From the Contents of Esoteric Classes
On-line since: 30th May, 2007
Archive No. 6912
During the first weeks I'd like you to observe the following:
A morning meditation that consists of the following.
One raises one's feeling to the higher self. It's less a matter of
telling oneself something theoretically about the higher self, and
more of feeling in a very vivid way that one has a higher nature in
one. One imagines that the ordinary self surrounds this higher nature
like a shell, so that the latter is present in the lower self like its
kernel. After developing such a feeling one says the following
prayerfully (not aloud, but in thought) to the “higher
More radiant than the sun
Purer than snow
Subtler than the ether
Is the Self
The Spirit of my heart
I am this Self
This Self am I.
As one says this to oneself quite exactly no other idea should mix in.
One should only feel that one's soul-gaze is directed towards the
higher self. One gradually feels a wonderful strengthening going out
from the above words. One feels as if one were lifted out of oneself,
and eventually as if one had gotten wings. This is the beginning on
which one then builds further. This should last 2–3 minutes.
One immerses oneself completely in the first sentence of Light on
The Path: “Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable
of tears.” One gives no other thought access to one's soul. One
unites oneself completely with this thought. Its meaning must then
dawn upon one in a flash. This will certainly happen one day if one is
patient. Then there must be complete quiet in the soul for several
minutes. One must be blind and deaf for all outer sense impressions
and for all memory pictures Again 2–3 minutes.
Next comes devotional attention to the highest divine things that one
reveres. The mood is the important thing here. Fervent looking up and
longing for union with these divine things.
Before going to sleep in the evening do a short retrospect of the
day's experiences. Completeness is of less importance than the judging
of oneself as if one were a different person. One should learn from
oneself. Life should increasingly become a lesson. One begins with the
evening and goes forward to the morning.
One gradually notices that one's dream life takes on a more regular
character. The spiritual world flows into this at first. Meditation is
the occult key for this. One should get a notebook and briefly write
down characteristic dreams in the morning. Thereby, one gets practice
in retaining what flows to one from higher worlds. That's the first
elementary method to later get to bringing spiritual experiences
through, that is, that they break through into bright day
consciousness. Dreams that are only reminiscences from daily life or
that are based on heart disturbances, headaches or other bodily
conditions are only of value if they're clothed in a symbolical form,
for instance if the thumping heart appears as a cooking oven, or the
painful brain as a dome into which animals creep, etc. Only the
symbolism is of value here and not the dream's content. For the
symbolic form is initially used by the spiritual world to introduce us
to the forces of higher worlds. That's why one must pay attention to
the fine points of this symbolism. In your case — according to
your capacities — it'll also be good if you compare the dreams
that you become aware of with the experiences of the next day. For
your dreams may soon take on a portentous character. If this happens
we'll say some more about how this thing can be made productive for
your spiritual life. Please give these indications a try and tell me
how things are going in about eight days.