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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In Memoriam:
~~~~~~~~ To the Left:
Georgia Barioni Gehrig (1950 - 2019)
[ Close Friend in Phoenix, Arizona] ~~~~

~~~~~~~~ To the Right: Helen Huismann Clement (1939 - 2019)
[Wife of First Cousin Gaton Clement] ~~~~~

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WELCOME TO   DIGESTWORLD ISSUE#199   September, 2019
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Quote for the Back to School Month of September:

The golden rule for the whole of teaching is that the children should not tire. Now there is something very strange about the so-called experimental education of the present day. Experimental psychologists register when a child becomes tired in any kind of mental activity, and from this they decide how long to occupy a child with any one subject, in order to avoid fatigue. The whole conception is wrong from beginning to end.
— Rudolf Steiner, The Kingdom of Childhood

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ISSUE#199 for September, 2019

Archived DIGESTWORLD Issues

             Table of Contents

1. September's Violet-n-Joey Cartoon
2. Honored Readers for September
3. On a Personal Note
       Bobby's Books
       Movie Blurbs

4. Cajun Story
5. ...
6. Poem from Poetic Diction:"Looking Glass"
7. Reviews and Articles featured for September:

8. Commentary on the World
      1. Padre Filius Cartoon
      2. Comments from Readers
      3. Freedom on the Half Shell Poem
      4. Healing States

9. Closing Notes — our mailing list, locating books, subscribing/unsubscribing to DIGESTWORLD
10. Gratitude

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1. September Violet-n-Joey CARTOON:
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This month Violet and Joey learn about Futility.
"Futility" at

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Each month we choose to honor two Good Readers of our DIGESTWORLD from those all over the World. Here are the two worthy Honored Readers for September, 2019:

Stephen Chesnut in New Orleans

Tim Hobbs in New Orleans

Congratulations, Stephen and Tim!

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Out Our Way:


That is our daughter Carla's guy Patrick's favorite expression, a blasé "Whatever". It's his voice mail response to replace "Leave a message". I received a photo of Patrick sitting in the yard with a T-Shirt on which says "Whatever" and a photo of himself at nineteen, when he still had a full head of hair. It reminds me of my favorite saying, "I have learned whatever state I find myself, therein to be content." It's a useful way of reducing stress and this month has been full of stress from many directions.

I lost two long-time friends this month. One was Georgia Barri who worked for Butler and provided me with contract workers during the startup of our nuclear plant. She was a great friend and I was sad when she moved to Phoenix, Arizona after a few years, but we kept in touch. She met an Australian fellah there and asked if I would fly to Phoenix to minister at their wedding. Some 34 years later, she died unexpectedly at her home and her friends were in shock at losing her. We had talked for a long time about flying with her and Bob to his family's home in Australia, but those plans flew out the window with Georgia's untimely departure.

The second lost friend was Helen Huisman, a tall Scandinavian blonde from Minnesota that my cousin Gaton Clement met back in the 1960s when she moved to New Orleans. My girl friend and I double-dated with Gaton and Helen, doing barbeques and going to the Pontchartrain Beach Midway together. They married in 1969 and moved down to Chauvin, Louisiana where his dad opened a Piggly Wiggly Supermarket on the road along the bayou down to Cocodrie, a prime fishing and oil well staging spot at the end of the road. At their wedding, my girl friend caught the bouquet and I caught the garter and we were married within a year after that. Don't make fun of traditions such as whoever catches the bride's bouquet will be the next one married. When their first child was a blonde named Michelle, we expected her to talk with an accent like her mom. We lost track of them for several years while I was living out of state, and when we next saw them their daughter talked like any Cajun gal on the bayou. Lat me tole Yah sumpin, dat was a shock! As was the shock of losing Helen this month. Two beautiful women disappeared from my life within a few days of each other and I miss them both, but not as much do the life-long spouses they left behind.


That was the term used by Tonto to refer to the Lone Ranger. It means faithful friend or trusty scout. When confronted with a problem, the Lone Ranger would ask Tonto what to do, and the rely came, often followed by the endearment "Chemo Sabe". In an old joke, wild Indians on the war path are approaching from the West and Tonto advised, "Go East, Chemo Sabe" and then Indians from the other direction until they were completely surrounded and the Lone Ranger said, "What do we do, now, Tonto?" and Tonto replied, "What you mean WE? White man."

In the first week of this month I began a series of monthly chemotherapy infusions which left me weak and a little disoriented for a few days and I was unable pull up the words "chemo therapy" for the treatment until I was reminded of Tonto's name for his faithful frind, Chemo Sabe. So Chemo Sabe will be my faithful friend for about six months to face off and kill wild cancer cells cornered in the valley of my prostate. This will allow my body to take over the rest of my recovery. I mention this by way of explaining our lack of activities and photos in the personal notes for this month's DIGESTWORLD Issue, and it gives me another chance to thank all of you Good Readers who have sent me prayers and best wishes over the past several months. In spite of my health issues, I was able to read and review a new book which I hope everyone will enjoy, "The Tattooist of Auschwitz", by Heather Morris. The author interviewed an aged Lale Sokolev in 2003 and created this novel based on his experiences in the two concentration camps of Birkinau and Auschwitz during World War II. His job was to tattoo the numbers on the arms of the prisoners.


One faithful friend during my house-bound recovery has been Frank Arneman who has come here several times, often bring four or five guys and some delicious lunch. This month I went to the Timberlane Country Club with them for Jim Webb's birthday and Frank brought a bottle of the fabled Jeremiah Weed Bourbon to present to Jim on the occasion. You'll have to ask Frank or some other Air Force veteran to tell you the story of Jeremiah Weed and how it became the favored drink of the Fly Boys.


On one day, my daughter Yvette and her husband Greg were driving from their home in Belleaire, Texas to Ole Miss to take our grandson Aidan to college.

They stopped here in New Orleans for an overnight visit. On that same day our grandson Walden was driving from California to Detroit where he's entering a college of Automobile Design, and our grand-daughter Molly was driving from Florida to visit us, on her way to Homer, Alaska to study Marine Biology. It amazed me to think of our grandkids in motion on the highway from Texas to Florida, from California to Michigan, all at the same time. Last month our grandson Thomas was baking in Paris then going on an African safari.

Molly was amazed to find on our back porch some large barnacle shells which Del had brought back from her trip to Tortola back in 1976. She is already an expert at identifying barnacles and pointed out the living barnacles on a piece of driftwood that washed ashore at Orange Beach last month. This was Molly's first visit to Timberlane where she was by herself. Del had gone off on errands and Molly inspected my bookshelves. "This could be my library," she told me excitedly. She wanted a copy of my novel about dolphins The Spizznet File but I didn't have any extra copies. When Del came home, she was able to pull down from her library upstairs the copy I had sold to her mom years ago and gave it to Molly. Del also gave Molly the arctic parka she received for our Northwest Passage cruise on the Crystal Serenity a couple of years ago and a woolen cap. She'll be ready for the winter semester in Alaska coming up.

My son Robbie had asked if I had a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance that I could send to his son Walden who is going off to study automobile design. I didn't have one, but ordered a new copy for him. Also got a copy of "Emerson's Essays" for his other son Emerson who is almost the age I was when I first read "Self-Reliance" and other of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essays my first year at college. I packaged these together and mailed them off to San Anselmo so that Walden could have his copy before he left for the school of auto design. Sierra, their sister, is writing copy for an on-line magazine already.

