Thursday. My dear sisters and brothers! To protect ourselves against
the raids of Lucifer and Ahriman we must know them and learn to
distinguish between them. Lucifer is in mystical esoterics such
as we find in Meister Eckhart, Ruysbroek, Tauler and Suso. Lucifer is
in this pure devotion to the divine, in this pure, noble striving
towards the spiritual in a good way, and one can say that he was
pious in the souls of these mystics.
as soon as a personal note flows into this pure striving and this
devotion, as soon as a mystic would enjoy this, it would amount
to a luciferic infringement. We must watch that nothing like
this comes into our striving. It's relatively easy to be wakeful in
mystical immersion, but more difficult in visionary perception.
Lucifer is in this too. He puts all kinds of illusions before a
mystic that are hard to distinguish from real visions.
Something subjective gets mixed into all vision, for instance,
someone sees certain apparitions, deceptive figures or the like
repeatedly. One has to direct one's attention to this. One must be
wakeful here also. If one sees eyes or faces or if one imagines them
one isn't exposed to error as easily; one thereby gets the strength
to ward off Lucifer. It's no reproach to say that bad qualities live
in man's subconsciousness; they must be there, it's something that
goes with earth life. A man may already have attained a certain
degree of holiness, and yet drives are slumbering in his
subconsciousness that would horrify him if he saw them. The greatest
watchfulness and wakefulness must hold sway here also.
is at work in all emotional and visionary things, in mystical
immersion, also in all enthusiasm and in artistic activity, in
what an artist creates and in what creates in the artist.
materialists may only express themselves in material things outwardly.
Then if one has the good fortune to look into their souls one finds a
deep religious striving, a longing for the divine. Lucifer is the
instigator here also.
works in everything that has to do with the will. He approaches
us in everything that becomes manifest as gesture in words or
writing, in everything that appears as mediumistic writing,
whether it's acquired or natural, or if one feels compelled to write
something. Whereas Lucifer brings about appearances of figures, heads
of light, etc., that are created by a medium. If one feels that one
is forced to write something one can counteract this by stopping and
by not giving in to the inspirations that one thinks that one is
feeling or perceiving; one opposes these whisperings with the firm
will not to follow them. One acquires undreamed of forces in
occult life through this effort of the will.
is in what we say, in words that we form and transmit to other men.
As soon as the ear hears sounds, the larynx emits sounds and words
are put into writing Ahriman comes and hardens the sound, word or
writing. That's why it's important to strengthen the soul and to
check one's thoughts in the most subtle way.
visions, dreams and world view are permeated with Ahriman and
so is what Kant took from Swedenborg's writings.
on asking: Should I think that what I see, hear or feel there is of
importance? Is it true? Certainly one should attach importance
to it, certainly it's true, every little thing in occult life is
important and is true. The main thing is to know what's behind it. We
should pay great attention to everything and watch and be awake. And
we should acquire a certain tact so that we don't chatter about
such experiences. One should try to find out whether Lucifer or
Ahriman is at work in them. Something that can often happen to
us is that as we're walking down the street we see someone in a
vision and then a few minutes later we actually run into him. When we
have this premonition of his coming we may have something to tell
him, so we speed up our steps in order not to miss him. But this
isn't permissible; we shouldn't use occult abilities for our own
advantage in physical
spiritists conjure up Goethe's spirit and thereby want to prove the
soul's immortality, since they think that it's the soul as it's
living now, then this might not be the case. It could be Goethe's
soul as it was in say 1819 and that Lucifer is creating an illusion
here. One has to press forward to Goethe's real soul, which has
progressed, and then one has a real proof of
approach esoteric exercises with much frivolity. Some start to
do them but soon stop due to laziness, half-heartedness, etc. But
what breathing is for the body, meditations are for the soul. If one
would stop breathing Ahriman would immediately intervene as the
master of death. A soul must get to the point where it doesn't have
to force itself to do meditations; it shouldn't want to live
without them. One shouldn't wish and yearn to press into spiritual
worlds before the soul is sufficiently strengthened. Quiet and
peacefulness in the soul is the main condition. That's the only way
that the soul can become strong enough to find the middle path
between Lucifer and
very difficult, my dear sisters and brothers. But then we must
remember what's said at the beginning of John's Gospel and later in
chapter 8:12-14. When we stand in the tumult and chaos of the
spiritual world and visions and figures come from all sides and
we don't know how to get in or out and are torn this way and that,
then we should place
the beginning was the word
our souls, or
I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in darkness
but will have the light of life.
everything will dissipate and we'll be able to see what's right
and true. We should repeatedly place the rosicrucian
before us in
this sense. And also we will be increasingly able to find the right
thing on this difficult path if we think of the simple but profound
verse with which our esoteric lessons are closed: In the spirit
lay the germ of my body ...