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What a glorious gathering we had in honor of the anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s 160th Birth, today with our 6BE crowd & friends. I gave a little taste of our dear Doctor’s biography. Angela Foster shared some wise words from The Foundation Stone by F W Zeylmans Van Emmichoven, & then we all spoke together (on mute ; )with Christine Burke the Meditation. Can you feel it still resonating in the ethers? Well we are making this our faithful task – a sort of 3 day vigil which includes marking the 27th of February – the day he was baptized. The midwife left him for dead & never filled out his birth certificate & so that is why this official document denotes the 27th – so that inspired Angela to call for us to speak the Foundation Stone Meditation not just day, but tomorrow on our own, & then we will gather again on Saturday as a group. Join us if you will it.

Day 3:
Saturday, February 27, 2021
9:30 am PST / 11:30 am CST / 12:30 pm EST
The continuation of Steiner’s Biography with ~hag, More from Emmichoven & Angela Foster, Foundation Stone Meditation in German, spoken by Margaret Runyon
Foundation Stone Meditation in English, spoken by Timothy Kennedy, Angela Foster, Marianne Fieber, Frank Agrama, Hazel Archer Ginsberg.

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Today on the 9th day of Lenten-Tide, I am inviting myself to think about the various & sundry physical discomforts & symptoms that chronically raise their painful hydra heads. Can i see what is behind the pain? Does it happen at a specific time of day or night? After eating, or being on the computer too long, after sitting, or bending or sleeping, or…? Next I am encouraging myself to meditate on the possibility that there are specific moods or feelings associated with these discomforts & symptoms—an emotional state or thought-form that either causes them, or perhaps, as I have often noticed, the pain can cause the mood. Well which is it – the chicken or the egg? The next step is to really formulate an intention to monitor any interactions, any connections, between the bodily states & the emotional states. Now I am striving to make a plan for how I will address both the causes & the reactions with my own healing power.

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Rudolf Steiner’s Lectures on this day (his Birthday!!!)

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Here’s an example: “After long years of studying the social question it has come to me that the basic question, which is considered today as a uniform abstract formulation, should be seen in a threefold way: the first, being like a spiritual question, the second, like a question of law and the third as an economic question. What has arisen out of the modern capitalist economic life has developed from the basis of technology and this has hypnotised people’s focus in recent times only on to economic life, and have quite drawn away the awareness of the social question beside the economic question to above all also a spiritual question and a question of rights.” ~Rudolf Steiner, The Social Question, given at Zurich, 25 February 1919


777 – Deathday of Saint Walpurga The earliest representation of Walpurga, in the early 11th-century Hitda Codex, made in Cologne, depicts her holding stylized stalks of grain. The grain attribute represents the older pagan concept of the Grain Mother. Peasant farmers fashioned her replica in a corn dolly at harvest time & told tales to explain Saint Walpurga’s presence in the grain sheaf. St. Richard, when starting with his two sons on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, entrusted Walburga, then 11 years old, to the abbess of Wimborne. Walpurga was educated by the nuns of Wimborne Abbey, Dorset, where she spent 26 years as a member of the community. She then travelled with her brothers, Willibald & Winebald, to Francia to assist Saint Boniface, her mother’s brother, in evangelizing among the still-pagan Germans. Because of her rigorous training, she was able to write her brother Winibald’s vita & an account in Latin of his travels in Palestine. As a result, she is often called the first female author of both England & Germany. Walpurga became a nun in the double monastery of Heidenheim am Hahnenkamm, which was founded by her other brother, Willibald, who appointed her as his successor. Following his death in 751, she became the abbess.

1861 – Birthday of Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner

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February 23–March 1:  Fasching/Fasnacht – a German carnival season, celebrations, dances, & parades in the nights leading up to Ash Wednesday

A timeline of the Life of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)  –

25 February 1861 – Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner was born in Kraljevec, an insignificant Hungarian village in what is now Northern Croatia. So it came that he was born in a Slav environment & not in a German-speaking one, a fact which he considered essential for his life’s work. He was the first-born child of the railway telegrapher Johann Steiner & his wife Franciska Blie . He received baptism two days later, because they thought he might die. This is why the 27th of February 1861 has commonly been considered to be his birthday. It was mainly his mother, a quiet friendly woman, who looked after him in the first years of his life. His father was often doing a shift for three days & nights in a row, off for only 24 hours in a state of total exhaustion.

