May summer and autumn’s light filled harvest give inner strength
to body and soul for the outer darkening days
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Life is not waiting for the storms to pass; it is to learn to dance in the rain.
…When people have light in themselves, it will shine out from them.
Then we get to know each other as we walk together in the darkness,
without needing to pass our hands over each other’s faces,
or to intrude into each other’s hearts.
“I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.
And it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self,
and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help
and patience, and a certain difficult repentance
long difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself
from the endless repetition of the mistake
which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify.”
“Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind.
To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all.”
I am not I.
I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
who remains calm and silent while I talk,
and forgives, gently, when I hate,
who walks where I am not,
who will remain standing when I die.
by Juan Ramon Jimenez
Nature, your essence motherly,
I bear within the being of my will;
And my will’s fire-force,
It steels impulses of the spirit,
So they may bear a sense of self
To bear myself in me.
To penetrate my being’s depths:
A longing filled with boding stirs,
That I in self-beholding find myself
As sun-gift of the summer which as seed
In mood of autumn, warming lives
As driving forces of my soul.
Calendar of the Soul verses for Michaelmas and beginning of October,
by Rudolf Steiner.
An inspiration for our inner work in current times… a ray of hope
“As I have often said – excuse me for repeating myself – the consistent psychical-spiritual work of an individual, or of a few individuals, can have an enormous influence on the spiritual and physical conditions of the world! The emphasis on numbers is not as relevant in the spiritual world as it is on the earth. When someone asks: What can I as one person do to influence world events? – the answer is: everything!
“If people could only see with physical eyes the effect on the macrocosmic context that the decision and its implementation to consistently practise only one meditation by a single person, then probably no one would hesitate to undertake such an exercise themselves. For the possibilities are enormous! Allow me to give you this as the greatest consolation, is the strongest ray of hope in the present situation. The individual person holds the worlds fate in his hands. This is the gift of Christ, who sees the individual ‘I’ as a deity, who treats it as a deity.”
Judith van Halle, from her book, The Coronavirus Pandemic, Temple Lodge Press 2020 (- see further details below)
…And a little but big word of wisdom from two children: a small – true – anecdote
Two children at the breakfast table, one seven the other six…
“Dad, how do you know there are angels?” asked the older child.
Before dad could answer, the youngest replied:
“Well if a blind man walks down the garden path and doesn’t see any worms, it doesn’t mean there are no worms.”
We should pay attention to children!
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In the Journal – find short articles and inspirations from present and past contributions.
Articles and reports –
It seems that a great shift of the ages is underway and I’m hoping that some of us who have been sensing this and working towards it in different ways can share our insights on both what is happening and what might be ahead.
Here are some of mine. They come from several sources such as my own inner knowing and meditative awareness, several teachings from higher sources through certain people who act as channels and which reach me on the Internet and extra-terrestrial sources passed on by centres of receptivity. So I make no claim that anyone of them are ‘the truth’ but as they all share many similar messages this resumé might assist your own insights. We aren’t passive observers or recipients of what is underway but are conscious co-creators of a much needed transition to a new world. Some of us follow one particular teaching or other and some of us are more eclectic and gather from different sources. My own are underpinned by my Christian background which, interpreted in a new way, could be perceiving this as the long awaited birth of ‘Christ Conscious’ within humanity. However there are several possible perceptions and interpretations.
The autumn equinox and Michaelmas
Writing this on a Michaelmas day, in 2019, I reflected on a visit the previous day to Wells in Somerset and the wonderful St. Andrews Cathedral, taking a tour of the cathedral and attending the evensong service. The tour guide spoke of how the church is on the site of two previous churches, dating back to the 8th century, and all were located on the site of a previous pagan holy site. The simple explanation was given that churches were often built on pagan sites so that the pagan people would more naturally turn to the church and the new religion, which in its carvings, for the same reason, even included many depictions of natural or fantastical elemental beings and also Green Man.
That is the simple material explanation. But it is only the later church which recognised little or no truths in the earlier pagan ‘beliefs’. Early Christian leaders, up through the times of building the Saxon, Romanesque and Gothic churches and cathedrals, also saw that there were special locations in landscapes that carried special spiritual energies, often at converging ley lines. Building on top of pagan sites was an implicit recognition of this, and people sensitive to these elements relate how energies flow upwards and downwards at these places, often through or near the crossing of the transepts with the nave or at the altar point.
Michaelmas follows on the autumn equinox. From a purely material point of view, the equinox is explainable and understandable even to the ‘everyday person’: day and night reach equilibrium in length. After that, day becomes shorter and night longer, or vice versa if you live in the southern hemisphere. Simple! Naturally one can go into more astronomical details, but the general picture is easily grasped. Or so it can be at first glance.
