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From Ernst Hagmann’s "World Ether - Elemental Beings - Kingdoms of Nature: texts from Steiner compiled and with commentary"
“… men and animals also have to be sustained throughout their lives with the appropriate nourishment. This can be divided into earthly, material nourishment for instant energy, and cosmic nourishment through all the sense organs.
The latter, cosmic nutrition, R. Steiner first describes in his Agriculture Course 1924 in Koberwitz. Thus, we are dealing with two fundamentally different organic processes. Cosmic nourishment comes in together with the perceptions of all sense organs, and it produces the earthly substances in men and animals, whereas earthly food only provides the fuels for life processes, with the exception of the head.”
“… The role of man’s sense organs as mediators between him and the macrocosm comes to expression in Leading Though number 171 (quoted following - oops sorry Bob - not 17)
'The Man's sense organization does not belong to him, but it is built into him by the surrounding world during his life on earth. Although the perceiving eye is spatially in man, in its real essence it is in the world. Man extends his soul-spiritual being into that which the world experiences in him through his senses. Man does not take his physical environment into himself he grows into this environment with his soul-spiritual being.’"
From LILLIPOH Winter 2019, (pgs 9-19) Article by Catherine Marconi Titled: Cinderella-Ashenputtel viewed through Anthroposophy
"Rudolf Steiner spoke about the arts and their power to transform. He said, "For in art, what is outwardly sense-perceptible is spiritualized, and imbued with impulses of the spiritual world; that which is inwardly perceptible to the soul is presented in an external embodiment" (Anthroposophical Psychology course lectures 2015, R.Steiner's quote from 'True and False Paths'). Here in the artistic element, we find a reflective interplay of spirit and matter, of the material and ephemeral; microcosm and macrocosm. It is a theme that is close to my heart. In fact much of Steiner's extensive work emphasizes and embodies this dynamic and creates in this way , I feel, a living lemniscate. One is brought into greater connection with an invisible and ethereal dimension, and this promotes self-reflection, healing, and inspiration for this write to do art."