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Dense Body of Matter Can Become Light

“At the time when the etheric body still further densifies and changes from a light-body into a fire or heat-body, the stage of evolution has been reached at which, as described above, pats of the solid earth elements are incorporated into man. Because the etheric body has condensed to the consistency of fire, it is now able, by means of the forces of the physical body previously implanted in it, to combine with the physical substances of the earth attenuated as far as the fire state. But by itself it would no longer be able to introduce air substances into the body which has meanwhile become more more solidified. …

“The result is that this life becomes independent of the soul part of man. … The Lords of Form now remain united with the image, and the life they have bestowed, they transfer to man’s descendants, when his soul has left his body. Thus comes about what may be called heredity, and when the human soul once more appears on earth it feels that it has a body animated by the life of its ancestors. … In that way, something like a memory is formed of the ancestor with whom the soul feels itself to be at one. This memory passes through the line of descendants in the form of a consciousness possessed in common. The ego thus flows down through the generations.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Dense Body

In his own way, Steiner is telling us that that we started out with bodies that were not dense at all, but over many generations and many centuries became denser and denser. The result is that we now have a physical body that is so dense it cannot possibly live on Divine Light as we were intended to live. We may wish to quit eating our fellow beings of matter, but we cannot. We can cut down on killing and eating other beings (whether plant or animal makes little difference), but we can’t completely stop and live on light alone. We have to reverse this body compacting process and eventually we will become of a high enough vibration that we can live only of Divine Light once again.

Light-Body to Heat-Body

Steiner talks of this process of the light body descending deeper into matter and becoming what he calls a fire-body or heat-body “evolution”. More accurately, this descent into matter should be call devolution. When you turn around and head back in the other direction, then you can say you are evolving. Some believe that this evolution to devolution is a cycle that keeps repeating. If so, it is a cycle that takes billions of years to complete. Continue reading “Dense Body of Matter Can Become Light”

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Apparently Real Matter Hides Actually Real Spirit

“We have seen that the most elementary criticism, applied to any ordinary object of perception, tends to invalidate the simple and comfortable creed of ‘common sense’; that not merely faith but gross credulity, is needed by the mind which would accept the apparent as real. I say, for instance, that I see a house. I can only mean by this that the part of my receiving instrument which undertakes the duty called vision is affected in a certain way, and arouses in me the idea of ‘house’. The idea ‘house’ is now treated by men as a real house, and my further observations will be an unfolding, enriching, and defining of this image. But what the external reality is which evoked the image that I call ‘house,’ I do not know and never can know. … I may, of course, call on one sense to ‘corroborate,’ as we trustfully say, the evidence of the other; may approach the house and touch it. Then the nerves of my hand will be affected by a sensation which I translate as hardness and solidity; the eye by a peculiar and wholly incomprehensible sensation called redness; and from these purely physical changes my mind constructs and externalizes an idea which it calls red bricks. Science herself, however, if she be asked to verify the reality of these perceptions, at once declares that tough the material world be real, the idea of solidity and color are but hallucination. They belong to the human animal, not to the physical universe.

“’The red brick,’ says science, ‘is a mere convention. In reality that bit, like all other bits of the universe, consists of innumerable atoms whirling and dancing one about the other. It is no more solid than a snowstorm.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Apparently Real

Ms. Underhill says that it requires gross credibility to accept that which is apparent as real. Sadly, it seems we have a great number of people who will do just that today. Not only do they accept the apparently real as actually real, but they take the word of certain people they trust that it is real with little or no verification. But that is more of a political and social issue, while we are more interested in the spiritual aspects of it.

Underhill also says that science is backing her on claiming that the solid reality of matter is illusion. That is even truer today than when she was alive. Now we have the scientist of quantum physics saying that the apparently real, solid universe of matter is but a hologram of light. They also say that sub-atomic particles exist only as waves or potential objects until observed. So not only is the universe mostly empty space between the particles of the atom, but even those particles are not quite real! Yet something holds it all together, something that is actually real.

Making Sense of Senses

We have learned since we were born to know the world through our physical senses. Few of us ever consider that the physical senses are only aware of part of the physical world, so their awareness is limited. Further, what is picked up by the sense has to be interpreted by the brain before we get the final idea of what is there. But the brain can be easily tricked. We do have to use these senses, but we must always be aware that they give us a partial view of things, and are therefore not completely reliable. What is apparently real to the senses is only part of the physical world and none of the spiritual.

Solid as a Snowstorm

Underhill says that physical reality is no more solid than a snowstorm. I think that is an excellent analogy to use. A snowstorm isn’t a single thing, but a conglomerate of wind and billions of individual snowflakes. Yet in many ways it acts as a single thing. We are much the same, and so is everything else in the physical universe. We are molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles held in place by forces we don’t really understand. We think we are solid as a rock, but the rock is mo more solid than the snowstorm. What is apparently real is quite different from what is real.

