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|Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007|
Theme of the Year 2006: Development of Heart Thinking
Understanding Otherness – Relationship to Christ
The world and our fellow human beings have become alien to us to such a degree today that without shared understanding a real meeting is hardly possible any more. Understanding what is other than ourselves requires empathy and acuity as well as effort. It asks that we engage our whole person.
Last year we turned our attention from the larger outer aspect of thinking (theme of the year for 2004/05: cosmic intelligence) to the inner expansion of thinking, when the life of feeling and thinking unite in such a way that “hearts begin to have thoughts.”
The experience of thought content is first and foremost a spiritual experience within the human being. This acquires a new dimension when it unites with the other aspect of reality: with the sense world. In this context, Rudolf Steiner forms a concept that refers to the human rhythmic system – ‘light breathing’: We can be attentive not only to the physiological after-image of a sense phenomenon, but, in a further sense, also to what is called forth in us as the soul-spiritual after-image of a sense phenomenon (The Mission of the Archangel Michael, lecture of November 30, 1919, GA 194). It is interesting to see this process as a breathing process, particularly in connection with heart thinking.
If one follows up on this, one is led to the discovery that the great breathing process of the earth, the course of the year, presents an exact picture of what takes place as a spiritual breathing within the soul. In this way, the experience of the rhythm of nature takes on meditative, cosmic-human significance. We bring our human existence into relationship to the earth and its cosmic surroundings.
This is significant not only for our own experience but also for the earth, from our intervention in ecological matters right up to a connection to the Christ being united with the surrounding of the earth, to the spirit of the earth. It is worth coming to a close grasp of how heart thinking can be stimulated and deepened through inner participation in the course of the year. Calendar of the Soul forms the basis for an attempt of this kind, as do the lectures The Four Seasons and the Archangels, which are read in many places at festival times, and the lecture of October 15, 1923 [published in 1957 in vol. 4 (The Michael Inspiration from Michaelmas – The Festivals and Their Meaning — seven lectures on Michaelmas) and in the entire Festivals and Their Meaning), and in the 1981 edition of The Festivals and Their Meaning (29 lectures on Christmas, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost, and Michaelmas), all in GA 229].
Course of the Year and Social Relations
A further aspect from the lectures The Cycle of the Year as Breathing-Process of the Earth and Michaelmas and the Soul Forces of Man [both cycles are in GA 223] can be added: Rudolf Steiner characterizes the movement for social threefolding, which failed in terms of its original intention, as a test of whether “the Michael thought is strong enough in a number of people […] to really be felt in its full time-forming strength….” An aspect of this Michael thought is experiencing the course of the year, to which is tied the forming of social relations. Through the connection of these themes one is right in the middle of today's tasks pertaining to social and ecological issues. One is in the midst of large public issues as well as of inner anthroposophical concerns.
Just as there is a reason that the Soul Calendar was published in the year of the founding of the Anthroposophical Society, it is also not a coincidence that Rudolf Steiner presents The Festivals and Their Meaning as a central theme in 1923, a year concerned with the consolidation of the Anthroposophical Society and with preparation for the Christmas Conference. │ Johannes Kühl, for the School Collegium
|Monday, October 2nd, 2006|
Anthropop web site:
web page has been updated, and looks more aesthetically presentable. If you have a moment to spare, take a look.
Your Humble Moderator Current Mood: busy
|Saturday, August 12th, 2006|
It was in 2003 when I saw a human's aura for the first time. I was on a Geomancy seminar in France on one of the greatest Place of Power in Europe - the Mont St Odile.
On my first day there we did a lot of meditations and trainings that were very simple awareness trainings. For example, staring at each other for at least 20 minutes without blinking. Blinking protects the eyes not only from drying-out but also from "invisible" ether. It works like a filter.
And let me tell you how hard it is not to blink for that long, especially when you're wearing contact lenses that need to be wet. So it didn't really work out for me. There were many tears, my eyes were hurting and all I got was a blurred view. Anyway...
...the Mont St. Odile is a wonderful place that was used by the Celts to enhance all of their senses for the invisible world. At the end of my first day it was just there. I guess all the things we did before that were preparations. In the dawn I saw the complete aura of another seminar member - and I haven't done anything special to gain this sight.
It's a rather strange experience to see something like this like you look at a table or a tree. All your doubts are washed away in a second. Those colors are more beautiful than any colors you can imagine and there are even some kind of "pictures" visible.
This whole experience was a bit too much for me, I guess. I wasn't grounded enough. I saw everyone's aura, everything's aura and the whole place was bathed in light. I suddenly lived in all the realms at the same time. Which was kinda scary. But also very beautiful. This is probably comparable to a drug experience. I don't know since I've never taken drugs. All I know is that I felt something funny in my stomach and I thought I had to vomit. I blinked and blinked but it didn't go away.
The Geomancer who did the seminar noticed this and pushed me all of a sudden to the ground. That was when I felt myself and the lights vanished. Since then I haven't seen the world in these colors again, but I learned how to control my "aura view".
