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Discovering Treasure Troves of Responsibility
Hope for Threefolding – Report from the Global Conference in Manila
page 3 To find a person who has the competence and the willingness to take on responsibility – to take on a task within the anthroposophical movement – we need perceptiveness, imagination and discernment. Within our direct surroundings the search often leads to nothing. Sometimes the search is lamed by a reserve towards any changes that the new person might bring. One takes care of the necessary tasks oneself or divides them up between several colleagues, causing an increase in the overwork so often lamented, or a decrease in the development of individual style. Imagination is called for: in which person is slumbering the will towards responsibility and action, waiting to be activated by a direct question? Jörgen Smit advocated the cultivation of such trust towards the potential in people. Our colleague does not yet appear to be equal to the new task, but he will grow in fulfilling it, indeed he may outdo himself. Often the statement itself “we believe in your capacity to do this” ignites remarkable enthusiasm and will. The encouragement offered by a direct question applies not only to administrative tasks, but also to art. It does not appear to be a coincidence that most significant works of art have been commissioned. There may be some restrictions through the requirements of the patron, but at the same time the artist is freed from a certain arbitrariness. She is not left alone with her intuition regarding the themes which need to be taken up in accordance with the spirit of the time – her contemporaries support her. In seeking out the earth’s treasures, exploring even in the most hidden places, humanity has brought forth magnificent achievements. The search for human responsibility, for soul and spirit treasures, is becoming ever more important and may be compared to the search for gold in the 19th century or the search for rare metals in this. The question may sound strange, but do we not need something like the business sector’s “head hunting” for our anthroposophical work? During the November Initiative Meeting at the Goetheanum there was a call for the Anthroposophical Society to change from an “answering” to an “asking” society. This should include not only taking an interest in the other person’s ideas and knowledge, but also asking after his or her slumbering will. Wolfgang Held, Dornach/Switzerland 1
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which enabled her to go on for many years in difficult work. hoping to change the world. [. she said. Marion David created a small manual describing each of these. Some sit quietly and look within. For 50 half-hour periods a week I am alone with a different child. also recognizes the significance of this work. The college students are trained at a two-week summer camp before going into the field to work with young children in education and social services. People long to do good work.ch © Copyright 1998 General Anthroposophical Society. Stephan Stockmar. Although I live in Canada. one of the women he invited. C. Dietrich Rapp. can only be gauged by the results in the children. cultivates many contacts with people who are working outside the anthroposophical movement on related tasks. only the subscribers to “Das Goetheanum” should contact the address below. Each participant chose one spiritual practise that appealed to him or her and was given a practical introduction. the other half working alone because of geographic location. Marion David has since been asked by quite a large number of youth organizations to bring something of this into their work. plus a strong background in both music and painting. perhaps the answers will vibrate in others also living in isolated parts of the world. After their experience in the field they reported back and the techniques were refined further. Box. having studied anthroposophy for 28 years. they have nothing to rely on in themselves.. Switzerland Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 . Dornach. looking at it from an anthroposophical point of view. you may contact her via the editors at the Goetheanum. I look at my life with some serious question. but they havn’t developed a spiritual foundation.] But is this an anthroposophical activity? I don’t study curative books to develop lesson plans. There are no other anthroposophists here nor do I draw others to me that recognize something different and ask questions. but will burn out unless they cultivate a form of inner renewal. I know that what flows through comes from the spiritual world. not me! Confirmation that the results are healthy. To receive Anthroposophy Worldwide. Please make it clear whether your response may be published or whether it is meant only for her. I have called for help through meditation when a child’s situation is particularly troubling. Michaela Spaar. more that they are universal. I must remain open to inspiration for what activity to pursue and even what to say. It also appears as a supplement to the weekly paper “Das Goetheanum”. but many of these young people had 2 no such background. Marion David described how these idealistic young students set out full of love and enthusiasm. Sebastian Jüngel (responsible for this issue). This isolation forces me to remain personally vigilant that my source remain centered in anthroposophy. struggling alone: Is it anthroposophy in action just because an anthroposophist is doing it? At 63.. half with a group. represented by Paul Mackay Editors: Carol Brousseau (responsible for the English-Language