|Ex Deo Nascimur In Christo Morimur Per Spiritum Sanctum Reviviscimus|
Notes from memory of an Esoteric Lesson given by Rudolf Steiner in Stuttgart February 17, 1913 — 100 years ago
A quite particular language is given to central Europe out of a mystical mission, in which every single sound of words and their sequence expresses something occult, as for instance in the statement Es denkt mich [It thinks me]. A long E expresses the reigning, weaving, creating Gods in the world order and in men, and S spoken long expresses the wavy astral element that snakes its way through everything. Mich — that means my I. In other words, the Gods think my I. After meditating on this one should make one's soul completely empty and only have the deepest feeling of piety in it.
Second mantric statement: Es webt mich [It weaves me]. That means the Gods weave my I. We should have a feeling of the greatest thankfulness for this.
Es wirkt mich [It works me]: that is, divine forces work my I. Again feel the divine forces in e, then the astral s, as we also feel the deepest reverence and devotion.
A modern esotericist knows that his ego and astral body leave the physical and etheric bodies behind every night. He should then imagine that a demon took possession of his physical and etheric bodies and that the ego and astral body couldn't go back into their dwelling. On awaking he should ask himself: What did you think and do shortly before awaking? An advanced esotericist does this before he wakes with full consciousness. At first one can't recall that one thought or did anything. But after one has pursued this idea for a while a thought first flits by and then takes on increasingly firm forms: You thanked the Gods that they let you live again in the body that they built for you. — We are born from the Gods: Ex Deo nascimur. We should repeat these three words every morning and accompany them with a feeling of deepest thankfulness that we've sunk our ego-consciousness back into the temple that the Gods built for us during Saturn, Sun, and Moon evolution.
We no longer have our ego-consciousness at death. Ancient Atlanteans still entered the spiritual worlds with full consciousness at death. This was gradually lost, until the Greeks were very afraid of the realm of the shades. This became different through the Christ event. By taking Christ into ourselves we can again get to the point where we press into spiritual worlds consciously after death, that means to die in Christ: In Christo morimur. One must always meditate these three words with a feeling of the deepest piety in one's heart.
And then we must get to the point where we're conscious of our divine I; it must as it were be born in us again: Per Spiritum Sanctum reviviscimus.