Dr. Stephen E. Usher discusses the life and achievements of Rudolph Steiner

Dr. Stephen E. Usher is America’s leading expert on the life and achievements of Rudolf Steiner, the 20th century philosopher and Consciousness explorer, who founded the Waldorf Schools, among his many remarkable achievements.

We held this interview at the Unity Church of the Hills on November 2, 2017 here in Austin. This church is quickly becoming one of the Consciousness centers of Austin and What If It Really Works? has established a strategic relationship with UCOH that will result in our conducting nine more interviews over the next 11 months. This interview was the first in this series and we are very grateful to UCOH for including us on their programs.

Dr. Stephen E. Usher answers questions from his presentation about Rudolf Steiner on November 2, 2017

Dr. Stephen E. Usher. After the interview we took a break and came back from questions from the audience.  This video is the result of that session:

HCN Faith Article for November 15, 2017

 

Polaris

 

By Chuck Robison

 

“Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.”

                                                          — Immanuel Kant

One of the most important discoveries in our long history concerns the Pole Star.

Many thousands of years ago, after perhaps hundreds of years of observation and analysis, a small group of men in a field somewhere concluded that there was one star that never moved.  They knew this to be correct for they had kept an oral record of all the observations for all that time.  They knew two things to be true.

First, there was one star that was always in the same place, while the other stars rotated around this one star.  Second, this star could always be found by locating its neighboring stars, usually thought of as the Big Dipper.  This star was the northern most point of all the stars that rotated around it.

The predictability of this star’s location and the sameness of its light resulted in it being known as the light that never fails.

The Universe had provided us with a natural and universal compass in the heavens.  All sorts of adventurers and explorers have used it to find their way over land or sea and they still do.

That, by itself, qualifies this as being one of the great discoveries of all mankind.

However, just as above, so below.  We have also found that each of us carries our own moral pole star in our hearts.  It is there to keep us from becoming lost in life’s journey.

It is that still small voice that quietly seeks to guide us back on the path of peace and love, which is what we are in our most basic and also most sacred sense.

We experience this power sometimes more than others.  Right now, our world is going through a moment of Global Confusion and a kind of species-wide nervous breakdown.  We see it everywhere.  In America, we are being forced to confront the reality that a minority within our country has set in place a process that is destroying our country as we have known it.

Currently there seems to be no will to change this dangerous course, nor any vision to replace it.  So, we will have to ride it out.  It may take a long, long time to bring America to a level of greatness we all took for granted just twelve months ago.  Or we may never again experience our once highly regarded place in the world.  And it does not matter that our mortal enemy of the past 75 years, The Russian Communists, have helped corrupt us into this downward spiral.

The problems that our moral compass now addresses have always been with us and are more urgent now than ever.  We are being divided by forces that want us to be against our neighbors and our fellow citizens of this land and of this world.

In this storm of Global Confusion, the temptation is to go off-course and take sides against each other and then attack each other.  When we use force against each other, we deny the fact that there is only One Power in the Universe.  And it is this Power, which is God in us, that will ultimately resolve this situation.

Here is the message of our inner moral compass:  That compass, like the one in the sky, is there to show us the way to a safe journey.  It is there to help us rise above the rough seas and treacherous trails that one encounters when we forget who we are.  We are all One.  One species, One creation, One Universe, One Power and One God over all.

Pay attention: In the times ahead, each of us will need our moral compass to survive.  Take this seriously.

Our New Season!

We have just established a creative strategic alliance with the Unity Church of the Hills here in Austin!  This means a turning point in our work!  For the next twelve months we will present a monthly interview before a live audience at this forward looking church. These interviews will be followed by a question and answer period for the whole audience. Following the interview, we will publish it on this web site.

We have completed two experiments with this format and we have discovered that a live audience allows everyone involved to be on a higher energy level. We know you will enjoy this new experience and we have two test runs to show you. First, is our interview with Dr. Rich Massey:

Dr. Rich Massey discusses his ground breaking medical practice.

 

Our second test interview is with Dr. Katya Walter, Physicist and Jungian dream analysist:

Dr. Katya Walter discusses the connection between physics and metaphysics as revealed in Jungian Dream Analysis

We are now about to present Dr. Stephen E. Usher on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, Texas 78750.  Dr. Usher is an internationally known economist and he is also recognized as a leading scholar on the life and work of the German philosopher and creator Rudolf Steiner, founder of the Waldorf Schools.  This is a remarkable story about how one man’s thinking continues to change the world.  The Interview program starts at 6 PM and we are asking you to support our work with a free offering of $10.

Chuck’s article for the September 27 issue of Hill Country News

Faith Article for September 27, 2017

Here’s what you get to take with you

 

By Chuck Robison

I stood at the foot of my father’s bed in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on October 9, 1975.  My mother was standing beside my dad and we had arrived at the moment we all knew was coming and dreaded to experience.  The night before I had fed my dad his last meal.  He said to me then: “I never dreamed it would be this hard to die.”  The pain was unbearable.  The cancer had gone throughout his whole body and his bones were no longer able to support any part of his body.

