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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture I
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    • conditioned from any part of physical earthly space, but by the whole
    • say ten, twenty or thirty years ago. I will merely indicate how this
    • a garment, or something she wore twenty years ago; she puts this on
    • past experiences into the present, as I have described, you draw near
    • past years so that you can live in it and entirely forget the present
    • you will then see that you draw very near to your astral body, to
    • the appearing of the sun out from the colours and the light, so that
    • in your own heart a sun arises, as it were, out of the morning glow
    • perceived formerly with your physical senses begin to wear a
    • on the surface but they begin to speak. They speak to our hearts in a
    • earth, his feet and legs are drawn down by the gravity of the earth.
    • He feels that he is bound with his entire human nature to this earth.
    • bound to the earth, but he feels himself dependent on the wide spaces
    • from below, up from the centre of the earth, but everything comes in
    • earth in the forces of gravity and in the transmutation of
    • the earth you feel yourself carried by forces which stream towards
    • which goes out beyond memory. Let us make clear to ourselves what
    • by his countenance that he has not learnt anything by what he has
    • the earnestness of life, or even perhaps its many satisfactions. That
    • experienced in childhood or, many years ago, in order to realize
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture II
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    • The whole entrance of man into physical earthly life is
    • this consists in what we experienced at an early age being carried
    • over into later years.
    • things in the past course of earthly life, is there anything in human
    • which lies before the entrance of man into earthly life?
    • undergone spiritually and psychically in pre-earthly existence (which
    • natural-scientific ideas to designate as heredity. Man bears within
    • this royal house there are members who show clearly that they incline
    • Even though the prevailing views on heredity may appear
    • life before earthly existence.
    • exit of the moon from the earthly planet, and have shown that the
    • moon was formerly united with the earth-planet, and, at a definite
    • point of time left the earth in order to influence it from afar. I
    • the moon. I have told you how once upon a time on the earth there
    • earthly thought may be designated the Primeval Wisdom, which is
    • starting-point of earthly human evolution.
    • the realm of the planetary world which belongs to our earth. We have
    • already considered how, after having passed through earthly
    • Today it may interest us to learn how he comes into the sphere of the
    • that which man is as spirit appears after he has laid aside the
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture III
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    • Experience of Day and Year
    • impressions of childhood play throughout the entire earthly life. The
    • learned to speak and walk, during which we received our first, the
    • entire life on earth. Many things which rise up inwardly as thoughts
    • because this transformed life of memory appears before his
    • flowers, blue flowers, green grass and shining promising ears of corn
    • especially because the rose-bush has this peculiarity (bear in mind
    • the rose-bush has this peculiarity, that it receives the earliest
    • memories of the first years of childhood are especially remarkable
    • with reference to human sleep, because in reality, during those years
    • and during the years extending to the change of teeth — that
    • means to about the seventh year of life — the soul-element
    • The soul-element which we develop during our early childhood (for
    • In the first seven years of life everything has been
    • 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.
    • It is a fact that when we have reached the age of nine years our
    • bears from the seventh to fourteenth year depends very much on the
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture IV: The Ephesian Mysteries of Artemis
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    • The Connection of Man with the Earth-Planet
    • The Crystal Covering of the Earth
    • and the Connection between Earth-lives
    • of the whole man, with our earth. I have often said in various
    • but as physical earth man he belongs to the earth in its organic
    • with earthly existence can appear to super-sensible vision, and I will
    • region we walk upon the hardest rocks on earth, which, when they
    • appear in their own characteristic form have something virgin in
    • everyday life of earth. We can indeed understand Goethe quite well
    • the earth. Goethe addresses the granite as “the everlasting son
    • of the earth,” the granite which consists in quartz, i.e. in
    • the hardest on the earth, he penetrates by their means directly into
    • Imaginative cognition, while the outer surfaces appear as the walls
    • present like an eye of the earth itself for the whole cosmos.
