The spiritual scientist needs to stand with both feet on the ground 

What I have described here is the force of higher knowledge, which in some sense only occurs when the spiritual scientist gives himself over to such higher insights. It is not something that takes hold of him or makes him into a mystical dreamer, living outside of life. It is something he can handle, something that he can consciously summon up, in the same way, that one performs a scientific experiment and returns to ordinary life afterwards; in which one is a balanced, thoughtful person with all the soberness needed in life. Indeed, one who tends to have a pathological state of mind in ordinary life, who cannot use his full personality in ordinary life like any other person, can also not in the real sense of the word be a spiritual scientist.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 77a – Die Aufgabe der Anthroposophie gegenüber Wissenschaft und Leben – Darmstadt, July 29, 1921 (page 145-146)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on November 14, 2019

The spiritual scientist needs to stand with both feet on the ground 

What I have described here is the force of higher knowledge, which in some sense only occurs when the spiritual scientist gives himself over to such higher insights. It is not something that takes hold of him or makes him into a mystical dreamer, living outside of life. It is something he can handle, something that he can consciously summon up, in the same way, that one performs a scientific experiment and returns to ordinary life afterwards; in which one is a balanced, thoughtful person with all the soberness needed in life. Indeed, one who tends to have a pathological state of mind in ordinary life, who cannot use his full personality in ordinary life like any other person, can also not in the real sense of the word be a spiritual scientist.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 77a – Die Aufgabe der Anthroposophie gegenüber Wissenschaft und Leben – Darmstadt, July 29, 1921 (page 145-146)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

One who attains really spiritual perception does not become a dreamer

I have often emphasised that one who attains really spiritual perception does not become a dreamer or enthusiast, living only in the higher worlds and not seeing external reality. People who are ever dreaming in higher worlds, or about them, and do not see external reality, are not initiates; they should be considered from a pathological point of view, at least in the psychological sense of the term. The real knowledge of initiation does not estrange one from ordinary, physical life and its various relationships. On the contrary, it makes one a more painstaking, conscientious observer than without the faculty of seership. Indeed we may say: if a man has no sense of ordinary realities, no interest in ordinary realities, no interest in the details of others’ lives, if he is so ‘superior’ that he sails through life without troubling about its details, he shows he is not a genuine seer.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 234 – Anthroposophy, An Introduction: Lecture VIII – Dornach, 9th February 1924

Translated by Vera Compton-Burnett

Previously posted on May 11, 2016

Contemporary form of inquisition

If anyone upholds something which contradicts the belief of those who, in their arrogance, suppose they have reached the summit of earthly wisdom, he is looked on as a visionary, a dreamer, if nothing worse. That is the contemporary form of inquisition in our parts of the world.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 58 – Metamorphoses of the Soul – Paths of Experience Vol. 1 – Lecture II – Munich, 5th December 1909

Translated by Charles Davy and Christian von Arnim

Previously posted on August 7, 2016

Contemporary form of inquisition

If anyone upholds something which contradicts the belief of those who, in their arrogance, suppose they have reached the summit of earthly wisdom, he is looked on as a visionary, a dreamer, if nothing worse. That is the contemporary form of inquisition in our parts of the world.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 58 – Metamorphoses of the Soul – Paths of Experience Vol. 1 – Lecture II – Munich, 5th December 1909

Translated by Charles Davy and Christian von Arnim

Previously posted on May 29, 2014