Thoughts

“It Is To Have A Good Heart”

Frauds and their Behaviour, Part 6

The Double, Part 2

This comes from a comment made to me yesterday. I was informed that having a good heart leads to good action.

Really?

Well, this is what many people think. What’s more, it is comforting to think that in having a good heart, one will do good. But care is needed when feeling too comfortable in oneself! This is the most insidious of temptations that can beguile a human, and the belief that one has a good heart is often little more than one expression of having succumbed to this temptation.

Well, this is what many people think. What’s more, it is comforting to think that in having a good heart, one will do good. But care is needed when feeling too comfortable in oneself! This is the most insidious of temptations that can beguile a human, and the belief that one has a good heart is often little more than one expression of having succumbed to this temptation.

Now it is true that there is a great joy in performing acts of love for which there is nothing to be gained for the self. But…

… and there is ALWAYS a ‘but’. We are Westerners, Western Intellectuals. What if – and ‘what if’ always follows a ‘but’ and you’ll get used to this with Intellectuals. Because the intellectual will not be aware of the ‘but’! Or they will dismiss it as an irrelevance, and so issues of the greatest import are glossed over in a moment. So in a breath they sweep aside their Portal Of Initiation.

Unseen, unnoticed! Unperceived. No evidence, then.

This is the nature of the ‘good heart’. This is what Steiner would have said had he been asked about Good Hearts:

“Those with Good Hearts had become used to one narrow sphere of life. They mastered the routine of this one sphere, but were neither inclined nor interested to see its connection with wider spheres around it. Within his own narrow sphere, each prided himself on having “A Good Heart”. Each did what the practice of his routine demanded, and allowed what he had done to mesh with the overall social mechanism. How it worked there was not a matter of concern. So at last everything became one great tangle; out of this tangled skein of events emerged the world catastrophe.

Whilst Steiner used the word ‘pragmatism’ in the above passage, the term ‘a good heart’ fits just as well. For the impulse for both is the same. That impulse is fear.

It is this becoming ‘used to one narrow sphere of life’ that the dangers truly lie. For perception is self-enclosing. If one cannot perceive something, it is outside your abilities to even think about, leave alone describe!

But that does not mean it cannot be described.

It only points to the limitations of those professing to have Good Hearts – but without having done the necessary foot work. But they will cry, we have Good Hearts! That is sufficient, is it not? “Steiner said so” they will whine.

Read the above passage again if you believe that.

And before anyone whines that I’ve been quoting Steiner or comes and says that this is all lies – as has occurred in the past – I ask them to examine why they would say this. Because this is their Portal Of Initiation. As are all such occurrences where someone writes from subconscious impulses. Only it does take someone else to point this out! The usual response is one of indignation, a little like the way the dragon felt so deeply wounded when probed by Michael’s shaft of light.

So why is it that someone expressing the truth will be told that they are telling lies? It is simply because the truth is not being expressed in a way that is comfortable for the listener.
Their irritation with this discomfort is to brand it a lie, and so appease this discomfort. Put the other way around, they seek to keep the dark areas of their subconscious firmly in their place. For their dragons still find the light of truth uncomfortable.

Quite as importantly, since they do not wish to disturb their dragons’ contented slumber, their arguments will be thin and their responses evasive. Watch out for this when reading comments, it is the touchstone. But it does require some degree of insight, and that means that one has met and tamed at least one dragon.

Dragons are not easily tamed, and subconscious ones are annoyingly elusive. Perceiving what one cannot perceive is an art all of its own. Like all good art, there is the foundation of a few rules. Like the oil painter must be aware of the basic chemistry of his pigments as certain of them will react with each other when mixed or laid side by side! A familiarity with such basic facts will then allow one to paint what one likes.

For Steiner spoke only rarely of the phenomenon, but back then the after tremours of the First World War had not wreaked their havoc on society. My own conclusions have arisen from dealing with my own double and only later realizing what Steiner was implying in a lecture. The other side of working with one’s own double is sharing one’s knowledge. This in itself implies taking a risk. As is usual with such brief encounters, such sharing is more in the form of a meaningful hint. No matter, one hint is usually enough to point them to the keys, and the path outwards has been unveiled.

The first step to working with one’s double is to realize that it is there at all. The second step is to realize that it is always other people who will raise one’s sleepy dragons. Not only that, but it is quite likely that they aren’t even aware of having done this! Such occurrences have been the beginnings of many a bitter fight, including the Vorstand’s brawl at the Goetheanum in 1935.

For it is in the nature of sleeping dragons that their wish is to remain undisturbed – and the fear, the driving factor in all subconscious actions – the fear is that in speaking to others, their own dragons will be disturbed. This in itself will lead to any number of terrible imaginations. Reason enough to leave well alone.

Reason enough to avoid taking any kind of risk. Which means if you see platitudes, you see someone hiding. The very opposite reaction to taking a risk. When you see words spoken that have little content and no real meaning, you see someone hiding. When you see people running to hide behind their elders and betters – and paradoxically, those very elders and betters seeking to protect people from harm. The latter hiding behind a veil of authority.

I could go on…

… well, that’s why I’m writing a book on it. As you can imagine, being the result of heart thinking, it doesn’t mention the double once. Nor does it need to.

Disclaimer: my understanding of the Double comes from personal experiences which were later confirmed by Steiner’s writings.

The Double: Links To Other Parts In This Series.

Part 1 Advertising The Double.  (Published on my private blog)
Part 2 “It Is To Have A Good Heart”  
Part 3 Enemies In The Boardroom.  
Part 4 The Knowledge Of Angels    (Published on my private blog)
Part 5 Milena Sees Witchcraft Everywhere.
Part 6 The Doppelgänger (Technical)    (Published on my private blog)
Part 7 I’ll Deal With It Later, Okay?    (Published on my private blog)
Part 8 Procrastination: Strengthening One’s Double.    (Published on my private blog)
Part 9 Sunday Shopping.    (Published on my private blog)
Part 10 Sitting At The Back Of A Bus.  (Published on my private blog)

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