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Day 57: From monkey to monk | 100 Days of Peace

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Jennifer Beck

To meditate is to become a stage where the eternal and transitory meet, so that our actions can become those of the eternal, for which we are but mediators; we are the eyes and the hands of the primal spirit, who sees and creates through us. Out of the spirit, then, let us create a better world.”-Rudolf Steiner

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Dear Friends – Our imaginative cognition is a treasure when it spins out scenarios that are aligned with our higher “I”. Then it’s an indispensable tool in creating a reality that brings in the flow of the universe. Nothing manifests on the material plane unless it first exists as a mental picture. We can form images of the tools we hope to wield in the world, & the conditions we’d like to inhabit.

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Rachel Handly


But for most of us, the imagination is as much a curse as a blessing. We are just as likely to use it to conjure up premonitions that are at odds with our conscious values. Fearful fantasies regularly pop up, many disguising themselves as rational thoughts & genuine intuitions. They hijack our psychic energy, directing it to exhaust itself in dead-end deliberations.

Meanwhile, ill-suited longings are also lurking in our unconscious mind, impelling us to want things that aren’t good for us. Anytime we surrender to their allure, our imagination is practicing a form of black magic.

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These unsavory aspects of our imagination are what Zen Buddhists describe as the chatter of the “monkey mind.” If we can stop associating our sense of self with this endless surge of slapdash distractions & fruitless fantasies, then we can ‘Be Here Now’ to see what is actually needed.

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But whether our imagination is in service to our noble ideals or in the thrall of compulsive fears & inappropriate yearnings, there is one thing for sure: These thoughts can become prophesies.

Of course many of our visions of the future do not come to pass – Thank the good gods – The situations we expect to occur & the experiences we rehearse & dwell on, all the worry about the future, just zaps us, & lames our will. It’s downright self-destructive to keep infecting our imaginations with pictures of loss & failure, doom & gloom, fear & loathing.

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Freddy Zentral

The far more sensible approach is to anticipate blessings…

~hag

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Len Kemmer

Learn to dance, or else the angels in heaven will not know what to do with you”.  ~Saint Augustine

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21 January 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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259 – Deathday of St. Fructuosus, bishop of Tarragona arrested during the persecutions of Christians under the Roman Emperor Valerian. He was burned at the stake in the local amphitheater.

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304 – Feast Day of St. Agnes of Rome a virgin martyr, 1 of 7 women, who along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, are commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She is the patron saint of chastity, gardeners, girls, engaged couples, rape survivors, virgins, & the Children of Mary. Agnes is depicted in art with a lamb. The name “Agnes” is derived from the feminine Greek adjective meaning “chaste, pure, sacred”

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1793 – After being found guilty of treason Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine

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1841 – Birthday of Édouard Schuré, a French philosopher, poet, playwright, novelist, music critic, & publicist of esoteric literature. Born in the old cathedral city of Strasbourg. As a young boy he experienced events that, “Ieft traces upon my thoughts, to which my memory returns ever and again.” The result of these events he called “inner vision, evoked by impressions of the external world.” The first of these experiences occurred shortly after the death of his mother, when he & his father visited a resort in Alsace.  On the walls of one of the buildings the ten-year-old boy saw a remarkable series of frescoes, depicting the world of undines, sylphs, gnomes & fire-spirits. Before these representations of the Elemental Beings, the boy was transported into another world, the world of creative fantasy. Like a talisman, the pictures awakened the magic forces of wonder in the child soul, & the result was a new perception.

Not long after the death of his father, which occurred when Schure was fourteen, he visited Paris, & saw for the first time the classical sculptures in the Louvre. The beauty of the Venus di Milo, of Dionysus, of the wounded Amazon, penetrated deeply into the boy, awakening in him a love & appreciation for the world of ancient Greece, which was to play so significant a role in his later work as a playwright. In these sculptures Schure became aware of the fact that a divine beauty can be made manifest in physical substance through the magic of art. At about this same time Schure read a description of the Eleusinian Mysteries of Ancient Greece, & the inner pictures this evoked were so vivid, so compelling, that he dedicated himself to the task of recreating the sacred drama of Eleusis for modern humanity. For Schure was convinced that through the experiencing of such a drama, people of modern times can acquire a totally new conception of the relationship between the spiritual striving of the ancient world & the religious conceptions of today.