1862 – When Rudolf Steiner was 1½ years old, his father was transferred to Moedling near Vienna.

1863-1869 – 6 months later, his father took up a position as station Manager in Pottschach on the Semmerling line – which for those days was one of the most technologically advanced railways. To the end of his life Rudolf Steiner looked at that period with joy & gratitude. It was also at this time that Rudolf Steiner’s sister Leopoldine (1864 – 1924) & his brother Gustav (1866 – 1941) were born. “The scenes amidst which I passed my childhood were marvellous. The prospect embraced the mountains linking Lower Austria with Styria. I lived in this area from the age of two to the age of eight. The most beautiful landscape embedded my childhood“. In contrast to this experience of nature stands the fact that the environment in which he grew up was dominated by his father’s employment. The family lived in the station house, directly in front of the railway tracks.

1866 – Rudolf Steiner’s early clairvoyant experiences lead to a feelings of confusion & isolation. He described one event: My mother’s sister who lived in some distance from our family home committed suicide. Nobody knew about this at the time and my parents didn’t have any message about the tragic death. I saw in a vision the whole event whilst sitting in the station’s waiting room. Later I made some remarks when my parents were around. Their reaction was to say: “You are a stupid boy”. Some days later I noticed when my father becoming very thoughtful whilst reading a letter he had received. Another couple of days later he talked alone with my mother. My mother cried for days after this conversation. It was only some years later when I was informed about the tragic death of my aunt. For the boy this was the beginning of a living in the soulI distinguished between things and beings “one can see” and such “one can’t see”

1869 – Rudolf Steiner was eight years old when his father was transferred to Neudoerfl in Hungary, now part of Lower Austria. The family lived a sad isolated life, troubled by fact that Gustav turned out to be hearing-impaired, unable to speak & had learning disabilities. So interesting to think that perhaps Gustav, Steiner’s little brother, made a karmic sacrifice to bring an awareness that developed into the impulse for the Camphill movement later on. The young Rudolf Steiner often took long walks out in nature. And the Monks that he met on the trails from a nearby monastery particularly fascinated him. In his autobiography he says he would have become a monk himself if other karmic factors hadn’t intervened: “It was at the age of nine when the idea established in my mind that there must be important things I have to learn about in context of the tasks of these monks. Rudolf Steiner’s childhood was influenced by many unanswered questions he carried within himself: “Yes, these questions about all kind of things made me a lonely boy.”

1872 – He stated going to the village school in Neudorfle until 1972. He remained an outsider & never integrated in the class community: “In autumn, everyone would just talk about who harvested how many nuts. The one with the biggest bounty would be the person with the highest status. I found myself at the bottom of this hierarchy. Being the ‘foreigner in the village’ I had no right to be part of this pecking order”Guidance & help for Rudolf Steiner came through an assistant teacher at the school in Neudoerfl. It was not the man’s outstanding teaching skills that were helpful; but through this teacher Rudolf Steiner had access to a geometry book, which he was allowed to study in depth for many weeks: As a child, I felt, without of course expressing it to myself clearly, that knowledge of the spiritual world is something to be grasped in the mind in the same way as geometrical concepts. To understand concepts that are of a pure spiritual nature gave me inner contentment. I know it was through geometry when I experienced happiness for the first time”Beside the assistant teacher it was the priest who made a lasting impression on the 10-year-old boy. Once he came to the school, gathered a group of the more mature students, which I was considered to belong to, in his little study and explained the Copernican system (…). I was completely taken in by the whole thing (….).Through the station’s telegraph I learned the theory, principles and laws of electricity. Still a boy I learned how to use the telegraph machine.” Following this are the first studies of History, Literature & Mathematics.

October: Pupil at the secondary modern school (Realschule) in Wiener – Neustadt. Steiner perceives the orderliness & transparency in the scientific & mathematical disciplines as invigorating in view of his first super sensible & childhood clairvoyant experiences whose unfamiliarity triggered many questions.

1876 – Summer: Rudolf Steiner teaches himself shorthand. Autumn: “I gave extra lessons to fellow pupils… The College of Teachers gladly supported this by sending me students since I was considered a ‘good pupil’.”

1877 – At age 16 he takes up the Study of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason during mind-numbing history lessons.

