Seeing God’s Face, Hearing God’s Voice, Experiencing God’s Strength

Presented By: Lelan Harris
                     I am with you pasas days
               until the
synteleias of the aionos.

These are the words of Christ that conclude the Matthew Gospel [Matthew 28:20], rendered as a mix of the original [transliterated] Greek plus English translation.

          Idou                look, and keep looking, until you see
          Pasas              all, the whole, every kind of
          Synteleias      completion, consummation
          Aionos            cycle of time, eon

And keep on looking until you see
that I am with you every day (and every kind of day)
until the complete consummation of the cycle of time.

As is so common, the “New Testament” words of the incarnate Christ echo and transform the “Old Testament” words of the pre-incarnate Christ.  In this case, some of what we hear in those final words in the Matthew Gospel include echoes of the Lord previously saying to humanity:

You will seek me and find me,
when you seek me with all your heart.

[Jeremiah 29:13]

To which we reply to Christ:
You have said, "Seek my face." 
My heart says to you, "Your face, Lord, do I seek."

[Psalm 27:8]

And then we encourage one another:
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

[Numbers 6:24 - 26]

What does it mean to "seek the face" of God?  Rudolf Steiner repeatedly talks about the countenance (face) of Christ - which indicates how significant it is.  Here is one example:

     I should like to point out to you that we have
     repeatedly dealt with these matters.  When the
     initiates of this ancient time were asked about the
     way in which they received the divine words they
     answered: the Lord whose name is ineffable speaks
     to us; but he speaks to us through his countenance
     [face].  And the countenance [face] of their God
     they called
Michael.  They felt their God as
     remaining unknown even behind the experiences of
     the clairvoyant; but when the clairvoyant, through
     the inner strength of his soul, raised himself to his
     God, then Michael spoke to him.

     Michael is the spirit of strength.  As Michael again
     re-enters human evolution, he must bring it about
     that we do not consider on the one hand abstract
     spirituality and on the other a materiality regarding
     which we have not the slightest inkling that it is only
     an externally manifesting form of the spiritual.
     Michael must permeate us as the strong power
     [enabling us to] look through the material to see
     [hear, know] the spiritual in matter . . . .

[Rudolf Steiner, The Michael Revelation: The Word Becomes Flesh and the Flesh Becomes Spirit.  Presented in Dornach, Switzerland on November 22, 1919.  GA 194.]

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Lelan Harris is a founding member and the executive director of Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative.  He is an experiential explorer and integrative practitioner of many human development and spiritual paths.  For Lelan, every day is an adventure of discovering the wisdom of the cosmos -- God in every guise -- and then sharing those treasures through healing, coaching, serving, and pioneering.  Lelan has been married to Julie for over 30 years, and among their greatest delights together is playing in and with nature through every season, ecosystem, and altitude; self-guided town and country tours; plus art, music, and dance.


The Archangel Michael must permeate us as the strong power enabling us to look through the material and see [hear, know] the spiritual in matter.
~ Rudolf Steiner
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