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Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion

By Rudolf Steiner
Table of Contents:
Foreword
1 - The Three Steps Of Anthroposophy
2 - Exercises Of Thought, Feeling And Volition
3 - ethods Of !"#gin#ti$e, !nspired And !ntuiti$e %nowledge Or &ognition
' - Exercises Of &ognition And (ill
) - Experiences Of The Soul !n Sleep
* - Tr#nsference Fro" The +sycho-Spiritu#l To The +hysic#l Sense-,ife !n #n-s .e$elop"ent
/ - The 0el#tionship Of &hrist (ith 1u"#nity
2 - The E$ent Of .e#th And !ts 0el#tionship (ith The &hrist
3 - The .estin#tion Of The Ego-&onsciousness !n &on4unction (ith The &hrist-+ro5le"
16 - On Experiencing The (ill-+#rt Of The Soul
Foreword
The following 5oo7s #nd p#"phlets were intended 5y .r8 Steiner to for" # series of
"edit#tion processes descri5ing the 5#sic experiences of Spiritu#l Science8
18 The %nowledge of 1igher (orlds #nd its Att#in"ent8
28 A 0o#d to Self-7nowledge8
38 The Threshold of the Spiritu#l (orld8
'8 &os"ology, 0eligion #nd +hilosophy8
)8 The ,ife of the Soul8
1 - The Three Steps Of Anthroposophy
!t is # gre#t ple#sure to "e to 5e #5le to gi$e this series of lectures in the 9oethe#nu",
which w#s founded to pro"ote Spiritu#l Science8 (h#t is here c#lled -Spiritu#l Science-
"ust not 5e confused with those things which, "ore th#n e$er #t the "o"ent, #ppe#r #s
Occultis", ysticis", etc8
These schools of thought either refer to #ncient spiritu#l tr#ditions which #re no longer
properly understood, #nd which gi$e in # dilett#nte "#nner #ll 7inds of i"#gined
7nowledge of supersensi5le worlds, or they #pe outw#rdly the scientific "ethods which
we h#$e to-d#y without re#li:ing th#t "ethods of rese#rch which #re ide#l for the study
of the n#tur#l world c#n ne$er le#d to supern#tur#l worlds8 And wh#t "#7es its
#ppe#r#nce #s ysticis" is #lso either "ere renew#l of #ncient psychic experiences, or
"uddled, $ery often f#nt#stic, #nd decepti$e introspection8
As opposed to this, the #ttitude of the 9oethe#nu" is one which, in the fullest sense,
f#lls in with the present-d#y $iew of n#tur#l scientific rese#rch, #nd recogni:es wh#t is
4ustified in it8 On the other h#nd, it see7s to g#in o54ecti$e #nd #ccur#te results on the
su54ect of the supersensi5le world 5y "e#ns of the strictly controlled tr#ining of pure
psychic $ision8 !t counts only such results #s #re o5t#ined through this $ision of the soul,
5y which the psychic-spiritu#l org#ni:#tion is 4ust #s #ccur#tely defined #s #
"#the"#tic#l pro5le"8
The point is th#t #t first this org#ni:#tion is presented in scientific#lly indisput#5le
$ision8 !f we c#ll it -the spiritu#l eye-, we then s#y; #s the "#the"#tici#n h#s his
pro5le"s 5efore hi", so h#s the rese#rcher into the spirit his -spiritu#l eye-8 The
scientific "ethod is e"ployed for hi" on th#t prep#r#tion which is in his -spiritu#l
org#ns-8 !f his -science- h#s its 5eing in these org#ns, he c#n "#7e use of the", #nd the
supersensi5le world lies 5efore hi"8
The student of the world of the senses directs his science to outw#rd things, to results<
5ut the student of the spirit pursues science #s # prep#r#tion of $ision8 And when $ision
5egins, science "ust #lre#dy h#$e fulfilled its "ission8 !f you li7e to c#ll your $ision
-cl#ir$oy#nce- it is #t #ny r#te, #n -ex#ct cl#ir$oy#nce-8 The science of the spirit 5egins
where th#t= of the senses ends8 A5o$e #ll, the rese#rch student of the spirit "ust h#$e
5#sed his whole "ethod of thought for the newer Science on the one he #pplied to the
world of the senses8
Thus it co"es #5out th#t the Sciences studied to-d#y "erge into th#t re#l" which opens
up Spiritu#l Science in the "odern sense8 !t h#ppens not only in the sep#r#te re#l"s of
>#tur#l Science #nd 1istory, 5ut #lso e8g8, in edicine< #nd in #ll pro$inces of pr#ctic#l
life, in Art, in or#ls, #nd in Soci#l life8 !t h#ppens #lso in religious experiences8
!n these lectures three of these pro$inces #re to 5e de#lt with, #nd it is to 5e shown how
they "erge into the "odern spiritu#l $iew8 The three #re +hilosophy, &os"ology #nd
0eligion8
At one ti"e +hilosophy w#s the inter"edi#ry for #ll hu"#n 7nowledge8 !n its logos "#n
#c?uired 7nowledge of the distinct pro$inces of world-re#lity8 The different Sciences #re
5orn of its su5st#nce8
@ut wh#t h#s re"#ined of +hilosophy itself= A nu"5er of "ore or less #5str#ct ide#s
which h#$e to 4ustify their existence in f#ce of the other sciences, whose 4ustific#tion is
found in o5ser$#tion through the senses #nd in experi"ent8 To wh#t do the ide#s of
+hilosophy refer= Th#t h#s to-d#y 5eco"e #n i"port#nt ?uestion8 (e find in these ide#s
no longer # direct re#lity, #nd so we try to find # theoretic#l 5#sis for this re#lity8
And "ore; +hilosophy, #nd in its $ery n#"e, lo$e of wisdo" shows th#t it is not "erely
#n #ff#ir of the intellect, 5ut of the entire hu"#n soul8 (h#t one c#n -lo$e- is such #
thing, #nd there w#s # ti"e when wisdo" w#s considered so"ething re#l, which is not
the c#se with -ide#s- which eng#ge only 0e#son #nd !ntellect8 +hilosophy, fro" 5eing #
"#tter for #ll "#n7ind which once w#s felt in the w#r"th of the soul, h#s 5eco"e dry,
cold 7nowledge; #nd we no longer feel oursel$es in the "idst of 0e#lity when we
occupy oursel$es with philosophi:ing8
!n "#n7ind itself th#t h#s 5een lost which once "#de +hilosophy # re#l experience8
>#tur#l Science Aof the outer worldB is conducted 5y "e#ns of the senses, #nd wh#t
0e#son thin7s concerning the o5ser$#tions "#de 5y the senses is # putting-together of
the content deri$ed through the senses8 This thought h#s no content of its own< #nd while
"#n li$es in such 7nowledge he 7nows hi"self only #s # physic#l 5ody8 @ut +hilosophy
w#s origin#lly # soul-content which w#s not experienced 5y the physic#l 5ody, 5ut 5y #
hu"#n org#nis" which c#nnot 5e #ppreci#ted 5y the senses8
This is the etheric 5ody, for"ing the 5#sis of the physic#l 5ody, #nd this cont#ins the
supersensi5le powers which gi$e sh#pe #nd life to the physic#l 5ody8 #n c#n use the
org#ni:#tion of this etheric 5ody 4ust #s he c#n th#t of the physic#l8 This etheric 5ody
dr#ws ide#s fro" the supersensi5le world, 4ust #s the physic#l 5ody does, through the
senses, fro" the sense world8 The #ncient philosophers de$eloped their ide#s through
this etheric 5ody, #nd #s the spiritu#l life of "#n h#s lost this etheric 5ody #nd its
7nowledge, +hilosophy h#s si"ult#neously lost its ch#r#cter of re#lity8 (e "ust first of
#ll reco$er the 7nowledge of etheric "#n, #nd then +hilosophy will 5e #5le to reg#in its
ch#r#cter of re#lity8 This "ust "#r7 the first of the steps to 5e t#7en 5y Anthroposophy8
&os"ology once upon # ti"e showed "#n how he is # "e"5er of the uni$erse8 To this
end it w#s necess#ry th#t not only his 5ody 5ut #lso his soul #nd spirit could 5e reg#rded
#s "e"5ers of the &os"os< #nd this w#s the c#se 5ec#use in the &os"os things of the
soul #nd things of the spirit were $isi5le8 !n l#ter ti"es, howe$er, &os"ology h#s
5eco"e only # superstructure of >#tur#l Science g#ined 5y #the"#tics, O5ser$#tion
#nd Experi"ent8
The results of rese#rch in these lines #re put together to "#7e # picture of cos"ic
de$elop"ent, #nd fro" this picture one c#n no dou5t underst#nd the hu"#n physic#l
5ody8 @ut the etheric 5ody re"#ins unintelligi5le, #nd in # still higher sense th#t p#rt of
"#n which h#s to do with the Soul #nd the Spirit8
The etheric 5ody c#n only 5e recogni:ed #s # "e"5er of the &os"os, if the etheric
essence of the &os"os is cle#rly percei$ed8 @ut this etheric p#rt of the &os"os c#n, #fter
#ll, gi$e "#n no "ore th#n #n etheric org#ni:#tion, where#s in the Soul is intern#l life<
so we h#$e to t#7e into consider#tion #lso the intern#l life of the &os"os8 This is 4ust
wh#t the old &os"ology did, #nd it w#s 5ec#use of this $iew of it th#t the soul-essence
of "#n which tr#nscends the etheric w#s "#de # p#rt of the &os"os8
odern spiritu#l life f#ils, howe$er, to see the re#lity of the inner life of the Soul8 !n
"odern experience, this cont#ins no gu#r#ntee th#t it h#s #n existence 5eyond 5irth #nd
de#th8 All one 7nows to-d#y of the soul-life c#n h#$e its origin in #nd with the physic#l
5ody through the life of the e"5ryo #nd the su5se?uent unfolding in childhood #nd c#n
end with de#th8 There w#s so"ething in the older hu"#n wisdo" for the soul of "#n of
which "odern 7nowledge is only # reflection< #nd this w#s loo7ed upon #s the #str#l
5eing in "#n8 !t w#s not wh#t the soul experiences in its #cti$ities of thin7ing, feeling
#nd $olition, 5ut r#ther so"ething which is reflected in thin7ing, feeling #nd $olition8
One -c#nnot i"#gine thin7ing, feeling #nd $olition #s h#$ing # p#rt in the &os"os, for
these li$e only in the physic#l n#ture of "#n8 On the other h#nd the #str#l n#ture c#n 5e
co"prehended #s # "e"5er of the &os"os, for this enters the physic#l n#ture #t 5irth
#nd le#$es it #t de#th8 Th#t ele"ent which, during life 5etween 5irth #nd de#th, is
conce#led 5ehind thought, feeling #nd $olition C n#"ely the #str#l 5ody C is the
cos"ic ele"ent of "#n8
@ec#use "odern 7nowledge h#s lost this #str#l ele"ent of "#n, it h#s #lso lost #
&os"ology which could co"prise the whole of "#n8 There re"#ins only # physic#l
&os"ology, #nd e$en this cont#ins no "ore th#n the origins of physic#l "#n8 !t is
necess#ry once "ore to found # 7nowledge of #str#l "#n, #nd then we sh#ll #lso #g#in
h#$e # &os"ology which includes the whole hu"#n 5eing8
So the second step of Anthroposophy is "#r7ed out8
0eligion in its origin#l "e#ning is 5#sed on th#t experience where5y "#n feels hi"self
independent not only of his physic#l #nd etheric n#ture, the c#use of his existence
5etween 5irth #nd de#th, 5ut #lso of the &os"os, in so f#r #s this h#s #n influence on
such #n existence8
The content of this experience constitutes the re#l spirit-"en, th#t 5eing #t which our
word -Ego- now only hints8 This -Ego- once connoted for "#n so"ething which 7new
itself to 5e independent of #ll corpore#lity, #nd independent of the #str#l n#ture8 Through
such #n experience "#n felt hi"self to 5e in # world of which the one which gi$es hi"
5ody #nd soul is 5ut #n i"#ge< he felt # connection with # di$ine world8 >ow 7nowledge
of this world re"#ins hidden to o5ser$#tion #ccording to the senses8
%nowledge of etheric #nd #str#l "#n le#ds gr#du#lly to # $ision of it8
!n the use of his senses "#n "ust feel hi"self sep#r#ted fro" the di$ine world, to which
5elongs his in"ost 5eing; 5ut through supersensi5le cognition he puts hi"self once "ore
in touch with this world8
So supersensi5le cognition "erges into 0eligion8
!n order th#t this "#y 5e the c#se, we "ust 5e #5le to see the re#l n#ture of the -Ego-, #nd
this power h#s 5een lost to "odern 7nowledge8 E$en philosophers see in the -Ego- only
the synthesis of soul experiences8 @ut the ide# which they h#$e there5y of the -Ego-, the
spiritu#l "#n, is contr#dicted 5y e$ery sleep< for in sleep the content of this -Ego- is
extinguished8 A consciousness which 7nows only such #n -Ego- c#nnot "erge into
0eligion on the strength of its 7nowledge, for it h#s nothing to resist the extinction of
sleep8 1owe$er, 7nowledge of the true -Ego- h#s 5een lost to "odern spiritu#l life, #nd
with it the possi5ility to #tt#in to 0eligion through 7nowledge8
The religion th#t w#s once #$#il#5le is now so"ething t#7en fro" tr#dition, to which
hu"#n 7nowledge h#s no longer #ny #ppro#ch8 0eligion in this w#y 5eco"es the content
of # F#ith which is to 5e g#ined outside the sphere of scientific experience8 %nowledge
#nd F#ith 5eco"e two sep#r#te 7inds of experience of so"ething which once w#s #
unity8
(e "ust first re-est#5lish # cle#r cognition #nd 7nowledge of the true -Ego-, if 0eligion
is to h#$e its proper pl#ce in the life of "#n7ind8 !n "odern Science "#n is understood
#s # true re#lity only in respect of his physic#l n#ture8 1e "ust 5e recogni:ed further #s
etheric, #str#l #nd spiritu#l or -Ego- "#n #nd then Science will 5eco"e the 5#sis of
religious life8
So is the third step of Anthroposophy wor7ed out8
!t will now 5e the t#s7 of the su5se?uent lectures to show the possi5ility of #c?uiring
7nowledge of the etheric p#rt of "#n, th#t is to s#y, of clothing +hilosophy with re#lity<
it will 5e "y further 5usiness to point out the w#y to the 7nowledge of the #str#l p#rt of
"#n, th#t is to s#y, to de"onstr#te th#t # &os"ology is possi5le which e"5r#ces
hu"#nity< #nd fin#lly will co"e the t#s7 to le#d you to the 7nowledge of the -true Ego-,
in order to est#5lish the possi5ility of # religious life, which rests on the 5#sis of
7nowledge or cognition8
2 - Exercises Of Thought, Feeling And Volition
+hilosophy did not #rise in the s#"e w#y in which it is continued in "odern ti"es8 !n
these d#ys it is # connection of ide#s which #re not experienced in one-s inner 5eing, in
the soul, in such # "#nner th#t # "#n, conscious of self, feels hi"self in these ide#s #s in
# re#lity8 Therefore we see7 #fter #ll possi5le theoretic#l "e#ns to pro$e th#t the
philosophic content does refer to # re#lity8 @ut this w#y le#ds only to different
philosophic syste"s, #nd of these one c#n s#y they #re right to # cert#in extent< for
"ostly the grounds on which they #re refuted #re of #s "uch $#lue #s those on which it
is sought to pro$e the"8
>ow with Anthroposophy it is # ?uestion not of #tt#ining the re#lity of the philosophic
content 5y theoretic thought, 5ut 5y the culti$#tion of # "ethod which on the one h#nd is
si"il#r to th#t 5y which in #ncient ti"es +hilosophy w#s won, #nd on the other, is #s
consciously ex#ct #s the "#the"#tic#l #nd n#tur#l scientific "ethod of "ore recent
ti"es8
The #ncient "ethod w#s se"i-conscious8 &o"p#red with the condition of full
consciousness of the "odern scientific thin7er it h#d so"ething #l"ost dre#"y8 !t
existed not in such dre#"s #s conce#led indirectly 5y their $ery n#ture their re#l content,
5ut in w#7ing dre#"s, which pointed to re#lity precisely 5y "e#ns of this content8 >or
h#d such # soul-content the #5str#ct ch#r#cter of the "odern present#tion, 5ut r#ther th#t
of picture-"#7ing8
Such # soul-content "ust 5e reg#ined, 5ut in full consciousness, #ccording to the "odern
st#ge of hu"#n e$olution< ex#ctly in the s#"e sense of consciousness #s we find in
scientific thought8
Anthroposophic#l rese#rch see7s to #tt#in this in # first st#ge of supersensi5le 7nowledge
in the condition of -i"#gin#ti$e consciousness-8
