Beings of higher worlds

The astral plane and devachanic plane are in fact densely populated worlds. We find many kinds of beings there whose effects are manifested here on the physical plane though not obviously, and who have much to do with the physical plane, with our whole modern human life. One does not understand this life if one does not know that beings who live above in higher worlds are active within it. In the human body itself much goes on over which man is not master, which is not the expression of the human ego but the deed, effect, manifestation, of beings of higher worlds.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 102 – The Influence of Spiritual Beings on Man: Lecture I – Berlin, 6th January 1908

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Previously posted on September 25, 2017

A clairvoyant must be resilient

A person must be able to endure what he clairvoyantly observes and this encompasses such strength of character as but few can imagine. For example: If you are not clairvoyant and tell a lie, it is wrong. However, if you lie when you are clairvoyant you will see the lie becoming visible and what that means on the astral plane. Then you will understand why it is said: to tell a lie is murder. It is like this – suppose you have seen an event, you have formed an idea of what has occurred but what you subsequently tell about this event is incorrect, made up or untrue or something to that effect. Then there will emanate from this event the reality of what has occurred while from you there will stream the incorrect account – this results in a collision and it causes a terrible explosion; and every time you do this, you attach a horrific creature to your karma, where you will not be liberated from, until you have corrected the lie you have told.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 98 – Natur- und Geistwesen – Ihr Wirken in unserer sichtbaren Welt – Vienna, November 5, 1907 (page 25)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on October 15, 2016

Continuously changing

When you see a person today, you may well recognize them tomorrow, or even after a year, because their outer form has remained constant. Similarly with the animal, the plant or mineral. This is not at all the situation with the beings which are incorporated on the astral plane. These possess a continuously changing form, a shape which in many of them, from one moment to the next become another, because the form which can be observed in the astral plane is the exact expression of the inner soul experiences and soul activity of these beings.

Just think about yourself, how you may observe your soul in the morning just after you have received a cheerful letter and how the joyful message filled your soul with delight and pleasure and how this feeling lived in the soul. Then think how your soul will express itself in the direct contrary situation, how different the image will be when you receive news of a death in the afternoon, or you are shaken in rage and fear. Consider how your outer expression changes each time as a result of what took place in the soul, then you have an image of what happens on the astral plane. Hence the bewildering scurrying and continuously changing forms of the astral beings.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 108 – Regarding Higher Worlds – Vienna, 21st November 1908

Translated by Hanna von Maltitz

Previously posted on December 15, 2014

Beings of higher worlds

The astral plane and devachanic plane are in fact densely populated worlds. We find many kinds of beings there whose effects are manifested here on the physical plane though not obviously, and who have much to do with the physical plane, with our whole modern human life. One does not understand this life if one does not know that beings who live above in higher worlds are active within it. In the human body itself much goes on over which man is not master, which is not the expression of the human ego but the deed, effect, manifestation, of beings of higher worlds.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 102 – The Influence of Spiritual Beings on Man: Lecture I – Berlin, 6th January 1908

A clairvoyant must be resilient

A person must be able to endure what he clairvoyantly observes and this encompasses such strength of character as but few can imagine. For example: If you are not clairvoyant and tell a lie, it is wrong. However, if you lie when you are clairvoyant you will see the lie becoming visible and what that means on the astral plane. Then you will understand why it is said: to tell a lie is murder. It is like this – suppose you have seen an event, you have formed an idea of what has occurred but what you subsequently tell about this event is incorrect, made up or untrue or something to that effect. Then there will emanate from this event the reality of what has occurred while from you there will stream the incorrect account – this results in a collision and it causes a terrible explosion; and every time you do this, you attach a horrific creature to your karma, where you will not be liberated from, until you have corrected the lie you have told.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 98 – Natur- und Geistwesen – Ihr Wirken in unserer sichtbaren Welt – Vienna, November 5, 1907 (page 25)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on October 1, 2015