New Gospels: Part One
In my book: “The Father at Rest – magical and mystical dark-matter physics in the Age of Technological Chaos”, I refer to various gospels of the Return of Christ in the Ethereal, or as I like to write: the Second Becoming of Christ.
From a certain point of view, Christ is currently being crucified in the ethereal, or thought word, where the religion of scientific materialism resides. These books are quite suitable for study groups that want to expand their areas of discovery.
What makes something “a” gospel in the sense I am using, is that the author has evolved their thinking in such a way that they meet Christ, as Truth, in their cognitive life. Links to places the books can be bought will be included with each commentary.
Each book’s description/commentary will also be posted to my blog, and the whole will appear here, over time:
I am going to start with Steiner’s Science of Knowing, as first presented in GA-2: “A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”.
Owen Barfield has called this book: the least read most important book, Steiner ever wrote, in answer to the question of whether there was one book of Steiner’s he read many times. My article on this is here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/lrsew.html
Table of Contents
A. Preliminary Questions
I. The Point of Departure
II. Goethe’s Science Considered According to the Method of Schiller
III. The Function of this Branch of Science
IV. Definition of the Concept of Experience
V. Examination of the Content of Experience
VI. Correction of an Erroneous Conception of Experience as a Totality
VII. Reference to the Experience of the Individual Reader
VIII. Thinking as a Higher Experience within Experience
IX. Thought and Consciousness
X. The Inner Nature of Thought
XI. Thought and Perception
XII. Intellect and Reason
XIII. The Act of Cognition
XIV. Cognition and the Ultimate Foundation of Things
E. The Science of Nature
XV. Inorganic Nature
XVI. Organic Nature
F. The Spiritual, or Cultural, Sciences
XVII. Introduction: Spirit and Nature
XVIII. Psychological Cognition
XIX. Human Freedom
XX. Optimism and Pessimism
XXI. Scientific Knowledge and Artistic Creation
Some years ago, Jeff Falzone argued with me that the book had a fundamental defect, in the sense of what we experience if we self-observe, using this book as a map to the territory of our own inwardness.
The riddle is whether or not – to experience – the “I” is singular in nature, or “we”, that is a multiplicity. Walt Whitman puts it this way: “I am multitudes”.
The reader will have to decide this puzzle for themselves.
New Gospels: Part Two
In New Gospels Part One I referenced Owen Barfield. From him, a gospel of the imagination: “Poetic Diction – a study in meaning”.
For those unfamiliar with him, he was a member of the Inklings, a study group in the ‘20’s to ‘30’s in England, that included C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Inklings
Without doubt he was a premier philologist: “the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages.” Google. He earned a living as a “country” solicitor, an English lawyer who never goes to court (a barrister), dealing with wills, property rights and such. “County” is his word, and distinguishes him from City lawyers.
He wrote many books, such as: “Speaker’s Meaning”; “What Coleridge Thought”; “Saving the Appearances – a study in idolatry”; and, “World’s Apart”, which T. S. Eliot described as: “An excursion into seas of thought which are very far from ordinary routes of intellectual shipping.
He was also became – apparently – an initiate, a matter he seldom mentions. A principle thread in his work involves the evolution of consciousness, as can be discovered by following that changes of the meaning of words over time (“History in English Words”).
While he clearly considered himself a student of Rudolf Steiner (“Romanticism Comes of Age“), many who study him tend to have little to do with Anthroposophy as such. https://www.owenbarfield.org/.
He lived from 1898 to 1997, essentially the whole of the 20th Century, and my view is that he was one of the greatest personalities ever inspired by Steiner.
I Definition and Examples
II The Effects of Poetry
IV Meaning and Myth
V Language and Poetry
VI The Poet
VII The Making of Meaning (I)
VIII The Making of Meaning (II)
IX Verse and Prose
New Gospels: Part Three
In Steiner’s science of knowing, especially “A Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception”, we are led to the practice of phenomenology, or the study of changes over time. Barfield, who said that book was the least read most important book Steiner ever wrote, in his books frequently studied changes over time of the meaning of individual words.
This next New Gospel is a Gospel of Physics, Ernst Lehrs’ “Man or Matter”, whose subtitle is: “Introduction to a Spiritual Understanding of Nature on the Basis of Goethe’s Method of Training Observation and Thought.”
When I was first meeting actual anthroposophists, after over two years of reading Steiner, I ended up going to study groups at Herman and Mary Rubachs home in the Berkeley, California, hills. They had a large library, among which was Lehrs’ book. I borrowed it for a while, but knew that I had to get a copy of my own.
The restaurant where I was working closed its doors, and the woman who I was the living with (I had met her at the Rubachs), celebrated my birthday by giving me three twenty dollar bills, and telling me to go visit my brother in San Francisco. On my way to my brother’s, I stopped in at Field’s Bookstore, on Polk Avenue, a place filled with all manner of spiritual and occult works. There I discover two used books: Lehrs book, and the book we will examine next: “The Nature of Substance”, by Dr. Rudolf Hauschka.
In a certain sense Divine Providence was also celebrating my birthday. The contents pages of Lehrs’ book is lengthy, so I will not offer it here.
Lehrs begins by describing his early interests in science, which had been interrupted by World War I. Following that he returned to his studies, especially being interested in electrical high frequency phenomena. There was a poster advertising one of Steiner’s lectures, as well as the works of others, and Lehrs was intrigued by the title of one of them: “Overcoming Einstein’s Theory of Relativity”.
While he did not attend that lecture, he did meet Steiner personally, who asked Lehrs questions about his academic pursuits. Lehrs was surprised at how familiar Steiner was with the work Lehrs was doing. “… he (Steiner) took out of his pocket a note-book and a huge carpenter’s pencil, made a sketch and proceeded to speak of the problem as one fully conversant with it, and in such a way that he gave me the starting point for an entirely new conception of electricity.”
Myself, I have often been troubled by the lack of familiarity with Lehrs book, among anthroposophists, who love to read, and quote, Steiner’s lectures on electricity, but seem completely immune to the studies of Goethean Science.
Given the dominance of scientific materialism in our time, this book, “Man or Matter” takes us through the whole history of physics, correcting at each stage, where an error of thought or observation misled the march of science into the confusions we are immersed in today.
If the Anthroposophical Society wishes to join the world, these New Gospels need to be the starting point for all newly interested folks, given their illumination of riddles of great importance for the future.
Alas, there is no evidence that the leadership in Dornach, or elsewhere, has the least idea of the importance of Goethean Science.
New Gospels: Part Four
As I mentioned in the article on New Gospels: Part Three, we next take up Dr. Rudolf Hauschka’s (hereinafter DRH) book: The Nature of Substance, which can be called: a gospel of organic chemistry.
We started with the study of Steiner’s book on Goethe’s Way of Thinking (something Goethe never wrote for himself), which points the way to using the picture thinking (imagination) of mind as a means of knowledge. We then went to Barfield’s Poetic Diction, a gospel of the imagination. That was following by a gospel of physics, and now we have a gospel of organic chemistry.
This order of study is done with a purpose of building up in the mind of the reader of these New Gospels a somewhat logical path. The next New Gospel will be a gospel of the Green World, the two volume “The Plant”, by Gerpert Grohmann.
DRH did a number of experiments, a few of which later could not be replicated. In the early years of the Steiner Internet (many groups of different purposes, some open to flame wars, and other Internet troll opportunists), this replication problem was discussed, and for me at least, the most cogent observation was that the world of matter had itself continued to become more and more dense, so that it was substance itself that altered, between the time of the original experiments, and the later attempts to repeat them.
One of DRH’s ideas that led me to further implications, was the when we attack water, via harsh chemicals or electricity, thus separating hydrogen from oxygen, what we had done was kill something living, and the single molecules needed to be seen as a kind of corpse of the living gift of the Creation.
Rudolf Steiner had warned that the idea of the Atom was evil … the “Idea”.
Most of the substances of Nature are already complex molecules, such as the carbohydrates. When we take them apart, we leave the land of Life, and enter the realm of Death. Steiner had characterized modern science as a science of death forces.
If we follow the implications of this observation, the deconstruction of complex matter into the individual molecules is then followed by the taking apart of the molecule into protons and neutrons and so forth. In effect, what is in play with Cern’s Hadron Super Collider is a process of taking corpse material to produce ever more fine corpse material. The ultimate illusion is to imagine that the tiny particles made by the use of huge magnetic and electrical “beams of light”, which produces motes of stuff with an almost infinitesimal half-life, is what the Universe is Made Of.
Using pure number relations, this fascination with the non-living aspects of the Creation is run backwards, and then we get the Big Bang, which generation/makes appear all the tiny bits we believe in, thus justifying a completely mechanical idea of the Creation, created out of corpse materials.
For a wonderful examination of the Periodic Table of Elements, get (if you can) George Blattmann’s: “Radiant Matter: Decay and Consecration”. Next is the lengthy contents page of Hauschka’s book:
I Theories of the Natural Scientific Ages on the Primality of Matter. II Ancient Ideas about the Nature of Substance. III New Ideas about the Primality of Spirit. IV The Plants. V The Carbohydrates. VI Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen. VII Scents (Etheric Oils) and Resins. VIII The Fatty Oils. IX Protein. X Nitrogen. XI The Cosmic Nature of Earth’s Substance. XII Star Patterns and Earthly Substance. XIII The Animals. XIV Plant Poisons (Alkaloids). XV Vitamins. XVI Coal Tar Chemistry – a Realm of Mirror Images. XVII High Dilutions and their Effectiveness. XVIII Minerals. XIX Limestone and Silica. XX Aluminium and Phosphorus. XXI The Mineral Cross. XXII Alkalis and Halogens. XXIII Magnesia and Sulfur. XXIV The Oceanic Cross. XXV The Metals. XXVI Copper. XXVII Tin. XXVIII Lead. XXIX Iron. XXX Quicksilver. XXXI Silver. XXXII Gold. XXXIII The Brothers of Iron. XXXIV The Childhood of Metals. XXXV The Spiral of Creation. XXXVI Conclusion.
New Gospels: Part Five
The sequence knowledge, imagination, physics, and organic chemistry now leads us to the Green World, in the form Gerbert Grohmann’s The Plant, two volumes. Vol. 1, has this subtitle: A Guide to Understanding Its Nature. Vol. 2: Flowering Plants. Both are full of wonderful drawings, and even a few photographs.
Following this we will look at Theodor Schwenk’s “Sensitive Chaos – the Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air”.
The sections as listed in the table of contents in volume 1: I. Looking at the Flowering Plant; II. The Living Face of the Earth; III The Threefoldness of the Plant and the Image of Man; IV The Ladder of the Plant Kingdom; V Evolutionary Considerations.
In vol 2, we have 16 chapters: Ranuculaceae – Buttercup Family; Cosmological Connections; Rosaceae – Rose Family; Luguminosae – Pea Family; Crucifeae – Mustard Family; Papaveraceaes, (including Fumariaceae) – Poppy Family; Libiatae – Mint Family; Liliaceae; and Amaryllidaceae – Bulbous Plants; The Onion, a Metamorphosis of the Lily; Gramineae – Grasses and Cereals; Orchidaceae – Orchard Family; Solanaceae – Nightshade Family; Rubiaceae – Bedstraw Family; Umbelliferae – Carrot Family; Comositae – Daisy Family; Lorantheaceae – Mistletoe; Conclusion.
These books are detailed, yet as some say: God is in the Details. Next I want to add certain ideas of the Magical Lore, as it were.
The “Tree” has been since ancient times a powerful symbol. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_tree
The fact of their being a visible part in the air and the light, while an invisible part is underground and hidden.
I have been talking to (communing-with) what I call Grandmother Trees for about twelve years. It is not so much an individual that we meet, but rather a locus of more complex nature beings, themselves connected to the whole. Tolkien’s idea of speaking creature Tree-Beard, whose speech is slow, each thought requiring some contemplation, is accurate. Although, these Queens of the Dryads are wise, the wisest always look “dead”, leafless, and stark in form. Learning to listen requires a quiet mind. And, prayer-like patience. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/GrandmotherTree.html
The American writer Ursula K. LeGuin wrote a book: The Word for World is Forest. A few students of biology consider the darkest regions of old growth forest – never harvested and then replanted – to be a place where the Goddess Natura, as Alchemist, creates such wonders as micro-organisms that digest spilled oil, and take apart such horrors as nerve-gas, leaving living soil behind.
Another American author, Orson Scott Card, in his Maker series, imagines that the relationship between the green world and native peoples in America, is such that they could silently run through a forest, at one with this world, never getting a scratch from a tree, or missing a nice soft place of grass or earth in which to place their feet.