Edition). lasting idealism that Rudolf Steiner describes as being one of the pathways to Christ. But how do I know I’m succeeding? I work in an inner-city school with children from kindergarten to grade 7 who have emotional problems often leading to behavior difficulties in class. I don’t struggle to identify what karmic debts the child might be confronting. still others use music or movement. “How can we bring young people to that place in a totally non-sectarian way?” They asked some of the youth work leaders present. If questions with the distribution arise. Marion David. my question is not a national one. please apply to the Anthroposophical Society in your country. Not that I believe my struggles are unique. [. I have been living and working in a small city. She said that the spiritual core is what has been missing from the whole social movement. For nearly five years. a physicist and General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. For all others the address is the address of the Anthroposophical Society in your country.. Canada If you would like to respond to Marilyn Riopel.. Marion David said that she herself had been given such a spiritual foundation through her loving and religious upbringing. She is doing this full time now.] That I have karmic connections with the children I am working with is often confirmed by our seeing each other in our dreams. but desperately trying to keep a path open between? Is it the struggle that matters rather than the answers? Marilyn Riopel. I rely heavily on my Waldorf teacher training and experience. Publisher: General Anthroposophical Society. The process of building a team of editors and correspondents has not yet been completed. Ursula Remund Fink. I must keep my ego at bay. a couple of years ago he convened a small symposium with about a dozen anthroposophists and non-anthroposophists who are identified as leaders in the field of youth work. John.Forum Question: Is It Anthroposophy in Action just because an Anthroposophist Is Doing It? The title of your new newsletter spoke to a deep sense within me.. The head of the Children’s Defense Fund.] Is this the way more anthroposophists find themselves functioning in their daily lives: one foot in the spiritual world and one in the practical. Fax +41/61/706 44 65 Email: wochenschrift@goetheanum... CH–4143 Dornach 1. no place to renew themselves inwardly in difficult situations. The Children’s Defense Fund and a Pathway to Christ An Example of Anthroposophy in Dialogue Arthur Zajonc. “How do you do it? How do you renew yourself?” and they identified 10 “pathways to peace”. others do nature observation or journalling. To cite an example. says that the work of Marion David has to do with developing the self-acquired. Switzerland. Justus Wittich Correspondents: Jürgen Vater (Sweden) Andrew Wolpert (Great Britain) We expressly wish for active support and collaboration. Anthroposophy Worldwide “Life in the Anthroposophical Society – Anthroposophy Worldwide” is published monthly. [.] For our relationship to develop. Arthur Zajonc. It is distributed by the regional Anthroposophical Societies – in some cases augmented with independently edited news and articles. [. which they then shared with the 350 young people before they went out into the field. etc. College students have been 15 years at school. This project sends about 350 African-American college students into the field each year to work with children from destitute and desperate situations. but many of them come back crushed by the enormity of the problems. Therefore. Marion Wright Edleman. worked at the Children’s Defense Fund (USA) and is involved with a project called Freedom Schools. Address: Weekly Paper “Das Goetheanum”. St.. So Arthur Zajonc asked.B.
Instead of speaking on his topic. warmth and light of promising approaches. David Schwartz then discussed the importance of the inner foundations and community building efforts essential for large-scale threefolding efforts. challenge. some 60 kilometers away from Metro Manila. and methodological.Anthroposophy around the World Three important international conferences were held in recent months. resurrection. Many participants were speaking about a kind of spirit birth that was wanting to take place. using the global financial crisis as entry point. Terry Boardman then presented a gripping picture of the forces behind the world power structure responsible for digging the grave of civilization. the search for an answer to the burning questions triggered a mystery drama. His remarks triggered considerable discussion that spilled over into the afternoon of Day 4 and way into the night with many informal group discussions. The Philippenes New Hope for Threefolding in Anthroposophy Report on the Global Conference in Manila. Day 3 saw an example of a modest. First Question: Is it still possible to pursue genuine threefolding efforts at national and global levels in the face of and as a creative alternative to the tremendous ecological and social chaos spawned by elite globalization? Second Question: Is there still the possibility of a kind of culmination of the Michael School at the end of the century and. However. Challenges The drama started on Day 1 with the very first presentation given by Dr. Nicanor Perlas describes the conference that dealt with the position of anthroposophy between the reality of globalization and the necessity for threefolding. death. and the Threefold Social Order”. if so. Paul Mackay guided participants in a kind of SpiritRemembering of the social threefolding impulse of the anthroposophical movement. Nicanor showed how the challenge is to creatively engage these allied movements