Parallel with these experiences of soul & spirit, Schure’s early years were devoted to formal education. Eventually he received his degree in law at the University of Strasbourg, but he never entered into practice. He visited Germany, remaining there for a few years, during which time he wrote Histoire du lied published in 1868. In this book he expressed his love for music & poetry which had been enhanced by his personal acquaintance with Richard Wagner, then living in Munich.

Shortly after his return from his travels in Germany, Schure married the sister of his friend, the composer Nessler.  They moved to Paris, where Schure continued his writing & studies, making friends with some of the most important men & women in the cultural life of France of his time. With the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, Schure & his wife went to Italy.

In Florence Schure made the second great friendship of his life.  One day Malvida von Meysenbergs, the devoted admirer & helper of the philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, introduced Edouard Schure to a Greek lady, Margherita Albana Mignaty. The meeting made a profound impression upon Schure, an impression he was to recall clearly in the last year of his life: “When I saw those great sunny radiant eyes directed questioningly upon me, I felt my consciousness almost desert me, for my whole being seemed called upon to reveal itself.” In the presence of this beautiful woman, so reminiscent of the women of the classical Greece he so deeply loved, Schure once again found access to the spiritual world opening within him. In Margherita Albana Mignaty he discovered a soul to whom the unseen world was as immanent as the physical. This direct relationship with the spiritual world was the result of the death of her child, which had taken place some years before. Through their many conversations, Schure’s own spiritual perception broadened & deepened beyond anything he had previously imagined. He referred to her as his Muse, & saw in her a “spirit that moves mountains, a love which awakens and creates souls, and whose sublime inspiration burns like a radiant light.” on one occasion he asked her how she acquired such precise knowledge of the spiritual history of humankind, such intimate details concerning long-forgotten antiquity. Her reply was profoundly simple: “When I wish to penetrate to the very depths of a subject, I shut myself in my room and reveal myself to myself.” Through the inspiration of Margherita Albana Mignaty ‘as a testimony of a faith acquired and shared,’ Schure’s book The Great Initiates came into being.

Schuré now turned increasingly to the esoteric & the occult, his major influence being the famous French occultist-scholar Fabre d’Olivet.  In 1884, he met the founder of the Theosophical Society Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Although unwelcome in the Theosophical Society, he nevertheless entered.

In 1900, the actress Marie von Sivers came into contact with him because she intended to translate his works into German (The Great Initiates, The Sacred Drama of Eleusis & The Children of Lucifer). At the German Section of the Theosophical Society, he met the Austrian philosopher & later founder of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner. In 1906, Sivers brought about a meeting between Schuré & Steiner. Schuré was deeply impressed & thought of Steiner as an authentic ‘initiate’ in line with his The Great Initiates. After hearing Steiner lecture in Paris for the first time in 1906, Schuré in an ecstatic state ran home & wrote down the entirety of the lecture from memory. This first lecture, & the other lectures in the series (which Schuré wrote down) were published as Esoteric Cosmology. Subsequently, Steiner & von Sivers staged Schuré’s esoteric dramas at the Theosophical Congresses in Berlin & Munich. Schuré’s The Children of Lucifer, served as a precursor of Rudolf Steiner’s own esoteric dramas.

In 1908 Schuré brought out Le Mystère Chrétien et les Mystères Antiques, a French translation of Steiner’s work Christianity as Mystical Fact & the Mysteries of Antiquity.

Édouard Schuré was often visited by Rudolf Steiner in Barr, Alsace. Steiner produced many of Schure’s plays. In speaking about his book The Great Initiates Steiner says: “Édouard Schuré speaks about the ‘Great Illuminated,’ the Great Initiates, who have looked deeply into the background of things, and from this background have given great impulses for the spiritual development of mankind. He traces the great spiritual deeds of Rama, Krishna, Hermes, Pythagoras and Plato, in order to show the unification of all these impulses in Christ…. The light streaming from Schuré’s book enlightens those who wish to be firmly rooted in the spiritual sources from which strength and certainty for modern life can be drawn.” ~Rudolf Steiner

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1924 – Deathday of Vladimir Lenin

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1950 – Deathday of George Orwell

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1959 – Deathday of Cecil B. DeMille

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Sunday 24 January 2021 – Reclaiming the Wisdom of America 

2–4 pm CST – An interactive Zoom Presentation with

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Rosemary McMullen, Anne Nicholson, Stewart Lundy, Sally Greenberg, Anne Dale 

Anne Nicholson, Social Scientist & tech guru is our Host

Sally Greenberg – Opening Verse: Walt Whitman-Leaves of Grass

Hazel Archer will explore the concept of Columbia as the Folk Spirit of America, as seen from the perspective of the Native Peoples’, as well as the Founding Fathers. How do we renew this for our age of the consciousness soul, as a preparation for the unveiling of the New Isis-Sophia in the 7th epoch – to fulfill the true destiny of America?

