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“The light from world-wide spaces

Works on within with living power;

Transformed to light of soul

It shines into the spirit depths

To bring to birth the fruits

Whereby out of the self of worlds

The human self in course of time shall ripen.”

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The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch.

“I feel strange power, bearing fruit

And gaining strength to give myself to me.

I sense the seed maturing

And expectation, light-filled weaving

Within me on my selfhood’s power.”

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The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch.

“I feel at last my life’s reality

Which, severed from the world’s existence,

Would in itself obliterate itself,

And building only on its own foundation,

Would in itself bring death upon itself.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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This verse is all about grounding one’s reality into his or place within the world.  Steiner loves to talk about grounding — he writes all the time about how we are connected to the seasons and the rhythms of nature and the celestial bodies.

He also is very in tune with the need to be connected with the divine.  The divine spark of the spirit that each of us carries with us is truly the light upon our path.

Without it, our lives would not move forward in beauty and in truth.

The stronger we seek our connection . . .  the deeper we strive to initiate action, thought and word from that place of spirit that dwells within our soul . . . the more rich and rewarding our life experiences will be.

That is not to say that we can’t experience pleasure without a deep connection to Spirit.  Oh, we can.  And, many of us do.  But, as the Dalai Lama says (and I so love this), there is a difference between pleasure and happiness.

The road to happiness is longer sometimes, but it is so worth the journey.

Ground yourself in this world — find the tides and motions of the world moving within you just as your heart pumps.  Find metaphors in nature, in the stars, in the tides, in the animals that arrive on the scene.  Find deeper meanings in the cultural currents that adorn the newspapers and websites.

And, remember your spirit light — remember your higher consciousness, your inner wisdom.  Remember your path back home and your light will lead the way.

Blessings on your feet as they carry you along your path.

“To bear in inward keeping spirit bounty

Is stern command of my prophetic feeling,

That ripened gifts divine

Maturing in the depths of soul

To selfhood bring their fruits.”

The Calendar of the Soul, Rudolph Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

“I feel enchanted weaving

Of spirit within outer glory.

In dullness of the senses

It has enwrapt my being

In order to bestow the strength

Which in its narrow bounds my “I”

Is powerless to give itself.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

“Surrendering to senses’ revelation

I lost the drive of my own being,

And dreamlike thinking seemed

To daze and rob me of my self.

Yet quickening there draws near

In sense appearance cosmic thinking.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Sometimes when things start to feel fuzzy for us, when we begin to get confused and overwhelmed in our thinking, we need to turn to our feelings.  Let our heart guide us.  Let our gut guide us.  Step aside from the intellectual toward the intuitive.

This can be really tough for us.  We rely on our logical, thinking selves to guide us safely through life.  Concrete, science- and fact-based thinking seems like protection.  It’s predictable and it’s got almost a rule book.  If we do this, then that happens.  If I do this, then that other person will do that.  If I take this plan of action, then I can expect this outcome.

Good stuff, actually, this linear, logical thinking.  I used it all the time in my 20s and it served me quite well.

Until.

Until it no longer did.  Until I hit a major life snag that logical, linear thinking could not solve.  I felt overwhelmed and stuck in my head.  And it was scary!  I had no idea what to do or how to move forward.  That dazed state robbed me of my Self.

But, it was a catalyst toward a more integrated approach.  Once I surrendered, an opening appeared.   A beautiful, light-filled opening.  True safety.  Truth.  Love.  Wisdom.

Now, I didn’t know that at the time.  It was a long-ish process, this awakening.  I wasn’t exactly looking for it or expecting it.  I was more throwing myself down in the sand and letting the waves roll over me.  But, Spirit knew what she was doing and all the building blocks began to line up in a perfect row — and my Life began to bloom.

Allow yourself to open to your own inner wisdom and greatness.  Set aside your mental focus for a bit and get in touch with your senses.  Allow yourself to feel.  Allow yourself to get a little swept away in your sensations.

Be gentle and beautiful with yourself.  Love yourself and your feelings — your inner feelings and your outer feelings.

Let yourself experience cosmic thinking — the thinking of the cosmos through your body, heart and mind.

“And when I live in senses’ heights,

There flames up deep within my soul

Out of the spirit’s fiery worlds

The gods’ own word of truth:

In spirit sources seek expectantly

To find your spirit kinship.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Oh my gosh, the beauty of this verse!

