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*Man's I-organisation and the mineral element,
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*Man's '''I-organisation''' and the '''mineral element''',
 
*Man's '''astral body''', and the formative forces that work as a second elementary kingdom in the '''plant kingdom'''
 
*Man's '''astral body''', and the formative forces that work as a second elementary kingdom in the '''plant kingdom'''
 
*Man's '''etheric body''', and the beings of the third elementary kingdom, the builders of forms in '''animal kingdom'''
 
*Man's '''etheric body''', and the beings of the third elementary kingdom, the builders of forms in '''animal kingdom'''

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MoG brough back the chemical and life ether

Man currently has his I-consciousness in the warmth element, one can say it is 'mineral' consciousness.

The higher ethers relate to the plant and animal kingdoms


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There is an affinity between (see also SchemaFMC00.142F)

  • Man's I-organisation and the mineral element,
  • Man's astral body, and the formative forces that work as a second elementary kingdom in the plant kingdom
  • Man's etheric body, and the beings of the third elementary kingdom, the builders of forms in animal kingdom

1920-09-03-GA199 has

Just as our etheric body is predisposed to assume all animal shapes, … Our physical body merely prevents us from turning into all these shapes. Therefore, we can say that we carry the entire animal kingdom within our etheric body. We are human only in our physical body. ..

.. there flows all around us the same complex of forces that creates the plant forms. Just as our etheric body is predisposed to assume all animal shapes, our astral body is inclined to reproduce all the plant forms. Here it is already more pleasant to make comparisons, for, while the etheric body is imbued with the tendency to become a donkey when it sees one, the astral body wishes merely to become the thistle on which the donkey feeds. But this astral body is definitely ensouled with the tendency to accommodate itself to those forces that find their external expression in the plant forms. Thus we may say that the astral body reacts to the complex of forces that shapes the plant kingdom. ..

.. the mineral kingdom is a force complex that develops the various shapes of this specific realm. This acts within our I. It is quite evident in the case of the I, for you only think in terms of the mineral realm. It has been reiterated time and again that the intellect can only grasp the inanimate. Hence, what is contained in the human I understands the lifeless. Consequently, our I dwells in the complex of forces that creates the mineral kingdom. …

.. We need the insight into the fact that the human being is bound up with his etheric body through the animal kingdom, with the astral body through the plant world, and with the ego through the mineral realm. ..

Note that in an essay about the human aura in the 'Metaphysical Review' of 1897, an unknown writer talks about the results of his own clairvoyant investigations. After dealing with the aura of the etheric body and of the astral body, he continues as follows:

The fourth principle, man's lower Manas (intellect), appears over Kama and creates plenty of wonderful phenomena, enveloped by a starry dome, an etheric world, in which all crystal forms known to science are represented. [... it is further elaborated, that the aura of the lower Manas had its force centers outside of the brain, but at the same time, it builds the fine forms of the etheric brain and works within it]

1921-08-20-GA206

.. One often believes, that within the purely intellectualistic striving too, perhaps the living element may be seized again; but this only happens because one does not recognize that the intellect in the inner world and the inanimate in the external world, belong together. ..

1923-12-30-GA323 talks about the fact that the forces that Man uses for his intellect are the same forces of the mineral kingdom, here with a link with the salt process. The salt process was used for Man's thinking in the middle ages, see Schema FMC00.154 in Alchemy.

.. if through initiation, we have attained to imaginative cognition and are able to perceive the I-organisation of Man, then we may ask ourselves: With what portion of the human organism (in its present state) does this I-organisation stand in especially near relation?

This I-organisation stands in a special relation with all that is mineral in the human being. Hence when you receive into yourself some essentially mineral substance, — for example, when you take some salt on your tongue — it is the I-organisation in you that immediately pounces upon this mineral substance ... and as the substance is carried further into the body, all the while, — even when the salt substance is in the stomach — the I-organisation remains with it. The salt goes further, undergoes various changes, passes through the intestines, never once does the I-organisation leave hold of her salt.

They behave like two closely related things, two things that belong to one another: the I-organisation, and the salt that enters the human being. ..

… That is the essential nature of the I-organisation that it takes up into itself what is mineral and completely changes it from within, converting it into something altogether different."