Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-36 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-36 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-36 meditation
8-14 December

In meines Wesens Tiefen spricht
Zur Offenbarung drängend
Geheimnisvoll das Weltenwort:
Erfülle deiner Arbeit Ziele
Mit meinem Geisteslichte,
Zu opfern dich durch mich.

My translation
In my being’s depths speaks
Towards revelation urging
Secret-full the world-word:
Fill your work goal
With my spirit light,
To offer you through me.

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*As I don't want to infringe any copyright, I am offering my own, literal, translations here. There are many excellent translations available at 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-36 meditation

Perhaps this verse, in the context of what has gone before, is fairly obvious. The cosmic word is urgently wanting to reveal itself within me and speaks from deep within me to say: imbue all your actions with my spirit light and offer up yourself through me. In other words, find your true self deep within you and recognise that this true self is a spiritual reality embedded within the spiritual ground of the world. Listen to it deeply and allow it to inpire all your actions with its light. The challenging question is: Am I still actually experiencing this? If I am honest, the answer is that I am not sure I am. But that's of course speaking totally personally. At this time of year, moving towards the darkest day of the year in the Northern Hemishpere, I desperately need this inner light and desperately long to recognise this inner light and know that now is the very best time of the year to actually hear the cosmic word and connect to my own spiritual core and the cosmic all, as the sense world in nature all around has withdrawn and the forms and colours are duller, the air colder and the mood more inward. So I just have to trust that these wise words will find their echo somehow within me and that with each yearly cycle I come closer to the actual realisation of the experience so that ultimately I become able, in full consciousness, to connect with the Divine and act purely out of love for the deed in the knowledge that such deeds are indeed the deeds intended for us by the spiritual worlds. So my suggestion is to focus on doing what I really love to do, what I do purely for the love of the deed, without expectation of outcome or reward or acknolwedgement. To pour my energy into my creativity and trust that what may seem like meaningless work just for my own amusement, is in fact a deeply significant act of bringing the spiritual down into the earthly realm through the love that each of us channels through such deeds.

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