Berlin, 1 September 1914
The Destinies of Individuals
and of Nations
Dornach building incomplete, outbreak
of war. Belief in the victory of spiritual life.
Essential to understand the world necessity of the
serious events taking place (reference to
Language of world karma coming to expression
at the time only to be understood later. Strength and
love can grow if members make spiritual science their
own, enabling them to give the right kind of help at the
right time. Mantrams.
Berlin, 31 October 1914
Nationalities and Nationalism
in the Light of Spiritual Science
Particular need of the moment to
penetrate outer events with spiritual science. The
eternal in man and his earthly configuration, the latter
including the national aspect. Hatred among peoples, and
death cancelling all that is national. The nations of
Europe representing individual aspects of man's essential
nature. Hatred seen as raging against one's higher self
— which will be connected with other nationalities
in the future. The particular characteristics of European
nations; differences in their attitude to people
belonging to other nations. Different experiences on
going through the gate of death. Attitudes to warfare.
Special position of Russia. Basic attitude in the East of
Europe prayerful; Merezhkovsky. Occult experiences at the
time when the war started. How spiritual science must
prove itself in difficult times.
Berlin, 28 October 1914
The Nature of European Folk
Problem of seeing through life on
earth — which is Maya. Sympathy and antipathy out
of place when considering the characteristic nature of
folk souls. How the soul relates to other folk souls
during sleep. The power of spiritual truths. Involvement
of folk spirits in earth evolution; the individual soul
separating itself from this on death. Meaning of death in
battle. Different nature of French and Russian souls
because of their folk spirits. Higher spiritual entities
fighting to let a spiritual stream enter into human
evolution, with the aid of souls that have gone through
death. Earthly alliances and battles as reversal of
spiritual battle positions. Anthroposophy as a challenge
from the spiritual world. Question as to responsibility
for outbreak of war, and need to make efforts to perceive
the karma of the folk soul. Contribution to be made to
the future through spiritual renewal of intellectual
Berlin, 17 January 1915
The Nature of the Christ
Impulse and the Michaelic Spirit Serving It —
Magnitude of the Christ Impulse far
beyond our understanding so far; its living intervention
in history. Struggle for Rome between Maxentius and
Constantine in AD 312. Until 8th and 9th centuries many
souls in Western and Southern Europe related to Christian
faith only in ether body. 5th post-Atlantean epoch with
special mission for England on the one hand and
Continental Europe on the other. Christ impulse
intervening through Joan of Arc. Distinction between
individual and national development. Generally no
reincarnation into the same folk area. Exception in the
case of Central Europe. Eastern Europe today: many souls
who formerly bore Christianity in their ether bodies and
are now developing a feeling relationship to it. Central
Europe: centuries of preparation to link the Christ
impulse with ego and astral body in wide-awake
perceptiveness. Goethe and his Faust. Future
missions of Central and Eastern Europe complementary;
both would face disaster if external forces were to
damage Central Europe.
Berlin, 19 January 1915
The Nature of the Christ
Impulse and the Michaelic Spirit Serving It —
crossing of major threads in history always happens under
the guidance of the spiritual world. Difference between
Joan of Arc's and our own time. Present-day world of
machines — with demonic, Ahrimanic spirituality
— has destructive effect on man. Inner revelation,
spiritual impulses for Joan of Arc, a country girl.
Christianization of the function performed by seers in
ancient Rome. Secret of Joan's birth; nature of her
death. Joan overcoming Luciferic powers of adversity.
Today, divine, spiritual powers can
come into the Ahrimanized world through human actions.
The nature of Michael; his influence extending to the
physical world and the intellect. Resistance to the
Ahrimanic principle consists in making the powers of the
wide-awake intellect spiritual. Mission of the age
corresponding to that of the German folk spirit. Nature
of German soul qualities: capacity for sacrifice. During
Gabriel age more blood-based, during Michaelic age
relating to will to understand. Ahrimanic powers rendered
harmless by being seen through.
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Spiritual Perception Essential
at the Present Time
Modern scientists guided towards
existence of the spiritual world; inability to draw the
logical conclusion. 0. Binswanger; connection between
nerve process and moral and spiritual element.
nature of religious systems: to convey ideas that go
beyond the physical world and give strength for the
spiritual world. Present need to gain deeper spiritual
powers. On the meaning of war. Great number of those who
die young; unused potential of their ether bodies can
serve the evolution of mankind if men become aware of
their connection with the spiritual world. Maintaining a
relationship with the dead. A certain dangerous trend
towards religiosity through war. Necessity for war to be
understood only in spiritual terms. Mental effort
demanded by the times. Reason for laziness — hidden
fear of being too wide awake to reality on earth and
after death. Increase in nervous disorders (Dostoevsky
versus Hamerling). The healing power of spiritual
Berlin, 22 February 1915 107
Personal and Supersensible
Aspects (Relating to Certain Individuals)
Three concrete experiences relating to
friends who had died — experiences made in
connection with their funerals. Three different ways in
which necessity to gain self-knowledge after death showed
itself. Dazzling superabundance of spirit after death
needs to be subdued to permit conscious awareness. Help
from spiritual science: not a theory, but guide to a way
of grasping the spiritual world.
unused ether bodies of young men killed in battle; their
energies become part of the folk soul. Aim of those dead
to unite with the spiritual powers of the living for the
progress of the earth. Experience of such collaboration
with someone who died young — in connection with
the building at Dornach.
Berlin, 2 March 1915
Three Decisions on the Path to
Three doors when body is left behind
as path to knowledge is taken. Door of Death.
Thought filled with life through meditation. Overcoming
of inner obstacles. Thought growing to become winged
head; Ahriman's desire to prevent this becoming visible.
