to ease our disillusionment

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Rudolf Steiner distinguished three aspects in a human being: body, soul, and Self. The soul is the area in which our thoughts, feelings, and impulses of will operate. The Self is a divine core, a higher self, which is in contact with the higher worlds. “A drop of water is to the sea what the Self is to the divine,” he wrote. The Self can direct the thoughts, feelings, desires, and passions of the soul. Every time you complete one of life’s trials, you strengthen the power of the Self and give it more control over the soul. When you complete the path of initiation, you and your Self will merge completely and you will have free access to the higher worlds. You will be an initiate.    ~Hidde Tangerman

in the absence of sadness, it becomes clear that we hang on too tightly, strangling our gut instincts….

inquiry for today~   reflect on purity and potency and profundity…..

startling nuance

I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough
to make every moment holy.
I am too tiny in this world, and not tiny enough
just to lie before you like a thing,
shrewd and secretive.
I want my own will, and I want simply to be with my will,
as it goes toward action;
and in those quiet, sometimes hardly moving times,
when something is coming near,
I want to be with those who know secret things
or else alone.
I want to be a mirror for your whole body,
and I never want to be blind, or to be too old
to hold up your heavy and swaying picture.
I want to unfold.
I don’t want to stay folded anywhere,
because where I am folded, there I am a lie.
and I want my grasp of things to be
true before you. I want to describe myself
like a painting that I looked at
closely for a long time,
like a saying that I finally understood,
like the pitcher I use every day,
like the face of my mother,
like a ship
that carried me
through the wildest storm of all.

~Rilke

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