Initiative of Soul

“For somehow or somewhere, more or less deeply in my soul, there will emerge the necessity for me to find inner initiative in life – the initiative of the soul which will enable me to undertake something or to make some judgement or decision out of my own inmost being…

Observe that in your life joy and sorrow, all happiness and pain will depend on the finding or not finding of your own individual initiative. ”

Rudolph Steiner – Karmic Relationships

Initiative: The ability to assess and initiate things independently. The power of opportunity to act or take charge before others do.

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Chrysalis Births the Butterfly

Earthly matter is spun in the pattern of light rays, and when you come across a chrysalis you are really seeing pure sunlight, spun around this earthly matter in the pattern of the sunbeam.

We have now reached the point where spun light surrounds the chrysalis, and naturally, something different occurs from what does in the case of the insect which burns by plunging into the flame and so can accomplish nothing further.

In the short time, the insect takes to hurl itself into the flame, could it but spin such a cacoon modeled on light, a new animal would arise from the fire.

Rudolph Steiner 1923 on butterflies

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Calendar of the Soul: Rudolph Steiner: An Excerpt

Everything in the outer world is a parable, a symbol. The laws of the growth of plants, for instance, symbolizes the movement of the planets, and these intern are symbols of something even more sublime – the deeds of spiritual beings in the cosmos. Humanity will eventually discover how individual physical beings and entities are connected with the cosmos. A beginning will be made by studying the physical matter. What grows and thrives on the earth will then be connected with the deeds of the spiritual beings in the cosmic space. We will gain knowledge of how minerals, plants, animals, and even humans destiny are connected with the spiritual deeds in the cosmos.

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Inherited Tendency: Rudolph Steiner

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There is no phrase more frequently mentioned than ‘inherited tendency.’ No man is considered an educated man today who does not mention it at least two or three times a week! An educated man must at least make himself acquainted with what the learned, medical profession has ascertained as to ‘inherited tendencies.’ When a person does not know what to make of himself, most people say at once: ‘he is suffering from an inherited tendency.’ Anyone not saying that is regarded as badly educated, perhaps among other things an Anthroposophist!

Here Science begins not only to go astray in theory but also to be injurious to life. This is the boundary where theory encroaches on morality — where it is immoral to hold a wrong theory. Here, life’s strength and security really depend on correct knowledge. What will a man be able to do who, through the right spiritual conception in his soul, strengthens, fortifies himself by taking in the elixir of life? No matter what he may have inherited, these inheritances are only in the physical body or at most in the etheric body. Through his right conception of the world he will be able to make his own vital center stronger and stronger, and will be able to conquer his inherited tendencies; for the spiritual, if present in the right way, is able to equalize the body.

If, however, a man does not strengthen the spiritual core of his being, merely asserting that the spiritual is the fruit of the physical, he will have a weak inner nature, he will be the victim of his inherited tendencies; they will work harmfully in him. No wonder then, that so-called inherited tendencies have such dreadful results; for people are first of all talked into a belief of the powers of such tendencies and are deprived of what counteracts them. The belief in inherited tendencies is cultivated, and the spiritual conception of the world — the best weapon with which to fight them, — is taken away. First, the power of the inherited tendencies is discovered, and by this means they become active. Not only is this a wrong insight, which arouses a life-destroying activity and takes the weapons of defense out of the hands of the sufferer, but it is the beginning of a theory-based absolutely on a materialistic conception. Here a materialistic conception of the world begins to play a part which is in effect not only theoretically incorrect but immoral.

This cannot be got over, simply by saying that those who assert such things are mistaken. We need not be too severe in judging those who put forth these theories. We are not attacking individual scientists here; it is quite comprehensible that they are involved in a line of thought which must lead to such errors — we must admit this in all fairness. The one, perhaps, may not be able to free himself from scientific tradition; another perhaps considers it excusable, for, having a wife and children he would be in an awkward position if he were to break away from the ruling opinions.

