Catch Fire

Three Worlds: Heaven, Earth & Hell – Chris Cook Artist
Chris Cook

Listen to the Catch Fire musings on the ‘I Think Speech‘ Podcast

Dear friends, Our painful blessings are cracking open holes in the sour & puckered mass hallucination mistakenly called reality. News of the soul’s true home is pouring in, infiltrating our increasingly lucid waking life. Wild ripe juicy eternity is flooding in. Our allies from the other side of the veil are lining up, awaiting our awakening. And as Heaven & Earth come together, as the dreamtime & daytime merge, as paradise & the underworld overlap, we register the exhilarating fact that we are actually the ones in charge  –you & I are in charge–  of making a brand new world. Not in some distant time or faraway place, but right here & right now.

Shamanism / ritual magic / sacred tree / heaven and hell / | Etsy
Shakte Mazepel

In the coming months, we’ll encounter events that require us to revise our understandings about the very nature of reality. Our imaginations will have to be ingenious & our hearts alert in order to keep up with the outlandish changes. To locate truth amidst relentless waves of propaganda, we’ll have to be fiercely disciplined & tenderly hate-free. To avoid being infected by popular delusions, we’ll have to cultivate compassionate lucidity, humble courage, & a determination to rouse our will.

The Sun at His Eastern Gate, 1820 Painting by William Blake
William Blake

We are primed to commune much more intimately with the hidden source of power that fuels life. We are close to meeting the requirements defined by visionary poet William Blake who wrote: “Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen. Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard. Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named. Unless the heart catch fire, God will not be loved. Unless the mind catch fire, God will not be known.”

Watch Me Catch Fire" by Marie Enger - Hero Complex Gallery
Marie Enger

Friends – Let’s catch fire, to enkindle a passion to know god in all her forms. And to nurture our home fires that we must keep ever burning, as well as the communal fire that we must gather around & feed with our very breath.

~hag

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10:10 Testament by Sally Greenberg from “A living physiology” by Karl Konig – ‘The Light of thinking shining like a star’ – I will use this as part of my Thought Seed during the 10:10 Meditation. Thanks Sally! And friends, please feel free to share your inspirations. Blessings – See you in the light.

Young moon and Mercury adorn January evening twilight

16 January 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Maybe you saw the Mercury (Occult Venus) last week, near Jupiter &Saturn, when these three worlds formed a planetary trio? Now Jupiter & Saturn are difficult to see in the glare of twilight. And Mercury has ascended higher in the western twilight& will be near the waxing crescent which is just returning to the evening sky after new moon on January 12-13. Find the horizon in the direction of sunset, & look for baby Bella Luna & Mercury to pop out into the evening twilight as dusk ebbs into darkness. The nearby bright star will be Fomalhaut in Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish. Fomalhaut is sometimes called the Loneliest Star, but it’s not so lonely now!

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Symposium Between heaven and hell. Religious and spiritual experiences in  the context of mental health care | Calendar | University of Groningen
Benny Forest

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

The Royal Calendar: January 16, 2012

1412 – The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy

Johannes Schöner - Wikipedia

1477 – Birthday & Deathday (1547 ) of Johannes Schöner, a renowned German polymath. He was a priest, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, cosmographer, cartographer, mathematician, globe &scientific instrument maker & editor/ publisher of scientific tests. He published of Copernicus’ “De revolutionibus” in Nürnberg in 1543. He enjoyed a European wide reputation as an innovative & influential globe maker & cosmographer- as one of the continent’s leading & most authoritative astrologers.

Portrait of Ivan The Terrible painted by Viktor Vasnetsov in “1897”. Ivan  IV was the first Tsar of Russia, giving h… | Russian history, Russian art,  Modern history
Victor Vanasnetov

1547 – Ivan the Terrible becomes Czar of Russia

FRANZ BRENTANO watercolor portrait" Canvas Print by lautir | Redbubble
Tyler Cantell

1838 – Birthday of Franz Brentano an influential German philosopher, psychologist, & priest whose work strongly influenced not only students Edmund Husserl, Sigmund Freud, Kazimierz Twardowski, Alexius Meinong, Carl Stumpf, Anton Marty, Christian von Ehrenfels, and Tomáš Masaryk, but many others whose work would follow &make use of his original ideas & concepts. Rudolf Steiner recalls the obituary he gave of Brentano as part of his lecture The Case for Anthroposophy where he also speaks about the Separation of the ‘Psychological from the Non-Psychological’ in Franz Brentano.

