June 1st 2916
World Children’s Day
1812 – War of 1812: U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom
1831 – James Clark Ross becomes the first European at the North Magnetic Pole
1967 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is released
1968 – Deathday of Helen Keller
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~I embrace the hair on your resting head
I am not here
To raise order out of chaos or bind darkness with the light
I am here
To change, to do the things left undone –
Words unsaid will be pronounced
Broadcast – From my clapping hands
Like seeds tossed into the clefting shadow…
My limbs, a wild disco ball
Spinning with stars, are awake & willing.
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In thinking about: “The Working of the Spirit” by Michael Burton & Marke Levene. Part 7 (program for the Chicago reading)
“…In our present world culture, the problems that we encounter in the economic sphere result from a shortfall of ethical and moral values. Great technological and scientific progress has taken place, but human beings have not been able to keep up. Many men and women today show signs of having lost contact with themselves and one another; they feel incomplete and are alienated from their true spiritual natures. We have focused on technological process and forgotten that the root of all our problems is human greed. No amount of proselytizing will change this; the situation will be resolved only when mainstream ideas are not only directed towards materialistic concerns but are also driven by spiritual desires. Genuine spirituality, true to the values of the earth, gives insights into the spiritual cosmos as well as into physical matters and enables us to find our place between earth’s conflicts and spiritual reconciliation.
All of this is inferred in Burton’s imaginative drama. It is a response to the situation in which we find ourselves today through the many different events that have taken place during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Burton’s play reminds us of the deep hope we carry within us that, after evil has prevailed, the driving forces of anti-evolution, personified in these plays under the name Ahriman, can be redeemed through love.
I recommend to readers and to those who will participate at performances that they keep studying Burton’s drama. There is much more content within it than I can express in this foreword”. ~Karl Kaltenbach, OAM, Canberra April 2016.
Karl Kaltenbach was born in Germany and immigrated to Australia. In 1969 he founded Warrah, a cultural economic (not for profit) enterprise for curative education for children and adults near Sydney. In 1982 he received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) and, in 1993, was awarded a Honoris Causa Doctorate from the Vatican College for his writing on social issues for people with special needs. From 1983 to 2000 he was General Secretary of the Australian Anthroposophical Society and the coordinator of a group which, if it can work in the way that he imagines it, could be called an academy for spiritual science in Australia. Today he is an independent essayist and writes on spiritual science and contemporary art.
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Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg