Calendar of the Soul: Week Nine

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LOSE YOURSELF TO FIND YOURSELF

I forget my own will’s separateness

And the world’s warmth, heralding summer,

Fills my soul and spiritual essence;

Spirit vision then commands me:

“Lose yourself in light.”

Powerfully, then, Prescient foreknowing

Announces: “Lose yourself to find yourself.”

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INTENTION:

This week, I will surrender my soul to the beauty and the truth of the light. I will feel myself become one, in prayer and meditation, with the light that fills the world. 

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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Calendar of the Soul: Week Eight

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AWAKEN FROM THOUGHT-DREAMS INTO DYNAMIC EXPERIENCE

The senses’ might grows

In union with the gods’ creating,

Pushing down my force of thinking

To the dullness of a dream.

Should divine essence

Wish to unite with my soul,

Then human thinking calmly

Must content itself with dream-being.

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Intention:

This week, I will allow myself to unite, like a lover, with the beauty of the world. I will accept the pull that the world offers me, and not be concerned with the dream-like state of my thinking. I am open to the world and its wonders. 

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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Calendar of the Soul: Week Seven

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SUMMONING INTUITION

My self threatens to escape,

Powerfully attracted by the world’s light.

Come now, prescient, intuitive feeling,

Sturdily assume your rights,

Replace for me the power of thought

that tends to lose itself

In the senses’ blaze of seeming.

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Intention:

During this week, I will take time to nourish my soul with spring’s beauty, even as I understand that I am a part of the journey through the eternal All, and not just united with the present beauty. 

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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Calendar of the Soul: Week Six

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NATURE AS MIRROR OF GOD

AS MIRROR OF SELF

Out of idiosyncrasy, my self

Arises and finds itself

As the revelation of all worlds

In the forces of space and time;

Everywhere the world presents

The truth of my own image

As the archetype of the gods.

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Intention:

This week, I will release my idiosyncratic concerns and take my place, amid spring’s lush beauty, as one who reveals God’s expression as who I am. 

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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Calendar of the Soul: Week Five

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RESURRECTED

In the light that from the depths of spirit

Weaves fruitfully in space

And reveals the gods’ creating,

The soul’s essence appears,

Expanded to cosmic being

And resurrected

From narrow selfhood’s inner power.

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Intention:

This week I will rejoice in the coming alive of the Earth and the brilliance this resurrection offers my soul. I will give thanks. I will see the glow of rebirth within the world, in others, and in myself. 

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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THE TRIFOLD MAN: Steiner’s Soul Structure

Many religious or spiritual traditions break down the various parts/levels of the mind-body-soul construction. Here is the mystic Rudolf Steiner’s insight.

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He calls it the “Trifold Man” which is linked to the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit.

The Father is the universal/cosmic/God Force, which is likened to the Spirit aspect of ourselves.

The Son is creation/manifestation, likened to our Bodies.

The Holy Spirit is the Bridge/the Vehicle by which the Father and the Son reach each other, likened to our Soul aspect.

In another analogy, the Body is the instrument, the Soul is the musician, and the Spirit is the music.

When we learn how to play our instrument and make the correctly tuned music (in tune with the Music of the Spheres – the song of the Universe/God), we become “Maestro” – Master, Magician. This is the Great Work; the alchemical Transformation. This is the Goal of Human Existence.

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Let’s now break down the Trifold Man into its three aspects, each of which are broken down further into three sub-aspects:

I) THE BODY - 

a) Physical body (the “matter”) which is the seen element and likened to the mineral world, which relates to the state of death. 

b) Etheric/Life Body (the “living”) which is the unseen element behind the seen, likened to the plant world, which he relates to the state of unconsciousness.

c) Astral Body (the “spark”) which is consciousness, making humans different from the plants and minerals, giving us motion, emotion, sensitivity, and opening us up to stellar influences. When we sleep, our Astral body leaves our physical body (the Etheric body remains with the physical body during sleep) and returns to the “spirit world” – the Source – to be replenished and nourished, ready for another day when we wake up, returned to our bodies, rested.  This body is likened to the animal world, which Steiner relates to the state of subconsciousness.

 

II) THE SOUL: aka the “Ego” or the “I” - 

This can get a little tricky, because the Soul is the Ego and the “I”, which work in tandem, yet Steiner gives them subtle differences. Nonetheless they all work as the Bridge/Vehicle I spoke of above, connecting Heaven and Earth/ Divine and Human/Macro and Micro. The vehicle of the “I” (individuality), which “travels across” this bridge, is the Ego (self-awareness). To further complicate things, there is a sort of overlap between the Soul and the most subtle of the Bodies, the Astral. I suppose this overlap is what actually is the “physical” – if we can use that word – connection between these individuated parts of Self.

Here’s an alchemical way of looking at it: The Ego is the Fire element – the spark of consciousness which illuminates man intellectually and enlivens his/her mind. The “I” is the Water element – the drop of the Divine from the Divine’s ocean; the God within, the Hidden Name, the Private Self.

 

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When we combine the fire and the water symbols, we get the 6-pointed star, or the Star of David as it is often known, which is also the symbol of the Anahata chakra – the Heart Center.

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The Heart Center is in fact the energetic bridge between the lower and upper chakras, between the carnal and the spiritual energy centers of the body.

