XXIII: cosmic

From Steiner’s Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts, the chapter is about ‘what is revealed when one looks back into repeated lives on earth’ (important stuff, overall!), I’ve harvested the following anthroposophical leading thoughts on the most pressing topic these days, namely christmas:

‘When about Christmas-time the Sun increases more and more in power for the Earth, it is the yearly influence — manifesting rhythmically in the physical-earthly realm — which is an expression of the Spirit in Nature. The evolution of mankind is a single member in what we may describe as a gigantic cosmic year, as will be evident from our preceding studies. And in this cosmic year the cosmic Christmas is at the point where the Sun not only works towards the Earth out of the Spirit of Nature, but where the Christ-Spirit, the Soul of the Sun, descends on to the Earth.

‘As in the single human being what he experiences individually is connected with the cosmic memory, so will the human soul have a right feeling of the yearly Christmas when he conceives the heavenly and cosmic Christ-Event as working on and on, comprehending it as a memory not only human but cosmic. For at Christmas-time not only man remembers in celebration the descent of Christ, but the Cosmos does so too.’ [Source.]

2 thoughts on “XXIII: cosmic

  1. And, sadly it is precisely this cosmic significance, this potential spiritual experience, renewed every year, which the conventional religion has lost sight of – resulting in a mawkish, sentimental over-emphasis on the social situation of the child born in the stable story.

    Outside of religion people can still experience the special quietness that steals over the earth if they are not deafened and blinded by the cacophony of the spend-fest which is the commercial aspect of this time of year.

    You don’t have to believe anything weird to experience what I am speaking of – you just have to keep a sort of inner ‘listening ear’.

  2. ‘Outside of religion people can still experience the special quietness that steals over the earth if they are not deafened and blinded by the cacophony of the spend-fest which is the commercial aspect of this time of year.’

    The cacaphony of the spend-fest, and the rest of the crap that’s going on at christmas, probably makes this easier during other times of the year. It’s interesting to think that — in comparison — other celebrations, such as midsummer here in sweden, so lack this commercial element. Sure, it’s about food, too — but food is something different than all the plastic shit.

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