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From the World Society – On Being Free

, January 17, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, We stand together at the threshold of a new year. With each day the light pushes against the boundaries of dawn and sunset and with the growing light we feel the possibility, the hope for what might be. The disorientation of the year that has been, wraps around us with an insistent immediacy. Its closeness shrouds the mystery of what now can be in this coming year. As with all thresholds, we hover between endings and beginnings, between the residue of what we have experienced and the open possibility of the space before us. We can experience this ‘hovering between’ as an invitation into a new beginning. We can also experience it as a hesitation, a holding back. We can become mired between the two. At the threshold of the year that has been, this hesitation comes of its...

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Anthroposophical Prison Outreach in Canada

, December 15, 2020

APOC:  Torch thrown; torch caught.   APOC is the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach in Canada.  APOC sends semi-annual mailings to thirty-one federal prisons with this invitation to prisoners:  “Find out about anthroposophy and how it can benefit your life.  Upon your request, receive a packet of introductory anthroposophical materials, a book, or a correspondence course, all free of charge.”   Inspired by Fred Janney, founder of the American anthroposophical prison outreach, Tim Nadelle initiated APOC in 2017. Over the past three years, Tim established a set of practices for prison contact and evolved the content for mailings.  Tim says, “If we reach even one prisoner, we will have made a difference.”   Now it’s time to pass the initiative on.  Raun Griffiths will take over as of January 2021.  Raun was also motivated by Fred Janney’s Ottawa talk in 2016.  She says, “Prisoners are far less likely to bump into...

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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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