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222 The Driving Force of Spiritual Powers in World History

Steiner Book Centre, Vancouver (1983)

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The etheric and astral bodies are chiefly involved in speaking. The element of soul (feeling and will) we instill to our words keeps on vibrating in sleep. What keeps on vibrating depends on the environment of the child up to the seventh year – weaker still up to puberty. Afterwards it becomes necessary for the soul-life “to let what is spoken on earth echo in such a way that the archangeloi in their world may take pleasure in these echoes of speech.” This intercourse with the angels and archangels will become impossible if the human being only calls material objects through language and any spiritual element is not contained in it. This is shown as one of the reasons for the clamour of young people (youth movement).

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The sleeping human being is in the supersensible world which consists of three so-called elemental kingdoms (described in Steiner’s Theosophy). This world is not identical with the supersensible world in which he lives after death (angeloi, archangeloi). In these elemental kingdoms, beings are found, “who are at a level of existence lower than that of earthly man; they have no actual physical body but yet are not of a purely supersensible nature. These beings of the elemental kingdoms live as it were in the other three outwardly manifest kingdoms of nature.“ Man (after puberty) lives in the three elemental kingdoms looking at the angeloi, archangeloi, and archai during sleep. The latter imbue him with the capacity to unite in the right way with his etheric and physical bodies. However, this is possible only if we develop the strong forces necessary for grasping spiritual knowledge during our waking life. Tip to the deeper reason of Goethe's Italian journey. The wrong relationship between sleep and waking state as possible cause of diseases. Any natural medicine does not work by its substance first and foremost but rather by its relationship to the elemental world that is transferred to the individual concerned.

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Round about in the fourth post-Christian century (as central period, the entire process

century), an important cosmic event took

place. The exusiai handed over their thought forces to the archai. They merely retained the task of controlling external sense-perception. Since then, people do no longer perceive thoughts objectively together with the sense-perceptions, but are of the opinion that they originate in their heads. See 222-05.

lasted from pre-Christian centuries up to the 14


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Music was experienced in the course of human development in different way, example for the fact that previously objective experience became subjective. In the Atlantean age, the seventh was experienced as the smallest interval. This was a direct religious experience at the same time, a revelation of the gods in the tones. Before, in the Lemurian age, even only an octave or higher interval was perceived and with it the mood of the gods, an objective experience of major and minor. In the post-Atlantean age, this connection with the divine was still experienced in the fifth. When the third emerged (connected with the aforementioned cosmic event), music became subjective, the major and minor moods formed in man. In future, melody is experienced in the single tone at the same time. See 224/11(5/23/1923, Berlin). On experiencing melody in the single tone see CW 283, answer to question, 9/29/1920