IF YOU WANT TO recognize how much wrong there is in the hitherto prevailing ideas, habits and customs of these earthmen, the search for it will not cause you much trouble; for you do not need to do anything else than to take some expression and reflect upon it deeply.
It will be wrong, because even the foundation of all the thinking done by these earthmen is already utterly distorted.
On a false basis, however, the right way of thinking can never develop, but in view of such a foundation it is also bound to be wrong.
Today let us take the designation which is generally disseminated about womanhood on earth as being the “weak sex”.
There will hardly be anyone among my hearers who has not already heard this expression.
It is used in an affectionate way as well as sneeringly, kind-heartedly and also ironically, but it is always taken up without reflection as something that is established, and adhered to thoughtlessly, or at least without being examined.
In reality, however, womanhood is just as strong as manhood on earth, only in a different way.
In my lectures I have already often explained that the actual concept of womanhood and manhood issues from the nature of their activity in Creation, i.e., that the nature of their activity is fundamental for this and determines the form which allows human beings on earth to be recognized as female or male.
The difference immediately shows itself as soon as the human spirit germs leave their sphere of origin.
Those inclined towards the active, i.e., the coarser working, take on male forms, whereas female forms shape themselves around those who wish to work passively, i.e., in a more delicate way.
These are two different kinds of activity, but of equal strength; there can be no question whatever of a weaker species.
These two species also give the meaning of the Living Cross, which in itself is perfect!
The vertical beam of the Cross represents the positive, i.e., the active life, and the horizontal beam of equal length and strength represents the negative or passive life.
The Living Cross bears both within Itself!
The Cross of Creation from out of which and around which the whole of Creation develops itself says and indicates the same.
The vertical beam is the positive, active working, and the horizontal beam the negative, passive working.
The Elders in the Divine Sphere, who at the same time are the Guardians of the Holy Grail in the Divine part of the Grail Castle, likewise show the cross with beams of equal length in their radiation.
In their case, however, it is not the Living Cross which Itself forms their radiation, but it enables one to recognize that these Elders are perfected spirits of their species, and that they carry both the active and the passive within themselves, un-curtailed and working in harmony.
In Creation, however, the active is separated from the passive as regards their working.
Every spirit carries within itself either the active only or the passive only, which is later also repeated with the spirit seed-germs.
These work either passively or actively side by side, and yet they constantly strive towards one another, since the two species can only achieve something which is perfect through their joint activity.
However, it only becomes perfect when the two work with equal strength and strive for one goal – towards the Light!
They do not need to live together in earthly marriage in order to achieve this, nor to be at all close together gross-materially – they need not even be personally acquainted!
Only the goal must be the same – towards the Light!
I mention this particularly so that no wrong conclusions may be drawn from my lecture; for marriages and physical gross-material approaches in general are things entirely for themselves, which are not a requirement connected with striving for the Light, though if they are pure they do not hinder it either!
But this lecture is primarily concerned with the erroneous expression “the weaker sex”!
I must not digress too much, for I want to show how the expression once originated and how it could be continuously maintained.
This is not so difficult fundamentally!
You can also recognize it easily if you are willing to take the trouble closely to examine everything your fellow-men utter!
You know that all womanhood on earth must keep awake the longing for the Light as the guardian of the flame of the preserving-and upward-leading-longing for the Light.
For this purpose a more delicate capacity to perceive intuitively develops within woman for, in her urge towards a more delicate activity, less of the spiritual substantiality detaches itself from her than from the man, who inclines towards coarser activity.
Through this every woman is the receiver and mediator of radiations which men can no longer receive.
Womanhood stands therein half a step higher, turned more towards the Light than any man.
Provided, of course, that she stands aright and does not fritter away her abilities or obstruct them herself!
Man subconsciously senses that woman thereby possesses refinements which he no longer bears within himself, nor can he bear them within him in view of the nature of his activity, since they would restrain him from many a coarse matter which has still to be dealt with.
It is true that he does not become quite clear about this, or at least very rarely, but he perceives a treasure therein which needs to be preserved.
He feels urged to protect this invisible treasure in the World of Gross Matter, because he feels himself the stronger one in the earthly, i.e., in the gross material sense.
There are only a few men who do not intuitively perceive this.
But these have in any case become brutalized and can no longer be counted as men in the true sense.
The desire to protect which remains unuttered because only subconsciously felt, has now brought man gradually and erroneously to view womanhood as the weaker sex, the sex which needs his protection.
Thus this designation does not perhaps originate from an evil volition or a depreciatory judgment, but only from ignorance of the true reason for his own intuitive perceptions.
