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    ... Mathew, this is an incredibly thoughtful gift which must have cost you many hours of deep study and research, and you ve researched each lecture to hone
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      --- In steiner@yahoogroups.com, "Mathew Morrell" <tma4cbt@...> wrote:
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      > Man as Symphony of the Creative Word
      > LECTURE V
      > 27th October, 1923
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      > http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/ManSymphony/19231027p01.html
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      > …Those creatures which by reason of their origin must still live in
      > the air but which are unable to overcome earth-gravity, because they
      > have not hollow bones but bones filled with marrow, and also because
      > they have not air-sacs like the birds — these creatures are the
      > bats.
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      > The bats are a quite remarkable order of animal-life. In no way do they
      > overcome the gravity of earth through what is inside their bodies. They
      > do not, like the butterflies, possess the lightness of light, or, like
      > the bird, the lightness of warmth; they are subject to earth-gravity,
      > and they experience themselves in their flesh and bone. Hence that
      > element of which the butterfly consists, which is its whole sphere of
      > life — the element of light — this is disagreeable to bats. They
      > like the dusk. Bats have to make use of the air, but they like the air
      > best when it is not the bearer of light. They yield themselves up to the
      > dusk. They are veritable creatures of the dusk. And bats can only
      > maintain themselves in the air because they possess their somewhat
      > caricature-like bat-wings, which are not wings at all in the true sense,
      > but stretched membrane, membrane stretched between their elongated
      > fingers, a kind of parachute. By means of these they maintain themselves
      > in the air. They overcome gravity — as a counter-weight — by
      > opposing it with something which itself is related to gravity. Through
      > this, however, they are completely yoked into the domain of
      > earth-forces. One could never construct the flight of a butterfly solely
      > according to physical, mechanical laws, neither could one the flight of
      > a bird. Things would never come out absolutely right. In their case we
      > must introduce something containing other laws of construction. But the
      > bat's flight, that you can certainly construct according to earthly
      > dynamics and mechanics.
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      > The bat does not like the light, the light-imbued air, but at the most
      > only twilight air. And the bat also differs from the bird through the
      > fact that the bird, when it looks about it, always has in view what is
      > in the air. Even the vulture, when it steals a lamb, perceives it as it
      > sees it from above, as though it were at the end of the light sphere,
      > like something painted on to the earth. And quite apart from this, it is
      > no mere act of seeing; it is a craving. What you would perceive if you
      > actually saw the flight of the vulture towards the lamb is a veritable
      > dynamic of intention, of volition, of craving.
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      > A butterfly sees what is on the earth as though in a mirror; for the
      > butterfly the earth is a mirror. It sees what is in the cosmos. When you
      > see a butterfly fluttering about, you must picture to yourselves that it
      > disregards the earth, that for it the earth is just a mirror for what is
      > in the cosmos. A bird does not see what belongs to the earth, but it
      > sees what is in the air. The bat only perceives what it flies through,
      > or flies past. And because it does not like the light, it is
      > unpleasantly affected by everything it sees. It can certainly be said
      > that the butterfly and the bird see in a very spiritual way. The first
      > creature — descending from above downwards — which must see in
      > an earthly way, is disagreeably affected by this seeing. A bat dislikes
      > seeing, and in consequence it has a kind of embodied fear of what it
      > sees, but does not want to see. And so it would like to slip past
      > everything. It is obliged to see, yet is unwilling to do so — and
      > thus it everywhere tries just to skirt past. And it is because it
      > desires just to slip past everything, that it is so wonderfully intent
      > on listening. The bat is actually a creature which is continually
      > listening to its own flight, lest this flight should be in any way
      > endangered.
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      > Only look at the bat's ears. You can see from them that they are attuned
      > to world-fear. So they are — these bats' ears. They are quite
      > remarkable structures, attuned to evading the world, to world-fear. All
      > this, you see, is only to be understood when the bat is studied in the
      > framework into which we have just placed it.
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      > Here we must add something further. The butterfly continually imparts
      > spiritualized matter to the cosmos. It is the darling of the Saturn
      > influences. Now call to mind how I described Saturn as the great bearer
      > of the memory of our planetary system. The butterfly is closely
      > connected with what makes provision for memory in our planet. It is
      > memory-thoughts which live in the butterfly. The bird — this, too, I
      > have already described — is entirely a head, and as it flies through
      > the warmth-imbued air in world-space it is actually the living, flying
      > thought. What we have within us as thoughts — and this also is
      > connected with the warmth-ether — is bird-nature, eagle-nature, in
      > us. The bird is the flying thought. But the bat is the flying dream; the
      > flying dream-picture of the cosmos. So we can say: The earth is
      > surrounded by a web of butterflies — this is cosmic memory; and by
      > the kingdom of the birds — this is cosmic thinking; and by the bats
      > — they are the cosmic dream, cosmic dreaming. It is actually the
      > flying dreams of the cosmos which sough through space as the bats. And
      > as dreams love the twilight, so, too, does the cosmos love the twilight
      > when it sends the bat through space. The enduring thoughts of memory,
      > these we see embodied in the girdle of butterflies encircling the earth;
      > thoughts of the moment we see in the bird-girdle of the earth; and
      > dreams in the environment of the earth fly about embodied as bats. And
      > you will surely feel, if we penetrate deeply into their form, how much
      > affinity there is between this appearance of the bat and dreaming! One
      > simply cannot look at a bat without the thought arising: I must be
      > dreaming; that is really something which should not be there, something
      > which is as much outside the other creations of nature as dreams are
      > outside ordinary physical reality.
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      > To sum up we can say: The butterfly sends spiritualized substance into
      > spirit-land during its lifetime; the bird sends it out after its death.
      > Now what does the bat do? During its lifetime the bat gives off
      > spiritualized substance, especially that spiritualized substance which
      > exists in the stretched membrane between its separate fingers. But it
      > does not give this over to the cosmos; it sheds it into the atmosphere
      > of the earth. Thereby beads of spirit, so to say, are continually
      > arising in the atmosphere.
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      > Thus we find the earth to be surrounded by the continual glimmer of
      > out-streaming spirit-matter from the butterflies and sparkling into this
      > what comes from the dying birds; but also, streaming back towards the
      > earth, we find peculiar segregations of air where the bats give off what
      > they spiritualize. Those are the spiritual formations which are always
      > to be observed when one sees a bat in flight. In fact a bat always has a
      > kind of tail behind it, like a comet. The bat gives off spirit-matter;
      > but instead of sending it outwards, it thrusts it back into the physical
      > substance of the earth. It thrusts it back into the air. And just as one
      > sees with the physical eye physical bats fluttering about, one can also
      > see these corresponding spirit-formations which emanate from the bats
      > fluttering through the air; they sough through the spaces of the air. We
      > know that air consists of oxygen, nitrogen and other constituents, but
      > this is not all; it also consists of the spirit-emanations of bats.
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      > Strange and paradoxical as it may sound, this dream-order of the bats
      > sends little spectres out into the air, which then unite into a general
      > mass. In geology the matter below the earth, which is a rock-mass of a
      > soft consistency like porridge, is called magma. We might also speak of
      > a spirit-magma in the air, which comes from the emanations of bats.
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      > In ancient times when an instinctive clairvoyance prevailed, people were
      > very susceptible to this spirit magma, just as today many people are
      > very susceptible to what is of a material nature, for instance, bad
      > smelling air. This might certainly be regarded as somewhat vulgar,
      > whereas in the ancient instinctive time of clairvoyance people were
      > susceptible to the bat-residue which is present in the air.
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      > They protected themselves against this. And in many Mysteries there were
      > special formulas whereby people could inwardly arm themselves, so that
      > this bat-residue might have no power over them. For as human beings we
      > do not only inhale oxygen and nitrogen with the air, we also inhale
      > these emanations of the bats. Modern people, however, are not interested
      > in letting themselves be protected against these bat-remains, but
      > whereas in certain conditions they are highly sensitive, let us say, to
      > bad smells, they are highly insensitive to the emanations of the bats.