As I watched him tell my mother he loved her for the last time and then close his eyes, I saw his soul leave his body.  As it did, there was a strong wind that moved counter clockwise around the room and it rattled the venetian blinds that covered the three windows facing Walnut Hill Lane and then it passed through my body and I knew at that moment that my life was about to change completely and in the most dramatic ways.  The wind went on around the room and left my mother with a look of total abandonment.  And then it was over and my Dad was gone forever.

And then the big question hit me:  What was he taking with him?  Certainly not his ruined body, none of his stuff, no money or tools to use in the afterlife, as has been the custom all over the world since time began.  No pictures or good luck charms.  Nothing one could see at all.

But it became clear to me that he was taking the same things with him that I would take with me, and you will take with you when it is time to leave:  His feelings and his memories.  That’s it.

We are told that upon arrival on the other side of the veil, we will be met by the souls who have travelled together with us for countless lifetimes and we will realize that each of these souls have been our dearest teachers and most important relationships.  Even those we think are our earthly enemies will be revealed to us as the closest of spiritual friends.  And we will discover that in making them enemies, we forgot not only who they were, but who we are as well.

We all fear the unknown of death.  We fear being judged.  But, the truth is that on the other side of the veil, we will see ourselves as God sees us:  powerful spiritual beings who are forgiven, loved and eternal.  And we will see that all those things that we did here that brought ourselves and others pain, were nothing more than the parts of the drama we came here to use as a means to make our souls grow.

But they have resulted in bad memories and ruined experiences.  And it is sad that many of us will not even have a glimpse of who we are until we walk through the veil.

But that can change….instantly.  Jesus used the words sin, sinner, sinning and sins no more than twenty-two times in all of his teachings.  But love and forgiveness were words he used constantly.  And he urged us to love each other, even the people we hate because they have hurt us.  He even asked us to pray for them.  Now why would he do that?  Perhaps he wanted us to get used to the truth that things are not what they seem, and today’s earthly enemy is heaven’s most powerful teacher.

What if we could take only happy memories and loving feelings with us when we go?  Pie in the sky?  I think not.  If you knew that each person in your life, regardless of what he did to you, he actually did for you, for you to grow. If we knew that, then anger, revenge, judgement and condemnation would be of no use.  We could forgive anything.

It’s possible.  And as each of us learns to forgive, even when it seems to make no sense at all, we will begin building up a storehouse of good memories and loving feelings, which we will understand only when we see each other on the other side.

Dr. Katya Walter discusses the connection between physics and metaphysics as revealed in Jungian Dream Analysis

This remarkable interview will inform, enliven and amuse you for the breadth and depth of Dr. Walter’s knowledge and her spirit of adventure! The question period is incorporated in this video.

Dr. Rich Massey discusses his ground breaking medical practice.

Dr. Massey was completely open and heart centered with Karen and Myself as he discussed his unique medical practice, which he conducts here in Austin. This interview will introduce you to dramatic new thoughts about medicine and healing and will give you a glimpse of where medicine will go in this century.

HCN Roundtable Article: Should the Churches be Taxed?

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

Should the churches be taxed just like regular organizations?

Well, in the olden days, it was understood there was an agreed upon barrier between the church and the state. The Constitution forbids the Government from proscribing any religious anything. Hands off, and for the longest time it was understood that was a two-way street.

But since 1980 and the Religious Right’s total takeover of the Republican party, there is a serious blurring of the lines between church and state. Actually, (and I do not consider this an exaggeration) if you are a Christian today in Texas you are also most likely a Republican. Test it out.

In the olden days, when clergy started to lead social justice solutions, we were told we had gone from “Preachin’ to Meddlin’!”, meaning we had no business trying to have an influence outside the church.

Yet today, you cannot get elected to political office nationally and in many states without the Evangelical Vote leading your support.

And, oh the Rascal Masters who lead the church into politics! You may remember The Reverend Franklin Graham speaking publically on September 12, 2001 and admonishing the Bush Administration to go immediately to Atomic War with the whole Middle East. Then, of course, President Bush called his milder response a Crusade, mirroring a time when the churches’ actually did hold power over the Kings themselves.

But on August 8th, 2017 according to Huffington Post, a Republican right-wing pastor who serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board claims God has given The President “full power” to launch an attack on North Korea anytime he wants, any way he wants.

Robert Jefferies, head of the Dallas First Baptist mega church, told CBN that a biblical passage in Romans allows rulers to use “whatever means necessary ― including war ― to stop evil.” The good and famous Dallas Reverend shows he knows nothing of how the Constitution works. But his ignorance does not preclude him from assuming that his role gives him unique power in this government of the people, by the people and for the people.

So the church cheers on a war when its own ruler commands His followers to love their enemies, pray for them, and care for them. The churches’ real job is not to stop evil, but to overcome evil with love and light. To demonstrate love rather than promote fear and death.

The politically active Evangelical Right wants a war more than it wants to feed hungry Americans, clothe Americans and heal them with the right of free medical care.

