Re: [anthroposophy] It is so simple really
This story of one more example of squashing voices for peace prompts me
to send along
this email invitation that I just sent out this week. If any of you are
in the neighborhood,
please come join us!
"Voices of Peace" Historical Walking Tour in Woodstock [Vermont, my
When visitors drive into Woodstock, the very first thing they see just
before reaching the heart of the village is the iron cannon and granite
Civil War soldier statue of Tribou Park. On the Green, there is a small
war memorial plaque, and as children go in and out of the elementary
school each day, they pass another granite war memorial. How can we
expect America to renounce its bellicose ways when generation after
generation are surrounded by the monuments and myths of American militarism?
The latest tribute to America's military history to be found in
Woodstock, this beautiful and seductively well-manicured landscape of
past and present, is the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical
Park's "Civil War Homefront" historical walking tour, which debuted last
weekend. I was on the inaugural tour, and it inspired me to create an
alternative walking tour that recognizes war as an affront to home, and
seeks instead to celebrate stories of dissent against military action,
and of local voices of the past who spoke out in courageous dissent
against the status quo. Such stories are hard to find; unless we find
them and tell them, we are doing the individuals who spoke up in the
past a grave disservice. The dead call to us to think right, act right,
and tell their stories with an eye not toward sentimentality, but toward
Come walk with me and tell your own stories of dissent and of waging
peace in your own families, workplaces, and neighborhoods. We'll meet at
the Information Booth on the Green in Woodstock at 1 PM, and amble out
over the covered bridge, down to the River Street Cemetery, to Elm
Street and back into the village. I am supposed to play music on the
porch of the Rockefeller mansion at 2:30 PM, so I promise we'll not keep
you all afternoon. And speaking of that mansion, I just spent the other
day doing research on a certain part-time Woodstock resident beloved as
a 'catalyst for conservation' but whose biography really speaks to the
peculiar history of the catalysts for catastrophe in America. . .
- Dear Kevin,
> That "Harris guy"--I imagine you mean Thomas Lake Harris. Was healong
> withThomas Harris studied Swedenborg - from a young age I believe.
> Oliphant (and PB Randolph, John Murray Spear--I suppose one could
> include Joe
> Smith in here too) seduced into the Free Love camp,
I was first turned on to the Oliphant story when I heard a lecture
by Paul M. Allen many years ago. Oliphant appears in the Karmic
Relationships lectures, and you can see that Swedenborg is discussed
just prior to this.
While incarnated as Ignatious of Loyola, he (Swedenborg) was under
the influence of a "Mars Genius". As a balance to this it appears he
was more under the inspiration of a Venusian influence during his
stint as Swedenborg. Swedenborg, says Steiner, had a deeply intense
love for knowledge, his clairvoyance however was not attained by
means of exercises as recommended in Knowledge of the Higher Worlds.
Swedenborg attained his higher knowledge by means of what Steiner
calls erotic forces. Of course we don't have to take Steiner's word
on this because Swedenborg tells us this himself:
That article explains how Blake also was a follower of Swedenborg.
"Also attending the Fetter Lane services was Emanuel Swedenborg, who
periodically lived in London while working as a secret intelligence
agent for the pro-French, pro-Jacobite party in Sweden (called
the "Hats") . Since his student days, Swedenborg had access to
rare instruction in heterodox Jewish mysticism, which included the
more erotic and visionary theories of the Sabbatians, secret
disiciples of the seventeenth-century "false messiah," Sabbatai Zevi
. In his diaries, Swedenborg recorded many of the lurid sexual
ceremonies of the Moravians, which initially attracted but later
repelled him. Like Zinzendorf, Swedenborg sought out Jewish
Kabbalists in the East End, and he soon came under the spell of Dr.
Samuel Jacob Falk, known as the "Baal Shem" of London (master of the
magical names of God).
"Frank himself [the reincarnation of Sabbatai Zevi]"
Dr. Steiner spoke of Sabbatai Zevi as a "False Christ". I would have
to research a little further, but I gather that the sexual secrets of
the Secret Doctrine of Israel were not confined Zevi's doctrines.
From the above webpage:
"through the sublimation of his sexual energy into visionary energy.
By meditating on the male and female potencies concealed in the
vessels of Hebrew letters, by visualizing these letters in the forms
of human bodies, by regulating the inhalation and exhalation of
Swedenborg progressed along the above lines.
Thomas Lake Harris was able to develop extraordinary abilities in
respiration, so much so that a doctor declared that he had never
entcountered the like of before.
"Journal of Dreams (1744-45)
...the will [male sephira] influences the understanding
[female sephira] most in inspiration [breathing in]. The
thoughts then fly out of the body inward, and in expiration
are as it were driven out, or carried straight forth; showing
that the very thoughts have their alternate play like the
respiration... therefore when evil thoughts entered, the only
thing to do was to draw to oneself the breath; so the evil
Hence one may also see the reason that during strong
thought the lungs are held in equilibrium...and at this time
the inspirations go quicker than the expirations... Also, of
the fact that in ecstasy or trance, the man holds his breath "