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Effective Tools for Suicide Prevention by Jennifer McGregor*

Depression and suicidality are some of the most dangerous and underestimated health conditions affecting people today. The CDC notes suicide as one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and points out that suicide rates have gone up in nearly every state since 1999. People kill themselves for myriad reasons, ranging from tangible challenges in their day-to-day lives to invisible, internal struggles no one else ever sees.

Fortunately, this is preventable. When it comes to suicide, our actions matter. As a society and as individuals, we have the power to lower suicide rates and protect one another from this avoidable tragedy. Here are some tools you can use to prevent suicide in your community:

Access to Health Care

Suicidality is a medical problem. Proper health care is essential in preventing it:

Strong Social Support

Fight for a strong, supportive community:

  • Efforts to reduce homelessness can lower suicide rates.
  • Affordable, accessible treatment for substance use disorders can prevent intentional and accidental overdose.
  • Mental health services and education in schools can help children, teachers, and parents notice red flags early enough to intervene.
  • Create safe spaces for at-risk individuals, especially people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

Suicide and the Self

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts or urges, you are not alone, and you can protect yourself.

  • If you are currently considering harming yourself, seek emergency medical care immediately.
  • Many people are what’s known as passively suicidal. Though this is marked by a lack of urgency, it is still dangerous, and you should speak to a doctor or therapist as soon as possible.
  • In addition to talk therapy and medication, coping skills such as exercise, eating a regular, healthy diet, and learning how to sit in unpleasant emotions can make a big difference.
  • Meditation and mindfulness can also help soothe your spirit and teach you to live in the moment, rather than dwell in the past or fear for the future.

Suicide affects us all on both a community and an interpersonal level. We have to learn how to join together and address the root causes of suicide. In doing so, we can ensure that fewer people – and perhaps, eventually, no one – is lost this way.

*Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student, who enjoys writing about health and medical topics and providing reliable health and medical resources for Public Health Library users. She knows how difficult it can be to sift through the mountains of health-related information on the web and wants to make it easier for people to find high quality health info.

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Facing Our Shadows
Sandra Cwendel

Dear friends –

Karl Jung tells it like it is: “Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event.” So ok, we’ve got our work cut out for us! Brothers, sisters, don’t give up. Stay tuned, the plot twists will be intriguing. Stand upright, get aligned, ‘cause the actors will be unpredictable, even the archetypes erratic. Decay & blossoming will be happening simultaneously, & the line between wisdom & craziness will get blurry.

Isabelle M Gonzales

But you are not alone, & there’s no way to describe the epic sweep of spiritual forces working behind the scenes. And yet if we really listen, we can feel a pulsing, a harmonious throbbing, undulating in waves out from the unseen, working thru US to help form our reality.

SO: Are we willing to confront uncanny truths that some might regard as too unruly? Are we brave enough to penetrate to the depths, that perhaps in the past we were too timid to look at, let alone deal with? Our willingness to focus our intention for the good shall give us the power to ultimately emerge from this pandemonium with our integrity, intelligence & heart forces shining.

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Trudy Gent

H.P. Lovecraft captures it: “Pleasure to me is wonder. It’s the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the  ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.”

Swimming in it with you

~hag

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kelly Hunter

17 October 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Bella Luna unlocking the mysteries of retrograde Mercury (occult Venus – think messenger of Love writing itself a letter!) – Our solar system’s smallest, speediest planet is heading toward inferior conjunction on the 25th. Tonight, it shines in the southwest next to the waxing crescent Moon just 10 minutes after sunset. The Moon sets shortly after, taking the retro love note into the dark to ponder.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

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POD (Poem Of the Day)

~I see the beginning
Begin again from this end
Coming forth well invoked
& flowing like a web on the wind…
~hag

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31 October, 1 pm – 3 pm CT ​​​​​​​

‘Soul to Soul’ on-line Festival with the Central Regional Council

Join the CRC for an All Souls Pageant on All Hallows Eve, honoring our connection with our Beloved Dead, thru music, & poetry & Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts – ‘Break Out’ sessions & live music with special guest Rev. Carol Kelly

Halloween 31 October 2020, Saturday 11 am – 1 pm PT / 1 pm – 3 pm CT / 2pm – 4pm ET

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All Souls Election Day Vigil Tuesday 3 November 2020 7 pm – 9 pm CT

We will hold space with each other & connect with the ‘so called dead’ to bring healing on both sides of the Threshold, during Electon Night 2020, through Soical Sculpture with Lucien Dante Lazar & special guest host Anne Nicholson

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Friday 6 November 2020, 7 pm – 9 pm CT Connections Revealed

The Connection Between Epidemics, the Souls of the Dead, & the Spiritual World – Leading thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg based on Spiritual Scientific research & indications from Rudolf Steiner

With Group Eurythmy, Singing, Social Sculpture while reading the names of the dead, & Break out Sessions.

