True, the Beautiful, the Good – GA 220 – A lecture given by Rudolf Steiner 100 years ago today 19 January 1923, in Dornach – showing that the primary function of education & evolution is to exercise soul faculties of Thinking, Feeling & Willing, as the “eternal verities” of Truth, Beauty & Goodness – outpictured in Science, Art & Spirituality.
“…A genuine feeling for beauty forges a link that connects us here, in earthly life once again with our pre-earthly existence…
A civilization that is filled with ugly machines, with chimneys and smoke, and dispenses with beauty, tears humanity asunder…it is a fitting abode for the demonic beings who would like to make the human being forget pre-earthly existence in the realm of spirit…
How can a human being develop an actual power that will lead directly into the spiritual world left when descending to the earth from pre-earthly existence? The answer is, when the person is filled with Goodness — a goodness that flows to others, and is not confined to self-interest…
Such goodness can lead to qualities, and experiences of innumerable forces of soul, that actually instill into the human being elements with which they were permeated with in pre-earthly existence.
Through the sense of Beauty the human being is linked, by means of a picture, to the spirit.
If they are truly good, this links their earthly life to pre-earthly existence. A good person is one who can bear their own soul over into the soul of another. Upon this all true morality depends. Without morality no true social order among earthly humanity can be maintained.
When this true morality develops into momentous impulses of will which then become moral acts, it begins to be a quickening- all-pervading impulse in the soul, inasmuch as a person can then be moved to real sympathy at the sight of care on the face of another — their own astral body feels pain at the sight of suffering in others.
For just as the sense of truth manifests in the human being’s right relation to the physical body; just as a warm enthusiasm for Beauty expresses itself in the etheric body — so does Goodness live in the astral body.
The astral body cannot be healthy, or maintain its true position in the world, if a person is not able to pour through it the forces proceeding from Goodness.
Here we have the concrete reality of the three ideals of Truth, Beauty, Goodness. Truth, is related to the physical body, Beauty to the etheric body, Goodness to the astral body.
These ideals show up, to begin with, in the physical body, when the person is filled with a real sense of truth instead of conventional opinions.
A worthy existence can quicken the etheric body into life through a feeling for beauty.
A person may do good because of some convention, or because punishment is in store for a wrong-doing — or because other people will respect them less if they do wrong. A person can, however, also do good from a sheer love of goodness, I spoke about this in my book, The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity. Such an experience of goodness will always lead to a recognition of the reality of the astral body.
Now to realize the good is not, as in the experience of beauty, merely to create a link with pre-earthly existence. To experience goodness is, to unite oneself with the world, which is ever present. We have but to stretch out towards it. Experience of goodness is a link, leading directly to the world the human soul enters after death.
Forces that endure beyond the gate of death are present in actions done here on earth, if a person lives a life of goodness.
The sense of truth is a heritage from pre-earthly existence. The sense of beauty will create an image, of pre-earthly connection with spirit. And the impulse exists within us not to cut ourselves off from spirit, but rather to maintain the bond intact by the goodness we develop as inner power.
To be true is to be rightly united with our spiritual past. To sense beauty means that in the physical world we do not disown our connection with spirit. To be good is to build a living seed for a spiritual world in the future.
Past, present, future — these three concepts, as they play their part in human life, assume far-reaching significance when we understand the concrete reality of the other three concepts — Truth, Beauty, Goodness.
The person who is untruthful denies his spiritual past; the liar severs the threads between himself and his spiritual past. He who disregards beauty is building an abode on earth where the sun of spirit never shines, where he wanders in spiritless shadow. The human being who belies the good renounces their spiritual future.
It was, indeed, out of a profound drive that Truth, Beauty and Goodness were held to be the greatest ideals of human striving. Yet they have faded away into shadowy words, and it is up to our present age to bestow concrete reality upon them once again”
THE CALENDAR OF THE SOUL translated – with added titles – by Roy Sadler – LENT – Memory, Arise
The world is threatening to numb,
my soul’s own inborn force.
Now memory, companion me,
and in my sight enhance
the penetration of my glance
vitality of will alone sustains.
This is part of the square quartet, the only one where the 4 related verses form a perfect square in the Soul Calendar’s lemniscate pattern. They correspond to the middle of each quarter in the year. It’s not mentioned elsewhere but I think these verses can be regarded as transitions between the seasons. They are a kind of crossing over the threshold to a new soul mood. When a new spring comes without proper clarity of thought it can numb our consciousness. For thoughtful perception the power of memory is needed, in contrast to foresight for a new summer union with spirit in the mirror verse.
My Self is threatening to flee,
drawn strongly to the world’s inviting light.
Now foresight, dawn in me, your star arise
and my divining, firmly as of right,
replace the power of thought
that in the senses’ glory leaves me.
