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Who's who - Christ , Lucifer and Satan

According to Rudolf Steiner, we have a devil on each shoulder, and the angel or Christ is within our hearts.

Christ between Lucifer and Ahriman (Satan)


The anthroposophical view is that good is found in the balance between two polar, generally evil influences on world and human evolution. Two spiritual adversaries endeavour to tempt and corrupt humanity: Lucifer and his counterpart Ahriman. Steiner described both positive and negative aspects of both figures.

Lucifer is the light spirit, which "plays on human pride and offers the delusion of divinity", but also motivates creativity and spirituality.  Lucifer is the "light bearer", carries the message of spirit and denial of the material

Ahriman is the dark spirit, which tempts human beings to "...deny [their] link with divinity and to live entirely on the material plane", but also stimulates intellectuality and technology. Ahriman is like Satan, who carries the message of materiality and denial of the spiritual.

Both figures exert a negative effect on humanity when their influence becomes misplaced or one-sided, yet their influences are necessary for human freedom to unfold.


Each human being has the task to find a balance between these opposing influences, and each is helped in this task by the mediation of the Representative of Humanity, also known as the Christ being, a spiritual entity who stands between and harmonizes the two extremes. The Christ being, or Representative of Humanity, is the True You - your highest self - your soul.

Today people divide Christ into aspects such as “historical,” “cosmic,” “mystical” and so on. But Christ in his essence is one and indivisible. There is only one Christ – the living Christ who is the manifestation of God, the manifestation of Love. Christ is God revealing Himself to the world.  As a manifestation of God, Christ cannot be separated from Him, cannot be considered apart from Him.  And when I speak of Christ, I do not mean an abstract principle, but rather an actual incarnation of Love. 

This approach translates very well to the three pillars of the kabbalah..

We can also incorporate the Chakra system ...

with the microcosm ...

and with the macrocosm...

all together...

YOU CAN READ A LECTURE GIVEN BY RUDOLF STEINER ON THIS TOPIC HERE

Can we escape Ahriman and Lucifer by avoiding both of them? You may have thought so, but Steiner's answer is a firm, "No!" Instead he argues for you and me to maintain a balance between the influence of Lucifer and of Ahriman.

But the truth of the matter is that Lucifer and Ahriman must be regarded as two scales of a balance and it is we who must hold the beam in equipoise. And how can we train ourselves to do this? By permeating what takes ahrimanic form within us with a strongly luciferic element.

We are led inexorably to the conclusion that only by experiencing our world via the external senses of the materialistic scientist and at the same time experiencing the super-sensible aspects of our reality as well can we become full human beings in relation to our cosmic environment.

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Comment by Sarah Reagan on September 30, 2015 at 10:22am

This is a great article - thanks!  Adam - could you tell me what book you are quoting pages from in your comment below?  thanks


Mystic
Comment by Eterno Crepusculo on June 18, 2015 at 3:25am

Thank you!!! Δ

Comment by steve on June 18, 2015 at 1:04am


Kabbalist
Comment by seekeroftheveils on June 17, 2015 at 1:39pm

very kabbalistic ! thank you very much !


Mystic
Comment by anki on June 17, 2015 at 1:26pm

fascinating blog

Comment by steve on May 14, 2015 at 12:08pm

three aspects of self:  the material aspect  ahriman,  the spiritual aspect  lucifer,  and the reconciler   christ

Comment by Being on May 14, 2015 at 12:42am

There is only ONE.

Aspects of The One to be reconciled to middle column ... eventually(?).

Comment by kristian murray flory on February 22, 2013 at 12:13am

Excellent posts Steve & Adam.

Comment by Adam Kadmon on February 19, 2013 at 10:37pm

   The Problem was that Steiner was too advanced for his time. But if he had used an angel and a demon on the shoulder like Islam does it might have been approved ages ago. And the middle path to reach the ultimate Father/Godhead and not Christ or just love then I think this would be in school

            Steiner says that Lucifer incarnated in a human body during the third millennium before Christ, and that Ahriman will likewise incarnate in the third millennium after Christ, the one we are currently entering. How can we be prepared for the coming of Ahriman? We must balance both the attributes of Ahriman and the attributes of Lucifer with Christ as our guide and companion.

In Christian theology the forces of Christ are set against the forces of the devil who represents in one figure all that is evil, and one is exhorted to abjure all that is of the devil. This might lead one to wonder, "How is the knowledge of good and evil bad? Isn't that what the devil in the Garden of Eden wanted to share with Adam and Eve?"

Steiner divides the devil into two beings, Lucifer and Ahriman, and shows us how neither is bad per se, each provides gifts to human beings that further our evolution, and that it is us who must learn to balance these gifts in our individual lives. His recommendation for a solution to the problem of the devil is to transcend the tendency towards either Luciferic frenzy or Ahrimanic tedium by creating a spirit-filled synthesis of the two in our lives from now on.

Luciferic Traits, Attributes

Ahrimanic Traits, Attributes

frenzy, hyperactivity

tedium, boredom

unification, generalization

diversity, particularization

one language

many languages

gnosis, speaking and thinking

statistics, proof, literal Gospel reading

qualitative

quantitative

fantasy, illusion, superstition

concrete sensory-based, materialism

spirit-permeated cosmology

mathematical astronomy

eating & drinking w/o spirituality

un-read knowledge stored in libraries

unified vision [United Nations]

individual vision [Chauvinism]

flexibility, airy

solidification, granite-like

the high flight of Icarus

the humility of Francis Bacon

pagan wisdom

technological advances

But woe betide if this Copernicanism is not confronted by the knowledge that the cosmos is permeated by soul and spirit. It is this knowledge that Ahriman wants to withhold. He would like to keep people so obtuse that they can grasp only the mathematical aspect of astronomy.