In-person at Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3 fold Cultural Hub, in conjunction with the Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago, 4249-51 N. Lincoln Ave.

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A peek into the Divine Blueprint

St. Raphael the Archangel – Novena - Prayers Room

And so this is what came to me this morning: The Feast Day of Archangel Raphael, companion of Tobias; Mohammed’s flight from Mecca; & the Birth Day of Astrosopher Elisabeth Vreede

Preparing for the New Divine Blueprint | Galactic Connection | Sacred  geometry art, Sacred geometry, Visionary art
David Gennde

A peek into the Divine Blueprint: It is Michael’s intention that intelligence will stream through the hearts of human beings, & that it will be consciously connected to the same divine spiritual forces that helped to create humanity in the beginnings of time.

Soul Portraits - Barbara McKell - Visionary Artist
Barbara Mckell

It has become possible for souls aligned with Michael to be engaged in a goal-oriented schooling for initiation, to enter into a closer working with the hierarchies & the etheric Christ, who reveals Himself today as an angel. It is Michael’s aim that the spiritual schooling will lead to heart-knowledge & that the etheric eye of the heart will become an organ of cognition.

Soul Portraits - Barbara McKell - Visionary Artist
Barbara Mckell

We read the following in the Michael-Letters:
“The Christ-force imprints human imaginations into the cosmic ether.”

The Original Blueprint of Humans | We Are 1 in Spirit
Dennis Fixer


“That which man experiences as strength of conscious imagination becomes world content.”

Original Light Language
Mellie Von


“Hearts begin to have thoughts, that is the new way of thinking with the heart.”

The Original Blueprint of Humans | We Are 1 in Spirit
Mellie Von


“The newly developed heart-organ slowly transforms into an eye, or better, a sensing-heart-eye-organ.”

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Suzanne Cowebber


“Everyone who strives in the light of spiritual science and connects himself with the creative World-Logos through heartfelt thoughts, sooner or later will learn to read Karma. By doing so he adds to the substance of the etheric-youth or angel-being through which the etheric Christ reveals Himself today.”

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Xi Twi

For spiritually active pupils in the Michaelic stream, the heart becomes: An eye for self-cognition, the realization of the true self as eternal being; it also becomes the eye of the Ego-sense, the true ‘I’ – which perceives the ‘other’ in their true being, an eye of cognition for supersensible beings & for the etheric Christ Himself, protected & cherished in the Michaelic mystery-culture of will; it will also become possible to perceive the karma of others as well as one’s own karmic chain.

On Rudolf Steiner’s 63rd birthday he gave the following meditation to Dr. Ita Wegman:
Hearts will read karma
When hearts learn
To read the Word
Which shapes things
In human lives
When hearts learn
To utter the Word
Which shapes things
In the human world
.”

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Welka Zelderds

We experience our own Self & those connected to us, in our eternal being. When our heart-sense becomes a cognitive organ, we feel as if our heart is being transplanted into the Sun, we feel as if we go with the Sun, the Sun is in us, belonging to us. The Sun becomes our eye, our ear as well as our organ of warmth.

The Divine Hermaphrodite
William Mills

“We stand within the light, we touch spirit-beings with our light-organs.” Then we not only feel ourselves within the Sun but we perceive ourselves “on the other side of the Sun”. We experience the world within our being, where previously it was outside of ourselves, around us. Rudolf Steiner tells us it is an experience which we go through unconsciously during sleep.

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This is a powerful esoteric call to each pupil of Michael, to help in the creation of a new Sun-Earth. In this way the secret of the Grail lives – as Christian Morgenstern says: “I lift my heart to you as a true vessel of the Grail …”

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Max Zen

It is the experience of being totally imbued with the spirit of eternity which fills the receiving Grail-Soul in a cultic spirit event, a ‘reverse-ritual’, at the Sun-altar. Here Spirit & Soul truly unite. It is the Michaelic path to the heavenly city of the New Jerusalem.

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RS

See you there
Until soon
Blessings and Peace ~Hazel Archer Ginsberg

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

16 July 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Neowise & STEVE – a recent discovery that looks like an aurora, but it’s not. The purple glow is caused by hot ribbons of gas flowing through Earth’s magnetosphere from the Sun. It appears during some geomagnetic storms, often alongside a type of green aurora known as the “picket fence,” shown in the photo along with Neowise.