at all levels without falling into the trap of involving the anthroposophical societies in politics. a kind of grounding through pain was necessary. In effect. suffering. Philippines. In effect. in microcosmic form. Christopher questioned a number of widely-held views in the Conference. a festive mood. confusion. Nicanor encouraged the participants to take up the Philippine threefolding work not as a fixed model to be blindly copied in every country but as an encouragement for what can be done when even only a few anthroposophists work sensitively with the unique possibilities of their own countries. while reducing the risks of elite globalization. “we are really within the pulse of the Time Spirit”. Jesaiah Ben-Aharon. through a comparative analysis between the global anthroposophical movement and three global forces striving for threefolding. and promise. as is inevitable with any genuine spiritual process. 3 . Rolf indicated that. Nicanor Perlas described the promising country-level threefolding efforts being done in the Philippines and explained how the spiritual configuration of the Philippine Folk Spirit enabled this initiative to emerge. Day 3 answered the first burning question with a beginning “Yes!” Uniting with Allies The following day also saw the beginnings of a positive answer to the second burning question. Nicanor Perlas showed. Aban Bana gives a description of the “AsiaPacific” conference – one pervaded by a strong impulse to reach across boundaries of land and culture. passion. hope. affirmation. Jesaiah gave indications as to how the original Michaelic plan was shattered by the course of events of the 20th century. new resurrection forces of the Christ are at work in the grave of civilization in which we find ourselves at the end of the century. through a Michaelic deed in the supersensible worlds in the 1930s Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 and 1940s. The contributions of Day 2 grappled with this challenge and then reenacted on a very human level the polarities of revelation and conflict in the life of Christ. Dr. Two of them may prove to be trail blazers for anthroposophy’s work in the world. including global civil society. clarity. with this theme. and the third was notable for its healing effect. Anthroposophy. they gathered for six days to address two burning questions occasioned by Rudolf Steiner’s indications regarding anthroposophists and the end of the century. appears under that heading on pages 8 and 9. the life. The Conference had arrived at a participation in the Passion and Death of Christ. beginning initiative of “shaping the future”. The Conference had started its micro-experience of Christ’s Temptation in the Desert. Rolf Kerler pointed to the importance to these aspects of the theme of the Conference. Further contributions from other countries unfortunately had to be postponed to the next issue to make space for this concentration of events. Day 3 and this first portion of Day 4 constituted a kind of “Palm Sunday”. and ascension of Christ. an internal meeting of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum. The Spirit of the Conference chose to answer these questions through a totally unexpected and experiential path: serious assessment of our current situation. joy. that the Michaelic impulse is succeeding in creating a kind of culmination of values closely connected with anthroposophical aspirations. especially in its aspect of spiritual discernment of the possibilities for anthroposophy at the end of the millenium. one which reflected. Gaudenz Assenza then fleshed out the challenge of globalization on two levels: substantive. Coming from all the continents of the world and from varied professions. encouraging anthroposophists to be more precise and detailed in assessing the challenges of modernity. 25 – 30 October 1998 One hundred ten anthroposophists came from 17 countries to participate in the global conference on “Shaping the Future: Globalization. The “Initiative Meeting”. Kees Zoeteman then broadened the participants consciousness that threefolding efforts need to address the planet as a whole. pain. choices. indicating a four-fold methodology of nurturing threefolding today. However. one that built upon the opportunities. held in Tagaytay City. how is this to be understood? In his opening remarks. Christopher Budd’s talk provided the occasion for deep soul-searching and awakened participants from any notion of an easy victory.
and after sunset we all went to the sea. A number commented how. who were present in significant numbers. November 1. He also encouraged participants to provide appropriate and culturally and spiritually sensitive support for the beginning but real threefolding efforts at the country level in the Philippines. lit the candles on the lanterns and floated them on the waves. There were many other ideas and plans: individually. The people of this land are gentle and polite. the most memorable being the Thai song “Loy Kratong” which was sung to bring the participants together at the start of each session. They were assisted by the members of their group as well as by Hans van Florenstein Mulder. November 1 – 4. a beach resort. Although the pupils were on holiday. are celebrated throughout the year. We often heard Thai music. The majority of Thai people are Buddhist. mentioning the death of a close colleague just six weeks before. the presence of progressive spiritual beings. This was evident from the third Asia-Pacific Conference which was held in Cha-Am. Rolf emphasized the importance of rekindling the unique tasks of the School of Spiritual Science as an important step in responding to the challenge of elite globalization. Dr. was already visible in the very first contributions of Day 5. 