19 February 2023 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Watch them draw closer together twilight after twilight
1473 – Birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish mathematician & astronomer
1807 – Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested for treason in Wakefield, Alabama and confined to Fort Stoddert. Aaron Burr was an American politician & lawyer. He served as the third vice president of the United States during President Thomas Jefferson’s first term from 1801 to 1805. During his last year as vice president, Burr engaged in the duel in which he fatally shot Hamilton, his political rival. Although dueling was illegal, Burr was never tried, and all charges against him eventually were dropped. Nevertheless, Hamilton’s death ended Burr’s political career.
Burr traveled west to the American frontier, seeking new economic & political opportunities. His secretive activities led to his 1807 arrest in Alabama on charges of treason. He was brought to trial more than once for what became known as the Burr conspiracy, but was acquitted each time. Nevertheless, with large debts & few influential friends, Burr left the United States to live as an expatriate in Europe. Handicapped by a stroke and financially ruined, Burr died at a boarding house in 1836.
1878 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
1899 – End of the Kali Yuga according to Elisabeth Vreeda, which began in 3001 BC.
1899 – Birthday of Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, a German scientist, soil scientist, leading advocate of biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophist and student of Rudolf Steiner.
Pfeiffer grew up in Nuremberg. He studied chemistry in Basel and came into contact with anthroposophy there. At the age of 21 he installed stage lighting in the carpenter’s workshop at the first Goetheanum, so that it was suitable for eurythmy performances (now on display in the Salzburg Museum for Stage Technology). He lit the eurythmy performances until Rudolf Steiner’s death in 1925 and recorded many of the performance director’s details on the use of light for posterity. At times he also Steiner’s driver.
In 1925, together with Erica Sabarth, he developed the copper chloride crystallisation method, which is one of the image-creating methods of anthroposophy. On a cold winter’s day he is said to have observed how the steam from a hot coffee cup and a hot tea cup at the window produced different ice crystals. With the method one can prove to what degree food has vitality (by examining the images that the crystals form when they come together with plant juices or blood preparations).
In 1938-40, Pfeiffer emigrated to the USA via France. In 1939, he received an honorary doctorate of medicine for his cancer research. In the USA, he developed a method for composting urban waste and conducted research in the field of organic farming and maintained a biodynamic model and research farm. In 1956 he became professor of biochemistry. He died on 30 November 1961 in Spring Valley, NY.
1942 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs executive order 9066, allowing the United States military to relocate Japanese Americans to internment camps.
1953 – Book censorship in the United States: The Georgia Literature Commission is established
1963 – The publication of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique reawakens the feminist movement in the United States as women’s organizations and consciousness raising groups spread.
The Categories of Aristotle – a process of contraction…
Is there a path to expansion…..?
PUBLIC LECTURE AND EURYTHMY WORKSHOP WITH CLAUDIA FONTANA
Friday 24 March 2023 – Lecture 7 pm CT – 8:30 pm – Purchase tickets at the door or pay online
Saturday 25 March 2023 – Workshop – 9 am CT– (10:30 am 1/2 hour break – 11 am) 12:30 pm CT – Purchase tickets at the door or pay online $50
The Categories of Aristotle: A process of contraction…exploring a path to expansion…
Does one have to be a philosopher of great erudition to approach Aristotle’s gift to humanity……his Categories?
Perhaps , YES! But an initial acquaintance with them can lead out of the confinement of the intellectual concept to an experience of expansion supported by Eurythmy.
In the evening lecture Claudia will introduce the life of the Categories before they became concepts – Bringing the symbols in a sequence of sounds (called the Evolutionary Sequence ) out of their conceptual form, to life, supported by Eurythmy and examples of poetry.
During the workshop we will enter into the movement of the poetry presented during the lecture. This will be accessible to Eurythmists as well as to anyone interested in the life of language, poetry and our alphabet.
For more info contact Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator
Claudia Fontana saw a Eurythmy performance when still a teenager. Unbeknownst to her at the time, that performance was the gate to her destiny path. Soon thereafter she studied Eurythmy in Vienna and subsequently spent fourteen years as a performer with the Dornach, London and Stuttgart Eurythmeum ensembles. Teaching became the next challenge which she happily met in the United States, Europe. Before Covid, she spent seven years teaching all levels in Thailand, Malaysia and China. She resides in Ann Arbor, MI still performing and teaching.
Mary Magdalene & the Women at the Tomb – A Festival of Resurrection
with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Song-Circle with Velsum,
Eurythmy – & an artistic break out session
Holy Saturday 8 April 2023
1 pm – 3pm CT a hybrid event in-person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago & on zoom
Meeting ID: 705 017 4041
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.
~Vitae Sophia~A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor
with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Velsum Voices & Eurythmy
Saturday 27 May 2023 a Hybrid event in person* & on zoom
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.
Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83663366670?pwd=L292UzlOR1pkZjBXSWpxK1B2b0o1dz09 Meeting ID: 836 6336 6670 / Passcode: 397593