Those who pride themselves on thinking they know more than others can never become seers.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 034 – GRUNDLEGENDE AUFSÄTZE ZUR ANTHROPOSOPHIE UND BERICHTE aus den Zeitschriften «Luzifer» und «Lucifer – Gnosis» (page 549)

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Self-interest / Clairvoyance

If man wants to have something for himself, if he does not want to possess everything in common, then he is immature for clairvoyant development. All striving after personal self-interest, even if it goes to the highest, kills the slumbering spiritual senses.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 034 – GRUNDLEGENDE AUFSÄTZE ZUR ANTHROPOSOPHIE UND BERICHTE aus den Zeitschriften «Luzifer» und «Lucifer – Gnosis» – Amsterdam, June 1904 (page 549)

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Throat-Inner Eye Chakras – Art of Carol Herzer

In Devachan do we see again those who were dear to us?

In Devachan do we see again those who were dear to us? Yes, we see them again, freed moreover from all the obstacles of space and time that here on earth lie like veils over these relationships of the soul. In Devachan, souls confront each other directly. The relationship of soul to soul is far more intimate and inward than it is in the physical world. There can never be any doubt in Devachan about one soul recognizing the other again, even when one of them passes into Devachan before the other. Recognition of loved ones is not particularly difficult there, for each soul bears his inner, spiritual reality inscribed as it were upon his spiritual countenence. He himself proclaims his name, indeed, in a much truer form than is possible here, as the basic tone, which, as it is said in occultism, he represents in the spiritual world. An absolutely undisturbed communion is actually possible only when both souls are in Devachan. 

Nevertheless, the disembodied soul does not lose all consciousness of the one who is still on earth; he can actually follow the latter’s actions. The soul who is first in Devachan is naturally unable to see physical colors and forms belonging to the earth because in that spiritual realm he has no physical organs. But everything in the physical world has its spiritual counterpart in Devachan and that is what is perceived by the soul already there. Every movement of the hand in the physical world, because it is preceded by an impulse of will that is either conscious or unconscious, every change in the physical human being, has a spiritual counterpart that can be perceived in Devachan by the soul whose death preceded that of the other human being concerned.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 109 – Rosicrucian Esotericism – Lecture V: The Physical World as an Expression of Spiritual Forces and Beings – Budapest, 7th June 1909

Translated by Dorothy S. Osmond


Art of Carol Herzer

Previously posted on 4 December 2018

One of the profound truths

Humanity should be aware that they also live in the non-sensory, astral space at every moment of life. Just as sensory facts can be seen with physical eyes, in astral space, for example, a wish that comes to you can be seen flowing out like a cloud. Every wishful thought emanates from you like a force and flows out into astral space. Some thoughts have lightning-like shapes, and others resemble fine cloud images. Arrows or benevolent cloud shapes form through the force in the thoughts; rays and star shapes also arise. Everything takes shape and form. Everything is pliable (proteus-like), constantly changing shape and colour.

From the shape and colour, one can accurately discern what thoughts the human being sends into space. If you send a wrathful thought, it travels like a lightning bolt from you through the air up to the astral body of another human being; this can be perceived. It depends on the intensity of the wish, whether the thought shoots rapidly through astral space and on the character of the wishes in what colours they appear. Hot-headed, furious thoughts look brownish red to bloody red; thoughts of a quiet, calm, reflective, benevolent nature appear in a deep blue to violet colour. Shrewd, logical thoughts can be seen as yellow star shapes merging into each other. To consciously evoke such thought forms in astral space is what the spiritual student learns as he learns the laws of the astral and mental worlds. The neophyte knows precisely how the thoughts he sends into astral space work. That is clairvoyant development: becoming increasingly aware and conscious of these facts and sending out only thoughts that benefit humanity. That is one of the profound truths to which anthroposophy leads people.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 88 – Über die astrale Welt und das Devachan – Berlin, 25 November 1903 (page 76/77)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger


Painting by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Things perhaps that are completely forgotten, but influence a man’s entire state of health and of mind

We would understand many human lives if we were to know what has entered the hidden depths during the course of life. We would understand many a human being in his 30th, 40th, 50th year — we would know why he has this or that inclination, why he feels so deeply the cause of his dissatisfaction — we would understand many things if we were to trace the life of such a man back to his childhood. In his childhood, we would see how parents and surroundings influenced him; what was called forth during childhood in the form of sorrow and joy, pain and pleasure — things perhaps that are completely forgotten, but influence a man’s entire state of health and of mind. For what surges and rolls down into the hidden depths of soul-life out of our consciousness, continues to be active there below.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 143 – Reflections in the Mirror of Consciousness, Super-consciousness and Sub-consciousness – Munich, February 25, 1912

Translated by May Laird-Brown


RADIANT-PRINCESS  Art of Carol Herzer

Previously posted on 3 December 2018