Most everyone has some
sense of the ideas of George Lucas on the Force, as represented in his
StarWars movies and television productions. His views are not
new, although many were surprised by these ideas. Consider that
everything can have a name ... it doesn't have to have a name, but it
can. Life or vital forces used to be discussed in Physics, and
light and gravity etc. were at one time thought to be transmitted (like
a wave in the water) via the existence of a luminous aether (including
a vital force).
Most spiritual paths encounter this situation, from a variety of points
of view. I'll describe these briefly next, and leave to the
reader of this any interest in pursuing details.
There is a Magic path taught through the books of Franz Bardon, and the
links for introductory ideas can be found above. There is also a
large presence on the Internet of Bardon students and their
works. He teaches, among other things, knowledge of
powers. To master these powers requires a lot of exercises of a
kind you won't see mentioned in StarWars movies or in Harry Potter
books. Real wizardly knowledge requires a lot of effort, and
neither StarWars or Harry Potter is much awake to that reality.
Why should they, for they are works of fiction.
For example, Bardon teaches working with what he calls "the
light". One practices exercises where we learn to breath in and
out "the light", and to condense it (concentrate) it, and put it into
objects such as talismans or directly into a human body for
healing. The breathing exercise allows us to have a direct
perceptual experience of this "light", through our "feelings".
"Trust your feelings" Luke is told in StarWars. We can learn to
"feel" the light and later can come to see it as well.
This light is
not *color, which we'll come to hints concerning later.
Bardon either tells a big fib, or wants for some other reason to sow
confusion, for there is a distinction about the light which he ignores.
If we consider "the light" (an older name for the ethereal) to be the
same thing or similar to "the life force", we can find in the writings
of the anonymous author of Meditations
on the Tarot: a journey into Christian Hermeticism a discussion of "force" in Arcanum Eleven. The tarot symbol
of Arcanum Eleven is of a woman holding open the jaws of a lion.
In Arcanum Eleven a distinction is made between what its author calls: Bios and Zoe. While this is a
bit of an oversimplification, we could say that "the life force" has an
upper aspect and a lower aspect, such that Bios is its lower aspect,
and Zoe its
upper. Bios is more earthly in a sense, and Zoe more
heavenly. Bardon only teaches concerning the more earthly aspects
of the light - its Bios aspects. Exactly why, I am uncertain,
while expecting mystery, ... such as this, from the Emerald Tablet -
which begins: The
above from the below, and the below from the above - the work of the
miracle of the One. And things have been from this primal substance
through a single act. How wonderful is this work! It is the main
(principle) of the world and is its maintainer. Its father is the sun
and its mother the moon; ...
Buddhism hardly deals with this force or the ethereal at all (at least
outwardly) Zen Buddhism steps right past all this stuff, and goes
straight at enlightenment. Tibetan Buddhism will admit
(when necessary for a student's development) the existence of these
"manifestations", but mostly keeps it all secret, for the very
existence of the possibilities of "powers" will awake in the student
considerable unwanted desires, and since the goal is after all to move
completely beyond desire, an involvement with powers is a big
Aboriginal paths well know these forces, calling them the Forces of the
Four Directions, and recognize not just the existence of force itself
(raw power or Bios) but as well qualitative emanations in the sense of
the characteristics of influence (Zoe) that such forces imbue on
existence, including the human being. The author of Meditations
relates this qualitative element of Zoe to the Holy Mother, and uses
the term emollient to describe how it operates. There is
some esoteric history which suggests that Atlantis was lost because of
the abuse of Bios powers and forces, and thus for a time knowledge of
these powers (Bios) and qualities (Zoe) had to be keep secret from
In Christianity one really cannot make a "scientific" connection with
Christ's healing miracles, without appreciating the Life Force on
occasion, and there is a long tradition of healings being done by
various Saints and preachers over the years. Because of the
possibility of fraud, the Catholic Church evolved its elaborate
safeguards regarding sainthood, while in Protestantism healing fraud is
quite common, and many people, whose troubles worry them, become easy
prey for the unscrupulous.
Most of this stuff is unbelievable in a scientific age, which is why we
Force" in StarWars as fiction, and the fantasy of
different kinds or acts of magic in Harry Potter (while waving a wand
and making funny noises).
us with Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy. Steiner, by the way,
went to great pains to distinguish his observations of the ethereal
from the older ideas of a vital or life force. This attitude is
Science has progressed to the point where it no longer just fools
around with inorganic matter, making technical devices and spliting the
atom. Science now invades the realm of the biological or the
living and organic, and is on the verge of being just as clumsy and
stupid as it was when it created atomic bombs. In the
biological realm science is now altering the DNA of the food supply,
with the same arrogant ignorance as when it made the bomb, and is by
this means putting the whole life sphere of the planet at risk.
If mankind continues to believe all is matter&there is no spirit,
ruin and destruction will fall upon us all as Life itself resists our
treachery. Already the signs are everywhere, and all the most
ancient prophetic traditions (such as the Hopi Prophecy)
predict this time of crisis.
