As blind as a mole

Man is under the influence of many forces and is, in relation to them, as blind as a mole. All the time, he is only aware of one part of reality, although all of reality concerns him. We must have strong impulses that enable us to get away from the reach of harmful demons.

Source (German):  Rudolf Steiner – GA 98 – Natur- und Geistwesen- ihr Wirken in unserer sichtbaren Welt – Hannover, February 24, 1908 (page 257)

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Previously posted on 26 October 2018

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Spiritual connoisseurs

The question is not: ‘How can I develop all kinds of occult powers as quickly as possible?’ – Alternatively, ‘How can I close myself off from contact with reality?’ – Whoever wants such things for himself is selfish and nothing less than a spiritual connoisseur. If one only wants to enjoy everything mentally, then it is as if one’s behaviour is just a little more refined than a food connoisseur who starts at breakfast with satisfying the taste buds. When the sense of taste is over-developed, the most refined spiritual ingenuity often develops. One is anthroposophist in the right way when one exerts oneself to understand and serve life.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 96 – Ursprungsimpulse der Geisteswissenschaft – Berlin, Mai 14, 1906 (p. 68)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

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Previously posted on 19 oktober 2018

Unworldly and Far from Reality

Although this has often been mentioned, from different perspectives, it may still be noted, that the most unreasonable and unrealistic accusation that one can make against spiritual science and its labour, is  that  it produces people who are somehow unworldly, distant from reality, and tempted by asceticism. Once more, it must be emphasized that a spiritual world with its beings and forces constantly underlies our earthly, sensory world, and interacts with it. Therefore it is precisely the people who do not care about the real and true forces of existence and who limit themselves to the enjoyments of the outer world through what their physical senses communicate to them, who should be called unworldly and far from reality.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 56 – Die Erkenntnis der Seele und des Geistes – Berlin, December 12, 1907 (page 132)

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Previously posted on 11 september 2018

The reality of the spiritual world was to me as certain as that of the physical

The reality of the spiritual world was to me as certain as that of the physical. I felt the need, however, for a sort of justification for this assumption. I wished to be able to say to myself that the experience of the spiritual world is just as little an illusion as is that of the physical world. With regard to geometry I said to myself: “Here one is permitted to know something which the mind alone, through its own power, experiences.” In this feeling I found the justification for the spiritual world that I experienced, even as, so to speak, for the physical. And in this way I talked about this. I had two conceptions which were naturally undefined, but which played a great role in my mental life even before my eighth year. I distinguished things as those “which are seen” and those “which are not seen.”

I am relating these matters quite frankly, in spite of the fact that those persons who are seeking for evidence to prove that anthroposophy is fantastic will, perhaps, draw the conclusion from this that even as a child I was marked by a gift for the fantastic: no wonder, then, that a fantastic philosophy should also have evolved within me.

But it is just because I know how little I have followed my own inclinations in forming conceptions of a spiritual world – having on the contrary followed only the inner necessity of things – that I myself can look back quite objectively upon the childlike unaided manner in which I confirmed for myself by means of geometry the feeling that I must speak of a world “which is not seen.”

Only I must also say that I loved to live in that world. For I should have been forced to feel the physical world as a sort of spiritual darkness around me had it not received light from that side.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 28 – The Story of My Life – Chapter I

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Previously posted  on August 8, 2018

Stop using the word spirit, spirit, spirit… in every sentence

What matters to-day is not merely to believe in the spirit, but to be so filled with the spirit that through us the spirit is carried directly into material existence. It is useless to-day to say. Believe in the spirit … what is necessary is to speak of a spirit which is in truth able to master external reality  […].

For the cause of the unspiritual character of the present day is not that men do not believe in the spirit, but that they cannot reach such a relationship with the spirit as would enable the spirit to seize hold of matter in real life. All this gives us further warning not to think merely of belief in the spirit, but to try above all to make such an encounter with the spirit that it gives us strength to see through the reality of the material, external world. Then indeed people will stop using the word spirit, spirit, spirit… in every sentence. […]

This is what matters to-day: that people should see things in the light of the spirit, and not keep on talking about the spirit.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 193 – INNER ASPECT OF THE SOCIAL QUESTION: Lecture III – Zurich, 9 March 1919 

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