    • formations on the surface of the earth that are just so many eyes of
    • the earth, in order that the cosmic environment may be reflected and
    • the earth can inwardly perceive it. Gradually one acquires the
    • knowledge that each crystal form existing within the earth is a
    • cosmic sense-organ of the earth.
    • everywhere reflections fall to the earth of parts of the starry
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture V
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    • The previous Earth-atmosphere
    • Animals as Earth-forms
    • the evolution of the earth, and which have brought about its present
    • metals of the earth, with all that has its being in the earth,
    • through the fact that the earth is permeated with veins of metal,
    • that the earth in general carries within itself various kinds of
    • enables him to look back on that which has happened to the earth.
    • happened on the earth in the times preceding the Atlantean evolution,
    • immediately preceded this, when the Earth went through the Sun stage.
    • During the Lemurian epoch the Earth went through the Moon stage. It
    • earthly existence.
    • Nowadays we are accustomed to regard the earth as
    • continents as human beings, and are surrounded by what the earth
    • bears upon it in the way of plants, animals, birds of the air, and so
    • air-ocean, the atmosphere which surrounds the earth, that out of this
    • The earth was not always as it is today; it has
    • quite a different condition of the earth from what we have today.
    • shows itself in those early ages as something quite different. If we
    • have this firm solid earth-kernel and around it the atmosphere. A
    • times, but there could be no question of there being round the earth
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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
    • forth in human speech. We learn what took place in those Ephesian
    • but we learn it from the Akashic Record, that Chronicle of etheric
    • follows: “Learn to feel in your own instrument of speech what
    • forth within man. It was made clear to the pupil in the Mysteries of
    • the earth in which the following occurred. We know that in the former
    • condition of the earth there existed as an essential substance for
    • the earth-evolution at that stage all that unpretentious chalk which
    • limestone rocks of the earth we have that which we wish now to
    • consider. We must think of the earth surrounded by that which in the
    • definite forms. And you have heard that while this condition of the
    • earth existed there took place in a denser substance to an enhanced
    • course of evolution on the earth. The animals were drawn down from
    • of the earth, then he feels everything which then happened as part of
    • earth-planet. To express this in a somewhat grotesque way I should
    • earth-planet.
    • descent and the drawing down with it the animals to the earth, is so
    • experienced by man that he hears it. He experiences it inwardly. Only
    • you must conceive of it as inner experience. He hears it. This
    • something heard and felt as if through the ear. The mystery of the
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture VII: The Mysteries of Hibernia
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    • it. Treading earnestly the path of knowledge we always have the
    • one side near to one abyss, and on the other side near to another
    • are, both these dicta, so often heard, are altogether beside the
    • he was brought before these two statues, that what appeared to him as
    • question, Reason asked, the heart asked, the will asked, everything,
    • everything asked. The man of today can still learn from these things,
    • this way and used for Initiation, he can still learn what a scale of
    • In earlier times of humanity there were the most
    • the first statue. And it then appeared as if the sun were further
    • appeared as if covering the sun. The statues were very large so that
    • the priest, relatively small in size, only appeared here above the
    • then appeared over that second statue and again out of a
    • inner fullness of joy, now that he, hearing what the second statue
    • himself — at least it appeared that each one felt something
    • really illusion, that is deception. For that which appears in this
    • Thus the pupil, on the threshold of knowledge came near to the
    • wholly different appearance on the other side of the threshold.
    • filled one might say with this feeling of radiating fear: What man
    • outwardly physical, but which he saw with terrific clearness. He read
    • “Receive the Word and the Power of this Being into thy heart.”
  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture VIII
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    • Now you must be quite clear on this point; the
    • he attained a remarkable perception. He now actually learned to know
    • felt his being in his ears, he felt his being also on the surface of
    • inner mirror for all that which appeared outside.
    • of man, how that this is related to the actual surroundings on earth.