Two local grandsons visited us this month, Sam Hatchett, a guidance counselor in Baton Rouge and Kyle Hatchett a junior in High School this year.


My two Air Force friends, Frank and Jim, came over for lunch and were able to able to explain to our son Stoney the benefits that Veterans Affairs have available to him and to answer his questions. I had gone to lunch at Café Hope with Frank and Jim earlier in the week to celebrate Jim's birthday. During lunch they had talked a lot about Vets benefits, which all five of the AF guys there had had a lot of experience with.


This month I was able to read a good book and write a review of it, something I hadn't done in many months. Hope you enjoy the review and get a copy of The Tattoist of Auschwitz yourself to enjoy.


This has been a quiet month for me for picture. Usually I take over 200 photos and this month, I only managed about 50 due to my staying indoors most of the time, getting acclimated to the effects of the chemotherapy. Most of the changes have been an improvement. I can sleep through the night pain-free. I was able to stop taking Tylenol after switching to a non-opioid medicine. The unpleasant changes were in my bowel movements which required an adjustment, but after a few days we now have everything running smoothly again.

Till we meet again in the fall-bringing month of September, God Willing and the Wind Gods blow gently in our area, whatever you do, wherever in the world and you and yours reside, be it cooling Autumn or Spring,

Remember our earnest wish for the closing quarter of this year:




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Quotes Selected from quotes.htm this month:

  • A wolf knows that it's a wolf, and runs with the pack.
    A sheep knows that it's a sheep and stays with the flock.
    And You... What are You...?
    If you are Light, You will move toward the Light.

    Peter Deunov

  • What is it not to sin? Do not ask much; go, the silent flowers will tell you.
  • Angelus Silesia ne Johannes Scheffler (1624-1677)

  • In order to understand what another person is saying, you must assume it is true and try to imagine what it might be true of.
    George Miller (American Pyschologist in Thirteen Maxims for the Mind)
  • An ulcer, gentlemen, is an unkissed imagination taking its revenge for having been jilted. It is an unwritten poem, an undanced dance, an unpainted watercolor. It is a declaration from the mankind of the man that a clear spring of joy has not been tapped and that it must break through muddily, on its own.
    John Ciardi, American poet addressing a group of powerful businessmen.
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    Below are Four of Bobby's Published Books. Click to Read Them.


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    Movies we watched this past month:

    Notes about our movies: Many of the movies we watch are foreign movies with subtitles. After years of watching movies in foreign languages, Arabic, French, Swedish, German, British English, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and many other languages, sometimes two or three languages in the same movie, the subtitles have disappeared for us. If the movie is dubbed in English we go for the subtitles instead because we enjoy the live action and sounds of the real voices so much more than the dubbed. If you wonder where we get all these foreign movies from, the answer is simple: NetFlix. For a fixed price a month they mail us DVD movies from our on-line Queue, we watch them, pop them into a pre-paid mailer, and the postman effectively replaces all our gas-consuming and time-consuming trips to Blockbuster. To sign up for NetFlix, simply go to and start adding all your requests for movies into your personal queue. If you've seen some in these movie blurbs, simply copy the name, click open your queue, and paste the name in the Search box on NetFlix and Select Add. Buy some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. You get to see your movies as the Director created them — NOT-edited for TV, in full-screen width, your own choice of subtitles, no commercial interruptions, and all of the original dialogue. Microwave some popcorn and you're ready to Go to the Movies, 21st Century Style. With a plasma TV and Blu-Ray DVD's and a great sound system, you have theater experience without someone next to you talking on a cell phone during a movie plus a Pause button for rest room trips.
    P. S. Ask for Blu-Ray movies from NetFlix, and if it says DVD in your Queue, click and select Blu-Ray version.
    Hits (Watch as soon as you can. A Don't Miss Hit is one you might otherwise have missed along the way.):
    "All is True" (2018) is the subtitle of "Henry VIII" and recounts Will's return to his native home Stratford after putting down his quill for good. Amazing little-known story of Shakespeare's life. A DON’T MISS HIT ! ! ! !
    "Red Sea Diving Resort" (2019)
    gripping true life story of white Jewish sailors risking their lives to transport black Ethiopian Jews from the desert of Sudan to Jerusalem over the Red Sea by pretending to run a ritzy Diving Resort. A DON’T MISS HIT ! ! ! ! !
    "Unfinished Song" (2012)
    Stamp and Redgrave headline aged choir, “We’re all an unfinished song waiting for the best part to come along.” Come along and enjoy their song. A DON’T MISS HIT ! ! ! !
    "Mission of Honor" (2019)
    Polish pilots join RAF and shot down record number of German planes. A DON’T MISS HIT ! ! !
    "After" (2019)
    your high school romance, after your first love, things can no longer by the same after all.
    "Stephen Fry in America" (2008)
    takes us on a spin through the 50 states in his British taxi.
    "All the President's Men" (1976)
    A conspiracy by FBI, CIA, and top leaders of the country trying to maneuver the results of a presidential election. NAW! That can't ever happen.
    "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994)
    Early Hugh Grant romcom for a little retro look at the 1980s. Don't OD on Wedding Cake during this movie.

    Misses (Avoid At All Costs): We attempted to watch these this month, but didn't make it all the way through on most of them. Awhile back when three AAAC horrors hit us in one night, I decided to add a sub-category to "Avoid at All Costs", namely, A DVD STOMPER. These are movies so bad, you don't want anyone else to get stuck watching them, so you want to stomp on the disks. That way, if everyone else who gets burnt by the movie does the same, soon no copies of the awful movie will be extant and the world will be better off.

    “Mary Queen of Scots” (2019) poor casting, poor script, a bloody mess!

    Your call on these — your taste in movies may differ, but I liked them:

    "The Poison Rose" (2019) Travolta does a Sam Spade and uncovers his own past.
    "Thorne: Sleephead" (2010)
    gripping detective story, plot unraveled by Tom Thorne.
    "Otherhood" (2019)
    what you celebrate on Other's Day.
    "Cold Pursuit" (2019)
    bloody movie closes with these credits for the cast "In Order of Disappearance" after the cold pursuit winds down to THE END.
    "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (1974)
    Ellen Burstyn, a waitress at Mel's Diner meets a handsome stranger. Unfortunately she sings instead of Kris. Spun off sitcom "Mel's Diner".
    "Indiscretion" (2016)
    her candidate husband accused of indiscretions so she tries her hand at one. Bad script writing, but watched because it was shot in New Orleans area. Miro Sorvino nearly unrecognizable with nose job stars as wife in this dark movie.
    "Good Sam" (2019)
    Copy-cat do-gooding goes bad.
    "1984" (1984)
    George Orwell's famous novel about the future brought to the screen in the present.

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    Le Boudreaux Cajun Cottage, drawn by and Copyright 2011 by Paulette Purser, Used by Permission

    Boudreaux went to the local drugstore in Abbeville to get the prescription filled that his doctor had just given him. His friend Claude gave him a bottle of 30 suppositories and they talked about how the sac-au-lait were biting down the bayou.

