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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture I
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    • comprehensive way, we see how this soul-life can be raised to a level
    • some even more fanciful conception or other.
    • this inner thinking, devoid of outer impressions, may develop, but we
    • and live in our thoughts and ideas, spinning them out even further,
    • Many people regard it as unnecessary to develop this
    • living in thought, in the direction of mere possibilities. Even in
    • time. It does not often happen, however, that people come together in
    • everywhere I met with lack of understanding.
    • beings, even the so-called thinkers of today in reality only get so
    • experiences thinking, he is living, even if at first somewhat
    • from the central point of our being. Every man is aware of this; he
    • If however we have acquired the experience of thinking
    • place, he can grasp everything inwardly. He feels that he is
    • A second thing which man can develop in the inner life
    • When, however, he passes on to the experience in memory,
    • get away from it. If we can develop memories of such a nature that
    • may not at first believe that such a vivification of past experiences
    • If you develop this feeling which, as we have said, does
    • himself — but which we can develop out of memory in the way
    • indicated, when you develop this experience out of your memory, or
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture II
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    • of man, even more strongly than memory, so strongly that the inner
    • advanced to the revelation of the soul and spirit in the physical.
    • brings into it. I mean, everything which we are accustomed from our
    • to the seventh century. In this book dealing with heredity there
    • Even though the prevailing views on heredity may appear
    • things which we meet with in life at every turn.
    • everywhere to be found as an original woof or weft, which is of deep
    • significance and arouses reverence even in the shape of the
    • to the severest judgment which man can suffer after he has passed
    • quite definite significance in the whole connection of cosmic events;
    • cosmic connection just as do those who are developing normally. The
    • Luciferic beings work so that they use every opportunity to lift man
    • however endeavour to separate off everything from man which can
    • develop him towards a psychic and spiritual nature, which should now
    • develop in humanity. They would like to change what is sub-human —
    • developing Hierarchies, but because he is woven into the whole of
    • The point is that every time the Luciferic forms make
    • develops an activity of its own side by side with the impulses of the
    • Man is however also subject to the influence of external
    • extraordinary significance to man. There were even times when this
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture III
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    • environment; how everything which is bound up with heredity is
    • We have seen how memory, everything in the nature of
    • think, and he who can exercise even a little self-observation, so far
    • development play a great part in the human soul-life throughout the
    • which are connected with memories — and everything we grasp in
    • memories — everything which arises in this way making us
    • means to about the seventh year of life — the soul-element
    • The soul-element which we develop during our early childhood (for
    • nevertheless it actually points to a significant reality. That which
    • In the first seven years of life everything has been
    • inherited; everything of a material nature which we have within us in
    • the first seven years of life is essentially inherited. But after
    • about seven years all the material substance is thrown off; it falls
    • his material part he gradually throws off. After seven or eight years
    • everything that was in his body seven or eight years before has gone.
    • inherited body but a body developed out of its inner being —
    • bears from the seventh to fourteenth year depends very much on the
    • Every seven years we build our body anew, but it is our
    • the outer world in a child of seven years (as you know it is only
    • develops those things of which we have already spoken; it builds up
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture IV: The Ephesian Mysteries of Artemis
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    • everyday life of earth. We can indeed understand Goethe quite well
    • the earth. Goethe addresses the granite as “the everlasting son
    • plastic art which is, however, extraordinarily eloquent. When
    • however, with Imaginative consciousness he approaches these rocks,
    • soul-being extends everywhere down into the depths of the rock, and
    • inner nature of these rocks reveals itself as permeable to
    • impression that in everyone of these quartz rocks something is
    • covering of snow, and even more about the falling snow-flakes, that
    • everywhere reflections fall to the earth of parts of the starry
    • the stars even by day. There is a certain tower in Jena, for
    • of the earth so do we grow together with everything which the earth
    • Thereby, however, we feel ourselves as Man once again
    • however, the child begins to be independent. Similarly the earth
    • itself developed independence, whereas in the first Saturn period it
    • Even one who has already attained a certain higher
    • whole cosmos. When, however, such a man approaches the interior of
    • had in a mine. Once, however, these impulses have come to him he only
    • requires spiritual vision to be able everywhere to enter into
    • relationship with that which is metallic, even if he does not go down
    • acquired with special intensity in metal mines. Even metal miners
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture V
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    • more exactly of many of those events which occurred in the course of
    • is interesting to look back on all these events, for we thereby
    • receive an impression of how wonderful is everything in the sphere of
    • not go into every detail — and we form a picture of the planet
    • and which we regard as non-living, lifeless; even this atmosphere
    • similar mental picture might also be made even for those very ancient
    • of these elements, for it did not have these several elements as
    • developed later. All that was thus fashioned out of the cosmos in
    • the quartz. At that far-off time, however, because of the life which
    • pervaded everything the quartz was actually as soft as wax. We may,
    • (sea-weed) or even like a palm. But it shoots up. It does not grow
    • fluid albumen-like element. Such an observer would see green ever
    • happened. Everything I have hitherto described was brought about
    • from that, this albuminous atmosphere extends everywhere. Upon this
    • cosmos everywhere, those forces of which our modern science has no
    • They take nowhere into account that which is really living. Even in
    • congealed, so that one could see everywhere albumen congealed by the
    • congealed albumen thickened to the density of jelly or even to that
    • everything about these limbs is like a snail which can extend and
    • the animals which have bones containing lime. That is what develops
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture VI
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    • back into a time six or seven centuries or even earlier before the
    • thought accessible to spiritual cognition, in which the events of the
    • The pupil's attention was then directed even more
    • “Speak, oh Man! and thou revealest through thyself
    • “Speak, oh Man! and thou revealest through thyself
    • “The evolution of the world is revealed through
    • took on bony formations, and in this way the animals developed in the
    • of the earth, then he feels everything which then happened as part of
    • in what form do they reveal themselves? They reveal themselves as the
    • creatures, thereby revealed their essential being, for the Being of
    • animals; that which spoke was the arising and development of the
    • Let us now endeavour to feel how this development of the
    • earth passed over from one level as it were to another. Let us
    • condensed everything. The chalk became denser, etc. We human beings
    • being, even if it had come to us in miniature. We could only admit it
    • process of the development of the animals in the vapourising and
    • even say that this is the sense-perception of the earth in regard to
    • rising of the animal creation something was revealed which struggled
    • everyone who was able to feel what the Goetheanum was intended to be.
