I can say that I was surprised my first event and I
remember thinking this is so dry. I remember thinking
if any of my friends came they would not want to try
it again as it was too dry. And some anthroposophists
might say 'well, they have to stick it through, these
things are not easy', and even 'well maybe its not for
them'. But I think it is something more than those
excusese. And at the same time I want to honor those
that are endeavoring to share something and then at
the same time it seems something new is about. And it
has been my experience that when it was seen what that
something new that was about people wanted more of it.
And it has to do with creatively working in the world.
There is something about not just looking to see what
anthroposophists need in anthroposophy but really what
the people of our world need. We need to sense into
what is needed in the world in the way I think
Benjamin Franklin did. He sensed into what each of
these various groups needed and he sought an answer.
He was intellectually curious about the world about
the spirit about the natives and how he could be a
part of his short time here on earth to make things
better or to at the very least offer up what he was
learning to the wider world. And to me this is what
anthroposphists need to do right now.
I was just reading Diana, 'we find ourselves holding
hands with the apes, our ancestors' Winters, and I
thought 'oh she is so old song, old story'. I was
reading a new offering by David Dodd who has this
mishmashed website, trying to look inoculous, speaking
about the 'dangers of anthroposophy' and I had two
thoughts 'one we must be about to get jiggy with it'
and two, 'they actually don't realize that when they
share what they share about Steiner, thinking it is
something bad, it actually goes to show something good
for normal thinking people, who do have spirit
questions abounding in their consciousness.
So in order to meet this challenge I think the impulse
of the movement must find a way to work and listen in
to the youngers as they also work and listen in to the
elders. But in order to move forward we have to
recognize that their is this judgement across the
board about 'how we do anthroposophy'.
The good news is that on the ground, away from the
internet I have really encountered the youngers and
the elders that want to work together. The elders are
saying 'let's get it on already'. And it is going to
take the young people to take heart and even if all
they get is looks in the beginning to keep moving
forward, there are those that will support them, they
just have to notice who is nodding in agreement.
A new way of doing art, a new way of involving the
community, a new way of interelating with other groups
trying to do similar things, networking for God's
sake:) And no, it's not going to be perfect but it is
going to be your offering. I think we do need content,
I think it is very important, but we also have to have
creative art as well, we do have to have areas where
we can talk about our disagreements in front of each
other versus in our little circles of people who agree
with us. The Carriers Conference was incredible in its
nature of disagreement but being okay with them.
I think sometimes that I could see Rudolf Steiner
himself bored with a few things. I can see him as the
director going 'no, no! you must bring 'life' into it,
you must 'breathe life' into what you are doing!
Breathe! Smile! Live! Dance! Study with others but in
a living way, find a living way that when others come
into the room they will not wonder about these long
My experience of Anthroposophists are that they are
very sincere and also very serious for the most part.
And I love their sincerity, it inspires me to listen.
I trust them. I trust that they really care. And I
also trust that a new time is upon us. And that it is
time to see how we help the next generation breathe
life into Anthroposophy. They have been well guided in
the spiritual worlds and we must meet them with
enthusiasm and love and support. We must recognize
these young people and give them an opportunity to
bring their hearts longings to the world and to
anthroposophy. We shouldn't miss out on this
opportunity, we should know that it is indeed about.
But I do say, it will be up to the youngers to make
their stand. And they should know we want them to run
with it and that we will support them in what they are
trying to make theirs.
All good things,
> Even because today it is not necessary to have so
> much 'content' of representations... I 'believe'
> People go there looking for something, then they do
> not understand what is happening. Others are happy,
> they do not feel something is missing but things are
> dead - dead words passing from "ear to mouth". And
> in some places this is the only way to be in contact
> with part of the anthroposophical content - you are
> not allowed to read it, you MUST hear these things
> in the dead way. Something curious but of course
> unconscious, we know.
> Then this lost people start think about go away
> because there is nothing alive anymore. It is
> serious and sad.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: dottie zold
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 1:55 PM
> Subject: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Enlivening
> The fundamentalist, the 'I know and you need to
> to me' and the 'if you haven't studied for thirty
> years keep your mouth shut', also the
> who divide us because we do not see it their way,
> got to consider their actions and the affect it is
> having on the movement and its growth. They might
> think its the others that are the problem and I
> challenge them to look and see how many of their
> family and friends hearken unto what they have to
> share about Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is
> not that hard to share once one finds a
> to and that then leads to the wider world of
> just looking for thoughts on spirit work. The
> world is
> craving this right now and anthroposophists have
> to find a way to get themselves out of the way and
> the work be creative and flowing.
> My thoughts on this Tuesday morn,
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