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Holy Nights 2020-2021

Holy Night 9: January 1-2, 2021

“Now follow the Three Nights of the Crown.

Detachment: Detach the intellect from its earthly and practical cares. This is the Triple Holy Night. It is when the lower self surrenders in a desire to serve and be integrated.”

~ From indications given by Rudolf Steiner to Herbert Hahn


Ninth Contemplation:

“Our personal resurrection is accompanied by a new level of objectivity. We won’t take things as personally as we did before. This doesn’t mean that we will meet every event in our lives with equanimity, but we will find a greater level of detachment than we have in the past.

Whenever we can be detached we know that we are responding to life through our I Am. Otherwise, we respond with our lower self, which behaves like a child in some situations. It wants its own way, which is usually the way of least resistance. Yet, if we do resist responding as we usually do to something that annoys us, we feel liberated. Try it. The next time someone annoys you, take a breath, create a space, and say to yourself: “If this was happening to someone else would I be annoyed?”

In this way, we activate our will to control our lower emotional responses. We let the words or actions of the other person wash over us and flow away into oblivion. When we do this, whatever they did loses its intensity and everyone benefits.

Furthermore, if we remember that we attract whatever happens to us then we could quickly recognize these little tests and see them as a way of strengthening our New Year resolves.” ~ 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 10: “Jesus and His Historical Background”

Read by Dale Brunsvold (from 1961 edition by Rudolf Steiner Publications, Inc.)

Click here or on the image to listen to the recording.

While listening to the recording you can also read the two chapters, available at Rudolf Steiner Archive, by clicking here.


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