Re: [steiner] Digest Number 548
- Thank you for the description of the preparatory exercises which I
thought was particularly lucid. I have tried the first exercise and I
have to say that, whilst it doesn't sound as exciting or mystical as
some exercises that you read about in more "new agey" books of
spiritual exercises, I found it to be really profound. It has allowed
me to experience a completely different relationship with the things
Firstly it became very clear that all man-made objects involved very
unnecessary, complicated and... well unpleasant processes:
manufacturing, packaging, marketing, transportation. But it also
brought home to me that all these things have their origin in the
natural world. The first object I chose to meditate on was a glass
tumbler: I cannot look at a glass now in the same way without realising
that it is made out of what was many years ago sand and small shellfish
swimming around in a world that I can only begin to imagine. It makes
you more conscious of what you are consuming and how you use things and
how we should be acting in the world.
More recently I meditated on one of the children's wax crayons and that
felt much better - nicer processes involved in a "proper Steiner"
company! The object I am meditating on at the moment is a bean. I
wanted to try something that wasn't man-made. The bean is an amazing
experience. I'm not sure if it is what I should be doing, but I end up
being the bean deep in the Earth compelled to grow by the forces of
water and the sun, growing into the light, flowering and producing many
new beans. Since I am going to be a Class 1 teacher in September I
think this is a good image for me to have!!
The will exercise is definitely the hardest for me. Since I am a fairly
calm, open person anyway the later exercises are not such a problem.
The other thing I wondered is, if one (or more) of the exercises
becomes easy, should you still practice it out of discipline or not?
For example, I am always open to new ideas (I think since reading
Rosicrucian Wisdom last Summer I can now take anything on board!)
Should I practice that exercise nonetheless?