Guidelines: 180 - 182
180. The Greeks and the Romans were especially predisposed for the unfolding of the Understanding or Mind Soul. They developed this soul stage to perfection. But they did not possess the inherent seeds for direct progression to the Consciousness Soul. Their soul-life declined in the Understanding or Mind Soul.
181. But in the time from the rise of Christianity till the age of the Consciousness Soul evolution a spirit-world was at work which did not unite with human soul forces. These soul forces "explained" the spirit-world, but did not experience it.
182. The peoples who advanced with the so-called "migration of nations" from the north-east toward the Roman Empire felt within them the existence of the Understanding or Mind Soul. On the other hand, the Consciousness Soul was forming in this imbedded feeling. The inner life of those peoples was waiting for the time when the unification of the soul [mind] with the spirit-world is again possible.