Hello Jeff and all,
Jeff, what you propose here below is fine with me. My main concern is to
have more focus in my life, and some kind of commitment to a course of study
would be helpful.
Pace e bene,
>I was the under the impression that Michael was suggesting something
>more than a study group per se, or at least
>that is what I envision. I am not particularly interested in this type
>of group having done it for years. Study groups are good but can become
>very heavy, develop inertia and there is too much reliance on source
>materials as opposed to creative
>discussion of topics or themes.
>What I think is needed is course or lesson series that summarizes the
>basic teachings of AP by topic. Thus anyone wanting to get started can
>jump in and gather a basic understanding of a concept or idea (with
>references) and then move on to deeper study. For example: One could
>start collecting short summaries: e.g. Spiritual Constitution of
>Mankind. This "lesson" would go over the distinctions of body, soul and
>spirit as covered in AP. Then one would move into the Evolution of the
>Earth and Mankind and cover the stages, epochs, etc. Then one could
>cover, life on earth, karma and after death conditions, the nature of
>evil- Being of Light and Darkness, the Mission of Christ; etc. One could
>then go the archives of this site and read by topic what they want. As
>I mentioned before, one the best, if the not the best, intro to AP can
>be found in At The Gates of Spiritual Science by RS (now retitled but
>available in a new addition). This could be used a starting place with
>commentaries and expansion after each section or exert. This cycle
>basically covers all the basics. The only problem as I said earlier, who
>is going to do the writing - commentaries, "footnote" additions to
>confusing concepts and nomenclature, etc. One way to solve this would be
>to have a topic open of one month and anyone write what they want (with
>respect to sources and accuracy) as commentary to a basic idea quoted
>from AP. A viewer than can survey differing points of view and
>interpretation and then move on the the next topic. It would be quite an
>undertaking and commitment.
>elaine upton wrote:
> > Hello all interested in the online study group.
> > Thanks, Michael for opening this discussion.
> > I have read replies from several of you (Gisele, Evan), and one
> > --L?--who
> > identified yourself as a newcomer to anthroposophy and a lurker on
> > this
> > list.
> > Although I have studied anthroposophy (and sought to live
> > Anthroposophia)
> > for many years in this Earth incarnation, I am happy to always
> > consider
> > myself to be a Newcomer! (smile, but i am serious...)
> > Poet, Rilke said "Always to be beginning." And Emerson said, "To see
> > the
> > thing not as it was in history, but in hope" or something close to
> > that.
> > So, I prefer to be among newcomers, and consider even the "oldtimers"
> > like
> > me to be newcomers.
> > L, i hope you will come out of lurking, if you are so moved, and post
> > whatever is on your heart. If you wish to post things about whatever
> > Steiner
> > texts you are studying, i would find this appropriate and edifying.
> > That's
> > my two wampum pieces worth ...
> > As for the online study group, why don't we study one of the texts L.
> > mentioned (How to Know Higher Worlds, or Occult Science: an outline),
> > or
> > something that Gisele and Jeff are discussing, that may be found in
> > Occult
> > Science, to a degree--separation of planets, stages of creation.
> > (I think Steiner's GENESIS lectures are also helpful here...).
> > Just some suggestions.
> > Pace e Bene,
> > elaine
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