Into this potential breach, the Divine Mystery itself has come, with
knowledge unimaginable. Beginning with Rudolf Steiner, and
then following on with his students, all manner of basic knowledge of the true Force has been
laid before humanity,
if it has the wisdom to approach it in the right way.
Called various names by Rudolf Steiner, but mostly in this way: the ethereal formative forces - these forces are shown to be sourced in the
cosmic periphery, and are the opposite of the centric forces we know as
Not only has there been a whole science of the ethereal formative
forces given out in lectures, but practical applications have been
provided for medicine, education, natural science, agriculture and much
As formative forces, these ethereal powers give rise to all organic
shape, and once understood this will enable us to finally step past the
stumbling block in biology that causes such weird approaches to how
matter, using only DNA chemistry, can give us form.
Even in inorganic matter, the balance of the gravity forces and the
levity (ethereal) forces plays a role (see George Adams: Universal
Forces in Mechanics).
Moreoever, these forces are shown to be the very forces by which human
beings think. In thinking human beings work directly with
ethereal formative forces, and by their means shape thought in ways not
before conceivable. This is not all ...
Steiner, in his role as the John the Baptist figure of the true Second
Coming has pointed out that in the cosmic field of the ethereal will
now be found Christ, clothed in an angel-like spirit form, making
Himself directly available to human contact. Our thinking is the
bridge by which individual human beings can now meet and experience
this aspect of Christ during a Rite that has to be called: the Second
Eucharist in the Ethereal.
What was a remarkable dream in the mind of George Lucas, exists in
reality in ways even he could not imagine.
Just Keep in
Mind that this term: "ethereal formative forces" is an aristotelian
... there being no abstract forces in Reality, only the will activity of Beings, as platonists know ...
Plato on the left, Aristotle on the right. One gesturing
earthward, the other heavenward. Part of Raphael's
The School of Athens.
Plato (and neo-plantonists) keeping to pagan lore, concerning elemental
creatures of fire ~!~ (will) intellect ~@~ (air) water ~&~
(feeling) ~!~@~&~ earth (consciousness) >>> the work of the miracle of the
For understandable reasons Steiner had to present his work in a form as
close as possible to the general understanding of the world held by
modern educated people, which means a world filled with categories of
abstractions ... aristotelianism running into a wall.
Here are some introductory books (there are dozens more), mostly
written out of the bridge being built from the aristotelianism of the
modern world, to a New Paganism, in the sense of a real ceremonial
reverence for the Mothers-may-i. The return of the Moon
Beings/forces into proper alignment with the Earth, will upset most
religious, and most scientific, believers. A good grounding for
that transformation, which is to be the heart of the Third Millennium,
can be found in studying the works below. That's if one wants to
keep the light of the enlightenment still shinning. Otherwise, we
go backwards, into vain sorceries and human sacrifices.
Man or Matter: Introduction to a Spiritual Understanding of Nature on
the Basis of Goethe's Method of Training Observation and Thought, by
Ernst Lehrs Ph. D. (were among much else, *color is described as the
"deeds and suffering of light").
Physical and Ethereal Spaces, by George Adams
The Plant between Sun and Earth, George Adams and Olive Whicher
Projective Geometry: Creative Polarities in Space and Time
Living Thinking in Action, by Joel A. Wendt
by Rudolf Steiner:
Spiritual Science and Medicine
The Light Course
The Warmth Course
Beginning was the Word, and the Word was toward God, and God was what
the Word was. It was with God, in the Beginning. All things
happened through it, and not one thing that has happened, has happened
without it. In it was
Life and the Life was the Light of the World." Prologue to the Gospel of John.
At the same time, as all his other lecturing and writing was happening,
Steiner was asked for and gave lectures to "the workmen", - laborers
and craftsmen that do the heavy lifting of making this neo-pagan temple
right in front of everyone in Europe, which of course was burned to the
ground - physically, meanwhile the Idea Lives On ...
These workmen included wise people too, not just the high cultured and
educated central Europeans. But as a group, whose hands and limbs
were tough with muscle and callus, they to wanted to know and asked
questions, ... those very questions tell their own Tale. Imagine now a
gathering in Switzerland, during WWI (picture on left is from
1914). Out of harms way the Temple Builders, including a few
Travelers, Mystics and Gypsies - folk who move around a lot - willing
to live in tents and wagons, have wonderful skills, and only on
occasion make trouble.
realities and dreams, for sale, with some palm reading on the side
What did the workman&women make of Steiner's ceremonial laying of
the foundation stone for the original Goetheanum, out in the open air,
and turning/moving ritualistically, along with speaking to the Four
Directions, just as do those Aboriginal Americans do in their pipe
What fairy and fey folk danced along side all that effort and work in
Switzerland, during WWI. Who might be there that notices the
little people, material and otherwise. A
temple such as this has not been seen for millennia. But
that's old-Europe, where a title still had status, and there were gents
called Dr., ... even some women folks. Frau's and Frauleins
flitted about wearing veils wandering over the grassy hills, doing outdoors
Eurythmy, as buildings rose, and burned and fell to ash, to return
- spirit-stubborn against the darkest times, although no doubt many
debts accrued for actions taken, ... or not taken. Hard times in
Central Europe, we American's cannot imagine ... some workers asking
questions used the word: "masters" referentially describing their
betters for whom they labored ...
