The real remedy

What will be the real remedy for many of the phenomena confronting the psychoanalysts today? The universal remedy, the universal therapy will be the spread of knowledge of the spiritual world — not these individual treatments. Life demands of us that we shall abstain from the thought: here one has to devote oneself to physical existence only and the world of post-mortem existence will reveal itself all in good time. For this also is true: just as our life here is important for the existence into which we pass between death and a new birth, so too the life of souls living between death and a new birth is important for the soul living here on Earth.

What I have now said refers to one thought — namely, the thought of disbelief in the existence of the Dead. But the Dead are and should be connected by many links with the living. […] Anthroposophical Spiritual Science strives to establish the true connection, for the life of men together on the Earth will only take its rightful course in the future, if this true relationship is established with the spiritual world. 

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 178 – Behind the Scenes of External Happenings -2 – Zurich, 13th November 1917

Translated by Dorothy S. Osmond & Owen Barfield

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