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  • Title: Cosmic/Human Metamorphosis: Lecture 1. Materialism and Spirituality.
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    • Spirits ever watchful, Guardian of their souls
    • Spirits ever watchful, Guardians of their souls!
    • anthroposophical strivings, even if together in spirit only; and
    • terrible events through which we are passing. It is particularly
    • preserved, through the events and changes through which we had to
    • years, knowing that our own souls are linked with hers for ever ...
    • Motzkus shared in the great events of our time, right up to the last
    • here on the physical plane until the momentous events, in the midst of
    • when-so-ever we are able, with this faithful spirit, this faithful and
    • and of the immediate future. The events in the midst of which we are
    • humanity who are developing a longing to draw nearer to the Spiritual
    • impression in large circles, even of cultured people. It is a very
    • his laboratory and what follows was given not through one but several
    • acting as a Guardian; he told them several things about his last days
    • investigator. One thing, however, made a profound impression in
    • Raymond Lodge with several companions. Some few weeks later, a
    • a soul from the other side, describing a photograph of which several
    • was then found to correspond in every detail to the description given.
    • different cases, but never lasting more than a few days — passes
    • body is severed from the human individuality just as the physical body
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  • Title: Cosmic/Human Metamorphosis: Lecture 2. The Metamorphoses of the Soul-Forces
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    • prevail — we are nevertheless just entering on an epoch of the
    • by a few and then by an ever-increasing number of persons, grasped and
    • swamped in the downfall of materialistic development. The situation of
    • man, if he will endeavour to develop the inner courageous forces
    • found in the intimate forces which the human soul develops when it
    • whenever one experiences the Spiritual; one feels: I am grateful to
    • greatly altered in the course of the development of mankind. Only at
    • the early primeval stages of man's development was there a connection
    • unconscious. At the primeval time of his development man had not only
    • Now, as we know, in order that man should develop the full
    • it had persisted, man would never have gained his freedom, he could
    • however, will only be possible when to some extent he learns to
    • teaches how the earth evolved and developed through old Saturn, Sun
    • and Moon, how the different epochs of civilisation developed on the
    • life into account. That, however, as regards what we are now
    • other respects, however, it may appeal to him; for he is accustomed to
    • development of man depends upon our not giving way as regards
    • take these things as being like life itself, which is ever connected
    • nearest to our heart can best be developed. For instance, the moments
    • development, because immediately after one is asleep the consciousness
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  • Title: Cosmic/Human Metamorphosis: Lecture 3. The Human Soul and the Universe (part 1)
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    • bodies and bringing about their full development; just as we men bring
    • bodies, are to ascend gradually through the stages of development with
    • — as I merely hinted in the last lecture — it can even be
    • know moreover that man is to undergo further development. The earth as
    • these three which in a sense await us in our future evolution are even
    • in the least developed; for they are still enclosed in the bosom of
    • as time went on feel ourselves increasingly estranged from everything
    • higher Self, — the Spirit-Self which we have yet to develop, and
    • our developing the Life-Spirit.
    • has now gone by when the beings and even the various processes of evolution
    • outside the head of every man'. Paracelsus too, one of the last who,
    • an event Spiritually, he will find that each time two human beings
    • bodies which forms the head becomes the expression of every feeling of
    • developed; it will be rayed down, as it were, from above, and stream
    • every occasion, between sleeping and waking. With simple country
    • place every night, that is, during every period of sleep — though
    • consciousness of every man in some form or other; but the
    • prevent the soul from paying attention to what comes as the result of
    • hour of midnight. A man would meet his genius every night at midnight.
    • fixed. The second meeting is however not so movable; for that which is
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  • Title: Cosmic/Human Metamorphosis: Lecture 4. Morality, As A Germinating Force
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    • understood. Today, however, in order to make the question of the three
    • the Spiritual development of the last century, we observe how strongly
    • still living today who do not believe their attitude of mind and soul
    • do not however observe the deeper foundations upon which their minds
    • but even in a certain way their feelings. A man who today reflects
    • along the lines laid down for everyone in the ordinary educational
    • the earth and indeed the whole firmament is supposed to have developed
    • developed further according to these laws, and, so it is believed,
    • themselves to think of it in this way. That, however, is not the
    • developed; nay, more: to the great majority of men who study it, it
    • even appears illuminating. Few there are who, like Hermann Grimm, ask
    • ever seemed illuminating to so many. There are but a few people who
    • and were given out by them, most people still believe that the world
    • believe in this idea, it exists in the widest circles among all kinds
    • followers of Haeckel, picturing everything Spiritual in a material
    • Kant-Laplace theory believes, and only comes to its end through
    • came about: what good would it have been to have ever pronounced some
    • world-order were correct, would not perhaps survive even in one single
    • never take root in a purely mechanical world-order. The forces of
    • with science and just believe in something more than mechanical
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  • Title: Cosmic/Human Metamorphosis: Lecture 5. The Human soul and the Universe (part 2)
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    • in its life between birth and death, and which even while still in
    • the Angels. Thus every time we pass through sleep, we pass in a sense,
    • sleep, such as is put forward by external science, can ever be
    • indeed in some respects even worse than those which are quite false
    • concepts really falsify life even more than do the entirely wrong
    • up, though it is in a great measure still believed, is the idea I have
    • absolutely incorrect. If we believe that we are compelled to sleep by
    • Everyone would consider such an idea absurd and would say that the
    • setting in of winter has nothing whatever to do with the summer-work
    • relation to the Earth. In this case everything is supposed to be
    • connected with the body: even when outside it — we then enjoy our
    • spoken. We cannot easily believe that he is really tired; but we can
    • very readily believe that he may be so fond of his body that he would
    • he may even prefer that to listening to a lecture, let us say, which
    • learn to feel reverence for this meeting with the spirit.
