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Thoughts on love prompted by Rudolf Steiner

Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at 21:36

Steiner on Dr John Dunn. Steiner was hopelessly in thrall to the Darwinism of his time in the way that he believed human development to be a process of evolution.

There was a time, he believed, when the Divine expressed itself through love in humans.

The gods received the love that pulses through human beings and lived from it.

Man lived on the basis of love e.g. blood ties, ethnic groups etc.

Between sexes, love became a blind drive, a sexuality, blind instinct

The Gods were nourished by this blind instinct

Humans were filled with passions, but with no knowledge as to what drove their desires.

Hosts of Lucifer intervened between between gods and men.

Under influence of the gods alone the human being would have remained without the astral light, without knowledge.

Lucifer had to make up for lost time in development and employed the human being for this purpose

Lucifer had no sensory existence, but used human beings for this purpose.

Gods implanted love in people.

Lucifer seduced those people into seeing it in the light.

Lucifer has a much more intimate relationship to human beings than the gods who reign in love and love alone.

Lucifer opened the eyes of human beings and looked out with us, completing his development with us.

Carried in the womb of the gods we were children of the gods.

Striving with Lucifer we are a friend of Lucifer.

This association was expressed in the legend of how Paradise was lost.

It was expressed too in the supersession of Judaism by Christianity.

The law works from external compulsion, what Christ brought to the world works from inside.

The God of love worked above human beings, within them the light worked.

To reach love one must first become light.

Christ represents the elevation of light to love.

Light can lead to evil, but it must exist if we are to become free.

Law becomes grace as the law is lifted out of the human beings own heart.

Now knowledge can be lifted up to love.


The challenge in all the above, I feel, is to exclude the evolutionary element of Steiner’s mythology and render it down from human beings in general to the immediate individual experience.

© John Dunn.

Deathly frivolity

Monday, 4 January 2021 at 21:52

Cave painters on Dr John Dunn. Ancient man created beautiful cave art in the deepest darkest places that could not be seen.

In modern terms, this was a frivolous and wasteful activity. It was like a child alone at play, expressive of a creativity that does not need an audience.

Measured by the same terms, the creation of the cosmos was a frivolous act.

But is not a frivolous act an intervention in a self-regulating system? It is an act without purpose only in the terms of the self-regulating system itself.

Self-regulating closed systems, i.e. equilibria, do not need minds; do not need man.

The cave painter does not affect the outcome of the hunt, but he asserts his will upon the world and escapes his former animal-like existence as apurposeful functionary within the self-regulating natural world.

Escaping equilibria is the essence of what it is to be human. In terms of the particular equilibrium from which man must escape, humanisation will always be an excess, exuberance and frivolity.

The frivolity is even more marked in the face of death. I do not know where this leads us, but may have something to do with the fact that man is being unto death, whereas animals are being in the present.

© John Dunn.

Clearing in the forest

Sunday, 3 January 2021 at 21:45

Cottage on Dr John Dunn. My dear loving father had financed the low entry threshold university degree in business, expecting much of me. I formed friendships of convenience in the early exploratory months of my university time, none of which survived beyond the first year. During this brush with an academia of sorts, I walked and read, walked and read, immersing myself without map in the city and rambling suburbs, lost for hours, never ever reading the set books, never ever attending lectures; but this was education, real learning. Classics of English literature, poetry, philosophy, biography, all were on my personal syllabus. This was the first clearing in the forest.

© John Dunn.

Silesius prompted thoughts again

Saturday, 2 January 2021 at 20:51

Silesius on Dr John Dunn. An angel occupied her body and spoke to me.

Through love I acquired a divine reality, not just a teaching.

The divine reality entered in my human ‘I’ because I willingly accepted it.

The divine needed me to be reality.

“I know that without me no God can live; were I brought to naught, he would of necessity have to give up the ghost.”

Luciferic influences penetrated my astral body also, but they cannot gain access to my human ‘I’.

The Luciferic influences are expressed as the lower passions of error and evil. Without these the divine would have become real without a struggle.

The Luciferic influences had to be overcome for me to grow stronger than I would have been otherwise.

Progression would not have been possible without having to overcome these countervailing forces.

Now I remain distinct from the angels.

I seek the impulse for my actions in the deepest recesses of my own inner being, not out of the contemplation of the godhead.

I follow these impulses out of a struggle for understanding and freedom.

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”

Cosmic development did not simply repeat itself, reconfiguring factors entered in.

Love entered in and along with love, freedom.

For without love, freedom is impossible.

Beings who must obey a given law merely do so, but for those who can do otherwise there is only one power that enables them to do so and that islove.

Love and freedom belong together

That is why my human ‘I’ is the cosmos of love and freedom and I can place amongst the hierarchy of angels the spirits of freedom and love.

© John Dunn.

More Silesius prompted thoughts

Friday, 1 January 2021 at 20:23

Silesius on Dr John Dunn. More Silesius prompted thoughts

An angel occupied her body and spoke to me.

It was then that I fell prey to the Luciferic forces.

They permeated my astral body.

I was only saved because the angels incarnated in me.

But a divine light went beyond the astral body and into my human ‘I’.

This phenomenon manifested itself physically and entered into an earthly individuality, appearing in a blood permeated body as Jesus of Nazareth.

This divine being who penetrated my human ‘I’ was different to the angels.

I experienced inspiration, a force within me.

To improve and advance I had to be inspired by a more perfect being.

Iwas not left just to depend on my own resources, and yet the reconfiguring presence exerted not the slightest compulsion upon me.

He did not work through his teaching but through what he did.

His greatest deed was his death.

Many religions share the same essential teachings, but at Golgotha what mattered was the deed.

The deed had its effect only when I decided it to have an effect.

That was when the deed united with the free nature of my human ‘I’.

© John Dunn.

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