Rudolf Steiner and the Year 1923: Out of the Ashes, A New Community of the Spirit
The tragic loss of the First Goetheanum brought about a search for a new way forward. How did the events and themes of that year build toward an awakening of new heart forces and a conscious connection to the being Anthroposophia?
Laying of the Foundation Stone for the First Goetheanum
The Foundation Stone Meditation was a centerpiece of the 1923/24 Christmas Conference. Preparation for this began years before with the laying of the physical foundation stone into the earth on Sept. 20, 1913. We will experience this ceremony again in opening our 100th Anniversary Celebration.
The Dream Song of Olaf Asteson
The dream song of Olaf Asteson is an ancient Norwegian song cycle. This dramatic story tells of a spiritual initiation that takes place over the twelve days of Christmas. Bonnie translated this song cycle with a Norwegian friend and has performed it over many years using the authentic traditional melodies.
A follow-up on Fire in the Temple:
The Christmas Foundation meeting and Rudolf Steiner’s death in the light of The Mystery Dramas and Goethe’s Fairy Tale.
The Foundation Stone Meditation – Awakening the Seed Forces for Social Change
During the Christmas Conference a society was formed that was rooted solely in shared striving to gain a deeper relationship to the spiritual in the world and respect for the striving of others. It was founded on the awakening seed forces in each striving individual. Its “foundation stone” is a meditation that has the potential to awaken in us the capacities to bring such a society of free, striving individuals to fruition.
Sulfur, Mercury and Salt in Relation to the Foundation Stone Meditation
We take living in the age of the consciousness soul for granted, but in the Middle Ages humanity had not developed these modern capacities. The ‘alchemists’ worked to discover spirit within matter. They were not trying to turn lead into gold! They were seeking conscious perception into the spiritual world through the forces and processes of material substances. We will explore a little of how these processes live in the Foundation Stone Meditation and see how Rudolf Steiner weaves Christian Rosenkreutz’s amazing work into modern spiritual striving.
Patient Attentiveness – How With the Christmas Conference All Becomes Esoteric
Simone Weil characterized attentiveness as the highest form of generosity, pure attention as prayer. With these words she touched on the nature of esoteric presence. Is this what Rudolf Steiner was speaking of when he said that everything in the newly formed General Anthroposophical Society would have to be esoteric in its nature.
The Incarnation of the Logos
The story of Jesus’ birth, childhood and youth. Harmonizing the accounts of Matthew and Luke, this saga weaves the threads of many traditions into an intimate but also cosmic drama. Adam and Eve, Moses, Adonis, Osiris, Isis, Apollo, Krishna, Buddha and Zarathustra all appear in this sometimes astonishing retelling of the greatest story ever told.
Building a Hut in the Land of Life and Truth
What does it mean ‘to build a hut’ on the way of inner development? Where and what is the ‘land of life and truth’? Rudolf Steiner suggested to practice not only reviewing the events of our daily life in reverse order but also other contents. What can we discover in this way and whom can we meet when doing so with the Foundation Stone Meditation?