24Re: The Life of the Earth in Past & Future Dornach, 17.2.23
- Mar 15, 1999If you picture the earth thus (he draws it), and the stalks there, they
will all be drawn out into cosmic space, because the latter is
completely filled with a fine substance called ether, a substance which
also lives in the plants. But this life does not come from the earth; it
comes from cosmic space. So we can say:
Life comes simply out of cosmic space.
And that is how it is that when the ovum develops in the body of the
mother, the mother's body gives only the substance. What works upon the
ovum is the whole cosmic space. It is that which gives life to it. So,
you see, cosmic space works into all that lives.
Now look at plants; they grow, first of all, under the earth. If this
is the earth (he draws it), the plants grow within it. But this earth
is not an indifferent mass; it is actually something quite wonderful.
In this earth there are all sorts of substances; but in ancient days
three substances were quite specially important in it.
One was a substance called mica. Very little of it is found in plants
today, but though there is so little of it; it is extraordinarily
important. You may perhaps remember having seen flakes of mica - mica is
in the form of flakes or scales, little flakes which are often
transparent. The earth was at one time interspersed with these flakes of
mica. They lay in this direction (he draws). Then the earth was still
soft, there were forces of this kind. And there were other forces
opposite to them, running in this direction (again he draws), so that
there was an actual network in the earth. These other forces are
contained today in silica, in quartz.
And between them there is still another main substance: that is clay.
And this clay unites the other two, filling as it were in the network.
As a rock it is called felspar.
Thus at one time the earth was composed mainly of three kinds of rock.
But it was all soft and pulpy. There was the mica, which was
endeavouring to make the earth scaly, so that the earth would have
become scaly in a horizontal direction. Then there was the quartz, which
radiated in this way; (vertical line) and finally the felspar, which
cemented the two together.
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