Diana has embarked on an impressive project — a kind of study group –, together with anyone who wants to join. The intent of this post is to make you want to join! Hopefully you have the book, but if you don’t you can read it online. It’s the Theosophy of the Rosicrucian (later renamed, as in the edition from Steiner Books that I’m waiting for: Rosicrucian Wisdom). Diana wrote, on January 13:
I urge newcomers to join, or Waldorf parents who would like to know what goes on in Steiner faculty meetings. This is *not* a dense read, it is very lively and fun. It requires no previous background in anthroposophy. In no time you will be discoursing on the seven-fold human and the nine-fold human, ancient Atlantis, the human being in Devachan, and our future lives on Venus and Jupiter.
I will throw this out to whet your appetite. The introduction explains that Rosicrucianism is the spiritual “stream” personified by Christian Rosenkreuz, a “lofty” spiritual being who “incarnated” in the 15th century. This individuality, he explains, incarnated “again and again in the same body.” He assures us that the meaning of this mysterious image will become clear later. I personally have no idea what the meaning of this might be. I’ve read this book at least twice, but I don’t remember (normally, of course, one reincarnates in *different* bodies!!).
Since then, she’s posted a summary of the first lecture. She also formulated a question for discussion:
Steiner states that although we cannot all be clairvoyant, we can all learn spiritual truths from those who do possess this ability. He presents this as anti-authoritarian: the student need not take anything on faith from the teacher, but if he/she is of normal intelligence can understand all the teachings with his or her own reason. Is this really anti-authoritarian?
One poster — Luz — then compared Steiner’s higher worlds to Spain. This is kind of clever — and quite witty — until you remember that there’s plenty of evidence that Spain actually exists. Pete suggests that Vulcan, whose existence is more uncertain (!), might be a better comparison. I’m sure tourist guides to Vulcan would be fun though. Tourist guides to the higher worlds, even better. Read Diana’s reply to the travel agent who’s been to Spain. Sorry, attempted to travel through the higher worlds. Or has friends who did it.
Here’s the thread expanded to show all posts. Still a nuisance to read in that shape (dreadful yahoo), so I encourage you to sign up and receive posts as emails instead; it’s much prettier. Most of all, I urge you to join the discussion. I hope I’ll have more to say in the coming days. I spent this day worrying about some things that are not worth worrying about and some things that are. So my attention is a bit off at the moment. I’ll try to wake up. Although it’s midnight, so maybe waking up is better postponed until tomorrow. (I hope these lectures will say something about sleep. Steiner had some interesting ideas about sleep.)
(If someone absolutely does not want to join the list, but has interesting ideas or viewpoints to contribute, please post them, and I’ll forward them to the list. But I do think you should join.)