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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Вера, Любовь и Надежда

Вера, Любовь и Надежда

 

Введение к Кругу Света

Вечером 16 февраля 2016 г в доме Моники Голд собрались члены общины. Моника созвала нас вместе, чтобы поделиться чем-то очень важным: она хотела рассказать нам об инспирации, которая пришла к ней ранним утром за несколько дней до этой встречи. Она рассказала, как в то утро, пробуждаясь от глубокого сна, она ощутила ужасное чувство, которое она восприняла как свою личную проблему.

Ещё лёжа в постели, она осознала, что это чувство – отчаяние из-за того, что происходит в наше время во всём мире: идёт процесс разобщения мышления, чувствования и воления как следствие эволюционного развития человечества.

И затем Моника обратилась с вопросом к нам: «Что мы можем сделать?» Последовало вдумчивое обсуждение. Обсуждалось следующее: мы задавались вопросами, как к этому подходить; к кому будем обращаться; что характеризует наше эволюционирующее человечество. Можно ли обратиться за помощью к Христу?

Мы договорились, что позднее встретимся снова и продолжим свои поиски как, каким путём проводить эту недавно созданную инициативу. Проснувшись на следующее утро после нашей встречи, Моника услышала стихотворение, которое ей было ниспослано, и поделилась им с нами.

Джоанн Кинг
Ванкувер

Послание учителям и друзьям

Стихотворение, объединяющее всех нас

Вера, Любовь и Надежда

Будут вести меня в моей воле,
Когда я зажигаю свечу и соединяюсь
С вечной любовью Всевышнего
И Его творческой силой.
Она действует во мне, когда я с любовью обнимаю всех детей,
Которые приходят ко мне
С Верой, Надеждой и Любовью.
Эти слова поведут нас по нашему пути
Создания Круга Света по всему миру.
Они объединят нас и рассеют одиночество.
Они откроют наши умы к живому воображению,
Укрепят наше вдохновение,
И благословят нас интуицией.

 

В своей книге Познание высших миров и как его достичь Рудольф Штайнер1 в последней главе Жизнь и смерть: Великий страж порога пишет, что сверхчувственный мир появился первым, а физический мир развился из него. «Мы видим, что до того, как мы впервые явились в физический мир, мы сами принадлежали к сверхчувственному миру».

Когда, зная об этом, думаешь о стихотворении Вера, Любовь и Надежда, возникает вопрос: откуда приходит эта сила защищать нас и направлять, помогать в трудных ситуациях? Возникает и другой вопрос: где мы находим источник трёх качеств человека: веры, любви и надежды, что они для нас означают и возможно ли, что это объединяющее нас стихотворение полностью зиждется на этих трёх качествах?

Джоан Слей2 в своей лекции коснулась этих трёх качеств. Её тема была связана с праздником св. Михаила: Беззащитность и бессилие. Какие новые подходы или силы может найти каждый из нас, чтобы преодолевать их? Её предположение заключалось в том, что мы должны начать забывать наше логическое, интеллектуальное, земное мышление и осознанно фокусироваться на творческом мышлении. Она отсылала к трём качествам души для преодоления бессилия: вера, любовь и надежда.

«Жест веры (действие из веры),- сказала она, – необходим, т.к. человек вступает в неизвестное и говорит «да» своей судьбе. Жест любви (действие из любви) необходим, поскольку человек раскрывается, чтобы принять других. И жест надежды (действие из надежды) необходим, поскольку человек открывается к бесконечным возможностям стать бескорыстным и участвовать в новых делах. Во время этого процесса важно испрашивать у духовного мира водительства и включать других, когда мы движемся к освобождению себя от застоя.

Когда мы думаем об этих трёх человеческих качествах в нашем стихотворении: вере, любви и надежде, там говорится, что они приобретают защитные, направляющие и трансформирующие свойства, важные для каждого человека на его жизненном пути. Они откроют огромную мудрость, если мы посмотрим более пристально на то, что они действительно значат для каждого из нас и примем во внимание их отношение к нам в течение эволюции человека.

Относительно ВЕРЫ Рудольф Штайнер делится с нами, что в прошлом люди говорили: «То, во что я верю, я знаю достоверно». Эти люди не были настоящими учёными, но интуитивно они были уверены в своей правоте. Они верили в силы души, исходя из глубокой связи со сверхчувственным миром. По сей день наряду с материалистической наукой у людей существует глубокое убеждение, что они несут в себе внутреннюю силу веры. Рудольф Штайнер сказал: «Это силы, о которых каждая душа должна постепенно узнавать всё больше, потому что это силы, которые смотрят в духовный мир».

