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Necessary 'evil'


Necessary 'Evil'



Rev C (see Notes)


We have to get used to the idea that THE WORLD IS NOT MADE AS PEOPLE WOULD REALLY LIKE IT TO BE and that there exists the element which in the Egyptian Mysteries was known as 'iron necessity.' As part of this iron necessity, entities hostile to the physical world are used by the gods to bring about birth and death for human beings. [1]

Humanity was able to unite with the earth because when it came down from heaven to earth, if we may put it like this, the spirits of darkness which came down with it laid an adequate foundation for human independence during the time when the laws of heredity, nationality and race prevailed. WHAT LUCIFER AND AHRIMAN [Satan] HAD DONE BECAME A GOOD THING in so far as humanity was enabled to unite with the earth.... Before Lucifer took action, humanity was united with the whole cosmos including the earth; human beings united with the earth because hereditary traits — original sin in biblical terms, hereditary traits in scientific terminology — were implanted into them. This made human beings ... part of the earth. You see, therefore, that LUCIFER AND AHRIMAN ARE SERVANTS OF THE PROGRESSIVE POWERS [i.e. perhaps unwittingly, in this case, because their "rebelliousness" created conditions which the progressive spirits desired at a later stage of evolution].

Evolution then continued. We are now at the time when human beings live on earth and are united with it. Luciferic and ahrimanic spirits, spirits of darkness, have been cast down from heaven to earth. Because of this, human beings must be released from the earth, torn away from it, with part of their essential nature taken back into the spiritual world. Humanity must develop awareness of not being of this earth, and this must grow stronger and stronger. In future, human beings must walk on this earth who say to themselves: ‘Yes, at birth I enter into a physical body, but this is a transitional stage. I really remain in the spiritual world. I am conscious that only part of my essential nature is united with the earth, and that I do not leave the world where I am between death and rebirth with the whole of my essential nature.’ A feeling of belonging to the spiritual world must develop in us. [2]

We really are no longer in this world to take care of our own organization....  Now, we are really here to be part of a downward curve of evolution, to incarnate in order to learn and experience all manner of things by the very fact that we are in bodies which are dying, increasingly crumbling and withering away. [2a]

Consider the complex nature of these things, WHICH CAN ONLY BE DISCOVERED ... BY DIRECT OBSERVATION OF THE SPIRITUAL WORLDS. Mere theorizing will generally lead to error....
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The enormous complexity of human beings becomes apparent when you consider that now, in the fifth post-Atlantean age, Archangels and Angels are active in them via the nervous system and the blood, but so are the abnormal spirits [Angels known as the Spirits of Darkness] which oppose them. [3]

The Luciferic Spirits gave man material desires; as their countermeasures THE HIGHER BEINGS INTRODUCED ILLNESS AND SUFFERING AS THE CONSEQUENCES OF MATERIAL DESIRES and interests, to the end that he should not utterly succumb to this world of sense [i.e. physical senses]. And so there is exactly as much suffering and pain in the world as there is interest only in the physical and the material. The scales are held in perfect balance; the one does not outweigh the other — so many passions and desires on the one side, so much illness and pain on the other.
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Christ is verily the Light which leads out of error and sin, the Light which enables man to find the way upwards. And now let us ask ourselves: What was it that was lost to man in that he descended from the spiritual world, was ensnared in desires and passions under the influence of Lucifer, and then, under Ahriman's influence, in error, illusion and lying in the earthly world? — He lost direct vision of the spiritual world, he lost understanding of the spiritual world.
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Were man merely to say: I am content with the fact that Christ appeared and to allow myself to be redeemed by Him unconsciously — then he would contribute nothing to the redemption of the Luciferic Beings. these Luciferic beings who have brought man freedom, also make it possible for him, if he so wills, to turn it to account in order to understand Christ. THEN THE LUCIFERIC SPIRITS ARE CLEANSED AND PURIFIED IN THE FIRE OF CHRISTIANITY AND THE WRONG DONE TO THE EARTH BY THEM IS CHANGED INTO BLESSING. Freedom has been attained; but it will also be carried into the spiritual sphere as a blessing. That man is capable of this, that he is capable of understanding Christ, THAT LUCIFER, RESURRECTED IN A NEW FORM, CAN UNITE WITH CHRIST AS THE GOOD SPIRIT — this, as prophecy still, was told by Christ Himself to those around Him, when He said: "Ye shall be illumined by the new Spirit, by the Holy Spirit!" THIS "HOLY SPIRIT" IS NONE OTHER THAN ... THE LUCIFER-SPIRIT, RESURRECTED NOW IN HIGHER, PURER GLORY — THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENT UNDERSTANDING, WISDOM-INWOVEN. Christ Himself foretold that this Spirit would come to men after Him, and in the light of this Spirit their labors must proceed. What is it that works onward in the light of this Spirit? The world-stream of spiritual science, if rightly conceived! What is this spiritual science? It is the wisdom of the Spirit, the wisdom that lifts into the full light of consciousness that in Christianity which would otherwise remain in the unconscious. THE TORCH OF THE RESURRECTED LUCIFER, OF THE LUCIFER NOW TRANSFORMED INTO THE GOOD, BLAZONS THE WAY FOR CHRIST. Lucifer is the bearer of the Light — Christ is the Light! As the word itself denotes, Lucifer is the "Bearer of the Light". That is what the spiritual scientific movement should be, that is implicit in it.

