"We are going forward to an age when, as I indicated recently, men will understand what the atom is, in reality. It will be realised — by the public mind too — that the atom is nothing but coagulated electricity. — The thought itself is composed of the same substance. Before the end of the fifth epoch of culture (1413-3573 AD), science will have reached the stage where man will be able to penetrate into the atom itself.
When the similarity of substance between the thought and the atom is once comprehended, the way to get hold of the forces contained in the atom will soon be discovered and then nothing will be inaccessible to certain methods of working. — A man standing here, let us say, will be able by pressing a button concealed in his pocket, to explode some object at a great distance — say in Hamburg! Just as by setting up a wave-movement here and causing it to take a particular form at some other place, wireless telegraphy is possible, so what I have just indicated will be within man’s power when the occult truth that thought and atom consist of the same substance is put into practical application.
It is impossible to conceive what might happen in such circumstances if mankind has not, by then, reached selflessness. The attainment of selflessness alone will enable humanity to be kept from the brink of destruction." [Rudolf Steiner, GA 93 The Work of Secret Societies in the World, Berlin, December 23, 1904]
A spiritual breathing process
“If we learn, in nature, to receive the soul element together with sense perception, then we shall have the Christ relationship to outer nature.
This Christ relationship to outer nature will be something like a kind of spiritual breathing process...
"When we make our way through the world with an awareness that together with everything we see, everything we hear, there is soul and there is spirit flowing into us, and with the awareness that at the same time soul is flowing from us out into the world, then we shall have gained the awareness needed by humankind for the future.” [Rudolf Steiner (GA 194)]
Changed Conditions of the Times - Steiner lecture mentions Keely
Figure 13.07.01 - Mind Matter and Energy Chart - shows Steiner's subdivisions of Matter & Energy
In the Ages to Come - Steiner
Machines and the Human Spirit
Rudolf Steiner Archive
Rudolf Steiner Lectures
Rudolf Steiner on Technology. A Review; discusses Keely's earlier work - excellent paper, 2mb pdf download
The Ahrimanic Deception
What Electricity Is - Steiner