Re: The Life of the Earth in Past & Future Dornach, 17.2.23
- The head is mostly outside in cosmic space, so it can most easily be
cured with silica; the stomach is more closely connected with the earth,
hence it can most easily be cured with mica. And that which lies more in
the centre, the lungs, etc. can well be cured with feldspar, it is
prepared in an appropriate way.
Now you see, if we understand Nature, we actually understand also what
are the healing forces for human nature. But one must have a sense for
the way in which the cosmos collaborates with our Earth.
You see, one can always explain definite matters only for definite
occasions. Thus, now that we are further advanced, I can give you a more
definite explanation of the migration of birds. Our modern Science is
very abstract concerning bird-migration in autumn and spring. In spring
the birds forsake their warmer haunts; and in autumn when it grows
colder, the more northerly regions. But there are birds which fly over
the ocean in a south-easterly direction - and, it is very strange, these
birds fly extremely fast and do not rest on the way. That can be proved,
because it can be proved that there are no islands at all on the paths
which these birds often follow. And they fly very high, so that ordinary
Science cannot answer the question: What, actually do they breathe up
there? For one would expect them to be suffocated at that height. And
the scientists have not hit upon an explanation of how these birds find
their way. Some have said: Well, it is an inherited faculty; the young
ones have always inherited it from the old. And then the old birds teach
the young ones, and so it is quite easy for the young ones to do it.
Thus, when the autumn comes, the old swallows set up a school, the young
are taught, the old ones fly in front, the young, behind, imitating
That is how men have pictured it.
But, gentlemen, not all migratory birds do this; this is quite a
peculiar case. It often happens with migrants - for instance, in
Africa - that when spring comes to us, the old migrants fly away first,
returning to us. The young ones hold out longer, because they are still
strong; the old ones make their escape earlier, and leave the young ones
behind. They neither teach them, nor act as guides; the young ones have
to find their way alone.