Some Thoughts Arising on Joel Wendt’s Essay on The  Culmination. 

by Elizabeth Ancrum MacKenzie

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It is my view, in the mind’s eye, that at the time of Christ’s Incarnation the Aristotelians in the  spiritual world functioned as “living concepts” of Christ’s Being, and the “living percepts”, the 
eye-witnesses around Jesus Christ were predominantly Platonists. So the concepts or  conceivers were living human beings just as the eye-witnesses, the perceivers, were living  human beings. 

The full Reality of Christ comprises both what those on Earth with Jesus Christ perceived  and experienced AND what R.S calls the “reversed Christ event; the departure of Christ from 
the Sun.”, the experience of the Aristotelians.   What unites percept and concept is thinking – but here we are positing human beings as the  concepts and percepts of an event so what unites them is also a being..Michael, the Regent  of the Cosmic Intelligence.
These groups of souls have essentially different experiences of the event. The one group  experience the culmination of the departure of a Cosmic spiritual being from His cosmic  spiritual home, a cosmic planetary experience. The other group of souls have the  experience of a man on earth, a human being, an Andropos experience.  In the souls of those around Jesus Christ is the question “Who is He?”. This we have from  Matthew, Mark and John. And this question echoes even into our own day.   In the other souls the question is more like “Where has Christ gone? What does “Earth” 
mean?” Again a question that echoes in souls even into our days. 

This viewpoint arose from many years of carrying around RS’s insight that the Aristotelians  were not on earth during the Mystery of Golgotha.  From this viewpoint the history of the Platonists and the Aristotelians as described by RS  can be viewed as a history in pursuit of answers to these soul questions arising on earth and  in the spiritual world at the Turning Point of Time. This history can also be viewed as the  history of human thinking from one Michael age, the time of Plato and Aristotle, to the new  Michael age, our own days. One could also say it is the history proceeding from the time  when concept and percept separated to make room for intellect in the human being...when  human perception was losing its clairvoyance and the thinking faculty began to lose the  experience of thoughts as beings approaching from without and experience them as  concepts, produced within.
So without too much strain one could also view the history of the Platonists and Aristotelians  as the fate of percept and concept and all the antitheses that can derive from one-sidedness  regarding their roles in cognition. Theirs are the leading roles, as it were, in the drama of  cognition.  
Of course this viewpoint, in the mind’s eye, hinges on and is workable (ie revelatory) through  the conjecture that the rhythm of alternating incarnations of Platonists and Aristotelians  began after the simultaneous incarnations of Plato,Socrates, Aristotle and Alexander. This  rhythm, as far as we know, came to an end in the 19thC, the start of the new Michael age,  with again simultaneous incarnations of all these individualities. 

What, if anything, can this mean? 

At the moment of the Baptism in Jordan the Aristotelians must have experienced something  like a spiritual eclipse of the spiritual sun, lasting for 3 years. For had not Christ chosen a  new abode? But Michael remained with them enabling them to bear it. They experienced at  the baptism in Jordan something like the eclipse of the sun that would occur for the  Platonists only at the Crucifixion. 

(Those coming to Earth in the immediate aftermath of the atom bomb would also experience  something like a spiritual/moral eclipse of the earth by the black sun demon Sorat. One  could connect all this to the appearance of Christ in the etheric of the earth and I am sure  there is much more to be worked out here.) 

As the Aristotelians came to Earth again after the Mystery of Golgotha their souls would be  plunged into the Earth question regarding Jesus Christ “Who was He?” for they had no “is”  experience of Jesus Christ on earth. One could perhaps say that for them the Mystery  revolved around Jesus of Nazareth.  The Platonists, rising into the spiritual world would now meet the completed “reverse Christ  event” but with varying degrees of consciousness regarding the Crucifixion and the events  thereafter. 

I am sure there are many among us, and not among us, who can, in the right way re-live  these experiences and follow the nodal growth points to come to further understanding. I am  thinking here of the way leading through Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition and not the  way through Stigmata and its fixed visionary components.  The Mystery of Golgotha was both a culmination and a new departure. 

So, from this viewpoint what was the culmination spoken of by RS? Well one could say, it  was the meeting on Earth of the living human concepts and living human percepts of Christ  under the gaze of Michael in the Consciousness Soul Epoch. The full Reality of Jesus Christ  is the meeting of concept and percept on this side of the threshold, no longer, as it were,  across the divide of the threshold. Christ is met on Earth, no longer in Heaven. 

But another fact plays in. That fact is the end, as far as we know, of the alternating rhythm  of Platonist and Aristotelian incarnations ( in the broad sense, there will always be 
exceptions) sought by Aristotle as now an earthly necessity. He himself “converted”. He  took on, with regard to Anthroposophy, the Platonic task. 

There are many ways to view this, but one way is that in each of us, concept and percept  must be brought together by our individual thinking. In other words, natural Platonists can  freely “convert” to Aristotle, and natural Aristotelians can freely “convert” to Plato. Both are  Christian. This inner flexibility is indeed a “threshold crossing”, for each leaves the safe soul  – ground of known experience for the unexperienced soul-ground of the other. Each has to  “walk upon the waters” to meet the other. 

This inner conversion involves sacrifice for the greater good of Anthroposophy. It is an inner  task for individuals who may find, in this life, an outer expression of this in the meeting of  Platonist with Aristotelian.  Regardless, out of this certainly sacrificial process in RS we have gained Anthroposophy as  we know it. 

This has little to do with the Society, except as context for such meetings, and as Joel’s  essay points out there are other contexts. However whilst it may have little to do with the  Society I believe it has everything to do with the Movement, for not all Platonists or  Aristotelians are anthroposophists. Many natural Platonists within the AS have been  excluded, expelled or had life made intolerable within the AS...but then so have a number of  Aristotelians! 

Did the culmination spoken of by RS take place? Well Christ is certainly not the property of  the AS and its members or former members. So I have no doubt that many “living human  percepts” have met many “living human concepts” out in the wide world. The question for  Anthroposophists, it seems to me, can only be whether such meetings took or are taking  place with a sufficient degree of consciousness within the world of Anthroposophy to give  to the rest of the world what it needs. 

Is it necessary to identify a further incarnation of RS to “ground” this culmination in his  being? That must be an open question for each individual, to cover which the Scots have a 
well known line of poetry,  “The best- laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft agley..” 
To me, the meeting of Prokofieff and von Halle is a meeting in this context but is a terrifically  sad caricature. Sad not because they represent the best of the two streams, but sad  because they do not. 
E.A.MacKenzie  Easter Tides 2014