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 Erdreich.
Third Contemplation: by Kristina Kaine
The Christ child can only be born in the purest of pure. We came from purity, a purity that was bestowed on us by the finest spiritual forces. The lily is a symbol of this purity. The lily stands there to remind us of our source and assure us that we can return to it. Every thing in this world speaks to us of a spiritual truth. Each thing touches our senses in a such a way that unconsciously we know the mysteries of the universe. This is like the comfort and reassurance of a mother from which we are born.
When we look at the lily we experience ourselves as something separate from it. We are here, it is over there. It is this experience that makes us conscious of ourselves. Otherwise we are unaware of ourselves and our potential.
Our task is to understand why we are separate from all that we see, and then out of our own understanding to see that we are not separate at all. In the meantime, the experience of separation innately involves the experience of fear. To meet this fear with courage we need our I Am, that highest human element that will reconnect us to our purity. The whole purpose of the birth of the Christ child was to give us the personal connection with our I Am.
Art: The Virgin of the Lilies – William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1899
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