!t is re#ched through # process of "edit#tion in the soul8 This le#ds the entire force of
the soul-life to present#tions which #re e#sily $isu#li:ed #nd held f#st in # st#te of rest8
@y this "e#ns we fin#lly re#li:e, if such # process is const#ntly repe#ted o$er #
sufficient period of ti"e, how the soul in its experience 5eco"es free fro" the 5ody8 (e
see cle#rly th#t the thought of ordin#ry consciousness is # reflection of # spiritu#l
#cti$ity which re"#ins unconscious #s such, #fter h#$ing 5eco"e so 5y the
incorpor#tion of the hu"#n physic#l org#nis" in its course8
All ordin#ry thin7ing is dependent on the supersensi5le spiritu#l #cti$ity which is
reproduced in the physic#l org#nis"8 @ut #t the s#"e ti"e we #re conscious only of
wh#t the physic#l org#nis" #llows us to 5e conscious of8 The spiritu#l #cti$ity c#n 5e
sep#r#ted fro" the physic#l org#nis" 5y "edit#tion, #nd the soul then experiences the
supersensi5le in # super-sensi5le w#y< no longer the physic#l 5ut the etheric org#nis" is
the 5#c7ground of the soul-s experience8 (e h#$e # present#tion 5efore our soul-s
consciousness with the ch#r#cter of # picture8
(e h#$e 5efore us in this 7ind of present#tion pictures of the powers which, co"ing
fro" the supersensi5le #re the 5#sis of the org#nis" #s its powers of growth, #nd #lso #s
the $ery powers which function in the regul#tion of the processes of nourish"ent8 (e
g#in in these pictures # re#l $ision of the life-forces8 This is the st#ge of -i"#gin#ti$e
cognition-8 This is life in the etheric hu"#n org#nis", #nd with our own etheric
org#nis" we li$e in the etheric &os"os8 There is 5etween the etheric org#nis" #nd the
etheric &os"os no such sh#rp distinction rel#ting to su54ecti$e #nd o54ecti$e #s there is
in physic#l thought #5out the things of the world8
This -i"#gin#ti$e 7nowledge- is the "e#ns where5y we c#n rec#ll the $ery su5st#nti#l
re#lity of #ncient +hilosophy, 5ut we c#n #lso concei$e # new +hilosophy, #nd # re#l
conception of +hilosophy c#n only co"e into 5eing 5y "e#ns of this i"#gin#ti$e
7nowledge8 And when this +hilosophy is once there it c#n 5e gr#sped #nd understood 5y
the ordin#ry consciousness< for it spe#7s out of -i"#gin#ti$e- experience in # for" which
springs fro" spiritu#l AethericB re#lity, #nd whose re#lity-content c#n, through the
ordin#ry consciousness, 5e rec#lled in experience8
A higher #cti$ity of 7nowledge which is forthco"ing when "edit#tion is extended, is
re?uired for &os"ology8 >ot only is intensi$e ?uietness culti$#ted on # soul-content or
su54ect "#tter 5ut #lso # fully conscious st#tion#ry condition of the ?uiet, content-less
soul8 This is #fter the "edit#ti$e soulcontent or su54ect "#tter h#s 5een 5#nished fro"
the consciousness8 The st#ge -is re#ched where the spiritu#l content of the &os"os flows
into the e"pty soul C the st#ge of -inspired cognition-8 (e h#$e in p#rt of us # spiritu#l
&os"os, 4ust #s we h#$e # physic#l &os"os 5efore the senses8
(e succeed in seeing, in the powers of the spiritu#l &os"os, wh#t t#7es pl#ce spiritu#lly
5etween "#n #nd the &os"os in the process of 5re#thing8 !n this #nd the other rhyth"ic
processes of "#n we find the physic#l reproduction of wh#t exists in the spiritu#l sphere
in hu"#n #str#l org#ni:#tion8 (e #tt#in to the $ision of how this #str#l org#nis" h#s its
pl#ce in the spiritu#l &os"os outside the life on e#rth, #nd how it t#7es on the clo#7 of
the physic#l org#nis" through e"5ryonic life #nd 5irth, to l#y it down #g#in in de#th8
@y "e#ns of this 7nowledge we c#n distinguish 5etween heredity, which is #n e#rthly
pheno"enon, #nd th#t which "#n 5rings with hi" fro" the spiritu#l world8
!n this w#y, through -inspired 7nowledge-, we #tt#in to # &os"ology which c#n e"5r#ce
"#n in respect of his psychic #nd spiritu#l existence8 !nspired 7nowledge is culti$#ted in
the #str#l org#nis" 5ec#use we experience #n existence outside our 5odies in the
&os"os of the Spirit8 @ut the s#"e thing h#ppens in the etheric org#nis"< #nd we c#n
tr#nsl#te this 7nowledge into hu"#n speech in the i"#ges which present the"sel$es in
this sphere, #nd we c#n h#r"oni:e it with the content of +hilosophy8 So we get # &os"ic
+hilosophy8
For 0eligious &ognition # third thing is necess#ry8 (e "ust di$e down into those
existences which re$e#l the"sel$es in picture for" #s the content of -inspired
7nowledge-< #nd this is #tt#ined when we #dd -Soul-exercises of the (ill- to the 7ind of
"edit#tion which we h#$e till now 5een descri5ing8 For inst#nce, we #tte"pt to present
to oursel$es e$ents which in the physic#l world h#$e # definite course, 5ut in re$erse
order, fro" the end to the 5eginning8
.oing this we sep#r#te the soul-life, through # process of will which is not used in
ordin#ry consciousness fro" the cos"ic extern#ls, #nd let the soul sin7 into those @eings
which "#nifest the"sel$es 5y inspir#tion8 (e #tt#in true intuition, # union with 5eings
of # spiritu#l world8 These experiences of intuition #re reflected in etheric #nd #lso in
physic#l "#n, #nd produce in this reflection the su54ect "#tter of religious
consciousness8
Through this -intuiti$e cognition- we g#in # $ision of the true n#ture of the Ego, which in
re#lity is sun7 into the spiritu#l world8 The Ego which we 7now in ordin#ry
consciousness is only # ?uite f#int reflection of its true proportions8 !ntuition pro$ides
the possi5ility of feeling the connection of this f#int reflection with the di$ine pri"#l
uni$erse, to which in its true sh#pe it 5elongs8
oreo$er, we #re en#5led to see how spiritu#l "#n,, the true Ego, h#s his pl#ce in the
spiritu#l world, when he is sun7 in sleep8 !n this condition the physic#l #nd etheric
org#nis"s re?uire the rhyth"ic processes for their own regener#tion8 !n # w#7ing
condition the Ego li$es in this rhyth" #nd in the "et#5olic processes th#t #re # p#rt of it<
in the condition of sleep, the rhyth" #nd the "et#5olic processes of "#n h#$e # life of
their own #s physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"s< #nd the #str#l org#nis"s #nd the Ego then
t#7e their pl#ce in the spirit world8
The tr#nsl#tion of "#n into this world 5y inspired #nd intuiti$e 7nowledge is conscious<
he li$es in # spiritu#l &os"os, 4ust #s 5y his senses he li$es in # physic#l &os"os8 1e
c#n spe#7 of the content of the religious consciousness fro" 7nowledge, #nd he c#n do
this 5ec#use wh#t he experiences in the spiritu#l sphere is reflected in the physic#l #nd
etheric "#n8 oreo$er, the reflected pictures c#n 5e expressed in speech, #nd in this
for" h#$e # "e#ning which throws religious light on the hu"#n disposition of ordin#ry
consciousness8
Thus we re#ch the he#rt of +hilosophy 5y i"#gin#ti$e cognition, of &os"ology 5y
inspir#tion, #nd of the religious life through intuition8 @esides th#t #lre#dy descri5ed, the
following soul-exercise helps tow#rds #tt#ining intuition8 One tries so to gr#sp the life,
which otherwise unconsciously unfolds itself fro" one hu"#n #ge to #nother, th#t one
consciously contr#cts h#5its which one did not h#$e 5efore, or consciously ch#nges such
#s one h#d8
The gre#ter the effort th#t such # ch#nge necessit#tes, the 5etter it is for g#ining intuiti$e
7nowledge< for these ch#nges 5ring #5out # loosening of the will-power fro" the
physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"8
(e 5ind the will to the #str#l org#nis" #nd to the true for" of the Ego #nd consciously
i""erse 5oth of the" into the spirit world8
(h#t we "#y c#ll -#5str#ct thought- h#s 5een perfected only in the "odern spiritu#l
de$elop"ent of "#n7ind8 !n e#rlier periods of e$olution this 7ind of thought w#s
un7nown to "#n, though it is necess#ry to the de$elop"ent of hu"#n spiritu#l #cti$ity,
5ec#use it frees the power of thought fro" the picture-for"8 (e #chie$e the possi5ility
of thin7ing through the physic#l org#nis", though such thin7ing is not rooted in # re#l
world< only in #n #pp#rent world where the processes of >#ture c#n 5e copied without
"#n hi"self contri5uting #nything to these pictures8
(e #tt#in # copy of >#ture, which, ?u# copy, c#n 5e genuine, 5ec#use the life in the
thought-copy is not in itself re#lity, 5ut only #pp#rent re#lity8 @ut the "or#l i"pulses c#n
#lso 5e t#7en up into this pseudo-thought, so th#t they exercise no co"pulsion on "#n8
The "or#l i"pulses #re the"sel$es re#l 5ec#use they co"e fro" the spirit world< the
"#nner in which "#n experiences the" in his #pp#rent world en#5les hi" to #d#pt
hi"self in #ccord#nce with the", or not8 They the"sel$es exercise no co"pulsion on
hi" either through his 5ody or his soul8
So "#n strides on< thought which w#s in #ncient ti"es co"pletely 5ound to the
unconsciously i"#gined, inspired #nd intuiti$e 7nowledge, thought in which the su54ect
"#tter w#s l#id #s open #s !"#gin#tion #nd !nspir#tion #nd !ntuition the"sel$es,
5eco"es #5str#ct thought conducted through the physic#l org#nis"8 !n this thought,
which h#s # pseudo-life, 5ec#use it is spirit su5st#nce tr#nsl#ted into the physic#l world,
"#n h#s the possi5ility of de$eloping #n o54ecti$e n#ture-7nowledge #nd his own "or#l
freedo"8
ore det#ils on this su54ect you will find in "y +hilosophy of Spirit Acti$ity, "y
%nowledge of 1igher (orlds #nd how to #tt#in it, Theosophy, Occult Science, etc8
(h#t is necess#ry in order to return to # +hilosophy, # &os"ology #nd # 0eligion th#t
e"5r#ce #ll "#n, is to enter upon the pro$ince of #n ex#ct cl#ir$oy#nce in !"#gin#tion,
!nspir#tion #nd !ntuition< #nd this consciously C th#t is in contr#distinction to the old
dre#"li7e cl#ir$oy#nce8 #n #tt#ins to his full consciousness in the pro$ince of # life of
#5str#ct present#tions8 !t re"#ins to hi", in the further #d$#nce of hu"#nity, to 5ring
this full consciousness of the spiritu#l world to 5e#r on his d#ily life8
!n this "ust true hu"#n progress in future consist8
3 - ethods Of !"#gin#ti$e, !nspired And !ntuiti$e %nowledge Or
&ognition
The inner life of "#n #ssu"es #nother for" fro" th#t of ordin#ry consciousness when it
enters upon i"#gin#ti$e 7nowledge8 1is rel#tionship to the world is #lso ch#nged8 This
ch#nge is 5rought #5out 5y the concentr#tion of #ll the powers of the soul on #
present#tion-co"plex which c#n e#sily 5e seen in its entirety8
This l#st condition is necess#ry to #$oid #ny 7ind of unconscious process pl#ying # p#rt
in the "edit#tion< for in this e$erything "ust co"e to p#ss only within the psychic #nd
spiritu#l spheres8 The "#n who thin7s out # "#the"#tic#l pro5le" c#n 5e f#irly cert#in
th#t he is e"ploying only psychicspiritu#l forces8 Dnconscious "e"ories, influenced 5y
feeling or will, will not enter into it8 !t "ust 5e the s#"e with edit#tion8
!f we t#7e for it # thought which is 5rought up out of "e"ory, we c#nnot 7now how
"uch #t the s#"e ti"e we introduce into the consciousness fro" the physic#l, or
instincti$e, or unconsciously psychic#l, #nd c#use it to re#ct in the soul on the
present#tion during "edit#tion8 !t is, therefore, 5est to choose for # su54ect of "edit#tion
so"ething which one 7nows for cert#in to 5e ?uite new to the soul8 !f we see7 #d$ice on
this point fro" #n experienced spiritu#l in$estig#tor, he will l#y p#rticul#r stress on this8
1e will reco""end # su54ect which is perfectly si"ple #nd which ?uite cert#inly c#nnot
h#$e occurred to us 5efore8 !t is of no i"port#nce th#t the su54ect should e$en
correspond with so"e 7nown f#ct t#7en fro" the world of the senses8 (e c#n t#7e #s #n
ide# so"ething pictori#l, 5ut not necess#rily representing # picture of the outer world,
e8g8, -!n ,ight li$es stre#"ing (isdo"-8 !t depends on the power of reposeful "edit#tion
with such #n i"#ge-present#tion8
The spiritu#l #nd psychic powers #re strengthened 5y such # c#l" "edit#tion 4ust #s the
"uscles #re strengthened 5y perfor"ing # piece of wor78 The "edit#tion c#n 5e short #t
# ti"e, 5ut it "ust 5e repe#ted o$er # long period to 5e successful8 (ith one person
success c#n 5e #tt#ined #fter # few wee7s, with #nother only #fter ye#rs, #ccording to
n#tur#l predisposition8
The "#n who wishes to 5e # true Spiritu#l !n$estig#tor "ust do such exercises
syste"#tic#lly #nd intensi$ely8 The first result of "edit#tion in the w#y here indic#ted is
th#t the "#n who pr#ctises it h#s through his inner life # gre#ter control o$er the
st#te"ents of # Spiritu#l !n$estig#tor th#n the "#n of ordin#ry he#lthy intellect, though
the l#tter, if sufficiently unfettered #nd unpre4udiced, is #lso ?uite c#p#5le of such
control8
edit#tion "ust c#ll to its #id the exercise in ch#r#cter strengthening, inner truthfulness,
c#l"ness of soul, self-possession #nd deli5er#tion8 For only then, when it is thoroughly
i"5ued with these ?u#lities, will the soul gr#du#lly i"print on the whole hu"#n
org#ni:#tion wh#t in "edit#tion #ppe#rs #s # process8
(hen success is re#ched 5y "e#ns of such exercises, we find oursel$es in the etheric
org#nis"8 The thought-experience recei$es # new for"8 (e experience the thoughts not
only in the #5str#ct for" #s 5efore, 5ut in such # w#y th#t one feels the power in the"8
Thoughts of for"er experience c#n only 5e thoughts, they h#$e no power to sti"ul#te
#ction8 (here#s the thoughts we now h#$e #s "uch power #s the powers of growth
which #cco"p#ny "#n fro" childhood to "#turity, #nd 4ust for this re#son it is
necess#ry to c#rry out "edit#tion in the right w#y8 For if unconscious forces inter$ene in
it, if it is not #n #ct of co"plete #nd deli5er#te thoughtfulness, #nd done in self-
possession t#7ing # purely psychic #nd spiritu#l course, i"pulses #re de$eloped which
step in #s do the n#tur#l powers of growth in our own hu"#n org#nis"8
This "ust in no wise occur8 Our own physic#l #nd etheric org#nis" "ust re"#in
co"pletely untouched 5y "edit#tion8 The right 7ind of, "edit#tion en#5les us to li$e
with the newly-de$eloped power of thought-content ?uite outside our own physic#l #nd
etheric org#nis"8 (e h#$e the etheric experience< #nd our org#nis" itself #tt#ins to #
person#l experience of # rel#tionship with # rel#ti$e o54ecti$ity8
(e loo7 #t it Aour org#nis"B #nd in the for" of thought it r#di#tes 5#c7 wh#t we
experience in the ether8 This experience is he#lthy if we #rri$e #t the condition in which
we c#n with co"plete freedo" of choice #ltern#te 5etween #n existence in the ether #nd
one in our physic#l 5ody8 The condition is not right if there is so"ething which forces us
into the etheric existence8 (e "ust 5e #5le to 5e in oursel$es #nd outside oursel$es in
