“Finding unity with Christ is not a given; it depends on turning the ego— that provides our sense of experiencing ourselves as a unique being—into an instrument of loving perception that connects with other beings. Learning to do this makes the path to Christ a path of self-knowledge, where the freedom to make mistakes and consequent error lets us see ourselves with humility as we come to know how to bring love into what we say and do.” (from the introduction)
Michael Ridenour contends that, before human beings can progress, we must cease our reliance on external authorities in the form of dogma, power, and control. We need, instead, to find spiritual and creative solutions from within. Fundamentally, we should discover what makes us truly humanand not merely animal. “The direction of this book is to indicate how this may be addressed in artistic and imaginative terms that touch the powder, so to speak, with a different fire that ignites a different future.”
With Meditations, Ridenour provides a fresh and varied look at themes explored in his recent bookThe Greatest Gift Ever Given. The more meditative, intimate format of this short volume allows content and mode of expression to complement each other by expanding these themes into realms of individual experience. Part one uses a shorter poetic commentary, allowing greater variety and flexibility of focus. Part two builds on paths of individual initiation from the esoteric Christian tradition, showing how they address contemporary concerns for greater spiritual awareness and a more perceptive quality of consciousness.
Meditationsis a thoughtful work that offers support for understanding and practicing the contemporary spiritual path.
C O N T E N T S:
An Introductory Meditation
Coming through the Woods . . .
the Sea Today
Why We Need Colored Periods
Touching up Eternity
Heaven Written Low
The Joys of a Shelfless Life . . .
Night Climbing by Grail Light
An Alchemical Aparitif
Hatless in the Rain
The Picture Window
The Mummy’s Curse
Helen Keller at the Beach
A Gift of Blindness for Our Time
The Mystery Question of Parzival
Creating out of Nothing
A Last Word: No Mistake about It . . .
Michael S. Ridenour learned to read at age five with a young-adult book on evolution. He had out-of-body experiences as he grew older and woke up as an adolescent with the certainty that he had a soul, which gave Ridenour a growing sense of reality that culminated with a Christ experience during his mid-teens, but he didn’t know what to do with it. After a few degrees in physics, math, French, and English literature left him intellectually richer but were no help. A two-year stint teaching English to Buddhist monks in Thailand was enormously satisfying, but still fell short. Then he discovered the spiritual perceptions of esoteric Christianity and spiritual science given by Rudolf Steiner, which grounded him in esoteric literature and enabled him to complete a book, Chartres: A Human Temple of Heaven and Earth (Hermetica, 2009). Years later, the same stream flowed into his second book, The Greatest Gift Ever Given (Temple Lodge, 2017). Ridenour continues his career as a writer and Waldorf teacher in Southern California.