and the physics* of thought as moral art
by Joel A. Wendt
[*The term physics is here meant to suggest a set
of general rules and processes that in part can be labeled:
Way of a
science of thought and thinking. That thought
and thinking are also moral and artistic then too becomes
part of a true physics of thought. This means that the three science, art, and religion
cannot actually be separated, as they form in the soul an organic whole.]
Bebop (1) was a Japanese anime television show
that was also made into a movie. It was short lived (1998-99), and critically acclaimed. The main
character was a bounty hunter working from Mars in the year 2071. Many sequences
in this very original animation were accompanied by music
often dominated by a jazz and blues background. From the
beginning this anime was a fusion of American cultural influences
and modern Japanese artistic sensibilities.
certain way this work of art carried both instinctive
esoteric Christian and instinctive Zen components, which to
elaborate might take a whole book, and therefore will not be attempted here. The Cowboy
motif fits in with the fact that the Western is the main
mythical archetype of the American Soul (2), and the use of
jazz and blues rests the musical themes within the creative
heart/roots of American music, fostered mostly out of the culture New Orleans. In fact, many of the sequences or scenes
in the show are basically spontaneous dance. Feet and
limbs often move to the underlying jazz and blues bebop of
visual artistic style is very modern in a Japanese sense, as are the
ideas which positive criticism has come to recognize, such as: philosophical concepts including
existentialism, existential ennui, loneliness, and the pasts
influence (1, again). The main characters morality is very much of
the Western cowboy type - the lone stranger doing good while entirely
uncertain as to his own meaning in the great schemes of
existence. The dialog is clever, philosophical and pointed, in the same
fashion as the American film-noir movies that were common in
the late 1930s and on into the early 1950s. (3)
undercurrents within the American Soul influence the path of
thought-creation in Americans. These undercurrents arise from the whole world
in a way - each emigrating culture adding its distinct
influence to the whole. In America is being born the People of Peoples. Cowboy Bebop is
a good modern expression of certain undercurrents that have
greatly influenced the American Soul, beginning with
the Western in the 1920s, and then later in the 1950s when Zen was brought to our shores in
California by Alan Watts (4). California then became a kind of stew pot of
soul-themes, such that West and East met at that edge of the
North American continent and had cultural intercourse.
want to look for evidence of this subterranean influence of
cultures, we need go no further than the writings of the
modern crime novelists: Robert Parker and Elmore Leonard. Their dialogue
is crisp and spare, zen-like in wisdom. Their characters are the stranger-other - the Cowboy
archetype who rescues damsels in distress and lays down
his/her life to do the right thing.
the heroes themselves are flawed, even criminal, really only points to the fact that in America
the soul also can take a path near and through the
Underworld - the ancient world of Faerie, and dark and
dangerous impulses. America is the worlds most earthly culture, and this
density of fallen striving and suffering should not really
surprise anyone paying attention to social phenomena in
all Paths of development wander among the stars and the
clouds. The American Soul gave birth, with the aid of
Christ and the Holy Mother, to the
Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1933, which is the most
practical spiritual path for dealing with the threefold
double complex or the shadow in the soul. (5) Addictions and
their kin are not the only issues human beings may solve in
the company of others with similar flaws. The hungers
for wealth and power can be addictions. So can be
lying - how many of us know the individual whose every word
is an exaggerated tale told to advance their image, and
impress their acquaintences.
point of the immediately above is to set a tone for what is
to follow, for it will be useful and practical to understand
from what well of wisdom do such
writers as Parker and Leonard draw their art.
examine this carefully
exists. Everyone knows this. Ordinary mind also is often naturally virtuous, and the below
is what can be understood if one makes a study of ordinary
mind, in a scientific and empirical fashion.
brain scientist, never actually examining the intimacy of his
own mind, does not understand the art of how to come to
an empirical knowledge of thought. To know thought, through thinking, we must investigate the own mind. But this
journey is rooted in the challenges of the moral. It requires the
encountering of life-trials. There is no substitute for this is very
personal investigation, which is often costly in terms of suffering.