But the whole thing must be considered as a phenomenon of the times, for Science is beginning not only to spread abroad false theories but to take away the life-promoting remedies, the spiritual conception of life, which is able to fortify and which is alone able to stand up against the physical, — the power which must otherwise overwhelm man. The physical can only possess overwhelming power as long as a man does not build up strength in his spiritual nature. If he does this, a warrior will grow up within him, a warrior who will defend him against the physical.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 116 – The Christ Impulse and the Development of the Ego-Consciousness: LECTURE 2. THE LAW OF KARMA WITH RESPECT TO THE DETAILS OF LIFE – Berlin, 22nd December 1909

Continuity of Consciousness

 

The condition experienced by the pupils (of occult development) is called “continuity of consciousness”. When an ordinary person is completely withdrawn from the sense-world in sleep, he is unconscious. This is no longer so with a pupil who has reached the stage just mentioned. By day and by night, with no interruption, he lives in a state of fully clear consciousness, even when his physical body is at rest. ~ Rudolph Steiner

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I love reading the work of Steiner in his 4000 lectures, 300 books, I love being Biodynamic I love learning that from Steiner. I love who he relates us to individuality that creates thinking, that will eventually create the freedom in and for the human being.

I have been looking for the right word for years now to explain what is a shamanic perspective on knowledge, to be in consciousness that I have learned. The way I learned it was that the daydream and the night dream become the same, seamlessly interwoven.

In my experience and with the training and practices that I have spent a life knowing, learning, being, and doing, you first gain control over your night dream world this is the toughest place to get continuity over. you take the technical abilities of the left hemisphere and practice while you are dreaming to “wake up” in the night dream till you reach a place where you are fully conscious in your night dream and can control the pace, remember the occurrences and at will fly, travel, heal something or someone.

Once you have gotten a handle on that you can start adding the magic of the right hemisphere and the night dream into the daydream. Letting go fo the hardening of this world on the mind, body, emotions, and energy field, letting go in the belief it was real or is real and that you are but a vessel being tossed around by the sea of consciousness without avail. Being in the flow is a watery term, and if you will, a mirror/reflective consciousness, it is a night dream experience what I would call the second attention. In order to reach those states made by sounds and words, we have to bring that experience from the night dream of magic into this daydreaming world to make it so.

Rigidity, tension, anger, panic, fear are just symptoms of inconsistent practice and being in one place and not the other equally. Sleep and night dreaming are totally different things, however, we do night dream when we go to sleep unless we lose that ability. As the stress and tension in our minds and bodies grow we disconnect from the night dream and you might find ourselves drugging our bodies to go into a state that is sort of like sleep but more just shut down and checked out.

Maybe you need a good spiritual teacher, maybe you need to play more, maybe you need a dream, maybe you need space and freedom to connect your two parts, maybe you just need to decide how important is consciousness is to you? For me, in my life, it is the where I spend much of my time and energy, I have had teachers that could do feats that defy solid matter once they could command their day and night dream in a seamless way, full conscious all the time and that the same time more rested than they ever have been.

Do you need a miracle of some sort? You are the miracle, you have the ability to cure or create anything the key is your consciousness and like Steiner says: “By day and by night, with no interruption, he lives in a state of fully clear consciousness, even when his physical body is at rest”, the most important word here is: continuity between both worlds, between both consciousnesses, between both hemispheres, the two becomes one and we have continuity.

You need nothing that is not within you, seek and ye shall find the “one” which is you when you are clear consciousness day and night with no interruption.

In nature, we find these two paths of consciousness summer which is the daydream and winter the night dream when things go to sleep and the inner worlds take over that we cannot see.

In the fall I have been graced by my Native teachers to attend such ceremonies as what is called putting the bear to sleep. It is a time when we come together and give offerings of fine fattening foods to the bear, we help the bear to remember to physically rest and travel the spirit world in the winter, we know that the bear will go on a long journey into the unseen, during this time out personal medicine of the bear is called into rest so that we can disconnect more from the daydream world more and into the night dream world. If we do not do this work our personal bear medicine will not rest and we will go through a tough winter of aimlessly wandering in spirit, mind, and body. Equally, in the spring we do ceremony to remind the bear to wake up, we offer fattening wonderful foods and connect with the bear that we may know the paces and things the bear has been. The medicine of bear is sacred it is the bridge to both worlds, both consciousness, both ways of being.

Even the bear in his way has continuity of consciousness.

Nature has continuity of consciousness in its seasons.

We should strive for the same.

Bridgette