Christ in America - Underworld levels
- Dear Brad, Steve, Harvey, etc.:
I'm tossing you this frisbee of info. on the "Nine Levels." I've
noted the recent mentions of the UnderWorld and related issues, and
although I've collated them and printed them out for more attentive
reading later on, here you go with this to keep you going! Good
stuff. In dealing with these things, and with the American approach
to them, we are confronted not only with distortions of time, place,
and culture, but also with the fact that, for at least the
pre-Columbians, ambiguity was not only tolerated, but delighted in.
Life is a tumbling, bouncing ball of chaos, right? - even though there
is a higher level of wisdom keeping things together. This artistic
sense of multiple aspects of deities - multi-valency in how they
interact and interchange - can be confounding for those of us that
like clear answers and orderly maps.
Perhaps the material I post here can be used as a touchstone and
reference for what is out there already on this subject. Further
comments by others can then avoid misquotation, use them for their own
Not included below is Robert Powell's material on the subject, which
is not terribly different than Steiner's, most particularly in its
excluive emphasis on its negative, "Qliphotic" aspects. If any of you
do not have this, let me know, and I will File it.
> Everyone over the mythic boardsof science and anyone who claims to study Spiritual Science must
stand on the ground of the ninefold inner core of Earth mysteries
and at least one aspect of the Mothers.
> Norse, Aztec, Dante, Spiritual Science, Theosophy, Christianity andThe Sermon on the Mount....Christ HImself, tells us of the alchemy
of this ninefoldness and once again...Ninefoldness up/Ninefoldness
down/and Ninefoldness in each human being...brings us dead center
with the I AM Structure of the Foundations Stone, Spiritual Science
and the Dodecahedron that Steiner shattered Science and history
with. Duh, we really don't grasp the shock of this stunning
historical deed yet do we?
Steinerian and Mesoamerican UnderWorlds
Subnatural levels in Anthroposophy and Mesoamerica
The formulation by Rudolf Steiner of the Nine Layers of Evil within
the Earth, from At the Gates of Spiritual Science (alternatively: At
the Gate of Theosophy), GA 95, lecture 14 in cycle I, of Sept. 4,
1906, Stuttgart. Rudolf Steiner Press, 1986, pp. 138-140:
The occult science of all epochs says the following about the interior
of the earth
1. The topmost layer, the mineral mass, is related to the interior as
an eggshell is to the egg. This topmost layer is called the Mineral Earth.
2. Under it is a second layer, called the Fluid Earth; it consists of
a substance to which there is nothing comparable on Earth. It is not
really like any of the fluids we know, for all these have a mineral
quality. This layer has specific characteristics: its substance begins
to display certain spiritual qualities, which consist in the fact that
as soon as it is brought into contact with something living, it
strives to expel and destroy this life. The occultist is able to
investigate this layer by pure concentration.
3. The "Air Earth". This is a substance, which annuls feelings: for
instance, if it is brought into contact with any pain, the pain is
converted into pleasure, and vice versa. The original form of feeling
is, so to speak extinguished, rather as the second layer extinguishes
4. The "Water Earth", or "Form Earth." It produces in the material
realm the effects that occur spiritually in Devachan. There, we have
the negative pictures of physical things. In the "Form Earth" a cube
of salt, for example, would be destroyed, but its negative would
arise. The form is as it were changed into its opposite; all its
qualities would pass out into its surroundings. The actual space
occupied by the object is left empty.
5. The "Fruit Earth." This substance is full of exuberant energy.
Every little part of it grows out at once like a sponge; it gets
larger and larger and is held in place only by the upper layers. It is
the underlying life which serves the forms of the layers above it.
6. The "Fire Earth." Its substance is essentially feeling and will.
It is sensitive to pain and would cry out if it were trodden on. It
consists, as it were, entirely of passions.
7. The "Earth-mirror" or "Earth-reflector." This layer gets its name
from the fact that its substance, if one concentrates on it, changes
all the characteristics of the earth into their opposites. If the
seer disregards everything lying above it and gazes down directly into
this layer, and if then, for example, he places something green before
him, the green appears as red; every color appears as its
complementary opposite. A polaric reflection arises, a reversal of
the original. Sorrow would be changed by this substance into joy.
8. The "Divisive" layer. If with developed power one concentrates on
it, something very remarkable appears. For example, a plant held in
the midst of this layer appears to be multiplied, and so with
everything else. But the essential thing is that this layer disrupts
the moral qualities also. Through the power it radiates to the Earth's
surface, it is responsible for the fact that strife and disharmony
exist there. In order to overcome this disruptive force, men must work
together in harmony.
That is precisely why this layer was laid down in the Earth so
that men should be enabled to develop harmony for themselves. The
substance of everything evil is prepared and organized there.
Quarrelsome people are so constituted that this layer has a particular
influence on them. This has been known to everyone who has written out
of a true knowledge of occultism. Dante in his Divine Comedy calls
this layer the Cain-layer. It was here that the strife between the
brothers Cain and Abel had its source. The substance of this layer is
responsible for evil having come into the world.
9. The "earth-core." This is the substance through whose influence
black magic arises in the world. The power of spiritual evil comes
from this source.
The only elaborating remarks are brief ones relating earthquakes and
volcanic activity to the "evil passions" of man and the volatile
"passion-layer in the interior of the earth."
The correspondence which Eduard Schure discusses in the introduction
to the lecture-cycle is that of the concentric regions of the Earth
and the Old Saturn, Old Sun and Old Moon manvantaras which in later
lectures are corresponded to the three Mothers.
The natural reaction to this is: "That's dreadful! Why bother?" If
it weren't that it was given by "der Doktor", it would seem to the
results of a bad meal. No mollifying context is supplied; pity on the
person who stumbles across this passage as his or her first
introduction to Steiner's work! This is definitely Steiner at his
worst and lays the foundation for an attitude as reflected in
Querido's diagram which was have referred to elsewhere (endnote 4 here
and American Chapters I, p. 62).
The note to it reads:
Figure 1-75 A diagram appearing in Rene Querido's Introduction to
Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the
Kingdoms of Nature. Insofar as it goes, it is accurate, but the
mistaken impression given is that this is the whole map. Granted,
Steiner in his title (accurately translated) said only that he would
address the Heavenly and Natural realms, but even in that, his
treatment of the natural realms is sketchy at best.
However, Querido, long-time President of Steiner's Anthroposophical
Society in America, goes so far as to state what even his own diagram
does not indicate:
"The threefold hierarchical world (each comprising beings of three
ranks) interpenetrates the three kingdoms of nature with the human
being at the center."
The diagram: Fig. 43 [cf. the Files section for Q's diagram]
Although it is true that the human being does indeed occupy the Middle
realm of the Worlds, the format as indicated is woefully
out-of-balance: none of the spiritual worlds lying below the sensible
world are indicated. That this flaw is not even noticed nor commented
upon indicates the huge blind spot that most European-based
spiritualities have for the UnderWorld, Orpheus and the like
notwithstanding. All of the preceding images from natively American
sources draw heavily upon the Inspirations that emanate from Below.
There are pathways native to Europe that go there and we will
investigate them in due course.)
Although it may be remarked that at the time he made the above
formulation, Dr. Steiner was speaking as a representative of the
Theosophical Society, and hence may be somewhat excused for using the
more florid and less discriminating idiom of that circle, it would
then also have to be noted that some of the more illuminating remarks
concerning positive aspects of the Earth-Being as cited above were
also made at that same time. Judging from the tenor of these remarks,
one would have no idea that he also can come up with things like this:
"The silver-sparkling blue below, arising from the depths of the Earth
and bound up with human weakness and error, is gathered into a picture
of the Earth Mother. Whether she is called Demeter or Mary, the
picture is of the Earth Mother. So it is that in directing our gaze
downwards, we cannot do otherwise than bring together in Imagination
all those secrets of the depths which go to make up the material
Mother of all existence. While in all that which is concentrated in
the flowing form above, we feel and experience the Spirit Father of
everything around us. And now we behold the outcome of the working
together of the Spirit Father with the Earth Mother, bearing so
beautifully within itself the harmony of the earthly silver and the
gold of the heights. Between the Father and the Mother we behold the Son."
- The Four Seasons and the Archangels, lecture of Oct. 1923, p. 66.
"It is a fact that in the occult regions of the earth what is prepared
by the forging of Michael's Sword is carried to a subterranean altar
in the process to an Altar which is invisible and which really
exists beneath the earth."
- Youth's Search in Nature.
In the interests of completeness, we offer the following similar
treatment by him, given on a prior occasion:
THE INTERIOR OF THE EARTH
Physical science as yet only knows of the terrestrial crust, a mineral
layer which in fact is only like a thin skin at the surface of the
earth. In reality the earth consists of a succession of concentric
layers which we shall now describe:
1) The mineral layer contains all the metals which are found in the
physical bodies of everything that lives at the surface. This crust is
formed like a skin around the living being of the earth. It is only a
few miles in depth.