    • opportunity for looking spiritually into a revelation which leads us
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture VII: The Mysteries of Hibernia
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    • overcome as in other similar cases; they offer nevertheless, even to
    • everyday consciousness as strongly as is possible to each one of us —
    • becoming disillusioned through Logic and Dialectic, be these ever so
    • most natural and simple way they developed feelings which ordinary
    • man desires to get knowledge, even if it presents great difficulties.
    • elastic material, compressible in every part. The pupils were made to
    • press the statue in every part. Through this action, it revealed
    • pupil was made to press it also. Every pressure he made remained.
    • So that whenever the pupils were led to the same ceremony before this
    • I might say, a colossal question-mark. Everything in them was a
    • question, Reason asked, the heart asked, the will asked, everything,
    • everything asked. The man of today can still learn from these things,
    • truth which then leads into the secrets of the world. For even if the
    • inner path of development, outwardly imperceptible to the senses, it
    • as something which released him from those difficulties, even though
    • that, and that even such things as knowledge and truth present a
    • ideas but he never reaches Being. Ideas are illusion, not Being.
  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture VIII
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    • They really concern everything which leads man along the path into
    • consciousness — it was certainly a very stern Initiation even if
    • nevertheless in his sense organs. He felt his being in his eyes, he
    • eye, as if it worked everywhere into his eye, as if his eye were an
    • as into a fever condition of the soul, into a fever condition of such
    • pressed, as if everything were pressing hard, his breath were
    • pressing hard, his blood in every direction were pressing too hard.
    • The pupil experienced a great anxiety, even to a deep inner distress
    • freezing and frozen nature. Annihilation exists here everywhere. Out
    • The riddle of fever-heated evil
    • itself in something that is external to me. And for everything that
    • however, man with his being belongs, can be reached in the most
  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture IX
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    • off from the outer world. We are everywhere where the outer air is;
    • was none at that time. Everything that was there was a natural
    • than our hard things today. It was not, however, mineral, as the
    • Heights bring me out into the distances of the blue Ether, even to
    • not get his breath out, it pushed and pressed in on him on every
    • And now when the pupil felt everything flowing together
    • Word spreads itself out. Everything in the Vulcan-planet is speaking
    • Christ as of Him who had gone through events in the past. And
    • him: The whole trend of earth-evolution leads towards the Event of
    • Golgotha. At that time it was presented as an Event which was to
    • over in Palestine, the wonderful events came to pass which we
    • surroundings, while these wonderful events came to pass in Palestine,
    • everywhere only short accounts, very little material for these
    • over Europe, even though only in a weak echo, the very time when the
    • historic memory of externally visible, externally experienced events.
    • illumination from the Spiritual world, from the Spiritual world even
    • the event was taking place in physical reality on another spot of
    • historic event. For least of all were they able to take this fact
    • event, for the rites were already instituted before the Mystery of
    • sense world, not a Hibernian art, but an art — and even
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture X: The Chthonic and the Eleusinian Mysteries
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    • of speaking, dimmed; that means that they could not develop any
    • East; and in the place of a spiritual approach even in matters of
    • reality, a sensible event, but only in a spiritual way. It was not
    • It must be clearly understood, however, that in Hibernia
    • through what is now Holland and Belgium, and even through the Alsace
    • of today. Even though not present in the general civilization, yet,
    • in the first centuries of Christian development, we find here and
    • events which had taken place in Palestine at the beginning of our
    • developed more and more, which reckoned only with that which
    • course of development of civilization in Europe.
