10. Consciousness does not arise through a continuation of those activities which derive from the physical and etheric bodies; rather both of these bodies must reach rock-bottom, or even below that, in order to "make room" for consciousness. They are not the originators of consciousness, but merely provide the platform on which the spirit must stand in order to generate consciousness in earthly life. Just as man on earth needs a platform on which to stand, the spirit needs the material foundation of earth on which it can evolve. However, as a planet in space does not need a ground under it in order to claim its place, so the spirit whose contemplation is not directed through the senses towards the material, but by its own forces towards the spiritual does not need this material foundation in order to trigger its conscious activity.