#ccord#nce with perfectly free orient#tion8
The first experience which we c#n win through such #n inner l#5our is # re$iew of the
course of our own p#st life on e#rth8 (e see it #s it h#s progressed 5y "e#ns of the
powers of growth fro" childhood upw#rds8 (e see it in thought-pictures which #re
condensed into powers of growth8 They #re not si"ply re"e"5ered scenes of our own
life which we h#$e 5efore us8 They #re pictures of #n etheric course of e$ents, which
h#$e h#ppened in our own existence, without h#$ing 5een t#7en into the ordin#ry
consciousness8 Th#t which the consciousness #nd "e"ory hold is only the #5str#ct
#cco"p#nying #ppe#r#nce of the re#l course8 !t is, #s it were, # surf#ce w#$e which is in
its sh#pe the result of so"ething deeper8
!n the process of $iewing this progress the wor7ing of the etheric &os"os on "#n is
5rought out8 (e c#n experience this wor7 #s the su54ect-"#tter of +hilosophy8 !t is
wisdo", not in the #5str#ct for" of the conception, 5ut r#ther in the for" of the wor7ing
of the etheric in the &os"os8
!n ordin#ry consciousness it is only the young child who h#s not yet le#rnt to spe#7 who
is in the s#"e rel#tionship to the &os"os #s the "#n who uses his i"#gin#tion correctly8
The child h#s not yet sep#r#ted the powers of thought fro" the gener#l AethericB powers
of growth8 This h#ppens only when he le#rns to spe#78 Then the powers of #5str#ct
thought #re sep#r#ted fro" the uni$ers#l powers of growth which #lone were pre$iously
present8 !n the course of his l#ter life "#n h#s these powers of #5str#ct thought, 5ut they
#re p#rt of his physic#l org#nis", #nd #re not t#7en up into his etheric 5eing8
1e c#nnot, therefore, 5ring his rel#tionship to the etheric world into his consciousness8
1e c#n le#rn to do this through !"#gin#tion8
A ?uite s"#ll child is #n unconscious philosopher< the -i"#gin#ti$e philosopher- is #g#in
# s"#ll child, 5ut w#7ened to full consciousness8
Through the exercise of -!nspir#tion- # new c#p#city is #dded to those #lre#dy de$eloped,
n#"ely, the c#p#city to o5liter#te fro" the consciousness pictures which h#$e 5een
dwelt upon in "edit#tion8 !t "ust 5e cle#rly e"ph#si:ed th#t here the c#p#city "ust 5e
de$eloped #g#in to o5liter#te when one li7es pictures which h#$e pre$iously 5een t#7en
up in "edit#tion 5y one-s freewill8 !t is not enough to o5liter#te present#tions which h#$e
not 5een i"pl#nted in the consciousness 5y free choice8 !t re?uires # gre#ter psychic
effort to #5olish pictures which h#$e 5een cre#ted in "edit#tion th#n to extinguish those
which h#$e entered into the consciousness in #nother w#y8 And we need this gre#ter
effort to #d$#nce in supersensi5le 7nowledge8
On such lines we #chie$e # w#7eful, 5ut ?uite e"pty soul-life< we re"#in in conscious
w#7efulness8 !f this condition is experienced in full thoughtfulness the soul 5eco"es
filled with spiritu#l f#cts, #s through the senses it is filled with physic#l8 And this is the
condition of -!nspir#tion-8 (e li$e #n inner life in the &os"os 4ust #s we li$e #n inner life
in the physic#l org#nis"8 @ut we #re #w#re th#t we #re experiencing the cos"ic life, th#t
the spiritu#l things #nd processes of the &os"os #re 5eing re$e#led to us #s our own
inner soul-life8
>ow the possi5ility "ust h#$e re"#ined of #lw#ys "o"ent#rily exch#nging this inner
experience of the &os"os with the condition of ordin#ry consciousness8 For then we c#n
#lw#ys rel#te wh#t we experience in !nspir#tion to so"ething we experience in ordin#ry
consciousness8 (e see in the &os"os th#t is percei$ed 5y the senses # reproduction of
wh#t we h#$e spiritu#lly experienced8 The process "#y 5e co"p#red with th#t 5y which
one co"p#res # new experience in life with # "e"orypicture which rises in the
consciousness8 The spiritu#l outloo7 which we h#$e won is li7e the new experience, #nd
the physic#l $iew of the &os"os li7e the "e"ory-picture8
This spiritu#l outloo7, thus #tt#ined, differs fro" the i"#gin#ti$e8 !n the l#tter we h#$e
gener#l pictures of #n etheric occurrence< in the for"er, pictures #ppe#r of spiritu#l
5eings who li$e #nd "o$e in this etheric occurrence8 (h#t we 7now in the physic#l
world #s Sun #nd oon, +l#nets #nd Fixed St#rs, these we find #g#in #s &os"ic 5eings<
#nd our own psychic-spiritu#l experience #ppe#rs enclosed in the or5it of these cos"ic
essences8 The physic#l org#nis" of "#n now 5eco"es intelligi5le for the first ti"e, for
not only #ll th#t his senses t#7e in &ontri5utes to its sh#pe #nd life, 5ut #lso the 5eings
who wor7 cre#ti$ely in the #ff#irs of the sense-world8
E$erything which is thus experienced through inspir#tion re"#ins co"pletely shut out
fro" the ordin#ry consciousness8 #n would only 5e conscious of it if he experienced
the process of 5re#thing in the s#"e w#y #s he experienced the process of o5ser$#tion8
The cos"ic disposition 5etween "#n #nd world re"#ins hidden for ordin#ry
consciousness8 The Eog#-philosophy see7s the ro#d to # &os"ology where5y the
process of 5re#thing is tr#nsfor"ed into # process of o5ser$#tion8 odern western "#n
should not i"it#te th#t8 !n the course of hu"#n e$olution he h#s entered upon #n
org#ni:#tion which for hi" excludes such Eog#-exercises8
1e would ne$er through the" get ?uite #w#y fro" his org#nis", #nd so would not
s#tisfy the re?uire"ent to le#$e untouched his physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"8 Such
pr#ctices corresponded with # period of e$olution which h#s gone 5y8 @ut wh#t w#s
#tt#ined 5y the" h#d to 5e g#ined in the s#"e w#y #s h#s 4ust 5een descri5ed for
inspired 7nowledge< the "ethod, th#t is, of experiencing in # st#te of full consciousness
wh#t in p#st ti"es "#n h#d to experience in w#7ing dre#"s8
!f the +hilosopher is # child with fully-de$eloped consciousness, the &os"ologist "ust
5eco"e in # fully conscious w#y # "#n of p#st #ges, in which the Spirit of the &os"os
could still 5e seen 5y "e#ns of n#tur#l f#culties8
!n -!ntuition- "#n is co"pletely tr#nsl#ted C through the exercises of the (ill descri5ed
l#st ti"e C together with his consciousness into the o54ecti$e world of the cos"ic,
spiritu#l 5eings8 1e #tt#ins # condition of experience which #lone on e#rth the first "en
h#d8 They were in #s close # connection with the inw#rdness of their cos"ic
surroundings #s they were with the processes of their own 5odies8
And these processes were not co"pletely unconscious #s with "odern "#n8 They were
reflected in the soul8
#n felt in the soul his growth, #nd the che"ic#l ch#nges of his 5ody, #s in w#7ing
dre#"-pictures8
And this experience en#5led hi" to feel #lso the processes of his cos"ic circu"st#nces
with their spiritu#l inw#rdness #s in # dre#"8 1e h#d dre#"li7e intuition of which we
find to-d#y only #n echo in so"e people speci#lly inclined to it8 The world #round hi"
w#s, in the consciousness of pri"iti$e "#n, 5oth "#teri#l #nd spiritu#l< #nd wh#t he
experienced then in # se"i-dre#" st#te w#s for hi" religious re$el#tion, # direct
continu#tion of the other #spects of his life8
These experiences in the spirit world, of which pri"iti$e "#n w#s only h#lf conscious,
re"#in co"pletely un7nown to "odern "#n8 The "#n with supersensi5le, intuiti$e
7nowledge 5rings the" into his full consciousness, #nd so in # new w#y he is
tr#nsported 5#c7 to the condition of pri"iti$e "#n, who still deri$ed the religious
content fro" his world-consciousness8
As the +hilosopher rese"5les the fully-conscious child, #nd the &os"ologist the fully-
conscious "#n of # p#st "iddle hu"#n period, so the "#n with religious cognition in #
"odern sense rese"5les pri"iti$e "#n, except th#t he experiences the spiritu#l world in
his soul, not #s in # dre#", 5ut with full consciousness8
' - Exercises Of &ognition And (ill
(e s#id th#t for the de$elop"ent of -inspired cognition- one of the 5#sic exercises is to
5#nish fro" the consciousness pictures which h#$e #risen in it in "edit#tion or in the
se?uel to the process of "edit#tion8 @ut this exercise is re#lly only # preli"in#ry one to
#nother8 @y the 5#nishing we get to the point of $isu#li:ing the course of our life in the
w#y our l#st sur$ey de"onstr#ted8 (e #tt#in #lso to # $iew of the spiritu#l &os"os in so
f#r #s this c#n express itself in etheric life8
(e recei$e # picture of the li$ing etheric &os"os pro4ected on to the hu"#n 5eing8 (e
see how e$erything which we c#n c#ll heredity p#sses on in # continuous process fro"
the physic#l org#nis"s of the #ncestors to the physic#l org#nis"s of posterity8 @ut we
see #lso how # repe#tedly new effect of the etheric cos"os occurs for the f#cts of the
etheric org#nis"8 This fresh effect fro" the etheric cos"os wor7s in opposition to
heredity8 !t is of # 7ind which #ffects only the indi$idu#l "#n8 !t is speci#lly i"port#nt
for the te#cher to h#$e #n insight into these things8
To progress in supern#tur#l 7nowledge it is necess#ry to perfect the exercise of
5#nishing the i"#gin#ti$e pictures "ore #nd "ore8 Through it the energy of the soul for
this 5#nishing is continu#lly strengthened8 For #t first we #tt#in only to # re$iew of the
course of our life since 5irth8 (h#t we h#$e there 5efore us is indeed so"ething psychic
#nd spiritu#l, 5ut #t the s#"e ti"e it is not so"ething which c#n 5e s#id to h#$e #n
existence 5eyond the physic#l life of "#n8
!n continuing these exercises of inspir#tion it 5eco"es cle#r th#t the power of
o5liter#ting the i"#gin#ti$e pictures grows e$er gre#ter, #nd l#ter 5eco"es so gre#t th#t
the whole picture of one-s life-s course c#n 5e 5#nished fro" the consciousness8 (e then
h#$e # consciousness th#t is freed #lso fro" the content of our own physic#l #nd etheric
hu"#n n#ture8
!nto this in # higher sense e"pty consciousness there then enters through # higher
inspir#tion # picture of the psychic-spiritu#l n#ture #s it w#s 5efore "#n left the psychic-
spiritu#l world for the physic#l, #nd there for"ed union with the 5ody which exists
through conception #nd the de$elop"ent of the e"5ryo8 (e get # $ision of how the
#str#l #nd Ego-org#ni:#tion co$ers itself with #n etheric org#ni:#tion which co"es fro"
the etheric &os"os, #nd with # physic#l one which #rises fro" the se?uence of heredity8
Only in this w#y do we #c?uire 7nowledge of the etern#l inner 5eing of "#n, which
during his life on e#rth exists in the reflection of the soul-s i"#gin#tion, feeling #nd8
(ill8 @ut we #c?uire #lso through it the ide# of the true n#ture of this i"#gin#ti$e
present#tion< for in point of f#ct this is not present in its true sh#pe within the li"its of
the e#rth-life8
,oo7 #t # hu"#n corpse8 !t h#s the sh#pe #nd the li"5s of # "#n, 5ut life h#s gone out of
it8 !f we underst#nd the n#ture of the corpse, we do not reg#rd it #s #n end in itself, 5ut #s
the re"#ins of # li$ing physic#l "#n8 The extern#l forces of >#ture, to which the corpse
is surrendered, c#n destroy it well enough< 5ut they c#nnot construct it8 !n the s#"e (#y,
fro" # higher st#ge of $ision, one recogni:es e#rthly hu"#n thought to 5e the de#d
re"#ins of th#t li$ing thought which 5elonged to "#n 5efore he w#s tr#nspl#nted fro"
his existence in the spiritu#l, psychic world into his life on e#rth8
The n#ture of e#rthly thought is #s little co"prehensi5le fro" itself #s the for" of the
hu"#n org#nis" is fro" the forces which wor7 in the corpse8 (e "ust recogni:e e#rthly
thought #s de#d thought, if we w#nt to recogni:e it rightly8
!f we #re on the w#y to such # recognition, we c#n then #lso co"pletely see the n#ture of
e#rthly will8
This is recogni:ed in # cert#in sense #s # "ore recent p#rt of the soul8 Th#t which is
hidden 5ehind the will st#nds to thought in the s#"e rel#tionship #s, in the physic#l
org#nis", the 5#5y does to the old "#n on his de#th5ed8 Only with the soul, 5#5yhood
#nd old #ge do not de$elop in se?uence #fter one #nother, 5ut exist side 5y side8
(e see, howe$er, fro" wh#t h#s 5een expl#ined, cert#in results for # +hilosophy which
intends to for" its ide#s only on the experience of life on e#rth8 !t recei$es #s contents
only de#d, or #t le#st, expiring ide#s8 !ts duty therefore c#n 5e only to recogni:e the de#d
ch#r#cter of the thought-world #nd to dr#w conclusions fro" wh#t is de#d on the 5#sis
of so"ething which w#s once li$ing8 Fust so f#r #s one 7eeps to the "ethod of
intelligi5le proof, one c#n h#$e no other #i"8 This purely -intellectu#l- +hilosophy
therefore, c#n le#d to the true n#ture of the soul only indirectly8 !t c#n ex#"ine the
n#ture of hu"#n thought #nd recogni:e its tr#nsitoriness, #nd so it c#n indirectly show
th#t so"ething de#d points to so"ething li$ing, #s the corpse points to # li$ing "#n8
Only -inspired cognition- c#n #rri$e #t # re#l $ision of wh#t is the true soul8 The corpse of
thought is #g#in #ni"#ted in # cert#in sense through exercises for this inspir#tion8 (e
#re not, it is true, tr#nsferred 5#c7 co"pletely into the condition th#t existed 5efore life
on e#rth 5eg#n< 5ut we 5ring to life in us # true picture of this condition, fro" the n#ture
of which we c#n re#li:e th#t it is pro4ected out of # pre-terrestri#l existence into #
terrestri#l one8
@y "e#ns of de$eloping intuition 5y exercises of the (ill it co"es #5out th#t the pre-
terrestri#l existence which h#d in thought died out during the e#rth-life is 5rought to life
#g#in in the su5conscious "ind8 Through these exercises "#n is 5rought into # condition
5y "e#ns of which he enters upon the world of the spiritu#l, #p#rt fro" his physic#l #nd
etheric org#nis"8 1e experiences wh#t existence is #fter the dissolution fro" the 5ody<
he is gi$en # pre-$ision of wh#t re#lly h#ppens #fter de#th8 1e c#n spe#7 of the
continuity of the spiritu#l p#rt of the soul #fter going through the g#tes of de#th8
Ag#in the purely intellectu#l conceptu#l +hilosophy c#n #tt#in to the recognition of the
i""ort#lity of the soul only 5y #n indirect w#y8 As it recogni:es in thought so"ething
th#t c#n 5e co"p#red with # de#d 5ody, so in the will it c#n est#5lish so"ething
co"p#r#5le with # seed8 So"ething th#t h#s life in itself, which points 5eyond the
dissolution of the 5ody, 5ec#use its n#ture shows itself, e$en during life on e#rth,
independent of it8
So, since we do not st#nd still #t thought, 5ut use #ll soul-life #s experience of self, we
c#n re#ch #n indirect re#li:#tion of the e$erl#sting nucleus of the hu"#n 5eing8 Further
we "ust not li"it our conte"pl#tion to thought, 5ut su54ect the interch#nge of thought
