What refreshing research has been coming from Joel, Elaine, Starman
and all. Truly inspiring work. These are contributions that thrill,
that invite the heart and mind into deeper reaches. Great reading. I
wish to add something here as an update to the close proximity of
Mars and the Buddha forces.
It has been my intention to follow the closeness of Mars, the closest
it has drawn to the Earth in 70,000 years is approaching in August.
All during this time period America and the World has been drawing
sides in a For/or Against War in the old Mars paradigm. The Old Mars
paradigm raised its ugly head again in PLANS and watching the Wolf
grow in pre-emptive American papers and positions, based on the
Wolf/Rome/Fenrir of a pre-Christ Imperialism, and the current group
of Wolves in the White House under Wolfowitz- which is Wits of the
Wolf. How apt and clear the Logos sometimes is to the strange
perceptions in a name, is what Waldorf Teachers tend to look at.
Either as a transformation or understanding what the Mother heard
when the Child was born. Wolfowitz does lead us back to Weimar in one
way or another. It does raise the Weimar Issue on an Ahrimanic cycle
Currently we need to look at a person and a contribution that has all
the earmarks of a transforming their Mars position. Sean Penn has
certainly been a Mars individual. His biography with Madonna and
beyond, his films and his choices of film roles, his youthful
violence, have been in a constant state of Mars flux and
transformation. It usually remains hidden from view, but sometimes
such Mars transformations surface and suddenly we see again the face
of the true School of common Humanity we all shared together in the
Spiritual world prior to our incarnations.
What we are able to observe in the following, is a crucial and
critical call, as the Mars forces of Buddha and St. Francis have
approached, approached with an After the Christ Event call to all
those who hold the Spirit of the world dear. Sean Penn is giving
voice to a part of the American Psyche that is not subject to what I
have diagnosed as "The Deconstruction and Stagnation of the American
Psyche." The entire world and Freedom itself, the Freedom fostered by
Michael and Spiritual Science and the Philosophy of Freedom out of
Weimar, which was a Declaration of Independence more profound than
the American Declaration because it linked the Founding Fathers deed
of the West to the Michael Deed of Intelligence and all of humanity
back again to the Spiritual World.
Steiner's Earth shaking deed came with a direct confrontation with
the darkest potentials of the Ahrimanic threat. He wrote a "Fifth
Gospel" his insights into the history and destiny of the Gods sets
human Freedom on a firm foundation. His politics, as Aristotle,
brought the new Christ paradigm of the Threefold Social Order. That
is the difference and a difference we need to understand in bringing
to light the ideas of souls before the Christ Event and the new
paradigms after the Christ Event. Steiner has compared Hamlet,
Buddha, Socrates and we have ample evidence that such a Triadic
change in thinking is key to understanding Democracy or the Republic.
Steiner's deeds crown the deed of what the Founding Fathers in
America were attempting. It is just our cultish lack of thinking that
fails to make the bridge, which luckily, this list has had a surge in
wonderful living thinking from so many, (thank you Starbirgarden as
well). Much that Joel has brought in dialogue with Elaine about the
Native Americans has been superb. But now we must link it to the
current crisis in America.
Indeed there is a current crisis in the Far West and at the core of
it, is the direction that America has taken. America has returned to
the paradigm of the Old Mars forces and half the world is divided as
to the meaning of the Old Mars paradigm and the New Mars paradigm. We
have started the 21st century off with forces grabbing the Old Mars
paradigm and step by step destroying both the Founding Fathers
intentions, and even the best results of the Native American
Foundations which this country was built on. Spiritual Science holds
the key to the new Mars Paradigm and the mysterious trails of destiny
that link Jesus to Buddha lead to the depth of the Mars paradigm.
Sean Penn truly reflects our generations Mars Paradigm. We could say
that wonderful John Lennon had the same stubborn forces in his soul
development and we would be correct in these observations into Mars
paradigms in human biography. We should be able to read our times,
the Time Spirits indications.
I suggest reading the entire plea from Sean Penn listed below, for it
reflects a powerful and dramatic situation here in the Far West and
it reflects every good aspect of what can grow from souls who
understand the new Buddha and St. Francis Mars paradigm. JUst
remember, beloved St. Francis is not streaming into incarnation with
us anymore, he is fighting along with Buddha, to filter the bad
effects of Mar forces before it grows from the soil and incarnation
on Earth. It is a Karma modification School in the Spiritual World
and the Paradigm of Mars is critical. It was developed so that the
Earth could reach the goals that await humanity. Presently we are in
the grip of massive media and political thinking that can truly be
called Retarded forces.
Steiner drew Buddha as a sweeping force of the Past and Tolkien has
captured in his Great Work the old Norse/Old Moon Imaginations of
some of Buddha's ancient destiny. Now Socrates shines into the
future, Steiner made a circle and showed a comet core of the Past and
a comet core of the future and the Christ Event tied them together.
