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  1. m mueller on June 28, 2024 at 7:13 pm

    Hi y’all,

    Ben & Dennis, when did the water join the process for the first time and did you take great care in thinking about about that water, or really using it as a lubricant and universal solvent? Thanks! –Georgie Donovan (who is loving the course and taking it with her husband M Mueller here in Zionville, North Carolina this week).

  2. kinterra on June 28, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    I am overjoyed to learn about the intricacy and interconnectedness of the ‘world mineral plant’ formative forces and the miraculous healing potential when the divine, the human, and nature are brought into alchemical relationship. As much as I would like to have the opportunity to create colloidal gels, obtaining the equipment and materials is rather daunting. But thinking in the processes of nature as Dennis describes them seems like a healing force in itself.

  3. kinterra on June 29, 2024 at 4:46 am

    What are the differences and or similarities between analyzing and using essential oils according to their active components as is currently prescribed and applying them according to their FORMATIVE processes?
    for example: sweet marjoram is recommended as a therapy for nerve repair according to its chemical properties. Do the chemical components reflect the formative process, and so these perspectives typically align or are they vastly different?

  4. Krista Bieniek on June 29, 2024 at 6:59 am

    This is a great question! I have been wondering this too in relation to the gems.

  5. m mueller on July 4, 2024 at 6:39 am

    Regarding the ritual aspect of our work… Dennis Spoke about an activity that occurred within the context of the Whitsun (Pentecost) festival he attended recently. In the activity, a group of parables was offered to the participants, who then formed partnerships with another person who was drawn to the same parable. Each then described their relationship to the parable, and then discussed things together. In Dennis’ case it was with someone he did not know prior to this meeting. An instant, meaningful, reciprocal bond was formed between strangers.

    This morning I was reading Steiner’s lecture from exactly 100 years ago on karma and reincarnation. Here’s what he said:

    “The individual man experiences his destiny. But as soon as two human beings are working together, something more arises,—more than the working out of the individual destinies of the one and of the other. Something takes place as between the two, transcending the individual experiences of either. Ordinary consciousness perceives no connection of what happens between man and man, with what goes on in the spiritual worlds above. For ordinary consciousness the connection is at most established when sacred spiritual actions are brought into this physical world of sense,—as when in sacred cult or ritual men consciously transform their physical actions so as to make them actions of the spiritual world at the same time.

    But in a far wider sphere, all that happens between man and man is more than what the individual man experiences as his destiny. All that is not merely the destiny of individual men, but that is brought about by the feeling-together and working-together of men on earth, is for ever in connection with the deeds of Seraphim and Cherubim and Thrones above. Into the latter there flow the deeds of men in their mutual connection with one another, as well as the individual earthly lives of men.” R Steiner 4 July 1924

    The ritual act of sharing with another human, the ritual act of working with gems and and their alchemically related plants, the ritual act of anointing the other in a spirit of Good Will, all these reach into the highest spheres of the heavenly beings.

    These seem to me to be most powerful aspects of meaningful ritual.

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