Here & There

~Under the Clouds
The Robins nod & bow & walk & fly…
All Beings
In the ethers spin
Exchanging countless exhaled breaths…
We are growing, remembering, forgetting, Becoming…
We are the many…
One face changing expression..

When the disciples experienced the Ascension, which was for them not merely the proof of the whole immeasurable significance of the Christ impulse for the formative forces of every human soul after death, but was at the same time, the event thru which they were able to attain the fullest most all-encompassing knowledge of the new relationship between microcosm & macrocosm.


Because of the Ascension the human soul can come into contact with the cosmic sphere where Christ derived the forces for His Resurrection Body. The sphere of the Father, where the Atma, or future Spirit Human, is derived.


And now, since in the Resurrection, Christ has united the forces of the cosmic midnight hour directly with earth evolution, this created a bridge for all human beings over the cosmic abyss, unlocking the gate between the cosmic midnight hour & the midday moment of cosmic existence. 

The Ascension provided the opportunity for The Holy Spirit, who illuminates individual ego-consciousness, to be able to appear in earthly evolution among human beings at Whitsun, to pour into them the true knowledge of the Mystery of Golgotha & the Ascension in full wisdom.

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is a direct consequence of the Resurrection & the Ascension.

But to be able to receive this Universal Healing Spirit & Wisdom of the Divine Sophia we must wait – willingly & trustingly experiencing the pain of seeming separation. The clear headed awakening must allow an open space – a pure empty vessel for the spirit to fill. As individuals we must feel that loneliness, which Steiner describes in ‘How To Know Higher Worlds’ as a preparation for initiation.

Encircling with us in that sacred space we can join with other seeking souls. We can engage with our Angel. We can invite the so-called dead & our unborn descendants to hold the space with us, knowing that the Comforter, the Paraclete will come…

Then the Christ impulse can enter human souls thru the mediation of the Holy Spirit, so that we can retain ego-consciousness without being overwhelmed by Christ’s powerful Sun nature. The benevolent Sun, that gives life generating warmth to all existence, is a bridge, connecting the Above & the Below, the inside with the outside, the Me with the We…


28 May 2022 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Jupiter and Mars appear almost equally close to each other on Sunday and Monday mornings. But watch their changing orientation. The actual conjunction is shown above, on Sunday the 29th.

Da Vinci

We understand only the very smallest part of human history and of our own life if we consider it in its external aspect, I mean in that aspect which we see from the limited view-point of our earthly life between birth and death. It is impossible to comprehend the inner motives of history and life unless we turn our gaze to that spiritual background which underlies the outer, physical happenings”. ~Rudolf Steiner, Karmic Relationships, Volume IV: Lecture III

Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (RSarchives)

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Rudolf Steiner’s orginal Calendar of the Soul, The Present Age magazine, Wikipedia)

Emmanuel Lafont

585 BC – the 1st prediction of a solar eclipse by the Greek philosopher & scientist Thales, which occurs while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in Halys, leading to a truce. This is one of the cardinal dates from which other eclipse dates can be calculated

1696 – Birthday of Leopold Gyorgy Rakoczy, also known as Comte de St. Germain, an incarnation of the individuality known as Christian Rosenkrutz

1892 – In San Francisco, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club

1961 – Peter Benenson’s article The Forgotten Prisoners is published in several internationally read newspapers. This will later be thought of as the founding of the human rights organization Amnesty International.

1995 – The 7.0 Mw Neftegorsk earthquake shook the Russian settlement of Neftegorsk, with 2,989 deaths &750 injured. The settlement was never rebuilt.

1999 – In Milan, Italy, after 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper is put back on display

A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor & Spirit Community with the Eastern, Central and Western Regional Councils of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Sunday 29 May 2022 –  at 3 – 4:30 pm PT / 4-5:30 MT / 5-6:30 pm CT / 6-7:30 pm ET

We will be working with Rudolf Steiner’s THE FIFTH GOSPEL GA 148, Lecture II, 2 October 1913, Oslo

The Whitsun Festival highlights one of the greatest challenges of being human: placing our individual gifts, our individual “I”, in right relationship within the social realm. This challenge is strongly felt during this time of the consciousness soul age. Our groups striving to know Spiritual Science must work together as a community, to have the possibility to create this type of culture, and the opportunity is here for each of us to meet, human to human, where a sacrament is possible in every encounter. Our individual strength comes from our personal development and is enhanced by weaving our gifts together with others, knitting our social world in conscious community.

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The Holy Grail Study Group with the CRC
Mysteries of the Holy Grail – from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation
June 1, 2022 – 7:15 pm Central (8:15 pm Eastern)
“Anyone who approaches these mysteries today must feel that they are confronting and challenging themselves by striving for the virtues of Parzival, while knowing that — because of modern conditions — they are in fact someone else also, the wounded Amfortas. Today we bear this divided nature within us: aspiring Parzival, wounded Amfortas. That is what self-knowledge must lead us to feel. From this recognition will flow the forces which make a unity again of this duality, and will thus advance us a little further in world evolution.”~ from Chapter 15,  Rudolf Steiner, The Mysteries of the Holy GrailChapter 15 “Acknowledging Amfortas,” excerpts from Steiner’s lecture given at Berlin on 7 February 1913 (GA 144, lecture IV), will be the focus of the June 1 meeting.

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This collection of lectures has been republished by Rudolf Steiner Press under the title: “The Mysteries of the Holy Grail — from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation.”  The book was compiled and edited by Matthew Barton, published by Rudolf Steiner Press in 2010.

