May 26, 2016, National Paper Airplane Day
604 – Deathday of St. Augustine of Canterbury
1293 – An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, killing about 30,000
1521 – Luther outlawed
1805 – Napoléon Bonaparte assumes the title of King of Italy and is crowned with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in Milan Cathedral, the gothic cathedral in Milan.
1828 – Kasper Hauser appears in Nuremberg on Whit Monday “The Child Of Europe”
1830 – The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
1896 – Nicholas II becomes the last Tsar of Imperial Russia.
1976 – Deathday of German Philosopher Martin Heidegger
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“In giving speech artistic shape and form the healthy co-operation and harmonization of body, soul and spirit becomes manifest. The body shows whether it is able to incorporate the Spirit correctly; the soul reveals whether the spirit lives in it truly; and the Spirit is vividly present working directly into the physical. Those taking part in speech courses have a direct personal experience of the revelation of Anthroposophy in the activity of Man. Here it may be regarded as a testing of Anthroposophy that it is in a position to enable the art of speech to come to life again, in its full significance.” ~Rudolf Steiner
In thinking about: “The Working of the Spirit” by Michael Burton & Marke Levene. Part 1 – (program for the Chicago reading)
A troupe of about twenty actors, came into Chicago on May 18th 2016, including folks like: Glen Williamson, Matthew Dexter & Kim Synder-Vine, with director Henry-Cameron Allen from Gloucester, Massachusetts, & writer Michael Hedley Burton, from Australia, with producer Marke Levene & eurythmist Barbara Richardson… Everyone open to taking on whatever the play needed…Ensouling our branch with their graceful presence, striving thru 12 hour days in rehearsal, weaving together in an intentional karmic-knot for the Readers Theater production that auspiciously premiered on the day of the Full Buddha Moon, May 21st, 2016.
It brought back for me the grand experience of 2 years ago:
I wrote this 13 August 2014, Dear Sisters and Brothers-
I stood in a circle with a cast and crew of over 69 souls involved with the Mystery Dramas in Spring Valley, NY; in what felt like the center of the Temple of the New Mysteries. Throughout the tech week, on into the 10 day conference, I held a picture of the legend of Christian Rosenkreutz – how every hundred years his tomb is opened, signaling a sea-change in consciousness; knowing that it’s been over a hundred years since the seeds for the Mystery Dramas were sown by Rudolf Steiner with the help of Marie Steiner and their crew across the sea.
It was fitting that the 1st play “The Portal of Initiation – A Rosicrucian Drama” was performed on the eve of the Full Corn Moon, affirming that those seeds planted a century ago have now been reaped in bounty – brought into fullness through our collective harvest.
We can most certainly say that the Seals have now been opened on the Mystery Dramas here in North America!
I feel honored that my small thread was woven into this historic karmic knot, to help create the tapestry of these dramas, which reveal in artistic form, the core of anthroposophy, and especially Steiner’s teachings on karmic relationships.
May this poem, written on our ‘free day’, remind us that the drama of initiation is enacted by all of us every day on the stage of our lives.
‘I see your star’
Wisdom in Love
Hope in Truth
Truth in Christ
That sacrifice will answer
The call of pain
To gentle the knot
In patient thankfulness
‘Remain with me united’
The song of Cosmic Will
While choirs of Angels
Weave Love’s grace
To balance light with warmth
Tomorrow: a Drama of Initiation
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg