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Beware

All you that flourish in your prime,
Beware, beware, keep your garden fair,
Let no man steal your thyme.
- From Bunch of Thyme (Irish traditional)

Rudolf Steiner Your thyme is a precious thing, the traditional song has it. Then, what about your deep mind? And who is pulling your strings? Is is the faith in some enclaves?

If you have a body, mind, and spirit (soul) and are largely unaware of the innermost, essential parts of yourself, how can you manage low guides?

Let us draw a scary scenario right here: "Vicious ones are stealing or eating your heart-essence - that could be what they feed on!"

The proper value of such a scenario is not got by yelling,"The end of time is near!" or something, but to handle things in fit ways throughout life and remain real.

Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Science

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Rudolf Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy.

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) came gradually to believe in spiritual perception independent of the senses, and later taught how human consciousness can rise above attention to matter, even though at a slow pace, in case.

Minding the fair words of Buddha about the value of rational inquiry, there is not good enough reason to just believe in such things, but to check, for example first-hand, if that can be done. Steiner asks us to investigate ourselves, in essence.

Steiner was very much aware that in the experience of oneself as an ego, an "I", one is in the world of the spirit. He also built up a complete science of the spirit, Anthroposophy ('wisdom of man' (from Greek: anthropos, man + sophia, wisdom). He maintains there is a spiritual world that can be comprehended in thought but only fully accessed by the soul above-inside most of our common thoughts. Steiner teaches subtle perceptions may arise in an enhanced consciousness. Steiner stresses that inside perception of spirit things (phenomena) is independent of nature, that is, independent of the senses as they normally "go about".

Steiner's Spiritual Science (Anthroposophy) is claimed to complement the Natural Sciences, even though there are conflicts on some issues, including that of the suspect continent of Atlantis, which in all likelihood did not lie where Steiner and others claimed it once lay - In essence, Anthroposophy is "a quite modern religious system growing out of theosophy and centring on human development" [Merriam-Webster]. There is much good and enriching in Rudolf Steiner's many-faceted heritage.

Steiner's work Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man (written 1904; GA 9) takes off from introducing three aspects of man linked to nature:

  1. the body, or sense-world;
  2. the soul, or inner world;
  3. the spirit, or universal world of cosmic archetypes.

You can read a large part of his Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and How to Attain It here: [More]

"Starting with our capacity for thinking, anthroposophy leads to an experience of the spirit in each human soul who would follow the path," says Steiner, who means to foster the life of the soul and looks on life as a means for working towards higher development, and in so doing getting much better karma too.

Steiner has pointed out that the Church fell from spirit sides to man in the course of time, even though it talks of spirit and soul. To most people, the church is a ceremony-ridden crib only. Ritual-fostering to some who are fond of candles too. But it largely ignores the spirit, or god.

Steiner talks and writes of 'Christ' in "an enhanced way" in that he teaches that Jesus was a couple of boys, and not one. However, there is no Bible evidence of what he taught and organised his own denomination around, The Christian Community (German: Die Christengemeinschaft.

Steiner seems to put a lot into the Bible in addition. Also, parts of his teachings on how the earth and moon came into being, do not coincide with those of modern science. And Steiner's Atlantis looks suspect.

Those who believe in Anthroposophy may teach in Steiner schools (Waldolf schools). You are free to ask, "Why would I send my child to a Waldorf school or Waldorf kindergarten?" The fit answer would take into account such as: "Because there are over 600 Waldorf schools in over 32 countries, the class teacher becomes like an additional family member, and there is one such kindergarten in the neighbourhood." Or "Statistics disclose that (some) Steiner Schools have better results on pupils than public schools in my country." [More]

Waldorf Education is for developing consciousness of self and the surrounding world, well adapted to inborn stages in humans. While anthroposophy forms the theoretical basis to the teaching methods used in Waldorf schools, it is not taught to the students.

Those who have the opportunity to learn about the self-schooling, nurturing, educative, curative, and retirement sides of Anthroposophy and its bioorganic gardening methods, could welcome such an opportunity. There is much good in Anthroposophy. Many of the writings and talks of Rudolf Steiner are online at the Rudolf Steiner Archive.

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In her foreword to Rudolf Steiner's Earthly and Cosmic Man Marie Steiner in December 1932 speaks of the wealth of ideas and spiritual treasure bestowed on people by Rudolf Steiner. Parts of his lectures are difficult to arrange under one category and heading, however. His vistas and key themes are much like "concentrated foci of energy from which sparks shoot out in every direction" and stand in bold relief. Various hidden forces burst on one another as he tried to formulate great help of deliverance, reaching down into the field of concrete, practical living.

Rudolf Steiner created a science of knowledge that was to embrace creative impulses into the manifold branches of science and art, philosophy and religious activity. To live his central teachings became a significant upliftment. Out of a quickened consciousness thought may encompass higher and higher spheres of existence, and treasures of the Spirit of glorious brilliance may be bequeathed to us. That Inner Light, the Clear (Bright) Light of Buddhism and Tantra, Rudolf Steiner calls the Christ Impulse. A good and decent Way enables truths to flash into the consciousness, but there are many obstructions brought by the age of rationalism. Many of them hinder and thwart the full development of the forces of the personality too. Steiner, like Buddha before him, established teachings of Reincarnation and Karma. The goal of Steiner and Splendid Buddhism is far more than narrow liberation. And Steiner too sought to present the purest oriental wisdom to listeners.

Steiner taught how to make a link with the store of spiritual knowledge already existing in order to preserve its life and lead it forward. For a while he headed the German branch of the Anglo-Indian Theosophical Society, but had to break with it in time. He went on to spread his own teachings, Anthroposophy, and spoke repeatedly against succumbing to the failings into which occult societies so easily lapse. Steiner's teachings demand strict truthfulness instead of drifting into vanity and ambition. There are very many cleansing exhortations and warnings in his teachings.

It was on 20 October 1902, in Berlin, that Rudolf Steiner gave his first lecture on Anthroposophy, says Mrs. Steiner. [◦Link]

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