Re: [anthroposophy] Karmic Bliss in May
- In a message dated 5/14/2004 1:53:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> So to become FreedomHello Darling Danny!
> And Love in Action,
> Yet full of Wisdom...
I haven't been away, just quiet. : ) This quote is amazing to me. I had a
long discussion on AT with Mike Helsher about the semantical truths of Love,
Truth and Love in Action. I always like to stress Love in Action rather than
"love" because I believe that true love is what we DO, not what we FEEL. I used a
passage from Madeleine L'Engle's second book in the "Wrinkle in Time" series -
"A Wind at the Door" to illustrate where I got that revelation.
I started reading Madeleine's book "Walking on Water" about Christianity and
Art. I have had it a long time, but just now took it up. So far, there are
lots of beautiful ideas. Such a soul!
As you and Jan have pointed out, Steiner said that we do NOT accumultate
"good karma" by our "good" deeds. We owe the Universe so much already that any and
all "good" that we do can only be payment of debt owed. So the good stuff
that flows back to us is a free gift from God and nothing that we "deserve". I
hope, however, that through the power of Christ's forgiveness and much washing
away of old past debts that we can someday achieve a state of "equilibrium" in
which that which we produce as debt and that which we produce as "payment"
become rhythmically equalized and we are more and more "open" to receiving that
Grace. Sometimes, I think we are still so mired in past debt that we can't see
or hear or feel the Grace streaming toward us from the future.
I know that I have shared this poem with you before, but it still says so
much to the point of how I am still feeling in my life:
To Walk on Water
I want to learn, in time, to walk on water.
My faith, constantly being put to the test
Fails me most often, tossed on the waves
Of our reasonable and unholy age.
It is not true that we are never given
More than our souls can grasp
Or rise above. We often sink beneath
The thunderous waves of unforeseen misfortunes.
The broken masts wash ashore each day
And wreckage is a common sight along
These beaches; yet in the silence of grey
Morning fog, I stalwartly lift my sail again.
I cannot swim well, and fear the creatures
Of the deep, unknown and hideous companions
Who are with me always, even unto the end of time,
And for whom I am responsible.
White mountains on a farther shore are calling me.
The day is clear but windy, cold and rough.
I'll try again to reach the distant courses
Where hope and faith fail not in winter's measures.
For thought I sink and break upon the waters-
Denied the saving angel's last minute solace;
Life has not yet overturned for me the truth
That someday we shall learn to walk on water.
--- In email@example.com, golden3000997@c... wrote:
Sometimes, I think we are still so mired in past debt that we can't
> or hear or feel the Grace streaming toward us from the future.
Wow, I can completely 'feel' this debt! Now how in this lifetime do I
surface so that I can meet this Grace of ours?
> I know that I have shared this poem with you before, but it still
> much to the point of how I am still feeling in my life:
> To Walk on Water
Thank you so much Christine for repeating the poem! I had not read it