December 28-29 – Taurus
Consciously purify the body of thought.
Discipline thinking. Concentrating on the positive. Converting the black doves of thought into white doves, because our thinking is, until it is not consciously conducted with discipline, like a dovecote! Keep this dovecote closed against foreign, negative thoughts.
Mystery: The purification of the temple by Jesus Christ.
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
Google translation from German adjusted by Laura Zanutto and Kristina Kaine 2015
5. Heilige Nacht
28./29. – Stier
Bewusst den Gedankenkörper reinigen. Gedankenzucht. Konzentration auf Positives. Umwandeln der schwarzen Gedankentauben in weiße, denn unser Denken gleicht, solange es nicht bewusst in Zucht genommen wird, einem Taubenschlag! Diesen Taubenschlag auch schließen vor fremden, negativen Gedanken.
Mysterium: Die Tempelreinigung durch Jesus-Christus.
Fifth Contemplation: by Kristina Kaine
On the third night of the lily we contemplate thinking. How well do we understand thinking? Firstly, it does not happen in our brain, our brain is the mirror revealing the thought as a reflection. In fact, we could ask if we actually think at all. Much of our thinking is habitual, based on our own representations. These representations are becoming more and more confused as we enter what is called the ‘post-truth’ era. This title ‘post truth’ is a misnomer, it is not possible to be ‘post’ the truth you never had! Post truth is another word for lie, and lies result from our inability to think.
The definition of post truth reveals the essence of the problem. Post truth means ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.
Enter the black doves. Thinking is being replaced by feeling. This is a backward step, there is nothing post, or after, about it. In the history of human development we first developed feeling, then we developed thinking, now we are working on the will.
Unless we have a clear understanding about the true nature of thinking we will not be able to think for ourselves, nor stand by what we thought. We will trade our thoughts for misinformed, self-centered “emotion and personal belief”: The temple needs cleansing.
Thinking is the process of using concepts developed in the past to understand present things. To truly think means that with thinking we can observe our thinking. No “appeals to emotion or personal belief” can have a place in this process. That is a big step back.
Thinking must now move forward to become the pure “white dove”. This is a new way of thinking called pure or living thinking, which is completely free of the brain. Living thought does not use concepts developed in the past. Living thought enters into the stream of pure thought that regulates the Universe. It can’t be undisciplined, negative, or personal, that would cause great disruption.
When we step into this stream of living thought we cross the abyss, and for a moment we feel unsupported, knowing nothing, then when we adjust to this state of not knowing, suddenly we know. We cannot enter this stream out of idle curiosity; we can only access this stream of living thinking with true purpose. Then, we must get used to not being able to remember what we discovered, for to re-experience it we have to revisit the stream with the same sense of purpose. Then we know that the temple has been purified by Christ Jesus.
Annunciation Actif à Barcelone, 1427-1452 Bernat Martorell
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