We hope that you will find these vignettes, and the selected passages on Truth, to be helpful in the search for Absolute Truth, the substance of what can be found in Anthroposophy through Rudolf Steiner’s profound insight. It is also of great interest to our study of Anthroposophy to see some of the source documents that Steiner was reading as he developed his comprehensive world view – cosmology. We greatly appreciate being pointed in the direction of these early ‘pre-school theosophists’ so that further insights about Truth could be unearthed.
Douglas Gabriel joins John Barnwell is a discussion about Truth, Beauty, and Goodness as they review quotes from Rudolf Steiner on what it takes to discover ultimate truths.
The Prophecies of Our Lady of Fatima came true when Pope John Paul II was shot and went through the ordeals and challenges that eventually lead to the circumstances of his canonization as a saint. The Fatima Prophecies predicted the whole thing as well as many other details concerning the Roman Catholic Church.
Previous popes had chosen not to give the third and final prophecy to the public because they thought the condemnation of the church, described in great detail in the prophecies, cast a dark shadow over the papacy. It was held back for forty years before it was shared.
To understand the nature of the Word, as referenced by St. John, is to see through physical matter to the spirit of creation and life that stands behind Maya and the delusion of time and space. Traveling the path of the signs, wonders, and miracles that Jesus Christ performed loosens the ties of material delusion. Understanding the stages of initiation displayed in the Gospel of St. John heals those parts of the soul that have been damaged by fallen angels. The antidote to selfishness is shown through the life and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.
The end goal of this path of spiritual development (initiation) is depicted in the Book of Revelation. Then, adding the personal path of “Lazarus raised”, St. John the Divine, the Beloved of the Lord, we have the path to heaven through the Holy Spirit (the comforter). Christ’s initiation and John’s initiation give us the sign-post and topology of spiritual development.
The Gospel of John contains the spiritual magic to dispel the hypnotic allure of hyper-materialism. Meditating on the “Word”, the “Logos” that is Christ is the key to living thoughts, inspirations, and intuitions.
Developing the direct connection with Christ in the etheric realm helps dissolve the grey shadow-thoughts of materialism that are drowning the etheric realm with darkness and enslavement of human free will.
We live in the post-truth age manipulated by false-hood politics and media untruthfulness. Without a strong sense of discernment for the truth, all of the lies, misrepresentations, subliminal programming, and propaganda constantly obfuscate, conflate, confabulate, and misguide the person who is not ‘as wise as a serpent.’
Whether its Lucifer, the father of lies, being cast down to the Earth by the Archangel Michael or the serpent whispering lies and falsehoods to Adam and Eve, we can find the battle between good and evil displayed throughout human history.
In today’s world we might say: Find the spiritual truth in your thinking, the beauty of the world in your heart, and add to them good deeds freely accomplished with love. Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, according to the Greeks, will grant you wings to fly into the higher realms of the archetypes where truth resides, pure and un-defiled.
In 1920 a Scottish writer Daivd Lindsay wrote a book ‘Voyage to Arcturus’ that became the central influence on C. S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy and through him on J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s a book that Douglas highly recommends.
Douglas gave a lecture at the Embassy of Life Mastery in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan this weekend. We saved an audio version so that you could hear what he had to say about initiation in the 21st Century.
The northern regions were thought to be a land of everlasting life or renewal of life where special beings might be found. In the ancient epochs of the earth there were beings who dwelt in the polar regions who had poorly developed physical bodies but highly developed ether bodies with great clairvoyant faculties.
They could understand the wisdom of the stars and the hierarchies of spiritual beings; they belonged to a “group soul” of an advanced nature. They can be thought of as living in the air in a kind of paradise and were not dependent on the earth.
They were to develop over time into the more advanced human beings of Atlantis.
An aspirant seeking initiation into the mystery wisdom of the ancients attempts to cross the Threshold consciously through transcendent meditation, spiritual practices, and initiation. Initiation is not for the weak-hearted, scared, or lazy person.
The preparations for initiation can be extremely demanding and complicated, and in the end, the aspirant may faint at the Threshold and not be able to resolve the sins the Guardian displays before the quaking consciousness of the aspirant.
Many try and fail.
Sometimes, the aspirant may “loose their mind” in the process of attempting to cross the Threshold before they are ready. And, even if the aspirant makes it across the Threshold it doesn’t mean they have the moral strength to remember what they experienced in the spiritual world while they were there.
Only the selfless desire to gain wisdom for the sake of all other being’s welfare will keep the aspirant conscious in the spiritual world and help the aspirant remember the communion he had with the beings in that world.