Arnold Böcklin - 123 artworks - painting

1901 – Deathday of Arnold Böcklin a Swiss symbolist painter. Rudolf Steiner speaks about him in an incarnation as an Arthurian Knight

After the Fall: Photos of Hitler's Bunker and the Ruins of Berlin | TIME

1945 – Adolf Hitler moves into his underground bunker, the so-called Führerbunker

Society Anthroposophy Worldwide 9/14

1954 – Birthday of Sergei O. Prokofieff – a Russian anthroposophist. He was the grandson of the composer Sergei Prokofiev. Born in Moscow, he studied fine arts & painting at the Moscow School of Art. He encountered anthroposophy in his youth, & soon made the decision to devote his life to it. Prokofieff, wrote his first book, Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries, while living in Soviet Russia. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he was a co-founder of the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. At Easter 2001, he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, Switzerland. Prokofieff was a prolific author; at the core of his work is an attempt to develop a deepened understanding for Christianity on the basis of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual-scientific research. Prokofieff was a prolific writer leaving us a treasure trove of Works.

The Great Man That Was Toscanini - Terry Teachout, Commentary Magazine

1957 – Deathday of Arturo Toscanini an Italian conductor, renowned for his intensity, his perfectionism, his ear for orchestral detail & sonority, & his photographic memory.] He was at various times the music director of La Scala Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, & the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Later in his career he was appointed the first music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1937–54), & this led to his becoming a household name through his radio & television broadcasts & many recordings.

ON THIS DAY: January 16, 2018 | Flowers For Socrates

1970 – Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects

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Liberty; In the Form of The Goddess of Youth; Giving Support To The bald  Eagle / Edward Savage - Gilcrease Museum

Friends I’m feeling called to offer a presentation on the ‘Spirit of America’. Anyone want to work with me to bring it to your community & share it on zoom world wide?

Wake the Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant Art | Fine Art America

Today’s ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast is Dedicated to MLK jr.

We are the sleeping giant – The buried god – Wake up in the dream. Practice lucid tolerance to banish intolerance. Read between the lies. To question is to answer. Friends, there are no innocent by-standers. There is no us & them. The dragon & the frontlines are in us all. And truth is a triple-edged sword that we must fashion. From Equity, comes Solidarity, which forges Freedom.

When the deepest & most grounded spiritual practice becomes vision & is married to a pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic & social institutions, a Holy force—the power of Wisdom & Love in action—is born – a Sacred Activism.

9 ways Covid-19 may forever upend the U.S. health care industry - STAT
Nelly Canter

We are living through the greatest crisis in the history of humanity; & this global turning point has its apex here in North America – a corporate nation that has made a contagious fetish out of world domination. We are called to align with the true course of evolution. To create even a sacred moment is to hold all of eternity – to receive & to share – serves. Hand-crafted our sacred weapons must include prayer, contemplation, & meditation, with the aim of practicing Spiritual Science to land the ultimate target.

Amazon.com: CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT: H.E. SACRBOROUGH: Home & Kitchen
Edward Sacrobourg

Conception never ends. Change is the only constant. Everything must become a verb. The goal is in the doing. The way in, is the way out. ‘Matter into Spirit, Spirit into Matter’. Embrace the chaos in the stirring. All effects connect in the cause – which ripples in from the past to call in the forthcoming.

And Beloved – Today is, today is, today is the Day! So what is the one thing that YOU will do today?

~hag, with you on the frontlines

MLK Mural Project - Virtual Painting Workshop - FestivALL
Mount Brenden School mural

Inspirations from MLK jr.on what would have been his 92nd Birthday:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

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15 January 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Once full night has fallen, trace out the winter Milky Way arching across the sky. In early evening it extends up from the northwest horizon along the vertical Northern Cross of Cygnus, up & over to the right past dim Cepheus & through Cassiopeia high in the north, then to the right through Perseus & Auriga, down between the feet of Gemini & Orion’s Club, & on down to the east-southeast horizon between Procyon & Sirius. Even farther down in the same direction, can you still pick out Jupiter – makes its way to opposite side of the Sun.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Google Doodle Honors MLK With Illustration By  Dr. Fahamu Pecou
Bobby Brown

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Roman History on Twitter: "Today 69AD Otho seizes power in Rome,  proclaiming himself Emperor, only rules for three months before committing  suicide.… https://t.co/pi9TWGarPN"

AD 69 – Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide, in order to steer his country from the path to civil war. A member of a noble Etruscan family, Otho was initially a friend & courtier of the young emperor Nero until he was effectively banished to the governorship of the remote province of Lusitania following his wife Poppaea Sabina’s affair with Nero. He allied himself with Galba, the governor of neighboring Hispania. Accompanying Galba on his march to Rome, he aspired to succeed the aged emperor, but revolted & murdered Galba on being passed over for the succession. He is said to have been of moderate height, splay-footed & bandy-legged, but almost feminine in his care of his person. He had the hair of his body plucked out, & because of the thinness of his locks wore a wig so carefully fashioned that no one suspected it. He used to shave every day & smear his face with moist bread to “better his looks”.