    The next day day Boudreaux was back at the same drugstore to get a refill. Claude was incredulous, wondering how Boudreaux could have used up all 30 suppositories, and asked him, "Boudreaux, what Yah been doing wit' dem suppositories, eating dem?"

    Boudreaux was upset and said, "Mais, wat Yah t'ink Ah been doing wit' dem? Shoving dem up my butt?"


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    6. POETRY by BOBBY inspired by Poetic Diction:
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    This poem was written on the rear overleaf of Poetic Diction on June 27, 1992 while flying on a Boeing 757 airliner.

                   Looking Glass

    I looked into the looking glass

           to see what I could see,

        and all that I could see was me —

    Then the Master came and said,

           "Come to the precipice with me"

    And I beheld the world in all its glory

    Shining deep inside of me.

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    7. REVIEWS and ARTICLES for September:
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    For our Good Readers, here are the reviews and articles featured this month. The first and second reviews this month will be ones which were never published in early DIGESTWORLD ISSUES and will be of interest to our DIGESTWORLD Readers. The rest of the items will be new additions to the top of A Reader's Journal, Volume 2, Chronological List, new additions to A Reader's Treasury, or Essays previously unpublished.

    NOTE: some Blurbs may be condensations of long Reviews, possibly lacking footnotes and some quoted passages. For your convenience, if you wish to read the full review or to print it out, simply CLICK on the Book Cover or choose Printer Ready option on the top line of a review page when it opens.

    1.) ART: Trance-formations: Neuro-linguistic Programming & the Structure of Hypnosis by Richard Bandler and John Grinder

    Back in 1981 I had just barely time enough to digest all the material I had been exposed to in Bandler and Grinder seminars, NLP conferences, the contents of Frogs into Princes, the two Patterns of Milton Erickson books, and assorted video tapes of Erickson, when this new book came out. Those were busy years for me, ones that were destined to change my life forever. I was beginning to ken the nature of the human personality in others and in myself. Hypnosis was not some magic trick restricted to stage performers, but a human capability that we all use every second of our lives. The easy part was putting someone into a trance, the difficult part was to understand the everyday trance that we all live in all the time. If you don't understand what I'm talking about here, then this book may be helpful to you.

    In the summer of 1981, I took a week-long hypnosis seminar from Richard Bandler, during which we never used any recognizable method for inducing a trance. Outside of Bandler, the best hypnotist I encountered that week was a seminar participant who was a film director who worked a little instant hypnosis. A guy challenged him to create a positive hallucination as we stood near the bar in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency. The film director pointed to the floor and instantly created a visual hallucination of a cat by simply pointing his finger at the floor. I didn't see the cat myself, but the guy he put into the instant trance certainly saw the cat! "Wow! How did you do that?" he exclaimed. Bandler taught us how to do things that week that seemed to have nothing to do with hypnosis, as it is normally understood, but everything he taught helped us to understand the structure of hypnosis. "Everything is hypnosis," Bandler said during the first transcript book, Frogs into Princes. [See ART.] After he said that, Grinder disagreed with him, and went into this long explanation that was an exquisite trance induction and included the phrase, "all communication is hypnosis".

    What is a trance state? How do you access a previous trance state? What is pattern interruption? Stacked realities? Generative change? Reframing? And how in the world do you use all this stuff to do anything productive? Better yet, how do you keep from using all this stuff to be un-productive?

    Well, this will give a you a taste of what lies in store for you in this book. It's the best book to learn about real hypnosis, the structure of hypnosis. There are many books that can teach you to hypnotize people, but few that can teach you to break through the consensual trance that you are already in. This book can get you on the road to doing that.

    Twenty years after it's publication, it's still a good read. Here's an example of what Bandler or Grinder said after an exercise in hypnosis in which they were instructed to induce an altered state and set up a nonverbal yes/no signal system with a partner:

    [page 151] Many of you, as I walked around the room, were succeeding brilliantly without noticing it. One of the problems with doing anything that deals with unconscious activity, is that very often things are really obvious. I noticed someone staring at his partner's fingers and asking questions, and the partner was nodding her head, "yes" and "no."

    These were two seminar leaders that observed things very carefully. They also knew how to utilize a person's processes to achieve results. "What if that person fails at everything?" the skeptical among you may be thinking? Well, failing is a process, and if you look carefully at what actually happens, it's a process that can be utilized. Any predictable behavior can be utilized to achieve a given result.

    [page 160-161] A funny thing happened years ago. I had a student who failed at everything. He was a compulsive failer. I soon discovered that if I defined a particular success as the most likely failure, he could go in and succeed with people, and then come out and say, "Well, it didn't work." His client would change, and the student would never notice it!

    Have you ever been to a professional who said, "Before we begin, there are a few things . . ." Isn't that an interesting way of talking? People almost expect it, and their eyes sort of glaze over when someone says it. What if you do the real therapy this way and then put them in a trance after the work is finished? Sounds weird, huh? Well, that's exactly what was suggested. If you have the slightest indication that the person will resist the hypnosis for their problem, make a few checks first, during which checks you do the reframing technique to fix the problem, then proceed with the official hypnosis they've been waiting for and expecting to pay you for.

    [page 171] Rather than challenge what they came in for, hypnosis, tell them that you're a very special hypnotist. Explain that you're very thorough and don't want to use hypnosis to do anything that is detrimental, so you need to make lots of careful checks first. Then you go through the standard reframing. . . . If you act as if reframing is just the preamble, they'll hurry through the reframing so that they can get to the "real stuff." After they're completely changed, you say, "Now we can begin the trance. Close your eyes . . ."

    If you think that you'd never fall for that trick, remember that was being taught over twenty years ago, to tens of thousands of people all over the world. Chances are you have fallen for it, on more than one occasion, and you never realized it, for the very good reason, that people say, "Before I begin . . ." all the time! And when you're paying professionals you listen for their content and are mostly oblivious of your own process, so busy you are with the content of what they're saying. Professionals pull magic tricks like this all the time with effortless ease, with a skill of any great stage magician. At least with a stage magician, you are warned in advance by the title magician that you are going to be tricked. With a title of Ph.D. or M.D. or most powerful of all, no title at all, you haven't a clue, up until now.

    There's a lot more in this book to discover for yourself, just as there is a lot more in you to discover for yourself. Maybe a little hypnosis would work. But before we begin . . .

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    2.) ARJ2: The Apocalypse of St. John by Rudolf Steiner

    Sometime during the writing of my Steiner reviews this past year, I received a nasty note from a distant relative the thrust of which was that I was falling into sin by reading these occult works. I placed the note in a nearby oval file receptacle with a smile. I smiled — as Galileo might have smiled when a friend chided him for dropping two different weight balls out the window of the tower at Pisa. "Surely you can find out all you need to know about the physical world by reading Aristotle," his friend probably said. Well, Aristotle said that heavy balls fell faster than light balls, and Galileo proved that they they all fell at the same rate. Equipped with his new knowledge of the physical world, Galileo set the stage for our technological age. Rudolf Steiner performed equivalent research in the spiritual worlds, and has set the stage for a new spiritual age, one that will only come if humankind picks itself from the depths of materialism and rises once more to an intimate understanding of the spiritual world. Not everyone had to perform Galileo's research with dropping balls to accept their validity. Likewise it is not necessary to perform all of Steiner's research to accept the validity of his reports. And when Steiner goes to the ancient texts, he finds a closer correspondence to his research than Galileo did with the balls.

