Awakening to Community

Elizabeth Wang

“All community building eventuates in a higher being descending from the world of the spirit to reign over and unite people who have come together in a common cause.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Awakening to Community, Lecture 9, 3 March 1923

I felt this Steiner quote to be true in a very real sense as we were building the container during our 1st session of cohort #5’s AAP training (Association for Anthroposophical Psychology).

45 diverse folks from various backgrounds came together in Rose Hall at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills of for an intensive week of learning amidst sacred encounters.

The tag team sessions with Tonya Stoddard & Susan Overhauser really made familiar themes like the Soul Forces pop, enlivening us with head, hands & heart. The topic ‘Empathic Resonance & Self Knowledge’ had a deep impact on me. (Empath – a path to meet “I to I”)

Resonance begins by emptying the dissonant chatter of the monkey mind, or any preconceived judgmental baggage that gets in the way of truly listening & being present in the encounter. To do this we must really strive to ‘Know Thyself’ – to recognize our own content – to be willing to let it go, so the “I” of the other can enter.

Reactions get in the way of resonating. We have to ask ourselves what are we attached to – see it,  & then move it aside – It is a sacrifice to set yourself aside – to release the fear of not being seen ourselves. Just Like in meditation our “I” needs to ‘go to sleep’ to truly witness the essence of the other. This strengthens our will.

As we work with our angel, actively engaging our angel with the angel of the other, we can hear what karma is calling in from the future. Yep, it’s about listening to hear, not to talk. Will my question enhance their experience, or is it just my curiosity, my need? Can I stay quiet inside & outside?

We have to hold the silence to let the resonance resound. This allows space for a 3rd Being to arise between the 2 “I’s”. A Being created out of interest, reverence & love. This living Being has phases just like the relationship does. Our etheric life processes that come from warmth are nourishing to it. Co-creating a mood of wonder, reverence & awe helps continue the advance of this 3rd being.

Dr. James Dyson wasn’t present but the few things he said on zoom stood out, like: ‘The human encounter has the potential to develop future worlds.’ I have certainly taken that into my thinking.

Knowing the group was consciously working together with the help of the ‘Digestion Sessions’ in the evenings lead to a powerful backward review every night – welcoming in the future stream of time, allowing the beings of the spiritual worlds to be more conscious. And the ‘Echo Space’ in the mornings was a wonderful way to bring the lessons from ‘Night School’ into perspective.

And throughout, the eurythmy with Karen Derreumaux created the perfect atmosphere, molding the group into an etheric chalice, the beginnings of a spiritual vessel for a new AAP Archangel as per Steiner’s quote:

“All community building eventuates in a higher being descending from the world of the spirit to reign over and unite people who have come together in a common cause.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Awakening to Community, Lecture 9, 3 March 1923

More tomorrow

In gratitude for this working


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Vidar-mas? – A new Festival for the new Archangel of our Time

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Having received insights from Are Thoresen at the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago this weekend, we are taking up our own research into the new Archangel Vidar, who stands as Guardian to the Threshold of the Etheric Realm, in protection of the Nathan Soul, opening the Northern Stream of Initiation to those who would approach the Etheric Christ . In a recent spiritual experience, Are Thoresen suggested that August 20th may be the Feast Day of Vidar..?

All are invited to join us, where ever you are, in reading a lecture by Rudolf Steiner which brings to life this new Archangel Vidar.

We welcome your feedback as to whether or not August 20th resonates as a new Feast Day that we might call Vidar-mas..?

THE MISSION OF FOLK-SOULS, GA 121, Lecture XI, 17 June 1910, Christiania

Meeting in-person at the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago or wherever you are

20 August 2022, at 5 pm PT / 6 pm MT / 7 pm CT / 8 pm PT

From Maverick: “On the sheets given us by the Star House called “Sun Chronicle of the Christ Events”, Aug. 20th shows the Sun’s sidereal longitude at 2 to 3 degrees in Leo – so the Sun’s at home in the sign it rules. The Christ events occurring then are: Aug.20th – the conversation at Jacob’s well (so the 1st time Jesus revealed to anyone other than the disciples that He was the Messiah), and Aug. 20/21st – the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

~Hazel Archer-Ginsberg,

Cultural Events & Festivals Coordinator for the Rudolf Steiner Branch, Chicago

8 thoughts on “Awakening to Community

  1. Quinto Fabio Massimo detto il Temporeggiatore, ovvero Fabius Maximus Cunctator era nato a Roma nel 275 a.c. e morto a Roma nel 203 a.c.!

  2. Dear Hazel,
    Thank you so much for each beautiful sharing you send. The one today is so important, that of listening and hearing to the other selflessly, then a third being appears to guide us … how challenging it is to find one’s community. Even in anthroposophy there are many different points of view according to their materialistic understanding.
    Blessings on your work, it sounds like a great training you are going through,

    1. Greetings Giselle –
      So glad you are resonating with this 😉
      I hear you on how hard it is to be in community.
      I really think this training can benefit all who are willing to do the work to be truly human…
      Thanks for your support!

  3. Hazel, thank-you for sharing some thoughts relative your time with the Association for Anthroposophical Psychology. Rudolf’s words “All community building eventuates in a higher being descending from the world of the spirit . . .”, ring strong and true for me;
    I know the experience but the idea that there is a third entity is a fresh vision. Reminds me of the statement “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:19–20.) Much to work with in my daily goings about.

    1. August Greetings Dear Rod – Yes it is interesting to bring the ultimate version of this idea as put forth in the Gospel of Matthew quote.

      For me it feels powerful to think how from the individual we have above us, so to speak, our own Guardian Angel, then when 2 people are consciously working together, their 2 angels call in a 3rd being, a kind of combined egregore of the 2 individualities.

      And then with a larger group all these souls working together can develop a particular Archangelic group soul amongst them.

      And then we can go on from there to think of the folk souls of nations & then our Time Spirit Michael an Archai holding the zeitgeist of the age & on from there…

      But as you said, this most intimate idea of the Christ being there when 2 or more are gathered is so amazing & hopeful. Thank you.

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