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Steiner, Rudolf - Nature spirits - The spirits of minerals, viruses and bacteria



Type of Spiritual Experience


Number of hallucinations: 1


Written before it was known just how many bacteria, viruses and other tiny life forms live in the earth

A description of the experience

Rudolf Steiner – Nature Spirits 1912

 then there arises before our occult vision those creative nature beings who, for the occultist, are really active in everything belonging to the earth, especially in everything of the nature of metal and who now present themselves to his imaginative knowledge, in sharply defined forms of various kinds.........  we will feel rising up before our imagination the first class, as it were, of beings that create and weave behind all that is earthly and especially in all that pertains to metals.

 There are beings that can be seen with clairvoyant vision at many spots in the depths of the earth especially places little touched by living growths, places, for instance, in a mine which have always been of a mineral nature.  If you dig into metallic or stony ground you find beings which manifest at first in a remarkable fashion.  …..  They seem able to crouch close together in vast numbers and when the earth is laid open they appear to burst asunder

The source of the experience

Steiner, Rudolf

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