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From the World Society On A Michaelic Attitude

, May 25, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada,   As nature, as Natura, goes through her ‘great breath’ all of humanity accompanies her. Across the northern hemisphere she breathes out life into spring. Across the south she breathes life into its autumn rest. Our own soul life accompanies her; quickening with life’s awakening, turning toward its inwardness with life’s waning.   In recent months this life process of the earth has been accompanied by another. Humanity has witnessed the advance of a mysterious, a secretive, presence. We have watched as it has extended itself, at first slowly, and then with ever increasing speed into every human community.   In an effort to understand this sweeping shadow we have become overwhelmed by the face it presents. On a daily basis we are given constant updates on its relentless expansion. We are told of the thousands of people infected;...

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IN THESE TIMES : poem by Brenda Hammond

, May 25, 2020

IN THESE TIMES In these times we weave The fabric of love With phone calls far and near; In smiles for strangers As we pass, keeping And staying six feet apart     We weave the design of love In prayers and thoughts For all those in distress; For the many souls who cross, Alone, through the gate of death…   Is this what the virus wants?                   In these times we have the chance To strengthen our souls To take advantage of quiet time, Break that habit of touching the face; Stepping back to evaluate – What exactly is it that I, alone, Can bring to this world? Is this what the virus wants?   In these times I’d say, Rather, it’s what the angels and archangels, All the company of heaven, Want, as they work and strive and toil to turn Our pain and suffering towards the...

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Madame Blavatsky and her Handlers by William Kocay

, May 25, 2020

Madame Blavatsky and her Handlers  Elena Petrovna Blavatsky is a colourful figure who is very famous for her books “Isis Unveiled” and the “Secret Doctrine”, and for founding the Theosophical Society in 1875 in New York. The spiritual and new age movements of the last century all seem to lead back to her. Rudolf Steiner gave a remarkable series of lectures about her in 1916. These notes are based on some of his lectures, on a book by Sergei Prokofieff, a book by C.G.Harrison, and on two biographies of Madame Blavatsky.  Some amazing events of her youth. She was born Elena Petrovna Hahn in Dniepropetrovsk, married to Nikifor Blavatsky in 1849 at the age of 17, and ran away three months later. She travelled in Europe as a concert pianist, giving recitals. She worked in a circus in Constantinople as a horseback rider. While travelling from Athens to Cairo...

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Compostela Three Friends Walk the Way of the Stars (part two)

, April 26, 2020

Maria is a massage therapist. Her true calling is that of offering massages to pilgrims, and only to pilgrims. She works in the Jacques de Molay hostel located in the small village of Terradillos. Chantal Lamothe, who was able to take advantage of Maria’s skills in treating her injured Achilles heel, explained that Maria has a unique view of the work she does. “This woman, who I call the Guardian of the Camino, gives massages to those travelling on foot, explaining to them that they are experiencing their bodies in a completely new way. She says that she is there to soothe bodies subjected to constant movement.” Chantal learned much about the spirit of Compostela as she somehow managed to communicate with Maria in a mixture of broken Spanish and English. Maria pointed out that some pilgrims choose to walk the Camino even though they are ill. Many who...

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From the World Society On A Culture of Agreement

, April 26, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, Beginnings…   Witnessing the miracle of development that takes place with the newborn infant reaches deeply into our being, touching the essence of our own humanity. We cannot help but marvel at the extraordinary processes of adaptation that the child goes through in order to form a relationship with its fundamentally transformed reality. The process is lengthy, extending far beyond the initial months into years of maturation. Yet, at its core, all of the stages of growth arise out of the deepest inner longing rising from the spiritual core of the incarnating individuality to enter into a true relationship with its new reality. We can have a sense for the immensity of this impulse when we consider how fundamentally different every aspect of its pre-birth existence is. We need only reflect on life suspended in a liquid universe to...

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Viral Economics A challenge to egotism? Christopher Houghton-Budd

, April 26, 2020

I have been asked by some colleagues if I would comment on the current virus crisis from an economic point of view. I don’t know that I have credentials different to anyone else for doing this, but I am happy to share my sense of things. —– Whatever one makes of the virus crisis from a medical or political point of view, clearly it is having a major impact on global economic life. This impact ranges from tumbling stock markets to closing cafes; falling job prospects to airlines and others seeking government assistance, as if governments have a source of money other than borrowing against future (dwindling) tax resources. This makes visible the frailty of just-in-time production and delivery systems if, for whatever reason, the music stops. Likewise, businesses running on thin margins rely on the music keeping playing; they literally cannot afford to stop. Not to make a...

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