One of the wonderful aspects of Steiner is that he sees the value of both a spirit-filled cosmology and an abstract mathematical astronomy, thus modeling for us readers how to maintain the balance between the Luciferic and Ahrimanic tendencies in our lives. The superb congruency of Steiner's process (what he does) and content (what he says) characterizes all great teachers. Steiner never tells us to follow his instructions to the letter, instead he models for us the behaviors that will bring us the desired balance in our lives if we were to exhibit those behaviors.

In light of the imminent incarnation of Ahriman, Steiner offers caveats and suggestions on how to avoid "strengthening Ahriman's impulse."

[page 21] I shall merely put before you the deeper fact, namely that no true understanding of Christ can be reached by the simple, easy going perusal of the Gospels beloved by most religious denominations and sects today.

[page 22] The point to remember is, however, that the people who do most to prepare for the incarnation of Ahriman are those who constantly preach, "All that is required is to read the Gospels word-for-word -no more than that!"

In other words, Steiner is saying that the fundamentalists are fundamentally wrong. In their zeal to follow Martin Luther's dictum, to read the bible, they have gone to such an extreme that they are preparing a fertile seed bed for Ahriman, up until now.

[page 52] You see, a barrier which prevents the single Gospels from unduly circumscribing the human mind has been erected through the fact that the event of Golgotha is described in the Gospels from four — seemingly contradictory — sides. Only a little reflection will show that this is a protection from too literal a conception.

[page 52] In the absolute sense, nothing is good in itself, but is always good or bad according to the use to which it is put.

And the scientists, with their penchant for studying only the external sensory world by means of statistics and abstract principles, are also fundamentally wrong. They will never reach "the innermost being of things" unless they change their approach and include that most delicate of instruments, the human being, in their panoply of measuring devices.

[page 31] And so a future must come when people will be able to say, "Yes, with my intelligence I can apprehend the external world in the way that is the ideal of natural science. But the vista thus presented to me is wholly ahrimanic."

[page 54] For to experience a thing is a very different matter from attempting to prove it intellectually.

[page 77] It is a scientific fallacy to trace back to mineral causes the forces manifesting in air and water and in the mineral realm; in reality the causes are to be found within the human beings.

The scientists assume that the geology of the earth occurs whether human beings are present or not, but I note that Steiner says that the very opposite is true.

[page 83] The all-essential causes of what happens on the earth do not lie outside the human being; they lie within humankind. And if earthly consciousness is to expand to cosmic consciousness, humanity must realize that the earth — not over short but over long stretches of time — is made in its own likeness, in the likeness of humanity itself.

Can we escape Ahriman and Lucifer by avoiding both of them? You may have thought so, as I did at first, but Steiner's answer is a firm, "No!" Instead he argues for you and me to maintain a balance between the influence of Lucifer and of Ahriman.

[page 34] But the truth of the matter is that Lucifer and Ahriman must be regarded as two scales of a balance and it is we who must hold the beam in equipoise.
[page 34] And how can we train ourselves to do this? By permeating what takes ahrimanic form within us with a strongly luciferic element.

We are led inexorably to the conclusion that only by experiencing our world via the external senses of the materialistic scientist and at the same time experiencing the super-sensible aspects of our reality as well can we become full human beings in relation to our cosmic environment.

Comment by Lotuslakedawn on February 19, 2013 at 9:45pm

An interesting synchronicity, I wonder what story will unfold from it.

I was born between the signs ruled by Mars Geborah and Jupiter Chesed

so I am naturally drawn to the middle way.

2 days ago I wrote an article called An Angel on my shoulder, a Mark upon my Brow.

Very similar theme only I was addressing the workings of such demons as would attempt to steer new age folk to support their nonsource connected realities as such and their minions have woven their distortions throughout the new age and Evangelists and Fundamentalists with their play on guilt and fear.

This being the time of our going through a multidimensional crossroads, the gates opened in 2012. Many of us have been incarnating here from Atlantean times and before to be born here now time to play our predestined roles for these special times.

The true nature of these times being our coming into a more   conscious responsible co creating. The paths we chose now will be sealing us to them for considerable time as they diverge that those that hold the pattern can aid the shift. I went into how such activate the demons on our shoulder in our unconscious bodies and the protective seal is upon the brow of each subtle body or not accordingly. I am part of a team of light workers working on a particularly virulent case that we found ourselves involved in.

Some of these 'caseworkers' share what we refer to as Christos which we came to and experienced previously independently of each other or church or guru. It means the same, just takes it away from associations with church distortions.  

JC or more accurately Yeheshua* of Nazereth casting out of the many demons possessing a man that called themselves Legion, into swine that then cast themselves into the sea has come up and the article guided by the Angel that sits on my shoulder goes into why we had that story passed down to us in relationship to these times. And how the angel devil on the shoulders is multicultural lore 1st Nation having The Two Wolves and which one you feed analogy.

Also CS Lewis in his book the Screwtape letters... from an elder to a trainee demon sitting on a persons shoulder. His occult knowledge came largely from his friend an ex Golden Dawn member. 

( Sadly the name Jesus is derived from a Greek name meaning son of Zeus, not a nice guy )

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