      > It can really be said that they swallow them down without feeling the
      > least trace of repulsion. It is quite extraordinary that people who are
      > otherwise really prudish just swallow down what contains the stuff of
      > which I have spoken. Nevertheless this too enters into the human being.
      > Certainly it does not enter into the physical or etheric body, but it
      > enters into the astral body.
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      > Yes, you see, we here find remarkable connections. Initiation science
      > everywhere leads into the inner aspect of relationships; this
      > bat-residue is the most craved-for nutriment of what I have described in
      > lectures here as the Dragon. But this bat-residue must first be breathed
      > into the human being. The Dragon finds his surest foothold in human
      > nature when man allows his instincts to be imbued with these emanations
      > of the bats. There they seethe. And the dragon feeds on them and grows
      > — in a spiritual sense, of course — gaining power over people,
      > gaining power in the most manifold ways. This is something against which
      > modern man must again protect himself: and the protection should come
      > from what has been described here as the new form of Michael's fight
      > with the Dragon. The increase in inner strength which man gains when he
      > takes up into himself the Michael impulse as it has been described here,
      > this is his safeguard against the nutriment which the Dragon desires;
      > this is his protection against the unjustified bat-emanations in the
      > atmosphere.
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      > If one has the will to penetrate into these inner world-connections, one
      > must not shrink back from facing the truths contained in them. For today
      > the generally accepted form of the search for truth does not in any way
      > lead to actuality, but at most to something even less actual than a
      > dream, to Maya. Reality must of necessity be sought in the domain where
      > all physical existence is regarded as interwoven with spiritual
      > existence. We can only find our way to reality, when this reality is
      > studied and observed, as has been done here in the present lectures.
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      > In everything good and in everything evil, in some way or other beings
      > are present. Everything in world-connections is so ordered that its
      > relation to other beings can be recognized. For the materialistically
      > minded, butterflies flutter, birds fly, bats flit. But this can really
      > be compared to what often happens with a not very artistic person, who
      > adorns the walls of his room with all manner of pictures which do not
      > belong to each other, which have no inner connection. Thus for the
      > ordinary observer of nature, what flies through the world also has no
      > inner connection; because he sees none. But everything in the cosmos has
      > its own place, because just from this very place it has a relation to
      > the cosmos in its totality. Be it butterfly, bird, or bat, everything
      > has its own meaning within the world-order.
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      > As to those who today wish to scoff, let them scoff. People already have
      > other things to their credit in the sphere of ridicule. Celebrated
      > scholars have declared that meteor-stones cannot exist, because iron
      > cannot fall from heaven, and so on. Why then should people not also
      > scoff at the functions of the bats, about which I have spoken today?
      > Such things, however, should not divert us from the task of imbuing our
      > civilization with a knowledge of spiritual truths.
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      > The Etheric Body as a Reflexion of the Universe A Lecture By
      > Rudolf Steiner
      > Elberfeld, June 13, 1915
      > GA 159
      > http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/EthRef_index.html
      > <http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/EthRef_index.html>
      >
      > …Below in the cave, we can see another shape. Its wings do not
      > resemble birds' wings, but those of a bat. Its body is like that of a
      > dragon, or of a worm, and its head again reminds us of a human head.
      > Whereas in Lucifer's forehead everything is powerfully developed, the
      > forehead of this second Being recedes and is quite undeveloped. Instead,
      > the lower parts, towards the jaw, are strongly developed. This Being is
      > enwrapped in gold; it is the gold contained in the earth. The gold of
      > the earth takes on the shape of strong fetters that chain this shape to
      > the cave. It writhes under the influence of Christ's hand pointing
      > downward, the hand of the Representative of Mankind. The shape in the
      > cave is Ahriman; it is Ahriman fettered by the gold of the earth.
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      > Christ in Relation to Lucifer and Ahriman A Lecture by
      > Rudolf Steiner
      > Linz, May 18, 1915
      > GA 159
      > http://wn.rsarchive.org/Religion/ChrLuc_index.html
      > <http://wn.rsarchive.org/Religion/ChrLuc_index.html>
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      > "…This feeling dominates so essentially as to break this upper
      > beings wings and cause his imminent plunge into the abyss. To make this
      > visible will be a particularly important artistic task and you will see
      > how the meaning of this interaction could easily be misunderstood.
