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When Healing Becomes Educating, Vol. 2 - Waldorf Research Institute

When Healing Becomes Educating, Vol. 2 - Waldorf Research Institute

now work with four axes.

now work with four axes. This is not the kind of fourth dimension I mean. Consider the esoteric significance of the fourth dimension: Something very different happens there. Where do we get three dimensions, three coordinates in space? Only in the physical earthly world, where we have the ex perience of space. It is the only place where this exteriorized aspect of the three dimensions and crystalline, mineral nature is possible. The third dimension is not the primary element, however, but has come down from the highest world of the spirit in three stages. When a solid form arises, it has dropped out of the context of powers of movement and become threedimen sional in space, physical and mineral. “Zero” is the highest world of the spirit—we might also say “point” or “star.” In the lower world of the spirit—a line, revelation radiating out in this field of one dimension. Then the world of etheric life, a planar world of activity, nothing standing still. Finally there is the three-dimensional sphere, the cross. Death is only possible here in the physical, sense-perceptible world. Here we have the progressive descent of creative activity. Then the line of developing consciousness begins to rise upwards, and we come to the fourth, fifth and sixth dimensions. These are not simply 48

additional coordinates, however, but mark the ascent to higher levels, with one of the previously exteriorized dimensions vanishing at each level. One disappears at the first step, which becomes planar, with image nature. Then another vanishes, and we come to line, Inspiration. Again, a dimension is lost, and we reach the point, Intuition, complete inwardness. Waking up in the etheric happens when our conscious awareness rises from the three-dimensional to the next level, where one exteriorization vanishes and “plane” is not the plane on an object but a living, active plane of images. Where do we find this? Rudolf Steiner made a very instructive, stimulating suggestion. 4 Where do Imaginations arise? In the very place where memories also arise—within, as in a plane where one finds oneself at the center, the field or plane of Imagination. These cannot be visions. A vision comes from outside, like a picture, and we merely look at it; all kinds of errors and delusions may come in. When an Imagination arises it is our own activity; we experience ourselves in the activity of creating the image. At the same time, however, the image is also in another place—at an infinite distance, on the great periphery! That is the fourth dimension where we are small and at the same time large. If we do not consider the world of the stars, the small inner plane of Imagination also vanishes for it can only be grasped if we experience it as the universal power at the periphery. What do we have to do? We have to get out of our small, personal bodies. It does not mean losing oneself, for if it is a free deed, we can always return to the three-dimensional world and check the connection; we have full, conscious certainty of the link. All kinds of errors may come in if we lose ourselves, and we must always have feedback, going to the point in the three-dimensional cross. This preserves our individual freedom. Events that occur before birth and immediately after death also take place at the interface between the second and fourth dimensions. Immediately before we are born we come from the highest world of the spirit through the lower world of the spirit and the elemental world until we are just about to enter the three-dimensional physical world. Then all the spiritual intentions of the coming life unfold before us in a vast panorama of life. Immediately after death the physical body falls away, and the whole panorama of the life we have lived opens up before us. Thus, there is a panorama before life and one after life. We have the double life panorama on either side, showing our inmost spiritual intentions—and here we must not think of niggling details or believe that all is predestined, for we would be in error. The spiritual intentions and the essence of the spirit stand before us in a vast image after death. 5 49

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