Holy Nights 2020-2021
Holy Night 11: January 3-4, 2021
“It is the eleventh night. It is the struggle with the Guardian of the Threshold.
We must build within us the Mystery of the Grail Castle. We must profess loyalty to the Almighty in Scorpio.”
~ From indications given by Rudolf Steiner to Herbert Hahn
“Humanity lives on the threshold of the spiritual world. Some say that we have passed over it unconsciously. This means that we wield spiritual power without knowing it. Therefore, there is an urgent call for human beings to become consciously aware that they are spiritual beings. We can only do this if we realize that our spiritual I-Being is animating us, using us just as we use any instrument in this physical world. Just as we pick up a spoon and place food in our mouth, our I Am is placing us in situations with other people that will be food for its development.
When we get this, when we actually think the thoughts associated with this, in the moments in our life when our karma is being played out, we have an I Am experience. We are in touch with who we really are and we observe what is before us with interest, just as we would observe our dinner plate with interest. We can see all that we like, and all that we dislike without bias.
This is when, through our own striving, we receive into ourselves the power of the blood of Christ, the Holy Grail. Our blood is the vehicle of our I Am, and when we purify our blood of its lower desires and instincts, we make it a fitting substance for our own I Am, then our blood becomes purer still so that it can become the blood of Christ. Are we up to the task?” ~ Herbert Hahn
Christianity as Mystical Fact and the Mysteries of Antiquity (GA 8) is a series of 12 lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in the fall and winter 1901-1902 in the library of Count and Countess Brockdorff. These lectures were rewritten and issued in a book format in the summer of 1902.
Chapter 12: “Christianity and Pagan Wisdom”
Read by Dale Brunsvold (from 1961 edition by Rudolf Steiner Publications, Inc.)
While listening to the recording you can also read the two chapters, available at Rudolf Steiner Archive, by clicking here.