The Will of Sauron

From: Steinerhead
Date: Sat Dec 27, 2003 10:28 pm
Subject: The Will of Sauron

I've been seeing and feeling the "Will of Sauron" in everything lately -- masses of people inclosed in their little machines, going to their little, or big jobs, hurrying to buy all the little things that bring to us a temporarily soothing euphoric experience for our black hole souls to gobble up like a starving dog. The hole is huge, and the Will is strong. "There is no life in the void, only death." And if death is indeed a lack of motion, then many of us are indeed dead in our ability to think. In our day and age, each one of us needs to destroy the Ring of power -- which mutilates our hope, and strangles our compassion -- that exists within ourselves. If we cannot do this then we as a species will remain like Orcs -- evolutionarily mutated beings filled with lust, greed, and the will to exonerate only themselves, and their Masters of Power and War.

"To bear a ring of Power, is to be Alone."

And how many of us are ready to really be -- Alone. Alone with our own madness; alone with our failed Ideals as to what Truth and Love are, or were; alone with our own ignorance, that so often turns into the sword of arrogance; alone with our carnal desires; alone with the Gollum that lives within us all; and how alone was Frodo, when, after all that he had been through to get there, he stood over the fires of Mount Doom and claimed: "The Ring is Mine".

In his quest to destroy the Ring, Frodo was stabbed by the Witch King with a blade that left a wound that would never fully heal. How many of us are soul murdered and stabbed by the "neither living nor dead" Witch Kings of our time. Existing in the shadows of a society that they created to perpetuate with machine like efficiency the mindless hoards of order followers who's souls have been stabbed and injected with a placebo freedom that inhibits thought and intensifies euphoric feelings.

"Darkness has a hunger that's insatiable, and lightness has a call that's hard to hear."

But there are fleeting glimpses, of something that makes sense beyond words, that on occasion will catch our minds eye. With practice these glimpses can become more apparent, and perhaps even understood. Within these moments a kind of inner certainty starts to take hold, and the insatiable hunger starts to diminish, and perhaps a little wisdom starts to settle in...

And if "true wisdom stems from knowing, that you know nothing," then I must be very wise. For recently I realized that all that I think that I know is nothing, when it comes to living the idea of true self-sacrifice. That the intellect, as wonderful as it is, really is but "an infentestimal fragment of a mirror, such as a child might hold up to the Sun, expecting the Sun to be dazzled by it." "The Horror" of being crucified, now breaths new light into the world. Love now becomes "the burning point of life," and the "Will of Sauron" becomes fuel for the fire.

Truth and Roaring Fires of Love

Mike

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From: golden3000997
Date: Sun Dec 28, 2003 6:48 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] The Will of Sauron

Good Morning Mike and Everybody,

I'm sure that there are people among us here who are getting a little tired of the Lord of the Rings analogies, but to them, I ask forbearance and patience. I feel that these movies are a gift to the world, even in light of my own love for the books. In fact, I am reading the books again after many years, and it is like I never read them before. True, it has been at least 20 years since I last read them all through. The films have re-kindled the story within me and I believe in many other people. And many people are using the Lord of the Rings as an analogy for our time, sometimes trivially, but mostly with great depth and seriousness. Some try to "adapt" the story a little too much, perhaps, but the simple fact that it is pre-Christian is helpful, because even with Gandalf's "Resurrection" theme, a direct link cannot be made with Christ. Gandalf is still very human and he is not the Ring Bearer, the ultimate Savior, just a powerful servant of the forces of Good, which are many and varied.

I have also been thinking very much the past few days about Frodo at Mount Doom. He actually failed, didn't he? If it were not for Sam's love and strength of will and Gollum's total passion, Frodo would have failed like Ilsidur (sp). He knows this and it turns all praise and honor for him to ashes. That is why he must leave with the Elves. He will need their Healing for the rest of his life, maybe for all eternity. There is a terrible sadness in his eyes and heart that makes the ending of the movie so hard to bear.