    [page 11] And when man has come, by whatever means, into possession of the knowledge that leads him into the supersensible behind the sensible, the invisible behind the visible, a knowledge as definite as his knowledge of outer objects and events, then he may go to the traditional books and records. Furnished with supersensible knowledge he may approach the records through which, during the course of evolution, tidings have reached man of the supersensible world, just as the geometrician approaches the geometry of Euclid. . . . Nor does one who approaches the records of the Christian message equipped with knowledge of the supersensible world find that they lose in value; indeed, on the contrary, they appear in a more brilliant light than they showed first to those armed only with faith. They prove to contain deeper wisdom than had been dreamt of earlier, before the advent of anthroposophical knowledge.

    [page 12] Let us ask ourselves who is better able to judge the geometry of Euclid — one who can translate the words literally and wants to reveal the contents without having first penetrated into the spirit of geometry, or one who already understands geometry and is therefore able to discover it in the book? That is what many have done with the ancient records of religion, even those who are supposed to be chosen to fathom their true sense.

    The word religion comes from re — ligare which means to re-tie or re-unite humankind with the world of spirit. If this attempt at reunion does not involve a living experience, but only the exegesis of ancient texts, we will suffer similar errors as did the Aristotelians of Galileo's time. Steiner in his writings on anthropo-sophy, the knowledge of the full human, brings to us a living experience through which he is able to infuse the most difficult and recondite passages of the Bible with new life, new insight, and new light. That is what he does to the Apocalypse of St. John in this series of twelve lectures plus introductory lecture. Lest one think that such an infusion will come easily — banish the thought — to understand the material in these lectures one needs to be able to understand the entire scope of the evolution of the human race and our solar system. "Each condition of consciousness can only run its course in seven conditions of life; each condition of life in seven conditions of form. That is 7 X 7 X 7 conditions." (page 177) Seven cubed is 343 conditions of form that we will pass through. We are currently at the midpoint of this evolution, somewhere in the middle of the 172nd condition.

    Does it seem strange to you that we should be in the middle? Right smack in the middle of our evolution! How odd! And yet consider a simple arithmetical analogy: pick an integer number of any size and ask the question, "Are there more integers to the left of this number or to the right of this number?" Any mathematician will say, "Considering all positive and negative integers, there is an equal number to either side." That is the paradoxical aspect of the concept of infinity. We are beings living in an infinite universe and as such we can only see as far back in our evolution as we can see forward — that places us directly in the middle of our evolution, whatever stage of evolution we are currently in. Like a sailor on the open seas, we can see exactly as far in front of us as behind us.

    If I were writing this several thousand years ago, I might be talking about how the stage of evolution is set for us to begin to understand the physical and material world in which we live in a new, deep fashion. But I'm writing today about how we're ready to move into a new understanding of the spiritual world once again as we arise from the depths of the materialistic abyss. Let's take a quick look at how we came to this point in our evolution. Come back with me to the Atlantean times, when the air had a thick vaporous quality that prevented one from seeing more than a few feet. How did humans survive under these conditions? Simple, the human eyes were not a primary source of information — humans of that time could see the spiritual world directly. So if someone approached you, you could see in the patterns of colors and lights if it was a friend and how they were feeling. Similar to the way a clairvoyant today would analyze a person by looking at their auric fields. This was a common human condition.

    Then the water vapor suspended in the atmosphere was released, flooding Atlantis, and making it possible for the first time for there to be a rainbow in the newly cleared air of the sky. The Atlanteans, some of them, had migrated eastward and settled in the area around India. In the first post-Atlantean cultural epoch, the ancient Indian remembered full well that ability to see the spiritual world directly. They spurned the superficial reflections of light and colors from the surface of the material world, calling it maya and yearned for those days when their ancestors could see directly the spiritual world. They worshiped Brahma, a pure spiritual being. How was it possible for them to remember those days, several reincarnations ago? Steiner points out that, "With the growth of the intellect in mankind, memory has receded considerably into the background." One cannot project one's capabilities today onto a people hundreds, much less thousands of years ago. The ancient Indians had a prodigious memory that spanned many lifetimes.

    Following the ancient Indian age, a new cultural epoch in Persia sprang up in which humans began to develop intellectually and thus lost the sharpness of their memory of the days of Atlantis. As a result they began to work with the physical world, building buildings, making pottery, plowing the earth, etc. It was during this age that Zarathustra pointed to the physical object of the Sun in the sky and said that this object was the vesture of a high spiritual being, Ahura Mazdao.

    In the next epoch, the Chaldeans looked upon other objects in the sky and learned to read their positions as the writing of spiritual beings, thereby creating their science of astrology. As the Persians had learned to divide the earth with their plows, the Egyptians during this epoch learned to divide it with the laws of space. Together the Egypto-Chaldean culture created astrology as a means for making decisions in harmony with the spiritual world.

    Then came the Greco-Roman epoch in which the spiritual world was intellectualized in abstract terms such as truth, beauty, and form. Art came into flower — human forms came to be portrayed in marble sculpture and human life in dramas. In Roman law, the concept of a will and testament came into being for the first time whereby one's will could survive one's physical life. Humankind's fall into the material world was nearly complete at this point, and required the appearance of Christ Jesus and His deed on Golgotha to stem our collective fall into the abyss, to move humankind upward towards the spiritual world again.

    Before we look into the Apocalypse, let's consider what it would take for a human being to become a seer in order to see directly the spiritual realities laid out for us by St. John in Revelations. Just as we cannot see with our physical body unless we have eyes, nor hear unless we have ears, so too our astral body must have organs of perception.

    [page 37] If a man wishes to become a seer, his astral body must be treated as a sculptor treats a piece of clay; organs must be worked into it. This was, in fact, what was always done in the schools of initiation and in the mysteries. The organs were moulded in the astral body.

    The pupil was given an exercise during the day that affected the pupil's astral body at night. Once the organs had been molded into the astral body, the next stage was to imprint the organs into the etheric body, similar to the way a seal is imprinted into sealing wax. The next stages of initiation remind me of the way that Dorothy and her three friends in Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz came to their realization about the true nature of the fearful Wizard.

    [page 41] At first it appears in pictures, then sounds are heard, and then the last veil falls away — as if we were to take away the screen behind which the man is standing and speaking. We see the man himself — we see the spiritual worlds itself. First we perceive the pictures, then the sounds, then the beings, and lastly the life of these beings.

    By now the reader may have suspected a connection between the seven seals of theApocalypse and the initiation process, but there is also a connection between the seven seals and the seven ages or cultural epochs. In the two tables below are listed the seven Great Epochs with dates for our current fifth Post-Atlantean Epoch and its seven cultural epochs. The fifth Great Epoch will end with the War of All Against All as indicated by the double bars between the fifth and sixth Great Epochs. This great war is mentioned often in these lectures and one needs to get clear on which period of time Steiner is referring to for its occurrence. Review the tables and then read what Steiner tells us about the seven seals:

    [page 84 — 85] So step by step, after the great War, will issue and reveal itself all that is now being hidden in the soul. Let us imagine the beginning of the great War; the soul that has heard the call which from age to age the Christ-principle has uttered, will live on into all that is indicated in the messages to the Churches. [See Rev 2,3.] Through seven ages has been laid into it what these ages can give. Let us imagine how the soul waits, how it waits on. It is sealed seven times. Each cultural age has added its seal. Within you is sealed what the Indians wrote in your soul; withing you is also imprinted what the Persians, the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans have written in your soul, and what our own cultural age inscribes in it. The seals will be unloosed; that is, the things written there will be outwardly revealed after the great War of All against All.