Stewart Lundy of Perennial Roots Farm brings the connection of Bio-dynamics

Rosemary McMullen sets the scene for the ancestors – ‘Land Acknowledgement’, as a way for each participant to look at their current placement in America. A look also at how The 3 Realms of Culture, Rights, Economy, becomes 4-fold when we bring in the element of Ecology.

Artistic gesture: The Spirit of Place

Sally Greenberg & Anne Dale: a contemplation of the expression of our Civil Responsibility that recommits us to our core values, to one another, & to the Spirit of Place & Time.

Breakout Groups: Social Sharing – What do you see is wanting to come into being in America? How will you contribute to it? Each will share their artistic creation in relation to these questions to see if something new arises.

Anne Nicholson: Plenary- Closing

Anne Dale – Closing: Verse for America by Rudolf Steiner

We are bringing Anthroposophy to the People! Our presentation will be screened along with many other offerings from around the country in conjunction with The People’s Inauguration’.

Only 100 zoom slots, so don’t be late

Time: Jan 24, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: dove

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Inaugurate Change

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Kiki Smith

Here’s the ‘I Think Speech’ podcast for today’s post

Dear friends – Today is January 20th 2021 – Inauguration day. Many folks are holding fear around displays of violence, apes ponding their chests & the like. Of course it’s our job to create peaceful thought-forms that counteract these fearful imaginations.  In a conversation yesterday about the state of the world, a friend used the term: Entre chien et loup which is a French idiom that literally means ‘between dog & wolf.’ It’s used to describe twilight or dusk, when the light is tricky & it’s tough to distinguish between a dog & a wolf. But it may also suggest a situation that is a blend of the familiar & the unknown, or even a moment when what’s ordinary & routine becomes unruly or wild. Entre chien et loup suggests an intermediary state that’s unpredictable or beyond our ability to define. This seems to be one of the main themes for us right now.

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I often marvel at how varied the canine species can be dogs all shapes & sizes – & they all have their origins in the wolf. In my neighborhood right in the middle of the city of Chicago we see coyote. This is always a thrill for me. Can we embrace the wild, the unpredictable, the un-tame? For that liminal place holds the potential for change. And as we know the loyal dog can also bite. But it can also be lazy. They say: ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. Maybe that’s why we also need the wolf.

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To fear the wolf is to miss the opportunity to tap into its essence, which can be turned to the good. Many conservationists say reintroducing the wolf into the wild brings a better balance to the ecosystem. If we try to suppress these impulses they just come out sideways, & we get the wolf in sheep’s clothing, which in my thinking is much more lethal. How can we let the howl of the wolf alert us to the fact that the checks & balances are needing adjustment. How can the howl be heard, so that the call for freedom can be transformed from an unconscious selfish impulse where the pack runs in for the kill; channeled instead into a call for a true freedom which serves the good of all.

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Tyler Marnie

The spiritual beings who apart from ourselves inhabit the spiritual world look with satisfaction and approval upon our thoughts about their world. They can help us only if we think about them; and although we may not have attained to clairvoyant vision into the spiritual world, if we know about these spiritual beings they can help us. In return for our study of spiritual science help comes to us from the spiritual world. It is not merely the things we learn, the knowledge we acquire, it is the beings of the higher Hierarchies themselves who help us when we know about them…The spiritual world helps us. We have need of it, we must know about it, and unite ourselves with it through conscious understanding”. ~ Rudolf Steiner – GA 168 – How Can the Destitution of Soul in Modern Times Be Overcome? – Zurich, October 10th, 1916

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Jilly Bean

THE WANDERING STARS

The Word in me,
the fire of the night,
the memory in my heart
of every tone of dark and light,
is poetry the wandering stars bequeath…