2) The second layer can only be understood if we envisage a substance
which is the very opposite of what we know. It is negative life, the
opposite of life. All life is extinguished there. Were a plant or an
animal plunged into it, it would be destroyed immediately. It would be
totally dissolved. This second shell - half liquid - which envelopes
the earth is truly a sphere of death.
3) The third layer is a circle of inverted consciousness. All sorrow
appears there as joy. And all joy is experienced as sorrow. Its
substance, composed of vapors, is related to our feelings in the same
negative manner as the second layer is in regard to life. If we now
abstract these three layers by means, of our thinking we would then
find the earth in the condition in which it was before the separation
of the moon. If one is able by means of concentration to attain a
conscious astral vision, one would then see the activities in these
two layers: the destruction of life in the second and the
transformation of feelings in the third.
4) The fourth layer is known as water-earth, soul-earth, or
form-earth, it is endowed with a remarkable property. Let us imagine a
cube and now picture it reversed inasmuch as its substance is
concerned. Where there was substance there is now nothing: the space
occupied by the cube would now be empty while its substance, its
substantial form, would now be spread around it; hence the term `earth
of form.' Here this whirlwind of forms, instead of being a negative
emptiness, becomes a positive substance.
5) This layer is known as the earth of growth. It contains the
archetypal source of all terrestrial life. Its substance consists of
burgeoning, teeming energies.
6) This fire-earth is composed of pure will, of elemental vital forces
- of constant movement - shot through by impulses and passions, truly
a reservoir of will forces. If one were to exert pressure on this
substance it would resist.
If now again in thought one were to abstract these last three layers
just described, one would arrive at the condition in which our globe
was when Sun, Moon and Earth were still interwoven.
The following layers are only accessible to a conscious observation
which is not only that of dreamless sleep but a conscious condition in
7) This layer is the mirror of the earth. It is similar to a prism
which decomposes everything that is reflected in it and brings to
expression its complementary aspect; seen through an emerald it would
8) In this layer everything appears fragmented and reproduced to
infinity. If one takes a plant or a crystal and one concentrates on
this layer the plant or the crystal would appear multiplied indefinitely.
9) This last layer is composed of a substance endowed with moral
action. But this morality is the opposite of the one that is to be
elaborated on the earth. Its essence, its inherent force, is one of
separation, of discord, and of hate. It is here in the hell of Dante
that we find Cain the fratricide. This substance is the opposite of
everything which among human beings is good and worthy. The activity
of humanity in order to establish brotherhood on the earth diminishes
the power of this sphere. It is the power of Love which will transform
it inasmuch as it will spiritualize the very body of the Earth. This
ninth layer represents the substantial origin of what appears on earth
as black magic, that is, a magic founded on egoism.
These various layers are connected by means of rays which unite the
center of the earth with its surface. Underneath the solid earth there
are a large number of subterranean spaces which communicate to the
sixth layer, that of fire. This element of the fire-earth is
intimately connected with the human will. It is this element which has
produced the tremendous eruptions that brought the Lemurian epoch to
an end. At that time the forces which nourish the human will went
through a trial which unleashed the fire catastrophe that destroyed
the Lemurian continent. In the course of evolution this sixth layer
receded more and more toward the center and as a result volcanic
eruptions became less frequent. And yet they are still produced as a
result of the human will which, when it is evil and chaotic,
magnetically acts on this layer and disrupts it. Nevertheless, when
the human will is devoid of egoism, it is able to appease this fire.
Materialistic periods are mostly accompanied and followed by natural
cataclysms, earthquakes, etc. Growing powers of evolution are the only
alchemy capable of transforming, little by little, the organism and
the soul of the earth.
The following is an example of the relationship that exists between
the human will and telluric cataclysms: in human beings who perish as
a result of earthquakes or volcanic eruptions one notices, during
their next incarnation, inner qualities which are quite different.
They bring from birth great spiritual pre-dispositions because,
through their death, they were brought in touch with forces which
showed them the true nature of reality and the illusion of material life.
One has also noticed a relationship between certain births and seismic
and volcanic catastrophes.