Need to overcome earthly things in one's thoughts.
Door of the Elements. The will to gain mastery over
thought has to be taken hold of in the ocean of living
thought activity. Imagination of fearful lion; power
gained by identifying with destiny will overcome lion.
Danger of egoism; Lucifer wishing to conceal this. Grey
the Sun. Encounter with dragon consisting of man's
lower organic and basest psychological or soul qualities.
Distinction between 'head' and ‘belly’
clairvoyance. Higher powers of lower nature can be taken
hold of by identifying even more profoundly with
the Door of Death. Essential to recognize spirit today.
Death the teacher of the soul, particularly for those
killed in battle when still young.
Berlin, 9 March 1915 149
The Sleeping-and-Waking Rhythm
in the Context of Cosmic Evolution
Process of gaining higher knowledge:
growing aware of what happens during sleep. Natural
evolution from Moon to earth and then Jupiter from the
aspect that ‘sleep’ of particular organs is
basis for coming awake in thought activity. Meditation a
cosmic reality. Subtle amounts of heat and light used up,
leaving a cool, shadowy impression in the cosmic ether.
Every experience of egoity involuntarily leaves behind
such an impression. Picking these up after death, and the
way they form karma in the next earth life.
the waking state in terms of cultural evolution. Deep
sleep of materialism entered into during 19th century (J.
Mosen, W. Jordan, J. v. Auffenberg). Firm cohesion of
spirit-soul and bodily-physical elements no longer
loosening naturally today. Need to gain conscious
awareness of spiritual world out of free will, through
meditation. Spiritual insight needed to go out and meet
the unused ether forces of those killed in battle.
Berlin, 16th March 1915
Problems on Spiritual Path
— National Characteristics in Europe Moulded by
Main problem on spiritual path: firm
cohesion of soul and body. Comparing memory process with
that of gaining spiritual insight. Every experience
mediated by the senses leaves seal imprint in physical
body; subconscious reading process by soul brings it to
life again in memory process. Every meditation imprinted
in cosmic ether. First things learned in supersensible
sphere — realization that things experienced in the
spirit belong to own higher nature. Meditation as work on
this higher nature. Relationship of hierarchic entities
to man, specifically of folk spirits to European peoples.
Evolution of German folk spirit. Reason why German
intellectual life has affinity to path of spiritual
science. Events of the time confirming the truth of that
spiritual link and presenting a challenge to overcome
Berlin, 20 April 1915
Etheric Man within Physical
What the soul experiences in relation
to the earthly world on leaving the physical body —
its living bond with the essential nature of the earth
organism. Correspondence between waking and being asleep
within 24 hours for man, and winter and summer in the
earth spirit's year. The power alive in the earth spirit
since the Mystery of Golgotha. The ‘stages of
life’ reached by the soul functions — memory,
thinking, feeling and will activity seen in relation to
the planetary stages in the evolution of the earth and
the basis for the physical body arising in each. Memory.
Human will and karma. Possibility of seeing through karma
if the will falls silent (E. Francisci's dream).
Observing life in reality as the basis for joining forces
with the spiritual world through higher knowledge. The
meaning of life on earth. Events of the time as a
Berlin, 10 June 1915
The Group Sculptured for the
Building in Dornach
The building in Dornach —
acoustics. Description of the three figures forming the
group. Making the powers emanating from the central
figure visible through recognition of the nature of
Christ. Michelangelo's Christ in his Last Judgement.
Pendulum swings in human life between Luciferic and
Ahrimanic tendencies. Goethe's Faust and the dual nature
of Mephistopheles. Central Europe's independent mission
between the East which is orientated towards Lucifer and
the West which is orientated towards Ahriman. Need for
sincerity in the face of present events.
Berlin, 22 June 1915
The Prophetic Nature of
Dreams: Moon, Sun and Saturn Man
Human life between past and future
forms of existence. The prophetic nature of dreams
clothed in the raiment of past experience. Dreams arising
from interaction between astral and ether bodies.
Planetary causes of earth existence continuing their
hidden existence in man. ‘Moon life’ present
in man as the ‘dreamer’ (e.g. Emerson's
essays on Shakespeare and Goethe). Angeloi but also
Lucifer and Ahriman influencing the 'dreamer' (e.g.
Yushakov). ‘Saturn man’ the basis for life on
earth and for ordinary science. His role in providing the
basis for mineral structure on Jupiter. ‘Sun
man’ influenced through spiritual science. This
provides the potential for plant growth on Jupiter. Later
forms of spiritual science to prepare for Jupiter's
animal world and the basis for human civilization.
Nonsense of purely physical atomism. Macrocosmic
significance of thought, word and moral quality of man.
Lecture given to elucidate certain words spoken by
Berlin, 6 July 1915 232
The Cosmic Significance of Our
Sensory Perceptions — Our Thinking, Feeling and
Man as part of cosmos and earth
considered in relation to the small extent to which we
are conscious of this. Cosmic aspect of sensory
perception — ‘seeing’ to make the earth
luminous for other planets. Human thinking and its
relation to the surging ocean of a thought world of fluid
images. The even more wide-ranging cosmic significance of
feeling and of will activity. Mirror images arising in
man of the qualities and actions (feeling) and of the
essential nature (will activity) of inspiring,
world-building hierarchies. Feeling and will activity as
building stones for future worlds.
Old clairvoyance lost to provide for
freedom. Independent thought developing as physical body
is more and more strongly taken hold of. Essential
balancing function provided by spiritual science. Danger
of spiritual energies, which are present even if denied,
being taken hold of by Lucifer and Ahriman. Example from
Italian history (Cola di Rienzi and d'Annunzio).
[ Note 88 ]
Original German Mantrams