Socrates and Leo Strauss allow us to understand the Philsopher Kings
under the Christ Realm and also understand the future of how Socrates
might be used in Education and Politics.
I bring this to your attention because the current festivals of the
Christ Initiation of the Earth move through this season of Mars.
Never has the world been in such an important season of
transformation. You can feel it in how the Voice of Joel communicates
and others in the world take hold of the mighty potentials we have
now to see the World differently.
The voice of a new U.N. should be the voice of the Tongues of Flame.
These mighty Spirit Self flames of brotherhood, connected all
countries of the world in a common intelligence and Speech based on
the Deed of the Christ Being. You may follow the detiny of "The Tower
of Babel", the "League of Nations" - The Native American League of
Nations, "The United Nations" but the key to it all is the Tongues of
Flame that approach as Pentecost approachs, under the name the
Whitsun festival. It is the key to understanding the powers of the
word still in our hands that we wish to defend for the future of
humanity. Thank carefully, Buddha, Christian Rosenkreuz, Heindel,
Steiner, St. Francis,---massive lists of names support this mighty
shift, this would include, Leo Strauss-Tolstoy-C.S.Lewis and all the
mighty Michael School teachers that have brought us so much to hold
onto out of Spiritual Science.
Sean Penn and KIlroy - a very good read, if you can read it all.
"In re-evaluating the responsibility of citizenship and U.S. foreign
policy in the post-9/11 age, there have been disparate opinions among
Americans about how supporting our troops would now be defined, how
supporting our principles would now be defined, and how the "rule of
law" would now be upheld. In what way would dissent be most
productive within a system of government that does not exist without
questioning by its people? We accepted that journalists
were "embedded" with reliance on their subject, the military, to keep
them from harm's way. We found that our Secretary of State presented
plagiarized and fictitious evidence of WMD's in Iraq to the American
people and the world. We would rely on this, our government, acting
alone, to uncover those weapons of mass destruction said to be
possessed by the Iraqis and originally said to have justified our
assault. A similar justification came out of military sources in
Baghdad, when an American tank fired on journalists on the sixth
floor of the Palestine Hotel in response to shots claimed to have
been fired on them from that building's lobby. In a hotel full of
international journalists, not one heard the shots that the military
reported to have preceded their "response". We would watch as the
United Nations was described "unnecessary," rather than useful, if
only as an oversight committee, inspiring some domestic and
international faith in a new found American weapons inspections
process that is covert at best. Any responsible person must ask, in
whose hands our flag now waves and what perception the world may have
of it in those hands.
Even as the New York Times presents unchallenging articles (see
Judith Miller, April 21, 2003,"Prohibited Weapons") on a weapons
inspections process now in place, unnoticed are the legitimate
concerns about potential insertion of WMD evidence. Our television
channels show images of grateful and liberated Iraqis with no
acknowledgement that true poverty will bring the best of us to our
knees, where we would honor any individual or nation who held food.
Our knowledge and understanding of Arab culture and Islamic belief is
sketchy at best. While Saddam Hussein was certainly a beast among
men, and while his people, to any degree that we would presume
comprehension, were under the thumb of brutal oppression in his
hands, we must reflect as we triumph at the image of an American
soldier cradling an Iraqi infant, with no curiosity as to the fate of
its parents. And what of the shocking rise in leukemias and other
cancers in Iraq due to depleted uranium exposure and of the thousands
of unexploded ordinances, both, gifts of U.S. artillery. Will we
remember the hundreds of thousands of children who suffered slow and
agonizing deaths by diarrhea? These primarily attributed to the U.S.-
led sanctions in Iraq, where bombing of water treatment plants and an
embargo on chlorine continued to ravage predominantly young victims.
We must reflect on the certainty with which we were sold a war on the
basis of what we now so expertly call WMDs. We must reflect on the
resentment of the world, invited in our positioning ourselves as
their police. With Syria, Iran, and North Korea on media hit lists,
we must reflect on the availability of funds for violent crusades in
the absence of funding crusades for healing the very real suffering
of our own people and others.
This is our money I speak of, not theirs. Ours. Our democracy. Our
flag. (Lest we forget Enron) but, we see Exxon. We see Bechtel. We
see Halliburton. We see Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell,
Rice, Perle, Ashcroft, Murdoch, many. We see no WMDs. We see dead
young Americans. We see no WMDs. We see dead Iraqi civilians. We see
no WMDs. We see chaos in the Baghdad streets. But no WMDs. We see the
disappearance of a murderous Iraqi dictator, who relented his
struggle and ran without the use of WMDs.
Now I want to see one more thing. In Iraq, and in the United States,
I want to see who's the boss. I want to see who's the people. I want
to see who are the sheep. And I want to know the lions. I don't know
what the future of the Iraqi people will be. I don't know what the
future of our own people will be. I do know, that while we all
watched the headlines, the drama, the indelible, the horrifying and
forever unjustifiable violence that occurred in the United States on
September 11, 2001, that it has diverted our eyes from the beauty of
this country, and its foundation that act was intended to shake. It
seems Osama Bin Laden's agenda is being furthered by our fear,
promoted by the invective language of media and a Congress that
shamefully cowers from criticism, as we hack away at the arms, the
legs, and the soul of our own civil liberties, our constitution, our
principles, and our flag.
