The Meaning of Earth Existence
in the Age of the
by Joel A. Wendt
the following was offered to the News for Members, and ignored...
The following is the final
summary of my book: the Way of
the Fool: the conscious development of our human character and the
of Christianity - both to be born out of the natural union of Faith and
It is offered here so as to give to the readers of the News a
better sense of my research. The
whole book is available for free on-line, at:
[it has been extensively revised since this was written]
Items in [brackets] below
are editorial additions to make up for the absence to the reader of the
previous 11 and 2/3rds chapters of the book, as well as the six
appendices and epilogue that follows.
There yet remains an effort to make a
little summary of this book...
A principle aspect of the great Mystery
of our Time is the Mystery of Evil, both outwardly in the structural
backdrop to the shared social world of humanity, and inwardly in the
depths of our own souls. I have tried above to point out how it
is that the essential matter is not the outer social world, but the
inner soul world, and the trials and education of the i-AM,
in the biography. The context, which we need to call the maya of
history and current events, and which is penetrated everywhere from below by the Dark Mystery of the Divine
Mother, all passes away, and only what is Eternal, that is what becomes
an aspect of the developing i-AM, continues; and, this
inner realm (the whole Inwardness of the Creation, which includes human
souls and spirits) only exists because of the Heavenly
Mystery of the thoughts (Ideas) of the Father, while the whole (the outer social maya
and the eternal inner mind) is created, loved, overseen and mediated (wherever
two are more are gathered...), in all its
Grace filled and Artistic interrelationships, by the Earthly Mystery of
the sacrifices of the Son.
[When He died on the Cross He began right
there and then to fulfill His promise to be with us to the ends of
We (humanity) now begin to move out of
our spiritual childhood, and in making our way through the Rite of
Passage that is Life as it leads us toward our spiritual maturity, we
need to take hold of the complex of the doubles and the karma of
wounds, as these thrive within our souls, and which encourage human
evil through temptation and inner prosecution. Even so, this task
of meeting the Mystery of Evil within the soul is not as heavy as we
think, for through the Shepherd's Tale [Charles
King's Tale [Rudolf Steiner], the Healers' Tale [the community-created Twelve-Steps] and the Sermon on the Mount, we have all the practical instructions that we need.
In seeking to understand in ourselves
these three: moral
grace, freedom and love, we set before
ourselves what is required to be learned in this particular epoch of
the Evolution of Consciousness, and it is with these three naturally
unfolding capacities that we are Graced and strengthened so as to be
able to meet with courage the Mystery of Evil. If we do dare this
path, and seek for the deepest instruction in Christ's Sermon on the
Mount, then will come to us a change in the nature of our biography,
such that it more and more takes on the pattern, described in the John
Gospel, as the Seven Stages of the Passion of Christ (the washing of the feet; the
scourging; the crowning with thorns; the carrying of the cross; the
crucifixion; the entombment and the resurrection) (for a careful exposition of these Seven Stages, see
Valentin Tomberg's book: Inner
Whereas Christ lived this in an
apparently mostly physical way, those, who truly follow In His
Steps [the name of Sheldon's book,
as well as a critical phrase** in Ben-Aharon's The
Spiritual Event of the Twentieth Century],
will in the main feel these trials in their souls, as aspects of the
joy and suffering in the human biography.
These trials may seem difficult, but the
truth is they are merely human. It was Christ becoming human that
went to the Cross, for how could He place an example before us we could
not do out of our own humanity (just as Sheldon wrote in In His
Steps). It is the human in Christ that
asks in the Garden of Gethsemane that the cup be taken from him, but if
not, He accepts the Father's will. While later it is the even deeper
human in Christ that says on the Cross: "My God, my God, why did you
abandon me?". Who among us, in the
trials and sufferings of life, has not uttered these same thoughts?
[Steiner teaches that from the point of
view of esoteric Christianity (Gnosis), these statements of Christ on
His way to His death have a hidden meaning. I here remind
Steiner's students, who may read this book, that this does not change
the meaning known by Faith (by Shepherds). Both the outer and the
hidden inner meanings are true within the nature of their individual
significance and context.]
