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Period of Rest

In a desert where the sun blazes relentlessly on the endless barren stretches of sand with rolling dunes reigns a sense of great desolation.

Now teachers appear from the left and the right from the sand hills.

For them it is very laborious plodding. Their feet disappear deep in this burning hot, loose sand.

One teacher has a dog with him. A goat is held on a leash by another teacher. There is also a little duck on a rope waddling behind one of the teachers. One of them carries a little bear in his arms.

From the side a teacher approaches with a very stubborn donkey. He tugs and pulls, but the animal does not move.

Amongst the teachers little gnomes appear.

They are almost invisible, but fortunately they wear red jackets that stand out in this yellow sand.

They frolic around the teachers and from time to time they hide in the folds of the robe one teacher is wearing.

One gnome sits on the shoulder of a teacher and braids the teacher’s hair.

The whole scene remains full and lively. There is absolutely no sign of rigidity or stagnation. Even the teacher with the balky, reluctant donkey does not lose heart. He keeps trying to get the animal going.

When you look at this image, you will notice that we are in the desert.

The desert is a symbol of loneliness, of being alone, of not making contact with your essence.

In that case it is, of course, strange that we populated this desert with ourselves, various animals, like a donkey, a duck and so on and even showed gnomes.

Yet, we want to teach this lesson, because we notice that the human who is already further on his path of development, experiences periods of loneliness, in which the presence of his gnome, his natural power, can come out and the human comes in contact with different aspects of himself.

So despite the feeling of having ended up in the desert, a human somehow keeps in contact with his essence.

We see that it actually was the essence that sent the human into the desert. That is different from when a human is only at the beginning of his development. This human also knows lonely moments, of course, but he has not made contact with his essence and then these periods of loneliness are really very hard.

The essence finds peace in the desert but at the same time it still has the possibility to give impulses to you as a human. Because you can see a desert also as land that has been brought to rest, so that something new can germinate. And the essence sometimes chooses to stay in the desert for a while, but at the same time it needs this period of rest to be able to continue on its path.

Possibly you may have heard of the Easter Saturday feeling, because this can be compared with that period: the human has completed something, the process is finished, and he has to wait until something new comes his way via the essence. But then the essence needs to rest for a while and turns inwards. And the human experiences this as feeling a bit detached from everybody and everything, as if he is in some sort of a vacuum, but it is not unpleasant. You might then have the feeling that nothing is happening and at the same time you know that it is all right.

As you have seen in the images at the beginning there were a number of animals to be seen, among others a goat that in this context stands for the essence, which has a strong urge to move on further on its path and is receptive to new impulses from out of the World of Wisdom, but also can be very stubborn.

You can see this stubbornness as the essence which does not unthinkingly accept everything that is passed on to it from the World of Wisdom, because this essence has its own uniqueness, and thus its own will.

And that sounds strange, because the essence has no emotions, and yet we say that the essence decides for itself whether it allows in or not what the World of Wisdom offers.

You also saw that one of the teachers was carrying a little bear in his arms, and this little bear says something of the inquisitive spirit that wants to discover, wants to know.

We also showed the donkey.

You know that a human, who is further on his path, gradually gets in contact with his task and the donkey represents the human in the task.

But we also know that this human is not at all jumping with joy when we give him a task.

The human in the blue vibration thinks he knows that he has a task, and begins to give it an interpretation during his life. Whereas when the human at the end of the purple vibration gets a task from us, he does not like it at all. He feels that this task is very demanding and he has to step outside his comfort zone.

So somebody who is that far will indeed become that donkey and says: ‘I don’t like it and you can push and pull me as much as you like, I am not going to do it.’

You may have your stubborn period, resisting the task, but the urge of your essence also tells you: ‘If I want to go further on my path, if I want to reach full-consciousness, then I will have to start spreading my wings and find out what is my task and can I make use of my essence’s experiences?’

And then automatically the question arises: What are these old experiences and how should I employ them? So a human who sets off in his task has many questions, has many thoughts, and feels quite insecure.

But also the essence knows the Easter Saturday feeling during this desert phase, and needs it too, so that a little security gradually begins to grow from the essence and a foundation is laid from the World of Wisdom.

The very things that are required for the task are going to germinate here.

This indicates that even though it seems to be a period of rest, the essence does some pretty hard work and it needs this transitional phase.

You also saw that there were gnomes, your own natural force. These gnomes seem a little strange for somebody who is at the end of the purple vibration, because this human usually already has direct contact with his own essence, but he does not rely on it yet.

So this is also a transitional phase for the human used by the essence. The gnome is still allowed to participate now and then, but gradually the gnome will disappear.

In the image in the beginning we showed that one gnome was making braids in the teacher’s hair: it means that the gnome is no longer able to come along, because he does not know the white vibration yet. He tries to weave what the teachers pass on, what the World of Wisdom passes on into his own possibilities, so that he can understand. So at some point you let go of the contact with your natural power and only the direct contact with your essence remains.

In the image you also saw a teacher walking with a dog on a leash.

A dog symbolises faithfulness; being faithful to oneself, but in most cases we see that faith is used for faithfulness to another person.

And in the period the essence is now in, especially faithfulness to oneself is very important.

In this period the human cannot be faithful to another person. He then feels that he is leaving his own path and he experiences the physical impact of it.

The human gets sick, falls ill, if he stays faithful to the other.

The period from the purple to the white vibration, to the full-consciousness, is a period full of turbulence, in which much is happening with the human.

He sometimes has the feeling he doesn’t understand it anymore. So much is happening; I feel getting smaller and smaller, I really don’t know what is expected of me.

And that too belongs to this period.

So if you look at your own processes, you will always find these three phases:

-    nothing is happening any more, I am a bit stuck, how do I have to go on?
-    the vacuum of the desert
-    something new bubbling up in you
We can put on a triangle on this, because they are the same phases over and over again, the phases the human has to go through.

And that is also the movement of the essence that is nourished by the World of Wisdom to get through these three phases every time.

You are going to recognize these three phases more and more easily and you can then quietly allow the desert.


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