- From true and false paths in spiritual investigation by Rudolf
By day then,
we can look down upon the growing plantcover of the Earth
as something that fills our heart with inward joy and exultation.
We can then look up at night
and see the canopy of heaven that appeared so blue by day
now studded with shining sparkling stars.
We rejoice inwardly at the celestial beauty that is revealed to our
But what did I really see ?
Then we look up at the starry hosts of heaven.
To the emptied, waking consciousness,
the consciousness emptied of all earthly content,
the stars do more than merely shine and sparkle,
they assume the most varied forms,
for there, in the higher spheres,
is a wondrous world of quintessential being
everywhere movement and flux, grand, mighty, sublime.
Before this spectacle we bow our heads
in grateful reverence and reverent gratitude,
acknowledging its sublimity.
We have reached the mid-stage of Initiation.
The stars are the dewdrops of this cosmic world and the plants
its reflected image.
Their appearance is not their reality;
in their manifestation here on Earth they are not even an entity,
but, in relation to the endlessly manifold richness of that world of
from whence shine forth the separate stars like dewdrops, simply a
And now we discover that, as human beings,
we bear within us that which is the real being of the plants in the
We bring down into this mirrored life what the plants leave behind
in the world of spirit,
for the plant-beings live in that world and send down to Earth their
and the Earth fills them with earthly substance.
We men bring our soul-nature, which also belongs to that higher
world, into this world of images.
We are not mere images, but we are also spiritual beings of soul
here on Earth.
Apologies for not having posted much but I am still taking part of
this study and am following it actively.
(As Steiner emphasises we need to bear in mind thoughts and feelings