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
January 3-4 – Scorpio
The eleventh night: the struggle with the Guardian of the Threshold.
Mystery: building up the Grail Castle in ourselves. Confessing ourselves more and more in faithfulness to the highest!
Rudolf Steiner’s indications for the Holy Nights given to Herbert Hahn
Translation from German by Laura Zanutto 2015 and Mark Willan 2016
- Heilige Nacht
3./4. Januar – Skorpion
Die elfte Nacht: Der Kampf mit dem Hüter der Schwelle.
Mysterium: Die Gralsburg in uns aufbauen. Sich immer mehr in Treue zum höchsten bekennen! R. Steiner
Eleventh Contemplation: Kristina Kaine 2021
We have work to do. This is our great challenge; what is the work, and how do we do it? Put simply, the work is to experience the presence of Christ within us as we have been considering through these Holy Nights. Rudolf Steiner gives many insights into how this might be achieved.
“The Christ Impulse, however, is an impulse of freedom; its true activity does not reveal itself when it takes place outside the human soul. The true working of the Christ Impulse does not appear until it takes place within the individual human soul itself.” 15th May, 1910
Much of what he hear about Christ in the world today is the antithesis of this. We must know that our relationship with Christ is developed by our own inner activity. In another lecture Rudolf Steiner expresses this clearly.
“We fail to understand Christ if we do not recognize him as the cosmic power that completely unites with us when through questions and inner activity we work our way through to him.” 17th April, 1921
Is part of our work to know that we are capable of experiencing this mighty being within us? Then we are “Confessing ourselves more and more in faithfulness to the highest!” Then we are open to the continual inflowing of the Christ Impulse. We can imagine it as the breath of Christ, we breathe it in and we breathe it out. If we can create imaginations like this and keep them front of mind this mighty being is enlivened within us and around us.
St John recorded the following words spoken by Jesus to his disciples.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:12-14
We can put our question to Jesus: what is the work and how do we do it?
The Resurrection by Raphael
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