In the Light of a Child: A Journey through the 52 Weeks of the Year in both Hemispheres for Children
“From heaven above comes sunlight streaming;
Shining, blistening, and gleaming.
My silver crescent-cup is filled,
(Be careful that it is not spilled),
Such joy weaves round me everywhere
In water and earth and in light-filled air.
A wave of joy in me as well
Springs from my heart, a surging swell.
By joy I’m taught my God to know.
I am his child—He tells me so.”
(Northern Hemisphere, Easter)
Children live deeply in the experience of the seasons. Their unity with nature is initially unconscious and uncritical, and this “Garden of Eden” consciousness gradually fades as they become more self-aware and confront the outer world as I-beings.
The verses in this book help children bridge the gap from their unconscious connection with nature to a living feeling for the seasons that will stay with them through life.
These verses follow the course of the year, as inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul. The book is arranged so that parents, teachers, eurythmists, and children can follow the course of the year in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
About the Author
Michael Burton is based in Sydney and works as a writer, speech performer, actor, speech therapist, and voice teacher. He is the writer of the script for an international project to perform a play that follows on from the four initiation dramas of Rudolf Steiner. He gives performances in a number of countries of his one-man drama, Shakespeare and the Mystery of the Human Being (2003).