John Lennon sang about instant karma. (Is that why he had to die? Another topic sorry…) It does seem that past, present & future, are overlapping more & more. Is time speeding up? Or is our one-sided desire for bigger-faster-more, driving us into a trap, in our blind grasp for distraction..? (the 5G agenda comes to mind…ok I won’t go there right now & yet it hangs literally everywhere) I’ve often heard folks say: ‘Don’t be such a dreamer, nothing happens overnight – it takes time for things to change’ – or ‘that will never happen’ (a third party for instance – Brings to mind another John Lennon song: ‘Imagine’ – not sure why John is speaking so much today…) And yet our current reality proves otherwise. The world as we know it has completely turned upside down, in the span of, what, about 2 months…?
From one standpoint we can say an outside force has modified our collective behavior on a planetary scale. And poof, the world population has been able to focus on one single issue (not gun control or poverty, or…)We have for the most part bought into a collective focus of attention, making it an inner impulse, which has dissolved many of the competing obstacles that usually stand in the way of outward change.
But guess what? We CAN mobilize massive resources. We are actually forming unprecedented new patterns of collaboration across institutions & communities. We are seeing how focused energy follows attention. Whether our attention is being focused on a true intention for good, or not, we have set a new precedence in our ability to apply a common consideration to meet the challenge at hand, developing interventions that have effectively put us in a global goosestep; which in turn not only bends the curve, it totally re-invents it.
If we were to look behind the lines, (O yes that tangled web) we might also see that ‘We The People’ really do have the power to call for action & change on issues that affect all life on Earth – IF we apply our ‘willing thinking’ & use our ‘thinking willing’ to connect the dots & stand in uprightness.
Then dear friends, there is nothing we can’t do.
‘You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one’
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
8 May 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The Summer Triangle is making its appearance in the east, one star after another. The first in view is bright Vega. It’s already visible in the northeast as twilight fades. Next up is Deneb, lower left of Vega by two fists at arm’s length. Deneb takes about an hour to appear after Vega does, depending on your latitude. The third is Altair, which shows up far to their lower right by midnight.
1760 – Death-day of Count Zinzendorf , A social reformer & bishop of the Moravian Church. The Zinzendorf family belonged to one of the most ancient of noble families in Lower Austria. Among his ancestors was the Emperor Maximillian I.
Zinzendorf did not intend to found a religious organization distinct from the area’s Lutheran Church, but to create a Christian association, by demonstrating practical benevolence, that might awaken dull Lutheranism. He began to think that true Christianity could be best promoted by free associations of Christians, which in the course of time might grow into churches with no state connection.
In 1722, Zinzendorf offered asylum to a number of refugees from Moravia & Bohemia & built the village of Herrnhut on a corner of his estate.
Out of study & prayer, the community formed a document known as the Brüderlicher Vertrag, the ‘Brotherly Agreement’, today known as “The Moravian Covenant for Christian Living.” The Moravian Church is one of the few denominations that emphasizes a code of Christian behavior over specific creeds.
In these communities, a radical equality of spiritual life was practiced. Nobility & Native Americans shared common quarters; slaves were full members of the Church & could be elected to offices of leadership.
Zinzendorf’s interest in missionary work was sparked by meeting two Inuit children.
In 1736, accusations from neighboring nobles & questions of theological orthodoxy caused Zinzendorf to be exiled from his home in Saxony. He & a number of his followers moved to Marienborn (near Büdingen) & began a period of exile & travel, during which he became known as the “Pilgrim Count.”
In 1741, Zinzendorf visited Pennsylvania, becoming one of the few 18th century European nobles to have actually set foot in the Americas. In addition to visiting leaders such as Benjamin Franklin, he met with the leaders of the Iroquois.
Zinzendorf’s theology strongly included the emotional life of the believer as well as the intellectual. He criticized the coldly intellectual approach common in his day, & built a great deal of practice around the transformation of the emotions. He referred to this as the “religion of the heart.”
1805 – Death-day of Friedrich Schiller, some say he was poisoned (GA 64) The coffin containing what was purportedly Schiller’s skeleton, was brought in 1827, into the Weimarer Fürstengruft (Weimar’s Ducal Vault), later also Goethe’s resting place. On 3 May 2008, scientists announced that DNA tests showed that the skull of this skeleton is not Schiller’s, & his tomb is now vacant.
