Rudolf Steiner's weekly meditations

Artistic Response

Here is my artistic response to this week's Soul-Calendar-46 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 where you can see a range of translations into English and other languages. By the way, I am not in any way suggesting that my translations are preferable to any of the published translations. But I don't want to infringe any copyright, hence I am offering my own, literal, translations here.

Soul-Calendar-46 meditation

Rudolf Steiner's original soul-calendar-46 meditation
February 16-22

Die Welt, sie drohet zu betäuben
Der Seele eingeborene Kraft;
Nun trete du, Erinnerung,
Aus Geistestiefen leuchtend auf
Und stärke mir das Schauen,
Dar nur durch Willenskräfte
Sich selbst erhalten kann.

My translation
The world, it threatens to numb
The soul's inborn force;
Now step you, memory,
From spirit-depths vividly forth
And strengthen my looking,
Which only through will-forces
itself sustain can.

My interpretation of the soul-calendar-46 meditation

In this verse I am confronted with the looming 'threat' of the world outside bursting into growth. The gradual proliferation of forms and colours risks dazing my soul, numbing it into dreaminess. I am beseeching my memory to step forth into the light and help me stay conscious. Perhaps I need to recall the clarity that emerged over the autumn and winter, the crispness of thinking. Now this is under threat to submerge within the burgeoning world. So I have to call on my memory of earlier clarity to remind myself of mysefl in the midst of this rapidly changing world. I ask my memory to strengthen my ability to look, to behold, to observe, so that I not merely let the sense impressions enter my soul, but so that I actively bring my thinking to them (compare the notions of percept and concept in the Philosophy of Freedom). And this ability to look consciously, to keep brining active thought into play with the sense-perception need a strong will. I reaaly need to resolve to do this, it does not happen by itself. If I simply leave things to unfold 'naturally' then I will ismply loose myself. So I am going to try hard to stay conscious, to stay awake and to actively keep hold of myself in the midst of the developing, growing, greening, living world, of which I am a part and in which, through that thinking, I take creative part.

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