Elizabeth I (r.1558-1603) | The Royal Family

1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, London, England.

The British Museum Opened | History Today

1759 – The British Museum opens.

Political & Historical Figures Canvas Wall Art | iCanvas

1929 – Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. – Born Michael King Jr. January 15, assassinated on Holy Thursday April 4, 1968

1934 – The Nepal–Bihar earthquake strikes killing an estimated 20,700 people.

1943 – The Pentagon is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia.

The Derveni Papyrus: The Most Ancient Book in Europe - Mysterious Greece ‐  The Insider's Travel Guide

1962 – The Derveni papyrus, Europe’s oldest surviving manuscript dating to 340 BC, is found in northern Greece; a philosophical treatise that is an allegorical commentary on an Orphic poem, concerning the birth of the gods, produced in the circle of the philosopher Anaxagoras. It was composed near the end of the 5th century BC, “in the fields of Greek religion, the sophistic movement, early philosophy, and the origins of literary criticism it is unquestionably the most important textual discovery of the 20th century.” The roll itself dates to around 340 BC, during the reign of Philip II of Macedon, making it Europe’s oldest.

1969 – Deathday of Maria Röschl-Lehrs – Member of the Esoteric Youth Circle. Maria Röschl was the daughter of a financial officer from Vienna. Her mother was a native of the Polish landed gentry, so she grew up multilingual. The family moved to Vienna in 1895. From a very young age she was a very serious, & reserved.

After leaving school, Röschl took painting lessons & planned an artistic career, but finally decided to study at the University of Vienna to teach German philology, classical philology, art history & philosophy. Since she was interested in the importance of sleep for the human soul, she wrote her dissertation on the ‘Dream of Goethe’. In the course of her research she was found Rudolf Steiner’s Work “How to know higher worlds”, & was deeply impressed.

After completing her studies, Röschl initially gave private lessons & then taught German, Latin & Greek for five years at a Viennese girls’ grammar school.

In 1918 she met Karl Schubert, who introduced her to the Anthroposophical Society in Vienna & in 1920 she became a member. Through Schubert’s mediation, she discovered the Waldorf School in Stuttgart & began teaching Latin, Greek & took over the free religious education there from 1922. In March 1923, together with Herbert Hahn & Karl Schubert, she was able to hold Rudolf Steiner’s “sacrificial ceremony” for senior high school students & became Steiner’s personal student. After the Christmas Conference in 1924, she was appointed director of the youth section of the newly founded Free School of Spiritual Science & held this position until the spring of 1931.

Following the death of Rudolf Steiner in 1926, Röschl organized a two-year introductory course in anthroposophy together with young doctors & scientists in Dornach. Increasingly, however, their work was hampered by the ever-increasing crisis within the General Anthroposophical Society. Therefore, she decided in 1931 to return as a teacher to the Stuttgart Waldorf School. In 1935 she took over the management of the teacher training.

However, since the circumstances in Germany became unacceptable for her after the seizure of power by the National Socialists in 1933, she emigrated to Clent, a village in the English county of Worcestershire. In the Summer of 1933, Röschl & her husband traveled to Spring Valley NY in America as keynote speakers for the 1st Summer school at the Threefold Center.

In 1935 she accepted a job as private tutor in Costa Rica. After a stopover in Arlesheim, Röschl returned to England, where she married Ernst Lehrs another Waldorf teacher & anthroposopher, who had also emigrated to England. In 1940 she took the anthroposophic work to Scottish Aberdeen along with her husband, & Charles King. At that time she also worked with Ita Wegman as editor of the First Class School of Spiritual Science.

After the Second World War, Röschl worked in teacher training in Gloucester. In 1952 she finally returned to Germany with her husband & worked until her death in 1969 as a lecturer at the curative education seminar in Eckwälden.