dark and light, which fact makes any exploration of the basics
of the life of the own thought dependent upon an
excruciatingly moral self-honesty.
everyone needs to do this on purpose. The modern
biography, particularly in America
which is at the cutting edge of
the evolution of consciousness, is itself a spiritual developmental Path. (6) The life-trials of
the biography lead to a natural spiritual development. The main
difficulty is an absence of the needed language to describe
this fact of existence. Anthroposophy can provide to modern culture
this language of the Consciousness Soul era if we tease
apart the traditional reliance on the dead thoughts of
Rudolf Steiner, entombed in books and in the tragic
overuse of Steiner said (note the use of the past
tense of that verb). Steiner
is well worth quoting, but to rely on him as an authority is
to violate his own stated wishes.
must discover how to think for themselves, outside the
past utterances of Rudolf Steiner.
religious and moral metaphors might be practical could be
denied by many seeking an operating manual of the mind. The truth is
otherwise, however, for the journey begins here with the washing of the feet. The higher elements of thinking cannot be
consciously known other than by actions in the spirit-mind
that are profoundly moral. To unveil the secrets of the will-in-thinking
begins and ends with appreciating the nature of the intention (or purpose) from which the
thinking is born - or, the Why of the How.
These moral/heart forces are the only way in which the cold and arid, almost lifeless, thinking of the intellect alone can be mastered. The intellect is brilliant, but not wise. Obviously we are a mixture of light and dark. But to better understand the light we have to also appreciate the dark.
Washing the feet means thinking must be put in the service of
the Thou. Thought which is self-directed, and meant to
only benefit ourselves, will lack the warm clarity and strength to find
anything other than superficial meaning. The cold
thinking of the intellect alone - without the guidance of the heart - leads only to
the error of misunderstanding. For thinking to find the truth it must
sacrifice personal consequences for those results which are
meant to benefit others.
striving for empathy already is washing the feet. It is very important to realize that the
biography itself, especially in and among Americans, does this
naturally. Here is Rudolf Steiner, from a lecture
to the workmen, on 3 March 1923:
natural development happens because American social-cultural
forces tears the individual away from its original language
and cultural roots. We speak of a third generation American, for example. Our parents
may come to America bringing with them their cultural past, but generation
by generation this past dies away, and the individual emerges. This
is true even of the so-called: Native Americans.
Individuation will triumph, and tradition will fade away.
same process of development also arises because the family
and community matrix too is falling apart. Elsewhere in
the world what Steiner called the group-soul tends to rule, and the
individual bows to those social forces that define group
behavior as against individual and independent of family and
community life choices. Growing up in America takes away our cultural
and language past, strips us of the normative rules governing
families, and spits us out into the modern world forced
to stand on our own. Natural here does not mean
is not an easy course of life, and once freed of the past of our ancestors the washing the feet
trial is only the beginning. Ultimately we will travel all of the Seven
Stages of the Passion of Christ: washing the feet; the scourging; the crowning with
carrying of the Cross; the crucifixion; the entombment; and finally, the resurrection. Each of these is an exact metaphorical
archetype of the various arts of thinking in the fullness of
soul and spirit, and their related trials in life.
warned us: Matthew 10:34-40:
only that, but these trials do not confine themselves to
linear time - that is, they do not follow one after the other in
sequence. In the same way a plant lives in an ecology, the life of
soul and spirit - in the biography - lives in a psychological and mental ecology of
social existence, in which various events (trials) arise and become
the center of our lives. The
social, with respect to the biography, provides both inertia
and momentum. Life resists us, while at the same time
certain impulses and actions propel us onward.
example, to become a mother or a father places before
the soul the trial of the washing of the
feet in a quite natural fashion. Parenthood
creates a necessity, and the I in responding to this necessity can begin to
learn to put the other - the Thou - before self.
