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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 26

O Nature, your maternal life
I bear within the essence of my will.
And my will's fiery energy
Shall steel my spirit striving,
That sense of self springs forth from it
To hold me in myself.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 52

When from the depths of soul
The spirit turns to the life of worlds
And beauty wells from wide expanses,
Then out of heaven's distances
Streams life-strength into human bodies,
Uniting by its mighty energy
The spirit's being with our human life.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Esoteric Lessons I
GA 266

Number 17

Kassel, 6-27-'07

A pupil should remember the basic principle: I can wait patiently. Impatient striving doesn't bring one forwards. Whatever one does will bear fruit in the future. The great masters have promised us this. The pupil should meditate on the first formula every morning. First he should discard every worry and thought. A man comes out of the astral world and feels restored. He will feel quiet. Then the first meditation. Don't think what the words mean, but let them flow into one. They contain the highest forces, for they aren't arbitrarily put together, but with the greatest wisdom. Meditate everything pictorially. The retrospect last. Look back at every little detail from the end to the beginning. Memory is the bridge on which we're led to the invisible Akashic record. In the retrospect we have streets, fields, flowers, rocks, etc. recalled through memory or we could really look back at them with our eyes. This takes place in the previous time order. But there's also another kind of looking back: as if time periods were in space. So-called memory is lost, but something higher is gained. In higher worlds everything runs from end to beginning; the pupil goes backwards to prepare for this. Regrets are egoism, so the retrospect should be without them.

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