A Goodreads Book Review of THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Rudolf Steiner

The Fifth Gospel picA Goodreads Review of “THE FIFTH GOSPEL by Rudolf Steiner”

“From his clairvoyant reading of the Akashic Record — the cosmic memory of all events, actions, and thoughts — Rudolf Steiner was able to speak of aspects of the life of Jesus Christ that are not contained in the four biblical Gospels. Such research can be spoken of as a fifth gospel. After an intense inner struggle to verify the exact nature of these events, and checking the results of his research, Steiner describes many detailed episodes from the Akashic Record. This new edition has been retranslated and features six lectures that have never before been published in English.”

Review Reprinted From: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/627391.The_Fifth_Gospel

Author Page at Goodreads:

“Steiner was a philosopher, social thinker, architect, and esotericist.

Steiner led this movement through several phases. In the first, more philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism; his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and the inner and spiritual needs of the human being.

In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of a cultural center to house all the arts, the Goetheanum.

After the First World War, Steiner worked with educators, farmers, doctors, and other professionals to develop Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine as well as new directions in numerous other practical areas.

Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual component. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s world view, in which ‘Thinking … is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.’ A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.”

Reprinted From: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2593.Rudolf_Steiner

STEINER RELATED LINKS: http://www.anthroposophy.org/, http://www.rudolfsteinerweb.com/, http://www.anthromed.org/,  http://www.rsarchive.org/, http://www.thechristiancommunity.org/, http://rudolfsteinerquotes.wordpress.com/

A Precipice and Changes in Consciousness, a Guest Submission from Michael Brine

From Michael Brine

Dear Readers,

woman at precipiceI have attached three selections from the book, Through the Looking Glass, by Dr. Robert Ghost Wolf, Part Two. I hope they will help you to better understand the times in which we live.

“Humanity sits poised at a precipice; in front of us is an undeterminable pathway, behind us is the shell of a decaying age. We are at the crossroads of our experience; already actions, as well as thinking processes, are being set which will determine the nature of a new and extraordinary destiny. Our survival as a thinking species and, as well, all living things upon the Earth, now hangs in the mercy of the Winds of Change . . . winds that no longer blow quiet warnings; rather they carry with them a somewhat foreboding message and always deliver a swift altering of our contrived reality through extremely volatile occurrences.

The Division Bell has rung and marks and denotes the polarities of consciousness as we experience conflicts within ourselves, our thoughts, moral values and the everyday dealing with a society that seems to suffer from a total absence of value and ethics. Society as a whole is drawn into the spin, created of a controlled media.”

“Disease and Pharmaceutical/Allopathic Medical Corruption: Many corrupt corporate demigods, who have plundered an unsuspecting world, sometimes defenseless third world populations, have created an entire generation of peoples addicted to their chemical dependencies, “Drugs for Health,” thus enslaving them, creating predictable life spans.

Finally, a quote from the section: “History Rewritten: Human Evolution and Starseed Movement: There will be a series of explorations revealing our true relation to those who come from the stars. At first these discoveries will be opposed by organized religions who will then embrace them in the face of proven scientific evidence. This will cause a further breaking down in the influence of traditional religious doctrines. The revealing of ancient documents and artifacts will be proof that the Nazarene’s influence upon mankind was far more involved and known amongst the world’s people than previously perceived.”

My intent with this column is to get us thinking outside the proverbial “Box” we have been conditioned to believe, by presenting the thoughts of those who I have learned to respect. Whether or not you choose to consider these ideas is your choice, of course.

Comments are certainly welcome, including critics, either here or at my e-mail address: wild.brine62I@gmail.com.  Other writings  by and materials from Michael Brine maybe viewed  at.missionignition.net/btb and here at: https://notesalongthepath.com/?s=Michael+Brine&submit=Search

Thank you. Be well.

Michael Brine

You Create Your Future, a Guest Post from the 11:11 Progress Group

Alabama USA
December 16, 2010
Received by Oscar

Teacher: “There is a lot of uncertainty in these times due to economic concerns. These are the moments some use to take advantage of the fear in their fellows, and attempt to foster more fear with fatalistic forecasts in order to strengthen their control. Many of you follow the news closely and observe how everything seems to be getting worst.

“You should know that you are the masters of your destiny. It is you who can decide what next will happen in this world. You are the ones who can create your future today. The decisions of the past — your collective decisions — have brought you here. Will you keep thinking the same thoughts and employing the same methods expecting different results?

“In a society as globalized as the present society on Urantia, the mistakes are no longer just the responsibility of a few leaders. Many countries have democratic systems to varying degrees. Many leaders of the most powerful nations are elected by the majorities in their respective countries. It is the duty of every citizen to be informed about the policies and the way of thinking of the leaders they are voting for, since through their being elected they decide the course of action they are supporting, and they are creating the world that will meet future generations.

“This is only the first step, but one that is often ignored by those who don’t take the time to inform themselves, and later blame their governments for the policies implemented — policies which they supported with their votes. The next and more important step is the internal progress — spiritual elevation — where each individual attempts to be better through the intelligent adoration of the Celestial Father and through the progressive communion with the presence of the Father in the heart and mind of each individual. This is the true engine that will move progress of civilization to heights not yet conceived in this world, when the government of men will move aside to install the government of God on Earth, because every human being would have reached self-mastery, self-governance, and will be motivated to serve their fellows by the spontaneous love that overflows each heart. On that day all problems will disappear.