1970 – Muammar Gaddafi is proclaimed premier of Libya

2001 – Wikipedia, a free wiki content encyclopedia, goes online

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Not 1 without the other

Light in a Dark place - Ahayah Purpose - Paintings & Prints, Abstract,  Other Abstract - ArtPal
Lete Ahaya

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~The truth
Of what we call our knowing
Is both light & dark…
Humans are always dying & waking…
The rhythm between, we call life…
Some miracle is about
To happen…

~hag

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Here is today’s ‘I Think Speech‘ Podcast an important quote from Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of Karma, LECTURE 8

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Ablutions: A priest purifies the hands of another one, on an altar. A daily  ritual. Ancient Egyptian tomb. | Antike ägyptische kunst, Ägyptische kunst,  Alte kunst

“…the Egyptian-Chaldean period is repeated in our own…We may go back to the epoch of the Egyptian evolution, and there we find certain ritualistic ordinances and commands which appeared as given by the gods. And this they actually were. These ordinances related to certain ablutions which the Egyptians had to perform. This was a command of the gods, that found expression in a certain cult of cleanliness

COVID-19 Return to Work Hygiene: Wash Your Hands

We now again, in our own period, encounter hygienic measures such as are given to humanity but in our time, for materialistic reasons. Here we see a repetition of what was lost at a corresponding period in Egypt. The fulfilment of what happened earlier is represented in the general karma in a most remarkable manner. In ancient Egypt the laws of cleanliness were laws of Divine revelation. The Egyptian believed that he was fulfilling his duty to humanity by caring for his particular cleanliness at every opportunity. This preoccupation for cleanliness comes to the fore again today, but under the influence of a mentality which is entirely materialistic. Modern man does not think that he is serving the gods when he is obeying such rules, but that he is serving himself. It is nevertheless a reappearance of what went before.

Mumbai Artist Dhruvi Acharya is creating coronavirus-themed watercolour  paintings
Dhruvi Acharya

Thus all things are in a certain way cyclically fulfilled. If at a certain period people were not able to conceive certain measures against epidemics, these were times at which men could not do so because, according to the general wise world plan, the epidemics had to take effect in order to give human souls an opportunity of balancing what had been effected through the ahrimanic influence and certain earlier luciferic influences. If other conditions are now being brought about, these too are subject to certain great karmic laws. So we see that these matters cannot be regarded superficially.

How does this agree with our statement that if someone seeks an opportunity of being infected in an epidemic, this is the result of the necessary reaction against an earlier karmic cause. Have we the right now to take hygienic or other measures?

This is a profound question, and we must begin by collecting the necessary material for replying to it. We must understand that where the luciferic and ahrimanic principles are co-operating, whether concurrently or over longer periods, or where they are working against each other, there are manifested certain complications in human life. These complications appear under forms so diverse that we never see two identical cases. If we study human life, however, we shall find our way in the following manner: if in a particular case we try to discover the combined activity of Lucifer and Ahriman, we shall always find a thread by which this connection will become clear. We must discriminate clearly between internal and external man. We must examine the continuity in which karma is accomplished, and we must at the same time understand that we have still the possibility of influencing our inner being by means of certain karmic influences, so that in future a new karmic compensation may be prepared by the inner being.

Dhruvi Acharya, Painting in the Time of Corona, 26 April 2020, lockdown day  33, 2020 | Chemould Prescott Road
Dhruvi Acharya

It may well happen that we, following for a time a downward grade, beget evil. We at first descend in order to develop the contrary impetus that will cause us to re-ascend. Let us suppose that a being, by yielding to certain influences, tends towards uncharitableness. This uncharitableness will in a later life appear as karmic result, and will develop inner forces in his organism.

We can then act in two ways — consciously, or else unconsciously. In our epoch we have not progressed so far as to do it consciously. With such a person we can take precautions by which these characteristics in his organism, derived from uncharitableness, will be driven out and we may act in such a way that the effect that is expressed in the external organism as a lack of charity will be counteracted. By these means, however, the soul will not be cleansed of all uncharitableness, but only the external organ of uncharitableness will have been expelled. For if we do nothing further, we shall have accomplished only half of our task, perhaps even nothing at all, or we may even do harm. We may perhaps have helped this person physically, externally, but we shall not have given succour to his soul. Now that the physical expression of uncharitableness has been removed he will not be able to give expression to this uncharitableness, but he will have to retain it within his inner organism until a future incarnation.

Dhruvi Acharya paints the fear of pandemic
Dhruvi Acharya

Let us suppose that a great number of people, because of uncharitableness, had been impelled to absorb certain infectious germs, so that they succumbed to an epidemic. Let us further suppose we were in a position to protect them from this epidemic. We should in such a case preserve the physical body from the effects of uncharitableness, but by doing this we have not removed the inner tendency towards uncharitableness.