During such catastrophes materialistic souls incarnate, drawn
sympathetically by volcanic phenomena - by the convulsions of the evil
soul of the earth. And these births can in their turn bring about new
cataclysms because reciprocally the evil souls exert an exciting
influence on the terrestrial fire. The evolution of our planet is
intimately connected with the evolution of the forces of humanity and
[Drawing No. 2 not included here]
THE INTERIOR OF THE EARTH
1. Mineral crust
2. Negative life
3. Inverted Consciousness
4. Circle of forms
5. Circle of growth
6. Circle of fire
7. Circle of decomposition
8. Circle of fragmentation
- An Esoteric Cosmology, GA 92, lecture 16 of June 12, 1906, Paris:
Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and the Will of Man.
The first six strata are also briefly referred to, without much
additional detail, in Steiner's lecture-cycle: The Deed of Christ and
the Opposing Spiritual Powers: Lucifer, Ahriman, Mephistopheles,
Asuras, GA 107, lecture 2 on Jan. 1, 1909, Berlin.
Additional Steiner references (not reviewed):
- The Interior of the Earth and Volcanic Eruptions. April 16, 1906,
- Das Innere der Erde. April 21, 1906, Munich (GA 97).
- Christian Initiation, (GA 96): Popularer Okkultismus, lecture 14,
July 11, 1906, Leipzig (although the eLib lists no lecture for that date).
- Seven Lectures to the Workmen, lecture 2.June 2, 1923, Dornach (GA 350).
- The Forming of the Earth and the Moon, Causes of Volcanism. Sept.
18, 1924, Dornach (GA 354).
In all this he is at least consistent, although there is a complete
lack of linkage or integration between these comments and his other
equally sparse references to the Divine Feminine as found within the
body of the Earth.
Valentine Tomberg does review the subject:
The right kind of fighting against human karma is the carrying, by
mankind, of forgiveness and remission into the affairs of the world;
for if Man will abandon the principle of "an eye for an eye, a tooth
for a tooth", this principle will no longer be used against himself.
The resistance to karma which was set up by the Turanian culture, was,
how- ever, of quite a different type. In it Man strove to flee from
individual karmic responsibility into a "we-consciousness", and the
"we-humanity" was striving in its turn to escape the universal human
karma, by seeking refuge in the Subterranean Spheres. The crushing of
individuality in the womb of the "we-consciousness," was the one side
of the Turanian endeavour; the other side was the turning of this
we-totality towards the principles and forces of the Subterranean
Spheres, especially to that Subterranean Sphere called the "Fire-
Earth", which represents the region of Ahriman's power within the
terrestrial organism. It would never have occurred to Man to take
refuge in the interior of the Earth, if the betrayal of the Vulcan
Mysteries - of which Rudolf Steiner speaks in An Outline of Occult
Science - had not taken place in the Atlantean Epoch. It was precisely
these "betrayed" Vulcan-mysteries - that is, Mysteries given over to
Evil and inversely realized by Evil - which constituted, although in a
weakened form compared with that of the Atlantean Epoch, the spiritual
basis of the Turanian civilisation. The fundamental truth of the
Vulcan Mysteries was that the highest goal of terrestrial evolution
consisted in the complete conversion of the Interior of the Earth
through the agency of Man. This, moreover, is the reason why Rudolf
Steiner chose the name "Vulcan" for the seventh and highest state of
Earth's evolution. This name is enigmatic so long as we try to find a
planet which would indicate the future Vulcan-condition, in the same
way as "Jupiter" and "Venus" indicate two conditions of the future.
But the enigma disappears if we seek the corresponding heavenly body,
not in Heaven, but in the Interior of the Earth, whither, indeed, the
Greek mythology has relegated it. The truth of the matter is that
there is no planet Vulcan, but that this "planet" is hidden in the
Interior of the Earth. Now when the time arrives that the Earth is
turned completely inside out (a relevant idea of this inversion is
given, from the standpoint of the etheric, in Dr. G. Wachsmuth's work
on the Etheric Formative Forces of the terrestrial organism), the
objective phenomenon of the Vulcan-planet will make its appearance,
encircled by a spiritualised ring of the former terrestrial humanity.
Then will mankind, in conjunction with the Father-forces of the
universe, be faced with the tremendous task of converting the lowest
Evil into the highest Good.
