7326Jeff's question-anthroposophist?-Re: A Modern Spiritual Path [was: Light
- Jan 2, 2003Hello all of this rather ragged thread,
IN an attempt, i believe, to bring some clarity to the discussion of
"the" path or "a" path, Jeff writes and asks:
> Okay. The gauntlet is down. Every AP who chooses, please explain inbrief, what is an Anthroposophist?
>Thanks, Jeff. I am not sure I care to run a gauntlet, but I find your
> Steiner quotes okay.
question important. I suppose there will be as many different answers
to "what is an anthroposophist" as there are people here. I would
tend to listen to those who have much experience in committed study
of Steiner and students of steiner, and those who answer this
question based on dilletantism (lack of commitment to the work of
Steiner) I would tend to ignore.
My own answer is not a simple one (maybe if I were wiser the answer
would be simple--smile). My own answer is also incomplete, and is
evolving. Just these past nights (and as the clock struck 12 January
1, 2003), I was reading from STeiner how since the famous Christmas
Conference (1925) he united his personal karma with that of the
Anthroposophic Society (when he became President) and that he also
said that the Anthroposophic *Movement* from thenceforth could no
longer be separated from the Anthroposophic *Society*. This has been
a sticky point for many. In this vein, Steiner also speaks of the
being of Anthroposophia (the latest and most significant
manifestation of the being who was Mary-Sophia and later Phil-Sophia
in the Greek period of the Intellectual Soul). Steiner says that in
the *Movement* (and thus in the Society?), we are a small group at
first, and that it is important that in all we do we call upon she
who is a real, living Being, Anthroposophia. A real living being,
manifest and re-born in the Spiritual Hierarchies since the turn of
the 18-19th century. We must, he says, must call upon her and seek
her guidance in all we do. She will answer us as from our deep inner
being, as ourselves, our true selves.
I'd say that for me an Anthroposophist is one who calls upon and
lives intimately with the being, the living being, Anthroposophia.
For guidance, we can study Steiner (not blindly, but with loving
questions), and Steiner's work (flawed perhaps in some cases, but
overall deeply rich) helps us learn more of how to listen for
Anthroposophia, and she is the bearer of the Etheric Christ. She is
that Wisdom within us--*within us*--the Wisdom within, the Divine
Feminine, who with The Father, works, and she bears the Etheric
Christ, the Christ manifest in our Time...and the Christ whom Michael
serves. There are big questions of evolution, race, time, nation,
geography, cosmic events. These are the ones that Anthroposophia
helps us understand and work rightly with. Steiner's work is most
often an immensely helpful companion and guide.
This is how I see myself, imperfectly as yet, as an Anthroposophist...
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