Six or seven years ago, I moved with my Lady, to a place where I had a private study, whose main ten feet by five feet window was ten yards from the forest, on the edges of which this home exists. This being mid-October, in the early morning light from the East, it is like looking at and into and through slow-dancing living fire. Faerie and the Fae live in the light and dark, the color Goethe might say.
Everywhere in the world, where we can have a “vista”, whether small or large, the stillness calms the soul. Sunrise and sunsets, sea of ice and snow, of desert and wind, or of noisy canyons of street.
Yet in writing of this gospel of the Green World, The Plant, I am reminded of a certain “Idea”, which is that there is only One Plant, expressing itself in an infinity of places in the Life Sphere, where everything is Breathing and Breath. My lungs are inside out empty spaces, of the same shape and form of the filled space that is like a tree.
Some folks see the great forests as the lungs of the world, yet there are contrarians who insist the algae of the sea is even greater.
The Planet, as an interconnected Whole, teeming with life, all exchanging needed nutrients … each part food for the other parts, even in the smallest of ways. The World a Divine Womb for Human Becoming.
Even Water and Air are everywhere. What role do They play? Human beings need both for life. Which is why we next will take up: Theodor Schwenk’s “Sensitive Chaos – the Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air”.
New Gospels: Part Six
The book: “Sensitive Chaos – the creation of flowing forms in Water & Air”, was the first Goethean Science work I bought, not even knowing such a discipline existed. I was living in the area of Berkeley, California, and found this bookstore: “Sunrise Books”, on Telegraph Avenue, on the first parts of the Oakland side of this long long street. It ran from downtown Oakland, through Berkeley, and ended abutted to the University of California at Berkeley, at the entrance to Sproul Plaza, a place where such events as the first aspects of what became the free speech movement began.
The owner of this small store had a deep affection for his clients, and would order books he knew we might like, even before we came by. When I had money for books I would go there to be surprised. I met Owen Barfield there. Obtained Olive Whicher’s beautiful “Projective Geometry: Creative Polarities in Space and Time.”, itself worthy of being called a gospel of the Second Becoming of Christ.
The cover of Sensitive Chaos has this quote from The New York Times Book Review: “Were he alive, William Blake would have loved this book – It is a ghostly, utterly additive work” The Preface is by Commandant Jacques Y. Cousteau.
Archetypal Movements of Water: Circulating Systems and Spiraling Surfaces; The Wave; The Formation of Vortices; The Vortex; Rhythmical Arrangement of Vortices; Vortex Rings; The Resting State originates in Movement.
Water, Nature’s Sense Organ
Water as Mediator between Earth and Cosmos
Water in Conflict with the Earth.
Three Characteristic Features of Water: The Ear; The Intestine; The Heart.
On the Spiritual Nature of the Liquid Element
Water and Air
Water in the Atmospheric Mantle of the Earth
Air: Sensitive Streams of Air; On the Spiritual Nature of the Air.
The Creative Word of the Universe
Afterword – Forms of Flow in Art
Beautifully illustrated, with great attention to detail. Bibliography. And at the end, more than two dozen photographs. Once you understand the ideas of source and sink, you will never look again at the bark of a tree, where it clearly “flows” around the space where the branch appeared.
Having followed these boulder sized bread crumbs, the gospel of the science of knowing, the gospel of the imagination, the gospel of physics, the gospel of organic chemistry, and the gospel of the Green World – The Plant, we have here added another dimension for the imagination, where the rivers and whispers of life, connect all to all, everywhere.
Coming Next: “Man and Mammal – towards a biology of form” by Wolfgang Schad.
New Gospels: Part Seven
Many, familiar with Steiner’s works, will be aware of the idea of the threefold form of the physical human being: Nerve-Sense system; Heart and Lung Rhythmic system; and Metabolic Limb system.
The story is told that this idea was clearly so important, that Steiner worked on it for 17 years, before beginning to mention it in: Riddles of Philosophy.
In the book “Man and Mammals – towards a biology of form”, we have beautiful and powerful examination of the details of this idea. Schad begins by introducing that idea, and then slowly reveals that in the animal kingdom, each “type” is woven from the domination of one system over the others – a gross oversimplification on my part.
After laying out his observations, he returns to the idea of the threefold human being, as the one creature that is so balanced that we become not specialized at all. Fish swim, we swim. Monkeys climb, we climb. Lions roar etc etc etc – we can do all, not being burdened with one system dominating any other.
I love how in describing each sub-category, he always ends up with the “teeth”, which verify all the prior observations. I am also amazed by the fact that he has observed many mammals in the wild, and can describe not just the form, but how they are integrated into their environments.
Mice are so “nervous”, they can die of fright. Elephants have only four actual teeth, very large molars to grind what they eat, the tusks just being extreme incisors.
Then there is the idea that the most important feature of the human is the feet, which allow uprightness and frees the hands to touch and modify the world.
Contents: I Method and Theme; II The Human Organism as Threefold; III Threefoldness in Mammals; IV The Carnivores and Whales; V The Rodents; VI The Unglates; VII The Horned Animals; VIII The Antlered Animals; IX The Giraffes; X The Shape of Time: Reproduction and Death; XI The Shape of the Environment; XII The Soul Life of Animals; XIII Some Additional Groups of Mammals; and, XIV The Threefoldness of Man.
Having now pointed to seven New Gospels, I should point out that Sensitive Chaos was placed before Man and Mammals, so that we would have some sense of the powers of the formative forces, born in Chaos, to engender order.
Having arrived at the human being, these next New Gospels will deal with that. Having placed two of my own works on this list of New Gospels, I’ll go to the first to appear in time: “The Way of the Fool”, which is a gospel of the experience of the Second Coming.
This book is expensive, and my copy did not include Schad’s discussion of embryology. There is no excuse for this book to be so costly. Maybe a reader of this will know of better sources.
New Gospels: Part Eight
I have two new gospels on the list. Today I share “the Way of the Fool”, http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/twotf.html which was born in inner work magical and mystical at age 64, and before my later meeting, at age 70, with the Lesser and Greater Guardians of the Threshold (http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/threshold.html After that rite of initiation, I wrote: “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything”, which will discussed later down the list. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html
I had just retired at 62 on Social Security, and was living in Prescott AZ, in a tiny efficiency apartment built in a converted garage. I was doing Franz Bardon work on a daily rhythm, as well as deepening my studies of the nature of “thinking”. Mornings were prayer and meditation and then writing.