    Table 1. The 7 Great Epochs or Root Races (of present Physical-Etheric State)

    1st2nd3rd4th 5th6th7th
    Polarean EpochHyperborean EpochLemurian EpochAtlantean EpochPost-Atlantean Epoch 6thGreat Epoch7thGreat Epoch
    ~~~Flood ->7893 BC-5067 AD (Current) 7 seals <-War7 trumpets

    Table 2. 7 Post-Atlantean Cultural Epochs or Sub-Races ( Post-Atlantean Great Epoch)

    1st2nd3rd4th 5th6th7th
    Ancient Indian EpochAncient Persian EpochEgypto-Chadean EpochGreco-Roman EpochAnglo-German EpochRussian Epoch American Epoch
    7893 BC->5733 BC->2970 BC ->747 BC ->1413 AD -> (Current) 3573 AD ->5067 AD ->

    The statement is made that only the Lamb is able to open the book with the seven seals. What is the meaning of the word 'book' as used in the Bible? The word only appears in Genesis, Matthew and Revelations. It is used only to refer to a chronicle or one thing following another, a history. What is this book of life containing the seven seals?

    [page 86] The book of life which is now being compiled in mankind, in which from age to age is being written in the ego of man what each age offers, this book which is written in the soul of man and which will be unsealed after the great War of All against All, is here meant in the Apocalypse.

    In lecture five, Steiner goes into detail about the evolution of our solar system that expands on the material he was to cover a year later in lectures in Düsseldorf (1909) and later in Berlin (1911), which lectures are published in a book entitled, Spiritual Hierarchies and the Physical World. [See review in ARJ.] The expansion leads us to understand certain aspects of the Apocalypse, such as the twenty-four Elders, who are "beings who can look back on the human stage" of evolution. He lists seven from each of the Saturn, Sun, and Moon evolutions and three from our Earth evolution for a total of twenty-four.

    Before a man set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, there was an old saying that the moon was made of green cheese. Everyone knew that was ridiculous, but where did this idea ever come from that moon might be made of some almost vegetative material? In the following passage Steiner describes a stage of the evolution of the moon close to "green cheese":

    [page 99] Certain beings always remain behind. Beings between the present plants and the present animals, which could only take root in a vegetable basis such as was the substance of the old moon — these beings have also remained behind, and on this account are incapable of thriving on the mineral ground of our present earth.

    What plants in our current world cannot grow except on living plant substance? We call them parasitic plants, which includes lichens, moss, and mistletoe. These plants, existing somewhere between the plant and animal kingdoms, must have a distinctly different astral body enveloping them. The ability of ancient man to perceive this distinctive astral body surrounding mistletoe apparently led to the custom of kissing under the mistletoe at Christmas time.

    As early as the 18th Century, a demonstration was performed in science classrooms to show how our solar system could evolve from a large cloud of gas to planets revolving around a central sun. A solution of alcohol and water was created of equal density to olive oil and a large drop of oil was inserted into the liquid. Being of equal density the oil remained suspended in the middle of the beaker in the form of a sphere. A disc of equal diameter to this sphere was placed at the end of thin rod, inserted into the sphere of olive oil, and rotated. Soon droplets of oil formed along the periphery of the sphere and rotated around the sphere like planets around our sun. This demonstration was taken to prove that a completely materialistic explanation for the evolution of our solar system sufficed. And yet, as Steiner points out, this explanation ignores the essential motive force of rotation is provided by a living being, the experimenter! The essential work of rotating the nebula of gas was performed by the spiritual beings for whom the nebula was their field of work. "It was the whole choir of these beings, who filled the nebula, who produced the movements." (Page 105) Was this production only something that happened thousands of years ago? No, it happens every second of every day.

    [page 106] With every sunbeam descending to the earth come the deeds of those spiritual beings who in the course of the evolutions of Saturn, Sun and Moon had progressed so far that they are able to participate in the rapid development taking place on the present sun.

    One of the great themes of these lectures is that of "descending into the abyss". At the time of the great War of All against All those who "use the life in the body for anything more than an opportunity to gain ego-consciousness will descend into the abyss and form the evil race." (Page 125) The phrase "all against all" comes from the fact that everyone has an ego. In historical times and our current time wars are constantly being fought by one country against another, one ethnic group against another, one religion against another, one class of worker against another, one gender against another, one race against another, etc, the only thing in common is that the wars consists of groups of more than one person united by some common bond. In this final great war, it will be every ego for itself basically and the war will be fought between individuals in groups of one.

    The ego is represented in the Apocalypse as the sharp two-edged sword in the mouth of the Christ-figure in the first seal. The ego is the most refined tool of a human — it is the tool of possessions and also of freedom:.

    [page 136] The ego is the cause of man's directing all his wishes to the satisfaction of this ego as such. Its striving to draw to itself as its own possession a part of the earth which belongs to all, to drive away all the other egos from its realm, to fight them, to be at war with them, is one side of the ego. But on the other hand we must not forget that it it's the ego that at the same time gives man his independence and his inner freedom, which is in the truest sense of the word exalts him. His dignity is founded in this ego, it is the basis of the divine in man.

    To understand the meaning of the seven trumpets we must go to the very end of the seven Great Epochs, to the very boundary of our physical earth development. Table 1 shows the seven seals that are loosed during the seven stages of Great Epoch 6, and the seven trumpets that blow during the seven stages of Great Epoch 7, the last stage of our physical earth's evolution. The Sun is the cosmic body of Strength, the Moon the body of Wisdom, and the Earth the body of Love. This is shown graphically in the description of the Fourth Seal (see photo of Steiner designed artwork in rear of this book). First one needs to know that Mars represents the watery aspect of the strength of the Sun and Mercury the earthy aspect of the wisdom of the Moon — and these two aspects filled the evolution of the Earth. In the fourth seal Mars is the left column resting in the sea and Mercury the right column resting on the earth. Supported above the columns of strength and wisdom is the radiant Christ representing love. In this fourth seal, we are reminded of the Transfiguration of Christ in which He is seen standing between Elias (symbol of Sun strength) and Moses (symbol of Moon wisdom). At the end of the seven trumpets what is to become of the earth?

    [page 146] The more the soul is warmed by love the more powerfully will it be able to work on matter; it will spiritualize, astralize, the whole earth and transform it into an astral globe. But just as love dissolves matter, as warm water dissolves salt, so will the opposite of love press down — again throughout seven stages — everything which has not become capable of fulfilling the Earth mission.

    In the second seal, we meet the four figures of the lion, eagle, bull, and man. Where do these arise?

    [page 163] Therefore we have four stages of development in Atlantis during which man first progresses as group-soul, and each of the first four Atlantean races corresponds to one of the typical animal forms — lion, eagle, calf or bull, and man. This passes over into the human stage in the fifth age.

