- ... and ... Soul ... in ... 131. In the beginning of the Age of the Spiritual Soul, the Intellectuality now emancipated in man wanted to occupy itself with theMessage 1 of 2 , Dec 6, 2008View Source
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Frank Thomas Smith" <eltrigal78@...> wrote:
> Further Guidelines for the Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum
> (With reference to the preceding two contemplations about Hindrance and
> Furtherance of the Michael Forces at the dawn of the Consciousness Soul
> 131. At the beginning of the Consciousness Soul age the emancipated
> intellectuality in man wanted to occupy itself with truths of religion
> and ritual. Human soul-life experienced uncertainty, a faltering
> thereby. An attempt was made to prove logically what was previously
> experienced by the soul. The content of ritual, which must be grasped in
> imaginations, was to be grasped through logical conclusions even
> be conducted according to them.
131. In the beginning of the Age of the Spiritual Soul, the Intellectuality now emancipated in man wanted to occupy itself with the truths of religious faith and ritual. The life of the human soul was thereby brought into uncertainty and doubt. Men tried to prove by logic spiritual realities that were formerly a direct experience within the soul. They tried to understand, nay even to determine by logical deduction, the contents of sacred ritual which can only be taken hold of in spiritual Imaginations.
> 132. This is all related to the fact that Michael wanted, under all
> circumstances, to avoid any contact with the physical earth upon
> which man must walk although he was to continue to accompany the
> cosmic intellectuality, which he administered in the past, in humanity.
> Thereby through the Michael-forces a disturbance occurred in cosmic
> equilibrium which was necessary for the continuation of world evolution.
132. All this is connected with the fact that while Michael is determined to avoid any kind of contact with the present earthly world, which man must enter; yet at the same time it is still his task to guide in man the cosmic Intellectuality which he administered in ages past. Thus there arises through the Michael-forces a disturbance in the cosmic balance albeit, a disturbance necessary for the further progress of world-evolution.
> 133. Michael's mission was made easier when certain personalities
> the true Rosicrucians organized their normal earthly lives
> in such a way that they in no way interfered with their inner soul
> lives. They could therefore develop forces internally through which they
> could cooperate with Michael spiritually without him running the danger
> of being enmeshed in earthly events which would have been out of
> the question for him.
133. Michael's mission was made easier for him by certain personalities the genuine Rosicrucians who arranged their outward life on Earth so that it in no way interfered ,with their inner life of soul. They could thus develop forces within them, whereby they worked together in spiritual realms with Michael, without the danger of entangling him in present earthly happenings, which would have been impossible for him.