The first thing I see is this:
Any human has some kind of energystream above their head. It looks different from person to person but there's always coming some energy from above that goes into the head and there is some energy leaving the head.
When I concentrate on this I usually see the complete aura. I've lived with this now for about three years. I can't imagine how it would be to not see an aura. I guess it is riding the bicycle. Once you've learned how you do it, you'll never forget it. Although, sometimes it's harder for me to concentrate on an aura. Other times it just jumps in my face - and it isn't always a beautiful sight! More on that in an later entry.
|Tuesday, August 8th, 2006|
Let's Change the World
(post approved by moderator)
I wanted to let you all know about a new social networking site, Zaadz.http://www.zaadz.com/
"Connect. Grow. Empower. Inspire."
I'm signed up, and hope that some of you will be, too. :)
|Saturday, July 22nd, 2006|
Your thoughts on the Four temperaments
I want to understand why advocates of this would insist that one, when in a state of melancholy, ought not to eat fresh fruit *understand my skepticism, for my diet highly based on fresh fruit*
|Friday, June 23rd, 2006|
Dreams and Realities
Last night was very weird and kinda scary.
I dreamt the following: I was in some village that was somehow familiar, although I didn't know why. I wanted to go to work and I had to walk a way that lead through the woods. The only problem was that the way was covered with so much ice that walking on it was impossible. The last building of the village was a pharmacy and it sold old and antique things on the outside. I went to it and saw a schoko cream standing there with a tag that said "cheap schoko cream". There wasn't any in it, just a lot of worms. "eek* I told that the woman who sold it, but she just threw out the worms and took it back on the shelf.
Then I awoke and suddenly all was very strange. I felt that someone or somthing was holding me down on my arms, I couldn't move, I tried to scream but I couldn't - as if I was still dreaming. Although I know for sure that it happend for real! I couldn't open the eyes, but I fighted back with my mind. I don't know how I did it but whatever was holding me down suddenly let go. But then it tried again and again and I felt so helpless.
All of a sudden it was gone and i could move again. What the hell happend?? Aliens again? Astral beings? What?
|Wednesday, June 14th, 2006|
Rudolf Steiner's Estrangement from His Body
On the apparent poisoning (it was really just a reaction to the food he was ingesting at the time, going by his comments given in a lecture soon after) of Rudolf Steiner on Jan 1st 1924. RS's failing health must be viewed in the context of the increasing alienation of his physical body to the spiritual parts of his being. This led to various health problems and pain.
From a couple of letters to Marie:
26th Oct 1924
"And I have to avoid everything 'destructive'. I can see how easily I can be set back when something disruptive occurs, particularly with regard to the gastric system. "
"As you know, I have become very estranged from my physical body since January 1923. That is why an increasing amount of nursing is necessary."
15 October 1924
"Wegman and Noll are kept pretty busy with my 'treatment'. I have to suffer a lot with the pain of the treatment and feel how much I am unsuited to spending time on my own care in this way."
"M.d.M., I told you some time ago how, since January 1923, the link between the higher parts of my being and my physical body was no longer complete; living in the spirit I lost, as it were, the immediate connection with my physical organisation. Not with the physical world. On the contrary: my ability to make a healthy assessment of the latter grew stronger and also more comprehensive. But precisely because everything in the spiritual realm continued unhindered, also as regards the physical world, the hostile forces are making an assault on my physical body."
|Friday, June 2nd, 2006|
R.S Quote of the Day:
“What each individual really needs can only be known by himself; what he should contribute he can determine through his insight into the situation as a whole.”
“Basic Issues of the Social Question,” Preface to the Fourth German Edition, 1920.
And how true this citation is! The internal grain of our own truth lies within, and often times humanity has difficulty in identifying this facet.
|Wednesday, May 31st, 2006|
examples of polarity between luciferic and ahrimanic in our perception
some examples, elaborations on seeing, seperating the luciferic and ahrimanic perceptions from our soul.
a man sees a painting. He notes of how certain tools were used, to rearrange certain pigments that were extracted in various forms of earth. he sees the frame and imaginatively runs through the process of how to make it.
he pulls from his mind, logically, the observations made in his past experiences. he then, based on the physical sight perception, begins to imaginatively recreate the process of the painting in his soul. The point is, he is largely in his thinking, using his tools of past-collected notes, his logical analyzation, then imagination to recreate an understanding of what he is beholding.
a man sees a painting. He feels the painting. He sees the child, he feels the lack of tension in his hand as the child almost lets the balloon slip into the sky. he feels the child's enthusiasm. he feels the love of the father next to the boy. he feels the cool water in the breeze, coming from the nearby water pistol arcade game. He is using his past collections of feeling experience to imaginatively recreate the experience portrayed in the painting. His consciousness is not so much in his mind, in thinking, but actually in portion, inside the painting.
a man goes to a calm lake, at night. he knows the water is shallow. He sees the silhouette of the trees and its reflection in the water. he knows of how reflection works, on smooth surfaces. He sees the sky, and knows of how the red in the sky is from the nearby town lights. His physical eyes take all this information in, but his imagination uses the facts he has previously observed to reconstruct his surroundings into a conceptual form. he is very much inside of his being, in a way, he is stronger concentrated in himself than in the surroundings.
a man goes to a calm lake, at night. he sees the black, wavering strip (silhouette reflected trees) infront of him, dividing two great chasms of red substance, that seem infinitely vast. he sits on the edge of the dock, and looking down, feels he may fall into the deep abys that is the sky above him. the black of the wavering line brings him feelings, as well as the red filled vast spaces above and below him. this man is strongly concentrated in the environment through the substance of feeling, and in a way, he is barely inside of his being.
so, as it may easily be seen how the luciferic tendancy towards connection, feeling, unity with what may aproach us differs from the ahrimanic tendancy of deducing, analyzing, putting together in rational, factual manner, the question then seems to arise, "well, what are we then?"
my purpose in placing these examples is not to dive into this question, as it points directly to the heart of human wisdom, anthroposophy. rather, the intention was to allow one to easily see how much of our perception is not fully ours: it is very much involved with the tools of ahrimanic and luciferic beings' presence in our organism. much of our organism is ours, in the way that it is our organism. but in many ways, it is composed of elements that are outside of the human element. the more devoted we are to distinguishing what is within us as belonging to luciferic capacity and ahrimanic capacity, the clearer the vision of the true human element/perception.
- student of anthroposophy
|Saturday, May 6th, 2006|
Window of the Ruldolf Steiner Haus in Stuttgart
-- Inspired by the previous post. :)
I don't know how to be all nifty and tell you how big it is, as the previous poster so graciously did, so good luck with your computer not having a heart attack!
This window (made of carved blue glass) is in the auditorium of the Rudolf Steiner Haus where my high school eurythmy performing group visited last year. Sorry for the blur-ocity, but it was kindof dark so the pictures I took with a shorter exposure time didn't turn out very well. Current Mood: sick
|Monday, May 1st, 2006|
Quote and teacher training:
Anthroposophy has its roots in the perceptions, already gained, into the spiritual world. Yet these are no more than the roots. The branches, leaves, blossoms, and fruits of Anthroposophy grow into all the fields of human life and action."
— Rudolf Steiner
On another note, how many here are or have done Waldorf School Teaching? Where did you attend for your teacher certification?
|Friday, April 28th, 2006|
Geishas are not a part of Anthroposophy!
As moderator, I wish to apologize for not up-dating in recent times and Light. However, it is up to the community as a whole to contribute, and the more the better. Thus I would like to see more correspondence made and created, even if it is merely a simple question pertaining to something not necessarily related to Steiner/anthroposophy.
I do wish to address a certain issue that has been brought to my own, individual mind *how utterly selfish that is* Recently someone thought to address the idea of spiritual science as similar to that of geishas. Correct me if I am somehow mistaken. But I don't see a correlation there. Spiritual science aims at a deeper understanding, as a search for Truth, ultimately. How is a consort, an element of entertainment, a product of the wretched patriarchy, a ways in which to obtain knowledge?
|Tuesday, March 28th, 2006|
R.S quote of the day:
“All knowledge pursued merely for the enrichment of personal learning and the accumulation of personal treasure leads you away from the path; but all knowledge pursued for growth to ripeness within the process of human ennoblement and cosmic development brings you a step forward.”
|Monday, February 27th, 2006|
R.S Quote of the Day
“What is to be Real in the future is borne today in us ... Man must in deed become a creator, must form of himself that which will be his future world.”
|Friday, February 10th, 2006|
Some questions for you:
Do you solely buy organic foods, such as produce, body care items, detergents? Or do you mix it up with conventional foods and items as well?
Do you belong to a co-op? Where do you shop for your items?
Do you believe and feel that there's a difference in buying organic edibles and non-organic?
|Thursday, February 9th, 2006|
'Leap like a Lunatic,
over the chasm below,
erupting as you go,
your true self awaits you-now you will know'
|Wednesday, February 8th, 2006|
R.S Quote of the Day
“[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people into all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people.”
“The Universal Human”, Lecture 1
|Monday, February 6th, 2006|
COTS:February 05, 2006 - February 11, 2006
The world is threatening to stun
The inborn forces of my soul;
Now, memory, come forth
From spirit depths, enkindling light;
Invigorate my inward sight
Which only by the strength of will
Is able to sustain itself.
|Sunday, January 29th, 2006|
Calendar of the Soul (January 29th, 2006-February 4th, 2006)
[January 29, 2006 - February 04, 2006]
(February 9-15) My power of thought grows firm
United with the spirit's birth.
It lifts the senses' dull attractions
To bright-lit clarity.
Desires union with the world's becoming,
Must senses' revelation
Receive the light of thinking.