Early cultures ascribed much greater significance to these times in earthly and cosmic cycles. What happens at the time of the autumn equinox in our inner soul life? In the northern hemisphere, the darkening days bring an inward turning side, which on the one hand can be an invigorating time for thought life, for studies and the like, the heat of summer passing. On the other hand this turning inward can be a hard time, the inner world perhaps bringing up difficult emotions and turmoil, replacing the outer distracting joys of warm summer growth and activities. The realities of outer darkness taking hold are strengthened the more one moves towards winter. The equinox was thus a time of seeing outer darkness taking hold, which if not balanced by inner work could become overwhelming. The inner soul life held its breath, as it were, until the winter solstice.
A focus on Love as a task for human beings and the earth evolution ~
Christ and Love
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (First letter of Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:13)
“A new task and aim I give you: Love one another! As I have loved you, so you should love one another.”(Words of Christ, John 13:34)
“Let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love has not recognised God, for God is love.”(1 John 4: 7-8)
THE HYMN TO LOVE
Love makes the soul great
Love fills the soul with healing goodness
Love does not know envy,
It knows no boasting,
It does not allow a falseness,
Love does not harm that which is decent,
It drives out self-seeking,
Love does not allow the inner balance to be lost,
It does not bear a grudge,
It does not rejoice over injustice,
It rejoices only in the truth.
Love bears all things,
Is always prepared to have faithful trust,
It may help for everything and is all patient.
If love is truly present, it cannot be lost.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Buddha and love – a meditative exercise
When your mind is filled with love, send it in one direction, then a second, a third, and a fourth, then above, and then below. Identify with everything, without hatred, resentment, anger, or enmity. This mind of love is very wide. It grows immeasurably and eventually is able to embrace the whole world. Practise the same way with your mind filled with compassion, then joy, then equanimity. (Madhyama Agama, Sutra 86)
The Greek words for love
The ancient Greek language and the philosophers of ancient Greece recognised eight words for love, reflecting different forms in which it may express itself.
Plato’s dialogue, has love as its topic; Platonic love is a familiar concept, where love is no longer love of the body and its physical beauty but love of the spirit, of the divine, in other human beings. In the speech of Socrates, he speaks of the “ladder of love“: ‘The Ladder of Love is a metaphor that relates each step toward Being as consecutive rungs of a ladder. Each step closer to the truth further distances love from beauty of the body toward love that is more focused on wisdom and the essence of beauty.’ (Wikipedia) Each step of the ladder uses a different word to define it.
Inspiring short texts on Love
from three of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures
“What love is, is something so complex, that no human being should have the pride or audacity to ‘define’ love or to claim to see through it without further ado. Love is complicated. We perceive it, but no definition can possibly express love. There is one picture, a simple sense picture: imagine a glass of water that, the more you pour out from it, the fuller it becomes – that gives us an impression of one of love’s qualities.” (R. Steiner in ‘Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature‘, lecture in Helsingfors, 5 April 1912)
“What then is essential for love? What is essential in order that one person love another? It is this – that he be in possession of his full self-consciousness, that he be wholly independent. No one can love another in the full sense of the word if this love be not a free gift of one person to another…
Christ is the bringer of the impulse of freedom from the law, that good may be done, not because of the compulsion of any law, but as an indwelling impulse of love within the soul. This impulse will still need the remainder of the Earth evolution for its full development.” (R. Steiner in ‘The Gospel of John’, lecture in Hamburg, 1908).
“Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another, the most varied opinions can be reconciled… this is one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future: that we learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of esoteric development is empty.” (R. Steiner)
Further texts on love ~
In the realm of the heart of the sun which is Christ,
each person bears the other person’s burden. True
community is revealed where sin is replaced by forgiveness
and love. Forgiveness is not just getting rid of something,
it is also something positive, a gift. Only those can for-give
who possess inner riches, who can turn evil into good
Egotism erects its center in itself; love places it out of itself in the axis of the universal whole. Love aims at unity, egotism at solitude. Love is the citizen ruler of a flourishing republic, egotism is a despot in a devastated creation. Egotism sows for gratitude, love for the ungrateful. Love gives, egotism lends; and love does this before the throne of judicial truth, indifferent if for the enjoyment of the following moment, or with the view to a martyr’s crown–indifferent whether the reward is in this life or in the next.
The Coronavirus Pandemic
by Judith von Halle
What lies at the root of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the worldwide pandemic it has caused, affecting the health and livelihoods of untold millions of people? What are the deeper, spiritual realities behind COVID-19 and the global turmoil it has left in its trail? In an effort to answer these queries and many others put to her at the start of the pandemic, Judith von Halle composed two letters in March 2020, based on her own spiritual-scientific research, published in this book together with an additional essay.
