the
    • own, and that which will follow it. The souls of men return in
    • will have to place themselves into life more and more
    • consciously. Therefore a knowledge of these laws will
    • it will matter more and more what a man thinks about his
    • matters, more and more consciousness will have to take hold of
    • people of former centuries and millennia — they could
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    • God when they declare: ‘We will have none of your mediation
    • through other spiritual Beings; we will rise from our own souls
    • — and you will find they are describing no more than an
    • wish to rise immediately to God. In truth, though they will not
    • in course of time each one will worship his
    • Underlying it is a hidden egoism, which men will not confess.
    • conception, that is, in an illusion, a Maya of the inner life,
    • gives himself up to this inward illusion something
    • religious faiths will not hear of anything beyond the
    • will gain insight into many things that are working themselves
    • out in our time if you will bear in mind what I have here
    • this point we are still more or less within the limits of what
    • this. Here we are still within the realm of that which happens
    • Still darker are the relations of men to the Archai — to
    • like. This leads into false paths which I will not, or cannot,
    • Yet even this is still no more, so to speak, than an aberration
    • refuses in any case to look beyond the Angel, one will
    • illnesses, mortality, and all things of that kind. Perhaps in
    • no very distant future mankind will grow convinced of this.
    • will now have gained you may ask yourselves whether it may not
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    • Opinions expressed by other persons will be disregarded; the
    • authors of the writings in question will engage in no
    • two mighty pillars of the spirit have the two annual
    • spiritual pillars upon which are inscribed the two great
    • judgments, through the content of feeling and will. But this
    • man wills to look upon the two great mysteries. And, as it thus
    • looks, it finds in this contemplation strength filled with
    • light for man's thought, content filled with power for the
    • will, an upright lift of the whole man, from whatever situation
    • pillars of the spirit — the thought of Christmas and the
    • can certainly say that a sensitive feeling will find in the way
    • or charming, as many express it — will not seem to
    • are two eternal pillars, eternal memorial pillars, of the human
    • revelations will cast a new light upon the Christmas thought;
    • that the Christmas thought will gradually come to be felt in a
    • new form and in a glorious way. It will be our task to hear in
    • will be our task to understand how a new conception of
    • still meets us here and there; but we must say that humanity
    • death, the two boundary pillars of human life facing us in the
    • course of human life must still remain mysteries, even in their
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    • written there in illuminated lettering: C. M. B. As you will
    • And the esoteric Christian had still a consciousness of what
    • imbue his feeling, thinking and his will-impulses in gazing
    • their confessions will flow together to one great united
    • the goal. Whoever possesses these will find the light that he
    • The way will lead you out o'er mount and valley;
    • But no one will, despite profound reflection,
    • Maybe that one will gloomily forsake us,
    • To each a different pleasure it will bring.
    • lower bodies, the power of consummation will live in the Self.
    • A human home he will perchance espy.
    • around it among the doves. We are told still more. While his
    • her. The Thirteenth, still a child, kills the viper. Hereby is
    • incarnations — kills the viper in early childhood: that is
    • kills the viper to save his sister. Then we are told how he
    • So he relates how far by hill and valley
    • The will of higher Beings led him here.
    • For all is still alive within my mind,
    • A star with brilliant lustre was descried,
    • He killed the pois'nous snake, resolved and bold;
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 1. Angels, Folk Spirits, Time Spirits: their part in the Evolution of Mankind.
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    • hope that the course of lectures, which I am about to undertake, will
    • this point of view it will sometimes be necessary to ask you to
    • accept what I shall have to say with a certain amount of good-will,
    • appeal to a modicum of good will in you and to your sympathetic
    • the implications of this will be best understood if you recall that
    • mankind in the near future will bring men together in far greater
    • common to all mankind. But the members of the individual peoples will
    • not too distant future the following injunction will be addressed to
    • maxim will have a certain significance for the activity of mankind in
    • physically, may also have invisible, super-sensible members will be
    • a common characteristic peculiar to hundreds and millions of people
    • persuade the man of today that, in addition to the teeming millions
    • Spirit from the millions of people living in the mountains of
    • idea of a real Being? I propose to illustrate this by a
    • into the higher form of the future. The ego will transmute the astral
    • the ego will refashion and transmute the etheric or life-body into
    • or Spirit Man it will be the highest member of man's being.
    • present incarnated and three others which the ego will fashion into
    • Self or Manas which he will fashion out of the astral body in the
    • foreshadowing of what the Life Spirit or Buddhi will be — a
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    • it will be said, of course, that the work upon the etheric body is
    • illusion, which is so freely quoted by Theosophists is seldom grasped
    • only maya or illusion; it is a precipitation, as it were, of the
    • elsewhere. When we observe these recurrent changes we are still only
    • you recall what we spoke of yesterday — and you will find a
    • you will know that it was the
    • consequently still related to him, these Spirits of Form are four
    • A moment's reflection will show that definite prior conditions
    • his influence in a certain direction, physical objects will
    • inevitably take on a quite definite pattern. You will recall that on
    • in the cathedral at Pisa where, by observing the regular oscillations
    • guided according to the will of the intuiting Spirits of Personality
    • people. The prolonged effects of this concerted action could still be
    • were still extant. That is the reason why the sacred Sanscrit
    • a book on ethnology you will find the strangest assortment of
    • interpretations because one will respond more to what stems from the
    • of the people. Each has a different response which will modify his
    • to maya or illusion. A writer's statements will betray how far
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    • lectures we shall undertake investigations that will readily strike a
    • responsive chord in all of you because they will stimulate your
    • which you will find rather more difficult to grasp than the central
    • of these Folk Spirits. That will not be very easy, but we must be
    • you will bear with me in the following observation.
    • you will never discover from external experience alone that the sum
    • whether you construct a triangle or merely imagine it, you will know
    • to two right angles. You need only visualize this figure and it will
    • the logic of mathematics you will have some idea of how the
    • facet of consciousness is still common to man and the Archangels, to
    • enthusiasm for an ideal that may illumine us from beyond the external
    • externally, but which pervades and illumines his inner being so that
    • will recall how man's ‘I’, his highest member,
    • is still gathered some of that part of the astral nature which we
    • aura. This picture illustrates how the Archangelic Being looks down
    • what I have said you will have observed no doubt that what man
    • because it is peculiarly his own. He cannot afford to stand still
    • illustrates the interplay of the abnormal Spirits of Personality with
    • Spirit of the Age may be fulfilled. In such a case national groups
    • meet with other examples which afford a striking illustration of this
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    • will call to mind all the Beings who worked together during those
    • incarnations, the Spirits of Will or Thrones, the Spirits of Wisdom,
    • education of the child you will know that in the first seven-year
    • On reflection, therefore, you will not be surprised to learn that the
    • race will be clear to you from what I have just said. One cannot
    • evolving too. Races are born and will at some future time cease to
    • superseded by the sixth and seventh, race as such will have ceased to
    • continuous revolution of a wheel, then we carry the picture of a mill
    • endowed with a memory, through which he still remembers even in his
    • relationships will become
    • centres still exist today. The centre in Africa corresponds to those
    • we continue this line (see diagram) still further westward we come to
    • period when man's response to physical nature is still dormant,
    • manhood, when man is still subject to the influences of the abnormal
    • admit that up to the present time the creations of man are still
    • in a state of flux, you will then realize that the further we move
    • age. Western man will still be able to benefit mankind by making
    • impoverishment is illustrated in what I have already described,
    • This was always known in the Mystery Schools. You will now understand
    • civilization and which in a still later epoch will have lost their
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 5. Manifestation of the Hierarchies in the Elements of Nature.
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    • It will be seen from
    • people, it will be difficult to reach an unprejudiced understanding
    • already suggested. The aspirant for spiritual knowledge will learn
    • of human evolution. This, however, will only become apparent to us
    • the different nations. But this will be nothing more than a general
    • member. You will recall that we placed man on the lowest rung of the
    • Spirits of Will — Thrones
    • illusion, we must ask ourselves where we must look for them at the
    • lowest stage of manifestation, at the stage of illusion. In his
    • propose to illustrate this by means of an example.
    • landscape of Norway. His first impression will be of a rocky expanse
    • spread out before him. He will describe this solid rock formation in
    • illusion. In reality spiritual forces are at work radiating from
    • illusion; it is a result of the activity of the in-streaming and
    • Thrones, the Spirits of Will. The forces streaming in from the
    • wholly unreal; it is simply illusion. In reality it is the product of
    • the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Movement as a consequence of
    • present planetary form. The forces of the Spirits of Will and the
    • different. If, for example, only the Spirits of Will were to ray
    • the Spirits of Will and the Spirits of Movement originally worked in
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    • that the mission of the Earth can be fulfilled and ultimately a state
    • of balance or equilibrium be achieved. You will understand therefore
    • Spirits of Will, the Cherubim and Seraphim, which we described
    • will only be able, therefore, to form a complete picture of the very
    • existence. If you bear this in mind then you will also sense the
    • extent you will also feel that the field of knowledge must be
    • lecture) especially at the close of that lecture, you will have a
    • standpoint you will become aware of the five centres where the
    • distribution you will develop an inner understanding of the racial
    • you now move over to Asia you will find there likewise the planetary
    • will now understand the peculiar character of the Semitic people and
    • worked principally in the blood, you will understand why racial
    • you will also understand why a people like the Greeks who were
    • senses predominates, so will the different peoples respond in this or
    • in those Mysteries in which — as those of you will know who
    • or spiritual conference which, under the guidance of One still
    • old American Indians still preserves a memory of that great Atlantean
    • highly was that he was still able dimly to sense something of the
    • for in his soul still dwelt the Great Spirit. The speech he made has
    • something which will be easier to understand, because we shall be
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    • spirit of the lectures given here in the last few days you will be
    • India were still under the guidance of the Archangel. After the Time
    • Spirit of India had fulfilled his mission he was promoted to lead the
    • in the course of fulfilling their mission, advance to the rank of
    • Spirit. His task was of a very special kind ‘ You will
    • Wherever you turn you will find that in some form or other the
    • Odin, Hönir and Lödur of German mythology. You will find a
    • is concerned with the continuance of the old Hebraic impulse will
    • plentiful content, to fill themselves with rich material for those
    • thought which is illustrated by Cabbalism is unsurpassed precisely
    • that could possibly be distilled from the unitary principle by the
    • synthesizing activity of the ‘I’ has been distilled by
    • significance of the Semitic influence in the world and illustrates
    • several peoples of Europe were for a long time still under the
    • the various peoples of Europe who were still under the guidance of
    • destined in the course of the following centuries and millennia to
    • Time Spirit had fulfilled his mission in the fourth post-Atlantean
    • advanced to the rank of Time Spirits, there still existed in Europe
    • Christianity, were still spread over a large area of Western Europe
    • example illustrating the significance of this sacrifice. Although
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    • Teutonic peoples still had to undergo when they had developed their
    • were still endowed with a high degree of the old dim clairvoyance
    • the East had begun. The air was still permeated with water vapour and
    • development when their ego was still in a dim state of consciousness.
    • was still in a dull, dreamlike condition. The Indians were the
    • development which still persisted for a long period of time in the
    • had already undergone what the later peoples still had to experience
    • stage which the peoples of the West still had to reach. Hence the
    • peoples still experienced was no longer directly experienced by the
    • Graeco-Latin peoples, though they still had a distinct recollection
    • is that the latter still preserved a memory of the participation of
    • still in a state of diminished consciousness. But now in clairvoyant
    • Christ Jesus walked upon Earth were aware that they were still
    • activity of the Angels and Archangels who were still active in their
    • when the Folk Spirits and those spiritual Beings who were still
    • subject to the Folk Spirits were still active in their souls; hence
    • old primeval states of human evolution. At that time one could still
    • still in the process of giving the gift of language to the
    • in the ambient winds. But those who still preserved a certain degree
    • within, and in later years he still understands how, originating in
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    • difficulties, because they will have heard in the course of earlier
    • spiritual world by means of the old clairvoyance still prevalent at
    • phenomenal world was merely Maya or illusion. Now I pointed out in
    • apparent contradiction will resolve itself at once if you recall that
    • comparatively early, whilst they still preserved the old
    • philosophical problems will be solved and those of Spiritual Science
    • you bear this in mind you will realize that Europe was destined to
    • Folk Soul had, and still has the task of directing European man how
    • for what he thinks, feels and wills, whereas in relation to his own
    • speaks of both Luciferic and Ahrimanic powers. It will seem very
    • Luciferic influence can be found there. You will find evidence for
    • You will find — for at the time when the Gospels were written
    • and is strikingly illustrated at a certain moment in history. The
    • inward path. Where the Luciferic powers are lurking he will not allow
    • as you will through the many different mythologies and conceptions of
    • the world, in none of them will you find such a clear and profound
    • in Teutonic mythology. As Nordic man was still clairvoyant, he really
    • then still participated in the creation of races, in that it gave man
    • will only return gradually to the consciousness of man through
    • Anthroposophical Society. What you will come to understand more and
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  • Title: Mission/Folk-Souls (1970): 10. The Mission of Individual Peoples and Cultures in the Past, Present and Future.
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    • what will emerge from any further elaboration of the significant
    • image of the Twilight of the Gods, it will be well to establish a
    • development of mankind in the remote past, in the present and will
    • great collective task. You will realize from what has been said that,
    • Soul. We have seen that the individual still felt himself to be
    • The Germanic-Scandinavian man still felt himself attached to a Group
    • Thus each individual still felt himself at that time to be a member
    • same time he felt that this God was still united with the collective
    • was later given quite different tasks, to educate the still youthful
    • ‘I’ was still attached to the group-soul-life and yet the
    • in the fulfillment of its special mission, we see a totally different
    • later reflection of which we can still see in the Vedas, and in a
    • still more refined form in the Vedanta philosophy. This was only
    • could fulfil, because they still enjoyed the gift, the supremely
    • experiences which were still vital in their souls into that which was
    • characters in their positive and negative aspects you will find that
    • fusion of the ‘I’ with the Sentient Soul. You will be
    • will find that the great historical conquests of the inhabitants of
    • that island proceed from this impulse. You will also find that the
    • still working in from prehistoric times and imbued with clairvoyant
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    • last lecture I can assure you that much still remains to be discussed
    • will not be the last time that we shall speak together here on
    • directs and guides this country (Norway) will imbue modern philosophy
    • over the centuries and that henceforth modern spiritual research will
    • lectures which I was able to give here will recall that once upon a
    • and this descent can still be verified today in the Akashic Records.
    • still soft, plastic and pliant bodies of that time, this was
    • long that it was still extant amongst the Southern Germanic peoples
    • will understand the account Tacitus gives of the Goddess Nerthus
    • Vanir you can still find one of the oldest recollections of this
    • descent. Especially here in the North, the Finnish tradition still
    • which was still natural to man here when, in those ancient times, the
    • watery mists of Atlantis still covered the region. Nordic man felt
    • itself. The descent of the divinespiritual into the physical is still
    • skull. You will find all this portrayed in a wonderful way in the
    • of you who probe more deeply into these matters will be gradually
    • inherent potentialities of the people. You will therefore appreciate
    • 1,899) new capacities will appear in the isolated few who are
    • specially fitted to receive them. A time will come when individuals
    • will be able, through the natural development of the new
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    • their culture, but they still spoke of religion, even when their
    • the daughter of religion, and still lived in the closest ties of
    • knowledge. When feeling became more intense, became filled with
    • the soul, fired by feeling, strengthened by the best in our will,
    • which will lead men up again into the divine heights of his
    • actions of everyday life. Then what we call profane life will became
    • conviction. The kind of spiritual life which in future will
    • increasingly influence western minds will have to be cast in a
    • their own will, their own sentiment; thus one person may regard this,
    • passed its prime and will bear little fruit in future. When I say
    • that it will be thought a bold assertion, but it is at any rate not
    • occultism nor modern science will serve to satisfy the deepest need
    • literary beginning with the kind of spiritual life which will be
    • at present is a slow trickle, sees how the stream will widen. I
    • European countries, will assume ever further forms. The book is
    • filled with the secrets of the spiritual worlds. This was the
    • place of this ancient clairvoyance another culture will become more
    • the course of bygone millennia certain elements of our intellectual
    • of what for millenia has had to be separated, because the future
    • which points to an age when the old clairvoyant culture was still
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    • regain through Spiritual Science was still very much alive in ancient
    • a thoughtful person will naturally reflect that such movements do not
    • today has any inkling of, or will so much as guess at until Spiritual
    • still older ruler, both of the forces of external Nature and of the
    • no inner development, as later ages will do, in order to see into the
    • looked up to the great Demeter, and in ancient Greece man was still
    • aware that it had once been so. But you will have already realised
    • compact, than the bodies of those men who were still able to give
    • birth to Persephone within themselves, since they still had the
    • will not pursue this any further; it is sufficient that the man of
    • worked in ancient times, how she instilled her forces into human
    • the original Demeter forces? If I may use a very rough illustration,
    • make a diagram of the three bodies to illustrate this. I will draw
    • enhanced; the causes of disease, of illness, in the physical body in
    • should of course still have the astral body's activity within
    • body. This was so in the old clairvoyant days, and it is still so
    • forces and the skills are formed which are then reflected by the
    • in us because we have ether bodies; they would still be in us even if
    • genetic change has been and still is in human nature. It changes us
    • still see the statue of this ‘triple Hecate’ in Rome today.
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    • perhaps only towards the end of the course that you will be able to see
    • I shall still often have occasion to refer to the performances we
    • have seen. But I also have another purpose, which you will recognise
    • mere movement of the hand and our will, but we know that the movement
    • of the hand and our will, as an impulse of movement, constitute a
    • unity. We still feel the unity when we make a gesture which our mind
    • Strader's character and his inner experiences illustrate how
    • psychic and spiritual, which for anyone who will look attentively can
    • he experienced a truth, for example, of which modern theology will
    • only slowly become convinced again — a truth which I will try
    • the marvellous bow with its seven colours ... we will ignore all
    • the explanations of the physicist, for the physics of the future will
    • knew something and which men will come to know again through
    • get any idea, still less any sense of what the Greek soul experienced
    • in the widths of space to the astral body — what fills all
    • lasting emotion, passion, memory. The ancient Greek was still
    • still conscious of the ruler, the centre of all these forces in the
    • Today we will go on
    • into the sphere of will, for everything which results in an impulse
    • thought or the mere sentiment to an impulse of will, it is the prime
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    • lecture will have enabled you to see what I meant when I said at the
    • have today. You will have realised this from the way I tried to show
    • Now it will certainly
    • such a remarkable way in the Mystery of Eleusis, will only become
    • about to say by way of parenthesis you will find in the little book I
    • reaches the goal of the present Earth evolution will be as far
    • themselves not so far advanced as men will be at the end of Earth
    • instilled their forces into the Egypto-Chaldean civilisation; but
    • which we still get a faint echo in the Vedas, we come to the great
    • were inspired by a still higher hierarchy, they were inspired by the
    • Beings who were still in the line of normal development during the
    • previous incarnation, and that there will be no other like it. What
    • and that as Christ-filled Beings they now influence mankind from the
    • they will be the spiritual leaders of mankind. But in
    • sixth epoch they will appear as Christ-filled Beings. The Archai, the
    • and they will be the spiritual leaders of the seventh post-Atlantean
    • voice of the Holy Rishis will come to pass in great glory and
    • will all be illuminated, inflamed, set on fire by the Christ Impulse.
    • The Holy Rishis will rise again in the splendour of the Christ Sun in
    • Egypto-Chaldean times have been filled with the Christ Impulse now
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    • Jahve, will have no doubt that the Hebrew people knew that the
    • antiquity, and the profound meaning of which will only gradually be
    • If ancient Hebrew consciousness was utterly filled with the knowledge
    • world with the whole strength of the soul will lead men upwards to
    • with forces which still belong to the material world, will inevitably
    • remained backward, can still incarnate upon the Earth, can still move
    • who expects a glib solution will not easily penetrate to the truth. The
    • Atlantean body, but that is an illusion, that is maya. It only seems
    • But this will no
    • bottom he also is maya, and it is sheer illusion to think
    • soul. If you take all that into consideration, you will come to
    • these Greek gods could still give to men, there was one thing they
    • had to acquire. Why not? You will have gathered from all my earlier
    • was not constrained by maya, illusion, deception, to the
    • still clairvoyant they did not believe that the soul is enclosed in
    • being, so to say, was still outside the body. Man did not believe
    • evolution. Man paid little attention to his body, he was still
    • arisen during Earth evolution, still had a very strong leaning
    • was already intellectual. Only the oldest times still bear evidence
    • the still clairvoyant ego. The Greek had a sense of tragedy when he
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    • express. This world of the Greek gods, in its wisdom-filled
    • plane, in the physical world. We will for the present ignore the
    • will just ask how the four members of the human being appear to
    • body manifests itself only as maya or illusion. When we meet a man,
    • what we see as his physical body is maya, illusion. But there are as
    • many instances of this illusion of a physical body as there are men
    • illusionary stamp, and it is this counterfeit image that we see when
    • been instilled into them. They felt that man with his physical body
    • and spiritual deeds, into a world in which the human being was still
    • by the world of our ego. There is a world around us which would fill
    • is also implicit in the wonderful, wisdom-filled form of the Dionysos
    • Dionysos had to participate in the great Illusion, in maya.
