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Re: Rudolf Steiner on Drugs

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    Welcome to those new members- Cheers *clink, clink!* Further on this mystery of alcohol: Apart from the direction alcohol guided us -downwards - there is also
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 9, 1999
      Welcome to those new members- Cheers *clink, clink!*

      Further on this mystery of alcohol:
      Apart from the direction alcohol guided us -downwards - there is also
      the fascinating connection it has with the Self.
      Here's the quote from the Gospel of John Lectures 23 May 1908:

      "In future, people will be able to say in the most literal sense that it
      was the task of alcohol to pull man down into the material world so far
      that he would become selfish, and that alcohol would lead him to demand
      the use of his self for his own purpose, so that it would no longer
      serve the whole nation... Alcohol has removed man's capacity to feel at
      one with the universe in the higher worlds."

      It is interesting that a people such as the Australian Aboriginal still
      had this feeling of at oneness with the land and cosmos. They of course
      did not have the use of alcohol 'til the arrival of the white man.

      After the Incarnation the use of alcohol became decadent. It was Christ
      who was to bring the gift of the independent Self:
      "His mission consisted of bringing man the full power of the Self, the
      inner independence of soul."
      -St John Lectures

      Alcohol prepared the way for the independent Self but now it creates a
      separate self of its own.

      The Self manifests itself on Earth by the agency of the ethereal warmth:

      "The effect of ethereal heat permeates the total organism...it is the
      medium through which man's spiritual self can come into contact with the
      living, physical body."

      Alcohol acts like an interior imitation of sunshine. Through this
      separate warmth organisation it now interferes with the Self. The Self
      is disrupted:

      "We may therefore say that to take alcohol is to produce a counter-ego
      in oneself. For it has the effect of influencing action that should
      spring freely from the resolution of the ego: alcohol thinks, feels and
      acts in the ego's place. A person in this situation lets a purely
      external, material ego dictate to him. Alcohol prevents his own ego from
      acting, thus making him its slave."

      This is "Big Al's" game and purpose now- slavedriver.

      I'll tie up the loose ends on this thread with Dr.Steiner's description
      on the effects of alcohol on the body next time.

      RS from "The Problems of Nutrition"

      "It would take too long to explain the spiritual scientific reason
      showing that alcohol produces physically and in an external way out of
      the plant, just what a man should develop physically within himself
      through his ego being centered within him. It is a fact inwardly
      perceived through spiritual science that when a person drinks alcohol,
      it takes over the specific activity that otherwise belongs wholly to the
      person's ego. A person who drinks much alcohol needs less food and his
      body will require less nourishment than is normally required in the
      process of combustion.

      It calls forth forces that otherwise would be called forth by the ego's
      inner penetration. Thus, a person can externalize the activity of his
      ego by infusing his body with alcohol. Consequently, alcohol imitates
      and copies the activity of the ego, and you can understand why it is
      that people turn to it. To the extent, however, that a man replaces his
      inner self with such a substitute, to that extent does he become its
      slave. If otherwise qualified, a man will be better able to unfold the
      best forces of his ego when he abstains from alcohol altogether. By
      drinking alcohol an inner hindrance is created behind which something
      takes place that actually should and would be accomplished through the
      activity of the ego itself if the hindrance had not been produced. "
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