Anthroposophical Guidelines - intermezzo 5 - continued
- Nominalism gained in diffusion and influence. This situation prevailed up until the last third of the nineteenth century. At that time, those people who understood the events in the universe felt that Michael had accompanied the stream of intellectual life. He sought a new metamorphoses of his cosmic task. Previously he let the thoughts from the spiritual world flow into human souls; from the last third of the nineteenth century on he wants to live in human souls in which thoughts are formed. Previously the people related to Michael saw him unfold his activities in the spirit-world; now they realized that they should allow Michael to reside in their hearts; they dedicated their thought-filled spiritual life to him; now in free, individual thinking life, they let themselves be instructed by Michael as to the soul's right path.
Human beings who in their previous earth-lives were inspired by Michael in their thinking, who were therefore Michael's servants, felt themselves attracted to such voluntary Michael associations at the end of the nineteenth century when they again lived on earth. From then on they considered their old instigator of thoughts to be the guide to higher thoughts.
He who is able to value such things knows what a transformation took place during the last third of the nineteenth century in respect to human thinking. Previously man could only feel how thoughts formed from within his being; from the above-mentioned time he was able to lift himself above his being; he could turn meaning towards the spiritual; Michael meets him there, and shows himself to be related to all thinking activity. He frees thoughts from the region of the head; he clears the way to the heart for them. He liberates enthusiasm from feeling, so that man can mindfully dedicate himself to all which he can experience in the light of thoughts. The Michael age has dawned. Hearts begin to have thoughts; enthusiasm no longer streams from mere mystical obscurity, but from thinking endowed with clarity of mind. To understand this means to receive Michael in one's sensibility. Thoughts which today strive towards grasping the spiritual must come from hearts which beat for Michael as the fiery Prince of Thought of the Universe.
* In the original German the word "Seele" (soul) is used. However, in much of the context of these paragraphs the word "mind" which does not exist in German would normally be used in English. I have therefore (rather shakily) substituted mind for soul wherever I deemed appropriate. Wherever "mind" appears above, the reader should perhaps realize that the original reads "soul". (Trans.)