From Being Kind to Being Kindness
“For the fact that the earth is the way it is has its basis down to the smallest piece of rock, in that the earth is filled with the earth spirit.
That is how the earth must be regarded as a whole, not a physical whole, but an entity with a body, an entity that belongs to its spirit.”
How the Spiritual World Projects into Physical Existence: The Influence of The Dead” Collected Works, Rudolf Steiner
Let’s continue working with “Being Kind”, now, more from the viewpoint of Earth. Our being kind to others is an aspect of our personality – our persona, the way we, in ego presence, put ourselves into favorable relationship with others.
Personality does not express who we are, because it does not express where we are with any depth. Personality forms through what happened to us from the past and expresses how we live as a mask, which, as we now see with everyone wearing masks, a mask reduces everyone to sameness. The anti-viral mask makes visible what was already our way of meeting others. The virus, a fully earth-creature, perhaps is trying to show us what we become when we neglect where we are, the only place where we are truly human, Earth, of the humus. As this “not being here” becomes more and more prevalent, we meet Earth as a disease; in reality, Earth is showing us we are diseased.
An enormous difference exists between “being kind” and “being kindness”, the difference between living at the surface of who we are and living the essence of who we are as soul-spirit-body-earth beings. Notice your own bodily response to these two phrases. Say the first phrase (being kind) and notice where the words are bodily felt – somewhere from the neck up is where the vibration occurs. The second phrase (being kindness) evokes bodily vibration. How to intensify this second vibration becomes our concern.
(This little noticing requires doing so bodily, experiencing bodily, not experiencing our thoughts of what we are doing.)
Notice the introductory phrase by Rudolf Steiner at the top of this posting. He powerfully expresses that Earth is a being of body, a body with soul and spirit. If we live only through our personality we inevitably live ON Earth, not within Earth.
A first suggestion – beginning to feel the presence of the fullness of Earth. Begin going to sleep and waking up in a different manner. Go to sleep slowly, don’t just fall asleep or work at falling asleep. And wake up slowly, without an alarm clock, which is only the reminding us it is time to step into our personality.
Notice what happens bodily when you gradually go into sleep. Inwardly track the process as it unfolds; and the same with waking up. Feel the way body seems to expand beyond the limits of the material form. Body is not expanding; our body-awareness expands, that is we become aware that body belongs to the world and there is nothing of the world that is not of the Earth. So, becoming more aware of the fullness of body also helps us notice that we are indeed Earth-beings, humus beings; it even feels a bit humor-us, to look around and see how pliable Earth is in letting us think we are Her owners by shaping Her into the house we live in, the floor, ceiling, walls, windows, and everything, everything without exception, is Earth. Earth is humoring us.
Notice the particular quality of bodily feeling the fullness of our foundational reality – it is the quality of being on the way to being Kindness.
Going to sleep is a process of going into Earth. You are very likely to notice that when you slowly go into sleep, dreams are far more prevalent – or remembering them is. Dreaming is the way the body actively senses where it is when in sleep. When in sleep, body experiences the fullness of Earth in images, as images.
Psychology believes its own theories, and in doing so puts Psyche inside of us. Psyche is all around us – it is the soul of Earth. We are always in the dreamtime, and the function of the mask is to forget this, to mask it.
One more little step on the Earth-path. Or, let’s be properly modest and call it on the first step of the Earth-path. Once everything said above begins to be noticed, then it becomes possible to address Earth, simply by gesturing Her name, quietly but very bodily, that is through moving the mouth and lips, taking a deep breath (that is Hers, we just borrow a bit), something that can be felt happening – and returning what is Hers, not by being some kind of alien that uses what is her to survive in this alien place, but by acting like we are where we are.
When, then speaking Her name as if we are indeed her children, the primary feeling of experiencing our earth-livingness is….. being Kindness. Being Kindness is not something that we periodically do, it is our essence as of Earth. When we are not Kindness, we are aliens. When we do experience the “arrival” of aliens, it will be the moment when the way we project ourselves as persona becomes the dreamtime we live. It is guaranteed that the aliens we will meet are the aliens we are, and it will not be a pleasant experience.