Those who know that the progress of mankind depends upon living apprehension of the mighty Event of Golgotha are they who as THE "MASTERS OF WISDOM AND OF THE HARMONY OF FEELINGS" ARE UNITED IN THE GREAT GUIDING LODGE OF MANKIND. And as once the "tongues of fire" hovered down as a living symbol upon the company of the apostles, SO DOES THE "HOLY SPIRIT" ANNOUNCED BY CHRIST HIMSELF REIGN AS THE LIGHT OVER THE LODGE OF THE TWELVE.  [4]



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Over the course of the last several months of absence from this blog, I've realized that many of the horrors visited upon mankind, all of which I would previously blame on Satan and his underworld-lings, are caused by various spirits, including the progressive hierarchy and discarnate humans, for a wide variety of reasons. I didn't realize this earlier because I hadn't read the relevant sources, or I had skimmed them and missed the pertinent passages. As much as I hate to admit it, I think I owe Satan an apology for blaming him for too many adversities and attributing to him a degree of evil which belongs to the Devil, or beings known as Asuras. (The fake Apocalypse and the Eighth Sphere agenda are actual agendas, but perhaps smokescreens for deeper agendas of the progressive hierarchy.) As Rudolf Steiner put it, Satan's evil is like getting wet as a result of wanting to go for a walk on a rainy day without a raincoat. Satan is not necessarily involved in all activities which involve his underlings, some of which are used by the gods for purposes related to birth and death, some of which inspire modern technological developments, and some of which I gather are used by black magicians in various ways. Still, Steiner considered Satan to be one degree more evil than Lucifer, although he indicated that he will be redeemed eventually.

A better term for "Satanic ritual abuse" might be "Satanic-demonic ritual abuse," since it is intended to cause the abuse-perpetrators to become possessed by Satanic demons (a.k.a. "magic powers"). It appears that Satan is not involved, and that SRA (or SDRA) is driven by people who are already possessed, and thus driven to lure others into becoming possessed, and perhaps by black magicians, for their own purposes. (There is such a thing as LUCIFERIC-demonic possession, which is the result of dwelling excessively on the sensuous aspects of mysticism, and which produces a permanent state of "rapture," which is like being unable to feel pain.)