    • ego. Therefore Dionysos must be represented as this human ego still
    • today will be hard put to it to find any trace of the real Atlantean
    • of prehistoric times, the man whose higher corporeality was still
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    • significant principles of knowledge, principles still today not fully
    • Dionysos was still deeper and more significant than all that they
    • question as to what knowledge is will only be answered by the empty
    • materialistic illusion, the typical philosophic fantasy of today,
    • content goes, you will find nothing in any element of our process of
    • reflecting bodily organism, primarily the brain, he would still think
    • there is still absolutely no will to tackle the most serious
    • usually passes unnoticed. These challenges will have to become ruder
    • is filled with enthusiasm for knowledge, when one looks upon the
    • soul-life is completely filled by this process of representation. One
    • knowledge which man can acquire by exoteric means will lead to any
    • not to illusion — one has to set about it in quite a different
    • words in the light of present-day usage will believe that they are
    • I have pointed out what a beautiful expression there still was in old
    • what is outspread in the world, condenses it. One day there will be a
    • of today, because it will enter into the living genius of language,
    • intellectuals will say you have no proper command of language. They
    • will find all manner of things to object to, they will find you
    • lacking in clarity; they will carp at all sorts of things in the way
    • fact that one will probably be looked upon as stupid, because one
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    • still extant. My frequent references to Greek mythology have not at
    • and this will perhaps help to make clear what such an inner ordeal
    • will soon direct me to my goal!’ But they do not do so, for
    • greater, until it will at length really be able to fulfil its
    • You will already have
    • illustrate this point. He says that guilt from the preceding life has
    • recognising this we lay a foundation which will enable us gradually
    • complexity of the facts of life will be recognised in wider circles
    • and people will realise that it is impossible to understand man or
    • Moon evolutions; people will then see how very naive, how
    • question from very many aspects. Today we will look at it from yet
    • higher truth are complex, and only he can walk them who is willing
    • age we come to still earlier periods of Earth evolution. But at the
    • beginning of Lemuria man was still not to be found in his present
    • where it was densest, still only in etheric form; that is to say, the
    • his Lemurian development, his densest body was still an etheric one.
    • can best be illustrated in a particular organic system of the human
    • now I am thirsty, now I will satisfy this or that instinct.’ If
    • You will find an even more detailed description of this from a
    • which will cause us to revert to the form we had during the Saturn,
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    • still in etheric form. This etheric human form was shadowy and
    • continuously towards man out of the Earth itself. We will now examine
    • the naturalists will one day be very astonished to find how
    • Atlantis that something else happened which will throw a flood of
    • abstract zoology will one day be very much astonished to have to
    • consider the totally different world of the birds, you will not long
    • different from that of the mammal. Today I will not go into the
    • framework of the feather, what one may call its quill or spine, is of
    • cosmic forces which contribute what is attached to the quill and
    • continues to work further upon the Earth, will permeate the human
    • being completely? As man inwardly receives this Impulse he will more
    • influence, which is the purest stream from above, will take hold of
    • the human being, will encompass him to a greater and greater extent,
    • will also liberate him ever more and more from what binds him to the
    • materialistic science will one day come to learn once more the
    • ancient doctrine of Zarathustra, will one day have to say to itself:
    • Aura or Ahura Mazdao — the great wisdom-filled Spirit,
    • old traditions what in still earlier times it had been possible to
    • and the purer they are — that is, the less they still contain
    • — the lighter and more brilliant they appear. Thus the human
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    • that he has found what will continue to be regarded as scientific for
    • demands of our time, so it will reach beyond this intellectual,
    • sensible, he will in future think much the same of what today counts
    • Kepler, our biological laws, will inevitably appear to our
    • universe, will be overthrown, and it will be seen that our own time,
    • clairvoyant were filled with far more life, far more reality. We saw
    • astral body, brings it to a standstill, and lets the images of this
    • the thoughts of the man of today as far more thinly filled with
    • pride of present-day science, but thirsts to fill its consciousness
    • with reality. Such a thirst will reveal that it is just what is
    • illusion, in maya. There has never been in the world such
    • abstractions will not succeed in feeling this great impoverishment as
    • formulated in the terms of ordinary science and you will find it so
    • etheric body, but in normal consciousness is not experienced. Still
    • us men throughout millions and millions of years by innumerable
    • through millions of years, he does not encounter in a pure form what
    • wax strong and powerful, their will-nature comes to the fore. Whereas
    • but give way to them. Again and again we become gripped by a will of
    • gods, and in lowliness assimilate it, otherwise it will lead to
    • It will be good for
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    • What will here be set forth
    • It will be impossible,
    • experiences of the spirit are still connected with the outer, with processes
    • and the bodily element was still held. This is why the creations of
    • a still greater inward deepening, the more we observe it in relation to
    • the immediate past and the prospect of the future in which a cleft, still
    • deeper than that which the contemplation of the past reveals, will appear
    • still resound. There were painters at that time who themselves donned
    • much brilliance, ambition, lust for power in the Popes as well as in
    • early student days in Perugia, but we see it's still more intensely
    • at the Sun-illuminated clouds there may don on us a realization that
    • earlier experiences, we understand why it is so illuminating and inwardly
    • who realize what the fusion of external beauty and the inner wisdom-filled
    • course of evolution and that the soul of man through successive lives will
    • We realize that at some future time men will no longer be able to gaze
    • at the original works, but we know too that humanity will never cease
    • of the Madonna and the picture. Many will have realized that the soul
    • even though it is only a reproduction. True one day the originals will
    • poems.” What Raphael has given to the outer world however will
    • to humanity will bear witness to this epoch, — an epoch differently
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    • a hypothesis, but I think that further a occult investigations will support
    • at work with his horse. I feel sure that later on this hypothesis will
    • connecting wire, in which case the earth as well will be involved as an
    • signal which retransmits through the keys of one apparatus will appear
    • again as a signal on the other apparatus. But in the case of what fills
    • the earth, in the case of the mathematical automaton, there will be a
    • amount of affection for the man, no thinking will then be required in
    • pass through its head. The only thing that will be required is to teach
    • the horse the programme; this will be enough, for the whole of mathematics
    • it will be sufficient to give the animal a tip, if we have trained it
    • up to the point of being able to express something; the rest will come
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    • this evening will rather have to do with a sort of neighbouring realm
    • dispassionately will not receive the impression that human artific or
    • in the first lines, — the wrath of Achilles. And when we go through
    • shown to be the result of the wrath of Achilles. Further, another peculiar
    • of the wrath of Achilles: — And the more deeply we penetrate into
    • words “Sing to me, oh muse, of the wrath of Achilles,” a
    • and passions of men, men who like Achilles are far removed in a certain
    • or Agamennon? When Achilles appears before our souls, he appears to
    • Iliad continues, we very soon feel that in Achilles we have before us
    • the other heroes. Homer also brings before us how Achilles has to settle
    • of civilisation, and then direct our gaze towards this Achilles, he
    • because Achilles fought out for himself what he personally had to fight
    • human soul-forces; an imagination which to him in some way fulfilled
    • when we consider this description of the wrath of Achilles with all
    • take one case. How do Thetis the mother of Achilles, Athene, and other
    • faithful servant Hagen to kill Siegfried. That again shows us a feature
    • the treasures of the Niebelungen are at the same time a fatality. Still
    • say Heroes, so we will say — in the three beings whom we encounter:
    • increase till they become monstrous! And yet it is peculiar that while
    • assent. Much of it will probably be regarded as fancy, as imagination;
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    • humanity, and these tests will become harder still. Many old forms of
    • civilisation, to which people still mistakenly cling, will sink into
    • the abyss, and there will be an insistent demand that man must find
    • life of humanity will take in the early future, we cannot — as
    • behind the atmosphere, the sun-illumined
    • Yet it will bring you healing
    • during our days here, we will contribute something to the solving
    • summer is drawing near, a man will be in the midst of it with his
    • heart and soul; he will discern how the sprouting and budding life of
    • time of high summer, he will go out of himself to share in the life
    • he will livingly experience also the effects of autumn in the
    • self-consciousness, then the picture of Michael with the dragon will
    • draws near. This will come about if man can experience not only an
    • winter. Then it will be possible for the picture of Michael with the
    • will come to realise how he has been living through a waking-sleep of
    • beings, and he will become aware of what this really
    • sleep and dreams. Then, caught in this web of illusion, they would
    • counter-force is present also, for millions of tiny meteors are
    • scintillating inwardly in their blood.
    • sulphur-illuminated phantom, so to speak.
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    • the culminating picture of Michael and the Dragon, we will
    • up of the continents: they will have to be exaggerated, for they
    • up to one part in a trillion, and in fact to establish precisely the
    • smallest particles follow a rhythmical course. I will not go
    • still be working on a miniature scale. The flea would never come to
    • the flea that it belonged to a collar-bone, still less that it was
    • in the Dornach hills — he has hacked out a bit of Jura
    • mineralogy, geology, and so on. It is still the same flea-standpoint,
    • will first consider salt-formation,
    • water will separate out as a deposit on the bottom of the glass. (I
    • will not now go into the chemical side of this, though the result
    • (reddish). Naturally it will tend to resume its spherical shape, but
    • sun-filled air above? We breathe it in, and because of this the
    • winter. If we were to go still further out, something else would come
    • the human organism. You will indeed have gathered this from the
    • To-morrow I will describe how man has emancipated himself from all
    • this; to-day I will speak as though we were still fully involved in
    • will seem highly paradoxical.
    • up still, we must bring in that which
    • Easter Imagination can arise; we will speak of it tomorrow.
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    • these lectures, by considering the purely material side. We will look
    • factor in winter-time. We will study this first in the limestone
    • are surrounded everywhere by the Jura limestone, and you will have
    • they will be able to spread their dragon-nature through nature at
    • endeavour, this illusion, lays hold of
    • illusions are shattered.
    • of these illusions. He consumes the nature-products which flourish in
    • this atmosphere of hopes and illusions; and it is naïve to
    • experience their illusions down below, so the Luciferic beings
    • experience their hopes and illusions up above.
    • through the life and desire that fill the limestone in spring.
    • illusions, of the Luciferic beings. Anyone who looks out as a seer
    • established part of human freedom. Next time I will speak of
    • influences that are still active, but to-day I wished to show you how
    • influence bears particularly on our own epoch and it will go on
    • dissolve humanity into the Earth, will contrive at least to harden
    • banish the threatening danger that Ahriman will fetter him to the
    • the end of September. You will see how right it was to portray the
    • in spiritual heights that freedom can prevail. Then he will create
    • etheric. You will find that because these wings are actually feeling
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    • cosmos that — if only man is willing — the cosmos should
    • will try to show it on the blackboard,
    • the Earth? — then one knows: That is cosmic Will. And one has
    • the feeling of standing upon cosmic Will.
    • Will. And while down below we feel — in that blue
    • illumined, permeated, with a feeling of intelligence.
    • human measure. Then you will come to feel that all this is a kind of
    • background for the cosmic, light-filled deeds of Uriel, and a clear
    • impression of the countenance and gaze of Uriel will come before you.
    • to look with spiritual eyes still more deeply into the blue,
    • — the vision will be different for everyone — that these
    • energy and so on. I have to speak in pictures that will come to life
    • Imagination will come to meet us. For the St. John Imagination is
    • Above, illuminated as it were by the power of Uriel's eyes, the Dove
    • light-filled gold and directing his gaze and his gesture down to the
    • him, confirming him — the St. John Imagination filled
    • with Inspiration, the St. John Inspiration filled with
    • Feel the limbs of man, from the heavens illuminated,
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    • same time there will come to us much that has been experienced
    • to fill the All with harmonies caressing.
    • illuminating us so that we become possessors of human wisdom.
    • possibilities of illness during the first seven years of life, and
    • to expression in man as movement and the power of will, enabling him
    • we have the — I will not say commanding, but rather the guiding
    • to fill the All with harmonies caressing.
    • we will go further.
    • for the inward correction of illness. The transmuted nutritive forces
    • Gabriel-way to the Raphael-way to work on him, he will know how salt
    • Hippocrates, or, if he cannot read Galen, can still gather
    • something from him, will notice that, in Hippocrates, and even
    • forged, transforms these thought-forces into forces of will, so that
    • who will be born in October, let us say, are already within the Earth
    • to fill the All with harmonies caressing.
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    • Although, as you will hear, this Fifth Gospel has never yet
    • been written down, in future times of humanity it will
    • History will be presented quite differently. It is certain
    • will play quite a different and much more important part
    • and reflects on the main interests of people to-day will have
    • that as this age of ours advances, the Christ Idea will play a
    • now we will approach the subject from another side. I have
    • will realise that any real understanding of the Christ
    • reflection will show that it is not.
    • caused their souls to turn to the Being called Christ. It will
    • applied to explain the figure of Christ, will rapidly rise, and
    • impulses which have turned men towards the Christ will sink. It
    • impulse. Truly it would have boded ill for Christianity if, in
    • approached from still another side.
    • now for a moment we will take a strange hypothesis, but one
    • that will help us to understand what will be said in these
    • lectures. We will imagine that there were no Gospels at all to
    • will consider what has actually come to pass. This, of course,
    • that are still valid to-day — down to Marcus Aurelius,
    • let us go further. The same spectacle stands out in still
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    • will begin to-day by turning our thoughts to the event known as
    • deep sleep, a wonderful, dream-filled sleep ... remember that I
    • was filled, not with mere dream-pictures but with
    • own and yet to come, they will find more understanding than is
    • possible now. For in order to comprehend many a thing that will
    • have to be said on this occasion, the human soul will have to
    • break free from much that has been and will be instilled into
    • schooled in the sense of Spiritual Science can still confirm
    • illumination, upon the riddle of the universe. And as a seer
    • laid in the grave ... And here I will add that the more one
    • day, perhaps, people will understand — in the scientific
    • still lay where it had been hurled. — Once again let us
    • and reads these events with clairvoyant sight, will be emphatic
    • only illusion that on the Cross a death took place. This death,
    • picture, while still intact, merged into the picture of the
    • that times will come when it will be possible to speak of these
    • we are all of us children of the age. But a time will come in
    • the near future when it will be possible to speak with greater
    • mind, such a time will come. For this reason it is a certain
    • as something which in the future it will be possible to express
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    • ideas acquired from our studies in Theosophy will help us to
    • order to achieve some measure of clarity, we will begin by
    • guidance, the directing of a people, but for still higher
    • purposes. Study the evolution of mankind on earth and you will
    • labouring under the illusion that the physical alone can suffer
    • that a spirit cannot suffer will be incapable of any true
    • the really deep sense, much will be acquired for a true
    • are, people will think differently in many respects. Matters
    • gist of it. Perhaps in time to come the world will be
    • book with writing like that of a cheap novel, will be regarded
    • life been as Renan describes it! But in times to come it will
    • body of Jesus, we will, to begin with, only consider the fact
    • Nazareth was only very slight. The Christ Being was still quite
    • the Christ Being as He went about the land was still an
    • when He so willed, Christ worked as the super-earthly Christ
    • the future will need such understanding if they are to make
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    • about the contents of the Fifth Gospel, I will begin to-day
    • longer; but what still speaks” ... and many of the
    • scribes still believed it to be an inspiration from spiritual
    • heights ... “what still speaks is a feebler voice, yet a
    • heathen rites. Later on too, he discovered still more about
    • Jesus of Nazareth while he was still a young man.
    • was added to that caused by the disillusionment in connection
    • kinds of terrible illnesses of soul and body. The priests had
    • dem nicht waltet der Himmel Wille,
    • Wherein the Will of the Heavens does not rule,
    • still under the mighty impression of how demonic powers held
    • who will be a Messiah! Therefore they looked around for souls
    • the Essenes received him into their community — I will
    • things that had already flamed up as illumination in his own
    • fulfilled to the uttermost, men would all have to become
    • acquaintance of a man who was still young at that time, of
    • Anyone who experiences such things will not find it good
    • things we will speak further in the lecture to-morrow.
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    • the end of his twenties. You will certainly have realised from
    • mankind. For your theosophical studies will have brought you
    • we will turn once again to the soul of Jesus of Nazareth and
    • still did not know that the Zarathustra-Ego had reincarnated in
    • still able to hear the wisdom of the ancient prophets, then a
    • of Nazareth — although the good old Hillel [Hillel lived
    • teacher. Jesus knew well what the aged Hillel had meant for
    • knew how profound had been the words spoken by Hillel. It was
    • said of Hillel: The Thorah [The Thorah is the collection of the
    • within the Jewish people and Hillel has established it once
    • again. To those who understood him, Hillel seemed as one who
    • wisdom. Hillel was a teacher who, like other teachers of the
    • were full of praise for Hillel and had much good to say of him.
    • and vein in which Jesus of Nazareth spoke of Hillel to his
    • mother ... Hillel is described as a man of gentle and mild
    • possibility of rousing Hillel's anger; for it was known
    • of the two men said: I will go to any lengths to make Hillel
    • when Hillel was most fully occupied, when he was deeply
    • Hillel's door and shouted rudely, without any form of
    • ecclesiastical court Hillel was accustomed to be addressed with
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    • have won pillars supporting our spiritual movement. Many have passed
    • world; it is a perceiving that the will of the soul which has gone
    • power of will, which during physical life was contained within the
    • And this soul then feels how this will is really received through the
    • human souls while still within the physical body about that condition
    • something which those who are left behind on the physical plane will
    • that can bring about a still deeper connection between souls when we
    • spiritual movement will be a fresh development of the whole moral
    • life of humanity. For men will learn to regard the moral life from a
    • comes to man of its own accord; still less can it in the ordinary
    • been worthless for us if we pass through decades and still judge
    • When we fill ourselves with wisdom, when we try in action and
    • brain. The brain is not the most perfect organ, but we can still call
    • will one day be fixed, and we shall only be able to move their astral
    • still accompanied by the physical organ. The skull has now covered
    • won in earlier incarnations in such a way that it fills us in this
    • wisdom. These organs are on the way to alter, and will indeed become
    • in this incarnation, but will live too in the next incarnation,
    • virtue. They are organs for which we have still to use part of the
    • virtue reckons with the least perfect organs, those which will
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • no doubt you will take it as such. Anyone who wishes to talk
    • lectures which follow will show that I do not need to say
    • thought and the other to the life of the will, with which the
    • riddles of this kind. Even the remotest villages, to which no
    • present-day path of knowledge is still not easy to explain
    • who then compares them with what I shall have to say, will
    • will thus be forced, when considering later epochs, to present
    • titillate man's itch for power over his fellow-men. This was
    • thought-process with the process of respiration that fills all
    • illumination from the ancient Orient, the magnificent song
    • you reflect carefully on this, you will conclude: present-day
    • transformed thinking we can reach knowledge that will be a kind
    • centre of our consciousness, with a great effort of will,
    • Today, this still seems to people something absurd, something
    • survives unconsciously in all our ordinary thinking. You will
    • illustrate this from present-day life, although the example is
    • will not go into that now. The important point is that there is
    • still, but now it is a living mental image, of the
    • of will to the exercises of thought do we secure in vital
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • fate of this soul of his, will find himself confronted by a
    • the riddles of the soul to our “mind's eye,” I will
    • into our body; we inform our organs of will with it and become
    • controlled by the will, the lifting of an arm or movement of a
    • will as of thinking and feeling) — anyone who looks at
    • still more clearly in his Mechanism of Mental Life. We
    • philosophical standpoint that I do will never for one moment
    • many years lived and worked here in Vienna, and who will never
    • methods will take us only to the point they have now reached;
    • development during his life on earth, will not be above
    • and so on. There you will find details of those
    • and can enter it at will.
    • describe — and you will find that everything that is
    • particularly, involve being able calmly and at will to banish
    • there must be able to enter, from our will, what one might call
    • that the will has swept consciousness completely clear.
    • it conscious, there will appear before it, as colour to the eye
    • the clear light; and which will never emerge until we have
    • here on this earth as thinking, feeling, willing beings, but in
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • part of himself he can and will influence his time!”
    • the unscientific chronicle-writing that still prevailed even in
    • For this reason, the study of history will doubtless have to
    • its health and ill-health by observing the symptoms through
    • thirty times, no lecture will be an exact repetition of the one
    • memories. Perhaps what I want to say will sound banal to
    • the spiritual world, seeking them out repeatedly, it will even
    • my lectures, other features will become apparent. Today, I
    • should like to point to just one more of them, since it will
    • logical argument or philosophical speculation will enable us to
    • spiritual world is willing to reveal itself. Objective
    • thoughts, together with his feelings and impulses of will; and
    • mankind. There will, of course, be many people who will say:
    • thinking is thinking, whether it occurs in John Stuart Mill or
    • will conclude: our thinking today is fundamentally
    • observe this in life, will find that our thinking today
    • — will discover quite empirically that the Greeks
    • still experienced thoughts closely interwoven with words.
    • will say: the Greeks really had no natural science; they had a
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • may enter their intertwining branches; and if we do, there will
    • illuminate it with the light that streams from within him, it
    • reflected to it from without is illusion, maya, incomplete
    • semblance, the great illusion, maya. It would, however, be
    • is dealing not with complete reality but with an illusion, the
    • those of the realms of nature. There will then follow a view of
    • perhaps also through setting our will in motion in some
    • really are within us will become for us a replica in the
    • senile, but certain of its features still work effectively in
    • maya, and experience of the great illusion, the great
    • illustration from the development of the human spirit and the
    • moved in these spheres will have come across the phenomenon I
    • millions of people is a mood that this word expresses. The word
    • millions of people are thinking, then the word
    • Orient and still survives even today as a kind of antiquated
    • reality for us, must still be applied to it in the first
    • the epoch is fulfilled. The epoch has developed from
    • as maya, as mere illusion, as “ideology.” We have a
    • will then appear as mere “ideology” to someone who
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • in conjunction with the sensuous and physical world, you will
    • question will be raised: Are there paths by which man can reach
    • to do with someone who makes claims of this kind. He will think
    • will have gathered, from the lectures I have given so far, what
    • relationship of man to the world will realize: a being whose
    • This is just an outline that each individual can fill out for
    • subconscious depths, is permeated by feeling and will and
    • so great that the mystic will believe he is drawing from the
    • will transform the love that rightfully exists on earth into a
    • selfish submersion in things, that it will effusively thrust
    • and insinuate itself into things. By so doing, the self will
    • is healthy. If we are, then no one will be able to raise the
    • remembering this, you will know what to make of these demands
    • distances, you will find your real self. We can therefore say:
    • how the human will can be developed, and how it is possible to
    • develop dormant powers. The will can be developed to such an
    • to act as the organ of sight. If the eye were to fill with
    • transparent. With what is vital in our will, we can then enter
    • memory and really looks into himself, will see there the
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • lectures that follow will be based directly on the observations I
    • The succeeding lectures will have to demonstrate that a
    • have still to give.
