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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Heads & Hats, Being Elusively Allusive- 1st September 1991

THE WOK conducts the heat from the fire and enhances dispersion with concentration, and yet diffusion. Versatile for rapid conductivity, simple in design it looks almost like a Chinaman's hat turned topsy-turvy.

Hats are like that: one receives many forces which radiate down from the top of the head, and the protection from the fiery rays in a manner which conducts and diffuses is similar to the extreme example of the wok.

From one race to another, one people to another, there have been unique preferences for headdress, and of course examples of hair-shaving. All of the preferred appendages have their corresponding results which affect the entire constitution of the man who adorns himself so. In the case of baldness one finds that the man in question is so 'open' to the heavens and the lower substrata rays which impede, that it is quite a remarkable feat, withstanding and directing those untranslated fiery forces.

Usually the tentai, being the hair, serves well in conducting the transmitted rays and can help regulate and assimilate the lower cosmic fodder which respectively channels through from that 'north pole' (being the top of the head) down through to the south (the ends of the feet). And so the man who does summon and gather together the uninterrupted flowing vitalities through bare scalp without hair or hat, has the difficulty of irregular activity concentrated around the head region- much to do with the forces of the will and of thinking. The baldness may either enhance such properties within the constitution or completely negate them depending on the receptivity and the management thereof.

One may witness in the case of illness or aging the loss of hair through expended vitalities, and the redirection which may or may not be necessary in further adaptation for prolonged life. The yogi who seeks to interrupt the currents and redirect, often finds useful the flames on bare head rather than those which are distributed and made diffused.

There are most certainly physical characteristics which enhance or inhibit the inflowing vitalities through the top of the head, for no physical representative goes without its corresponding form, made apparent within the boundaries of a subtler matter and material. And the waves of vitalities received into a man by a man so channeled, are transmuted in a variety of means, causing this and that repercussion (literally repercussion) within the constitution. 

Whilst perspiration exudes something of the man from which it comes, containing many elements so worked upon and exacted with his fiery ethers, it also plays an essential part in the outer conductivity and the buffers, barriers and fields, necessarily pertaining to existence.

Without their being any magic performed, one may take the opportunity to observe certain differences at particular times when one alternates the conditions of the scalp. Not by taking the shaver and shearing the growth, but rather by noticing the variety of hats and scarves, hair-gel or whatever, and witnessing the differences between those and hairstyles.

There is no hard and fast rule as to which best suits an individual. Nature herself is very wise, and the condition of balding which comes naturally is all to a purpose. One can say that Moses for the most part was bald, and Socrates too for that matter.

There can be the risk of obsession and of too much repetition when a man comes to find the marked differences which he will come by. However an intuition that exceeds the calls of fashion, if heeded will prompt a man to recognize that which befits him best in his needs; and certain ills may be rectified: certain maladies of many varieties, by simple observance and application.

The infant is much comforted by the wearing of a hat. Exposure is not always desirable for an infant or a man. This is not only in reference to having 'too much sun', and also need not be relevant to whether or not one is in or outdoors.

One already knows the great difference in attitude and composure between being fully clothed or completely naked. The very gait of a man will alter from one attire to another. Man's nakedness: the fineness of the bodily hair today and being without total covering of fur-like growth all over, is very much an example of the 'open' condition in which he greets the world.

Chemical concoctions which are used as colorants and for hairstyling, can have terrible consequences upon the individual who has covered his or her head and hair so. Apart from the fact that much is absorbed through the skin and so scalp, the hair is made 'dead' and ineffectual in its manner of processing the vitalities in normal ways.

Usually folk consider that the hair is already quite dead, but indeed this is far from the truth. Any part of a man which remains in form and does not dissipate is not without function, nor dead, until dispersed. The connections to that man are his, and have great bonds with him at whatever distance, with living essences that continue until the point of physical breakdown. However, the chemical applications disrupt and interfere with the subtle ethers which surround and encompass their physical counterparts, and by so doing negate further usage. They are deemed inadequate. One might as well go for the bald look, instead of the 'permanent wave', for permanent wave it is!

Whilst on the subject, a hat which is made of animal fiber shall have a marked effect upon the constitution - a hat of vegetable fiber will completely differ, whilst a hat which is of synthetic fiber will be almost useless. Adornments of straight metals are another matter and have been favored for certain reasons throughout the ages by priests, magicians and the like; but most certainly are not worthy of consideration for daily attire. One can leave the crowns for kings, but at the same time come to learn of their wearing the metals and the jewels they saw useful respectful to them.

The 'crown' of thorns was indeed specific to the powers so transmitted into and transmuted thereby. The points of the thorns do travel this way and that, outwardly in receptive form. The purity of the etheric nature of that vine has transcended the 'animal' receptivity of transmutation of the surrounding ethers. And although this is not the time or place to comment further or speculate, one might suggest that at present it is unsuitable for the ordinary man to consider beginning that particular fashion for himself.

One has trouble when picturing the physical characteristics of our Christ when he was so connected in this way to living form, largely because what appeared as one thing was not exactly what it was. An Israelite with flaming orange hair is conspicuous to say the least, and hair-dyes of vegetable origin were easy to come by- the blacker the better or so was the fashion of the time. Now whether or not it was effected by hair-dyes or simply within the vision of men and with what they were used to, is another matter. For the body of Christ being not made by Him, was nonetheless completely imbued and re-exacted at the time of his bonding, and characteristic in every way; in-line and attuned completely.

In summation: one might pay a visit to the milliner without being as 'mad as a hatter' in doing so.