It is here that Christ's teachings
strongly diverge from the Wisdom of the Buddha (who incarnated before
for the Buddha would have had us overcome suffering by learning not to
know it or to leave it aside (one version of the third Noble Truth of
the Buddha reads as follows: " ...concerning the Cessation of Suffering; verily,it is
passionless, cessation without remainder of this very craving; the
laying aside of, the giving up, the being free from, the harboring no
longer of, this craving."), whereas Christ
asks us to embrace our human pain so that we can pass through the Narrow Gate of suffering to then know our deepest self, the i-AM,
and then through this burning trial of knowledge of the true-self,
ultimately come to Him. If we would follow In His
Steps then we too must take on ourselves the
errors (sins) of the world, and the tasks of forgiveness and love, for
engendered free act of moral grace takes up a
small part of Christ's suffering, so that we too participate in the
deepest creative acts of the Seventh Day of Creation - the
transformation of evil into love.
[This is for Steiner students the
teaching attributed to Mani, but the reason such a personality even
knows this is because the transformation of evil into love is modeled for us in the deepest felt actions of the
Divine Mother and the Son. When we know intimately these actions
of the Divine Mystery, we know the true spiritual meaning of the
Mystery of Evil, and that this Divinely Lived Mystery is the true
source of the earthly doctrine connected to it that is sometimes called
Is this foolish? Of course, but we
need not fear this Way of the Fool, for our Faith
in Christ's Promises will always be fulfilled, as we ourselves can
learn to become the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. Yes,
this Way is full of trials, but whoever has lived life, and reflected
upon their experience, knows that in the meeting of our biography's
true courage (Faith and
Hope) we discover what it truly means to be human: to struggle, to fall, to get
up and to learn - and, through this process, gently and humbly, begin
to take up along side and with Him, Christ's kind and light, Yoke of
Having said all this, it becomes
necessary to make one last picture for the reader, for clearly, in that
we read the news and hear of the horrors of man's continuing inhumanity
to man, we ourselves face a terrible trial. How are we to
understand a world seemingly so filled with Evil?
Picture, for a moment, the surface of the
Earth. Below dense matter and fiery substance, while above,
airless space. Humanity only lives out its Earth Existence in
this narrow (its about 3 miles from the solid surface up to that level
of the ocean of air were breathing becomes difficult) spherical band of
Life, whose diameter is just under 8,000 miles. The total surface
area of the Earth is 196 million square miles, and the habitable land
area 43 million square miles Over six billion plus human
beings must find all that they physically need, which when we consider
actual available arable land (land that could be cultivated for food),
means that each individual only has a square 161 feet on a side from
which to annually grow the food they need. This then is the
spacial aspect of the social organism of the whole world.
Yet, we know that this space is itself
often unwisely distributed, for human social arrangements, whether
rooted in dominance and selfishness (dominion over) or generosity and sharing (communion with), seem to determine this social order. Because of
our Freedom, a moral and/or amoral order moves and operates the
As to this moral
aspect of the social organism of the whole world, it has reached in this time a kind of climax of development,
and it will be important to appreciate the true nature of the logos order (the order from Above) in which Christ has set
modern human existence, through His creative powers as the Artist
(Lord) of Karma (the precise and love based placement of individual
biographies in relationship to each other). Here is
something Natural Science cannot do, for the meaning of existence is beyond the weaknesses of their fanciful and
spirit-empty images. This will also help us to understand why so
many (falsely, but with some degree of reason) believe we live in the
In the Twentieth Century the world was
woven together into a single social organism, not just via the
globalization of economic matters, or the personal interconnections
offered by the Internet, but most centrally by the Media. At the
beginning of the 20th Century, few knew what went on elsewhere the
world, in any detail or with any immediacy. By the end of the
20th Century, at the same time that the returned meaning-essence of the
new Kings were unfolding the New Revelations of Christ in connection
with His Second Coming, the world itself was woven into a whole in the
sense that no macro social event was not to be almost immediately known
everywhere the same day (if not the same hour) that it happened.
We live in a time when has arisen a
World-wide Culture of Media - a kind of knowledge commons, in which vast resources are used to create for us
pictures of the meaning of the world and of events. The more
developed the country, the greater our daily experience can be
saturated with the messages coming from this Culture of Media.
Moreover, great effort and expense is
gone into by those who would force us to believe what they want us to
believe. Between advertising, political propaganda, outright
lies, weak or lame reporting, and other similar failures to seek or reach the
truth, this saturation of the soul by the
Culture of Media would seem to fail to offer us any service at all.
What is not appreciated is that Christ is far wiser than even the
deepest believers imagine. Every evil is eventually turned to
good, and next we will explore a prime example for our time.
