Archive for February, 2011

Desire

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

There is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission on earth. * * * To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist, A Fable About Following Your Dream

So – getting in touch with our real desire means getting in touch with the universe. This is one of the hardest things to get our minds round: doing the good, when we are doing it out of our true being, is not unpleasant. In Theosophy, Steiner describes the transition from the Consciousness-Soul, which beholds the good and the true from without, to the Spirit-Self, which brings them forth from themselves. It’s part of the heritage of the battle between Augustine and Pelagius that we in the West are so suspicious of our desire. Of course if we think the only desire is plant-like or animal drive, we’re going to fall short of our potential. Augustine himself says, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” What can this mean except that our deepest desire is for oneness, for communion with God himself?

 

Quotation on Freedom

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

[The words of the Guardian of the threshold]

Yet my Threshold is fashioned out of all the timidity that remains in thee, out of all the dread of the strength needed to take full responsibility for all thy thoughts and actions. As long as there remains in thee a trace of fear of becoming thyself the guide of thine own destiny, just so long will this Threshold lack what still remains to be built into it. And as long as a single stone is found missing, just so long must thou remain standing as though transfixed; or else stumble. Seek not, then, to cross this Threshold until thou dost feel thyself entirely free from fear and ready for the highest responsibility.

From Knowledge of Higher Worlds, The Guardian of the Threshold

I am amazed how clearly Steiner sees the Guardian being connected to our freedom. I am reminded of Bruce Irvine speaking of our profound longing to find something outside of us that is responsible for our experiencing reality as we do; and of the terrifying liberation that comes when we realise that we ourselves are responsible for our experience.