    • far will agree that what has been expounded has not implied a
    • epochs and indeed, fundamentally, still arise today —
    • configurations are still present. On the other hand, man owes
    • unconscious regions of will or else unconsciously in the life
    • today still shrink back when they are told: that which operated
    • naïveté into self-consciousness. People will
    • feel, if only instinctively, as if our life still had to
    • will agree how fortunate it was for his inner harmony of soul
    • genuine psychologist will even discover something further.
    • transmits vital concepts that will live on with the child as
    • something from a respected authority, something that will
    • emerge, sometimes, with quite illusory but all the more
    • — will regain the ability to look fully into the child's
    • life. They will thus be able to draw out of the child's life
    • the platform, her way of speaking was ... well, I will quote an
    • should like to illustrate once more with an educational
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • only to illustrate what is in fact a widely-held view — a
    • recent times. For millions upon millions of people, the name of
    • many millions of men like a kind of religion, fifty years
    • masses of the European proletariat, the name Marx still denotes
    • throughout the world are very much greater still, and that only
    • described here in the last few days. A similar approach will be
    • the future. Western structures will have to be extended to
    • still be observed today points back to times when the Orient
    • was still united with the physical and natural. These
    • primitive man. In the same way, it will arrive at the outlook
    • ancient Oriental impulses I have described still operate in an
    • depths, there still remain legacies of the religious
    • ruled over China, and does so still; in modern Russian
    • zenith, the tribes in Western and Central Europe were still in
    • into the life of the soul in Greece. Here, man still felt a
    • economic ordinances of the period: everywhere you will find
    • Nowadays, we observe the religious element still active in the
    • stage in their development). You will realize the
    • were still under the sway of the legal element.
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • these causes can only be economic ones, we shall still have to
    • West, looked at historically, there stands a figure who still
    • is still directed entirely to the community, which is seen as
    • throughout the world is to be illuminated.
    • sense of self, a sense of personality that is still quiescent
    • individual who still lacks this sense of
    • articles of faith, still less the dogmas, that occupied the
    • attuned to a sense of self, and that such a sense still
    • something that had still to be attained. It was seen as a
    • with a still subdued sense of self, into complete
    • self-consciousness and a full sense of self. For the brilliant
    • still an ideal of human cognition and society. The peoples who
    • slavery in earlier times, and if we are willing to sift this
    • significant in it. But the point that above all others is still
    • bore the stamp of a society in which individuality was still
    • difficulty still faces us on every side today as an underlying
    • am well aware that many people today will not consciously admit
    • effects, this knowledge will tell me what to do when a man is
    • ill.
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • confidence, you will have to look in hidden places. Social distresses
    • it is still not enough to talk to people technically, in this
    • illustrated by lantern slides, or if we take people to
    • zoos and the like. But we ought not to be under any illusion
    • true, leading personalities today still have rather odd
    • — only if you succeed in doing this will you have made a
    • like: the people will gradually assimilate these concepts, and
    • then you can talk on party lines. But by doing so you will not
    • illustration is drawn, to the best of the teacher's knowledge
    • my point of view, however, it was really an illuminating
    • modern proletariat. An illuminating experience, because you
    • could see that, if only you will speak out of your full
    • hearts and affects their human and earthly being, they will
    • morning till night, unless it be so presented to them that they
    • humanity. Men will always regard the sort of thing they are
    • what a man will say if he is willing to speak freely —
    • culture was at its height, something that must still be of
    • still made use of words and concepts and ideas imbued with
    • superstition; yet there still persist in us,
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    • spirit, faculties that will provide conscious social certainties to
    • the fundamentals of spiritual science, as will be apparent from
    • many cases, for example, what I included solely to illustrate
    • feeling and a social will, I gave as an example the way the
    • this solely by way of illustration. Anyone who seeks to
    • unconscious will of mankind in Europe. Everywhere we find these
    • expression to their opinions and their will in social
    • may know perfectly well and be perfectly willing to put into
    • yesterday — the will, which is the true centre of man's
    • consciousness, you will find them in economic institutions
    • which is the best political system, and also — I will not
    • will discover that the best institutions that can be devised
    • of illustration I should like to indicate what can be
    • for that matter, the animal or plant — will display only
    • organization. And he will find that the development of
    • have given this simply by way of illustration, but it really
    • does illustrate what the impartial observer will
    • conditions as they really are, it will after a time reveal
    • a given year will have changed so greatly, twenty years later,
    • that it will already contain the seeds of its own decline. This
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    • of old clairvoyance. We will endeavour to consider once again that which
    • is no fully-awake condition, because there is still something asleep in
    • man. What we experience as our Will, is really only partially awake. Our
    • thoughts are awake, from waking until falling asleep, but the Will is
    • pondering on the freedom of the Will, and on freedom in general, is vain,
    • because people have not noticed that what they know of the Will in waking
    • daily life, is really only a dream of tale Will-impulses. When they will,
    • awake. But how the Will arises, and passes over into action, of this man
    • how the will spreads out there, of this you know nothing more
    • a dream while you are dreaming. Man only dreams of real willing during
    • your thoughts when you are asleep. A great part of the activity of will
    • we fulfilled as will-impulse, we would follow what was inward —
    • the lifting of a piece of chalk with reference to the will-impulse, you
    • motive here touched on you will be able to find out further things for
    • were still known, when people still spoke of them in literature, was
    • they can still live with the after-pleasure of eating and drinking;
    • must recede when it has reached a certain point. It will then come to
    • for enjoyment will stand before the most daintily-prepared repast, that
    • they will not yearn for it, but say: Ah! I may not. All that is finished
    • for me: This also will come in time, for it is a necessity of evolution.
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    • clairvoyance, and thus we will endeavor to consider once again that
    • asleep, is not a fully-awake condition, because there is still
    • something asleep in man. What we experience as our will is
    • until falling asleep, but the will is something which we
    • the freedom of the will, and on freedom in general, is in vain,
    • because people have not noticed that what they know of the will in
    • waking daily life is really only a dream or a tale of will
    • impulses. When they will, and represent something to themselves
    • concerning it, they are of course awake. But how the will arises
    • flow into the hand — how the will spreads out there — you can
    • willing during ordinary waking life, and in most things we do not
    • asleep. A great part of the activity of will while man is awake is
    • fulfilled as will impulse we would follow inwardly — into our
    • follow the lifting of a piece of chalk with reference to the will
    • through your own meditation on the motif here touched upon you will
    • these things were still known, when people still spoke of them in
    • coarser, let us say more selfish enjoyment; they can still live with
    • has reached a certain point. It will then come to pass that when
    • will not yearn for it, but will say: “Ah! I cannot. All that
    • is finished for me.” This also will come in time, for it is a
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    • to-morrow, and the day after, I will therefore bring forward
    • lived from the year 354 to 430 of our Christian era. We will
    • recall certain thoughts of St. Augustine because, as you will
    • good, all that is filled with Wisdom, and then on the other
    • is full of Wisdom, and that which is filled with
    • after us, in future times, will see greater than we ourselves
    • human beings will not admit this. They like to have truths
    • there still lived in human beings something of an echo of the
    • from waking to sleeping, still continued to work, but in other
    • a dim, but conscious life of sleep. In that age one still knew
    • still absolutely possible in the age of St. Augustine.
    • still in the 4th Post Atlantean period, has really proceeded;
    • still cling to certain living Mystery-Truth. The Mystery Truths
    • him, though spiritualised, can be filled with Sprouting,
    • then replaced by an atavistic clairvoyant life, which will
    • from morning till evening the Sun shines outside in the life of
    • see, this reversal was fulfilled through the Mystery of
    • gleam, (Schein). To-day it is still but a gleam, but in our
    • simply a germ, will become a fruit which animates our next
    • incarnation, as the seed of the plant this year will animate
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    • of the community will be the greater, the less the individual claims for
    • together, the well-being of the community will be the greater,
    • social question, which is to occupy us today, did not, as will
    • world will know what a distinct language these facts speak. It
    • language of the facts will find out in the not too distant
    • is at times still playing itself out under the surface of our
    • In all this we will have to discern the social question being lived out.
    • Theosophy, the world and life are considered will notice
    • and will observe human circumstances in a more unbiased way
    • Theosophical world-view will not produce such impotent
    • theories. It will teach mankind thinking, awaken thinking
    • reality, but will empower us to take hold of human
    • me bring in a little symptom that will further clarify what I
    • will find that things that are supposed to be guideposts,
    • will say to you: I have this program for the social question,
    • about the care of animals and so forth, rather he will say: Put
    • national economy; then they will have the ability to develop
    • the thinking which will lead to making the single branches of
    • long as this is not the case, people in this realm will be
    • charlatans and will have to witness the world collapsing around
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    • since we last gathered together on this hill, where a number of
    • We did not think of what, although it was to be foreseen, still
    • descended upon human life in Europe. There still lay in the
    • — about the ideals which filled us, to some extent as an
    • Whoever studies deeply the Greek style of architecture will
    • illuminating the world. I should have to go into great detail
    • brought to a standstill by the misery of the Thirty Years War
    • material, because it will not grasp the spirit in matter. We
    • feelings. We see introduced into the pillars, into the element
    • of life no longer filled with its own true inwardness. We enter
    • many a church building whose pillars we no longer understand
    • where pillars have shapes which are not architectural, but
    • picturesque; recesses are marked by pillars in picturesque
    • recesses. And the way such pillars have to support what they
    • commonplace, with which people are filled and which they can
    • and you will see that it is impossible for the deliberate
    • raised by those who still had sympathy with the old Christian
    • is because so much in it is new that those who will never
    • stimulus to so much that is still to be created.
    • hearts are bound up with the ideal it expresses will now be
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture I
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    • forces of evolution, will find renewed significance in a memorable
    • that the younger of these two men was Schiller, the elder Goethe.
    • What really prompted that reply of Goethe's to Schiller?
    • We may well say that Schiller, who at that moment was
    • revealed to him by Goethe. From that moment we see Schiller's ever
    • and which Schiller later confirmed in this letter.
    • on what they are meant to illumine. He used the phrase, speaking of
    • when we shall try to penetrate still deeper into this question,
    • to us to-day outwardly — will see that in this thought he
    • different, though it is the same mountain they paint. You will get
    • to knowledge, you will see that Goethe does not select a single
    • appears to us a modern, it will be a sufficient justification if in
    • still on one fixed point, but, in order to find truth, to climb
    • which lead direct to the present time. You will see at once what I
    • put this figure into its own epoch. These few words alone will
    • still to the ancients — a conclusion one would draw from his
    • of it at a time when it still had a certain freshness. He describes
    • as you will find them discussed in detail in my book,
    • ‘methodical thinking and willing;’ and the day
    • to get Goethe's world-conception, will get the feeling that Goethe
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture II
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    • to our eyes. It will always happen that such an analysis or
    • explanation of a work of fantasy will be turned down with the remark:
    • considers determinative for the nature of the soul, is illustrated in
    • and if we are to understand each other in what I have to say it will
    • holds that we can educate them, and they can be developed still
    • formulating ideas. You will constantly hear it: that alone can be
    • capacities of the soul are our feeling and our will. Thus, even with
    • ideating, but also a feeling and willing being. Now those who
    • will always repeat: in science, only the power of thought may enter,
    • never human feeling, never what we know as will-impulses, for
    • influences of the world of feeling and will.’ Perhaps some of
    • takes the will to be the origin of soul-activity. In a way that is in
    • Russian psychologist Losski has pointed out the control of the will
    • If you carry the thought a step further, you will be able to
    • impossibility, shows that everywhere Will plays a part, on what
    • subject as you are to the tricks played by the will and your habits
    • when the objection is raised that feeling and will are qualities
    • the microscope shows, but also what feeling and will dictate
    • given the average feeling and will in man to-day, they cannot be
    • and will. But the man who stands on the ground of initiation is also
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    • written on the 7th of September, 1783, when he was still a
    • Then came the time of Goethe's friendship with Schiller.
    • his own inner experience. The time will come when Goethe's Faust
    • will be understood in quite another way from what it is to-day,
    • when people will understand what Goethe wished to say when he said
    • appearance, the higher meaning will not escape the observation of
    • will be to consider something of what lies in it. To-day we will
    • consider the matter more from the outer side, but to-morrow we will
    • world. Step by step we will endeavour to penetrate into that which
    • illness, bringing him very near death. Much that a man's soul can
    • curiously mixed up with signs of a chaotic nature, still
    • or the other. He got to know Jung-Stilling with his deeply mystical
    • sources of life has been satisfied. This was when he was ill and
    • for those who still knew something or who studied the writings of
    • because Faust was a brilliant figure oscillating between an
    • magic also known to Goethe, will clearly recognize the book to
    •  Filling the All with harmony unceasing.’
    • golden urns, with the forces flowing between them and filling the
    • pictures, without even a guess of what they will become in the
    • that its outward form seemed Maya or illusion, as if it were not
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  • Title: Goethe's Secret Revelation: Lecture IV
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    •  Here it is madder still: for, scarce conceived,
    •  Of the newer symbolism will agree.’
    • true disciple of the newer symbolism will agree.’ If you read
    • carefully Part II of ‘Faust,’ you will know that Goethe
    • human spirit through thousands of years will be reminded in this
    • from far or near, desire to listen: Mark well, for He will be
    • has taught me. Whosoever will not hear His Words, as I speak them,
    • will suffer misery when the Earth-Cycle is fulfilled!’
    • — but still, as we shall see in a moment, as a symbol.
    • has received as one approaching illumination. It might be thought
    • significance to-day. It will be in any case the task of this study
    • human life with an enlightened eye, certain words will have a
    • which one finds everywhere, filling the soul when it gives
    • death. The images, indeed, will take on other, fixed shapes, when
    • at first it is all confusing. Still, into this realm enters man.
    • confidence and certainty that he will find there what he seeks: the
    • ‘Unwilling I reveal a loftier mystery.’ Still, Faust
    • dissipated’ will be found in this world, when it is
    • an astral figure, which cannot stay still, compelled to
    • It is pointed out to him what road he has to take till a physical
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  • Title: World History: Lecture I: Evolution of the Soul and of Memory
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    • say that nothing is really known of this. Going still further
    • he was in nature from the Greek, and how still more different
    • us first call to mind our own soul-life. I will take an example
    • not filled with thoughts and ideas. The present-day man thinks
    • in this or that place? We are of course still subject to
    • have the abstract life of feeling still. But who of us knows
    • Again, we say to-day: I will walk. We know that our will lives
    • different experience. What we call ‘will’ was quite unknown to
    • thinking, feeling and willing were present among the ancient
    • ‘willing’ human being — to use the language of to-day,
    • of olden times who did not have thoughts, but still had his
    • regions of the Ancient East where people were still conscious
    • region inhabited by people who were still conscious of their
    • Even to-day it is still of no small value for a man's spiritual
    • sometimes to say: I will not remember this or that, but
    • I will set here or there a sign, or token; or, I will
    • connection with signs or tokens. I will, for instance, hang a
    • picture is before me, I will experience in my soul all that I
    • children still feel the need of these repetitions. We have here
    • Only in the third stage does that develop which we still know
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  • Title: World History: Lecture II: Mysteries of 'Asia'
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    • lecture it will be clear to you that it is only possible
    • have still a distant echo of what was present in all its
    • other names for them, but that does not matter, we will name
    • sleep man had still a dull form of consciousness. While on the
    • his sleep a still more dim and dark consciousness, but a
    • those of still older times, for example the time of Atlantis or
    • Lemuria, or of the Moon epoch. Nevertheless they were still
    • Hierarchy, but only when a still deeper condition of sleep
    • the Initiates in the Mysteries, — they received a still
    • has recently appeared, and you will find right at the beginning
    • Through such a thing as I have brought to your notice, you will
    • still sometimes occur, men have an uneasy conscience about
    • that such conquest was willed of the Gods. The longing for
    • I cannot endure it. My consciousness will not become reflective
    • lightning (to take a simple and obvious illustration). You know
    • will. He is entirely given up to the Divine-spiritual world.
    • For in this waking-dreaming, dreaming-waking, the will does not
    • as Divine will. And the Initiate, who saw the lightning come
    • God-forsaken, Spirit-forsaken, he learned also to know a still
    • element, before they could discover its secret. Achilles,
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  • Title: World History: Lecture III: Asiatic Mysteries of Ephesus, Gilgamesh and Eabani
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    • To-day we shall not have to go so far back as this; we will
    • rhythmic memory proceeded from a still earlier memory that was
    • still more so from the man of our own time. Man to-day, in his
    • and soul still to a great extent outside his physical and
    • different examples. To-day we will follow one thread, the same
    • to-day I will set before you the events that I described
    • into the bodily and etheric, this personality had still left in
    • still retained also that inward feeling that one must learn to
    • which Earth-humanity led for a period, as you will find
    • the Mysteries. It will not surprise you to hear that in the
    • illnesses and more especially diseases and disturbances
    • in the Epic bears the name of Gilgamesh, we have still to see
    • will, but out of the will of both, from the flowing together of
    • the will of both.
    • through the will of an earthly personality, or, as was the case
    • the will of a personality on Earth. So it was with Gilgamesh.
    • of the two wills, Gilgamesh was able to recognise with
    • Mysteries had still their tradition, and in their tradition was
    • after-death existence, was still united with him, there arose
    • times one could say that a still more inward process is
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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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    • man feel himself for reasons which we will discuss in the
    • and, be it noted, in all subsequent epochs man will again feel
    • was present in earlier epochs and will again be present in a
    • for a long time. They were still there at the time of the
    • powerful inward experience ofthat which is illusory in
    • the senses is an illusion, that what the senses give is
    • illusion, and that the truth conceals itself behind the
    • illusion, so that in fact true being is not accessible to man
    • Now, very likely you will say that this conviction you
    • consciousness of the illusory character of the sense-world is
    • this way: Everything is Maya, everything is illusion,
    • penetrating the illusion and coming to real true Being.
    • as it were in desperation, with the illusion. They came into an
    • attitude of despair: the illusory character, they felt, is so
    • Very well then, we must remain in the illusion. That means,
    • there is no standing firm on illusion! In truth, my dear
    • Being and its illusory character. And now there awaited them a
    • with error and illusion, then one cannot value Being and Truth.
    • were two pillar-statues of infinitely strong suggestive force,
    • and of gigantic size. The one of these pillar-statues was
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  • Title: World History: Lecture V: Mysteries of the East, West, and of Ephesus
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    • ancient times Ephesus holds a unique position. You will
    • Aristotle had still to give to Alexander the Great. An
    • man to Nature, that was still living and present in the time
    • Ephesus. There was still alive in men of that time a vision and
    • have breathed it into space. We have therefore still to-day
    • Sun epoch. In that time I bore still within me the plants. Then
    • while I was still that Adam Cadmon who embraced the whole Earth
    • — and you will by this imagination call up again in your
    • there still were. And the pictures were dependent not on the
    • able still to experience something of the tremendous majestic
    • truths of the ancient East. Their souls were still stirred with
    • Macrocosm. In Ephesus men could still have sight of the
    • with Artemis, with the Goddess of the Mystery of Ephesus, still
    • experience that was still granted to the Initiate of
    • Ephesus, he could still receive it straight from the Realities
    • great and ancient truths could still be brought near to men;
    • remained longest. The Mysteries of Hibernia still existed,
    • light, and he will at first be dazed and stupefied. He will be
    • beaten back. These Irish, these Hibernian Mysteries will not
    • willingly let themselves be seen in the Akashic pictures,
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    • East which was still immersed in the impulses derived from the
    • serves to show what was still left of the ruins — for so
    • the East, in so far as such an experience could still be gained
    • will remember how in my book
    • across the years to human beings who still knew that as surely
    • begins the period to which man to-day may still feel himself
    • evolution. The Gods willed this or that, and this or that came
    • to pass on the Earth below. The Gods worked on the will of men,
    • inspired from the Gods. Gods willed: men carried it into
    • times to this end, — to bring Divine will and human
    • moment we will pass by this period. Then follows the age that
    • past, still less an experience in the present of the past;
    • Some of you who often listen to my lectures will know that I do
    • What I have said will already have suggested that in this case
    • modern civilisation as it has evolved up till now, we have been
    • been with us since the middle of the 19th century, and is still
    • initiated in the Mysteries, and these were still able to have
    • Hibernia, in Ireland, were still the echoes of the ancient
    • Hibernia the event was fulfilled in a symbol, in a picture, at
    • the same time that it was fulfilled in actual fact in
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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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    • persisted; though degenerate, it was still present in greater
    • still to make use of it. But later on, save for a few men like
    • was still a clear perception of the great difference that
    • that they will one day begin to know again. For, if truth be
    • (You will see presently why I am developing this line of
    • Someone whose thoughts on these things are not clear, will
    • will remember that the most important substance that forms the
    • contained in the body is still to some extent organised, but
    • yourself will be subjecting them to the forces streaming in
    • bees the cells of wax that will be filled with honey.
