Posts by Jef


Eulogy for Paul John Hodgkins by Rev. Jonah Evans

, June 29, 2020

Once, when Paul was asked to tell his autobiography, he answered: “Well…I was born at a very early age but I can’t remember a thing about it…” Paul John Hodgkins was born on January 31, 1947, in Wolverhampton near Birmingham, England, into a working class family. He had two brothers.  He described himself as being a dreamy child.  Although he didn’t like school very much, he completed his education at a quality Catholic boys’ school. His first job was for the British government in London. This didn’t last long, however, because at age 19 Paul was inspired to move to Canada together with a good friend. His Canadian life started in Red Lake ON with a job working in a gold mine. He made a lot of money. He spent a lot of money. But to Paul, neither money nor career were very interesting. Paul was not renowned for...

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From the World Society. Toward 2023

, June 16, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada,  What is biography? We all journey through our waking hours immersed in the flow of our lives. It is only on occasion that life confronts us and we are called to attend to the organizing patterns of this stream of life. We are called to wake. It is then that we have the possibility of seeing through life’s fabric into the principles that guide life’s narrative. Like chapter headings in the book of our lives, these points of consciousness provide us with an orientation to the ‘one’ living this life; the one we call ‘myself’. Unlike our hands or feet that quietly support life, this ‘myself’ has a complex relationship to this body given to it, to dwell in, to unfold itself within. From the beginning of the 20th century the question of this ‘self’ has become a key...

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The Foundation Stone Meditation: From Personal Healing to Effective Collaboration.       By Robert McKay

, June 16, 2020

[Adapted from my brief talk given on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Anthroposophical Society in Canada Annual General Meeting and Conference.] Like many of you, I am on a voyage of discovery with the Foundation Stone Meditation and I don’t know where this voyage is taking me. I am certainly not qualified to explain this meditation in all its magnificence. I can offer to you some photos I have taken along the way so far. I have been asked to speak for only 15 minutes so I will not be able to go into this too deeply. Hopefully these snapshots will spark a useful discussion. I want to start with the question: “What is a mantric meditation?” I think it is important to note that a mantric verse is not poem. It is not created in the way a person composes a poem. The creation of a true...

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The Foundation Stone Meditation in 15 Quotidian Glimpses – Abegael Fisher-Lang    May 15, 2020

, June 16, 2020

Every morning for 9 weeks, a group of five women – Susan Koppersmith, Esther Chase, Hannah Hidson, Monica Boyd and myself — studied the second panel of the Foundation Stone Meditation in preparation for the May AGM.  We read the insights of major writers,  supported each other in our inner practices, and shared artistic work in writing, painting and eurythmy. I was daunted by writing about the Foundation Stone Meditation.  What could I possibly offer in the light of the canon of great lectures and books?    One day, after talking about working in my garden, I said I want to understand the Foundation Stone Meditation as a magnificent , unfolding, cosmic garden.  Then, while buying seeds, I had a little fantasy about seeing a note about the FSM on seed packets.  I thought, what if everybody who works with their hands in the earth awakens one day and...

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Interview with Mark McGivern

, June 16, 2020

Mark, thanks for facilitating our recent Society’s first virtual AGM/Conference. You have had much experience working with online groups. Could you say something more about this?   You’re welcome. I think the AGM was a great event for the society. As a national organization in a very wide geographical and regional country like Canada it was wonderful to have people in the same ‘room’ together interacting and sharing and sensing the human presence of the other. The use of the Internet is a question of concern for many anthroposophists, and that includes me. It requires that we be very awake to its influences. I especially think this is good for people in smaller communities where there is little anthroposophical activity. People in larger urban centres have it good in a way and can look forward to attending regular events. People in smaller communities don’t have that advantage. Internet gatherings...

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