- Kristen (yes?) wrote with regard to a specific nocturnal experience
having to do with the perception of spiders:
"Did Steiner ever mention anything like this? Does anyone here
experience these spiders?"
Perhaps the following reference might be useful to you. In the
lectures entitled, "Man and the World of Stars", lecture V, "Human
Faculties and their Connection with Elemental Beings", Steiner
speaks of hideously ugly spider-creatures and also says that "It is
through these frightful spider-creatures of an elemental order that
interest in beauty really awakens"....and adds later, "Whatever
beauty is brought forth in the world has been lifted out of a sea of
ugliness through the enthusiasm in the human soul"
He says a number of odd things in that lecture (e.g. the reference
to the band of "spirit fools" who go trooping after very clever men)
and I can't say I have any special insight or understanding of such
It seems to me that for whatever reason you've had a perception of
an objective spiritual phenomemon. One that does not necessarily
arise out of your own subjectivity. I've always suspected that the
perception of spider-like creatures by cocaine users mentioned by
Mike H. or the pink elephant-like creatures experienced by those
going through delirium tremens might be an objective supersensible
experience. Rather like the veil being lifted as a result of the
person's physical and psychological situation.
Maybe you can get more out of that lecture by Steiner than I did.
In any event, I sincerely hope your unpleasant experinces come to an
A stray thought arising from my rereading of that lecture: Do you
have strong artistic inclinations?
Best regards, Gaelman