"He therewith suppressed the true inner
perceiving of time which he brought with him from his
spiritual homeland. The real concept of time was pushed
aside, because it cannot be grasped intellectually.
"Through this also the many philosophical
teachings, which in spite of all their sagacity are not in
a position to recognise the ultimate meaning of time,
because it is of a spiritual nature, have hitherto proved
"Unconsciously modern man indicates the loss
of the true time-concept when he says 'he has no time'. By
this he demonstrates not only the earthly lack of time,
but also the want of a higher understanding of time.
"The natural narrowing-down of the
concept of time, which results from the distancing from
the Spiritual Realm, must not mislead man into covering
the spiritual time-concept with earthly time-concepts.
"We do indeed need the concept of time bound
to the earthly as an aid for the passing of events, for
progress and order on earth, but over and above this
transient arrangement of time into years, months, weeks
and hours, we must not forget the imperishable value of
'time' which can be grasped only with the inner perception
of the spirit.
"How small in comparison is the perceptive
faculty of the intellect, which belongs to the earthly
brain! It is no longer capable of grasping even the
happening in the millions of years of the earth's
development. This is possible for the spirit alone.
"When the spirit really bestirs itself we
sense very well that there is yet another concept of time
than the earthly one.
"We can also say that time appears to us
according to how we move inwardly. In this connection the
ability and strength of receiving and experiencing, which
depend an the maturity of the spirit, form the measure for
the passing of our time.
"How often have we already experienced in
our earth-life that the days were much too short and time
seemed to fly past. On the other hand there is also
standstill and retrogression if a wrong volition of the
intellect will not allow the soul to soar upwards.
"This phenomenon of different perceptions of
time has been under investigation for some time. In the
course of this it was established that man also has an
"inner clock", a "soul clock" which often does not agree
with the earthly clock.
"It is known, for example, that with the
young the inner perception of time is extended, whereas
with older people there is the prevailing inner sensation
that time is moving ever faster. Or let us think of the
different experiencing of time on our holidays, when the
first days pass more slowly, those in the middle normally,
and the last ones much too quickly.
"Speed also, the relationship between
distance and time, gives rise to different inner
sensations of time. According to Einstein time is not
something absolute. To measure it a standpoint, a
reference system, is always needed. This can be a railway
train travelling at a constant speed, in which we
are sitting. A train travelling alongside us gives the
impression that it is standing still. But if the other
train is travelling more slowly, we have the impression
that our train is travelling faster. If, however, the
other train travels faster, then we think we are going
more slowly. Thus three different impressions during a
constant speed of our train!
"Not only has man an inner or rather a
biological clock. It is also to be found in Nature; but
there it is moved by other currents of power. It
determines for example the exact beginning of the flights
of migratory birds in autumn from northern to southern
"Sometimes the precision of the biological
clock becomes disastrous, as in the case of a species of
wild geese whose habitat is in the steppes of Western
Siberia. Owing to some kind of environmental influences
they have shifted their fixed quarters further south.
Their inner clock, however, has not reacted to this change
of place. With unfailing precision it drives the geese at
the same time as always to set out for their winter
quarters, which lie 3,500 kilometres away in India.
"But it happens too early, because in the
more southerly region the geese start their moulting
season later, and are not yet in a condition to fly when
the great migratory excitement seizes them and it is time
"What do the geese do now? At the time
appointed by the biological clock, they set out
on foot in vast numbers. Thus in about ten days
they travel approximately 150 km, until they reach a Lake
an which they can recuperate. Meanwhile their feathers
have grown so far that only now can the normal flight
proceed over the remaining distance. During their march an
foot they suffer great losses through exhaustion
and beasts of prey. -
"But let us return to the explanation of the
original concept of time. Man has lost it, and this loss
is particularly marked in the inversion of standpoints.
Earthman regards himself as the static point, in that he
lets time pass him by. He speaks of times which change,
and he believes that time moves on.
"However, if time has existed from the
beginning of Creation, if the human spirit issues from the
eternal time and can return thither again, then it is not
possible for time to move past him.
"Reality shows an entirely different
picture, which compels us to change our thinking: Time
stands still! However we, the human beings, hurry towards
it, move within it. For time is unchangeable and
intransient. Only the forms change, just as the spirit of
man always remains the same, whereas the forms of his
physical body change continually.
"Just as in general the entire Subsequent
Creation is subject to an unceasing "dying and coming into
existence", and only the Laws that bring this about are
eternally the same!
"Gottfried Keller divined the reality
when he said in his poem, 'Time standeth