Как мы используем слово вера в нашем языке? У нас есть вера в руководство и защиту; у нас есть вера в силу нашего собственного эго. Когда мы боремся с трудностями, у нас есть вера в то, что мы их преодолеем. Мы также можем ощутить чувство веры, когда даём кому-то задание и верим, что наши ожидания будут исполнены.

Рассказ из одной лекции3 Штайнера о карме указывает на Гарибальди как на пример «живой веры». Генерал, который позднее объединил Италию, приближался на своём корабле к побережью Бразилии. Когда он посмотрел в телескоп, то увидел девушку, стоящую на берегу. Он воскликнул: «Это моя жена!» Вечером её отец пригласил его на обед, и вскоре после этого они отпраздновали свою свадьбу. Я знаю два других подобных случая в своей собственной семье, где произошли подобные вещи. Любовь с первого взгляда? Или можно посмотреть на это с другой точки зрения? Присутствовала ли вера в принятии нашего решения?

А вот другой пример: когда я разговаривала по телефону с представителем школы, она сказала: «Самоотверженный труд многих вдохновлённых учителей, реализованный в чудесных творениях, которые они создают в классах – спектаклях и художественных работах – живёт! Именно это одолеет все сомнения и трудности в школе».  В её душе была вера.

 

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An Outline for this bLog

Glimpse of Light , Natasha Hall

Outline

In the following blog the problem of student violence is being looked at, especially gun violence.

Possible reasons why it sometimes occurs are explored: Lack of love in childhood; technology playing a big role in the lives of today’s children and youths; evolutionary changes in the relationship of soul capacities and the difficulty of counteracting these; egoism taught in today’s team sports.

Remedies are discussed: Participation in artistic activities and a loving environment, as provided in Waldorf education; Christ as the Healer between the counterforces of Lucifer and Ahriman; Faith, Love and Hope; all this in the light of Rudolf Steiner’s indications given in Anthroposophy or Spiritual Science.

Inspiration is mentioned as the source of the idea for this blog as well as for the leading verse.

The three main articles of this blog are: A World Initiative; Encountering our Humanity; and Faith, Love and Hope. At the end of the blog they provide details of what has been outlined here.

Contributions between this introductory outline and the three main articles show the reaction of readers to the problems mentioned and the solutions suggested.

Giselher Weber, April 2017.

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

Faith, Love and Hope – Revisited

Faith, Love, and Hope
Faith, Love, and Hope

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 people
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.

 

In his book Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment, Rudolf Steiner[1] writes in the last chapter, Life and Death: The Great Guardian of the Threshold, that the supersensible world came first and the physical, sense world developed out of it. “We see that, before we entered the physical world for the first time, we ourselves belonged to a supersensible world.” When one knows this, and thinks of the verse Faith, Love and Hope one could ask: From where does its power arise to protect and guide us and to help us in difficult situations? Are we not children of the spiritual hierarchies? One can also ask, where would we find the origin of the three human soul faculties: faith, love and hope, what do they mean to us, and how is it possible that the verse which unites us rests fully on these three faculties?

In a lecture Joan Sleigh[2] touched on these three faculties. Her topic was connected to the Michaelmas festival: Helplessness and Powerlessness. What new approaches or strengths can each of us find to overcome these? Her suggestion was that we must begin to unlearn our logical, intellectual, earth-bound thinking and to consciously focus on creative thinking. In this way, we can open a door to inspired thinking. She referred to three soul faculties to overcome powerlessness, and they are faith, love and hope.

The gesture of faith,” she said, “is needed, as a person steps out into the unknown and says ‘yes’ to destiny. The gesture of love is needed, as one expands oneself to include others. And the gesture of hope is needed, as one opens to the endless possibilities of becoming selfless and engaging in new activities. It is important to ask for guidance from the spiritual world during this process and to include others as we go about freeing ourselves from being stuck.

When these three human faculties of faith, love and hope are thought of in our verse, it was said that they take on a protecting, guiding and transforming capacity, important for every human being on his or her path through life. They will reveal great wisdom when one takes a closer look at what they actually mean to each one of us, and when one considers their relationship to us during the human evolution.

Regarding FAITH, Rudolf Steiner shares with us that in the past people said, “What I believe, I know for sure.” Those people were not natural scientists, but they were certain, intuitively, that they were right. They believed in forces of the soul out of a deep connection with a supersensible world. Still today there lives, next to materialistic science, a deep conviction in people that they carry in themselves an inner force of faith. Rudolf Steiner said, “These are forces of which every soul should become increasingly aware because they are forces which look up to the spiritual world.”

How do we use the word faith in our language? We have faith in guidance and protection; we have faith in our own ego-strength. When we struggle with difficulties we have faith to overcome them. We also can experience faith when we give a task to someone that he or she will complete it to our expectations. Read more

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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