Dearly Beloved – A friend wanting to reach out to me today on my 1/2 Birthday sent her well wishes along with something I wrote 2 years ago. And when I read it, I was amazed that it speaks about ‘after images’, which is what I wrote about a few days ago in my last essay ‘Festival of Offering’.
How interesting that this theme is showing itself as a pattern in my biography. But isn’t that the way the etheric realm works – Thru patterns & rhythms..?
And then it makes even more sense to know that:
TODAY in 1910 – Rudolf Steiner gives the 1st lecture ever on the Etheric Reappearance of The Christ, to members in Stockholm Sweden. At the same time as the “introduction” of Krishnamurti was happening in Adyar India.
The lecture is called: ‘True Nature of the Second Coming – Preparation for this Event through the Development of Etheric Vision‘ ~RS http://wn.rsarchive.org/…/English/APC1961/19100125p02.html (the archives have the version of the lecture that he gave later on 25 July 1910, Stuttgart)
Then on January 25th 19213 Rudolf Steiner begins the series ‘The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric’ for the members in Dornach http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lect…/ReapChrist/ReaChr_index.html
A modified version of my post ‘Reappearance’ from 12 Feb. 2021:
I am holding in my consciousness that we are in the season of Epiphany, which is often defined as a revelation, I can’t help picturing it as cartoon image of the lightbulb over the head -indicating a sudden, intuitive insight – where it all makes sense.
An Epiphany is often related to the appearance or manifestation of a spiritual being or phenomenon – But I don’t think a true Epiphany happens by chance, or comes as some fliting flash that quickly fades away.
I think of the example in the book of Matthew – how the Magi prepared, perhaps for lifetimes before they made it to Epiphany.
And in the 5th Gospel we read how Jesus of Nazareth was prepared 1st thru 42 generations, & then for 30 years, before he received the Christ in the Baptism by John in the Jordan.
And we have to work thru all of the 13 Holy Nights to reach the Epiphany, which is not just a day, but a season, which takes us into the 1st stirrings of Spring.
Thru all that is happening to darken or distract us in the world, I have been trying to live into this, working to see thru a glass darkly – looking – always searching – for the ‘Star of Grace’ which can reveal the revelation – The Star heralds the appearance.
And this ‘appearance’, this ‘manifestation’, didn’t just stop with the physical incarnation of Christ Jesus, it advances further as the appearance or advent of the Angel of Christ in the etheric world. And it just so happens that 113 years ago today, Rudolf Steiner gives the 1st lecture ever on the Etheric Reappearance of The Christ.
Sometimes when I contemplate this amazing mystery, it comes to me in the picture of an assembly – a convocation, a summit of Spiritual Beings, kind of like what is described in the Gospel of Luke 2:9: “An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them..”
But mostly I see it as an intimate meeting. Or even like blind date, where we are introduced thru a mutual friend – thru our connection to Anthroposophia, which gives us the wisdom to see with new eyes. We receive from this part of ourselves the invite – the entre’ to the cosmic party.
It’s an open invitation, but it takes more than just spinning around 3 times to remove the blindfold – to lift the veil that separates us from meeting this reality.
The Christ, in his rhythmical Presence, presses forward into the etheric realm, into the realm of formative forces which envelop the earth, to fortify & maintain all life.
And Steiner says “Humanity on its natural path of development must touch consciously into the etheric realm with our soul forces” –
So that gets me asking, Ok, how do we do our part on this natural path, to develop those soul forces of Thinking, Feeling & Willing, in this new way?
How do we employ Imagination, Inspiration & Intuition without the expectation that we need to experience some sort of phenomenon, but by upholding the utmost faith & patience that we will achieve some beginning glimmering when our karma allows – an awakening of our etheric eyes, a new supersensible sensing, where we can experience the life-body…
Steiner says “We think we see with our eyes, but we don’t literally see with these outer organs. They are a fairly dead body in us. We see by means of these organs, only through etheric activity.”
He explains that we perceive colors as the result of etheric activity.
If we look at green & afterwards at a white sheet of paper, we see it’s reversal as red. (hmm the Christmas colors, go ahead give it a try) This seeing is due to the continuation of the etheric activity of the eye, which answers to the impressions of colors. We see a balance. We never see an actual color as it is, but always a balance.
We produce complementary colors thru the etheric activity of our eye; & what we see – the final physical effect, is a balance, even if we are not consciously aware of it. (Think 3D Glasses!)
But when we do make it our intention to be conscious, we became co-creators of this new etheric sight.
For more practical exercises in seeing into the etheric, I recommend working with Baruch Urieli’s amazing book: Learning to Experience The Etheric World – with the very interesting sub-title: Empathy, the After-Image & a New Social Ethic.
Rudolf Steiner suggests in his lectures ‘From Jesus to Christ’, (Which is a journey we can take during the Holy Nights) that it is our own etheric activity which lightens up that sphere in which the Etheric Christ is present.
And I have also come to ‘see’ that thru our own activity in connection with The Sophia as a Being of Wisdom, we can shed some Light on the Being of Love – who is waiting in the realm of the formative forces for us to perceive & interact with.