The Internet discussion group: the Ark, was ending its service to the personalities gathering there. It was over a dozen years later before I connected that work to the Culmination. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Culmination.html
I was morbidly obese (the doctor’s term), a weight of about 310, on a 5’11’ frame. I decided to fast (at age 64), to see what that could do. I ended up fasting for 45 days (thus the magical and mystical connection), during which each morning new ways of seeing were presented to me. Often, because of the more conscious thinking, many of these inspiration were in the form of pure ideas.
One very “fun” one, which was more visionary, involved me seeing all the women in my life, as a kind of images in a series of individual “cards” (had been working with the tarot for around three decades), beginning with my mother, then girl friends and wives and daughters – each an individual teaching of the nature of love, from which I had learned, yet I still needed to do that reflection more consciously in order to truly appreciate these lessons.
The Sendings did not appear until after about ten days into the fast (which, on reflection, the fast allows a release of the will forces, usually spent on digestion), then continued daily until I de-fasted carefully. I took about forty pages of notes. Then the following year I did the main writing of “the Way of the Fool”, although I continued to revise it, until needing to stop – art has to let go before its ripening becomes decay, … so I finally published the work in 2007. The subtitle is next below:
“the conscious development of our human character, and the future* of Christianity – both to be born out of the natural union of Faith and Gnosis”
A fundamental idea, born in the Sendings, was that an aspect of this work was to build a bridge between esoteric (gnosis) and exoteric (faith) Christianity.
*The first biblical quote, before the table of contents: Regarding the future of Christianity, here is John 16: 12-15 “I have much more to say to you, but you can’t bear it just yet. But when the other comes, the breath of truth, he will guide you in the ways of all truth, because he will not speak on his own, but will speak what he hears and announce to you what’s coming. He will glorify me, because he will take of what is mine and announce it to you. Everything the Father has is mine: that’s why I said he will take of what is mine and announce it to you“
Abbreviated version of the table of contents, many of the more descriptive phrases have been left out.
MORAL GRACE (the theme – song – of the central mystery of the modern age). First Stanza: Shepherds and Kings. Second: the evolution of consciousness. Third: the Church and the Body of Christ. Fourth: Moral Grace: a first iteration.
FREEDOM (the theme – song – of the real challenge of modern life). Fifth: Three New Ways (the shepherd’s tale (the what would Jesus do movement), the kings tale (Rudolf Steiner), and the healer’s tale (the twelve steps). Sixth: in the Absence of the Good. Seventh: the Seventh Day of Creation. Eighth: the Gesture of the History of Civilization as expressed in both Matter and Spirit.
LOVE (the theme – song – of the deepest hidden potential of the human being). Ninth: the Four Forms of Love. Tenth: the Seventh Day of Creation as an expression of Love. Eleventh: entering the Narrow Gate. Twelfth: love and the gift of the word – being a demonstration (a deeper consideration of the relationship between our inner activity, and our outer acts in speech).
Appendices: Prayer and Meditation. Sacrifice of thoughts. Some further thoughts. A few words. In praise of the virtues of ordinary mind. Confessions. In Joyous Celebration of the Soul Art and Music in Discipleship.
Epilogue: Concerning the immediate future
End story: Bicycles: a Children’s Christmas Story for Adults.
I published the Meaning of Earth Existence in the Age of the Consciousness Soul
and In Joyous Celebration, … in a little book: Living Thinking in Action: In the following material I come at Living Thinking from two different directions. The first (The Meaning of Earth Existence in the Age of the Consciousness Soul) is from the outside inward, that is we work from social phenomena and then into the inner life of the human being. In the second (In Joyous Celebration of the Soul Art and Music of Discipleship) we work from the inside outward, from actions taking place entirely within the soul as these lead toward its latent potentials from which we are then able to stand on firm spiritual ground as an actor in the Creation.
In the Way of the Fool, “Meaning…” is the last words of the basic text, which begins: “There yet remains an effort to make a little summery of this book … “ These two represented an attempt to express the experience of the Return of Christ in the Ethereal, a kind of map as it were, which now brings me to describing this work – the Way of the Fool – as a gospel of the Second Becoming of Christ.
Given that we now come to types of gospels of inner work, we will next take up the study of a gospel of soul, Catherine MacCoun’s “On Becoming an Alchemist – a guide for the modern magician.”
New Gospels: Part Nine
Catherine MacCoun’s book: “On Becoming an Alchemist – a guide for the modern magician”, I have called a gospel of the soul. She, with true modesty, describes this work as a fusion of Christian and Tibetan Alchemy.
For example, before finding and examining Steiner’s Anthroposophy, she was a student of the Tibetan Lama Choygam Trungpa for fifteen years. We meet, via the electronic ethereal, on the Ark. Along with myself and Stephen Clarke (whose “gospel” level work we will look at next), the three of us, from the point of view of today, were among those personalities destined to experience the Culmination. http://ipwebdev.com/hemit/Culmination.html American Platonists in the sense of Steiner’s ideas about this gathering.
I had actually read several of Trungpa’s books, and seen him lecture during my Berkeley years. I was – at that time – personal friends with several of his student.
Among all the personalities on the Ark, she had the sharpest mind, and the most pointed wit.
At one point the Ark-folk were considering Steiner’s ideas about the Jesuits. In a fashion that was typical for her, she dropped out of the Ark for a while, and personally practiced the Meditations of Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.
After some discussion as regards Steiner’s indications concerning this group, some of us concluded that the Meditations practice by modern Jesuits, had lost some of the original meaning, a fate common to many of the purposes of founders of Catholic religious orders. The “Roman Church”, in a sense, warped the real works of many such “saints”. St. Francis, for example, while he was quite correct as to the weaknesses, his teachings are ignored by the institutional hierarchy.
Catherine had her first direct experiences of the spirit at age seventeen, shorty after her mother died by suicide.
I have known two very intelligent women, who were raised in the Church, and both of them revealed that while you can get the adult out of the Church, the child remains attached, and can often be very judgmental. Catherine, for example, liked to use the indefinite term “inappropriate”, in describing the behavior of others on the Ark.
