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Movement and the Anthroposophical Society. States of human
consciousness at the present day and in prehistoric times. The
life of dream. Chaotic symbolisations of the outer life of sense
and revelations of the spirit-world. The spinning of the thread of
our destiny during the life of sleep in communion with
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The continuing thread
of karma or destiny is little connected with a man's outer profession
or inner calling, but far more with the inner forces and resistances
of soul, with moral relationships. Investigation of the thread of
destiny requires us to concentrate on certain intimate features of
a man's life and on his finer qualities and characteristics.
Ludwig Schleich and August Strindberg.
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The inner motives of
world-history and life cannot be understood unless our gaze is
turned to that spiritual background which underlies the outer,
physical happenings. The results of former civilisation-epochs
are carried into later ones by the personalities of history and
are changed in the process. By studying the external aspect we may
not immediately recognise these impulses in their new form; they
must be perceived as a deeply inward stream. Haroun al Raschid and
his counsellor. Arabism penetrates into the culture and civilisation
of Europe. The individualities of Alexander and Aristotle go forward
with the evolution of Christianity. The 8th Œcumenical Council
as the earthly projection of a spiritual event. Ancient Cosmic
Christianity and King Arthur's Round Table.
The School of Chartres. Brunetto Latini.
Preparation of the Michael stream.
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Continued preparation of
the Michael stream through the individualities of Christian Aristotelians
and Platonists. Christianity illuminated in the School of Chartres
through traditions of the ancient Mysteries. The Goddess Natura. The
planetary Intelligences and the spiritual Powers in the fixed stars.
Radiations of the living spirituality of the School of Chartres. Until
the time of the School of Chartres the Platonic souls are working, and
then the Aristotelian, who now begin to descend from the super-sensible
to the physical world and to teach in the Dominican Order. The service
of Michael is continued in Scholasticism. Rudolf Steiner's experiences
in connection with the Cistercian Order. Founding of a far-spread School
of Michael in the super-sensible worlds at the time when, in the age of
the Spiritual Soul, materialism took its start on earth.
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A twilight mood
pervades the Platonism of the School of Chartres, while from the
super-sensible School of Michael are born the impulses for the spiritual
life of the future. These impulses work into the Anthroposophical
Movement of the present time. The figure of Julian the Apostate.
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The individuality of
Julian the Apostate — Herzeleide — Tycho Brahe. The
daemonic idols of Bacon of Verulam. A super-sensible cult at the
turn of the 18th and 19th century, which flows down in real
Imaginations of a spiritual kind. Inspiration proceeding
from the individuality of Julian the Apostate — Tycho Brahe.
Schelling. Jacob Frohschammer.
The end of the century.
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The importance of a
knowledge of karma for understanding the general evolution of
spiritual life. The stars are colonies of spiritual Beings. To
understand karma we must discover spiritually the paths of man
between death and a new birth in connection with the Beings of
the stars. Difficulties for the man of modern time in approaching
a real wisdom of the stars. The rulership of Michael opens the way
for the spiritual investigation of man's path between death and a
new birth and the forming of his karma. Intensity of the experiences
in the life after death. The figure of Strader; the Battle of the
Minstrels in the Wartburg;
Heinrich von Ofterdingen.
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Further examples of the
few individualities whose successive earthly lives, if described one
after the other, at the same time give descriptions of history. A
Roman philosopher belonging to the school of the Sceptics at the end
of the first Christian century. Cardinal Mazarini, Hertling. Gregory
the Great, Ernst Haeckel. The Council of Nicæa; the hermit, the
nun, Vladimir Solovioff.
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Guiding-lines for an
understanding of the spiritual life of the present time. Difficulties
in the carrying over of spiritual substance, exemplified in four
incarnations of a particular individuality. Thomas Campanella —
Otto Weiniger. In the soul of this individuality, earlier visionary
life and a spiritual world-conception struggle with the rationalism
and intellectuality of the modern age.
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intellectuality from the elementary human qualities, from the deeper
being of the soul. Human bodies of to-day, being altogether attuned to
intellectualism, cause the spirituality that comes over from former
times to withdraw into the subconscious. To transform into spirituality
the intellectualism of the present age is the task of Anthroposophy,
which must reckon with the rationalism of the times in order that man
may find the path of ideas upward to the Spirit no less than downward
into nature. At the end of the 19th century the spiritual element in
human souls was dammed up, and in order to reveal itself in any way had
to draw back from intellectualism. It will be evident in such men how
they shrink from being touched too deeply by modern intellectualism.
Plato and the individuality reborn as Goethe. Plato —
Hroswitha — Schröer.
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