THERE becomes a queasy faintness rushing over a man who is caught all of a sudden by a remembrance formerly disbarred from the consciousness; and as it comes all at once, he is then perhaps committed to acknowledge this or that past association which quite innocently comes to him. Whether he proceeds to befriend the pressing memory is a deliberate decision we all are brought to continually.
Reconciling changes within our continuity can cause havoc amongst those who do not perceive a far-reaching future – those to whom the present sleeve becomes all or nothing, and eternity is incomprehensible.
One can say about those who have chosen deliberately and cruelly to end their own life, that these folk are seized with but a temporary madness, overcome with a hatefulness which becomes inflicted upon their very selves because the will of the man is not being seen to be fulfilled at that particular time, in a particular way which does suit him.
For the insult of suicide is wicked and unprofitable. The man suffers the consequences, as so does the world, as so does every being of light upon the planet who works only for the glory of the life of Man, and cannot bear its demise without feeling too the pain of their failure.
Self-murder is a betrayal of soul. Were that one person can read this stern text and be persuaded that there shall be every horror known to he who willfully executes his life's forfeit before time. It is the law that the time of departure is not to be of our choosing, and it is the law that our selves are as a treasured keepsake to God and are to be valued as such and protected from the will to destroy such creation. For nowhere within the scheme of larger Creation is there a provision that it should be permitted to turn back upon itself and decide in part or whole to simply cease to be. It would be entirely contrary to that law of Creation. It cannot be both.
However, Man has such a flaw. This was the very worst spin-off from the experiment of his own freewill. There is glory if he decides on the side of Life, but there is tragedy insurmountable if he errs towards relinquishing that life. Apart from the ungratefulness and quite apart from the associated malevolence, the individual who desists from this planet shall rue his impatience, for the very reason that he has accomplished nothing to receive greater peace, no reward for his impulsiveness. And because of his self-chaos and injury to the law, it becomes extremely difficult for beings to approach him and be of assistance to encourage the lighter aspects once again.
Returning to the original explanation: it does happen quite frequently, particularly in this age of materialism, that individuals cannot readily shift perspective sufficiently to enable them to envisage a future. Without the ability to imagine thus, many consequences result and many do not. For example: if I am unable to realize change before it occurs, I am unable to prepare for it also. If I am unable to consider change in those conditions within or without, then I am not given to enjoy optimism which could otherwise carry me through the present and into happier times. If I am unable to perceive change and a future, then I might well believe that all that is pathetic and unworthy of myself shall always be; and this becomes an intolerable thought.
To some the actual reasoning (if it could be called that) afore the suicide, does make of a difference; and yet it can be added that the sorry results are all the same. We speak from the experience that daily witnesses the wraith-like wretches fixed to the Earth, with no freedom to move on until the term of what would have been their natural life is thus completed. Their days have time - unlike for those who may move on, these individuals are compelled to be wakeful (there is no slumber) for the entire day or night, and may not be released any further prematurely.
After the initial outburst has subsided - let us explain: the manner in which one dies holds extreme significance to how one is directly afterwards; also too the overall make-over of a man, his disposition, his charity, his qualities of love, his expressions, his strengths on the day of his death, shall go on and be continued and be profitable to him in the spiritual worlds, and in his immediate manner of receiving them. Now in the case of self-murder, the man has in his last moments, forged only unhappiness, he is enmeshed in sorrow and hatred, he despairs because he has begun to be persuaded by the demons which would happily push him over the edge into the abyss and laugh as he falls. As his clouds of denial thicken (soul-denial) his consciousness becomes stupid and lazy, intoxicated by the very choice before him (which ordinarily would not be a choice at all) and in insolence to the extreme, his dark thoughts finally come to the conclusion of annihilation.
What he does not recognize is that annihilation is not so easily managed - oh frail man, who acts ungraciously and without care! If anything, he has bought the very opposite. How often these souls mutter "I only want peace, I only want peace" that there are pockets within them and within the world at large that are so disdainful to their soul-sensibilities that they are impatient to remedy the upset. They would cut out their own heart to punish it for not loving enough, they would fain to live loathsome and correct it in time. They cannot forgive others, they cannot forgive themselves. So in their passing, all of their upset travels with them and is there to be contended with ever after. Heaven would gladly help, but cannot be held to ransom. If these comments appear stern, it is because they have to be, saying only of the truth and with warning as to what shall befall any others who believe that there might be reward gained for so unworthy a crime.
As for the souls who are now committed to live mid-worlds, one may pray for their wellbeing and try to envisage on their behalf, all of those attributes and occurrences that they themselves could not find. Many need counseling, for they still cannot find a 'future'. They do not realize, frequently, that they have passed over, and in their confusion are impelled to play out the act of death over and over again. Of course, it simply doesn't work.
It is slow indeed, trying to reach these souls who are almost comfortless for the time of their intern. Much of the supplication that is needed is given many years later, at that date of what would have been their natural passing. (The first date, it should be added, for everyone does come to certain conjunctures where death presents and there is a choice then and there as to whether or not they wish to remain.)
It is rare and unusual for the same mistake to be repeated twice with this one. The consequences which are carried over into following lives can vary of course, however the actual urge to act in this manner is answered by the unpleasant experience so known.
