- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "swirling_dervish"
> My type of thinking is definately not linear, which is why its so
> for me to put what I really think up on the screen like you guys do.So, spherical thinking would be to your taste?
> No my thinking involves being able to hold at least four conflicting
> thoughts at the same time.
"Before the change of teeth you can still see quite clearly at
work the effects of the childâs habits of life before birth or
conception, in its pre-earthly existence in the spiritual world. The
body of the child acts almost as though it were spirit, for the
spirit that has descended from the spiritual world is still fully
active in a child in the first seven years of life.
"You will say: A fine sort of spirit! It has become quite
boisterous; for the child is rampageous, awkward, and incompetent.
Is all this to be attributed to the spirit belonging to its pre-
earthly life? Well, my dear friends, suppose all you clever and well-
brought-up people were suddenly condemned to remain always in a room
having a temperature of 144o Fahrenheit? You couldnât do it! It is
even harder for the spirit of the child, which has descended from
the spiritual worlds, to accustom itself to earthly conditions.
"The spirit, suddenly transported into a completely different world,
with the new experience of having a body to carry about, acts as we
see the child act. Yet if you know how to observe and note how each
day, each week, each month, the indefinite features of the face
become more definite, the awkward movements become less clumsy, and
the child gradually accustoms itself to its surroundings, then you
will realize that it is the spirit from the pre-earthly world that
is working to make the childâs body gradually more like itself.
"We shall understand why the child is as it is if we observe the
child in this way, and we shall also understand it is the descended
spirit that is acting as we see it within the childâs body.
Therefore for someone who knows the mysteries of the spirit it is
both wonderful and delightful to observe a little child. In doing so
one learns not of the earth, but of heaven.
"In so-called âgood children,â as a rule, their bodies have already become heavy, even in infancy, and the spirit cannot properly take hold of the body. Such children are quiet; they do not scream and
rush about, they sit still and make no noise.
"The spirit is not active within them, because their bodies offer
such resistance. It is often the case that the bodies of so-called
good children offer resistance to the spirit.
"In the less well-behaved children who make a great deal of
healthy noise, who shout properly, and give a lot of trouble, the
spirit is active, though of course in a clumsy way, for it has been
transported from heaven to earth; but the spirit is active within
them. It is making use of the body. You may even regard the
wild screams of a child as most enthralling, simply because you
thereby experience the martyrdom the spirit has to endure
when it descends into a child-body.
"Yes, my dear friends, it is easy to be a grown-up personâ"easy
for the spirit, I mean, because the body has then been made
ready, it no longer offers the same resistance. It is quite easy to
be a full-grown person but extremely difficult to be a child. The
child itself is not aware of this because consciousness is not yet
awake. It is still asleep, but if the child possessed the
consciousness it had before descending to earth it would soon notice
this difficulty: if the child were still living in this pre-earthly
consciousness its life would be a terrible tragedy, a really terrible
"For you see, the child comes down to earth; before this
it has been accustomed to a spiritual substance from which it
drew its spiritual life. The child was accustomed to deal with
that spiritual substance. It had prepared itself according to its
karma, according to the result of previous lives. It was fully
contained within its own spiritual garment, as it were. Now it has to
descend to earth. I should like to speak quite simply about these
things, and you must excuse me if I speak of them as I would if
I were describing the ordinary things of the earth. I can speak of
them thus because they are so. Now when a human being is to
descend, a body must be chosen on the earth."