“The higher beings who were previously in the Earth-planet itself, now influence it from the sun. On this account all effects produced on the earth are changed. The human being chained to earth would no longer be able to feel the influence of the sun beings within him, if his soul were increasingly turned toward the earth, from which his physical body is taken. A change now appears in the condition of human consciousness. At certain times the sun beings rest the soul of man from his physical body, so that man is now alternately purely psychic, in the bosom of the sun-beings, and, when united with the body, heat currents stream up to him; a sea of air is sounding around him and the water pours into and out of him. When man is out of his body the images of the higher beings in whose care he is, float through his soul.
“The earth passes through two periods at this stage of its evolution. During one of these it allows its substances to circulate around the human souls and clothes them with bodies.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Most humans seem to fall into two categories when it comes to belief in higher beings. Some think that many planets have physical life forms and many of them are far more intelligent than we are. The other group cannot accept that any being can possibly be any greater than they are. They are both partially wrong and partially right.
As for the second group, it is true that in many decades of looking we have found no hard evidence of higher beings on other planets, or anywhere else. But that may be because the scientists don’t understand that these higher beings are so different that they are not recognized as life at all.
While the first group is correct in believing that higher life forms exist, neither they nor anyone else has any evidence of such beings having material bodies and living on other material planets. They believe it only based on a simple statistic, namely that with so many planets if one has intelligent life, others must also. But maybe humanity is a rarity and physical life on other planets is limited to plants and primitive animals.
There are higher life forms, but they exist at higher frequencies, in higher dimensions. In other words, the higher beings are spiritual, not physical. Some such beings live in the sun. These sun beings are not burned up by the heat or radiation because they have no physical bodies. These sun beings sometimes interact with us earthbound humans. They may be called muses or spirit guides. The title doesn’t matter. They are beings of a higher state of consciousness and spiritual realization so it is their honor and duty to help us achieve the same.
Influence from the Sun
We are indeed receiving a great deal of influence from the sun, and in several different ways. The physical sun obviously affects us in many ways. The pull of its gravity controls the orbit of Earth. Its radiation gives us heat and light. But there are other effects, more subtle and on different levels.
One major way the sun affects us on earth is to act as a kind of mirror of our thoughts and emotions. The thoughts and feelings of all of humanity bombard the sun continuously. They are amplified by the sun and reflected back to us. So if our thoughts and full of violence and anger, the reflection from the sun will cause storms, earthquakes, droughts, and floods. If the thoughts are kind and friendly, the reflection from the sun will bring us good years and excellent crops.
But Mr. Steiner is referring to another way the sun can influence us, and that is by the influence of the sun beings. These beings that dwell in the sun can influence us for good or evil, depending on which group is doing the influencing. One group is on the side of darkness, materialism. They encourage us to accumulate material things and they accept physical reality as the only reality. The other group is more spiritual and they encourage us to let go of materialism and greed and develop our spiritual faculties. We can’t help but be influenced by both groups, but we can control to some degree who we listen to the most. It’s like people who say they would like to go to a gym and workout, but they don’t have the time. Actually, we have the time to do whatever we want to do bad enough. We simply push other things aside to make time. In a similar manner, if we listen to an follow the evil sun beings often, their influence on us will grow until it becomes unstoppable. But if we ignore them most of the time and listen instead to the good sun beings, we will find ourselves attuning to them more and blocking out the others.
Then there is the influence of the spiritual sun, which is an actual being on its own. You can think of it as the big brother of Earth’s spirit. When we treat the earth poorly, on a physical or spiritual level, we anger her big brother. You don’t want the sun to be angry with you. But if we start improving our relationship with mother Earth, her big brother and the sun beings within it will smile down on us.
Sun Beings in our Soul
Steiner says the sun beings float through our souls when we are out of our bodies. This does not mean that we must have out-of-body adventures in order to be in contact with sun beings. They can influence our souls even while we are still in our physical bodies. But we have to attune ourselves mentally to the higher frequencies in which such beings dwell. Higher frequencies, not lower.
Can sun beings literally float through our souls? Yes, they can. They are spirits and our souls are spirits. They exist outside the limits and restrictions of time and space. But just because they can, doesn’t mean the will. It doesn’t seem to me like there would be any point to a sun being literally floating through our souls. I think Steiner means this figuratively rather than literally. He means that these sun beings send light and energy into our souls. Light and energy are full of information. Not random information like the internet, but meaningful information. They fill us with the light of truth. They caress us with the wisdom of the ages. We can choose to accept it or block it. But they don’t waste much time on those who won’t listen. If you keep blocking them, they will eventually stop floating through your soul.