Nature Morte – Dhruvi Acharya
Dhruvi Acharya

If we want to bring a true healing, we must also undertake the duty of influencing the soul in such a way as to remove from it the tendency towards a lack of charity, or the disease will go deeper into the soul.

The organic expression of uncharitableness is killed in the external bodily sense for instance by vaccination against smallpox, but the soul continues to be sick. In one period of civilisation, when there prevailed a general tendency to develop a higher degree of egotism, and uncharitableness, an epidemic made its appearance. Such is the fact investigated by Spiritual Science. In anthroposophy it is our bounded duty to give expression to the truth.

A Postcard from Delhi - Contemporary Art Society
Dhruvi Acharya

Now it will be clear why in our time the desire for the protection of vaccination appeared. We also understand why, among the best minds of our time, there also exists a kind of aversion to vaccination. This aversion corresponds to something within, and is the external expression of an inner reality, that seeks to karmicly rid itself of the cause of the disease.

So if on the one hand we destroy the physical expression of a previous fault, we should, on the other hand, undertake the duty of transforming the materialistic character of such a person by means of a corresponding spiritual education. This would constitute the indispensable counterpart without which we are performing only half our task. We are merely accomplishing something to which the person in question will himself have to produce a counterpart in a later incarnation. If we destroy the susceptibility to smallpox, for instance, we are concentrating only on the external side of karmic activity.

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Dhruvi Acharya

If on the one side we go in for hygiene, it is necessary that on the other we should feel it our duty to contribute to the person whose organism has been so transformed, something also for the good of his soul. Vaccination will not be harmful if, subsequent to vaccination, the person receives a spiritual education. But if we concentrate upon one side only and lay no emphasis upon the other, we weigh down the balance unevenly. We see how essential it is that we should not undertake one task without the other.

Here we approach an important law of human evolution which acts so that the external and the internal must always be counter-balanced, and that it is not permissible to act with regard to the one only, leaving the other out of consideration. We here get a glimpse of an important relationship, and yet we have not even arrived at the significance of the question: ‘What is the relationship between hygiene and karma?’ As we shall see, the answer to this question will lead us still further into the depths of karma, and we shall further see that there exist karmic relationships between man’s birth and death. In addition, other personalities influence a human life, and man’s free will and karma must be in harmony. ~ Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of Karma, LECTURE 8

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14 January 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: In bright twilight, look low in the southwest for the thin crescent Moon aiming her curve lower right toward Mercury & disappearing Jupiter.

Above Orion shines orange Aldebaran with the large, loose Hyades cluster in its background. The Pleiades higher above.

Breathe

Series Microcosmos. Composition # 1 Painting by Victor Vinogradov |  Artmajeur
Victor Vinogradof

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Behold the eye that holds you…
Without hands it made life…
You will be Her hands…
Sing & She will sing thru you…
Your work is Her will…if what you make,
Your body, your love, your peace – is good, it will endure…
When the eye opens wink back…

~hag

I googled "if reddit were a painting, what painting would it be?", fair  enough.. : funny
Ava Menola

Listen into Breathe on the ‘I Think Speech‘ Podcast

as above so below | Духовное искусство, Вселенная искусство, Искусство  сакральной геометрии

I am ever searching for the spiritual significance behind world events. I have been thinking about how the corona crisis has made us catch our breath – has literally stopped our breath & endangered our collective heart. And seeks to modify our very humanness by altering the RNA in our blood.

Tree lungs ~ Omkara
Da Omkala

Finding the connections between ourselves & the world situation, let us breathe into our lungs knowing that with this breath we take in spiritual life forces that stimulate the warmth & life in our blood, enabling us to be, to think, to feel.

Then when we breathe out – into the world – we are filling the atmosphere with the concepts of our being, of our thoughts & feeling life.

Lungs of the World 2 Painting by Artem Mirolevich | Saatchi Art
Darby Grant

Are we sharing into the ethers enlivened life forces of light, love & warmth? – Or are we breathing out fearful death forces, cold hard unconscious darkness…?

Growing Together Partnership With Two Trees In The Shape Of Human.. Stock  Photo, Picture And Royalty Free Image. Image 14837711.

It is in this etheric realm of the life-body which we all share, that The Christ is, either vivified by our conscious breathing of light; or crucified, again & again, thru our materialistic thoughts, cold feelings, & heartless actions. This has repercussions on our human etheric bodies, which can either bring health, or eventually cause a death in our physical body; & with it kill the possibility of receiving a consciousness of Christ. Can we see that what is happening in the world is meant to lead us to how can we resurrect this true living consciousness?

