April 27, 2016 -Looking at the past to see the present, co-creating the future:
470 BC- Birth Day of Socrates; teacher of Plato
“Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune”.~Socrates
399 BC – Death Day of Socrates. The Karma Lectures of Rudolf Steiner (vol. 4/10) indicate that this was his teacher G.T. Schroer.
711 BC –Islamic conquest of Hispania: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula…The Karma Lectures of Rudolf Steiner indicate Darwin to be a later incarnation (vol. 1/10)
1777 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield
1810 – Beethoven composes Für Elise.
1861 – American President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.
1882 – Death day of Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, & poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism & a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society. Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, & the relationship between the soul & the surrounding world. “Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul”. He remains among the linchpins of the American Romantic Movement, & his work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers & poets that have followed him…The Karma Lectures of Rudolf Steiner (vol. 4/10) indicate that he was formerly known as Tacitus – considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians. He lived in what has been called the Silver Age of Latin literature. He is known for the brevity & compactness of his Latin prose, as well as for his penetrating insights into the psychology of power politics.
1945 – World War II: Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.
1950 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races.
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POD (Poem Of the Day)
~As my soul ripens
I polish the metal of Venus –
Looking past the bronze mirror
Reflecting the dove
In the olive grove.
I nourish my purpose in time…
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“What is told as “history” today must first cease to be called “history.” In not too distant a future, instead of speaking of all the things contained in history as it is told today, people will speak of the spiritual impulses standing behind the historical evolution, impulses which are only perceived as if in a dream by human beings. These are the spiritual impulses that call man to freedom, and make him free, because they raise him to the world from which intuition, inspiration, and imagination come. For what happens outwardly on the physical plane, what constitutes outer history loses its meaning as soon as it has occurred, if not seen as a spiritual impulse… What is now called “history” is a “corpse-history” compared with the reality of what constitutes karma”. ~Historical Necessity and Freewill Lecture 5, by Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 15 December, 1917
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The Bridging Project: Life and Death from Soul to Soul
Our first video/phone conference is Wednesday April 27, from 7:15 to 8:30pm CST – Special guest, Marianne M. Dietzel, will share her knowledge about “Communicating with our Beloved Dead”.
We will also check-in with the Question:
What inspires you to be part of this bridging project?
To connect to the audio/video-conference:
Option 1. Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended) https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/284737589
Option 2. Call in using your telephone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9372
Access Code: 284-737-589
Option 3. You can use a combination of Options 1 and 2 (computer and phone)
Each Quarterly, Wednesday evening call, will be from 7:15 – 8:30pm CST
We have begun our study with Rudolf Steiner’s 2nd lecture from the cycle entitled ‘Historical Necessity and Freewill’ given in Dornach, December 9, 1917. This collection of lectures has been republished under the title: “The Influence of the Dead on Destiny”, Steiner Press. This will provide the study content for our work together – in addition to inviting special guests to offer fruits from out of their research and work.
April 27th with guest Marianne Dietzel: Communicating with our Beloved Dead
August 10th with guest Maureen Flannery: Home Funeral Alliance; Prompts for writing poetry for the dead
October 26th with guest Dwight Ebaugh: Life between Death and Re-birth
February 1st 2017 with guest Mark Miller: Spirit Parks, an alternative to cemeteries
May 3rd 2017 TBA
May love of hearts reach out to love of souls
May warmth of love ray out to Spirit-light
Even so would we draw near to you
Thinking with you Thoughts of Spirit
Feeling in you the Love of Worlds
Consciously at one with you
Willing in silent being. ~Rudolf Steiner