Genesis – part 2

Genesis – part 2

 

 

Some further aspects of Genesis.

As mentioned before, we must be aware that throughout the whole of the Saturn, Sun and Moon evolutions, spiritual Beings were its leaders and its bearers; and that warmth, air, water are only the outer expressions, the outer garments of spiritual Beings who are the reality. [Rudolf Steiner, Genesis, Secrets of the Bible Story of Creation.]

There are many books and lectures that have been given by Rudolf Steiner which cast a light from ever new viewpoints on these events of the earliest developments so that slowly one can create in one’s mind an imagination which cannot only be grasped but which one feels can be shared with people who have never heard of these spiritual facts. It has been said: Anthroposophy (the wisdom of the human being) is like a huge puzzle where every piece has its rightful place.

Having returned to Rudolf Steiner’s words, that there were spiritual beings who guided and guarded the evolution of our planet Earth from earliest times through the Saturn, Sun and Moon evolutionary stages, one may well ask who were these highly evolved spiritual beings? The plan for creating the planet Earth with its different kingdoms was of course a divine plan. Who were the earliest creators of the Earth with the first beginnings of its minerals, plants, animals and of course the human being? 

The evolution began with ancient Saturn. Do we know the beings of ancient Saturn? Yes, those were the highly evolved spirits who lived in the sphere of the Zodiac known as Leo: the Thrones, one of the nine angel hierarchies. They gave of their own warmth which was the very beginning we have spoken of. The Thrones, as beings of will, were so strong that they could start the creation of man as well as of our planet Earth.

Imagine yourself in bed pulling a cover over yourself. You are breathing out your own warmth. However, with the next breath you have to breathe it in again. What the Thrones gave out of themselves through their will, the warmth ether, they left as an act of creation in the cosmos.  It has been described as different balls of warmth ether and heat. One could imagine many ovens all over the cosmos and in these ovens differentiated places of heat, warmth or fire. 

On what is called the ancient Sun another hierarchy, the Kyriotetes, the spirits of wisdom, from the Zodiacal sphere of Virgo added the light ether and the air element. “In the elemental sheaths the primeval Spirits pondered the outwardly manifesting and the inwardly mobile.” [Rudolf Steiner, Genesis, Secrets of the Bible Story of Creation.]

In between these evolutionary periods there are always times of rest, also called periods of pralaya, taking place. Everything that happened in these distant pasts involve “lengths of times” which are not humanly measurable. 

Between the pre-existing warmth from Saturn and the light ether and air from the Sun an intense activity ensued.  

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Genesis – part 1

Genesis – part 1

 

The Verse Uniting All of Us.
 Creating a Circle of Light

Faith, Love and Hope
Will lead me in my willing
When I light a candle and unite
With the ever-present Love of the Almighty
And His Creative Force.
It works in me when I in love embrace all people
Who come to me with
Faith, love and hope.
This verse may lead us on our path
To create a circle of light around the world.
It will unite us and disperse loneliness.
It will open our minds to imagination,
Strengthen our inspiration,
And bless us with intuition.

[In this verse, the word children has been changed to people because there is a child in every person. The word people can be changed back to children when the verse is used regarding the children of a school.]

This verse came as an inspiration to me when I contemplated an ever more intense world of suffering, and it came as an answer from the spiritual world to help and to protect all people. However, in a world where every day the computer speaks louder and more distinct than the heart of a human being many people have lost hope that there is, in fact, a spiritual world. That there is guidance and protection is no longer a reality among humanity today.  This article on Genesis attempts to provide some explanation of how we as modern human beings can begin to find in ourselves the source from which all blessings flow.

Why is it that nowadays there live among us many people who stand before a closed door in relation to the reality of a spiritual world? Because all that is spirit cannot be seen with physical eyes. It cannot be weighed, numbered or measured. This is a fact; yet one could argue when you feel sympathy or antipathy, when you have a positive or negative thought or a will impulse; those very human experiences can also not be seen with physical eyes and one may say that with those experiences we definitely enter into a realm away from the sense perceptible world.  However, we remain in the human realm and connected to the sense world, because all our interactions are bound up with it.

Where then and how do we find the world of spirit which is so much more profound than some feelings, thoughts or the will of a human being? The spiritual world, indeed, underlies all existence in heaven and on Earth and maintains our life on Earth as well as our possibility to evolve.

What does John say in his opening words of the Gospel? In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God … Nothing that was made was made without the Word … and the word was life and life was the Light of Humanity. John talks about the beginning of the world! Is that Genesis? No not yet.

