Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: Earth as Sun 2
- Okay, friends, this painting below, Majestas Domini is the painting used on the final page of Peter Selg's book. Interesting to note is that this figure within in which Christ stands is the exact shape that Frank Chester works with as well:
"If there is something more powerful than destiny, this must be the human being who bears destiny unshaken." Rudolf Steiner
--- On Fri, 5/1/09, dottie zold <dottie_z@...> wrote:
From: dottie zold <dottie_z@...>
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: Earth as Sun 2
Date: Friday, May 1, 2009, 4:52 PMOkay, the trilogy of books that came my way are during the Anthroposophia Conferences which were just so beautiful are as follows:Divine Sophia ~ The Wisdom Writings of Vladimir SolovyovSeeing Christ ~ In Sickness and in HealingThe Interior of the Earth ~ An esoteric study of the Subterranean Spheres
So, I want to share the portion by Dr. Peter Selg from Seeing Christ:Seeing Christ ~ In Sickness and Healing
Dr. Peter Selg
4. The Soul Quickens in the Shrine of the Heart ~ The Human Heart as an Organ of Destiny
Heart interprets karma
What hearts learn to
Read the Word which
When hearts learn to
Speak the Word which
“On his own sixty third birthday, on February 27, 1924, Rudolf Steiner made a present of this verse to Ita Wegman together with a photograph. ‘To my Mysa’ he wrote under the lines.
A verse which focuses on the heart organ (organon, meaning instrument, tool) of karmic knowledge. The heart, Steiner said, is capable of interpreting karma in so far as it succeeds in perceiving the Word which is creatively active in human life, the Logos, and in reading its karmic script. But the experience of karma only becomes complete when the perceiving heart begins to speak the language of destiny itself, to speak the Word which is creatively active in the human essence. The receptive internalization of the laws of the senses on which human relationships depend is the (passive) first aspect of an understanding of destiny, the active side of which consists of the creative realization of the Logos – and is fulfilled in it.
On that day Rudolf Steiner gave this personal verse not just to someone who was linked to him in profound ancient destiny; he also gave it to a woman who was a physician through and through and who for the whole of her life was in spiritual search of the Word which is creatively active in the human essence (in illness and in health). The verse gifted to Ita Wegman can therefore also be read and understood as witness of a developed spiritual (‘esoteric’) physiology; a physio-logy, a science of the Logos of the human physical body at whose centre is the heart an d which Rudolf Steiner made accessible, showed and explained to Ita Wegman and other physicians in various contexts. ‘Hearts interpret karma’: we will see below the way in which Rudolf Steiner revealed the karmic dimension of the human heart, ‘the soul quickening in the shrine of the heart.’
As early as 1911, Rudolf Steiner described the heart as the ‘most noble’ organ of the human being, as ‘a kind of centre of the whole human organization. The heart mediates between the poles of the organism, it harmonizes the interaction between an ‘upper sphere of human existence oriented towards the environment (sensory perception, breathing) and those deep layers of the body in which the internalization and thus the individualizing transformation of external substance takes place (metabolism and blood formation). External world and internal world, ‘you’ (environment and other people) and ‘I’ (sense of self) meet in the heart, find and develop here their unique centre.
Years later Steiner expanded this for the physicians with the remark that such harmonizing mediation by the heart takes place essentially via an act of perception. The heart, Steiner said, is a ‘sensory organ which is internalized to a high degree’; through this organ the nervous and sensory processes of the upper human being can perceive, indeed, experience what happens in the depths of the body, in the organic processes of the lower human being. Steiner wrote in his notebook: ‘It transforms what happens in the metabolic organs, turns this into content which can be experienced.’ But that also means that the head structure, formed out of the temporal dynamic of the past, witness of biographical memory, perceives the life lived, in the present through the organ of the heart, internalizes the current happenings in life and turns them into ego-filled, future-oriented life stories. The action of the blood – as Rudolf Steiner explained in his lectures about Thomas Aquinas at Whitsun 1920 – is exemplified in the motion of the heart; the activity of the heart is taken into ‘the whole of the human individual’.
Although not particularly emphasized by Rudolf Steiner in this way, the physiological descriptions of the heart (from 1911 to 1920) which have been sketched out so far did already contain something of the deeper spiritual background which gradually illustrated the heart as the central organ of the human life story. The heart is not a ‘pump’ and does not govern the circulation; on the contrary, the activity of the blood as the expression of the ‘current’ life process is perceived (‘read’) by it and ‘answered,’ that is brought into harmony with the requirements of the past and the future and thus harmonized in terms of time.
In two lectures of July 1921 and May 1922 Rudolf Steiner then dealt quite explicitly with the heart as the organ of destiny – as the organ of a life story which transcends biography. On May 26, 1922 he outlined for the first time the transformation of the heart in terms of developmental physiology at the time of puberty, of physical maturity. During this transitional period from childhood to youth there arises in the cosmically configured life body a centralized organ of the heart which was formed out of the forces of the physical organization. This newly formed etheric heart is able to take in those (astral) forces which develop in the soul body due to the actions we take and are inscribed in it. In this way the cosmic etheric forces combine at the time of puberty with those earthly developments arising from the deeds and suffering of the human being: ‘In the region of the heart there is a fusion of the cosmic with the earthly, and it takes place in such a way that the cosmic is taken into the etheric in its cosmic configuration and prepares there to take in all our deeds, everything we do.’
