A stroke of destiny

Not all destiny is calamitous, nor is destiny an excuse to eschew compassion…but this understanding might help each of us to accept our destiny with more grace.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

A stroke of destiny that befalls a person during life in the physical world may seem, from the point of view of that (physical) life, to contain something altogether opposed to the man’s own will. In the life between death and rebirth a force, resembling will, rules in the soul that gives to the person the tendency toward experiencing this very blow of fate. The soul sees, as it were, that an imperfection has clung to it from earlier earth-lives — an imperfection that had its origin in an ugly deed or an ugly thought. Between death and re-birth, there arises in the soul a will-like impulse to make good this imperfection. The soul, therefore, becomes imbued with the tendency to plunge into a misfortune in the coming earth-life, in order, through enduring it, to bring about equilibrium. After its birth in the physical body, the soul, when met by…

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Kamaloka – The positive develops out of the negative (3 – End)

My new book will speak to what I am learning of ways we can assist the so-called dead in their intense longing to remove anything that impedes the soul’s growth during Kamaloka. Truly, my friends, we are all in this together.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

I thus realise all the effects of my deeds and thereby absorb the force to wipe them away. And during this time in Kamaloka — which lasts a third of the earth-life — I absorb all the forces which may be expressed as an intense longing in the now disembodied soul, to remove everything which destroys perfection by retarding the soul’s evolution.

If you ponder over this you will see that man himself makes his own Karma, that is, that he has in himself the wish to become such that everything undesirable may be wiped out. Thus is Karma prepared, during this particular time. We incorporate into our souls the force which we must take up between death and rebirth, in order to bring about in the next incarnation that configuration of our life which we are able to regard as the right one. This is how Karma is created…

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A sudden death

A fascinating way to consider sudden death especially in light of the events of the last few days.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

Imagine that a person is struck down, dies by an accident. Let us suppose that a man is struck dead in his thirtieth year. To outer physical observation such a sudden death is a kind of accident: but from a spiritual science outlook it is simply absurd to regard such an affair as accidental. For in the moment when from outside, from any external cause, a man suddenly meets with death, an immense amount rapidly takes place. Think to yourselves: this same man who has been killed at the age of thirty would have become in the ordinary course of things perhaps seventy, eighty, ninety years old. If he had still lived from thirty to ninety years he would slowly have gone through, one after another, many life experiences. What he would thus have experienced during sixty years of life, he now goes through rapidly, it might even be in…

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Sacrifice and karma

“The earth could not progress unless people sacrificed themselves.” That is something to meditate upon, “What am I willing to sacrifice for the world to progress?”

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

Who then are those who principally labour for the good of humanity in general, and who set themselves universal tasks in later incarnations? They are those who in earlier incarnations, have in some way or other died a death of sacrifice. The devotional natures, those given up to the spiritual here on the earth, owe this to their life of martyrdom in a previous incarnation. The earth could not progress unless people sacrificed themselves.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 157a – The Forming of Destiny and Life after Death – Lecture 3– Berlin, 20th November 1915

Previously posted on April 15, 2014

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Serenity and acceptance of our destiny

As I move forward in this work with the dead two tracks are forming that will at some point synthesize and birth something new. First is the work of Rudolf Steiner. Secondly my private work with Dr. Raymond Moody. I have accumulated and am reading virtually everything I can find of Steiner on death, life between death and rebirth, destiny and karma. The private work with Dr. Moody focuses on the philosophy of the ancient Greeks, who in the Western world were the first to ponder the question of life after death, and the oracles who spoke with the higher forms of consciousness and the dead.

I will make some suggestions for those of you truly interested in helping to build the Community of Spirits. These are suggestions only – no one can direct your heart. If this work resonates with your heart, then some of the following suggestions may light up for you.

