Greetings friends on this WhitSunday 2023 –
The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, our individual “I”, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is strongly felt during this time of the consciousness soul age. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create this type of culture, and the opportunity is here for each of us to meet, human to human, where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength comes from our personal development and is enhanced by weaving our gifts together with others, knitting our social world in conscious community.
We can think about the ‘7 gifts of the Holy Spirit’, and ask ourselves: What are my gifts? How can I place them in right relationship within the social realm? How can I hone them, to strengthen and enhance the world? How do we turn the ME into a WE?
In 1907 Steiner created the ‘Whitsun Congress’ in Munich as a new Rosicrucian impulse, displaying the 7 seals of St. John’s Apocalypse, a representation of the 7 stages of Christian initiation. The Whitsun spirit came alive again, through Rudolf Steiner for the 3rd time in history with the re- founding of the Anthroposophical Society at the Christmas Conference.
When we take up the mantric expression of the Foundation Stone Meditation, it becomes the key in which the individual and social principles are harmoniously united – Lifting us out of the ‘ME’ into the ‘WE’, so that the spirit flame can enter and spread out through us, creating a radiating vessel for the Christ – Anthroposophia – and the powerful Michaelic forces wanting to be employed by us.
Our job as Michaelites is to take our individual Inner Whitsun and expand it, into what Steiner calls the “World Festival of Knowledge” a path leading from ‘Sprit Recalling’, to ‘Sprit Sensing’, to ‘Sprit Beholding.’
Through Steiner’s profound mystery deed at the Christmas Conference, an altogether new relationship between the spiritual world and the human being was conceived. If, today, together, we will to turn our hearts towards a higher wisdom in Love, to set fire to the forces of knowledge in our souls, redeeming our intelligence, our Anthroposophical angel, if you will, can anchor and embody itself in the environment we prepare for it.
Schiller once said “Take the divine into your will & it descends from its cosmic throne.”
We are called to create an Ecclesia, a vessel, a chalice, a sheath 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, where the ‘inverted Whitsun’, was born. The idea of taking the spirit that has flowed through the head into the heart, and then out from the heart, back as a gift to humanity, to redeem the Cosmic Intelligence of Michael.
In this sense the Christmas Conference, in all its spiritual reality, reveals itself as the true Whitsun for those who strive to take into their souls the Wisdom of the Holy Spirit concerning the human being – Anthropos-Sophia, which is the knowledge of the grail held aloft by Michael in this present age of the consciousness soul.
Here are some Whitsun presentations for your inspirational viewing:
Sangraal: A Pentecost Pilgrimage with the CRC
Whitsun: ‘The Festival of United Soul Endeavour’ – All Region’s
This years offering: Anthroposophia & the Redemption of Lucifer, featuring Velsum, coming soon! Stay tuned…
28 May 2023 – “Speaking with the stars”: Shortly before sunrise tomorrow Mercury (occult Venus) will reach greatest distance from the Sun and will be very low in the east. To its upper right shines the brighter planet Jupiter.
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated with added titles by Roy Sadler
DREAM LIFE’S PRESENCE
In concert with the spirit’s birth
the senses’ power grows;
it presses thinking down
to dimness of a dream.
When Holy Spirit
would bond with soul;
the mind must rest
in dream life’s presence.
the mirror verse
In concert with the spirit’s birth
thought’s power grows;
it lights up senses’ vague allure
to vivid clarity.
When soul would bond
with springtime’s coming,
thought’s light must shine
on sense revealing.
TODAY: Whitsunday 28 May 2023
NEW TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm
50 Days after The Resurrection =
Our Community Pentecost Gathering –
Social Sculpture with Rev. Jeana Lee & ~hag
Pot-Luck, Bonfire & Prep Stir
at the home of Hazel & Chuck Ginsberg
Please bring food & drink to share –
RSVP to Hazel@ReverseRitual.com