Sunday, May 10, 2020

Mother Earth

Rudolf Steiner:

. . . man had his rhythm within the entire earthly organism when it was still comet-like; only now has he made it his own. Man existed as part of the Earth just as he does today when he is still a germ within his mother. There he also takes part in her pulse and breathing activity.
Can it be proven that man today takes part in his mother's pulse and breathing activity? This is proven by what I said before, that smallpox develops from the blood's activity coming into connection with the breathing activity. This is interesting. If man does share the maternal blood and breathing activities while in the womb, a child in the womb should contract smallpox if the mother has it, and it does. When a pregnant woman contracts smallpox, her unborn child already has smallpox in the womb, because the child takes part in everything.
In the same way, when the Earth was still the mother of the human being — although the Earth was then a kind of comet — he participated in all that the Earth underwent. His pulse beat and breathing were that of the Earth's pulse beat and breathing. It therefore can be said that it is most remarkable when, if we go back into ancient times when human beings knew instinctively and were not clever as they are today, they always called the Earth “Mother” — "Mother Earth" and so forth. They spoke of Uranus, meaning the universe, and Gaea, the Earth, and they viewed Uranus as the father in the universe outside and the Earth as the mother.

Diagram 3

Diagram 3.

So one can say that the part of the human organism in which the child develops, the womb, is really like a miniature Earth that has remained behind and is still in the ancient comet-like state.

In that ancient comet-like state, man's breathing and that of the Earth were together a breathing in the great universe. Not only did man absorb nitrogen, but the whole comet Earth received the nitrogen from the universe. Breathing in that age was also a form of fertilization. Only the process of fertilization in humans and animals remains of that today. In fertilization, therefore, something of the nitrogen breathing process still takes place, because the most important element in the human sperm is nitrogen. This is transmitted to the female organism and, as a nitrogen stimulus, brings about what oxygen could never accomplish, that is, the formation of the organs that must be present later when man is exposed to oxygen. So you see that we actually receive our breathing from the universe.


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