Published by and available from Temple Lodge, www.templelodge.com, or Amazon.
ISBN 978 1 912230 54 9
An extremely interesting book on the Covid-19 crisis has just been published, May 2021, What Covid-19 Can Teach Us: Meeting the virus with fear or informed common sense?, by Dr Thomas Hardtmuth, a German doctor and specialist.
It is often difficult to find articles let alone books on the topic which are taking a holistic evidence-based perspective. This is one of them. It considers the whole human being in body, soul and spirit and how the interplay of all these together contribute to our health or illness. But it also considers health and illness and the Corona virus in the broad consideration of ecology: how modern society in its materialistic paradigm is destroying the health of the environment just as we are destroying our own health, making us prone to both acute and chronic illnesses.
Hardtmuth’s book contains a wealth of information on many facets of the current crisis, including:
– viruses in evolution and health as well as illness
– the immune system and its resilience
– the PCR tests
– risks and benefits of vaccination
– fear’s negative effect on immunity
It’s well worth the read!
More information is available at https://interactions360.org. The book is available online or at your local bookshop. ISBN 978-0-9528364-4-5
Mistaking the Problems for the Solutions: Reversing the Fatal Flaw Behind Our Proliferating Crises
by Kavita Byrd, 26 May 2021
Have you noticed how, since the beginning of this pandemic, we’ve been told over and over that this measure or that proffered by those mandating the pandemic agendas would save us — lockdowns, masks, social distancing, and now, of course, mass vaccinations — but that in fact, each time, the opposite has been true? It’s gotten progressively worse, with new mutations, the promise of endless “top-up” boosters, censorship of adverse effects as well as of natural solutions, and now, with vaccine passports, ever-tightening control and surveillance over every aspect of our movements and our lives…
The fact is that, unawares, we’ve been ushered, step by step, into a new perpetual pandemic order, not our salvation from it and a return to normal, as we believed we were promised. It’s time to wake up, take stock of where we’re heading, and decide if this is what we really want.
The problem is that we have our analysis of the situation, and therefore the solutions, backwards…
And what we have gotten backwards, in the simplest terms, is this: the relationship of nature to man-made agendas, and which are really on our side. Man-made agendas for the private profit of the few have overridden our natural connections with the Earth that have sustained us for millennia, and if we do not recognize and reverse this, we will not survive…”
Click here for the rest of Kavita’s insightful article, and here for her longer related series: “Disentangling the Web of Illusions That Have Led to Our Present Crises”. Kavita’s website can be found at https://shakticentre.blogspot.com
Kavita Byrd has just published a new book, a compilation of 25 articles she wrote from lockdown in rural India during the first momentous year of the coronavirus pandemic: Chronicle of a Tectonic Year – Point of No Return, Or Returning to Our True Wholeness? Tracing the pivotal arc of events unfolding during this world-changing time, and responding to them in real-time, Kavita brings a spiritual and holistic perspective to how we can meet our crises with grace, wisdom, love and vision, co-creating a new regenerative world of interconnection, justice, thriving, wholeness and communion…
For further information, click here for her entry in the Journal ‘New Book by Kavita Byrd’.
Alternative medical paths – also for Covid?
Many who explore spiritual paths are also interested in ‘alternative’ paths for health and healing, with the primary emphasis on how to maintain health in a holistic way, taking into consideration body, soul and spirit. This rather than the predominant focus of current mainstream allopathic medicine on illnesses, microbes, etc and how we can ‘fight’ them with medicine, usually from pharmaceuticals. The first approach is broadly termed ‘salutogenesis’, the second is ‘pathogenesis’.
In the current Covid-19 pandemic, one can be excused for thinking from the mass media publicity that the only approach to fighting and overcoming it is through mass inoculation with vaccines, produced at breakneck speed by many pharmaceuticals – the second approach of pathogenesis. There are alternatives, though, based on more holistic approaches to health and healing. There is, as a for instance, a wonderfully encouraging report from a clinic in Germany about the success of homeopathic prophylaxis as well as treatment of Covid world-wide. Click here to view the PDF article from the Haus am Stalten Klinik, translated. The trials have been not just with scores or thousands but with millions of people, from India to Hong Kong to Cuba and more. But to accept this requires an entirely different thinking, one that accepts that there are life-forces at work for keeping us healthy, for growth, for preservation of life.
