May 29, 2016 “What is presented here can be useful to those who wish to follow the path of humankind’s spiritual development” ~Rudolf Steiner
4th Quarter Moon
1328 – Philip VI is crowned King of France.
1453 – Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih capture Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire
1886 – The pharmacist John Pemberton places his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal
1919 – Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity is tested
1932 – Deathday of Eliza von Moltke, esoteric pupil of Rudolf Steiner who received the “post-mortem” communications from Rudolf Steiner. Wife of General Helmuth von Moltke, The Younger. See “Light for the New Millennium: Rudolf Steiner’s Association with Helmuth & Eliza von Moltke” This collection of letters and documents deals with themes that are of tremendous significance for our time: especially karma and reincarnation; life after death; the workings of evil; the destiny of Europe; and the hidden causes of the First World War. It also tells the story of the meeting of two great men: Rudolf Steiner and Helmuth von Moltke (1848-1916), Chief of the general staff of the German army during the outbreak of the First World War, who was dismissed from his post in 1914 following disagreements with the Kaiser.
Moltke first came into contact with Steiner through Eliza. Steiner’s connection to Moltke included personal meetings, letters, and clairvoyant messages after the General’s death. These communications are reproduced here in full, along with a key interview with Rudolf Steiner for Le Matin and commentaries and essays by Jürgen von Grone, Jens Heisterkamp, Johannes Tautz and T. H. Meyer.
See also Helmuth Von Moltke and the Origins of the First World War By Annika Mombauer
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Calendar of the Soul Tenth Week [May 29, 2016 – June 04, 2016]
To summer’s radiant heights
The sun in shining majesty ascends;
It takes my human feeling
Into its own wide realms of space.
Within my inner being stirs
Presentiment which heralds dimly,
You shall in future know:
A godly being now has touched you.
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In thinking about: “The Working of the Spirit” by Michael Burton & Marke Levene. Part 4 (program for the Chicago reading)
In Scene 3 we become aware thru the interaction between chief executive Hilary & the esoteric teacher Benedictus that change in the outer world must start with personal change. Then it is possible to look at the question of creating new social forms in which the spirit can be received.
The spiritual teacher gives us a glimpse into the inner workings of the present & the possibilities opening for the future. Our current conflicts are negatively affecting The Spirit of the Elements, showing outwardly the shadow side of the new capacities trying to be born in humanity. Yet on a personal level these imbalances are an opportunity for a furthering of initiation, preparing the way for the true ideals of brotherhood to be born.
There are powers that are hostile to these ideals, “That’s why the creation of loving relationships is the highest and most noble activity that our work can engender, more important than anything else”. Then Benedictus asks Hilary “What’s the underlying truth behind every one of your work-practices? Do the relationships that unfold in your factory, and the words spoken there, enliven the lives of your workers, or do they stifle free initiative and creativity?”
There needs to be an emphasis on the moral forces that must guide the new technology, but we have to realize these moral forces within ourselves. “Society changes not thru outer agitation but from human beings acting out of their own threefoldness.” We must continue to strive to apply this in our daily lives, remembering that Spiritual beings long to become active thru us when human beings work together.
This is the cue for Theodora & Strader who work from the spiritual realms to chime in showing their support & reminding Hilary that the Christ Impulse is there even if he can’t see it.
Of course whenever powerful forces of love & light enter, it seems the adversarial powers are not far behind. And so it is that Ahriman enters with discouraging words that play on old fears.
Tomorrow we explore Strader’s after-death experiences in Kamaloca.
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg