“Create moments of inner peace for yourself, and in these moments learn to distinguish the essential from the nonessential.” - Rudolf Steiner, How to Know Higher Worlds
How do we navigate the in-between? The time between winter and spring, when we wait to watch nature burst to life again through the budding of trees and songs of birds. The time we wait for the farewell to the beautiful soundless space of winter.
It is in these quiet essential moments watching the snowfall or raindrops as they slide down a window pane that we allow the universe to speak to us in all of its glory and wisdom.
It is no accident that the great thinkers, writers, and artists of the world would retreat to a cabin in the woods for periods of dormancy and rebirth of their creative stream just as nature provides us every season.
If we view our lives as seasons, we soon realize that there are times to grow and times to rest. As we come to the end of our winter season here in the US, take time to reflect, watch the budding of the trees, and listen for songbirds, but enjoy this time of in-between. It requires that we dig deep, and slowly unfurl our gifts for another season of growth. It will soon be time to grow again, but there is no need to rush. Spring will be here in living color before we know it.
This week, we bring you a gift of a free eBook download: Bees (CW 351) to celebrate the in-between.
In 1923 Rudolf Steiner predicted the dire state of today's honeybee. He stated that, within fifty to eighty years, we would see the consequences of mechanizing the forces that had previously operated organically in the beehive. Such practices include breeding queen bees artificially.
The fact that over sixty percent of the American honeybee population has died during the past ten years, and that this trend is continuing around the world, should make us aware of the importance of the issues discussed in these lectures. Steiner began this series of lectures on bees in response to a question from an audience of workers at the Goetheanum.
From physical depictions of the daily activities of bees to the most elevated esoteric insights, these lectures describe the unconscious wisdom of the beehive and its connection to our experience of health, culture, and the cosmos.
Bees is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the true nature of the honeybee, as well as those who wish to heal the contemporary crisis of the beehive.
Bees includes an essay by David Adams, "From Queen Bee to Social Sculpture: The Artistic Alchemy of Joseph Beuys." The art and social philosophy of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) is among the most influential of the twentieth century. He was strongly influenced by Rudolf Steiner's lectures on bees. The elemental imagery and its relationship to human society played an important role in Beuys's sculptures, drawings, installations, and performance art. Adams' essay on Beuys adds a whole new dimension to these lectures, generally considered to be directed more specifically to biodynamic methods and beekeeping.