I AM Entombed
Without the I AM, or Higher Ego, thinking becomes devoid of soulful self reflection, essentially eradicating thoughts that enter the soul through the Ego. Perhaps this is why individual expression, in so far as art is concerned, was in short supply in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union . Without the I AM principle, great art suffers.
One could say that Blok's poem The Twelve published in 1918 marks the end of Russia 's 100 year reign of literature, and from then on it declined into propaganda. In The Twelve, Jesus is shown leading twelve Red Guardsman through the snow-covered streets of Petrograd , quarrelling, shooting and killing dissidents. They are apostles of destruction celebrating the overthrow of the old Russian regime and the rise of the Leninist body-
politic that erupted after the 1917 Communist Revolution. According to Blok, the Revolution would give Russia a new spiritual birth.
Russia's literary tradition begun relatively late,in 1820, with Pushkin and his classic Ruslan and Ludmila, followed close behind by what is known today as the "great literary triumvirate": Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekov. But once the Bolsheviks took over, literature slammed into an insurmountable brick wall; suddenly, art became a propaganda instrument, and any artist unwilling to except his new role, and cross Party lines, became a victim of Lenin's fires of hell. Stalin made his message loud and clear: The artist is here to serve the State and degrade its enemies. Religion was one such enemy --- which explains Blok's irreverent use of Jesus in his poem.
Needless to say, the I AM lies at the foundation of the Christian experience; un-like the "cult," in practice Christians do not seek its annihilation. The I AM is cultivated, "washed of sin," "cleansed," "illuminated," but never destroyed. In Christian esotericism, the I AM's psychic garb is the sublime and radiant Light Body. To wear it is to be counted among the living "who have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the lamb." Without the I AM the Russian mind shrunk into the
materialism of those Ethical Socialists of Steiner's day whose main task was tooling government engines of greater and higher efficiency. Big government seemed to be the answer for all society's problems --- but how big? For Marxists the answer was an International State of global dimension big enough to encompass the inhabitants of the earth in a mammoth group soul.
According to Steiner, the crucifixion occurred at a point in history when mankind was prepared to facilitate the I AM, not before. It transpired at a specific location, Golgotha . It created definite effects in the Soul. It transpired in time and space. And therefore the Crucifixion should not be regarded as a metaphor or a symbolic myth, rather as a factual spiritual event in the history of the Earth, a mystery unfolding divine substances and divine forces into mankind's soul-spiritual life.