Saturday, July 30, 2011

Soul Force. Rudolf's Steiner's Calendar of the Soul.

In getting beyond the language of words and into the soul of the matter Rudolf Steiner broke so much ground in the arts and perception and learning as it related to the spiritual expression of that mystical space. In taking a look at his tiny work relating the 52 weeks of the year and their interaction with the soul of man Steiner had fun breaking into the realm beyond the ever interesting reality with a little "r."

There are so many different translations of the original German from which Steiner created his work. I thought I would offer up three for your review to see what comes up for you when you look into the heart of the words. 

Italian Translation  

diciassettesima settimana (28 luglio- 3 agosto)

Dice la parola dei mondi
Che attraverso le porte dei sensi
Mi e stato permesso di condurre nelle profondita dell' anima
Riempi le profondita del tuo spirito
Con le mie ampiezze dei mondi
Per trovare un giorna me in te 

Mel's English translation

Seventeenth Week (July 28-August 3)

He says the keyword of the Worlds
Through the doors of the senses
I was allowed to carry into the depths of 'soul
Filling the depths of spirit
With my amplitudes of the Worlds
To one day find myself in you

English translation John Salter

Seventeenth Week

Through the gateway of the senses
I may lead into my inmost soul
The word of worlds who speaks
Fill thy spirits depth
With my world expanse
To find hereafter me in thee

Check out Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul here.

As always, I hope your soul's expression breaks through utilizing whatever language is necessary for a full rich radiant vibrance that fills your being. Listening to what speaks to you.

Some Rudolf Steiner highlights from Wikipedia --

Steiner developed a new spiritual movement tied to the transcendental movement - Anthroposophy a philosophy that heralded the existence of an objective, intellectually comprehensible spiritual world accessible to direct experience through inner development. With an aim to develop faculties of perceptive imagination, inspiration and intuition through cultivating a form of thinking independent of sensory experience.

His early work lead to the publication of the Philosophy of Freedom (also translated as The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity and Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path). This is where Steiner developed a concept of free will based on inner experiences, especially those that occur in the creative activity of independent thought.

This is my first Rudolf Steiner post. I am sure it won't be my last.  I am fascinated by the way he synthesized the connection between science and mysticism giving it roots and a grounding practice in interaction with the mystical third.


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