the Reverse Cultus
- an imagination -
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.
After this 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
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
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.
So the 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
It is 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.
Moreover, He 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.]
With His 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 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 through Christ's Holy Breath.
Thus revealing the truth that: I am with you every day,
until the culmination of time. Matthew 28:20