The Moon, the goddess of appearance,
experience… of biding time… and time
she hides… she’s there, the keeper of my rhyme:
I am your witness…I attend life’s dance…

Mercury, if I let him, invites my foolery,

a freedom freer than a king may seek
or even feel… as healing depths of being
are whispering… there’s always another way…

Venus is welcoming… she has the art
of listening… she trusts me, guards my love
and hears my pain… and I open my heart
as she says… I accept you as you are

The Sun, the god of my complete being,
unveils the morning hours, opens flowers,
his light resounding in the depths of joy,
announcing… I abound… I ground love’s powers

Mars acts in my blood, encouraging me.
He is my Lionheart, and I obey
his aim within me, willing me to wake
and work: wake up, he says… it’s time to change

Jupiter, if I care, forms my space
and cleans my spirit, showing me over and over
where peace goes peace follows, and where I focus
I am… and everything is in its place

Saturn, my end and my beginning,
evade you as I do I do not lose you.
You knew what moved me… and here, now, reviewing…

you’re asking… are you doing what you came to do…?

The poetry of who I am becoming,
the unknown,
invites my heart,
my future in my dark,
to speak to the wandering stars…

Inspired by Playing with Paradox, a mask workshop at the Stourbridge Glasshouse College with Michael Chase, working with the planetary archetypes.  The words the planets speak (in italics), were used ‘to charge’ the actors to prepare them to play in the planetary masks (except for the sun, who we didn’t work with).
This planetary order of the ancient Greek Mysteries (that has still been used by Rudolf Steiner) was only changed at the time of Copernicus. In it the ♀ & ♂ planets, Venus & Mars, have a mirrored relationship either side of the sun.
 

As we look up may the hemisphere send down its spirit greetings,
~Roy Sadler

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Sunday 24 January 2021 – Reclaiming the Wisdom of America 

2–4 pm CST – An interactive Zoom Presentation with

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Rosemary McMullen, Anne Nicholson, Stewart Lundy, Sally Greenberg, Anne Dale 

Anne Nicholson, Social Scientist & tech guru is our Host

Sally Greenberg – Opening Verse: Walt Whitman-Leaves of Grass

Hazel Archer will explore the concept of Columbia as the Folk Spirit of America, as seen from the perspective of the Native Peoples’, as well as the Founding Fathers. How do we renew this for our age of the consciousness soul, as a preparation for the unveiling of the New Isis-Sophia in the 7th epoch – to fulfill the true destiny of America?

Stewart Lundy of Perennial Roots Farm brings the connection of Bio-dynamics

Rosemary McMullen sets the scene for the ancestors – ‘Land Acknowledgement’, as a way for each participant to look at their current placement in America. A look also at how The 3 Realms of Culture, Rights, Economy, becomes 4-fold when we bring in the element of Ecology.

Artistic gesture: The Spirit of Place

Sally Greenberg & Anne Dale: a contemplation of the expression of our Civil Responsibility that recommits us to our core values, to one another, & to the Spirit of Place & Time.

Breakout Groups: Social Sharing – What do you see is wanting to come into being in America? How will you contribute to it? Each will share their artistic creation in relation to these questions to see if something new arises.

Anne Nicholson: Plenary- Closing

Sally GreenbergEnding Verse: Alice Walker-America

We are bringing Anthroposophy to the People! Our presentation will be screened along with many other offerings from around the country in conjunction with The People’s Inauguration’.

Only 100 zoom slots, so don’t be late

Time: Jan 24, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/7052931041?pwd=Q1RNcDliYS9QK3JDV1hNQ1pxUmwwZz09

Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: dove

Dial by your location-Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/a961qZZhF

Meeting ID: 705 293 1041 – Passcode: 664936

for more info. contact Events & Festivals Coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg hag@rsChicago.org

Citizens Oath

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Here is the spoken version of today‘s post on ‘I Think Speech

Dear friends, as I have mentioned before, coming from a place of striving to live into the social organism as outlined by Rudolf Steiner, I don’t usually pay much heed to what I have seen as the empty pageantry of things like the presidential inauguration.  But this year because of the world situation which feels so untenable, it has come into my consciousness that We as Citizens of Earth are being called to really look at the idea of taking personal & collective responsibility for our world. What do you feel your personal duty is to the collective? What can you give, what gifts can you offer? Are we willing to faithfully execute our unique role in healing, reimagining, & rebuilding our country, to work to the best of our ability, to preserve, protect, & defend dignity, to stand for truth & justice for all, motivated by an unselfish love that promotes peace & truth…Are we willing to take an oath, to solemnly vow? What would that look like for you?