Having said that, there was a particular period where human sacrifices (particularly amongst the young) were prevalent and many stepped the threshold in this manner, into the arms of the awaiting demons who had commanded that the vitalities be given over. Those souls who were caught up in these periods and surrendered themselves thus were actually inclined to suicide in following lifetimes. The reason itself was simple, and although valid, quite worthless: of the many sacrifices played out (and we shall not go into by what method) there was, for those individuals, a great summoning of courage just preceding the death. This is in contrast to the actual suicide, who has lost all courage and is quite defeated.
Now as specified before, the condition of the man just prior to death makes for very strong impressions which are translated and carried over and remaining; so too the aspect which leads up to the final moments. Such aspect is borne strongly in individuals and often presents during subsequent lifetimes; particularly if there is something there to prompt the recall. For example: there may be an unfounded but unspeakable urge to throw oneself into the volcano's mouth, and this is not uncommon amongst those who have vividly lived out the final moments falling from a height into death.
Further from this is also- in the case of the sacrifice, the question of nobility, of worthiness, of courage etc. - one may picture that the parcel of whirling impressions combine within the man and with the future association; and so, misplaced as it is, he may well set about to repeat the 'ennobled' act, being so strongly impelled at those times of weakness, which strangle his perspective on the future.
To these particular fellows this actual knowledge can be of assistance, for if it rings true for them that there was such an occurrence in a former lifetime (and there is a very large possibility of this being so), then the observation can be enough to lessen it into distraction.
In the case of the terminally-ill (which is not a term we like at all - one is either alive or they are not, all are terminal in the worldly sense) it is exactly the same law as explained above. Perhaps one may consider that the days ahead shall be few, that they who have departed afore time shall remain earthbound - fewer than say, the suicide of good health. It can be noted too that the manner in which they depart, once again is of great importance, and extremely different to the exasperation of life, being an exasperation and quarrel with pain instead.
The question as to why there are areas in which the suicide-demon is more prevalent than others relates to numerous factors. Apart from the materialism and the outfall from such as mentioned above, there is also the consideration of intoxicating drugs and their effect upon the interaction of the soul and his lower consciousness.
There is a general misconception which suggests that mind altering toxins - for it has to be a poison in order to cause the disincarnating in part within a man, severing his usual ties and bonds and permeations - that such drugs or practices actually induce a more 'spiritual' awareness, having loosened the man from his earthly consciousness. This is not so however. The grades of consciousness respond spiritually to those influxes which are by nature, enlightening, invigorating, revealing, inspiring, and so forth. In other words, one is spiritually keener only by truly spiritual means.
Poisons, on the other hand, are not this. They are potent within the astral realm and relate to astrality rather than spirituality. Poisons or poisonous practices which invoke astral (lower astral) perceptions, desires, behavior, etc. actually demoralize the man within the man and demote his consciousness below his God-given awareness. If it were true that a pill or a potion could actually raise a man higher, then it would become unnecessary for one to even contemplate self-development and all the associated efforts. Picture-windows into other planes of being can be achieved in the very short-term by some means, however the result remains the same: the individual is severed from his earthly connections and his ability to remain intact becomes weakened.
The very young are more susceptible to this disease of false spirituality. They are so very full of expiring vitalities which may consume them readily if uncontrolled. What may be done, that we may try wholeheartedly to prevent yet another from that great act of anguish? There are two needs each being has: one is to be loved firstly and the other is to be enlightened to the truth that he may find the beauty and the worth that awaits his finding - to be set upon the path of a true spirituality, which is what he really yearns for. For the suicide is dissatisfied with what the material world has to offer and that is precisely why he chooses to relinquish it; however, as we maintain, he forgoes too much mistakenly.
In our efforts (our meaning us, all of us making effort) to work inwardly (in prayer and meditation), to work outwardly (in concerted teaching, in mindful observation, through great interaction, and last but not least with Love) we strive to effect changes that will uplift all men and remedy not only their inclinations for self-harm (which is what it is), but shall bring to them the confidence so desperately needed which firmly rejoices the wondrous and true realities in which we are cradled.
Bless all men and know on behalf of them, that we are all promised a continuity; which, by the way, indicates that it is not all change throughout eternity, but that one carries on from that past point always. We continue on. . . and so the work must begin now and it must begin with an optimism that is reasonable and specifies exactly all the good things it requests. We can do this for all men, we can do their wishing for them in the right way, and quietly know that they will come to fulfillment in the duration of their being.
Bless the suicide who has been so corrupted by the one last false hope which has ever yet scorned him. Do not be afraid to admonish his act, for one cares for the man entirely and for this reason alone would not have had him suicide.
For those who are held midway, we may entitle them to such discourse as will be needed for them in order that they may begin to respect their life once again and realize where they are. For it is truly difficult for them to realize that they have achieved their death, whilst they are still conscious and suffering upset also. Once they have awakened to the mistake, they are doubly shocked and tortured yet again, only differently. This shock and despair at having chosen so wrongly is remedial to them ever after; and although painful is quite necessary. Without such suffering the soul itself may well become inclined to cessation, and then the true horror-story begins!
Yes there is a slow form of soul-suicide, in which the man has regressed each subsequent lifetime, until that point where there is little to no receptivity for heavenly commiserations. So once again, we suggest that there can be no greater work that a man can instigate in order to help cease this suffering, than that of the promulgation of the true path - of the Heart - for all of Mankind.
Masters at Steiner's Esoteric Classes - July 9, 1904, Berlin. Stenographic notes by Franz Seiler: First a prayer spoken by Dr. Steiner. Then a remark that the masters are speaking through Dr. St...