Mysteries of Human and Cosmic Intelligence


The Mysteries of Human and Cosmic Intelligence


Below are program notes from today’s discussion between John Barnwell and Master Teacher Dr. Douglas Gabriel.

Human and Cosmic Intelligence

Universe, Earth and Man, Lecture 8, August 12, 1908

Man’s connection with the various planetary bodies. The earth’s mission,

Introduction by Marie Steiner, “The mission of our age is to bring forth not an ancient wisdom, but a new wisdom, one that points not only to the past but that works prophetically into the future.”

Rudolf Steiner: “Herein we see how universe and earth, how fixed star and planet, are spiritually in touch with each other, and we learn not only to look at what is in our environment in the physical world, but we also gain an inkling of how those who partake of Inspiration ascend to the Sun.

There is a still higher state of consciousness, which, in the true sense of the word, we call Intuition; through it humanity can creep within the very nature of things. This is more than inspirational consciousness; here a person sinks themself into beings and identifies themself with those beings. This leads humanity still further. Where does inspirational consciousness lead humanity? It leads humanity to where they feel at one with the earth planet, for the egos of the plants are in the center of the earth. When humanity perceives the sun’s tone they become one with the planetary being that dwells in the center of the earth; they become one with the planet and thus can also become one with all other beings. Humanity can then go through experiences that reach far beyond our solar system; their vision is extended from solar system-consciousness to cosmic-consciousness known as intuition which carries them beyond the several solar systems.

Thus we see that in the mineral kingdom we have something which in a homogeneous form furnishes us with a basis that extends far beyond our ordinary existence. We see that the present human form is a physical earthly form, but that humanity will raise themself once more from ordinary earthly consciousness to planetary-consciousness through imagination; to solar system-consciousness through inspiration; to cosmic-consciousness through intuition.”

“America is to have a different form of Anthroposophy, and while it is presently woody and asleep, one should look to Emerson and his friends to understand it.”

Rudolf Steiner

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Natural History of the Intellect


Imagination is a spontaneous act; a perception and affirming of a real relation between a thought and some material fact. Whenever this resemblance is real, not playful, and is deep, or pointing at the causal identity, it is the act of Imagination. The very design of Imagination, this gift celestial, is to domesticate us in another nature. No faculty leads to the invisible world so readily as Imagination. Imagination transfigures, so that only the cosmic relations of the object are seen.”


“Inspiration is very coy and capricious. We must lose many days to gain an Inspiration, and, in order to win infallible verdicts from the inner mind, we must indulge and humor it in every way. We know vastly more than we can digest.

Happy beyond the common lot if he learns the secret, that besides the energy of his conscious intellect, his intellect is capable of new energy by abandonment to a higher influence; by unlocking at all risks his human doors, and suffering the inundation of the ethereal tides to roll and circulate through him. This ecstasy, the old philosophers called an inebriation, and said that Intellect by its relation to what is prior to Intellect is a god. Nothing can be done except by this inspiration.”


George William Russell (AE)

The Candle of Vision


“By imagination what exists in essence is given a form in thought, and we can contemplate with full consciousness that which hitherto had been unrevealed, or only intuitionally surmised. In imagination there is a revelation of the self to the self, and a definite change in being. Here images appear in consciousness which we may refer definitely to an internal creator, with power to use or remold pre-existing forms, and endow them with life, motion, and voice.

The immortal in us has memory of all its wisdom. There is an ancestral wisdom in man and we can drink that old wine of heaven. This memory of the spirit is the real basis of imagination, and when it speaks to us we feel truly inspired and a mightier creature than ourselves speaks through us telling us its ancient story as we taste eternity and drink the elixir of immortality.”


“Intuition is that sense of a divinity ever present in act or thought that my words do not communicate. The ecstatic, half-articulate, broken words, can make us feel the kingdom of heaven is within us. Earth seems to me bathed in an æther of Deity. Thought, from wherever it sets out, forever leads to the heavenly city. But these feelings are incommunicable. We have no words to express a thousand distinctions clear to the spiritual sense.

Everything in nature has intellectual significance, and relation as utterance to the Thought out of which the universe was born, and we, whose minds were made in its image, who are the microcosm of the macrocosm, have in ourselves the key to unlock the meaning of that utterance. Because of these affinities the spirit swiftly by intuition can interpret nature to itself.”

Also see, Dr. Gabriel’s compilation:

Selected Works of George William Russell (A. E.)


Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg)

Pollen and Fragments


“The Imagination places the world of the future either far above us, or far below, or in a relation of metempsychosis to ourselves. The depths of our spirit are unknown to us. The mysterious way leads inward.”

Also see Dr. Gabriel’s compilation:

Spirit Awakening Through Novalis


Heinrich Von Ofterdingen

“Explain to me the nature of Conscience.”

“If I were God, could I do so; for when we comprehend it, Conscience exists. Conscience, that sense and world-creating power, that germ of all Personality, appears to me like the spirit of the world-poem, like the event of the eternal, romantic confluence of the infinitely mutable common life.”

Conscience appears in every serious perfection, in every fashioned truth. Every inclination and ability transformed by reflection into a universal type becomes a phenomenon, a phase of Conscience. All formation tends to that which can only be called Freedom; though by that is not meant an idea, but the creative ground of all being. To speak accurately, this all-embracing freedom, this mastership of dominion, is the essence, the impulse of Conscience. In it is revealed the sacred peculiarity, the immediate creation of Personality, and every action of the master, is at once the announcement of the lofty, simple, evident world – God’s word.”

Conscience is the innate mediator of every man. It takes the place of God upon earth, and is therefore to many the highest and the final. Conscience is the peculiar essence of man fully glorified, the divine archetypal man.”

“Everything, which experience and earthly activity embrace, forms the province of Conscience, which unites this world with higher worlds. With a loftier sense religion appears, and what formerly seemed an incomprehensible necessity of our inmost nature, a universal law without any definite intent, now becomes a wonderful, domestic, infinitely varied, and satisfying world, an inconceivably interior communion of all the spiritual with God, and a perceptible, hallowing presence of the only One, or of his Will, of his Love in our deepest self.”


Below are Douglas’ notes on Ralph Waldo Emerson