Along with the beginning and advancing dullness due to earthmen’s false ways of thinking, and along with the ever-increasing limitation of their ability to understand things lying outside the coarsest World of Matter, there also naturally arose an interpretation of the expression that became ever more base.
In reality man is not the stronger sex but only the coarser sex, i.e., the more gross material one, and therefore the denser one; womanhood, however, is not the weaker sex, but merely the more delicate, the more “loosened” one, which has nothing to do with weaknesses.
Due to his greater activity man is gross materially more strongly solidified, but this is no fault since he needs it in order to work effectively in Creation, to stand more firmly on earthly soil, and to have a more direct effect in and upon the dense gross material substance.
Thus he is more firmly connected with the earth and more inclined towards it.
Woman, however, tends to be drawn more in an upward direction, to what is finer, more delicate and less dense.
In this she supplements human spirituality, holding it and uplifting it… naturally only if she stands at the post to which the Creator appointed her!
Through retaining a very definite species of the higher substantiality in her body the latter is not so strongly solidified, because this substantiality penetrates her physical body and keeps it loose.
This again is neither a deficiency nor a weakness, but a necessity for the reception and mediation of radiations, the help of which man in his working cannot do without, although through his coarser nature he does not have the ability to take up these radiations directly.
All this naturally also includes gross material things in the most simple way.
Let us take a birth, for example!
For this reason alone a man would simply be unable to offer the possibility for a soul to approach him for the purpose of incarnating on earth, even if the organs for this were present in his body.
He lacks the bridge for the soul that is contained in the delicate substantiality which womanhood still carries within, and which was bound to sever itself automatically from manhood owing to their active volition.
Therefore even if the organs for this were present, only the beginning of a physical body could develop, nothing more, because then the co-operation of the new soul is missing, the soul which cannot approach unless the more delicate bridge of the substantiate is at hand.
With some women, too, a soul can sometimes approach, but it is unable to maintain itself if this bridge has become damaged, because the woman has acquired male characteristics which pushed aside the delicate substantiate addition to womanhood.
The souls then release themselves again before an earthly birth can take place!
All this reaches much further than you can imagine.
Even the earthly health of your children is conditioned, retarded or furthered through the flawlessness and purity of this higher substantiate bridge which the mother offers.
It is not only the organs alone which are the cause of childlessness or of the fact that many births do not occur as they normally should do.
The main cause for the difficulties, illnesses or weaknesses very often lies only in the defectiveness of the bridges, which the souls need for striding along their earthly path securely and vigorously.
How often has a woman either through stupid trifling or condemnable vanity accepted male characteristics which were bound to weaken or push aside completely the higher substantiate part that was given to her as a privilege.
The results of this are so varied as to the nature and form of their conditions that men often rack their brains how many a thing is possible.
But worse even than the injuries arising out of these happenings, which still become physically visible immediately, are the injuries on the planes of fine gross matter, brought about through such a failure on the part of womanhood and which then also manifest on earth, although only a long time afterwards.
You will hear even more about this when later on I deal with these subjects, and you will be struck with horror at the frivolous guilt of womanhood, which was even furthered by men and strengthened through wanton conduct, because such guilt was very welcome to them!
For decades you will still blush about this, because this period of degradation will oppress you through your memories like a loathsome burden for a long time.
At present these happenings are still a mystery to mankind, which I shall yet unveil when they have matured to the point where they can grasp it; for I also work absolutely according to the Laws in these matters.
Mankind can come to know everything from me; however I only open my mouth for it when they have become capable of absorbing it through their inner maturity.
This process acts in the same way as an opening or ignition connection is established, quite automatic!
For this reason mankind will get to know only as much from me as they are capable of digesting, not more!
However, they need not always be conscious of this; for I perceive the inner awakening and stirring of the spirit, which is very different from the day-consciousness of the intellect.
And that to me gives the release for my Word!
For this reason it seems as if today I already give much more than you are able to absorb really consciously.
But your spirit to which I speak does take it up without your knowing about this in the earthly sense.
Thus it looks as if I am now giving much that is meant for later times, whereas your spirit has already taken it up.
The “day-conscious” understanding only comes to you later, perhaps not for decades, so that only then will you become capable of knowing how to apply it also in the earthly sense with perfect understanding.
As soon as you vigorously stride along with me spiritually I can reveal the entire Creation to you.
It always lies only with you, you men!
Therefore remain awake and alert in spirit, so that I need not withhold anything from you!
I like to give and give joyously, but I am bound to the Law because I myself have no choice!
I am allowed to give to you according to your ability to receive and no more!
Bear this in mind!
Therefore make use of the time as long as I am with you so that you will not miss anything!
Guard my Word and use It; It can give you everything!
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