Thoughts and Meditations sent in by Members and Friends of the Circle of Light.

Drew Danniels, Nelson, March 6th, 2017:

Dear Monica,
It’s now been a year since you phoned and told me of a dream you’d had and your conviction to form a vessel in support of teachers.  I was deeply moved then and now I see the Circle of Light is a global movement in support of teachers.

As a (retired) Waldorf Class teacher, I recognize the value and great need the Circle of Light is providing.  Educating children toward freedom, against a background of forces aimed at numbing and dumbing us down, is as difficult as it is necessary and teachers’ faith and hope is vital.  Supporting teachers within their school communities is essential and Circle of Light is awakening all of us to our responsibility. I pass along a verse by Rudolf Steiner that was given to our School in Nelson while in its infancy.  It has helped us over the years and it helps me personally to face difficult times of change and uncertainty:

“We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what comes towards Man, out of the future. We must acquire serenity in all feelings and sensations about the future. We must look forward with absolute equanimity to everything that may come. And we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom. It is part of what we must learn in this age, namely, to live out of pure trust, without any security in existence – trust in the ever-present help of the spiritual world. Truly, nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail us. And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves, every morning and every evening.”

Thank you Monica for your tireless efforts toward bringing light, inspiring and sharing your wisdom.

With much love,

Drew ddannielsgmail.com

Thoughts and Meditations sent in by Members and Friends of the Circle of Light.

Elisabeth Carmack, Vancouver, Feb.2016: What Monica is trying to create through forming a global light building initiative to support Waldorf education is crucial in our time. Institutions that are trying to instill a sense of humanity in our time are vulnerable and are without the necessary resources to renew themselves, and also fall victim to inherent conflicts within their own walls and values.

I spoke at the meeting about how it would be helpful to unite schools through this global light community initiative so that an understanding would be developed that the pathology one witnesses in individual schools could be grasped as a universal trend. For example, I referenced how the imagination can be seen and used as both ‘arresting imagination’ and ‘generative imagination’. The ‘arresting imagination’ is used to strengthen any kind of ideology or fundamentalist belief, whereas the ‘generative imagination’ is used to develop personal freedom and individual identity. Not just in Steiner schools, but in all Anthroposophical institutions you can see ideological belief in conflict with free agency. Originally when Monica approached me about her idea and initiative, I suggested she write a prayer, which could then be used to unite us in our effort.

I think the quotation from Rudolf Steiner’s ‘Truth Wrought Words’ that Monica has chosen to place her initiative in a particular sphere of consciousness is extremely apt. At the first meeting Monica articulated how her vision for this initiative must be of the Christ, yet at the same time was extremely sensitive to how the word ‘Christ’ can lead to alienation in some.

I did not have time to take this up at the meeting, but felt it was imperative to honour Monica’s personal vision for this work. However, I am convinced it would be possible to evolve the idea into something more akin to Soloviev’s Divine Humanity, which acknowledges the ‘world soul’ as developing out of any practice of the higher self… which is endorsed in the third section of the Foundation Stone:

I look forward to seeing you all at our next gathering/meeting

With Warmth!

Elizabeth.

Soul of the individual

Thou livest in the resting head

Which from the ground of the eternal

Opens to thee thoughts of worlds

Practice spirit-vision…

In the stillness of being

When the gods bestow light

On your being

For thy free willing

Thou will truly think…

Thoughts and Meditations sent in by Members and Friends of the Circle of Light.

Thoughts and Meditations sent in by Members and Friends

of the Circle of Light.

From Blanca Ponec, Vancouver, March 2016:

. parts of man’s being are not arbitrarily distinguishable. They have merged so thoroughly to make the real nature of the human being that one can say: The spirit stems from the spirit land, the soul from the soul world and the physical body from the physical world; these components of the human being stem from three different worlds yet are joined together in man.

And when the human being takes his consciousness away with him out of the physical world, his inner being splits; out of one he becomes three. (Rudolf Steiner, Book of Revelation, Lecture 14, Dornach, Sept.18, 1924.)

What is now a joint activity of thought, feeling and will within man, will in future take on a separate character, and this will come to the fore in various spheres. We are just passing through a time in which humanity is unconsciously crossing the threshold of a significant portal, a fact which is clearly evident to the power of clairvoyance. Humanity passes through this crossing of the threshold in such a way that the spheres of thought, feeling and will become separated. (Rudolf Steiner. The Crossing of the Threshold and the Social Organism.)