The fundamental thought of the betrayed Vulcan Mysteries was,
precisely, to misinterpret the spiritual state of things indicated
above, in such a way that it would become its opposite. The Earth's
Interior was not regarded by them as the object of the highest
conquest of future Man, but as the source of his highest conquering
forces. And this highest conquest which would be attained, with the
help of the Vulcan-forces, consisted in overcoming the "curse" of the
Father, that is, in overcoming pain, toil and death. It was hoped, for
instance, to put an end to all pain through the forces of the
"Air-Earth" (the third subterranean sphere), which kill feeling, and
by applying the energy of the "Fruit-Earth's" luxuriant growth, in
conjunction with the "technical" forces of the "Fire-Earth," to
achieve freedom from all toil. And it was hoped that still deeper
strata of the Earth's Interior would give that terrestrial immortality
which Rudolf Steiner calls "the Ahrimanic ideal of immortality" -
which, actually, would be no immortality at all, but "deathlessness,"
that is, an escape from the primal karmic necessity of death into a
region whither this necessity does not extend.
These intentions were active in the foundations of the Turanian
civilisation, and determined many of its details: for instance, the
kind of communism extending even into family life, which was peculiar
to the Turanian civilisation. In this fact was expressed the
"we-consciousness" of Turanianism; for instance, its inner bias
towards the Interior of the Earth was shown in its hostility to
agriculture. For if Man's hand furrows the Earth with the plough and
scatters seeds which are brought to growth and fruition by means of
the warmth, light and rain of Heaven, he is carrying out a deed in
conjunction with heaven, which stands in deepest contrast to the
alliance with the Earth's Interior.
For this reason the great Zarathustra taught the small Iranian
community which had gathered round him, agriculture, as a religious
duty of Man. To the Ancient Indian, agriculture was a servitude
exacted by nature; to the Turanian, it was something hostile; to the
Ancient Persian, whose life was necessarily spent in hard toil among
sterile mountains, it was, nevertheless, the earthly expression of
fidelity to Ahura-Mazdao.
The fact that Zarathustra attributed religious significance to
agriculture, points to what was the essential part of Zarathustra's
wisdom, and of the Ancient Persian culture-impulse resulting from it.
Tomberg, Anthroposophical Studies of the Old Testament, Candeur
Manuscripts, 1985 (from the German of 1933), pp. 153 155
Elsewhere, Tomberg does develop the theme of the Divine Feminine
somewhat more than Steiner, but in a cautious manner which reflects
his anthroposophical background. In the remarks quoted above he shows
no independent point of view towards the "Inner Earth."
There is a correspondence - of sorts - to these levels as described
in Aztec lore:
the Aztecs conceived of their cosmos as containing three superimposed
sections: the heavens, the surface of the earth, and the underworld.
An ensemble of pictorial and written sources, including the Codex
Vaticano Latino 3738, shows us that the vertical ordering of the
cosmos consisted of thirteen celestial layers rising above the earth,
culminating in the realm of Omeyocan, the "Place of Duality," and nine
layers below the earth, ending in Mictlan, the "Place of the Dead."
This dense vertical column was joined by the central region,
Tlalticpac, the "Earth Surface." The Iynchpin was the city of
At the time of the Spanish contact, thirteen deities inhabited the
thirteen levels, which were designated the "Sky of the Paradise of the
Rain God," the "Sky of the Star-Skirted Goddess," the "Sky of the
Sun," the "Sky of the Salt-Fertility God," the "Sky Where Gyrating
Occurs," the "Sky That Is Blackish," the "Sky That Is Blue-Green," the
"Place That Has Corners of Obsidian Slabs," the "God Who Is White,"
the "God Who Is Yellow," the "God Who Is Red," and the "Place of
Duality." The gods associated with these levels were termed the Lords
of the Day and are: Xiuhtecuhtli, Tlaltecuhtli, Chalchiuhtlicue,
Tonatiuh, Tlazolteotl, Mictlantecuhtli, Cinteotl, Tlaloc,
Quetzalcoatl, Texcatlipoca, Chalmecatecuhtli, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli,
and Citlalincue (not necessarily in that order).
The layers below the earth had such names as the "Place for Crossing
the Water," the "Place Where the Hills Crash Together," the "Obsidian
Mountain," the "Place of the Obsidian Wind," the "Place Where the
Banners Are Raised," the "Place Where People Are Pierced with Arrows,"
the "Place Where People's Hearts Are Devoured," the "Obsidian Place of
the Dead," and the "Place Where Smoke Has No Outlet." The gods
associated with these levels were termed the Lords of the Night and
are: Xiuhtecuhtli, Itztli or Tecpatl, Pilzintecuhtli, Cinteotl,
Mictlantecuhtli, Chalchiuhtlicue, Tlazolteotl, Tepeyollotl, and Tlaloc
(the typical order in this cycle).
