The question is not: ‘How can I develop all kinds of occult powers as quickly as possible?’ – Alternatively, ‘How can I close myself off from contact with reality?’ – Whoever wants such things for himself is selfish and nothing less than a spiritual connoisseur. If one only wants to enjoy everything mentally, then it is as if one’s behaviour is just a little more refined than a food connoisseur who starts at breakfast with satisfying the taste buds. When the sense of taste is over-developed, the most refined spiritual ingenuity often develops. One is anthroposophist in the right way when one exerts oneself to understand and serve life.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 96 – Ursprungsimpulse der Geisteswissenschaft – Berlijn 14 mei 1906 (p. 68)
Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger