I’ve been enjoying reading the spring program [pdf] of the Rudolf Steiner House in London, where the UK Anthroposophical Society has its base. Some alarming news first: ‘In Danger of Extinction: Our twelve senses and why we need to care for them’ (a few of these senses have already gone extinct in me, I’m afraid). That’s a lecture in March (there’s also a study group looking at the twelve senses and the scientific research behind — should be exciting, especially the science part). You will be thrilled to learn that Nick Thomas, who will give a lecture on Rudolf Steiner in the UK in February, is ‘engaged in research to develop a new spiritually based scientific paradigm.’ Dr John Lees — anthroposophic therapist and researcher at Leeds Uni — will talk about Steiner’s ‘contribution … to meeting the challenges of the future’:
As we enter the heart of the consciousness soul we will be able to unfold ever greater degrees of insight and love for each other. However, we will also face many challenges.
Insights and love, yes. Easy to talk about. Practice is another matter, not true? I’m not sure waldorf education or anthroposophic therapy is up for any big challenges, really.
The talk on karma and reincarnation on March 29 ought to worry UK citizens. Not so much because of the lecture itself but because of the presentation of the lecturer and even more her regular workplace:
Hazel Adams is an Art Therapist and Colour Light Therapist at Blackthorn Medical Centre, Maidstone, Kent, which is an NHS practice integrating anthroposophic medicine and therapies.
Perhaps some reincarnation therapy on the NHS could tempt you?
Brien Masters, director of the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar and author of several books on, e g, waldorf education, will speak about the karmic destiny of Hypatia:
Flayed alive and torn apart limb by limb by an incited mob, there could hardly be any death which contrasts more violently with the eminence and prestige which Hypatia had achieved and the awe in which she was held in her professional life. Her karmic background sheds amazing light on her fourth century incarnation.
The Rudolf Steiner House reassures us Masters knows what he’s talking about:
During his lifelong engagement with Anthroposophy, Brien Masters’ research has several times been directed towards Rudolf Steiner’s core mission: pursuing concrete examples of repeated earth lives. Although Steiner’s educational ideas have been the focus of his professional life a strong undercurrent on the theme of karma and reincarnation has persisted.
Steinerbooks tells us that Masters has ‘has acted as a consultant to government ministries’.
Another speaker traces anthroposophy back to 1250 AD. The lecture title is as pretentious as the topic: ‘Saving the World from Darkness’.
In January, there will be a workshop on temperaments, which is interesting from the viewpoint of waldorf education.
… just as there are four seasons of the year, four points of a compass, four kingdoms of nature and four elements so there are four temperaments. These are the Choleric, sanguine, Phlegmatic and melancholic. Each person we meet confronts us with his own temperament. In this interactive workshop we will become more familiar with these and how they relate to man’s being and destiny.
Another workshop tries to bridge the gap between the living and the dead. A rather ghoulish prospect. You can learn more about ‘how we can understand our contact between the living and the dead.’ There’s also a workshop on ‘The Secret Spirit of the Unborn Child’; the workshop description tells us that a ‘rising body of anecdotal evidence points to a human existence before incarnation.’ And it gets worse:
Sometimes too, in pregnancy, women have significant dreams or insights into the nature of the Incoming Soul, which may pave the way for a heightened attunement.
Despite the occasional nuttiness, the Rudolf Steiner House London seems like a nice place, quite eager to point out that all and everyone is welcome to many of the events (maybe that’s the British temperament, though — ha!).
Read Rudolf Steiner House’s spring program [pdf]!