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Madame Blavatsky and her Handlers by William Kocay

, May 25, 2020

Madame Blavatsky and her Handlers  Elena Petrovna Blavatsky is a colourful figure who is very famous for her books “Isis Unveiled” and the “Secret Doctrine”, and for founding the Theosophical Society in 1875 in New York. The spiritual and new age movements of the last century all seem to lead back to her. Rudolf Steiner gave a remarkable series of lectures about her in 1916. These notes are based on some of his lectures, on a book by Sergei Prokofieff, a book by C.G.Harrison, and on two biographies of Madame Blavatsky.  Some amazing events of her youth. She was born Elena Petrovna Hahn in Dniepropetrovsk, married to Nikifor Blavatsky in 1849 at the age of 17, and ran away three months later. She travelled in Europe as a concert pianist, giving recitals. She worked in a circus in Constantinople as a horseback rider. While travelling from Athens to Cairo...

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Compostela Three Friends Walk the Way of the Stars (part two)

, April 26, 2020

Maria is a massage therapist. Her true calling is that of offering massages to pilgrims, and only to pilgrims. She works in the Jacques de Molay hostel located in the small village of Terradillos. Chantal Lamothe, who was able to take advantage of Maria’s skills in treating her injured Achilles heel, explained that Maria has a unique view of the work she does. “This woman, who I call the Guardian of the Camino, gives massages to those travelling on foot, explaining to them that they are experiencing their bodies in a completely new way. She says that she is there to soothe bodies subjected to constant movement.” Chantal learned much about the spirit of Compostela as she somehow managed to communicate with Maria in a mixture of broken Spanish and English. Maria pointed out that some pilgrims choose to walk the Camino even though they are ill. Many who...

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From the World Society On A Culture of Agreement

, April 26, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, Beginnings…   Witnessing the miracle of development that takes place with the newborn infant reaches deeply into our being, touching the essence of our own humanity. We cannot help but marvel at the extraordinary processes of adaptation that the child goes through in order to form a relationship with its fundamentally transformed reality. The process is lengthy, extending far beyond the initial months into years of maturation. Yet, at its core, all of the stages of growth arise out of the deepest inner longing rising from the spiritual core of the incarnating individuality to enter into a true relationship with its new reality. We can have a sense for the immensity of this impulse when we consider how fundamentally different every aspect of its pre-birth existence is. We need only reflect on life suspended in a liquid universe to...

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Viral Economics A challenge to egotism? Christopher Houghton-Budd

, April 26, 2020

I have been asked by some colleagues if I would comment on the current virus crisis from an economic point of view. I don’t know that I have credentials different to anyone else for doing this, but I am happy to share my sense of things. —– Whatever one makes of the virus crisis from a medical or political point of view, clearly it is having a major impact on global economic life. This impact ranges from tumbling stock markets to closing cafes; falling job prospects to airlines and others seeking government assistance, as if governments have a source of money other than borrowing against future (dwindling) tax resources. This makes visible the frailty of just-in-time production and delivery systems if, for whatever reason, the music stops. Likewise, businesses running on thin margins rely on the music keeping playing; they literally cannot afford to stop. Not to make a...

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Global Activation of Intention and Action by Emmanuel Vucovich

, April 26, 2020

Last week The Presencing Institute at MIT launched the Global Activation of Intention and Action forum: an international community. Over 10,000 people from around the world registered for this forum and the community is growing exponentially as people are connecting to presencing & collaborative leadership work from all corners of the globe, and from all disciplines and walks of life. In this forum, the Presencing Institute’s co-founder Otto Scharmer shared his perspective of the opportunity for potential learning from this global disruption in the following way: We are all connected You change the system When we face disruption, we have to be awake    In this moment we have a choice : to turn away, or turn towards change The future depends upon the inner place from which we make this choice, from which we choose to change.   The three areas of change: Open mind – change learning Open heart – change democracy Open will – change economy Most importantly, the GAIA Journey involves the dynamic...

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From the World Society – On Climbing the Mountain

, March 21, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, In the years following World War II the disintegration of complex multi-ethnic, multi-religious societies spread as a fracturing impulse across most of the globe. The artificial cohesion imposed by European colonial powers across Asia and Africa unravelled. In the midst of this collapse, the only model provided was the appearance of ever smaller nation-states formed on specific ethnic or religious groupings that had been imposed on Europe after the first World War. The significant step of imagining that we can live in complex societies, while still acknowledging and supporting our distinctions, was all but lost.   This was the year I was born, and often gives me pause to consider this world condition I chose to incarnate into. Not alone, a large number of my fellow anthroposophists chose a similar doorway into life.   A generation later, others chose...

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