    These four forms remains as potential forms for a particular person if work is not done to overcome them. In the lion group-soul first appeared the rudimentary foundations of what was later to become the human heart. In fact our heart first appeared as a horn of the lion head. Steiner defines a horn thus, "the organ which is the external physical expression for something etheric." This definition forms the basis for understanding the seven heads with the ten horns that appear in the fifth seal. During the evolution on Atlantis, the first four stages each developed a horn on the top of the group-soul heads, but the last three stages developed a male-female physicality and thus came to have two horns on each head.

    In the time before Christ came to earth, humans had fallen into physicality so far that they wandered in the dark reaches of Hell, an abyss without hope. Christ's pouring out His light into the earth on Golgotha helped to save these lost souls from the abyss. During the remainder of the Fifth Great Epoch we are in the midst of, those souls who do not develop by receiving into themselves willingly Christ's love will be welcomed at the abyss by the beast with seven heads and ten horns. Here Steiner answers a key question that humans have asked about the nature of God for thousands of years, "How could a good and wise God allow humans to do bad things?"

    [page 206] Love would be impossible for man and freedom would be impossible for man without the possibility of sailing down into the abyss. A man unable, of his own free decision, to choose good or evil, would be a being only led on a leading-string to a good which must be attained of necessity and who had no power to choose the good of his own fully purified will, by the love which springs from freedom.

    Basically he says that without the freedom to choose between good and evil, humans would be sub-human, mere puppets on a string. There is a paradoxical injunction called the "Be Spontaneous Paradox" that unthinking humans put their companions into constantly. The key element to avoiding the paradox is to recognize a spontaneous process, that is, a process that one can only perform without prior planning or forethought or command. With the faintest presence of planning, forethought or command, the result is a shadow of the process rather than the real thing. What are some spontaneous processes? Smiling, sneezing, hiccups, and sexual erection are some examples. These are physiological conditions that the attempt to create one of them on command makes its creation impossible. (Or at least unlikely until the command is forgotten or some other spontaneous process takes over.) Ask a group of people to smile for a photograph and you get ersatz pretend smiles all around, except from one or two folks who either didn't hear you or ignored your command. That's why it's best, if you must perform the atrocious act of posed photographs, to ask them to say "Cheese!" or "Sex!" or something completely unexpected. They will smile spontaneously at the unexpected request and that's what you wish to have on film.

    The most insidious paradoxical requests of this type are the psychological ones such as, "Tell me you love me." This one request has broken up more marriages and families than any other one. This is the Be Spontaneous Paradox that God was wise enough to avoid with humankind as we mentioned above. It's like saying "I have this string attached to your mouth and your will, and when I pull it, the words 'I love you' will issue forth directed at me." One does this horror, in its many forms, only at one's peril.

    In full freedom, one lives one's life, and that freedom includes the freedom to concentrate one's life on acquiring physical possessions. If one fills one life with the materialistic attachments of the ego, one moves oneself closer to abyss. One who has devoted one's life to acquisition of material goods, when one reaches the end of one's life, is chagrined to find that all these goods must be left behind to proceed into the spiritual world. In biblical times, cities were protected by walls and the gates were generally small for easy protection from invaders. The tiny gates called "needles" were very difficult for a camel to enter because they had to be first unloaded and then the camel had to crawl through the needle in order for its large hump to clear the top of the needle. That is the origin of the simile that "it is as hard for a rich man to enter heaven as it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle." It is not impossible, but it requires that one off-load all one's earthly possessions and "crawl" in humility to enter.

    I wondered as I neared the end of this book whether the course of one's life in this incarnation proceeds in the flow between materialism and spirituality as one's reincarnations over many lifetimes proceed up until the end of this Great Epoch which will terminate in the War of All Against All. So that a man who, in this current life, holds tightly onto the materialistic world until the very moment of his death, will end up in his last incarnation before the end of the Great Epoch tottering on the brink of the abyss.

    It would seem to me that we go through this life making decisions that affect entire streams of our future lives before us. Or, looking at it another way, those streams of our future lives infuse our current life with direction. Or, as I state in Matherne's Rule #4: It all happens at the same time. These streams flow into one another, from one another, and are part of one great stream-line of our lives. To be an initiate is to be able to experience the stream-lines of a life, either now, in the past, or in the future.


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    3.) ARJ2: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

    "I tattooed her number on her left hand, and
    she tattooed her number in my heart."
    — Lale Sokolev

    "A powerful true story of love and survival" promises the cover of this paperback book and almost invisible on the back cover are the words of the hero of this novel, Lale Sokolev. I had already decided to read this book before I read the above words on the book cover. I had recently read a book about a man sentenced under penalty of death to spend the rest of his life in a hotel in Moscow and didn't wish to read about another imprisoned man, this time in a concentration camp subject to execution for looking crossways at a prison guard. My decision to read it came from watching my wife as she read this book: her intense interest as she turned the pages told me this was a book I wanted to read.Lale spoke Slovak, German, Russian, French, Hungarian, and a little Polish which makes him valuable as a tattooist for the camp. He shows up each day, sits down at a small table with some ink and a block of wood with a nail sticking out one side. Each person in the line stops to have their number tattooed into their arm by Lale. "Just do your job," he wis told, do not talk to or look at each person, "just put their number on their arm and go to the next person." He works assisting another tattooist and Lale becomes the main tattooist with an assistant working with him. And soon he meets a girl that he had earlier tattooed.

    [page 49, 50] It is a Sunday when he sees her. He recognizes her at once. They walk toward each other, Lale on his own, she with a group of girls, all with shaven heads, all wearing the same plain clothing. There is nothing to distinguish her except for those eyes. Black — no, brown. The darkest brown he'd ever seen. For the second time, they peer into each other's souls. Lale's heart skips a beat. The gaze lingers.

    His new friend Baretski yells at him, "Tätowierer!" to get his attention away from the girl. He offers to help Lale write to the girl, but any kind of writing is forbidden and he declines the offer. But later as he comes to trust Baretski, he gives him the girl's number, which is his only way of identifying her, 34902, and Baretski gives him pencil and paper to write to her. Unable to think of anything else, he writes, "Hello, my name is Lale," and plans to meet her on Sunday near the administration building. In all too brief a meeting, he asks her name, and a girl in her group says, "Gita". Their next meeting is longer, in the back of the building, and they get to talk. Gita will not tell him her last name or where she was from. Lale asks her, "How's your day been?" This elicits a voluble response from the otherwise terse Gita, "Oh, you know how it is. Got up, had a big breakfast, kissed Mama and Papa goodby before catching the bus to work. . ." Lale, whose breakfast consists only of tepid coffee and a dry piece of bread, says, "Sorry, dumb question." In a place where there is almost no food at all, there were few things to talk about how the day was going and Gita wouldn't give him any personal information about herself, only her number. As they part, the author writes, "She breaks eye contact, but maintains her spell over him with a smile that makes his knees go weak." (Page 67)

    Lale is puzzled by the kind of place he was imprisoned in.