1879 – July: Steiner passes his school living examination with distinction. August: His father is transferred to Inzersdorf near Vienna to enable the 18-year-old Steiner to study at the Polytechnic. He embarks on a Self study of Schelling, Hegel, Fichte, Darwin & others. The study of Fichte inspires Steiner to start writing philosophical essays.

1879-1883 – October, 1879: Begin a study course of 8 Terms at the Polytechnic in Vienna, with the help of financial support thru a student grant. As a ‘bread study‘ – he decides to aim to be a secondary school teacher. Nevertheless he visits a variety of philosophical lectures. “At the time I felt obliged to find the truth through philosophy“. While most of the people in his environment regard philosophy as something abstract, for Steiner the spiritual world is a ‘visible’ reality’. “And this is how my view of the spiritual world was received in most places. No one wanted to hear about it“. History of physics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, geology, mineral logy, botany, mathematics, literature & history of literature, politics, zoology, medicine, philosophy are a selection of the of the areas Steiner chose to study. He passed the exams in these disciplines with excellence & distinction. As a penny-less student coming from the country side Steiner found his way into the life of Vienna only step by step. He had no access to the circles of the aristocracy or entrepreneurs, industrial workers or the world of opera or big society events. Rudolf Steiner fulfilled his, until now, unsatisfied thirst for “pure music that wants to be nothing but music by visiting concerts & chamber music. Beethoven became his favored composer. He followed the political life by visiting public parliamentary sessions & he also becomes member of a politically orientated student organization. The sad destiny of some of his fellow students, who committed suicide under the pressure of academia, showed him how the dominating public spirit at the time caused strong feelings of hopelessness & pessimism which destroyed many lives. “At the time all this could be experienced as the seed that later in Austria lead to the crumbling of the empire”.

Karl Julius Schroer, the professor of German Literature, deeply honored & admired by him, introduced Steiner in a very special way to the ‘German Classics‘ especially to Goethe. For all his life Steiner looked at Goethe as a great personality & idol for the people of his time. In addition he was engaged with philosophical questions & increasingly with questions regarding the theory of recognition, inspired by Fichte‘s research regarding the relationship between spirit (I) & nature. Thru his intensive work on Schelling‘s contemplations about the essence of a human being, certainty grows within him regarding the ability, “to see the eternal within us in the form of the unchangeable” (quotation by Schelling). Steiner reports about this time (he was 21): “A spiritual view appeared in front of my me that was not based on a dark mystical emotions.It rather was a spiritual activity fully comparable in it’s clarity to the thinking in mathematical terms.I approached a condition of mind that gave me the certainty that I would be able to justify the view of the spiritual world I carried within me in the light of modern scientific thinking.” 

At 21, on the train between his home village & Vienna, Steiner met an herb gatherer, Felix Kogutzki, who spoke about the spiritual world “as one who had his own experience therein“. Kogutzki conveyed to Steiner a knowledge of nature that was non-academic & spiritual, & introduced him to Master M.

1882 -Autumn: Prof Joseph Kurschner invites Steiner on recommendation by Prof. Karl Julius Schroer, to edit Goethe’s scripts about natural science within ‘German National Literature‘ edited by Kurschner. For Steiner this means the beginning of 1½ decades of Goethe research.

1883 – October: Steiner leaves the Polytechnic without final exam & without finishing his studies despite having successfully past all intermediate examinations. His hope was to lay the foundation for a career in literary studies with his work about Goethe’s natural science scripts, which never was fulfilled.

1884 –The literature experts positively acknowledge the First volume of Goethe’s Scripts About Natural Science, first published in March. April: On request Kurschner’s Steiner agrees to edit articles in the field of mineralogy and later in general natural science in Kurschner’s Conversation Dictionary.

June: Steiner is entrusted with the role of an educator in the household of Ladislaus Specht. This is an important practical educational task that becomes for Steiner a rich source of learning. He becomes friend with the lady of the house, Pauline Specht. She becomes a confidant with whom he can talk about all the things important to him. His position gave him time to establish & maintain social contacts & to pursue out his own work and studies.

1885 – Study of Eduard von Hartmann’s  other philosopher’s work. Rudolf Steiner continues his studies & the editorial work on Goethe’s Scripts about Natural Science. Friendship with Radegunde & Walter Fehr.