    • learned to know the impulses of destruction in the Cosmos, and my
    • have something in me which in my ordinary earth-life is claimed by my
    • corporality. This must be conquered, my earth-ego must be conquered.”
    • feeling that the earth-ego must be conquered, there arose in him
    • something by which he knew that it was not the earlier state of
    • first, which arose out of a numbness, he had clearly the feeling that
    • which he had dreamed earlier, and again in reminiscence of that which
    • heart, hot and in anxiety. This condition of being inwardly possessed
    • unity. He felt himself as drawn together into his heart.
    • attained, this being drawn together into his heart, this inner
    • And from now onwards the pupil learned to look on the
    • Earth would be there; no Jupiter, no Venus, and no Vulcan. In order
    • In spaces far and wide shalt thou learn
    • appeared in the place of the two statues, with the words “Science,”
    • “Art.” “Science” appeared in the place of the
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture IX
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    • given, for that which man was accustomed to look upon appeared before
    • vision of the time before earthly existence, and to the time after
    • earthly existence; by vision forwards to the time after death as far
    • earth, — again to the middle point between death and a new
    • the pre-earthly and of the post-earthly life, because he had gained
    • The pupil had learned to revive these conditions in
    • the condition of consciousness which resulted he received a clear
    • vision of the Moon-existence, which preceded that of the Earth.
    • This ancient Moon existence appeared to him as a planetary existence,
    • But you must make clear to yourselves the difference
    • one could draw this finger until it disappeared, or an arm till it
    • disappeared; one could make oneself quite thin and many other things.
    • evolution during the earth-existence, are those individualities of
    • earth, and who today find themselves in a colony on the moon.
    • All this appeared to the Hibernian pupil during the
    • experience, he felt all which was to be felt from the earth in his
    • had brought him near the Ether-distances, he felt that there outside,
    • that time, though it could not be perceived as clearly as its
    • as to inner experience of the in-streaming sunlight. In earlier times
    • spread out in the whole earth-planet flows also into this rose, and
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture X: The Chthonic and the Eleusinian Mysteries
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    • appeared.
    • Let us again call to mind that Image which appeared at
    • established a universal ceremony, because they were quite clear from
    • It must be clearly understood, however, that in Hibernia
    • connected with the powers of the earth. A great number of candidates
    • that man is a small world, a microcosm; yet it would appear that man
    • instructed by being told the following: Observe how the earth today
    • time, when the earth had not yet become earth, when it existed in a
    • previous planetary condition, the earth which was then Old Moon, or
    • the earth also had a part in these metals and their forces, just as
    • transformations which the ancient shape of the earth underwent iron
    • named are also contained in the earth, but they are no longer of such
    • grasp it. But this same lead which appears in the lead-ores of the
    • earth exists in an infinitely fine ramification in the whole cosmic
    • his etheric body; because outside the lead-ores of the earth lead
    • ancient Greek Chthonic Mysteries learnt that, just as is the case
    • today with the earth, which is infinitely rich in iron, and I a
    • rich in iron being Mars); just as the earth is rich in iron, so
    • Saturn is rich in lead. What iron is for the earth, lead is for
    • Chthonic Mysteries in Greece learned — that once upon a time,
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture XI: The Secret of Plants, of Metals, and of Men
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    • We only learn to know the fun case when we
    • can form an idea of the content of that seven years' instruction
    • understand; i.e., the merely earthly phenomena from which all the
    • extra-earthly phenomena, the entire phenomena of the heavens, are
    • back into the earliest times; but it is no reality that they
    • such teachings as were taken earnestly were so given that they were
    • to bear thee out into the wide spaces of the Cosmos. Then, in
    • at home in such a way, that this warm air seeks to bear thee up into
    • earth, and thou feelest thyself to be in thy proper place observing
    • in the wide spaces of the earth. Flowers spoke to him of the wide
    • the self-opening blossom, in which the stamens appear and radiate
    • by the heavy cold earth to take up their abode upon it, but that, in
    • reality they have not originated in the firm hard earth, they have
