As part of his contribution to last weeks meeting of cow share members in Richmond Hill, Michael Schmidt opened the meeting with the following excerpt from a 1998 poem by Ben Okri titled “Mental Fight, an anti-spell for the 21st century”:
Or might we choose to make
This time a waking up event
A moment of world empowerment?
To pledge, in private, to be more aware
More playful, more tolerant, and more fair
More responsible, more wild, more loving
Awake to our unsuspected powers, more amazing.
We rise or fall by the choice we make
It all depends on the road we take
And the choice and the road each depend
On the light we have, the light we bend,
On the light we use
Or the lies we live by
And from which we die.
And then again, at the close of the evening’s proceedings, Mr. Schmidt offered another verse, this time by Rudolf Steiner, titled “For this Michael age”:
We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what
comes towards us out of the future.
We must think only, that whatever
comes is given to us by
a world direction full of purpose.
It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely to live out of pure trust.
Trust in the ever-present help of the spiritual world.
Truly nothing else will do,
if our courage is not to fail us.
Let us discipline our will and
let us seek the awakening withing ourselves,
every morning and every evening.
— Rudolf Steiner (in translation)
And in case you have been living recently under a bushel and not reading online news, here’s a sample of what’s been “processing the group mind” recently: