Rudolf Steiner and Germ Ghosts

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A few years back, in Ebola-time, I reviewed some of Rudolf Steiner’s statements on infection. These are my notes.

One hundred years ago when Rudolf Steiner lived, the world endured World War I, and a pandemic of influenza occurred. In the setting of today’s wars, we have the Ebola outbreak.  Steiner’s statements about the nature of infection and epidemics can deepen our understanding.


In 1914, Rudolf Steiner said “people today are haunted by a fear we can compare with the medieval fear of ghosts.  It is the fear of germs.  … The modern age has lost this belief in the spiritual world; it believes in material things.  It therefore has a fear of material beings, be they ever so small….Germs flourish most intensively when we take nothing but materialistic thoughts into sleep with us…(or) live in the center of an epidemic or endemic illness, and (tend) to think of nothing but the sickness all around, filled only with a fear of getting sick….If this fear can be reduced, even a little by, for example, active love and, while tending the sick, forgetting for a time that one might also be infected, the conditions are less favorable for the germs….If people were given thoughts that lead them away from materialism and spur them on to active love out of the spirit, it would serve the future of humanity better.”  Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path, May 5, 1914


“In Spiritual domains the danger of infection is infinitely greater than in any physical domain,” Steiner explains (in Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses: Metamorphoses of soul forces Feb 13, 1917).  The origin of infection in an epidemic occurs on the soul-spiritual level (see Astral Body). An emotional state is the first thing that spreads among people.

Steiner goes on to explain in discussing diphtheria:

“Infection is due to a person becoming an imitator. Indeed, there is a very delicate sensitivity involved in this imitating. … This is because the human organism, by virtue of its imitative tendency, comes to meet the trouble, adjusting itself in an imitative, receptive way as soon as it “perceives” the diphtheric poison. Hence a psychological rebuke, when it is possible in the initial stages, and psychological support by encouragement may well have a favorable effect.” Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and Medical TherapyAnthro Medical Therapy: Lecture V Dornach April 15, 1921


“When the Mongols fell upon the Germans and other Central European peoples, they created a wave of fear and panic. These emotions belong to the astral body, and under such conditions decaying astral substances will flourish. Thus the astral bodies of Europeans became infected and in later generations the infection came out in the physical body, affecting not merely individuals but whole groups of peoples. It emerged as leprosy, that terrible disease which wrought such devastation in the Middle Ages. It was the physical consequence of an influence on the astral body.”  (in At the Gates of Spiritual Science Lecture 7   workings of the law of karma in human life)


“Thus both concepts — of primary origin and of infection — are justified,” (Rudolf Steiner in Sp Sci and Med  lect 2).

And naturally:  “We shall see that it is both reasonable to seek out causes of illness, and reasonable too, out of the ordinary consciousness to take hygienic measures against infection, thus hindering the causes of illness.”  (RS in  Manifestations of Karma:   Karmic Effects Of Our Experiences As Men and Women. Death and Birth In Relationship to Karma, Lecture 9)



Neither conventional medicine nor complementary medicine can claim proven prevention or treatment for Ebola.   The fundamental defense built into the human being for fighting contact with any new germ is our Innate immune system  (See Innate immunity).  This is primarily dependent on nutrition and healthy lifestyle, such as:

  • Avoid highly processed foods and excessive sugar. Eat organic as much as possible.  Avoid GMOs which are pesticide-rich by definition and kill the good gut bacteria.  (see basics for good health)
  • Use fermented foods daily to support healthy gut flora, a part of our defense system. See fermented foods) Take probiotics if you have known dysbiosis (abnormal gut bacteria) or recently used antibiotics.
  • Have available for your family favorite immune strengtheners, including those which are known to fight viruses and inflammation, such as vitamin C, Elderberry, Astragalus, Echinacea, ginger, garlic, cranberry, colloidal silver, turmeric. Some complementary healthcare proponents see the viral hemorrhagic fevers (of which Ebola is one) as scurvy-like, and therefore possibly treatable with high dose vitamin C

True Botanica carries Elderberry thyme syrup, Astragalus pentas, Argentum Colloidum pentas, Curcumin Plus.

  • Dress warmly so any viral battle taking place in your body is drawn to the surface, not carried out in the deeper organs
  • Take care to not be deficient in Vitamin D, zinc, omega 3’s, trace minerals – all of which are important nutrients for the Innate immune system

True Botanica carries Vitamin D Plus, and Trace Minerals.


If you are sick, stay home. It is a boundary violation to be in public with an acute illness

  • Be prepared for isolation resulting from any emergency whether earthquake or quarantine, etc., with stores of water, food, batteries, etc.


