Re: [anthroposophy] Re: Beware of...
I am new to Anthroposophy and have been enjoying the posts. It is only
natural that someone new, like me, might attempt to contact someone on
the list who appears knowledgeable for advice. I have been involved in a
few other lists and meet both good and bad people, so I have some
experience. If you look at Steiner's writings alone, it is a daunting
task to decide where to start. A few weeks back, I was reading the posts
of Joel and was somewhat impressed. He had me pretty convinced to start
with epistemology, and the Philosophy of Spiritual Activity. I contacted
him privately and told him I enjoyed his posts, he ignored that. I went
to his website and starting reading ... there was knowledge and there
was something else, something that was beginning to bother me. Then
Emil's post and warning came out. I appreciate that. If someone has been
around and has a history with all of this, and wants to lend some
advice, then I think that is great. It is up to me how to take it.
Hopefully that is the end of it. But then people like Terrence and some
others feel the need to defend someone they don't even know, and attack
those who have tried to warn new people like me, in my opinion they show
themselves very badly this way, as it has made matters so much worse.
Then Maurice posts a short comment, and I was disappointed as up to that
point Maurice seemed to be very knowledgeable.
Emil and Robert, thank you very much for the warning, I don't feel
anything negative from it. I only feel like you were truly trying to
help. I have worked with other people in the past who I at first thought
seemed knowledgeable, only to waste time and be led down dead end paths.
Joel, I don't know what to think. Please keep posting of your knowledge
and do whatever it is you are trying to do on this list.
Terrence, I don't know what to say to you, but something seems very wrong.
Maurice, I will try to expect less from you and take what you have to
For what it is worth, I started with Theosophy, Steiner has a gift for
explaining these things - body, soul, spirit - I have never heard these
terms presented the way he uses them.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "emil_rio" <emil_rio@y...> wrote:
> My posts stand; I do not take them back or regret them. And may theySo mote it be!
> help beginners - along the difficult path of Anthroposophy - to be very
- Dear List-mates,
Leaving aside that Emil and Robert don't want to stand behind what they
write here, lets confront a lingering question implied somewhat in
Robert's last post, where he admits he doesn't know much and then goes
on to create his own form of the general confusion in the
First, please lets be honest about the last 100 years of
anthroposophical activity...people are going to have gotten a lot of
stuff just wrong. Not because they didn't try, but because we are
human, and make errors, and once Steiner died the best corrective for
our errors changed his field of operations. If you wanted Steiner's
help, it wasn't going to be found in his books, but in the inner forum
of ones own soul, but people went to his books - to the past of dead
thought and not to the living thought available to our own thinking
Robert seems to confuse the path of PoF with Knowledge of Higher Worlds,
as if these were the same thing, which they are not. Don't have to
believe me, by the way, you can read Lowndes' Enliveninig the Chakra of
the Heart, wherein in the last two chapters the difference between these
two paths and the significance of this difference is carefully introduced...
Now we are starting a second hundred years of anthroposophical activity
(this is quite significant, because Christ works Century to Century in
33 year rhythms (see Ben-Aharon's The Spiritual Event of the Twentieth
Century). Our condition as a spiritual movement is fraught with
dangers. The cumulative failures of the 20th Century must be faced (if
we don't, it becomes the same flaw that undoes a student of esotericism
who refuses to look honestly at his own past).
The archetype of these failures lives in the work of S.O. Prokofieff,
who is a very nice man, very sincere, hard working, and something of an
intellectual genius without a doubt. He is the perfect example of what
happens if people don't make a connection to Steiner's early works on
spiriual freedom, moral imagination and picture thinking. Let me lay
out the general shape of the basic flaw that permiates almost all of
anthroposophical work, including Prokofieff and even Robert's efforts on
Ahriman ( http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Sparta/1105/ahriman.htm ).
Rudolf Steiner's lectures are not much more than highly accurate maps of
spiritual realities. Anyone who has had real spiritual experiences on
the anthroposophical path knows this to be the case. The actual
territory is so far outside what words can convey that it becomes
obvious that the lectures produce a serious temptation to the soul.