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There is a knighthood of the 21st century
whose riders do not ride through the darkness
of physical forests as of old,
but through the forest of darkened minds.
They are armed with a spiritual armor
and an inner sun makes them radiant.
Out of them shines healing,
healing that flows from the knowledge
of the human being as a spiritual being.
They must create inner order, inner justice,
peace and conviction in the darkness
of our time. ~Karl Konig

Agenda for this meeting (CST)
 7:15  Welcome and Introductions        
7:18  Verse
7:25  Study led by volunteers
Note: CRC team will ID volunteers
          Mariarosa – pages 117-123b
          Marianne – pages 123b-129
7:50  Conversation
8:25   ID volunteers for next meeting
8:28  Close with verse

8 thoughts on “Here & There

  1. Hi Hazel,

    You have quoted that it was the Lord that was taken into heaven in order to sit at the right hand of God, and yet it can be shown that Christ went into the clouds in order to align with the etheric element of the earth. So, what is it? You can’t have it both ways!

    19 So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.]
    [And they promptly reported all these instructions to Peter and his companions. And after that, Jesus Himself sent out through them from east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.]

    1. O yes, that is the point, it is both ways, that it what center & periphery are all about. This is clearly shown in the 2nd panel of the Foundation Stone Meditation. And is experienced in our breathing.

      1. Yes, I agree with that, but what if it can be shown that Jesus survived the crucifixion in order to take a new form in order to convey Christ to the disciples? Their physical sight had to be elevated to the etheric level, and this was put into effect at the Last Supper. At the first appearance in the Upper Room, they all recognized Him. This was made possible through the Etheric Nathan Jesus, who Mary had discoursed with that very morning at the empty tomb. You see, Jesus is the naked young man who flees the capture, and leaves his gown behind. He had it back on when Mary visited the tomb, and they reunited.

          1. No, but what *is* the reality is clearly indicated in John, chapter 20. Mary’s experience after Peter and Lazarus-John leave the scene of the empty tomb is one wherein her supersensible sight opens up. In first finding the tomb empty, she rushes to find Peter and they run to see that the tomb is, indeed, empty. Then, they leave, and she begins to see things. Appearances form, and she sees Angels at the head and the foot of the grave. They ask, “Woman, why do you weep”. She tells them why she weeps, and then hears a voice coming from behind her, “Woman, why do you weep?” She turns and sees Jesus, but does not know that it is Jesus. She thinks it is the gardener, but why would she think that? Then, she hears a voice that says, “Mary”! She turns a second time, and says, “Rabboni”! Then, Jesus says, “Stop clinging to me for I have not yet risen to my Father”.

            Now, this is proof that Mary experienced the Nathan Jesus in an etheric form, and she is the first to do so, but not the risen Christ. Christ would not appear until the evening of the first day of the resurrection. This is why chapter 20 of John has to be gone over very carefully. Its words come from an eyewitness to what Mary experienced in the morning, and then what took place that evening.

            I never watched the movie that postulates that Mary had children with Christ, but with Jesus we could be looking at another scenario. There is a Mary who continued to live in Jerusalem, and was very much revered, who had a child who would become an important figure in helping both Paul and Peter. This was John-Mark, who would accompany Paul on his first missionary journey, and then return home suddenly when his mother sent a message saying, “Peter has escaped the chains and he is looking for you. Please come home right away”. This is covered in Acts, chapter 12.

            Of course, this made a bad impression on Paul, and that is why Mark was refused to accompany Paul on his second missionary journey, which also saw the falling out with Barnabas. Yet, with Peter’s miraculous escape from jail, as shown in Acts, chapter 12, in which he took on a new form, he needed someone in the flesh to receive and transcribe his gospel, and this is how The Gospel of Mark was written. This gospel bears the stamp of Peter, although it was written down by Mark.

  2. Hi Hazel,

    I have found that this painting of the Last Supper by Jacopo Bassano in 1542 to more accurately depict the state of consciousness that Christ wanted to produce in His disciples. It is very visceral, and shows the kind of dreamy condition He wants to instill in them. We even see the blood sacrifice in the gown of Christ.

    This painting has always conveyed its effect on me when we consider Steiner’s second lecture on the Fifth Gospel, which tells of how deeply initiated was Peter at the Last Supper. So deeply was he affected that he would deny Christ three times. Yet, it can be shown that Peter was the one who drew the sword in defense of Christ just before He was taken into custody. So, what happened to cause Peter to become so confused? The three denials have had a lasting legacy over the years, which have caused aspersions to be cast against Peter to this very day. And yet, how did Christ handle it? In the last chapter of the Gospel of John, He asks Simon three times, ” Do you love Me”.

    This was designed to resolve the three denials, and I hope your discourse on the Fifth Gospel, lecture 2, will help dispel what is still held today against Peter. Even Paul acknowledged Cepheus to great glory. He had a definite reason to acknowledge him.

    1. Thanks for sharing that painting, wow, yes, visceral is the right word…

      Of course in the 5th Gospel is clear about how the disciples are in a dream like state, Steiner says: ” The apostles, due to their soul constitution, were not able to accompany the death of Jesus of Nazareth except with an anomalous consciousness.” In other places we hear that they can only can take in the energy of the Christ without being overwhelmed by his powerful Sun nature, becuase they are in this dream-like state. I see Peter’s denial as being the start of an awakening, in his case it is connected to fear.

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