STEVE appears most often in spring & fall. So what summoned STEVE in mid-summer? It may have been a CME (formed by explosive reconfigurations of solar magnetic fields) from the Sun, that grazed Earth’s magnetic field. (“…the ever present help from the spiritual world“!)

Our Lady of Mount Carmel: July 16 | saints-feast-family

Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order, by Christian hermits living in the Holy Land during the late 12th & early to mid-13th century. They built a chapel conceived of in chivalric terms as the “Lady of the place.” Our Lady of Mount Carmel was adopted in the 19th century as the patron saint of Chile, in South America.

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Since the 15th century, popular devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel has centered on the Scapular, a sacramental associated with promises of Mary’s special aid for the salvation of the devoted wearer. Since the Middle Ages, Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been related to Purgatory, where souls are purged of sins in the fires. In some images, she is portrayed as accompanied with angels and souls wearing Brown Scapulars, who plead for her mediation.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel was seen in the apparitions of Cova da Iria in Fátima, Portugal, by Lúcia Santos & her co-visionary companions Jacinta & Francisco Marto & as many as 70,000 witnesses of the extraordinary events during the Miracle of the Sun. She also appeared to Saint Simon Stock to whom she gave the Brown Scapular. The Garabandal apparitions, in Spain, were reported to be images of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Also in Acquafondata, Italy, the apparition of the Virgin of Mount Carmel, was seen on July 16, 1841. There is still today a small sanctuary on the site.

Mohammed's Flight from Mecca in 622 AD; Algerian color postcard from the  1920s or '30s. Mohammed is the figure dressed in red entering th… | Image  archive, Postcard

622 – Mohammed’s flight from Mecca, which came to determine the beginning of the Islamic calendar.

Byzantine Empire Religious & Political Differences Split Christianity,  Decline of the Empire. - ppt download

1054 – Three Roman legates break relations between Western & Eastern Christian Churches through the act of placing an invalidly-issued Papal bull of Excommunication on the altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Historians frequently describe the event as the start of the East–West Schism.

1879 – Birthday of Elisabeth Vreed – Dutch philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, astrologer & anthroposopher. Elisabeth Vreede came into contact with Theosophy in her home growing up. She was interested early on in the starry sky, read the works of Camille Flammarion & learned French at the same time. At the University of Leyden she studied mathematics, astronomy, philosophy (especially Hegel) & Sanskrit. She was also actively involved in student life, founding a boat club, & was a council member of the students’ union.

Einige Briefe aus dem Jahr 1943, Elisabeth Vreede

Her first meeting with Rudolf Steiner took place at the Theosophical Congress in London in 1903. Vreede was leader of the mathematics & astronomy sections in the Goetheanum in Dornach from 1926 till 1935. In her capacity as leader of the Mathematical-Astronomical Section she wrote a monthly letter, then available by subscription, about both modern astronomy & classical astrology in the light of spiritual science. The letters included explanations of the fundamentals of astronomy & discussions of astrology in the modern world, with reference to such topics as the procession of the equinoxes, comets, solar & lunar eclipses, & the meaning of the Christian holidays such as Easter & Whitsun. The Letters in English translation were published in 2007 with the title Astronomy and Spiritual Science.

Elisabeth Vreede - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia

In 1935 the separation within the Anthroposophical Society took place & she was expelled from the executive council & excluded along with her long-time friend & co-member, Dr. Ita Wegman from the board of directors. She was also cut off from the observatory & archives that she herself helped assemble.

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The last years of her life became more lonely. She was cut off from her friends abroad by the War. The death of Ita Wegman at the beginning of March, 1943, was a great shock for her.

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Rudolf Steiner said of her: ‘this individuality does not wish to be recognized …’ Elisabeth Knottenbelt in her memoirs describes statements about her: that ‘she incarnated too early’ for the sake of serving Rudolf Steiner. “for this task [the work with Rudolf Steiner] she had assumed the sacrifice of a premature incarnation. One who, for the sake of a spiritual mission, comes in this way to earth too early must forego a lot. To a great extent one leaves one’s karmic circle of human beings behind in the spiritual word. Her life was thus really a quite lonely one, only a few persons were grouped around her without any real connection.”

Astronomy and Spiritual Science: The Astronomical Letters of Elisabeth  Vreede: Vreede, Elisabeth, Koetzsch, Ronald, Riegel, Anne, Davidson,  Norman: 9780880105880: Amazon.com: Books

Here is a quote from a letter written by her prior to her removal from the executive council: “The Being of Anthroposophy – I myself have always felt it as a spiritual being newly created by Dr. Steiner, as it were the first hierarchical Being that men have begotten, quite young and still underdeveloped, as is the case with a child—a Being that must now begin to develop further through our common work as a ‘community of knowledge’, and with the cooperation of its creator from the spiritual world. Just for this reason I find it so painful when attacks are continually made against part of the active members such as to exclude them from the work, from creating together the Being of Anthroposophy.”