Recall what has been pointed out many
times now, that the
individual biography is the central reality of life on the Earth. What happens inside us as we experience life is
much more important and enduring than the outer events which surround
us. That Stage Setting (all the world's a stage....) is
but a distracting vanity to the reality of the life of the soul. To help us appreciate
this then, let us explore these matters from the point of view of the
In this time, there are over six billion
plus of these biographies woven into the tapestry of the social
organism of the whole world. Six billion lives held delicately
and exactly within the Love and Divine Justice of the Mystery.
Within these biographies, all the individual i-AMs
experience that precise and personal instruction that hopes to lead
them to the realization of their own divinity and immortality of
spirit. [recall that the epoch (rite of passage) of the Consciousness
Soul is 2100 years long, going from the time of the beginning of the on-looker separation (and the creation of Natural Philosophy - Science) in
the 1400's, until the years around 3500 AD, when the first (moral)
stages of final
participation will have by then fully
To understand this we need to think it
from the inside out, and not from the outside in. The Culture of
Media only provides context, never essence. True, life is hard,
even harsh, even terrible. The naive consciousness wants to turn
away from this suffering, and cannot understand how God (the Divine
Mystery) could allow such things as torture, child abuse and the
genocidal acts which are dumbed down by the terms: ethnic cleansing.
The reality is that what the Divine
Mystery does is to allow for Freedom. This most precious gift is
essential to the immortal spirit during its Rites of Passage we are
Existence. Moreover, the Mystery also
makes certain there is a true Justice through the post-death passages of kamaloka and
lower and higher devachan, in a manner no human social structure can
provide. Christ has told us this in the Sermon on the Mount: "to what
sentence you sentence others, you will be sentenced".
All this should be kept in mind as we
As a single ego, I wake in the morning.
From the night I bring the remainder of yesterday, perhaps worked
over. Surrounding me, as I live the day, are the lives of those
with whom I have a karma of wounds - with whom I have a debt of meaning
to creatively work over. This we carry together, each bearing a
part, each bearing their own wounds. These are wounds from
the past, from the present and from the future.
To observe the world of today, as we walk
the walk of our lives, is to observe trials of fire and suffering -
rites of wounding and being wounded. But not just this, for also there
is healing. Where we let love thrive, wounds become healed.
Thus flow all our days, often too fast to
even notice the beauty and wonder of the sea of personal relationships
and shared trials. Yes, there is misfortune, and evil deeds.
But do we really imagine Christ and the Divine Mother lets this
evil happen without recourse or justice? We may not know this
directly through Gnosis, but we also can have Faith.
Gnosis without Faith is empty of Life; and, Faith without Gnosis is empty of the Truth. Only when we join
them together, do we get: the Way (the Mystery of living the Good), the Truth (the
Mystery of knowing the Good) and the Life (the
Mystery of union
with the Good).
This then is the wonder of the outer and
inner biography, for often the wounds are not visible. Yes,
sometimes the wounds are visible to our eye or ear for we see people
too fat, too thin, too lamed in body, too poor, too physically or
mentally deficient. Often, however, so many of us suffer in silence that we really do not know the nature and personal
meaning of their wounds - only our own are visible to the eye of our
heart, unless we first learn to exercise and unfold certain powers of
soul and spirit.
Amidst all this visible and silent
suffering, we find ourselves woven into the presently fallen Culture of
Media. Images and sounds flow around us, pictures of a world on
the verge of chaos and madness. Yes, we have the intimacy of our
personal biography, but through the Culture of Media we are drawn into
the painted backdrop of the whole world - a backdrop we all share.
War in Iraq. Global warming. Governments out of
control. Pandemics waiting in the wings.
What lives in this painted backdrop - in
this Stage Setting - in the wise relationship of the Culture of Media
to the unfolding of our personal biographies?
The answer is this: the mirror of our own inner
Inside us the double-complex - our
feelings of judgment, our temptations, our addictions and our sense of
failure. Inside us the darkness that belongs personally to us, while
outside us, carried to us by the Culture of Media, the mirror of that
Think on it. Do we not experience
the images and sounds brought to us by the Culture of Media as
something that is filled with what we like and we dislike? We
live our biographies and the Culture of Media confounds our souls with
pictures of dark and light to which we all respond individually.
The great masses of humanity do not make the News. The great
masses of humanity experience the News.
