Thursday, July 15, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
"Teachers still go on, weary and not a little disillusioned, in some small corner of themselves cherishing a battered ideal, dreaming at times of an experimental school where they may become artists again. And when they can they crowd to hear of such a place, as now they crowd to Oxford to hear what Dr Steiner thinks of spiritual values in education and social life…. Whoever heard of applicants for a teacher post being asked first of all of their opinion of the soul? Yet this is just the question Dr Steiner seems to put to his teachers. An uninterested visitor may well mistake details of his meaning, and convey a wrong impression; yet even at the risk of misapprehension or doubt, its value to education should not be passed over in silence… You may not believe in reincarnation. You may dispute the existence of the spiritual body, scoff at the connection between metabolism and the will, or mistake the new art of ‘visible speech’, eurythmy, for dancing. You may, of course, deny the immortal element in man; in that case you will care for none of these things. But if you admit it, you must face the consequences as Dr Steiner faces them, honestly. Call him a dreamer, occultists, clairvoyant, even crank, but do not doubt his consistency and ability. You know how worried you have been lately about the state of Europe. If you cannot go to Oxford or to Dornoch in Switzerland, you might perhaps call at the Board of Education or any other government office, and ask what provision they are making for the souls of the people."
An extract from an article in The Nation – responding to a lecture series by Rudolf Steiner given in Oxford, England 1922
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Mystics and Poets have spent lifetimes trying to bring to expression in words the majesty, tragedy and divine mystery that is a human being. In our modern times, however, drenched as we are in mediocrity, materialism and superficiality, we are satisfied with reducing a person to their neurology. Whereas before the articulation of our humanity was left to great poets like Shakespeare or Goethe, today we use terms that give the impression they were selected by a comity in an HR department.
We have no inclination - worse, we are utterly disinterested by the fact that reducing a human being to concepts like "neurotypical" or "neurodiverse" is an abomination to the concept of personhood.
Meanwhile it is forgotten (or is it intentional) that all of us are equally capable of evil whether or not we are "on the spectrum" or not, and equally, (and more importantly) we are just as much created in the image of God and are a part of the same divine world order as any other human being that has ever lived or ever will live.
If you are tempted to believe that your neuro-diagnosis makes you exempt from the moral laws of this universal world order then you are making a Faustian bargain with the devil which will leave you without a soul.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
To live in final participation will not mean carving out time in your day to pray and meditate on higher things. Instead prayer and meditation will issue from you as irresistibly as you draw breath, for no other response to the majesty of life and all its details will be worthy.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
What follows is an extract from a 1919 lecture cycle titled Lucifer & Ahriman by Rudolf Steiner. The larger context is the approaching incarnation of Ahriman some time in our current millennium, in the West, probably America. Steiner describes how, 3 millennia BC, Lucifer incarnated in the East, probably in China. Christ of course incarnated in the person of Jesus. And now, entering the beginning of the third millennium AD Ahriman will incarnate, and the signs of his coming arrival are now fully manifest all around to see. The point is not to resist or fight Ahriman's incarnation, for it is inevitable; the point is to orientate ourselves in the right way so that the Ahrimanic currents leading to his arrival can be used for good. For this a new wisdom has to be bourn, springing from the effort and struggle of individual human beings to wake themselves from their indolence and rejection of the spiritual.
Ahriman, though, will like nothing more than to keep us ignorant of his arrival, and....
"If, in the future, man were to do nothing himself towards acquiring a new wisdom, then, unconsciously to him, the whole of culture would become Ahrimanic, and it would be easy for the influences issuing from Ahriman's incarnation to permeate all civilisation on the earth.
What would be the result if men were to follow the strong inclination they have to-day to let things drift on as they are, without understanding and guiding into right channels those streams which lead to an Ahrimanic culture? — As soon as Ahriman incarnates at the destined time in the West, the whole of culture would be impregnated with his forces. Through certain stupendous arts (technologies) he would bring to man all the clairvoyant knowledge which until then can be acquired only by dint of intense labour and effort.
Lovers of ease who refuse to have anything to do with spiritual science, would fall prey to his magic, for by means of these stupendous magic arts Ahriman would be able to make great numbers of human beings into seers — but in such a way that the clairvoyance of each individual would be strictly differentiated. What one person would see, a second and a third would not see (emphasis added). Confusion would prevail and in spite of being made receptive to clairvoyant wisdom, men would inevitably fall into strife on account of the sheer diversity of their visions. Ultimately, however, they would all be satisfied with their own particular vision, for each of them would be able to see into the spiritual world. In this way all culture on the earth would fall prey to Ahriman. Men would succumb to Ahriman simply through not having acquired by their own efforts what Ahriman is ready and able to give them. No more evil advice could be given than to say: “Stay just as you are! Ahriman will make all of you clairvoyant if you so desire. And you will desire it because Ahriman's power will be very great.” — But the result would be the establishment of Ahriman's kingdom on earth and the overthrow of everything achieved hitherto by human culture; all the disastrous tendencies unconsciously cherished by mankind to-day would take effect.
Our concern is that the wisdom of the future — a clairvoyant wisdom — shall be rescued from the clutches of Ahriman. Again let it be repeated that there is only one book of wisdom, not two kinds of wisdom. The issue is whether this wisdom is in the hands of Ahriman or of Christ. It cannot come into the hands of Christ unless men fight for it. And they can only fight for it by telling themselves that by their own efforts they must assimilate the content of spiritual science before the time of Ahriman's appearance on earth.
That, you see, is the cosmic task of spiritual science. It consists in preventing knowledge from becoming — or remaining — Ahrimanic. A good way of playing into Ahriman's hands is to exclude everything of the nature of knowledge from denominational religion and to insist that simple faith is enough. If a man clings to this simple faith, he condemns his soul to stagnation and then the wisdom that must be rescued from Ahriman cannot find entry. The point is not whether men do or do not simply receive the wisdom of the future but whether they work upon it; and those who do must take upon themselves the solemn duty of saving earthly culture for Christ."
To awaken this new wisdom I personally recommend studying Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom. This book not only awakens a brand new thinking in us, it also lays the methods and foundations for all his later works regarding "spiritual science".
Monday, March 22, 2021
Even the most brilliant scientific stories can only ever make the ranks of "current hypothesis", who's validity only lasts until a "better" hypothesis comes along. They are allowed to be "true" so long as the data support them. As soon as new data comes along (and it might come along at any moment) a new "story" takes top place. And then there is the pinnacle of materialistic scepticism; the idea that the world is in principal impenetrable to human story, that our stories will only ever be just that - mere theory.
This is an utterly unsustainable situation for the human soul, embedded as it is in the story of our personal lives. For beings who's lives consist of manifold stories to believe deep down that the world is ultimately story-less, and that our stories are nothing, is what Steiner called "being devoured by the dragon" (GA 217 Becoming Michael's companions)
But if narrative and objective reality indeed touch then the world is ultimately akin to human story proper.
Michael isn't satisfied with us relying on religious faith alone, he wants us to really see this as the case, he wants us to behold the Christ with our own eyes. Only then will his mission be accomplished.
(At the beginning of the full interview it is revealed that Jonathan Pageau made Jordan Peterson a wood carving. No prize for guessing the theme of the carving!)
I thoroughly recommend the full interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rAqVmZwqZM
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