It is a beautiful thing to know that Quietude exists for us as long as we are conscious on this earth. With practice one can make Quietude a soul attitude that can become a part of our feeling life which can be carried into the spiritual world. It also points out how preoccupied we are with our Ego in waking life. It is as if we ignore something in us we forget we already possess that is of great value. Quod Sumus, Vos Iam Sunt, perhaps the Danse Macabre is more properly the Danse Pax, the dance of peace.
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Beauty and the Beast
If possible, see the current Disney film version of Beauty and the Beast,
La Belle et Le Bete. Though it is presented as a story of romantic love,
I wish to elaborate on a higher vision of the timeless tale.
The Rose is the main character in the story. An old Hag (ancient Wisdom) offers a rose to an Egotistical Prince and he spurns her. For this he is turned into the Beast until he can redeem himself. Enter Belle, the good or higher aspect of the Self. The three characters of the rose, the beast, and belle are the potential forces acting within a single human life where man must pay for his deeds both past and present.
The Rose represents the new Self, the higher Self and at the same time, the Sun Spirit imbued Self. The Rose lies within the cross, the cross being the symbol of life on earth i.e. life incarnated. The Beast is the self of lower desires and passions. Belle is the soul’s capacity for redemption but only when out of her own free will she wills herself to help heal the wounds of the beast. In other words, each individual must face the beast and the wounds of his or her own making. Within this lies the meaning of Karma, the destiny of our life’s history.
The beast is also the Lower Guardian of the Threshold; that which we must confront as the image we have created of a beastly self and we meet after death, or before death if we choose the path of Redemption and/or Higher Knowledge. As in the film, the Beast is wounded and Belle makes the conscious choice to sacrifice her Freedom and stay in the castle (consciousness soul) and heal the wounds of the Beast; a Seraphimic gesture.
Gaston is the False Hero or god and the reckless, ignorant, but handsome wishful suitor of Belle. He is Egoism, the seductive temptor. We know him as the Wolf in the story of Little Redcap. Belle’s father is symbolic of a time spirit, an Archai, giving Belle spirit vision and guiding her toward the future by showing her the past.
Higher Love is at the heart of the story to be sure, but it must not be dragged down to the level of earthly desire, that is the message. The Rose is the image of Purity when the soul is redeemed through trial, each trial being a thorn on the stem of the rose; a statement of life being the thorny path of redemption. If one’s trials are successful the soul blossoms and an Alchemical Wedding take places; when the Sun’s Lance of Love enters our pure state of being.
I thus offer an interesting contemplation. Through feeling-reflection focus on your own skull and turn it moderately slowly left to right , right to left a few times to truly feel its presence. See in your mind and feel yourself as a moving skeleton in your actions, when you walk and talk. In this you will find Quietude, the peace Dr. Steiner spoke of.
Mind of Man in the Age of Enlightenment by A. Roz Mar
A most remarkable moment in man’s evolution occurred in the 15th century, namely the Age of Enlightenment and rebirth called the Renaissance. The age of Consciousness Soul had dawned for humankind and the potential for man* to further his true vision of and connection with the universe prevailed. The human being was viewed as a microcosm, a concentration and reflection of all the laws and activities of the cosmos. Up to the time of the Renaissance man had been unfolding his Intellectual or Mind Soul nature, making the 15th century a significant turning point in human development. The first awakenings of Consciousness soul enlightenment were to be built upon what was previously gained in earlier epochs.
From the 8th c. BC to 15th c. AD the Intellectual or Mind Soul had been developing. It was a time when man gradually became aware of his own thinking and its direct relation to the world around him through sense perception and through this he cultivated abstract logic. In this lies the resulting misunderstanding and disunity between man and his place in the universe.
