Posts made in March, 2019


Helping Money Heal; The Vidar Foundation in Canada  by Trevor Janz MD, Vidar Board vice chair

, March 26, 2019

 The Vidar Foundation is a registered Canadian charity which connects individuals wishing to use their money in positive ways with borrowers needing money to grow socially responsible enterprises; in sustainable agriculture, education, health, cooperatives, and other areas.     Many of these enterprises may not qualify for a standard bank loan because of their lack of collateral or the collective nature of their endeavour. Vidar seeks to overcome this obstacle for socially worthy projects through loan financing based on a number of criteria, including; a sound business plan, an established track record of success, a guarantee community or other nontraditional collateral, and preferably a group of supporting individuals working collectively on the project. When a group of committed individuals work together to fulfill a dream they share, their chances of success are much greater than those of an individual working alone.    Most importantly, however, we promote success and manage...

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From the World Society – On Sharing Our Voices

, March 26, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada Perhaps one of our greatest challenges as contemporary human beings is a deep seated need to be right, and to have our perspective validated and accepted. In recent centuries, as we unfold our individual consciousness, we have gradually developed faculties for which we can be deeply grateful. The evolving capacity for free and independent thought provides the foundation for meeting the world as a free individual. These evolving capacities challenge us when they descend into our physical constitution, becoming intertwined with our embodied experience of self. As these remarkable capacities become bound to the body it becomes increasingly difficult to separate our sense of self from our ideas. This can bring us to the experience of feeling threatened if our ideas are questioned, or if we are confronted by the thoughts of others that are not in accord with...

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Eat healthy, Choose Life! Interview with Dr. Daphné von Bach by Michel Dongois

, March 26, 2019

Dr. Daphné von Boch is an anthroposophical doctor who was born in Montreal but presently resides in Switzerland. She carries on the legacy of Dr. Otto Wolff, * having been his closest student and collaborator. In February, at the invitation of Renée Cossette and Arie van Ameringen, Dr. von Boch gave a lecture and workshop on nutrition at the Montreal Rudolf Steiner School. An audience of 50 persons attended her lecture, and 20 individuals participated in the workshop on the following day. Dr. von Boch explained the basis of healthy nutrition, and her suggestions were designed to help individuals make informed choices without being swayed by current fads and contradictions.   How did you come to discover anthroposophy? I was studying psychology in Argentina, where my family had moved when I was 8 years old, and was intent on discovering the link between the body and the soul. Freudianism,...

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The sensory migration from the real world to the digital world

, March 26, 2019

The sensory migration from the real world to the digital world An article by Chantal Lapointe on two lectures given by Philippe Perennès PART TWO How can we counteract this sensory migration phenomenon? The first thing we must consider in order to find ways of dealing with this situation is the fact that the child lives more outside the “self” than inside; that is to say that a child has not yet developed a large degree of self awareness. The following excerpt from a work by Adeline Dubreu-Béclin focussing on the effects of screen exposure on psychological development (in L’évolution psychiatrique 83 (2018) p. 399-414), will throw some light on this situation: “The emergence of thinking and the development of the psychological sheath require first of all a solid physical foundation. In order for the self to find its place in time and space, the child must experience “holding,”...

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