with the other forces of the soul to philosophic#l "ethods of proof8 @ut still with #ll this
we co"e only to experience the e$erl#sting hu"#n nucleus #s it is in the e#rth-life, #nd
not to # $ision of the condition of the hu"#n spirit #nd the hu"#n soul 5efore #nd #fter
it8
This is the c#se, for inst#nce, with @ergson-s +hilosophy, which rests on #
co"prehensi$e selfexperience of wh#t is e$ident in the e#rth-life, 5ut which refuses to
step into the region of re#l supersensi5le 7nowledge8
E$ery +hilosophy which re"#ins within the sphere of the ordin#ry consciousness c#n
re#ch only #n indirect 7nowledge of the true n#ture of the hu"#n soul8
&os"ology if it is to 5e of # 7ind th#t the tot#l hu"#n 5eing is influenced through it, c#n
5e #c?uired only through the i"#gin#ti$e, inspired #nd intuiti$e 7nowledge8 (ithin
ordin#ry consciousness it h#s only the testi"ony for the hu"#n soul-life th#t dies out
#nd re-#w#7ens li7e seed8 Fro" this f#ct it c#n for"ul#te ide#s 5#sed on unpre4udiced
o5ser$#tions which point to so"ething &os"ic, #nd l#y it open8 Still, these ide#s #re
only th#t which pours into the inner 5eing of "#n fro" the spiritu#l &os"os, #nd
"oreo$er re$e#ls itself in # ch#nged for" within hi"8 +hilosophy indeed h#d in for"er
ti"es # 5r#nch c#lled &os"ology8 @ut the re#l su54ect "#tter of this &os"ology were
ide#s which h#d 5eco"e $ery #5str#ct, which h#d 5y tr#dition su5sisted fro" old for"s
of &os"ology8
1u"#nity h#d de$eloped these ide#s #t # ti"e when #n old dre#"-li7e !"#gin#tion,
!nspir#tion #nd !ntuition still existed8 They were t#7en out of their tr#dition #nd wo$en
into the "#teri#l of pure intellectu#l, logic#l or di#lectic de"onstr#tion8 en were often
?uite unconscious of the f#ct th#t these ide#s were 5orrowed< they were considered new
#nd origin#l8 9r#du#lly it w#s found th#t in the inner life of the spirit no re#l inner
connection with these ide#s existed8 Therefore this -r#tion#l &os"ology- fell #l"ost
co"pletely into discredit8 !t h#d to gi$e pl#ce to the physic#l &os"ology, 5uilt up on the
n#ture-7nowledge of the physic#l senses, which, howe$er, to the unpre4udiced eye, no
longer e"5r#ced "#n in its scope8
A true &os"ology c#n #rise #g#in only when i"#gin#ti$e, inspired #nd intuiti$e
7nowledge #re #llowed their pl#ce, #nd their results #pplied to the 7nowledge of the
uni$erse8
(h#t h#s h#d to 5e s#id concerning &os"ology #pplies still "ore to 7nowledge of #
religious 7ind8
1ere we h#$e to 5uild up 7nowledge which h#s its origins in the experience of the
spiritu#l world8 To dr#w conclusions concerning such experience fro" the su54ect-
"#tter of ordin#ry consciousness is i"possi5le8 !n intellectu#l concepts the religious
content c#nnot 5e opened out 5ut only cl#rified8
(hen one 5eg#n to see7 for proofs of 9od-s existence, the $ery se#rch w#s # proof th#t
one h#d #lre#dy lost the li$ing connection with the di$ine world8 For this re#son #lso no
intellectu#listic proof of 9od-s existence c#n 5e gi$en in #ny s#tisf#ctory w#y8
Any theory for"ed fro" the ordin#ry consciousness #lone is o5liged to wor7 into #n
indi$idu#l syste" ide#s 5orrowed fro" tr#dition8 For"erly, philosophers tried to get #lso
# -r#tion#l Theology- fro" this ordin#ry consciousness8 @ut this co"p#red with the
Theology 5#sed on tr#dition#l ide#s suffered the s#"e f#te #s -r#tion#l &os"ology-, only
still "ore so8 (h#te$er c#"e to light #s # direct -9od-experience- re"#ins in the world
of feeling or will, #nd in f#ct pre$ents the tr#nsition to #ny "ethod of conceptu#l proof8
+hilosophy itself h#s f#llen into the error of seeing in # purely historic#l religion
religious for"s which h#$e existed #nd still exist8 !t does this fro" #n inc#p#city to
#tt#in through the ordin#ry consciousness to ide#s on # su54ect which c#n 5e experienced
only outside the physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"8
A new 5#sis for the 7nowledge of the religious life c#n 5e won only 5y # recognition of
the i"#gin#ti$e, inspired #nd intuiti$e "ethods, #nd 5y the #pplic#tion of their results to
this life8
) - Experiences Of The Soul !n Sleep
(e spe#7 to-d#y of the -Dnconscious- of -Su5conscious-, when we wish to signify th#t
the soulexperiences of ordin#ry consciousness C o5ser$#tion, represent#tion,
re#li:#tion, $olition C #re dependent on # st#te which is not included in this
consciousness8 Th#t 7nowledge which would 5#se itself only on these experiences c#n
no dou5t, 5y logic#l se?uence of #rgu"ent, point to such # -su5conscious-< 5ut th#t is #ll
it c#n do8 !t c#n 5ring no contri5ution to # definition of the unconscious8
The i"#gin#ti$e, inspired #nd intuiti$e 7nowledge which h#s 5een descri5ed in the
foregoing consider#tions, c#n gi$e such # definition8 ,>ow we sh#ll try to do the s#"e
for the soul-experiences of "#n during sleep8
The sleep-experiences of the soul do not enter upon ordin#ry consciousness, for this
rests on the 5#sis of the physic#l org#ni:#tion< #nd during sleep the experience of the8
soul is outside the 5ody8 (hen in w#7ing the soul 5egins, with the help of the 5ody, to
i"#gine, to feel, #nd to will, it 4oins up in its "e"ory with those experiences which too7
pl#ce 5efore sleep on the 5#sis of the physic#l org#ni:#tion8 The experiences of sleep
re$e#l the"sel$es only to !"#gin#tion, !nspir#tion #nd !ntuition8 They do not #ppe#r in
the guise of "e"ory, 5ut #s if in # psychic re$iew of it8
! sh#ll now h#$e to descri5e wh#t is re$e#led in this re$iew8 @ec#use it is hid fro"
ordin#ry consciousness, such # description of this re$iew "ust, when the consciousness
is f#ced with it unprep#red, n#tur#lly #ppe#r grotes?ue8 @ut the foregoing expl#n#tions
h#$e shown th#t such # description is possi5le, #nd how it is to 5e t#7en8 Although it
"#y e$en 5e l#ughed #t fro" so"e ?u#rter or #nother, ! sh#ll gi$e it #s it e"erges fro"
the st#tes of consciousness #lre#dy descri5ed8
At first, in f#lling #sleep, # "#n finds hi"self in #n inw#rdly $#gue, undifferenti#ted
st#te of 5eing8 1e sees there no difference 5etween his own 5eing #nd th#t of the
uni$erse< nor #ny 5etween sep#r#te o54ects or people8 1is st#te of existence is uni$ers#l
#nd $#gue8 T#7en up into the i"#gin#ti$e consciousness, this experience 5eco"es #n
-Ego-feeling-, in which the -uni$erse-feeling- is included8
1e h#s left the sphere of the senses, #nd h#s not yet cle#rly entered upon #nother world8
(e sh#ll now h#$e to use expressions such #s -Feeling-, -longing-, etc8, which #lso in
ordin#ry life refer to so"ething 7nown< #nd yet we sh#ll h#$e to use the" to denote
processes which re"#in un7nown to the ordin#ry soul-life8 @ut the soul experiences
the" #s f#cts during sleep8 Thin7, for inst#nce, how in d#ily life 4oy is experienced
consciously8 +hysic#lly #n enl#rge"ent of the s"#ll 5lood $essels t#7es pl#ce, #nd other
things, #nd this enl#rge"ent is # f#ct< when it t#7es pl#ce, 4oy is consciously felt8
Si"il#rly, the soul goes through re#l experiences in sleep< #nd this will 5e descri5ed in
ter"s which refer to corresponding experience of the i"#gin#ti$e, inspired #nd intuiti$e
consciousness8 !f, for ex#"ple, we spe#7 of -longing- we sh#ll "e#n #n #ctu#l soul-
process which is i"#gin#ti$ely re$e#led #s longing8 Thus the unconscious st#tes #nd
experiences of the soul will 5e descri5ed #s if they were conscious8
Si"ult#neously with the feeling of $#gueness #rid the #5sence of differenti#tion, there
#rises in the soul # longing for rest in wh#t is spiritu#l #nd di$ine8 The hu"#n soul
e$ol$es this longing #s # counter5#l#nce to the feeling of 5eing lost in infinity8 1#$ing
lost the sphere of the senses, it cr#$es for # st#te out of the spiritu#l world th#t will
support it8
.re#"s interwe#$e the"sel$es into the st#te of soul 4ust descri5ed8 They tr#$erse the
unconscious with h#lf-conscious experiences8 The re#l for" of sleep experiences is not
"#de cle#rer through ordin#ry dre#"s, 5ut still less cle#r8 This l#c7 of cle#rness #pplies
#lso to the i"#gin#ti$e consciousness if this l#tter is clouded 5y dre#"s #rising
spont#neously8 One percei$es the truth on the further side of life 5oth #w#7e #nd in
dre#" 5y "e#ns of th#t conception of the soul which is #tt#ined 5y free will through the
exercises pre$iously expl#ined8
The next st#te through which the soul li$es then is li7e # di$ision or p#rtition of itself
into inner h#ppenings which #re differenti#ted fro" e#ch other8 .uring this period of
sleep, the soul feels itself to 5e not # unity 5ut #n inner plur#lity, #nd this st#te is one
suffused with #nxiety8 (ere it felt consciously, it would 5e soul-fe#r8 @ut the hu"#n
soul experiences the re#l counterp#rt of this #nxiety e$ery night, though re"#ining
unconscious of it8
!n the c#se of "odern "#n there #ppe#rs #t this "o"ent of sleep the soul-s#$ing effect
which corresponds in the w#7ing condition to his self surrender to &hrist8 !t w#s
different, of course, 5efore the e$ents of 9olgoth#8 Then "en, when #w#7e, recei$ed
fro" their religious 5eliefs the #ntidote which c#rried o$er into the condition of sleep
#nd w#s the "edicine for this fe#r8 For the "#n who li$es #fter the e$ents of 9olgoth#
#re su5stituted the religious experiences which he h#s in the conte"pl#tion of the life
#nd de#th #nd 5eing of &hrist8
1e o$erco"es his fe#rs through the wor7ing of this into his sleep8 This fe#r pre$ents, #s
long #s it is present, the inner $ision of th#t which should 5e experienced 5y the soul in
sleep, #s the 5ody pre$ents it in the w#7ing st#te8 The le#dership of &hrist o$erco"es the
inner di$ision #nd tr#nsfor"s the plur#lity into # unity8 And the soul co"es now to the
point of h#$ing #n inner life different fro" th#t of the w#7ing condition8 The physic#l
#nd etheric org#nis"s 5elong now to its outer world8 On the other h#nd in its present
inner self it experiences # reflection of the pl#net#ry "o$e"ents8
The soul experiences so"ething cos"ic in pl#ce of the indi$idu#l, conditioned 5y the
physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"s8 The soul li$es outside the 5ody< #nd its inner life is #n
inner reflection of the pl#net#ry "otions8 This 5eing so, the inspired consciousness is
#w#re of the corresponding inner processes in the "#nner which h#s 5een descri5ed in
our pre$ious studies8
This consciousness percei$es #lso how th#t which the soul recei$es through its cont#ct
with the pl#nets continues to h#$e #n #fter-effect in the consciousness #fter w#7ing8 This
pl#net#ry influence continues in #w#7eness #s # sti"ul#nt in the rhyth" of 5re#thing #nd
5lood-circul#tion8 .uring sleep the physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"s #re su54ected to the
effect of the pl#net-sti"ul#tion, which 5y d#y influence the", #s descri5ed, #s the #fter-
effect of the pre$ious night8
There #re other experiences side 5y side with these8 !n this ph#se of its sleep-existence,
the soul experiences its rel#tion to #ll hu"#n souls with which it h#d co"e into cont#ct
in e#rthly life8
&onsidered intuiti$ely this le#ds to cert#inty on the su54ect of repe#ted e#rth life< for
these e#rth-li$es re$e#l the"sel$es in their rel#tion to the soul8 And the connection with
other spirit-5eings, which li$e in the world without e$er #ssu"ing # hu"#n 5ody, is #lso
one of the soul-s experiences8 @ut in this condition of sleep the soul experiences #lso
wh#t point to good #nd e$il tendencies, #nd good #nd e$il e$ents in the predestined
course of e#rthly life8 !n f#ct, wh#t older philosophers h#$e ter"ed -%#r"#- is now
presented to the soul8
!n d#ily life #ll these h#ppenings of the soul h#$e so "uch effect th#t they help to c#use
the feelings, the gener#l "ood of the soul, of h#ppiness or unh#ppiness8
!n the further course of sleep #nother st#te of the soul is #dded to the one 4ust descri5ed8
!t goes through # copy or i"it#tion of st#te of the Twin St#rs8 As the 5odily org#ns #re
sensed in w#7ing, so # reconstructing of the fixed constell#tions is now #tte"pted8 The
cos"ic experience of the soul is widening8 !t is now # spirit #"ongst spirits8 -!ntuition-
sees the sun #nd the other fixed st#rs #s physic#l pro4ections of spirits, in the "#nner 4ust
descri5ed8 These #d$entures of the soul re$er5er#te during d#ily life #s its religious
le#nings, its religious feeling #nd willing8 !t c#n 5e s#id indeed th#t the religious longing,
stirring in the depth of the soul, is in #w#7e life the #fter"#th of the stell#r experience
during the st#te of sleep8
@ut it is signific#nt #5o$e #ll th#t in this st#te the soul is f#ced with the f#cts of life #nd
de#th8 !t sees itself #s # spirit-5eing, entering into # physic#l 5ody through conception
#nd the life of the cell, #nd unconsciously it sees the e$ent of de#th #s # p#ssing o$er
into # purely spiritu#l world8 Th#t the soul in its w#7ing st#te c#nnot 5elie$e in the
re#lity of wh#t outw#rdly represents itself to the senses #s the e$ents of 5irth #nd de#th is
therefore not only the i"#gin#ti$e picturing of # longing 5ut # $#guely-felt reli$ing
through things presented to the soul in sleep8
!f "#n could rec#ll to his consciousness e$erything he li$es through unconsciously fro"
f#lling #sleep to w#7ing up, he would h#$e # consciousness-content gi$ing the
experiences of truth to his philosophic#l ide#s in the first occurrence in which sense-
pheno"en# "erge !nto # uni$ers#l inner cos"ic life, #nd in which # 7ind of p#ntheistic
7nowledge of 9od occurs8 !f he w#s conscious of this pl#net #nd fixed-st#r life of sleep
he would indeed h#$e # cos"ology full of content8 And the conclusion could 5e for"ed
fro" the experience of st#r-life, th#t # hu"#n 5eing h#s # life #s spirit #"ong spirits8
Fro" f#lling #sleep, through further st#tes of sleep, "#n #ctu#lly 5eco"es #n
unconscious philosopher, cos"ologist, #nd 9od-filled 5eing8 Fro" the depths of
experiences otherwise only possi5le in sleep, -!"#gin#tion, !nspir#tion #nd !ntuition- lift
up th#t which shows wh#t 7ind of 5eing "#n hi"self re#lly is< how he is p#rt of the
&os"os #nd how he 5eco"es one with 9od8
This l#st h#ppens to "#n in the deepest st#ge of sleep8 Fro" there the soul 5egins to
return to the world of the senses8 !n the i"pulse le#ding to this return the intuiti$e
consciousness recogni:es the #cti$ity of those spirit 5eings which h#$e their physic#l
counterp#rt in the "oon8 The spiritu#l "oon#cti$ities #re the ones rec#lling "en in their