Making a Vow | Ajah Dharma
Dara Dharma

Have you ever taken a made a vow? I love the phrase solemnly swear, it is solemn – a sacred promise. Perhaps when you got married? Did you take vows? What were they? Are you remembering to live into them? Every once in a while people decide to renew their vows. How empowering it is to stand up in the company of friends & family to affirm a wedding, an agreement, a partnership – by taking an oath, to love & to cherish…

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What would it be like to see this ‘swearing in’ & the symbolic transition of power as an opportunity to get beyond the spectacle, & also in this case the fear of unrest, & imbue it with the power of ‘We the People’ – by participating – by personally & collectively opting in – not for the candidate or party affiliation, but for the divine sovereignty of the office itself. To call in the true Spirit of America, the beneficent folk soul of this sacred land who was once called Columbia, the embodiment of peace, to guide & protect our inalienable rights -To bring healing to this land, stolen from the native peoples, polluted by corporate greed, which engenders poverty & division amongst the people.

Joan of Arc - Maid of Heaven - Charles VII First Meeting

I think of Joan of Arc who fought for the sovereignty of her king, who on a personal level had many failings, but because of her purity of purpose she was able to bring the will of the spiritual world into manifestation, even thru the weak human vessels, to create change on the earth, & further the development of the consciousness soul age.

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Ekaterina Abramova

Our time now calls for individuals to join together to create the chalice for the ever present help of the spiritual world to pour into. We are not alone, but we must take a stand in uprightness – we must vow to do our duty as true human beings, or else the cup will not hold, & then thru the crack, or the lack, corruption is allowed to enter in.  

A history on the tradition of gift-giving around the world
Jen Pellington

And so I ask you dear friends on this eve of the presidential inauguration to contemplate what you are willing to vow to do, what actions, what inner workings, what thoughts can you offer, not just to uphold the American Constitution, but to unfold the highest destiny of human evolution?

Please join us as we explore these themes on what is becoming quite a co-creation (still continuing to morph) in bringing Anthroposophia to the world:

Sunday 24 January 2021 – Reclaiming the Wisdom of America –

2 – 4 pm CST An interactive Zoom Presentation with 

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Rosemary McMullen, Anne Nicholson, Sally Greenberg, Anne Dale, Stewart Lundy in conjunction with ‘The People’s Inauguration’

Anne Nicholson:  Social Scientist & tech guru is our Host

Sally Greenberg – Opening Verse: Walt Whitman-Leaves of Grass

Hazel Archer will explore the concept of Columbia as the Folk Spirit of America & what that means in this age of the consciousness soul.

Mary Maruca & Stewart Lundy of Perennial Roots Farm brings the connection to Bio-dynamics

Rosemary McMullen sets the scene for the ancestors-Land Acknowledgement, as a way for each participant to look at their current placement in America. The 3 Realms of Culture, Rights, Economy, becomes 4-fold when we bring in the element of Ecology.

Artistic gesture: The Spirit of Place

Sally Greenberg & Anne Dale: a contemplation of the expression of our Civil Responsibility that recommits us to our core values, to one another, & to the Spirit of Place & Time.

Breakout Groups: Social Sharing – What do you see is wanting to come into being in America? How will you contribute to it? Each will share their artistic creation in relation to these questions to see if something new arises.

Anne Nicholson: Plenary- Closing

Sally GreenbergEnding Verse: Alice Walker-America

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19 January 2021 – “speaking with the Stars”: In early evening, to the right of waxing Bella Luna is the Great Square of Pegasus, balancing on one corner.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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1736 – Birthday of James Watt, Scottish-English chemist & engineer, inventor of the steam engine.

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1809 – Birthday of Edgar Allan Poe

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1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance

1853 – Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Il trovatore receives its premiere performance in Rome.