Black magic is inspired by the Devil and perhaps by the evil Asuras, and Steiner described it as the ultimate evil. Its nature is hidden from outsiders such as myself, but its goals would be similar to the Devil's, which essentially boil down to taking God's place as far as mankind is concerned and remaking mankind to suit himself. Actual occult powers are reserved for actual black magicians. You won't find the secrets to black magic in some book by Crowley or Rowling - that kind of knowledge is given only to those who have undergone an initiation into black magic. The modern nature of such an initiation is secret, but in antiquity it required the initiate to commit murder in a certain gruesome manner (which required practice), and it was related to the Eighth Sphere. The X-Files once alluded to the mindset of a black magician by having "Mr. X" (played by Steven Williams) demonstrate to Mulder the attitude required to know what he (Mr. X) knew (i.e. the attitude resulting from an initiation into black magic), by gratuitously killing another black-ops agent. It's not as if he enjoyed it, but that gratuitously killing someone "up close and personal" was NOTHING to him (although he was apparently angry with Mulder for putting him in the position of having to do so, because he would have to cover it up), which is not to be confused with a soldier (for example) killing someone out of necessity and often ending up with PTSD as a result.

I originally intended to avoid the complexity and subtlety of evil by sticking to certain simple aspects of it, and I don't intend to wade into it now. Entire books have been written about it by people who were more qualified than I will ever be (partly by being able to write a book). One of my questions I've been unable to answer definitively is whether demon-possessed individuals are necessary in order to serve certain destructive agendas which Steiner indicated are necessary. Steiner seems to imply that they are, such as in the following passage:

As earth evolution progresses, human beings will be less and less able to develop their souls parallel to their bodies. Why, then, should it not be possible for an individual to incarnate in a body, the whole constitution of which destines it for evil? The individual can still be good inside such a body, for the connection with the physical has become less close. This, then, is another awkward truth, but a truth which we must make our own. [4a]

As a result, I've realized that I can no longer honestly declare any particular event to have been motivated by good or evil or to have had good or evil effects, except in rare cases where there is little doubt. Whereas for example I would have formerly declared the horrible vehicular homicide spree in Nice, France to ultimately have been ultimately motivated by the forces of evil, now I would not, although I suspect that the driver was possessed by some Satanic spirit at the time, because he was known to be unhinged, which makes it easier for certain anti-human spirits to take over (typically only long enough to accomplish some monstrous deed), and I can't understand how any human (even a psychopath) could do such a thing. A rabid Islamist belief system which can "justify" anything by taking passages out of context from the Koran could just be a smokescreen for a Satanic spirit. I could speculate forever about the ultimate motive and still not know, because there are too many possibilities. Just chalk it up to "God's mysterious ways."

Furthermore, my complaints about the apparent insanity of wars, or the lack of infrastructure-development, were based on erroneous notions about the purpose of the world. In the wise and profound words of the Prophet Mick, "you can't always get what you want, but ... you get what you need." (RSV)

The following excerpts also contributed to this new perspective. I recommend reading the source-material to avoid misunderstandings caused by taking passages out of context, as well as to get hints of Steiner's perspectives on a wide variety of subjects, such as "eugenetics" (eugenics), which he considered to be "particularly stupid" and based on "echoes" of black magical practices in Atlantean times.

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As I explained in my preceding remarks, it is the beings who completed their human stage of development during the previous incarnation of the earth — the old moon period — who guide human spiritual evolution. Their guidance, however, is obstructed and opposed by beings who did not complete their development during the moon period. Nevertheless, WHILE THESE "IMPERFECT" BEINGS OBSTRUCT THE GUIDING ACTIVITY OF THOSE WHO COMPLETED THEIR DEVELOPMENT, THEY ALSO, PARADOXICALLY, FURTHER IT. The resistance they offer to our progress strengthens, solidifies, and lends increased weight and significance to the forces that are called forth by the beings who advance our development. In Christian esotericism, these classes of superhuman beings who have attained the developmental level immediately above our own, both those who advance our development and those who help us by introducing obstacles, are called angels or angeloi. Above them are the beings of the higher hierarchies, the arch-angels, archai, and so on, who also take part in guiding humanity. [5]

