3517Re: [steiner] The Being of the Internet.
- Oct 2, 2005Dear Sue,
Thank you, thank you for placing Sergei Prokofieff's article in the FILES section for all of us. I've often wondered how many APs might be aware of the Steiner lecture to which he refers, but it seems all of us should have access to it as I had assumed everyone had. From the information I have, this May 13, 1921 Dornach lecture by Steiner was entitled "A Picture of the Earth's Future Development" as published in the News Sheet, Vol. 17, 1949 and in Anthroposophy Quarterly Vol. 8, 1933 under the title " A Picture of Earth Evolution in the Future--TheReunion of the Moon with the Earth" and I find my copy missing, having loaned it to someone at some time as I so often do. It seems to me all of us should have access to this lecture, and I have to admit the atrocity I submitted to this Group via my "Winter Dawn" was the result of my having pondered on this very future we have yet to meet. That poorly done scene showed what lived in my mind: A cold sun, but nevertheless a Christ filled sun, beginning to further redeem the earth planet awakening from pralaya following an incredibly ghastly, yet triumphant, battle mankind wages by the side of Michael but more especially aided by the Living Christ against the Sorat et al Dark Forces.
The thought occurs to me: Does everyone on the Steiner list know of this critically important lecture? Should any one of you have access to it, I wonder if it might be posted for all of us to share and perhaps to ponder about? I wondered to myself if it's possible Sue and I might be exchanging thoughts of Steiner's words perhaps unfamiliar to others when all Anthroposophists must realize the critical nature of these thoughts? I would like to ask if anyone knows where this lecture might be available so all of us might have the ability to understand it.
Sue, your comments below are magnificently drawn through great insightful comprehension of the HOW as well as the WHY, a beautifully crafted wonder of wise insight and solution. Humanity is to redeem the Evil forces, and that always brings to mind Steiner's Stature of the Three: Christ, Lucifer and Ahriman, but we also must reckon with the Beast itself. I also visualize Tolkien's "Lord of the Ring" series - it seems he absorbed far more than Barfield might have anticipated and his similar scenerio to what we shall face in the future clearly highlights our need for preparation through Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is a living Being which will change as time passes and we ourselves shall also change with the hope for ever deepening development and involvement.
Your words alone should stand as a Guide for all of us. Thank you, Sue!
Dear Sheila, As you requested, I have placed the document in the files for all to see. You are correct in seeing the lecture of May 13th, 1921 as a re-entitled lecture - it seems to have been called " Earth Evolution in the Future." Sadly I do not have a copy here and it wasn't to be found in the 'transintelligence' site. Thank you for steering me there, this is a good example of utilising the net for our own purposes, i.e. exchange of insightful info ... Michaelic. My purpose in drawing attention to this lecture , was not so much Prokofieff's colouring of it, but more to question our own involvement with the net. As we exchange 'silent' information, through compacted and condensed light, with faceless names and a plethora of dis/mis - information, we surely must be aware, as you say, of HOW we utilise this medium of man's technology. Are we insulated from Sorat if we keep Michael's mission uppermost in our thinking? Or are we deluding ourselves? Maybe it's not so much the HOW, but more the WHY! I have to say, I have never had a sense of fear or hopelessness from any of Steiner's writings, as he always brought/brings everything back to the individual being responsible for his own future and was diligent in his efforts to achieve this on behalf of humanity. For this, I can only bow in awe and reverential gratitude. For those of us who embrace Anthroposophy, are we not compelled to find Truth in everything that comes to meet us? To question, with clarity in thinking (although I readily admit to hazy days) even Steiner himself? Indeed it was my mentor ( now 80 years young) who brought my attention to this article, with a request to bring it to the group for discussion. I sense fear in people who feel either from ignorance or an unwillingness to look stupid, or maybe even apathy, a resistance to offer any discourse, preferring instead to passively observe and not venture into this fear ridden 'great unknown'. Fear paralyses people ... just as Ahriman wants. It begs the question...just what are we afraid of? With Michael as our Guardian and Christ by our side, can we only hope to muddle our way through? By participating in this earthly round, with a questioning heart, some clear thinking and bringing our own individuality to meet others in a lively exchange of thoughts, we live more in freedom, otherwise are we not the servants of Sorat? Like you Sheila, I too am saddened by the fractures in the Society/Movement, but it also means that people are starting to think for themselves, this I find hopeful. Steiner surely hoped for this - in fact prepared for this. He saw the futility in man against man and sadly saw his beloved Anthroposophy fall into 'sleep' after his passing. Now this secret lies open and we surely must consciously work in the service of Michael to renew Anthroposophy with a new awareness of it's role within the guidance of mankind. Surely too, we must look the Beast in the eye and not be afraid. We sacrifice ourselves to the service of Michael. Is this merely a Luciferic dream? The alternative? Ahriman's hopelessness! Within this wavering to and fro .. we find the fulcrum ... Christ! How do we know Christ when we see Him? You will know! Even Sorat - especially Sorat - knows the Christ Being. He can disguise himself as Him. Anthroposophy should be the vehicle for this LIVING Christ. He too is bound to the etheric world - and the earth - just like Lucifer and Ahriman .. although Ahrimans domain is sub nature and purely form. Nevertheless, in this light condensed world of the computer .. can we not use this medium to carry the Living Word? Then rather the Beast and not us, would be forever locked in an "occult prison." Of course through the prosaic nature of the computer, we can actually feel the contraction of our being .. withdrawing more and more into our own little worlds, never entering the social sphere... not even to oppose, let alone discuss. Are we happy in our little worlds? Or are we so distracted with our own inwardness, that we deny the door that leads outward? Christ said..." I am the door!" I noticed a long time ago a trend which developed early in Anthroposophy's life , toward a denial, in the general perception of Anthroposophy, of the Christ Impulse. I have heard many people say ..." Oh, I didn't know it was Christian!" .. with such indignation as if they were surreptitiously hoodwinked. I don't recall Rudolf Steiner ever having understated the profound significance of the 'great turning point in Time.' Even though he saw religion as another branch of Anthroposophy it is undeniably Christian. It is the very heart of Anthroposophy ( a side discussion on the role of the Christian Community could be enlivening) Every time the Beast grabs us around the throat - we remember -- " not I, but the Christ in me!" Maybe the "ginned pastor" ..lol... Mathew Morrell might sing " shine his everloving light on me." Peace and Love ........as always Sue.
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