As above so below, as below so above Painting by The Old Beekeeper
Ben ‘The old beekeeper’

I am coming to see that the impulse of Love, is a conscious breathing out -which brings us into unification with the etheric world. Breathing out with intention gives us a sense of freedom. Can we make it a selfless offering – connected to the future? Can it help us live into our Destiny? Will we come to the Wedding that unifies us with higher beings in the spiritual worlds – a re-union in life – like what we experience in sleep, & in death.

Breathe Magazine – Breathing Tree
Leanora Munstone

Breathing in brings us to our Self.  Taking an in-breath connects us to ‘necessity’, which is a past impulse, that awakens us to a consciousness of our Karma. With our 1st breath, we enter life. In rhythmical breathing we are aligned with the cosmos, which connects us with the moral memory of our time before birth, & a feeling for what we need to do to be better human beings. We also have a chance to do this every morning when we wake up.

Trees are made of human breath
Brenda Falzell

When we think about breathing, it brings us from the point to the periphery, from the self to the universe – an active expansion into the all & a contraction back to the point of union . We can’t try & mask the fact that human beings must share the air. We breathe each other in, & are called to meet in the sphere of formative forces where we can discover the Christ living in the space between breaths, in the all-space between heart beats. Here we are asked to transform our ‘necessity’- based on an unfree past – our personal & collective karma – into a right relationship, which can be expressed as the morality of the gods. This animates Love, which is essential for Freedom, creating a destiny, where the perception & reception of our oneness with the higher worlds is our future.

ENVIRONMENTAL ART
Delpha Umpakwa

Can we become ever more conscious of what fills our heart with warmth – with unselfish thinking – to move out thru our feeling, enthusing a life-affirming will for good? – Let us make the intention to let the Spirit sing & speak thru our Breath.

Jesus Christ, the Word of God by Farid De La Ossa | Word of god, Art, Jesus  christ
Chuy Gonzales

This spiritualizes our breathing which can become The Word invoking the Holy Spirit; to live as ‘Christ in me’, to live, from the place of the higher “I”.

~hag

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Calendar - The Gregorian calendar | Britannica

13 January 2021- “Speaking with the Stars”: Today’s might be just another Wednesday in the Gregorian calendar, but it is the last day of the year by the old Julian calendar, which was first introduced to the world by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. Today is the Julian New Year, sometimes called the Old New Year or the Orthodox New Year.

Tjugondag Knut dansas julen ut | Nordiska museet

(“Twentieth Day Yule”), or Tjugondag Knut (“Twentieth Day Knut”),  a traditional festival celebrated in Sweden & Finland on 13 January. Christmas trees are taken down on Tjugondag jul, & the candies &cookies that decorated the tree are eaten. In Sweden, the feast held during this event is called a Knut’s party (Julgransplundring, literally “Christmas tree plundering”)

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Valentine Heart | Festisite

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of the human being”. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

A short and beautiful Christmas prayer from St. Bernard of Clairvaux

1090 – Birthday of Bernard of Clairvaux, Mystic, Theologian, Co-Founder of the Order of the Templars

Girl, Interrupted: The Life Of Saint Veronica

1497 – Deathday of St. Veronica of Milan. Being very poor & having no formal education, she attempted to teach herself to read.  While making this effort one night, the Virgin Mary appeared to Veronica, & taught her in the form of three mystical letters: The first signified purity of intention; the second, abhorrence of murmuring or criticism; the third, daily meditation on the Passion. By the first she learned to begin her daily duties for no human motive, but for God alone; by the second, to carry out what she had begun by attending to her own affairs, never judging her neighbor, but praying for those who did wrong; by the third she was enabled to forget her own pains & sorrows in those of her Lord, & to weep hourly, but silently, over the memory of His wrongs.

Veronica became accustomed to nearly constant apparitions & religious ecstasies. She saw scenes from the life of Christ, yet these never interrupted her work. She joined an Augustinian lay order at the convent of Saint Martha in Milan at the age of 22. This community was very poor; Veronica’s job was to beg in the streets of the city for food.

She received a vision of Christ in 1494, & was given a message for Pope Alexander VI, so she traveled to Rome to deliver it. After a six-month illness, Veronica died on the date she had predicted, 13 January 1497.

1915 – The Avezzano earthquake shakes the Province of L’Aquila in Italy with a maximum intensity of XI (Extreme), killing over 32,610 people.

