Bring your lunch so we can sit together in the dining room and continue the conversation, or walk to nearby restaurants. Muni (public transportation is easily gained from Bart and the #5 bus. Pay close attention to parking restrictions street side.Cost: $25 Friday, $50 Saturday. No one will be turned away – Christine’s workshop is not to be missed. Give what you can to help cover the costs of bringing Christine from Belgium.
Please make out checks to Karen Mattison, Registrar, and send with your contact information to her at 761 Cottonwood Court, Livermore, CA 94551. Questions: Karen at 925-454-8962, firstname.lastname@example.org Please do rsvp.
I accept the darkness around me by learning to accept the darkness within me; from there I can redeem the darkness in me with the help of the light within me.
The profound thought that lies in this is that the kingdom of darkness has to be overcome by the kingdom of light, not by means of punishment, but through mildness; not by resisting evil, but by uniting with it in order to redeem evil as such. Because a part of the light enters into evil, the evil itself is overcome.” ~Rudolf Steiner
The world, in an ever accelerating pace, is shaken by violence and the urge to revenge and destroy. Hate, fear and overt cynicism take the upper hand, while despair and powerlessness increase. What to do? Can something be done? How do we face these outbursts of evil forces? For many of us, the border has been crossed; we can no longer look away. But then, where to look? Are we condemned to remain spectators, watching the news with growing indignation, powerless as we are? Or is there a way to develop the presence of mind that is needed in facing our turbulent times?
At this point, more than ever, it could become important to learn about the Manichaean stream and about what Rudolf Steiner has told about it. The Dutch Anthroposophist Bernard Lievegoed was the first to clearly denote an intrinsic, although not so well known, relationship between Anthroposophy and the Manichaean impulse, as Rudolf Steiner has called it. And it is his great merit that he gave the stream of Manichaeism its justified place in the context of what is moving in Anthroposophy as an all-encompassing stream in humanity. To Lievegoed, Anthroposophy as a deed does not appear in its full reality until it is viewed in the light of Manichaeism.
The salvation of the soul,the central motif of Manichaeism, is a deed, a deed to which we are called as contemporaries living in turbulent times. But Manichaeism will have to develop further in the future, as Rudolf Steiner expresses it. Knowledge and wisdom may indeed help us, but they can be no substitute for the actual deed. This deed is related to good and evil as they are present in each of us. This deed becomes a presence which concretizes in a particular relationship to the other, whoever he may be. Only through this can we develop an inner organ to listen to the future. A listening with the heart. In the words of Bernard Lievegoed: More and more people will find methods to help others in the most surprising ways. To put yourself in the service of the difficulties of another person, that is the point!*
*This text is excerpted from descriptions of Christine’s books, as well as a description that she offered to us for this workshop. Those books are: Walking with Your Time , and Mani and Rudolf Steiner.