will only be on the American Continents,
that Steiner's works will bear their greatest fruits.
chester's seven-sided platonic solid
After all ... over in America, we recall the European Invasion
and failed attempted Genocide - over in the Americas, where/when we
do serious Earth Medicine, it has names like Standing
Wallstreet, and Levitate
Magic is real, ... it is a materialistic&fundamentalist
that lives lives tragically bogus. Everyone's a natural mystic
floating in the air ... and all the perennial pogroms will never
triumph over the music ...
what a human being is: living music ...
modern prophecy rock =
#1 On Becoming a Real Wizard - introduction (part one): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBCW9MyliMM
#2 On Becoming a Real Wizard - introduction (part two): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgaZerhm0po
#3 On Becoming a Real Wizard - introduction (part three): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnxTRphQcq4
#4 On Becoming a Real Wizard - introduction (part four): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frz3C81Ct5A
#5 On Becoming a Real Wizard - introduction (part five): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMu3gACuhCE
#6 On Becoming a Real Wizard - introduction (part six): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOnZmY46KME
Straight Talk about the ambiguities of manifesting powers:
#7 Powers (part one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESydqxCqvdg
#8 Powers (part two) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqrFNXpWUDE
#9 Powers (part three) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8lPU4SHtLA
#10 Powers (part four) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9vZD1BhZHc
#11 Powers (part five) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owXMJxeQWBc
#12 Powers (part six) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzszxSDuwUg
#13 Powers (part seven) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g3GjB19VZ8
final words on this element of true Wizardry... (from Lazy Bear's
Wizardly Emporium - see link above)
modern wizard has no need for powers, although the dream of powers is a
common enough fantasy. The Divine Mystery does not need for
humans to have powers in this Age, although it does hope for certain
forms of mastery. Mastery of the Shadow in the Soul is one such
power the Divine Mystery hopes for us to seek, and with that some
Craft, perhaps even Art, in the use of the Gift of the Word.
These are hard enough goals for any human being, and while somewhat
difficult, they are frequently more easy to attain than many might
think, for the real question involves turning one's heart and mind in
the right direction, honestly facing the right questions: How do
I learn Mastery of the Shadow in the Soul? and, How do I discover the
Way to create with the Gift of the Word?
There is much hidden in obvious
places in our lives. We have, for example, a fascination with
Dragons, and a modern Wizard is one who has learned that our true human
spirit, when freed of its social and karmic encrustations, is a
Dragon. We are Dragon's on the deep inside, as Ursula LeGuin has
shown through her use of the Gift of the Word, in her six novels placed
in the fantasy world of Earthsea. It was his Dragon that Gandolf
revealed to Bilbo in the first Lord of the Rings movie, when Gandolf
seems to grow larger and larger and loom over that oh so small Hobbit
while he struggles with his Shadow. It is our Dragon self that
knows how to Master the Shadow, and who knows the nature of True
Speech. We are magical beings in essence, bits and pieces of the
Divine Mystery - Dragons out of ancient lore, wise, deep, flying and
fire breathing beings of great power and immortal hearts. We have
had to forget this for a time, in order to raise our Dragon Nature from
mere instinct into conscious choice and action. As someone said
recently in the social activism movements: It is not our weaknesses we
fear, but our power.
All the same, let us not
forget the dark side of the force. Here is a link to a
collection of material that also exists in other places on the shadow.
#14 East and West: traditional vs. scientific wisdom (part one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAhDDIRbcYs
#15 East and West: traditional vs. scientific wisdom (part two) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxYMTr0wQ4Q
#16 East and West: traditional vs. scientific wisdom (part three) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpgNuN8PKvs
#17 East and West: traditional vs. scientific wisdom (part four) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQRXMwrdd04
#18 East and West: traditional vs. scientific wisdom (part five) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhWy0ws5d_8
#19 East and West: traditional vs. scientific wisdom (part six) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIWelN31UCE
#20 East and West: traditional vs. scientific wisdom (part seven)
#21 Health and Wisdom (part one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqNzxSb5vfg
#22 Health and Wisdom (part two) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Giz_0T3Ns
#23 Health and Wisdom (part three) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVMNWKzUkKk
#24 Health and Wisdom (part four) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ0YLrnVYzs
#25 Health and Wisdom (part five) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP_fWbkY5ys
#26 Health and Wisdom (part six) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FurjV2iqQBI
#27 Health and Wisdom (part seven) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQerzY3Iwi8
#28 Health and Wisdom - footnotes (part one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d2CA5Vr6O4
#29 Health and Wisdom - footnotes (part two) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPNYEDPz2hM
#30 Health and Wisdom - footnotes (part three) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm94Om0NCCc
#31 Health and Wisdom - footnotes (part four) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiosLO5dDcg