DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS
Dornach, 29 September 1917
Insight into the events taking place in Russia at the time.
Metaphysical world influencing current events. Suchomlinov's
failure as a sign of the times. Papal Peace Note. Connection
between materialistic attitudes and powers of
Dornach, 30 September 1917
Discrepancy between intellectual and moral development. The
human organization in sleep and in the waking state.
Wisdom-filled impulses projecting from the realm of sleep
into everyday life. The spiritual and social impulse in the
works of Johann Valentin Andreae. Humanity getting younger,
with Lloyd George as typical representative of his time.
Dornach, 1 October 1917
Present habits of thinking not in accord with reality. The
Christ's words: ‘My kingdom is not of this
world.’ Search for perfection is materialistic illusion
— Woodrow Wilson as ‘saviour of the world’.
Right attitude to the truths of spiritual science when these
are made known — deviations from this. Two measures
which had become necessary with regard to private
Dornach, 6 October 1917
The elemental spirits of birth and death. Their activity in
the service of the gods. Rule over these spirits passing into
human hands — a similar process in ancient Atlantis.
Inevitable transformation of virtues into faults, and of
constructive powers into destructive ones. Ricarda Huch
instinctively aware of this. A modern tendency: to take a
stance rather than go through the effort of finding the
Dornach, 7 October 1917
Changes in the way the environment is experienced from
ancient Greece to the present time. Earth dying and bodies
withering away, these facts reflected in Eduard Suess's
geological work and in Franz Brentano's psychology. Inner
life of man separating from physical body. Augustine's and
Calvin's dogma of predestination. Eugenics as an echo of
Atlantean practices. Psychopathology as a sign of the times.
Medicines used to ‘get rid of the spirit’.
Dornach, 8 October 1917
Living world of thought around us and dead thoughts within
us. The head as a legacy from old incarnations of the earth
— rest of the body as manifestations of cosmic
hierarchies condensed by luciferic influences. Spiritual
bonds with environment and interpretation of dreams during
fourth postAtlantean epoch. Need for inspired ideas on social
aspects — Jacob Boehme and Saint-Martin aware of this.
Importance of intuitive and prophetic faculties for teaching
Dornach, 12 October 1917
Lack of ‘weight’ in the usual historical texts.
Luther as someone belonging to the fourth epoch who lived at
the beginning of the fifth. Consciousness awakened on account
of deception in the past. Need to overcome illusion in
future. Trial by fire as part of the inner path today.
Significance of karma concept in education. Harmful nature of
premature intellectual development. Right attitude to those
who hold different views. Relationship between teacher and
pupil as an inner relationship.
Dornach, 13 October 1917
Present desire to find simple, unified concepts. Inadequacy
of such concepts in the face of reality. Rudolf Kjellen's and
Albert Schaeffle's analogy between organism and State not
acceptable. Social life of the whole earth as an organism.
Abstract theories refuted by reality. West looking to the
past. Wilsonianism. East breaking with the past. Abstract
nature of theosophical ideals and the need for genuine
Dornach, 14 October 1917
Battle between the Archangel Michael and the ahrimanic powers
from 1841 until the autumn of 1879. Fall of the spirits of
darkness and its consequences: individual people taking hold
of materialistic impulses — statement made by Henri
Lichtenberger as symptomatic of this. Bacterial diseases and
Moon influences as consequences of similar battles in earlier
periods of earth evolution. Examples of ahrimanic way of
thinking in modern science. Influence of spiritual world on
actions of people today. Mirroring of events in the world of
the spirit in this world. Soloviev and perception of the
Russian folk spirit.
Dornach, 20 October 1917
Many ideals far removed from reality. Certain ideas spread in
the eighteenth century and their consequences. Wilhelm Weber's
Prejudice, ignorance and
fear helping the ahrimanic powers. Modern science studying
the past, and ;the need to gain perception of what lies in
the future. James Dewar's views as example of inadequacy of
views held at the time. Activity of ahrimanic spirits in
monistic theories. Need to bring spiritual thinking into
physical sciences. Need to transform education. Significance
of happy childhood memories for adult life.
Dornach, 21 October 1917
Growing inwardness of inner life — science-based
civilization becoming more external. New impulses in
education to counteract ahrimanization of inner life.
Relationship of humans and animals to Sun and Moon currents.
Thoughtfully told tales based on animal and plant world as an
educational necessity — partly achieved in Brehm's
work. Impoverishment of ideas through specialization. Example
of a genuine connection made between impulses to observe
given in spiritual science and a specialist field: Roman
Boos' book on the Collective Agreement. A valuable essay by
Boos contrasted with empty phrases used in another essay in
the same issue of the journal Wissen und Leben.
Dornach, 26 October 1917
Spirits of darkness cast down, and this the cause of events
which happened at the time. Mission of spirits of light in
earlier epochs of earth evolution: promotion of blood bonds;
mission of powers of darkness: to free human beings from
those bonds — the situation reversed in nineteenth
century. Darwinism as an impulse from the past; Goethe's
theory of metamorphosis as a power for the future. Human
beings tied to the earth through heredity, getting free of
the earth by becoming spiritual. Indianization of Europeans
living in America and the way to overcome this tendency.
Dornach, 27 October 1917
The intentions of the spirits of darkness: greatest possible
development of human acumen and limiting human relationship
to the spirit to spiritistic methods. Michael's victory
provides possibility for human beings to connect with the
spirit — counteraction from spirits of darkness. Events
in nineteenth century as consequences of the battle in the
world of the spirit. Oswald Marbach and Goethe's Faust.
Woodrow Wilson as ‘world schoolmaster’. Goethe's achievement
brought to expression in a poem by Marbach.
Dornach, 28 October 1917
Angels and Archangels and their role in history and in the
human organism. Physical reproduction to cease in the sixth
or seventh millennium. Aims of spirits of darkness in
relation to humanity growing younger. Fritz Mauthner and
Darwinism. Discrepancy between life of thought and life of
will — its effect on modern social democracy. Relative
newness of history as a science and need to bring in the life
forces of anthroposophy. Maeterlinck's book on bees. Illusory
talk of democracy. Francis Delaisi on democracy and world of
finance. Alexandre Millerand and Raymond Poincar as examples
of financial concerns influencing political