    [page 69] Who are those people? Lale has been asking himself this question ever since he arrived in the camp. The groups of men who work on the construction sites who appear every day dressed in civilian clothing, never to be seen after "tools down." With a spring in his step from his time with Gita, Lale feels sure he can talk to a couple of the men without the SS getting worked up and taking a shot at him. And he has his bag-shaped shield.

    Lale carries a bag which identifies him as a Tätowierer (Tattooist) and which mostly gives him free rein to walk in the camp. He notices brick buildings under construction, but they have not been utilized as crematoriums yet.

    [page 69] Lale strolls casually toward one of the new brick buildings under construction. These don't seem to be blocks to house prisoners, but their use is of no concern to Lale today. He approaches two men, one older than the other, busily engaged in bricklaying, and squats down beside a pile of bricks awaiting placement.

    He makes friends with the bricklayer Victor and learns that he and his brother live in the area around the camp and work for wages building these concrete structures call crematoriums. Victor shares a piece of sausage and offers it to Lale. The younger man is upset, but Victor says, "See us tomorrow. I'll have more for you. Hell, if we can help just one of you, we'll do it." From this encounter Lale begins an active surreptitious trading with Victor. The girls in Gita's block are tasked with removing valuables from the corpses and some of the girls trade precious stones, silver and gold jewelry to Lale for the scraps of food he acquires from Victor. The girls are searched, but work out a place they can store their purloined treasure in a rag outside the building where their toilet it. At last a tiny bit of humanity has found its way into Lale's life.

    Sometimes they pass the treasures while the mob of girls walk back to their bunks for the night.

    [page 76] Not far from the women's compound, Lale catches up with two friends. They see him coming and slow their pace, dropping back into the mob of girls trudging "home." He holds the bundles in one hand, the open bag in the other, and nudges the girls. Without looking at him, each girl drops something into his bag, and he in turn presses the food into their hands. They shove it up their sleeves.

    Lale and the girls split away from each other at the entrance to the women's compound.
           Lale doesn't know what he will find in the four pieces of rag that he places on his bed. He opens them gently. They contain coins and Polish zloty bills, loose diamonds, rubies and sapphires, gold and silver rings emblazoned with precious stones. Lale steps back, knocking into the door behind him. He is recoiling from the sad provenance of these objects, each one attached to a momentous event in the life of its previous owner.

    The other part of the transaction takes place the next day during a handshake with Victor who palms the treasure and drops some packages of food in Lale's bag, whispering to him, "Happy New Year." Lale was one of the few prisoners in the camp who knew what day it was because it appeared each morning on the top of the list of numbers he was given to tattoo on the prisoners. It was 1943.

    When Gita comes down with typhus, Lale knows it is a death sentence for her if the guards find out: either the guards will shoot her or she will die from the cold. He offers a future favor to Baretski who manages to get Gita transferred inside an office with heating.

    A friend of Gita's, Cilka, is has to pay dearly for her warm quarters. She is selected by the head of Birkenau to be his concubine, a sad occurrence, but one which will prove life-saving to Lale later.

    [page 100] He is an imposing man, rarely seen in the camp. He sits tapping his tall leather boot with his swagger stick. From an expressionless face, he stares at a space above Cilka's head. Cilka backs up against the door. Her hand goes to the door handle. In a flash, the swagger stick hurtles through the air and strikes Cilka's hand. She cries our in pain and slides down to the floor.
           Schwarzhuber walks over to her and picks up his stick. He stands over her. His nostrils distend. He breathes heavily and glares at her. He takes off his hat and throws it across the room. With his other hand, he continues to hit his leg firmly with his swagger stick. With every whack Cilka flinches, expecting to be struck.

    He uses the stick to push up her shirt. Realizing what is expected, with shaking hands Cilka undoes the top two buttons of her shirt. Schwarzhuber then places his stick under her chin and forces her to rise to her feet. She is dwarfed by the man. His eyes seem to see nothing; this is a man whose soul has died and whose body is waiting to catch up with it.

    Resistance is futile; Cilka gives in to the inevitable and becomes his personal sex slave.

    When Baretski tells Lale about Dr. Josef Mengele, he says, "You should remember that name, Tätowierer." Anyone who has heard or read about Auschwitz will remember that name. He was known as "The Angel of Death" for the horrendous experiments he performed on human beings the camp. He was already well known to Lale.

    [page 111] That night, Lale tries to wash the dried blood from his shirt with water from a puddle. He partially succeeds, but then decides that a stain will be an appropriate reminder of the day he met Mengele. A doctor who will cause more pain than he eases, Lale suspects; whose very existence threatens in ways Lale doesn't want to contemplate. Yes, a stain must remain to remind Lale of the new danger that has entered his life. He must always be wary of this man whose soul is colder than his scalpel.

    Lale is confronted with pain and death on every side, from Mengele, the SS guards, and the pain he is forced to inflict on those he tattoos every day. The only relief came on one walk between the two camps of Birkenau and Auschwitz when he was outside in nature away from guards and prisoners. A flower, a single flower brings him joy when he encounters it during his walk one day.

    [page 112, 113] That evening Lale, greatly distressed, trudges alone, head down, back to Birkenau. Something just off the track catches his eye, a flash of color. A flower, a single flower, waving in the breeze. Bloodred petals around a jet-black middle. He looks for others, but there are none. Still, it is a flower, and he wonders again about the next time he will be able to give flowers to someone he cares for. Images of Gita and his mother come to him, the two women he loves the most, floating just out of reach. Grief comes in waves, threatening to drown him. Will the two ever meet? Will the younger learn from the older? Will Mama welcome and love Gita as I do?

    He saves the precious flower, deciding to find a way to give it to his equally precious Gita, but the next morning the petals are curled up into the jet black center, reminding Lale that "Death alone persists in this place." (Page 114)

    My mother, Annette, loved looking for four-leaf clovers and she shared that love with me. Five-leaf clovers are even rarer, but following my mom's lead I learned to find dozens of four-leaf clovers, and even five-, six-, and seven-leaf clovers. It seemed to me that these rare clovers knew of Mom's love for them and showed up in one particular spot in her side yard in Mimosa Park. Every Spring day I could be found searching for them in this one spot. What I couldn't control was my brother, the lawn cutter, who would mercilessly mow the clovers to the ground, in spite of my request to allow them to grow. They only survive during early cool days of Spring and look beautiful with their white flowers, but I had to hope for an uncut yard whenever I went to her house. My other brother, who shared my love of four-leaf clovers, pointed out that often you can find a second or even third such clover on the same plant, if you follow it to is root. One day I picked up 21 four-leafers, several five-leafers, and even a seven-leafer, but it was to no avail — nothing could stop the Butcher of Mimosa from laying them down in a pile of green bodies.

    Four-leaf clovers were prized by the prisoners in the concentration camp because it was like a "Get out of Jail Free" in the parlor game Monopoly because they were considered lucky by the SS guards of the camp.

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    "What are you doing?"
           "Looking for a four-leaf clover. You'd be surprised by how many there are here."
           Lale smiles, charmed. "You're kidding."
           "No, I've found several. Ivana finds them all the time. You look shocked."
           "I am. You're the girl who doesn't believe she'll get out of here," yet you are looking for good-luck charms!"
           "They're not for me. It's true I don't believe in such things."
           "For who, then?"
           "Do you know how superstitious the SS are? If we find a four- leaf clover, we treasure it. It's like currency for us."
           "I don't understand."
           "Whenever we are in danger from the SS, we hand it over. Sometimes it stops them from hitting us. If we take one to a meal, we might even get extra rations."