Steiner himself, in Occult Science an Outline, does not speak even of
that book as providing knowledge to the reader, but only
"understanding". This is so for most of what Steiner wrote and lectured
about - our "understanding" is enriched, and this has positive
consequences for the soul AS LONG AS we don't mistake "understanding"
Yet, this is precisely how the anthroposophical movement has come to
treat the "understanding" that Steiner has given us, and we have then
(by this fatal weakness) made of his work in our souls not anthroposophy
but Steinerism. People who are believers in Steinerism, and haven't
then followed the Path of Cognition laid out in the epistemologies, then
don't "know" their own souls well enough to realize that this huge
content of Steiner-thought they have consumed has become a kind of prison.
The clue that this is the case is the enormous frequency of the phrase:
Thinking, which is seeking freedom, will want more to form its own
conclusions about matters and will resist letting live in the soul too
The real arena of spiritual activity is within us. The true battle is
fought there, not in the outer world of the senses.
At the beginning of this new century no one should be surprised that
within the anthroposophical movement itself a struggle is arising,
between that which has actually followed Steiner's Path of Cognition,
and those who couldn't quite get it, but now want to justify their own
understandable weaknesses by attacking the truth.
The clue here is the weaknesses of their approach. Emil and Robert
can't actually stand here in this forum and speak to what they don't
know. At best they can seek to tar and feather that which would make
them face what hasn't been made into knowledge in their own souls, but
which they would rather protect at whatever cost to others.
There are consequences to our actions. As seekers of the spirit, the
most significant actions in this regard are inwardly in the soul, not
outwardly in the social world. We can only seek the spirit within, via
the activity of the own spirit in the own soul. There lies the "narrow
gate", and the endless quoting of Steiner can only obscure and make more
difficult this essential work.
So far (in the last century), the anthroposophical movement has been
immature. Now it is time for it to grow up, a process certain to be
- In the not too distant past, I happened upon an
interesting old chap by the name of Stanley
Messenger, an octogenarian who has a special
perspective to share. I would encourage a visit to
his site. Copy and past everything between the
< ... >
I would call particular attention to : *Claim Two.
Here's another even more frequently heard
statement. "Oh! I can't read The Philosophy of
Freedom. That's far beyond me. I need to experience
spirit in action in the world."*
I am especailly fond of what Stanley writes near
the end of his letter; *... Well, in the first place
no-one approaching initiate knowledge for the first
time will be denied human as well as super-sensible
help and support, though, in the absence of the
Society, it is more likely to be through the loving
recognition of individuals than through formal
study-groups with official auspices. But there is
something more. We have a School of Spiritual
Science. It was set up under the old dispensation,
and it has remained incomplete. Anthroposophy
didn't transform the mind-set of the pre-millennial
western world, though it had a profound hidden
effect upon it. Have you thought, as a member of
that school, that it might be possible, in drawing
a line under it, to graduate from that school?
Perhaps no-one would get first-class honours. But
have you thought that Rudolf Steiner, who with Ita
Wegman, is now intensely occupied with his next
world task, and longs to be released from the
tragic karma of anthroposophy, might, if asked,
happily give pass degrees to those who ask, and
release both himself and the rest of us from what
may otherwise become an esoteric blind-alley? There
is so much love in the New World. We could all go
on and join them*
If we continue to quote Steiner and use
Steinerism's rather than think for ourselves and
express oursleves as best as we can, as Joel
mentions in his recent post, are we not parts of a
binding agent for the future of the soul-spirit of
RS and the next phase of his work? And are we not
also binding ourselves to the past history of
Having read the parts, pieces and parcels of
Spiritual Science extensively for years I am
intimatley aware of the necessity to comprehend the
significant difference between understanding and
May Stanley's message be of assistance to help you
become unfettered from the yoke of understanding
anthroposophy....especially if you are a Beginner.
May as well start off on the right foot, eh?
--- In email@example.com, Stephen <celestial_vision@c...> wrote:
> Terrence, I don't know what to say to you, but something seems very wrong.
Do not lose any sleep over this Stephen. Mind your
own business, as what I wrote doesn't include you.
Keep on reading, asking questions, meditating, pray
and by all means stay inside your skin and look at
you and your relationship with people you are in
relationship with, and with the burgeoning relationship
you are having with your soul. Anthroposophy is not
about persons. We all have our shadow or
doppleganger to contend with until we meet the
Lower Guardian of the Threshold. When you get to
that place in your soul-spirit growth you will
recognize the truth that Anthroposophy is not about
Out of curiosity, if you willingto answer, what is
Anthropsophy about to you?