1886 – By making the acquaintance with the poet Marie Eugenie Delle Gracie, a new circle of society opens up to Steiner. Some of the personalities he meets are lecturers of theology at the University of Vienna who recommended to Steiner to study the philosophies of Aristotle & Thomas of Aquinas. April: The book Baselines of a Theory of Knowledge of Goethe’s Philosophy of life is concluded. It already contains important basic ideas of Steiner’s freedom philosophy.

June: Steiner  accepts a position offered by the Director of the Goethe Archive in Weimar.

1887 – By the beginning of the year severe illness forces Steiner to stop all his activities. The Specht Family however gives all the attention & love he needs for his recovery. Since summer Steiner thoroughly concerns himself with the questions of aesthetics. He especially studies the philosophical aestheticians of the 19th century, under it Eduard von Hartmann with whom he gets in contact. (by letter). The book Baselines of a Theory of Knowledge of Goethe’s Philosophy of life is praised in professional circles, but also criticized – in a fair way –.

Autumn: The beginning of a friendship with Fritz Lemmermayer, who brings him in contact with numerous poets.

1888 – Without neglecting the work he was engaged in previous years, Steiner becomes the editor (informally) for the German Weekly Revue. This gives him the opportunity to discuss publicly questions of politics, literature, philosophy i.e. A review by Steiner of Robert Hamerling’s Epos Homunculus, published in the German Weekly Revue, rejected by the majority of readers as a grotesque work of literature, causes astonishment within the Specht family, since the statements regarding the position of Judaism, understood by Steiner in an objective way, have been considered as a special kind of anti-Semitism. This doesn’t change his friendly relationship with the Specht family. Hamerling expresses his gratitude for the ‘understanding and the excellent article about ‘Homunculus’.

1889 –In this year it is for the first time that Steiner undertakes extensive travelling. It is also his first journey to Germany. In spring he visits Budapest, Weimar in the summer. His work-schedule for the position at the Goethe-Archive is established during this visit to Weimar. He travels to Berlin (meeting with Eduard von Hartmann), Stuttgart, Munich & Eisenach. At Christmas he visits Hermannstadt where he also gives some lectures. For the first time he encounters Nietzsche’s Work: Beyond Good and Evil’ was the first of Nietzsche’s books I read. I was at same time captivated and repelled by his views. I found it hard to relate to Nietzsche’s way of thinking. I loved his style and courage; what I didn’t like at all was the way he talked about the deepest problems without connecting himself with a conscious spiritual experience”.

By the end of the year Steiner gets in contact with the Theosophists in Vienna. Although considering the time spent in this circle as valuable throughout, he doesn’t really endorse the kind of Theosophy practiced, which he characterizes as a ‘spiritual weakness’ that influences the spiritual development in a negative way. Soon afterwards he turns his back on Theosophy & Mysticism in order to further his freedom philosophy. Later (1891) he mentioned the “mystic element in which I submerged for a while in a disturbing way in Vienna. At this time questions regarding the riddles of reincarnation take on a more tangible shape. I did struggle with the riddles of repeated lives of a human beings on earth. Some revelations came to me when having met personalities who’s habits of live an characters revealed traces of an essence, entity that couldn’t possibly be explained by their genetic inheritance and the way life experience has shaped them since they where born.”

1890 – March: His acquaintance with the poet Rosa Mayreder leads to a deep friendship & a mutual understanding that allows exchanging his freedom philosophical thoughts & ideas. She share his loneliness in which he felt separated from the world because of his views which were different from the usual way of thinking. “I had nobody at the time I could talk too about my views. Another source of redemption from his loneliness originates thru Goethe’s work in which he finds his own thoughts expressed. During the summer Steiner starts to work on his Thesis, later extended & published with the title Truth and Science.

September: Steiner moves to Weimar to commence work at the Goethe – Schiller Archive. Weimar will be his residence until 1897. “I received a warm welcome”. 

1891 – At first he appreciates the work: the discovery of new, important or unknown facts. In April 1991 he says: The viewing, sorting and classifying in the archive dulls my mind and causes a spiritual discomfort, that almost destroyed any urge to write myself. He considers his Goethe work as a skin, a shell that has become lifeless, and that he wants to leave behind for onceOtherwise my whole existence is going to become a lie and a nuisance: my work and my achievements will not be my own anymore, but those of a miserable puppet”In October, Steiner begins to work on the Philosophy of Freedom, his major philosophical work. 26th of October: Doctor of Philosophy officially awarded. His thesis, later extended and published under the title: ”Truth and Science”, considered by Steiner as the prelude for a “Philosophy of Freedom”, has the theme: “The basic question of the Science of Cognition in special consideration of Fichte’s Theory of Science”. November: Steiner studies the philosophy of the middle age, “the area in which I considered my knowledge still to be incomplete. Once I feel confident here, the gap between the profound knowledge I have about the ancient time and the newer times will be closed, and only then I may claim to be on solid ground“.