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The anahata is also frequently related to Christ, who said of himself, “I am the Way…no one gets to the Father except through me.” This clearly relates the Bridge/Vehicle symbol to me.

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The Soul is what Steiner calls the “enduring quality” of the human being. It is the element of the human being which is permanent. It is responsible for our memories, for bringing in experiences from the phenomenal world and making them our own; in other words, relevant to our personal mythos and learning. Thus it is responsible for our individuality,  and relates it to the state of self-consciousness.

 

Here’s how the breakdown goes:

a) Soul plus the Astral Body is called Sentient Soul

b) Soul plus the Ego is called Intellectual/Mind Soul (alchemical Fire)

c) Soul plus “I” is called Conscious/Spiritual Soul (alchemical Water)

The Ego and the “I” are uniquely human. Self-awareness creates a sense of unity in one’s life (past memory and present state of being) so that we can continue to build upon our experiences. They help us interpret perceptions we take in through our senses.

The Soul is considered the “Holy of Holies” in that nothing external to our own selves has access to it.

 

III) THE SPIRIT - 

The Spirit level of our Selves is about Mastery. It exists regardless of our ability to Master ourselves, but when we are able to consciously take the reigns of our Spirit – fully responsible – we are Fully Human. This is the level of being human we are intended to evolve into. A fully aligned Self with our Spirit is the second birth – the true meaning of being “born again in the spirit.” You might also call this enlightenment in the most literal sense of the word, infusing light (the fire element: awareness, intellect, our mind) with our Spirits.

Steiner speaks of three “veils” that are penetrated, the first being the veil of the Astral body, which is the easiest to penetrate because it is the most subtle. The veils become increasingly more difficult to enlighten because of their increasing density.

a) Spirit-Self (aka manas) – Combining Ego with Astral Body/”The Spark”

When the individual (the “I”) by way of the soul (“Ego”) works upon the Astral body, it (the Astral body) becomes transformed through self-awareness and active, participatory will. The mastery on this level is control of emotions and animal drives.

b) Life-Spirit (aka Budhi) – Combining Ego with Etheric Body/”The Living”

When the individual (the “I”) by way of the soul (“Ego”) acts upon the Etheric body via powerful impressions such as religion and art forms, we achieve the mastery of our temperament and the way experiences dictate who we are and how we behave.

c) Spirit-Man (aka Atman) – Combining Ego with Physical Body/”The Matter”

This is the highest level of human achievement required if the human is to master his/herself. This is Alchemical Mastery, the ultimate magical power on Earth, mastery over matter.  This is the 3rd Veil, which is the hardest to enlighten because, of course, matter is the most dense part of ourselves/creation.

 

The entire process of the Trifold Man is one of Spiritual Initiation, which can be summed up as thus: The conscious (active/aware) participation with our own spiritual evolution by transforming our Astral Body into the Spirit-Self and the Etheric Body into the Life-Spirit. This is all accomplished via the workings of the “I”/Ego upon the Soul, which, through the Astral Body, is connected to our Physical Bodies. Once fully transformed, we become Spirit-Man, master of our own incarnation with the ability to work directly with the Father and the Son for the spiritual evolution of both humanity and the entire Cosmos. This is ultimate freedom, and is also ultimate cooperation with “God’s Will.” It is conscious universal participation. As Spirit-Man, we are co-creators, helping to evolve humanity and the cosmos itself!

 

Phew! You got all that?

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Calendar of the Soul: Week Four

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THE ESSENCE OF MY ESSENCE

“I sense the essence of my essence,”

So speaks feeling,

Joining in the Sun-illumined world

With floods of light;

Feeling wants to give to thinking

Warmth for clarity,

And closely join in oneness

Human beings and the world.

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Intention:

This week, I will feel the flowering of my soul and senses as they mirror the renewing flowering of the Earth, and I will contemplate my oneness with the All. 

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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Calendar of the Soul: Week Three

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FREEING ONESELF FROM

THE FETTERS OF THE WORLD

 

The growing human “I”,

Forgetting itself,

And remembering its origin,

Speaks to the Universe:

“In you, freeing myself

From the fetters of idiosyncrasy,

I plumb my true essence.”

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Intention: 

This week, I will release concerns about the mundane and idiosyncratic, knowing they are transitory. Instead I will meditate on my true essence as part of the divinity of the world.

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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Calendar of the Soul: Week Two

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HUMAN SHOOTS

In the outwardness of the senses’ universe

Power of thought loses its own being,

And spiritual worlds discover

Their new human shoots,

Whose seed lies in them,

But whose fruitfulness of soul

We must find in ourselves.

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Intention:

This week I will nurture within myself more of the good that is in me that spirit has planted in, and as, me. I will live as what I am: a human “shoot” planted by God.

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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Calendar of the Soul: Week One

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EASTER MOOD

When the sun speaks to human sense

From cosmic widths in space,

And from depths of the soul

Joy unites with light in seeking-

Then, from sheaths of selfhood,

Thoughts move out to the ends of space,

Obscurely binding

Human essence to spirit’s being.

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Intention:

This week I will allow joy to carry my thoughts and feelings outward toward the light of spirit, and I will recognize my oneness with this spirit.

(weekly meditations are written by Rudolf Steiner; the intentions are reflections written by Patsy Scala)

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