In the late summer of 2000, she advised is that she was going off-line, in order to go the Morocco (she speaks French) and seek to know the experience of the Muslim Rite of Ramadan. She also said the Christ had asked her to do this. Having been “asked” myself by Christ, on occasion, what He does is show you something, which then becomes personal knowledge, … knowledge which our character cannot but act upon.
She was able to spend that period, inside the woman’s compound, of a large Muslim family.
On her return to the Ark, she started writing her Ramadan Diaries, which included this set of concepts. Certain social aspects of Christ’s message, could not be received by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Hebrews. To her “vision” these teachings remained in the world of spirit, and following a kind of hyperbolic arc, descended via the angelic inspiration gifted to Mohammad.
This work of hers, prompted by Christ, became a crucial background a year after her journey to Morocco, when 9/11 happened.
My own research recently led me to seeing that the three patriarchal monotheisms, were one religion, not three. Law from the Hebrews. Love from the Christians. And, Surrender from the Islamic teaching.
Catherine wrote a stinging, yet deep, essay on the sex-scandals that erupted in the A. Society around 1915. “Work on what has be spoiled” http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/ktmc1.html
I wrote a review of On Becoming an Alchemist here: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/CatherineMacCoun.html
One way to appreciate her brilliance is to understand that she made her living helping other writers work out how to write their books. From these experiences, she came to know a great deal.
Part One: Principles. 1 In the Quest of the Philosopher’s Stone. 2 Unlocking the Secret Codes. 3 Separate the Subtle from the Gross. 4 Levity and Gravity – navigating the vertical world. 5 Living Backward – time, freedom, and magical intuition.
Part Two: Procedures. 6 Commencing the Great Work. 7 Calcination. 8 Dissolution. 9 Separation. 10 Conjunction. 11 Fermentation. 12 Sublimation. 13 Radiation.
Appendix 1: How to Meditate. Appendix 2: Night School. Further reading.
New Gospels: Part Ten
Our path so far: 1) Steiner’s Gospel of Knowing, “a Theory of Knowledge Implicit in Goethe’s World Conception; 2) Barfield’s Gospel of the Imagination, “Poetic Diction”; 3) Lehrs’ Gospel of Physics, “Man or Matter”; 4) Hauschka’s Gospel of Organic Chemistry,“The Nature of Substance”; 5) Grohmann’s Gospel of the Green Word, “The Plant, vol 1 and 2”; 6) Schwenk’s Gospel of Order from Movement: “Sensitive Chaos”; 7) Shad’s Gospel of Form: “Man and Mammals”; 8) Wendt’s Gospel of the Second Coming, “the Way of the Fool”; 9) MacCoun’s Gospel of Soul, “On Becoming an Alchemist” And Now Number Ten …
Stephen Clarke, who I named in “The Crack in the Foundation of the Castle of the Dragon” the Scholar Seer, ( http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/confstory2.html ) gives us a monumental cascade of works: a Gospel of the Mother.
We knew each other from the Ark (1997-2003), and then met in the physical just after I moved to Prescott AZ, as he was a neighbor of sorts, living at that time in Santa Fe, New Mexico. When we got together in Santa Fe, I got to see “Mozart’s Garage”, where Stephen labored at keeping high-end German cars rough and ready. The building was the cleanest auto repair place I had ever seen.
In one corner was a large room. It was filled with shelves and shelves of books. At one point he commented that he sometimes spent as much as five or six hundred dollars a month on phone bills. He liked to reach out.
From that touch stone we got in a BMW (I think) with a completely rebuilt engine, heading in the direction of Detroit, to attend a meeting where ….. was speaking. At one point he placed into the “glove” box three plain wrapped packages, with some string as a tie. Inside each was an America Spirit tobacco pouch. These were to be gifts to be given to native elders he wanted to meet, as we traveled through their reserve.
Usually we would go to the main offices of the Tribal Councils, which some readers here may know is a form of order forced upon aboriginal Nations, by the occupying U. S. Government. I remember we made just one stop, and I can’t remember the result.
Then the fun … Stephen’s car broke-down. Embarrassing, sure, but we were on a road trip after all. He urged me to get on a bus and continue onward. I firmly declined. He should not be alone. We ended out camping in a nearby cafe, while he lined up a vehicle with a hitch, and the auto-trailer to go with it.
I asked him what had happened, and he took a napkin and a pen and with a few stokes and comments he taught me something I had never known, about the circulation of fuel and water in the block, for there were two systems. Except in our case, the water system leaked into the gas, and then the engine stopped.
Too me he was the teacher that opened my eyes to the Mother. I had read a copy of his “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”, where he describes fear filled alien encounters, where after some repetitions, he chose to love these apparitions.
For him that was the gateway then to the Underworld (Stephen at that time was waxing poetically about the English Nature savant: R. J. Stewart). His art he called “belly clairvoyance”, and spoke of regular visits to have Tea and Company with the Mother and Her Court.
The book above is not in print, although I have a xerox copy. I also have another masterpiece, … his concepts as regard the “anthroposophical”, called: “Short Circuit”. I also have a earlier section of his work and researches on America Mysteries ( http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/clarke4.html ), such as: “Sorry can’t do much more than hint – how about mesoamerica, the bomb, the divine feminine, mysteries of the underworld, close encounters and more.”
Stephen gave up on the Anthroposophical Society, when they held a conference of “world spiritual leaders”, and despite his urging and offer of help, no indigenous spiritual leader from the Americas was invited. A whole couple of continents ignored, by people in high mountains, perhaps afraid of caves, magic mushrooms, and moonlit nights.
I have, no doubt influenced by Stephen, decried the use of the term “evil” in connection with how to see reality. He wrote two scholarly articles on these problems in the A. Society. By scholarly I mean carefully and precisely reasoned, and well footnoted.
https://www.rsarchive.org/RelArtic/ClarkeStephen/Dilemma.php “Some Notes Toward a Resolution of the Dilemma – in reference to Paul V. O’Leary’s The Inner Life of the Earth”; and, “Rudolf Steiner’s Mexican Mysteries” Re-Imagined” Introduction, 2017. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/Clarke5.html
These next three he sent me, after I asked for works to but on my blog. The titles suggest, and are full of scholarly wonders of insight.