December: In a letter to Pauline Specht (Vienna), Steiner characterizes the mood caused by the circumstances as so powerful to give him the feeling of ongoing disgust. His working conditions might have contributed to this feeling – the archive was limited to only a few rooms within the castle of Weimar, & his superior was the pettiest of the pettiest- “a real ‘philister’with the nature of a ‘schoolmaster’, incapable of taking a wider point of view”. – as well as his uncomfortable 2-bedroom flat, & the fact, “to have no one with an understanding I could talk with”.

1892 – January: Today the only thing left to say is, that my book (The Philosophy of Freedom) makes good progress. The disposition and the arrangement of the content are now determined”. Besides his work in the archive, Steiner is also engaged as a writer. He often writes essays & reviews. He criticizes in his articles the preaching of morality that is done without any basis of knowledge. Because of this he made himself a number of enemies, but was supported by Ernst Haeckel. His moral views (ethical individualism) may be characterized by the following quotation: A general prescription from the big pharmacy of moral remedies can only be rejected by all those, who really work towards a better future”At the same time he committed himself to edit the work of Schopenhauer & Jean-Paul for the publishing house Cotta. \

By the middle of the year, Steiner moves to a flat where he meets Anna Eunike, “soon a close friendship developed. In 1899, Steiner married Anna Eunicke. They were later separated; Anna died in 1911.

December: Steiner explains to Haeckel something that was also significant for all his later work: “Since I am a writer, I am fighting against any dualism, and I consider it as a task of philosophy, to justify monism scientifically by means of a strictly positive analysis of our cognitive capacity, and also to proof, that all results gained by natural science are the real truth”.

1893 – While aiming for a teaching position in philosophy at the Polytechnical School in Vienna with increasing enthusiasm, he continues with the previous’ years activities. Also Steiner’s popularity as a lecturer grows also in other towns & cities. On the 15th of June, the election for the ‘Reichstag’ takes place. Steiner comments: “I experience the increase in roughness and ignorance that has shown in the last election as really frightening”. After the completion & the publishing of his Philosophy of Freedom, Steiner asks many friends in his circle of professionals for their opinions & for reviews.

December: “It is now more than three years since I arrived in Weimar, and in the three summers so much strain was laid on me, not allowing me even two weeks to relax without having to work“.

1894 – Meeting with Haeckel; beginning of correspondence with him.

1896 – Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche asked Steiner to set the Nietzsche archive in Naumburg in order. Förster-Nietzsche introduced Steiner into the presence of the catatonic philosopher & Steiner, deeply moved, subsequently wrote the book Friedrich Nietzsche, Fighter for Freedom.

1897 – Steiner left the Weimar archives & moved to Berlin. He became owner, chief editor, & active contributor to the literary journal Magazin für Literatur, where he hoped to find a readership sympathetic to his philosophy. His work in the magazine was not well received, including the alienation of subscribers following Steiner’s unpopular support of Émile Zola in the Dreyfus Affair. The journal lost more subscribers when Steiner published extracts from his correspondence with anarchist writer John Henry Mackay. Dissatisfaction with his editorial style eventually led to his departure from the magazine.

1899 – Instructor at the Berlin “Workers’ School of Education” (Arbeiter-Bildungsschule). Steiner  has his Christ experience!

1900-Beginning of activities as a lecturer on various Anthroposophic themes under the invitation of the Berlin Theosophical Society, transmitting only the results of his own original esoteric research.

1902Nominated the General Secretary of the German Theosophical Society. In the same day, gives a lecture with title “Anthroposophy“.

1902-1912-Intensive activity as a lecturer in Berlin & in whole Europe. Marie von Sievers becomes his constant cooperator.

1903-Foundation of the Luzifer journal, later Luzifer-Gnosis (GA 10-12, 34)

1905-First writings on the threefold social organization (in GA 34)

1906-Meeting with Edouard Schuré; Marie von Sievers had translated some of his works.