“The solution to the problems of today, the complex problems festering in this sphere, depend only on a personal decision of each person in this world, or a significant majority. When a human being decides to search for the Father within, and therefore starts to become the best he or she can be, a new step forward is made towards the age of Light and Life in this world. This is the task facing each one of you today to improve the world you live in. Make your decision.”

© The 11:11 Progress Group.
Try coming out of the shadows, a little at the time—TA.


For A Fulfilled Life, One Needs . . .

“The prerequisites of the fulfilled life are material
comfort, leisure, education, justice and social stability.”

By Marvin C. Shaw

Note: When I read this, the importance of compassion and social justice became clearer.
Let us see the picture that is greater than
ourselves and open our hearts and minds to
making a positive difference in the lives of others who are not now living a life of meaning.

On Suffering With Dignity, a Guest Post from Marvin Shaw

Quoted from THE PARADOX OF INTENTION by Marvin C. Shaw, about Victor Frankl and his school of depth psychology called Logotherapy, Shaw writes:

“The simple fact is, in some situations one cannot do one’s
work and enjoy one’s life, but one can still suffer well.”

I find this an especially powerful teaching, regarding my attitude toward my illness and isolation from life. The truth is, I’ve experienced true joy in my life and feel greatly blessed by Love. It is my shadow-self that whines, which shames me in a deep way knowing that Victor Frankl spent three years in Nazi concentation camps. What great teachers these men are!

Do We Create Our Own Realities: Why Haiti? A Guest Post by Michael Brine

From WKBW.com/WKBW Directors/Published: Jan 13, 2010 at 1:24 PM EST BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)

By Michael Brine

The question that has been asked over and over again since the 7.0 earthquake happened, is: “Why Haiti?

We could, I suppose, have asked the same question in 2005: Why, New Orleans? Or after that tsunami in Asia a few years ago?

I have been giving much thought to this since Haiti’s disaster. Let us consider. Generally speaking we are looking at impoverished areas of the world, especially in the case of Haiti. What is also true is that these areas have had reputations for housing corrupt elements, dishonesty and illegal activities. Much anger is also generated because of these unhealthy elements within their borders and, again, especially in Haiti.

Okay, we agree that this is largely true. So?

One of the basic understandings we have is the universal law that what we put out, we draw back to ourselves. If we are constantly bitching about this and that, the negative energy that we express will attract back to us the same negativity. Think about it. How many people have you heard say, “Why does this always happen to me?” Yes, bitch, bitch, bitch!

If this is true on a personal level, would it not also be logical that if in an area of the world—say a country—is putting out a dominant negative energy that it, too, will attract back negativity? Like attracts like. If this is a universal principal, what is true on a personal level will also be true on any level. Size has nothing to do with it.

The world as a whole is witnessing an increase in negative happenings. If we look at where these negative events, whether man-made or ‘natural’ are happening, they would seem to be in areas of the world where there is much negativity, corruption, religious antagonisms and political disagreements, elements that often erupt into violence. Much of the world’s natural disasters also seem to be happening in these same areas. Is this a coincidence? Remember, “What we put out we draw back to ourselves.” Right?

I feel it would serve us to stop and reflect on this for a moment. If what I am suggesting is true, how does one explain, say in the case of Haiti as an example, the tragic results we have witnessed on many apparently innocent people, but especially on so many young children? Are they not the innocents in all of this mayhem? Why does not ‘Nature’ distinguish between the innocent and the unknowing?

I honestly do not have a clear answer. What I am suggesting is something to reflect on, that which has stirred me since the, “Why Haiti?” question has come up. One answer to this disturbing question might be that when the negativity energy coming from a particular area, or an individual, exceeds the positive energy, then the balance has been tipped. In the case of a global area, everyone in that area is caught up in the ensuing dust storm.

This I have also witnessed happening to individuals, including myself. What happened to me on one occasion also negatively affected my young son at the time. He was an innocent in this particular situation; I was not, although I am sure he learned from it and maybe that is what is important. Future generations can and hopefully will, learn from our errors.

There is increasing global unrest. Violence and negativity are sadly erupting across this world of ours. Keeping pace, it seems, are weather anomalies and geological upheavals. Is this coincidental? Some might even say we are approaching Judgment Day! Others say, “Armageddon.” Hhhmmmm.

However one sees it, I would suggest that we humans must start to take responsibility for our outlandish behaviour towards one and other, and put aside our so often petty differences, whether religious, political or just personal. Is it not time to grow up and mature into all that we can be? Or face the further unravelling of our civilisations and perish?

I remember hearing somewhere what we seem so often to forget: “Love ye one another,” and “Judge not that ye be not judged.” Again, hhhhmmmm!

In the final analysis, it has to start with us, you and me. I think I have stuck my neck out a little with this writing. Now it’s your move. Come on, yes, I mean YOU! Okay. Great. Wanna dance?

“Sure, I guess so.”

Hey, ain’t this fun? You aren’t as bad as I thought.

“Yeah, well okay, neither are you, I guess.”

Hey, over there! Louder, and pick up the music! Now, I’m out of here! See ya!

I offer this from Goethe so beautifully said:

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element.

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration,

I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides

Whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated,

And a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse.

If we treat people as they ought to be,

We help them become what they are capable of becoming.”


Other Posts By Michael Brine

The Mind is Only a Tool

On Cooperation

On Coping

On Truth

Education of the Heart

Other articles by Michael Brine can be accessed at www.missionignition.net/btb.