    • of the old Mystery-knowledge, even such as still existed in Greece,
    • that man is a real microcosm; that means that everything which is to
    • conceals iron everywhere in itself; iron is also in man. Once upon a
    • perhaps even Old Sun also concealed in itself lead, tin and so on:
    • significance there, that it radiates its forces everywhere, even
    • Now even the silver, as it exists in the earth, has
    • which was related to the single metals of the earth, which, however,
    • earth carries today in itself, even in a lifeless condition, the lead
    • in from the cosmos. You see this everywhere if you go to metal-mines
    • products of nature, he finds everything dead, there is nothing but a
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture XI: The Secret of Plants, of Metals, and of Men
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    • indeed on all the Mysteries of that time. Indeed we must even say
    • is able to absorb them into his feeling, will be able to sense, even
    • pour out this logical system into Europe. It may even be said, by way
    • can form an idea of the content of that seven years' instruction
    • knowledge played no important role in those days, even in the time of
    • describe. Even at the time of Aristotle, even by Aristotle himself,
    • cosmic space and sees there something which reveals the same
    • hydrogen exists even in the cosmic spaces.
    • thing to the pupil every night. When the moon was in the
    • truth, through all this that was revealed to him the pupil said out
    • They reveal their relationship with the moon-existence
    • with the secrets of the moon, revealed to him by the plants growing
    • connection. When he had developed such an intensified life of feeling
    • the blossoms revealed their secret to the pupil, so now he learned
    • of the metals still formed part of the instruction given, even at the
    • revealed the secret of the planets. Man's feelings were not then so
    • lead-grayness. Saturn nature revealed itself.
    • They reveal their relationship with the planets
    • secret which was revealed to the pupil.
    • externally, even to the colour of their skin, from the men of Greece.
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture XII: The Mysteries of the Samothracian Kabiri
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    • into man himself, an insight which was, however, of an intimate
    • Now, even down to the Egyptian time it was still the
    • Human consciousness did not even grasp the external coarse
    • exist for them; but everything which was spread out externally in
    • revealed themselves in the whole of nature. Today we can go out into
    • the mountains, we can tread on the rocks, we can even throw stones,
    • beings revealed themselves to them. This consciousness was awakened
    • If we trace the development of Greek life to that time
    • believes that anything else exists in the cosmos but the Gods, the
    • themselves behind these. Even that which appears outwardly as
    • is nothing but what divine existence reveals; just as the skin of man
    • reveals the inner being of a soul behind the skin. If the Gods are
    • everywhere, then man has to distinguish — and this was taught
    • Gods, those who revealed themselves in the different beings and
    • everywhere in cosmic space, and above all draws near to man.
    • made of sacrificial revelations, revelations which arose in a much
    • regular way, it reveals itself as an image of cosmic creation,
    • me are a living script, a living writing; and this writing reveals to
    • at last I am entering something which reveals to me the magical deeds
    • magical powers of this celebrant Father reveal to the pupil? Through
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture XIII: Transition from the Spirit of the Ancient Mysteries to the Spirit of the Mysteries of the Middle Ages
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    • on Golgotha was in a certain sense a combination of everything which
    • The Mystery of Golgotha itself, however, is distinguished from all
    • Hibernia, everywhere we see how the actual Mystery operated in the
    • its impulse out into the world. Whoever really understands the
    • things, would nevertheless say: “I will go through all the fire
    • natural phenomena, natural events, were for the ancients directly
    • divine processes. It would never occur to anyone today to regard the
    • consider any phenomenon, any event in nature by itself, isolated. He
    • regarded every event in nature as the expression of a God, a God who
    • revealed himself through natural phenomena. The surface of the earth
    • This immediate relation to the phenomena and events of
    • revelation to him of a divine being — this view of things
    • cognition of the events and phenomena of nature and whereas, in olden
    • times, the things and processes of nature were revelations of the
    • divine, there now comes this middle epoch in which the events and
    • that natural events and processes of nature are pictures of the
    • Now, however, man is no retort. The retort simply shows
    • It is correct, however, that if man were not able to develop oxalic
    • reality oxalic acid is spread out everywhere in the world of
    • Oxalic acid is everywhere in the vegetable kingdom, and we find
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture XIV: Human Soul-Strivings During the Middle Ages the Rosicrucian Mysteries
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    • every region of Europe, in Central Europe, Western and Southern
    • striving after the highest is even doubtful.
    • parallelism between the human element and what revealed itself
    • Mysteries, was able to have this impression could truly never forget
    • the power to work down into the astral body and even into the etheric
    • In regard to the human organism, in its several members,
    • impressed on the pupil was the knowledge that any substance, however
    • spectrum on it, and so on; yet everything which can be learnt in this
    • spiritual way, he came to the ether. If, however, he extended his
    • should reveal to them the working and weaving in the processes and
    • have spoken: having done this, however, then through their
    • nature spirits with their revelations.”
    • even than we find in Goethe's Faust, beautiful and mighty though that
    • had to develop in ancient Greece when the necessary need arose for
    • extended even as far as Greece. The significant details of this will
    • and then reads the observations of Aristotle — even those few
    • give concerning the historical development of humanity from the



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