1907-Organizes the ‘World Conference of the Theosophical Society’ in Munich, where he introduces artistic activities for the first time.

1910-1913-Writes & directs his 4 Mystery Dramas, one each year, in Munich (GA 14)

1912-Introduction of the new art of Eurythmy (GA 277a) & Speech Formation (GA 281)

1912 -13Separation from the Theosophical Society & foundation of the Anthroposophical Society.

1913-1923Construction of the first Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, a true work of art hand carved in wood

1914Marriage with Marie von Sivers

1914-1924-In lectures in Dornach, Berlin & many cities all over Europe, gives indication for the renewal of many areas of human activity: art, education, sciences, social life, medicine, pharmacology, therapies, agriculture, architecture & theology.

1919-Intensive activities as a writer & lecturer on his ideas on social renewal, the Threefold Commonwealth (GA 23, 328-341) mainly in Southern Germany. Foundation of the Free Waldorf School (Freie Waldorfschule) in Stuttgart (GA 293-295), directed by him up to his death.

1920-1st course for physicians (GA 312), beginning the application to what became Anthroposophical Medicine.

1921Foundation of the “Das Goetheanum” weekly, with his regular contributions (GA 36, 260a). Foundation of the first Anthroposophical Clinic, in Arlesheim by Ita Wegman

1922Foundation of the religious renewal movement “The Christian Community”, by clergymen under his orientation. On NYE the Goetheanum burns down.

1923– The Christmas Conferencefoundation of the new General Anthroposophical Society (Allgemeine Anthroposophische Gesellschaft).Beginning of the design & gypsum modeling of the 2nd Goetheanum, to be built in 1925-28 after his death, in reinforced concrete.

1923-1925-Publishes every week in Das Goetheanum his autobiography (GA 28), which would remain unfinished (covers his life up to 1907). In cooperation with Dr. Ita Wegman, writes the book on Anthroposophical Medicine (GA 27).

1924Course on agriculture in Koberwitz (GA 327), beginning of bio-dynamic farming. Course on Curative Education (GA 317A) 82 Lectures on Karma & Reincarnation his true cor mission. Last lecture Sept. 9 beginning of his fatal disease.

1925Death in Dornach on March 30. His published work, including lecture cycles, comprises more than 350 titles.


The International Youth Initiative Program

 Greetings –  YIP13 here bringing you some exciting news on the Initiative Forum 2021. We hope you all are finding light during these winter days.  Initiative Forum is in less than two weeks, and we want to share the long awaited program and list of contributors with you! Click here to discover it.   The schedule is packed full of workshops, lectures and open spaces – we’ve made sure that there are opportunities to participate no matter what time zone you’re in. We are excited to welcome over 15 different contributors to the forum including Orland Bishop, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Nora Rahimian, Diane Longboat, and Helmy Abouleish. Check out the full list on our website’s contributor page!   And of course, there will also be time in the mornings for movement workshops, and time in the evening for open mics, pajama parties, and radioshow hangouts. We are so excited to connect with you under the theme “Are you listening” and to co-create this worldwide community with you! For that, our sliding scale tickets are available on our website.   See you on March 3rd for day one of “Are You Listening” Initiative Forum 2021. Until then enjoy our pre-forum specials on our social media. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @initiative_forum_2021_.   -YIP13  

Weaving a non-gendered Feminist Reality with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg*

Friday 5 March 2021 – 6:30 am – 8 am Central Time as part of the The International Youth Initiative Program Initiative Forum

What are the qualities of the Divine Feminine? How can we use them to empower an innovative way of thinking, feeling & willing, to create a new world, where the human being is free?

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*Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Founder of Reverse Ritual: Understanding Anthroposophy through the Rhythms of the Year & the ‘I Think Speech’ Podcast. Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer, Poet, Anthroposopher – working as the Festivals Coordinator of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, & the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Past Video Recordings

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Wednesdays 9:30-11:00am CT  – True and False Paths in Spiritual Investigation, by Rudolf Steiner. We incorporate ‘The Calendar of the Soul’, eurythmy, focused discussion and seasonal artistic explorations in our study. All are Welcome. Contact Hazel We meet in person in the Branch Library or join via Zoom Meeting’Meeting ID: 986 8910 3462

Fridays 12noon – 1:30pm CT. The Esoteric Path Through the Nineteen Class Lessons by Sergei O. Prokofieff. A serious study for Members of the School of Spiritual Science. Contact Hazel