What is News? News is exactly what
the reporters and television personalities call it: stories. The Culture of Media provides us stories (tales)
of the world, which are often presented as if these stories are true,
something most of us have come to know they are not. News stories
reflect all kinds of bias, and in some cases the bias is deliberate.
Moreover, news stories often reflect questionable conditions of
commerce (the dark god Profit) living in the agency reporting them.
For example, it is well understood that
in the last third of the 20th Century in American television, the news
divisions of the major networks disappeared, and the entertainment
divisions took over the responsibility for the news. The
opportunity to inform and educate the receivers of news stories became
secondary to the need to keep them interested so as to be able to sell
commercials and make a profit (see the film: Good
Night, and Good Luck). In addition, the
stories are mostly about dire and tragic events, and little is
investigated or reported that is about the positive and the creative.
We are right then to wonder sometimes about the News, about its harsh nature and artless attention to the dark deeds of many. Humanity in general bears within it the beam that is not seen, while the mote is exaggerated. But the world itself is not this beam, is not this darkness. The greater part of darkness is inside us, projected onto the world, and the Culture of Media exaggerates this darkness further, at the same time it gives us much that also arouses our own unredeemed antipathies and sympathies.
Once more, if you don't mind...
The world in its reality is not this
darkness, which we all project from within the soul - the beam.
Yet, in the Culture of Media this whole process of dark
projection is exaggerated so that the mirroring nature of the social
world itself begins to bother us. The logos order of the social world is complex and rich, and worth a
Pictures of a distorted and untrue
meaning of the world abound, and while we all share these pictures, we
make personal our reactions. Just as the intimate events of our
biographies have a personal meaning, so does the shared stage setting
have a personal meaning. In a more general sense, for example,
many Christians today are confronted, via the Culture of Media, with
pictures of individuals whose actions as self-proclaimed Christians
either inspire us to imitation or cause us to turn away in shame.
The same is true in Islam. The terrorist who frightens us
in the West, also causes the ordinary Muslim to turn away in horror.
Everywhere fundamentalism rises, to continue the example, the
great mass of humanity, that are not so tied to such arid rigidity,
shrinks away in antipathy. Do we not assert inwardly to
is not me, I am not that - I will not be that!
In our biographies then, we are
confronted in the intimacy of our personal relationships with what are
sympathetic and antipathetic reactions to that which we would choose to
admire and imitate, and that which we would shun and refuse to be like
(the karma of wounds). Via the Culture of Media, we are met with
that which approaches us in the same way, yet on a larger scale.
Just as we as individuals have a Shadow (a double-complex),
so nations, religions and peoples have a Shadow, and the Culture of
Media puts in our faces these pictures and meanings with which we can
identify or from which we can turn away, often in shame.
Christ has arranged, in this particular
moment in time (the cusp of the 20th to 21st Centuries, which is also
the Dawn of the Third Millennium) to place in the dying away
hierarchical social forms of humanity, those biographies which do two
main forming gestures within that history. This is all connected
to a process in which social chaos arises in order to cause these old
hierarchical [third cultural epoch] social structures to let go their
no longer valid hold, and in many instances be eventually replaced with
new social form arising out of the social commons [fifth cultural
In the first instance, these biographies
living in the decadent social hierarchies (such as government,
corporate and church organizations) portray strong images, via the
Culture of Media, to which we react equally strongly out of our likes
and dislikes. For example, one of America's wise women, Doris (Grannie D) Haddoch, has said that we should be grateful for such
as George Bush, because he causes us to awake from our sleep as
citizens. As a consequence, in our individual biographies we
react to the extremes of these dominant religious, business and
political personalities, and this brings about in us as individuals
certain inner judgments and calls to action.
The second effect of these biographies is
to drive the social order further into a needed condition of chaos,
something all 6 billion plus biographies require in order to birth the
moral dilemmas necessary for the Age of the Consciousness Soul.
This social chaos sweeps traditional moral authority aside,
and forces us as individuals into situations where we must rely on the
own I in order to properly face the challenge. In that human
beings are incarnating in massive karmic communities in order to have
these sometimes shattering moral experiences, this causes the present
world social organism to have the strong tendency to completely
dissolve into a condition of near total social conflagration [thus my
website: Shapes in the Fire http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/].
aspect of the logos ordered social organism of the world requires crisis in order for the individual biographies
to live, not just intellectually, but fully and dynamically and
existentially into dilemmas of moral choice. Only true
moral choice can awaken in us what is offered in this Age to the
development of the Consciousness Soul.
