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The Speech of the Threshold and Meeting Christ in the Etheric

The Speech of the Threshold and Meeting Christ in the Etheric

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Published by Bill Trusiewicz
A study of the Egyptian guardian of the threshold, Anubis, translated into modern spiritual scientific language with a practical slant.
A study of the Egyptian guardian of the threshold, Anubis, translated into modern spiritual scientific language with a practical slant.

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 Figure 1: Anubis the Egyptian god of the dead.
Photo: Jon Bodsworth
 
Bill Trusiewicz about 5000 wordsDaedalus Unlimited copyright 2012bill@deadalusunlimited.comall rights reserved
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By Bill Trusiewicz
One of the primary goals of spiritual science is to prepare humanity for the so-calledsecond coming of Christ. Although Rudolf Steiner often spoke of the importance of theevent of the second coming, which he said would begin in earnest around 1933, themajority of his lecturing and writing did not address the matter directly. Nevertheless, if we call to mind all of his endeavors to guide humanity into a relationship with thespiritual world we can realize that the underlying purpose of what he did was to make itpossible for us to experience Christ in the Etheric sphere of the Earth. For through theMystery of Golgotha, Christ became the spirit of the Earth, we might say, by pouringhimself into the Earth’s etheric body.Of all the varied ways we, asstudents of spiritual science, strive toprogress on our path of spiritualdevelopment, everything is designedto lead us to the threshold of thespiritual world and prepare us forwhat we will encounter on the otherside. Although we may not alwaysaddress our spiritual striving in theseterms it is nevertheless this goaltowards which we strive. And oncewe
do
cross the threshold there arealways new thresholds that meet us,passing through which we gaingreater knowledge andunderstanding of the connectionbetween the spirit within us and thespirit that is in the world.Considering the fact that one’s entrance into the spiritual world is synonymous withexperiencing Christ in the Etheric sphere of the Earth, let us think about how the Christevent relates to our own initiation process.
 
2The Mystery of Golgotha, referring to the passion, crucifixion and resurrection of JesusChrist, contained within it all of the elements of the secret rites of initiation of theMystery schools of antiquity. Within the suffering, crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ we can see a macrocosmic version of initiation which was the culmination andfulfillment of all the microcosmic enactments of aspiring students of the mysteries whichpreceded it from antiquity forward. The Mystery of Golgotha fulfilled all of the goals of the mysteries of antiquity and infinitely more. Through Christ’s deed what used to be aguarded, secretive, rite of initiation, reserved for a very select group of individuals,became a possibility for anyone.Rudolf Steiner spoke of the possibility of our meeting with Christ in the etheric numeroustimes in a variety of different ways. He used the example of St. Paul’s conversion on theroad to Damascus, in which he was struck to the ground by a blinding light, as thearchetypal experience of meeting Christ in the etheric. This event itself deserves to bestudied at length but I will leave that for another essay. Suffice it to say here that Paul’sexperience was a form of initiation that took place in LIFE, as a model of moderninitiation, and contained within it the elements of suffering, crucifixion, death andresurrection by which occurs what we might call Christian-Rosicrucian initiation.Modern life offers ample opportunity for such encounters especially as the climate of world events “heats up,” so to speak. Rudolf Steiner spoke of the soon coming time inwhich humanity would have a highly significant encounter with evil in the world. One of the tasks of our epoch, the Fifth Post Atlantean Epoch, is to bring about an encounterwith evil in order to unveil the so-called Mystery of Evil. The Mystery of Evil is directlyconnected with what initiates call the “meeting with the lesser guardian of the threshold.”The “lesser guardian” appears before every soul who strives sufficiently to enter into thespiritual world. So the unveiling of the Mystery of Evil is something that initiates arefamiliar with since initiation requires such an unveiling—in the meeting with the lesserguardian. If humanity will not cross the threshold consciously by seeking initiation it willinevitably confront evil unconsciously in outer life. Since humanity in general is not on aconscious spiritual path, a global confrontation with evil is inevitable. This confrontationis meant to bring about a shift in consciousness. Nevertheless, in individual cases it is nota guarantee of progress; only those who are sufficiently prepared and willing, will makeadvances in this encounter. As the evil being Ahriman prepares to incarnate in our time, itwill be helpful to remind ourselves what Goethe said about him—the being calledMephistopheles in his Faust story: “He is that power, which always intends evil butalways produces the good.” Such a perspective as will lift us above the difficulties of coming world events allows us to see the purpose in ALL things. The purpose of theincarnation of evil is to facilitate a meeting with the lesser guardian of the threshold for agreater portion of humanity than might otherwise be possible—bringing about a greatergood as a result. The good of which I am speaking is a stimulus to what amounts to“meeting Christ in the etheric” or the “second coming.”In order to set squarely before us the possibility of progress through meeting the lesserguardian of the threshold in full consciousness, I would like to present the following
 
3explanation and description of an encounter with this being. In the normal course of spiritual development we often have numerous semi-conscious encounters with the lesserguardian until we can finally meet him in full consciousness in the right way. It is mygoal in this essay, using the terminology of the mysteries of ancient Egypt, to illuminateand clarify our own experiences so that we can meet the guardian in full consciousnessand thereby enter into a more fruitful relationship to the spiritual world.To begin with let us envision a student of the death mysteries in ancient Egypt beingselected from among the masses of ordinary people by initiates themselves or by thoserecognized by initiates to be sufficiently schooled in mystery knowledge to recognize apotential aspirant to the mysteries. Years of schooling which included the passing of trials, often dangerous trials were required to become a candidate for initiation. Theprimary goal of the trials leading up to initiation was to produce catharsis or what wemight call “purification of the astral body”—cleansing of inappropriate desires, instinctsand passions. The candidate for initiation needed to become familiar with his or her lowernature and learn to subjugate it to his or her higher reasoning capacities. Without therigorous training designed for this purpose the student would not be adequately preparedfor meeting the Egyptian guardian of the threshold—Anubis.The culminating event on the path of the initiate,which corresponds to the crucifixion and death of Christ, was a death ritual in which the spiritualaspirant was conducted into the spiritual world bymeans of a controlled near-death experience whichlasted for about 3 days. During this journey in thespiritual world, wisdom and knowledge that couldnot be attained by normal earthly means might begained. Through this experience the initiatedindividual was able to observe spiritual events andbeings, which would subsequently provide acompletely new framework for his or her futurelife and tasks on earth. After the 3½ days of death-like sleep the initiate was awakened(corresponding to the resurrection), and brought back into his or her everydayconsciousness. Having successfully completed this so-called Temple Sleep initiation,conferred upon the initiate the title “son or daughter of Osiris” or “son or daughter of god.”It is important to understand that this particular initiation is no longer valid or necessaryin our era. Since the infusion of the Christ being into the Earth and its etheric body, at thetime of the Mystery of Golgotha, it has become possible to have a comparable initiationexperience in a multitude of ways in the course of one’s normal life as was the case withPaul on the road to Damascus. Today the school of the Mysteries is played out in dailylife, in the joys and challenges, in what we might call “the agony and the ecstasy” of life,to borrow a phrase from Irving Stone.
 Figure 2: Anubis with mummy.

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