December 26-27 – Pisces
Now follow the 3 nights of the white lily. The soul recognizes that it cannot stay above but must come down again because in it, it possesses too much earthly weight.
The conscious mind begins to purify the earthly body and assumes that each food is as a viaticum (provision for a journey). I am the bread (words of Christ Jesus). We come from the bread, we live in the path of development of the bread and return to the bread.
The Mystery: Never forget the accomplishment of the distant objectives of leaving the earthly realm. R. Steiner
Third Contemplation: by Kristina Kaine
What value do we place on our food? Do we eat to satisfy the craving to eat? Or do we eat with reverence so that we build the vessel, the form, that houses our soul and spirit making it possible for us to live on this earth? If we think about it, all external things are none other than the human body because we take them into us and through an alchemical process we transform them into our body. Through this process we kill nature and resurrect its life-force to build and sustain our physical form. This, and only this, makes it possible for us to experience our I Am. This is the purpose of our physical life; we incarnate in the flesh and through our own individual effort experience the fourth human element, the I Am.
This means that we can only be physical human beings because we take into ourselves what nature provides. The bread we consume and transform becomes our flesh, if we have no bread we have no flesh. If we have a loaf of bread and we share it with a friend then we are sharing our flesh with them. If we had eaten it, it would have become our flesh. Is this what Christ was showing us when he said I Am the bread? Is this what he revealed at the Last Supper – take and eat for this is my body, take this wine, it is my blood?
If Christ had eaten that piece of bread or taken that sip of wine it would have become his body, but in a loving gesture he gave it to us so that it may become our body thereby creating a bond. Perhaps he was also showing his appreciation, and therefore reverence, for being able to enter fully into a body of flesh that he made the bread and the wine a symbol of his death in the body and resurrection in the spirit as he left the earthly realm.
Ideas taken from “Seeing Christ in Sickness and Healing” by Peter Selg quoting Paracelsus.
Image: Wheatfields Vincent Van Gogh