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Quartz (Tibet)

Quartz is the second most common mineral in the earth's crust after the feldspars and appears in its most pure and beautiful form as rock crystal. Chemically, quartz consists of very pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) - also known as silica - and crystallises in the hexagonal crystal family.

Fine- to medium-grained metamorphic rocks with a quartz content of 98% or more are called quartzite. They are very resistant to environmental influences.

In the human organism, quartz is particularly significant for the silicic acid process, through which the I-organisation can intervene in the nerve-sense system in a formative way. Quartz is therefore strongly connected to the human head, which is the sensory centre.

„Now, if you go out into the primeval mountains, into central Switzerland, you will find granite and gneiss in particular. In this granite and gneiss, the most effective substance is silicic acid, which is then in quartz by itself, silicic acid, silica. So this is also the oldest substance on earth. It must be related to the human head forces. That's why it's easiest to cure diseases of the head if you make remedies out of silica, because that's how you treat the human head. For in the time when the pebble still played a special role on earth, was still in the primeval pulp, was not so hard - today it is hard in granite and gneiss - but at that time, when the pebble still flowed like liquid, the forces which are now in the human head were formed - the winter forces - and have been preserved.“ (Lit.:GA 348, p. 336f)

But in quartz there are also the forces that want to lead us out of earthly existence into that state in which we are in life between death and new birth. Carbon counteracts this.

„The forces that are in rock crystal, in quartz, are also in their radiations and currents in man himself. And if man were to have only these forces, which he absorbs with the harder, slate substance, if man were to have only the quartz-like forces in him, then he would constantly be exposed to the danger of striving back with his spiritual-soul to what he was between death and new birth, before he entered the earth. The quartz wants to bring the human being out of himself, to bring him back to his still unembodied beingness. This force, which wants to bring man back into his incorporeal being, must be counteracted by another, and that is the force of carbon. Man has carbon in him in many ways. Carbon is, of course, only viewed externally by today's natural science, only by physical, chemical methods. In truth, however, carbon is what keeps us with ourselves. It is actually our house. It is that in which we dwell, while silicon continually wants to lead us out of our house and bring us back to the time in which we were before we moved into our carbon house.“ (Lit.:GA 213, p. 88)

For the imaginative view, the quartz crystals, and everything crystalline in general, show themselves as sense organs of the earth, in which the cosmos, the starry world is reflected. The quartz crystals and similar formations, e.g. also snow crystals, are something like the eyes of the earth.

„Let us simply assume that someone, with the imaginative consciousness which I have often described, were to take a walk through the primeval Alps, through the primeval Alps with that rock which consists in particular of quartzous, i.e. siliceous minerals and rocks, which otherwise also contains similar rocks. When we come to the primeval mountains, we come up against the hardest rocks of the earth, but also against those rocks which, when they appear in their special original formation, have something pure in them, one might say, something which is not touched by the ordinary everyday life of the earth. It is really quite understandable when Goethe, in a beautiful essay that has already been presented here, speaks of his experience within the primeval mountains, speaks of how he feels in solitude, sitting in the granite mountains, having imprinted on his mind, one might say, the impressions of this hard and taut rock piling upwards, as it were, from the earth. And Goethe speaks of granite as the permanent son of the earth, consisting of quartz, i.e. silicic acid, mica and feldspar.

When man approaches this primeval rock with his ordinary consciousness, he may at first admire it from the outside, he may notice its forms, all its wonderfully primitive sculpture, which is, however, extraordinarily many-sided. But when man approaches this almost hardest rock on earth with his imaginative consciousness, then he penetrates beneath the surface of the mineral precisely with this hardest rock. He is then in a position to grow together with his thinking with the rock. One might say that the spiritual essence of the human being continues everywhere into the depths of the rock, and one actually enters into the spirit as into a sacred palace of the gods. The interior proves to be permeable to imaginative perception, and the outer boundary proves to be like the walls of this palace of the gods. But at the same time one has the realisation that within this rock lives an inner reflection of all that is in the cosmos outside the earth. The starry world is once again reflected in front of the soul within this hard rock. Finally, one gets the impression that in every such quartz rock there is something like an eye of the earth itself for the universe. One is reminded of the eyes of insects, these facetted eyes, which break down into many, many compartments, which divide what comes to them from outside into many individual parts. And one would like to imagine and must actually imagine that, as innumerable as many such quartz and similar formations are on the surface of the earth, these are all like eyes of the earth, in order to mirror the cosmic surroundings inwardly and actually to perceive them inwardly. And one gradually comes to realise that every crystalline that is present within the earth is a cosmic sense organ of the earth.“ (Lit.:GA 232, p. 57f)