Nothing in the world is not touched by
the Art of Christ, who as Lord of Karma - Lord of the Satisfaction of
Moral Debt and healer of karmic wounds, arranges in majestic harmony
all the biographies so that even from the smallest detail to the
grandest historical event, meaning is put to the service of our development - the leaving
behind of our spiritual childhood followed by our birth into spiritual
The world historical crises of this time
are a complex and rich Stage Setting, against which 6 billion plus
spirits live out the dramas of their individual biographies.
Thus, in this birth from childhood to
adulthood, the Time - the Age of the Consciousness Soul - is a Rite of
Mystery, a Baptismal Mass for all of humanity, just as was told to us
by John the Baptist. [in Matthew 3:11] "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."
Consider now more closely what happens
inside us as we experience the intimacy of our biographies, and the
shared pictures that come via the Culture of Media.
Choice confronts us. Do I be
like that, or like this? From what place inside do I choose?
In a time so filled with chaos that rules no longer apply, I
discover that I can rely only on myself. Out of myself I must
author the Good in response to the world of meaning that surrounds and
confronts me. So powerful, in its personal immediacy, are these
experiences, images and meanings, that we cannot turn away from them.
It is as if the World itself is on Fire, wanting to burn and burn
and burn until we run from it in terror, or stand up to it and give the
fullest of our participation to its moderation and its healing.
Yet by Grace, I contain the means to know
the Good that my biography and membership in the shared fate of
humanity draws out of me. What I source becomes a part of the
world, and I know that this is so. I know my freedom to
enact the moral grace that my heart comprehends in its deepest places.
Deep inside my soul my very own heart hungers to sing: Love will I give. Love
will I create. Love will I author.
So now we think away the physical - the
maya of the sense world, and let our picture thinking gaze only upon
this inner, invisible to the physical eye, moral act (Art). An
act more and more emerging everywhere, for while in America, and the
Cultural West, the Consciousness Soul is first appearing, it will and
must appear everywhere that human beings let the world touch their
wounds, while they seek to share with others the trials by fire of
Forced by an Art of Divine Circumstance
to look within and to reach into the depths of our own being in order
to source and author that Good which we know to be right, we touch
something spiritual and are Touched by something Spiritual. In
this time of the true Second Coming, in the inwardness of our souls and
invisible to all outer seeing, a Second Eucharist is being enacted -
the Good offers Itself - Its own Being - to us (Moral Grace). For the Good we know is not just known in the
soul as a thought, but if we attend most carefully, it is true Spirit,
just as the John Gospel writer told us that Christ spoke: [John 3:6-8] "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; its the same with everyone born of the
[The existence of a Second Eucharist, to
accompany the Second Coming, in no way means to diminish or change the
Original Eucharist. On the contrary, we will find that via the
Second Eucharist our understanding of the meaning of
the Original Eucharist (the transubstantiation of matter) will deepen.
See in this regard, the small pamphlet: Radiant
matter: Decay and Consecration, by Georg
Blattmann. From the transubstantiation of matter we are being led
onward to learning how to participate also in a transubstantiation of
Thus we are being truly and continuously
born again today (each act of moral grace is another Second Ethereal
Eucharist and birth), from out of our spiritual childhood and into our
spiritual adulthood, baptized outwardly by the fires of the times in
our biographies, and by holy breath within - a Second Eucharist where
Christ gives of His own Substance that biblical knowing of the Good -
His own Being. For us to truly know the Good, requires we join
our own soul to the Good. Our yearning to author the Good out of
ourselves is how we participate in the Baptism of being truly
born again, and how we participate in the sacrament of the Second
Eucharist. Christ also participates by giving to us, out of
Himself, this very Good - this Moral Grace. When having received
within ourselves this sacrament of the Second Eucharist, an act that
only arises because we seek it and form its actual application, we
remain free - we create moral law - we author the fulfillment of the
law and the prophets. Given to us within by Christ as a capacity,
we then author its incarnate nature and pass it on to the world of our
biographies, - from out of us thence into the outer world (or into the
inner world), do we then ourselves author this Good: love engendered free moral
The Narrow Gate opens both ways, making
possible thereby the intimate dialog and conversation of moral deeds
and thoughts that is woven between the i-AM,
the Thou and the Christ, which intimate conversation leads ultimately
to the consecration - the character development - of the soul.
