Spiritual Science reveals our rhythmic system as the realm of the Feeling life, the middle pillar between Thinking in our head, & Willing in our limbs; harmonizing & connecting head, hands & heart.
In order to think, to perceive & remember, we breathe the ethers into our lungs, & this breath stimulates the warmth of our “I” in the life of our blood to permeate our being with formative forces.
We then breathe out into the world again. We populate the world with the product of our soul forces of thinking, feeling & willing.
What are we breathing into the world? Is it light, love & warmth = forces of life? Or depending on our thoughts, are we breathing out darkness, hatred/scorn/division, coldness = forces of death?
Love, is a breathing out, a sharing, embodying our unification with the world. It is connected to freedom. Breathing out we are selfless – giving freely, sharing our essence. This gives us a sense for Destiny. We unite with our future as we once united with higher beings in the spiritual worlds in the past – & will again. We also do it every night when we fall asleep; & when we cross the threshold at death. We also experience this out-breath collectively as part of the bigger cosmic & earthly rhythms, particularly in Spring & Summer.
Breathing in, is a uniting with the Self, connecting the past with the present. Take a deep breath & feel into the consciousness of Self-hood. This gives us a sense for our Karma. We are meant to strive to live in the world with a moral memory of our time before birth, guiding us to be better human beings. We get to do this every Morning when we wake up & begin a new day. And in the future we can transform this autonomic function into a conscious breathing in of LIGHT!
What is it that lives in the rhythmic system & unites the in-breath & the out-breath in a living, warm, loving way? Since the ‘Turning Point of Time’ it is The Christ who lives in the rhythmic system – in the point & periphery of the expances. Can we feel this Being of Love living in the space between breaths, in the space between heart beats – Longing to bring in the light…?
This Sun Being transforms the necessity of memory & karma – the morality of the gods – into a love for a necessaity for freedom, which creates our destiny & opens us to the perception & oneness with higher worlds, which is our future.
And so it is, that between nerves / senses / limbs, lives our rhythmic system, which is related to our Sun born etheric body. It is here that Christ is crucified again & again thru materialistic thoughts, cold feelings, selfish, or heartless actions. Our materialistic thoughts are manifesting as dis-ease, depleting our formative forces, dying a death in our physical body, & with it deadening our consciousness of Christ.
How can we can resurrect our consciousness of The Being of Love within ourselves?
In balance of the soul,
Where the surging deeds
Unite your own I
With the I of the world;
And you will truly FEEL,
In human soul’s creating.
For the Christ-will encircling us holds sway,
In world rhythms, bestowing
Grace upon souls.
How do we Sense Spirit? Can we become awake to what fills our heart with warmth, reverence & wonder – Love – in awe of the Spirit, the essence behind all life..?
This moves out again as Will – Can we strive to re-member in Spirit Re-calling, willing the good, in memory of our oneness with the creator god..?
This gives us the perception to bestow on our own “I” thru Spirit Beholding, a heart-thinking that co-creates with the Holy Spirit.
Living into the rhythms of the Foundation Stone, we become connected to breathing the Spirit in & out, like singing or mindful speech.
Our breath becomes related to the Living Word, which thru consciousness transforms our blood – the substance of our “I”.
The Holy Spirit is connected to the Healing Wisdom of the Sophia which calls to us from the future. Just as the Kingdom of God will become the New Jerusalem.
We are being asked to make this Breathing in of Love & Light the new normal, as we make our way toward Whitsun…& into our co-created future that we must breathe into now…
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (Help support the RSarchives!)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (resourses include The original Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, Wikipedia, Anthrowiki, EarthSky.org, Skyandtelescope.org)
17 May 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”
1510 – Death-day of Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter of the “golden age” of the Early Renaissance. He belonged to the Florentine School under the patronage of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Among Botticelli’s best-known works are The Birth of Venus & Primavera.
1606 – Murder of False Dmitriy I, the only Tsar ever raised to the throne by means of a military campaign. He was the first, & most successful, of three “impostors” who claimed, during the Time of Troubles, to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible.
