Beloved Michaelites, polish your shield until it shines like the Sun, & sharpen the sword of your clear thinking, so that together, we may redeem the Cosmic Intelligence to bring right perspective to our world thoughts today.
We are called to see the true image of the ‘corona’: a circling wreath, an auric rainbow of light revealing the realm of formative forces, the etheric glow of the human being wearing the crown of our divine birthright.
Our role-model for this crowning can be seen up in the starry sky. Have you ever noticed this circle of light around the Sun on a cloudy day, or embracing Bella Luna when she is Full?
Will we make it our intention to attend humanities Coronation? Or will we participate in the fear-based counter-image of the Corona – a piercing crown of thorns, eclipsing our true nature, a panicked rush toward the war-of-all-against-all, come too soon…?
Is this another attempt to darken & obscure our vision of the etheric Christ -a continued coup, usurping the Crown of Isis-Sophia – a corporate weapon of terror, gone viral, by the bought & sold media, employed by the lethal beasts of fear, hatred, & doubt…?
For some time now the world appears to have fallen under the spell of these 3 beasts. And their contagion is like a fast spreading virus –constricting the human heart, creating a shrouding corona of darkness around Mother Earth.
Is this manufactured (or karmic?) pandemic meant to trigger the negative side of the consciousness soul age, that anti-social part of us – that keeps us from unifying – from developing genuine compassion, interest & love of the other – labeling anyone who is asking questions as selfish.
These dark spikes of dis-ease drive us apart, dismember us, pin us in isolation. Will it justify the imposition of a type of global martial law unless we submit to a medical dictatorship…?
Sure it’s easy to get caught up in trying to find the narrative, but we must not let the 3 beasts of fear, hatred & doubt creep in & set-up a breeding ground in our thinking, multiplying in our feeling life, infecting our willing – so that we act out, or simply comply, taking the path of least residence, surrendering our sovereignty.
These beasts certainly create a cold environment, freezing-up the immune system, tightening tensions, giving rise to anxiety. The dots need connecting, but fear, hatred, doubt, or love of ease will not be good resources for solutions or collaborations.
Perhaps we can start by practicing Common Sense, which encourages us to keep our physical body healthy, by eating well, & exercising; Our mental body strong by practicing the 6 basic exercises, meditating…etc…; Our etheric body agile, with good rhythmic habits; And, purifying our astral body, by letting go of negative emotions & building healing imaginations. Because we know that when we are living in fear, propagating hatred, or fostering doubt, we are not only more susceptible to illness, but we close ourselves off from the spiritual world & our fellow human beings – we put up a wall, so that instead of the power of a true Democratic Republic where the people can work together to find solutions & find safety in numbers, we are hiding behind our masks or fighting against each other.
How can we call out the adversarial powers without getting infected by them? Rudolf Steiner tells us we must recognize, & name these materialistic counter-powers, which foster lies, gossip, suspicion, racism, & hypocrisy. These are the counter-images of the healthy human qualities of warmth, enthusiasm, & reverence – Faith, Hope, Charity & Love – which we must strive to cultivate.
We can work to redeem these traits in ourselves; this will have its reflection in the world. Will we take this opportunity to build our courage? This builds the health of our Soul-forces of Thinking, Feeling, & Willing, & makes straight the path of our highest evolution.
Aristotle taught us that courage can be trained. Today, more than ever, dear Michaelites we are being called to take up this training, & put it into action in our every thought, word & deed.
27 September 2021 – “Speaking with the Stars”: Jupiter and Saturn shine in the south-southeast at dusk, Venus low in the southwest. They’re all close to the ecliptic, so a straight line from Jupiter through Saturn points almost exactly to Venus. ~skyandtelescope
RUDOLF STEINER’S CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
translated (with added titles) by Roy Sadler
Natura, in the being of my will
I bear thy soul of motherhood
and in my will enkindled firepower
my spirit impulses are tempered, steeled,
that feeling of the selfhood formed from them
bear I in me.
The end of this week will be the Soul Calendar’s second mirror point.
At Easter the soul turned outwards into the sense world’s dream.
Now with the powerful gift of the summer sun the spiritual sun
can consciously expand within my inner being all through the autumn.
(qv. Eloise Krivosheia in anthroposophyla.org)
my depths of being
arouses longing, ardently divining,
that I, self-contemplating, find my Self
as summer sunlight’s gift that lives
in autumn mood as germinating seed,
warm spring of strength within my soul.