There has never been a time when it has been more important for
citizens to stand up, to speak, to agree, to disagree, to resolve, to
be non-violent. To be nonviolent. When we allow prideful killers to
define our value as presumption, then only murder can live in our
dreams. We can't be shamed into hiding, frightened into line. We
can't be less than yesterday. And we can't sit still today. Not if we
love our children. This is a question of a peoples' internal
reflection preceding their government's external reaction. In 1939,
William Saroyan wrote:
"In the time of your life , live - so that in that good time there
shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life
touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out
of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed. Place in matter
and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that
hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which
shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart
it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and
terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the
clear eye and the kindly heart. Be the inferior of no man, nor of any
man be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of
yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a
thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness
or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle,
but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have
no regret. In the time of your life, live - so that in that wondrous
time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but
shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it."
Philosophically, Saroyan offers a noble aspiration. But we have to be
very careful, whether listening to the television after a hard day's
work, or while reading a poem at a luxury resort, to be men and women
of our own time. When he wrote about a time "to kill" he wrote in a
world without nuclear proliferation, massive globalization,
television, or the decimation of a nation's long held traditions. He
was a man of his time as we are of ours. We are struggling now with
the question of whether there is any longer a time to kill. We are
grappling perhaps with memetic evolution. God help us, at some point
we may need to exercise military action to counter real and
specifically targeted threats. But real threats require the existence
of real opposition in debating strategies where the lives of American
soldiers and innocent civilians are threatened. With few exceptions,
notably congresspeople Barbara Lee and Dennis Kucinich and Senators
Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy, the Democratic leadership has been
entirely complicit. And it has been an obscene and cowardly betrayal
of their constituencies.
I'm not a Democrat, not a Republican, not a Green, not aligned with
any party. Yet, as a citizen of the United States, I was raised in
the public school system of the 1960's and '70s. Each morning,
following the first bell, we were called upon as young boys and girls
to stand, put our right hand over our hearts, and pledge allegiance
to the flag of our country. As a schoolboy, I participated in this
tradition unquestioningly and by rote. When in fact, neither flag,
nor country, nor school for that matter, is of much interest to most
young boys dreaming of bicycle rides, surfing, or the girl in the
front of the class. (Was it the way the flag waved or the wave of her
hair I'd pledged to?... I don't remember.)
Of course, with age, and maturity, come examination of, and rebellion
toward, the traditions and compulsory behaviors of our childhood.
With some time however, we gain at least an objective appreciation
and respect for the great symbol of sacrifice and heroism reflected
in such an icon as our flag (albeit historically and presently
intermingled with varying degrees of corruption and exploitation).
Ultimately though, as with many things in this life, these symbols
are vulnerable to underappreciation, until we have lost them. I am an
American and I fear that I, and our people are on the verge of losing
our flag. If it is lost, it will have been under our watch, under
mine and undermined.
Only five short years ago, September 12th, 1998, I sat upon a wooden
church pew as a military honor guard reached across my lap to place a
precisely folded American flag into the stoic hands of my father's
widow. His beloved wife of forty-one years... my mother. My dad, Leo
Penn had died from lung cancer at the age of 77. (The last time I saw
my father was in a viewing casket on September 11th.) A decorated
soldier in World War II and a blacklisted artist in the '50s, it was
this cloth of Stars and Stripes and all it had meant to him, and had
come to mean to me, that brought unexpected and unrestrained emotion.
The soldier, in his fine dress uniform, began to speak to my
mother "In the name of the President of the United States and in
gratitude for your husband's heroic..." And that was it, I was gone.
I thought, where the hell did this flood of emotion come from?
But, the answer came quickly. My father loved this country so deeply,
and he had passed that love and patriotism on to his three sons. At
that moment, this son, this distracted boy from the public school
system, became all that patriotic could describe in a living
civilian, and that flag before my mother's now gently tear-streaked
face, came to embody every freedom, privilege, and pride I'd ever
known. It symbolized my father. His great heart, his kindness, his
courage, and yes, even his (I was lucky)occasional human lapses.
Yet, now here we are, just those five short years have passed, and
that same flag that took me so long to love, respect, and protect,
threatens to become a haunting banner of murder, greed, and treason
against our principles, honored history, Constitution, and our own
mothers and fathers. To become a vulgar billboard, advertising our
disloyalty to ourselves and our allies. Our forefathers entrusted
that flag and what it should stand for, whether in times of bliss or
terror, to our fathers and mothers. And they have entrusted it to us.
The responsibility"for which it stands" is ours. That flag is my
father and I want him back. "