As the ego increasingly combines with the heart centered blood circulation at the approach of puberty, the spiritual background and individual intentions of our acts of will are included in the developing cardiac ‘organism of karmic development.’ Thus as we enter into youth, the ‘most noble’ organ of the human being arises anew and individually; from puberty onwards it enables the future oriented internalization of life as it is lived and thus the real development of destiny which is subject to our own responsibility. The completed life process is taken into the core of the human being, ‘into the whole human individuality.’
In the heart the actions (and motives for action) of the human being are ‘spiritualized,’ Steiner said on July 2, 1921 in Dornach. Inside the organ of the heart, in its ‘incredibly fine heat structures,’ the transformed forces of the metabolic and limb system collect which are connected with human actions (and their relationships) . The heart is ‘the organ which carries from the metabolic and limb organism, what we understand as karma into the next incarnation.’ As Steiner responded in writing to the question from Ita Wegman, ‘How is future karma related to the heart?’ the heart is involved ‘in the formation of karma only to the extent that it is part of the metabolic and limb organism.’ In the heart, the ‘karma predispositions,’ the concrete and specific impulses for the future, are prepared on the basis of spiritualized motives and actions:
When you look into your heart, you can see
pretty well – in outline, not as a fully filled in picture –
what you will do in y our next life. We can therefore
say not just in general, in abstracto, that we
prepare in our current life what will have a
karmic effect in the next one, but we can directly
show the casket, I might say, which contains the
karma of future periods. (Selg)
In the New Testament, Mathew says:
Do not collect earthly treasures, for they are eaten
up by moths and rust, and thieves rummage
through them and steal them. Rather, gather treasures
in the spiritual world. They cannot be eaten
by moths and rust, nor can thieves rummage
through them and steal them. Where you have
gathered a treasure, thither your heart forces will
bear you. (Matt. 6:19-21)
In the heart
Lives an element of the human being
Which of all of them
Which is the most spiritual;
Which of all of them
In the way which is
Most physically revealed.
Hence the Sun
In the human cosmos is
Hence in the heart
The human being
In his beings’
Deepest source. (Steiner, written for another)
In 1924, Rudolf Steiner wrote: ‘The age of Michael has commenced. Hearts begin to have thoughts.’ Such thinking of the heart, which also repeatedly comes to expression in the gospel document, may possibly be a further building block for understanding the poetic verse, which Rudolf Steiner gave to Ita Wegman on February 27, 1924. The ‘interpretation of karma’ by the heart, the ‘reading’ and, in particular, the ‘speaking’ of the Word can also be understood as the process in the Michaelic thinking which is undertaken in the communication between brain and heart. Michael, Steiner wrote in the same essay, ‘liberates the thoughts from the sphere of the head; he clears their way to the heart.’ In 1911 Rudolf Steiner not only held the first major course about spiritual (‘esoteric’) physiology in Prague, but also for the first time revealed (in it) insights into the physiological interaction of the heart and the brain – referring to the ‘ etherization of the blood.’ In the heart, Steiner said, the substance of the blood etherizes and creates a current to the brain.
On October 1, 1911, Rudolf Steiner hinted in Basle that this rarefied blood flow in the human being is able to combine with the ‘flow of blood of Christ’ which impregnated the earth as the result of the event of the mystery of Golgotha and which has also undergone an etherization process: ‘And just as our blood flows as ether from the heart upwards, so the etherized blood of Jesus Christ has lived in the earth’s ether since the mystery of Golgotha.’ The effect of the etherized blood of Christ can also act in the rising human blood flow, Steiner says, except:
‘A connection between both streams can only be
established if the human being understands the
content of the Christ impulse in the right way.
Otherwise a connection cannot be established,
otherwise both streams repel one another.’ (GA 130)
If, however, the work of Christ is understood in the right way – that is with the perceptual possibilities given by the new, etheric revelation of Christ, - the rising etherization of the blood combines with the substantive power of the Logos.
Hearts interpret karma
When hearts learn to
Read the Word
That is creative
in human life
When hearts learn to
Speak the Word
That is creative
in human essence.'
"If there is something more powerful than destiny, this must be the human being who bears destiny unshaken." Rudolf Steiner--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, dottie zold wrote:
> Ottmar, we had the good fortune to have Ehrenfried'sDottie, is this the same photo you posted here recently,
> original painting of the heart that is mentioned in the
> lecture: he stated that if one did not understand anything
> he said if they would but just ponder the painting they
> would understand. I walked up to the painting and just
> began sobbing for some strange reason. I have a photo
> of the painting and will put it in my photo part on AT.
> I want to have it professionaly photographed and put to
> the proper size for all future conferences as it is quite incredible.
> All good things,
in one of your messages? I couldn't find it in the photo
section. Please let us know where we can find it!
> "If there is something more powerful than destiny,
> this must be the human being who bears destiny unshaken."
> Rudolf Steiner