    • every opportunity without any need for it, may just as well bring
    • place within it; what takes place there is, even in the normal waking
    • never really see or realise our ego, whether in sleep, when in normal
    • What we know as the Etheric body, is, however, as far as the body is
    • spirituality; for of course, everything connected with the body is
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  • Title: Cosmic/Human Metamorphosis: Lecture 6. Man and the Super-Terrestrial
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    • external physical life, but that during every one of these two-fold
    • development of the human race, during the evolution of the earth,
    • good: wherever he lives, he imitates the rhythm between day and night
    • inventing such ideas True it is, however, that in the state of
    • but man must develop so far as really to be able to experience the
    • spirit, as spirit. Just as the ancients were united every night, when
    • connected with that spirit in the course of every year; but as time
    • advanced times have gone much further than that! These were, however,
    • ancient Greece and to some extent even the earlier Roman history was
    • cleverer, of establishing the principal laws and other rules for
    • on New Year's Eve people pour melted lead into water to learn the
    • Now, as I have said, even less has come down to us in tradition
    • that meeting with the Spiritual world, which he cannot now have every
    • being, after he has developed his Life-Spirit, during the Venus
    • We see the objective fact: that the Event of Golgotha is directly
    • development when, in the sense of the old atavistic clairvoyance, man
    • primal revelation had once been given to the earth. It came about in
    • the manner described. It was an old primeval revelation. All the
    • original revelation, fragments fallen into decadence. In what position
    • necessary for the Spiritual development of humanity. For the two
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  • Title: Cosmic/Human Metamorphosis: Lecture 7. Errors and Truths.
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    • In 1775 a very remarkable book appeared in Lyons, which even as early
    • understand. Matthias Claudius himself admits this, even at the end of
    • have not even a smattering of real knowledge of these things. Neither
    • from those newspapers into the magazines of the day. There are several
    • world, not by science but by the scientists themselves. However long a
    • time it may take, it must eventually come about that people win
    • in the development of European humanity, from the Spiritual aspect. I
    • transition.’ Of course, every time is a period of transition, and
    • it is absolutely correct to say so of our own. The point, however, is
    • incisive moments of transition in the development of man; and one
    • whole man is composed; for every part of him belongs to these three.
    • human head, when a man forms ideas. Everything in the nature of the
    • him, everything connected with the functions of the chest is governed
    • stands in the fading evening twilight of that whole system of thought.
    • extraordinarily clever. I cannot now go into it more deeply; let us
    • as those born after him, who believe in a mist or nebula as the origin
    • express.’ In one place he even goes so far as to say: ‘If I
    • connected in any way with the government, believe that I am trying to
    • stand well with him. I am the friend of all and everyone.’ After
    • development of man, for a certain mode of thought to pass into the
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  • Title: Lecture: The Human Soul and the Universe
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    • bodies and bringing about their full development; just as we men bring
    • bodies, are to ascend gradually through the stages of development with
    • — as I merely hinted in the last lecture — it can even be
    • know moreover that man is to undergo further development. The earth as
    • these three which in a sense await us in our future evolution are even
    • in the least developed; for they are still enclosed in the bosom of
    • as time went on feel ourselves increasingly estranged from everything
    • higher Self, — the Spirit-Self which we have yet to develop, and
    • our developing the Life-Spirit.
    • gone by when the beings and even the various processes of evolution in
    • outside the head of every man'. Paracelsus too, one of the last who,
    • an event Spiritually, he will find that each time two human beings
    • bodies which forms the head becomes the expression of every feeling of
    • developed; it will be rayed down, as it were, from above, and stream
    • every occasion, between sleeping and waking. With simple country
    • place every night, that is, during every period of sleep — though
    • consciousness of every man in some form or other; but the
    • prevent the soul from paying attention to what comes as the result of
    • hour of midnight. A man would meet his genius every night at midnight.
