I had always examined myself carefully

My knowledge of things of the spirit is a direct result of my own perception, and I am fully conscious of this fact. In all details and in the larger surveys I had always examined myself carefully as to whether every step I took in the progress of my perception was accompanied by a fully awake consciousness. Just as the mathematician advances from thought to thought without the unconscious or autosuggestion playing a role, so – I told myself – spiritual perception must advance from objective imagination to objective imagination without anything living in the soul but the spiritual content of clear, discerning consciousness.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 13 – An Outline of Occult Science – Preface: Sixteenth to Twentieth Edition

Translated by Maud and Henry B. Monges and revised for this edition by Lisa D. Monges.

Previously posted on December 12, 2013