Spiritual Reality

Simple logic will tell us that if what we always thought was real and what is apparently real is actually illusion, then something else must exist beyond the illusion which is real. That something is spirit. The world of spirit is the only one that is real in the sense that it is permanent and unchanging. Nothing in it rots or dies. Nothing in it is illusion. However, when we try to understand the spiritual with our physical brain and senses, we form ideas that usually are illusion. We need to awaken our spiritual faculties to move beyond the apparently real to what is actually real.

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House of Fire in the Realm of Matter

“A Messenger in a vision saw people locked up in a house of fire and bound with fiery chains, lying in a flaming ointment. He asked them, “Why can’t they be saved?” “We did not desire it,” they told the messenger, “but we got this place of punishment. It is the outer darkness, and we are in it.”

“Soul and spirit came into being from water and fire. From water and fire and light came the attendant in the bridal chamber. Fire is chrism. Light is fire. I am not referring to flame, which has no form, but to another kind of fire, whose appearance is white, which is luminous and beautiful and gives beauty.

“Truth didn’t come into the world naked but in types and images. Truth is received only that way. There is rebirth and its image.”

“They must be reborn through image. What is the resurrection? Image must rise again through image. The bridegroom and image enter through image into truth, which is restoration. It is right that those who don’t have it take on the name of the father and son and the holy spirit. But they have not done so on their own. If you do not take on the names for yourself, the name “Christian” will be taken from you. You receive them in the oil of the chrism, the aromatic unction of the power of the cross. The messengers called this power “the right and left.” You are no longer a Christian but Christ.

“The lord did everything through mystery: baptism and a chrism and a Eucharist and a redemption and a bridal chamber.

“The lord said, “I came to make things below like things above, and the outside like the inside. I came to join them in one place. He revealed who he is through types and images.” ~The Gospel of Philip

House of Fire

The destructive house of fire is the material world that we live in. It is a house of fire because it operates in a constant self of self-destruction mixed with creation. Some think this is how it should be, but it isn’t. God doesn’t create things and beings only to destroy them a short time later. What God creates is permanent; not consumed by fire, disease, or rot. This means that the house of fire is not a creation of God. It is a creation of what the Gnostics call the Demiurge. And since it was not created by the One Perfect Consciousness that is God, it is defective and self-destructive.

According to Philip, the people in this house of fire are bound in chains of fire and lying in flaming ointment. This is his way of saying that we not only live in a self-destructive realm, but we add to it ourselves by wrapping ourselves in chains of fire and coat ourselves with flammable oils. The fiery chains are false beliefs that we cling to thereby preventing us from seeing the truth. The flaming ointments and oils are our attachments to material things that pull us down to destruction along with them. Continue reading “House of Fire in the Realm of Matter”

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Beast Man: a Dying Breed

“For the ungodly said, reasoning with themselves, but not aright, Our life is short and tedious, and in the death of a man there is no remedy: neither was there any man known to have returned from the grave. For we are born at all adventure: and we shall be hereafter as though we had never been: for the breath in our nostrils is as smoke, and a little spark in the moving of our heart: Which being extinguished, our body shall be turned into ashes, and our spirit shall vanish as the soft air, And our name shall be forgotten in time, and no man shall have our works in remembrance, and our life shall pass away as the trace of a cloud, and shall be dispersed as a mist, that is driven away with the beams of the sun, and overcome with the heat thereof. … Come on therefore, let us enjoy the good things that are present: and let us speedily use the creatures like as in youth. Let us fill ourselves with costly wine and ointments: and let no flower of the spring pass by us: Let us leave tokens of our joyfulness in every place: for this is our portion, and our lot is this. Let us oppress the poor righteous man, let us not spare the widow, nor reverence the ancient gray hairs of the aged. Let our strength be the law of justice: for that which is feeble is found to be nothing worth. Therefore let us lie in wait for the righteous.” ~The Wisdom of Solomon (or Book of Wisdom)

Beast Man

When humans come to believe that they are no more than animals, physical beings that live a brief life then die, it is not surprising that they develop the attitude of having as much joy and fun as they can while they live. There is no harm in it, they think since there is no God and no afterlife. That is why it is so important for man to understand his true nature. Atheists claim that we do not need a belief in God to be moral and ethical, but studies have shown otherwise. It has been found that Atheists are ethical only when it is convenient. What’s more, is how do they know what is ethical and what isn’t? If you rely on the human brain-mind to answer that question, we are in deep trouble. The studies also found that each new generation of atheists is less moral and ethical than the previous one. After three or four generations, all ethics and morals are gone. Beast man is not something to desire.

Short and Tedious Life

Our life in the physical world is indeed short. It is often tedious as well. But while we can’t do much about making our physical life longer, we can make it less tedious. That doesn’t mean seeking out idle entertainments to keep us occupied. Those are the very things that become tedious over time. We need to find meaningful things to do, things that help us and others grow. Even if we only do that on a physical level, it is better than not doing it at all. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, helping people find jobs may not be as entertaining as watching movies and football games, but it is a lot more satisfying. Continue reading “Beast Man: a Dying Breed”