Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations
soul-calendar-24

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-24 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-24 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-24 meditation
September 15-21

Sich selbst erschaffend stets,
Wird Seelensein sich selbst gewahr;
Der Weltengeist, er strebet fort
In Selbsterkenntnis neu belebt
Und schafft aus Seelenfinsternis
Des Selbstsinns Willensfrucht.

My translation:
Her self creating always

Becomes soul-being of itself aware,
The world-spirit, he strives on
In self-knowledge newly refreshed
And creates out of soul-darkness
The self-sense’s will-fruit.

See also https://www.calendarofthesoul.net/index.asp?Verse=24&Author=Starman


*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-24 meditation

I love this verse. It feels very much like Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom in a nutshell. The soul becomes aware of itself by recreating itself continuously. I am reflecting on this: How do I know that I am me? How is it that each morning when I wake up, I find myself and recognise myself to be the same being that I was yesterday, and the day before, right back into the distant past, in as much as I can remember it. Yes I have changed a lot over many years, and yet it is still this same 'I' who has changed. And I don't just recognise myself because of my body. I really know myself to be a constant factor, despite changes over time within me. I begin to wonder whether my sense of self is in reality a complex web of thoughts and feelings. The idea that I can only become aware of myself by constantly recreating myself seems true. For example, were I to cease to think, I would lose my sense of self, suggesting that I constantly re-create my self through my own thinking. Furthermore, this self-awareness is not merely a selfish buisness. My self, after all, is part of an all-encompassing cosmic self, or cosmic spirit, which through my developing self-awareness is afforded to see itself. The biblical 'I am that I am' comes to mind. My acts of self-knowledge seem to have a nourishing, stimulating influence on the world spirit, which can strive on because of it .Over time, eventually, with ongoing spiritual development, I may become able to imbue all my deeds with the force of this self-knowledge so that I member myself fully to the cosmic spirit, no longer separate, yet free to the highest possible degree. Perhaps the will-fruit has then matured out of this self-knowledge and has transformed into the ability to act out of spiritual freedom.

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