    • only there the hollow space is filled up; they are shaped like
    • into the mountains and examine the quartz crystals, you will
    • find you can draw them, too, in that form. The drawing will, it
    • form will be similar to the form of the bee-cells that are
    • the mountains you will find these crystals with their wonderful
    • at the liver, for example, or the lungs: you will only
    • will in consequence become diseased, for a certain harmony and
    • mineral substances which will provide a counterpoise in the
    • lung to the too strongly working etheric forces, then you will
    • Earth grow correspondingly too strong. This time you will
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  • Title: World History: Lecture VIII: The Burning of the Ephesian Temple and the Goetheanum
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    • who were present will remember how it took its start from
    • writing of the stars. And you will remember how we were able
    • character was devoted. And to-day you will allow me to speak to
    • a world filled with the jealousy of certain kinds of Gods. Ever
    • soul-atmosphere of the world was filled with the effects of
    • Into this atmosphere, filled with the Jealousy of the Gods,
    • cloud-filled atmosphere we behold streaming down the warm and
    • will come when your physical body will be received by the Earth
    • for its destruction. Then will your etheric body dissolve in
    • body you are still animal, albeit an animal that is inspirited
    • Cosmic Ether, and you will behold the earthly from out of the
    • enfeebled form it could still continue to work.
    • Gods. That was a time when men were still unfree and must needs
    • follow the Will of the good and the evil Gods. In our day men
    • In the time when man still looked up to the Gods in unfreedom,
    • into the starry worlds where the Will and Wisdom, where the
    • sincerity we will to keep it, can never be taken from us. It
    • will least of all be taken from us, if in this solemn hour,
    • filled us with such unutterable sadness, but let us at the same
    • willed in the Goetheanum, on all that we are now resolved to
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  • Title: World History: Lecture IX: World History in the Light of Anthroposophy
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    • Anthroposophical Movement, you will allow me to give this
    • Western civilisation will continue to steer. When we think of
    • least most of them were still thinking only a short time ago,
    • Some little time ago it was still possible for me to give
    • incarnations, the Earth will become barbaric. Human beings will
    • of soul, the Meeting will be a forceful impulse which the soul
    • Guardian of the Threshold in the right way. This will ensure
    • world of the senses you will have enough strength to protect
    • will be created a living centre of spiritual knowledge.
    • world. In the domain of medicine this is just what will be done
    • genuine anthroposophical activity. It will be worked out now,
    • upon Anthroposophy. It is a dire need of humanity and will soon
    • beneficial. The work there will be orientated entirely towards
    • the Vorstand in Dornach will adopt in all spheres of
    • anything about Anthroposophy, Eurythmy will please them. Then,
    • later on perhaps, they will come to us, and because they have
    • right remedies and then they will buy them; later on they may
    • discover that Anthroposophy is behind them and then they will
    • dishonest and must be abandoned. Anthroposophy will then find
    • will in the future be without fanaticism, will be advocated
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    • destruction by fire of the Goetheanum, which will remain
    • what may now be called Goethean, he will not find what gave
    • up actively his impulse-filled suggestions, and tries to gain
    • he will believe — no matter what he may think of the true
    • building on the Dornach hill, would be at first peculiarly
    • attained at earlier stages, and that' these are still contained
    • observe dreams from the waking state, you will find that these
    • the human being lives also in his will, for it is
    • particularly the will that, upon waking, is projected
    • question will appear: How is what he himself experiences within
    • sensing and his willing, rising out of the depths of his
    • numberless others that spring up. For one will soon feel how
    • already have, and ask: Can something higher, still stronger, be
    • soul-forces which can be developed still further than the
    • deals with such a problem seriously will turn first to a
    • so the question may arise which is still vague at first, and
    • idea, he will gradually notice that in this inner work, in the
    • — is filled with a soul-spiritual content, just as in
    • life we feel that we are filled with the breath, with the
    • same inner force of free will to suppress again the
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    • an abstract Ego of those shadowy ideas and concepts which fill
    • man's soul, or perhaps of half-dreamy feelings and willings. This
    • Spirits of Time, pulsate in our nature, filling it with their
    • because we can, of our own free will add one thought to another.
    • in the 3rd in a still different way. One thus sees how the mood of
    • is awoke, is given over to an illusion. As we have seen, when he is
    • illegally, as we night say, absorb our Spiritual, Psychic nature.
    • illegally, by the physical and etheric bodies. That simply rests in
    • nonsense for a man of the second or third millennium of the
    • that, that which is the Ordering of Nature to-day, will crumble
    • external sense-reality will appear in its place, and that which
    • to-day constitutes our ideals will become Nature in the next epoch.
    • dream-ideal will no longer be there, it will have been
    • senses, will, when the earth reaches the Venus-condition, be
    • non-existent; but out of that nothingness the possibility will be
    • time, have this illumination: — that the Ideals of the
    • immediate past still worked in them, when men knew that the Divine
    • they still had in their memories. The historic memory of the old
    • theocracy was lost, in which man still knew that the earthly
    • by men in olden times, and of which they still knew, there come
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    • evolution and will be able to say it also in each future
    • with the lesser oscillations of our own life, within the
    • yearly oscillations of the Earth-being, of the conscious
    • conceptions that will lead them from what is merely the
    • death and a new birth by being able to kill ourselves —
    • examine the modern life of spirit, my dear friends, you will
    • recede. But this will become clear to us, my dear friends,
    • all this, you will find that they are listening to something
    • lecture and our chairman said to him: “You will
    • not diminishing, it is increasing, and will go on doing so
    • science, Deepening through spiritual science will prove of
    • spiritual science; then one will be laid hold of and carried
    • will — spiritual science takes its place in our
    • new standpoint. Then men will begin to have an inkling of
    • truth, will never jumble together such a “work of
    • out of which the soul willingly creates at the present time;
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    • we will turn our attention today to a more general
    • state all our will is concentrated on our connection with the
    • thought, feeling, and will-impulses, or in any other manner,
    • the life of will; it is effected through humble surrender to
    • will, to a connection with the actions of spiritual beings of
    • less will humanity be able to live, without their soul-life
    • daunted at traveling this uncomfortable but secure path, will
    • their clairvoyance, above all they will develop a high
    • process: What arises as head-clairvoyance will always have
    • what I must call a universal scientific character; it will
    • Stomach-clairvoyance will be permeated especially with all
    • kinds of human egoism, and will very easily mislead the
    • spiritual world, will have extreme difficulty in getting
    • The colour will then become paler — and if we extend it
    • still further, the colour will become ever paler and paler,
    • one cherished illusions, and did not interpret things in a
    • more he fulfills the demand, that it should be dealt with in
    • civilisation of man; this is really important. Today, I will
    • slips into it ... Our thoughts are filled in this way with
    • raising thought to this height was then fulfilled. The next
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    • were shown that freewill can only be developed if a person is
    • this all that will enable you to understand the freedom of
    • the will and the significance of reason and wisdom in human
    • the mean at once, he will attain gradually in the course of
    • a human capacity or skill guided by reason and insight,
    • The spirit-self will only come into prominence in the sixth age of
    • in which he takes an interest. It will more and more be
    • mental horizon, this will promote the universal brotherhood
    • Chaldaic-Egyptian age, there still existed in a large part of
    • age of instinctive wisdom. You will perceive the truth of
    • various peoples, did not yet exist. Mankind was still divided
    • the fifth post-Atlantean age. We are still far from the time
    • divine impulse, will be raised into consciousness. Hence in
    • sort of moral impulses will the wisdom acquired through
    • with a word which was in common use when man still possessed
    • this in a moral sense will be a result of anthroposophical
    • important it is to be filled with the moral element of truth
    • indeed still speak of truth, but when the general life and
    • false, and place the facts before him. As a rule, you will
    • find that he does not feel such a thing to be wrong. He will
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    • this activity releases forces that will bring about future worlds. Through
    • seemingly has little to do with that theme, but it will afford
    • referred will, of course, be echoed in my remarks. I should
    • this personality that will enable anyone to distinguish
    • individual. Still, it may also be said that, in spite of much
    • illustrious contemporary scholar, which is really far more
    • presents it as being the most brilliant, not only of our age,
    • great impulse was still to be
    • for aesthetics, was slightly disillusioned when he first called
    • was a little chilled. But he was still more chilled by the fact
    • affairs, he then became so ill that he stood face to face with
    • He was unwilling merely “to trade in words,” as he had seen this done
    • Herder bore it brilliantly within himself; that is, the
    • one ever had before. But this was still growing in him, and he
    • of form that is found in Corneille and Racine,
    • Jung-Stilling,
    • the aesthetic in life, and by Jung-Stilling to the occult
    • looked deeply into what can be cognized and what can be willed
    • of uniting life in the depths of man's will and cognition with
    • endless illness” dragged along their weary way. Even in later
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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
    • history, and I will associate reflections with it that are
    • reproved; in the sphere of spiritual science there is still
    • at a rather youthful period while Goethe was still a boy and
    • so that their children would have been stillborn. But we can by
    • if it had not been discovered by Columbus. You will find it
    • you will certainly have no doubt that the course of world
    • these events another. You will have no doubt that these events
    • of Goethe will see that the Faust was really a demand of
    • dissimilarities between Goethe and Schiller, there is,
    • we look at Schiller, at Herder and Lessing, we shall say that
    • Schiller, this would by no means be so hard to prove; as the
    • he will not seem to anyone to be far removed in
    • scientific sense — would be Goethe's friendship with Schiller
    • when concentrated in Schiller's
    • This is obvious in Schiller. His early death was due primarily
    • You will recall that I reminded you yesterday of a fact that
    • he became seriously ill and stood face to face with death. He
    • virtually looked death in the face. This illness is, to be sure,
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    • from other sources in order to properly illumine the part of
    • ego with the sun, which illumines our environment during the
    • something that must also be added to illumine the full
    • ordinary scientific world conception will answer that the
    • people will come to know what I am here pointing out on the
    • this into consideration, you will arrive at a transition to
    • sleeping and waking. Thus, you will not be surprised when the
    • really the baby among his human members, it will not then seem
    • can use. That used during the night is still comparatively
    • ascend to his senses and brain system. You will surely say,
    • nerves and ganglionic system. At the time that Goethe fell ill,
    • necessities to behave like humans rather than monkeys. I will
    • more thorough investigation, similar findings will undoubtedly
    • they are not here, I will read the passage to you. Carus
    • instilled in things, and when one thinks of an animal as part
    • wisdom-filled tasks as he can. It is, however, a different kind
    • into consideration, you will no longer find incomprehensible
    • reason; we do not move merely through illumined space but also
    • through the space of wisdom and governing reason.” You will
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    • period all human relationships will be essentially modified in
    • earth. They will be so modified that man must, out of his own
    • — and this freedom will constantly increase — was not given
    • with what was willed by beings who guide life from regions
    • I will
    • Christmas time is one of the most brilliant points of this
    • will of the cosmos for our earthly events from them.
    • will, the sacrificial priests in the temples could learn it
    • from them. What they learned was to them, in a sense, the will
    • men learned from the will of the gods what was to happen here
    • period, in which the individual freed himself from the will of
    • the will of the cosmos shall penetrate earthly conditions in
    • Egypto-Babylonian culture period something still lived and wove
    • measure a reproduction of the will of the cosmos. This came
    • recognize from present conditions how everything will
    • potentiality of our physical body to them, which still
    • will continue to work on in our evolution. On Vulcan it will
    • their vocational activity that will be the first potentiality
    • the fifth post-Atlantean period, you will understand how
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    • by, or associated with, a vocation, you will have seen that it
    • Official positions are often filled by Ahriman-Mephistopheles
    • soul. Since, however, they are not yet willing to adjust to a
    • what the soul feels and wills, what causes it happiness or
    • disillusionment in life and other things that have been
    • had surrendered to it and if it had been fulfilled. Under the
    • the depths of her soul this incident is still present. But in
    • questioning. The patients are told that such experiences still
    • skillful interrogator who, according to the views in vogue,
    • will be better. Actual “cures” are frequently achieved by these
    • vacillation in life. Neither he nor those about him know why,
    • to have been content in what he felt, thought, and willed from
    • soul; the shattered plan of life still continued to be a living
    • disillusionments, suppressed appetites, ruined life plans, “the
    • the soul — in other words, that which emerges from still
    • scientists and their unwillingness to take account of spiritual
    • illness in this incarnation, but also to be carried through the
    • take this into consideration, you will understand that from the
    • is like a person who wishes to know what kind of grain will
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    • this, however, many things today will be necessary if man is to
    • personalities. I will give you an example. A small brochure has
    • it. It will be necessary for us to deal with these people whose
    • endeavors will be a point of departure for true energetic,
    • karma willed otherwise. Relatively early in his life he chose a
    • you will find, up to the thirtieth decimal point at least, the
    • still other things are to be found in Max Eyth. However
    • he is a little too brilliant; one might say, a bit careless.
    • is killed. This is an impressive karmic question — not
    • who is brilliant in his profession and who dies at a relatively
    • fulfilled swiftly and precipitously. To be sure, such an event
    • itself in the fifth post-Atlantean epoch will raise profound
    • epoch will make people realize how life reveals riddles in a
    • brilliant intellects, we can observe that they seek today for
    • not so much on account of his brilliance, but because he was a
    • will be able to prepare a comparable reactionary report also;
    • accepted. One must be willing and, if one is not, he will
    • That was lucky. He said, “We will go at once to the bakery and
    • the most famous critic of that city still had to be won over.
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    • we shall still come to the parts of our lectures that have more
    • enough to constitute the basis for a real judgment of life. We will
    • not revel in comforting conceptions, but will take in those that will
    • of it will be attained only when we introduce something that
    • as we know, and are able to beget children. Now, it will be
    • reality, it will be compelled to do so. This is the period,
    • will see what infinitely fruitful thought for future education
    • will result from these reflections if only external world
    • Chaldaic-Egyptian, Greco-Latin, our own and what will follow.
    • development of the spirit of the time will become increasingly
    • important, and the human soul will have to become increasingly
    • you will recall how I have undertaken to characterize the
    • which is still only a goal since it has come less clearly to
    • environment. Such was John Stuart Mill,
    • individuality spoke through the earlier human being. I will
    • couch this more in our concepts, but Mill expressed
    • social order. But what, asked Mill, is the result of this
    • presented by Mill. In his soul, however, all this worked
    • maintained by Mill and Herzen that Europe was on the way toward
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    • present considerations will impress us with their deeper and
    • single fact, can be viewed from many standpoints. I will relate
    • example, a kind of illustration of what I mean. We are now
    • Our professor, although still relatively young, had little
    • then the custom and is still so to some extent even now,
    • goodwill of the right honorable Signor Aeneas Piccolomini,
    • that still remain to me. I hope that an opportunity might
    • renders him worthy of fame among all others and will ever
    • render him more and more worthy, will unite together with my
    • service to him every other satisfaction for me, I will then not
    • lessons. Moreover, I would not willingly do such work in
    • best. No matter how brilliant and generous a republic, to
    • favorable opportunities to secure skillful persons whose help I
    • income here, I will tell you that the compensation for my
    • service amounts to 520 gold gulden, which will be changed to an
    • there were unusual events, brilliant occasions, festival
    • in genuine disillusionment. He had thoroughly tasted the
    • that this story is a myth, but I will continue to relate it
    • view. You will observe that even though I did not relate false
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    • be unusually advanced in their Christian conception will
    • “We do not wish any mediation by other spirits but will ascend
    • seem, you will find that they describe nothing but an angel,
    • bottom of this lies a certain concealed egoism but people will
    • lives in a nebulous conception; that is, an inner illusion, an
    • surrender ourselves to this inner illusion and to fantastic
    • angel. The latter will soon lead the human being into
    • egoistic religious sects who are unwilling to listen to
    • pay close attention to what I have here suggested, you will
    • relation to his angel, we are still dealing in some way with
    • Still
    • to false paths that I will not, cannot, describe today, but
    • the spirits of a time. People will embrace them in the forms in
    • But people today will not have this. Much that has only been
    • future humanity will be convinced that much that man performs
    • even to illness and death. If you ask yourselves on the basis
    • spirit, you will be able to answer that these profound
    • connections extending to illness and death introduce a
    • know perfectly well that the clever men of the present will, of
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    • primarily concerns human society. We will now have to mention
    • illusion; that is, it does not belong to the real and eternal,
    • to maya, the great illusion, and we must place this
    • up with reverence to an ancestor still survive among those who
    • ancient times to which history can still look back, in that
    • human beings descend still further to the period in which the
    • the second millennium before Christ, the people of the Near
    • has previously been presented to you, you will not consider
    • what I am about to say as something strange. You will see that
    • then, could the ancient peoples still worship archai,
    • archangels, and angels? They could do so because they still
    • Then everyone will experience that sensitive reverence in the
    • ascend still further. It is not possible to bear anything more
    • question will come to us if we fix our attention on the
    • over by Lucifer if he desires to rise still higher into the
    • mysterious way with the moon, as you will find explained also in
    • on earth as we pass beyond maya or illusion. As the Christ is
    • is to turn to this worship of Christ, mankind will still need a
    • cast the demons out now where we can. We still have little
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    • is working anywhere nowadays it will become increasingly
    • as follows: you will allow it to be true that we have among
    • their own sphere. Men today do not willingly see into these
    • say, Egyptology — I will take something exotic, so let it
    • be Egyptology. So, we will agree that his profession is to
    • opportunity to verify the history. In these he will naturally
    • can this good Priest do now? Naturally he still has somehow
    • with normal laws there will be nothing left by the time of
    • and the structure of matter, will not be there after the
    • then remains? Where is there anything? What is still
    • anything in which there will remain a vestige of our present
    • Nevertheless this glowing sphere of the Sun will not exist
    • beyond the Venus age; it will then disappear. And everything
    • constituents of some spiritual existence will also disappear.
    • And of all that is here now there will remain for the future
    • There is nothing in which Christ was thus seen that will last
    • Mystery of Golgotha will last only to the Venus existence.
    • but these heavens are so physical that they too will vanish
    • with the Venus existence. What will last longer than that has
    • with what as seed in man, will last on into eternity.
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    • in their development, and will not be so until the earth has
    • reached its Venus stage, or till the Jupiter age is passing
    • these formative principles will be working at their full
    • they are still developing mere shadows of the real being of
    • we presuppose what will only be in existence at the time of
    • in us as as extremity man will become head in our next
    • what the man will do in his next incarnation. This is
    • particularly instructive about what he will carry out, where
    • he will go, where his legs will take him. If you simply
    • follow in his track to all the places where his legs will
    • incarnation will bring to a man. Now we have been considering
    • man will die, and thither man directs his footsteps.
    • knows nothing of this head. You will be right in saying:
    • definite consciousness of what there will be between your
    • will draw diagrammatically what lies around us outside as
    • inside. Imagine it must also have an outside. So I will call
    • movement, touch, smell, taste, sight; then you will have
    • are not yet fully developed. Not until the Venus age will
    • Now you will
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    • Men still had
    • soul-Sun again, the spiritual-Sun, still identified by Plato,
    • meaning when we speak of the spiritual-Sun Plato still
    • illusion, Maya.
    • to be filled by the sun, he would find in this space red hot
    • considers to be filled by the sun, he would find in this
    • definitely maya, complete illusion. This representation
    • absolutely nothing. I will draw it diagrammatically (blue
    • empty space is less than just emptiness you will no longer
    • can still go an beyond mere emptiness just as we can go
    • physical man, is a being who materially fills a certain
    • imagination and picture that everything materially filling
    • in our skull is filled with brain substance here nothing is
    • will just have to remember diagram 5 and diagram 3 drawn
    • without, his soul-life stretches into him thus... so I will
    • Still further
    • with the spirit-land as you will find it described in
    • matters. I think you will agree it might be possible that
    • man's life of soul and spirit. You will find it obvious that
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    • (Influence of the human will upon the
    • will follow, with an inevitability of cause and effect in
    • substance, possessing certain properties, will catch fire
    • will of itself inevitably evolve a crisis, and that this will
    • to the exclusion of all intervention from the human will. It
    • see in the spiritual world will become thereby distorted,
    • — caricatured: one will only get into quite a distorted
    • individuals. — Those, who recall it, will remember that
    • the will of these particular persons; and it is to
    • however, one must observe life itself. And one will then
    • will ask: ‘Well, but aren't the things all quite right,
    • years old, will be still living in 30 years time, and how
    • many will have died. One only needs to take the number large
    • so many persons of 20 years old, only so and so many will be
    • which the person in question will have to pay. And one may
    • many people will commit suicide within this area. But would
    • necessarily forced to kill themselves? Most certainly he
    • existence of certain laws does not mean that man's free will
    • die before 50, yet you certainly will not say: Well, now I
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    • till now. In discussing a subject of this kind, I must really
    • this impossible Reichstag (it will be a quite impossible
    • it is a bitter pill, a bitter experience in this respect,
    • still to-day make such a demand as this; and that they are
    • not willing, even now, to go to the bottom of things. Things
    • mind, nothing will be accomplished in the only way in which
    • can learn from still fewer pages what it is necessary to
    • will see what an amount we have collected together in them of
    • Yet what can we only tell ourselves to-day? People still come
    • they all reside entirely in the human will. They reside in
    • afterwards, when you have made them, you will soon have
    • where the crash is still to come. There one may see, on the
    • stand-still: that enormous stocks of goods are piling up in
    • well; but they fancy, that some miracle will come about, and
    • then, in a little while, things will be different. And so
    • these working-classes there exists a will: a will,
    • the moment they are actually realised, will mean the
    • will have gone back again to the year 1913, or the Spring of
    • 1914, and they will begin again whore they left off at that
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  • Title: Reincarnation and Immortality: Lecture I: Free Will, Immortality
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    • concerning free will and immortality are among the most
    • what we are concerned with in human and spiritual history will
    • when dealing with free will and immortality.
