(Angel Raphael) " With all animals, the act of begetting is merely an excitation of what is already there in the body of the female, for plant and animal soul-clumps always concentrate in certain numbers and according to certain arrangements at a destined spot in the maternal body. Once they are there, they excite first the female, who in turn through its excitation excites the male, and this then impregnates the female - not as if to lay a new seed, but only to awaken into activity the life-clump already existing in the mother.
 This happens in such a way: The semen of the male, consisting in freer and more independent life-spirits, excites as such the dependent life-spirits in the little life-clump of the female to a real revolution, forcing them to activity. Without such coercion they would remain inert and would never seize each other to form and organize a being."
 Where human beings are concerned, the woman 'also carries a natural substance in her; during the sexual act in the well-known manner a clot is fertilized and excited, but it is, like a berry plucked from a grape, transported to the right spot, and an already complete soul arrives and nurtures this living berry for a while. When the substance in the same is ready, the more and more consolidating soul penetrates into the very fluid, spongy embryo, taking about two months for the task. When it has taken complete hold of the embryo, the child becomes noticeable alive and rapidly grows to the proper size.
 As long as the nerves of the physical child are not completely formed and active, the soul, fully conscious of itself, continues to work and arrange the body according to its needs. But as soon as all the nerves are fully formed and the more and more developing nerve spirit becomes properly active, the soul gradually retires to rest until it finally goes to sleep somewhere in the region of the kidneys. Now it is no longer conscious of itself and only vegetates, without remembering its former condition as a naked nature soul. It does not begin to awaken until some months after birth; this becomes obvious through the child's lesser need of sleep. But quite some time is required until it attains to some consciousness. Not until a child can talk does a true consciousness pervade the soul that, however, does not remember its pre-existence; for this would not further the higher development of the soul at all.
 Now the soul, embedded in the flesh and unable to recognize anything else, sees and recognizes only what the physical senses convey to it and, darkened through the flesh, is often not aware that it exists also without the flesh. For a long time it identifies itself with the flesh, and it takes some doing before the soul in the flesh begins to become conscious of its own identity - which is highly necessary; for without this it could not shelter the spirit nor awaken it within.
 It is only when the spirit within the soul begins to awaken that it becomes lighter in the soul; it begins to recognize itself more and discover hidden things within itself, though without knowing what to make of them.
 Not until the spirit and its mighty light come into full activity within the soul is the memory given back to the soul but, of course, in a glorified light. There is then no longer any falsehood and deceit, but only the clearest, divine truth - the soul itself being at one with its divine spirit - and within and without nothing but sublime happiness and bliss.
 Do you now understand a little the metaphor of the mysterious Jakob's ladder?"
(GGJ IV, chp. 120)
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