To become wise means that one develops what has been won in earlier
incarnations in such a way that it fills us in this incarnation.
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Another virtue can be called though it is difficult to describe it
exactly - the virtue of Courage. It contains the mood which does not
remain passive towards life, but is ready to use its strength and
activity. It can be said that this virtue comes from the heart. Of one
who has this virtue in ordinary life it can be said: he has his heart in
the right place.
This is a good expression for our condition when we do not withdraw in a
timid way from things which life asks from us, but when we are prepared
to take ourselves in hand and know how to intervene where it is
necessary. When we are inclined to get moving, confidently and bravely,
we have this virtue. It is connected with a healthy life of feeling,
which develops bravery at the right moment, while its absence brings
This virtue can naturally be used in the physical course of life only
through specific organs. These organs, to which the physical and
ethereal hearts belong, are not so perfect as those which serve wisdom.
These organs are on the way to alter, and will indeed become different
in the future.
There is a great distinction between the brain and the heart in their
relation to cosmic evolution. Suppose that a man goes through the gate
of death, and passes through life between death and a new birth. His
brain is altogether a work of the Gods. The brain is permeated by forces
which leave him altogether when he goes through the gate of death, and
for his next life the brain is built up entirely anew, not only
materially, but also in its inner forces. That is not the case with the
heart. With the heart it is so, that not the physical heart itself, but
the forces which are active in the physical heart, remain in existence.
These forces withdraw into the astral and into the Ego, and continue in
existence between death and a new birth. The same forces, which beat
within our hearts, beat again next time in our new incarnation. What
works in the brain has gone; that does not appear in the next
incarnation. But the forces active in the heart reappear in the next
incarnation. If we contemplate the interior of the head we can say:
invisible forces are working there, which compose the brain.