It is extraordinarily easy to misunderstand these [hindering, Luciferic] beings. We could ask why the divine spirits, the rulers of the good, permitted such beings to remain behind, thus allowing the luciferic principle to enter humanity. While we may object that the good gods will certainly turn everything to the good, this question nevertheless suggests itself. ANOTHER MISUNDERSTANDING ARISES IF WE CONSIDER THESE BEINGS AS SIMPLY "EVIL." TO THINK THAT THESE BEINGS ARE "EVIL," HOWEVER, IS TO MISUNDERSTAND THEM BECAUSE, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE THE SOURCE OF EVIL IN HUMAN EVOLUTION, THEY ARE NOT "EVIL" AT ALL. Rather, they just stand midway between us and the superhuman beings. In a certain way, indeed, these beings are more perfect than we are. They have already achieved a high level of mastery in all the capacities we still have to acquire. At the same time, unlike the angelic forerunners of the human race, THESE LUCIFERIC BEINGS, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT COMPLETE THEIR HUMAN STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT ON THE OLD MOON, ARE STILL ABLE TO INCARNATE IN HUMAN BODIES DURING EARTHLY EVOLUTION. [6] 
 
Anyone with more or less normal feelings, even today, will be shaken to learn the truth that in order to bring about birth and death in the physical world, the divine spirits who guide world destinies have to use elemental spirits who actually are the enemies of everything human beings seek and desire for their welfare and well-being here in the physical world.
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We have to get used to the idea that the world is not made as people would really like it to be and that there exists the element which in the Egyptian Mysteries was known as 'iron necessity.' As part of this iron necessity, entities hostile to the physical world are used by the gods to bring about birth and death for human beings.
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The elemental spirits of birth and death are, of course, messengers of Ahriman [Satan]. The iron necessity of world evolution forces the gods to use Ahriman's messengers to control birth and death. When they ask the elemental spirits to act on their behalf they do not allow the powers of these messengers to enter the physical world. BUT AS CIVILIZATION GOES INTO ITS DECLINE, FROM THE FIFTH POST-ATLANTEAN PERIOD ONWARDS, THIS ELEMENT HAS TO COME IN AGAIN, SO THAT CATASTROPHE MAY BE BROUGHT ABOUT. Human beings must use these powers themselves [such as to obtain inspiration for technological developments which end up contributing to the aforementioned catastrophe]. Ahriman's messengers are therefore an iron necessity; THEY HAVE TO BRING ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION THAT WILL LEAD TO THE NEXT STEP FORWARD IN CIVILIZATION. This is a terrible truth, but it is so. And nothing will avail where this truth is concerned but to get to know it and to see it clearly. [emphasis added] [7]

By passing over into the "Age of Light" [which occurred at the beginning of the 20th Century], mankind is exposed to evil in a way never before experienced, in order that he may be enabled to find the good. One could also say that the veil that formerly concealed the spiritual world has been torn aside and that thereby the spiritual beings work directly, unadorned and unreservedly, upon human beings. [8]

Thus by a strange paradox mankind is led to a renewed experience of the Mystery of Golgotha in the fifth [post-Atlantean] epoch through the forces of evil. [9]

The influence of Sorath [Hebrew for Beast, a.k.a. the Devil] continues ... throughout the centuries ... [and] it is increasing ... in the twentieth century.... This colors our time with an atmosphere of antagonism towards man and Christ. The confrontation with Sorath in 1933 and beyond is to be understood as A PREPARATION FOR THAT WHICH NOW FACES MANKIND AS A TEST.... [T]he present situation is far more dangerous [than the 1933-1945 confrontation with the Devil, who supposedly possessed Hitler], if only for the reason that people imagine it is less dangerous [i.e. because we've let our guard down].  [10]

What is old in the world is destined for destruction, [and] by experiencing the destruction, strength is engendered to grasp what is new with courage. Thus mankind encounters the void [nonexistence] into which the evil beings [referring to the Devil and Asuras, mainly] would plunge it. But if the ego can withstand this encounter, the site of the void is changed into the Threshold of the spiritual world, before which the Guardian ["St. Peter"] is standing. [11]