Elisabeth Vreede - Alchetron, The Free Social Encyclopedia

Read her biography from the Astrosophy Research Center

Revisiting the Vel d'Hiv roundup through the ca...

1942 – Holocaust: Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup.The government of Vichy France orders the mass arrest of 13,152 Jews who are held at the Winter Velodrome in Paris before deportation to Auschwitz.

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1945 – Manhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

1948 – The city of Nazareth, revered by Christians as the hometown of Jesus, capitulates to Israeli troops during Operation Dekel, the largest offensive by Israeli forces in the north of Palestine in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. Israeli aircraft bombed Saffuriya village & caused panic among the population; many of the villagers fled northwards toward Lebanon, others found shelter in Nazareth, leaving about 100 elderly people behind. Nazareth surrendered to the Israelis.

Palestinian Arab villages captured in Operation Dekel

NamePopulation[2]DatesBrigadeNotes
Kuwaykat1,05097th Armoured Brigade and Carmeli BrigadeVillage depopulated and destroyed
Kafr Yasif1,057 (1931)10Carmeli BrigadeMost of Muslim population as well as refugees from other villages deported. Town exists today.
Khirbat Jiddin1,50010–11Village and bedouin camps depopulated and destroyed.
Julisn/a (Druze)8–14Population allowed to remain in their homes. Town exists today.
Al-Makrn/a8–14Town exists today.
I’billin1,0578–14Muslim population expelled. Town exists today.
Shefa-‘Amr3,6408–147th Armoured Brigade and Carmeli BrigadeMuslim population fled under bombardmennt. Town exists today as a city.
Kabul457 (1931)157th Armoured BrigadeVillagers remained. Town exists today.
Al-Mujaydil190015Golani BrigadeVillage completely emptied and razed to the ground.
Ma’lul69015Village depopulated and destroyed.
Saffuriya4,000167th Armoured Brigade[3] and Carmeli BrigadeVillagers expelled. Hundreds of returnees expelled November 1948 and January 1949. Nothing remains.
Nazareth18,00016Carmeli BrigadePopulation allowed to remain. Town exists today.
Nimrin32017Village depopulated and destroyed.
Lubya2,37017Villagers not allowed to return. Village buildings destroyed in 1960s.
Hittin1,19017Golani BrigadeVillagers fled before the attack and then prevented from returning. Village destroyed.
Amqa1,24015–167th Armoured Brigade and Carmeli BrigadeVillage depopulated and destroyed.
ad-Damun1,31015–167th Armoured BrigadeVillage bombarded, population expelled and buildings destroyed.
Tamra,15–187th Armoured BrigadeVillagers evacuated 20 May. Re-populated with exiles from neighbouring villages.
Mi’ar77015–187th Armoured BrigadeVillagers fled from advancing soldiers. Village destroyed.
Yafa833 (1931)15–18Town exists today.
Uzeir15015–18Village exists today.
Kfar Kanna1,175 (1922)15–187th Armoured BrigadeTown exists today.
Rummana59015–18Village exists today.
Bu’eina15–18Town exists today.
Al-Ruways330187th Armoured BrigadeVillagers fled under bombardment and buildings destroyed. Land now used by kibbutz Yas’ur.
Tur’an1,35018Empty houses used for refugees expelled from other villages. Town exists today.
Nahf200 (1881)187th Armoured BrigadePopulation allowed to remain. Town exists today.
Al-Birwa1,46018Units of ALA involved in defending the village. After capture villagers were prevented from returning and the village was destroyed.
Sha’b1,74019Villagers expelled, later replaced by exiles from other villages.
Frank Beacham's Journal: 45 Years Ago Today: The Apollo 11 Moon Launch

1969 –Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida

July 16–17, 1999 — “A Small Plane Is Missing” — The Death Of JFK Jr.

1999 – John F. Kennedy Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies when his plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. His wife & sister-in-law are also killed

2007 – An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 & 6.6 aftershock occurs off the Niigata coast of Japan killing 280 people, injuring at least 5800 & damaging a nuclear power plant.