Silver and quartz (silica) bring light and structure to the dissolving form of the infectious illness picture. Stibium (antimony) supports the Ego and blood. Aurum (gold) brings the spiritual light and warmth of the sun. Arnica is a plant form of golden sunlight.  The trace minerals provide a scaffolding for the ego organization to guide the orderly function of the human (See Ego/Self/I).

Uriel Echinacea Thuja pellets address infection in general, for adults 10 pellets orally 3-4 times per day

Uriel Argentum Quartz pellets also address infection, for adults 10 pellets orally 3-4 times per day or True Botanica Argentum Quarts liquid for adults 20 drops orally 3 times per day

Uriel Meteoric Iron/Prunus pellets contain Echinacea and address infection, for adults 10 pellets orally 3-4 times per day

Uriel Meteoric Iron/Phosphorus/Quartz pellets helps lessen anxiety and feel sense of inner direction, for adults 10 pellets orally 3-4 times per day

Uriel Aurum Stibium Hypericum pellets support courage, structure, and steadying, for adults 10 pellets orallyt 3-4 times per day.

Uriel Aurum Lavender Rose Cream (or oil, ointment) calms anxiety used as topical application to chest, wrists, or the oil in a bath.

Uriel Arnica/Aurum 20/30 pellets for courage and steadying, for adults 10 pellets orally 3-4 times per day.

True Botanica Trace Minerals for adults, 20 drops orally 3 times per day.


Work with trained healthcare provider.

Diagnosis is the first step, and is not easy.  Here is a thorough medical article which will be updated as new information is available:



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The soil or terrain is the inner immune capacity of the human being.  Dr. Suzanne Humphries MD has stated ‘we do not understand the care of the immune system.’  The phrase ‘care of the immune system’ points to those many aspects which strengthen us (see Innate immune system), and includes the ‘active love out of the spirit’ which Steiner refers to in the quoted material above.

In order to foster immune health, we need to address the living and spiritual portion of the human being. This living and spiritual portion is the foundation of the material portion.  (See Picture of the human being, Physical body, Etheric body, Astral body, I/Self.)  We build immune capacity by how we create a lifestyle of health:  real food, warmth, rhythm, sense of purpose, use of treatments compatible with living systems, such as herbs, homeopathic remedies, and high-quality supplements.  (See Basics for health, Basics for acute illness).    It is also common sense to respect fever and symptoms as signifying acute illness in need of diagnosis and treatment, and time-honored quarantine if serious transmissible illness is a question.

This way of approaching health and illness, the ‘care of the immune system’ and the care of the whole human being, is more complex and more profoundly powerful than the treatments the germ theory promotes (vaccines and antibiotics).

Neither vaccines nor antibiotics are ‘care’ for the immune system, but are often suppressive of our innate immune capacity.  Prescription medications and vaccines have a place in the spectrum of treatment, but should not be used casually or as a total answer to illness.

In the USA fear-based ‘news’ stories are common, publicizing new outbreaks of contagion.  Medical treatments fill the airwaves, especially urging us to get recommended – or legally required – vaccines.  Fear is institutionalized by the media.

Some thinkers question the validity of this reporting and even  the accuracy of the diagnoses made.  (The Swine flu pandemic of 2009, said to be the highest level of concern by the WHO and CDC, never actually materialized.) Jon Rappoport  October 2, 2014

In other parts of the world, such as West Africa where Ebola is reported to have initiated, people have lived in war zones where terror was a daily experience.  The depth of shared terror creates an openness to epidemics.

“Praying the Devil Back to Hell” documents Liberian women’s peace movement in this region.  Atrocities, chaos, rape, etc., were met with sisterhood, prayer, Lisistrata tactics in a long hard struggle.  These women did not catch Ebola.  They caught regime change.  And Charles Taylor was tried for war crimes in the presence of the citizen amputees he had maimed.  Leymah Gbowee was awarded a Nobel Prize for her work.

The spirit with which we meet our times can be a foundation for immune strength to resist germs and epidemics.    Courage and active love for the world and its people de-materialize the tiny germ-ghosts.  Coupled with common sense, we can walk through the momentous events of the present day.

* (A corollary is implied that when we dutifully take vaccines, etc., we have an insurance policy for good health.  But our vaccine-filled culture has traded acute illnesses for widespread chronic illness, debilitated immune systems.  The insurance policy is no good.  Ultimately, to request an insurance policy for health is a materialistic approach.  The human life contains glories and depths of experience but is always uncertain, except for the constancy of the human spirit, which can meet it all.)

