Christ Module 16 - During sleep

From Anthroposophy

The Christ Impulse effect of the Mystery of Golgotha reaches the human being during sleep. This module is about gaining insight through building a spiritual scientific understanding of how the Christ Impulse connects into the process of sleep.

Introduction

The statement in 1923-05-07-GA224

Through the Mystery of Golgotha, the forces promoting the growth and thriving of Man's physical body were quickened anew, with the following result. It was now made possible for man to receive, during his life of sleep, an impulse he would not otherwise have received.

The whole evolution of Man on Earth takes its course, as we know, in the alternation of waking life and sleep-life. In sleep, the physical body and ether body remain behind; from the time of falling asleep until that of waking, the I and astral body make themselves independent of them.

During this state of independence in sleep the influence of the Christ Impulse takes effect in the I and the astral body in those men who, through the requisite mood and content of their soul-life, have made fitting preparation for this condition of sleep. Penetration of these higher bodies by the Christ Impulse therefore, takes place mainly during the state of sleep.

.. is explained from a first angle in 1922-08-30-GA214 (see below): during the stage of sleep when Man is in the world of the stars, in the higher spirit world, Christ becomes a guide for the desoriented I and astral body.

A second angle is found in the Holy Grail descriptions: the cosmic etheric streams in Man can join when Man is not thinking, so when Man is asleep, see also Ganganda Greida.

Aspects

Illustrations

FMC00.248 provides a synthesis linking the three levels of sleep or Sleep States (SLS1 to 3) to the different worlds: the astral world and lower and higher spirit world.

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Lecture coverage and references

1922-08-30-GA214 explicitly mentions what can happen during sleep when Man has developed a relationship with the Christ and MoG during waking life, with waking consciousness. As it is a key lecture for this topic, it should be read and studied in full, as always.

I verily believe, my dear friends, you might have traveled far and wide and visited the most interesting and important regions of the whole Earth, and yet not have had such an amount and variety of experiences as your Sun-eye affords you every night in connection with one single constellation of the Zodiac. For the men of an older time, who still possessed in full force the powers of clairvoyance and could perceive in a dreamlike consciousness very much of what I have been describing to you, the experiences of sleep were less bewildering. In our time it is exceedingly difficult for man to attain with his Sun-eye to any degree of clarity in regard to this complicated twelvefold experience of the night.

He needs to do so, even if by day-time he has forgotten all about it; but he hardly can unless he has received, with the understanding of the heart, knowledge of the Christ and of all that the Christ willed to become for the Earth in that He passed through the Mystery of Golgotha.

If we have once felt what it means for the life of the Earth that Christ has gone through the Mystery of Golgotha, if in our ordinary waking life we have thought about the Christ, then our astral body is able to receive via the physical and etheric bodies, a certain tincture or quality which brings it about that Christ becomes our Guide and Leader through the Zodiac during sleep.

For, as in the sphere of the planetary movements, so here again a feeling of anxiety comes over man. He feels: What if I lose myself in the multitude of the stars, and in all the manifold happenings that take place among them! But if he is then able to look back upon thoughts and feelings and impulses of will that he has directed in waking life to the Christ, then Christ becomes for him a Guide, bringing order into the bewildering events of this sphere. And so the fact is brought home to us that only when we turn our attention to the other side of life, are we able to appreciate the full significance of the Christ for the life of Earth, as it has been up till now; and as for what the Christ has yet to become for the life of Earth, — no one within the ordinary civilisation of the present day can really understand this.

There are of course few among us who can be said to go through the experiences of sleep aright; and these experiences are often given a false interpretation. Human beings who have not come in touch with the Christ Event bring these experiences of the night into the waking consciousness of day-time in a disordered and confused manner. We can understand how this happens when we know what it is that really takes place with us during sleep. As we have seen, when we have passed through the sphere of existence where we are enveloped in mist or cloud, we find ourselves approaching a world that confuses and amazes us. Here it is that the Christ appears before us as a spiritual Sun and becomes our Guide; and then all the confusion resolves itself into a kind of harmony that we hear and understand.

That this should be so, that we should have in the time of sleep the Christ for our Guide, is a matter of the very greatest importance for us. For, the moment we enter this sphere and begin to have all around us the living interplay of constellations of the Zodiac and movements of the planets — at this moment we encounter also our Karma. With our Sun-eye we behold our Karma. Yes, it is indeed so, every human being has sight of his Karma — in sleep. All that is left of the perception in waking life, is a kind of faint echo vibrating in the feelings.

Suppose a man has begun to tread the path of self-knowledge. He will find perhaps that his soul is imbued at times with a mood and attitude to life that are like a distant echo of the experience he has had in sleep, where the Christ came forward as his Guide and led him in the night from Aries through Taurus and Gemini, etc., making plain to him the World of the Stars, so that he has returned with renewed strength to the life of day. For that is the marvellous experience that awaits man in this sphere, None other than the Christ Himself becomes his Guide through the bewildering events of the Zodiac, going before him and pointing the way from constellation to constellation, that he may be able to receive into his soul in their right order and harmony the forces he needs for waking life.

1923-05-07-GA224 (SWCC) first sketches the decline of the physical body in a downward evolution since the middle of the Atlantean epoch, then:

What I described is one aspect of the actual effect of the Mystery of Golgotha, but this same fact can be expressed in many different ways. It was expressed differently in GA131, but what I am now describing is the same fact, merely seen from another side.

Through the Mystery of Golgotha, the forces promoting the growth and thriving of man's physical body were quickened anew, with the following result. It was now made possible for man to receive, during his life of sleep, an impulse he would not otherwise have received.

The whole evolution of man on earth takes its course, as we know, in the alternation of waking life and sleep-life. In sleep, the physical body and ether body remain behind; from the time of falling asleep until that of waking, the I and astral body make themselves independent of them. During this state of independence in sleep the influence of the Christ Impulse takes effect in the I and the astral body in those men who, through the requisite mood and content of their soul-life, have made fitting preparation for this condition of sleep. Penetration of these higher bodies by the Christ Impulse therefore, takes place mainly during the state of sleep.

Note: in the above extract, the 'forces promoting the growth and thriving of man's physical body' are those etheric forces we find from the higher spirit world, see the first elementary kingdom. See eg Schema FMC00.143 on The elementary kingdoms. Also, see 1923-09-02-GA223 on Human 'I' that describes how the physical body is the dwelling of the Trinity, so beyond the other hierarchies H3-H2-H1.

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