An opening thought:
Spiritual outpouring into humanity and the earth
by Rev. Reingard Knausenberger
Rev. Reingard Knausenberger presents a picture of an hourglass to make visible the idea of a spiritual outpouring into humanity and the earth. As sand flows down from the top of the hourglass, through the narrow “eye of the needle”, so has the spiritual world poured out its substance, manifesting in matter. The first experience we have on leaving of the womb is the pull of gravity. It is not for nothing that we call this experience “The Fall”. That is why we sometimes need to “pull ourselves together” or “find our centre”. We need this earthly experience to develop the Self. The Holy Substance poured out of the heavens is now invested in us, in nature and in our destiny. When this outpouring was done, we lived in abundance, but there is now a growing awareness that the spiritual world is not an endless resource and that the gift is limited. The fact that the hourglass is empty can lead to anxiety and depression, but it can also be an initiation into deeper thinking. The youth is taking notice. Children across the world ask what we are doing to the planet. On international forums they stand up and demand that we take care of the earth. But how? What is needed? The last spiritual grain to fall through the hourglass marked the 'Turning Point of Time’ (R. Steiner). It happened at the Baptism of Jesus and was the outpouring from the Heart of God. That was the last most crucial investment: the Christ Impulse that poured out into humanity through the ‘the eye of the needle’ of a single human being. And now we all carry this Christ impulse in us. It is not of this world. It is not something we can give to ourselves. We can only ignite it. In the archetypal journey of the Christ, we can see how this impulse works into a human being bit by bit until it penetrates right into the physical bony structure where it transubstantiates matter into spirit. We can begin by transforming our way of being through our thinking and by changing our habits. That is why we need the altar, where the baptismal impulse can be taken in and strengthened every time. When we do this together, again and again, the impulse increases in potency, not for us alone, but also for the earth. And so we participate in ‘turning things around’ also for the powers that sustain our existence.
The link between the heavenly world and the earthly world
by Rev. Ulrich Becker
The heavens reach out to us.
Generously, they pour out over us their grace.
It is spiritual beings that offer their substance
So that the earth can continue to exist.
It is through their spirit-offering
That life can persist here on earth.
Can give rise to deep and joyful
Gratitude to the fact that
The angelic worlds care for us,
Accompany us in our attempts at
They give graciously.
Will find its fulfilment
Wherever they find an echo
Human hearts, and
Towards all beings of creation.
Spiritual beings know,
Is the most satisfactory deed one can do.
Every such deed
Accomplished out of our free will
Links existentially to
Beings of the divine worlds on the
Long way to become
The humanity of Christ.
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