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Eighth Floor - About entering the being of the spirit
44,1. We are above; look carefully and pay particular attention to the ornaments of the pillar-circles. From these, as you have learned so far, we learn from floor to floor the wisdom of the people living here, and at the same time the general world-order of a whole solar region, especially of the central sun where we are at present.
44,2. As far as the rest of this gallery is concerned, there is not too much to be discovered for our eyes, for the all the building material, except for the inner continuous wall, is already perfectly transparent, so that one can recognize only the bright surfaces, which is a material, but otherwise it is, as already said, perfectly transparent like the air. The inner continuous wall, however, is blindingly white; the doors into the inner apartments are light blue. Now, however, we are already finished with the colors of the building; so we go straight to a pillar-circle, in order to have a look at something peculiar, which will raise us up to a very real spiritual gallery.
44,3. We are in a circle. You may say, dear friend and brother, here one must feel the pillars of this circle more than look. They are, indeed, very bright when one comes right before their surface-mirrors; but if one looks away only fleetingly, indeed, one could very well run into the pillar without having seen before what a stone of offense awaits you.
44,4. You said earlier that we should take a keen look at the ornamentation of this pillar-circle, because there is something great behind it. But we are already looking left and right, up and down, and can only with difficulty discern the pillars, and along them an exceedingly pure, delicate and completely transparent spiral staircase, furnished with a uniform balustrade on either side; but we can not discover, even with the keenest attentiveness, the slightest trace of an ornament inside this pillar-circle. If, however, we would want to draw from it something which is profitable for our inward quest for knowledge and wisdom, then we must have something clear before us; because from this nothing will impossibly come anything more than nothing.
44,5. Yes, my dear friends and brethren, see, the sight of man is established by the fact that if one comes from one of the two extremes, it is useless for a time. If a man has stood for a long time in stark light, and then comes into a dark room, he will not be able to distinguish the objects in it with the best vision. This is also the case in reverse; if someone has been staying for a long time in a dark room, and suddenly comes to the bright light, he will not see anymore in the first moments in the light, than the birds of the night at daytime. Only after a few seconds will the pictures become increasingly clearer to his eye.
44,6. Likewise with you here; because the difference in light from gallery to gallery, from floor to floor is very different and is caused by the application of the ever brighter and lighter building material. We therefore have to linger here at this light level to practice our eyesight. And so things will come to light, which we may not now see at first.
44,7. You ask: How are we supposed to do it? I tell you, only look at the white wall; your eye will soon be sufficiently adjusted to the light glow, and you will begin to see the outlines of our ornament. Here, of course, you say: Dear friend and brother, as we are, the matter will not be right; for if the spiritual eye is homogeneous with the corporeal, it can only be blinded by a looking for long at this brightness, but not enlivened and strengthened. Therefore, we would think that if the eye is held in some darkness first, it will then become stronger for the reception of the light.
44,8. Yes, my dear friends and brothers, apparently it should be so; but such assumption is not suitable for this place. But if you wish to see the reason for it, I will draw your attention to it.
44,9. How do you find the morning or evening sun at the first glance you are looking for? You say: Dear friend and brother, unbearably strong; and we cannot discern the round form of the body, but the shape is like a formless fireball. Good, my dear friends and brothers; but what would happen if you overcome yourselves and begin to constantly look at this fireball? You say: the glow gets lost gradually, and our eyes see only a snow-white disk, which seems to vibrate on its edge, and if we look a long time, we can see the largest spots on its surface as very small black dots.
44,10. Very well again, my dear friends and brethren; but why can you do this? Has your eye been strengthened by the constant bright light of the sun? Oh no! Your eye has actually been weakened, which you can easily see, if you turn your eye away from the sun to another object. How will you look at such an object? Behold, as in a dream, or in a dark night.
44,11. But if we know this from experience, we shall readily understand why the somewhat longer-lasting aspect of the white continuous wall of this building should be good; for which the longer sight of the sun was good. - You would have seen the pure sun-disc even with its patches through the longer sight; and we shall gradually begin, in this light mass, to see the ornament of this pillar-circle.
44,12. You again ask here, and say, "Dear friend and brother, do the inhabitants of this building of all buildings also have to look for so long, to see their ornaments with which they adorned this pillar-circle, as we did? O no, my dear friends and brethren; their eyes see all this with the same ease as you do the various objects on your earth. But your eye must be practiced a little to observe things here.
44,13. You may say, dear friend and brother, this eye preparation for us seems to be a bit vain, for we are indeed of the earth, and can with the best will in the world not relate what you are sharing with us by the grace of the Lord. We indeed write our subject, but we see only that which surrounds us; our eyes cannot behold all these glories, but hitherto only our ears.
44,14. Dear friends and brothers! From the very strongly natural side, this is quite clear and correct, but from the rather more spiritual, basically wrong. If you put your outer, gross senses into the limelight, it will certainly be a difficult thing to do with the intuition of these glorious things; but I speak here of the habituation of the spiritual sense; and the eye of the spirit is your imagination, your feeling, and the fantasy connected with it.
44,15. You must open this eye and turn it into the white light of the spirit, and in this turning, tarry a while; then you will begin to see what we discuss here, with your spiritual eyes as well, the same as you would see with your fleshly eye.
44,16. Thus every man who wishes to enter into the life of his spirit must daily enter into the complete peace of his spirit, and he should then not wander about with all kinds of thoughts, but should take hold of a thought and steadily observe this specific object.
44,17. The best thought here is, of course, the Lord. And if any man continue to do this with eagerness and all possible self-denial, sight and hearing of his spirit will always gain more and more inward sharpness, and after a not too long time these two sensory tools of the spirit may become so greatly increased, that with the greatest ease he will see the spiritual forms of the most wonderful kind, where he previously thought was nothing but a formless emptiness. And so he will also be able to hear words easily, where once seemed to be an eternal stillness. I think you will understand what I have been saying to you, and hopefully you will also see that your objection regarding your sight, was of significantly less worth than my advice on how you should strengthen your vision to the further sight of these glories.
44,18. Therefore, observe now my advice, and look at the white shining wall, or in yourselves, the side of your minds, which are free of vain worldly thoughts; and you will soon and easily see the very simple but meaningful ornamentation of this pillar-circle.
44,19. Just look; on a transparent white cord hangs a very simple, pure and translucent ball, which is about a klafter in diameter, and from the floor of the pillar-circle rises a perfectly round, very narrow and equally translucent cone-form pyramid with the point up to the sphere. Do you see it? You say: We alreadyperceive this as in a very quiet image in us. Good, I tell you; but think only a little about it, and see if you will not find the meaning of this ornament. - At the next opportunity, I will then properly illuminate your discovery.
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