Whoever has spiritual vision will understand this experience. For when something that is real in the spiritual sense communicates itself to the soul, one never has the feeling "There is the spiritual perception, and I myself am developing the thought with which to understand it." But one sees the thought which the perception contains, and which is given with it, no less objectively than the perception itself.
(When dates are given in this connection, they are to be taken only as a rough indication of the period; the transition takes place quite gradually.) Speaking, in this sense, we may say that the ninth century saw the lighting-up, in the souls of men, of the individual personal intelligence.