by Rev. Reingard Knausenberger
Each month one of these world views will be expanded.
On the third Sunday of Easter, 26th April, Venus was sparkling magnificently in the west having reached its highest peak of rising and remaining visible beyond midnight. Close by was the chalice of the new crescent moon.
For Plato such an image would be a visible expression of a spiritual reality. For him the Idea is the true reality; an eternal immutable Being, which cannot be grasped with physical senses. The material world only shows us the images of Ideas, which then finally exist in us as reflections in concepts. Beyond this world of temporality shines the World of Ideas in eternal clarity. For Goethe it was also a continual discovery how the world reveals itself for the human being from two sides. To only study the physical world does not lead to a reality, but to really observe without pre-conceptions what nature expresses about itself and in the observation allow the Idea to rise up within the soul, creates a unified comprehension of a true reality. When the outer phenomena ignites the Idea it manifests in the beholder, then the experience is of one of having been grasped by a true, complete reality.
Rudolf Steiner formulates: ‘The world of ideas is the original source and principle of all existence. In it is eternal harmony and peace. …Only that which derives its existence from the Idea is meaningful on the tree of creation in the universe. The Idea is the clear, in itself and with itself fulfilled Spirit. The individual must have the spirit within themselves, otherwise they fall off like a dry leaf from this tree, and were there in vain…’ (GA 40)
Ideals are Ideas, realities in another dimension, living beings which are already what we strive to become. Pre-Christian cultures had mystery schools where initiates learned to open their soul like a chalice for these beings of higher consciousness, so that their wisdom could live and work through them. This is how the cultures were founded which still influence us today. Since then these beings have withdrawn, are ‘far away’ like the stars, looking down on us, waiting…Because since the Easter deed of Christ human beings are free to choose how they look into the world and which thoughts and ideas guide their actions. Every thought and feeling connects with a spiritual being, which is its reality. Whatever our ideals are, we are engaged in a relationship with a corresponding spiritual being. Idealism is not just an abstract philosophy which suggests that reality is immaterial. Idealism is an activity of the soul which releases immense energies for manifestation, be they negative or positive. The images in the heavens we look up to can remind us of our ideals; how to open our soul in reverence and strive to work in conjunction with those higher beings who are already in reality what we still strive to be.
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