Where lies the pathway to the spiritual world? There must be many because every human being is different.  Christ Jesus gives us at least one answer when He says:  Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of God. [Matthew 18, 2-4; Mark 10;15]

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The Seven Days of Holy Week

“I refuse to believe that there does not exists, or has ever existed, a person that has not made use of his example to lessen his sins, even though he may have done so without realizing it. The lives of all have, in some greater or lesser degree, been changed by His presence, His actions and the words spoken by His divine voice. I believe that he belongs not solely to Christianity, but to the entire world; to all races and people, it matters little under what flag, name or doctrine they may work, profess a faith, or worship a God inherited from their ancestors.

Mahatma K. Gandhi

 

A brief look at Holy Week gives us an overview of the events that took place for Jesus and His disciples. The names of the seven days of the week as used in the English and French languages, allow us to see how the seven days of the Holy Week are reflected in the planetary spheres. Through this, everything takes on a new meaning.

Weekdays

In French

Planet

Colour

Event

Sunday

 

Sun

White

Palm Sunday

Monday

 

Moon

Violet

Bethphage, Fig Tree

Tuesday

Mardi

Mars

Red

Spiritual Battles, Cleansing of the Temple, Prophesy: Destruction of Jerusalem.

Wednesday

Mercredi

Mercury

Yellow

Judas accepts 30 pieces of silver for the betrayal. The last anointing of Jesus by Mary Magdalene.

Thursday

Jeudi

Jupiter

Orange

Maundy Thursday Washing of the feet; The Last Supper; Judas’ Betrayal.

Friday

Vendredi

Venus

Green

[Good Friday] Crucifixion

Saturday

 

Saturn

Dark Blue

Christ in the World of the Departed.

Sunday

 

Sun

White

Easter Sunday: Resurrection. Past Battling changes into love.;

 

Not only was that which happened on earth during this week recorded for eternity, but it is accompanied by the suffering and pain of planetary angels.

One way of understanding this majestic mystery is through an exploration of the colours assigned to the planets through colour-exercises. As an art-therapist I have come to the point that each colour can, either through painting or through meditation, become a true experience in the soul. And this experience. is the same for every human being. Read more

Finding What is Real

Finding What is Real

Rev. Jonah Evans

A Contribution to the Circle of Light.

The last couple of days here in Toronto the winds were blowing, the trees bending the leaves swirling. And recently soul winds are swirling across the globe. Storms of fear, anxiety and hate… gusts of anger, shock and uncertainty … these soul winds are bending our human branches, challenging our roots… calling on our soul roots to dig deep.

This is because every human being, like the trees, has roots, inner roots. And these inner roots keep us steady when storms come. Like the trees, our inner roots are nourished, not by the winds and storms of fear and hate arising from personal experiences, we are nourished by the substance and being of The Ground of the World. Human souls are strengthened, not by swaying this way and that with endless arguments, human souls are strengthened by roots that push down into the Father Ground.

Dear friends, let us remember, in this time of soul storms and turmoil, that Christ did not come into the world to support a particular point of view or a particular country. Let us remember that the real world is not what we see in the media. Let us remember that our battle is not with flesh and blood but with spiritual adversaries that seek to fill our hearts with fear and hate. Let us remember that our task is not to fix the world, but to bring love into a broken world. Let us remember that the divine call is still the same as it has always been for centuries. We should not waste our time by trying to eradicate and destroy evil, but in a destructive darkness find the light. Let us remember that Christ walks with all human souls no matter how corrupt, hoping to root us in the Father Ground of the World. Read more

ENCOUNTERING OUR HUMANITY

 

Figure 1, The human Being in the Zodiac, 15th Century Prayer Book

Encountering our Humanity 

The Verse Connecting All of Us.

Faith, Love and Hope
Will lead me in my willing

When I light a candle, and unite
With the ever-present love of the Almighty
And His creative force.
It works in me when I in love embrace all people
Who come to me with
Faith, love and hope.
 
This verse may lead us on our path
To create a circle of light around the world.
It will unite us and disperse loneliness.
It will open our minds to imagination,
Strengthen our inspiration,
And bless us with intuition.

 

This verse is the one that creates the Circle of Light around the world. Here I would like to bring some thoughts which could be helpful in explaining the spiritual connection of the first line Faith, Love and Hope with the three last ones: Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition.

If we could go back in time to the 14th century before Christ we would find that at that time human beings still felt carried like children in a large family, loved and protected by the gods. They lived embedded in nature, and in a dreamy way they felt to be part of the spiritual world. Many of them still experienced, perhaps even saw and heard, spiritual beings and not only angel beings, but also nature spirits.

