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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Further Reading
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    • sensitive description of the primordial trichotomy: body,
  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture I: The Past Shows Us a Picture of Necessity
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    • long as he lived. After his death nobody could wind it, and
    • into such disorder that nobody could ever put it right
    • clock. There is no trace of egotism in it, though anybody can
    • outlook, to stop short at the physical body when contemplating
    • science will stop short at the physical body nowadays,
    • is what exists.” He does not go beyond the physical body
    • to the etheric body. And if he is a thoroughly pig-headed
    • saying there is a finer, etheric body underlying the dense
    • physical body. Yet you know how well-founded the view is that
    • among the members of the human being the etheric body is the
    • one most closely associated with the physical body, and in the
    • must not just speak of the human physical body but also of the
    • human etheric body, and so on.
    • Human beings have an etheric body, which we have often also
    • called an elemental body. Outside in nature, in external
    • with a physical and an etheric body, and physical processes
    • physical as to say that a human being has a physical body only,
    • when we ought to be saying that he also has an etheric body.
    • is analogous to the human etheric body. Behind every external
    • of all that happens to him, and that the astral body knows a
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  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture II: The Legend of the Prague Clock
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    • etheric body within our physical body, there is also a
    • can now say that everybody bears his past within him, and this
    • physical one. As sure as our physical body has an etheric body
  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture III: Three Teachers with Different Attitudes
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    • our physical body, the strength of our muscles and so on, but
  • Title: Necessity and Freedom: Lecture IV: The Roman World and the Teutonic Tribes
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    • that everybody rejects him and his poem written in a
    • drawn your attention to the fact that our etheric body takes
    • quite a different course from the physical body. Our physical
    • body, as I once told you, is young to begin with. It then
    • body does the opposite. Whereas we say we grow older when
    • speaking of the physical body, we ought really to say we grow
    • younger as regards the etheric body. If we want to use the
    • etheric body, it is actually old when we are born, for it
    • normal old age, and die, our etheric body has become so
    • older, the etheric body grows younger. It gets younger and
    • happen with the etheric body, such as those I have told you
    • body or in general as a being on the physical plane, he is then
    • freest in his etheric body, and the latter is then left
    • entirely to itself. Whenever the etheric body is enmeshed
    • left to his own freedom. Thus, where the physical body is
    • subject to necessity, the etheric body has a corresponding
    • degree of freedom, and where the etheric body is subject to
    • necessity, the physical body has a certain amount of
    • if we are to involve our inner being, our etheric body, in
    • is ready for spiritual science ought to take it up. Nobody is
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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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    • of four members: the physical body, the etheric body, the
    • astral body and the I. If we confine ourselves to what
    • have in the first place the physical body. We know our
    • physical body for the very reason that we can obviously
    • agree with us that the physical body exists. Therefore, in the
    • physical world this physical body can be perceived from
    • we usually call the etheric body. It escapes ordinary physical
    • observation. The astral body also escapes ordinary
    • the astral body are inaccessible on the physical plane,
    • physical body or any other physical object. It cannot be
    • the resistance of our physical body. We know, don't we, that
    • our physical body. (Our astral body also does so, but for the
    • of our I reflected back from our physical body. Thus
    • physical body again. So it must have continued to exist.
    • our body. This impact is just like looking into the mirror and
    • seeing our physical body. Thus we see our own I as
    • an expression of will through its effect on the body. This
    • physical body and our I. We know of our physical body
    • will. Everything else underlying the physical body cannot
    • how the physical body has developed and what it is composed of.
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