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So there really is a rhythm in the life of plants—earthly sun-forces, cosmic sun-forces, earthly sun-forces, cosmic sun forces, and so on. Plant life swings from one to the other as a pendulum on a clock. Now let us turn to the human being. When I fall asleep I leave behind in my body everything of a mineral and plant nature, though, as we have seen, the plant nature in the human being—in contrast to an actual plant—is organized so that spirit and soul can dwell within it. What is left behind in sleep is thus wholly surrendered to its own plant-like activity.

And when I say that even a small child’s physical body has a religious quality, I do not mean that children cannot be little demons! Many children are little demons, because they have been open to evil spiritual forces around them. Our task is to overcome and drive out such forces by applying methods appropriate to our time. As long as a child is an imitative religious being, admonitions do no good. Words can be listened to only when the soul is emancipated to some extent, when its attention can be self-directed.

The word conceive (to hold or gather) is contained within it [greifen, to grasp, or seize]. I have something that I have grasped, or gathered into myself. 3 Consider the exercises in mental imagery. Certain thoughts are held in the mind so that concentration on these 1. He is playing here on the words ergreifen and erfassen. 2. Our English word concept derives from Latin concipere, to take hold of completely. 3. How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation, Anthroposophic Press, Hudson, NY, 1994; An Outline of Esoteric Science, Anthroposophic Press, Hudson, NY, 1997 (previously An Outline of Occult Science).

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Collaborative Learning: A Sourcebook for Higher Education by Goodsell, A. S. Maher, M. R. Tinto, V.
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