Now, with that thought in mind, ask yourself if there really should be a separation of Church and State. If so, then we need to reel in the church leaders who are calling for nuclear war and giving their opinions as if God Himself were speaking.

But, since the churches’ command more than a trillion dollar’s worth of real estate, alone, we are not likely to ever see them allow the government to tax them for anything. Sad.

 

Divine Order. Hill Country News on June 14, 2017

By Chuck Robison

We moved to Austin in 2006 and 11 years later, I can assure you, Austin is nothing like it used to be. As you know, driving in the new Austin is much like being in the finishing lap of the Indy 500. The rush that most people display on the highway is almost painful. Something is pushing us to our limits every day.

Many of you have heard the idea that all is in Divine Order. This is an injunction to accept things just as they are, to go with the flow and to be present regardless of the circumstances. On the other hand, we have grown up with the notion that this is a “make and do world” and if we are not striving, we are slacking and not measuring up. The apparent message is that something is constantly demanding that we do-do-do and rush-rush-rush. And for what?

Deepak Chopra says: “I have all the time in the world. I am in touch with the timeless. I am surrounded by infinity. When I think like that, it doesn’t mean I’m going to miss my train, it just means that I’m not thinking about it right now because I’m speaking to you.” 

Karen and I have our offices at home and we do not need to be out of the office on a regular basis. When we do leave our offices, we discover that we enjoy one of the greatest luxuries available to modern Austenite’s. For the most part, we allow ourselves to stay relaxed and unhurried.

None of us can revisit yesterday any more than we can explore tomorrow. The desire to go back to the past is motivated by guilt. The need to participate in the future is generated by fear. And we can do neither, despite the fact that our culture uses both directions to distract us from the present. It is as if there is something wrong in both directions and in the present as well.

But people of faith, which we Christians profess to be, know somewhere deep inside that there is a Divine Order to life and it can only be experienced as a result of trust in what God is doing right now, right in front of our faces, regardless of what is happening.

There is a work-around to our problem with the Present. The situation in which we have chosen to live demands that we be always doing something, going someplace, seeking something. The truth is the more we release all of that and just be, just be present, the more relaxed we feel and the more we discover that in a Divinely Ordered Universe, exactly what we need and exactly what is ours is already present right in front of us…..no striving necessary.

God, in His infinite wisdom did not give us the ability to read His Mind. But by observing the lives of those who have tried to live in The Present, we see that what was needed was directly and easily available.

Faith says to each of us, regardless of situation, station or heritage, that God will not abandon the souls He has created. We are here to out-live our earthly experience and to continue to live for eternity. Once we get that insight, the past and the future are meaningless.

We live in the endless beginning and the endless end and all is in Divine Order.

Faith Roundtable Article January 22, 2017

          By Chuck Robison 

 The Question: Should strong relationships be formed with those who have different religious views?

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 January 11, 2016: “A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God.  He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”.

The two moral leaders of our time, Pope Francis and The Dali Lama affirm that all paths lead to God.  This echoes what Albert Einstein said seventy-five years ago: “Science and religion both lead to the same truth.”

If you have already made the transition to a One Uni-verse View, that all things are connected and work together according to God’s direction, then this Roundtable Discussion is a slam dunk.  YES! Strong relationships should be formed with those who have different religious views. In fact, if you are open to forming strong spiritual relationships with everyone who comes across your path without regard to faith, gender, nationality or color, you will see your soul growing by leaps and bounds.

In my ten years as a Chaplain at the United Nations, this one issue was the central thing I took away when I left New York. While there, I got to meet, know and work with leaders from all the world’s religions.  That ten-year period in my life was like a Post Graduate Degree in World Religions, and I am truly grateful that I have that experience to inform my understanding of how things are meant to work.

Today there are 4200 religions in the world and each one has a different name for God, just as many of the readers of this column have different nick-names when they are in different social groups.  The names change, but the person is the same.  As below, so above.

God does not separate us; we separate ourselves.  The truth is that even the most difficult of religious zealots has a heart and a mother and a dream for the future.  When we are willing to relate to each other on that level, we can see God through our eyes, our friend’s eyes and God’s eye’s as well and all at once.

Here is something both common and special at the same time.  When you drop your defenses, and are willing to not have to be right all the time, and show just a little bit of open curiosity about another’s truth, you will find that people are always willing to explain their religious beliefs to you as well as how their religions work.  It makes them feel valued and shows you are valuable too.

Then, something close to magic happens.  When this moment of unity occurs with another, our hearts come into coherence and beat in rhythm and we find friendship and the discovery that we are one with another person whose belief experience is totally different than our own.  This is called Oneness and it is how you feel every time you hear that old Coca-Cola commercial about how “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony!”

Somewhere in each of our hearts we know that special song, which all of us knew when we were four years old.  The grownups told us that was just childish and we forgot that song, for the most part.

But as you read this very sentence, your heart longs to experience, once again, that child in you and his song.  He still remembers we are all one, and he knows to hold hands with each other, because it is safer that way.