Friedrich Schiller was a German poet, philosopher, physician, historian, & playwright. During the last seventeen years of his life (1788–1805), Schiller struck up a productive, if complicated, friendship with the already famous & influential Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. They frequently discussed issues concerning human freedom. Schiller encouraged Goethe to finish works he left as sketches. This relationship & these discussions led to a period now referred to as Weimar Classicism. They also worked together on Xenien, a collection of short satirical poems in which both Schiller & Goethe challenge opponents to their philosophical vision.
Schiller wrote many philosophical papers on ethics & aesthetics. He synthesized the thought of Immanuel Kant with the thought of the German Idealist philosopher, Karl Leonhard Reinhold. He elaborated Christoph Martin Wieland’s concept of die schöne Seele (the beautiful soul), a human being whose emotions have been educated by reason, so that Pflicht und Neigung (duty & inclination) are no longer in conflict with one another. Beauty, for Schiller, is not merely an aesthetic experience, but a moral one as well: the Good is the Beautiful.
His philosophical work was particularly concerned with the question of human freedom, a preoccupation which also guided his historical researches, & found its way as well into his dramas. Schiller wrote important essays on the question of the sublime, addressing one aspect of human freedom—the ability to defy one’s animal instincts, such as the drive for self-preservation, when, for example, someone willingly sacrifices themselves for conceptual ideals.
~Today I am
The thought of myself
In my Mothers forehead…
May I listen to the voice of the messenger
Bringing her song up from the dead –
A silver star bruised & hanging on a cloud
As I roll gold into life
Like the scarab
& stand with the flowering hawthorn on the obsidian altar…
Anthroposophy Atlanta Lunch & Learn (Zoom Call) – “Crowning” with Hazel Archer-Hazel Archer Ginsberg, and Eurythmist Raven Garland – Is this ‘global pandemic’ entreating us to awaken to the etheric realm that we share in common with the earth? Perhaps the coronavirus is an admonition for us to reconnect to the sun-forces now imbued with the Etheric Christ, waiting to be recognized and employed in these current evolving conditions – an invitation for all of humanity to rise to a higher stage of initiation – a Crowning re-birth.
For our first call, we have invited our friend from Chicago, Hazel Archer Ginsberg to share some of her work. To support Hazel’s content, we are thrilled that Raven Garland will lead us in simple, yet powerful eurythmy at the end of the call. Please join us if you are able! It is free-of-charge and everyone is invited.
“Crowning” With Hazel Archer Ginsberg and Raven Garland
Time: May 18, 2020, 11:30 am – NOON CDT – 12:30 pm – 1 pm ET – Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77977043476
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May 21st, 7:15 – 9 pm ‘Spirit Beholding’ Ascension Festival 2020 with the CRC
“…Like an evening vapor after the sunset…” ~Novalis –
A free online Ascension Festival with the Central Regional Council –
Ascension Thursday – May 21, 2020 – 7pm – 8:15pm CDT (8pm – 9:15pm EDT)
Join the Central Regional Council and special guest Raven Garland on an artistic exploration of the Mystery of Ascension. We will offer leading thoughts, intermingled with poetry and Eurythmy, to be followed by open conversation.
In the clouds, between the depths of earth and heavenly heights, in the sphere of the etheric realm, we see the primal image of metamorphosis.
Is this global pandemic entreating us to ‘Practice Spirit Beholding’ to awaken to the etheric realm we all share in common with the earth?
We can ‘Practice Spirit Recalling’ to remember we received our etheric body on Old Sun. In practicing ‘Spirit-Sensing’ we may feel perhaps the Coronavirus is an admonition for us to reconnect to the sun-forces now imbued with The Etheric Christ, waiting to be recognized and engaged in the current evolving conditions. This is an invitation for all of humanity to rise to a higher stage of initiation – a global Coronation.
The fulfillment of the secret promise of the Ascension is the Second Coming. Will we choose to participate?
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May Hope Spring Eternal –
“In heavy clouds let Him ascend
And so also let Him downward tread.
In cooling streams let Him be sent,
in flames of fire blaze His descent,
In air and essence, sound and dew,
To permeate our whole earth through”.
~Vitae Sophia~ A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Online Whitsunday, 31 May 2020 from 10am–11:15am EDT Zoom Call*
Through leading thoughts and conversation we are called to redeem the ether spheres to create an Ecclesia, a chalice for The Sophia. Then the spirit flame can spread out to become what Steiner called a “World Whitsun”, which began in earnest at the Christmas Conference. The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is especially strong now during this ‘pandemic’. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create a new culture where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength is enhanced by weaving our gifts together, kindling our social world in conscious community.
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