The Fall of the Spirits of Darkness
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Dornach, 29 September 1917
into the events taking place in Russia at the time. Metaphysical world
influencing current events. Suchomlinov's failure as a sign of the
times. Papal Peace Note. Connection between materialistic attitudes and
powers of destruction.
Lecture 2 Dornach, 30 September 1917
between intellectual and moral development. The human organization in
sleep and in the waking state. Wisdom-filled impulses projecting from
the realm of sleep into everyday life. The spiritual and social impulse
in the works of Johann Valentin Andreae. Humanity getting younger, with
Lloyd George as typical representative of his time.
Lecture 3 Dornach, 1 October 1917
Present habits of
thinking not in accord with reality. The Christ's words: ‘My
kingdom is not of this world.’ Search for perfection is
materialistic illusion — Woodrow Wilson as ‘saviour of the
world’. Right attitude to the truths of spiritual science when
these are made known — deviations from this. Two measures which
had become necessary with regard to private interviews.
Lecture 4 Dornach, 6 October 1917
spirits of birth and death. Their activity in the service of the gods.
Rule over these spirits passing into human hands — a similar
process in ancient Atlantis. Inevitable transformation of virtues into
faults, and of constructive powers into destructive ones. Ricarda Huch
instinctively aware of this. A modern tendency: to take a stance rather
than go through the effort of finding the truth.
Lecture 5 Dornach, 7 October 1917
Changes in the way
the environment is experienced from ancient Greece to the present time.
Earth dying and bodies withering away, these facts reflected in Eduard
Suess's geological work and in Franz Brentano's psychology. Inner life
of man separating from physical body. Augustine's and Calvin's dogma of
predestination. Eugenics as an echo of Atlantean practices.
Psychopathology as a sign of the times. Medicines used to ‘get rid
of the spirit’.
Lecture 6 Dornach, 8 October 1917
Living world of
thought around us and dead thoughts within us. The head as a legacy from
old incarnations of the earth — rest of the body as manifestations
of cosmic hierarchies condensed by luciferic influences. Spiritual bonds
with environment and interpretation of dreams during fourth
postAtlantean epoch. Need for inspired ideas on social aspects —
Jacob Boehme and Saint-Martin aware of this. Importance of intuitive and
prophetic faculties for teaching profession.
Lecture 7 Dornach, 12 October 1917
‘weight’ in the usual historical texts. Luther as someone
belonging to the fourth epoch who lived at the beginning of the fifth.
Consciousness awakened on account of deception in the past. Need to
overcome illusion in future. Trial by fire as part of the inner path
today. Significance of karma concept in education. Harmful nature of
premature intellectual development. Right attitude to those who hold
different views. Relationship between teacher and pupil as an inner
Lecture 8 Dornach, 13 October 1917
Present desire to
find simple, unified concepts. Inadequacy of such concepts in the face
of reality. Rudolf Kjellen's and Albert Schaeffle's analogy between
organism and State not acceptable. Social life of the whole earth as an
organism. Abstract theories refuted by reality. West looking to the
past. Wilsonianism. East breaking with the past. Abstract nature of
theosophical ideals and the need for genuine knowledge.
Lecture 9 Dornach, 14 October 1917
the Archangel Michael and the ahrimanic powers from 1841 until the
autumn of 1879. Fall of the spirits of darkness and its consequences:
individual people taking hold of materialistic impulses —
statement made by Henri Lichtenberger as symptomatic of this. Bacterial
diseases and Moon influences as consequences of similar battles in
earlier periods of earth evolution. Examples of ahrimanic way of
thinking in modern science. Influence of spiritual world on actions of
people today. Mirroring of events in the world of the spirit in this
world. Soloviev and perception of the Russian folk spirit.
Lecture 10 Dornach, 20 October 1917
Many ideals far
removed from reality. Certain ideas spread in the eighteenth century and
their consequences. Wilhelm Weber's Dreizehnlinden
ignorance and fear helping the ahrimanic powers. Modern science studying
the past, and ;the need to gain perception of what lies in the future.
James Dewar's views as example of inadequacy of views held at the time.
Activity of ahrimanic spirits in monistic theories. Need to bring
spiritual thinking into physical sciences. Need to transform education.
Significance of happy childhood memories for adult life.
Lecture 11 Dornach, 21 October 1917
inwardness of inner life — science-based civilization becoming
more external. New impulses in education to counteract ahrimanization of
inner life. Relationship of humans and animals to Sun and Moon currents.
Thoughtfully told tales based on animal and plant world as an
educational necessity — partly achieved in Brehm's work.
Impoverishment of ideas through specialization. Example of a genuine
connection made between impulses to observe given in spiritual science
and a specialist field: Roman Boos' book on the Collective Agreement. A
valuable essay by Boos contrasted with empty phrases used in another
essay in the same issue of the journal Wissen und Leben.
Lecture 12 Dornach, 26 October 1917
darkness cast down, and this the cause of events which happened at the
time. Mission of spirits of light in earlier epochs of earth evolution:
promotion of blood bonds; mission of powers of darkness: to free human
beings from those bonds — the situation reversed in nineteenth
century. Darwinism as an impulse from the past; Goethe's theory of
metamorphosis as a power for the future. Human beings tied to the earth
through heredity, getting free of the earth by becoming spiritual.
Indianization of Europeans living in America and the way to overcome
Lecture 13 Dornach, 27 October 1917
of the spirits of darkness: greatest possible development of human
acumen and limiting human relationship to the spirit to spiritistic
methods. Michael's victory provides possibility for human beings to
connect with the spirit — counteraction from spirits of darkness.
Events in nineteenth century as consequences of the battle in the world
of the spirit. Oswald Marbach and Goethe's Faust. Woodrow Wilson as
‘world schoolmaster’. Goethe's achievement brought to
expression in a poem by Marbach.
Lecture 14 Dornach, 28 October 1917
Archangels and their role in history and in the human organism. Physical
reproduction to cease in the sixth or seventh millennium. Aims of
spirits of darkness in relation to humanity growing younger. Fritz
Mauthner and Darwinism. Discrepancy between life of thought and life of
will — its effect on modern social democracy. Relative newness of
history as a science and need to bring in the life forces of
anthroposophy. Maeterlinck's book on bees. Illusory talk of democracy.
Francis Delaisi on democracy and world of finance. Alexandre Millerand
and Raymond Poincar as examples of financial concerns influencing