These two streams, intellect and consciousness, grew apart, resulting in the predominance of intellectualism at the moment when the awakening of Consciousness or Spiritual Soul was to carry man forward. Reliance on the intellect alone now restricts awareness and creates a limited view of and over-dependence on the sense-based world. Witness that in modern times the physical sciences and their doctrine of “proof” rule the day. Because of the limits to sense based thinking we are falling behind in evolving new organs of perception for perceiving the world that is the gift of our developing Consciousness. Intellectual abstract ways of perceiving the world are passe` and have left us wallowing in the backwaters of intellectual sense based thinking, stunting our development, creating misconceptions and leaving man confronted by the riddle of his own being.
Human beings evolve. The greatest mistakes are made in understanding human progress and development if this point is not clear; that the soul of man evolves and does not remain the same. There are three faculties of soul that man possesses, they are: Thinking, Feeling and Willing. If one thinks, feels and wills then one is experiencing the abilities and presence of the human soul. How man thought at the time of the Egyptian civilization for example is neither the same today nor was it the same at the time of the Renaissance. Who we were and where we are at any given moment in time is always changing because it is man’s destiny to evolve.
To elucidate the importance of this we need only look to the Masters of the school of Chartres in the 9th to 15th centuries. Taught were the Seven Liberal Arts grouped together as the Trivium: grammatica, rhetorica and dialectica and the Quadrivium: arithmetica, geometrica, musica and astronima. These arts served solely to develop man’s soul, for it was classically understood that man was meant to become a noble being. Through every epoch of time further refinement of the soul signifies man’s progress.
See man’s image in the rose
that day – sun’s open, evening’s close,
the first to life, and then repose.
Ruler of the heart and mind,
cast temptation far behind,
truest, highest, seek and find.
Two fragments from The Rose by Alanus Ab Insulis
Evolving Consciousness furthers the soul by transforming thinking to Imagination, feeling to Inspiration and willing to Intuition, our highest achievement. We are only just beginning the further development of consciousness in the first task of knowledge through Imagination.
To illustrate; the writings by Aristotle can be interpreted in two ways; one toward a more mechanistic, abstract and intellectual way, the other in an imaginative way. If Consciousness were not so greatly undermined it would develop as it is meant to and then the writings of Plato and Aristotle would be understood in a “living way” as was intended; keeping us flowing in the stream of evolution. Instead their ideas have been interpreted as dead concepts, dry and abstract, void of living thinking.
Observe the over importance that the brain has been given believing it rules all things in man. This is inaccurate and yet it has become the sacred cow of the physical sciences for the simple reason that the brain is a physical and sense based object that one can touch, dissect and microscopically inspect. This point of view results in man failing to imagine any other origin for our thoughts, feelings or actions and diverting us from the real meaning of existence.
The enlivened writings and thoughts of men in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries and on up into the 15th century of the Renaissance reflect the change in man’s soul and demonstrates awakening of consciousness itself. In such men as John Scotus Eriugena, Alanus Ab Insulis, Thomas Aquinas, Lorenzo de’ Medici, Sir Thomas More, Montaigne, Cervantes, Erasmus and even Christopher Columbus one can experience “living thinking.”
In this can be the starting point for entering the stream of which mankind was meant to immerse itself, that of Consciousness Soul. To begin, when in your thinking you practice transforming concepts into images, then you have waded into the stream of the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment and humankind’s true Destiny.
*Man is used here generically to denote both male and female kind.
Rudolf Steiner relates that if you meditate on the bones of your own body you can enter into its state of peace, so that in fact we possess the sense of peace within us at all times. To be the human being we must possess our skeleton but to use this bony structure must be attached the soul, spirit and life body to give it life and all that it entails; the perfect union of forces and architecture.
Quod Sumus, "Such As We Are"
Quod Sumus, Hoc Eritis,"Such as we are, so you will be" is the familiar Latin refrain written below the skeletal dead that is called the Danse Macabre. But is it really macabre? Is it truly ghastly and grim?
Quod Sumus, Hoc Eritis is true but what is more precise is to declare Quod Sumus, Vos Iam Sunt, "Such as we are, you already are." We do not become the skeleton after death for we already possess it; we are already skeletal on a daily basis! It cannot be helped.