- 6. When we look at lifeless nature we find a world revealed in
coherent relationships. We investigate these relationships and find
that they are the functions of natural laws. But we also find that
through these laws lifeless nature unites with the earth as a whole.
From this unification of the lifeless with the earth, we can then
proceed to a contemplation of the plant-world. We see how the cosmos
beyond the earth sends the forces from outer space which extract life
from the lap of the lifeless. We become aware of the essence in the
living which extracts from the mere earthly and manifests what works
down upon the earth from distant of cosmic space. In the most
insignificant plant we become aware of the essence of the cosmic light
beyond the earth, just as a luminous object is reflected in the eye.
By such enhanced contemplation we can observe the difference between
the earthly/physical, which governs the lifeless, and the outer-
earthly/etheric, which acts in living things.
- 55. A purely spiritual, long enduring epoch follows, during which the human soul prepares its coming earth-life in the sense of karma, together with other karmically conjoined human souls and with beings of the higher hierarchies.