In the same biography, family
conflicts exist over life choices and meaning - do we do what
our parents want us to do, or do we follow our own star - the unfolding of
this trial of individuation in our family life will evoke scourging and crowning with thorns. Details will
be described below.
stages then do not always appear in sequence. Different life
experiences draw them out, although over time, the general pattern produces a transformation
of the artistic skill level of thinking, which starts as
a natural skill, then (usually with maturation) becomes craft, and then
finally wisdom or art. Maturation, by the way, is not
a given. Many there are who never develop past late
(early 20's) adolescence. When such a person becomes a
political or corporate leader, disasters happen.
mystery of thinking is then trained by the moral struggles
in life - not just the successes but the failures as well. All experience can be turned to developmental
nourishment when the "I" reflects on its actions. The intention behind thought determines the
nature of the realm of the thought-world in which we travel. This intention
is instinctive (natural) in the beginning, becoming more and more conscious over
time. The path, which we in anthrposophical circles
conceive of as a path of development, for the American (and
others all over the world at this same leading edge of the
Consciousness Soul) occures in the biography. We do
not have to go to the Swiss Alps to engage it. We just
live our life, for it is - through Divine Intention - the
very best School possible.
I was saying some related words to my girl friend, and she wanted
me to take the time for a more careful and somewhat formal
illumination of the nature of thought. What follows
next is based in large part on her notes to that
conversation, which mostly consisted of me making an attempt
at an skeleton-like organized presentation, which on
occasion was inspired by questions she asked me during this
verbal intercourse. These notes give order to what follows next ... and flesh
has been added to the observations of structure alone.
plane or arena of matter is bound to space and time. You cant put
your hand through matter. Thats how we know its exists. Two cars crash
into each other on a highway, and the violence is so powerful it crushes
steel and human flesh, perhaps bringing death in its train of causes
live in a physical body and act in a material world.
We also act in the non-material world of thought and
thinking. This non-material life survives death.
the plane of matter is the plane of soul, or
consciousness. This astral plane (to use a more ancient form of expression) is bound to space, but not to
time. It is also the plane of perishable or mutable
spirit. We know this realm when we use picture thinking
or the imagination. The imagination needs
in order to appear before our minds
eye. It is, we should note, not three-dimensional, but plane-like, or two dimensional. We can move around its surfaces and sometimes
right through it, but it remains in essence an arena of organic (living) thought that longs
to be investigated and known directly.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to
face: now I know in part; but then shall I
know even as also I am known.
final episode of Season One of the television show Joan of
Arcadia, the God character there says: You have to trust the world behind your eyes, and, learn to see in the dark.
biographies do not take place, in general, when we are alone (although a prisoner and a monk or a nun, often live
lives of virtual isolation). We live as members of a community. As we grow into
the truthful possibilities of our thinking, we may often
find ourselves needing to speak truth in circumstances where
others do not like it. In order to avoid what this truth has to mean
to them, they will deflect, or act angry or many other forms of finding a
way to ignore what we have said or done (based on what we thought, independent of
the cultural or social norms).
deflection can often take the form of attacking the
truth-speaker, and this is experienced by the truth-speaker as
a scourging - the own soul experiences a trial of emotional (astral) pain. Where someone
confronts a gossip, for example, in a community that likes the false content of
the gossip, the whole group may turn upon the person who
challenges these lies. Everyone who seeks to speak or act on the true
and the good experiences such trials, even though we
yet have no vocabulary in our shared social existence that
recognizes this fact.
wider social scale, we have today what is called political
correctness, which are ways of individual doing or speaking
that large portions of the social body do not like. Modern
social-media allows scourging of this kind to apply a huge unjustified
condemnation of acts or words of specific individuals. This public
shaming is the problem of the mote and the beam writ large,
forgetting the admonition: he who is without sin, let him cast the first
that we see social conflict, we see those naturally occurring trials that
for some individuals are best described in the metaphors of
the Seven Stages of the Passion of Christ. When the I-am
is authoring what it can of the Christ-Impulse, this produces social
conflict - social strife and heat. Not
peace, but a sword.
