- At first I hestitated to post this thinking it might be sort of off topic
for Easter week but then found that it does somehow carry the mood of Good
From Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac"
On this day in 1917, the United States formally declared war against
Germany and entered World War I. American participation in the World War
permanently transformed the nation. In order to meet increased demands for
goods, the federal government expanded dramatically, taking an
unprecedented role in guiding the economy. Women got involved in the war
effort and impressed enough of the men they worked with that they won
support for voting rights shortly after the war. The war also shortened
women's skirts, since it created a scarcity of wool. And it probably
started the widespread American addiction to cigarettes, since American
soldiers got to buy cigarettes at much cheaper prices while serving abroad.
At the time, the war had been going on in Europe for three years, but
there was no real immediate threat to the United States. Up until then,
Woodrow Wilson had been opposed to the war. His campaign for president in
1916 included the slogan, "He kept us out of the war," though Wilson never
used that phrase himself.
But two things changed Wilson's mind. The first was that Germany had
declared unrestricted warfare on American merchant vessels, and began
torpedoing any ship they thought was carrying munitions to the British and
the French. At that point, the United States was the biggest supplier of
munitions to the British and the French. And the second was that the
United States intercepted a telegram from Germany to Mexico, asking for an
alliance against the United States. If Mexico was willing to attack the
U.S., the Germans said they would help Mexico regain Texas, New Mexico,
So President Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war on April 2.
The declaration passed almost unanimously, and war was officially declared
on this day in 1917. One of the few people who spoke out against it was
the pacifist Senator from Wisconsin, Robert La Follette.
About 3 million American men were inducted into the military. And though
they fought for only a short time, it was enough to make a difference.
Between the financial support, supplies, and reinforcements, the American
entry into the war was the turning point that helped bring it to an end.
The war was extraordinarily expensive for the United States, costing about
$1 million per hour in the last 25 months of the war. The amount of money
the U.S. government spent on World War I was more than the combined total
of what it had spent in the previous 100 years. Woodrow Wilson hoped it
would be the war to end all wars, but instead it was just the beginning of
the United States' policy of military intervention in world affairs.
- Hey Deb,
On the subject of Good Friday its' been an interesting
one for me that's for sure.
I was thinking how I am experiencing the 'money
changers' in the Temple. And that really bothered me
today. I also really became aware of how this human
Jesus is what is focused on as suffering and not in
any way divine. The pain on his face is so different
from those of the great painters wherein one sees the
pain but for humanity not for himself. In these new
type of paintings I am seeing this 'pity me' thing.
Very disturbing to say the least.
On 'money changers' it really is that it seems the
churchs are not holy places any longer. And its we the
people that make it so. Strange to experience today. I
went to do the Stations of the Cross which is
something I like to do to honor my mothers input in
my life. She loves this aspect of Catholosism while
turning away from the rest for the most part. But the
paintings for the Stations were changed this year and
they were a really sexual almost masochistic Jesus in
the Episcopalian church and they had NAME TAGS on them
IN THE FRAME. I guess this was for whoever paid money
to do so. I just could not do the stations. I had to
sit down and just contemplate. But I was interupted by
all this whispering with one another as if htey were
in some market area. I mean it was incredible to me.
But some really good things happened as well and one
of them was that I had a good understanding as to how
it is that the Teachers of Wisdom and Harmony work
with us in this new age. It seems that they do not
approach the human being who is not able to refrain
from altering something due to feelings one way or the
other. I mean I know we read this in Steiner but to
experience it was quite interesting. I mean its like
you are told WHY they are working with you in some
strange way. And then also it seems they work with us
not from a giving but from an inspiring manner. For
example, if I wanted to know something it is not just
given rather it is where I place my attention. And
when one places ones attention in a certain direction
while working with these Teachers then questions can
begin. I imagine that might be why...wow, I just
thought of that, it might be why Mr. Klocek is so keen
on questions: its how the Teachers work with us. We
have to be able to form the questions as this new age
does not allow the answer to be given in that format
any longer. If it did then it would stunt our own
personal I Am growth.
So many thoughts came today about working in the world
and how it is that we elevate ourselves to them, to be
able to participate with them and how nothing
outwardly changes. And Rudolf Steiner says this but
when we reach this point of working with the Beings it
seems that his words resonate once again as 'yes, this
was the guidepost' and now somehow it becomes a fact
in some way. Like this inner shift. And its
interesting because I am encountering many many people
who are not Anthroposophists who are noting that
something is shifting for them, a quickening of sorts.
Or maybe its that everything they've been working on
suddenly seems to be a little more clearer for them.
I also came into contact with the Being that is
guiding Eleazar. And I really came to realize Mr.
Klocek's words on the importance of doing things
ourselves versus allowing another being to do it for
us. And its' funny because it also seems that it is a
fact that whatever we do for ourselves we also do for
those beings connected with us. I mean its a true fact
in the spiritual worlds it seems, not just words a
teacher has said here or there.
And another thing is kinda funny while I'm on it, that
this Being, Eleazar calls him an 'entity' has another
Being also speaking through him. And this is where it
gets strange: He resides in the Throat Chakra. Leads
me to contemplate Ahriman. And, well, I will call him
Ahri for the time being without knowing for sure that
is who it is, and this Ahri cannot be controlled by
the Rasta entity. Nor can the Ahri being control the
Rasta entity. But the Ahri being can use the Rasta
being to speak to Eleazar. So what ends up happenning
is the E. starts to get mixed messages that he has to
figure out. I think this is something that can
The good thing about this Ahri is that it is actually
through him that E. and the Rasta being can rise to
what each of them needs. Mr. Klocek spoke this weekend
how the new community includes those who have crossed
the Threshold. And this Rasta cat has but is still
here. And he's old as the trees and as wise too.
But for me the interesting thing was to be able to see
Ahri in the throat. I could not figure out for the
life of me what a second face was doing in the throat
of this Rasta cat. And then I realized they were kinda
stuck together in a way due to the Ahri figure coming
to confound someone who has the capacity to experience
the spiriutal worlds. And although it is in an old way
he is aware that the new way can not only set him free
but also those who have gone on to the other side.
Good Friday. Hmmm.
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- I thought this was the funniest article. It was great
to hear 'that man done lost his mind' when speaking of
Ignoramus numero duo speak on black female basketball
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- And I was thinking about things and I had a thought
about these horns of light. I am not exactly sure
where I have heard this term before but this morning I
was thinking/experiencing, how this might be through
the pineal gland we experience this Light breathing
versus the air breathing.
And this took me to wondering about the unicorn. And I
wondered if it is a story about us being killed off.
That our own horn of Light was chopped off.
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- Dear Friends,
I am wondering if anyone has a reference or link to an article about
the Seals for this epoch. I had been looking at Mercury the last month
or so and it came up last night in a meeting that Mercury is the Seal
for this epoch. And I kinda had a better understanding of something
being painted in the Da Vinci paintings. I'd like to share this
thought connected to Rudolf Steiner if anyone has a link or thought on
this for me.