Little is spoken anymore (in that mass media) about how, from a position of health and holistic views one can protect oneself. Boris Johnson admitted, when he contracted the virus, that it was largely due to his being overweight. Over 60% of the UK population are classed as overweight, including 1 in 4 as obese… click here for more (article by Richard Brinton)
“The Coronation” –
A long read by Charles Eisenstein, full of insights and information, woven into an inspiring narrative. The Corona pandemic raises many question for the individual and for humanity, including the ‘threat’ of death seen from a materialistic side, which can be transformed through inner work to see death as part of life and greater spiritual processes. A needed step which the pandemic has prodded us to realise in creative ways in order to combat the otherwise isolation of ‘lockdowns’ and social distancing is the human being’s intrinsic need for community and the transforming effect it can have for our inner soul life. Woven into the narrative is consideration of the physical and scientific details surrounding the pandemic, and how through these alone, with often conflicting elements, it is impossible to arrive at a true understanding of the pandemic’s significance. We are called upon to take broader perspectives. Click here for the website link on Charles Eisenstein’s website, which includes translations in other languages and download possibilities. Or Click here for directly viewing a PDF version in English, which you can download.
(Click on the heading above for a compilation of articles on education, including a video on celebrating 100 years Waldorf Education.)
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The Calendar of the Soul verses, written by Rudolf Steiner for each week of the year, reflect the soul experiences we can feel and through which we can inwardly grow in relationship to the time of the year. They help to nurture and inspire a deeper connection and feeling for the rhythms of nature and our relationship to them.
Drawing Stability and Nourishment from Within
In a world where very little can be truly relied on, it’s hard to know where to turn for a sense of solid ground beneath our feet. Perhaps the ‘new normal’ is to accept that the ground we stand on constantly shifts as we learn new ways to keep our balance. With practice, we can learn to draw on stability from within ourselves, and through inner strength become our own still point in a turning world, finding the nourishment needed to ensure we have the stamina to keep moving towards our goals.
This session will feature an interactive panel of Raja Yoga Meditation practitioners who will discuss how to find inner strength and stability balancing your personal and professional lives and lead a short meditation at the end of the event.
In 2021 Weleda celebrates 100 years —
Weleda has been producing medicines and health care products for 100 years – in harmony with the environment, based on a holistic philosophy of health and healing. Click on the video below or visit their webpage celebrating their centennial.
Awakening to a New Reality –
Conscious Conversations across the Horizon of Death
by Janice Dolley, with Ursula Burton
Awakening to a New Reality: Conscious Conversations across the Horizon of Death is the title of a newly published book by OSA co-worker , Janice Dolley. These conversations are a personal example of what researchers are now calling ‘After Death Communication’ (ADC). Janice’s best friend and previous co-author Ursula, Lady Burton, passed on in 1993. To Janice’s surprise their new connection began only three hours after her death. read further…
The book is available through Sleepy Lion Publishing (click here).
Kundalini, Awakening of Consciousness & Coronavirus
a video with Catherine Lucas
This inspiring video considers the theme of death and rebirth, and the process of ‘inner resurrection’. But it is also a theme for the whole Corona Virus fear around death, and the need to find the inner strength for a new inner rebirth…
…from the Nature Spirits – and the need for humans to act!
WW (the interviewer): Can you describe what the most urgent tasks for humans in the immediate future will be?
The High One (an elemental): Act!
WW: There are lots of things one can do. Can you be a bit more specific?
The High One: Do what your heart tells you!
WW: That says something different to each human.
The High One: Humans have to begin to perceive the elemental beings and the spirit beings and act with them in the same direction. Otherwise the earth will disintegrate… Humans have to learn what beauty is. They have to learn not to just simply act and produce any kind of objects, but that everything has to be beautifully formed.
WW: What’s most important for the personal development of humans in the immediate future?
The High One: Raise your children in beauty and they’ll find their way in life
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This book, first published in 2017 in hardback edition, is now out in softback! Well known for his book, The Science Delusion, Sheldrake takes the topic further in this new book, Science and Spiritual Practices, exploring how spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically by many.
Rupert Sheldrake summarizes the latest scientific research on what happens when we take part in spiritual practices, and suggests ways that readers can explore these fields for themselves. For those who are religious, Science and Spiritual Practices will illuminate the evolutionary origins of their own traditions and give a new appreciation of their power. For the non-religious, this book will show how the core practices of spirituality are accessible to all, even if they do not subscribe to a religious belief system.
For a YouTube video interview with Sheldrake about his book, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBhpfETrRuw
The Biology of Belief
Some 10 years ago, Bruce Lipton came out with his groundbreaking book, The Biology of Belief. As with Rupert Sheldrake’s books (see above) or Eben Alexander’s book, Proof of Heaven, it especially shook scientists, as here were scientists themselves, not just some spiritually minded mystics, challenging materialistic views of the prevailing science of today and showing how we can apply scientific thoughts and methods to spiritual matters.
New clips keep appearing of Bruce Lipton on the themes of his book, delightful and provocative on various themes. This clipping here appeared on YouTube recently. Enjoy!