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August 4, 2019

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honorably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, 
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond.

-Rumi

 

As we enter the last month of summer, families all over the world are making decisions for the year ahead. Some will find themselves in new communities, new schools, homes, and jobs. Others are still working through the decision process itself.

How do we make such important decisions as the education of our children or the community to make our home? Intellectual decision making has its place, but the deep knowing that comes from our intuitive organ is our richest source of strength. This suprasensory knowledge that provides a well grounded insight into our every day life is something we all need today. There are many ways to tap into your powers of intuition through the arts, medicine, nature, and most importantly through the communities in which you live. The key is to find a channel to explore and begin.

Until next time,

Kathy Donchak

 

A free eBook to start your week.

Use of the word soul to denote the inner world of human experience has not been fashionable in recent psychology. In this ground-breaking study, however, the author stresses that our inner life is always active as a whole entity, which calls for recognition of the human soul as a being. Drawing on ideas of Goethe, Brentano, Husserl, Scheler, and Rudolf Steiner, Zeylmans van Emmichoven uses the soul's own self-perception as his method of clarifying the mysteries of the inner life.

What does he find? "The soul as an inner world participates in two worlds: an external world and...a still deeper, interior world." The soul is revealed as a mediator between the outer physical world (including the body) and the inner core of the human being, the "I." Through its intentional relationship to these two worlds, an ever-shifting stream of dynamic polarities continually courses through the soul: love-hate, joy-sorrow, pleasure-displeasure, desire-satisfaction, laughing-weeping, life-consciousness.

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Rudolf Steiner draws a clear distinction between the spiritual meaning of the word Intuition and its conventional definition. As the highest form of spiritual perception, Intuition is existentially significant for our process of knowing. Through systematic self-training, we can develop thinking into an intuitive “organ” through which spirit can be understood and penetrated consciously. Intuition can reveal the essence of spirit and the processes through which human beings and the world manifest, as well as events in our life after death.
In his later works, Steiner spoke of Intuition as a form of suprasensory knowledge that is able to provide direct insight into ordinary, practical life as exemplified in his commentaries on geometry, architecture, education, medicine, eurythmy, painting, and the social organization. Learn more


This beautiful board book introduces young children to a whole host of animals, including a squirrel and a fox, a hedgehog and a mouse, a rabbit and a bear, and shows how they sleep.

Loes Botman's warm and detailed illustrations bring the different animals to life, and the simple words and concepts make this the perfect bedtime book to explore with young children.
(Ages 1 to 3 years)

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No longer little children, but not yet teenagers, children in the primary school years (from seven to twelve) face big emotional, social, psychological, and physical changes. How can parents best support their children while also embracing their growing independence?

Inspired by the Waldorf approach to child development, Lou Harvey-Zahra explains the three major transitions—or “rubicons”—of middle childhood at ages seven, nine, and twelve. Learn more

 

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