Thanksgiving, Another Viewpoint – Value Of Kindness

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” In years gone by America was, by definition, a kind of recapitulation and consummation of all human possibilities”Patrick Laude

America is no longer a place  to dream. Today, the once taken-for-granted dreams  for a better world for ordinary Americans seems to be fading, rather like roses in a scandalous wasteland. The fertile dreams of yesteryear have given way to dread for many of her citizens.

Once the guardian of the process by which the soul of man could grow and act upon the earth, America is surely being destroyed, not necessarily through war, but slowly from within like a hollowed-out-tree, standing tall in the desert of petrified life. In hindsight, perhaps the pilgrims who first set foot on the ‘new land,’ had already started the decaying process, when they refused to share with the indigenous inhabits, whose land they gladly settled on. Here is a small piece from a woman of the Dineh Nation.


“As a child of a Native American family, I was part of a very select group of survivors,  I learned early  that my family possessed some ‘inside’ knowledge of what really happened when those poor tired masses came to our homes. When the Pilgrims came to Plymouth rock, they were poor and hungry, half of them died within a few months from disease and hunger.

When Squanto, A Wampanoag man, found them, they were in a pitiful state. He knew English, having traveled to Europe, so could speak to them. Their English crops had failed. The native people fed them through the harsh winter and taught them how to grow crops.  They were not merely ‘friendly Indians.’ They had already experienced European slave traders, raiding their villages for a hundred years or so, and they were weary, but it was their way to give freely to those who had nothing. Among many of our people, showing that you can give without holding back is the way to earn respect. Among the Dakota, my father’s people, they say, when asked to give, “are we not Dakota and alive?” It was believed that by giving there would be enough for all, the exact opposite to the system we live by now, which is based on selling.

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To the newcomers, the Wampanoags were heathens, and of the Devil. They saw Squanto not as an equal but as an instrument of their God to help his chosen people, “themselves.”  Since that very first sharing of food, nearly seventy percent of all crops grown today were originally cultivated by Native American people. I sometimes wonder what they ate in Europe before they met us. Spaghetti without tomatoes? At that first Thanksgiving, the Wampanoags provided most of the food, and signed a treaty granting Pilgrims the right to the land at Plymouth, this was the real reason for the first Thanksgiving. What did the Europeans give in return? Within twenty years their disease and treachery had decimated the Wampanoags. “Least we forget,” let me tell you a story.  In stories told by the Dakota people, an evil person always keeps his or her heart in a secret place separate from the body. The hero must find that secret place and destroy the heart, in order to stop the evil.. I see, in the first Thanksgiving story, a hidden Pilgrim heart. The story of that heart is the real tale that needs to be remembered this Thanksgiving.”

Small excerpt from New America Media

Love Its Meaning In The World By Rudolf Steiner – Inspirational Quotations

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Rudolf Steiner lived from 1861-1925. The greatest initiate of the 20th Century, he is one of history’s most original thinkers. Rudolf Steiner’s work is largely unknown in the world today.

Rudolf Steiner once said, “people in the future are not going to get much fun out of  development on the physical plane. They will find that further evolution is possible  only through “spiritual forces.”  This can be accomplished only by surveying a lengthy period of evolution and applying what is discovered through our experiences. This process will become more and more general in the future.” ~ The post today is from my young friend, Jake Murray.

LOVE & ITS MEANING IN THE WORLD by Rudolf Steiner

“One could say that the male body now has a female soul, the female
body a male soul. This inner one-sidedness of the human being is
compensated by fertilisation through the spirit, which abolishes the
one-sidedness. Both the male with the female body and the female soul
with its male body become double-sexed again through fructification by
the spirit. Thus, men and women are different outwardly; internally
their spiritual one-sidedness is rounded out to a harmonious whole.
Internally, spirit and soul are fused into a unit. The spirit’s effect
on the male soul in woman is female, rendering it both male and
female; the spirit’s effect on the female soul in man is male, making
it, too, male and female. The double-sexedness of human beings has
retired from the outer world, where it existed in the pre-Lemurian
period.

One can see that the higher essence of a human being has nothing to do
with man or woman. The inner equality, however, does result from a
male soul in woman and from a female soul in man. The union with the
spirit finally brings about equality; but the fact that a difference
exists before the establishment of the equality involves a secret of
human nature. Understanding this secret is of great significance for
all mystery science and is the key to important enigmas of life. For
the present we are not permitted to lift the veil spread over this
secret…

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231334.Love_and_Its_Meaning_in_the_World

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There is immense complexity & subtlety here & this passage repays careful scrutiny… The wording is very specific… All I would say is: when talking about subtle bodies – which is what he is doing here when he gets onto spirit & soul – he is not talking about ‘male and female’ in the sense we usually mean…

To me, this passage, which connects with Gnostic, Kabbalist, Alchemical, Platonic, Taoist & Hindu Tantric ideas of the Soul & Body, opens the possibility of understanding ourselves fully as physical men and women, souls and spirits and ultimate something beyond all of that, which preserves the specialness of each domain. It chimes with Jung’s ideas of the Anima & Animus and the universal idea of the Divine Marriage, while preserving the essence of our physical gender in an image of ultimate Wholeness on all levels of our being.

It also, in its vision of the androgynous Self, embraces other combinations of gender- specifically lesbian, gay and transgender. Steiner is saying we are all things, with Wholeness being found in the Divine Union of all of them, but with each unique and special to itself.

And even here, he is tentative. Note he says ‘One could say’ in the first sentence and not ‘The male body has a female soul etc’. Right from the start he is talking not in literal but in metaphorical terms…

~Jake Murray.