What I take from this is that we ALL have the possibility and maybe even the probablility of failing. The wiser of the humans and elves in the story know that they have already failed, at first contact, that they could not possibly bear the Ring without immediately succumbing to its power. Each one is tested and even though they "pass the test" by not accepting or taking the Ring, at a higher level, it is because they know they do not possess the forces to bear it. They all fail at that level. Frodo walks a terrible tightrope the whole time. He has enough courage and strength to resist up to a point, but it is really Sam the whole time who bears the Ring Bearer. Without him, Frodo would have had no hope. Sam felt unworthy to bear the ring, but you know that he would have pushed Frodo into the fire and gone in with him rather than let him fail. This is to me, more that the Deed of Frodo, is the "better love hath no man than he shall lay down his life for another." You know that Sam is ready to do this at any point necessary from the first moment. Only Frodo really knows how much Sam deserves the honors and gratitude of all more than himself. But he also knows that the nature of the Servant of the Ring Bearer has no use for such accolades. It is a deep, deep mystery that one can only meditate on, not ever to fully comprehend with the mind.

There is an amazing little book by Taylor Caldwell called "Dialogues with the Devil" which is a series of letters between Michael and Lucifer. It has many astonishing things in it, but the greatest revelation to me was the fact that "Hell" is perfect and in "Heaven" everyone can fail! It really is astonishing. We who have been raised in a "normal" church have usually been taught to believe that God and Heaven are "Perfect" and that we, if we get there, will be perfect, too, or even worse, that we need to be "Perfected" to get there at all whether through our own religious observance, or through grace in Christ's redemption. But in this book, Hell is "Perfect" and both Men and Angels always walk the tightrope of Frodo, we always can fail in either world. And it is this eternal possiblity of failure that makes our triumph, however great or small, worthwhile. For if we could not fail, we could not succeed or grow. I really recommend this book to everyone. The closest thing I have ever seen to it is Mark Twain's "Letters from the Earth." CS Lewis' "Perelandra" trilogy is similar, too, but not as direct.

There are Orcs among us, but also Elves (I hope) and Wizards. I think of Steiner (of course) as a Gandalf and I am wondering if it is the Anthroposophists who are, or should be or could be the Elves. Anyone who can take up the knowledge of Anthroposophy into his or herself inherits the wisdom of the Elves to some extent, the hidden and almost lost and forgotten knowledge of the Past - the lost worlds of Middle Earth. From us is required the ability to turn this knowledge into Healing for the world and for Mankind. Perhaps there will be those who are Warriors of the New Age. Perhaps they won't be Anthroposophists per se, like so many writers that we have been forwarding to each other who are not "within our movement" but who share the thirst and hunger for the truth and for righteousness (careful use and meaning of this word intended). There are Sarumans, too. Those who preach either a "Christian" or "New Age" philosophy which uses the concepts of freedom and righteousness, but by which many are fooled into spiritual slavery.

My heart tells me it is better to be Sam than Frodo. To be a Servant of the Ring Bearer. It is just as perilous outwardly, but more peaceful inwardly. But that is just the part of me who so much fears failure speaking. But my heart is divided and probably will be forever, for I also fear the Hell in which we cannot fail. I always have. Ultimately, each will have to find his or her place in the Fellowship and the destiny for which we are born. How deeply we should be grateful for each other, because no one can do this alone. No one.

Much love,
Christine

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From: golden3000997
Date: Sun Dec 28, 2003 7:53 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] The Will of Sauron

May It Be
Music: Eithne N¨ª Bhraon¨¢in - Lyrics: Roma Ryan

May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh! How far you are from home

Mornië ut¨²lië (Quenya: Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornië alantië (Quenya: Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

May it be the shadow's call
Will fly away
May it be you journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornië ut¨²lië (Quenya: Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornië alantië (Quenya: Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now
A promise lives within you now

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From: Steinerhead
Date: Sun Dec 28, 2003 7:26 pm
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] The Will of Sauron

In a message dated 12/28/03 3:54:56 PM golden3000997 writes:

May it be an evening star
Shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls
Your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road
Oh! How far you are from home

Mornië ut¨²lië (Quenya: Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornië alantië (Quenya: Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now

May it be the shadow's call
Will fly away
May it be you journey on
To light the day
When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the sun

Mornië ut¨²lië (Quenya: Darkness has come)
Believe and you will find your way
Mornië alantië (Quenya: Darkness has fallen)
A promise lives within you now
A promise lives within you now

Thank you Sam...

Mike

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From: golden3000997
Date: Sun Dec 28, 2003 9:26 am
Subject: Response to Jan - my StarBird

Hello Jan!

Happy Fourth Day of Christmas!

