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.
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
Translation from German by Laura Zanutto 2015 adjusted by Mark Willan 2016
- Heilige Nacht
26./27. Die drei Nächte der weissen Lilie. – Fische
Die Seele erkennt, dass sie sich nicht oben zu halten vermag, dass sie wieder hinunter gezogen wird, weil noch soviel Erdenhaftes in ihr ist. Die Seele schickt sich bewusst an, den irdischen Körper zu reinigen, indem sie jede Speise gleichsam als “Heilige Wegzehrung” ansieht:
“Ich bin das Brot ..”
“Wir kommen aus dem Brot, leben auf dem Entwickungweg aus dem Brot und kehren zurück in das Brot.”
Mysterium: Nie das Ziel der Ziele vergessen bei den weiten Wanderungen im Erdriech.
Third Contemplation: by Kristina Kaine
How often do we think about our purpose? We live in a world that aggrandizes purpose. Yet our purpose could simply be to live on this earth and consciously purify our earthly body in normal daily life. This may not seem very important, very noteworthy, but in terms of the spirit it is of utmost importance.
We could decide to walk the path of these holy nights with a commitment to purifying small moments in our life. As we do this, we become invigorated, which is seen by the people with whom we come into contact – perhaps more than we think. Simple gestures, a glance, a touch of the hand, lightens the earthly weight of our interactions with others. Neither of us may be aware of such interchanges, they will have their full effect after this life when we enter the spiritual worlds.
As we live our slowed-down life due to the global virus we have the opportunity to bring our attention to these simple interactions that take place between us. We can think about the effect of the weight of physical life on us, and on others, and in this way see each other differently. If we think of one person in our lives who challenges us, we can decide to see them differently. This could be as simple as saying to ourselves, “I see the weight you are carrying.” In this way we share the weight which, in turn, lightens their load. They may not be aware of what has happened but they will be changed. And so will we.
Virgin of the Lilies by William-Adolphe Bouguereau
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