2014 – Deathday of Ruth Zinniker – The biodynamic movement owes so much to Ruth and the whole Zinniker family. Their farm has been a source of inspiration for thousands of people, many of whom came there to work as apprentices when they were young people and have gone on to be important leaders in the biodynamic movement. Ruth had a place in her heart for all these people and many others. She warmed the movement with her social gesture and her fiery enthusiasm. Thank you dear Ruth, thank you Zinniker family, for all you have given to help seed the biodynamic movement in North America.

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DR. JOHN DEE, THE HOLY GRAIL, THE LIGHT BODY AND ENGLAND'S GREATEST SECRET  – William Henry

POD (Poem Of the day)

Stephen Hawks

~Over the open face of light
Some sober trails of vapor creep
Enticing a vortex in the somber cosmic night…
Inward I turn my rays of hope
To become a polished mirror
Hard obsidian & black silver
Lead into gold
~hag

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Man only looks up to the Sun in the right way (even if it be but in his mind) when, as he gazes upwards, he forgets Space and considers Time alone. For in truth, the Sun does not only radiate light, it radiates Space itself, and when we are looking into the Sun we are looking out of Space into the world of Time. The Sun is the unique star that it is because when we gaze into the Sun we are looking out of Space. And from that world, outside of Space, Christ came to men. At the time when Christianity was founded by Christ on Earth, man had been all too long restricted to the mere Ex Deo Nascimur, he had become altogether bound up in it, he had become a Space-being pure and simple. The reason why it is so hard for us to understand the traditions of primeval epochs, when we go back to them with the consciousness of present-day civilisation, is that they always had in mind Space, and not the world of Time. They regarded the world of Time only as an appendage of the world of Space”. ~Rudolf Steiner. Source : https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/AscenPent/19240604p01.html

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

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Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

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August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Between Scylla & Charybdis

~hag

Dear friends –

From the get-go I have been actively researching the many angles (angels) in my striving to apply Michaelic Thinking to connect the dots, as well as seeking to find the spirit behind this current world situation. Doing my daily meditations, the hygienic eurythmy, & aligning with the Festival energies, helps to keep me from falling into the rabbit-hole. I don’t always share everything, since I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed or burnt out by the vastness of it all. But this morning, July 5th 2020, I awoke with a start, after a night of bombs bursting, under the lunar eclipse. Perhaps it is the Spirit of Columbia calling to be heard – & so it is that I will try to put into words what cries for utterance & understanding.

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Barley Fetere

In a nut shell: These times are prompting humanity on a global scale to evaluate evidence & build discernment – to think, for & from our higher selves.

The adversarial beings on all sides, are working hard to place obstacles in the way of the individual’s ability to think – to evaluate conflicting information – to truly know, in freedom. This is an orchestrated suppression of the Consciousness Soulwhich is meant to come in now, to provide an individual relationship to the truth, beyond sympathy & antipathy.

Remake/edit of “Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds” By Elizabeth Kolbert
Elizabeth Kolbert

Everyone knows how easy it is to consider truth to be only what we prefer – determined thru our feelings, desires, our social conditioning, etc.

by Annael (Anelia Pavlova)

Only truth that has freed itself from the aftertaste of our selfish sympathies & antipathies, is enduring – This Eternal, Universal Truth, is real even if all personal feelings revolt against it. That part of the soul in which this truth lives is the Consciousness or Spiritual Soul. For this we strive. How do we develop it in freedom?

The Conspiracy Theory. Surreal Mixed Media Collage Art By Ayham Jabr. |  Futurism art, Collage art mixed media, Psychedelic art
Ayham Jabr

Another obstacle is the indiscriminate use of the label “conspiracy theory” used in reference to thinkers striving to do independent research, to think outside the box – thoughts not in accord with the mainstream narrative, which serve to strengthen a wave of suppression against independent thinking, & the development of the Consciousness Soul.

Conspiracy Collage For Sale | Saatchi Art
Ken Onewn

Where does this urge to silence critical thinking, inherent as a potential attitude in each of us, originate?  And what causes governments, agencies, or media platforms, as well as people among us, to categorically dismiss, censer, & possibly penalize, any information or action, that thoughtfully challenges conventional medicine, lock-down policies, 5G, vaccines, etc?

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Waldorf 6th grader Jeremy Gold

We must take control of our ‘ship’ of thinking, & direct it thru the dual hazards of Scylla & Charybdis – One side of the narrow place representing self-satisfied, obedient faith in authority; & the other, an ungrounded, emotionally driven fantasy. (There is much practical advice for this task in Rudolf Steiner’s foundational book ‘Knowledge of the Higher Worlds’.)

Can we see the signs of the times, & recognize them as pointers from the past & harbingers to the future? We have seen the “medicalization” of society before – leading up to & thru out the Nazi era.

