Many people think that they’re working for the good of mankind from morn till eve, but this is questionable. A clairvoyant can see that efforts coming from materialistic thinking have the wrong effect, and it may lie in some people’s karma that they should wait until they can do certain things. Then a higher being can whisper such a task in his ear, so that it’s not induced by outer circumstances.
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 – From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Stuttgart, 9th August 1908
Previously posted on April 2, 2014