494Re: [steiner] re: spiritual awakenings
- Jan 16, 2001Dear 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
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@...>
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
> ...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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