sleep 5#c7 to their presence on e#rth8 >#tur#lly these s#"e lun#r #cti$ities #re #lso
present in the >ew oon8 @ut the tr#nsfor"#tion of wh#te$er ch#nges $isi5ly in the
"oon h#s its signific#nce concerning the p#rt lun#r #cti$ities pl#y in "#n-s holding on to
his e#rthly life fro" 5irth or conception to de#th8
After the deepest st#te of sleep "#n returns to his w#7ing st#te through the s#"e
inter"edi#te st#tes8
@efore #w#7ening he goes once "ore through experiencing the uni$ers#l world st#te,
#nd the longing for 9od, in which dre#"s c#n pl#y their p#rt8
* - Tr#nsference Fro" The +sycho-Spiritu#l To The +hysic#l
Sense-,ife !n #n-s .e$elop"ent
!n the pre$ious studies it w#s shown how # $iew of the etern#l psycho-spiritu#l inner
5eing of "#n c#n 5e #tt#ined through inspired #nd intuiti$e #ppro#ch8 Attention w#s
dr#wn to the f#ct th#t the inner life of "#n w#s filled 5y reflections of cos"ic
h#ppenings8 !n the l#st sur$ey it w#s shown how "#n li$es through such cos"ic
reconstructions during sleep8 #n-s inner world 5eco"es the extern#l world #nd $ice
$ers#; the spiritu#l p#rt of the extern#l world 5eco"es #n inner world8
.uring the st#te of sleep the physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"s of "#n for" #n outer world
for his psychospiritu#l n#ture8 They re"#in there in the s#"e w#y in which, in w#7ing,
they c#n 5eco"e #g#in the instru"ent of the psycho-spiritu#l "#n8 #n c#rries the
longing for these two org#nis"s o$er into the sleeping st#te8 As shown in the l#st
re$iew, this longing is connected with those spiritu#l #cti$ities of the &os"os which #re
reflected physic#lly in the #ppe#r#nces of the "oon8 #n is only su54ected to these lun#r
#cti$ities through his 5eing p#rt of this e#rth8 The conte"pl#tion of th#t st#te in which
"#n finds hi"self in the purely spiritu#l world for # cert#in ti"e 5efore his turning
tow#rds e#rthly life "#7es it cle#r th#t then he is not su54ected to the influences of these
lun#r #cti$ities8
!n this st#te he does not recogni:e # physic#l #nd etheric hu"#n org#nis" #s 5elonging
to hi", #s he does in sleep8 @ut he recogni:es the" in other w#ys8 1e sees the" #s
h#$ing their found#tions in cos"ic worlds, #s growing out of the spiritu#l &os"os8 1e
conte"pl#tes # spiritu#l &os"os which is the spiritu#l p#rt of the cell of the physic#l
org#nis", which #t so"e future ti"e he will put on8 (hen we t#l7 of # cell in this
connection we design#te so"ething which in one sense is opposed to wh#t we usu#lly
ter" cell8 @y -&ell- we usu#lly "e#n the s"#ll physic#l 5eginning of # growing
org#nis"8 The spiritu#l org#nis" on the other h#nd which "#n sees in connection with
hi"self in his pre-e#rthly spiritu#l st#te, is l#rge #nd contr#cts continu#lly, #s it were, to
"erge fin#lly with the physic#l p#rt of the cell8
!n order to represent these rel#tionships cle#rly we h#$e to "#7e use of expressions
-,#rge- #nd -S"#ll-8 @ut we "ust re"e"5er #ll the ti"e th#t the h#ppenings of the
spiritu#l world #re spiritu#l #nd th#t for the" sp#ce, in which physic#l h#ppenings "o$e,
is non-existent8 The expressions used therefore #re only si"iles for so"ething spiritu#l,
entirely non-sp#ti#l, purely ?u#lit#ti$e8
.uring his pre-e#rthly existence "#n li$es in the cos"ic cre#tion which is the spiritu#l
ger" of his future physic#l org#nis", #nd this spiritu#l st#ge is reg#rded #s in unity with
the whole of the spiritu#l cos"os #nd re$e#ls itself #t the s#"e ti"e #s the cos"ic 5ody
of the indi$idu#l hu"#n 5eing8 #n feels the spiritu#l cos"os #s his own inn#te powers8
1is whole existence consists in his experiencing hi"self in this cos"os8 @ut he does not
experience only hi"self in it8 For this cos"ic existence does not sep#r#te hi" fro" the
other life of the cos"os, #s does l#ter his physic#l org#nis"8 O$er #g#inst this existence
he is in # 7ind of !ntuition8 The existence of other spiritu#l 5eings is #t the s#"e ti"e his
own existence8
#n h#s his pre-e#rthly existence in the #cti$e recognition of the spirit-cell of his future
physic#l org#nis"8 1e hi"self prep#res for this org#nis" 5y wor7ing in the spirit world
on the spirit-cell together with other spirits in the world of spirits8
As during his existence on e#rth he percei$es through his senses # physic#l world round
hi" in which he is #cti$e, so in his pre-e#rthly existence he percei$es his physic#l
org#nis" 5eing 5uilt in spirit< #nd his #cti$ity consists in helping its construction, 4ust #s
his #cti$ity in the physic#l world consists in helping to sh#pe the physic#l things of the
outer world8
!n the spirit-cell of the physic#l hu"#n 5ody which the psycho-spiritu#l "#n experiences
in his pree#rthly existence, # whole uni$erse is present, no less "#nifold th#n the
physic#l outer world of the senses8 !ndeed intuiti$e 7nowledge "#y well s#y th#t "#n,
incorpor#ted in his physic#l 5ody, though un7nown to hi"self, c#rries # uni$erse of such
"#gnificence th#t the physic#l world c#nnot 5e re"otely co"p#red with it8
This uni$erse it is which "#n experiences in # spiritu#l "#nner in his pre-e#rthly st#te,
#nd in which he is #cti$e8 1e experiences it in its growth, its "o5ility, 5ut filled with
spiritu#l 5eings8
1e h#s # consciousness within this world< with the +owers #cti$e in the growth of this
Dni$erse his own #re 5ound up8 1is consciousness is filled with the coll#5or#tion of
these spiritu#l cos"ic powers with his own power8 The st#te of sleep is in # sense #
reconstruction of his #cti$ity8
@ut in its course of sleep the physic#l org#nis" exists #s #n exclusi$e for", or syste"
#p#rt fro" #nd independent of the psycho-spiritu#l "#n8 1ere conte"pl#tion l#c7s the
#cti$e powers representing the content of consciousness in the pre-e#rthly st#te8
Therefore the st#te re"#ins unconscious8
!n the further course of pre-e#rthly existence the conscious recognition of the growth of
the future e#rth-org#nis" 5eco"es f#inter8 !t ne$er dis#ppe#rs co"pletely fro" $iew,
5ut it f#des 5y degrees8 !t is #s if "#n felt his own cos"ic world get further #nd further
#w#y, #s if he w#s growing out of it8
(h#t is #t first # co"plete fusion with the spiritu#l 5eings of the cos"os now 5eco"es
only # re$el#tion of these 5eings8
One "ight s#y th#t while #t one ti"e "#n h#d # true -intuition- of the spiritu#l world, it is
now ch#nged into # re#l8 -inspir#tion-, in which his n#ture #cts upon "#n, re$e#ling itself
fro" the outside8 @ut with this # new ph#se 5egins within the psycho-spiritu#l "#n
which "ight 5e identified with the -"issing- #nd the 5eginning of the -longing for the
lost-8 Expressions li7e these #re used only to descri5e conditions of the supern#tur#l
world in ter"s of the n#tur#l world8
!n such # st#te of -"issing- #nd -longing- the soul of "#n p#sses # l#ter period of its pre-
e#rthly existence8 !t no longer h#s consciousness of the full re#lity of experience of #
spiritu#l world, 5ut only of # re$e#led reflection thereof, with, #s it were, less intensity
of 5eing8
The hu"#n soul is now getting re#dy to experience the spiritu#l lun#r #cti$ities, which
up to now were 5eyond its sphere8 !t thus o5t#ins # 5eing through which it "#7es itself
independent of8 the other spirit5eings with who" it li$ed 5efore8 One "ight s#y th#t #t
first its experience w#s per"e#ted 5y spirit, #nd 5y 9od, #nd th#t l#ter it feels itself #s #n
independent spiritu#l 5eing< the cos"os is now felt #s #n outer world, e$en though the
experiencing of this re$el#tion of the &os"os is still # $ery intense one during the first
ph#ses, #nd only de$elops into # f#inter one 5y degrees8
!n this experience "#n therefore le#$es the existence per"e#ted 5y spirit, #nd felt #s
re#lity, in order to enter one in which he is f#ced 5y # re$e#led spirit-cos"os8 The first
ph#se of this experience is the re#lity of th#t which l#ter on #ppe#rs #s religious le#rning
to one-s perception8 The second is the re#lity of wh#t, if descri5ed, will result in # true
&os"ology8 For here the physic#l hu"#n org#nis" is $iewed #lso in its cos"ic cell-
for" without which it c#nnot 5e co"prehended8
!n the l#ter ph#ses "#n loses the c#p#city of $iewing the spirit cos"os, which 5eco"es
less cle#r to the -spiritu#l eye-8 On the other h#nd the experience of the inner soul which
is connected with the spiritu#l lun#r #cti$ities grows e$er "ore intense8 The hu"#n soul
gets re#dy to recei$e fro" outside th#t which 5efore she experienced within herself8 The
spiritu#l #cti$ity th#t h#s furthered the growth of the physic#l org#nis" which "#n #t
first experienced consciously, is dropped 5y the org#ns of his soul, 5ut it is tr#nsferred
into the physic#l #cti$ity which re#ches its cli"#x in the reproducti$e de$elop"ent
within the existence on e#rth8
The pre$ious experience of the hu"#n soul is tr#nsferred into this de$elop"ent #s its
directing force8
>ow for so"e ti"e the hu"#n soul h#s its pl#ce in the spiritu#l world, for she no longer
t#7es p#rt in the sh#ping of the physic#l hu"#n org#nis"8
!n this ph#se she 5eco"es ripe to s#tisfy with the etheric cos"os th#t which in her is
-"issing- so"ething or -longing- for it8 She #ttr#cts the cos"ic ether8 And #ccording to
the f#culties re"#ining to her, fro" her coll#5or#tion in the hu"#n Dni$erse she for"s
her etheric org#nis"8 Thus "#n gets used to his etheric org#nis" 5efore his physic#l
org#nis" recei$es hi" on e#rth8
The e$ents 5elonging to e#rthly existence #nd following #n #cco"plished conception,
#nd sep#r#ted fro" the course of the l#st ph#ses of the pre-e#rthly life of the soul, h#$e
5rought the growth of the physic#l org#nis" to physic#l cell-for"#tion8 (ith this the
hu"#n soul which "e#nwhile h#s t#7en o$er her etheric org#nis", c#n unite8 She c#n
unite with it through the power of continued -longing- #nd "#n thus 5egins his e#rthly
c#reer8
The experience of the hu"#n soul in t#7ing unto itself the etheric org#nis", the incre#se
in growth, #s it were, of this org#nis" out of the world-ether, is #n experience foreign to
e#rth, for it is p#ssed through without the physic#l org#nis"8 !t h#s it, howe$er, #s its
-longed-for- o54ect8 Th#t which h#ppens in the experience of the little child is #n
unconscious "e"ory of this experience8 @ut it is #n #cti$e "e"ory, #n unconscious
wor7ing of the physic#l org#nis" which w#s once the inner world of the soul #nd now is
the outer c#se of it8
The for"#ti$e cre#ti$e wor7 which "#n unconsciously #pplies to his own org#nis"
during its growth is the $isi5le sign of this #cti$e "e"ory8 (h#t philosophy is se#rching
for, #nd wh#t she c#n only #chie$e #s #n inner re#lity 5y fully conscious i"#gin#ti$e
tre#t"ent of the child-s e#rliest experience, lies in this #cti$e unconscious "e"ory8 This
expl#ins in so"e "e#sure the n#ture of philosophy which so"eti"es see"s ne#rer #nd
so"eti"es further #w#y fro" the world8
/ - The 0el#tionship Of &hrist (ith 1u"#nity
! #tte"pted to show in "y l#st o5ser$#tions how, in the re#l" of hu"#n e$olution, the
psychospiritu#l existence is tr#nsferred to th#t of the physic#l senses8 >ow it depends on
the underst#nding which "#n c#n 5ring to 5e#r on this tr#nsference whether he c#n g#in
# rel#tionship, in #ccord#nce with "odern consciousness, to the e$ent of 9olgoth# #nd
its reference to "#n-s de$elop"ent on e#rth8
!f one does not re#li:e in one-s own physic#l n#ture how so"ething psycho-spiritu#l h#s
so ch#nged itself fro" # spiritu#l for" of experience #s to 5eco"e "#nifest in the
physic#l world of the senses, one will #lso ne$er 7now how the &hrist spirit co"ing
fro" spirit worlds w#s "#de "#nifest in the "#n Fesus on e#rth8
@ut it "ust 5e once "ore e"ph#si:ed th#t it is not # c#se of indi$idu#l 7nowledge
deri$ed fro" o5ser$#tion, 5ut r#ther of underst#nding with one-s whole n#ture #nd 5eing
wh#t o5ser$#tion h#s 5rought to light8 Only # few "en #chie$e the for"er, 5ut the l#tter
is possi5le to #ll8 The "#n who re#li:es the worlds through which the hu"#n soul h#s
p#ssed in its pre-e#rthly existence, le#rns #lso to loo7 up to 1i" who 5efore the e$ent of
the "ystery of 9olgoth# h#d li$ed #s &hrist only in those worlds, #nd who through this
"ystery #nd since its occurrence h#d united 1is life with "ort#l hu"#nity8
Our e#rthly souls h#$e #tt#ined the condition in which they now li$e only through #
gr#du#l de$elop"ent8 Ordin#ry consciousness t#7es the condition of the soul #s it is to-
d#y #nd constructs # -history-, in which things #re represented #s if "#n in the grey d#wn
of ti"e h#d thought #nd willed #nd felt pr#ctic#lly #s he does now8 @ut th#t is not so8
There h#$e 5een ti"es in which the soul condition w#s ?uite different C ti"es when
there w#s no such sh#rp distinction 5etween sleeping #nd w#7ing8
.re#"s now #re the only 5ridge 5etween the two< #nd their content h#s so"ething
decepti$e #nd ?uestion#5le #5out the"8 +ri"iti$e "#n 7new # st#ge 5etween full
w#7efulness #nd unconscious sleep, which w#s pictori#l #nd re"ote fro" the senses, 5ut
re$e#ling so"ething re#lly spiritu#l, 4ust #s the sense-o5ser$#tion re$e#ls so"ething of
the #ctu#lly physic#l8
!n this life of pictures, #nd not of thoughts, e#rly "#n h#d # dre#"-li7e experience of his
pre-e#rthly existence8 1e felt his pre-e#rthly soul-n#ture #s #n echo of wh#t he h#d gone
through8 On the other h#nd he h#d not th#t sense of self which present-d#y "#n h#s8 1e
did not find hi"self in the s#"e degree #s to-d#y #s #n -Ego-8 This feeling h#s #risen only
in the course of hu"#n spiritu#l e$olution, #nd the decisi$e epoch of this de$elop"ent is
th#t in which occurred #lso the e$ent of 9olgoth#8
At this ti"e in the ordin#ry consciousness the psychic experience of #n echo fro" pre-
e#rthly existence grew e$er f#inter8 #n-s 7nowledge of hi"self 5ec#"e "ore #nd "ore
li"ited to wh#t his physic#l sense-life on e#rth told hi", oreo$er fro", this "o"ent
the perception of de#th too7 on # new "e#ning8 +re$iously "#n Shew, #s ! h#$e
descri5ed, of the centr#l point of his 5eing8 1e 7new it through the conte"pl#tion of this
echo in such c#se th#t he w#s con$inced this echo could not 5e #ffected 5y de#th8 At the
"o"ent of historic#l ti"e when the $iew 5ec#"e li"ited to the physic#l n#ture of "#n,
de#th 5ec#"e # distur5ing pro5le" for the soul8
The further de$elop"ent of purely inner f#culties of 7nowledge did not suffice to sol$e
this pro5le"8
!t w#s sol$ed 5y the e$ents of 9olgoth# occurring in the e$olution of the e#rth8
The &hrist c#"e down to e#rthly existence fro" those worlds in which "#n h#d p#ssed