    • condition of the earth.” (I am referring to that condition of
    • the earth described in my
    • secrets of the moon which left the earth, and which still preserves
    • something of the pre-earthly Moon condition, which are reflected to
    • these experiences were related by the flowers on the earth. The
    • flowers on the earth told the secrets of the cosmos outside. In
    • of the innermost of his heart:
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture XII: The Mysteries of the Samothracian Kabiri
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    • the earth bring forth this or that kind of vegetation, so in the
    • regions of the earth the most manifold influences from the spiritual
    • say that there appears before our Imaginative consciousness, with all
    • possible clearness, a threefold evolution. I say “before our
    • still earlier times, we naturally get a greater number than three,
    • will today take these middle stages of human evolution, which appear
    • not through Inspiration but already in all clearness before our
    • ordinary earthly substance, it was part of a divine body which was
    • what the earth appeared to them to be. These ancient peoples related
    • the earth, just as we relate ourselves in our consciousness to our
    • Mars, Jupiter and Saturn and then looked down to the earth, he saw in
    • this earth the divine body of the earthly God; but he saw at the same
    • time in this earth the sister or perhaps the brother, in short, a
    • their orbits round the earth.
    • and of the earth as part of this cosmos.
    • You must realize clearly and deeply what an utterly
    • man of today. It meant a great deal to look at the earth as a divine
    • only the whole earth as being filled with gods, but beyond the
    • far and wide among the races over the earth, and was specially
    • and there upon the earth.
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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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    • regions of the earth, and took different forms; each region of the
    • earth according to its people and according to the conditions for
    • that region of the earth, had its own special form of the Mysteries.
    • the earth commenced a few centuries after the foundation of
    • was formerly divided among the different Mysteries over the earth.
    • consciousness of man on the earth one can only dimly divine at a
    • way to the ancient Mysteries. It was an earnest joy, a deep joy, a
    • Record, we find there joyful countenances, deeply earnest
    • the inner Temple of the Kabiri had eloquent, earnest countenances,
    • I should like to try and make clear to you the way in
    • revealed himself through natural phenomena. The surface of the earth
    • was to the ancients just as much the skin of an earthly divine being
    • old unless one knows that he spoke always of the earth as a divine
    • we now see the earth without any ensouling principle! That would be
    • known to any of you who have learnt a little chemistry. I should like
    • said: I can turn my gaze outwards to the earth, over which the plant
    • in the whole vegetable covering of the earth, into formic acid; and
    • clearly understood and to them it was a fact, that he who prepares
    • empirical research, as it is called today. If those who were
    • of investigation and thought one can learn Astrology, they would have
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  • Title: Mystery Centres: Lecture XIV: Human Soul-Strivings During the Middle Ages the Rosicrucian Mysteries
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    • this or the other region of the earth; and I shall attempt to show
    • in the most civilized parts of the earth at that time. The spiritual
    • justifiable, but one must search behind it, not for the charlatan
    • must look behind, and direct our attention to that deeply earnest
    • Europe. We must realize clearly that the figure of Faust as described
    • by Goethe, with all his deep soul-striving, with all his earnest
    • with heart and feeling.
    • attention to the form taken by human cognition on earth in very
    • substance gold on the earth.
    • Carbon appears on the earth in a number of different
    • carbon; anthracite is carbon. On the earth carbon appears before us
    • in the ancient Mysteries, men learnt to understand that there existed
    • other forms of carbon, besides those we find here on the earth. And
    • now learnt what metamorphoses the substance of carbon could undergo.
    • On the earth carbon is either coal or graphite or diamond or
    • anthracite; but on the moon that which we find here on the earth as
    • it looks externally, is only this in one place on the earth and at
    • carbon is only diamond, coal or anthracite on the earth; for what
    • exists on the earth as diamond or graphite, that, on the moon, is
    • spectrum on it, and so on; yet everything which can be learnt in this
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