    • time I attempted to learn the steps of the quadrille to this
    • and will impulses — all these play a role when we hear
    • philosophical considerations. Today I will try to offer a
    • one who willingly indulges in a false mystical way, in
    • will impulses, of which we have a clear picture, into the
    • way you will gradually see that you are similarly bound to laws
    • materialist you may be, but are willing to apply your
    • thinking to the investigation, you will then be on the
    • a human skeleton will know that what is expressed so
    • future the problem of immortality will be expanded
    • which perhaps people will regard as somewhat perverse, will in
    • the one element of the human will, intuitive thinking.
    • human being based on free will. Today I would add: What is the
    • forces that work in the true, free act of will in the human
    • the free will we find that nothing mortal in the human being
    • problems of free will and of immortality are intimately
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    • can still be mentioned. It concerns a professor of history at a
    • university. This person gave a brilliant inaugural lecture in
    • of historical observation by Friedrich Schiller when he took up
    • has the impression that Schiller believed he could arrive at
    • kind of prophecy. Immediately after Schiller had come to
    • the will which arose out of the deepest recesses of the soul,
    • such examples from many aspects of life. We are still in this
    • admirer of Woodrow Wilson. The actual fact of the matter will
    • reasons which I will not go into now. It is neither chauvinism,
    • politicians but through those who tilled the land and tended
    • and you will see the truth of what I say.
    • Wilson provides a brilliant characterization of his people, one
    • even today historical observation is still largely
    • which will be developed thus enabling the human being really to
    • quite sure that these people will come to decisions which will
    • have will impulses and go through the world with such impulses,
    • the motive you know as coming from your will impulses. You know
    • what it is that as perception stimulates the will. How what you
    • paradoxical it may sound this will become a most
    • This is why in earlier times, when people were still connected
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    • there is a saying of his, which is greatly illuminated by
    • expect to find something that will lead him to the real being
    • a standstill all our inner feelings and sensations, devoting
    • permitted to make such a paradoxical statement. Its truth will
    • consciousness. I will make this clear by the following:
    • become more skilled, our hands become more alive so that we not
    • experiences are concerned. And he will then find, as long as he
    • thoughts he will come to observe not the thoughts but the
    • illustration to show how our whole soul life is now altered by
    • Grillparzer. I am not mentioning this in order to prove that
    • Grillparzer, as far as his capacity enabled him, took the same
    • Grillparzer had conceived the whole outline of his Golden
    • notice something that can fill us with dismay — we notice
    • the soul. And I would like to add a further illustration to
    • illustration because something comes about in our soul life
    • develop the activity of our will, again with the help of
    • here it must be said that this development of the will involves
    • our will, especially when seen from the scientific viewpoint,
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    • inferences will soon be dissatisfied, for he will recognize
    • the illusions into which such mystics often fall. Anyone who
    • original form, but changed in such a way that it will only be
    • impulses of will, received indeed by the organic, bodily
    • illusions; and it has to recognize that such mysticism is a
    • error which can arise. For I will now describe the ways
    • supersensory worlds. I will have to describe much that is
    • ways which can lead to illusions and errors, it reaches a real
    • are still asleep, and of which man is ordinarily unconscious.
    • the one hand, and with the will on the. other. Between these
    • power of will through which we can enter life as active human
    • developing our powers of thought and will up to a higher level
    • power of the will on the other, are developed further than in
    • deepest, most essential part of the human soul, will also be in
    • these methods and exercises. Today I will describe the
    • following way. What I have to describe will appear simple,
    • weeks. There are many such exercises for the soul. I will
    • otherwise in knowledge and the fulfillment of his duties,
    • achieved, one will be able to dismiss this whole picture of
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    • And so you will allow me to start with the course of scientific
    • thought and research in more recent times. This will be
    • chemistry during the past decades can only be filled with
    • details, but I will mention the views of a representative
    • the smallest particles. And honest scientific progress will
    • can only be filled with admiration for the wonderful work
    • happen around us in the world, I will make use of a comparison
    • which will help to make the matter clearer.
    • outlook and attitude, will affect increasingly wider circles of
    • people and will become a common conviction with all the
    • observation, carried out willingly and with discipline.
    • present-day literature on this subject will increasingly find
    • this clear and obvious, that this will become more and more the
    • consciousness the ego is still only present as it is when we
    • penetration of the will into the soul life which
    • the will pouring into us. It is because of this that we do not
    • have dream pictures rising up without any direction of will,
    • that we unite ourselves to the outer world with our will and
    • with our will become a part of the outer world. It is what
    • world through our will.
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    • obvious, of course, that there will be opposition to an Art
    • unfamiliar, but this opposition will all disappear in the
    • will see, Eurhythmy can be accompanied by music, for that
    • content. Eurhythmy will also have an influence upon
    • artistically impartial than ours, there will be a quite
    • soul and of will, which gymnastics, as such, cannot do.
    • critics of what we are attempting to do. Eurhythmy is still
    • will become ever more and more perfect, and will one day take
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    • lectures you will have seen how man comes to a kind of
    • illusory idea of the outer world; but as a matter of fact,
    • To-day I will
    • external knowledge, their external cognition, will become
    • of their own Will. And in the future it is a question of
    • this:- either humanity will simply succumb to a view of the
    • one possibility. The other is this: That humanity will cease
    • earth, they can judge of everything real; and they will then
    • humanity will have to traverse this latter path,
    • for the whole of humanity. You will find such things described
    • earth. You will see this better if you go into those chapters in
    • The Greeks still had much of the ancient wisdom in their
    • modified, because the Greeks were inwardly filled with this
    • forcing house, certain of these treasures were still
    • still preserved a primeval wisdom even in the 19th century.
    • 19th century they still preserved some things of which one
    • nature. Not even so much likeness still remains between the
    • will be differentiated all over the earth according to their
    • the world, from the West there will come none but economic
    • permeates the world, the East will gradually become
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    • will keep this in mind to-day from one particular point of
    • simply an external illusion. What appears thus as this stony
    • What appears to us as the Earth filled with
    • birth in order to fulfill his existence between birth and
    • to the Earth as will as when we look up to the Cosmos, in so
    • a sort of illusion before us; and we only come to the truth
    • of this illusion, with their various degrees of Cosmic
    • looks up or down, I must therefore call it illusion; the
    • truth, the Being , lies behind this illusion. That illusion
    • and of whom you will already have formed the idea that the
    • inclination if, through our karma which we fulfill here
    • human beings who give themselves up so willingly to a
    • those persons in their next incarnation will be exposed to
    • impulse which will come to mankind in this way. That means,
    • of course, that these human beings will not be able in their
    • will, as it were, not be able sufficiently to draw themselves
    • development on Earth will reach such a stage that human
    • beings will remain children, and will not we able to age. The
    • individual souls of humanity will be dissolved. One common
    • development of our planet. If you recollect this, you will
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    • All attempted compromise will lead to a wrong path. Can it
    • I will
    • illustrate what I mean by an example. Now I recently had a
    • out of the living spirit will not give an academic lecture.
    • what spiritual angle they come. And there is still a great
    • People still think that when they have taken-in the content
    • words only and can still be a long way from the spirit of the
    • Otherwise it will not be possible for the connection to be
    • pure illusion. It may well he that here or there
    • forces working in the world of the animals, he will perhaps
    • who criticise him up hill and down dale without going at all
    • will go on increasing in strength if the Churches do not lose
    • confessions. If we take our civilisation seriously it will be
    • impossible for us to entertain any illusions in these
    • will not be taken seriously if it is not made clear that
    • culture-period — the old Persian. Still the same in the
    • post-Atlantean periods was a rising one, so the future will
    • body — No, it will not be so. For the rest of earthly
    • evolution there will be no upward trend for the human body.
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    • again and again that men will not be able to make any further
    • I will just
    • illustrate what I mean by an example, Not very long ago I got
    • illustration and so shall give no name. It says that this man
    • present day have still very very much to learn about these
    • got hold of the text and it is possible still to be far, far
    • Anthroposophy with social life will not be understood. To-day
    • century which led them to do so. Such professors as William
    • stronger. It is not possible to indulge in any illusion in
    • man will not recognise that it is through a perception of
    • out of a much older civilisation, man's body was still
    • evolving strongly upwards and forwards, this was still the
    • bodily evolution of man will proceed and progress as it did
    • epoch, for that it will not do. For the rest of the
    • Earth-evolution there will be no further evolution of the
    • evolution and as a body, filled with the forces which
    • will, arose in men in earlier times as the result of the work
    • of these Beings. Man could not of his own free will induce
    • connection, and man must now, out of his own free-will, waken
    • evolution has ceased and nothing will come by merely
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    • like to speak about today will be best explained if I start
    • sense). You will realise without difficulty that in the
    • of observations. And you will realise since there is no
    • very great deal will have to be done in the future if we are
    • that he sitting still an his seat. He forgets that the train
    • which he has had, he knows that he was not standing still and
    • that he was only able to maintain the illusion of being at
    • such occasions mention is made of all kinds of illusions
    • under which man labours, for example, the illusion that he
    • believes to be standing still on the earth, whereas as a
    • willing, our deeds, our acts. The fact of holding our sense
    • as it were, at the margin of our corporeality. To-day I will
    • we live an inner life. And willing is fashioned from feeling
    • willing lies that which we psychically experience. But now,
    • you will say that the present consciousness of humanity is
    • is sitting still, whereas he is moving forward with the whole
    • future men will have to see to it that this state of things
    • everything else is nonsense. The fact that men will
    • seventh and fifteenth years is of such a kind as to kill out
    • incorrect theories have made the illusions far greater than
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  • Title: Man and Nature: Intellect in Man and Nature Bereft of the Gods
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    • this thought is by no means popular; people will not accept
    • will be saved to man for all eternity without any action
    • will think of the world, leaving aside the human being
    • impossible, but we will assume hypothetically a Nature
    • thousands of years ahead — in this future there will be
    • will be nothing left of all that now lives in external Nature
    • outside the bounds of the human skin. What will
    • inner organisation of man. This will constitute the future.
    • The Nature by which man is now surrounded will pass away, and
    • the Human-Divine principle now within his being will become
    • Nature — “will pass away but my words will not pass
    • fulfilled, then the words of Christ will live in the
    • individual human being. “Heaven and Earth will pass
    • away, but My words will not pass away” or My words in
    • human skin and is received into Christ, this will not pass
    • century — either to remain at a standstill with his
    • intellectuality enables him to evolve a brilliant science of
    • will fill the otherwise empty recesses of the soul with
    • Past outwardly manifest before them. They will only admit the
    • human race will realise how much depends upon the
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    • those we had, or still have, with a trusty friend.
    • hardly get beyond a refined form of illustration, imitation
    • life of soul run wild when anyone is willing to be satisfied
    • by the merely illustrative element, of copying the physical
    • unreality and into it must play many of the illusions of
    • whole situation will make me uncomfortable and I shall
    • hair will appear genuine only if rather pert and if she is
    • that life should lead us away from such illusions. But there
    • what is thus striving to arise, will confine in a beneficial
    • onwards will make the kind of kind of mysteries to which I
    • Whoever is able to perceive this will also find — to make
    • all the time being killed by a higher kind of life. It is the
    • being killed, overcome, by this human life, this human soul.
    • does not come to expression in the human being but is killed
    • in Goethe's work still has to be brought to light, and that
    • theory of metamorphosis will be capable of fuller life and of
    • this theory of his is still very limited; it is capable of
    • illustration: Whoever studies the human skeleton finds, even
    • petal — will be able, on extending this mode of
    • even killed, by a higher life.
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    • creating out of artistic imagination or phantasy will
    • world of sense. He will change it, idealise it — no
    • will be of artistic imagination, based upon his personal
    • super-sensible knowledge, as we understand it, will have
    • absent, but feeling and willing are present — although in
    • and willing, is not to be identified with them. In
    • super-sensible knowledge, feeling and willing must fill the
    • of the rest of man's being is quiescent. Feeling and willing
    • direction when feeling and willing are functioning in the
    • ordinary way. Impulses of will come to expression in the
    • and willing develop towards within, an activity of soul that
    • and willing.
    • harmonies of proportion and form, willing and feeling are
    • music, the seer must penetrate still further than the sphere
    • willing that have been turned inwards. This enables the seer
    • willing — but it is a willing that expresses itself in
    • lives consciously in this willing can certain experiences in
    • a geometrician, in order to illustrate some purely mental
    • it into an inner perception, into an imagination, filling it
    • the colouring of man oscillates, the flesh-colour lying in
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    • And you will truly live
    • And you will truly feel
    • For the will of Christ reigns in the earthly sphere
    • For its free will;
    • And you will truly think
    • What will be heard in the heights;
    • Forcefully will to do.
    • necessary to ask oneself whether one will be strong enough to endure
  • Title: Lecture: Human Knowledge and Its Significance for Man and the Cosmos
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    • times will come when their souls will be incarnated again and when knowledge
    • of these things will be absolutely essential. It will be a vital necessity
    • ourselves are still living in an age when it is not as yet left entirely
    • easy-going minds can still speak with irritation about the complicated
    • nature of anthroposophical wisdom. They can still keep reiterating that
    • under a delusion. Times will come when knowledge, and knowledge alone
    • will enable man to hold together certain of the inner principles and
    • civilisation for that age in the future when the human being will have
    • of the head, will become the head of the next incarnation, after we
    • into the head of the next incarnation. Once again he will receive the
    • And now we will turn to
    • probably say to himself: ‘I will use chemistry and investigate
    • I will try to find out the constituents that are required for man's
    • will investigate the grain of wheat from the chemical point of view
    • between birth and death whereby our organism will be transformed after
    • for it is these forces that will be transformed into the head of the
    • to be transformed into the head of the next incarnation. You will say:
    • in us in this realm of our being will begin to manifest in their essential
    • Nature herself will help
    • has little by little instilled into us the dreadful maxim that the later
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    • were shown that freewill can only be developed if a person is
    • this all that will enable you to understand the freedom of
    • the will and the significance of reason and wisdom in human
    • the mean at once, he will attain gradually in the course of
    • a human capacity or skill guided by reason and insight,
    • The spirit-self will only come into prominence in the sixth age of
    • in which he takes an interest. It will more and more be
    • mental horizon, this will promote the universal brotherhood
    • Chaldaic-Egyptian age, there still existed in a large part of
    • age of instinctive wisdom. You will perceive the truth of
    • various peoples, did not yet exist. Mankind was still divided
    • the fifth post-Atlantean age. We are still far from the time
    • divine impulse, will be raised into consciousness. Hence in
    • sort of moral impulses will the wisdom acquired through
    • with a word which was in common use when man still possessed
    • this in a moral sense will be a result of anthroposophical
    • important it is to be filled with the moral element of truth
    • indeed still speak of truth, but when the general life and
    • false, and place the facts before him. As a rule, you will
    • find that he does not feel such a thing to be wrong. He will
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    • which has already succeeded it or which will succeed it during
    • clairvoyance he still had a memory of a clear experience of
    • for the human being still possessed a vital perception of the
    • still half-sleep. On the other hand the dreamlike pictures of
    • of Golgotha individual human beings still possessed remnants of
    • of actual esoteric wisdom which still existed in the
    • can imbue your own selves, provided ye are willing to gain the
    • extra-earthly spheres; provided ye are willing to acquire
    • so strong that ye will be able to say to yourself: With
    • will never grasp death in its significance for human life, even
    • comprehension, then will ye prepare in yourselves a special
    • force of faith; ye will prepare a special force of
    • would still be weak if he only knew how to sustain his wisdom
    • by earthly means. If he is willing to acknowledge the fact that
    • than of a human being who we expect will raise his
    • human soul. He lives for the most part in illusions by having a
    • permit ourselves to live in illusions about these things if we
    • illusions about the opposite pole, about intuition, etc. We
    • message there still existed the knowledge that in ancient times
    • because in their dead letters much wisdom still lives. Yet it
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  • Title: Christianity in the Evolutionary Course of Modern Mankind
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    • requisite preliminary knowledge. Other opinions will be in
    • are not willing to take them as a basis for discussion.
    • will have been able to see from the one
    • gradually rise to higher and higher truths. Still it was right
    • these higher truths will that gradually be attained which,
    • various phenomena of our existence will already have become clearer,
    • incarnations, and still have long distances to travel in
    • soul-spiritual development which will be attained by the normal
    • tower above the normal man, still they have followed the same
    • just as other men have. We can perhaps illustrate what lies at
    • concrete instance to illustrate this kind of mission.
    • him to be just this ancestor. Now in what way will care be
    • Avatar-beings, still it was a lofty Avatar-being who
    • Nazareth. But first we will take into account the fact that
    • evolutionary progress of Christianity will easily perceive that
    • were still eyewitnesses of the fact that Christ had lived
    • everything of a physical nature that still existed can be seen
    • phenomena of that time will become luminous and clear to you,
    • whom you will follow biographically with the soul when you know
    • Above all, one phenomenon will be
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    • by James Gillen in 2013, who converted it from a scanned to a word document.
    • It was translated into English by Martha Keltz. It was James Gillen's wish
    • by James Gillen in 2013, who converted it from a scanned to a word document.
    • It was translated into English by Martha Keltz. It was James Gillen's wish
    • language was provided by James Gillen in 2013, who converted it
    • English by Martha Keltz. It was James Gillen's wish that it be
    • there will also be interruptions here and there throughout the lecture.
    • from the point of view of a truly spiritual knowledge will be
    • whether the insight, the inner realization, will stop within
    • where we are from morning till night, and we know the state of
    • of this awakening? We switch our will on, especially in our
    • body, in our physical tasks. These depend on the will. After
    • essentially caused by the awakening of the will in the senses,
    • earthly life, but would constantly dream. Then we would fill
    • will be shown whether such a second awakening as I have
    • that man will not develop even this soul force further; he will
    • the depths of the human being thought pictures will be conjured
    • comparison will know that this is the first step of a new
    • will now be achieved with the same power with which one has
    • procedures. But still, the one who finds himself surrendering
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture I: The Significance of Supersensible Knowledge Today
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • origin of life and that of evil, health and illness, and
    • of spiritual investigation will become apparent. These
    • lectures will also deal — from a spiritual-scientific
    • and the tasks facing modern humans. The discourses will
    • interest for everyone. Each lecture will be self-contained,
    • lectures will deal with subjects such as, “Man's
    • audience who attended lectures last winter will hear about
    • only be fully understood when illumined from different sides.
    • this winter's programme that will demonstrate what is meant
    • regard Theosophy as illogical, and its appeal restricted to
    • it will create conflict with their religious conscience. They
    • same fundamental truth. From these lectures it will become
    • the present time, will truly further mankind's progress in
    • held this winter will increasingly demonstrate that the time
    • of religion by illumining the wisdom it contains, and by
    • that wisdom in a new form. In so doing, the old forms will
    • religions will be restored by spiritual science.
    • longer understood. This tendency to accept and tolerate will
    • continue for a time, but eventually it will prove too weak,
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture II: Blood is a Very Special Fluid
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • You will be aware that so much has been written about Goethe's
    • Faust that it can fill libraries. I naturally cannot
    • sentence. I quote it in order to illustrate the amazing
    • hand with a penknife, dips a quill in the blood in order to
    • evil believes, or rather is convinced, that he will gain a
    • containing naive views, are filled with primordial wisdom. A
    • will be the subject of a later lecture, though an indication
    • will be given at the close of this one. Today we shall look
    • in cultural life. However, our discussion will not be from a
    • but from that of spiritual science. It will be a help if
    • suffering, the immediate experience will no doubt be inner
    • when only their fruits remain, a person will say that from
    • spiritual knowledge. This will happen more and more
    • frequently; you will find ancient wisdom gradually
    • background of blood is understood, it will be recognized that
    • doubtful morality. It is unlikely that one will find the
    • composition of blood will be known to you from science in
    • some of the basic ideas of spiritual science. You will come
    • spiritual science; they will allow a brief repetition for the
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • Illness and Death.” Yet each lecture is complete
    • closely bound up with evil, illness and death, often cuts
    • bleakest outlook caused by suffering, one filled with hope
    • foundation; the next lecture will show that it is possible to
    • evil; it may be a first cause from which will result a more
    • back over your life you will realize how often suffering and
    • understanding of our essential nature will also make clear
    • being will develop out of itself what is termed: Spirit Self
    • spirit in eternal circulation. Out of spirit that fills the
    • world, but in us it lives as conscious spirit. It will be
    • arise. This will concern us in the next lecture.
    • substances will disintegrate if not permeated with life. That
    • you will find that substances are perpetually being absorbed
    • but let me give you an example to make it clearer still. When
    • destruction has set in. This illustrates that consciousness
    • acquainted with my lectures will recall references to
    • someone born blind. Just as such a person will experience the
    • soul forces in human beings: thinking, feeling and willing.
    • organization. Certain thoughts and feelings will call up
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • suffering, illness and death, but does not concern itself
    • are certain reasons why this is happening. It will
    • evolved in the past and will evolve in the future, and
    • The whole of humanity will reach this stage, but only after
    • affairs; the ascetic who flees the world will not attain
    • spiritualized, and no longer needs a physical body, he will
    • outside. By then our present planet will have fulfilled its
    • planetary existence will arise, and humanity will be gods on
    • will constitute a lower kingdom. Human nature is already
    • twofold, consisting of that which will rule on the next
    • planet, and that which will be a lower kingdom. The earth
    • will pass over into a new embodiment, just as it has passed
    • through earlier ones. Human beings will be gods on the next
    • on the previous planet. This illustrates how the earth is
    • human beings will have advanced to be leaders and guides.