I try to copy both groups on many of my replies, because both groups (Anthroposophy and Anthroposophy Tomorrow) are dealing with many of the same issues. I feel like I have friends in both and I can't always remember who is in which group. I am not sure, though that when I reply to a post, the content that I am replying to is forwarded as well. I can't see it on my e-mail server. You are responding to my reply to Mike re: The Will of Sauron. If you didn't receive his post with mine, let me know and I will forward it, too.

You (Jan) wrote:

Hello Golden Christine,
Or do we not stand between the elves and the orcs, between Lucifer and Ahriman, and walking Christward, bring both to balance? Frodo was in credit, had deposits, savings of compassion in the True World Bank, which enabled Gollum to live and so play a crucial but ultimately essential part. I do not believe that we are called to fight evil, but rather to transform it, which is more difficult. I do not believe that the Ring is destroyed in the fire, but will be alchemically metamorphosed in the crucible of Humanity that burns softly with love. Because it deals with truths, the story is also paradox. The supreme effort of each lonely individual is essential, but nothing can be achieved without brotherhood. Hence, Œwhere two or three are gathered......¹ Therein, of course, lies our
hope!
Jan

I hesitate to bring the concept of Christ into the Lord of the Rings trilogy, because it tends to lock people's minds. The air of Middle Earth is somehow fresher without the musty air of the libraries of Christianity. But just as He was always there, so He is always there. Both Gandalf and Galadriel affirm that "something" or "someone" has brought the Ring to Frodo (or Frodo to the Ring) through Bilbo and that even so, bearing the Ring is and must always be a Free Deed. Through the books, too, I am sensing this Presence, always unseen and unnamed. There is the Forza del Destino which creates the unforseen circumstances which often seem so wrong and cruel, but in the end have proved necessary and right. The Vishnu Karma working through the reality of Human Freedom.

To be Alone and yet to be part of a Fellowship. Is this not the paradox of our age? And the truth? For if each one of us were truly alone, having nothing in the world to reflect the ideas, imaginations, inspirations or intuitions which arise in us - no Anthroposophical Society, no books and lectures, no schools, eurythmy, healing centers, biodynamic farms, even no internet groups such as these, would we each alone feel that we were mad? Is not such perception deemed madness by the society at large and has been so through history? Aren't there many people out there who feel mad because they cannot find the confirmation that they need and are told by psychiatrists that their imaginings are nonsense - unreal - require medication to fight? Don't many succumb to this madness and its accompanying despair in suicide and other forms of self-anhililation? Because they cannot find this Fellowship?

And on the other side, aren't there many who join cults and churches and who are willing to surrender all independent thought and forces of will for the sake of being part of a Fellowship? Those who find it intolerable to bear the burden of being Alone? This is to me, still the tightrope walk - the Bridge of Khazad-Dum (boy, do I get sweaty palms just thinking about that Bridge!!)

The Middle Way - the Way of the Christ - this leads to Golgotha - to the pinpoint of the Time/Space continuum in which we find Our Self alone. "Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?" the moment that Christ, that God - for one split second knew what it was like to be Human - to be ALONE - unable to see, hear or feel God. It was that split second in which God became able to call to Man in a Voice that Man could once again Hear. This is the Transformation of Evil - the Breaking of the Silence. "Out of the Silent Planet" is the first of the trilogy by CS Lewis. We are locked in a sphere of Silence - the only planet which cannot hear the Music of the Spheres - the Voice of God. Can anyone imagine this moment for Christ on the Cross? When all became Silent? Was this not the Great Agony? Was this not the Ring of Fire? Was this not Hell on Earth? Was this not the Great Crucible in which the Gold of God was melted and destroyed? And then this Gold of God came through the fire as the Risen Christ - the Sword which can pierce all Silence - all Darkness. For Transformation is always a Death and a Resurrection. That which is transformed must die to itself. It is not a gentle process. We must all stand at the Foot of the Cross and wait our turn to be Crucified. We must be Servants of the Ring Bearer willing to fall into the Fire. Only then will we be truly of the Fellowship. Only then we will be the Bearers of the Golden Light. Only then will we walk, once again, with God and with each other.

It is Sunday,
Christine

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From: golden3000997
Date: Mon Dec 29, 2003 9:34 am
Subject: Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] The Will of Sauron

My "maiden name" is Magee - what's up with that, I wonder?

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