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Source texts from the books by Jozef Rulof for the article ‘Reincarnated as Anthony van Dyck’.
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Dozens of past artist lives

The great artists formed themselves into artists during many past lives:
You are now a painter and now you begin to become Beethoven, Bach or Mozart in a life, and you do not achieve it now ...
Of course not, because you need thirty, forty lives for that, in order to reach Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, to become Titiaan, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and so on.
Those souls, those beings, built up those personalities for that.
Questions and Answers Part 5, 1950

Art from the first sphere of light

Master Alcar prepared himself thoroughly in the spheres for his incarnation as Anthony van Dyck:
‘Before we are born on earth, we meditate for years and prepare for this mighty event.’
‘Did it take you a long time, Alcar?’
‘For me it took about half a century.’
‘I beg your pardon, fifty years?’
‘Yes, my son, fifty years by worldly standards I needed to prepare myself for this task.’
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
He brings André to the first sphere of light:
‘Look, André, there is the first sphere.
We now go to the temple of art where I am going to connect you with the past.
You’ll see what happened on this side at that time, several centuries ago.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Along with the other old masters, he brought the art of the Golden Age:
During the years when art was to come on earth, that art emanated from this temple.
That’s where the artists lived and these beings would be born on earth again.
I promised to tell you about it.
This art, I mean the art of the old masters on earth, is of very high quality.
Why did all these artists live in that Golden Age?
Why did they live there and aren’t they there any more?
I’ll answer those questions.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
That art can now no longer be equalled:
People on earth still paint, but they cannot come up to that level.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The Golden Age brought the art of the first sphere.
If people were to bring even higher art from the second sphere of light to earth, that would lead to disorders:
Such masters will not come on earth again, they can’t come there any more, or they would bring an art that cannot be understood on earth.
What do we achieve?
That is taken into account here.
I told you that the art of the second and third sphere is not understood any more.
If it was born on earth it would be a revelation, but this revelation would not be felt either.
It is beyond their feeling and the passions of mankind would be roused, merely by our art.
At the time I also told you that my art was stolen and that some people got killed, just because they wanted to possess a painting to cash in on it.
That is a disturbance and if that higher art were given it would happen again, and that on a much larger scale.
The art to be given to the earth in those days came from this sphere and some of the masters were already connected with the second sphere.
Though there were only a few.
It was felt here what would happen.
It was here in the first sphere that the masters began to prepare themselves.
They meditated before that tremendous event was to happen.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