mental plane, or sphere of pure thought (or spirit), is spaceless
and timeless. We are an active creator in this sphere, and through a
thorough study of this capacity to create thought there
comes to be one of the best Ways we can learn to understand
thoughts properties and nature - however, only if we are so
inclined. It is not necessary for everyone to do this,
and in fact the understanding of such facts is the point of
any science of thought or thinking. The
scientist of thought makes the journey and then shares that
understanding with others.
Steiner writes in the first sentence of the First Leading
Thought: Anthroposophy is a
path [Way] of knowledge [cognition] from the spiritual
in man [the human being] to the Spiritual
in the Universe.
beings create thought, but we are not usually conscious of this
creative activity. When we create thought we are active ourselves
as a spaceless and timeless spirit in the realm of the
uncreated and formless. As thought then descends from this formless
state, it takes on form, ultimately descending into the words that
comprise our languages. To be intuitive, in the sense of Zen for example, is to always be
awake in the creative act that results in the flow of
thoughts. Thats why it is difficult to get Zen, because its
locus is outside the realm of naming, so the Zen masters speak of no-mind or no-name. (7)
is also living. In the arena of the astral, where the imagination resides, organic thought
as spirit is clearly perishable and mutable, for unless we
maintain the mental picture with our conscious intention and
attention it fades away. That Goethe came to perceive the Ur-plant shows
that he eventually entered the realm of the timeless and
spaceless and met a Being, through the gate of recreating, in the
imagination, the changes in matter-based form over time. The arena of
space and time bound matter; and the arena of imaginative space or
astral space; and, the arena of timeless and spaceless
thought, - all interpenetrate at their boundary conditions
thought-world, or the ethereal world, has an upper and lower boundary condition. At the upper
boundary we experience the garments of non-material Beings
in the form of Ideas, after the indications of Plato. Steiner, in A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethes
World Conception describes an Idea
as a complex
social beings we sometimes find ourselves in conflict with
others over the Ideas of the Good and the True. Here too we can
be attacked, for our expression of this mental/spiritual
world disturbs those who do not agree with it, or otherwise
need a justification for ignoring our expressions or deeds. These attacks
represent a crowning with
thorns. Our head is where we develop thought toward its
higher qualities, and the socially induced crown of of thorns is
meant to penetrate the idea-matrix we have offered, and
through pain banish our ability to express ourselves here.
Beings of the super-sensible spiritual worlds wear (or appear) as Ideas so that
we can approach them without having to experience the full
impression/power of their real nature. At the upper
boundary of the ethereal or thought-world (8), they step down their nature as an
act of loving kindness. This is also the meeting ground between the 9th Hierarchy, the realm of the Angels, and the 10th Hierarchy, the realm of
human beings. Christ, as an aspect of His Second Coming, appears in the
ethereal in the form of an Angel.
our personal guardian Angel He is now available to speak to us in the realm
of discursive thinking - our inner wording - the same way our Angel is able to speak to us
there. Steiner called this speaking inner thinking: Inspiration. But first we
must learn to silence our inner discourse - to become poor in spirit, or what in the
cultural East might be called: empty consciousness, or no-mind. Our original experience
of this Angelic contact is via the still small voice of the
conscience. With practice (especially praying out loud
and in private) we can learn to "hear" other inner voices
besides our own.
lower boundary of the ethereal or thought-world, we experience
the living aspect of this thought-world as a train of
thoughts, in the form of discursive thinking (inner wording). The speed of
the primal or original thinking is infinite, and that takes
place in the realm of the uncreated and formless. In this realm
everything is simultaneous - in the Now, in the Eternal. This is the gate to the Akashic Record. Everything that
happens, happens Now. All things happened
through Him and not one thing that happened happened without
we bring a thought out of this realm, through the
space bound astral world of picture thinking, or imagination, into the realm
of concrete words, we also bring it out of the realm of the
simultaneous into the realm of linear time - that is, out of the
realm of timelessness and spacelessness, through pure
imagination), and then into sequential time.
