Dear friends – Here is another mind blowing Steiner Quote:
“Strange as this may sound it is out of the modern world-conception, based on science, that the most intense need will have to arise for what I have called the Christ-experience soon to come.
We learnt yesterday how little experience of the Christ there really is at the present time. In recent centuries, all that can properly be called experience of the Christ has fallen into complete decadence.
On the other hand there is a terribly reactionary, conservative element in human evolution today. It is the belief in the authority of popular science. And this is connected with the fact that popular science has totally captivated the general consciousness, which one can only define as the materialism of modern humanity evoked by natural science.
The spread of this materialism will not be checked in the near future as some deluded scientists seem to think. On the contrary, it will increase with furious speed and we shall see how, out of the chaos of modern civilization, this materialistic mood will become stronger and stronger.
The human being, as such, the real nature of man, is actually entirely excluded from the conception of the world based on modern science.
All this is very forcibly manifest in social life. You have only to think of the demands that have arisen as the outcome of a gigantic piece of political stupidity which has spread through the world in recent years!
The Christ will not come in the spirit if human beings are not prepared for Him. He must say to himself: ‘The intellectual development of recent centuries has created the conditions which make me appear as an earth-being. Yet I am no earth-being. I cannot but feel myself united with a being who is not of this earth; a being who, not with theological mendacity but in very truth can say: “My kingdom is not of this world”.’ For man will have to say to himself: ‘My kingdom is not of this world.’ And this is why he will have to be united with a being who is not of this world.
Deep need will have to make human beings’ search for spirituality, a true one. And the Christ will appear only to those who renounce everything that spreads falsehood over earthly life. And no social question will be solved that is not thought out in connection with this spiritual-scientific endeavour that enables the human being to appear in truth once again as a super-earthly being.
The solutions to our social problems will be found to the degree in which human beings are able to feel the Christ-impulse in their souls. All other solutions will lead only to destruction, to chaos. For all other solutions are based on the conception of man as an earthly being. But precisely in our own day the human being is outgrowing the constitution of soul which permits him to think of himself as a purely earthly, physical being. The new experience of the Christ will arise out of the attunement (Gestimmtheit) of human souls and out of their need.
But awareness must all the more be directed towards everything that hinders the approach of this new Christ-experience.
Those who want to prevent a true concept of the Christ from arising today are the theologians! And as long as it is not realized that this new experience of the Christ will have to arise in such a way that the theology of all denominations denies him, the Christ will not come. He will appear again to human beings when those who are counted as his followers — the modern Scribes and Pharisees — have denied him completely.
It is not easy to see through these things with full strength, for one always also sees then how little the people of today are inclined to reckon with insights of this kind. The opponents are ready at their posts. They are developing all the intensity of battle. Our battle — what we are capable of — is weak, very weak and our comprehension of Anthroposophy is in many respects very sleepy.
This is the great pain which weighs down these days upon someone who sees through things. One feels it so often when one says something in answer to the problems of our times — something for a social healing of our times — and people receive it as though it were barely anything other than a magazine article.
One would like to call upon people to awaken, to carry what can come from spiritual science into the way they shape all aspects of life. But, instead, one sees how people just let life run its course; how they look at those who direct life out of falsehood, and listen, greedy for entertainment, to what they receive from spiritual science as though it were nothing but a magazine article
What must still arise is this: a deep, holy seriousness in receiving spiritual science and the disaccustoming of oneself from what induces people to receive spiritual science like any other literary product, albeit one in which one can amuse oneself all the better because it is a guarantee for one’s longing for life after death.
Until one puts this question most intensely to oneself, until one is prepared to look where things are lacking, we will not make progress.
All declaiming about social ideals or the like is useless if one is not prepared to look at this element that is living as a fundamental principle in our present time. For the damage of our time has its source in our perverted spiritual life which has gradually gone very deep into untruth but is completely unaware of how deeply in untruth it lives.
This is what, in both a positive and negative sense, I wanted to say to you today concerning — to use a trivial word — the spirit of the age. This spirit of our age should be a spirit of expectation; the spirit which, out of expectation, develops an understanding for the great experience that is born of deep need. But without also looking, in truth, at everything that is blocking this experience, people will not be able to meet it. If people today want, out of complacency, out of inner pleasure-seeking, to bow down to tradition — and if people do not want to be aware that, bowing down like this, they burden the day with a deep untruth — then people will not make themselves mature and ready for the Christ-event. But everything depends on this maturity. Everything depends on our overcoming theological talk about Christ so that, in all reality, we can move forward to an understanding of Him.” ~Rudolf Steiner, The New Spirituality and the Christ Expereience, Lecture 6, Dornach, 31 October, 1920
11 May 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: New Moon exact at 2 pm CDT
Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (rsarchive.org is such a blessing!)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY (Indications from the orignal Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner + ‘The Present Age’ by TH Meyer)
1917 – Rudolf Steiner stops giving private consultations, & releases his pupils from any obligations to silence previously required.
