The connection of the Dornach Building with the inner spirit of
human evolution, with what anthroposophically-orientated Spiritual
Science wills to be. The fundamental problem of the present: the
chasm between practical life and spiritual endeavors. The creative
spirit must be woven into the social life through human agency. A
second dualism: contrast between heaven and hell. The mystery of the
trinity consisting of the Luciferic, what pertains to Christ, and
the Ahrimanic. The striving toward balance; and in form-shaping,
toward union with the vital forces, the wellsprings of human
December 12, 1919.
The relations of the forms of our new building to the Word expressed
therein. Historical transitions in human evolution are expressed in
architectural styles. The Greek temple was the dwelling of a god;
the Gothic cathedral encloses the longing, seeking congregation,
over which the spirit of the Word holds sway; the Middle Ages
created the ideal representation of the Grail-temple for the souls
and spirits of humanity striving together from all directions toward
a mysterious central point. — The individual human being of
the present is a seeker for balance between two poles of force.
Three experiences of the Threshold. A complete awakening of man from
group consciousness to individual consciousness is being prepared.
December 13, 1919.
Degeneration and downfall of our culture. Necessity for a
fructification of science and art through the science of initiation.
The relation of this world to the spiritual world must be
established through thought; otherwise neither scientific nor social
problems can be solved; new forces must be brought forth from the
depths of the soul. Experiences of the Threshold: the canceling of
time and space. Thinking as force comes from life before birth;
willing as force points to life after death. In earthly life human
thinking is illusion; as force, a reflection; willing is a germ of
something to be completed after death. Reciprocal penetration of
these forces. They are revealed in ancient pagan culture, with
continuation in our conception of nature; and in ancient Hebrew
culture continued in our present social views. — Man is today
involved in a bewildering dualism between natural necessity and
freedom. Content of future consciousness. Influence of the so-called
dead on the physical world. The significance of thought.
December 14, 1919.
The anthroposophical foundation of the social
problem. How has the interaction in the spiritual, legal, and
economic spheres come about in our civilization? Three streams with
different origins are chaotically entangled. Our present abstract
culture comes from the Greco-Latin spiritual life, which, despite
significant transformations, goes back to the Orient. In the time of
universal atavistic clairvoyance, among some human groups of central
Asia there appeared the inner light, the thinking-power, which
resulted in social revolutions. In their three types of sculpture
the Greeks have artistically portrayed the development of the
intelligent human being from the rest of humanity. From the
impulsive force of the Mysteries of the Spirit, with a later impetus
from the Egyptian Mystery culture, the rights life is founded in
theocracies, which also regulate the economic life. This culture,
becoming abstract, is theology in the Middle Ages, — in our
time unproductive ideology. Herein our social chaos developed. The
important thing now is to find the way from the merely imagined
spirit to the creative spirit by developing a free spiritual life.
Our rights life and political life, our jurisprudence derived from
the Romans, and going back to the Egyptian Mysteries of Space, has
its ultimate derivative in the bourgeoisie; while in the customs of
the economic life is to be seen the final consequence of that which
developed among the ancient European peoples from the Mysteries of
the Earth as wisdom-filled life. This met and became entangled with
the other two streams. — Goethe's science of nature: the
first advance toward a free spiritual life. Humboldt's The
Sphere and Duties of Government: the first beginning toward the
construction of an independent rights or political life. The
economic life can only arise when it is developed from independent
roots, and a free rights life and a free spiritual life come to meet
it. Our degenerated civilization threatens to sink into three
abysses if the present tangle is not unraveled by turning to the
Threefold Social Order.
December 15, 1919.