Posts made in August, 2015


Vancouver Michaelmas 2015 Cambridge Music Conference

, August 4, 2015

The Vancouver Michaelmas 2015 conference consolidates the ideas and ideals at the heart of Rudolf Steiner’s 1915 lecture “Preparing for the Sixth Epoch.” Since the inception of the Cambridge Music Conference, I feel this initiative has developed and embodies aspects of humanity Rudolf Steiner foreshadows in this lecture. Thus I felt it my responsibility to embrace these principles of our evolving humanity and bring them to light. Compassionate concern for the other, freedom of thought in the religious life and the universality of a spiritual worldview are aspects of our undiscovered humanity. What we understand as altruistic acts of kindness, as well as concern for the other, Rudolf Steiner describes as a form of consciousness that will result in feeling another person’s suffering as though it were one’s own. Such empathy and heightened sensitivity of another’s pain could be described as “beyond compassion”. Rudolf Steiner describes moments when one...

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The Terror of Black Doubt and the Philosophy of Freedom by Timothy Nadelle

, August 4, 2015

In a certain mood of soul, we can become aware of a gulf which separates us from everything which confronts us in life.  This gulf appears to delineate insurmountable boundaries to what we can know.  What can a person truly know with certainty – first hand, all anthroposophical literature aside! – about the being of a tree, the process of remembering, the inner experience of even his closest friends?  This gulf can cast doubt upon everything a person thinks he knows, leaving him feeling estranged from the world.  Even when life’s obligations or distractions intervene and awareness of the gulf fades, a nagging feeling can remain that he is unable to answer life’s most pressing questions. Or perhaps an experience shakes him out of the sleep of everyday consciousness, as happens to Strader, the scientist or engineer, in scene one of Steiner’s first drama, when he witnesses a seeress...

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The North American Anthroposophical Conference: Encountering Our Humanity – Call for Research

, August 4, 2015

Call for Participant Research The North American Anthroposophical Conference Encountering Our Humanity, to be held in Ottawa during the summer of 2016, will include daily afternoon sessions where members will be given the opportunity to express personal research initiatives. “This is indeed written in the karma of every single Anthroposophist: Be a person of initiative.. This should stand written in golden letters, constantly before the soul of the Anthroposophist….” Rudolf Steiner 4Aug1924 These words by Rudolf Steiner have been an inspiration for many to undertake Anthroposophical work. This is an opportunity for this work to be shared and heard by Anthroposophists and non- Anthroposophists alike. North American Anthroposophical Conference Encountering Our Humanity Ottawa, Canada August 7 to 14, 2016 From Knowledge to Conscious Action Criteria: Research must have an Anthroposophical foundation, and should include an organised rationale which expresses a research subject and its significance to Anthroposophy and/or society...

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AGA et Congrès des membres : quelques impressions – Dorothy LeBaron

, August 4, 2015

Je tiens tout d’abord à remercier tous ceux qui ont été présents à notre dernier AGA et Congrès des membres, tenus à Thornhill. L’événement s’est avéré extraordinaire. Ceux qui s’y sont réunis y ont apporté une grande richesse d’expériences de vie et toute la vigueur de leurs différents liens personnels avec le mouvement anthroposophique. Les conférenciers et animateurs ont donné un exemple inspirant de comment on peut travailler ensemble de manière créative en acceptant de prendre des risques; en effet, ils ont trouvé le moyen d’entrelacer le travail artistique sur la biographie et le contenu des conférences de manière à forger un après-midi et une soirée fort animés. En explorant le thème du congrès : « Et l’obscurité se transforme en lumière », nous avons pu vivre un approfondissement tout particulier quant à la manière dont nous entrons en relation les uns avec les autres. Lors des périodes de conversations à la...

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