Today humanity lives in the age of the consciousness soul when we learn to connect our logical, sense-bound thought life to spiritual thoughts, finding the way in clarity between spiritual and sense-perceptible facts. The human being must first pass through this stage of the Consciousness Soul if he wishes to receive, after his own fashion, the forces of the Spirit Self, Life Spirit and the Spirit Man. And to this end he must, in the course of the fifth post-Atlantean [Rudolf Steiner, Esoteric Science, an Outline.] epoch, even up to the middle of the fourth millennium, fully unite his being with the forces of death; this lies within man’s power writes Rudolf Steiner.  [GA 185, lecture 5.] In the fall and winter seasons the forces of death can be experienced by each human being in the out- breathing of nature.

Through the consciousness soul, our humanity asks us to realise that evil forces have taken part in the evolution of mankind and still are part of our problems today. They are attempting to prevent the union with the forces of death; yet only what we experience we can learn to overcome.

Referring back to Moses who brought to his people the Ten Commandments given to him on Mount Sinai by Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews, we are told that when this gift was received by Moses, it was accompanied by lightning and thunder, fire and earthquakes. The Ten Commandments were an important step in human development because they required obedience and respect through the presence of the involved nature forces. Humans had evolved in the sense world to the point where it became necessary for them to learn to obey the Ten Commandments: Thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness etc. Why had it become necessary to expose humanity to laws or commandments? The answer cannot be given without looking a little closer into our human development.

During the Lemurian epoch, [The Submerged Continents of Atlantis and Lemuria. Their History and Civilization, by Rudolf Steiner, translated by Max Gysi. GA 11.] quite early in the evolution of humanity, Lucifer entered the astral- or soul-body of the human being and exposed mankind to passions, drives, desires and deceit. He planted temptations in the human soul.  Man would have remained a child in the hands of higher, divine-spiritual beings, had this not taken place. Independence would not have been established in the human soul. It did not happen so because Lucifer had approached man and made part of the underlying spiritual world invisible to him. The personal instincts, passions and desires which arose in the human astral body spread a cloud of darkness over the spiritual beings of the world out of which man is born and who would otherwise have remained perpetually visible to him. Read more

The Circle of Light

The Circle of Light

Faith, Love, and Hope
Will lead me in my willing
When I light a candle and unite
With the ever-present love of the Almighty
And His creative force.
It works in me when I, in love, embrace all people
Who come to me with
Faith, Love, and Hope.

This verse may lead us on our path
To create a circle of light around the world.
It will unite us and disperse loneliness.
It will open our minds to imagination,
Strengthen our inspiration,
And bless us with Intuition.

 

Comment by Giselher Weber

People of all religions pray to God. In this verse He is called the Almighty. The Christ has come into the world for the benefit of all human beings, not only for that of Christians. He has said: I and the Father are one (John 10:30). Although in the verse above, Christ is not named, He is described as the ever-present love of the Almighty and His creative force.

On that day you will know that l am in the Father and you in Me and I in you (John 14:20). Does it not follow from this word of the Christ that He will be with, even in, all of those who connect with Him in their heart?

And so, those who act in accordance with the verse above, can feel assured that the Christ, God will be with them and will give them strength in their endeavour.

Faith, Love and Hope

An Introduction to The Circle of Light

On an evening in February 2016, members of the community gathered at the home of Monica Gold. Monica had called us together to share something of great importance — she wanted to tell us of an inspiration that had come to her early one morning prior to this. She described to us that, on that particular morning, upon waking from a deep sleep, there was before her a terrible feeling about something, and it seemed as though it was her problem. As she still lay in her bed, this feeling was revealed to be a desperation for the world and what is happening in our time because of the separation of thinking, feeling and willing, as a result of the progression of humanity’s evolution. In particular, she felt these were struggles and difficulties present in Waldorf schools. And with this was the feeling that we have done nothing about it.

Then came the question from Monica to us, “What can we do?” A thoughtful discussion followed. Questions arose: We asked ourselves how we might approach this? Whom would we approach? What qualifies our evolving humanity? Could the Christ be asked to help us? We agreed that we would meet again at a later date to continue our exploration of how to guide this newly formed initiative. The morning after our meeting, upon awakening, The Verse Uniting All of Us was given to and received by Monica, and shared with the rest of us.

Joanne King
Vancouver

The Verse Uniting All of Us.

Faith, Love and Hope
Will lead me in my willing
When I light a candle and unite
With the ever-present Love of the Almighty —
And His Creative Force.
It works in me when I in love embrace all children
Who come to me with
 faith, love and hope.

This may lead us on our path to create
A circle of light around the world.
It will unite us and disperse loneliness.
It will open our mind to imagination,
Strengthen our inspiration,
And bless us with intuition.

 

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