      > Imagine, for example, an artistic portrayal of the Christ suggesting
      > that merely by raising His hand He would radiate such power onto the
      > being that his wings would be broken, forcing the plunge into the abyss.
      > In that case it would be the Christ Himself who irradiated this being,
      > as it were, with hatred, and thereby caused his descent. Such an
      > impression must under no circumstances be conveyed. Rather, the being
      > must be portrayed as having caused his own fall, for what is to be shown
      > plunging downward, with broken wings, is Lucifer.
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      > Now let us consider the other side of the group, toward the right of the
      > Christ figure. There, the rock will have a ledge and, therefore, will be
      > concave underneath. In this depression there will be another winged
      > figure, who with his arm-like organs turns toward the ledge above. You
      > have to visualize this as follows. To the right is the depression in the
      > rock and in it stands this winged figure with wings entirely different
      > from the figure on top of the rock. The wings of the figure on top of
      > the rock resemble those of an eagle, whereas the figure in the
      > depression has bat-like wings. This figure virtually buries himself in
      > the cave, working in shackles, ever busy undermining the earthly
      > realm."
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      > Harmony of the Creative Word, GA#230
      > The Human Being and the Elemental, Animal, Plant and Animal Kingdoms
      >
      > 12 Lectures in Dornach, Oct. 19-Nov. 11, 1923
      > by
      > Rudolf Steiner
      >
      > http://www.doyletics.com/arj/harmonyo.htm
      > <http://www.doyletics.com/arj/harmonyo.htm>
      >
      > [page 83, 84]
      >
      > "The bird is the flying thought. But the bat is the flying dream;
      > the flying dream picture of the cosmos. So we can say: The earth is
      > surrounded by fluttering butterflies — they are cosmic memory; by
      > the kingdom of the birds — this is cosmic thinking; and by the bats
      > — they are cosmic dream, cosmic dreaming. The flying dreams of the
      > cosmos actually rush through space as bats. And as dreams love the
      > twilight, so, too, does the cosmos love the twilight and send the bat
      > through space. The enduring thoughts of memory, these we see embodied in
      > the girdle of butterflies encircling the earth; thoughts of the moment
      > we see in the birds encircling the earth; and dreams in the environment
      > of the earth fly about embodied as bats. And you will surely feel, if
      > you enter deeply enough into their form, how much affinity there is
      > between looking at a bat in this way and having a dream! One simply
      > cannot look at a bat without the thought arising: I must be dreaming;
      > that is really something which should not be there, something which is
      > as much outside the other creations of nature as dreams are outside
      > ordinary physical reality.
      >
      > So we can say: The butterfly sends spiritualized substance into
      > spirit land during its lifetime; the bird sends it out after its death.
      > Now what does the bat do? During its lifetime the bat gives off
      > spiritualized substance, especially that spiritualized substance which
      > exists in the stretched membrane between its separate fingers. But it
      > does not give this over to the cosmos; it sheds it into the atmosphere
      > of the earth. Thereby beads of spirit, so to say, are continually
      > produced in the atmosphere.
      >
      > [page 86] "This bat residue is the most desirable food of what I
      > have described in lectures here as the Dragon. But this bat residue must
      > first be breathed into the human being. The Dragon finds his surest
      > foothold in human nature when man allows his instincts to be imbued with
      > these bat-emanations. There they seethe. And the Dragon feeds on them
      > and grows fat — in a spiritual sense, of course — gaining power
      > over people, gaining power in the most manifold ways. This is something
      > against which modern man must again protect himself; and the protection
      > should come from what has been described here as the new form of
      > Michael's fight with the Dragon. The increase in inner strength which
      > man gains when he takes up into himself the Michael impulse as it has
      > been described."
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      Mathew, this is an incredibly thoughtful gift which must have cost you
      many hours of deep study and research, and you've researched each
      lecture to hone in, so to say, upon an often overlooked but critically
      important facet we all need to recognize.

      I thank you.

      Blessings,

      Sheila
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