Dmitriy married polish priestess Marina Mniszech. It was the usual practice that when a Russian Tsar married a woman of another faith, she would convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity, but she didn’t because Dmitriy had obtained the support of Polish King Sigismund III Vasa & Pope Paul V by promising to reunite the Russian Orthodox Church & the Holy See.
This was considered a betrayal. Ten days after his marriage, commoners stormed the Kremlin & killed Dmitriy. The body was put on display & then cremated, the ashes shot from a cannon towards Poland.
He was the primary character in the opera Boris Godunov, & Modest Mussorgsky’s opera of the same name. His story is also told by Schiller in Demetrius, by Antonín Dvořák in his opera Dimitrij, & Rainer Maria Rilke recounts the overthrow of the False Dimitriy in The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge; Rilke’s only longer prose work. Harold Lamb fictionalizes the demise of the False Dimitriy in “The Wolf Master”.
1792 – New York Stock Exchange founded
1922 – Riot at a Rudolf Steiner lecture in Munich, reported in the New York Times
1973 – Watergate scandal: Televised hearings begin in the United States Senate.
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
My Self is threatening to flee,
drawn strongly by the world’s inviting light.
Now you, my foresight, dawn in me your star
and my divining, firmly as of right,
replace the power of thought
that in the senses’ glory leaves me.
This is part of the square quartet, the only verses with the words
‘threatening’ (v7 & 46) or ‘death’ (v20 & 33). They can be regarded
as threshold verses, asking for a strong commitment to enter into
a new season. The word ‘Ahnen’ (translated as ‘dawning vision’ by
Brigitte Knaack) now makes its first appearance. Its the only word
for which I’ve kept the German sound: the ‘ah’ has the sound
that opens the soul to something new. Next week the Soul Calendar
will ask us to unite with the Spirit, lose ourselves in a Whitsun dream.
Our higher Self can then be found in cosmic light & warmth. Divine Being,
the star of who we really are, can enter us in summer senses’ heights.
Sangraal: A Pentecost Pilgrimage & Whitsun Festival with the Central Regional Council an experiential ‘Pageant’ written by Hazel Archer, taking us on a Quest from The Cauldron of Ceridwen, to The Holy Grail, & into The Sacred Vessel of the Sophia.
with Special Guests: Mary Mertz, Camille Vettraino. Eurythmy with Elizabeth Carlson, & Music with Ultra-Violet Archer
Join us on Whitsunday 23 May 2021, at 11 am PT / 12 noon MT / 1 pm – 2:30 pm CT / 2 pm ET / 8 pm CET
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Bio – Elizabeth Carlson – I was born and grew up in upstate [Woodstock] New York. I completed the eurythmy training at Eurythmy School Zuccoli in Dornach, age 24, and studied again later at Eurythmeum Stuttgart for two years. I have worked in Waldorf education since, in eurythmy, (in USA, SA and UK) for 16 yrs, in Early Years for five years, and intermittently in care for the elderly and learning disabled. I completed an MA in eurythmy (education) with Alanus University (Germany, but in the UK) in 2016. I have lived in the UK, presently in Cardiff, Wales, since 1992. My son is 26.
Music by Ultra-Violet Archer – Here’s her solo stuff https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkdsh6zXYxE74LLlDiBE3uQ
The discography https://soundcloud.com/ultra-violet-archer
Bandcamp has all the lyrics & you can ‘buy’ the album to show support for ‘In Case of Emergence’ by ‘Circles Edge’ her new band with Morgan Vallet
After working with Karma & Reincarnation for 3 years the CRC has chosen a new Theme: ‘The Mysteries of the Holy Grail, from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation’
We are She – She are We – Embodying Love in Wisdom with Hazel & Ultra-Violet Archer
9:30 am PT / 10:30 am MT / 11:30 am CT / 12:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm GMT / 6:30 pm CET