life, when we do this, it is best called: carrying the Cross. The weight of the true and the good, as it is born
in naturally developing thinking, to become realized in speaking and doing, - this moral
weight is a burden. At the same time we are not alone. Matthew 11: 28-30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you
rest. Take my yoke upon, and learn of me; for I am meek and
lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is
ordinary thinking we experience all of this. We just dont
notice it, because our thinking usually has as its object
some important (or playful) aspect of our day to day existence. Thinking serves
our existence, as does thought. It is just that we do not attend to it, or know yet how
to practice our intention in full consciousness.
why Steiner wanted us to turn around in our consciousness
(soul life) and wake up
through the path or Way of an empirical and scientific study
of our own minds, following the map he created through The
Philosophy of Spiritual Activity, whose subtitle was: some results of
introspection following the methods of natural science, and whose last
sentence of the original preface said: One must be able to confront an idea and
experience it, otherwise one will fall into its bondage.
is what Steiner said about cognition, from the preface to Truth and Knowledge, his doctoral
have today the concrete terms or words: consciousness
and self-consciousness. Two or three hundred years ago in Europe, they would have
used the words soul and spirit to mean the same experience. In between our
Now and this most recent past, as those terms - soul and spirit - were translated into the English language, the term/word
for soul and spirit became mind. This materialization of our concepts of our
inner life has intensified so that now people no longer use
the term mind, but instead use the word brain, believing that
there is only matter, and never spirit. (9)
truth is that the brain is a material organ by which the spirit is
able, with the aid of the soul - or astral body - in a mediating
fashion, to integrate itself into a physical body, much the same
way consciousness is moved around in the movie Avatar. The idea that there is only
matter, but no spirit, so common today is due to the existence in the mind of beliefs. A belief is an idea that
has placed the self-consciousness of our I (or spirit) into bondage.
called such belief-like ideas aspects of the Ahrimanic
Deception, which I name (for artistic/aesthetic reasons) the Ahrimanic
in the act of thinking produces illusory thoughts, which realm of
illusions Tomberg has called: the Realm of the
False Holy Spirit. This is that portion of the ethereal or
thought-world ruled by the legions of Lucifer. It is at the
boundary of the ethereal and astral planes of existence. According to
Tomberg, to get through this realm one needs to be
accompanied by the Holy Mother.
this experience in life we begin to come to know the crucifixion. We die inwardly
in order to travel higher into the thought-world
consciously, yet in this death we are caught by the Holy
Mother, just as is depicted in Michaelangelos The
Pieta. The thinking I gives up its self for the other - for the Thou, thus experiencing a kind of death in the
has said there are more illusions in the spiritual world
than there are in the material world.
is looking at the process of thinking from below upward. When we view
this process in the fashion it creatively happens, we travel it
from above downward - from, as pointed out before, the realm of the uncreated and formless, through the
space bound world of imaginations
(and mental pictures) into the space and
time bound realm of discursive thinking in the forms of
is different from true Faith, the latter being an act of trust in the Divine, not an idea of the Divine. When we
encounter fundamentalism, of either the religious or the scientific kind, we are meeting
a rigidly held belief, which possesses (or holds in bondage)
the mind of the speaker.
MacCoun, in her book On Becoming an Alchemist, writes: that the belief in absolute facts is ahrimanic (she doesnt
actually use that name, but it is obvious she means to refer to a Being), and the belief
in absolute truths is luciferic (again the same caution).
