Spiritual outpouring into humanity and the earth
by Rev. Reingard Knausenberger
Rev. Reingard Knausenberger presents a picture of an hourglass to make visible the idea of a spiritual outpouring into humanity and the earth. As sand flows down from the top of the hourglass, through the narrow “eye of the needle”, so has the spiritual world poured out its substance, manifesting in matter. The first experience we have on leaving of the womb is the pull of gravity. It is not for nothing that we call this experience “The Fall”. That is why we sometimes need to “pull ourselves together” or “find our centre”. We need this earthly experience to develop the Self. The Holy Substance poured out of the heavens is now invested in us, in nature and in our destiny. When this outpouring was done, we lived in abundance, but there is now a growing awareness that the spiritual world is not an endless resource and that the gift is limited. The fact that the hourglass is empty can lead to anxiety and depression, but it can also be an initiation into deeper thinking. The youth is taking notice. Children across the world ask what we are doing to the planet. On international forums they stand up and demand that we take care of the earth. But how? What is needed? The last spiritual grain to fall through the hourglass marked the 'Turning Point of Time’ (R. Steiner). It happened at the Baptism of Jesus and was the outpouring from the Heart of God. That was the last most crucial investment: the Christ Impulse that poured out into humanity through the ‘the eye of the needle’ of a single human being. And now we all carry this Christ impulse in us. It is not of this world. It is not something we can give to ourselves. We can only ignite it. In the archetypal journey of the Christ, we can see how this impulse works into a human being bit by bit until it penetrates right into the physical bony structure where it transubstantiates matter into spirit. We can begin by transforming our way of being through our thinking and by changing our habits. That is why we need the altar, where the baptismal impulse can be taken in and strengthened every time. When we do this together, again and again, the impulse increases in potency, not for us alone, but also for the earth. And so we participate in ‘turning things around’ also for the powers that sustain our existence.
The link between the heavenly world and the earthly world
by Rev. Ulrick Becker
The heavens reach out to us.
Generously, they pour out over us their grace.
It is spiritual beings that offer their substance
So that the earth can continue to exist.
It is through their spirit-offering
That life can persist here on earth.
Can give rise to deep and joyful
Gratitude to the fact that
The angelic worlds care for us,
Accompany us in our attempts at
They give graciously.
Will find its fulfilment
Wherever they find an echo
Human hearts, and
Towards all beings of creation.
Spiritual beings know,
Is the most satisfactory deed one can do.
Every such deed
Accomplished out of our free will
Links existentially to
Beings of the divine worlds on the
Long way to become
The humanity of Christ.
The importance of the altar in Johannesburg
by Jan Lampen
Rev. Reingard Knausenberger gave a moving opening address to open the annual general meeting of the congregation on Saturday, 17th March, stressing the importance of having an altar in Johannesburg in these times of increased adversarial attacks, temptations and distractions. It is important to come back to the essential. She painted a picture of a much-photographed Acacia Tree in Sossusvlei in Namibia that thrives in a desert landscape against all odds. This is so because the roots of the tree go down at least 15 meters into the earth to tap into a source of life. Spiritually speaking, we as human beings are inverse or upside-down trees. Our roots need to reach into the heavens. We root ourselves and draw substance from above to feed our souls.
Rev. Michael Kientzler added to this picture by saying that big cities in the world are like social laboratories where the future development of humanity is being practised. In London approximately 270 languages are represented in schools. In Johannesburg we experience a similar concentration of diverse cultures and people in a congested city space. There are thus different cultural streams meeting in big cities who must learn to get along. He also mentioned that each big city is guarded and guided by an Archangel, as the responsibility for these laboratories of the future is enormous. Their task is to bring spiritual substance and balance in a world where terrible things are happening. It is in big cities that evil can be transformed into something good. He further remarked that Mayors of big cities are often more advanced political leaders as they seem to grasp that big cities are laboratories for the evolution of humanity. Christ is always connected with this and so is the Act of Consecration of Man where we co-celebrate with the Priest to bring forth a healing substance, not only for ourselves, but for big cities and ultimately, the world.
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