Lately he created a Facebook page dedicated to Bach: https://www.facebook.com/groups/615895712730639
From Stephen Clarke’s “Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind”
Table of Compliments
God the Mother God the Father
luminous darkness blinding light
spontaneous playfulness fixity of purpose
New Gospels: Part Eleven
This Eleventh gospel, is my book “The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything”. It is a gospel of human social and political life. http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgod.html
Some of the back story goes like this:
In 2007, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. The cardiologist talked me into becoming a part of a study drug, that was meant to replace warfarin, aka: rat poison, for diluting the blood’s clotting factor and thereby make less likely that the a-fib would throw off a blood clot, which could cause strokes and such.
There was, for me, a “side-effect” on a physiological level, in that my emotions became very labile (prone to ups and downs). This brought about tension in my primary relationship, with Dr. Kelly Sutton. That is we started to fight a lot.
The company managing the testing was only interested in measurable physical effects.
One night Kelly and I had a fight, and in the morning we decided to break up. We did, although about four months later we had a phone conversation in which we discovered that each of us thought the other wanted out, and because we loved them, we would agree, even though ourselves we wished to stay together.
This confusion was brought about by the respective threefold double complex, for our karmas needed to diverge, and we would have failed in those tasks if we stayed together.
After we stopped living together, my doctor gave me a stress test – on a treadmill, being asked to over exert myself, so that the doctor could get some numbers. Three weeks later I had two heart attacks on the same day, about an hour apart, yet fortunately I was in the ER having woken up feeling seriously odd, and got Kelly to drive me there. It was September 19th, 2007, an odd taste of the Season of Michaelmas.
During this phase of my biography I was beginning to write: American Anthroposophy, and had in fact opened my heart to Ahriman, knowing that real knowledge required we love the object of thought.
I was mostly unconscious, in the hospital, for about two and a third days, waking up to three of my five children looking at me with great concern. I had seen no white lights, but my will was stronger, and more determined to do now, instead of later.
After my heart attacks, I was attending a gathering in the Faust Branch in Fair Oaks, California. They were reading aloud Paul Emberson’s “From Gondhishapur to Silicon Valley”. I knew this work, and had written a critical essay about it: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/counter-silicon.html
I felt the darkening in the room, due to the presence of various undesirable invisible beings, interrupted the flow of the conversation, to warn them, and to reference Tomberg’s admonition in his Tarot book, on Arcanum 15, the Devil, that to meditate/contemplate evil (a common failing among Steiner students), leads to a loss of the soul’s vital `elan.
I was yelled at, and told, by two of the most respected local anthroposophists: “That I knew nothing about Anthroposophy.”
I had been renting a room, and in December, the home’s owner decided to live with a Persian woman, who needed an environment in which no unattached adult male resided.
So, 2007, while beginning the work on American Anthroposophy, my body rejected me, my lady rejected me, and the Society that I loved rejected me. As if by magic, an old friend – a Mohawk shamaness – invited me to live in her little efficiency apartment, built in one half of her garage. She lived in New Hampshire.
Plans were then laid for me to rent a car, and drive across American, in January, from one coast to the other. I worked out a long list of multiple locations of a cheap motel chain, so that whenever I needed to stop, I knew the closest one.
I also tracked the winter storms, that drove across America, also West to East. There were little gaps in between them, so I made an effort to drive in this moving zone. Ice storms had proceeded me, however, and the roads were very treacherous. I spent a day in the middle of a group of very large trucks, driving through fog at about ten to fifteen miles an hour. In some places, traffic had left troughs in the ice and snow, that grabbed at the wheels of all of us madmen, who dared to wander the curves of the continental divide, a bit of interstate above seven thousand feet.
In Nebraska clear skies and sun, and then I had a flat tire. I called the rental company, and he suggested I unpack the car of everything I owned, that I could not send by media mail, and change the tire. I – politely – explained that I was 67, had recently had two heart attacks, and it was clear that looking at the tire, the mesh was already exposed, so why did they rent me a faulty car.
They sent a guy. He pointed out that both front tires had exposed mesh, and the rear tires looked like they were next. I drove fifty miles to a truck stop as advised by the guy, and played the game: when will the rental company pay in advance the tire folk, for the two new tires.
About twenty hours lost there, and the tire people had said you have to do something about the other two, so the rental guy sez, a day or so ahead, they have a guy at an airport, that takes care of their cars. When I found him it turned out he had no new tires at all, but gestured to the acres of semi-broken rental cars, and said he probably could find me two good ones. In spite of the bleak ordeal, I was benefiting greatly from the kindnesses of strangers.
About two hours after I left that wonder, the storm that had been chasing me had finally caught up. Fortunately, it was by then just cold rain and wind.
I drove eight hundred miles the next day, surfing the wave front of the following storm. At one point the lightening dancing was so amazing, that I pulled off the road, into an empty parking lot, turned the car so that I could lower a window, yet escape the water and winds. I was there about fifteen minutes when lightening struck a big garbage pail sized transformer, atop a thick wooden pole.
It exploded, and lights went out for blocks around. From the list I found a nearby motel, picked up some fried fish and chips, which I ate at the fast food, and then rented away, finally lying down on the bed, spent, psychologically exhausted. Empty. I not only did not care whether or not I died, but felt it pointless to even continue to exist as spirit.
It was Jan. 6Th, 2008, Epiphany. I had been doing a Holy Nights routine, which consisted of the Lord’s Prayer, a self-created prayer of gratitude, and the first 14 verses of the John Gospel, as urged by Steiner in: Gospel of John: Lecture XII: The Nature of the Virgin Sophia and of the Holy Spirit.
Lying there, sans anchor, I thought why not, and began to speak aloud “Our”, to discover that I was not in Kansas anymore. I did not yet know the name: luminous darkness, but that was what warmed me, as with the first word “Our” I was introduced to the Idea Beings for both prayers and the verses.
For example, what “Our” felt like was feeling of gratitude, a participated state of consciousness of the whole of the creation, for the Father’s gift of being.
This initiation experience, I later understood, was to the Mysteries of the Mother.
In New Hampshire, in that tiny studio, I finished writing – and self published – “American Anthroposophy”. By September I was in Concord Massachusetts, where I met and then wooed my Lady Linda. We are thirteen years this Autumn.
Over the winter of 2009/2010, I experienced the meeting with the Lesser and Greater Guardians.
Subsequent to that, while watching my youngest get caught up in the wave of anti-religious thinking, that produced such works as Sam Harris’s “The End of Faith”, I took up the writing of The Art of God – an actual theory of Everything, which had the subtitle: “A challenge to the Theory of Evolution and the Big Bang”, by offering A Theory of God and its details as a fully accurate and realistic Theory of Everything
My idea was to take the spiritual aspects of the Creation, transpose them into the form of a Theory, and show that a spirit-theory was far more superior in explaining human existence, than was scientific materialism.