2001 – An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 1800

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The Karma Project
Manifestations of Karma Study Group
January 13, 2021 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)

… So when that which otherwise would be produced by the regular forces of the Earth is destroyed, a correction is brought about which on the whole works beneficially – even though man cannot see it at first – because there is a higher reason at work than can be perceived by man.  When the hail drives down into the fields, we can say that on the old Moon these forces which work in the hail were the regular ones, just as those are that work beneficially today in rain and sunshine; but no they rush in order to correct that which otherwise would be produced by the luciferic influence.  And when the regular course is re-established, they rush in again to effect further correction.  Everything that leads to further progressive evolution belongs to the forces of the Earth itself.“~Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of KarmaChapter 7“Karma in Relation to the Forces of Nature, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes and Epidemics”, Hamburg, 22 May, 1910 … focus of the January 13 meeting.

The lecture can be found online at the RS Archive (eLib) by clicking this link: https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA120/English/RSP1984/19100522p01.htmlThe Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among four volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “Manifestations of Karma.”  This book is a translation from German of Die Offenbarung des Karma (Ga 120), published in English by Rudolf Steiner Press in 1996.

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Agenda for our Study Call
 
7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by five volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Mary – pg. 126 to 130
          Hazel – pg. 131 to 136
          Stefano – pg. 136 to 141
          Lindy – pg. 141 to end
8:05  Conversation
8:28  Close with verse
Destiny
I bear within me what has Been
I feel within me what is Becoming
In willing, I carry both toward the Future
 Faith looks upon what has Been
And is founded upon Truth
 Trust looks upon what will be
And is founded upon Hope
 Love Embraces Here and Now
Eternal Becoming
Eternal Being
~Rudolf Steiner

Reappearance

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Baxter Lennon

Here is the Podcast of today’s offering on ‘I Think Speech’.

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 fades away.

A History of Christmas & Epiphany - The Congregation at Duke University  Chapel

I think of the example of what we hear 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, that takes us into the 1st stirrings of Spring.

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Thru all that is happening to darken or distract us in the world, I have been trying to live into this, to see thru a glass darkly, looking, always searching, for the light hiding in the shadows, which can reveal the revelation – allow the appearance.

Umbra Perchiazzi

I have been thinking about the ‘appearance’, ‘the manifestation’, the advent of Christ, in the etheric world. And it just so happens that 111 years ago today, Rudolf Steiner gives the 1st lecture ever on the Etheric Reappearance of The Christ (see link below) Sometimes when i contemplation this amazing mystery, it comes to me in the picture of an assembly – a convocation, a summit. But mostly I see it as an intimate meeting; or a 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.

Leo Klein

The Christ, in his rhythmical Presence, presses forward into the etheric realm, into the realm of the formative forces which envelop the earth to fortify & maintain all life; & Steiner says “Humanity on its natural path of development touches on that sphere 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 expectation, with the utmost faith & patience, to achieve the 1st glimmering – an awakening of our etheric eyes, a new supersensible sensing, which can experience the life-body?

A Powerful Practice to Connect to Soul (Eye Gazing) | Elisa Romeo

Steiner says “We think we see with our eyes, but we don’t literally see with these outer organs. They are a kind of microscope, or telescope, or camera, a fairly dead body in us. We see by means of it, with etheric activity.”

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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 get out your crayons & 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.

 

Learning to Experience the Etheric World: Empathy, the After Image and a New  Social Ethic by Baruch Luke Urieli: New Paperback / softback | THE SAINT  BOOKSTORE

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.

From Jesus to Christ: (CW 131): Steiner, Rudolf, Davy, Charles:  9781855841956: Amazon.com: Books

Rudolf Steiner suggests in his lectures ‘From Jesus to Christ’, (Which is what the Holy Nights are all about) that it is our own etheric activity which lightens up that sphere in which the Etheric Christ is present.

And I have come to see that thru our own activity in connection with The Sophia as a Being of Light, we can shed some Light on Love, waiting in the realm of our 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 discipline of the 6 Basic exercises, & the meditative path, but thru moral development, which brings a balance, in wholeness.

Working the 8-fold path & the 6B are certainly key. And for me right now Equanimity is helping to give a flow to my moral progress. When we take hold of the reins of our emotions & steer them where we want to go, it improves the etheric light which we can pour from our heart down into the limbs & then back up to our head,& out thru our eyes, into the etheric world to light up the Christ.

Bet Delavan

Yes, friends, today is the New Moon, of the New Year, the perfect time take up this awareness.

