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Working with Anthroposophy - Georg KuhlewindWorking with Anthroposophy
by Georg Kuhlewind

Working with Anthroposophy by Georg Kuhlewind has two goals: to stimulate both meditative working with spiritual science and new, independent formulations of its content on the basis of experience. For times are changing quickly, much more quickly than before. The founder of spiritual science knew this perfectly well.  Truths cannot be transmitted simply as stable dogmas. Truths are always of a given moment and at each moment must be grasped anew. This demands at each moment a renewed activity in relation to the human gift of understanding.

One way of working with anthroposophy is presented and recommended here - a way appropriate for today, and perhaps for tomorrow as well. This does not mean that the author despises or condemns other ways of working with anthroposophy. On the contrary, he bows down spiritually before those who have transmitted anthroposophy to him in their very different way, and also before those who, in the future, will develop further methods quite different from his own. It is his hope that this will take place—for a teaching lives only as long as it grows and changes.

Anthroposophy appeals to thinking as an idea and, through thinking, it can speak to the heart as a luminous warmth. For about a hundred and fifty years a battle has waged continuously around the question of thinking. The issue is, Will thinking succumb to the mechanism of the brain? Will "the brain thinks" become reality? Or will thinking strengthen itself in its autonomy, and thereby become able to think actively, freely, and even oppose the existing mechanisms of the brain, dissolving and transforming them? When the cerebral apparatus dominates thinking, it makes no difference what we think, or think we think.

Anthroposophy, for its part, presupposes that thinking does not remain bound to the brain, its instrument. It recognizes that when thinking is determined by the brain it loses its autonomy and can no longer act freely—in which case the assumption that the brain thinks becomes a reality.

Working with Anthroposophy can help make our thinking and psychological being ever more independent of the predetermined structures of the brain and the physical body. The aim of studying anthroposophy, therefore, is not knowledge of some contents falsely considered as information but is an activity, an event. This aim would be completely illusory, however, were we not to some extent already touching superconscious planes of consciousness from moment to moment in our everyday lives with each new understanding.

At the level of study, the goal of working with anthroposophy is to extend this "touching," and thereby increase the experience of these insight-flashes. Metanoia or "change of mind" means that practicing readers - those who exercise or meditate - transform not only the contents but the level of their consciousness. The contents serve this goal because their real meaning is revealed only to heightened consciousness. One reads much more slowly when seeking the how of what is presented and not simply its "contents." Study, therefore, in this context means reading and exercising (meditating).

"The development that spiritual science carries out in us is far more important than the content of spiritual science." The Philosophy of Freedom - Rudolf Steiner

                                                                                                    —from the Introduction

Anthroposophic Press
Translated by Michael Lipson and Christopher Bamford
95pp; paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88010-361-9

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Georg Kuhlewind is the author of eleven books, including Stages of Consciousness, Becoming Aware of the Logos, The Life of the Soul, and From Normal to Healthy. A retired physical chemist, he lives in Hungary where he is active in Waldorf teacher training.

 

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