1998 The interest for Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region is growing year by year. All over the country there are magnificent temples where Buddhist rites and rituals are performed.The beginning answers to the burning questions that had emerged seemed to vanish from the consciousness of a number of participants. Thailand. This explains their relaxed approach to life and their ability to integrate a fast-moving. Rolf Kerler. Bhumibol Adulyadej (or Rama IX) is widely revered by his people as the 9th monarch of the Chakri dynasty. other anthroposophists shared plans for a follow-up conference in the Nordic countries in 1999 and in South Africa in the year 2000. The light of the Resurrection. Canada and New Zealand respectively. it was clear that One Spirit permeated their intentions. Ha Vinh Tho then capped the substantive contributions of Day 5 and the Conference with a wonderful Buddhist and anthroposophical approach to overcoming doubt. Rolf Kerler. performed for us by our Thai friends and Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 An Ideal Host Country The Thai people call their country “Prathet Thai” which means “The Land of the Free”. even when they do not understand something. Porn Panosot and his wife Janpen who head the Panyotai Steiner Waldorf School and Anthroposophical Initiative Group in Thailand. On a spiritual level. the conference was opened with the reading of the Foundation Stone Meditation of Rudolf Steiner. Numerous colourful festivals. Most participants arrived on October 30 at the SC Park Hotel on the outskirts of Bangkok. Some felt that a significant connection had been made to the living presence of the Time Spirit. announced their parallel efforts to continue with their three-year cycle of conferences on threefolding. Our Thai friends taught us how to make the lanterns out of banana leaves and twigs and flowers. the Class lesson was read by the General Secretaries of Australia. Members of the US Social Science Section. There were also three Buddhist monks among them. we could feel the warmth and ambience of a well cared for Waldorf school. performed for us by the teachers of Panyotai. the Baan Rak Kindergarten. Hitomi Sekiya from Japan and Ha Vinh Tho from Switzerland/Vietnam. the Spirit in Education Movement and the Sonsangtian Foundation. it was clear to many participants that a significant and important Conference had happened. hatred and fear within. We learned to sing songs in at least ten different languages. The Thai language belongs to the Sino-Tibetan group and consists of tone patterns. We had a moment of silence in which we all thought about this very special person who seemed to be in our midst. and members of The People’s Integrity Development Foundation. following the Theravada or Hinayana form of this great religion. It seemed that the entire country was floating lanterns that evening! The previous day we had seen the entire story of the festival as a puppet show. modern society with a rich and ancient culture. Paul Mackay’s adept facilitation of the plenary discussion in Day 4 on Christopher’s contribution prepared for the proper unfolding of Day 5. some of Hindu origin. And they avoid saying “no”. Philippenes Thailand “Healing for Body. however. Each day we had eurythmy led by Asian eurythmists: Dilnawaz Bana from India. There were over 90 participants from 18 countries. as a preparation for threefolding work in society. had blessed the Confer- ence. On an initiative level. some described the Conference events as an expression of a new Michaelic festival. This song was the Floating Lantern song and we had the golden opportunity to celebrate this enchanting festival on November 3. It was pure magic. The following day the entire group visited the Panyotai Steiner Waldorf School. Paul Mackay and Karl Kaltenbach. Porn Panosot gave a very moving Opening Speech. including a number of Folk Spirits. By the time the results of the 10 workshops were shared on the final day. Soul and Spirit” The Third Asia-Pacific Conference. Despite the varied expressions. Then Dr. The theme of the conference was “Healing Forces Arising from Anthroposophy for Society” and the main speakers were: Aban Bana. Ghamin Siù from Hong Kong. not the building aspects. always smiling. in his own quiet but precise way. An ideal country to host our conference! 4 . Stephen Usher further enhanced the increasing tempo of the resurrection forces by describing his efforts at helping the threefolding process of the Anthroposophical Society in the United States through the Goetheanum West Giving Group. The Conference had reached the point of Pentacost. provided promising perspectives on a number of issues and exciting possibilities that had surfaced in the Conference. A significant number of anthroposophists rekindled their commitment not only to threefolding but also to the challenging tasks of revitalizing and ensuring that the anthroposophical movement emerges as a global cultural factor in the early decades of the 21st century. Nicanor Perlas. The present king of Thailand. about four hours’ drive from Bangkok. by group or country. including 30 from the host country Thailand. The entire conference was prepared and organised by Dr. Ha Vinh Tho. Even the four delightful Panosot children contributed. from their inner experiences. inspiring the conference from the spiritual world. Among others. On Sunday. of this initiative. On the first three days of the conference. where we were received over a Welcome Dinner and Thai dance performance. Stephen emphasized the spiritual aspects.
