Cosmic breathing

From Anthroposophy

In the other sections, we have introduced a framework consisting of spiritual entities acting from and interacting between various worlds.

In this section we focus on how this happens, as perceived from our human earthly perspective and sensory consciousness. Meaning: along the time dimension, and in the various rhythms in nature.

We introduce this with a juxtaposition of three themes:

  1. the rhythm of Man, and how it is linked to the cosmic rhythm of Earth and Sun - this is symbolized by the number 25920
  2. the various spiritual hierarchies and their 'eigenperiods' how they map to different periods (archangels) cultural ages (archai), epochs (SoF)
  3. at planetary evolutionary level, the dynamic of the different planetary stages with Conditions of Life and Form, the mantavaras and pralayas

The goal is to build an imagination of the eternal dynamic in the macrocosmos by seeing how all the above are linked. And seeing that we can transpose our human breathing and development process to the other hierarchies and the different stages of evolution.

25920 - the rhythm of Man, and how it is linked to the cosmic rhythm of Earth and Sun


We can introduce the cosmic rhythm through the number 25920 and consider:

(a) - the rhythm of the human breath (editor: average of 25920 breaths in a day)

(b) - the daily rhythm of one earth breath - day and night (editor: 25920 days in an average human life)

(c) - the process of the cycle of the year, the four seasons, the great festivals

(d) - Man's cycle of reincarnation, of life between birth and death, and between death and re-birth, whereby each life represents one breath of a 'Great Being that breathes us in and out, again in a rhythm determined by the number 25920 - the sun's course around the Zodiac in 25920 years or one platonic year

(e) - the 'three meetings': Man has three touchpoints with his higher Self: one is daily (Spirit Self), one yearly (Life Spirit) and the third once in a human life (Spirit Man), that connect (b) and (c) and (d)

.. and in this sequence also add for our consideration:

(f) - the cycle of manvantaras and pralayas in the different planetary incarnations, with reference to the cosmic breath of Brahma.

Spiritual hierarchies and their eigenperiods

This section is a summary, for more info see the page for: Spiritual hierarchies and their eigenperiods

Terminology: I propose the term 'eigenperiod' for the type period that defines the rhythm characteristic for any particular spiritual hierarchy.

The term is inspired on mathematical terminology of eigenvector, or eigenfrequency (natural frequency). When we quantify this, eg in years, the concept only makes sense as long as the conditions that define time are stable enough for the unit of time to be stable enough. For our current concept of time as we measure and use it today, we know this has only been the case since the atlantean epoch. What matters is not the exact length of time, but rather that we have a term that we can use generically, that is: for whatever spiritual hierarchy in whatever stage of evolution.

spirit of the (cultural) age (or zeitgeist) or archai .. guiding certain periods of civilisation

archangels rule three to four centuries, an average of 354 years is used (see eg Pietro d'Abano (1257-1316) or Johannes Trithemius in his 1508 book 'De Septem Secundeis' (Seven Secondary Intelligences/Causes)).

spirits of cyclic periods (give order to the folk spirits)

spirits of form

spirits of motion

RSL: 1910-06-07-GA121, 1912-04-13-GA136, 1915-05-13-GA159

Rather than the human earthly unit of 'year', we will use the zodiac clock and the Platonic year.

RSL: 1907-04-22-GA104a, 1908-01-27-GA102, 1918-01-08-GA180, 1921-07-09-GA205

Planetary stage dynamic with Conditions of Life and Form, mantavaras and pralayas

This is discussed in more detail in the Evolution section, this however summarizes it in the contextual perspective of Cosmic Breathing.

The three logoi correspond to three levels of a great cosmic rhythm that is rolling off at

  • the level of state of consciousness, corresponding to a planetary stage
  • then the various possible Conditions of Life (CoL)
  • then the various possible Conditions of Form (CoF)

Integration of the above