    • look at the wisdom-filled bone structure, such as the upper
    • attacks the wise form of the heart. The astral body will need
    • body, though it will do so in the course of evolution. The
    • conflict, but love will overcome the conflict and transform
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VI: Education in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • to a wider public, and provide insight that will help to
    • Our ordinary thoughts and will-impulses are also contained in
    • childhood till old age. That is why, if we are to understand
    • nature. Just as the physical body while still at the
    • Meanwhile the astral body is still surrounded by its
    • towards illness. Everything that surrounds the child should
    • inclined to be too earnest and too quiet, it will benefit
    • far better. Every child will see such a homemade doll as a
    • The child will indicate what is beneficial for himself.
    • will disappear. Education should be based on happiness, on
    • the educator must bring to bear everything that will further
    • the moment he will be permitted to meet this person. At last
    • the day arrives and the child stands before the door filled
    • Olympus he will follow," is a true saying. The materialistic
    • stemmed from a time when it was still believed that human
    • these traits is not laid during this period, it will result
    • will not be attained if the instructor aims at movements that
    • movements will promote inner sensations of health, strength,
    • than a baby still in the womb can hear or see. Each life
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • Illness and Death
    • must obviously concern everyone, for illness and death enters
    • death is a riddle that no one ever has, or ever will solve.
    • to answer the specific question, How can illness and death be
    • illness and health; we must confine ourselves to the question
    • do we see any connection with illness.
    • Testaments, who strive to grasp their deeper aspects, will be
    • species are still indifferent to pleasure and pain, joy and
    • death.” You will realize that not only this, but also
    • will then be discovered that often the issue concerned is not
    • sentence will be acquainted with his pessimistic outlook:
    • pondering it.” And they will realize that he could not
    • world views what it has to say about the cause of illness and
    • natural scientists do not understand that when illness and
    • humans. Few of the things said today will apply to either the
    • beings; anything else will be brought up merely for the sake
    • understanding of illness and death in relation to human
    • spiritual-scientific viewpoint, you will realize that the
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture VII: Education and Spiritual Science
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • spiritual world. The will that flowed through their limbs was
    • that the teacher's kindness and good will — which he
    • inwardly transformed. The day will come when a teacher will
    • human being will no longer be able to receive later in life
    • life of the child, forces will flow from his or her soul to
    • the whole cosmos. A feeling for nature will awaken in the
    • has meaning will emerge from their time at school.
    • of love. But what strengthens the will is religion; it must
    • permeate every subject that is taught. The child will not
    • still will it grasp the underlying laws.
    • child has inwardly experienced it will also retain; details
    • may vanish but the essential, the universal, will remain and
    • will grow.
    • religion a school is an illusion. Even Haeckel's Riddle
    • conviction, will also be able to convey religion. The spirit
    • will be rightly formed when study is also life.
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • something about so-called spiritual or mental illness. The
    • being ill. Furthermore, there is widespread confusion among
    • way such illnesses are presented in popular literature. The
    • illness. The illness from
    • which he suffered would still have overtaken Hölderin
    • religious person becomes mentally ill, his religious ideas
    • illness is deeply rooted in human nature where it must be
    • ideas in this realm. Many illnesses that in fact belong in
    • being is still connected with the ether body, there passes,
    • everything within the astral body that still clings to earthy
    • When the incarnation that will follow draws near, the human
    • by visual defect is not regarded as a mental illness. A book
    • becomes apparent. The form of mental illness that results
    • hallucinations, and will often give one and the same answer
    • their children for such illness, mistaking it for
    • itself is always healthy; it cannot be ill, but when it can
    • individual cannot through explanations convince the ill
    • person that he is illogical, whereas vivid, strong
    • counter-images will be effective. For example, the power of
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture IX: Wisdom and Health
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • fulfilled from one day to the next.
    • the proof will be seen when it is assimilated, then applied
    • being, looking at the stars, will recognize the eternal laws
    • moon in silent majesty, a person will see all these phenomena
    • following incident illustrates a common notion of what is
    • cannot stream in. The pictures thus created will maintain
    • create in the soul are not accurate, it will not matter; they
    • outside. All animals whose blood can be mixed without ill
    • recast within human beings, must become color-filled,
    • light-filled, sound-filled imagination; then they attain
    • knew through conscious wisdom that illness would benefit from
    • spiritual scientific striving will neglect to acquaint
    • himself with the achievements of ordinary science; he will,
    • however, go further; he will transform such knowledge into
    • imaginative knowledge reaches the ether or life body, filling
    • People became rich by manufacturing pills from ordinary
    • bread. The pills were supposed to cure all kinds of
    • illnesses, but were especially popular for curing
    • pill regularly every evening and enjoyed sound sleep. One
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture X: Stages in Man's Development in the Light of Spiritual Science
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • point of view of the eye, we must say that they fulfill their
    • he brings with him through birth. That existence will reveal
    • body has dissolved, the astral body still remains. An
    • pleasure in what is beautiful, artistic and spiritual, will
    • will remain a long time in the region of burning thirst.
    • yet, even less the astral body; they are still surrounded by
    • The brain of a seven-year old may still be incomplete, but
    • similar toys. A healthy child will only get pleasure from it
    • of eyes and ears will provide far more pleasure; this is
    • the right food it will develop a liking for what is
    • beneficial, whereas wrong food will cause sickness.
    • so conducted that figures illustrating wisdom and strength of
    • formed the organs, but now our task is to instill into these
    • the astral body is still surrounded by its astral sheath, as
    • did the physical organs while still surrounded by the
    • essential to human beings. A person's development will take
    • the astral body. Up till now the world has taught him, but
    • body becomes ever denser; if up till now the person has been
    • has experienced youthful joy and expectation, it will not now
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XI: Who are the Rosicrucians?
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • Rosicrucian document, will find nothing exceptional in them.
    • still exists, and has done so since the fourteenth century.
    • methods. A person who gradually prepares will eventually
    • in ancient India, is still valid for those belonging to the
    • millennia the great masters of wisdom who guide mankind's
    • humanity's whole outlook. It will for long centuries to come
    • its adherents — rules that are basically still valid, and
    • nothing different or conspicuous. Thus, you will find that
    • the actual Rosicrucian training as it still exists and has
    • you will find in my book Knowledge of Higher Worlds and
    • be absolved in the sequence here enumerated. The teacher will
    • teacher of Rosicrucianism will guide the pupil to the higher
    • unless all inclination towards fantasy and illusion is
    • thoughts are like will-o-the-wisps so that no distinction is
    • may turn to books on spiritual science. There he will not
    • more will flow into mankind. Study of this material schools
    • the pupil's thinking. For those who seek a still stricter
    • basic spiritual scientific literature will also school
    • then you will know that you possess a deeper logic, and can
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • with mysticism, as we shall do in today's consideration, will
    • objections will be directed against mysticism as such.
    • never spoke, or even hinted at, some of the things that will
    • be made that Wagner did not speak about things that will be
    • person believes he will discover finds expression through
    • that experiences of inner bliss will be his. A person who
    • travels the path of knowledge will eventually reach that
    • religious dedication. It should fulfill a religious task and
    • science is properly understood, it will be seen that, far
    • words will convey what took place in those times of which
    • all beings, and resurrect within human beings. Filled with
    • mood filled the hearts of those who watched this drama of the
    • still had a religious character. He saw that in gray
    • his whole tribe, when the folk spirit was still regarded as a
    • Poor Henry who suffered from a dreadful illness. We are told
    • ancient Greece, to a time when various art forms still played
    • of art, where dance, rhythm and harmony still collaborated,
    • William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English poet,
    • but to bring it out still further into space and time. He
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  • Title: Supersensible Knowledge: Lecture XIII: The Bible and Wisdom
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    • illness, and the problems of education. These lectures form part of
    • scientific point of view, it will be easiest if, in our
    • You will be
    • centuries, for millennia, noticed these contradictions that
    • if a person truly will, he can attain that spiritual world
    • expressed by saying: Do not ever stand still. Human beings
    • evolving, rather than merely having faith that it will
    • did not know before; through our will we become capable of
    • at what we understand today, at what our will is capable of
    • within us, we possess others still slumbering. It is
    • we possess such forces, our will grows stronger; it reaches
    • which slumbers within me. I know that in the future it will
    • acquainted with old linguistic usage will not imagine that
    • the spiritual world. A blind person will see the world full
    • is to attain his higher humanity. He will know that heaven is
    • that is, the higher perception that mankind in general will
    • would, is the outlook and understanding all human beings will
    • In the course of time the initiate will lead a great number
    • the will must be passed through. As a plant must go through
    • greater insight, till finally the pupil became an initiate.
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    • to hold and use them. The souls were not awake enough, were still
    • a human will which has become free of selfishness. He repeated these
    • sincere and honest? In many cases we will find the answer is: Yes,
    • of life we will find the answer to be that in most cases all is
    • will perceive that it is absolutely necessary in the immediate future
    • belong to the super-sensual world. Therefore the attempt will for
    • it is not successful, it will have failed for a certain amount of
    • definitive name will be introduced once the first preparations for
    • stage, for the preparations must still be made in order to understand
    • the will to dedicate his strength to the positive aspects.
    • within the endowment I will only
    • curator will be named for the outer cultivation of the endowment. And
    • with the positions which will be created only duties are associated,
    • first Miss von Sivers will be recognized
    • interpretations. It will be her task in the immediate future to do
    • endowment a number of associate branches will be created. And as the
    • within our spiritual movement will be placed with the corresponding
    • these associate branches an archdeacon will interpret.
    • will have an associate branch for general
    • art; arch-deacon will be Miss von Eckhardstein – and that is a
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  • Title: Article/Lecture: West-East Aphorisms
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    • the breath and the circulation of the blood. When he wills metabolism
    • feeling lives and the waves of will pulsate.
    • Divine-Spiritual causes the spirit-filled breath to stream continuously
    • religion developed its own being, and only beauty still continued united
    • will, then will the Eastern man in his feeling intuition no longer accuse
    • will no longer condemn the intuitively feeling Eastern man as an alien to
    • the world. Religion can be deepened by knowledge filled with the life of
    • Knowledge can be illuminated by religion upheld by art.
    • the Spirit at work in his ideology, then will understanding come about
    • through the feeling; it streamed out into the will. The thought was not yet
    • own inner nature in order to seek for the spirit. There the spirit was still
    • spirit begins, the inner ghosts will vanish, and man will took upon the
    • West will reach the spirit. The Western ghost superstition is the beginning
    • should find their way past the ghosts into the spirit — and thus will
    • in the rays of his sun of will, then shall the will of the West release the
    • will of the East.
    • The ancient Oriental felt himself to be in a social order willed by the
    • sources, commandments willed by the spirit. The spiritual life, the
    • members of the social order still continued to constitute a unity. But,
    • thinking. The Western man is still living amidst the processes of this last
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    • soul and our Ego still penetrate into the extremities of the
    • might be said: At that time, the divine-spiritual beings still
    • Oriental epoch there was still cooperation between the
    • what might still remain in him as a heritage from the gods,
    • Even if the gods were still to be active in his head during
    • were they still to use his head-organisation as a field
    • has, adding it to the nerve organisation, which still remained
    • that time, the human being could still, experience something,
    • This culture is still in its infancy, and the further West we
    • thoughts do not pulsate through the human will, for he knew
    • that what lived in his will, and even in his blood, came to him
    • remnants of Eastern culture, still existing for instance in
    • no bearing on his will.
    • thoughts really have for the human will, for he is far too
    • and determines his will. It is really impossible to influence
    • the will through thought. The will is determined by such life
    • ruler is the human organism, which is will, instinct, passion,
    • cannot as yet perceive this spirit, for the human race is still
    • instincts and passions. In the future this will be possible. It
    • future a purely spiritual contemplation will once more arise.
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    • filled out these bodies. And from that time onwards we speak
    • fulfilled all his great deeds within the body of Jesus.
    • the Earth was Moon, it was Sun, and at a still earlier stage it
    • was Saturn. We should bear in mind that milliards of years ago
    • could only be given to him by a still higher Being, common to
    • What Christ fulfilled upon the earth, was prepared by other
    • Then the only difference among men will be that between good and evil.
    • poured out by Him will all be absorbed, so that when one man
    • faces another, this drop of Christ within him will face the
    • beings. Finally the whole earth will be peopled by transformed,
    • Christ. Only these who do not participate in this, will be put
    • will Christianize all men, will appear one day. And He will
    • One will come, Who will bring the Kingdoms of Heaven down to
    • the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
    • of humanity will reach when it shall be filled by Buddhi, when
    • stage which he would reach when perfection will be attained; he
    • future, man will no longer have the lower forces; he will, for
    • soul-power above all will raise those lower forces to the
    • loving heart. It will send out streams of spiritual love. The
    • earth, all men will have absorbed what I brought down to the
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    • shall explain to you to day and who meditate upon them, will
    • two beings, for they permeate each other, so that one is filled
    • us now pass over from this mystery, which can fill us with a
    • over to a still greater mystery. You know that we are living in
    • soul? If we go back still further, we come to the development
    • consciousness soul, the Spirit-Self, and still higher stages of
    • will come when we shall not only use the physical body, but
    • Zarathustra drew his knowledge; it is the wisdom that illumined
    • founding of Christianity; this will bring us to a time when we
    • upon a higher stage. Our soul will again pass through our
    • us fill our hearts and souls with a festive, earnest
    • when our souls will pass through the great Cosmic New Year, we
    • really understand the year's course, our hearts will be deeply
  • Title: Spiritual Relations in the Configuration of the Human Organism: Lecture I
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    • organism. I will indicate this by mingling the eye with this (yellow
    • fills your consciousness completely, you are nothing else than this
    • organism of man (blue) fills out the eye, which is the optic nerve of
    • the eye; and what is streaming now into this liquid which is filled
    • inner organism there will be, so to say, a copy of that which had been
    • to salt (to pickle) right away all impressions, then you will have a
    • If one looks at this matter, something extraordinarily interesting will
    • and will possibly be extinguished again; and this happens as a rule
    • extinguishing force will not be strong enough anymore, and then this
    • You will say: But I can
    • heard yesterday has its cause from the fact that the matter is still
    • force is still so strong after the fourth day, that the whole matter
    • will be dissolved; then it is dissolved. Because, if it is, then there
    • still be dissolved, then we forget the matter unrefutably.
    • it, so that the act of striking from outside will be sufficiently fastened.
    • inner configuration of the human organism. But this is still connected
    • place, then all kinds of images will form in there and the well-known
    • subjective phenomena will come about, that people with sick kidneys
    • will show. What is working there, what basically is a thrust pulsated
    • year, then again matter is gone and it still must last until the 35th
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  • Title: Spiritual Relations in the Configuration of the Human Organism: Lecture II
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    • basically are still more important, as for example light, which we also
    • ourselves and assimilating them, they will already be somewhat changed
    • organism from the animal or plant kingdom, has to be thoroughly killed,
    • also a sort of advance killing by subjecting the food to heat and so
    • during the digestive process at our villous intestines so that the same
    • world gradually have been lost (see drawing 1, red) but here they will
    • about with an esophagus attached to it. We would still have a stomach,
    • that had been formed up to the heart-lung activity, will be taken up
    • — it was only completely killed inside the intestinal canal and
    • heart, will be formed now into the special organs. We would not have
    • form — giving forces existent, which renew these organs. Still
    • will be formed by the head; so that the single different forms of the
    • nitrogen that still retains a similarity with the outer nitrogen goes
    • The animal also has these processes going even still farther in the
    • off from the human race, they still have it, but it is deformed and
    • driven to the point where they are killed. Then we get approximately
    • lymphatic vessels is still something that belongs to the heart. As a
    • acid will be found with them in the bodily substances. Thus the liver-system
    • If this should happen through a shrunken kidney, the astral body will
    • does not function in the right way, a shrunken kidney will develop.
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    • During the epochs in which a spiritual world was still spoken of truthfully
    • after a certain time had passed, the so-called Dark Age will come to
    • an end and a light-filled age would begin. If one now examines the words
    • in about the 5th pre-Christian millennium — spoke about such Dark
    • or 8th millennium) was different from the later Dark Age, out of which
    • one can see much by it. Namely, during that Light, or illuminated age,
    • at all. Altogether, one did not speak during that old Light Age of illness
    • in the manner that one still speaks today of illness, but will speak
    • did not speak of illness, but said right out: Death exists and He
    • death in the situation where we would say today: this person is ill.
    • So in those olden times one did not speak of illness and health when
    • a person had become ill in the sense we understand, but one spoke about
    • as combating, as driving out death in this way. Illness was only a special
    • assume now, that a human being had become ill of something we would
    • call pneumonia today. The form of illness in case of pneumonia was of
    • of this type of illness. One then said to oneself: this person has become
    • himself. Therefore one said to oneself if a person has been taken ill
    • fit on this place on earth. In short, one derived the illness from the
    • If this is a man (diagram 2, red), then this will be his ether body.
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture I: The Past Shows Us a Picture of Necessity
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    • Rudolf Steiner illuminates the questions of freedom and necessity,
    • that we can be together again, it will be my task in the coming
    • can only make a beginning. As we proceed we will see how
    • willing, and thinking within these events, considering them for
    • guidance, wisdom-filled cosmic guidance, we see that this
    • another thing will happen in which we believe we may be
    • we presupposed that what happens in the future will also come
    • conditions? Can we resolve to use the ideas and skills we have
    • course of events with our own will as much as we can. In short,
    • we will always be in a conflict between supposing an absolute
    • actions and our willing are strictly predetermined, and there
    • through their will and their ideas. You know too that the most
    • fate that fills the whole world just because everything is
    • they bring their will to bear on it. Kant considered these
    • studies of the last few years will actually have more or less
    • both these alternatives can be conclusively proved. You will
    • background spiritual science can give will enable you to
    • This time we will deal with our subject in very slow stages. I
    • their concepts. I will demonstrate this in a very simple way.
    • Again I can write an infinite number of them. Now you will
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    • Rudolf Steiner illuminates the questions of freedom and necessity,
    • will continue along the same lines. I used a hypothetical
    • return again and again to the same point. We will have more to
    • thinking, feeling, and willing. I mentioned that as late as the
    • the clock again. And then, with skillful manipulation, he
    • wonderful presentation of the feeling still existing at that
    • can go deeper still and ask different questions. Let us return
    • and who nodded back. “I will put that into
    • his work of art. That is what will have to be put down in his
    • “What result will they have, what effect will they have
    • along these lines and ask what the results of a deed will be.
    • as actions where you have to ask what the consequences will be.
    • isn't it? There will be very few people in this hall,
    • Faust, who will not hold the opinion that Goethe's
    • the verse, I will henceforth be silent; what the reader has
    • art of presenting and illuminating them properly. A
    • people will be cross with him for bungling it so miserably. .
    • conventional rules of composition, he must still hold sacred
    • personality of the nineteenth century will no longer be
    • been quite forgotten will by that time be regarded as very
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture III: Three Teachers with Different Attitudes
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    • Rudolf Steiner illuminates the questions of freedom and necessity,
    • will of course apply to every possible level of life. So let us
    • will give them next year consists of the things that came off
    • teacher, and I reckon you will achieve excellent results with
    • you will achieve excellent results with your class. I see with
    • “Well,” said the headmaster, “you will also
    • and will have been able to draw up a schedule for the
    • schedule, and worked out the subjects you will give your pupils
    • class?” To this the teacher replied, “I will see
    • what kinds of pupils I will have this year. And I believe I
    • will be able to size this up better than last year, as each
    • they will be like next year. Only time will tell.”
    • I have seen what my pupils' capacities are like. I will try to
    • 25 next year I will present such and such items of school-work.
    • I can say in detail what will be happening, and I know for
    • certain that I will be talking about such and such a subject at
    • I will be doing at Easter, nor do I know what schoolwork I will
    • set in February. I will set the work according to the kind of
    • way foresee that all will be well. And,” said the new
    • “Yes, but you still cannot know anything in advance!
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture IV: The Roman World and the Teutonic Tribes
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    • Rudolf Steiner illuminates the questions of freedom and necessity,
    • causes and to expect to find the consequences in what will
    • universal configurations that will of course be connected
    • plane are concerned, these configurations will on the
    • point for endless misunderstandings. We will have to go to the
    • Freedom is fundamentally a kind of illusion. For if a ball is
    • you think this over, you will make a distinction that we
    • done. A bad deed is not willed. And repenting means that the
    • the soul that will enable consciousness to extend to the kind
    • that consciousness will extend into spheres it did not
    • consciousness. Then the consciousness will see the whole
    • picture and will not be dulled the next time. You see what is
    • deed cannot act upon him with the kind of power that will
    • object. If we fill our mind with the thought “You should
    • allotted him, only then will they really be effective.
    • Their effect on a person who is not filled with feeling about
    • facts but allows the facts themselves to work upon him will be
    • Broadly speaking, you will find all this analyzed, though more
    • even expressly stated that impulses of free will come from the
    • By leaving Goethe out, we still come to Faust as though
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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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    • Rudolf Steiner illuminates the questions of freedom and necessity,
    • dispersed or die. Yet anyone with sound thinking will
    • 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
    • our will; for reasons we have often discussed we cannot exert
    • our will during sleep. The will is then dimmed. We do not will
    • true act of will, and the mental picture we have of the
    • I is a reflection that arises when our will impinges on
    • an expression of will through its effect on the body. This
    • physical plane the I lives as an act of will.