This information from Lopez Austin: The Human Body and Ideology, p.
54, as cited in David Carrasco's: The City of Sacrifice, pp. 33 34,
from and Mary Miller & Karl Taube, 1997 (from 1993), pp. 53 54.
Since the earth-surface was considered one of the thirteen cosmic
levels, only twelve celestial levels are named.
Bruce Scofield has this listing, I include some of his commentary:
The Lords of the Night
In the codices that contain a tonalamatl are also pictorial diagrams
suggesting a host of other arrangements and linkages between the
day-signs, the gods, the directions, Day Lords, trees and birds. One
important sequence was that of the Lord of the Night, also known as
the Nine Figures. These nine gods of the night or underworld are found
in both the Maya and Aztec traditions. The glyphs of the nine Maya
gods have been identified, but the names of the gods themselves are
not known and they have been labeled G-1 through G-9. The names of the
Aztec gods in this series are well known and occupy a prominent place
in the several codices that contain astrological and cosmological
In the frontispiece of the Codex Fejervary-Mayer the nine Lords of the
Night are shown as part of the cosmic scheme . In the center of the
diagram is the god Xiuhtecuhtli, the Lord of Central Fire. In the
region of the East, above the center, are Itzli, the sacrificial knife
god, and Pilzintecuhtli, the Sun god. In the North are Tepeyollotl,
the jaguar god, and Tlaloc, the rain god. In the West are
Chalchihuitlicue, the water goddess, and Tlazolteotl, the filth
goddess. In the region of the South are Cinteotl, the maize god, and
Mictlantecuhtli, the god of the underworld. The usual order of the
nine Lords is as follows with Quiauitecuhtli, a rain god, sometimes
substituted for Tlaloc.
Throughout the Mesoamerican culture region, the cosmos was
conceived as having 13 heavens above and 9 underworlds below. It is
not clear whether those layers were stacked vertically (which is what
some drawings suggest) or if they were arranged as a pyramid, with the
center god standing at the apex or nadir.
- Bruce Scofield, Signs of Time, One Reed Publications, 1999, pp. 86
87, by kind permission. Also see the note to the Frontispiece image
serves to illustrate this commentary.
Now all of this is good information, but the question is: what does it
mean? Something that should not be accepted uncritically - without a
solid inner understanding of what was referred to by Steiner and the
Aztecs (hardly the most evolved representatives of Mesoamerican
sensibilities!) - is: do Steiner and the Aztecs refer to the same Nine
Levels of the Under World?
Regarding Steiner, one may ask: is he referring to nine levels within
the Subnatural realm, the entire nine levels of a complete Underworld
cosmos, or only to the devolved and degenerate levels of the latter?
At any rate, the overall impression one gets from Steiner's take on
this is that it is a very rough and crude sketch.
Regarding the Aztec format, one cannot reliably say that one knows
anything as a result of a tabulation of names and deity-associations
such as I have mentioned. First of all, unless one knows who the
deities are, their names signify nothing - that is, to one who is not
intimately familiar with Nahuatl culture and spiritual practice.
Secondly, even if one is, the next question is: Which Nahuatl culture?
There are many - there were many, and the tabulation given here may
or may not correspond to anything subscribed to by any one person in
pre-Colombian fifteenth century, AD in Mesoamerica. The list given is
probably made up of a compendium of fragmentary data from wildly
disparate sources. That there was a widespread belief in an
UnderWorld, that that cosmos was finely differentiated probably into
nine levels (this is a fairly confident assertion, since the Maya
format is similar) and that there were great beings associated with
different aspects of it, is all we can take in confidence from this
arrangement. A simplistic parallelism of lists simply will not do if
one is to be doing serious research into the question.
Sifting through relics and second-hand information can only yield so
much. To close, we will cite several passages from a modern adept,
which will throw a different light upon our subject of what it is like
when one goes "down" into the Earth:
- We sometimes wait for some very solid commentary on thoughts we have
raised and research we have made in the Michael School. Well here is
some very solid commentary on some of our previous research
together. The Nine Beatitudes and the Nine Woes were discussed way
back under the above heading theme, but it took this amount of time,
from then till now, to have something ripen in the thought world
that could only be sketched at the time. And at that time, back
then, we were considering the NINES, the depths of the Nines and its
impact upwards into the Foundations Stone Meditation and the
Ninefoldness lodged in Dante, the Norse, the Aztecs and at the core
of the I AM structure. Some of you might remember this discussion.
