Overview Golden Chain

From Anthroposophy
Mineral kingdom Plant kingdom Animal kingdom Human kingdom

Study process guidance

As we venture to cover and sketch and paint ‘the whole of creation’ around us, we will need to tread with patience and persistence, discipline and stamina. We will – necessarily - need many different angles of perspective to show how the various dimensions above hang together. The bar is set high: it is a challenge to try and convey this in a didactic manner. Meaning: the journey will be demanding, as only with sufficiently deep grasp of the above listed dimensions, and especially their interrelations, can we truly ‘see’.

The approach we propose is to sequentially approach our subject matter as follows:

  1. - introduction of a simple framework that we will use as a logical mind map, it consists of

- quick intro on the four above dimensions

§  subtopic: four lawfulness – laws of nature

o  a schematic in which we can graphically project the concepts we will consider

-         sketching the flow downwards (re lecture in GA88-89-91?) .. start with the end in mind

2. - touring the stage and introducing main players

o  we look around us: placing the kingdoms on the map to initialize our understanding (physical & consciousness, group souls)

o  on earth: introducing elementals

o  spiritual scientific study topic: appreciating the elementary kingdoms as a required cornerstone

o  what happens in the higher regions of spirit world: looking up to get a glimpse

§  later module: how this is linked to cosmic breath, three logoi, occult atom

3. - evolutionary perspective - in a second tour, going into more detail revisiting each .. now following the evolutionary sequence to view how the various kingdoms developed to their current form

o  the appearance of current kingdoms through the planetary evolutionary cycles, with addition of principles

o  how ‘offsprings’ appear, how elementals appear as part of this process

o  the appearance of elements and ethers through this process

o  the continuous dynamic of all spiritual entities involved

Man special attention: the charts with 3 systems and H3-2-1?

Were do the 3 subsystems come from?

-         buckets interchanging, up and down: the cosmic lamb lecture + angels in astral body, food

-         follow up study – later modules

o  the redeeming of kingdoms (see lectures – 1904?-09-05-GA090a also 111/117

o  what’s next, after descent now ascent process (and why you’d better do your best if you want to be on the bus ;))

It’s a pity we have to divide it up like this, and my sincere hope is that, after all is said and done and you have done the whole tour to your own satisfaction .. you will be able to ‘see’ in one integrated imagination how it all hangs together. Not limited by the fragmentation and boundaries of thinking and languages.

That being said, it is normal that this can only be a process of gradual study, deepening, and building a new understanding. Only when you are driven to know, and you have an inner fire, will you remain motivated in your quest to dig deeper and build your own grasp on this matter. The nature of the aim is such it can not be passed on a piece of paper or in a single simple lecture. Not simple because it is not: reality is vastly complex. And not a single or a few lectures, because we need to build up a new framework for our thinking in this new spiritual scientific worldview. We can not take this in ‘as is’, because we are not ready and equipped for it, we cannot just fit this in into the physical-materialistic worldview we are taught and grow up in. In fact, we need to change ourselves.


The FMC areas, taken together, make up a foundation for a spiritual scientific worldview. However, rather than approaching it through the many logical chapters and building it up that way, this prototype website is presented as a nicer way to build one’s understanding. We will tap from these FMC areas, and at any point one can branch out of the Golden Chain storyline and connect into the FMC repository for more a more in depth coverage.

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References and further reading

  • Maximilian Rebholz: three essays on 'Elementary Kingdoms' (1936-1950)
  • Ernst Hagemann: 'World ether, elemental beings, kingdoms of nature'
  • Oskar Kürten: 'Symphonies of Creation'