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Manifestations of Karma

Karmic Effects Of Our Experiences As Men and Women. Death and Birth In Relationship to Karma


AS I have several times pointed out, the great karmic laws can be here only briefly referred to, so that your interest in this almost infinite domain shall be stirred. If you reflect upon all that has been said within the last days, you will no longer be astonished at the idea that man is urged to seek in the external world for compensating effects of karmic causes which he himself has incorporated within his organism. He may, for instance, be driven to a place where he will encounter an infection which will offer him the compensation sought for, or he may even be driven by this need for compensation to what might be termed a ‘fatal accident.’

so also must we be able to understand how it is that we take precautions to render such infections less effective, and that through our ordinary consciousness we are in a position to counteract these effects by hygienic measures. We must admit that it would be most unreasonable if it were possible for the sub consciousness to seek disease germs if they could not on the other hand be counteracted through the ordinary consciousness.

We shall see that it is both reasonable to seek out causes of illness, and reasonable too, out of the ordinary consciousness to take hygienic measures against infection, thus hindering the causes of illness.

Manifestations of Karma   Relation between karma and accidents  Lect 6

If we conquer a bad habit, we become healthy and immune against infections in our next life. Thus we can prepare health for our next life. By endeavouring to foster only noble qualities, we can prepare a healthy body for our next incarnation.

In this case it would be foolish to say that the blue wheals are due solely to the fact that the sticks came down so and so many times on the man’s back. The purely materialistic cause of the blue marks is undoubtedly the fact that the sticks came down on the victims back, but the deeper cause must be sought in the brutality of the men who whipped him. Similarly the pestilence of the Middle Ages has a spiritual cause in addition to the materialistic one of the bacilli.

We have an analogous example in weeping. Its spiritual cause is sadness, but its material one is the secretion of the lachrymatory glands. It hardly seems possible that a famous modern scientist should have come to the same foolish conclusion mentioned above, but he actually made the monstrous statement that the human being does not weep because he feels sad, but that he feels sad because he weeps!

But let us get back to the pestilence. If you wish to explain the deeper cause of this disease spiritually, you must look back upon a significant historical event. Upon the great masses of peoples coming from the East, who overflowed Europe, bringing with them fear and terror. These Asiatic masses were people who had remained behind at the ancient Atlantean stage, and were consequently decadent races. They were races whose decadence had the character of putrefaction, which was particularly strong in their astral body. Had they invaded Europe without bringing s0 much terror and fear to the Europeans, nothing would have happened. But these hordes brought with them fear, terror and and alarm, whole nations in Europe experienced this state of fear and terror. Now the putrid substance of the Huns’ astral bodies mixed with the terror-stricken astral bodies of the peoples whom they had invaded. The degenerated astral bodies of these Asiatic hordes unloaded their bad substances on the terror-stricken astral bodies of the Europeans, and this putrid substance was the cause of the pestilence, the physical effects of which appeared later on.

This is in reality the deep spiritual cause of pestilence in the Middle Ages. Consequently something which had a spiritual cause appeared later in the physical body.

Theosophy and Rosicrucianism.  Ch 7  Law of Karma

In the century before Steiner spoke the above words, scientists debated the germ theory (Pasteur) vs the cellular theory (Bechamp and Bernard) as the cause of disease.  Pasteur ‘won,’ in that our current medical model follows Pasteur’s germ theory often to the exclusion of any other consideration.  If germs are the primary or only cause of disease, we become ever more dependent on vaccines and antibiotics. We are helpless on our own in the face of germs (our modern ghosts). *

The middle ground offers space for working with both microbes as related to disease, and the immune system as a powerful factor.

Hans Selye has written that on his deathbed, Pasteur recanted, stating:  ‘Bernard avait raison. Le germe n’est rien, c’est le terrain qui est tout.’ (‘Bernard was right. The microbe is nothing, the soil is everything.’)

The soil or terrain is the inner immune capacity of the human being.  Dr. Suzanne Humphries MD has stated ‘we do not understand the care of the immune system.’  The phrase ‘care of the immune system’ points to those many aspects which strengthen us (see Innate immune system), and includes the ‘active love out of the spirit’ which Steiner refers to in the quoted material above.

Addendum from Mark McK and P Incao

Silver helps to maintain and strengthen the life forces of the physical body. Quartz brings light, form and structure to resist the dissolving effect of the inflammatory Ebola process. Stibium (antimony) strengthens the blood against the hemorrhagic effect of Ebola. Aurum (gold) has a balancing—harmonizing effect on the circulation and strengthens the heart. Ferrum (iron) strengthens the fabric of both the body and the soul against the dissolving and fear provoking effect of Ebola. Arnica is healing for the dissolving, traumatizing—injurious effect of Ebola on body and soul.

On the remedy list, I think stibium is best in a 6x potency, as in vitis stibium, cichorium stibium or plain stibium 6x. (Aurum hypericum stibium is all 10x.)

Gold is better in a middle or lower potency as in aurum hypericum, arnica aurum 6/10, aurum prunus, aurum onopordon and onopordon aurum, rather than the arnica aurum 20/30 which I had suggested when we spoke.

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