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14.021 The Earth was originally nothing but spirit

 

Rudolf Steiner
Antworten der Geisteswissenschaft auf die großen Fragen des Daseins (Answers of spiritual science to the great questions of existence), 1911
Pages 332-333 The Earth was originally nothing but spirit

We will so be guided back through the spiritual science to Earth as to an organism - not to an original state of our Earth in which it so to speak was a dead mass, but where the Earth was originally a great organism. In the meaning of spiritual science one must namely a question, which today is asked completely wrong, really turn round. No science will – when it assumes that our Earth once was a sphere, in which only chemical and physical processes have happened – be in the position to be able to explain how life could have come into being out of this dead sphere. That is a great dispute but as a rule it is asked completely wrong. For one asks normally: How could life develop out of the lifeless? – But it is not so: life is not preceded by the lifeless but the other way round, the lifeless is preceded by the alive. The lifeless mineral is a secretion process as our bones are a secretion of our organism. So all rock is a secretion process of our Earth organism, and it is spiritual-soul processes – even if first destruction processes -, which have caused that our Earth organism came to such secretions. When we would go back further we would see that this walk would lead us still very further. From that what happens in our minerals we would there be led to the Earth as an organism, indeed, we already see now, by us going still further back, we not only come to an organism, but to a thing of our planet, which is interspersed by spirit-soul effects. We not only do not lead back life to the lifeless, but we lead the lifeless back to the secretion processes out of the alive, and we assume the alive as consequential state of the spirit-soul. The further we go back the more we approach that out of which really originated what we today have in front of us as minerals, plant things and so forth: We approach the spiritual and the spiritual science tells us that that was not only formed out of a lifeless, fiery original nebula what faces us today in the diversity of Earth phenomena but that everything developed out of the spiritual, that originally our Earth was nothing but spirit.

 

 

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