Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations
soul-calendar-41

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-41 meditation verse by Rudolf Steiner. For a brief introduction to this project, please see my first couple of posts on the blog pages. See also calendarofthesoul.net where you can see a range of translations into English and other languages.

Soul-Calendar-41 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-41 meditation
January 12-18

Der Seele Schaffensmacht,
Sie strebet aus dem Herzensgrunde,
Im Menschenleben Götterkräfte
Zu rechtem Wirken zu entflammen,
Sich selber zu gestalten
In Menschenliebe und im Menschenwerke.

My translation
The soul’s creating-power,
She strives from the heart’s-ground,
In human-life Gods’-strengths
For right works to ignite,
Her self to form
In human-love and in human-work.

My interpretation of the soul-calendar-41 meditation

Again, this soul-calendar-41 verse makes no mention of the outer world. But we're still pretty much in the depth of winter and in the heights of soul clarity. This verse is about the soul's creative power, or more perhaps precisely, the soul's creating-power. It may seem a trivial difference, but I'm interested in how Rudolf Steiner creates new combined nouns, like 'Shaffensmacht' (in German nouns are always written with a capital). In English one might say 'the power of creation', or 'creative power' or 'creative might'. But I think that this 'macht', this power, is not merely creative, having the potential to create, but actually creating. A creative person may not always actually create, but this creating-power of my soul, I sense, is always creating. It never stops. Hence 'creating-power', rather than 'creative power'. This always-creating-power wants to, longs to and tries to create out of direct experience and knowledge of the ultimate creating-power of gods. If 'god' is not a term you can relate to, you could say 'spirit powers', 'spirits' or 'spirit wolrd', but the German 'Götter' literally means 'of Gods', so it's a plural and possesive form of the noun 'Gott'. So letting in these divine or spiritiual forces (which are probably forces of actual beings) into my human life (human-life), my soul creates out of them, with them, striving from the depths of my heart, from the depths of human and cosmic love to work. My soul strives to work for good. To work through good deeds, through right work, through authentic, spirit-inspired, loving action. And through this, through this spirit-inspired, loving, right action my soul also forms herself. Maybe through inspired love and work I am or my soul is at the same time transforming myself/herself to become my/her own, divinely-inspired, divinely-created, creation? So, also 'creating-power' because the soul constantly (re)-creates herself in this way and therefore I am never done, finished, complete, but always becoming, always changing, always transforming. The difference is, now, with this verse, I am beginning to be conscious of this and am thus given the chance to consciously participate in what throughout my life spiritual beings have alwasy done for me, without my conscious participation!? Wow, the Philosophy of Freedom again, in just six lines. Incredible.

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