‘The Human Being: Hieroglyph of the Universe’

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~I am leaping forth
Ripping veils
Making naked the essential
Streaking light with sound
Tamping down the dirt
To make the circle round
& the Earth glad.
The Stars notice
When I sing

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Today dear friends, CG & I are going up to Zinniker – the oldest bio-dynamic farm in the USA. It’s our turn to bring the bounty back to the city for our co-op.

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Our friend Rand Carter, one the forces behind the Merry Prep-stirs initiative, has been traveling around the Heart-land, driving from his bio-dynamic farm in Florida. We will take him up to Zinnikers for the day. It’s supposed to be in the 90’s. We’ll be dancing with the cows & working in the hay.

Man: Hieroglyph of the Universe


Thinking of heat reminds me a of lecture 16 ‘The Human Being: Hieroglyph of the Universe’ by Rudolf Steiner, summerized for your reading easy:

“Christianity will not be understood until it has penetrated even into the physics of our Earth, until we understand how, even in physical things, the Christian substance works in the world-existence. We have not grasped Christianity until we can say to ourselves: Precisely in the domain of heat such a change is taking place in the human being that through it matter is being destroyed and a purely picture-existence comes forth out of the matter; but through the union of the human soul with the Christ-substance this picture-existence is made into a new reality.

All proofs of freedom fail; our task is not to prove freedom, but to take hold of it. It is grasped when one understands the nature of sense-free thinking. Sense-free thinking however needs again the connection with the world, and this connection it does not find unless it unites with what has been introduced into the evolution of the world as new substance through the Mystery of Golgotha.

Thus the bridge between natural and moral cosmogony lies in a right understanding of Christianity. It might at first appear very strange that just those who uphold the modern creeds — as well as ancient creeds that extend their influence into modern life — do not desire a science leading towards Christianity, but desire a science as materialistic as possible, so that an unscientific faith may hold its own alongside of it.

In this connection we might say: Modern materialism and reactionary Christianity are very closely related, for the latter has driven humankind into the conception that things spiritual must not be penetrated by true knowledge. Knowledge must be kept free from the Spiritual, must be kept away from it, must extend only to the material. Thus on the one hand stands the advocate of one or other creed, who says: ‘Science extends only to what is sense-perceptible; all else must be grasped by faith alone. On the other side stands the materialist, who says: science extends only to what is sense-perceptible; and faith I have given up’.

Spiritual Science is not related to materialism. I think I have now shown how the possibility of permeating the moral law with what we can know of nature, and conversely, of permeating nature-knowledge with moral law — is bound up with Spiritual Science. For the illusion which figures today in external science as the human being, that delusive picture which shows the human being as a configuration of mineral substance, simply does not exist. The human being is just as much organized into the Fluid element as into the Solid; also into the element of Air, and above all, into that of Heat. When we come as far as Heat, we find the transition to the soul-and-spirit nature, for in Heat we have already the transition from Space to Time; and that which is of the soul flows in the temporal. Beyond Heat we pass more and more out of Space into Time, and it becomes possible, by the roundabout way here indicated, to seek the moral in the physical.

We can develop warmth for our fellows morally — soul-warmth, which is the counterpart of physical warmth. Why do we speak of ‘warm’ feelings? Because we feel, we experience that the feeling we call ‘warm’ gives the picture of outer, physical warmth. The warmth percolates into the picture. What today is only soul-warmth will in a future cosmic existence play a physical part, for the Christ-Impulse will live therein. What today is simply picture-warmth in our world of Feeling — will live on, that it may become physical when the Earth-warmth has disappeared, for it is what the Christ-Substance, the Christ-Nature is.”

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7 thoughts on “‘The Human Being: Hieroglyph of the Universe’

  1. With the spirit of truth contained in Steiner’s lectures, Man: Hieroglyph of the Universe, which refers to Venus and Mercury and the eventual demise of the present Copernican model of the solar system, it is noteworthy that the last transit on June 5, 2012, nine years ago, was a Mercury Transit across the Sun. This won’t happen again for 96 years, near the Winter Solstice in 2117.

    2012 – The last transit of Venus of the 21st century begins.

  2. I find myself full of questions, it seems!

    “Christianity will not be understood until it has penetrated even into the physics of our Earth, until we understand how, even in physical things, the Christian substance works in the world-existence. We have not grasped Christianity until we can say to ourselves: Precisely in the domain of heat such a change is taking place in the human being that through it matter is being destroyed and a purely picture-existence comes forth out of the matter; but through the union of the human soul with the Christ-substance this picture-existence is made into a new reality.”

    I recognize the truth of this statement but I would like to understand it more thoroughly. I believe it is related to the question I posed in your post from yesterday. In the passage above, is it possible to paraphrase the tern “Christ-substance”? I am not suggesting it is anything other than the best term, but I would like to approach it from different sides, as it were. Are there other ways to say this? Is the Christ-substance what lends things their meaning, their reality?

    Thank you, Hazel!

    Blessings!
    Max

    1. For me it does feel important to reclaim from the dogma of the decadent church the ‘Being of Love’ = The Christ, which YES! It’s true – is the ‘meaning of the earth’ now & into the future. But I also understand that the term Christ can be a trigger to those that have been abused by the patriarchy – so that’s why I like to use the phrase ‘The Being of Love’.

      Heat has also been associated with the highest hierarchy of the Seraphim – who are called the Fiery Ones or Beings of Love.

      Can we burn away what does not serve, so that what is left is love? It is for this new reality that we must strive – this New Jerusalem – where matter has been spiritualized into Love & Freedom.

    2. For me it does feel important to reclaim from the dogma of the decadent church the ‘Being of Love’ = The Christ, which YES! It’s true – is the ‘meaning of the earth’ now & into the future. But I also understand that the term Christ can be a trigger to those that have been abused by the patriarchy – so that’s why I like to use the phrase ‘The Being of Love’.

      Heat has also been associated with the highest hierarchy of the Seraphim – who are called the Fiery Ones or Beings of Love.

      Can we burn away what does not serve, so that what is left is love? It is for this new reality that we must strive – this New Jerusalem – where matter has been spiritualized into Love & Freedom.

      1. I think one of the best places where Steiner spoke of the “Christ substance” is in the lecture on Michael and the New Yoga of Will, GA 194, and where the comparison is made between the Air-Ensouling Process of Jahve, which had its final measure of success in the Mystery of Ephesus, c. 500 BC, and the Light-Ensouling Process of Christ, which came later, and continues in our time.

        Christ actually brought three important attributes for the Earth and its Humanity: Light, Life, and Love, and thus a Trinity of Forces. The Earth as a physical entity is crumbling and dying away in order to bring forth a new and more diaphanous condition. Consciousness will become more transparent, with the ability to see through things to the underlying realities, which indeed can be seen even now in pictures of a higher order.

        1. Beautifully transcribed & encapsulated you once again bring the essence to light
          Thank you

          1. This lecture also shows and describes how the evolution of picture consciousness arose out of the originating unperspectival condition of the Ancient Indian cultural epoch.

            https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/MissMich/19191130p01.html

            In the future, and even now it is possible, objective picture consciousness will become deeper, wider, and higher, as the immortal and eternal becomes the norm. Transparent Consciousness.

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