Welcome to the results of our study group on Theosophy. I am posting various exercises we do on the form and content of the book.
George O'Neil first cracked the form years ago and Florin Lowndes has made a first rate edition of Theosophie in his Code-X book series. Lowndes has produced excellent scholarly notes about all of Steiner's Theosophy editions and their alterations by Steiner himself. It is simply a fantastic contribution to the heart-thinking work. In particular Lowndes clarifies the chapters and sections, the particular punctuation, and numerous other techniques Steiner employed his writing and thought-art. We are basing our study group on his new edition! Thank you Florin!
One way to study a chapter by Scott F. It is amazing to see Scott come to grips with the essence of the written and unwritten content, and to follow him in his steady mastery of a Steiner text.
We will be posting various synopses and questions about how Rudolf Steiner composed his book Theosophy. Our first online meeting will be on January 7th 2018.
Scott gave us this copy of the A Rosicrucian Soul, Paul Marshall Allen. Paul seemingly studied with George O'Neil. Some really nice quotes about the type of study.
January 21st assignment: Going from the whole to the parts
Make synopses for each section of the Introduction. I gave one example online at organicthinking.org.
There are 13 paragraphs in the Introduction. Make synopses for paragraph 1 thru 7, and for paragraphs 7 thru 13.
Break it down again. Make synopses for paragraph 1 thru 3, and 4 thru 7, for paragraph 7 thru 9, and 10 thru 13.
Why do this? So you can see how the thought-form unfolds more clearly and gradually. We could also make a synopsis of the whole 13 paragraphs and thereby give the Introduction a new title.
The next step is to see the two parts, and then the four parts, and then the 13 paragraphs. This is an important heart-thinking exercise. You will learn to master any text very quickly by breaking it down in this mathematical way.
For the 21st of January: Choose one of the assignments. And prepare it to present to the group.
1) Please see if you can see how what is said in paragraph 1/4 (Fichte’s new teaching requires a new sense organ) is repeated in paragraph 2/4 (Fichte’s Blind vs. good will to open eyes). What is the common idea?
Just like in the archetypal plant where each stage of a plant is a leaf e.g. a fruit is an expanded leaf, a flower is a highly differentiated leaf, a seed is a contracted dried leaf, see if you can follow how the same idea reappears in each paragraph.
There should be one idea repeated again and again in all 13 paragraphs. See how the perspective changes. In other words there are no new ideas in the chapter, only new perspectives of the same idea.
2) Find the polarities in paragraphs
1 and 7
2 and 6
3 and 5
or do as many as you want! (7 and 13, 8 and 12, 9 and 11)
When searching for polarities first compare perspectives:
For example, Outer vs. inner
Then compare key words
Then compare grammar (voice? Syntax?)
How does what Steiner writes in paragraph 1/4 transform in paragraph 7/5?
For example, in paragraph one, Fichte’s new science can’t be seen by the blind, but in paragraph 7/5 the blind people are the ones who are immersed in science!
Or in paragraph 1/4, Fichte says ordinary man and senses can’t comprehend, but in 7/5 steiner says ordinary men can develop spiritually!
See the polarities!
Example of ONE WORD SYNOPSIS
Synopses of Chapter Two, Theosophy
The Essential Nature of the Human Being
1/2 What? Goethe points to essential nature: aware of objects he judges them – necessary and full of errors
2/4 How? Task undertaken desires for knowledge observe objects in and of themselves, seek what is as a true botanist.
3/4 Why? Goethe directs our attention in three ways: 1) objects with 5 sense, 2) impression of objects, 3) secrets of objects
4/2 Who? Three divisions in life: human being aware of world in 3 fold way
5/3 Why? three types: 1) given facts, 2) own affair, 3) goal one ought to strive
6/4 How? Why three fold? Explanation: walking and see flowers – color is fact.
7/15 What? 1) rejoicing and thereby connecting to flowers 2) Joy becomes a memory, 3) notice same laws in flowers reappearance, 4) joy in me, laws in world.
8/8 How? Human being connects to world in three fold way: three terms “body” (connects to things), “soul” (not observable), and “spirit” (higher world in physical world)
9/1 Why? Human being consists of body, soul, and spirit
10/4 Who? Body as a vehicle to connect to things, soul as retaining impressions, spirit reveal “ding an sich”
11/11 Why? Bodily world from without in observation, soul not observed by sense, spirit outer world in higher world Starry heavens 3fold connection: facts, delight, eternal laws
12/2 How? Citizen of 3 worlds: belong to world, own world, exalted world.