Below I bring the new aspects that the world provides for those who
remain awake but not knowing where to apply the depth of the model
of the Beatitudes to the structure of the human being and the
science of being human, others offer the Michael School their best
richness, if you can find it.
And of course in all the wonderful threads that arise on this list,
we naturally lose all navigational ordering and placement as to what
we are looking for in ourselves and the universe. We Anthros
actually lose what we were thinking about because we place so little
value on it, yet the world continues to think and each person places
a high value on their strivings. And if we came over some similar
sounding territory, we, Anthros, would more than likely not
recognize it if it bit us in the ass.
Below is a very, very rich addition to the thoughts we unfolded
regarding the Woes and the Sermon on the Mount.
by John Dear
"We have become a culture of Pharisees. Instead of practicing an
authentic spirituality of compassion, nonviolence, love and peace,
we as a collective people have become self-righteous, arrogant,
powerful, murderous hypocrites who dominate and kill others in the
name of God. The Pharisees supported the brutal Roman rulers and
soldiers, and lived off the comforts of the empire by running an
elaborate banking system which charged an exorbitant fee for
ordinary people just to worship God in the Temple. Since they taught
that God was present only in the Temple, they were able to control
the entire population. If anyone opposed their power or violated
their law, the Pharisees could kill them on the spot, even in the
"Most North American Christians are now becoming more and more like
these hypocritical Pharisees. We side with the rulers, the bankers,
and the corporate millionaires and billionaires. We run the
Pentagon, bless the bombing raids, support executions, make nuclear
weapons and seek global domination for America as if that was what
the nonviolent Jesus wants. And we dismiss anyone who disagrees with
"We have become a mean, vicious people, what the bible calls "stiff-
necked people." And we do it all with the mistaken belief that we
have the blessing of God.
"In the past, empires persecuted religious groups and threatened
them into passivity and silence. Now these so-called Christians run
the American empire, and teach a subtle spirituality of empire to
back up their power in the name of God. This spirituality of empire
insists that violence saves us, might makes right, war is justified,
bombing raids are blessed, nuclear weapons offer the only true
security from terrorism, and the good news is not love for our
enemies, but the elimination of them. The empire is working hard
these days to tell the nation--and the churches--what is moral and
immoral, sinful and holy. It denounces certain personal behavior as
immoral, in order to distract us from the blatant immorality and
mortal sin of the U.S. bombing raids which have left 100,000 Iraqis
dead, or our ongoing development of thousands of weapons of mass
destruction. Our Pharisee rulers would have us believe that our wars
and our weapons are holy and blessed by God.
"In the old days, the early Christians had big words for such
behavior, such lies. They were called "blasphemous, idolatrous,
heretical, hypocritical and sinful." Such words and actions were
denounced as the betrayal, denial and execution of Jesus all over
again in the world's poor. But the empire needs the church to bless
and support its wars, or at least to remain passive and silent. As
we Christians go along with the Bush administration and the American
empire, we betray Jesus, renounce his teachings, and create
a "Church of Christ without Christ," as Flannery O'Connor foresaw.
"Troublemaking Nonviolence, the Measure of the Gospel
"The first thing we Christians have to do in this time is not to
become good Pharisees. Instead, we have to try all over again to
follow the dangerous, nonviolent, troublemaking Jesus. I believe
war, weapons, corporate greed and systemic injustice are an
abomination in the sight of God. They are the definition of mortal
sin. They mock God and threaten to destroy God's gift of creation.
If you want to seek the living God, you have to pit your entire life
against war, weapons, greed and injustice--and their perpetrators.
It is as simple as that.
"Every religion, including Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism, is
rooted in nonviolence, but I submit that the only thing we know for
sure about Jesus is that he was nonviolent and so, nonviolence is
the hallmark of Christianity and the measure of authentic Christian
living. Jesus commands that we love one another, love our neighbors,
seek justice, forgive those who hurt us, pray for our persecutors,
and be as compassionate as God. But at the center of his teaching is
the most radical declaration ever uttered: "love your enemies."
"If we dare call ourselves Christian, we cannot support war or
nuclear weapons or corporate greed or executions or systemic
injustice of any kind. If we do, we may well be devout American
citizens, but we no longer follow the nonviolent Jesus. We have
joined the hypocrites and blasphemers of the land, beginning with
their leaders in the White House, the Pentagon and Los Alamos.