12 January 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Tonight, treat yourself to a visit with a mythical beast, the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn. Focus in on the bright stars Betelgeuse, Sirius & Procyon. They make a triangle, which is sometimes called the Winter Triangle. Orion & Rigel & Betelgeuse are there too.

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Greetings friends, today is my Half Birthday! My astrologer friend Victoria Martin says 1/2 b-day’s are the ‘low point of the natal year’…grrr…I have been feeling that last week, but now I am pulling up & out…With the New Moon!

Loving Speech and Deep Listening - Wake Up International

And for this next cycle I plan to practice true listening – without presupposing, classifying, improving, controverting, evaluating, approving or  disapproving – without dueling with what is being said – without rehearsing the rebuttal in advance…

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Was He Christian? - Waldorf Watch

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

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Delphine Debell

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do”. ~Leonardo da Vinci

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Fact : On January 12. 1908 ; A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel  Tower for the first time.

1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time

Rudolf Steiner's Work on Karma – April 26-27 — The Portland Branch of the  Anthroposophical Society in America

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 “initiation” of Krishnamurti in Adyar. True Nature of the Second Coming – Preparation for this Event through the Development of Etheric Vision ~RS Then on January 25th Rudolf Steiner begins the series The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric for the members in Dornach

1915 – The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote.

1918 – The Minnie Pit Disaster coal mining accident occurs in Halmer End, Staffordshire, in which 555 men & boys die

1932 – Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate.

1942 –President Franklin D. Roosevelt creates the National Labor Board.

2010 – An earthquake in Haiti occurs, killing over 100,000 people & destroying much of the capital Port-au-Prince

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Beowulf: Beowulf and the Dragon in Geatland

Beowulf said: “Light holds you, Grendel. Light has you in its power. You, who have shunned the Sun, meet me, once stung by bees that drank the Sun. There’s honey in my veins, Grendel, a liquid sunlight that can kill you quite. These fingers that you feel are ten great stars. Stars have no fear. I do not fear you, Grendel. I do not fear, therefore I do not fight. I only hold you, child of Cain. I only fix you fast in your own evil, so that you cannot turn it out on any other. It is your own evil, Grendel, that undoes you. You must die, creature of night, because the light has got you in a last embrace.”

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The Karma Project
Manifestations of Karma Study Group
January 13, 2021 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)

… So when that which otherwise would be produced by the regular forces of the Earth is destroyed, a correction is brought about which on the whole works beneficially – even though man cannot see it at first – because there is a higher reason at work than can be perceived by man.  When the hail drives down into the fields, we can say that on the old Moon these forces which work in the hail were the regular ones, just as those are that work beneficially today in rain and sunshine; but no they rush in order to correct that which otherwise would be produced by the luciferic influence.  And when the regular course is re-established, they rush in again to effect further correction.  Everything that leads to further progressive evolution belongs to the forces of the Earth itself.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Manifestations of KarmaChapter 7“Karma in Relation to the Forces of Nature, Volcanic Eruptions, Earthquakes and Epidemics”, Hamburg, 22 May, 1910 … focus of the January 13 meeting.

The lecture can be found online at the RS Archive (eLib) by clicking this link: https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA120/English/RSP1984/19100522p01.htmlThe Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing  study conversation.  The study has been divided among four volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group.This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “Manifestations of Karma.”  This book is a translation from German of Die Offenbarung des Karma (Ga 120), published in English by Rudolf Steiner Press in 1996.

This will be a “Zoom” conference call allowing us an opportunity to see one another while conversing (or audio only if you prefer).  To connect to the audio/video-conference:
Video Conference Details:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85492572055
Meeting ID: 854 9257 2055
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+13017158592,,81116556762# US (Germantown)
+13126266799,,81116556762# US (Chicago)
Dial by your location
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 854 9257 2055
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kclU2SSTF
If you have questions, please contact Alberto Loya aloyavaca@utexas.edu
 
Agenda for our Study Call
 7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by five volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Mary – pg. 126 to 130
          Hazel – pg. 131 to 136
          Stefano – pg. 136 to 141
          Lindy – pg. 141 to end
8:05  Conversation
8:28  Close with verseDestiny
I bear within me what has Been
I feel within me what is Becoming
In willing, I carry both toward the Future
 Faith looks upon what has Been
And is founded upon Truth
 Trust looks upon what will be
And is founded upon Hope
 Love Embraces Here and Now
Eternal Becoming
Eternal Being
~Rudolf Steiner