Sundays 7-9pm CT. Our international group is studying The 5th Gospel by Rudolf Steiner. Contact Hazel, Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 982 0118 5799 Passcode: peace

3 March – 7 March 2021 The International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) invites you to the ‘Initiative Forum: Are you Listening The week is packed full of workshops, lectures and open spaces – we’ve made sure that there are opportunities to participate no matter what time zone you’re in. We are excited to welcome over 15 different contributors to the forum including Orland Bishop, Nora Rahimian, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Diane Longboat, and Helmy Abouleish. Check out the full list on our website’s contributor page

March 3, 2021 – 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm CT. The Karma Project – The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing monthly study conversation, Manifestations of Karma. If you have questions, please contact Alberto Loya Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 816 8163 1480

Tuesday 23 March 6:30-8:30pm Appreciating Our Differences Through Looking at Temperaments – The Center for Biography and Social Art warmly invites members of your community to attend this workshop in person or online. “How do we solve the riddle which each individual presents to us? We solve it by approaching each person in such a way that harmony results between them and us.” – Rudolf Steiner. Register in advance for this meeting: Warmly, Kathleen, Center for Biography & Social Art

28 March 28 – 4 April, 10:10 am CT – Holy Week & Easter Festival 2021 The 8-Fold Path to the Easter ElementalsStarting on Palm Sunday then thru-out Holy Week, including Easter Morning, we will meet every day on Zoom at 10:10 am CT to create together a Thought-Seed based on a Herbert Hahn Verse When I think light, my soul shines, When my soul shines, the earth is a star, When the earth is a star, then I am, a true human beingWe will then work with indications for that day from Rudolf Steiner’s/The Buddha’s 8 –fold Path, known as the ‘Weekday Exercises’ (5 min) Holy Week chart. $10 Suggested Donation.Contact Hazel Archer-Ginsberg. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 956 3344 4828 – Passcode: bee

4 April, 2–4 pm CT. Easter Festival for the Elementals– Eurythmy-Mary Ruud, Hazel Archer–The New Sun, Keynote withInes Katharina (Founder of the Biodynamic Emerald Honeybee Sanctuary) Ines will connect the Easter Thought with the Elemental Beings & the flight of the Queen Bee. $10 Suggested Donation. Contact Hazel Archer-Ginsberg.  Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 956 3344 4828 – Passcode: bee

5 thoughts on “Resonating the FSM

  1. Dear Hazel,

    I have to ask you about this insert concerning the important matter of Steiner’s experience in the Pottschach railway station when he was eight years old. Do you know who wrote this because it is entirely different from what Steiner recounts in the lecture he gave in Berlin on February 4, 1913. He was never called, “a stupid boy”, so who wrote the anecdote you cite; was it Peter Selg? Steiner only speaks of a cousin, and not an aunt. You wrote:

    1866 – Rudolf Steiner’s early clairvoyant experiences lead to a feelings of confusion & isolation. He described one event: “My mother’s sister who lived in some distance from our family home committed suicide. Nobody knew about this at the time and my parents didn’t have any message about the tragic death. I saw in a vision the whole event whilst sitting in the station’s waiting room. Later I made some remarks when my parents were around. Their reaction was to say: “You are a stupid boy”. Some days later I noticed when my father becoming very thoughtful whilst reading a letter he had received. Another couple of days later he talked alone with my mother. My mother cried for days after this conversation. It was only some years later when I was informed about the tragic death of my aunt. For the boy this was the beginning of a living in the soul. I distinguished between things and beings “one can see” and such “one can’t see”.

    As well, the issue of the midwife who could not even fill out the birth certificate! Where does this come from? We know the parents saw the need for an emergency baptism after two days and took the infant to the neighboring town of Drakovic, which had a Catholic church named Michael, and the boy was christened, and the birth certificate registered because Drakovic was also a county seat.

    It can be shown that Rudolf Steiner did not want to accept this birth, but was forced into it with the emergency baptism. Even later, as depicted in his autobiography, he would break his cups and saucers as a protest. His mother would run to gather them when he said, “Mother, I’m finished”.

    It is good to acknowledge a premature birth, which is the chief feature of Rudolf Steiner.
    His incoming clairvoyant faculty remained in order to be cultivated for the rest of his life.

