THE MICHAEL PATH TO THE CHRIST
... I HAVE frequently spoken to you here of that important event which
came to pass in the last third of the nineteenth century, the event
through which a special relationship was established between the
Archangelic Power, that Being whom we call the Archangel Michael, and
the destiny of mankind.
I have reminded you that since November, 1879, Michael is to be the
Regent, as it were, for all those who seek to bring to humanity the
right forces necessary to their healthy progress.
My dear friends, in our day we know that when such a matter is
indicated, the indication refers to two different things:
first, to the objective fact, and second, to the way this objective
fact is connected with what men are willing to receive into their
consciousness, into their will. The objective fact is simply this,
that in November, 1879, beyond the sphere of the sense world, in the
super-sensible world, that event took place which may be described as
follows: Michael has gained for himself the power when
men come to meet him with all the living content of their souls
so to permeate them with his power, that they are able to transform
their old materialistic intellectual power which by that time
had become strong in humanity into spiritual intellectual
power, into spiritual power of understanding. That is the objective
fact; it has taken place. We may say concerning it that since
November, 1879, Michael has entered into another relationship with man
than that in which he formerly stood. But it is required of men that
they shall become the servants of Michael.
What I mean by this will become quite clear to you through the
You are aware that before the Mystery of Golgotha was accomplished
upon earth, the Jews of the Old Testament looked up to their Jahve, or
Jehovah. Those who, among the Jewish priests, looked up in full
consciousness to Jahve, were well aware that they could not reach him
directly with human perception. The very name, Jahve, was held to be
unutterable, and if it had to be uttered, a sign only was made, a sign
which resembles certain combinations of signs which we attempt in the
art of Eurhythmy. The Jewish priesthood, however, was well aware that
men could approach Jahve through Michael. They called Michael the
countenance of Jahve. Just as we learn to know a man when we look into
his face, just as we draw conclusions about the gentleness of his soul
from the gentleness of his countenance, and about his character from
the way he looks at us, so the priesthood of the Old Testament,
through the atavistic clairvoyance which flowed into their souls in
dreams, desired to gain from the countenance of Jahve, from Michael, a
knowledge of Jahve, whom it was not yet possible for mankind to reach.
The position of this priesthood towards Michael and Jahve was the
right one. Their position towards Michael was right because they knew
that if a man of that time turned to Michael, he could find through
Michael the Jahve-power, which it was proper for the humanity of that
time to seek.
Other Soul-Regents of humanity have appeared since then in the place
of Michael; but since November, 1879, Michael is present again and can
become active in the soul-life of those who seek the paths to him.
These paths to-day are the paths of spiritual scientific knowledge. We
may speak of the paths of Michael, just as well as of the
paths of spiritual scientific knowledge.
But just at the time when Michael entered in this way into
relationship with the souls of men, in order again to become their
inspirer for three centuries, at this very time the demonic opposing
force, having previously prepared itself, set up the very strongest
opposition to him, so that a cry went through the world during our
so-called war-years, in reality years of terror, a cry which has
become the great world-misunderstanding which now fills the hearts and
souls of men.
Let us consider what would have become of the Jewish people of the Old
Testament, if instead of approaching Jahve through Michael they had
sought to approach him directly. They would have become an intolerant
people, a national self-seeking people concerned with the
aggrandizement of their own nation, a nation thinking only of itself.
For Jahve is the God who is connected with all natural things, and in
the external historical development of mankind, he manifests his Being
through the connection of generations, as it expresses itself in the
essential qualities of the people. It was only because the ancient
Jewish people desired at that time to approach Jahve through Michael,
that they saved themselves from becoming nationally so egoistic that
Christ Jesus would not have been able to come forth from among them.
Because they had permeated themselves with the Michael power, as this
power was in their time, the Jewish people were not so strongly
impregnated with forces given over to national egoism, as would have
been the case had they turned directly to Jahve or Jehovah.
To-day Michael is again the Regent of the World, but it is in a new
way that mankind must become related to him. For now Michael is not
the countenance of Jahve, but the countenance of Christ Jesus. To-day
we must approach the Christ-impulse through Michael. In many respects
humanity has not yet struggled through to this. Humanity has retained
atavistically the old qualities of perception by which Michael could
be approached when he was still the intermediary to Jahve; and so
to-day humanity has a false relationship to Michael. This false
relationship to Michael is apparent in a very characteristic
During the years of the war we heard continually the universal lie:
Freedom for individual nations, even for the smallest
nations. This is an essentially false idea, because to-day, in
the Michael period, the all-important matter is not groups of men, but
human individuals, separate men. This lie is nothing else than the
endeavour to permeate each individual nation not with the new force of
Michael, but with the force of the old, the pre-Christian time, with
the Michael-force of the Old Testament. However paradoxical it may
sound, there is a tendency among so-called civilized nations at the
present day to transform what was justifiable among the Jewish people
of the Old Testament, into something Luciferic, and to make of this
the most powerful impulse in every nation.
People wish to-day to build up the republics of Poland, of France, of
America, etc., upon methods of thought suited to Old Testament times.
They strive to follow Michael as it was right to follow him before the
Mystery of Golgotha, when men found through him Jahve, a national God.
To-day it is Christ Jesus whom we must strive to find through Michael,
Christ Jesus the divine leader of the whole human race. This means
that we must seek for feelings and ideas which have nothing to do with
human distinctions of any kind on the Earth. Such feelings and ideas
cannot be found on the surface. They must be sought where the spirit
and soul-part of man pulsate that is, along the path of
Spiritual Science. The matter lies thus; that we must resolve to seek
the real Christ upon the path of Spiritual Science: that is,
upon the Michael-path. Only through this striving after spiritual
truth is the real Christ to be sought and found; otherwise it would be
better to extinguish the lights of Christmas, to destroy all
Christmas trees, and to acknowledge at least with truth, that we want
nothing that will recall what Christ Jesus has brought into human