13/1 What? obvious three modes of observation for three worlds
Section 2. The Physical-bodily Being of the Human Being,
1/6 What? Human being observed: related to mineral (body), plant (growth) and animal (perception/impression) thus 3 types of existence.
2/7 How? 3 different structures: shape, man’s nervous system unequal in man: macro cephalic; beautifully developed form is condition for higher cognition.
3/2 why? Human body relates to 3 forms of existence – distinctively human form= a kingdom
Section 3. The Soul Being of the Human Being
1/11 What? Soul nature is unto itself: we perceives sensations differently e.g. we both see some read table but not someone else’s
2/2 How? sensation belongs to the Soul, not to brain processes
3/12 why? Feeling - sensation causes pleasure or pain
Will - inner being on world
Soul - confronts the world
Section 4. The Spiritual Being of the Human Being
1/8 What? Soul nature – not only determined by body
We reflect on our actions and see inter-connections of life; natural necessity and laws of thought
2/7 How? become member of a higher order (spiritual) not particals but I taste
Soul is the basis of spirit
3/2 Why? Biologist, psychologist and spirit investigator.
Synopses Theosophy Chapter II, Section 5 Mark Riccio
1/9 What? Brain size: To understand human being you must know the role of thinking: Brain has to have proper form to be an organ of the thinking spirit. Morphology: Frog, mammals to human being’s brain is largest in proportion to rest of the body.
2/8 How? Prejudice reply: Higher knowledge is better attained thru warm feeling but highest feelings come from highest thoughts!
3/3 Why? Design of the body: Body and forces help thinking manifest definition of physical body
4/10 How? Growth of structures: Structure of mineral with brain as central is propagated i.e. quartz and Oaktree
5/7 What? Heredity: spontaneous generation? Species determines materials and life force determines species of plant and animals
6/8 What? Bodily senses: man perceives mineral forces: no eye, no light as is the case with simple organisms i.e. your organs allow for perceptions.
7/4 How? See life force: Ordinary sense can’t see life forces but no right to deny analogy of the blind.
8/4 Why? New world: unfolding supersensible organs you can see “life force” as spirit form. Ether body preserves physical body!
9/4 How? Nature of Life body: it is an independent force not a consequence of physical materiality but a maker of the living.
10/2 What? Opened spiritual eye: you can see the life body in other beings: or simply accept it existence on logical grounds.
11/6 what? Ether-body sizes: don’t take offense at the word “ether” from physics: Ether body is different in form in various plants and animals.
12/5 How? Various worlds: Man belongs to physical and ether world and at death the bodies go back to their respective worlds. The word “body means formation and can be applied to soul and spirit forms.
13/3 Why? stimuli/sensation: life body is external to man, stirrings of sensation are reactions to stimuli of the inner being.
14/6 How? Sentient Soul: color arises in the soul. Sensation arises as a response to stimuli is the sentient soul.
15/9 What? What spiritual eyes see: physical organs can’t see but that what is inner becomes an experience of vision just like seeing the ether body.
Chapter II section 5, subsection b, c and d
Main idea: between sentient soul and physical body
Paragraph 1 /2
The visible sentient soul: no misunderstandings: seer is aware of the sentient world as vision but not experience of other being
the sentient soul depends on ether body: Sentient soul depends on ether-body for sensation and also dependent on the physical body since the ether is connected. The sentient soul is limited by corporality.
The physical body limits the Sentient soul: Seer sees how the physical body limit the sentient soul.
The expanse of the Sentient soul: It extends beyond the physical body and is mightier: the soul-body connects the Sentient soul to the body/ether body.
Sensation as part of soul: feeling, desire, drives, instincts, passions dependent on the physical body.
Chapter II section 5 subsection c
Theme: Thinking types, soul types
Overview of sentient soul: The sentient soul works interacts with the physical and the thinking, spirit. Thinking serves the sentient soul like the ether the body. Inventions of convenience and civilization are made when thinking serve the sentient soul.
