"We can form ideas to win back (regain) certain things that have been lost, including marred perfection.
If someone looks into the wrong done against him, that may be a
help to him. He may then more accurately or easily find ways and means to
neutralise the harm which has been done to him."
What is called karma reveals itself in so many different ways, in entirely different spheres.
One needs to evaluate what is worth striving for.
This is based on talks on what may be called intersecting, slightly perceptible principles
We look out over a man's life from a higher standpoint. Then we can see that certain fateful events are the effects of causes perceived in another state of consciousness, namely, the consciousness we had before rebirth. It may be called the individualist mind.
Retributive principles of that individual will intersect the laws which we may call "karmic laws of humanity." Sometimes this intersection is only slightly perceptible. ◇
If we consider impartially what the world thinks it "knows", and what leads men to this or that feeling or action, we might say all this is so very different from mastermind ideas and ideals that the beginner is quite unable to influence life directly by what he has acquired from masterly sighting - at least for a jolly good time.
Extraordinary beginnings can bring about remarkable connections later
He who observes human life carefully – not simply in a
superficial way – may find remarkable connections in it.
We must go more deeply into retributive (ie, karmic) principles and their various actions in man's universe. – And in order to be understandable, we must give, if not exactly a definition, at least some description of the conception.
Our will can intervene and bring about something which takes the place of karmic effects which would otherwise have followed. ◇
Looking into animal ways can and should be developed
Steiner talks, "We look upon the animals and say: "All that the animals manifest in the way of cruelty, voracity, and all animal vices, besides the skill which they have we should have had within us, if we had not been able to eject them." . . . We may, indeed, say that it is well for us that we no longer have the cruelty of the lion, the slyness of the fox, etc., but that these are withdrawn from us and lead an independent existence outside us." [Lecture 2]
"The higher we advance in the animal creation the more do we have to consider." [Lecture 3] ✪
Intersections considered, what meets us in life is a blend of harvest and failures - Good, sustainable ways need to be developed, or the planet refuses humans to live here any longer, rather bluntly stated.
Rudolf Steiner: Manifestations of Karma. 11 lectures given in Hamburg, 16th to
28th May, 1910. GA 120. London: The Rudolf Steiner Press, 1969.
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