Steiner, Rudolf - How to Know Higher Worlds - The potion of oblivion
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
How to Know Higher Worlds – Rudolf Steiner
When we are sufficiently matured for these experiences, we receive what is called symbolically the ‘potion of oblivion’. That is, we are initiated into the secret of action uninterrupted by the lower memory.
This is necessary for an initiate, who must always have complete confidence in the immediate present. We must know how to tear down the veils of memory that surround us at every moment of our lives. Otherwise, if I judge today’s experiences by those of yesterday, I become subject to many errors.
This does not mean that we should deny our prior experiences. On the contrary, as far as possible, they should always be present. But initiates have to be able to judge each new experience on its own merits and let it work upon them, untroubled by the past.