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1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey

1938 – Deathday of Rosa Mayreder – an Austrian freethinker, author, painter, musician & feminist -The daughter of a wealthy Viennese innkeeper who was able to work as a painter & writer from her youth. She loved science & turned against the prevailing state of affairs that generally only allowed a higher education to men. She loved  anthropology & physics, but soon came across the special meaning of language . Together with Hugo Wolf, she published the opera “The Corregidor“, she composed the libretto & was one of Wolf’s sponsors.

In 1881 she married her childhood friend, the architect & later rector of the Vienna University of Technology Karl Mayreder . In the women’s movement she worked with activist Marie Lang & Marianne Hainisch in the early 1890s. In 1893 she founded the General Austrian Women’s Association. From 1899 she published together with Marie Lang & Auguste Fickert the magazine “Documents of Women“.

Her books “The Critique of Femininity ” as well as ” Gender and Culture “ & also in conversations that she held in her diaries, she described to the ‘culture-makers’, that it was important  for an equal ratio of the sexes. She gained recognition & approval in literary circles. The opposition was found especially in the field of medicine , which was perceived by her to falsely stress the ‘mental weakness of women’ as a haven of arbitrariness, but also the degradation of women as a sexual object. She turned against the discrimination of their gender & the existing double standards. Her works were widely distributed &translated into English.

Mayreder, who first worked as a painter also founded the “Art School for Women & Girls” in the years before the First World War with Olga Prager & Kurt Federn.

Before & during the war, she was involved with Bertha von Suttner in the peace movement, & in 1919 became the chairman of the “International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom” (IFFF).

Rosa Mayreder met Rudolf Steiner (with whom she entered into a long& extensive correspondence) through women’s rights campaigner Marie Lang. Mayreder wrote many passages in her diaries which describe how enlightening Rudolf Steiner was for her thinking. Steiner spent time with Mayreder & her husband at their villa discussing Goethe & politics over the years & right up until Stiner’s death.

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Heart of a garden Painting by E Buchanan
E. Bucheaum

POD (Poem Of the day)

~My heart is a furrowed field
That the Sun rolls over
Bating out the fallowness
With never-ending beams
Infusing my will to receive

~hag

Testify

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10:10 Testament:

From Henry Jamison: Following Steiner in his discussion of the caterpillar turning to liquid light in the chrysalis before transforming into the butterfly, we can consider color to be “compressed light”. Meanwhile, electricity/radiation is “decayed light”, very dangerous to the forces of love and ever-increasing here….

it seems that the pineal gland is a kind of third eye and a producer of bows of color (which is borne out I think in yoga and also in experiments with DMT, which the pineal gland produces). It’s the sixth chakra, I believe. And even pretty conventional science corroborates the idea that fluoride calcifies the pineal gland and limits its function…so I’m trying to strengthen my back (straighten my spine), drink reverse osmosis water, wake up early and generally move toward cleaning house. In addition, I’m doing the rose cross and trying to live in the bow of color. Can’t hurt! I’ll be contributing my rose cross to the thought-seed now.

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From Rev. Gisela Wielki: Ours is a starry country. We have the star-spangled banner. Our language is rich in star metaphors. We can be starry eyed. We know of stardust and stardom, of super stars and starlets, of Star Wars and Star Trek. We applaud Dancing with the Stars. We feel as people empowered to reach for the stars. We even shoot for the stars. We are the biggest pop star exporter around the globe, and we like to stargaze into the lives of our celebrities.

Some of our presidents, investors, Hollywood stars and others have had their private astrologers just to be sure the stars aligned in their favor, before making decisions.

But take heart, if being a star is not in your chart, be the sky. How would anyone even notice the stars without the night sky providing the much needed background for any star to appear and rise.

Still, the human desire for stardom has a deeper origin. The prophet Daniel in the Old Testament gives us an imagination of human beings shining like stars in the infinite Heavens.

Anyone who has ever seen the earth covered with freshly fallen snow on a full moon night, will not forget the brilliant display of a vast community of snow-stars covering the ground, making it look as if the starry heavens had come down to display on earth Daniel’s imagination of a future constellation of humanity. 

To become star radiant as a human being here on earth is not about self-radiance. To become star-radiant is about finding the Star of Wonder, the Star of Grace and about joining forces with its light. It is about radiating heart’s love and about forming human constellations with other people. It is about living and relating in harmony with all members of humanity. “They who tie their destiny to a star, do not turn back.” (Leonardo da Vinci)

Humanity has a long way to go to manifest such an ideal. But when we allow such an ideal, such an imagination to kindle our enthusiasm, it will show the way to insightful action.