In this way we now see the Meaning of
Earth Existence in the Age of the Consciousness Soul: A macro-cosmic
Rite, a Second Ethereal Eucharist, in which we take into ourselves in
the most intimate way possible, knowledge of the Good, not as mere
thought, but as the true ethereal substance of Christ's Being.
The outer world is but a seeming, and what is brought by the
Culture of Media mere pictures of the Stage Setting for the World
Temple that is home to our biographies. When we think away this
outer seeming - this logos formed and maya based sense
world, and concentrate only on the Idea of the moral grace we receive and then enact as
individual law givers, as the fulfillment of the law and the prophets, we create this Meaning of Earth Existence. Every act of moral grace received within in the
deepest intimacy of our life of soul, is an ethereal communion with
Christ, even though we may only experience it as a mere thought of what
is the Good at some moment of need in the biography.
Christ give us this Gift, by Grace,
freely out of Love, and with no need that we see Him as its Author.
We hunger inwardly to know what the right thing to do is (What
Would Jesus Do?), and when this hungering
is authentic, we receive Christ's Holy Breath. This does not come
so much as a thought-picture of the Good in response to our questing
spirit, but rather as the contentless substance of
Christ's Being. We are touched by Love, and at this touch we
shape that Breath into the thought that we then know. The nature
of its application and the form in which we incarnate this thought is
entirely our own. We shape the thought completely out of our own
freedom, for only we can apply it accurately in the individual circumstances of our lives.
As the Age of the Consciousness Soul
unfolds accompanied by this Second Eucharist, the Social World begins
to light and warm from within. For each free act of moral grace
rests upon this Gift of Christ's Being to us - an ethereal substance
received in the communion within the Temple of the own Soul, freely
given in Love whenever we genuinely: ask, seek and knock during
our search for the Good. Our
participation in this Rite, this trial by Fire leavened by Holy Breath,
leads us to the co-creation of new light and new warmth - the delicate
budding and growing point of co-participated moral deeds out of which
collective action (of the whole of humanity) the New Jerusalem is
slowly being born.
This co-creation is entirely inward, a
slowly dawning Sun within the macro Invisible World of Spirit.
Moreover, we do it collectively (as humanity). While each
of us contributes our part, it is our collective conscious celebration
of the Second Ethereal Eucharist (creating the Good) that begins the
transubstantiation of the collective thought-world (ethereal world) of
humanity into the New Jerusalem.
Thought is real, and it is as equally
real as is matter. The Original Eucharist transforms the already
divinely given now-dying substance of earthly matter into Life-filled
Spirit through our ritual invitation of the active
Grace of the Divine Mystery; and, our participation in the Second Ethereal Eucharist transforms dead thought
into living ethereal Substance, through the mystery of our individual
spirit's active and embryonic grace, that becomes collectively a
co-creation of all of humanity that so chooses to participate.
In the Invisible World of Spirit, we
co-participate in the Dawn of the New Sun that is to become the New
Let us now wind down here for a moment,
and take a deep breath, for these last thoughts above may seem almost too big - too idealistic - to be
easily contemplated. To ease our understanding and gently ground
it, let us consider this situation once again in it most ordinary
The world of our biographies places each
individual into the fires of experience.
These are remarkable gifts that can lead us toward moral
questions - often deep and troubling. We yearn to know what to
do, and in this circumstance we may ask, seek and knock (What Would Jesus Do?). What has been called earlier in this book,
Moral Grace, is available to us, yet the temple of mystery of the own
soul of this practice of inner activity is
where we ourselves create moral law - where we become the fulfillment of the law
and the prophets.
In the King's Tale, we saw that Rudolf
Steiner's book The
Philosophy of Spiritual Activity showed how
to come to this knowledge through the practices of Gnosis - to knowledge - in the form of moral imagination, moral intuition and
moral technique. In the Healers' Tale, we saw how the 12 Steps
helped us to master the soul through the elevation of the spirit, and
in this way come to know God's Will as we understand it.
Finally, in the Shepherd's Tale we came to understand that by
Would Jesus Do out of Faith, we could also come to the needed individual moral beliefs.
Three different paths (among perhaps many
more) all leading to those individual depths that each of us must
uniquely experience, which we have now seen to be properly called: Holy Breath. So we come now to perceive the Time - this Age of
the Consciousness Soul - where, if we seek it, we have made ourselves
available to be baptized with Fire and Holy Breath, just as
John the Baptist told us Christ would do, 2000 years ago.
Even so, we still have to truly want to know the Good - to authentically ask, seek and knock.