      1. Yes, but from what source? Steiner gave two carefully crafted lectures to the Berlin group in informing them that the German section had been dissolved. In the first lecture, from 3 February 1913, he tells of Dante’s beloved “Philosophia”, who replaced Beatrice because there was no other solution. This lecture involving Dante, who had reincarnated in the 19th century, was the setup for the lecture the next day, in which Steiner very carefully explains what it meant to experience his discarnate cousin that day when he was sitting in the Pottschach railway station.

        At no point in this lecture, did Steiner say his parents called him, “a stupid boy”. Rather, in his own words, he speaks about how this event of the discarnate cousin caused him to begin to look around his own world. Prior to this, it was “in one ear and out the other”, which means that the cousin was encouraging him to go outside himself and begin to investigate. Thus, the Being of Anthroposophy began that day, when the boy was seven or eight years old, living in Pottschach, and not long before moving to Neudorfl in 1869.

        Rudolf Steiner would speak about the other incident that occurred back then in the same time frame when he was eight years old and living in Pottschach. It is contained in his autobiography, and depicts how his father took him out of the village school because of an altercation involving another boy, who was defended by the schoolmaster. So, for the rest of the school term, Steiner’s father took the little boy to the railway station every morning, and would give the boy a kind of make-shift education in order to complete the year’s study. It is covered in the autobiography, but nothing about the cousin, which also occurred at that time.

        I suspect I will have to order this lecture from 4 February 1913, and transcribe exactly what Rudolf Steiner had to say about its significance. At no time was he called “a stupid boy”. I remember, though, that someone wrote of this kind of depiction of the event. I think it was Peter Selg, and this must be your recollection, Hazel. Only the exact words from Steiner will help in this cause.

        1. It is from his autobiography, & not to quibble but it was his Aunt not cousin. The real point is: Steiner explicitly expresses that his parents discouraged any talk of his deep experiences, this was foundational. As well as the fact that he was shunned by the children in his village. This created the stage of loneliness he later describes in HTKHW. He experienced this annihilation & profound loneliness as continuing until he becomes tutor for the Specht family & finds a friend in the mother Pauline.

          1. It cannot be found in his autobiography, Hazel. If the incident were there, I would have told you. In the lecture from 4 February 1913, Steiner remarks how he saw his father become despondent in relation to a loss in the family. He felt that a certain affection went out of the father to the niece. When I get that lecture, which is not online, of course, I will transcribe it completely, as it indicates a cousin and not an aunt. It also alludes very much to the reincarnated Dante for those that can discern these kinds of things.

            You see, Steiner intended his autobiography to be a record of his external life, and how his clairvoyant faculty was kept intact because he was a premature birth, born on February 25, 1861. Thus, he was born bearing a greater plasticity in the body of formative forces, i.e., the etheric body. This would allow the incoming “state of unbornness” to remain intact for the entire life span, wherein exact clairvoyance developed in order for Steiner to conduct the work of Christian Rosenkreutz into the 20th century.

            Now, Steiner promised to give the esoteric side of his biography because he wanted his people to know who he was. Yet, the biography ends prematurely because he died prematurely. Thus, we have it that only on select occasions did Steiner reveal these esoteric secrets of his life, and the occult significance of what it meant that his discarnate cousin, who had committed suicide, came to him immediately after her death. Steiner also gave these kinds of clues to Eduard Schure in the so-called “Barr Document” in 1907, ref. GA 262, some nearly six years before the lecture to the Berlin audience.

            I know that Steiner wrote a great deal about the Specht family in his biography, and how much faith the mother, Pauline, had in him. The affiliation with this family for the educational needs of their children, and especially the boy would had a pronounced hydrocephalic condition, was profound in informing Rudolf Steiner of his own educational potential. He even saw himself as a professional tutor until the year 1900 changed everything.

            Yet, you will not find one iota of indication about this supersensible event involving the cousin here. Only the pretext for being in the railway station every day there in Pottschach is described. The father takes the boy to the station every morning, and Steiner describes this very nicely when he would write letters in ink and then dust them off in order to watch which letters would dry faster. It became a mess, and the father would say words like: “you rascal, what am I going to do with you”! Do you see the love?

            Hazel, Rudolf Steiner’s autobiography is online, and I am a student of it because I love Rudolf Steiner. If you have the same love, then please show me where he said anything about an experience with an aunt or a cousin in the Pottschach railway station. Your confidence impresses me very much, but here is the test.

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