The task of the Anthroposophical Movement is essentially to make known to us worlds that surround us every day and every hour. Worlds in which we live, but of which we know nothing under normal circumstances.
Anthroposophy does not want to acquaint us with worlds beyond ours, worlds that are inaccessible for us. It wants to make known the worlds that continuously influence our world, which always surrounds us. However, these worlds are unknown to us because our organs are not capable of observing them.
For the time being, all we can do is tell people about these worlds. We can only point out and encourage people to participate in activities that allow them to unlock the organs for perceiving these higher worlds. Thus, they can become capable of observing these higher worlds themselves. They are currently capable only of seeing the ordinary world.
Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 88 – Über die astrale Welt und das Devachan – Berlin, October 28, 1903 (page 20)
Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger
Previously posted on March 12, 2020