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494Re: [steiner] re: spiritual awakenings

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  • Sena Fernando
    Jan 16, 2001
      Dear Gisele,
      Thank you for bringing this very interesting research to our
      I would like to beleive that the next generation is going to be more
      spiritually aware than ours, but I am not yet convinced about this. You
      are fortunate to have a son who is spiritual aware, even though this makes
      him difficult to live with. My son, who is 25, is extremely sceptical about
      anything spiritual.
      I assume that this research has been done by the Education Section
      of the AS, and may therefore be said to be "biassed". As I said, I would
      like to beleive the findings, but I would welcome any further evidence which
      other members may be aware of. Of course, I do accept that so-called
      scientific evidence is generally biassed in the opposite direction.
      There are two items in the paper which I found particularly
      (a) The frequent contradiction between the aura of an individual and his
      outward behaviour. It is certainly a disease of modern society that people
      feel the need to pretend that they are "nice" and caring.
      (b)The spiritual realities underlying so-called ADD which is probably often
      mis-treated with amphetamine-like drugs.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Gisele" <Fioredortica@...>
      To: <steiner@egroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2001 6:56 PM
      Subject: [steiner] re: spiritual awakenings

      > From the Education Section in GB ~ extracts ~
      > ...For some years we have been interested in certain behaviour patterns in
      > children which were not easily explained by current theory but were none
      > less causing problems in school and which we felt needed addressing. These
      > children did not necessarily have 'special needs' but were often
      > experiencing difficulties in integrating into the classroom situation and
      > this could lead to both behavioural and learning problems.
      > After much thought and questioning it became apparent to us that a
      > explanation for these behaviours might be that these children were in some
      > kind of 'Threshold' situation with regard to the functioning of their soul
      > faculties and bodily sheaths. The concept'Threshold' here is used to
      > indicate the border between the material world and spiritual world as
      > described by R.S....
      > ...In about two thirds of the children cited there was some degree of
      > clairvoyance. In many instances the children were able to describe what
      > "saw". This commonly took the form of some kind of coloured 'aura' around
      > person, usually connected with strong emotional moods. It appeared that
      > children generally took this ability for granted and would not normally
      > mention it...However, this type of clairvoyance came to light in our
      > research as a problem for the child in cases where there was a
      > between the observed inner state of a person as seen from the aura and
      > outer behaviour. An example we came across several times was when the aura
      > around an adult showed anger or disapproval despite the outward behaviour
      > smiles and kind words. This contradiction could be both confusing and
      > distressing, particularly for younger children....
      > ...Many also described seeing 'beings' or 'ghosts', and surprisingly these
      > were usually perceived as benevolent rather than frightening. Sometimes
      > these were described as some kind of 'friend', in others they were
      > to be as yet unborn brothers or sisters. In other cases they were
      > with a particular place or event. The ability to predict particular
      > incidents in the future was also noted in several of the children.
      > A number could also describe 'out of body' experiences where they were
      > of moving about independently of their bodies. These were usually in the
      > form of dream pictures, and in some cases the children could report the
      > experience of 'floating down' and coming back into their bodies on waking
      > up.
      > ...In nearly all cases our respondents reported behaviours which they
      > believed appeared to indicate some degree of separation of the soul
      > faculties of thinking, feeling and willing. Separation of these faculties
      > adults during the process of initiation has been described by R.S. (See
      > "Division of the Personality during spiritual Training" in Knowledge of
      > Higher Worlds and "Knowledge of Higher worlds. Concerning Initiation",
      > chapter 5 of Esoteric Science).In this case, where the necessary degree of
      > moral development has been attained, the strenghtened ego is able to take
      > the task of co-ordination. The basic question we were asking was, 'What
      > behaviours could be seen which might be explained by the three faculties
      > acting independently of one another, bearing in mind that hte child's ego
      > would neither be sufficiently incarnated nor sufficiently strong to carry
      > out this task itself? There appeared to be various different
      > of this condition.
      > Strong willed children were described whose behaviour was superficially
      > naughty but who did not respond in the normal way to being reprimanded.
      > would often repeat the action and then seem genuinely puzzled by the
      > teachers angry reaction. Such cases were put forward as examples of strong
      > will which was disconnected from the normal restraining effect of the
      > thinking....Other children were described who lived more strongly in their
      > thoughts...Example: where an instruction might be given which was clearly
      > understood, but then the child would leave the task undone, apparently
      > believing it had done all that was necessary. This could be seen as
      > indicating ideas and intentions being left 'stranded in the thinking'
      > without being automatically carried over into the will and therefore into
      > action. A further type of behaviour was seen where children exhibited a
      > of 'paralysis' of the will in which they seemed unable to carry out a
      > instruction despite apparently understanding it and recognising the need
      > action.... This behaviour could be mistaken for laziness or stubborness or
      > even autism but our research would suggest that an explanation might be
      > kind of 'block' in the normal flow from thinking to will, consistent with
      > the idea of a separation between these two faculties.
      > In yet another group, children were described who seemed unable to hold
      > their concentration, they would easily lose the thread in a train of
      > or forget a set of istructions half way through carrying them out. Such
      > children are often labelled as having Attention Deficit Disorder. Again
      > respondents concurred with the view that in some cases an explanation
      > be a sort of inability to direct thoughts with will, consistent with a
      > separation between willing and thinking....
      > ...such children often fell outside the social norm and because they were
      > aware of being different from others they felt a great sense of isolation
      > and loneliness. They were also unusually aware of their shortcomings,
      > a great source of unhappiness. However, many reported an unusually high
      > degree of imaginative ability in these children...
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