By Bruce Dickson, https://HolisticBrainBalance.wordpress.com
Rudolf Steiner started us thinking on how plants and the human being are similar. RS called the human being an inverted plant. The flower on an annual plant are the sex organs of the plant. In a flower they point up. In human beings, our sex organs point down.
In a plant, its roots are in the relatively stable, unmoving soil. In the human being, our roots are invisible, in the higher worlds, in the mental and emotional realms; which are, relatively stable and unmoving compared to Earthly conditions. This paraphrases Steiner.
What was not worked out to my knowledge was how the spine vertebrae–similar to the leaf-leaf-leaf rhythm of leaves on a flower stalk–evolve into the sphenoid bone and skull.
I like our skull is analogous to a flower on top of the spine. I like in our etheric body, a lotus flower sacred geometry thing exists in the head or at the top of the head. All this is wondrous to me.
The remaining issue is in human embryology where the human head forms first, not last. Our lower body uncurls from the head the way a lima bean plant uncurls from a moistened dry lima bean between two wet paper towels, in the dark, in kindergarten.
I believe it was Steiner quoting Goethe siting the evolving form (morphology) of our vertebrae going up the spine does what the flower does. The leaves transform first into the calyx and then this transforms again into the flower.
This suggests our Axis Atlas and sphenoid bones are analogous to the calyx, our skull and the beauty of the human face, are analogous to a flower.
What’s disturbed with this analogy is it only makes sense in embryology if we correct Goethe and imagine the flower coming first. Our beautiful face, as we are before birth, in the higher realms, comes first. We’re connected FIRST; we start from connection with our higher form. For human embryology…
It makes mores sense if our beautiful face and loving thoughts-feelings DEVOLVE down into the butterfly bone of the sphenoid.
It makes mores sense if our sphenoid DEVOLVES down into the atlas and axis vertebrae.
Then our atlas and axis DEVOLVE down into the cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae.
Finally our lumbar vertebrae DEVOLVE down into the sacrum; finally, to the most primitive part of the spine, the coccyx.
The above Evolution is in concert with the human being, in utero. To use a color analogy, we devolve, uncurl and descend from ultraviolet frquencies, down thru purples, down thru blue frequencies, down all the way to base red frequencies of the root center connected with the coccyx.
The above suggests an updating of Rudolf Steiner’s original, seminal idea of the human being as upside-down plant, in addition to what is given at top of this article:
– While the plant grows primarily up from its roots, the human being, in utero and in the first five years, grows primarily down from its flower, down from its beautiful face.
– While a plant begins establishing its roots in the soil first and grows towards a flower, the human begins already established in spirit; then, grows down towards its roots in the red frequencies and root center, out of which come our legs and feet–our under-standing.
This seems to improve on Goethe’s understanding of the morphology of the spine. He had the correct idea but imagined the process in the same direction for both plants and humans, growing upwards. The bigger picture is humans and plants grow analogously, but in the opposite direction.
In this sense, the human being is an upside-down plant.
Your comments invited.