With the human soul withdrawing more and more from the body, the body is increasingly in danger of being filled with something else. And if human beings are not prepared to take up impulses which can only come from spiritual knowledge, the body [perhaps referring to the etheric body] will be filled with demonic powers. Humanity is facing a destiny where the body may be filled with ahrimanic [Satanic] demonic powers. So we have to add to what I said yesterday about future development: there will be people in future who are Tom, Dick and Harry in ordinary life, which is something determined by social circumstances, but their bodies will be empty to such an extent that a powerful ahrimanic spirit can live in them. ONE WILL BE MEETING AHRIMANIC DEMONS [perhaps another way of saying possessed people]. Human beings will not be what they appear to be. The individual person will be deep down inside, and outwardly one will get a totally different picture. [12]       

Chaos has arisen because the reality is considered in an unspiritual way and the world of the spirit cannot be ignored with impunity. You may think it is enough to live with thoughts and ideas that are wholly derived from the physical world. It is what people generally think today, though this does not make it true. The most completely and utterly wrong idea humanity has ever had is — to put it simply — that the spirits will put up with being ignored. You may consider it egotistical and selfish on their part, but the terminology is different in their world. Egotism or not, THE SPIRITS TAKE THEIR REVENGE IF THEY ARE IGNORED HERE ON EARTH. THIS IS A LAW, AN IRON NECESSITY. One way to characterize the present time is to say that THE PRESENT HUMAN CHAOS IS THE REVENGE OF THE SPIRITS WHO HAVE BEEN IGNORED FOR TOO LONG.
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Those souls therefore had no opportunity of knowing the spirit whilst here on earth and they have to take the consequences. Having gone through the gate of death and entered the world of the spirit, they are thirsting for - well, what are they thirsting for, these souls who lived in materialism here? They are thirsting for destructive powers in the physical world! 
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There is no easy way of dealing with these things. If we want to know the realities in this sphere, we must acquire a feeling for what the ancient Egyptians called "iron necessity." Terrible as it may be, it was necessary that destruction should spread, for those who had gone through the gate of death were longing for the destructive powers in which they are able to live, seeing they did not receive what was due to them and had been deprived of spiritual impulses while on earth. [This might mean that discarnate humans with an appetite for destruction qualify as a sort of Satanic demon.] [13]

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So, the mayhem taking place around the world is driven by various spiritual beings with various agendas, although "Apocalypse"-mongers can always claim that they're evidence that the supposed physical return of Jesus Christ is imminent, when it is Satan who will incarnate soon, or has already. (Christ has already returned, but by descending only as far down as the etheric realm, which the Bible expresses with the phrase "in the clouds." Each of us will have to attain etheric perception to perceive him, which is the "other half" of the Second Coming.)

Although Steiner indicated in one of the preceding quotes that demonic possession can occur as a result of the merely going out one's mind, I suspect that he was using "demon" in these instances as shorthand for the Spirits of Darkness. (He claims that human souls are withdrawing more and more from their associated bodies as this stage of evolution progresses, and that this allows demons to "fill the BODY," which might be the same as demonic possession. Perhaps it's precisely the abandonment by the higher soul which allows the body to be used, by certain Satanic beings which fill the void, for activities which cultivate demonic possession, i.e. which cultivate sadism by associating cruelty with sexual pleasure (as in rape, which typically destroys the victim's life, which qualifies it as cruel if nothing else does). Aleister Crowley, in the Book of the Law, explicitly tells his followers (perhaps partly consisting of people whose souls have withdrawn to some extent) not to ask him for the rationale behind his exhortations to kill, torture, and torment the arbitrarily-defined "outcast and unfit." On one hand, he calls his followers "kings" to butter them up, but on the other, he essentially told them to let him do the thinking. He is also famous for his motto "do as thou wilt," i.e. abandon yourself to your impulses, which is a means of opening one's soul to certain Satanic spirits, which like water outside of a boat, are always trying to find an opening. I've called Crowley a monster, but now I have to wonder if he was just another puppet filling a need. Perhaps he was a black magician, but I tend to doubt it because he was a self-confessed drug-fiend, and I assume that black magic requires discipline and a clear mind.

