Dear Friends – My beloved ‘practice buddy’ (Thanks Patrick Kennedy for this phrase) Angela Foster & I had a check-in with the need to express the anxiety that is living in the world & in us – an attack on our soul forces.
We placed Michael in a leminscate between us, activating the sword of discernment, & picturing his shield as a rib cage around our heart.
The eurythmy gesture for the constellation of Cancer, which houses the Bee Hive Cluster & rules the rib cage, came to mind.
Remembering that we are in the Season of Lent, we handed over everything that was too overwhelming to carry, into the arms of Mother Mary, in an imagination that these unredeemed astral attacks could be transformed, passing from Her hands into the Sacred Heart of Christ, transformed by the Holy Spirit, & held by the ‘Father Ground of the World’ as a healing impulse in the ‘Depths of Worlds Begetting Life’.
Then later, at 2nd breakfast, with my husband,-my other practice buddy, we talked about how the adversarial powers are working really hard. They are highly intelligent, & have a systematic, long term plan.
So what about us?
Of course on a personal level we know we need to work on our own individual inner development thru the basic exercises etc…But, what about the Anthroposophical Society as a World-Wide Movement?
Can we, as an association of members, create some sort of Michaelic plan?
It’s great that many of us are stepping up our Eurythmy & Meditation practice, offering these up to the world. And, yes, we are really good at ‘Spirit-Recalling’, remembering the past – folks are gearing up for the 100 year anniversary of the laying of the New Foundation Stone at the Christmas Conference in 1923-24, right now.
Many of us strive to focus in with Spirit-Sensing’ – aligning with “World rhythms bestowing grace upon souls’ – Working to bring awareness of the etheric Christ encircling us.
And I believe the impulse for a ‘Sophia Conference’ in 2022 is truly what is needed as a herald to our future ‘Spirit-Beholding’. The dimension of Wisdom is so needed if we are to light the way to the New Isis & our incarnation with the Maitreya Buddha, to embody Manichaeism in order to redeem evil.
Of course the elephant in the room in dealing with the AS (Anthroposophical Society) still trumpets with the residue of the mismanagement of the Society after Steiner’s death (which BTW had to do, in part, with trying to compromise under the pressures of political Nazi authorities) Recently much healing within the AS has taken a leap with the official acknowledgement of the oustings & the ‘reinstating’ of key members like Ita Wegman & Elizabeth Vreed.
But, can each of us honestly say we have rooted out the residue of divisiveness lurking within, expressed thru antipathies & misplaced sympathies, jealousies, our refusal to see the other as a karmic mirror, our aversion to those in the ‘other stream’ that think differently than us…
Friends, ‘The door is open’, we are being called to take action. How can we work together to create true unity with all that we have been given thru Rudolf Steiner & Anthroposophy?
Will we, as a collective, respond to the necessity coming from all worlds?
We must be the 1st responders, we must stand on the front lines & put our Spiritual World-View into Practice – creating a chalice that offers the healing medicine, in Love & freedom.
Here is the daily Rhythm of the Foundation Stone for Saturday:
28 March 2019 – “Speaking with the Stars”: The waxing crescent Moon shines to the left of Venus in twilight. As night deepens, you’ll find them forming a triangle with the fingertip-sized Pleiades over them.
“Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.” ~ Thomas Aquinas
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1483 – Birthday of Raphael,(Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino) Italian painter & architect. In Rudolf Steiner’s last address he speaks about this individualities’ previous lives as the 1st man: Adam, The prophet Elijah &John the Baptist
1515 – Birthday of St. Teresa of Ávila, From the Pastoral Medicine lecture #5: “In the case with such personalities as St. Teresa there is continuous healing coming from the spirit. When we study these individuals, we find that as a first stage the ego organization separates from the rest of the human organism. It then draws the astral body closely to it, in a certain sense away from the physical-etheric organism. This is in the waking state. What is the consequence of this? You can easily see that this puts the individual into a kind of dream condition. From a spiritual-scientific point of view the ego, by drawing the astral body to itself, is not allowing it to enter the physical and etheric bodies completely, and this brings about a kind of dream condition. But because of the special karmic density, both ego and astral body are strong, and they bring into the dream condition receptivity for the perception of the spiritual world. Dream is transformed into a state in which the individual is really able to see into the spiritual world and to feel the presence of spiritual beings.” ~Rudolf Steiner
1592 – Birthday of John Amos Comenius, Czech bishop Pansophia educator. Rudolf Steiner speaks of him as an adviser to Harun-al-Rashid in the Karmic Relationships Vol. 6 lecture 8. “…Haroun al Raschid and his wise Counsellor passed through the gate of death. But after their life between death and rebirth they continued to pursue their earthly aims in remarkable ways. It was their aim to introduce Arabian modes of thinking into the European world with the help of the rudiments of the Intelligence now spreading in Europe. And so after Haroun al Raschid had passed through the gate of death, while his soul was traversing spiritual, starry worlds, we see his gaze directed unswervingly from Baghdad across Asia Minor, to Greece, Rome, Spain, France and then northwards to England. Throughout this life between death and rebirth his attention was directed to the South and West of Europe. And then Haroun al Raschid appeared again in a new incarnation — becoming Lord Bacon of Verulam. Bacon himself is the reincarnated Haroun al Raschid who in the intervening time between death and rebirth had worked as I have just described.
But the other, the one who had been his wise Counsellor, chose a different direction — from Baghdad across the Black Sea, through Russia and then into Middle Europe. The two individualities took different paths and directions. Haroun al Raschid passed to his next earthly goal as Lord Bacon of Verulam; the wise Counsellor during his life between death and a new birth did not divert his gaze from the sphere where influences from the East can be increasingly potent, and he appeared again as Amos Comenius (Komenski), the great educational reformer and author of “Pan-Sophia.” And from the interworking of these two individualities who had once been together at the Court in Baghdad there subsequently arose in Europe something which unfolded — more or less at a distance from Christianity — in the form of Arabism derived from influences of that past time when the Intelligence had first fallen away from Michael on the Sun.
Here we have indicated something that lies as sub-strata of the soil into which we to-day have to sow the seeds of Anthroposophy. We must ponder deeply over the inner and spiritual reality behind these things”.
1749 – Birthday of Laplace, a French scholar whose work was important to the development of engineering, mathematics, statistics, physics & astronomy. He summarized & extended the work of his predecessors in his five-volume Mécanique Céleste (Celestial Mechanics) (1799–1825). He restated & developed the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the Solar System and was one of the first scientists to postulate the existence of black holes and the notion of gravitational collapse. Sometimes referred to as the French Newton or Newton of France, he has been described as possessing a phenomenal natural mathematical faculty superior to that of any of his contemporaries. He was Napoleon’s examiner when Napoleon attended the École Militaire in Paris in 1784.
Rudolf Steiner speaks of him in Karmic Relationships: Volume I Lecture 10, as being in the court of Mamun in Baghdad in the period from 813 to 833, cultivating astrological-astronomical knowledge. Laplace in that incarnation was a brilliant personality in whom Mamun placed deep confidence & to whom appeal was always made when it was a question of reading the portents of the stars. Steiner also connects Laplace with Kant in several lectures.
1941 – DeathDay of Virginia Woolf, English novelist, essayist, short story writer.
1943 – DeathDay of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Russian pianist, composer, & conductor
1985 – Deathday of Marc Chagall, Russian-French painter & poet
1994 – DeathDay of Eugène Ionesco, Romanian-French playwright & critic
POD (Poem Of the Day)]
~This is the hour
The passion & the power
This is the hour
The chalice & the tower…