Institutional health measures become “equivalent to systematic health denial” & result in “disempowerment through experts,” & a “surveillance economy.”

Ahriman - Waldorf Watch

As Anthroposophers we know that Ahriman is the spirit of deception; so it is especially important to actively look behind the outer appearances of world events in order to discern their true causes & motives – a task that Rudolf Steiner termed “historical symptomatology” –This, my friends, is the study of, & the preparation for, Ahriman’s incarnation.

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To further add to the mind-fuck of this topsy-turvy confusion & dis-order, a few days ago I started seeing the above meme on FB.

At 1st glance I am attracted to what it says on the surface, I agree with it all; but then in looking more closely, it is revealed that her t-shirt has the # 45 & a small #2…

American Greatness Apparel - American Greatness USA 45 Hat

& it dawns on me that this is a message appealing to the far-right to re-elect trump (45) for a 2nd term!

I am thankful this outrageous meme knocked me over the head to help me wake up – To see that this narrative creates a reverse psychology – If trump says it, then it must be false.

This is a brilliant strategy ‘proving’ to those whose immediate sympathies push us to disagree with anything that trump says, to instead conform to the WHO / CDC / Big Pharma plot.  (& to further complicate things, how do we find equanimity in a narrative that legally compels us to comply, or give away our personal freedoms?

Module 3: Mysteries of the Rectangle Reflection Paper | Emily Teets
Emily Theeters

Dear friends, please take the time to do your own research to get past the doctored Covid counts, the fear / shame based directives, & most of all, our own sympathies & antipathies, so that we might stand together, in the center, where Love is the only command.

These 3 highly respected resources hold power full perspectives:

The Present Age

New View

Deepening Anthroposophy

~hag

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Youth Section Report

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August 8-18 ‘Classroom Alive’ Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago

UVA

We’re starting up with Culture in our community – join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey – Classroom Alive Chicago!

Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

for more info. contact Ultra-Violet Archer, or Frank Agrama

Details TBA #ClassroomAliveChicago2020

Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people –

Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries

Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago – August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618

August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.

August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.

August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.

Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.

The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”

registration: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdY7KXHkjUPV2h9UD…/viewform

Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!

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August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020

At Elderberries 3-fold Bio-Dynamic Outpost

for more info. contact Frank Agrama or Dottie Zold

Details TBA Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago -Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator

Columbia: Guardian of Liberty

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Does anyone know what DC stands for? Yep that’s right The District of Columbia.

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In fact, when the original founders of this country built the ‘District of Columbia’, they called it the Holy City, & envisioned it as a Temple to this Goddess. But who is she? And how is it that we as a nation have come to forget her, despite her ubiquitous presence atop the nation’s most prominent institutions of power?

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Columbia comes from the word “Columba” meaning “dove”. From the beginning, when Columbia was first revealed as the Goddess of this land, she was seen by the native peoples as an Indian Queen, a guardian of Liberty, freedom & a generous provider of plenty.

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After the colonists came to America seeking freedom from oppression, Columbia changes, she is then pictured wearing the cap of freedom, later seen in the French revolution, & holds a cornucopia. The eagle & the rattlesnake are sacred to Her.

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She is known as a guardian spirit. In the terminology of Anthroposophy she is The Archangel, or Folk Spirit of the American People.  This spirit is called by various names: sometimes referred to as Liberty, as in the Sons of Liberty, or the Statue of Liberty; other times Independence, as in the Declaration of Independence; and Columbia, as in the City of Washington, DC. & You have heard of the South American country Colombia; & there is a British Columbia in Canada as well.

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The name Columbia is borne by many other beings: a great river, towns & counties, business & cultural organizations, ships, & songs. But, the Folk Spirit Columbia of the Original Native Peoples, perceived also by the American Revolutionaries as an Indian goddess, has been usurped by Uncle Sam, her opposite in every way.

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 The true Spirit of America is a strong & beautiful peer of all the other national cultures, interestingly enough all personified by the Divine Feminine.

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The American Revolution later inspired the French Revolution, which became the catalyst for their gift of the Statue of Liberty.

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And did you know that the song ‘Hail Columbia’ was actually the National Anthem, until it was changed in 1931 to the Star-Spangled banner?, a song glorifying war.

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As the authentic potential of the American People, Columbia has hardly manifested. Her destiny, if ‘We the People’ will it, is to take back Her divine power, to manifest a true Land of the Dove. For many immigrants who end their long journey to freedom at Her feet, justice & hope are personified in Her form. America’s true folk spirit welcomes everyone into New York harbor with the promise of ‘life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness’. She offers these gifts to the world’s downtrodden as they enter the New World seeking a New Life; asking the world to give Her their ‘tired, poor & huddled masses’.

