What we call our world is dependent upon our capacities and organs

We are conscious of the world round about us, because we have certain capacities and organs which enable us to perceive it. If we had other organs, this world would present an entirely different aspect. For example, if a man had no eyes enabling him to see the light, but an organ enabling him instead to perceive electricity, then he would not see this room flooded with light, but he would perceive electricity in every wire, flashing, streaming through it. — The world round about us, what we call our world, is therefore dependent upon our sense-organs.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 100 – Theosophy and Rosicrucianism: Lecture IV: Man’s Further Destinies in the Spiritual Worlds – Kassel, 19th June 1907

Previously posted on September 22, 2016 

No engineering skill in the world could imitate this

What enormous wisdom is needed to build up the simplest physical body of any living being; not to mention the most wonderful structure all living beings on earth; the human body!

Observe, for instance, man’s upper thigh bone; how wonderfully and in accordance with every rule of architecture the single little osseous joists and beams are put together! In its upper part, the upper thigh bone is far more complicated than it appears to us externally; for it is composed of a trestle of beams whose angles are arranged so skillfully that the weight of the whole body is borne by the least quantity of matter; truly a far greater work of art than the most complicated bridge construction; no engineering skill in the world could imitate it!

Or contemplate the structure of the heart: it is built so wisely that man with all his wisdom is but a child in comparison to that wisdom which reveals itself in the structure of the heart. How many things does the human heart withstand, though man’s foolish attempts to ruin it every day, for instance, through our so-called stimulants — coffee, alcohol, nicotine.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 100 – Theosophy and Rosicrucianism: Lecture II: Introductory Explanations Concerning the Nature of Man – Kassel, 17th June 1907

Previously posted on September 21, 2016 

Laughter is healthy

There is indeed a relationship between what stays in the stomach, what we cannot digest, what will not move appropriately from the stomach into the intestines, and that which saddens us. When we experience something genuinely tragic, it literally has a hardening effect on our digestive system. Even if it is almost unnoticed, it is nevertheless true that inner sadness causes us to work against our digestive processes. It is analogous to the food lying in your stomach like a stone. […]

Laughter is actually a process that makes us organically healthy. It acts as a healthy, undisturbed digestive system.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 302 – Menschenerkenntnis und Unterrichtsgestaltung – Stuttgart, June 12, 1921 (page 21)

Translated bij Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Every form of life is spiritual

You will understand the physical world, only if you learn to know the spiritual world. Spiritual science is not meant for cranks, but for the most practical of the practical! Every form of life is spiritual. Even as ice is condensed water, so matter is condensed spirit. Mineral, plant, animal, or man — each is a condensed form of the spirit.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 100 – Theosophy and Rosicrucianism: Lecture I – Kassel, 16th June 1907 

Previously posted on September 20, 2016 

As many worlds exist, as there are organs able to perceive them

As many worlds exist, as there are organs able to perceive them, and this is an infinite number of worlds! We are unable to perceive them to-day, because we still lack the organs of perception. [The world is not only spatially infinite, but also intensively infinite: These is a world for every organ of sense.] These worlds are still inaccessible to us yet they exist, — they exist, where we ourselves exist. The only thing needed is that our eyes should be opened, for these worlds are in our very midst.

The words of Christ: “Do not seek the Kingdom of God, for the Kingdom of God is in your midst”, should be taken literally. Also spiritual science speaks in this sense of the spiritual worlds. There have always been initiates who knew how to enter these kingdoms of heaven. Every religion speaks of these kingdoms. Spiritual science is but the means of disclosing anew this fundamental truth contained in every religion: Whatever we see and perceive round about us, is but the result and the effect of what takes place in the spiritual worlds. Whatever manifests itself upon the earth, is but the development of that which works and lives in the spiritual worlds.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 100 – Theosophy and Rosicrucianism: Lecture I – Kassel, 16th June 1907 

Previously posted on September 19, 2016