TODAY on April 15th in 1452 Leonardo da Vinci was born. We hear of his former incarnations as Judas & as Augustine in GA 139
It is the Feast Day of the Archangel Raphael
Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov died on this day in 1765. He was a Russian polymath, scientist & writer, who made important contributions to literature, education, & science. Among his discoveries was the atmosphere of Venus & the Law of Mass Conservation in chemical reactions. His spheres of science were natural science, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, history, art, philology, optical devices & others. Lomonosov was also a poet & influenced the formation of the modern Russian literary language.
Abraham Lincoln was shot on this day in 1864, it was Good Friday.
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POD (Poem Of the Day)
~I’ve seen pain shed
Piled up like thin worn out husks –
Skin cast off at the door of the tomb
These burn up,
Their ashes fall & are carried
To the stream of unknowing
They form a slit in the river that grows food
A true life ended nourishes another
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Why Reverse Ritual? some thoughts by Hazel Archer Ginsberg (Part 1 of 7)
The Reverse Ritual has its origins in the realm of the highest, deepest & most comprehensive world reality in which the human being, the gods, & the cosmos existentially live, weave, & are present.
For the human being the experience of the highest divine unity is threefold. It is not just a passive thinking, feeling & willing – it is an active, creative, co-thinking, co-feeling, & co-willing with the Godhead.
The body of the Reverse Ritual consists of human thoughts, words & deeds that are ever striving to grasp & further spiritual knowledge, vis-à-vis a cosmic-artistic enlivening, creating paths in the eternal being of the human soul.
Ritual itself can be structured in an archetypal process that has come to us from the ancient mystery schools. We can understand these in phases, styled as:
- parts of a whole,
- as sequential stages,
- & also as simultaneous activities in which the other activities are always present & active.
The Ritual process changes as human evolution does. We see this change enacted as the ‘New Sacrament’ by the Christ Being himself at the Last Supper:
And when Rudolf Steiner re-founded the ‘New Mysteries’ through Anthroposophia, he laid the foundation for a new ritual, which he called the “Reverse Ritual”. Steiner also referred to it as: the “Ritual of Knowledge”, the “Spiritual Communion of Humanity”, the “Cosmic Communion”, the “World Ritual”, &”the “Cosmic Ritual”.
And as you can see below, it is a reversal of the Sacramental Ritual:
- Communion as pure thinking – “Spiritual Knowledge is a real communion, the beginning of a cosmic ritual that is suitable for human beings today” *1. We rise in our thinking to meet the spiritual world behind sense perception.
- Transubstantiation or Transformation, from matter to spirit
- Offering a meeting Ego to Ego “That good can become”
- Revelation of destiny unfolding as “Christ in Me”
I will elaborate more tomorrow.
Read the whole essay here Why Reverse Ritual?
Blessings & Peace –
~hag = Hazel Archer Ginsberg