More truths about long hair.




  2. "Strange as it may sound, in our hair we have a relic of certain rays
    by which the sun-forces were once instilled into man. What the sun in
    earlier times thus instilled into man was something living . . . in
    ancient times it might have been quite possible, by leaving the hair
    uncut, to receive certain forces into one's being."
    -Rudolf Steiner

    We know of the Buddhist and Christian monks who have shaved heads.
    This tradition differed with the East and West in Christianity:
    "The monks and clerics of the Eastern Church have retained the
    Nazirite rule not to shave their hair to this day, whereas in the
    Western Church monks and priests join in the Korah tradition with
    their rule of tonsure. This is why Orthodox monks retained for a long
    time a cosmic, visionary strain in their religious devotion, whereas
    the Roman monastic orders early made themselves bearers of the
    intellectual development of culture."

    Moses, Emil Bock

    The rule against hair-cutting in the Nazirites aided their seership.

    "The wearing of long hair served the same goal, for at that time it
    was still a means against the hardening of the human organism."


    Opposite to the Nazirites there was the tribe of Korah, which
    means "bald-headed".

    "In the configuration of the people of Israel, members of the company
    of Korah were quite the opposite of the Nazirites. Korah means 'bald-
    head'. Just as the long hair was an expression of their spiritual
    aims among the Nazirites, so was the tonsure-like shaved head among
    the people of Korah, who also formed a kind of order or lodge. The
    Nazirites sought to preserve the link with the pure sun-forces that
    enkindled seership in the human being.

    The people of Korah had an extreme, modern disposition; and the
    intellectual hardening of the human being, the organism that is
    emancipated from the cosmos and has become a mirror apparatus for
    thoughts, was the principle of their endeavours."


  3. "Red heads were known in ancient Egypt as we know from Plutarch. They were associated with the Cult of the God Set, which early Egyptians such as Apion identified as being the God of Israel. Moreover King David was of an Edomite tribe being descended from Caleb; compare the genealogy in Chronicles and Kings of Salma. Note that edom means red. There was therefore a Jewish tradition that King David had red hair which is mentioned in the Talmud. Finally ancient Catholic tradition holds that the earliest portraits of Jesus and Mary were painted by Saint Luke and the earliest known copies of these images show both Jesus & Mary as having reddish brown hair. See also the discussion by Graves, “In King Jesus” which although a novel is based on serious scholarship. Reddish brown hair colour is also mentioned in the Apocryphal Letter of King Agabas of Edessa which is based on early sources."
    - from a scholar's notes

  4. From Beetroot to Buddhism:
    Mr Burke asked about human hair, saying: “Many girls now have their hair cut short. Could Dr. Steiner tell us if that is good for the health? My little daughter would also like to cut her hair, but I have not permitted it. I’d like to know if it is harmful or not.”

    Rudolf Steiner: Well now, the matter is like this. The hair that grows is so little connected with the organism as a whole that it does not really matter very much if one lets one’s hair grow or cuts it short. The harm is not enough to be apparent. But there is a difference between men and women in this respect. You know, for a time it was the case - it’s no longer the case now - that one would see anthroposophists walking about, gentlemen and ladies - the gentleman would not cut his hair, wearing long tresses, and the ladies would have their hair cut short. People would of course say: ‘Anthroposophy turns the world upside down; among the anthroposophists the ladies cut their hair short and the gentlemen let theirs grow.’
    Now it is no longer like this, at least not noticeably so. But we might of course also ask how it is with the difference between the sexes when it comes to cutting one’s hair.
    Generally speaking the situation is that a great head of hair is rather superfluous in men. For women it is a necessity. Hair always contains sulphur, iron, silica and some other substances. These are needed by the organism. Men need much silica, for as they assumed the male sex in the womb they lost the ability to produce their own silica. They absorb the silica that is in the air whenever they have just had their hair cut, absorbing it through the hair. it is of course too bad when the hair has gone, for then nothing can be absorbed. Going bald at an early age, which has a little bit to do with people’s lifestyles, is not exactly the best thing for a person.

  5. From Beetroot to Buddhism, continued:
    With women, cutting the hair short is not exactly good, and that is because women have the ability to produce silica more in the organism, and so they should not cut the hair really short too often; for then the hair absorbs silica - which the woman already has in her - from the air, and forces it back into the organism.. This makes the woman inwardly hairy, prickly; she then has ‘hairs on her teeth’ [German saying, meaning tough woman]. This is then something that is not so apparent; one has to have a certain sensitivity to notice it, but a little bit of it is there. Their whole manner is rather prickly then; they become inwardly hairy and prickly; and cutting one’s hair off does then have an influence, especially in young people.

    Now you see, it can also be the other way round, gentlemen. It may be that modern youngsters come into an environment - children are all quite different today from the way we were in our young days - where their inner silica is no longer enough, for they want to be a bit prickly, scratchy. Then they develop the instinct to cut their hair. This becomes fashionable, with one copying the other, and then we have the story the other way round, with children wanting to be prickly and having their hair cut. But if one managed to organise things so that they went a bit against such a fashion, this would not be such a bad thing if the fashion has gone a bit to extremes. in the final instance it all has to do with this, does it not - one person likes a gentle woman, another a prickly one. Tastes do change a little. But it cannot have a very great influence. Though of course if someone has a daughter who wants to or is supposed to choose a husband who likes a prickly woman, then she should get her hair cut. She then won’t get a husband who likes a gentle woman. So that may indeed happen. So the business has more of an effect on things that are marginal in life.


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