Can you feel the difference in the elements here — so fiery?  So passionate?  So full of mighty action?  I can feel the intensity of the Hawaiian goddess Pele and Archangel Michael in this verse.

Also speaking the truth.  Sometimes it takes an inner fire to propel us toward right speech.  Courage and passion.

There will be times when we need the propulsion of fire to move us into position to receive our kinship with each other and with the divine.

Now, remember, friends.  Fire doesn’t equal anger.  Yes, sometimes anger is fiery.  But, that’s not what I’m talking about here.  Remember the picture of fire being transforming.  Remember the picture of the phoenix.  Destruction and resurrection.  Remember that some plants can only sprout once the seeds have been touched by fire.

Fire isn’t only pure destruction.  It is power.  It is used for cooking and melting, transforming things.  How can your inner fire transform a part of you?  How can you express the transformation?  And how will the transformation bring more in line with God’s purpose for you — and Your purpose for yourself?

Love to you today!

I’m a little behind on this because I had guests for a while.  Sending those dear friends off with a big kiss:

M M M W W W A H H H !

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“The radiant beauty of the world

Compels my inmost soul to free

God-given powers of my nature

That they may soar into the cosmos,

To take wing from myself

And trustingly to seek myself

In cosmic light and cosmic warmth.”

The Calendar of the Soul by Rudolf Steiner, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Mmmmmm . . .  I love this little verse.  Can you imagine your Self — your highest expression, your highest potential — pure love, pure wisdom, pure right-action — lifting up and out of the confines of your body, radiating upward and outward into space?  Can you imagine seeing your Self in the cosmos and being amazed at its beauty?

Try it!

Blessings today!

“In this the sun’s high hour it rests

With you to understand these words of wisdom:

Surrendered to the beauty of the world,

Be stirred with new-enlivened feeling;

The human ‘I’ can lose itself

And find itself within the cosmic ‘I’.”

— Rudolf Steiner, The Calendar of the Soul, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Isn’t it great how this little verse ended up on this year’s Summer Solstice?  Happy Solstice!  Happy Father’s Day!

So, yes, today as we took in the longest day of the year, the sun rested for us and warmed our heart space to begin to see that the human “I” can melt into the larger, cosmic “I”.

As you know, if you read my little blog, I do a bit with A Course In Miracles.  One concept from ACIM that matches very well with this Steiner verse is the concept that we are all Christ.  Each of us is a unique expression of Christ.  We need to begin to see that Truth within ourselves and then we need to begin to see it in others.  In all others.  In everyone.  No exceptions.

It’s a journey, getting to that perspective.  Hey, but let’s journey!

Let’s begin to feel our connection with the divine.  Let’s suspend our limited beliefs about what God is like.  Let’s allow our perspective to widen to the edges of the universe as we consider the breadth of God’s love.  And, let’s consider that we are that love as well.

Let’s be the light that chases away the darkness.  Let’s keep lighting our light off of each other’s, sharing ours with others.  Let’s keep passing the torch to one another, around and around, sharing light, love and warmth with each other.  Let’s forgive what needs to be forgiven — in ourselves and in each other (and, don’t forget, there’s really no one else anyway — we’re all one, big, cosmic “I”).

And, friends.  Don’t worry about changing the world.  You don’t have to think that big right now.  Start with yourself.  Love yourself — illumine yourself from within.  Forgive yourself — wash yourself clean of guilt, anger and fear.  Those two very basic (but don’t fool yourself — they’re not always easy) processes — love and forgiveness — will change you from the inside out.

Then, as you go out into the world, loving and forgiving everyone you see (yes, even that rude driver . . . yes, even that nasty receptionist) you will begin to change the ripples of vibration that surround you and others will feel that.

And, that is changing the world — by changing yourself.

Happy Solstice!  Happy Father’s Day!

“To summer’s radiant heights

The sun in shining majesty ascends;

It takes my human feeling

Into its own wide realms of space.

Within my inner being stirs

Presentiment which heralds dimly,

You shall in future know:

A godly being now touched you.

– Rudolf Steiner, The Calendar of the Soul, translated from the German by Ruth and Hans Pusch

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Ah, yes, please know that a godly being touched you.  Your guardian angels and guides are with you always — so close.  Their gentle touches move over your head and shoulders as you ponder.  They celebrate with you, they lead you, they love you.

Be willing to realize their presence and they will make themselves known to you.

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