The 12 Holy Nights sow a seed for our progress through the year ahead. Our sole purpose on this earth is to become aware our I Am, our True Self. By applying each of the 12 Holy Nights to each of the 12 months throughout the year we come closer to knowing ourselves more completely. In its highest expression our I Am becomes one with Christ who accompanies us each step of the way.
“The true name of Christ is “I Am”; who does not know or does not understand this and calls Him by another name does not know anything about Him. “I Am” is His only name.” Rudolf Steiner 27 May 1909
December 26-27 – Pisces
The three nights of the white lily.
The soul recognizes that it is unable to hold above, that it is drawn down again, because there is so much earthly weight in it.
The soul begins consciously to purify the earthly body as it looks at every meal as “Holy Viaticum (communion)”: “I am the bread”
“We come from the bread, we live out of bread along the way of formation and return to the bread.”
Mystery: Never forget the goal of goals in the long walks in the earthly realm.
Rudolf Steiner’s indications to Herbert Hahn
* This is a new translation using Google to translate from the original German and adjusted by Laura Zanutto and slightly tweaked by Kristina Kaine 2015
If we cannot know our soul we cannot know Christ. It is as simple as that. Every thought, feeling and action taking place in our soul has weight and it is up to us to measure it. Think of a set of scales, are the weights too heavy on the earthly side or the spiritual side? Our task is to balance them by taking off, or adding on weight to the side which is out of balance.
The weight of this world can lay heavily in our heart and we can long for the freedom of spirit. Yet, freedom is a choice. We can choose freedom whenever we wish here on this earth. We have the god-like ability to change our attitude in the twinkling of an eye. It is when we see the true goal, which is to transform ourselves into the bread, the body of Christ, that we have real power to change our attitude.
Because of this it is up to us to see everything we eat as Holy Communion. It is through the food we eat that we have the opportunity to connect with our I Am. If the food supply of the earth is disrupted it is a sign that we eat our food without full consideration its Holy source; this earth which is the body of Christ. As we eat each mouthful we must consider the earth from which the food has grown, the warmth of the sun that nourished its growth, and our fellow human beings who made it possible for the food to be on our plate. This is, of course, the purpose behind the tradition of saying grace. In this way, mouthful by mouthful, we will purify our soul and body.
Image: The Virgin of the Lilies by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1899