For many centuries men have grown accustomed to look at only one fragment of reality

For many centuries men have grown accustomed to look at only one fragment of reality. And the inevitable consequence of this was the attitude of mind which has culminated in the catastrophic events of the present time. Men are utterly lacking in that understanding of existence which is demanded of them at their present age of evolution.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 203 – Past Incarnations of the Peoples of Today – Stuttgart, 6th January 1921

Christ will help

Worries put pressure on the physical body. We should do our duty, and also against opposition, but we shouldn’t worry too much. It’s hard to strike the right balance here between concern and standing above it, but too much worry dries out the brain so that it can’t take in new thoughts. 

The greatest man of sorrows was Christ, and as it says in I Peter 5:7  we should cast all our care on him; for he cares for you. That is, we should give all worries past a certain point to Christ so that He can make our physical body healthy and strong, so that our soul is also healthy.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Kassel, 27th June 1909

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Previously posted on October 25, 2015

Nothing more important

There is nothing more important for life, even for material life, than the strong and sure realization of communion with the spiritual world.

If modern men had not lost their relationship with spiritual things to such an extent, these grave times would not have come upon us. Only a very few today have insight into this connection, although it will certainly be recognized in the future. Today men think: When a human being has passed through the gate of death, his activity ceases as far as the physical world is concerned. But indeed it is not so! There is a living and perpetual intercourse between the so called Dead and the so-called Living. Those who have passed through the gate of death have not ceased to be present; it is only that our eyes have ceased to see them. They are there in very truth.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 182 – The Dead Are With Us – Nuremburg, February 10, 1918

Translated by Dorothy S. Osmond

Previously posted on October 16, 2015

See also:  September 30, 2014

Important task

Again and again let us conjure up in our soul the necessity of feeling that this small number of men that is now living in the very midst of a materialistic world and is led through its Karma to the possibility of grasping mankind’s most important task for the future, that this small number of men is called upon to fulfill important, most important tasks, through its soul-life.

We should realize without any pride, we should realize modestly and humbly the great difference between a soul that is gradually finding its way into the spiritual world, and all the people outside, who have not the slightest idea of this, who are, above all, NOT WILLING to have any idea of it.

This fact should not merely arouse in us discouraging and painful feelings, but produce feelings that incite us to continue our work with increasing energy and to work faithfully within the stream of spiritual science, to which we were led through our Karma.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 168 – The Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter – Leipzig, 22nd February, 1916

Previously posted on October 18, 2015