‘the matrix for birth of a higher universal consciousness’

Oh help me, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Rudolf Steiner College holds a workshop called Feminine Fire Transformative Healing. It takes place in October. Here’s the flyer, where I found this little workshop description:

Spiritual Feminine power sustains life. When valued as the matrix for birth of a higher universal consciousness, it is world changing. Individuals fired and empowered to bring cosmopolitan thinking and transformative healing love to all our cultures is what the world needs now. Explore the essential Feminine. Learn indigenous African rituals and wisdom-based daily practices for our sacred connections to the spiritual world.

Wisdom-based, right. And, no, not everything is pretty and good and useful just because it’s ‘indigenous’ to someone on the other side of the earth or because it holds some ‘sacred connection’ to something. What about some reason and rational thinking, instead — you know, all that stuff that’s actually served the world well over the past centuries? That’s good for higher consciousness.

I also sometimes wonder how far from Steiner you can get and still be the Rudolf Steiner College. He was very much not into ‘indigenous African rituals and wisdom-based daily practices’. He was, in fact, very European.

WTF is ‘Spiritual Feminine power’, by the way? Anyone knows? Not to speak of the ‘Feminine Fire’? Did being spiritually just human get out of fashion?

(What a pity. I like the androgynous streak to anthroposophy.)

4 thoughts on “‘the matrix for birth of a higher universal consciousness’

  1. “Spiritual Feminine power sustains life. When valued as the matrix for birth of a higher universal consciousness, it is world changing. Individuals fired and empowered to bring cosmopolitan thinking and transformative healing love to all our cultures is what the world needs now. Explore the essential Feminine. Learn indigenous African rituals and wisdom-based daily practices for our sacred connections to the spiritual world.”

    Again my first impression is, this is a joke, right? I have to agree, if they are trying to advertise themselves as a cult, this sort of thing is on the money.

    In the heavily eurocentric Steiner context, the reference to “indigenous African rituals” is a joke, whether intended or not. A misappropriation and somewhat offensive.

  2. My first impression upon hearing about the ‘essential Feminine’ with capital F is that I want to barf.

    ‘if they are trying to advertise themselves as a cult, this sort of thing is on the money.’

    Indeed. And it’s not even really *their* cult. As if they haven’t got enough cultishness themselves, the appropriate, absorb, an other kind of cult. Why!?

  3. With the recent talk about Diana’s cat’s thinking abilities and my failing eyesight, I was tempted to read “Spiritual Feline” powers… (No offense intended to Mr. Dog.)

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