Behind every material phenomenon, there’s a spiritual reality, according to an AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools in North America) brochure I downloaded a while ago. (It’s called Anthroposophy 101 and is written by R E Koetzsch, PhD.)
This spiritual world contains a multiplicity of beings, the nine divine hierarchies—angels, archangels, up through the cherubim and seraphim, which are all expressions of a single creator God who is the foundation of all existence, elementals, fallen and unfallen, group souls of animal, plant, and mineral life, folk souls of different racial and national groups, the souls of human beings who are between incarnations on the material plane, and so on. […] [Humans] are not the descendant of lower primates, not just a hairy ape. The human being is the crowning jewel of the creation. The entire created universe has been brought into being so that the human being might come into existence. [PDF]
The human spirit, which is eternal, goes through a program of ‘cosmic recycling’, Koetzsch writes. What is the task of, e g, waldorf education then?
Human culture must be transformed according to a spiritual vision of the human being. Every domain of human thought and activity … must be renewed on the basis of a spiritual understanding of the human being. Only if we do this will the evolution of humanity and of the earth continue in a positive way.
This should be the aim of everybody’s strivings, despite the thwarting efforts of bad guys — ‘adversarial powers’, i e, Ahriman and Lucifer — who make human efforts difficult but whose existence is, at the same time, a condition for human freedom. Taking Steiner’s sculpture Representative of Man as a role model, the author claims, possibly with a sigh of relief, that ‘[i]n the end everything will be all right.’
If these ideas are not true. They should be true. What we believe shapes the reality. If we become conscious of these ideas and hold them they will become true.
Cause and effect? Reality check? Mr Dog wishes he’ll be catching all the bunnies in the universe. He simply needs to believe it, and it will be true. No wonder he’s so upset about the present state of things. Canineosophy 101 tells us all bunnies belong to mr Dog, because he believes in them. He’s working on a sculpture. It’s going to be named Representative of Dog. A very impressive piece of work.
(h/t people on Twitter — I forgot who originally linked to AWSNA’s article…! I hereby credit you all!)