Temple of the art

Alcar shows André that there are now also still artists working in the temple of the art:
Come, André, we’ll go inside.’
André followed his leader and he recognized this magnificent building.
At once Alcar was welcomed.
A spirit of the light approached Alcar and paid him welcome.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
‘Look, André, art, spiritual art.
They are young artists who lived on earth and are now training on this side.
You know that this is possible.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Yet these artists would progress more quickly spiritually if they were to descend into the dark spheres in order to offer help to the searching fellow human being there:
I also told and explained that they had better descend into the darkness to do work there instead of paint here.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
However, like everyone, they are free in this:
But these temples are open to man and everyone who wants can qualify in it.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
In the book ‘Those who came back from the Dead’, Gerhard tells how he quickly advanced spiritually by working in the dark spheres:
Strong spirits, however, feel what they could do and they descend and achieve much in a short period of time, as you know from Gerhard.
That’s not my point, though, for this has been going on here for thousands of years.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
However, the personality of these artists still has to live it up:
When they have finished painting they will come to themselves.’
‘Why are they not told, Alcar?’
‘That is pointless, my boy.
They have that feeling and they must experience it, they will not otherwise advance.
Do you realize how intense our feelings are here and that we can’t do or feel anything than that one thing?
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
That also applies to dark spheres below the first sphere of light:
Do you feel then that those poor beings down here suffocate in and through their own life?
That they cannot move an inch and first have to experience that before they can think of other things?
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
When the artists begin to feel this, these feelings are explained to them:
This master who recognized me is here, because he does good work and convinces them of their wrong feelings, when necessary.
Life on earth is similar and we see this reflected in the spheres, though only in the first sphere, since the first sphere is like the earth.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
It is only in the second sphere of light that everyone understands that people only spiritually evolve by serving:
In the second sphere people need not be stimulated any more, they have that willpower and have advanced that far.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Serving the life is the way to the higher:
Here, they paint, in other conditions in this sphere they walk around and seek their life in nature, they try to fathom how everything grows and lives.
Though also that does not bring them any further.
I also painted and thought I could achieve everything through it.
But it is not possible for our inner life.
We understand and possess art and our sensitivity has developed, but that does not get us any further, for one must serve here, one must serve life.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Master Alcar now connects André with the past:
Look, André, all these people try to achieve something in art, but I’m interested in the past and I’m going to connect you with it.’
At the same moment André began to observe.
He saw many beings in front of him.
‘These spiritual beings, André, were gathered here many centuries ago.
Many of them were born on earth and I am among them.’
‘I beg your pardon?’
‘That I am among them, André.
Search and you’ll find me.’
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
André sees how his master found himself at that time amongst these artists:
André followed all of them.
He was startled, for there he saw his leader.
My God, how is it possible?
‘Yes, it is you, I recognize you, Alcar, you are that being.
It is a great wonder, Alcar.’
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The later teacher of Anthony van Dyck prepares himself here in order to reincarnate:
‘Look, over there, André, our master, like him who welcomed me a minute ago.’
André looked in that direction.
He felt art in that human being.
This being was a genius.
He lived in art and his radiance also reflected art.
‘What does this mean, Alcar?’
‘It means that this being has reached his highest degree in art for this sphere.
His feeling is open for art only; he is nothing but art.
You see that feeling in his radiance.
There are beings on this side who have qualified for other studies and that can also be seen in their aura.
He is only art and a master at that.
Although that does not mean that he has much love.
His love is as in the first sphere and that’s where he lives.
I’m there too, but I must tell you of my arrival on this side and I’ll presently refer to my own life.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
On earth, they would work on the same mission:
I know all my fellow artists who were on earth at the time.
This master also became my master on earth and I showed him to you on this journey.
But how was it possible, André, that we would meet again here?
As a matter of course we knew nothing of this mission while on earth, and yet one became the master of the other.
As soon as one had accomplished his task, another was born and that happened as in the case of the pyramid, in a number of years.
Do you feel this mighty wonder, my son?
We lived in the south and in the west, in various cities on earth.
This master, André, is well known on earth and when I presently mention my own name on earth to associate it with this work, this name is also known.
How many names have we had on earth?
This one, however, is dear to me and I can always think back to it.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
All these artists prepared themselves for the reincarnation on earth:
As I said just now, I arrived at the border of the first sphere and I also wanted to achieve something in art, while attaining a new birth as well.
All these people, André, were born again, just as I was.
What you observe now is the moment we prepared ourselves.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Their mission was led by higher masters:
A higher being would convince us of that mission, and that happened.
There was a desire in us to be allowed to bring this on earth.
There was art on earth, but art would now reach its peak, if this could be given.
That message came from the higher cosmic masters, who not only governed the spheres, but also followed evolution on earth.
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The objective was to increase the human spiritual level:
They knew what people on earth would do with all that art; it served to raise the human level.
First the art of painting and sculpture and subsequently the music.
Music, too, was brought on earth from this side.
We prepared ourselves on this side and many were masters.
We had that feeling and yearned to be allowed to bring it on earth.
But where did those feelings come from?
From ourselves?
Was I conscious and had I already got that far in this sphere that I felt this consciously?
I pose those questions, André, to explain to you that I did not have these feelings.
The cosmic masters made those feelings awaken in us, they were the ones who influenced us in silence and from afar, and things happened as follows.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Then everyone passed over to the world of the unconscious:
Many secluded themselves and meditated.
That is only possible in this nature and while doing some work or other.
Subsequently, we all went to the earth and observed what man did.
Though this took a number of years, our art was ready.
However, none of us was aware of that higher influence, although that influence brought us in the required condition.
Years went by and the time approached when that art would be brought on earth.
One after the other disappeared.
However much we tried to find one another, it proved impossible.
In reality we all dissolved and passed on into the world of the unconscious.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
They incarnated on earth for a task:
Although I thought I was alone, I heard my master say: ‘Farewell, my brother, we’ll meet again on earth.
There you will seek the deep meaning of this event, though you won’t solve this spiritual mystery, for you won’t be aware of this life any more.’
I subsequently felt myself sink away deeply and I did not hear anything any more.
After I awakened on earth, and as a youth, I had a feel for art.
I got to know my master and however strange it may seem, it was as if I had met him before.
I felt great affection for him, but I could not unravel this mystery.
There were more artists on earth like we were, who gave themselves completely.
These beings lived in Italy, Holland and many other countries.
One of them displayed his mastership in your own country; he was also on this side and experienced what I had, just like all those others.
I don’t need to mention his name, we are all known all over the earth.
We came for one task, André, and served art, the earth and all mankind was to receive this wonder.
We all gave our entire personality.
This was our mercy, my brothers’ and mine, and the art we left is being held in esteem.
Visit museums, look at our paintings and feel what it means.
Try to connect yourself with our art, it will be as if you feel this wonder, especially since you know all this.
This was a mission as well and we brought ourselves, stimulated by our masters.
Many people now admire our art, but I would like to tell them this: when you see our art, try to feel what lies behind it and linger a while on our side.
What you admire was given you in order to awaken.
It happened through inspiration and this inspiration came from the side beyond.
We could not have attained that level if we had not been connected.
Think of this and above all that this happened because reincarnation on earth is possible.
This cannot be achieved on earth, I mean by those who have not felt the depth of this mighty event, who have not experienced those many years of meditation and not reached that spiritual level in art.
This, too, happens only once.
No more beings will be born on earth who can achieve this.
That has happened, it is past and this is the meaning.
If I can reach one of you now, that you know this, and may convince you of your eternal life, this work and my art have not been in vain and all my pains have been rewarded.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
All the great artists reincarnated for their task:
We were allowed to bring this on earth, for this side wanted to present it to the earth.
This also happened in respect of the art of sculpture.
One of the greatest geniuses known on earth came from this side.
All those masters, my son, were born again, because this had a cosmic meaning.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
They were born for the art:
All, non excluded, became artists.
Those gifts were in us in our youth.
That is obvious, for we were born for the sake of art and this is simple when one knows the spiritual meaning.
I would not have been able to do anything else or use my powers for a different purpose, for I had no feelings for anything else.
I was essentially inspired by art and this was not only my property, we were also helped from this side.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Alcar and André leave the spheres of light and go to the studio where Alcar has worked as Anthony van Dyck:
I am going to connect you with the past and with my own life on earth.
What I want to explain to you bears relation to what I told you just now.
We shall go to my studio.’
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