his pre-e#rthly life8 @y co"5ining the experience of the ordin#ry #w#7e consciousness
with the conte"pl#tion of the #cts of &hrist, "#n c#n find, since 9olgoth#, wh#t he
for"erly found through # n#tur#l function of his consciousness8
The -!niti#tes- of the #ncient ysteries spo7e to their followers in such # w#y th#t they
s#w in their consider#tions of pre-e#rthly life # gift of gr#ce fro" th#t spiritu#l Sun-
@eing which h#s its counterp#rt in the physic#l sun8
The !niti#tes who #t the ti"e of the "ystery of 9olgoth# still continued the #ncient
initi#tion-"ethods, told those who h#d e#rs to he#r how the @eing who h#d 5efore gi$en
to "#n the echo fro" spiritu#l worlds of pre-e#rthly existence th#t he could c#rry into
the e#rthly life, h#d descended #s the &hrist upon the physic#l e#rth #nd t#7en flesh in
the person of the "#n Fesus8
Those who 7new the truth #5out the "ystery of 9olgoth# #lw#ys, #s in the e#rly d#ys of
&hristi#nity, spo7e of the &hrist-@eing #s one who h#d descended fro" spiritu#l worlds
to #n e#rthly one8 The te#chers of "#n7ind of th#t ti"e stressed p#rticul#rly this #spect
of the &hrist co"ing fro" # higher world down to the e#rth8
This $iew w#s conditioned 5y the f#ct th#t one still 7new enough, fro" the #ncient
initi#tion, #5out the supern#tur#l worlds, to see in &hrist # @eing of the spiritu#l world
5efore his descent to e#rth8
The re"n#nts of this 7nowledge l#sted into the Fourth &entury, #nd then f#ded in "#n-s
consciousness8 The e$ent of 9olgoth# thus 5ec#"e #n e$ent which w#s 7nown only
through the construction of politic#l history8
The principles of initi#tion of the old world were lost to the outer world, #nd too7 root
only in #l"ost un7nown pl#ces8 Only now in the l#st third of the nineteenth &entury h#s
# st#ge in hu"#n e$olution 5een re#ched #g#in in which the new !niti#tion, #s h#s 5een
descri5ed le#ds to #n #spect of &hrist-s n#ture within the spiritu#l world8
!t w#s necess#ry for the co"plete unfolding of the ego-consciousness, which w#s to
co"e into 5eing in the de$elop"ent of hu"#nity, th#t initi#te 7nowledge should
dis#ppe#r for # few centuries, #nd th#t "#n should turn his #ttention to the outer world
of the senses in which the ego-consciousness could 5e freely culti$#ted8
Thus it w#s only possi5le for the &hristi#n co""unity to direct the #ttention of 5elie$ers
to the historic#l tr#dition concerning the "ystery of 9olgoth# #nd to clothe wh#t w#s
once 7nown 5y spiritu#l 7nowledge in -.og"#s of @elief- for the E#rth8 The content of
these .og"#s does not concern us here, 5ut only the "#nner in which they #ffect the
soul, whether through f#ith, 5elief or through 7nowledge8
!t is #g#in possi5le to-d#y to h#$e # direct 7nowledge of the &hrist8 The figure of Fesus
stood for centuries in front of the ordin#ry consciousness, #nd the &hrist who li$ed in
hi", h#d 5eco"e #n o54ect of f#ith8 @ut "ore #nd "ore the inclin#tion to dog"#tic f#ith
grew less, precisely #"ong the spiritu#l le#ders of "#n7ind< Fesus w#s seen "ore #nd
"ore only #s history "#de hi" #ppe#r to the ordin#ry consciousness8 The sense of
&hrist w#s gr#du#lly lost< #nd so there grew up # "odern 5r#nch of Theology which
concerns itself re#lly only with the "#n Fesus, #nd which l#c7s # li$ing sense of the
&hrist8 @ut # "ere Fesus-F#ith is re#lly -no longer &hristi#nity8
!n the consciousness which e#rly "#n h#d of his pre-e#rthly existence, he h#d #lso #n
#nchor#ge for # proper rel#tionship to his existence, #fter de#th on e#rth8
!n l#ter ti"es his union with the &hrist w#s to gi$e hi" in #nother w#y wh#t h#d thus
5een gi$en hi" in pri"G$#l ti"e 5y n#ture, through the sense of his own life-experience
concerning the pro5le" of de#th8 The &hrist w#s so to per"e#te hi", in the words of St8
+#ul, ->ot !, 5ut the &hrist in "e-, th#t 1e "ight 5e his guide through the g#te of de#th8
#n now h#d indeed so"ething in the ordin#ry consciousness which could de$elop the
co"plete Ego-sense, 5ut nothing which could gi$e the soul the strength to #ppro#ch the
g#tes of .e#th with cert#in 7nowledge of its li$ing p#ss#ge through the"H For ordin#ry
consciousness is # result of the physic#l 5ody, #nd therefore c#n gi$e the soul only such
strength #s "ust 5e reg#rded #s extinguished in de#th8
To those who could le#rn #ll this fro" their old initi#tion, the hu"#n physic#l org#nis"
#ppe#red out of order, for they h#d to #ssu"e th#t it could not de$elop the power to gi$e
the soul such # co"prehensi$e consciousness #s to en#5le it to li$e its full life8 &hrist
#ppe#red #s the soul-doctor of the world, #s the 1e#ler, the S#$iour, #nd #s such in 1is
fund#"ent#l rel#tionship to hu"#nity 1e "ust 5e recogni:ed8
The e$ent of de#th #nd its rel#tionship to the &hrist is to 5e the su54ect of "y next study8
Through the t#7ing-up of the &hrist-experience # +hilosophy h#s grown out of wh#t the
#ncient consciousness, deepened 5y the s#ying of the !niti#tes, h#d gi$en to "#n #s #n
experience of eternity, #nd # philosophy which c#n include the di$ine F#ther principle8
The F#ther in Spirit c#n 5e reg#rded #g#in #s the #ll-per$#ding @eing8 &os"ology g#ins
its &hristi#n ch#r#cter through the 7nowledge of the &hrist who, #s # @eing fro" outside
the e#rth, #ssu"ed "ort#l sh#pe in the person of Fesus8
!n the e$ents of hu"#n e$olution the &hrist is recogni:ed #s the @eing to whose lot h#s
f#llen # decisi$e p#rt in this e$olution8 And through the re-#w#7ening of the h#lf-
forgotten 7nowledge of the -Etern#l #n-, the hu"#n "ind is led out of the purely sense-
world in which the ego-consciousness de$elops, to the spirit, which c#n 5e experienced
with full underst#nding 5y the soul in con4unction with 9od the F#ther #nd the &hrist in
# renewed percepti$e 7nowledge of 0eligion8
2 - The E$ent Of .e#th And !ts 0el#tionship (ith The &hrist
!n the st#te of sleep, sense-experience ce#ses for the ordin#ry consciousness #s does #lso
the psychic #cti$ity of thin7ing, feeling #nd willing8 Thus "#n loses wh#t he ter"s #s
-hi"self-8
Through the psychic exercises of the soul which h#$e 5een descri5ed in the pre$ious
studies, thin7ing is the first to 5e sei:ed 5y the higher consciousness8 (ithout 5eing lost
first howe$er, thin7ing c#nnot 5e thus sei:ed8 !n successful "edit#tion one experiences
this loss of thin7ing8 One does #ctu#lly feel oneself #s #n independent inner 5eing< there
is #ctu#lly so"e 7ind of #n inner experience8 @ut one c#nnot #t once experience one-s
own entity so strongly #s to co"prehend it through #cti$e thought8
This only 5eco"es possi5le 5y degrees8
The inner #cti$ity grows #nd the power of thin7ing is 7indled fro" # ?u#rter other th#n
ordin#ry consciousness8 !n this ordin#ry consciousness c#n one only experience oneself
in # "o"ent#ry gli"pse8 @ut 5y the re7indling of thought through the psychic exercises,
#fter p#ssing through notthin7ing #nd #rri$ing #t i"#gining, one experiences the content
of the whole cycle of life fro" 5irth to the present "o"ent #s one-s own proper Ego8
The "e"ories of ordin#ry consciousness #re #lso experiences of the "o"ent, i"#ges
re#li:ed in the present which point to the p#st only through their content8
Such "e"ories #re #t first lost when i"#ge-"#7ing 5egins8 The p#st is then seen #s if it
w#s so"ething present8 As in sense-perception the senses #re led to the things which #re
side 5y side in sp#ce, so the 7indled #cti$ity of the soul is led to the different e$ents of
one-s own life in i"#ge"#7ing8
The course of e$ents in ti"e is presented #s h#ppening #t the s#"e ti"e8 A process of
growth 5eco"es so"ething present #t the "o"ent8
@ut in higher consciousness there is so"ething else th#n 4ust the "e"ories of the
ordin#ry consciousness8 There you h#$e the #cti$ity of the etheric org#nis" pre$iously
un7nown to this consciousness8 The "e"ories of the ordin#ry consciousness #re only
i"#ges of "#n-s experience through his physic#l org#nis" of the outer world, where#s
the -i"#gin#ti$e- consciousness 7nows the #cti$ity which the etheric org#nis" h#s
effected in the physic#l org#nis"8
The rising-up of this experience h#ppens in such # w#y th#t one h#s the feeling of
so"ething rising fro" the depths of the soul which 5efore 1#d indeed l#in hidden in
one-s own n#ture, 5ut h#d not surged up into the consciousness8 All this "ust 5e
experienced in full consciousness< #nd th#t is the c#se if the ordin#ry consciousness
continues to 5e 7ept side 5y side with the -i"#gin#ti$e-8
The experiences g#ined in the #cti$e exch#nge 5etween etheric #nd physic#l org#nis"
"ust #lw#ys 5e c#p#5le of 5eing 5rought into rel#tionship with the corresponding
"e"ory-life of the ordin#ry consciousness8 (hoe$er is not #5le to do this is not de#ling
with i"#gin#tion 5ut with #n experience of # $ision#ry 7ind8
!n $ision#ry experience consciousness is not #dding # new content to the old, #s in
i"#gin#tion, 5ut it is ch#nged< the old content c#nnot 5e rec#lled #t the s#"e ti"e #s the
new8 The "#n who h#s -i"#gin#tion- h#s his ordin#ry self next to hi", #s it were< the
$ision#ry h#s 5een turned into ?uite # different 5eing8
Any5ody critici:ing Anthroposophy fro" the outside should t#7e note of this8
!"#gin#ti$e 7nowledge h#s often 5een considered #s le#ding to so"ething $ision#ry8
This $iew h#s to 5e strictly re4ected 5y the true rese#rcher into the spirit8 1e does 5y no
"e#ns repl#ce the ordin#ry consciousness 5y # $ision#ry one, 5ut he incorpor#tes #n
i"#gin#ti$e one into it8 Ordin#ry thin7ing fully controls i"#gin#ti$e experience #t e$ery
"o"ent8
The $ision#ry picturing is # stronger entering of the ego into the physic#l org#nis" th#n
is the c#se in the ordin#ry consciousness8 !"#gining on the other h#nd is #n #ctu#l
-stepping-out- fro" the physic#l org#nis", #nd the ordin#ry constitution of the soul
re"#ins 5y its side consciously held in the physic#l org#nis"8
(e grow conscious in # p#rt of the soul which 5efore w#s unconscious, 5ut th#t p#rt
which 5efore w#s conscious in the physic#l org#nis" re"#ins in the s#"e psychic
condition8 The interch#nge 5etween the experience of i"#gin#tion #nd th#t of ordin#ry
consciousness is 4ust #s re#l # h#ppening to the soul #s is the guiding to #nd fro of soul-
#cti$ity fro" one thought to #nother in the course of ordin#ry consciousness8 !f this is
7ept in "ind one c#nnot "ist#7e i"#gin#ti$e 7nowledge for so"ething of # $ision#ry
n#ture8
!t tends, on the contr#ry, to dri$e out #ll inclin#tion to wh#t is $ision#ry8 @ut he who uses
-i"#gin#ti$e cognition- is #lso in # position to re#li:e th#t $isions #re not independent of
the 5ody 5ut dependent on it in # f#r higher degree th#n sense-experiences8 For he c#n
co"p#re the ch#r#cter of $isions with th#t of i"#gin#tion which is re#lly independent of
the 5ody8 The Vision#ry is "ore deeply i""ersed in his physic#l functions th#n the "#n
who percei$es the outer world 5y "e#ns of his senses in the ordin#ry w#y8
(hen !"#gin#tion t#7es pl#ce ordin#ry thin7ing is recogni:ed #s so"ething h#$ing no
su5st#nti#l content8 Only wh#t is introduced into consciousness 5y i"#gin#tion is found
to 5e the su5st#nti#l content of this ordin#ry thin7ing8 Ordin#ry thin7ing "#y indeed 5e
co"p#red to # "irrored picture8
@ut while the "irrored picture rises in the ordin#ry consciousness the i"#gined picture
is #li$e unconsciously8
(e i"#gine #lso in our ordin#ry psychic life, 5ut unconsciously8 !f we did not i"#gine
we should not thin78 The conscious thoughts of ordin#ry psychic life #re the reflections
of unconscious i"#gining "irrored 5y the physic#l org#nis"8 And the su5st#nti#l p#rt of
this i"#gining is the etheric org#nis" which is "#nifest in the de$elop"ent of "#n-s
e#rthly life8
A new ele"ent enters the consciousness with inspir#tion8 !n order to #tt#in inspir#tion
the indi$idu#l hu"#n life "ust 5e #5str#cted, #s h#s 5een descri5ed in the pre$ious
studies8 @ut the power of #cti$ity which the soul h#s won for itself 5y i"#gining still
re"#ins8 +ossessing this power the soul c#n #tt#in pictures of th#t which in the uni$erse
underlies the etheric org#nis" 4ust #s this underlies the physic#l8
And thus the soul is f#ced with its own etern#l n#ture8 !n the ordin#ry consciousness it
h#ppens Ah#t the soul c#n only gi$e its #cti$ity # conceptu#l for" 5y gr#sping the
physic#l org#nis"8 !t di$es into it #nd there finds the pictured reflections of th#t which it
experiences with its etheric org#nis"8 This l#tter, howe$er, the soul does not experience
in its #cti$ity8 This etheric org#nis" is itself experienced in i"#gin#ti$e consciousness8
@ut this h#ppens through the soul h#$ing gone further 5#c7 with its experience to the
#str#l org#nis"8
As long #s the soul "erely -i"#gines- it li$es unconsciously in the #str#l org#nis", #nd
5oth the physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"s #re conte"pl#ted< #s soon #s the soul #tt#ins
-inspired- 7nowledge the #str#l org#nis" is #lso 5rought into conte"pl#tion< for the soul
now li$es in the etern#l centre of its 5eing, #nd c#n conte"pl#te this 5y "e#ns of the
continu#tion of -intuiti$e- cognition8 Through this it li$es in the spiritu#l world, #s in
ordin#ry existence it li$es in its physic#l org#nis"8
The soul le#rns in this w#y how the physic#l, etheric #nd #str#l org#nis"s grow out of
the spiritu#l world8 @ut it c#n #lso o5ser$e the continued #cti$ity of the spiritu#l in the
org#ni:#tion of the e#rthly 5eing C "#n8 !t sees how the spiritu#l centre of "#n-s n#ture
sin7s into the physic#l, etheric #nd #str#l org#nis"8 This sin7ing is not re#lly # "erging
of so"ething spiritu#l into so"ething physic#l, so th#t the for"er dwells in the l#tter8
@ut it is # tr#nsfor"#tion of p#rt of the hu"#n soul into the physic#l #nd etheric
org#ni:#tion8 This p#rt of the soul dis#ppe#rs during e#rthly life 5y 5eing tr#nsfor"ed
into the physic#l #nd etheric org#nis"8 !t is this p#rt of the soul which is experienced
through thought 5y the ordin#ry consciousness in its reflection8 @ut the soul e"erges
#g#in elsewhere8
This is the c#se with th#t p#rt of it which in e#rthly existence is experienced #s $olition,
which h#s # different ch#r#cter fro" thought8 Volition e$en during w#7efulness cont#ins
# section which is #sleep8
The soul recei$es # thought cle#rly8 Actu#lly "#n when he thin7s is fully #w#7e, which
is not the c#se with $olition8 The will is sti"ul#ted 5y thought8 &onsciousness extends #s
f#r #s thought8 @ut then the #ct of $olition sin7s into the hu"#n org#nis"8 !f !