    Lale goes into his room and finds two SS guards with his precious bounty of gems and gold spread out on his bunk. He is doomed. And yet, Lale finds a way out.

    "Are you sure you're not a cat?" Baretski asks Lale when he awakens back in his bunk, back at his job of Tätowierer. Baretsky told Lale at one point, "You are the only Jew to ever walk into an oven and walk out again."

    That was Lale and Gita's life together, surviving one danger after another until the Russians showed up to liberate their camp. They are separated leaving the camp, but eventually get back together, get married, and move to Australia. In 2003 Lale tells his story to Heather Morris who writes this marvelous novel about life in the prison camps of Birkenau and Auschwitz, a powerful story of love and survival.


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    In this section I like to comment on events in the world, in my life, and in my readings which have come up during the month. These are things I might have shared with you in person, if we had had the opportunity to converse during the month. If we did, then you may recognize my words. If I say some things here which upset you, rest assured that you may skip over these for the very reason that I would likely have not brought up the subject to spoil our time together in person.

    1. Padre Filius Reads a Sign that Looks like Bobby's Grand-daughter Zia Bawling this Month:

    Padre Filius, the cartoon character created by your intrepid editor and would-be cartoonist, will appear from time to time in this Section of DIGESTWORLD to share with us some amusing or enlightening aspect of the world he observes during his peregrinations.

    This month the good Padre reads Flood Alarm Sign in San Anselmo Park:

    2. Comments from Readers:

    NOTE: I love hearing from all my Good Readers and including your missives here (slightly edited).
    If you prefer any comments or photos you send to be private, simply say so and they will not be published.

    • TEXT from my son Robie in San Anselmo: This picture made me think of you for some reason.
      ~~~ Reply ~~~

      My visit to Hoist Castle, no doubt.


    • EMAIL from Jim Webb:

      You are so blessed with Del and the entire family! Let me know when you are ready for a luncheon. I am in town for most of August.

      ~~~~ Note ~~~~

      We got together for Jim's birthday early in the month.

    • EMAIL from Leon and Daphne in England:

      Just a brief note to report that Daphne & I will be heading north to Harrogate to join the Gilbert & Sullivan Society in their 26th Annual Festival and are looking forward to some busily enjoyable days and nights.
      You will be in our thoughts! Hope your health is holding up
      Very best wishes,
      Lee & Daphne
      ~~~ Reply ~~~

      Thanks for the note. Wish we were joining you two for the Festival.

      I've begun a run of chemotherapy (light dose) to reduce my PSA. Feeling better so far. Hoping to be able do more walking around again soon, Miss that.

      We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Harrogate and plan to return.

      Bobby & Del

    • EMAIL from Prof. Henry Gurr in S.C.
      NOTE: Henry is a great admirer of Robert Pirsig's works, especially "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". I sent him the photo of my grandson Walden holding his new copy of ZMM I had just sent. See above for photo.
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      Dear Henry,

      Walden is my son Robert's son. Not sure how Walden got his name. Rob's second son was named Emerson. I asked if he had a third if he'd name him Ralph. Got no reply.

      I'll pass your comments along to Walden when I get an email address. Kids use Text messages these days.

      Walden graduated from high school a few years ago and has been repairing and assembling bicycles up until recently when he decided on this school of auto design in Detroit. Excited to see what he does.

      Best wishes,

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Henry's Original Email ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      From: Henry Gurr []
      Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2019 10:41 AM
      To: Matherne, Bobby
      Subject: Fwd: Reaching a new generation


      I Love it !!! Such loving expression on Walden's face! !!!!

      GREAT photo, and he will be much illuminated in his design work. !!!

      I assume Walden is named after Henry David Thoreau and is your son?? **********************

      Please have Walden also know that ZMM is strongly ILLUMINATED and CONSISTENT with my theory of How our Mind Works!!

      His work will thus go FURTHER and more BRILLIANT by gradually learning this link. O/c he may ask me for guidance

      Sincerely Henry

    3. Poem from Freedom on the Half Shell: "Come On Weal"


    Give me your poor, huddled masses, your deplorables yearning to breathe free and I will give them taxes, regulations, restrictions, and every manner of unfairness ever created by persons saddled with the illusion that they can decide what is best for someone else's welfare. The individual, like the business professional, knows what's best in a given situation and, given the freedom, will take that action. The forces of coercion are prying open the shell that contains the living muscle and spirit of our oyster — the American people — will we resist those forces and keep our muscles and spirit alive, free to open at will, or will we give up like the oyster and settle for "freedom on the half shell?" Here is another poem from Freedom on the Half Shell:

                  Come On Weal

    Should we follow Jefferson's advice —
    For equality depends upon the common weal —
    That only when both parties are satisfied
           is there basis for a deal.

    The cause of queues for food and stuff
    Is price fixing by the state:
    Equal prices for everyone
    Equal merchandise for the masses
    Creates not democracy
          but mediocrity.

    The official thief says,
    "Keep the change in your pocket,"
    While lifting bills from your wallet
    By taxes and inflation.

    Should we look at that silent thief inflation,
    We would chase its guardians from our land
    And go forth to the day
    We lift our wallet with our own hand.

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    4. Healing States

           What is flu? High fever, body aches, cough, etc.
           What is poison ivy? A rash in some part of the body.
           What is shingles? Rash caused by a dormant chicken pox virus.
           What is measles? Red spots on body, sensitivity to light.

    Most everyone will agree with the above definitions of these diseases. Here's the problem: they would be wrong! Rightly understood, these are healing states that the body undergoes when subjected to the agents which cause diseases, i.e., what we have hitherto called "diseases." Above I have listed the Healing States experienced when someone gets one of these and other diseases. Every set of symptoms we call a "disease" is actually a set of healing states the body undergoes in recovering from the disease.

    It is an important distinction to make because healing states of the recovery of a body from a disease can be stored as a doyle (a set of physical body states) and can be recapitulated later in a form indistinguishable from the original disease. If you have had a particular disease previously, then it arrives again, it may be a doyle, a stored set of physical body states of the original disease, which can be traced and erased away by a simple Speed Trace.

    A simple example is the 62-year-old woman who said that she couldn't eat grapefruit because it made her "sick". After doing a quick speed trace she quickly ate an entire grapefruit half and enjoyed it immensely. No sign of "feeling sick" which was just a way of describing the doyles which arose previously when she even thought of putting a grapfruit section in her mouth.

    A more complicated example was a 40-year-old woman who had just moved into a home Mandeville and claimed the water from the tap was making her sick every evening. A quick Speed Trace removed her symptoms, which showed them to be healing states from a flu she had as a 3-year-old in Biloxi which had a similar smelly taste in its water. Almost 40 years later that taste triggered her body's healing states and she was planning to buy an expensive water filtration system to solve a problem. A simple Speed Trace gave her immediate relief from those onerous healing states.

    Doyle Henderson introduced the idea of diseases being healing states to me back in the early 2000s, but it took me about a decade of study and experience removing these stored healing states to recognize the value of Doyle's contribution to understanding a complexity of the human body.

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