Nourishment for the souls of the dead

Just back from a trip to London and now in the final phase to complete the first draft of what has become a two-volume set of my new work. Once that is completed, I’ll begin the rigors of self-publishing so will still be several months before the set is ready.

In the meantime, I’ll continue to post pertinent thoughts about what might transpire after what we call death. The most important point, I think, is that the relationship between the so-called living and the so-called dead does not end. It should not end. What will the world look like once we awaken to that understanding?

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

In a certain sense the souls of the dead too need nourishment; not, of course, the kind of nourishment required by human beings on the earth, but of the nature of spirit-and-soul. By way of comparison, just as we on the earth must have cornfields where the grain for our physical sustenance ripens, so must the souls of the dead have cornfields from which they can gather certain sustenance which they need during the time between death and a new birth. As the eye of clairvoyance follows the souls of the dead, the souls of sleeping human beings are seen to be cornfields for the dead. For one who has this experience in the spiritual world for the first time, it is not only surprising but deeply shattering to see how the souls living between death and a new birth hasten as it were to the souls of sleeping human…

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The love or even the sympathy we extend to the dead eases his path, removes hindrances from him

For me, it’s all about his last sentence. My upcoming book will explore that idea and others involving the dead and our relationship to them.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

In order that we may really understand one another, I want to speak first of certain aspects of the mutual relationship between the living and the dead, starting with a quite simple phenomenon which will be explained in accordance with the findings of spiritual investigations. Souls who sometimes practise a little self-contemplation will be able to observe the following (and I believe that many have done so). Let us suppose that someone has hated another person in life, or perhaps it was, or is, merely a question of antipathy or dislike. When the person towards whom hatred or antipathy was directed dies, and the other hears of his death, he will feel that the same hatred or antipathy cannot be maintained. If the hatred persists beyond the grave, sensitive souls will feel a kind of shame that it should be so. This feeling — and it is present in many…

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Good thoughts are like balm to the dead

There is healing grief and there is grief that burdens the dead. Steiner asks that we discern the difference.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

Good thoughts are like balm to the dead. No selfish love must be send them, no grieving because the departed is not around any longer; this bothers the deceased and brings to them a heavy burden. The love that remains and makes no claim to still want the dead  here with us, benefits the deceased and increases his or her happiness.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 95 -Vor dem Tore der Theosophie – Stuttgart, September 2, 1906 (page 151)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on August 30, 2015

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Knowledge of the spiritual world can only be acquired on earth

A very interesting thought. If true, it once again affirms how vital the connection between the so-called living and the so-called dead is and one way we can be of service to those in spirit.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

The fact that the dead live in the spiritual world does not necessarily give them knowledge of the world, although they can see it. The knowledge which can be acquired through Spiritual Science can only be acquired on earth; it cannot be acquired in the spiritual world. If, therefore, the beings in the spiritual world are to possess it too, they can only gain it from the beings still on the earth. That is an important secret of the spiritual worlds. We may live in them and be able to perceive them, but the necessary knowledge concerning these worlds can only be acquired on earth.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 140 – Descriptive Sketches of the Spiritual World: Lecture I– Bergen, 10th October 1913

Translated by Harry Collison

Previously posted on February 17, 2015

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The love or even the sympathy we extend to the dead eases his path, removes hindrances from him

The last sentence is of particular interest to me.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

In order that we may really understand one another, I want to speak first of certain aspects of the mutual relationship between the living and the dead, starting with a quite simple phenomenon which will be explained in accordance with the findings of spiritual investigations. Souls who sometimes practise a little self-contemplation will be able to observe the following (and I believe that many have done so). Let us suppose that someone has hated another person in life, or perhaps it was, or is, merely a question of antipathy or dislike. When the person towards whom hatred or antipathy was directed dies, and the other hears of his death, he will feel that the same hatred or antipathy cannot be maintained. If the hatred persists beyond the grave, sensitive souls will feel a kind of shame that it should be so. This feeling — and it is present in many…

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Kamaloka – The positive develops out of the negative (1 of 3)

Exploring some of the work my next book will address, I’m learning there are ways the so-called living may assist the so-called dead in metabolizing the kamaloka experience. Understanding what kamaloka is, is the first step.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

One idea, one characteristic, which has indeed been expressed many times already, but which we will once more bring forward in connection with the life which occupies a third of the earth-life just elapsed, and which we are accustomed to call the life in Kamaloka. If you are living here on the earth and somebody strikes you, you are aware of it. You perceive it, and say: he has struck me. And as a rule it makes a difference whether somebody hits you, or whether you hit him, and if you hear something said by someone, you have not the same experience as when you yourself say something.

All this is quite reversed in Kamaloka life, in which we live our life backwards between death and rebirth. To use this rough illustration it is then as follows. If you have given anybody a blow in life, you feel what the…

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A giant step forward

When taking that giant step forward it may feel as though there is nothing but air underneath you but dare to take the step anyway. As I continue work on my book, this step is taking me places I never expected to go. It can be a bit scary at times but then, if one is not afraid of death…what really is there to be afraid of?

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

We are not separated from the dead at all in our life of feeling or of will. What is removed from our gaze is only hidden from our sense perceptions and our mental pictures. It will be a giant step forward in the evolution of the human race on earth, in that part of human evolution that we still must live through, if some day people become conscious of the fact that in their impulses of feeling and will they are one with the dead. Death can indeed rob us of our physical view of the dead and of our thoughts of them. There is nothing that we feel, however, without the dead being there with us in the sphere in which we feel; likewise, there is nothing that we will without the dead being there with us in the sphere in which we will.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA…

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