7342Re: [anthroposophy] What is an Anthroposophist?
- Jan 2, 2003On Thu, 2003-01-02 at 17:21, 888 wrote:
> There are many definitions of anthroposophy I've seen over the years-"Anthroposophy is a path of cognition from the spiritual in man to the
> things like "Christian yoga after the coming of Michael", "the Wisdom
> in Man". But perhaps the best one is to be found in the "Awakening to
> Community" lectures. I'll have to hunt it out later, but it has to do
> with the development of the Consciousness Soul. The anthroposophist
> is one who strives to work out of the Consciousness Soul. That is at
> least one of the qualities of an real anthroposophist.
Spiritual in the Cosmos" First Leading Thought. Some translations
(George Adam's for example) use the term "knowledge" instead of
"cognition", but the German term is erkennen or erkentnis (sorry about
the spelling). The problem, as it was explained to me, is that English
speakers tend to think of "knowledge" as a kind of thing which one can
receive passively, like through reading a book (thus the love of
practitioners of Steinerism for the lecture cycles), while "cognition"
is "active thinking", or as I have come to like to express it "will in
thinking". Our Italian friend, Andrea, likes to talk about the
"concentration", which is how Kuhlewind also speaks of it. For
Americans, we probably need to go to Emerson (see my essay "discovering
individual insight" which draws Steiner and Emerson together in a
practical (pragmatic way) at http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/stgfr9.html )
>Bruce, see my discussion with Br. Ron, also quoted in brief here:
> Of course, then one must ask what exactly is this Consciousness Soul.
> Bradford has put up some ideas on the Intellectual or Mind Soul, but
> I've never seen a lot of clear ideas on the Consciousness Soul. This
> is surprising considering how much it's talked about.
"This age is not about developing visionary powers, but about unfolding
individual moral authority through learning to know the good and the
true with the own thinking activity (remember Steiner fans, what the
good doctor said about three steps in the moral for each step on the
path to initiation). We incarnate in this most material of ages for
just this purpose - we need the rigid structure, and all its
difficulties, to find our own "I am" as the ground of moral activity
This accomplishment then becomes an eternal aspect of the "I am" that
can be carried forward into the next incarnations. All the rest, all
the intellectual concepts of esoterics and spiritual this and that, is
superfluous. As Stephen Clarke and I agreed, its all about character,
which is of course what one finds so admirable and powerful in regard to
native American spirituality. First you get character, then you study
the "knowledge" in the mysteries (not the other way around, which so
many members of the steinerism movement seem to be tripping on)."
For the Steiner fans, here is the quote from Theosophy:
"By causing the self-existent true and good to come to life in his inner
being, the human being raises himself above the mere sentient-soul. A
light is kindled in her which is imperishable. In so far as the soul
lives in this light, she is a participant in the eternal. With the
eternal she unites her own existence. What the soul carries within
herself of the true and the good is immortal in her. Let us call that
which shines forth in the soul as eternal, the consciousness-soul."
Of course, the trick is to know how to do this, how to "cause" the
self-existent true and good to come to life in our inner being.
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