    • will. Everything else underlying the physical body cannot
    • the will enters our physical body, or enters into what we are,
    • will, can't you. Therefore, Schopenhauer
    • will as the only reality, because he had an inkling that in the
    • will we actually become conscious of ourselves. But of
    • how this will enters into us we know nothing at all on the
    • only that in our I we can take hold of our will. I pick
    • up this watch, but how this act of will passes through the
    • body. The will descends straight from the I into the
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  • Title: Social Question as a Problem: Lecture I: The Inner Experience of Language
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    • however, it will appear that this connection does none the
    • feeling of the link with the spiritual world still lingers,
    • worlds in the right way will not misunderstand when I say
    • willed by heaven, sent down as messages in the subconscious
    • but with one's whole soul. You will soon see why this is
    • with the dead will readily notice that many thoughts (for it
    • germ in most cases will not be understood. It is as though
    • of something germinating and the dead will begin to
    • effectively into the earth, then will of necessity take
    • You will have
    • skillfully for real life as what is done with the right, and
    • regulate a clock, you will not wind with the left hand, but
    • conceptions were still linked with the words till right into
    • consider the matter further you will see that in the
    • hard to understand. But he who faces our times honestly will
    • of light and sound, but to speak of what illumines, of what
    • still more concrete character: Spiritus, which is
    • But then it soon follows that the people will be told —
    • principally into activity, then till the fourteenth year the
    • these characteristics will be symptoms for what you pictured
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    • what they will. But in the age of the development of the
    • feeling and willing: this is the task of the epoch of the
    • development of the consciousness soul. Therefore much will
    • ago, has today reached a culmination and will spread farther
    • will impulses must appear. It was because these clear
    • conceptions and good impulses of will did not exist that
    • catastrophe will become immeasurably greater. For one cannot
    • say that real goodwill exists extensively in regard to this
    • seems to be inevitable. One would willingly give them a
    • feelings and will impulses depending upon languages. Consider
    • evolution. We live in the fifth, the sixth will follow, to be
    • turning our attention to the development of language, till
    • pole and the ahrimanic as the other. And many people will
    • have to tell themselves, more and more people will have to
    • blossom such ideas of rights as will be felt as a kind of
    • such will be felt as gifts from the spiritual world. They
    • will be felt as gifts that come down to the folk genius
    • Inspiration experienced by the folk genius that Ahriman will
    • epoch will have to cultivate Intuition. Only under the
    • that will no longer be possible; than the forces at work in
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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 these same people are not even willing to investigate the origin
    • of mind, the mood of soul, of their contemporaries, and will ask themselves
    • considerations today, I will take an example that may be said to have come
    • date today since it was written when the so-called war was still in full
    • of this article has a wider outlook than that of the village pump, he
    • will be increased the longer the world war lasts.”
    • really wish to get to the root of this, in the end you will be unable to
    • will only be recognised aright if one is endowed by Spiritual Science with
    • Catholic men you will find, in all passages where a certain point comes
    • History of Idealism by Otto Willmann, a thorough going Catholic
    • still taking the standpoint that must be taken in Spiritual Science.
    • philosophical literature one point will always confront you, a point
    • of the difference between man and animal. I think you will agree that
    • in mind the corresponding Catholic statements will say to himself: Here is
    • sheet. I am sure I do not know if he will present this quarto sheet
    • affair will meet you in its true meaning. For you see when we start
    • actually hold good for anyone who will not become a spiritual scientist
    • kind of co-operation between senses and inner emotions and will-impulses.
    • the outer world is concerned, also in being able to pour will into our
    • Science. It is true you will first seriously have to take stock of what
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  • Title: Goetheanism as an Impulse for Man's Transformation - Lecture II: St. John of the Cross
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    • things of a disconcerting nature will proceed from what is contained
    • nature. Whoever can think in accordance with reality will be unable
    • they are connected with something besides. And now we will turn our
    • recognised creed. For once we will look at the kind of pronouncements
    • You will be able to form
    • such a description it must alters be made clear that these things still
    • have tremendous influence today upon millions of human beings. We must
    • their gaze to what unites men, to what is permeating millions and millions
    • Let us be willing to look
    • canonised John of the Cross, one who is still recognised today in Rome
    • if still greater misfortune is not to befall mankind. Today men should
    • And it rests on this also that truth can be hated in the way it is still
    • “The union is accomplished when the two wills, namely, the will
    • of the soul and the divine will, become one.”
    • expressed that a divine will exists holding sway over the world, and
    • a will belonging to the soul, both of which merge in vision. But today
    • says that union is brought about by the two wills, that of the soul
    • and the divine will, becoming uniform, which means, when there is nothing
    • in the one will that is opposed by the other.
    • it should give itself up passively to the will of God.
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    • of yesterday you will have seen how easily the whole course of human
    • as of the present social striving of mankind. (see Z-7.) Today we will
    • still actually more or less dominated by inherited concepts and impulses
    • are still only intimations of their presence. The terrible, catastrophic
    • foresee—will be shattering to mankind, are the expression of how
    • perceives or is outwardly active in his willing is really surrounded
    • as it were, grow in the course of evolution, into whom he will have
    • from the will and what should find a certain ordering for the social
    • unwilling to go into all the doubts which arise from observing the kingdoms
    • of cognition, he will always experience something like fear. But you
    • be described by saying: actually (you will forgive me, I know, for putting
    • the power to go around, to move about at will like the animals—now
    • but if these beings were able to move at will like the animals, or were
    • in the conception, only when something—his will—works up
    • out of the unconscious. If the will were not to work up and we were
    • being one of ghosts is amply due to the will having something to say.
    • ground gives you the feeling, akin to the will, but watered-down will,
    • with the will. Thus in mere conception we actually lack—to use
    • the world comes from the will.
    • Again, when we will, when
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    • still more lightly. When such things are spoken of it must always be
    • will become increasingly so for all men, to learn to understand the
    • individual in his own inmost soul, a question to which each one will
    • much also could be said of a similar nature to what can still be said
    • is still right, what actually happens when a man seeks to enter the
    • will appear—that all this will be experienced as if someone were
    • and plunge down into our physical body and etheric body. We are still
    • You will find everywhere the spiritual world is spoken of seriously—not
    • gained actual knowledge of the spiritual world will see this. Only in
    • And now you will be able
    • of Course, that each of you will have heard of such things, you will
    • have heard of them from others and remarked them in others. You will
    • of pain to make things easier for themselves. Ay crying out you will
    • will be experienced in the spiritual world; nevertheless it is clear
    • will have to arise bringing us finally to chaos.
    • future, will never find their solution through what may be referred
    • which today will be forthcoming more and more, Spiritual Science must
    • or doctoring up will lead to anything better; it will lead on the contrary
    • to still greater social confusion than is already present in individual
    • all kinds of things that I have spoken about lately, you will have gathered
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    • here, will bring with it an essential increase in man's understanding
    • when in any other way he is connected with modern culture, will have
    • we will try to look at it in such a way that we shall be striving to
    • of Golgotha is that Spiritual Science will establish the Mystery of
    • all other paths of mankind, will be found to lead to nothing when trying
    • is the thought of Resurrection. The saying of Paul is still undoubtedly
    • significance of the earth would not have been fulfilled. And in this
    • by this. With the removal of the contradiction, logic kills the life
    • only when he is willing to rise above logic to Imagination, Inspiration,
    • of these things—it will be noticed that a perception such as this
    • swinging from left to right you will find the following. I have often
    • used this illustration. Whereas the pendulum swings here it falls back
    • remain still. And why? It is because by falling down, as the physicist
    • mankind's fate could look to the hill of Golgotha and see the external
    • Today we will observe only how the conception of the Christ impulse,
    • Mass, in its way great and powerful, it is true, and you will see what
    • it still lives on today in the Catholic sacrifice of the Mass. For he
    • of the divine, as the foremost brother of mankind, though still a brother.
    • as the outstandingly illustrious Leader. Something here arose that might
    • come to a comparatively high point. They absorbed into their still primitive
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    • life on earth, in spite of severe illness that made it hard for her
    • which she shared in our work you will have been able simply through
    • with her (as I said, I need not labour this) will send their thoughts
    • where henceforth our good friend will be. They will be following her
    • and will use every moment possible to be together in spirit with one
    • follow only with sorrow, what our Anthroposophical development wills.
    • friends, we will rise from our seats.
    • and more of the content of the Christ impulse will be imparted to mankind;
    • clear, as far as may be today, and as I have said the content will flow
    • this was we will not go into today) and that therefore the resurrection
    • of the Mystery of Golgotha will have to retreat before the intellectual
    • was repeated. Yet in Goetheanism man still had not come to the point
    • Now it will be well here
    • it will be just as well to go back to the answer to the question—where
    • but absorbed into the Latin nature, still there in the language and
    • in mid-Europe from which it has streamed. There will come a time when
    • the world will look in a quite different way from how it does today
    • date mankind will realise that there came about what may be called the
    • It goes without saying that the tragedy of this fact will bear its fruit.
    • that he was still connected with a knowledge unhappily no longer even
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    • Anthroposophists. We will have the opportunity in the following
    • had dared give a solution, and which will at least be partly
    • inwardly active in such circles, will think back to a time when
    • anthroposophic occult science of man, and they will remember
    • sense organs perceive the Higher Worlds will be brought out in
    • the joyful message filled your soul with delight and pleasure
    • soul will express itself in the direct contrary situation, how
    • different the image will be when you receive news of a death in
    • something different, as if not only is the space filled with
    • we will never consider separate bodies in the physical world as
    • hence a person who has lost a body which had been filled with
    • say, similar bad habits. These bad habits will express
    • which can be characterized by saying the thickenings will
    • superficially, will be amazed how many have what we note as
    • group soul filled with wisdom and leading the whole, arrive at
    • consciousness or still a remnant of clairvoyance, and they
    • have acquired their current nature through good and bad still
    • light filled being is with an upwards reach while connecting
    • consideration. They will only be comprehended once we have
    • been depicted, but the plant-Ego will be sought in vain on the
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    • will enlighten this work. An objection is only natural that
    • the “temptation of illusion.”
    • tangling of its laws, an illusion, (which the Indians term
    • illusion. Only through this, that we strain with all our all
    • — only in this way can we work our way through illusion.
    • conclude in the illusion of a Mephistophelean danger comes down
    • to the so-called intermixing of instinct, of a kind of willing
    • giving in to no illusion, that the aforementioned is mixed into
    • derived from feeling, willing, from passion, the remainder is
    • illusion. As Faust stands before the sign which calls his soul
    • connected to the will and passion is thrown out, he finds a
    • While illusion acts as a threat towards world knowledge, due to
    • allow separation from wishes and will.
    • which becomes a visionary life when it turns ill.
    • illusion in world knowledge. What does it come to when one
    • considers these illusionary things in a philistine or pedantic
    • This illusion is linked with everything which we grasped during
    • with the danger of illusion in our soul-life, we may not be
    • illusions, weren't bedded into world knowledge, we couldn't
    • in us. Through this illusion, everything is connected to that
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    • theme to which we will apply ourselves today relates in a
    • most varied stages of human development. We will commence with
    • so to speak the yard stick for all which the person will
    • portray in future. In this way a person will never rise above
    • and which will repeat future incarnations, how would it have
    • will see how important it is for the “I” to
    • crystallized in ourselves as a result, we will recognise a
    • self-knowledge, even though still at a relatively low level,
    • will occupy ourselves with researching particularities of this
    • from us compared with cliché filled alternatives, but in
    • only experience and will only judge and be led by our own will
    • where-and-when, then the clairvoyant will see our aura
    • become liberated in their feeling and will impulses from
    • aspects instilled by folk, race, family and so on, the
    • clairvoyant will see not only an expanding aura but the aura
    • descent and inheritance, we will not get any further. Here only
    • remedy hardly seems applicable, not at all similar, yet still
    • will lift our individuality out of our inherited abilities.
    • first step, knowledge of the environment, will relatively soon
    • that we really try to do this. Clairvoyant vision will soon
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    • abban a pillanatban, amikor mutatja, nem költöznék a megértés a
    • pillanatban tanulja meg megérteni azt, amit egyébként csak lát,
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    • in what will be said, a sort of foundation for their own work. We shall
    • for that which others will carry forth into the world, I will once more
    • it will itself possess the inner force with which to create its own
    • you bear this in mind, you will see, that this is connected with the
    • the one stream of human development. And this still holds good up to
    • our civilised life will never be raised until men's hearts are once
    • again filled with a conception of the world not only capable of forming
    • of it, when you see the Goetheanum on its hill, at Dornach.
    • feeling that something will reveal itself here, something new in the
    • saying in a symbolical sense; take it in an artistic sense and you will
    • about these things, but this evening we will begin by making a survey
    • the North-East from any point around the hill on which the Goetheanum
    • present hill, it became
    • of the ground. It will be apparent to anyone who approaches the Building,
    • building and in architecture will have many objections to bring against
    • of a living organism. No one will understand what I mean by this, unless
    • he himself really makes the endeavour — which very few people will
    • must be created from out of their own form-essence. They will then,
    • you will say that the lobe of the ear, situated where it, is, could
    • you will find that they are always formed in accordance with the organic
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    • the Building from the outside, from different aspects. To-day we will
    • approach it from the inside and will try to bring before our mind the
    • our view that which shuts off the space above, the first two pillars
    • If you will notice that which is essential you will mark the progressive
    • the organ left (photographed as you see from the model) which will show
    • you see the first pillar and I want to call your special attention to
    • the way in which the motive of every pillar develops out of the one
    • we must look at the next picture (3) where the second pillar develops
    • pillar develops itself out of the first — that is to say when
    • the foregoing leaf, then you will realise how the form of the second
    • pillar develops out of the form of the first pillar. The whole of it
    • an understanding of what is meant, then you will of course be wrong
    • The first pillar has been
    • called Saturn, the second pillar Sun and so forth. Well, that is conceivable
    • essential thing is the relation of the second pillar to the first and
    • the first to the second pillar. The essential thing is the change from
    • say that these pillars are symbolic of Saturn and Sun, I simply mean
    • here in the sequence of the form. (4) We will now see the second pillar
    • by itself. In the next picture (5) we show the second and third pillars
    • element. Now we shall see the third pillar by itself. (5A)
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    • position, and everyone will be in this position who wishes to present
    • — this was even so in the most brilliant period — to express
    • — and who would not willingly admit, in reference to the production
    • artistic feeling certainly will only be admitted by him who has a presentiment
    • inherent forces will develop into a world of beings. I might say: as
    • Blue, for instance will always help if we wish to express movement,
    • red will always help if we wish to express physiognomy. But what I mean
    • and how in spite of this the world is not willing to respond to the
    • pillars, the architrave and the capitals, etc. In these is reflected
    • slides of colour-pictures will regard there pictures as it were as crying
    • of these lantern slides, this will be a longing that will then arise
    • Picture 2: We will now put
    • What really must enter into the earth-life of humanity will only enter
    • - you will particularly feel this when you look at the colouring of
    • a question as: What does this or that mean? The inartistic man will
    • artist; it is the question which he who paints it will least of all
    • be willing to answer, because for him visions have to form pictorially,
    • which must possess the artistic soul. (I will explain more clearly in
    • a yellow smudge, and add to it a blue smudge (see illustration). He
    • model I have formed a face, and it resembles it. Not in this way will
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    • our action, and which will last until the third millennium.
    • will see that not only this sixteenth century Faust but also
    • and then passed into folklore. This Faust still lived in the
    • still unsatisfied for the simple reason that the real wisdom
    • wisdom still existed though it was no longer fully
    • Thus have we wrought among these hills and valleys,
    • Till I must hear their shameless murderers
    • On woods and fields I soon have looked my fill.
    • From book to book, from leaf to leaf at will?”
    • have stayed out of doors till late in the evening, till
    • Which night enshroudeth, deep and still,
    • with a presaging, holy thrill.
    • means that we find our will transformed, so that we know that
    • lying (still inside the poodle) over against the spirits of
    • it has been noticed that this is what Goethe meant is still
    • descending lower still, from the astral body to the dense,
    • that is still not clear! The travelling student stands before
    • travelling scholar is still present in him and meets him
    • by the people of old they will be able to find a deeper,
    • pick up any book where traditions still existed, we can see
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    • — her mother killed herself with a sleeping-draught,
    • will read you what was said on the subject by Schröer
    • heart. (You will find a note on Schröer in my recent
    • misery. Her mother was dead, her brother killed. Close upon
    • I will tell
    • same time — to illustrate how it can be seen from
    • Sunday. I will put you in the private seat in a certain
    • an experience of a very low type, but still experience that
    • clear that when a man leaves his body he will meet with other
    • fiery, illuminating forces issued from the Earth — that
    • is man's element; the Will-o'-the-wisps, issuing from the
    • moon element still in the Earth, it is in accordance with the
    • Will-o'-the-wisps, the alternate singing and the alternate
    • will-o'-the-wisps)
    • — as it was spoken, you will remember yesterday. What
    • comes next lost to the Will-o'-the-wisps:
    • course, to the Will-o'-the-wisp:
    • Still, or are we onward riding?
    • Will-o'-the-wisps their number doubles,
    • I will here point out that there are still mistakes in
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture III: Goethe's Feeling for the Concrete.
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    • Shadowy concepts and Ideas filled with Reality
    • Shadowy concepts and Ideas filled with Reality
    • will spring up through Spiritual Science. These scenes from
    • the active, creative ego, and also the ego filled with God.
    • what was still living in Helen. Goethe sought the paths by
    • he experiences spiritually. Inwardly he is filled with what
    • begin with he has no qualms; they will come later. He is not
    • caricature-lovers, and even today it is still widely
    • of such a man. There are, of course, still men today who have
    • these adventures, just as there are still those who scoff at
    • Wagner come from the old “Faust” then still in
    • Jakob Wagner was still an infant.
    • real world with concepts is what man today will not have. And
    • to watch animals when, having eaten their fill in the meadow,
    • despises concepts of this nature; it will have nothing to do
    • Whillst through a portion of the world I'll wander
    • other, still wishing to play Mephistopheles, replied: But, my
    • understanding spiritual reality, will thik it fine,
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IV: Faust and the "Mothers"
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    • this regard will fit in well with the whole course of our
    • sphere where one may easily fall into deception and illusion
    • must be made. Anyone wishing to advance beyond this, will
    • He has to give Faust the possibility of fulfilling his
    • we still have to add the Earth that has not yet
    • when we take our Earth upon which we are still evolving, and
    • still working — working on into our own time. And those
    • consider that all rivers belong to one another, you will have
    • Greeks still had knowledge of the relation between this
    • of view — that these forces will be made public. One of
    • post-Atlantean epoch — electricity. The others will be
    • even in the decadent new secret societies, is still among the
    • things about which their conservative members will not speak.
    • The key will ferret out the proper place.
    • certain substances. You will surely find it in one or another
    • you go to work in the right way, you will find many sentences
    • you will got the two sides of the matter, and you will
  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture V: Faust and the Problem of Evil
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    • emotions, their loves and hates, and the will-impulse which
    • beings of the fifth epoch (as you know, we are still more or
    • Evil will approach the human being of the fifth
    • Scientifically he will have to solve the nature and essence
    • of Evil. In his loving and in his hating, he will have to
    • will have to fight and wrestle with the resistances of Evil
    • to the impulses of the Will. All this is essential to the
    • in a still higher degree than did the problem of Birth and
    • with which the fifth post-Atlantean time will have to solve
    • as will become the wrestlings of the fifth post-Atlantean
    • himself will have to free himself from all this by means of
    • have characterised during these weeks will be clearly
    • illustrated. Many things will appear as consequences of this
    • in him like a kind of illness. But this was essentially due
    • remain only in the North, my soul will have a form of vision
    • we, however, kill the Imaginative part. You can read of it in a
    • enhancement, and you will see how Goethe emphasises the
    • Faust's life of Will, no longer merely from his Feeling or
    • Phantasmagoria’ is Willing that has become
    • Feeling and Willing, translated into the Imaginative sphere
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VI: The Helena Saga and the Riddle of Freedom
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    • the fifth post-Atlantean epoch — our epoch — will
    • beings will have to learn to know all that the soul must
    • in our epoch, in the fifth, human beings will have to grapple
    • impulses of Evil will work into the world on a grand scale,
    • in a gigantic way. In the resistance which human beings will
    • forces —the forces of Good — will have to grow.
    • And in particular, already during the fifth epoch it will be
    • the force of Electricity, which will assume far greater
    • to receive the spiritual impulses will then find points of
    • resistance; he will find the starting-points for those
    • fourth post-Atlantean period, these Beings were still
    • to the Spirits of Darkness who will stand far nearer to man
    • — who will approach man in a far more intimate way
    • Archangeloi. Precisely this will be the significant aspect of
    • approach the groups. The individual will believe that he is
    • individualities who in the Atlantean time had still been
    • that time, after all, there was still the wise guidance of
    • under a complete illusion. He did not know who his father and
    • in order not to bring about disaster there by killing his
    • companion. A conflict arose; he killed his father and
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VII: Some Spiritual-Scientific Observations
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    • Since, however, on account of illness, the performance is not
    • will have to do with the scene to be given next Sunday, but I
    • observations that will also in some respect link up with what
    • spiritual creators we have this stream which I will colour
    • say exactly when these influences entered in; you will find
    • was still writing the youthful part of Faust, but later,
    • when Schiller made friends with Goethe, he wrote him a most
    • and Schiller and of the whole character of Goethe's soul.