So, when I have assumed that certain agendas were the only ones behind certain events, I was wrong in many cases, and I won't make such assumptions from now on. It's actually a relief to know that the progressive gods are behind many of the horrors taking place, because it means that Earth isn't totally controlled by the forces of evil.

For all I know, the Bush administration which plunged us into the "war on terror," in which we demolished Iraq even though it had nothing to do with 9/11 and had no chemical or biological weapons, and unleashed chaos in the weapons-depot known as Libya to supply ISIS with weapons [14], ultimately had good intentions, and I should have never presumed to understand them, or the high and mighty in general. I'll try to avoid passing judgment on matters which I now realize are beyond my comprehension, and perhaps even beyond human comprehension.

My perspective on Freemasonry has also changed. I previously considered it to be a smokescreen for Satanism (i.e. that it uses many well-intentioned people to serve as cover for a relatively few with evil intent), but I now suspect that it's a subsidiary or instrument of the Lodge of the Twelve (mentioned above), which would mean that its various divisions around the world could have agendas which conflict with the agendas of other divisions, and that their agendas would change periodically. I might be wrong, but it fits with everything I know about Freemasonry.

I've even begun to consider the possibility that the fake Apocalypse and the Eighth Sphere agenda are just smokescreens for deeper agendas of the progressive hierarchy, as possibly indicated by the 2nd excerpt on this page. If so, Skull & Bones, with its class photos which symbolize the 8th Sphere agenda, would perhaps unwittingly be a tool of the progressive spirits.

But it's not our task to understand the alluring and terrifying physical world with our current form of consciousness, mainly because that would be impossible, but to transform our consciousness in the direction of conscious and direct spiritual perception, which certain spiritual influences are trying to hasten by arranging adverse events which Steiner indicates are intended to awaken us to the spiritual world.


Notes

(All of the referenced lectures can be found in the Rudolf Steiner Archive at http://wn.rsarchive.org.)

[1] Rudolf Steiner: the Fall of the Spirits of Darkness, Lecture 4 ("FSD L4")
[2] FSD, L12
[2a] FSD, L5
[3] FSD, L14
[4] Rudolf Steiner: The Deed of Christ and the Opposing Spiritual Powers
http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA107/English/AP1954/19090322p01.html
[4a] FSD L5
[5] FSD, L1
[6] Rudolf Steiner: The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity, Lecture Two
[7] FSD L4
[8] Peter Tradowsky: Christ and Antichrist, p5
[9] ibid., p 4
[10] ibid., p 48
[11] ibid., p 90
[12] FSD, L5.  I assume that in by "The individual person will be deep down inside, and outwardly one will get a totally different picture," Steiner was referring to spiritual perception, because he previously indicated that most people won't be able to tell when they're meeting a demon. I'm not sure whether this is different from demonic possession. Perhaps by "the body is increasingly in danger of being filled with something else," Steiner was referring to the etheric body, which is what demons latch onto in the case of demonic possession (they specifically latch onto the region of sexual urges). Those who are attracted to the sorts of activities which elicit demonic possession might consist partly of those whose souls have withdrawn to some extent, and whose bodies might have been destined for evil, i.e. possession, meaning that they aren't responsible for their body's actions. (Still, if their body commits a crime, it should be brought to Earthly justice.) Perhaps by taking up "impulses  which can only come from spiritual knowledge," the soul remains more closely connected with the physical and etheric bodies, preventing demonic possession. But this is just speculation.

[13] FSD, L1  "Satanic" spirits (i.e. those in the "Satanic underworld," which is ruled by Mammon) generally have an anti-human tendency, but Satanic demons were created as beings of destruction, and those possessed by them obtain quasi-sexual pleasure from destruction, killing, torture, and torment, but they are also cunning and maintain a facade of amiability. (I suspect that the "demon clown" phenomenon is a hint of the existence and nature of demonic possession, and that this explains why people find it so unsettling.) So, associating sexual pleasure with cruelty is a recipe for demonic possession. 