“(This vortex-like structure is very fluid and in constant movement, such that we will come around to the same general conceptual area over time, seeking with each new experience a deeper examination. In a way a kind of new conceptual vocabulary has to be prepared, such that over the period of the different experiences, all will hopefully become more and more useful. Simultaneously, as we build new concepts, we will in the same gesture have to dismantle others.
Page numbers are not given, although I can understand why someone might want them. They are in part technically a problem in internet self-publishing because of the conversion of an rtf. file to a PDF document, which conversion alters the paging considerably. But the main reason is that this book is not written like a scholarly work it all. It is written to be experienced, and the reader is free to organize that experience in any way they see fit, and should not be confined to any arbitrary scheme of mine. The titles below simply represent where in a certain mood I felt like delineating a change of theme, and these titles then have more of a relationship to artistic musical and poetic notation then any more academic or conventional system of order.
Once more, as regards the vortex metaphor: the upper boundaries of a vortex are wider, and the speed of circulation slower for those objects caught up in that aspect of its nature. As the vortex-tornado deepens it narrows almost to a point, where the velocity and force which is active there is at its maximum. So also then with the journey through this book – a gradual intensification is intended in terms of the application of this books nature on the processes of the reader’s mind.)”
– dedication / – introduction/ – beginning with a theory of God/ – the Shaman sees Wholes/ – back to our pursuit of a theory of God/ – the Idea of God/ – the shape of the social political world of humanity/ – some limits to natural science/ – a transition/ – the questions of Why and Time/ – the Mystery of Evil as aspects of How and Why/ – some thoughts on the necessary, yet temporary, superficial nature of these discussions/ – God in Time and Space/ – the totality of the order of the macro-social world as an Embodiment of the Word/ – further limits of the present truth-structures in natural science/ – the problem of human freedom/ – the conflict itself has meaning/ – … and make an evolved synthesis of the previous thoughts/ – a slight shift of emphasis/ – time, space and spiritual causality/ – the Theory of Evolution, its limits and biases/ – the bones … an alternative explanation/ – … some aspects of a real science of the mind/ – the appearance of the free moral individual in human social-political life/ – interlude and recapitulation/ – additional aspects of the nature of thought and thinking/ – social life, in the biography, as a creative invention – the self-conscious spirit as an artist in life/ – evidence and proof of God, as well as some proposed experiments and tests … or, the now we’ve got him section,’cause he is never ever going to be able to do that/ – indirect evidence of God/ – direct evidence of God/ – a new path to the spirit, elaborated in three parts: 1) “The Misconception of Cosmic Space as appears in the Ideas of Modern Astronomy”; 2) “The Meaning of Earth Existence in the Age of the Consciousness Soul”; and, 3) “In Joyful Celebration of the Soul Art and Music of Discipleship”.
New Gospels: Part Twelve
If we just ask, are there more such “gospels”? On the macro scale we will touch the heart of it in recognizing that always with the Twelve, there was also the Thirteenth. That poem is for tomorrow. Here I wish to add certain other personally verified “gospels”, as well as mention/recognize that Bob Marley and the Moody Blues are personal favorites.
We all have our loves, and even if love is not returned, She still has the whole world in His Hands.
Of special mention, for the library, are the works of Thomas Cowan, and his friend Sally Fallon, gospels of healing medicines and thoughts.
Tom Cowan: “The Fourfold Path to Healing”. Four: nutrition; therapeutics; movement; meditation. My favorite myth breaking step is his presentation of the nutritional value of a Fat Pyramid.
Same time purchase: Sally Fallon’s “Nourishing Traditions.” People from our heritage know a thing or two about growing and making living food.
Thomas Cowan: “Human Heart, Cosmic Heart”; Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood illnesses”; “Cancer and a New Biology of Water”; as well as the most recent: “The Contagion Myth”, with Sally Fallon.
Except for “The Contagion Myth”, all are available on Amazon.
Next: George Adams Kaufman, and his aide and student, Olive Whicher.
In his little book, “Physical and Ethereal Spaces”, Adams points to Rudolf Steiner for indicating that with the living we need a living mathematics. The mind of the doctor is evolved when they can think in mobile pictures the transformative/shaping relationships/forces.
Whicher, in her introduction, adds that Steiner also indicated that the same living mathematics would be quite helpful for any student interested in spirit.
The name of this mathematics is Projective, or Synthetic Geometry. The “Synthetic” aspect means all other geometries are derived versions of Projective Geometry, such as Euclidean and Reinman.
Projective: think of the cone of light that enters the eye, and turns inside out in a kind of way. A geometry without measure, built out of points, lines, and planes, … infinite points, lines, and, planes … a line of points and a plane of points; a plane of lines and a point of lines; and a point of planes and a line of planes.
Whicher’s “Projective Geometry and creative forms in time and space” (a nice companion to Sensitive Chaos) helps the reader learn by making drawings. Only need a few pencils, a good sized ruler, and some large sheets of paper.
Adams wrote some books that ought to be still be in print, and studied. They are not easy: “Space and the Light of Creation – a new Cosmic Theory” 1) Radiation of Space; 2) Music of Number; 3) Burden of Earth and Sacrifice of Warmth. Published in 1933.
Adams, with Whicher, wrote: “The Plant Between Sun and Earth – and the science of physical and ethereal spaces.” Wonderful drawings, and at one time beautiful with color.
Adams: “Universal Forces in Mechanics” When we bend that wire hanger back forth until it breaks, we see the release of the “gravity bound light” (Man or Matter) in the form of heat and changes in color.
Most everyone who warders into Anthroposophy, either wandered before, or after, into the living thought of Valentin Tomberg. There appear to be three phases in his biography. Most of us know the poles: Anthroposophical Studies, and then the switch to Catholicism and the writing of “Meditations on the Tarot – a journey into Christian Hermeticism”
In the middle between those poles, he spent 1944 hanging out in the Hague, while the world crashed and burned in a horrible war, for which there were too many daily reminders, and dangers as well. He met some students and teachers of Jurisprudence, and then mastered the higher ancient origins of Law, and the degeneration that followed.