    • Schiller writes
    • Thus Schiller
    • feeling, thinking and willing as men, but we really only know
    • the knowledge of man that it,was still possible to acquire in
    • sort of watery vapour, (German – Rauch) still
    • whirling, As you will easily understand we could not exist in
    • spirits. You still find the elemental spirits belonging to
    • still remain. And among the beings associated with the
    • nature he will be better able to characterise all that man
    • “What a sickening thrill
    • ant, but over the ant-hill as a whole, over the whole
    • appears to be still in the dream spiritually, in imaginative
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture VIII: Spiritual Science Considered with the Classical Walpurgis-Night
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    • science will be widened, it will press on over further and
    • asleep. For even en little reflection will show you that men
    • of our life of will, is wrapped in dreams and sleep.
    • which man is active with his whole will. Only in a small part
    • uses his will to connect one idea with another; whereas, in
    • been fulfilled. A man goes throughout life wishing all kinds
    • undeniable that many of our wishes are not fulfilled. Then,
    • soul, and because they cannot be fulfilled in reality, they
    • are fulfilled in idea. So that in the opinion of many people
    • today dreams are wishes fulfilled in phantasy. I should like
    • with the past when we had an existence still associated with
    • consciousness and our ordinary free-will, we are not in the
    • follow up your dram life, you will certainly find it
    • connection. From the moment you begin to fall asleep till you
    • but if you will not misunderstand me, if you will apply what
    • then you will know what I mean by saying: In sleep you speak
    • free will he is to acquire, if he were to continue to live as
    • are so willing to give ourselves up to illusion. I might
    • ready to will and do what is best and most pleasant! —
    • Actually, waking life is the cause of all the illusions and
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture IX: Goethe's Life of the Soul from the Standpoint of Spiritual Science
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    • in most spheres at present still meets with complete lack of
    • physics of tomorrow will find itself obliged to accept. In
    • himself; as currents of matter, or as oscillations, or as
    • from Councillor Buttner who was a professor at Jena, he
    • until Councillor Buttner expressed his need of the apparatus,
    • still white. Thyt made him appeal to Councillor Buttner to
    • you will find a chart in which Goethe has detched out a
    • that will have nothing to do with hypotheses but keeps to
    • is willing to apply thinking only for assembling phenomena in
    • white appears and he has to realize: The wall is still white
    • developments on Saturn, Sun and Mbon. After he will have left
    • the earth, or rather when the earth has left him, he will
    • will take the earth as earth and represent it in its
    • to know nature and trying to instill into her all manner of
    • still to some extent uncertain, even for his own time,
    • illusion, a false dualism, and that man has to be built
    • will invent a quite different collection c6 words for what du
    • disillusionments of world history that even this spiritual
    • follow contemporary literature will know that this is
    • that they will hardly allow it the name of Christianity; not
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture X: Faust's Knowledge and Understanding of Himself
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    • most deeply into Goethe's world-conception will see how,
    • the simple minded spectator of faust will experience pleasure
    • Imaginations in some degree still approached spiritual
    • contrive out of his ordinary knowledge, he still remains a
    • to the open sea. The Greeks, like all ancient peoples, still
    • the Pillars of Hercules in ancient myths. It was
    • stages of knowledge he sails, through the Pillars of
    • world. Once past the Pillars of Hercules, he became free of
    • forces. In olden days, when everyday matters were still
    • still remained in historic memory among the Greeks. And in
    • about all that Goethe stands for will, as I said recently,
    • however, that although he will not concern himself in giving
    • of Philosophy; there you will probably be able to get
    • in Spiritual Science, and you will see how it rises
    • the embryonic life till birth. The dull, dry-as-dust
    • standstill. When a man is able to survey the world from the
    • felt that there were still limitations to his theory of
    • earth-life will, in the next life, become the head. There,
    • in all this there is still no inner knowledge. That is what
    • the spiritual worlds. The Gods will not suffer it; the worlds
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XI: The Vision of Reality in the Greek Myths
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    • will increasingly be for future human evolution — what
    • man in accordance with Goethe's conception. He will never
    • know Homo, the human being; he will be able to picture in his
    • standstill on the path to becoming man. Goethe wrestles with
    • with his contemporary culture, in which thee were still
    • a change through his leaving the body, will then behave
    • differently. He will behave like a man who, asleep at night
    • special vividness, what some sea-farers still experience
    • still have this experience. But the men of old felt as a
    • here is put into external form. I will, however, point out
    • the human being was still closely connected with all that
    • longer perceives this; he will perceive it, however, if he
    • have recourse to that finer capacity for perception still
    • previous incarnation; and what is my present body will be,
    • with the exception of the head, transformed till, in the next
    • standstill. Then fresh light flashes in. In contrast to all
    • will see how Goethe sought to come nearer knowledge of the
    • will not suffer it.
    • Still drunken with the unrestful hallows' tumultuous
    • degree. That is why no philistine will be able to make much
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  • Title: Problem of Faust: Lecture XII: Goetheanism In Place of Homunculism and Mephistophelianism
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    • think you will agree that we should not be complete human
    • to think but also to will. And feeling lies midway between
    • thinking and willing; sometimes it partakes more of thinking
    • and forming ideas, sometimes more of willing. Hence, for the
    • turn to the other pole of human activity, the willing. Man is
    • an thinking and a willing being. But there are special
    • features about this thinking and willing. The
    • least, and if he wills in accordance with his needs. What
    • physical body he still only goes a certain distance towards
    • darkness. he imagines it will only become clear when he
    • reaches it. And while he is feeling that he is still nowhere
    • where the will is unfolded. This is the sphere in which there
    • Man is driven to willing in the crudest sense through hunger
    • ideals, willing is deployed. But now, if we are to try and
    • establish ourselves in life with our will that passes over
    • by means of his will, so that he should be able to experience
    • our stand in life with the will that passes over into action,
    • the will translated into deed, we again find ourselves up
    • we are willing, we are seized upon, and our willing goes on
    • willing one is snatched away. Someone else arises in our
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    • still something quite different involved. Man gradually feels
    • and the number of these people will get ever greater.
    • will have to realize that one finds the world inside again,
    • the dream life, will have noticed that in a certain sense the
    • them. Then one will find that there is hardly an organ or an
    • outside of it. And so the former psychologists, which still
    • imagine symbolically. In this way concepts are by force of will
    • living in illusion. With a dream one first has to wake up in
    • order to realize the illusion of the dream from the point of
    • is absolutely self-image, illusion. Therefore he comes to the
    • persists in this one will also come more and more to experience
    • the nature of the illusionary. One knows: You imagine nothing,
    • but you have an imagination. Through this one will also the
    • knowledge the illusion is totally perceived. One knows: you
    • needing an illusionary activity for this, without first having
    • inner activity. After one has discarded the illusion of this
    • pain, when we feel our inner being itself as one filled with
    • empty, then this consciousness fills itself, and it now fills
    • ears and so on, but it now fills itself with spiritual content.
    • further one has to develop still other capacities in the soul.
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    • Today we will occupy ourselves with an important document of
    • relationship to it. It is the Ten Commandments, which we will
    • strive to illuminate from the basis of spiritual science
    • will strive to direct our souls more precisely to how
    • the old Indian bodies still gave mankind possibilities to go
    • was not only a small circle which could still rise up to the
    • number of people, through their own observation, still knew
    • illusion, as Maya, these images are nothing more to you than
    • perceptible was seen as Maya, illusion? These people could
    • a worthy person, then you will be united with Osiris after
    • are no longer the physical but the astral plane, he will not
    • they will be united with Osiris because then they are within
    • ourselves, only there will you find the real image of the pure
    • That was not the case. You will most easily understand what was
    • understand that, then you will also understand how in ancient
    • there was still great effectiveness of these physical forces.
    • From these viewpoints we will understand how this great
    • you will not place other gods above me. You will not
    • you, I will disappear as the divine in your children, parents
    • and grandparents and their bodies will become stultified. If
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    • and will best fill our time by immediately entering into a
    • this: in our time we will gradually come to say: Of thoughts
    • worlds or whatever else, to fill our minds with enough science.
    • When you consider you can still easily make mistakes if you
    • hurt, the same with animals; but when I cut a plant, will it
    • this knowledge we lure out contained forces and we will soon
    • time it will become old and aged.
    • earth, then we will understand that during our earth
    • reached. We will bring such important stages in our earth
    • between sun and earth has come about during many, many millions
    • in only a few words — which will be uttered now. The
    • kingdom to the stone realm then it will not appear through
    • glimpsing the soul and spirit in everything, will we gradually
    • Then we will learn to grasp that the world looks exactly as it
    • appears to people. Further we will learn to understand that
    • back even further, we will find that the souls only perceived
    • certain time error and illusion stepped in. That which we call
    • Maya, illusion, could mix into the conception of the world. So
    • When we look back at that time when the human being was still
    • still penetrated by the watery element. The softer the earth
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    • movement has passed will be aware of what sharp words and what
    • will understand that I speak here without prejudice, for I
    • you will consider those men who, about the middle of the
    • of humanity with calm, unprejudiced eyes, you will find two
    • of the world, such as immortality, freedom of will, origin of
    • actual riddles of the universe. On the other hand you will
    • fundamentalising of world-theories are to be found in still
    • can be investigated by means of instruments, there still
    • the secret of species will indeed have reached the highest
    • you will look back among the writings of any well-known
    • will find that, in spite of all the careful and elaborate
    • development of humanity at that time will be enabled to
    • of natural science. Anyone who will take the trouble to study
    • subject a mind free from prejudice, will be in a position to
    • been made at a time when people still thought as they did about
    • still lower types, reaching back finally to the very simplest
    • Thomas Henry Huxley, published by William Blackwood &
    • of the gorilla presented more differences, as compared with the
    • ancestry comes in?’ Huxley did not rise till the meeting called
    • Brodie. After showing how ill-equipped was the Bishop for
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    • time. What I shall say today will serve to illustrate and
    • have treated until now. At the same time it will help to throw
    • spiritual-scientific study many things will appear differently.
    • possessor of thoughts, feelings, and impulses of will which
    • ‘I will.’
    • of the ‘I feel’ and the ‘I will.’ In effect,
    • to their own person only their feeling and their willing. Out
    • ‘I will,’ but they did not
    • You may still feel this if you consider the pictures in which
    • the former stream — just because they were still vividly
    • — for life at that time was still far more dependent on
    • heart or mind. They were filled with inner fire in relation to
    • earth. Today such things as could still be experienced in the
    • have just described. That was a time when people could still
    • intellects of that time, many of them at any rate, were still
    • the beginning, and was still difficult. Man was still conscious
    • thoughts with his own personality. Afterwards they will soon
    • take a different course; they will spread out and expand when
    • given to it, till it was consolidated once again into an
    • today to many people (for there are still such people) when in
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    • those of you who have studied what was then said, will have realised
    • been within the reach of many leading men, they were not willing to
    • And it is the same to-day. People are still terribly afraid to
    • refuge in them, life will go on quite peacefully. But those who will
    • will come in European affairs when much will depend upon whether
    • Norway can count among its people, men who will range themselves on
    • me to be deeply symptomatic. And it is still the same to-day.
    • And this too may be added: — That for which, up till now, Europe
    • There will be no peace on the Earth until a certain harmony is
    • luxuries they are, and nothing more — it will amount to no more
    • more brilliantly than all that was given to man by oriental wisdom
    • but mere reflections; and we are rightly filled with wonder by all
    • into a certain decadence, but even in the form in which it still lives
    • But the kernel is still alive and if it can be discovered its radiance
    • will outshine all the glory of oriental wisdom that once poured down
    • economic and industrial interests, so long will there be distrust in
    • will break out between the East and the West, in spite of all
    • Asia will be able to trust it, because with their own inherent, though
    • somewhat decadent spirituality, the Asiatic peoples will be able to
    • to put their heads in the sand, saying that things will improve of
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    • will.
    • will we are asleep, even when fully awake. When we raise an
    • the will operates in the organism. We know as little about that as
    • wake up. In our willing, in our actions, we are asleep, while in our
    • waking life too. In our will we are asleep and in our feelings we
    • willing. It is therefore obviously important to realise what it is
    • have again only a surface, and if you cut the two pieces again, still
    • the time we wake up until we fall asleep. Our soul is filled with the
    • most recent... you will find nothing but minute objects which are
    • but which will inevitably arise before us after death.
    • I will now describe certain other aspects.
    • ought to be received, they feel continually chilled by a world which
    • moment of time; he should be received with warmth. And then he will be
    • warmth, or being repelled, chilled by it. But when the Midnight Hour
    • soul-and-spirit has perished as a result of the antipathy and chilling
    • experiences with him will be imbued by the Angels with a longing for
    • with deep and inward love for what will become his mother-tongue, or
    • he enters more automatically into what he will have to express later
    • destined for the language that will be his in the coming earthly life.
    • during the descent to his next earthly life, he will arrive on the
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    • core of our being, is the element appertaining to the will, and in a
    • the qualities inherent in feeling and in will, which for this reason
    • will through our natural authority and our example as teachers, then
    • belonging to feeling and to will. We injure the child's eternal life
    • if we fail to cultivate in him the right kind of feeling and. will.
    • cultivate through feeling and will — which is nevertheless
    • in the life of feeling and of will; and on the other side they enhance
    • This, then, will be the theme of the lecture.
    • Europe, to Africa, even to regions of Asia, the events will have
    • will only be a very gradual realisation that this is actually so. Most
    • years of the Thirty Years War, and a measure of illumination can only
    • From the vantage-point of your Northern peninsula you will be able to
    • Gnostic conceptions, the wisdom-filled conceptions of Christianity now
    • illumination of the highest wisdom if they were to become intelligible
    • this was done here some years ago (1910) but to-day we will
    • had taken place. In the first centuries it had still been found
    • The Gnosis still helped man to realise the existence of the
    • away for the Southern people. Up here in the North it still happened
    • history to find that the men of the North were still so constituted as
    • the Beings of the higher Hierarchies — were still living
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    • his son Gottlieb, who till then had had no acquaintance with
    • inattention to all his lessons, which he had till then found so
    • solitary spaces surrounding him. And thus he was still standing at
    • made the suggestion: “Oh there is a boy in the village who
    • “no.” He felt very ill at ease in this high-class
    • other children had come, till they were now a large family; and so
    • He felt indeed altogether unhappy over the whole affair, till he
    • willingly did so. Very fortunately there was then at Schulpforta an
    • Goethe, Schiller, and in particular also Lessing, were at that
    • secure any teaching position which he thought himself able to fill.
    • task, the writer said, to which he, Fichte, would willingly lend
    • the thoughts which filled his soul. It was not in his nature to
    • then filling the minds of all men, to the mental reactions provoked
    • thoughts were filled with the Bible and other works, so now the
    • supreme impulse, could illuminate the whole domain of knowledge for
    • singular concatenation of circumstances, while he was still
    • illustrate this self-renewing faculty of the Ego, how all mental
    • faculty within himself; and when he was attempting to illustrate
    • before. Schiller himself was astonished at it, and Fichte once discussed
    • with Schiller how his, Fichte's, teaching activity and his manner
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    • significance of the Christmas festival, which will grow out of the
    • contemplate what will take place in the coming days in large cities
    • If we don't give ourselves up to illusions but simply face the truth,
    • will be given to humanity, which will bring again, in the fullest
    • today. If we don't succumb to illusion and phantasy we must admit that
    • forth with hope-filled joy, with hope-borne certainty, and with the
    • human soul of good will may share in His powers. Indeed, for many
    • good will can find themselves gathered together in the service of this
    • this will most certainly be a wonderful, glorious memory. As a young
    • German villages. When the Christmas season approached I could behold
    • could still be sensed quite distinctly in certain farming villages as
    • souls, as a result of being filled with the thought: “The time of
    • and what could still be seen in its last remnants in those remote
    • villages in recent decades. When the celebration of Christmas
    • done in a very primitive way. In some villages you would find such a
    • which we will touch upon later. — And when the main days of the
    • Epiphany, the festival of the Three Kings, approached, you could still
    • see a few decades ago small groups of actors wandering from village to
    • village — the last actors to present plays of “the Holy
    • still be seen, as it might be even today (1910) in some remote
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    • onward, the human soul will feel increasingly that these things
    • into the wide regions of the universe. This time it will be our task
    • however, will penetrate to regions that will lead us nonetheless to
    • world. We shall speak about a subject that will apparently lead us
    • far away in time and in space from the here and now. It will not on
    • of the earth because it will bring us near to the secrets of the
    • eternal in all existence. It will lead us to the ceaseless search of
    • of ours will show that a real and deep knowledge of this poem, as
    • that was still illumined by what was communicated through the old
    • forth page by page as it speaks to us, will experence, page by page,
    • will suggest to us altogether different questions from those that
    • lies the wild battlefield where much blood will have to flow and
    • now to have knowledge of it. Then it will have the possibility of
    • this soul is still one of those who long for the higher worlds, who
    • enter into the matter more deeply will understand me when I say that
    • to that in us which on earth will always be deeper than our
    • concept of the world that will lead us on until this is no mere
    • beginning of this anthroposophical concept of the world that will
    • than those of Socrates, in spite of all they will perhaps have a
    • hundred times less value. This will only be fully grasped when
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    • deepest sense of the word. For the moment we will only indicate this
    • touch the soul of one studying this sublime Gita, he still
    • will confine ourselves today to the first four discourses —
    • against brothers, his blood relations. He shrinks back. He will not
    • the way to be experienced — such a person will be aware of the
    • all our forces, filling us with intense feeling. Emotions that are
    • imagination, of feeling and will — these too must not be
    • scoff if they will! One who would prepare himself for an occult
    • fights against brother. Surely then all the tribal customs will be
    • shaken and then the tribe itself will wither away and be destroyed,
    • and all its morality fall into decay! Those laws will be shaken that
    • will everything be imperiled — man himself, the law, the whole
    • world. The whole significance of mankind will be in the balance.”
    • everyone who has the power to behold it will understand: His
    • he says, “at those who are to be killed by you; those in your
    • own ranks who are to be killed and those who are to remain behind,
    • there they are but slaying the outer body, they are not killing the
    • need not shudder nor be sad at heart, for in killing your enemies you
    • are not killing their essential being.”
    • blood-relations ought not to fight. They still felt the common blood
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    • acquainted with the present-day science of dreams you will realize
    • following out all the hidden connections. If he does so, he will
    • will notice
    • adequate for solving it. Now it will not generally happen that he is
    • solved for him. Even so he will be able to have a certain higher
    • dream he will seem to remember something. He can say to
    • will have this experience fairly easily. He will recall something he
    • has lived through as though in a dream, and will know that at the
    • time he was not aware of experiencing it. Such an experience will
    • seem to shine upward from the depths of his soul and he will say to
    • will often find it easy here too to give a materialistic explanation
    • ordinary consciousness. This recognition can become still more
    • spiritual worlds. One condition must be fulfilled, however, if we
    • grossest illusions, will be misled by such imaginings. After all, man
    • given for soul development you will soon realize that it all comes to
    • reason for looking into it will determine one's attitude to it. Thus,
    • most holy feelings. That will only carry through for a little while,
    • they only need to realize this fact, that they are still grumbling
    • very language of their grumbling is still the same.
    • “I will not enter.” The aversion we feel at this
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    • something else was still present in the self; I mean, primeval
    • his epoch offers him. But the men of that ancient time still had the
    • is. Apart from that I still have another faculty, a clairvoyant power
    • though these last remnants of ancient clairvoyance still had the
    • develop in himself such surplus forces if he will go through the
    • comparisons have been made to illustrate this fact. I would like to
    • About Arjuna then we can say that ancient clairvoyance is still
    • dream-consciousness, we still are not able today to fully discover
    • weaving life of sound, the music of the spheres. Still further
    • world will best describe that other world that has a far higher
    • materialistically-minded friends will find it easy to refute us.
    • and earthly love of power! If one does this, one will never be able
    • to bring down true results of knowledge. What one brings will be a
    • entered the realm of dreams. We human beings live in still another
    • consciousness till he wakes up again. In the age of primeval
    • however, man could perceive in a still higher, still more spiritual
    • still see the world of light-air, of sound, of cosmic harmony, and of
    • said to be still more fundamentally different from all that exists in
    • which I have given the merest hint, will be labeled a fantastic
    • to speak of that still higher realm through which man ordinarily
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    • sounds rather like a silly epigram it does represent the nature of
    • to your definition this is a man.” A silly way to show the
    • realities we will proceed then to describe things in their essential
    • To begin, we will
    • with every impulse of will that arises in us under the stimulus of
    • the near future it will more and more be realized how sleep has to
    • natural science will join with spiritual science in these matters.
    • as well. Here I will call your attention to a cycle I have often
    • Western world will observe a quite definite configuration of the
    • intellectualism will go on adhering to it for some time to come, but
    • epochs meet in the very time in which we are living. It will more and
    • with the reality of things. Thought will become very different from
    • of space, so will the firmament of time be broken through in
    • birth and death, or conception and death, will learn that these are
    • the infinite spheres of space, so will the boundaries of time be
    • will lie before man's gaze in the infinite sea of time all the
    • have now fulfilled their task. In the coming cycle of history we are
    • now approaching it will become evident in more and more people. Now
    • very forces Western humanity will be gaining spiritual knowledge.
    • will reach hundreds of people who will imagine that they understand
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    • will have to get accustomed to this and realize that a statement can
    • regarded as a contradiction will it be possible to judge certain
    • spoke of things that men still have to learn. Above all we must
    • accustomed to color and brightness, so he imagines he will only reach
    • connection I can illustrate by a childish comparison. Suppose I am
    • super-sensible illustrations so to say, are Imaginations. The
    • “And now, having told thee everything, I will