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Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses
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LECTURE 1. Oliver Lodge. Deception through etheric corpse.
Deuteroscopia. The dead can only be reached by our following a
spiritual path. From 1909 we are in a very special period. The coming
of the Etheric Christ. Why do the Gospel words now seem cold and weak?
I am with you always, even unto the end of the earth time.
My kingdom is not of this world. Christ should be
approached in all matters as a companion. A new language. Our
questions. Ask and ye shall receive.
LECTURE 2. Inadequacy of language to express the spiritual. Gratitude
to the spiritual. The proper balance. Old picture consciousness.
Communion with dead. Language of the dead. Necessity of learning about
old Saturn, etc. By repeatedly reading Spiritual Science we get the
habit of reaching the spiritual world and the most appropriate time as
we develop we gradually find to be the moment of falling asleep or
awaking. Another time is when confronted by a decision not of our own.
Inner balance. Attention at the moment of waking and when shaken by an
outer event. Plato's cosmic year. 25920. The vernal point and man's
breathing. A life of 70 years. The breathing process of earth. The
Sun. Everyone, materialist or no, has spiritual forces within. If they
are suppressed they become forces of illusion. Infection is dangerous
in Spiritual domain.
LECTURE 3. Man is twofold, inner and outer. Correspondence between
microcosm and macrocosm expressed in numbers. The three meetings of
the soul with a Being of the Universe. We now have the germ of the
Angels and the Spirit Self which will appear in Jupiter, and that of
the Archangels and Life Spirit which will appear in Venus. Plutarch.
Paracelsus. The daimon or genius is the Spirit Self in evolution now
home by one of the Angels. When friends or foes meet, the Etheric head
emerges and when the love is unselfish the etheric protrudes so far
that the astral is seen like a halo. The first meeting of the Ego with
the Spirit Self is between sleeping and waking and is in connection
with the course of the day. The second meeting is between the Astral
and Life Spirit and is more fixed and connected with macrocosm and the
course of the year. It is through the Life Spirit that Christ reveals
Himself and through a Being of the Archangels, though He is
immeasurably higher than they. Christmas is connected with processes
in the Earth. Easter with processes in the Heavens. The ancient
Mysteries after Easter, tried to unite with John, but now the Christ
disappears into us and permeates us. Spiritual Science not a religion,
but a support for it. Spiritual consciousness or an inner religious
life leads to the Spiritual Science of today. Third Meeting, the
Spirit Man brought by one of the Archai this is the Father
Principle and occurs between 28 and 42. This should be prepared for in
our education, by filling young minds with the sense of the beauty of
the world. After death, the picture of death and this meeting should
accompany the soul. If death is before 28, meeting takes place then.
Suicide. Premature deaths mean a great activity to be exercised by
Spiritual world on the physical. Plutarch and the genius or daimon.
The holiness of sleep. A suggested introduction to sleep. Spiritual
Science must permeate the soul as our blood does the body.
LECTURE 4. Kant-Laplace and Hermann Grimm. Haeckel. People prefer to
think materialistically, and have forgotten how to think of the Christ
Mystery. In the new age it must expand with man's whole thinking and
feeling. The materialist divides the world into a natural order and
moral order ending in the grave. The Christ Mystery belongs to the
cosmic order. Dreams. The Meeting with the Father Principle is a
legacy of the past back to the Moon but affects the next incarnation.
The meeting with, the Spirit Principle every night affects one's whole
future. In these two meetings man goes beyond the natural order. The
meeting with Christ is different. Formerly, birth could only take
place at a certain season. Myth of Hertha. To develop free will man had
to forget his spirit home. This was in the fifth epoch. If he
continues to be materialistic he will become bound to earth and not to
cosmos. Therefore the Mystery of Golgotha and the need of a Heavenly
Being uniting with earth. The old Alchemic Valentine Andrea,. Chymical
Marriage of Christian Rosenkreuz. Mechthild of Magdeburg. President
Wilson. Theology and Science. Hunzinger. Mystery of Golgotha.
Kant-Laplace. The theory that the world perishes included our moral
order. But Christ makes the germ that bears man back to Spiritual
world. Religious concepts may bring intoxication; scientific concepts
blindness. Fichte. The Cinema-man develops etheric goggle-eyes.
LECTURE 5. First Meeting with Holy Spirit. Sleep caused by necessary
rhythm between physical and spirit world. Fatigue is not the only
cause. In waking we enjoy outer world, in sleep we enjoy inner world.
Biology and Plato. The Ego is physically connected with the lower part
of man during the day; Astral with thorax; Etheric with head; Physical
with environment. The grace of the spirit. The Holy Ghost. The
holiness of sleep. Sleep would not help us without our memory. Our
spiritual ideas come from subconscious memory. We must compel the
etheric body of our head to picture things nowise connected with outer
matter. These concepts require great effort. Non-recognition of the
Spiritual world comes from laziness of soul. If man refuses to exert
himself he becomes spiritually blind, or his personal sympathy and
antipathy lead him to spiritual intoxication. Our souls need
elasticity. If we do not connect ourselves with the spirit during life
it will go hard with us after death; for we are really bound with
Cosmos, not only earth. Dead people are longing to co-operate. They do
not co-operate physically but through our souls. To the dead a soul
devoid of spirit is dark. The dead have become estranged because of
our materialism. We must develop ideas which lead to the spiritual.
LECTURE 6. The Meeting with the Holy Spirit. Differences between
formerly and now. The Old Mysteries. The Pythia. The Winter Mysteries.
The divine duologue between cosmos and the earth has dwelt in Jesus of
Nazareth. Christmas points to the descent; Easter to the fact that
Christ belongs to the whole universe according to the constellations
of Sun and Moon. Here man should not exercise free will for Easter
belongs to universe. First Mystery Play. My kingdom is not of
this world. Christianity should not belong to one creed only but
to the Universe. People dispute about everything except that sun
shines on Jew and Gentile. This agreement should extend to the Christ
the Sun Being. Social questions of the day. Human and animal
spirit: Above and below characterises going out of Ego and
Astral during sleep; Before and behind equals East and West. He
has entered the eternal East refers to death; the inner
and outer. The Meeting with the Spirit is connected with rhythms
of day and night; with the Son is connected with the seasons; with the
Father is connected with the middle of man's life. The Father and the
Spirit principles are beyond rhythm. The Meeting with the Father takes
place during growth of mind soul in its deepest subconscious
regions. This correlates with the course of Saturn which (according to
Copernicus) takes thirty years to complete its course round the Sun.
Uranus and Neptune do not belong to our solar system; their origin is
different. M. de Saint-Martin the unknown philosopher.
LECTURE 7. De Saint Martin. Periods of transition?
Mercury, sulphur, salt. The different point of view between 18th
century and ours. Freud. Konsirt. Herder. Goethe. Schiller. Theosophy.
Bengel. Otinger. Otinger and his disciples. Richard Rothe. Ranke.
Bengel, 1842. Matter is the end of God's Path. The second
Mystery Play. Spiritual Science must be connected with spiritual
ideas. Ye are the Salt of the Earth. Metabolic, rhythmic
and nervous systems. The error of modern occult societies who, in
preserving the old language decorate themselves with old vignettes.
Our language and conceptions have changed, and are dead to the
physical world, but they live in the spiritual world and are
understood by the dead. What loses its meaning here rises into the
spiritual world and a new conception takes place on the physical
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