For the European participants it was particularly interesting to encounter the alternative streams that are working with slum children and street children. A joint project of the Goethe Institute and the “Friends of Rudolf Steiner’s Education”. Monsey NY 10952. Contact: Jorge Sanz-Cardona. and the talks given by John Thomson and Benjamin Cherry took place in a warm. Social Aspects. California. 1998 in Delhi. Peru. uncomplicated atmosphere. to counteract the North’s mere plundering of the South which rules today. the menu personally chosen by Porn and Janpen. They included groups who hope to found kindergartens in the near future as well as the initiators of Waldorf schools already established in Hyderabad/India. As the oldest Spanish colony in California. and Manila/Philippines. Berlin/Germany Jorge and Michele Sanz-Cardona during their visit to the Goetheanum India Indo-European Dialogue at the Goethe Institute A symposium on “Models for Alternative Education – Education towards Freedom and Social Competence” was held November 9–11. The question of teacher training emerged as a primary one.S. Vietnam. school and curative education initiatives face. Thailand. because mainstream schools teach children reading. with the help of state funds. As in 1997 in Udwada/India. representing initiatives in India. To begin with. writing and arithmetic from their 4th year onwards. the USA and Europe to give courses and to assist with the development of a curriculum that would correspond to the particular cultural and religious factors in each locality. Undersecretary of the Department of Labor. They would also like to try to bridge the division between North and South America. Chile.even learned the Thai Bamboo Dance. The food that was served to us during the conference was delicious. almost exclusively using a cognitive approach. the goal of organizing a first Pan-American anthroposophical conference has been set. drawing Fruitful Collaboration from the Start 2nd Round Table Discussion on Waldorf Education in Asia A second meeting of Waldorf educators in Asia was held November 5 and 6. 5 . Karlsruhe/Germany representatives from Argentina. the invitation came from Aban Bana and Nana Göbel of the Friends of Rudolf Steiner’s Art of Education. About 70 people from various pedagogical streams attended. China and Japan. They were held by Aban Bana (India). Hong Kong. The initiative also encompasses the consciousness of anthroposophy as a global movement: a strong focus needs to be created in the West (as in the East) so that there can be a fruitful exchange with the Center. Professor Paschen and Hartwig Schiller (Germany). A number of instructors travel regularly from Australia. 1998 in Cha-Am/Thailand. New Zealand. Elements of Waldorf education will be used in training the teachers and with the children. Mishra. Fax 425-9619. so that even 6 or 7 year-old children become “failures” if they cannot cope with the intellectual drill and have to repeat a year. These discussions. it also has a connection to the ancient Mexican mysteries and to the Christian impulse of the Spanish Franciscans. We plan to develop five slum schools in Calcutta for about 1000 children. One important feature of this conference was the Group Discussion sessions on Education. The various lectures on Waldorf education attracted great interest. Aban Bana. which have one or two classes. The initiative group is strongly motivated by the idea of helping to bring the Michaelic impulse into the Spanish and English speaking world. Brazil. Mexico and the USA. India The Americas A Pan-American Impulse The idea of bringing together the various forces which are at work on the whole American continent arose in 1992 at a Spanish-speaking anthroposophical conference in Madrid. Everywhere the initiators are convinced that it is extremely important to create alternatives. for example. Argentina. Part of the motivation behind this initiative is to encourage a positive exchange of culture and resources. Mumbai. We also learnt a Maori stick game from Valentine Maioha of New Zealand and another stick dance from India. Tel. Singapore. I still wear the white thread around my wrist which was presented to us at the welcome ceremony and it brings back memories of a conference which was truly healing for the body. L. Ecuador. In May 1998 a preliminary meeting was held in Buenos Aires. M. Biodynamic Agriculture and Medicine. the Philippines. opened the congress with a talk on child labor in India. The people of these two different regions should fructify each other’s work. John Thomson (Great Britain). and Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 Horst Hellmann. Long-term research will be necessary to find a satisfactory way of integrating Waldorf education into Buddhist or Hindu traditions. taking into account the different folk spirits of the different languages. It was evident: collaboration in this region is fruitful from the start. it not only has the infrastructure for such an international meeting. More than 50 people came together. Bangkok/Thailand. 5 Park Avenue. At the meeting we looked at the actual situation in various places. The strong heart forces from the South need to be joined to the more intellectual forces from the North. Taiwan. The “Friends” are currently collaborating with the “Young Men’s Welfare Society” in Calcutta on a specific project. This Indo-European dialogue will be continued in the year 2000 at the suggestion of the Goethe Institute. Nana Göbel. Where should such a conference on “The Spiritual Mission of the Americas” be held? They agreed on San Diego. Dr. soul and spirit. But only very few parents so far have dared to depart from the expected norm and participate in alternative schools which could possibly rob their child of the chance to attend an elite university later. Bernd Ruf. Arthur Zajonc asked Jorge Sanz-Cardona if he would be willing to take up this initiative on behalf of the Anthroposophical Society in America. at the educational and political centers and at the problems that kindergarten. 001/914/425-6706. the symposium served to continue the dialogue on alternative forms of education that was begun in 1996 with the “Rajiv Gandhi Foundation”. which affects about 100 million children. Many questions remain open.
