Emotions are far more intensely connected with man than ordinary thinking

Our conceptual life is not continued in our dreams, except when our concepts are associated with intense emotions. It is the emotions that manifest in dream pictures. […]  Nothing occurs in dreams that is not connected with emotions. […] It is the emotions which bring us the dream concepts. This is due to the fact that the emotions are far more intimately connected with man’s real being than is the life of thought. We carry them over into sleep. In other words, they are a soul element that remains united with us even during sleep. In contrast with ordinary concepts, the emotions accompany us into sleep; they are far more closely, more intensely, connected with the human individuality than is ordinary thinking, when it is not pervaded by emotion.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 130 – Esoteric Christianity and the Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz: Lecture 1 – Leipzig, 4th November 1911

Translated by Pauline Wehrle


Previously posted on March 22, 2018