“Zarathustra knew that Spirit directs the course of human evolution. … He had worked in the etheric body since the entrance of the Luciferic nature. It was therefore necessary that a man should appear who had transformed the astral body to the same level that it would have reached in the middle of the Atlantean evolution, had there been no Luciferian influence. Had Lucifer not appeared, mankind would certainly have attained this level before, but without personal independence or the possibility of freedom. Now, however, in spite of those qualities he should again arise to this height. Zarathustra, endowed with prophetic vision, could see that in the future it would be possible, within human evolution, for a personality to exist, who would have a suitable astral body for that purpose. But he also knew that the great Sun-spirit could not appear on earth before that time, though he could be perceived by a seer in the spiritual part of the Sun. When as a seer he turned his attention to the Sun, Zarathustra was able to see this Spirit, whom he proclaimed to his people. He announced that the Sun-spirit was at first to be found only in the spiritual world, but that later He would descend to earth. This was the great Sun-spirit, or Spirit of Light (the Aura of the Sun, Ahura-mazdao, or Ormuzd).” ~Rudolf Steiner
Overall, spirit does direct the course of human evolution. When we look at it individually, we may find that it isn’t. That is because few individuals have awakened their spiritual faculties so they are controlled entirely by the physical and mental faculties. That results in devolution to lower, more material forms instead of higher, more spiritual forms. But even though only a small percentage of humanity have awakened their spirits and souls, it is enough to cause the course of evolution to shift towards the spiritual.
What Steiner is calling the etheric body, most of us today would call the spirit body, or simply the spirit. Zoroaster, who Steiner calls Zarathustra, did work on his etheric body, as does anyone truly interested in spiritual growth. The awakened spirit directs us to do so. The unawakened sometimes need hints from outside sources to get them to start dealing with their spiritual self. Either way, we have to work on the etheric body and the soul to gain eternal life, and that is what spirit directs. Continue reading “Spirit Directs Us to Enlightenment”