but its sudden imperfectly processed seeds. limits are agreed civil society organisations worldwide. IPRs are necessary.qualities. in the US government. Companies such as Monsanto. if spokespersons have variously tried to play it down – it’s the seed is given a certain stimulus such as antibiotic treat. The Once they feel safe to release their technology to the poor embryo is killed by a toxic product of the farmers of the third world they will be A contribution by: transgenes. and to what extent it will conspread to our staple crops and food supply by powerful tinue the shift of wealth from poor to rich nations. circa 1623. nicknamed “terminator” technology. Yet they are not prepared to wait until the South has enforceable intellectual property rights (IPRs). Monsanto company can put transgenes into a plant variety which. The terminator. A tive. Armed with the terminator. Once this is overcome. And terminator is for the 3 Francis Bacon in New Atlantis. that created hybrid seeds which. how it spreads to normal crops via pollen or ny’s crop patents would enjoy inbuilt protection. WO9604393. Carrefour (France) and other supermarkets are going out of their way to mediate changing the plant organism so as to dispenses with rights. logical programme long ago envisaged Central contact: Targeting Developing Countries terminator: “Wee make them more FruitDr Johannes Wirz Traditional seed saving is now rare in full and Bearing then their Kind is.”3 Terminator goes further. but concepts become ideals transnational corporations like Monsanto has provoked a backlash in Europe. It may yet be a concept. and seed prices can be kept to a minimum This is the logical outcome of thinking thereby making everyone happy.1 the biggest world. intellectual and material heritage of the world community CA2196410.anth. David J. but eventually inventions belong to between consumer and producer to allow the consumer everybody. Heaf. so the seed coat.HTML) for generating a letter to relevant officials acquisition of power by the terminator owners/inventors. Yet the Baconian technoForum for Genetic Engineering.only a concept. The technology belongs to society’s and ideals become aims in the economic sphere. the seed of the farmer’s that it is needed for the company’s aim to “feed the world”. transnational seed companies try cotton this goes as much for the oil and to keep their lucrative germ plasm out of protein inside the seed as for the fibre in the third world. But the terminator aims to by-pass this sphere by such as Iceland (Britain). thereby economic sphere. Australia. traders and consumers – would render unnecessary favour of a social Darwinism of competing power group. sorghum development in genetic engineering (GE) in 1998 is the and soybeans – crops largely ignored by agribusiness publication in March of a patent2 for what was quickly breeders because they aren’t readily hybridised. Calls to have the patents revoked on the basis that the admitted that the technology is targeted at the developing countries. ZA9506410. USA. In order to prevent exploitation. Japan. The lateness is crucial because willing to invest in developing crops and some crops do not develop their saleable varieties suited to conditions there. Brazil. Priority crops for it include rice. GE may not alone rouse concern. which shares the terminator violates ordre publique are unlikely to succeed. For rently.Signs of the Times Terminator Technology Going by the outrage it has already provoked.org/ifgene is it just subduing outer nature. terminator will itself be terminated. solidarity or brotherhood in ducers. Their genius comes partly from the spiritual. Canada. Switzerland. World. wheat.sary questions now about how it affects the seed’s nutritive tition is too great. industrialised countries such as the USA contrary-wise Barren and not GeneraNew web site address: where the terminator was developed. Now it is spokesman for the US Department of power over human beings. the compa. A move to a truly associative nature products. would seek to secure free informed choice. South Africa. the argument goes. AU9532050.the rearguard action being fought by hundreds of anti-GE ings. US5723765. seed for the next growing season. It forces Add to this the terminator’s hoped for farmers to go back to the seed producer if prevention of intellectual property theft they want to re-grow the same variety. Agriculture.International or. creative input. it’s use is far off – or to justify it by saying ment prior to sale to the farmer. JP10503377. But economic actors too easily dispense economic life involving the three key stakeholders – prowith qualities such as caring. crop becomes sterile late in embryo maturation. though Terminator seeks to deny the very benefiting by greater vigour and thus essence of “seedness”. much less vigorous. do not want their intellectual property stolen by the As with other gene technology the final decision will be the potentially huge genetically modified seed markets of the consumer’s. By The Decision Lies with the Consumer its “art” – to use a patent writer’s favourite term – a seed After public disapproval of terminator. So we can start asking the necesSouth. but what is euphemistically called “technology protection system”. however. the sphere of the transformation of shaping the world we live in. bringing death yield. life and hope. EP775212.the informal beginnings of this move in that ethical traders ing. 6 Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 . as economic life becomes global. The compe. BR9508471. farmers will get the Terminator aims to protect other technology that will move them from transgenes inserted into the same variety subsistence yields to surpluses. patent.rafi. No longer http://www. Curpart until the seed is almost mature. give progeny that are either sterile where once was the greatest potential for Ifgene . and Hügelweg 59. It is not only a failure to uphold 1 Leading the campaign is Rural Advancement Fund International whose web site at http://www. If products made with it don’t sell. CH-4143 Dornach. because such technology does not arise solely from their 2 Terminator patent numbers worldwide: Europe. how it yokes more farmers to high-input chemical agriculture. more commonly. Ifgene UK co-ordinator in perpetuity the inventions to which it is linked – transgenes for salt or drought tolerant crops say – from piracy by farmers or seedsmen.org has much information about the terminarights in the economic sphere but also it is an unjustified tor and a page (USDA. co-owner of the patent. thus from being “stolen” by farmers saving enabling them to escape from poverty. We are witnessing between equals in society’s rights sphere through lawmak.
