Quiet

Quiet I bear within me.

I bear within me forces that make me strong

Now will I be imbued with their glowing warmth

Now will I fill myself with my own will’s resolve

When by my steadfast striving I become strong

To find within myself the source of strength

The strength of inner quiet.

 

(A further meditation on the greater effect of quietness of soul)

When quietness smooths the waves of soul

And patience expands in the spirit

Then the word of the gods

Moves through the inner being of man

And weaves the peace of eternities

Into all the life

Of the course of time.

(Rudolf Steiner)

(A meditation given to me at 16, by Dr. Franz Winkler.

The first verse, alone, comprised the first 7 years of my meditative life. I only knew of the last verse recently)

(Original German)

I

Ich trage Ruhe in mir.

Ich trage in mir selbst die Kräfte,
die mich stärken.

Ich will mich erfüllen
mit dieser Kraft Wärme.

Ich will mich durchdringen
mit meines Willens Macht.

Und fühlen will ich,
wie Ruhe sich ergießt
durch all mein Sein,
wenn ich mich stärke,
die Ruhe als Kraft in mir zu finden,
durch meines Strebens Macht.

II

Wenn Ruhe der Seele Wogen glättet
und Geduld im Geist sich breitet,
zieht der Götter Wort
durch des Menschen Innres
Und webt den Frieden der Ewigkeiten
In allen Leben des Zeitenlaufs.

 

7 thoughts on “Quiet

    1. Landscaping the Sacred Post author

      You are probably right about their separateness. The first was given to esoteric students in 1904–5. The second to Helmut v. Moltke, December 11, 1915. I recall finding them together in a trustworthy publication, I mistakenly recalled “Guidance…. Apparently, neither my memory nor my trust were well-founded.

      Reply
  1. rusty (@mativity)

    I was being curious more than pedantic. And I had forgotten about the book Guidance til you mentioned it. Now that I have dug it out, I realise it’s just what I need at the moment.

    So this exchange has been fruitful for me.

    Reply
    1. Landscaping the Sacred Post author

      Thank you for awakening me to my misleading mistake. The addition of the second verse to the blog was a late edit on my part. I had come to realize the importance of couching our meditative efforts in the context of their global, rather than mere personal importance.

      Reply

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