Anthroposophical Society
in America

San Diego San Miguel Branch

The Foundation Stone
Rudolf Steiner, December 25, 1923
Translated: Ernst Katz, 1996

Human soul!
You live in the limbs;
Through the world of space they bear you
Into seas of spirit-being:

Practice spirit-recalling

In depths of soul,
Where in the wielding
Your own “I”
Comes into being
Within the “I of God;”
And you will truly live
In human cosmic being.
For there reigns the Father-spirit of the heights
In cosmic depths creating existence
Ye Spirits of Strength,
Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones,
Let from the heights ring forth
What in the depths finds its echo;
This speaks thus:
From the divine mankind takes being.
Thus hear it the elementary spirits
In the East, West, North, Sout

Human soul!
You live in the beat of heart and lungs;
Through the rhythm of time it leads you
Into the feeling of your own soul-being:

Practice Spirit-meditating

In equanimity of soul,
Where by the surging
Deeds of world-becoming
Your own “I”
Is united
With the “I of the cosmos”
And you will truly feel
In human weaving of souls.
For there reigns the will of Christ all around us
In cosmic rhythms bestowing grace onto souls.
Ye Spirits of Light,
Kyriotetes, Dynamis, Exusiai,
Let from the East be enkindled
What through the West takes on form;
This speaks thus:
In Christ death becomes life.
Thus hear it the elementary spirits
in the East, West, North, South:
May human beings hear it!

Human soul!
You live in the resting head;
From eternal grounds it discloses
The thoughts of the cosmos to you:

Practice Spirit-envisioning

In stillness of thought,
Where by the eternal aims of gods
Light of cosmic being
To your own “I”
Is granted
For your free willing;
And you will truly think
In human spirit grounds.
For there reign the cosmic thoughts of the Spirit
In cosmic being light imploring.
Ye Spirits of Soul,
Archai, Archangeloi, Angeloi,
Let from the depths be entreated
What in the heights will be answered;
This speaks thus:
In the Spirit’s cosmic thoughts the soul
Thus hear it the elementary spirits
in the East, West, North, South:
May human beings hear it!

At the turning point of time Came the cosmic spirit light Into the earthly stream of being. Night darkness Had reached its power’s end; Light, bright as day, Rayed forth in human souls; Light That gives warmth To simple hearts of shepherds; Light That enlightens The wise heads of kings;
Light divine, Christ-Sun, Give warmth To our hearts;
Enlighten Our heads, That good may become What from our hearts We are founding,
What from our heads We shall guide With our purposeful willing.