First, if you have not already, I suggest beginning to read some of Steiner’s work on death and life between death and rebirth. You can find many of his works free online . His books are available at Amazon and there are lots of free You Tubes to be found by searching for him. A good place to start is with his book, “Life Between Death and Rebirth.” In addition I suggest slowly working through his “How to Know the Higher Worlds,” which is found both in book form, most likely in the archive and also as a six hour long You Tube. That is his instruction in how to prepare oneself to enter the inner planes safely and perceive correctly.

I am also going to suggest you consider a book by a contemporary Anthroposophist and new friend of mine, Lynn Stull. “Wonders at the Veil: Creating a Living Relationship with Your Loved Ones Who Have Died,” can be purchased at Amazon or at her website. I think sometimes having a contemporary voice speaking on Steiner’s work is helpful. I am about to read this book myself now.

So for a time…I will go back and forth …one blog on the oracles and Dr. Moody…one on Steiner’s thoughts about the afterlife, karma and destiny. How this will all come together will be, I think, quite exciting and with all sincerity, in service to the Light.

This offering by Steiner on destiny might be challenging…but I offer it to you to explore with an open mind. The quote is but a small part of a larger piece of work. If you are so incline, you can click on the link to read further.

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

What characteristics must we specially cultivate if we wish to work in a beneficial way on our will life?

Most beneficial of all in our will nature is the influence of a life directed in its entire character towards a comprehension of karma. We might also say a soul life which strives to develop, as its primary characteristic, serenity and acceptance of our destiny. And what better way can one find of developing this acceptance, this calmness of soul in the presence of one’s destiny, than by making karma an actual content in one’s life?

What do we mean by this? It means that — not merely theoretically but in a living way — when our own sorrow or the sorrow of another comes upon us, when we experience joy or the heaviest blow of fate, we shall really be fully aware that, in a certain higher sense, we ourselves…

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What’s Happening Now

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I wanted to let you know why the pace of my blog posts may slow for a time. I am dealing with some health issues that require my attention and care. Quite frankly, right now, it makes it difficult for me to write. Things will get better and the pace will pick up but I wanted you to know. What I will do in the meantime is post thoughts of Rudolf Steiner that are meaningful to our exploration of death, life between death and rebirth, our communion with the dead, destiny, karma, etc. I may also post things by others that will inform our work.

From the beginning I stated that I did not have a precise and complete idea of what the foundation of Community of Spirits will be comprised of but certainly Rudolf Steiner’s work is a major part. However, as I continue forward, it also becomes clearer to me that, as in all things, his work must continue to evolve and grow. So I will be following the nudges I get from my inner teachers, seeing where that leads. It also becomes clearer that, although I belong to the Anthroposophical Society, the bulk of the members of the Community of Spirits, both incarnate and discarnate, will not be anthroposophists. It seems that I am to reach out more to those who might never have encountered Rudolf Steiner’s work.

In my blog post titled “The Mission of the Community of Spirits (or What’s it All About Alfie?)” I offered a link to The Raymond Moody Institute. I read Dr. Moody’s books on the near death experience back in the 70s and have always deeply respected his work. Well….I got a nudge to go back and actually explore his site, which I did. He offers a certification course, “Life After Life Studies.” After looking it over, I knew I needed to take it which I am doing now. It is a stunning course and the synchronicity of it is quite beautiful. I will tell you more about it in the future but I believe it will synthesize with Steiner’s work becoming part of the foundation upon which the Community of Spirits is building.

This was surprising to me as I had no idea Dr. Moody’s work would become an essential piece of the Community of Spirits. But then again, I didn’t know any of this was coming, that any of this would be the work of the last part of my life. But as my spiritual teacher continues to assure me, if one is willing to be of service, if one will step forward in the way one can to serve the Light, then that one will be supported on the inner planes, will receive guidance and direction. I choose to step forward, to act as a conduit, and to listen in and up for direction. It is miraculous how it comes, surprisingly and often quite delightfully. Now I must make myself healthy enough to be a vessel for this work.

So with your patience and support, I will post original thoughts as I can but lean heavily for a time on laying out the thoughts of others pertinent to our work together. Thank you for your understanding. Until next time…