"Jesus resisted the empire, engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience
in the Temple, was arrested by the Pharisees, tried by the Roman
governor and executed by Roman soldiers. If we dare follow this
nonviolent revolutionary, we too must resist empire, engage in
nonviolent civil disobedience against U.S. warmaking and imperial
domination, and risk arrest and imprisonment like the great modern
day disciples, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day and Philip
"If we do not want to be part of the Pharisaic culture and do want
to follow the nonviolent Jesus, we have to get in trouble just as
Jesus was constantly in trouble for speaking the truth, loving the
wrong people, worshipping the wrong way, and promoting the wrong
things, like justice and peace. We have to resist this new American
empire, as well as its false spirituality and all those who claim to
be Christian yet support the murder of other human beings. We have
to repent of the sin of war, put down the sword, practice Gospel
nonviolence, and take up the cross of revolutionary nonviolence by
loving our enemies and discovering what the spiritual life is all
"Just because the culture and the cultural church have joined with
the empire and its wars does not mean that we all have to go along
with such heresy, or fall into despair as if nothing can be done. It
is never too late to try to follow the troublemaking Jesus, to join
his practice of revolutionary nonviolence and become authentic
Christians. We may find ourselves in trouble, even at the hands of
so-called Christians, just as Jesus was in trouble at the hands of
the so-called religious leaders of his day. But this very trouble
may lead us back to those Beatitude blessings."
holderlin previously wrote:
Understanding the symptomology of the events of the world we can
follow the political themes, the intellectual themes and lifes
spiritual themes, under the heading of the wrong way to think about
living reality. A building force of the shadow, the double, the
failed concepts of education. The ninefold Foundation Stone and the
ninefold failures of the inner corruption of the inner earth
mysteries in the core of the human soul. Each Woe, could either be
contrasted to a Beatitude or each Woe explored with current moral
insights into our Political world. Stages and layers of corruption
and deterioriation of the integration of the I AM complex with the
internal core of the I AM.
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that
shall humble himself shall be exalted.
[ONE] 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in
yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
[TWO] 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer:
therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
[THREE] 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye
make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
[FOUR] 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever
shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear
by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the
temple that sanctifieth the gold?
18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but
whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the
altar that sanctifieth the gift?
20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by
all things thereon.
21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him
that dwelleth therein.
22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God,
and by him that sitteth thereon.
[FIVE] 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the
weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these
ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
[SIX] 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within
they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup
and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
[SEVEN] 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful
outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within
ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
[EIGHT] 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the
sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not
have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the
children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the
damnation of hell?
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and
scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of
them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from
city to city:
[NINE] 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed
upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of
Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have
gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens
under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. "
Dementia the loss of coherent language, addictive dysfunctional
behavior, vast, mass blocs of souls who block their own thinking
and "strain at a gnat and swallow a camel". Just taking this phrase
of the inability to see either truth or the essential form the non-
essential, the idea of SPIN and current ideas that see clearly
before ones eyes, not only a President with Dementia, but straight
up Lies like the Downing Street Memo and our troupes dying for a lie
but the Media, the giant media constantly straining for gnats so we
can continue to swallow the camel...
Sometimes we might refer to this as the Elephant in the room. But
without a doubt if we take the Foundation Stone of the Nine in sets
of Threes, we can measure the dementia going deeper and deeper into
the vast deception and ahrimanic darkness of the I AM when we look
at the Woes. In GWB we can see that his relation to the Archangel
world and thinking and speech did not reach deeply enough with his
after life experiences. GWB has come down into incarnation with
deliberate incapacities in the area where thinking, idealism,
speech, the Word and sense of I AM might be alive, aren't in him
What he has done and what others can testify they have done with
drugs, drinking, cocaine, and malicious rebellion and self
destructive behavior is a litany of crippling, killing, numbing and
rejecting the higher soul faculties. It would be merciful, as with
Ronald Reagan to watch his internal capacities dissolve. But what
tragedy does a country have and do individuals maintain in
themselves if they do not seek the idealism of thought, poetry,
music and intuition out of ever deeper and more intimate regions of
the I AM. For the I AM is nourished and becomes the sensitive core
of higher and higher birthing of faculties.
These higher faculties take us upwards into the vast regions that
the Foundations Stone and the Dodecahedron of Steiner' explore.