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(not contained in the English translation). * This lecture is also contained in CW 283 as lecture 7. 4(3/17/1923, Dornach) 40ff. 5201 222-05 Not all the exusiai handed over the thought forces to the archai (-03). They go on managing thoughts, but in such a way that they work more generally on human groups. On the other hand, the archai cause individual thinking. This current flows from Arabia via North Africa, Southern Europe to Western Europe, while the retarded exusiai work more from Asia. Both currents meet in east-west direction (migration of the peoples, invasions of the Huns, Mongols, and Turks); they are also to be observed in the crusades. Tip to Augustine (354-430), who was influenced in the first half of his life by the retarded exusiai. The western current (archai) was permeated by archangeloi (who could have been archai = retarded archai) from the south at the close of the Middle Ages. These caused an especially emotional relationship to language and with it to nationalism. The eastern current (abnormal exusiai) is penetrated by normal archangeloi from the north, who have more an effect on the individual. The southern and northern currents met and were penetrated by the west-eastern currents, e. g. in the Reformation and CounterReformation. The confusion of the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) expressed these different opposing currents of the spiritual world. 6(3/22/1923, Dornach) 71ff. 5204 222-06 health-illness The etheric life-forces of foodstuffs are forced out in the metabolic system and the structure of forces that underlies the plant is absorbed into the etheric body. The "negative" or hollow form of this structure is produced in the head (system of nerves and senses). And into this negative we now receive the impressions of the external world. This is possible because we have the hollow space within us and all nutritive plants have this effect. Remedies from poisonous plants like deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), which have also absorbed astrality, cause a much stronger structure of forces and negative. Application of henbane (Hyoscyamus) in cases of "somnolent states" (if the astral body is not bound firmly enough to the physical brain). 7(3/23/1923, Dornach) 79ff. 5205 222-07 ecocide The human being of the ancient Indian epoch was understood as a divine Imagination, expressed in his physiognomy. People were divided physiognomically what led later to the more schematic division into castes. In the ancient Persian epoch, the human being was looked at as the divine thought which was perceived in the phenomena of weather, time of day, season. In the third post-Atlantean epoch, one calculated the cosmic being of man (astrology). The local gods were important for the group togetherness. This was based on blood relationship in the fourth epoch after man had become wholly a citizen of the earth. The human being of the fifth post-Atlantean epoch has become dependent on subterranean forces (thoughts as corpses of the pre-earthly existence). He will break the earth unless he imbues his thoughts with life (earth as a mirror of the vitalised thoughts which are sent to the cosmos). Moreover, the warmth-atmosphere of the earth is destroyed through the materialistic thoughts first. In the sixth epoch, the air-atmosphere will be poisoned through the intellect that does not develop Imagination and in the seventh epoch the water will be contaminated: if his exudations were to be the outcome of purely intellectualistic thoughts, they would pass over into the universal fluidity of the earth. Through this universal fluidity of the earth, the mineral element of the earth would, in the

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