Our recent class-holders' meeting took place on on January 24 -26. 2014, at the Hesperus Community in
Richmond Hill. With a little imagination, one could perceive some
shiny new threads , woven into the
fabric of this yearly meeting.
The presentations delivered by individuals were well-researched, and were received by equally well-prepared participants. For example, we worked with the Foundation Stone given by Rudolf Steiner for the first Goetheanum in 1913. Entering the mood of this very special moment in history, when Rudolf Steiner also received the Fifth Gospel and spoke the reversed Lord’s Prayer, we experienced a working-ethic one could describe as : be on guard.
A courageous step was taken by the preparatory group with the following questions:
1) How do guarantee that the mantras do not lose their spiritual force?
2) Do we indeed achieve the requirements for the true
when we hold the Class? School of Michael
3) What are the occult laws underlying these requirements?
These questions are placed right into the struggle for anthroposophy in our time. They remained somewhat open-ended, because each question is not only a concern for classholders, but also involves every individual who is a member of the
. School of Spiritual Science
From these efforts, a heightened participation took place. One could experience a density of attention. And the fruit of this work were not only new insights, but surprisingly it was a first beginning of allowing moments of silence, of not falling into the temptation to give answers, because there were moments left open for the unexpected….
To the authors of this little excerpt, in the process of reviewing , something of this new quality emerged that wants to be taken up. To have the courage to leave the silence hovering in the room and wait to see what possibilities can come from such working .
- Part 2, by Brenda Hammond
We are the religion of the gods.
This quote from Rudolf Steiner, brought by Penelope Baring, still resonates with me. So, I thought, what did the gods behold when they considered our circle during those hours, days and evenings?
Fellowship, certainly. A general mood of trust and also one of inquiry. The gods would have delighted in the art of speech (brought by Patricia Smith) and that of eurythmy (Michael Chapitis) where we sounded out the Reverse Lord’s Prayer and moved the Zodiac.
I think they would also have been gratified by the prepared contributions of others such as Judy King and France Beaucage. and Ingrid Belenson. New connections were made; old ones renewed and enhanced. Information was exchanged in various fields such as: what’s happening at the Goetheanum; which members of the Vorstand will be visiting
the summer and for the proposed conference in 2016.
The meetings were chaired by Eric Oxford who brought a discipline towards time and yet a sensitivity to process that was much appreciated. The effort that all had put in towards preparation always adds to the quality of the meeting.