1930 – Deathday of artist Imme von Eckardtstein, who posed the question of the cycle of the year, which brought thru Rudolf Steiner the “Calendar of the Soul” in 1912/13. Rudolf Steiner worked with Imma von Eckardstein to develop images for the calendar to bring awareness of the waking & sleeping rhythms & elemental forces thruout the course of the year. The ancient, traditional glyphs of the zodiac are not longer effective. Steiner instructed Imme to watch the sunrise & sunset everyday & to paint what forces she percieved there to bring in new conscious creative life forces into play.
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
The Risen Self
Arisen from my own persona
my real self appears
as revelation of the spheres
the world is showing me
in powers of time and space
as paradigm of the divine
that everywhere portrays
the image in whose mirror I come true.
Living into the Spheres of Cosmic Life and Cosmic Light:
Easter, Ascension, Whitsun
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Ascension Verse #6 – Geoff Norris
The Secret Teachings, The Elementals, & The Etheric Christ – Hazel Archer
Calendar of the Soul – Luigi Morelli
For those who are familiar with the Calendar of the Soul we could say that during spring and summer we follow the ascent of cosmic life, cosmic light, cosmic warmth and cosmic Word as gifts bestowed upon the human being by the cosmos. By being receptive to them we strengthen our connection to cosmos and Self.
We will briefly explore the dynamics of the year, then look at what qualities of soul we need to develop as we move into spring and summer, most particularly from Easter to Ascension and Whitsun. We will look at the verses of the calendar in conjunction with the artistic renditions of Anne Stockton and Karl König, drawn for each of the verses.
We will ask ourselves: How can we live into and grow from this time of the year? How can we deepen our inner relationship to the event of Ascension? What can we receive and what can we give?
Group Speech Work with Geoff Norris
“Angels, in the early morning
May be seen the Dews among,
Stooping — plucking — smiling — flying —
Do the Buds to them belong?”
Closing Thoughts – Hazel Archer
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BIO Luigi Morelli. Cultures have been a great part of my upbringing, since I’m American born, part Italian, part Peruvian, mostly grew up in Belgium, and have lived the longest in the US. I have long had a passion for social change from a cultural perspective. Professionally this has brought me to working with the developmentally disabled in the intentional, holistic, communities of Camphill International and L’Arche International, and also in the mainstream. Being a founding member of the Wavecrest L’Arche Community in Los Angeles was a memorable experience. I have lived in intentional cohousing for the last ten years; first in Ecovillage Ithaca, now at Headwaters Cohousing in Cabot, in both places actively involved in community building and process facilitation.
Since 1999 I have found a vocation in researching/writing both about American history and/or about cultural/spiritual change, which you can find at www.millenniumculmination.net. Only of late have I started writing on meditative material I have used for years, publishing an essay on the Foundation Stone Meditation (also onsite) and one upcoming on the Calendar of the Soul. I love outdoors in many forms, gardening, hiking, skiing, love singing and playing flute, and enjoy most kinds of social events.
BIO Geffery Norris was born in Durban, South Africa on 07/09/1951. After extensive performing with the Rock Musical “Hair “in Southern Africa, Portugal and Spain in the early 70’s he continued his theatrical training at the London School of Speech Formation and Dramatic Art, graduating in 1978. He is an actor, storyteller and teacher of voice, movement and drama and has given courses and workshops worldwide integrating the approaches of Rudolf Steiner, Michael Chekhov, Viola Spolin (and others, his own included).and has performed extensively throughout Britain, Eire, Continental Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Southern Africa, The United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan, and New Zealand. He is a master teacher of Steiner Speech Drama and Movement, with over 46 years of experience in the field. www.speechanddramastudio.com
Norris’s “Noble Art of the Word” puts to shame our modern actors, who fear to bring colour to poetic, rhythmic language, making it monochromatic dull prose. May they learn from one of the best examples. ~Theatre Critic – Olsztyn
Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Past Video Recordings
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
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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’
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2 thoughts on “Pop Sci”
Wow, this excerpt on our deep need for the Christ-experience is one of the best I’ve heard. He really touches on a number of important truths, so thanks for bringing it to our attention. This is a Lecture I’ll be reading in full.
This statement really resonates with me right now: “The human being, as such, the real nature of man, is actually entirely excluded from the conception of the world based on modern science.” Everywhere, I’m seeing and hearing this propaganda about the excellence of modern science, and the glossing over of the real nature of man. I think he’s referring to the cosmic nature of man, as opposed to the earthly nature. To go a bit deeper though, that earthly nature which is being emphasized, ensures that we have no hope of returning to our former state without some kind of Divine intervention – in other words, we need to be “saved”, or “rescued”, from ourselves, and the materialism we’ve entrapped ourselves in. That intervention came in the happenings surrounding the Mystery of Golgotha, but requires that we personalize it – it’s not enough that we acknowledge the fact intellectually.
My own life is an example – I had no idea how much power my lower nature had over my being, until being rudely awakened from my slumber. Once awakened, I had to unlearn a lot, and renew my mind. It’s been quite a journey – as Steiner says in this excerpt, I was “completely unaware of how deeply in spiritual untruth” I was living.
Yes, dear maverick, I too have taken this in deeply.
I know these excerpts are too long for most folks, I do my best to make them digestable, but like you say really digging in takes some personal effort…
And when we make the space for Stiner’s wisdom to penetrate our soul forces, we have the help we need from the spiritual worlds for the work we are here to do…