    • fixed. The second meeting is however not so movable; for that which is
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture One
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • pervade every aspect of Spiritual Science today. We must
    • remarkable prince of the Church sought to prevent the
    • less lost to Christianity during its development in the West.
    • of consequence thought of, or even believed in, the person of
    • second trial he appeared before the same judge who reversed
    • everything relating to the Mystery of Golgotha conceals the
    • century. From that time even enlightened Jews became
    • implacable enemies of everything Christian. The Jewish texts
    • lost. Certain things which still existed even in the
    • such matters today, even when they refer to a much earlier
    • recently quoted to you several extracts from this book which
    • and today almost everything of this nature is regarded as
    • level than at the present time. Despite the materialistic
    • from animal ancestry, there are others however who believe in
    • he had seven trees at his disposal and each of these trees
    • symbolically; he was speaking of realities which he believed
    • There has hardly ever been perhaps in the history of the
    • Christianity. On the other hand, however, we can only
    • suppressed. Events now took a strange turn. Roman
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Two
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • special, even decisive emphasis upon this idea we are really
    • time to understand the central event of our Earth evolution
    • development of religious ideas and sentiments, but left a
    • distinguish clearly between soul and spirit. And even amongst
    • everywhere the dogmatic assertion, stemming from the eighth
    • and feeling of all men, even of those who have not the
    • slightest interest in philosophical ideas, sees everywhere
    • And when, in recent times, a tendency developed to draw upon
    • arbitrary collocation of seven principles, there is no
    • never come into being solely through the union of father and
    • never come into being through parental inheritance, but
    • endeavoured throughout his life to gather every scrap of
    • Brentano asks, if he rejected this idea? And he believed that
    • closed to him. He could never attain to the idea of the
    • shrouded the soul whenever the spirit was mentioned. This
    • path to the spirit in past ages was never in doubt. Nor was
    • there ever any doubt that during the life between birth and
    • everywhere in the Mysteries. And the conclusion drawn from
    • recent times people have gone even further. Strangely enough,
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Three
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • because we fail to recognize how difficult it is to achieve a
    • cognition. We may readily believe, for example, that through
    • suggest the presence of an inner light, can never, if rightly
    • differentiate today, even theoretically, many mystics believe
    • times have developed, as subsidiary branches of philosophy,
    • question speaks of such a Universal Being, but he would never
    • event, speak of some kind of Universal Divine Being, but we
    • find that wherever the words “faith” or
    • opinion that every sentence in the Gospels is immutable,
    • every detail is of the greatest moment. All criticism is
    • reduced to silence as one penetrates ever more deeply into
    • Now I must remind you that we can never
    • retarded and was unable to develop the maturity of the woman
    • Everything that had occurred since the Fall was to be erased
    • and developments of the social order and national life which
    • the Baptist which was a comparatively recent development
    • and in that event Earth evolution would have been in vain
    • intention? His purpose breathes through every page of the
    • of nineteenth-century Protestantism. Ernst Haeckel even
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Four
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • future generations will have to penetrate ever more deeply
    • time will come when it will be possible to reveal to mankind
    • nature of spiritual development is such that the
    • cannot be reduced to simplest terms in every epoch. And
    • never occur to the modern botanist to apply moral ideas to
    • take Christianity seriously. Goethe, however, was by
    • profoundly Christian than those who forever have “Lord,
    • Christianity on his sleeve, but his view of the world was
    • knowing it and that I can even perceive them with my own
    • the plant kingdom. The fact is, he said, that every plant, by
    • right course, Schelver believed, then each plant would
    • in considerable embarrassment. Moreover whenever innocent
    • as they never failed to do about old Baubo
    • But, of course, this was considered to be an absurd idea even
    • everything, it would seem more foolish still to say that it
    • says: “Just as we find everywhere today ultras
    • higher sphere to its present level.
    • today. These three kingdoms are unable to develop their
    • order to fulfil their development. Originally, plants
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Five
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • Christ Event from the account of human history, to study
    • history which did not allow for the fact that this Event was
    • the historical development of mankind, a method which would
    • is to expunge the record of the Christ Event from the pages
    • prevent the real, deeper significance of the Christ Event
    • events clearly reveal the powerful impact of the Mystery of
    • attempt is made to minimize whenever possible or to reject
    • revealed in the plant kingdom, that spirit which the plant
    • fully develop its inherent potentialities. I referred to this
    • present stage of development. It was most inopportune,
    • of nature. Fortunate are those to whom she reveals her
    • moral values into his study of plants. He believed that the
    • This decline is due to that momentous event — the Fall
    • to develop out of the plant without sexual reproduction
    • where of necessity plants could not develop their full
    • nature; fortunate are those to whom she reveals her external
    • shell alone.” Man, it was believed, could not penetrate
    • consciousness could achieve this, and Goethe was aware of it.