Goethe writes in his essay "On Granite":

„Sitting on a high naked peak and overlooking a vast region, I can say to myself: here you rest directly on a ground that reaches to the deepest places of the earth, no newer layer, no piled-up debris washed together has interposed itself between you and the solid ground of the primeval world, you do not walk over a lingering grave as in those fertile beautiful valleys, these peaks have produced nothing living and devoured nothing living, they are in front of all life and above all life. At this moment, when the inwardly attracting and moving forces of the earth have a direct effect on me, as it were, when the influences of heaven hover closer around me, I become attuned to higher contemplations of nature, and as the human spirit animates everything, so also a likeness is stirred in me, the sublimity of which I cannot resist. So lonely, I say to myself, as I look down on this completely naked peak and barely catch sight of a low-growing moss at its foot in the distance, so lonely, I say, does it feel to the man who only wants to open his soul to the oldest, first, deepest feelings of truth. Yes, he can say to himself: Here on the oldest, eternal altar, which is built directly on the depth of creation, I make an offering to the being of all beings. I feel the first, firmest beginnings of our existence, I survey the world, its more rugged and gentler valleys and its distant fertile pastures, my soul becomes exalted above itself and above everything and longs for the nearer heaven.“

Goethe: On Granite (Lit.: Goethe's Works)

In the life between death and new birth, we learn that in the quartz, in everything siliceous, we look at the deeds of the Angels, Archangels and Primordial Angels and we realise that we can only look at these deeds in physical embodiment. This gives us a strong impulse to descend again to an earthly incarnation.

„Now we become aware that in this rising into the whole universe through the light penetration of the quartz pebbles around us are the Beings of the Third Hierarchy, the Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai. And we learn something very special, we learn that it is not really true what the ordinary sense-eye says when we go into the high mountains, that it is not true what the ordinary sense-eye says when we descend into the depths of the earth to the metal veins. When we ascend into the high mountains, into the regions of the quartzous pebbles, we learn the marvellous fact that the peaks of the rocks are entwined and interwoven with the Beings of the Third Hierarchy, the Angeloi, the Archangeloi and the Archai, and when we descend to the metal veins of the earth, we find that these metal veins of the earth are traversed on their paths and in their orbits by the Beings of the Second Hierarchy. And we say to ourselves: during our existence on earth we are actually in the company of those beings who are connected with our own inner nature when we are between death and a new birth.

When we pass through the gate of death, after a certain time we consciously enter the region of the Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai.... But then the Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai "tell" us - I may use this expression, for it is quite true - about what they are doing down on earth. Then they tell us how they are not only busy in the life in which they are now together with us, but then they whisper to our soul: We are also involved in the creation of the cosmos, we are the creative beings of the cosmos and look down on the earthly forms of the quartzous pebbles and their relatives, there you see our deeds. - And there man understands, just when he is among the Angeloi, Archangeloi and Archai between death and new birth, that he must go down again to earth. For he learns to know these Beings of the Third Hierarchy between death and a new birth, but he also learns how these Beings speak in a wonderful way of their deeds on earth. And he learns that he can only see these deeds when he descends to earth, envelops himself in a physical human body and thereby becomes partaker of sensual perception. Yes, the deepest secrets of sensuous perception, not only of the perceptions of the high mountains, but of all sensuous perceptions, reveal to us in wonderful conversations the beings with whom we are together between death and new birth.“ (Lit.:GA 231, p. 140ff)

Similarly, the beings of the second Hierarchy, the Exusiai, Dynameis and Kyriotetes, work in the metal veins of the Earth. They preserve the earth memories.

„For the Metals not only look upon the surroundings of the Cosmos, but they speak: they speak in a spiritual way, but they tell, they speak. And they speak in such a way that this language they speak is quite similar to that which one still receives as an impression in another field.

You see, when one reaches the point of establishing a spiritual connection with people who are in the process of development between death and a new birth - as I have often said here - then one needs a special language for this... It is first necessary to find one's way, so to speak, into the language spoken by the dead person, which has no resemblance at all to any of the earthly languages, which has a vocalic-consonantal character, but is not similar to the earthly language. But the same language, which can only be perceived with the spiritual ear, the same language is spoken by the metals within the earth. And the same language through which one can approach the souls themselves who live between death and a new birth, the same language tells the memories of the earth, the things the earth has gone through in its passage through Saturn, Sun, Moon and so on. You have to let the metals tell you what the fates of the earth were. The destinies of the whole planetary system, as I have already mentioned, tell us what Saturn has to communicate to the planetary world system in which we are. What the earth has gone through in the process, the metals of the earth speak of.“ (Lit.:GA 232, p. 61f)

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