|"Die, and Become" — the inscription on the Holy Grail|
Rudolf Steiner: "If we are not masters of our own lives but are ruled by life, then the waves of outer life press in upon our inner self from all sides, and we are like a plant trying to grow in the cleft of a rock. Unless it is given more space, the plant will be stunted. Outer forces cannot create the space our inner being needs to grow. Only the inner calm we create in the soul can do so. Outer circumstances can change only our outer life situation — they can never awaken the 'spiritual person' within. As esoteric students, we ourselves must give birth to a new, higher being within us."
How to Know Higher Worlds, chapter 1
Thank you, Robin Mitchell!