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Fire Star Painting by Cameron Wiskerson | Saatchi Art
Cameron Whiskerson

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~I see
How hard we strive for truth,
& once attained how easily we forget it…
I hold the fire as long as i can…
M nose fills with the smell of smoke & incense
I remember how it is to die & come again
Radiant as light walking on sand…
& then I live for today

~hag

18 January 2021 – Martin Luther King jr. Day

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Zanoni: Bulwer Lytton, Edward: 9788850243945: Amazon.com: Books

1873 – the Deathday of Edward Bulwer-Lytton who I discovered thru a book that was influential to me as a young woman: Zanoi, A Rosicrucian Tale. He was an English aristocrat, a member of Parliament, 1st Baron of Lytton & Earl of Knebsworth. He was an enormously popular novelist, & a member of the English Rosicrucian Society, founded in 1867 by Robert Wenworth Little. He wrote Paul Clifford, published in three volumes on April 30, 1830, a story of a man who leads a dual life as both a gentleman and a criminal. The first edition was the largest printing of any modern novel up to that time, & it sold out on the first day. It was Bulwer-Lytton’s fifth novel, written when he was twenty-eight. The Last Days of Pompeii, published in 1934, was a very popular work that inspired at least 10 films, plays, and operas. Zanoni was published in 1842. Among its themes are Rosicrucianism, divine madness, love, the elixir of life, & immortality. The Dweller on the Threshold figures prominently. The Coming Race, published in 1871, was a work of science fiction later republished as Vril, the Power of the Coming Race. Several of Bulwer-Lytton’s phrases have become common usage, such as “the great unwashed” from the novel Paul Clifford, “pursuit of the almighty dollar” from his novel The Coming Race, and “the pen is mightier than the sword” from the play Richelieu.

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Reclaiming the Wisdom of America

Sunday 24 January 2021

2 pm – 4 pm CST –

An interactive Zoom Presentation  with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Rosemary McMullen, Anne Nicholson, Anne Dale, in conjunction with ‘The People’s Inauguration’

Hazel will explore the concept of the Folk Soul of America & what that means in this age of the consciousness soul, leading to a picture of the 3-fold Social Organism.

Rosemary McMullen will set the scene for ancestors (Land Acknowledgement) as a way for each participant to look at their current placement in America: culture, rights, economy, & ecology & assess spiritual social healing needed.

Anne Nicholson & Anne Dale will host to make this an interactive presentation with break-out groups & conversation.

Time: Jan 24, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Freedom & Justice for All

Hail, Columbia! | hecatedemeter

Dear friends –

I put out a call to see if anyone was interested in being part of a presentation around the True Spirit of America, & I thank you for your responses!

Sharleen Leonard encouraged us to join The People’s Inauguration Jan. 21 -31 and then continue the conversation from the spiritual science perspective and Steiner’s Threefold Community insights”.

Anyone who knows me or has read my sharing’s knows I don’t endorse either one of the political parties here in America. I believe the 2-party-system is fundamentally flawed.

I am a 3-fold champion thru & thru. For me it’s about freedom of choice, so if anything, I vote Green Party. And I don’t mix politics with Anthroposophy, I work from the Cultural Life of the 3-fold social order.  That being said, I decided to partner up with The People’s Inauguration because of their positive attitude about empowering the people to stand up & take responsibility as citizens of this world.

The People's Inauguration

On the web site it says: Only we can bring our communities together, tend our wounds, and begin the labor of reckoning, reimagining and remaking our nation block-by-block, heart-to-heart.

We need healing, justice, and renewal. Let’s create a moral vision for the America we could be.

January 21st kicks off 10 days of virtual conversations, artistic expressions, music performances, teach-ins, vigils and around-the-table family ceremonies. Some events will focus on grief and healing; others on justice and reckoning, others on joy and rising. All of them will have one thing in common: the expression of a “people’s oath” that recommits us to our core values and to one another.

Will you join us?

Now I am not someone who likes to repeat after someone else. Nor would I ask anyone to take a vow outside of what they create for themselves. But I do think it is a good idea to think about what it is that we as individuals feel is important to stand for. I see what they have proposed as a template, a way to get us started in thinking about what we want our world to be like, & what We the People are going to personally do to go about making it happen.

