Spiritual Influence on Man
“It is difficult to express in the language of today the effects on Man, in that far-off time of the spiritual beings referred to. They must not be thought of as analogous to natural influences of the present time, nor yet as similar to the influences of one human being on another, when the first awakens in the second inner powers of consciousness by words which help the second person to understand something, or which stimulate him to virtue or vice. The effect referred to as operative in that primeval age was not a force of nature but a spiritual influence, conveyed in a spiritual way, which descended upon man as a spiritual influx from higher spirits, conformable with Man’s state of consciousness at that time. If we think of this influence as a force of nature we altogether miss its essential reality. If we say that the spirits with the old moon nature tempted Man in order to lead him astray for their own ends, we are using a symbolical expression, which is good as long as we remember that it is but a symbol and are at the same time clear in our minds that a spiritual fact underlies the symbol.” ~Rudolf Steiner
Steiner is correct in saying that Man was under spiritual influence in the distant past and that spiritual influence is not the same as a natural influence or natural forces. Of course, spirits are natural, but when Steiner says “Natural” here, he means part of the physical or material universe rather than the spiritual realms.
Ancient scripture such as the Upanishads and the Bible makes it clear that thousands of years ago it was common for Man, or al least some men, to talk to spirits, most often in the form of angels or demons. That still happens but is very rare. It isn’t that the spirits or spiritual worlds have moved away from us, but that as we sink deeper and deeper into matter, we move away from them. The more material we become, the more difficult it is to see or communicate with spiritual beings.
Perhaps because we have become so densely material, both physically and mentally, many have difficulty grasping the concept of spirits and spiritual influence. Many think that it is just something mental, that the soul is just a part of the mind. Some believe that so-called spirits are just physical beings from other planets. Why it is so easy to believe in beings from another planet but not from another dimension, specifically a spiritual dimension, is beyond me. If you can believe in aliens influencing us with no proof whatsoever, how can you reject the written evidence of many going back thousands of years of spiritual influence? Continue reading “Spiritual Influence in a Materialistic World”