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Have you ever really looked at the symbolism in the statue? The seven points of her crown represent the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.

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And These words, from the sonnet “The New Colossus” written by Emma Lazarus, are engraved inside the statue of Liberty. Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand – A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame – Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name – Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand – Glows world-wide welcome; “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

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Can we renew this conception in our thinking now? Let us reclaim our past; this will give us the courage to love the world that we are in. Then we can envision & co-create a future of hope & light, in Love & Freedom!

~hag

Shape Anew

The Threefold Social Organism and Collaborative Leadership, a ...
Paul Ziegler

Dear friends – In our quest to unveil the secret teachings available to us during this Easter-Tide as we make our way to the Ascension & strive to make ourselves worthy of the grace of The Sophia on Pentecost, I offer up these words of power from Rudolf Steiner: 

THE THREEFOLD SOCIAL ORGANISM | RSCT News and blog

“…If we study the things that stand side by side in the world we find in what a peculiar way the economic life, the political rights life, and the spiritual life are entangled. If we do not wish to perish because of the extreme degeneration which has come into the spiritual life and the rights life, we must turn to the Threefold Social Order, which from independent roots will build an economic life now struggling to emerge, but unable to do so unless a rights life and a spiritual life, developed in freedom, come to meet it. These things have their deep roots in the whole of humanity’s evolution and in human social life; and these roots must be sought. People must now be made to realize that way down at the bottom, on the ground I might say, crawls the economic life, managed by Anglo-American habits of thought; and that it will be able to climb up only when it works in harmony with the whole world. Otherwise the gaining of world dominion will become a fatality for it.

Crystal Stokes

If the world continues in the course it has been taking under the influence of the degenerating spiritual life derived from the Orient, then this spiritual life, although at one end it was the most sublime truth, will at the other rush into the most fearful lies. Nietzsche was impelled to describe how even the Greeks had to guard themselves from the lies of life through their art. And in reality art is the divine child which keeps men from being swallowed up in lies. If this first branch of civilization is pursued only one-sidedly, then this stream empties into lies. In the last five or six years more lies have been told among civilized humanity than in any other period of world history; in public life the truth has scarcely been spoken at all; hardly a word that has passed through the world was true.

While this stream empties into lies (see drawing), the middle stream empties into self-seeking; and an economic life like the Anglo-American, which should end in world-dominion — if the effort is not made to bring about its permeation by the independent spiritual life and the independent political life, it will flow into the third of the abysses of human life, into the third of these three. The first abyss is lies, the degeneration of humanity through Ahriman; the second is self-seeking, the degeneration of humanity through Lucifer; the third is, in the physical realm, illness and death; in the cultural realm, the illness and death of culture.

Maxie Canner

The Anglo-American world may gain world dominion; but without the Threefold Social Order it will, through this dominion, pour out cultural death and cultural illness over the whole earth; for these are just as much a gift of the Azuras as lies are a gift of Ahriman, and self-seeking, of Lucifer. So the third, a frightful companion of the other two, is the scourge of the Azuric powers!

We must get the enthusiasm from these things which will fire us now really to seek ways of enlightening as many people as possible. Today the mission of those with insight is the enlightenment of humanity. We must do as much as possible to oppose to that foolishness which fancies itself to be wisdom, and which thinks it has made such marvellous progress — to oppose to that foolishness what we can gain from the practical aspect of anthroposophically-orientated spiritual science.

My dear friends, if I have been able to arouse in you in some measure the feeling that these things must be taken with profound seriousness, then I have attained a part of what I should very much like to have attained through these words.” ~Rudolf Steiner, The Mysteries of Light, of Space, and of the Earth, lecture IV, Dornach, December 15, 1919

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Sickle Of Leo Painting by Denise Weaver Ross
Denise Weaver Ross

16 April 2020 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Right after dark, the Sickle of Leo stands vertically upright due south. Its bottom star is Regulus, Leo’s brightest. Leo himself is walking horizontally westward. The Sickle forms his front leg, chest, mane, & part of his head.

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

According to Dr. Steiner TODAY is the birthday of Aaron = mountain of strength, illuminator – born in Egypt three years before his brother Moses, & after his sister Miriam.

When the time for the Exodus out of Egypt came, Aaron was the “mouth” or “prophet” of Moses, because he was gifted speaker.

When Moses ascended the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, Aaron was permitted to accompany him part of the way, & to behold the manifestation in the burning bush.

