Monday, August 17, 2015

From Luminous Heights

From the luminous heights  
of the Spirit
May God’s clear light ray forth
Into those human souls
Who are intent on seeking
The grace of the Spirit,
The light of the Spirit,
The life of the Spirit.
May He live
In the hearts
In the inmost souls
Of those of us
Who feel ourselves gathered
together here
In His name.

-Given by Rudolf Steiner to the leader of the Emerson group in London, Mrs Cull, for use by that group.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Three Gifts of St. Paul- 4th November 1993 Edit

THE three gifts of St. Paul were: sweet rest, deep and perfect sleep, and death - as restitution to the diseases which provoked undeniable and unrevokable corruption to the physical and mentally-empathetic spiritual constitution.

There are streams whereupon Man is influenced to counterbalance the trials and woes encountered. As the 'bad fairy' cursed, an equal dictum surmounted the action of the evil and delivered Man by such concessions; albeit not exactly by way of the powers of a 'good fairy' alone, but rather by many good fairies, good Angels, good Men, and a Good God besides.

There are discoveries made as to what these equations have been and are, today. The protectors of these mysteries incorporated, have sought them out and made them known to themselves, thoroughly exploring for the record and safekeeping of Man; as one would add to the journal of progress.

As like any scientific finding, it is not unusual that the names are linked, because as overshadowing protectorates they have become to be associated with that stream until such a time, that it itself is no more. For even should they depart the world and the reaches thereof, their original etherisation and mingling through investigation, remains.

Important Law: For every ill wind there brings with it a blessing to follow. This is how "out of evil cometh good", for it is truly so. The provisions for such counterbalance were commanded out from necessity. For one may ponder unto themselves, if there be one gravely evil curse by which no good may equal and bring up the value of, then it should bring about an unraveling of else that is good by its very challenge. Still to this day there becomes a shift and an immediate need for an answer: that the deck falls and one card goes down, and the next hand played need better it.

The principle as tossed around of 'neither nor completely bad' conforms to this. Also whilst on this point, it is important to add that the viewpoint of the cynic is dangerous indeed. If we may not qualify an evil perceived but are intent in thought upon only its upset, then we err on the side of the very perpetuation thereof. Though this appears a mean criticism, it is nonetheless true. 

Another interesting insight is this: many who have committed themselves into the penetrating studies as was first described, have fallen short of the perfected examination because they themselves have 'come under' the ill and the evil of the first part of their particular investigation. It is a dangerous element that they have chosen to make bare and make known. It is a courageous task which may know no fulfilment if the novice becomes incapable of following through with the greater induction of Grace. Of course, eventually he is saved by the very answer so put there, but whether or not he survives intact to return to the world forged anew, is another matter. It is no defeat in real terms, only in terms of the object of striving at that time.

One can begin to see avenues of important instruction already from this lesson: -
  1. That 'open-thinking' which attempts to reveal deeper implications is prerequisite to understanding and aligning oneself with the more advanced souls. Ipso facto: closed-thinking (the one point of view perspective) may not enable intuitive progress as to the necessary illumination to follow.
  2. That all negative insight requires the accompanying thought and prayer of gratitude that: evil does pass; it may not remain the same, its sting and its injure will dissolve in the provision of the accompanying Grace so bound to it. Which not only shall bring restitution to the assaultee, but further on, shall redeem that very evil and purify it with a new objective/relationship to Man.

This is the one thing that the 'dark path' cannot realize. One could too easily say that we may dismiss such men who revel in unnatural desires as that they willingly see only one half of the above truth; and this is open to question and is philosophical. But from this viewpoint we would suggest that they are in fact incapable of crossover and much discouraged by the predator food-chain they perceive to be the world.

Almost as one evil stacked upon another, and keenly experienced, the men who are under the spell of great evil have not awakened to the mercy which verily sustains them. It is therefore, a pitiful inadequacy, and one may see that with such fellows, charity, good wishes and prayers on their behalf, are the supplement required, rather than blatant condemnation. 

It is truly a divine mystery that overall, Christ Himself is Chief Protector of the Keys, and by Him, through His Eyes, one may challenge the individual streams incoming, and under His Governance be saved.

St. Paul, through Christ, came to the blessed meaning of death, which hitherto was the scourge and the final defeat. The Devil himself did laugh and parade when a man caught in sickness of soul, then of mind and finally in blood, was believed to be overcome hopelessly. But the illness manifest did not vanquish the soul within. If not surmounted there was afforded a 'disassociation' out from the combining forces and a man could, through sleep and eventually death, begin a renewal that was not hitherto possible.

He could discard and dismember; and fortune of fortunes, perceive the minor ill and begin to correct the fault within. Hell itself was transformed, no longer an eternal sufferance - which prior to Christ there were elements thereof: because of the connection, the combining, in which a man was inextricably linked to his faults, his damnation, to his sins and to that part of Hell he had frequented and connected with.

-The Brothers

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Striving Towards Perfection - Dr. Steiner

After Parzival stood before Titurel and had the experiences of which we spoke, an intimate and deep feeling of shame arose in him. This feeling of shame permeated him completely. He had gone through catharsis and had thought that he was now so good and pure that he could become one of the followers of the Master of all masters, the Christ. In this feeling of shame he was reminded of Christ's words: “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God.” He now knew how very imperfect he was still and how much he still had to take into his striving for the good, how much he was still lacking in order to be good.

And a second feeling, a feeling of fear, overcame him. He thought that he had gotten rid of that a long time ago. But it was a different kind of fear from the ones he'd known previously. It was a feeling of his own smallness and weakness as a man compared with the sublime Godly being when he let a second word of Christ live in his soul: “Become perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” These two words should live in the soul of every esoteric.

An esoteric should kindle full devotion for divine beings in his soul. Thereby the consciousness develops that what one does isn't so good, but that one should always try to become more perfect. We should look at what's developing in one's soul. God lives in developing things. If we get to the point where we're acting in a good and noble way, then it's God in us who's good. The God who lets us act in a good and noble way is our archetype itself, that created us. We must become a complete copy of this archetype.

Be it ever so hidden, there's a selfish motive in everything we do. We must realize that we can't be selfless. It's a world karma that lets us act egoistically. But world karma is God. Everything that God is and does in the way of good is better than we could do it. An esoteric should tell himself: Let me do something that I have made it my duty to do, let me do it as hard as I can and in such a way that I tell myself that the divine element that's at work in me is doing this and I'm only the instrument of this godly element — then the higher self in its striving towards perfection is revealed to him.

-Rudolf Steiner, August 30, 1909: From the Contents of Esoteric Classes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Love is Higher than Opinion - Steiner

Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another, the most varied opinions can be reconciled. Hence it is deeply significant that in Theosophy no religion is attacked and no religion is specially singled out, but all are understood, and so there can be brotherhood because the adherents of the most varied religions understand one another.

This is one of the most important tasks for mankind today and in the future: that men should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of occult development is empty.

 - Rudolf Steiner 

 At the Gates of Spiritual Science

Lecture 11, 1st September, 1906 Stuttgart

Friday, May 16, 2014

Hate & Occult Training

Two things must be completely avoided during occult training. We should never harm anyone through deeds, thoughts or words intentionally or not.

Secondly, the feeling of hate must disappear in us, otherwise it reappears as a feeling of fear; for fear is suppressed hate. We must transform the hate into a feeling of love, the love of wisdom.

- Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 - From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Kassel, 26th February 1909