Those possessed by other Satanic spirits, such as Spirits of Darkness, which are angels (one level higher than human in the spiritual hierarchy) who have aligned themselves with some Satanic agenda and have been cast down to Earth, are apparently used without regard for what happens to them. Andrea Yates is a good example of this sort of possession, in my opinion - I suspect that the Spirits of Darkness took possession of her in a vulnerable moment, and used her body to kill all of her children, who just happened to be named after Biblical protagonists. She said that she felt driven to kill her children, and I don't think she was lying. Once she had served her purpose (apparently to send the message "the Devil is here"), they didn't care what happened to her. Now that she's incarcerated, I assume that they've moved on to someone more useful to them. (The movie Fallen reflects an extreme form of this form of possession, with some artistic license thrown into the mix. For example, they don't have to take possession of someone or some animal to survive. I can't rule out the possibility that they can take possession of animals, and there have been cases of animals which seemed to be possessed, but animals don't have minds to lose, and they can't deliberately cultivate sadism.)

[14] The Benghazi incident was apparently intended to cover-up one of the main purposes for the "liberation" of Libya, i.e. to provide arms to ISIS. The Clinton-Benghazi hullabaloo was another layer of smoke, and the email scandal yet another layer.  Previously, I might have tried to lay the blame for ISIS' initial success on various Western intelligence agencies, but now I consider it to have been an example of a necessary evil with roots in the spiritual world.


Revisions

Rev A (12/5/16):

a) Revised comment following "world of sense"

b) Revised paragraph on black magic, which now begins with "Black magic is inspired..."

c) Added quotation referenced in [4] [a] and revised preceding paragraph as required.

d) Added quotation which begins with "Chaos has arisen..."

e) Revised paragraph beginning with "Although Steiner indicated"

f) Rewrote final sentence and split it off from the preceding paragraph.

g) Revised note 12.

h) Revised note 13, 1st paragraph.

i) Revised note 14.

j) Removed comments (in which I expressed doubts that Steiner was referring to literal demonic possession) from quotation beginning with 'With the human soul withdrawing...," because I realized that this would indeed allow someone to become literally demoniacally possessed [this is actually not possession - see Rev B notice, below] without first deliberately cultivating the will for destruction. It would seem that God intends to turn the world into a haunted house, and terrorize us out of it.

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Rev B (12/6/16):

a) Added quotation referenced in [2a].

b) Revised note 12 again, after realizing that if the soul withdraws from a person and a demon fills the void, it's not the same as if the demon takes possession of the soul. I'm not sure whether these phenomena are any different from each other in their effects, but I wanted to be clear that these are separate phenomena.

c) Revised paragraph beginning with "Although Steiner indicated..." because it contained statements which confused demonic possession with demons filling the void left by a soul which has withdrawn to some extent.

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Rev C (1/1/17):


A) changed "adverse events" to "adversities"


B) Had third thoughts about Steiner's claim that "With the human soul withdrawing more and more from the body, the body is increasingly in danger of being filled with ... demonic powers." As a result, made the following revisions:


was:

With the human soul withdrawing more and more from the body, the body is increasingly in danger of being filled with something else. And if human beings are not prepared to take up impulses which can only come from spiritual knowledge, THE BODY [not the soul, which is withdrawing] will be filled with demonic powers. Humanity is facing a destiny where THE BODY may be filled with ahrimanic [Satanic] demonic powers. So we have to add to what I said yesterday about future development: there will be people in future who are Tom, Dick and Harry in ordinary life, which is something determined by social circumstances, but their bodies will be empty to such an extent that a powerful ahrimanic spirit can live in them. ONE WILL BE MEETING AHRIMANIC DEMONS [not possessed people]. Human beings will not be what they appear to be. The individual person will be deep down inside, and outwardly one will get a totally different picture. [12]  

is:

With the human soul withdrawing more and more from the body, the body is increasingly in danger of being filled with something else. And if human beings are not prepared to take up impulses which can only come from spiritual knowledge, the body [perhaps referring to the etheric body] will be filled with demonic powers. Humanity is facing a destiny where the body may be filled with ahrimanic [Satanic] demonic powers. So we have to add to what I said yesterday about future development: there will be people in future who are Tom, Dick and Harry in ordinary life, which is something determined by social circumstances, but their bodies will be empty to such an extent that a powerful ahrimanic spirit can live in them. ONE WILL BE MEETING AHRIMANIC DEMONS [perhaps another way of saying possessed people]. Human beings will not be what they appear to be. The individual person will be deep down inside, and outwardly one will get a totally different picture. [12]  

was:

[12] FSD, L5.  I assume that in by "The individual person will be deep down inside, and outwardly one will get a totally different picture," Steiner was referring to spiritual perception, because he previously indicated that most people won't be able to tell when they're meeting a demon (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH DEMONIC POSSESSION - note that Steiner said "the BODY will be filled with demonic powers," although I'm not sure how this differs from demonic possession, and it's interesting that he indicates that "tak[ing] up impulses which can only come from spiritual knowledge" can prevent this from happening, perhaps indicating that the soul doesn't vacate the body in such cases).

People whose souls haven't withdrawn must apparently first deliberately cultivate the will for destruction in order to become demonically possessed, and statements by Steiner, and my observations, indicate that this is an organized activity. However, Steiner indicates that human souls are withdrawing more and more from human bodies as this stage of evolution progresses, and that some bodies are destined for evil, which seems to mean that they're destined to be filled with demonic beings.

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[12] FSD, L5.  I assume that in by "The individual person will be deep down inside, and outwardly one will get a totally different picture," Steiner was referring to spiritual perception, because he previously indicated that most people won't be able to tell when they're meeting a demon. I'm not sure whether this is different from demonic possession. Perhaps by "the body is increasingly in danger of being filled with something else," Steiner was referring to the etheric body, which is what demons latch onto in the case of demonic possession (they specifically latch onto the region of sexual urges). Those who are attracted to the sorts of activities which elicit demonic possession might consist partly of those whose souls have withdrawn to some extent, and whose bodies might have been destined for evil, i.e. possession, meaning that they aren't responsible for their body's actions. (Still, if their body commits a crime, it should be brought to Earthly justice.) Perhaps by taking up "impulses  which can only come from spiritual knowledge," the soul remains more closely connected with the physical and etheric bodies, preventing demonic possession. But this is just speculation.


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Although Steiner indicated in one of the preceding quotes that demonic possession can occur as a result of the merely going out one's mind, I suspect that he was using "demon" in these instances as shorthand for the Spirits of Darkness. (He claims that human souls are withdrawing more and more from their associated bodies as this stage of evolution progresses, and that this allows demons to "fill the BODY," which I suspect is similar in effect to demonic possession, without first deliberately cultivating the will for destruction.) I gather that for those whose souls haven't withdrawn, becoming demonically possessed requires the cultivation of sadism by associating cruelty with sexual pleasure (as in rape, which typically destroys the victim's life, which qualifies it as cruel if nothing else does). Aleister Crowley, in the Book of the Law, explicitly tells his followers not to ask him for the rationale behind his exhortations to kill, torture, and torment the arbitrarily-defined "outcast and unfit."

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Although Steiner indicated in one of the preceding quotes that demonic possession can occur as a result of the merely going out one's mind, I suspect that he was using "demon" in these instances as shorthand for the Spirits of Darkness. (He claims that human souls are withdrawing more and more from their associated bodies as this stage of evolution progresses, and that this allows demons to "fill the BODY," which might be the same as demonic possession. Perhaps it's precisely the abandonment by the higher soul which allows the body to be used, by certain Satanic beings which fill the void, for activities which cultivate demonic possession, i.e. which cultivate sadism by associating cruelty with sexual pleasure (as in rape, which typically destroys the victim's life, which qualifies it as cruel if nothing else does). Aleister Crowley, in the Book of the Law, explicitly tells his followers (perhaps partly consisting of people whose souls have withdrawn to some extent) not to ask him for the rationale behind his exhortations to kill, torture, and torment the arbitrarily-defined "outcast and unfit."
     

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