deli5er#tely r#ise "y h#nd ! h#$e the c#us#l thought in "y ordin#ry consciousness to
st#rt with, #nd the sight of "y r#ised h#nd with #ll the #cco"p#nying sens#tions is the
result of "y #ct of will8 (h#t is 5etween re"#ins unconscious8 (h#t h#ppens in the
depths of the org#nis" when # "#n puts his will into #ction esc#pes the ordin#ry
consciousness 4ust #s do the e$ents of sleep8 #n h#s #lw#ys # p#rt of hi"self #sleep
e$en when he is #w#7e8
This is the p#rt in which continues to li$e during e#rthly existence #s "uch of the Spirit-
Soul #s h#d not 5een tr#nsfor"ed into the physic#l org#nis"8 One percei$es this when
true intuition h#s 5een #chie$ed 5y the exercises of the will pre$iously descri5ed8 Then
we recogni:e 5ehind the will the etern#l p#rt of the hu"#n soul, which is tr#nsfor"ed
into the he#d-org#ni:#tion< #nd dis#ppe#rs in its for"-life during e#rthly existence, rises
#g#in on the other side to p#ss through de#th #nd to 5eco"e re#dy once "ore to help in #
future physic#l 5ody #nd e#rthly life8
This 5rings this study to the e$ent of de#th which is to 5e further touched upon in the
next8 For 5y the $iews ! h#$e put 5efore you to-d#y we #re led only to the continuity of
the (ill #nd to # 7nowledge of th#t p#rt of the soul fro" the p#st, which is tr#nsfor"ed
into hu"#n he#d-org#ni:#tion8 (e h#$e not re#ched the destiny of the ego-
consciousness, which c#n only 5e tre#ted in con4unction with the &hristpro5le"8
Therefore th#t study will #g#in le#d us 5#c7 to # consider#tion of the "ysteries of
&hristi#nity8
The custo"#ry +hilosophy of !de#s consists of thoughts< 5ut they h#$e no life, no
su5st#nce8 The su5st#nce co"es 5y le#$ing 5ehind the physic#l org#nis" in
-!"#gin#tion-8 As ! h#$e shown, for"erly the ide#s of +hilosophy were only "irrored
pictures8 !f these #re 5uilt up into # +hilosophy, #nd if one studies the" without
pre4udice, one "ust feel their unre#lity8 One feels $#guely the "o"ent here descri5ed #s
the one in which #ll re"e"5ered thought entirely dis#ppe#rs8
Augustine #nd .esc#rtes h#$e felt this, 5ut h#$e inefficiently expl#ined it to the"sel$es
#s -dou5t-8 @ut +hilosophy #c?uires life when the unity of life is su5st#nti#ted in the soul8
@ergson percei$ed this, #nd h#s expressed it in his ide# of -.ur#tion-8 @ut he did not
proceed 5eyond this point8
St#rting with this #s # 5#sis, we sh#ll proceed to consider its 5e#ring upon &os"ology
#nd 0eligious cognition8
3 - The .estin#tion Of The Ego-&onsciousness !n &on4unction
(ith The &hrist-+ro5le"
The life of the soul in its e#rthly existence is p#ssed in the f#cts of thin7ing, feeling #nd
willing8 !n thin7ing we h#$e # "irrored picture of the experience of the #str#l org#nis"
#nd the ego-5eing within the physic#l sense-world8 These higher p#rts of the hu"#n
n#ture were #lso experienced during the st#te of sleep8 @ut this experience re"#ins
unconscious during the st#y on e#rth8 The soul is then too we#7 in its inner 5eing to
present its own content to its consciousness8 As soon #s the consciousness percei$es this
content, it t#7es it for # purely psycho-spiritu#l one8
!n #w#7ing the, #str#l org#nis" #nd the ego enter into the etheric #nd physic#l
org#nis"s8 Through thin7ing the sense-perceptions #re experienced 5y the etheric
org#nis"s8 @ut in this experience it is not the world surrounding "#n, which is #cti$e,
5ut # copy of this world8 !n this copy the su"-tot#l of the for"#ti$e powers underlying
the e#rthly course of "#n "#nifests itself8 And # copy of the outer world is present in
"#n #t e$ery inst#nt8 #n does not directly experience this thin7ing, 5ut its reflection is
presented to ordin#ry consciousness 5y the physic#l org#nis"8
Ordin#ry consciousness c#nnot percei$e wh#t is h#ppening 5ehind the reflecti$e #cti$ity
of thin7ing in the physic#l org#nis", it c#n only percei$e the result, n#"ely the reflected
i"#ges, presented #s thoughts8 These unpercei$ed h#ppenings in the physic#l org#nis"
#re #cti$ities of the etheric #nd #str#l org#nis" #nd of the ego8 !n his thoughts "#n
percei$es wh#t he hi"self is en#cting in his physic#l org#nis" #s # psycho-spiritu#l
5eing8 There is in the etheric org#nis" # copy of the outer world #s inner #cti$ity, filling
the physic#l org#nis"8 !n the #str#l org#nis" there exists # copy of the pre-e#rthly
existence< in the ego exists the etern#l centr#l 5eing of "#n8
!n the etheric org#nis" the outer world is #cti$e in "#n8 !n the #str#l org#nis" continues
to 5e #cti$e wh#te$er "#n h#s experienced in the pre-e#rthly existence8 This #cti$ity h#s
not ch#nged in 7ind during its e#rthly existence fro" wh#t it w#s in its pre-e#rthly
existence8 !t w#s of # 7ind which occurred in # spiritu#lly ch#nged physic#l org#nis"8 !n
the w#7ing st#te it is si"il#r8 The inner he#dorg#ni:#tion of "#n stri$es continu#lly to
5e ch#nged fro" # physic#l st#te into # spiritu#l one8 @ut this ch#nge c#n only re"#in #
tendency during e#rthly existence8
The physic#l org#ni:#tion resists it8 +recisely #t the "o"ent #t which the #str#l org#nis"
in its ch#nging #cti$ity #rri$es #t # point #t which the inner physic#l he#d-org#ni:#tion
would h#$e to ce#se #s # physic#l one, the st#te of sleep inter$enes8 !t replenishes the
inner he#d-org#ni:#tion with strength fro" the rest of the physic#l org#ni:#tion 5y
"e#ns of which it c#n continue in the physic#l world8
This strength lies in the etheric org#nis", which grows less #nd less differenti#ted inside
the he#dorg#ni:#tion during the w#7ing st#te8 .uring sleep howe$er it is differenti#ted
intern#lly into definite for"#tions8 !n those for"#tions #re "#nifest the forces which
during existence on e#rth #ct in re5uilding the physic#l org#nis"8
!n the he#d-org#ni:#tion # two-fold #cti$ity is thus en#cted during the w#7ing st#te< one
5uilding up through the etheric org#nis" #nd one te#ring down, th#t is, one which
destroys the physic#l org#nis"8
This destruction t#7es pl#ce through the #str#l org#nis"8
Through this #str#l #cti$ity "#n c#rries de#th in hi" continu#lly during his existence on
e#rth8 Only this de#th is $#n?uished d#y 5y d#y 5y forces opposing it8 @ut we owe to
these const#ntly #cting de#th tendencies the ordin#ry consciousness8 For in the dying life
of the he#d-org#ni:#tion is found th#t which is c#p#5le of reflecting the soul #cti$ity #s
thought-experience8 An org#nic#lly-growing #cti$ity urging tow#rds life c#nnot produce
# tissue of thought8 For th#t # tendency tow#rds de#th is re?uired8
The org#nic#lly-growing #cti$ity reduces the "#chinery of thought to stupor or
unconsciousness8
(h#t fin#lly h#ppens to the whole hu"#n org#nis" in physic#l de#th #cco"p#nies
hu"#n life during existence on e#rth #s # tendency, #s #n #lw#ys recurring 5eginning of
de#th8 And to this continued dying within hi" "#n owes his ordin#ry consciousness8
@efore this consciousness st#nd the etheric #nd the physic#l org#nis" #s non-tr#nsp#rent
things< "#n does not see the" 5ut the thoughtreflections "irrored 5y the" #nd
experienced 5y hi" in his soul8 The physic#l #nd etheric org#ni:#tions hide for hi" the
#str#l org#ni:#tion #nd the Ego< #nd 4ust 5ec#use the consciousness of soul is filled 5y
the reflections of the physic#l org#nis" during existence on e#rth "#n is pre$ented fro"
seeing his etheric #nd #str#l org#ni:#tion #nd his Ego8
!n de#th the physic#l org#nis" sep#r#tes fro" the etheric #nd #str#l one #nd fro" the
Ego8 >ow "#n c#rries his etheric #nd #str#l org#nis" #nd his ego in hi"self8 Through
the c#sting, off of the physic#l org#nis" the o5st#cle to "#n-s percei$ing the etheric
org#nis" h#s 5een re"o$ed8 The picture of his life on e#rth 4ust p#ssed through st#nds
5efore "#n-s soul8 For this picture is only the expression of the for"#ti$e powers, which
in their su" represent the etheric 5ody8
(h#t is present in the etheric 5ody h#s 5een wo$en into "#n fro" the etheric p#rt of the
&os"os8 1e c#n ne$er 5e entirely free of the &os"os8 The &os"ic-etheric #ct continues
inside the hu"#n org#ni:#tion #nd this continu#tion inside "#n is the etheric org#nis"8
Thus it is when #fter de#th "#n 5eco"es conscious of his etheric org#nis" this
consciousness 5egins #lre#dy to ch#nge into # cos"ic one8 #n feels the world ether #s
well #s his etheric org#nis" #s p#rt of hi"self8 This #ctu#lly "e#ns th#t the etheric 5ody
dissol$es #fter # $ery short while in the world ether8 #n 7eeps th#t p#rt which w#s
5ound to the physic#l #nd etheric org#nis" during existence on e#rth, n#"ely, his #str#l
org#nis" #nd his ego8
The #str#l 5eing is ne$er wholly incorpor#ted into the physic#l org#nis"8 The he#d-
org#ni:#tion represents # tot#l tr#nsfor"#tion of this #str#l org#nis" #nd the Ego8 @ut in
e$erything th#t c#n 5e c#lled the rhyth"ic#l org#ni:#tion of "#n, in the processes of
5re#thing, 5lood-circul#tion, etc8 the #str#l org#ni:#tion #nd the Ego continue to li$e
with # cert#in independence, for their #cti$ities #re not reflected 5y these processes #s
they #re 5y the he#d-org#ni:#tion8 The #str#l org#ni:#tion #nd the Ego c#n 5lend with
the rhyth"ic#l processes8
This union 5rings #5out # @eing, of spirit #nd of 5ody 7nown to the ordin#ry
consciousness #s the -Feeling- life8 !n "#n-s Feeling life the #str#l org#nis" #nd the Ego
#re united with "#n-s experiences8
(e "ust loo7 #t this union in its det#ils8 ,et us #ssu"e th#t "#n h#s cre#ted so"ething
within the world of the senses8 For his psychic life things do not re"#in there8 1e 4udges
his own #ct8 @ut this 4udg"ent is not only h#ppening in the life of thought, the i"pulse
tow#rds it is deri$ed fro" the #str#l org#nis", which in con4unction with the rhyth"ic#l
processes #lso "#nifests itself in physic#l life8
To thought-life which is p#ssed in reflex pictures is #dded # reflection of "or#l
4udg"ent, which #ppe#rs within the reflected thought-world #s itself only 5e#ring the
ch#r#cter of the reflected thoughtthing8
@ut in the #str#l-rhyth"ic#l org#nis" it li$es in re#lity8 This re#lity does not enter into
the ordin#ry consciousness during existence on e#rth8 !ts entry is pre$ented 5ec#use the
physic#l rhyth"ic#l processes #re felt "ore strongly th#n the spiritu#l processes
#cco"p#nying the"8
(hen the physic#l org#nis" is disc#rded in de#th #nd the physic#l rhyth"ic#l processes
#re no longer there, then the i"port#nce of the de#th of "#n to the spiritu#l-cos"ic
world is re#li:ed 5y the cos"ic consciousness8 This cos"ic consciousness is for"ed
#fter the sep#r#tion fro" the8 etheric org#nis"8
!n this st#te # "#n loo7s upon hi"self #s # "or#l 5eing #s in e#rthly life he loo7ed upon
hi"self #s # physic#l 5eing8 1e now h#s #n inner life for"ed 5y the "or#l ?u#lity of his
#cti$ity on e#rth8 1e loo7s upon his #str#l org#nis"8 @ut the spiritu#l-cos"ic world
5re#7s in upon this #str#l org#nis"8
(h#te$er 4udg"ent this world pronounces on "#n-s e#rthly #cti$ities is presented #s
f#cts to his soul8
!n de#th # "#n enters # for" of experiences of #nother rhyth" th#n during existence on
e#rth8 This rhyth" #ppe#rs #s # cos"ic i"it#tion of his #cti$ity on e#rth8 And into this
i"it#ti$e experience the spirit-cos"os enters continu#lly #s does the #ir into the lungs in
5re#thing during existence on e#rth8
!n conscious cos"ic experience we h#$e # rhyth" of which the physic#l one is # copy8
Through the cos"ic rhyth" the #cti$ities of "#n on e#rth #s #8 world of "or#l ?u#lities
#re united to #n #"or#l world8 And "#n8 experiences #fter his de#th this "or#l 7ernel of
# future cos"os, ripening within the cos"os, which will not only exist in # purely
n#tur#l order li7e the present, 5ut in # "or#ln#tur#l one8 The chief feeling p#ssing
through the soul during this experience in # cos"ic world in the "#7ing is expressed 5y
the ?uestion; Sh#ll ! 5e worthy to for" p#rt of # "or#l-n#tur#l order of things in # future
existence= !n "y 5oo7 Theosophy ! h#$e c#lled the world of experience through which
"#n p#sses #fter his de#th, the -Soul-world-8 !t is the consciousness of this world through
-!nspir#tion- which gi$es us "#teri#l for # re#l &os"ology8 Fust #s #n -!"#gin#ti$e
cognition- of the #ctu#l course of hu"#n life gi$es us "#teri#l for # true philosophy8
#n-s soul c#nnot g#in sufficient i"pulses out of th#t cos"ic consciousness into which
the cos"ic #fter-effect of "#n-s #cti$ities on e#rth h#$e 5een re#ching, to prep#re
spiritu#lly for the future physic#l org#nis"8 This org#nis" would 5e spoilt if the soul
re"#ined in # soul-world8 !t "ust enter into # world of experience in which the non-
hu"#n, spiritu#l i"pulses of the cos"os #re #cti$e8 ! h#$e c#lled this world the -Spirit-
,#nd- in the s#"e 5oo78
The #ncient !niti#tes were #5le to s#y to their followers out of the 7nowledge g#ined 5y
initi#tion; Th#t Spiritu#l @eing, who, in the physic#l world, shows his reflected glory in
the Sun, will "eet you #fter de#th in the spiritu#l world8 1e8 will le#d you out of the soul
world into the Spirit ,#nd< under 1is guid#nce you will 5e purified, so th#t you will 5e
#5le to prep#re # physic#l org#nis" for the next world during your st#y in the Spirit
l#nd8
At the ti"e of the ystery of 9olgoth# #nd during the first &hristi#n centuries the
!niti#tes h#d to tell their followers; The degree of Ego consciousness to which you will
#tt#in during existence on e#rth will 5y its own n#ture on e#rth 5e so light th#t its
#ntithesis which will 5egin #fter de#th will 5e so d#r7 th#t you will not 5e #5le to see the
spiritu#l sun-guide8
Therefore the sun-5eing h#s descended on e#rth #s &hrist #nd h#s consu""#ted the
ystery of 9olgoth#8 !f therefore during your existence on e#rth you #lre#dy let yourself
5e per"e#ted 5y # li$ely feeling of your connection with the ystery of 9olgoth#, then
its signific#nce will 5eco"e p#rt of life on e#rth #nd will continue to 5e #cti$e in "#n
#fter de#th8 Eou c#n then recogni:e the &hrist-guide through this result8 After the Fourth
&entury this old initi#ted 7nowledge w#s lost in the course of hu"#n de$elop"ent8
A renewed &hristi#n 0eligious 7nowledge should introduce once "ore fro" inspir#tion
into cos"ologic#l science &hrist-s deed for hu"#nity e$en into experiences #fter de#th8