Inspiration

André sees how his leader as Anthony van Dyck was inspired by the Other Side:
Then he saw his leader deeply absorbed in thought.
Night had come a long time ago and still his leader remained in thought.
André now felt something miraculous; he perceived that Alcar was being helped from the side beyond.
His leader was a great artist and he was open for the other side.
He saw the astral spirit and when he observed this, Alcar said: ‘Yes, my boy, I, too, was helped.
An artist on earth, who can attain a degree in art, will be helped from this side.
I saw visions, given me by invisible entities.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
However, none of the artists consciously remembered his life in the first sphere:
Though none of us understood that.
How could we have understood this meaning, now that we know that everything dissolves by birth and that we are only aware of our present life?
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
The characteristic of Anthony van Dyck was his religious feeling:
I was religious and that is why I created religious representations, those feelings were in me.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939

Master Alcar

In this way, André got to know the artist in his master:
Alcar went outside and André followed his leader.
Again he had learned new wonders.
He felt great respect for everything; how natural everything really was.
If it wasn’t it could not be a revelation.
Alcar had been a great artist and now he lived in the spirit and was a master from the fifth sphere.
The Origin of the Universe, 1939
Bringing spiritual knowledge via André is now more important for Alcar:
Anthonie van Dyck is my master.
He says in one of his books, for that matter: ‘If I can bring one human being to spiritual awakening, I will have earned more than in that life, in which I was a master in art.’
Questions and Answers Part 1, 1950
Alcar is also led in this by higher masters:
That cannot be found on earth, because master Alcar, Anthony van Dyck, is the instrument again for the masters and the University of Christ.
Questions and Answers Part 6, 1951
The artists see the art brought by them to earth again as spiritual products in their own spiritual life.
However, they now also know the higher wisdom ‘love’, because that exceeds the art:
In our rooms we have the art halls.
The painter, Van Dyck, Anthony van Dyck, you still see all his paintings next to him, the spiritual products are there, he earned them, Rembrandt too.
They devoted their lives in order to give mankind treasures, for the eye.
Also for the feeling, Beethoven came for this purpose, Mozart, Bach, Wagner, Schumann and the others.
They gave, the Other Side gave the human being arts and sciences.
But – the human being knew that, the Masters knew that and Christ knew that – love, because that rises above everything.
Lectures Part 2, 1951