Lectures by Rudolf Steiner on this date
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1066 – William the Conqueror begins the Norman conquest of England
1322- Consecration of Cologne Cathedral
1722 – Birthday of Samuel Adams, statesman, political philosopher, & one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. As a politician in colonial Massachusetts, Adams was a leader of the American Revolution, & was one of the architects of the principles of American republicanism that shaped the political culture of the United States. He was a second cousin to President John Adams
1822 – Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone
1825 – The world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives, the Stockton & Darlington Railway, is ceremonially opened
1854 – The steamship SS Arctic sinks with 300 people on board. This marks the first great disaster in the Atlantic Ocean
1875 – The merchant sailing ship Ellen Southard is wrecked in a storm at Liverpool. 400 die
1896 Birthday of Sigismund Von Gleich, German Anthroposopher. While serving in the army he became ill with lung disease, & during convalescence was given a book by Rudolf Steiner. He was soon immersed in Steiner’s philosophy, & became one of the most prolific lecturers & writers in the early years of the anthroposophical movement. He fled Nazi Germany in 1936, after publishing The Transformation of Evil, And the Subterranean Spheres of the Earth
1905 – The physics journal Annalen der Physik received Albert Einstein’s paper, “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?“, introducing the equation E=mc²
1908 – The first production of the Ford Model T automobile was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit, Michigan
1917 – Deathday of Edgar Degas, French painter & sculptor
1940 – World War II: The Tripartite Pact is signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan & Italy
1959 – Typhoon Vera kills nearly 5,000 people in Japan
1962 – Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring is published, inspiring an environmental movement & the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1993 – The Sukhumi massacre takes place in Abkhazia, violent ethnic cleansing campaign carried out by the separatists perpetrated against Georgian civilians by militia forces, North Caucasian & Russian allies. 50,000 were killed
1996 – The Julie N- a tanker ship, spills thousands of gallons of oil after crashing into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine
1998 – Birthday of Google
Meeting the Dragon with our 4-Fold Being
Our Annual Michaelmas Festival
Leading thoughts with Rev Jeana Lee,
Collaborative sculptural creation, & transformation with Rev Victoria Capon.
(Bring your found objects to help build the dragon!)
September 28th, 2021
Potluck at 5:30 pm in the Branch Schreinerei –
Please bring a dish to share
Talk at 7pm in the Upper Room
Our inspiration can come to life through our collaboration
at the Rudolf Steiner Branch – 4249 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
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4 thoughts on “Sharpen & Shine”
All that fresh air from the farm seems to have revived your passion. Masses of people these days, living in cities, are breathing in pollutants with their oxygen – why are we surprised when we see respiratory problems? Where has common sense gone? And then there’s the issue of Light – many work all day in artificial light, come home and spend their evenings in more artificial light. Ignoring such basic gifts from the Creator as clean air and life-bestowing Light, yet we say we’re a highly-evolved society. Give me a break – let’s not even go into clean water.
You’ve given us some great questions to ponder, and I like your concluding remarks about calling out those “counter-powers” that are exhibiting “counter-images” of the healthy human qualities. I’d suggest beginning with corporations and large companies. Just as they do when it comes to taxes, they’ve discovered and are using regularly loop-holes – loop-holes in our justice system. The justice system was designed to deal with inter-personal issues, but corporations and large companies aren’t people, and thus they quite often end up escaping the retribution they deserve. We’re no longer dealing with persons, but instead with their highly-paid lawyers. Several in our study group today recounted incidents where their elderly parents had been defrauded by such corporations – the “people” behind these corporations are probably drinking margaritas in a tax haven somewhere with what they’ve stolen from these elderly folk. I’ve been following updates on a high-profile case in New York – Chevron vs. Donziger. Marianne Williamson had as her guest Steven Donziger, a human-rights lawyer who’s being held “hostage” in his own apartment. Chevron refuses to pay for the environmental damages they caused in Ecuador many years ago. Donziger won the case on behalf of the indigenous folks suffering from the damages, and for that he’s being made an example of to all other lawyers, that you don’t dare mess with such a large corporation. So much of this kind of abuse is happening all the time now, largely due to corporations. We need leaders with the political will to stand up for us against these “counter-images”, and begin the process of restoring middle-class wealth so we can afford to support small farms again, and return some of the mom-and-pop shops, the ones who exhibit healthy human values. And make sure you’re getting some fresh air, some pure light, and clean water every day. Keep yourself healthy, because the government’s not going to do it for you.
Marianne Williamson for president, & Maverick for VP
Lol. You’re a much better communicator than I – you should be VP. Chuck and I will encourage you from the sidelines.
We must all be our own sovereign eh…