Later the chiefs of the tribes were each required to bring Moses a rod bearing the name of his tribe. These were laid overnight in the tabernacle, & in the morning it was found that Aaron’s rod “for the house of Levi” budded, blossomed, & yielded almonds. Aaron was able to turn that rod into a snake to try & persuade the Pharaoh to ‘Let the people go’.

Aaron was considered a type of Christ figure in his official character as the 1st high priest, & was intended to lead the people of Israel to look forward to the time when “another priest” would arise “after the order of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:20).

1889- Birthday of Charlie Chaplin, English actor, director, producer, screenwriter, & composer

1828 – Death-day of the painter Francisco de Goya

In 1944, during World War II, the allied forces start bombing for the 1st time in Belgrade, killing about 1,100 people. It was Orthodox Easter.

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Bonnie Neil

POD (Poem Of the Day)

~Into my Inner Essence
Gushes the riches
Of the sense world…
The Wisdom of The Logos finds Herself
In the mirror-image of my Eye,
That Her Power out of me
May shape anew the eternal resurrection…
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The Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond ONLINE CONFERENCE APRIL 17-19, 2020

MORE INFORMATION

The Connection between Epidemics, the souls of the Dead, and the Spiritual World, with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg and Eurythmist Raven Garland,  on Saturday 18 April 10:45 am – 12:15 am CDT (11:45 am-1:15 pm EDT, 8:45 am – 10:45 am PDT)

Here is a Worksheet with Quotes & Leading Thoughts

& on Sunday 19 April 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm CDT (1:15 pm – 2:45 pm EDT, 10:15 am – 11:45 am PDT): Festivals for the Dead, the Unborn and the Evolution of Earth -Then and Now with  with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg and Eurythmist Raven Garland.

Here is a Worksheet for Sunday

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SAVE THE DATE: Ascension Thursday 21 May 2020 ‘Coming in the Clouds’ a CRC Festival Celebration, 7 pm CDT online

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Lifting the Veil of The New Isis -Sophiaa Telling of the New Isis Mythwith Leading Thoughtson the Being of Anthroposophia, w/ Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Friday, 29 May 2020, 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Groh Farm, 135 Temple Rd, Wilton, NH

(if the lockdown is still in effect, look for an online connection)

$10 suggesteddonation – RSVP deb@anthroposophy.org – Sponsored by the Anthoposophical Society in NH

Our dear Dr. Steiner said: ‘It is not the Christ we lack, but the knowledge of Christ, the Sophia of Christ, the Isis of Christ we are lacking.’ In ‘Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery: Their Meaning and Connection with Evolution’ Lecture 3; given in Dornach, 6 January 1918, by Rudolf Steiner; we hear how the power of ‘The Word, the power of The Logos’, must be resurrected through our striving to activate the Wisdom of Anthroposophia within each of us. Join Hazel Archer-Ginsberg for a powerful presentation Lifting the Veil of the New Isis-Sophia, to bring Light to Love.

Jo Jayson

~Vitae Sophia~A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg Saturday, 30 May, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Groh Farm, 135 Temple Rd, Wilton, NH

(if the lockdown is still in effect, look for an online connection)

Eurythmy: AUM = A – I stand for myself, U- I stand for humanity, M – I stand for Life

Social Sculpture: Steiner’s ‘Blue Dot Exercise’– Through Art, the bridge between science & spirit, we warm the ‘I’, to open the heart, in support of healthy community.

What are my gifts-What are my tools? How can I place them in right relationship within the social realm? How can I hone them to strengthen and enhance the world?

Living into the Foundation Stone of Love – How can we take our individual Inner Whitsun & expand it, into what Steiner calls the “World Festival of Knowledge” a path leading from ‘Sprit Recollection’, to ‘Sprit Sensing’, to ‘Sprit Beholding’?

Enter the Labyrinth of ‘Vitae Sophia’ – Human hearts, once warmed, can rise up to meet the source of wisdom, like flowers turning toward the sun.  

$30 suggested donation at the door, with potluck lunch to follow
(please bring a dish to share) RSVP deb@anthroposophy.org Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in New Hampshire

Whitsun 2020 Vitae Sophia

as part of the tour 

Cantinho dos Deuses | Arte deusa, Arte visionária, Arte espiritual

3 June 2020 – a Round Table Discussion 7 pm – 9 pm on ‘The Sophia’ with John Bloom, Joan Sleigh, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg & Carrie Schuchardt  at The House of Peace in Ipswich, MA. 

(if the lockdown is still in effect, look for an online connection)

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year.Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Trans-denominational Minister, ‘Anthroposopher’, working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, The Traveling Speakers Program, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society.

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