 “I, ___________
do solemnly vow
that I will faithfully execute my role
in healing, reimagining, and rebuilding
our country,
and will to the best of my ability,
preserve, protect, and defend
dignity, justice, and joy
for myself and for all around me,
and that I will do so with love.”

The idea of joining together with the greater community, & bringing Anthroposophy out into the world, seems vital. So I agreed to share my presentation with this wider audience:

Reclaiming the Wisdom of America an interactive Zoom Presentation with 

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg in conjunction withThe People’s Inauguration’ (more details TBA)

Sunday 24 January 2021 2 pm – 4 pm CST

Friends, the Folk Spirit of America known to the Original Native Peoples, as Columbia, perceived also by the American Revolutionaries as an Indian goddess, has been usurped by Uncle Sam, her opposite in every way. Our destiny, if ‘We the People’ will it, is to take back her divine power, to manifest a true Land of the Dove.

Time: Jan 24, 2021 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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HUSHED UP HISTORY — Miss(ing) Columbia: America's Forgotten Warrior...



I then got a phone call from a long time nemis who does not on the whole attend my presentations, who has his own very definite political views, who proceeded to tell me that this was an unholy match; that politics don’t belong in the Anthroposophical Society, & that the organization I am affiliating myself with espouses beliefs that he finds offensive.

I thanked him for his feedback, but was quite shaken. And then I remembered that when I 1st came to the Chicago Branch many years ago, I brought forth the idea of doing a July 4th Festival, with the theme of Columbia as the Spirit of America, & I was told no, it could not be done, & it never was.  

I took it out to Hyde Park where there is a Statue of the Republic from the The World’s Columbian Exposition -a world’s fair held in Chicago in 1893

Daniel Chester French's original statue The Republic at the World's  Columbian Exposition of… | World's columbian exposition, Columbian  exposition 1893, World's fair

And then out of the blue I found this quote from Rudolf Steiner: ‘There are still many Anthroposophists who think that something may be reached by argument with the opponent. Nothing can do us more harm than success in setting forth our truths in the form of argument; for people do not hate us because we say something that is not true, but because we say the truth. And the more we succeed in proving that we say the truth, the more they will hate us. Of course this cannot prevent us from stating the truth. But it can prevent us from being so naïve as to think that it is possible to progress by argument.

Only positive work enables us to progress; and of course truth should be represented as strongly as possible, so as to attract as many pre-destined souls as possible, for these are far more numerous in the present time than is generally assumed. These souls will find the spiritual nourishment needed for the time when no destructive, but constructive work will have to be done, if human development is to follow an ascending, not a descending curve.’ ~ Rudolf Steiner – GA 221 – Knowledge Pervaded with the Experience of Love – Dornach, February 18, 1923

the art of living in integrity Painting by Danvy Pham | Saatchi Art
Davy Phame

Friends, I will proceed with the presentation, & I am open to your thoughts about the idea of bringing in this connection to The People’s Inauguration. If I am in error I want to adjust so as to be in moral integrity.

Thank you for your kind attention.

(I am still looking for someone to assist with the hosting, so contact me if you want to be part of the team)

~hag

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The Calendar of the Soul - Compilation - Anthroposophy, By Rudolf Steiner,  Inner Work, Waldorf Books - The BEarth Institute

The Caldendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner this week’s verse & its mirror, translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler, & with quotes from American authors in ‘metro.co.uk’ re. ‘blue Monday, saddest day of the year’ tomorrow…’In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.’ Abraham Lincoln
‘Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.’ Zig Ziglar
‘In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.’ Robert Frost
‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’ Martin Luther King Jr
‘Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.’ Henry Thoreau

Russian winter Painting by Anna Kasso | Saatchi Art
Beli Gofolski

v42,
WINTER AND ONWARD
The soul in gloom of winter moved
to bring to light her life’s own force
her impulse is to guide it far
and in the dark forefeel
through warmth of heart
the life the senses will reveal.
v11,
MIDSUMMER WISDOM
It rests this sun’s high hour with you
to recognise the call of wisdom:
In you, absorbed in worlds where beauty lies,
through all your feeling realise:
the human I can lose itself
and find itself within the Cosmic I.