If people treat the works of Rudolf Steiner as an absolute authority on anything, they are falling into a relationship of bondage with those ideas. In a way this is a kind of self-generated entombment. This is different from social entombment, where the expressions of the good and the true are experienced by the I in the soul as an inability to effect the outer world. However hard we try to manifest the good and the true in the social world, it is rejected or otherwise not heard. We feel we are alone and powerless. Like someone buried alive (entombed, but living), we fight and struggle against the social world's refusal to hear us.
There is a way out of the Tomb. Our empathy must be so rich, that we realize that the other - the Thou - does not need to be like us. The Thou is entitled to Its own version of the true and the good, and we must then sacrifice that version which is ours, and learn, as Steiner pointed out in The Inner Aspects of the Social Question: to hear the Christ Impulse in the other's thinking. For our own biography we need the true and the good in order to act the Consciousness Soul, but at the same time part of the true and the good is that the other - the Thou - is not seen, if Judged.
is not a commentary on the nature of sense perception, but only on the
characteristics of thinking as perception - as seeing. (10)
crisis situation thinking is aided by the adrenaline to
focus and concentrate. We can ourselves learn to focus and concentrate
without this chemical (astral) support. Through either process we can wake up in the
realm of the uncreated and the formless. We will then see with the thinking. To consciously
experience this, and to also act in the world on the basis of
this seeing is the experience of the resurrection at the level of our inner life. The social
world often compels our seeing.
Zen master sees the situation of his student. The mother, when thinking
selflessly, sees what to do in a moment of crisis with her
child. The soldier, or first responder, sees with their thinking what the right action
athlete calls this: being in the zone.
The mind in this condition, which is generally completely spontaneous, is free - no longer in bondage to its old thoughts and mental habits.
This, when sustained while in contact with the world of pure spirit, Steiner called: Intuition. In our ordinary life we call it likewise: intuition, without the capital letter. We are united with the Idea in either case, although Steiners Intuition means a fully aware experience of the Divine Being, free of our own body - or sense free (body free) thinking. In the more ordinary types of consciousness, where our self-consciousness is seeing/perceiving, we have taken to having our ordinary language talk about a bright idea, or in a cartoon we have someone with a light-bulb going off over their head. The concentrated action in thinking lights up the mind.
Goethe on his death bed.
spontaneous action we have what MacCoun describes as see, do. Perceiving and
acting are united. Because our attention is focused on the needed
action, we dont notice the inner activity of
seeing/perceiving because we are too committed to the outer
world action to notice the inner world lighting up. In the East, if this state
of pure intuitive experience is constant, it is called: enlightenment.
the following personal experience one day. I was in my
kitchen with a friend, and also with my youngest daughter, who was about 3 and one half
years old at that time. My
daughter was skipping around the room, tripped over
her own feet, and fell forward with her chin striking the
corner of the clothes dryer which was also in that room.
immediately picked her up, and sat her on the dryer, looking at her
carefully to see her condition. She had not yet started to cry, something one
ordinarily expects to happen very soon. I next
immediately recalled that there was a bottle of Arnica in a
nearby cabinet. I quickly took the bottle out, unstoppered it
and placed some on a finger tip, which I then placed under her nose for her to
smell. I next took another bit on a finger tip, and rubbed up
between her eyebrows over the astral/ethereal doorway to the
pineal gland. Only after these actions did I look at her
chin, notice there was no open wound, and applied the
never before thought about any of these actions, other than the
last one. All the same, I saw/I did. She did not cry at all, and was soon
very calm, and sat in my lap for a while before returning
visiting friend, who was also a curative eurythmist, said to my
daughter: Your father is very wise. Perhaps. What I did know
was how to think - how to be empty or poor in spirit. I didnt need a
content of knowledge already existing, stored
somewhere in memory - I only needed to know how to think. I do not mean
here to denigrate experience and memory, but only to
point to the capacities of the purely intuitive mind.
trusted the world behind my eyes, and saw in the dark.
