Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations
soul-calendar-17

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-17 meditation verse by Rudolf Steiner. For a brief introduction to this project, please see the blog post for week 49, which is when I started this..

Soul-Calendar-17 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-17 meditation

July 28-August 4

Es spricht das Weltenwort,
Das ich durch Sinnestore
In Seelengründe durfte führen:
Erfülle deine Geistestiefen
Mit meinen Weltenweiten,
Zu finden einstens mich in dir.

My translation:
There speaks the world-word,
That I through senses’-door
Into soul-grounds could lead:
Fill your spirit-depths
With my world-witdths,
To find in time me in you.

*As I don't want to infringe any copyright, I am offering my own, literal, translations here. There are many excellent translations available at calendarofthesoul.net but keep in mind that most translations lose at least some of the various possible meanings that lie within the original German. Starman's translation tends to be the most literal

My interpretation of the soul-calendar-17 meditation

I experienced a definite sense of relief arriving at last week's verse. And this week confirms that our journey, which led us from the soul outwards into the colours and forms of nature, now has taken a clear turn again towards our inner world. The spiritual gift that has been bestowed on me over the past months lies deep within, ripening. And this verse, again written from the first person perspective, draws my attention to how intimitely I am bound up with the world. Earlier on, I learned that I could lose myself to find myself. Now I am reminded that if I bring the world, the whole wide world, into my inner realm, I may then also find the world-word within me. What is this world-word actually? Isn't it the life force, the source of all life in the cosmos, both incarnated or otherwise? This original Word (compare the bible "In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God"), the archetypal impetus to all life-force in the cosmos, is here speaking to me. And I may listen to it, and hear it, through the mystery of my sense-perceptions. After all, to make sense of anything I observe or experience through my senses, I must bring the other half of reality, namely the concept, the thought, to it from within. But this is not just the dry, intellectual concept or thought, but the living, heart-breathing idea that thinks itself through me and thereby binds me in unity to the world. Finding this unity and being able to experience it consciously and at will, is I think one of the key aims of these verses, which help me to become aware of how I am intertwined with the earth and the cosmos throughout the seasons and how I am truly a spiritual being at the very core of my incarnated manifestation.

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