Conversation or the Reverse Cultus
The Circle gathers, with one shared intention - to consciously work with the spirit. No member of the Circle is more important than any other member. First in silence they recall what Steiner taught about why Judas had to kiss Christ. The truth at that time in Palestine was that when crowds gathered to hear teaching, the teaching came from all those in the circle around Christ. The Christ spirit spoke through all, first one and then another. For this reason Judas had to kiss the One who was the center, otherwise the Centurions would not know whom to arrest.
mood is engendered, in which each recognizes in the other a true source
of spirit presence, the members of the group begin to speak. What
they offer is not a pre-thought theme, about which one may be more
expert than another, but rather the simple feelings of their hearts in
the moment. These heart-felt concerns are the sharing to each other
that opens the hearts to each other. The Circle meets each other
in this art of coming to know each others deepest concerns, which can
(and often will) be entirely personal. This knowing of each other
is a great gift to give and to receive.
In this brief
sharing will begin to emerge the spirit music latent in the coming
conversation, for the co-participating spirit presence knows the truth
of our hearts, and is drawn to these concerns out of the darkness
represented by the Threshold and into the light and warmth of the
sharing. Thus, in acknowledging each other in silence as also true
speakers of the spirit, and then in sharing the true matters of the
heart as exists for each at that moment in time, the Chalice is born in
the Ethereal - in the mutually shared world of thought.
Now comes the
Art of Conversation, the Royal Art.
Here too no
one is better than another for as Christ is quoted in the John Gospel:
"What's born of the flesh is flesh, and what's born of the breath is
breath. Don't be amazed because I told you you have to be born
again. The wind blows where it will and you hear the sound of it,
but you don't know where it comes from or where it goes; it's the same
with everyone born of the breath".
The breath of
spirit blows where It wills, not where we will It.
The Royal Art
is deep indeed and begins (as Tomberg expressed it) by learning to
think on our knees. At the same time, these inner skills of
thinking and listening will have little effect on where the wind blows,
and while the study of The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity may make us
individually more awake inwardly, the will of the spirit presence in
the conversation belongs to that spirit presence, not to us.
conversation proceeds in the heart-warmed Chalice of the shared
experience of the world of thoughts. Each contributes what is
thought in them. Together a weaving of a whole is sought, but no one
can judge whether anyone else's contribution is a needed thread or not.
Often, for example, something, which on the surface seems
antagonistic or oppositional, is precisely what is needed in the moment
to stimulate another in the offering of their part of the whole.
possible then for this circling weaving conversation to rise, in the
nature and the substance of its overall meaning, nearer and nearer to
spiritual other-presence. It will not do, however, to believe
that as the conversation of the members of the group draws near this
other-presence, that It will tell us what is true and good.
That would violate our freedom. The true touch of the
wind in the soul is otherwise in its nature.
In each soul
lie latent embers of spirit recollection, spirit mindfulness and spirit
vision. We are already as thinking spirits, in the spiritual
worlds. What is fostered in the Chalice is something rooted in
the teaching of Christ: Wherever two or more are gathered in my name,
there I am.
He is with us.
is very interested in what we choose to think, not in our obedience to
Him. Our obedience we owe to our higher self, not to Him - that
is to the Not I, but Christ in me. He loves everyone in the
Circle equally, and observing the latent embers of recollection,
mindfulness and vision within each separate soul, He aids our communion
by breathing on these embers. He gives to each, according to that
individual need, that aspect of His Life which is His Breath - what
John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11 called holy breath. ["Now I
bathe you in the water to change hearts, but the one coming after me is
stronger than me: I'm not big enough to carry his shoes. He
will bathe you in holy breath and fire."]
Breath, during the communion that is the conversation in the Chalice,
the latent embers of our own soul are given Life. Within the
thoughts of each arise that which belongs to each, but which is also
seen by the Love of Christ, and enthused with His Life. We rise
on the moral quality of our will in recognizing the spirit presence in
each other, and in the sharing of the concerns of our hearts; and, as
we do this, the weaving of the thoughts into a whole - still resting on
our own insight and will - is given Eternal Life, in the form of the
good and the true.
revealing the truth that: "I am with you every day, until the
culmination of time." Matthew 28:20