This Pure Thinking is pure in three ways: It is pure in the sense that the attention of our I is oriented fully away from sense experience (we dont actually have to leave the body to do this). It is also pure in a consciously intended moral sense - that is our thinking is fully other-directed. We have no egoistic stake in the outcome of the thinking activity, for we do it for others not for ourselves. The third way such thinking is pure is that it is only of concepts and ideas - that is the object of thought is the thought-world itself.
Rudolf Steiner described this kind of inner moral activity in The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity, as moral imagination, moral intuition, and moral technique. This activity can be applied both in the outer world of our social environment, and in the world of contemplative thought alone. To apply it contemplatively, or while in a state of reverie or meditation, means to turn around and enter into the thought-world on purpose - as a place in itself.
deeper (higher) we go, the more
consciously we become able to wake up in the realm of the
uncreated and formless, where moral thought arises out of our own
creative activity. When we live the true and the good from out of
this realm of experience, then we are truly free - no bondage to the idea. Weve become a
spirit-thought-creator, and then we are seen. Again, as pointed out by Steiner in Truth and
Man is not a passive onlooker in relation to evolution, merely repeating in mental pictures cosmic events taking place without his participation; he is the active co-creator of the world-process, and cognition is the most perfect link in the organism of the universe.
consciousness, as it faces the social-trials of the biography, is the
naturally arising expression of the Seven Stages of the Passion
of Christ. This then is the science or physics of the life of
thought as religious or moral art.
For the American Soul, we now have cowboys and cowgirls, as women more and more claim their rightful places society. Again, following the mythical archetype of the Western as regards the American Soul, and remembering that this Soul is the leading edge of changes in consciousness occurring on a world-wide scale, those who "think" their way to the true and the good, or live in what Steiner called the Consciousness Soul, burn with a kind of fire for the true and the good that involves them becoming Christ-like in their biographical environments, however small and intimate.
such fore-runners they then are destined to live the Seven
Stages of the Passion of Christ in their individual
biographical niche. This can be true even if someone is in a
prison, or works in a large Corporation, or is homeless.
this biographical niche they will run into, and become
involved with, those individuals serving other impulses. Our Age
then is an epic social conflagration brought about by the
naturally occurring differences among individuals, which is
bringing in its train that Age of Earth Existence the Hopi
Prophets called: the Day of Purification. As a first act
in this true New Age, Western Civilization is failing.
serving other impulses are not necessarily wrong. Each
biographical Path is perfect, and overseen by the most profound Love (see note 6, again). Each follows
their own drummer - their own music.
my Father's House are many mansions.
Not all thoughts that we utter come from this organic and
living sequence of ascent and descent. Some thoughts
come from memory, such as where we store Steiner-said.
We also speak out of habits of thought, which too live in
the astral/ethereal matrix, often in the Realm of the False
Holy Spirit. The liar is trapped in the illusions spun
by his or her lies - a false idea we don't confront places
us in bondage. Steiner called speech without true
(2) Learning to Perceive the American Soul http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/learning.html
(5) The Mystery of Evil in the Light of the Sermon on the Mount http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/mysteryofevil.html
(6) The Art of God: an actual theory of Everything: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html
(7) see Zen Anthroposophy: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/ZenA.html
(8) The IDEA of the thought-world: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/thoughtworld.html
(9) The Idea of Mind: a Christian meditator considers the problem of consciousness: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/tidom.html
(10) Carl Stegmann, in his book: The Other America: the West in the Light of Spiritual Science" called this new
thinking: clair-thinking: http://www.amazon.com/The-Other-America-Carl-Stegmann/dp/0945803281
Electicity and the Spirit in Nature .. - a tale of certain
considerations of the present state of science, in the light
of a modern practical understanding of the nature of mind -
(12) The Gift of the Word (a poem - meant to be read aloud): http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/giftoftheword.html
See the Beatles "I am the Walrus": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42luHhrsNhg
also: All You Need is Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydfH7iuLR0I