Five Good Words; Whitsun Gathering

Five Good Words Whitsun Gathering with Orland Bishop and Friends
Recording now available in the store.

Why do we celebrate Whitsun and what is its meaning?

Rudolf Steiner calls Whitsun the festival of the free Individuality.  He writes in The Festivals and Their Meaning,

“And then there comes before us the mighty picture, with a force that works like a force present in the soul itself. Then do we feel the future, as the first understanders felt it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, if only we are willing to make alive in our souls that which knows nothing of the boundaries separating the different parts of humanity and speaks a language which all souls, all the world over, can understand. We feel the thought of peace, of love, of harmony, which lies in the Whitsun thought. And we feel this Whitsun thought enlivening our Whitsun festival.”

Recorded May 31, Whitsun Sunday
Five Good Words: An ASA Online Community Exploration of Whitsun with Orland Bishop.

Together we will explore the meaning of this festival during a time when many things are unknown. Orland writes in his book The Seventh Shrine, “What is awakened in the human being in a time of difficulty is the predisposition to make contact with the spiritual world, the invisible guidance within one’s destiny.”

This gathering will open with 12 people each sharing five good words which are resounding in their hearts in contemplating this festival. We will also invite you to speak your own five good words “which all souls, all the world over, can understand.”

Artwork generously shared by Iris Sullivan 


  1. Bill Kelly on May 23, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Michael’s sword flashes.
    The light of Christ quickens the hearts
    of those who bend their knees
    In awe
    and love.
    The sisters Logic and Wisdom awaken
    from their dark sleep.
    Fear slithers back into its murky swamp. Empires bow their heads in repentance.

  2. Linda Bergh on May 23, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    So grateful this is happening to bring us along as community of care

  3. Veronica Oliva-Clour on May 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    My friend would like to take this class, but only has a land line. Will you provide a land line number so she can participate? Please email me back at this address and I will keep her informed. Her name is Linda Leah Knudson and she is a member of the society. Thank you!
    Veronica Oliva-Clour

  4. Maureen Curran Turtletaub on May 23, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Dear Laura,
    Thank you for offering this work.
    I would like to make a donation and register , but do not send money electronically. Is their another way to donate in order to join?
    Warm regards

  5. Linda Helmink on May 25, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for offering this Whitsun gathering at a time when it is especially needed.

  6. Helen Walker on May 27, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Beautiful artwork for contemplative preparation

  7. Marianne Winter on May 29, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Yes, the art work is excellent. Thank you for the posting of a recording of the event. The time of the gathering is after midnight for me at the other side of the earth. Blessings to all.

  8. Marina Markula on May 29, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    thank you for this so very timely offering

  9. Martha Loving on May 29, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Who did that artwork? Was it a pastel by Iris?

    • editor on May 31, 2020 at 2:06 am

      Yes – “Artwork generously shared by Iris Sullivan”

  10. Amelia Lebon on May 31, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    I would love to hear this but its 12.30 BST here which is too late for me. Is it being recorded. Can i hear it ? If so how?
    Many thanks

  11. Jordan Stone on June 1, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Thanks Laura Orland and all who made this event possible.

  12. Lois Schroff on June 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Thank you to Iris for sharing her beautiful art work. Lois Schroff

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