the Mood of Devotion

If we wish to become esoteric students, we must train

ourselves vigorously in the mood of devotion. We must

seek—in all things around us, in all our experiences—for

what can arouse our admiration and respect. If I meet

other people and criticize their weaknesses, I rob myself

of higher cognitive power. But if I try to enter deeply and

lovingly into another person’s good qualities, I gather in

that force.

Disciples of this occult path must always bear in mind

the need to cultivate such admiration and respect. Experienced

spiritual researchers know what strength they gain

by always looking for the good in everything and withholding

their critical judgment. This practice should not

remain simply an outer rule of life, but must take hold of

the innermost part of the soul. It lies in our hands to perfect

ourselves and gradually transform ourselves completely.

But this transformation must take place in our

innermost depths, in our thinking. Showing respect outwardly

in our relations with other beings is not enough;

we must carry this respect into our thoughts.

Therefore we must begin our inner schooling by bringing

devotion into our thought life. We must guard against

disrespectful, disparaging, and criticizing thoughts. We

must try to practice reverence and devotion in our thinking

at all times.

10. Each moment that we spend becoming aware of

whatever derogatory, judgmental, and critical opinions

still remain in our consciousness brings us closer to higher

knowledge. We advance even more quickly if, in such

moments, we fill our consciousness with admiration, respect,

and reverence for the world and life. Anyone experienced

in these things knows that such moments awaken

forces in us that otherwise remain dormant. Filling our

consciousness in this way opens our spiritual eyes. We begin

to see things around us that we could not see before.

We begin to realize that previously we saw only a part of

the world surrounding us. We begin to see our fellow human

beings in a different way than we did before.


~ ~ ~


excerpt from"How to know the Higher Worlds", Rudolf Steiner


Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner(25 or 27 February 1861 – 30 March 1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social thinker, architect and esotericist.

At the beginning of the 20th century, he founded a spiritual movement, Anthroposophy, as an esoteric philosophy growing out of European transcendentalism and with links to Theosophy

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  • thank you Shelly,

    it is indeed a tough exercise to focus on everybody's qualities and blessings instead of their defects.

    and as an exercise, it takes some time to master it.

    But I feel that it brings enormous and invaluable insights and inner development,

    Many Blessings to your Path,


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