As only Tomberg could, he refused to abandon the Latin in which the thought of the Law was cast, from Roman era, through the scholastics, and into modern times, where we today find that money and power are effectively the Law, which is a mere ghost of what it once was, and might yet be.
It is a challenging read. I’ve spent bits and pieces of hours rereading certain paragraphs, so as to not loose the thread.
For the Steiner fan, notice the threefold nature of Tomberg’s path, and Steiner’s ideas of head, heart, and hands, as translated into social order: Cultural Life, Political-legal Life, and Economic Life.
What is absent everywhere is Justice. We all know this. If you want to become part of the law-creation process, you will not find a more inspirational&deep book as: “The Art of the Good.”
I now want to add the gospel level works on “economy” by Elizabeth Ancrum Mackenzie M.A.
We meet during my time on the Ark, but she was not a member. She had contacted me from discovering my writings, and during our exchanges she sent me a copy of Irina Gordienko’s “Sergei O. Prokofieff, Myth and Reality”, a discussion of how that much of his works warped and distorted Steiner’s actual message. Of course, the Gordienko event passed unnoticed by most believers in his work, and the publishing of a review of that book, in the New Review, led to the editor’s sacking.
The following link is to her work: “Aesthetics of Economics and the Scottish Masonic Tradition, in the Light of the Folk Spirits” ipwebdev.com/hermit/bgae1.html
I recently discovered a lost file of her related book: “the shepherd’s fire” and posted that here: https://thecollectiveimagination.com/2021/11/08/the-shepherds-fire/
The formatting on that book is a bit clumsy, for which I apologize. These works are remarkable, deeply into the mysteries of Anthroposophia and other sources of understanding this two part gospel of the spirit of “economia”
Here are two additional links to the contemplations of Elizabeth A. MacKenzie: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/artofgodreview.html and: http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/liz_wetmore_e-mails.html
New Gospels: Part “the Thirteenth”
Rudolf Steiner suggested that the reason Judas had to kiss Christ, was that when He and the Twelve where “teaching”, the “stories” could come though anyone, making Christ invisible to observing Centurions, and/or Hebrew religious zealots.
What if the Whole, from the Order on the other-side of the starry wonders, to the deeps of the unknown and unformed Chaos … what if the-what-It-is (the phenomena) is Its own Gospel?
Can we listen to the World Song?
As above, so below, for the miracle of the One … which begets mother and father, or the Two, who begat father son and holy spirit into a primal male Trinity, needing its reflection in a female Trinity, with the two forming the Seal of Solomon, … male – fire principle = triangle pointed up, and female – water principle = triangle pointed down.
… which leads to the Mystery of the Thrice Blessed Sphere, aka: the Material World.
Imagine a sphere as large as the size of the room in which you sit reading …. Next, imagine another sphere, a cosmic hand’s breathe apart … two boundaries … go out too far, die of cold … go in too far, die of heat …
The Third Blessed Sphere is through the gateway of the own heart’s mind. Look within, and discover the truly endless universe, we lamely call: spirit.
If we understand the Law, which is that everyone is the right person, in the right place, at the right time … if we then add to that Love, generated in our own spirit-hearts, or heart’s mind, after which we Surrender to the inescapable community of Endless Becoming ….
every human being lives and dies to the extent they occupy a material body … a temporary residence … Where the secondary primal Two – Mother and Son – unite into the Mystery of the blossoming within the two material aspects of the sphere – the upper and lower physical limits, transcended each and every moment We sleep, and step out of time and space altogether …
The Music of the Spheres is already here, each spark an arc-light of fire into the social-political world. Reality is fully participatory. Is there a quality akin to a book, latent and obvious in the It-is-what-It-is?
Stories … everywhere-when, … a few … with encouragement to sing your own
Some clues, found along the Way. The Hopi Prophecy and Oral History remembers Atlantis. There is a song, of two brothers, each to be the guardian of a stone tablet, broken into two halves. In the mystical magical lore of humanity we dream of Shamballahs, where all is in balance, while on the Way we seek a Philosopher’s Stone, and an Emerald Tablet as well … perhaps recognized as the hearth place where all such stones … can today, rest upon a “Foundation Stone”, our individual fire warming all …
What is America, in this newly revealing social zodiac? A book is named: “the People of Plenty”, certainly true … just wander in the carnival of an American grocery story – the world feeds us. I have used the idea, with some success, to temper that lable, with the recognition that Americans are also a People of Peoples.
Then there is the Dream, shared by many sparks world-wide, that imagines moving there, seeking stardom in Hollywood, or obscene riches, or both, … or maybe just a less dangerous place to raise a family
Civilization dying into a new becoming, heavily armed with Weapons of Mass Destruction, needs a reminder, so the Mother times-out the whole world, via a Plague (one of Her Four Horseman). During which forced monastic reflection, many out of work people decided not to go back to that senseless and meaningless job.
The Official News Narrative is propaganda, willfully useless, and driven by the need of most television stations to make money via commercials, … meanwhile in America, the People of Peoples of Plenty watch their capitalistic medicine fail, at human costs incalculable.
She, of Divine Providence, Rogue Weather, the Four-Horseman, the love from which the holding dear of “gravity” springs, and the Gate of Death … She holds the Whole World in His Hands.
The world burns because the Son is baptizing us with Fire and Holy Breath … the fires of the trials and tragedies of life and living, and the miracle of inner strength while each spark’s heart’s mind grows daily something new. Old patterns fail, and new maps are generated.
We all live the School of Hard Knocks and Shared Pain. Our time is a thirteen level game, with death real.
Why did He say that it is easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to get into heaven? Wealth and Power are the two greatest addictions.
Nigerian fake princes, ransomware cracker hackers, every one running this way and that … what happens when 7 billion people decide to no longer give-in to this awful?
One of most remarkable aspects of the January 6th attack on the American Capital Building, is when a minister sympathetic with the rioters, finds himself holding a bullhorn, and looking down on the chaos below, perceives a “fortunate” moment of silence and then asks everyone who can hear to join him in prayer. Healing waters for tired and frightened hearts.
Everyone needs to feel special, for with certainty, that is how the Mystery knows us.
There is a quality to this time, which is that as we endure the trials together, some needing help and others needing to be helpers – both roles in which each of us will participate, … this Kindness of Strangers is a Social Eucharist, givers and receivers of both the wine of being seen, and the host of compassion, spiced with love.
– all that chooses is of the thirteenth —