From sentient soul to intellectual soul: The animals have a sentient soul but follow it directly. Humans have a thinking or intellectual soul in which thought serves the soul
Two separate souls: The intellectual soul penetrates the sentient soul, and can be seen as an independent entity.
Section D Main idea: Thought, truth, duty, 3 souls
Thinking and laws found by thinking go beyond our soul have independent meaning.
My delight in the starry heavens: the truth within knowledge remains independent of my delight
Truth, striving, eternal truth:
Transitory truth because they are recognized within a certain period of time. Our thoughts can be temporary forms of the eternal truth. Lessing and the eternal striving. Possibility of eternal meaning makes possibility of eternal striving toward TRUTH.
Moral Goodness and duty:
What works for truth works for moral-goodness. Duty stands higher than pleasure and displeasure.
Man’s standing enhances when he ennobles his impulses without being forced!
Beyond the SS, the good and the spirit:
One lifts oneself above the mere Sentient soul by letting the moral-good live within. The spirit shines in the SS and takes part in the eternal. The good becomes eternal in us.
ETERNAL and CS:
What lives eternally in the soul is consciousness soul.
Consciousness, CS and IS:
Consciousness is general and includes animal consciousness. The core of human consciousness is the CS.
The Intellectual soul is still tainted. The true for most people is what one’s feeling prefer.
Where the truth lives is without any residue of our preference.
One has to differentiate of SS, IS, CS. The limiting and expanding effect of the body and the spirit.
Sizes of bodies and souls:
The seer recognizes the effect of incorporating the eternal: phys, eth, SB (astral gestalt) going beyond SS and the IS to the extent the person incorporates the eternal. The person who lives in impulses in the SS has an IS that remains the same size. AURA
1 Thinking significance 8 sizes of bodies and souls
Paragraph 1/5 Jean Paul I consciousness
Jean Paul had a distinct experience of the arrival of self-consciousness: surroundings became permanent. I am an I.
2/5 I-sense at 3: b, f, w
Children speak in 3rd person until the sense of “I” arrives. Body and soul have the I in the center: feeling and willing.
3/14 The I is the person
The I is the human being. Body and soul are sheaths. The word I is unique.
4/4 the I relates to AURA
The invisible “I” is Lord over body/soul is expressed aurically as color.
5/9 I relates to Spirit et al.
The I rays out light. True and good stream in when I yields to Spirit and the I is a member of 5 worlds: phys b. to SS
F Spirit world parallels physical worl d
1/9 Spirit, I form of CS Sp Self:
I lives in the CS; Spirit develop the I and creates spirit-self and mineral world develop I: CS vs. Sp-Self’s (eternal)
2/4 2x revelations: sensation vs. intuition:
two sides of revelation: physical world sensation vs. spirit intuition. Intuition comes thru spirit to the I
3/6 Lower vs. higher sensation and intuition:
developed man observing the plant laws revealed thru intuition sensation universal, intuition special
4/2 spirit self/intuition > eyes/world:
spirit self higher thinking creates intuition but not spiritual reality vs. sensation of physical world
5/3 I= individualized knowledge:
spirit info is to intuition to I sensation is physical world info: thus individualizes knowledge from both sides
6/1 Body is to CS spirit substance is to Spirit-body:
physic forces make body for CS but soul body spirit forces make spirit substance.
7/7 Inner/outer physical body and spirit man:
physical world to physical body inner/outer vs. spirit body and spirit world inner/outer spirit birth (true and good).
F2 Spirit-man and physical skin/sheath
1/6 Inner/outer of physical body and spirit man:
Physical body contains material of physical world and it is the same with spirit-man in that the external spiritual world pulsates into spirit-man.
Spiritual and physical skin: in spirit man it can extent in an unlimited extent.
F3 Miscellaneous notes on spirits:
1/4 Life spirit builds spirit man > ether to physical body:
Spiritual life force builds the spirit man and the ether spirit is called LIFE SPIRIT bc it is analogous to ether and physical body’s relationship.
2/1 man’s three part spirit nature: composition of ss, ls,sm
3/9 seer’s vision of spirit sheath: higher part of aura is visible as life spirit and spirit man sheath that increases: 2 aura parts phys and spiritual
4/2 The I’s development the wings of spirit man: physical body makes a home for the soul, I in surrender to spirit builds up soul for spirit world: spirit man grows wings for movement in the spiritual world.