    • way that we recognize that some undefined historical event
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Six
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • nature of the events of today and especially of the immediate
    • continuation of the events which took place during the early
    • contemporary events. They prefer to approach everything from
    • penetrate a little beneath the surface events of our time
    • Christian era. It is not even possible to characterize the
    • events, but they exploited this knowledge derived from the
    • event on the physical plane which we can apprehend through a
    • event. I have already pointed out that the Gospel report that
    • of Christianity was not merely an event on the terrestrial
    • the Christ Impulse. There were some emperors. however, who
    • This objection, however, is not valid for, when he learned of
    • reinforced by the power which was believed to derive from the
    • efforts to achieve this goal, but constantly met with
    • their gods had been assimilated by the Romans. Thus everyone
    • we can say that Christianity has developed, as it were, out
    • raised to a higher level, pervades the Gospels and why
    • does not even exist. No matter how we approach the question
    • we are never vouchsafed an answer. Let us leave all
    • occultism to adepts and charlatans. Mysticism of every kind
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Seven
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • LECTURE SEVEN
    • he therefore did everything in his power to advance the cause
    • Constantine. From the first, therefore, they tried to prevent
    • persuaded themselves that whatever steps he might take
    • Everything
    • been at great pains to misrepresent his actions in every
    • initiation, and when awakened can reveal to him the intimate
    • man on Earth. It was clear to Julian that the world can never
    • Even a Church
    • outstanding personalities even amongst the Popes, who were
    • quite the reverse. In effect he accepted one of the greatest
    • pagan cults which had survived from ancient times. Wherever
    • true character of antiquity and to prevent the essential
    • dogma were unable to believe in the old gods, to expound the
    • discredited, if its fulfilment could be prevented then the
    • demonstrated, even externally, although internal evidence
    • that time he lacked the necessary spiritual development. You
    • to unveil the ultimate secrets of this doctrine, even in our
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Eight
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • investigation, even when these sources are the Gospels
    • the development of Christianity during the early centuries of
    • comprehend this development unless we reinforce a purely
    • development during the early centuries we realize in effect
    • — as an isolated event on Golgotha — but, in a
    • no clear and reliable evidence, even from leading scholars,
    • Furthermore, everything connected with the ancient pagan
    • today in a few words by contemporary historians. The events
    • events.
    • even into their formalistic details, were a symbolic
    • never undertook agricultural work without first putting
    • themselves in touch with those forces which, they believed,
    • workmen levelled the temple of Apollo on Monte Cassino in
    • this is a mistake. Whenever truth is in any way obscured, the
    • in my early childhood and which I shall never forget. Such
    • things are most revealing. Unless we wilfully blind ourselves
    • simply routine acts with Constantine. Since however the
    • son of the Church even in his private life” — and
    • remember that faith is not a guarantee against every moral
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Nine
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • of the events in the early development of Western
    • present a particular point of view. Everyone today who has
    • spiritual development of Antiquity, of the spiritual
    • seven hundred thousand scrolls which contained vitally
    • different would be the picture of Antiquity if these seven
    • Mysteries which had been interrupted in their development
    • group-soul cannot be achieved if one looks upon a larger
    • that this soul develops further after passing through the
    • to recall memories of the dead and the ability to develop it
    • to share in the joys and sorrows of contemporary events. He
    • who was unresponsive or indifferent to contemporary events
    • the sensible world that which must be revealed from the
    • never have occurred to anyone to claim the right to choose
    • the seventh degree of initiation. I do not propose to enter
    • simply wished to characterize the progressive development of
    • developed ego consciousness. This had been prepared for
    • development had been reached at the time of the Mystery of
    • knowledge (which would be transparent even to those who
    • ignorance of the epoch when it had first developed. This
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  • Title: Building Stones: Lecture Ten
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    • experience of the most decisive event in the history of humanity, the
    • however. If we wish to see these things in perspective we
    • times when the spiritual world was revealed to the whole of
    • you because it reveals a piece of self-knowledge of a
    • self-revelation, speaks of things which our present
    • I experience a brilliant crimson; with Shakespeare every
    • plot or content of the drama, but ever fresh miming
    • experiences a colour sensation with every drama of
    • that the neophytes learned to develop in the Mysteries in the
    • only in the poet, but in every man today. The fact that he
    • concealed the spiritual world. Swedenborg had developed a
    • developed. But precisely because this Imaginative cognition
    • clairvoyance by studying the development of particular
    • world — a man whose scientific achievement not only
    • physical sun. And he also shows that everything of a physical
    • experienced inwardly in the course of developing his
    • vision as one speaks of an event in everyday life. Then, he
    • even the smallest details. Swedenborg tells us that Leibnitz
    • They all had a good case — and any and every case can
    • regard this vision as of no importance, perhaps even as
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