This set of guidelines will keep us on track all week long.
Most of us want to do the right thing, but it’s not always clear as to what that is. Being right is not doing the exact same thing in every situation. There are lots of different things going on in our lives. Like it or not, humanity is going through a period of change and self-examination. We have the right and opportunity to express ourselves. At the same time we must consider personal feelings of others.
Instead of hesitating about how to act in our OUTER LIVES, we always have the option of seeking guidance from the INNER side of our nature. One access point to our INNER self is through the mind. As our thoughts focus less on our selfish interests we can sense our commonalities with others. This is a well-known fact among the spiritually evolved.
“Thus man frees himself inwardly
by making the external rhythm into
an inner one.” Rudolf Steiner
One of the most available natural rhythms is the seven day week. Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian esotericist who viewed this seven-fold organization of time as a reflection of an essential INNER pattern. As the founder of the Anthroposophical Society he presented many old spiritual principles in beautiful, new ways. These spiritual practices appear in his book Guidance in Esoteric Training. One in particular is reinterpreted on the Well Wishers Group blog. And while we are recommending joining any groups, it is interesting to learn what esotericism or INNER study entails.
Steiner recommended that we spend some time Every Day examining our thoughts. “To turn one’s gaze inwards from time to time, even if only for five minutes daily at the same time. In so doing one should sink down into oneself, carefully take counsel with oneself, test and form one’s principles of life, run through in thought one’s knowledge — or lack of it — weigh up one’s duties, think over the contents and true purpose of life, feel genuinely pained by one’s own errors and imperfections. In a word: labour to discover the essential, the enduring, and earnestly aim at goals in accord with it: for instance, virtues to be acquired. (Not to fall into the mistake of thinking that one has done something well, but to strive ever further towards the highest standards.)” Steiner also advised that each day of the week we direct our thinking in a specific manner.
Saturday – Thinking – RIGHT OPINION
Sunday – Judging – RIGHT JUDGEMENT
Monday – Speaking – RIGHT WORD
Tuesday – Doing – RIGHT DEED
Wednesday – Organizing – RIGHT STANDPOINT
Thursday – Caring – RIGHT HABIT
Friday – Recall – RIGHT MEMORY
it is fascinating to see how Steiner organized these daily mental practices around the days of the week. He also used this seven-fold rhythm to spiritually enhance the education of children. This effort extends to the youngest child in terms of the color of the day and other daily practices. This program is offered in Waldorf schools around the world.