To expound how the e$ents of hu"#n existence on e#rth, hidden 5y (ill, h#$e their
effects e$en #fter de#th, will 5e the t#s7 of the next study8
16 - On Experiencing The (ill-+#rt Of The Soul
(hen the ordin#ry consciousness sets (ill in#ction there is #p#rt of the #str#l org#nis"
#t wor7 which is "ore loosely connected with the physic#l org#nis" th#n the p#rt which
corresponds with feeling8
And #lre#dy this p#rt of the #str#l org#nis" corresponding with feeling is "ore loosely
connected with the physic#l org#nis" th#n is the p#rt corresponding with thin7ing8 At
the s#"e ti"e we h#$e in the #str#l org#nis" of the will the true n#ture of the Ego8
(hile so"ething psychic-spiritu#l which is continu#lly #cti$e in the rhyth"ic#l p#rt of
the physic#l org#nis" corresponds with feeling, the will-p#rt of the soul continu#lly
per"e#tes the "et#5olic org#nis" #nd the org#ni:#tion of the li"5s8 @ut it is only
#cti$ely connected with these p#rts of the hu"#n 5ody while in the #ct of $olition8
The connection 5etween the thin7ing p#rt of the soul #nd the he#d-org#ni:#tion is #
surrender of the psychic-spiritu#l to the physic#l8 The connection 5etween the feeling
soul with the rhyth"ic#l org#ni:#tion is #n #ltern#te surrender #nd dr#wing-5#c78 @ut
the connection of the will-p#rt to the physic#l is #t first felt to 5e so"ething
unconsciously psychic8 !t is #n unconscious longing for the physic#l #nd etheric e$ent8
This will-p#rt is 5y its own n#ture pre$ented fro" 5eing resol$ed into physic#l #cti$ity8
!t st#nds 5#c7 fro" it #nd re"#ins psycho-spiritu#lly #li$e8 Only when the thin7ing p#rt
of the soul extends its #cti$ity into the "et#5olic #nd li"5-org#ni:#tion, the will-p#rt is
sti"ul#ted to surrender itself to the physic#l #nd etheric org#ni:#tion #nd to 5e #cti$e in
it8 The thin7ing p#rt of the soul is founded on # destructi$e #cti$ity of the physic#l
org#nis"8 .uring the "#7ing of thoughts this destruction extends only to the he#d-
org#ni:#tion8
(hen the will ord#ins so"ething the destructi$e #cti$ity of "et#5olis" #nd of the li"5-
org#ni:#tion t#7es ch#rge8 The thought-#cti$ity flows into the org#ni:#tion of trun7 #nd
li"5s, where # corresponding destructi$e #cti$ity of the physic#l org#nis" t#7es pl#ce8
This sti"ul#tes the will-p#rt of the soul to oppose this destruction with # re-5uilding #nd
the dissol$ing org#nic #cti$ity with # constructi$e one8
Thus life #nd de#th #re w#rring together in the hu"#n 5eing8 !n thought is "#nifest #n
e$er dying #cti$ity while will st#nds for so"ething life-#w#7ening, life-gi$ing8
Those exercises of the soul which #re undert#7en #s exercises of the will, #i"ing #t
supern#tur#l $ision, #re successful only when they 5eco"e #n experience of p#in8 The
"#n who succeeds in r#ising his will to # higher le$el of energy will feel sorrow8 !n
for"er epochs of the de$elop"ent of "#n7ind this p#in w#s directly occ#sioned 5y
#scetic pr#ctices8 They reduced the 5ody to # st#te which "#de it difficult for the soul to
#5sor5 herself in it8
This c#used the will-p#rt of the soul to 5re#7 #w#y fro" the 5ody #nd to 5e sti"ul#ted to
independent experiences of the spiritu#l world8 This 7ind of pr#ctice is no longer
suit#5le to the hu"#n org#ni:#tion which h#s re#ched the present "o"ent of e#rthly
de$elop"ent8 The hu"#n org#nis" is now so constituted th#t the present#tion of the
ego-de$elop"ent in it would 5e distur5ed if we went 5#c7 to the old #scetic pr#ctices8
At present we "ust do the opposite8 The soul exercises now w#nted to set free the will-
p#rt of the soul fro" the 5ody h#$e 5een ch#r#cteri:ed in the pre$ious studies8 They do
not #chie$e the strengthening of this soul p#rt fro" the direction of the 5ody, 5ut fro"
the direction of the soul8 They strengthen the soul #nd spiritu#l p#rt of "#n #nd le#$e the
physic#l p#rt untouched8
Our ordin#ry consciousness "#7es us re#li:e #lre#dy how the experience of sorrow is
connected with the de$elop"ent of psychic experience8 (hoe$er h#s g#ined #ny 7ind of
supern#tur#l 7nowledge will s#y; The h#ppy, 4oy-gi$ing e$ents of "y life ! owe to f#te<
5ut "y re#lly true 7nowledge of life ! owe to "y 5itter #nd sorrowful experiences8
!f the will-p#rt of the soul h#s to 5e strengthened #s is necess#ry for the #tt#in"ent of
-!ntuiti$e cognition- we "ust first strengthen the desire which in ordin#ry hu"#n life is
s#tisfied through the physic#l org#nis"8 This is done 5y the exercises descri5ed8 !f this
desire 5eco"es so strong th#t the physic#l org#nis" in its e#rthly for" c#nnot 5e #
found#tion for it, then the experience of the will-p#rt of the soul enters into the spiritu#l
world #nd intuiti$e $ision is #tt#ined8 And then in this $ision the spiritu#l-etern#l p#rt of
the soul grows conscious of itself8 Fust #s the consciousness li$ing inside the 5ody
re#li:es the 5ody in itself, so spiritu#l consciousness re#li:es the content of # spiritu#l
world8
!n the #ltern#ting processes of destruction #nd construction of the hu"#n org#ni:#tion,
#s they #re "#nifested in the thin7ing, feeling #nd willing org#ni:#tion of "#n7ind, we
"ust recogni:e the "ore or less nor"#l course of hu"#n life on e#rth8 !t differs in
childhood fro" th#t of the grown-up "#n8
The t#s7 of the true ped#gogue is # perception of the effect of the destructi$e #nd
constructi$e #cti$ities in childhood #nd of the influence of educ#tion #nd tuition upon
the"8
A true educ#tion#l science c#n only #rise fro" the supern#tur#lly-deri$ed 7nowledge of
the hu"#n n#ture co"plete in its physic#l, psychic #nd spiritu#l 5eing8 A 7nowledge
7eeping solely within the li"its of wh#t is #tt#in#5le to n#tur#l science c#nnot 5e c#lled
# found#tion of # true educ#tion#l science8
!n illness the "ore or less nor"#l course of the inter-rel#tion 5etween the constructi$e
#nd destructi$e ele"ents is distur5ed throughout the whole org#ni:#tion C or in
sep#r#te org#ns8 (e get there #n o$er5#l#ncing either of construction in # prolific life or
of destruction in shifting for"s of single org#ns or processes8
(h#t ex#ctly h#ppens in this c#se c#n only 5e seen in the whole 5y so"eone who h#s
co"plete 7nowledge of the hu"#n org#ni:#tion, #ccording to its physic#l, etheric #nd
#str#l org#nis", #s well #s to the n#ture of the ego< #nd the cure c#n 5e found only 5y
"e#ns of such 7nowledge8 For in the re#l"s of the outer world #re to 5e found "iner#l
#nd her5#l things in which constructi$e 7nowledge recogni:es forces which counter#ct
cert#in 7inds of too strongly sti"ul#ting8 or too #cti$ely lowering forces in the org#nis"8
!n the s#"e w#y such # counter#ction c#n 5e found in cert#in functions of the org#nis"
itself, which in # st#te of he#lth #re not #pplied or sti"ul#ted8
A genuine "edic#l 7nowledge, # re#l +#thology #nd Ther#py c#n 5e 5uilt up only on #
7nowledge of the hu"#n 5eing which e"5r#ces spirit, soul #nd 5ody, # 7nowledge,
"oreo$er, which 7nows how to $#lue the products of !"#gin#tion, !nspir#tion #nd
!ntuition8 The de"#nd for such # "edic#l science is to-d#y c#lled childish, 5ec#use we
$iew e$erything fro" the ground of # physic#l science8 Fro" this point of $iew this is
?uite intelligi5le, 5ec#use #ccording to it one h#s not the le#st ide# how "uch "ore is #
co"plete 7nowledge of the hu"#n 5eing th#n "ere 7nowledge of the hu"#n 5ody8 (e
c#n genuinely s#y th#t Anthroposophy is #w#re of the o54ections of its opponents #nd
7nows how to #ppreci#te the"8 @ut 4ust for this re#son we #lso 7now how difficult it is
to con$ince these opponents8
The will p#rt of the soul experiences #lso wh#t p#sses in the feeling p#rts, unconsciously
#s f#r #s the ordin#ry life of the soul is concerned< 5ut in the depths of "#n-s
org#ni:#tion it occurs #s # co"5in#tion of f#cts8 The e$#lu#tion of hu"#n e#rth-#cti$ity
co"pleted through feeling #nd will is there tr#nsfor"ed into #n effort to contr#st in
further experiences # "ore worthy deed with # less worthy one8
The whole "or#l ?u#lity of the "#n is unconsciously experienced< #nd fro" this
experience is for"ed # 7ind of spiritu#l-psychic 5eing which during life on e#rth grows
up in the unconscious region of the hu"#n 5eing8 This spiritu#l-psychic 5eing represents
wh#te$er e#rthly life produces #s # desir#5le o54ecti$e, un#tt#in#5le howe$er 5y "#n in
e#rthly life, 5ec#use his physic#l #nd etheric org#nis" with their for"s predestined fro"
for"er e#rth life, "#7e it i"possi5le8 Therefore "#n stri$es through this spiritu#l-
psychic 5eing or n#ture to for" #nother physic#l #nd etheric org#nis", through which
the "or#l results of the e#rth-life c#n 5e tr#nsfor"ed in the su5se?uent existence8
This new for" c#n 5e #chie$ed only if "#n c#rries with hi" this spiritu#l-psychic n#ture
through the g#tes of de#th into the supern#tur#l world8
!""edi#tely #fter de#th the psychic-spiritu#l "#n ret#ins for # short ti"e the etheric
org#nis"8 !n his consciousness #t this point he h#s no "ore th#n #n indic#tion of the
"or#l $#lue which h#s unconsciously #risen during e#rth-life in the spiritu#l #nd psychic
p#rt of hi"8 For "#n is there co"pletely pre-occupied with the $ision of the etheric
cos"os8 !n the following longer st#te of experience Awhich ! h#$e c#lled the Soul-world
in "y TheosophyB # cle#r consciousness of this "or#l $#lu#tion is #ctu#lly present, 5ut
not yet the strength to 5egin wor7ing #t the construction of the spiritcell which is to 5e #
future physic#l e#rth-org#nis"8
#n then still h#s # tendency to loo7 5#c7 #t his e#rthly life 5ec#use of his "or#l
?u#lities #c?uired there8 After # cert#in ti"e "#n c#n find the tr#nsition to # st#te of
experience in which the tendency is no longer there8 A!n "y Theosophy ! h#$e c#lled the
region here tr#$ersed 5y "#n the re#l do"#in of the spirit8B Fro" the point of $iew of the
supern#tur#l thought-content to which "#n #tt#ins C #fter de#th C in the cos"ic
consciousness C we "ight s#y; For # short while #fter de#th "#n li$es turned tow#rds
the e#rth #nd is per"e#ted with those spiritu#l #cti$ities which h#$e their outw#rd
reflection in the physic#l pheno"en# of the "oon8 Outw#rdly he h#s 5een sep#r#ted
fro" the e#rth, 5ut he is indirectly connected with it through # spiritu#l-psychic content8
E$erything of world-spiritu#l $#lue th#t "#n during his presence on e#rth h#s de$eloped
into # re#l $#lue in his #str#l org#nis" Aor #s expressed #5o$e; in the unconscious region
of his soul-life #ccording to feeling #nd willingB, #ll this is per"e#ted 5y the spiritu#l
"oon-#cti$ities #lre#dy descri5ed8 This "or#l 5eing with its spiritu#l ?u#lity is8 rel#ted
5y content with the spiritu#l "oon#cti$ities, #nd it is they which hold "#n 5ound to
e#rth8 @ut for the de$elop"ent of the spirit-cell for the future physic#l org#nis" he "ust
#lso se$er hi"self psycho-spiritu#lly fro" the e#rth8
This he c#n only do 5y cutting hi"self loose #t the s#"e ti"e fro" the region of the
"oon-#cti$ities8
There he "ust le#$e 5ehind th#t "or#l ?u#lity-5eing with which he is rel#ted8 For the
wor7ing for the future physic#l org#nis" in con4unction with the spiritu#l 5eings of the
supern#tur#l world "ust t#7e pl#ce unh#"pered 5y th#t ?u#lity-5eing8
#n c#nnot o5t#in this se$er#nce fro" the region of the spiritu#l "oon-#cti$ities
through his own psycho-spiritu#l powers8 @ut it h#s to 5e done ne$ertheless8
@efore the "ystery of 9olgoth# the science of initi#tion could spe#7 to "#n #s follows;
At # cert#in period of existence #fter de#th, hu"#n experience h#s to 5e withdr#wn fro"
the lun#r sphere which 7eeps "#n within the region of pl#net#ry life8 #n c#nnot
hi"self 5ring #5out this withdr#w#l8 1ere it is th#t the 5eing, whose physic#l reflection
is the sun, co"es to "#n-s #id, #nd guides hi" into the sphere of pure spirit in which he,
hi"self #nd not the spiritu#l "oon 5eings #re #cti$e8 #n then experiences # stell#r
existence in such # w#y #s to $iew the spiritu#l p#tterns of the fixed st#r constell#tions
fro" the f#rther side, #s it were< fro" the periphery of the cos"os8
This $ision is non-sp#ti#l e$en though the st#rs #re "#de $isi5le to hi"8 (ith the powers
now per"e#ting "#n his #5ility to for" the spirit-cell of physic#l org#nis" out of the
cos"os grows8 The di$ine in hi" 5rings forth the di$ine8 Once the spirit-cell h#s
ripened, its descent to e#rth 5egins8 #n enters once "ore into the lun#r sphere #nd
finds there the 5eing of "or#l-spiritu#l ?u#lity which he left 5ehind #t his entry into the
pure stell#r existence< he #dds it to his psychic-spiritu#l 5eing to "#7e it the found#tion
of his destined future life on e#rth8
The !niti#tion-science of &hristi#nity finds so"ething else8 !n the #5sorption of the
strength #ccruing to the soul through the conte"pl#ti$e #nd #cti$e sy"p#thy with the
e#rthly life of &hrist #nd the ystery of 9olgoth#, "#n g#ins, #lre#dy while still on
e#rth #nd not #ided only 5y the sol#r-5eing #fter de#th, the f#culty of withdr#wing fro"
the lun#r #cti$ities #t # cert#in point #fter his e#rthly existence, #nd of entering into the
pure stell#r sphere8
This f#culty is the spiritu#l counterp#rt, experienced #fter de#th, of the freedo" 5rought
#5out in e#rthly life 5y the ego-consciousness8 #n then t#7es o$er in the period
5etween de#th #nd re-5irth his "or#l-spiritu#l ?u#lity-5eing, left 5ehind in the lun#r
sphere, #s the designer of his f#te which he c#n thus experience in freedo" in his new
existence on e#rth8 1e #lso c#rries within hi" in freedo" the e#rthly #fter-effect of his
god-filled existence 5etween de#th #nd re5irth #s religious consciousness8
A "odern science of !niti#tion c#n recogni:e this #nd c#n see the #cti$ity of the &hrist in
hu"#n existence8 !t #dds to # li$ing +hilosophy #nd to # &os"ology which recogni:es
#lso the spirit cos"os, # religious 7nowledge which recogni:es the &hrist #s the
"edi#tor of # renewed religious consciousness #nd #s the le#der of the world in freedo"8
!n these studies ! h#$e not 5een #5le to do "ore th#n s7etch # possi5le 5eginning of #
+hilosophy, # &os"ology #nd # 0eligious &ognition8 uch "ore would h#$e to 5e s#id
if the s7etch were to 5e con$erted into # coloured picture with #ll its colours8