Re: Ahthroposophical Guidelines 134 - 136 (Relating to the 3rd Contemplation)
--- In email@example.com, "Frank Thomas Smith" <eltrigal78@...> wrote:
> 134. At the very beginning of the conscious soul times, man felt that
> the previous imaginative image of the human being, his own essence, had
> been lost. Incapable of finding it in the Consciousness Soul, he sought
> it in natural science or history. He wanted the old image of man to
> arise in him once again.
134. In the very earliest time of the evolution of the Spiritual Soul, man began to feel that he had lost the picture of Humanity the picture of his own Being which had formerly been given to him in Imagination. Powerless as yet to find it in the Spiritual Soul, he sought for it by way of Natural Science or of History. He wanted the ancient picture of Humanity to arise in him again.
> 135. He did not, however, arrive at a true feeling for the human being,
> but rather to illusions. But he did not realize this and saw in them
> something substantial.
135. Man reaches no fulfillment in this way. Far from becoming filled with the true being of Humanity, he is only led into illusions. But he is unaware that they are so; he thinks they have real power to sustain Humanity.
> 136. Therefore, during the time previous to his earthly activity,
> Michael observed human evolution with sorrow and pain. For man scorned
> all spiritual contemplation and therewith cut himself off from what
> bound him to Michael.
136. Thus, in the time that went before his working upon Earth, Michael had to witness with anxiety and suffering the evolution of mankind. For in this time men eschewed any real contemplation of the Spirit, and thus they severed all the links that connected them with Michael.