>In a message dated 6/18/00 9:18:31 AM, email@example.com writes:
> > ...It is no longer a case of a person's instinctive clairvoyance
> >reaching out into things; he leaves his body entirely and transports himself
> >into the outer world. What does he have there? As he thus exercises the
> >very first and subtlest function of clairvoyance he comes into possession of
> >moral intuitions, moral imagination. He departs from the ground of
> >discover the spirit in this first realm, the moral realm, within the sphere
> >of technology, for the spirit is nonetheless to be found there."
>*******Very interesting quote. I take it to mean that to our materialist
>consciousness there's nothing but 'matter' and 'facts', while all values
>appear to be 'subjective'; but that one of the first things a man should
>experience on attaining the body-free state is moral imagination & intuition,
>sensing what is moral. Then, a person can no longer hold that the world is
>subjective and right and wrong mere opinions: to hold so, then, either means
>one has not attained body-free thinking, or one is blocking the moral
>awakening by clinging to material consciousness instead of growing, yes?
Well, yes..and no. You have the quote a bit out of context. I have
become a stickler for 'context" when quoting the good Doctor, so
pardon me if I'm a tad tedious.
The excerpt began with the phrase ""The problem basic to the writing
of the [Philosophy of Freedom was] the following. What we had to face
clearly was the fact that we live in an age of technology."(It goes
on the discuss our relationship to this new world.) Therefore, I
believe the focus of the above quote has more to do with the
possibility of finding the spirit within the new group of beings we
create by technology and the fact that the spirit does exist in this
realm. Dr. Steiner also mentions that long ago the possibility of
finding the spirit was an aspect of natural clairvoyance, and this
way is no longer possible.
For me, the most interesting part of this particular quote are the
words "first" and "subtlest". This seems to me to be a clear
indication that Steiner is saying this is something we will miss
unless great care is taken to notice, and due to is rarefied nature,
this intuition or moral realm can pass by unnoticed.
I find nothing in the above quote referring to right or wrong
opinions. This quote simply says that the moral realm is in the
sphere of technology, and one must leave one's ordinary self behind
in order to find it. If you take the next logical step...to the
~effects~ of body-free thinking, then you have arrived at your idea
that a person can/should no longer hold to mere opinions because he
is able to sense what is truly moral.
For myself, however, I can't imagine a circumstance where anyone
would "block the moral awakening by clinging to material
consciousness instead of growing." It seems to me that the activity
of attaining the state of body-free thinking would of itself prevent
casting aside the fruits of moral imagination. If this should happen,
I would suspect more that the individual was not fully conscious in
the moral realm in the first place. I suppose this goes back to the
word "subtlest". A person can just miss it!