It is an activity, which in its clarity & beauty, can be strengthened not only thru the specific spiritual disciplines of the Spiritual Science: The 6 Basic exercises, & the meditative path – but thru moral development, which brings the complmentary balance, a true wholeness.
For me right now Faith, Love & Hope are helping to give a flow to my moral progress.
When we take hold of the reins of our soul forces & steer them where our higher “I” wants to go, it improves the etheric light – which we can pour from our heart down into the limbs & then back up to our head – & then out thru our eyes, into the etheric world to light up the Christ!
And so now coming around again to this ½ b-day revelation, I am grateful for the synchronicity & the reminder that this is our work…
Reappearance on The “I Think Speech Podcast
Candlemas – a Cross-Quarter Festival Heralding Spring – with Willow Summer & Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Wednesday 25 January 2023 – Program – 3 pm – Potluck – 5 pm, Please Bring Food & Drink to Share
Storytelling: The Alchemy of Celtic Triple Goddess Brigid,
The Year of the Water Rabbit – Tu B’Shvat – Beeswax Crafting – Singing
Rudolf Steiner’s Seed Meditation – from ‘How to Know Higher Worlds’
‘Charm the Plow’ – Bless & Consecrate the Farm tools
Three Springs Community Farm 15300 Bodega Hwy, Bodega, CA 94922
Contact Willow for more info.
Velsum Voices Presents: ‘New Nightingale, New Rose’
A Benefit Concert to support Nancy Jewel Poer and the community events at White Feather Ranch
Saturday, 28 January 2023, at 2 pm PT
In the Peace Garden at White Feather Ranch, Placerville, CA
All Ages – Love Donation – Contribute what you will
Come join us for Velsum’s West Coast Debut!
Dress in warm clothes for a hearty heart-filled afternoon of music and celebration. We will have an outdoor fire. If it is too chilly we can meet in the Ranch House. Pack your own picnic lunch or dinner.
‘Velsum‘ is a musical initiative formed through Lucien Dante Lazar and Ultra-Violet Archer. The songs are inspired to develop our human capacity for Love and Logic. Velsum is a celebration of harmony, rhythm, prayer, and the human voice. Each song is permeated with a sincere interest in the other, the self, the world, and the cosmos. ‘”Velsum’s music is a product of listening.” We hope that by listening to these songs, you feel heard. ~Velsum
Lucien and Ultra met as children at the Chicago Waldorf School, and became friends and collaborators as young adults. They now write, record and perform original music through the initiative Velsum. They debuted the show ‘New Nightingale, New Rose’ last winter at Angelic Organics Farm, and have performed it throughout the Midwest. Through weaving harmonies, poetic recitations, and movement, New Nightingale, New Rose invites the audience on a quest for love and wisdom. A joyful experience awaits young and old!
~Velsum: Ancient Futurism~ Lucien Dante Lazar and Ultra-Violet Archer
Ultra-Violet Archer – (b. Chicago, IL, 1999) is a songwriter and music producer, exploring music as a tool for healing and storytelling. After studying at Oberlin College & Conservatory and spending a year in Järna, Sweden, at the International Youth Initiative Program, she currently studies music at Columbia College Chicago. She strives to make music that invites people to honor the parts of themselves they feel but can’t yet put into words. https://linktr.ee/UltraVioletArcher
Lucien Dante Lazar (b. Chicago, IL, 1994) is an interdisciplinary artist whose praxis is founded in the intersections of art, science, and spirituality. He received his BA from Bard College (2016), his MFA from California College of the Arts (2020), and is currently working on his PhD in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program at California Institute of Integral Studies. His dissertation will concern the pedagogy of spiritual development through the diversity of the arts.
This course is available on Zoom. You will be emailed a Zoom link closer to the time of the class. The course will be recorded and you will receive a link to watch it. Go to the Infinity Foundation web site to enroll
Course Number 231154 / Zoom
Date: Thursday, May 11
Time 7:00 – 8:30 PM CST
Cost $33/23 payment 10 days in advance
When we tune into the Cycle of the Seasons, we experience that as the Earth breathes out in the Springtime, the beings of nature reach upwards towards the heights. The longing of the human soul also strives to meet this mood of ascension, which attunes all life to the cosmic expanses.
Together we will gain insights in how to rise up to our Higher Self by participating in this harmonizing spring-dialogue between the worlds.
This reconnection between heaven & earth was prefigured in the story of Jacob’s ladder from the Old Testament. Through his dream of the ‘stairway to heaven’, Jacob gave us a prophecy in the picture of a golden ladder on which choirs of Angels traverse between the ‘Above & Below’. The Mystery of the Ascension of Christ, 40 days after the Resurrection at Easter, fulfilled Jacob’s Prophecy. Christ as the Being of Love became the living bridge connecting us to the eternal.
Through this workshop we will learn how humanity will also be transfigured in the fullness of time. The company of the Angelic Hierarchies wait for us, their younger siblings, to ascend, first of all in our thinking, to meet them in fellowship, as they work all the while by our sides.