Thank God. D–70188 Stuttgart. The report also contains suggestions and recommendations for taking up such a path. Michaela Glöckler. who introduced all of us to anthroposophy 25. of course. This has the advantage of allowing us to be close to each other in a meeting. but in comparison to the dangers and suffering that our senior members endured in the past. Charlotte Roder and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant. Usually we meet at the members’ houses. Germany (CHF/DM 10. SOCIETATEA ANTROPOSOFICA DIN ROMANIA Registered Typewriters and Little Space The Timisoara Branch We are 59 Members of the Anthroposophical Society in Romania and to the best of my knowledge we are the second largest branch after our friends from Bucharest. We are thankful for any support. we are confident that in time we shall have a place for our branch where we can all gather.–). the “Constitution Group” completed its work at Michaelmas 1998 by presenting an interim report to the Executive Council. 1998.Hd. Germany. z. along with the right to hold all kinds of public events. However. due to the fact that he was a member of the Anthroposophical Society and the police found literature in his home. the Anthroposophical Society in Russia was officially recognized as a public international association. the group did agree that the whole event of the Dornach Christmas Conference of 1923/24 forms the basis for the Constitution of the world Anthroposophical Society and that steps need to be taken to actualize it in the Constitution. Wilfried Heidt’s results. the Russian Society is dependent on the brotherly help of the world Society and of all friends. The report was discussed at the meeting of General Secretaries with the Executive Council and some Section Leaders on November 12 and 13. In view of the difficult economic situation there. although some details still need to be cleared up.Anthroposophical Society ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY IN RUSSIA Recognized Under New Laws On October 28. but because nobody has a hall that would encompass 50 persons. but it also hinders us. We have received many books and have also bought some. They were in full agreement with the direction given. One major problem for us now is the fact that we do not have an appropriate meeting place in which to gather all of our 59 members together. which it had when it was founded under the old laws in 1990. The General Secretaries also received a copy of the results of Wilfried Heidt’s Constitution work. For instance. Rolf Kerler. a copy of the interim report and the Executive Council’s response (both in German) may be obtained from: Anthroposophische Gesellschaft. in the form of a “petition” (in German). of lesser significance. Zur Uhlandshöhe 10. the meetings have 8 to 15 members. The main question discussed by the group was whether the events between Christmas 1923 and Rudolf Steiner’s death in March 1925 led to the creation of two corporate bodies for the world Anthroposophical Society. During the meeting. The most difficult problem had been to keep the Society’s international status. Romania 7 . was in jail for several years in the 1950s. Florian Ferician. No bridge was found between the two. our only source of inspiration was Mr. After that. even after 1989. to gather and to act in the open. Goetheanum The interim report will be published in the German Society’s “Mitteilungen”. these difficulties are. so that a renewed force of identification can arise. This is an expression of the will to incarnate the Society in Russia. where many of the books were hand written. may be obtained from: Institut Für Zeitgeschichte. With God's help and if He so wills. There is also a need to be able to be all together in a place and to have a space that bears the distinctive spiritual mark of anthroposophy. An English translation is in preparation. a group was formed which will pursue the report’s suggestions and recommendations further: Otfried Doerfler. able to speak freely and to enjoy the present days that we might not have foreseen before 1989. 1998. This was the conclusion of a process lasting more than two years. According to current laws. Fax +49/711/164 31 30 (donation requested). now things are better in this respect and a lot of the books of Rudolf Steiner are now translated into Romanian and printed. Two basic views emerged which both seem legally feasible. von Herrn Wilfried Heidt. by him and by others. Paul Mackay. Dr. These are some of our problems. 10 or 5 years ago. he managed so save many books and from them we came into contact with Rudolf SteinAnthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 er’s work. For a long time. our leader. Sadeanu's library. how they stand in relation to one another. Mr. because even to type them would have been hazardous. D–88147 Achberg. Our activities are now free. and then our activities will be enhanced and diversified. Ioan Sadean. only an international status would allow the Anthroposophical Society in Russia to be an autonomous part of a world society in the sense of the Christmas Foundation Meeting. It is a joy also to see our senior members. It means that the Society’s further existence is now assured. and not without great danger. Roel Munniks. Paul Mackay. The group envisions a path that would renew a sphere of mutual warmth and mutual will within the membership and in the responsible councils. but it is not easy to make this work as a library since the books are kept in different places. and if so. Christmas 1998. However. when a guest from another town or from abroad comes to visit us. since all typewriters were registered with the police. I mention them because they kept alive the torch of the movement when it was forbidden by the communist regime. There is also the problem of the First Class meetings that have to be held in different places when the Class Reader comes and of all the things that are connected with running an organization that has no place of its own. so we have materials for our meetings and for our study. Sergej Prokofieff On behalf of the Anthroposophical Society in Russia GENERAL ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY The Constitution As reported in the previous issue. and we are very grateful for this opportunity: to read. 20.
once one has joined it? Do we accept that groups may sometimes also die? Some committees would need to meet less often. and as a preparatory meeting for the Michaelmas Conference 2000 (see the previous issue of the this paper for details). Two plenum discussions offered the possibility of expressing individual concerns or questions. but no one spoke just for the sake of speaking. I am just starting to move. this did not cause a catastrophe. Artistic contributions were made by Lukas Greiner (cello) and Paul Klarskov with “Ferdinand Somehow” (Mephistopheles and a student. But within this atmosphere of departure. 1998 in the “Wooden House” on the Goetheanum grounds to discuss the future of the School of Spiritual Science. but there was also disappointment. About 200 representatives of anthroposophy met from November 8 to 10. Manfred Klett and Jochen Bockemühl. we could not yet feel: what is it going to lead to? When I set out. Andreas Heertsch. How does one get out of a committee again. Johannes Kühl and Martina Maria Sam. not one of preaching. Georg Glöckler and Rolf Kerler). Michaela Glöckler. however. it seems to me. The observations and suggestions expressed included the following: – The thinning of anthroposophical “substance” in the institutions (for example) can only be combatted with an intensive study of anthroposophy in the sense of developing capacities (as opposed to accumulating knowledge). as is always the case. too. I would like to show how very diverse the views are in a society that would open itself more and more.) Margarete Solstad. Leader. to overcome our boundaries and collaborate with our brothers and sisters of the Michael School who are not members of the Anthroposophical Society or the School of Spiritual Science. the changing judgements – all defy one’s attempt to find a satifying description. – If a lecturer receives an honorarium New Openness With the different comments on the meeting collected here. I need to have boots on and to be able to walk. which is ten times as high as the one paid to a speech artist – what does this say about how art lives in our Society? – After more than 70 years of cultivating a culture of lecturing. Some participants.School of Spiritual Science Finding Our Way – Thoughts on the Initiative Meting How can one describe a meeting of 200 people? The diversity. It is not necessary to express what was negative – it is unimportant. – One of our current responsibilities is to become aware of the tasks of our time. because we all have this feeling in our own circumstances: it really is so. Charlotte Roder. (It makes no difference to me that it wasn’t perfect – it is the gesture that counts. Excellent! Our great thanks to the Executive Council for opening the meeting in this way. there was a sense of being on the move. A few planned (or at least necessary) and already existing initiatives were mentioned. among them the suggestion to make the preparation of the Michaelmas Conference 2000 a continuation of this meeting – perhaps through further preparatory meetings and regular exchange. The discussion contributions were excellent. We also had moments of silence. S. if we are entirely honest. Heinz Zimmermann. the inexpressibility of feelings. or also because they did not wish to express criticism. – The Goetheanum should be a place of seeking and research.” in relation to their particular field of work. Heinz Zimmermann and Christian Hitsch. to work on world problems. Dornach/Switzerland Progress Progress! Very good tendencies. so that I won’t get bogged down on the way because I am wearing only slippers. to make ourselves “superfluous”. – We need more self responsibility and less institutional thinking. General Secretary. refused to comment – out of tiredness. But it gives a basis for learning to speak openly with one another. to develop a new Christianity. but I need to be equipped. too. Everyone contributed something. in spite of deficiencies which were endured without immediately shouting out one’s impatience. so that hunger and thirst for one another could grow.J. MathematicalAstronomical Section Boots for the Journey As others have already said. it is now time to develop a culture of dialogue. especially in the discussion group (Zimmermann/Hitsch). True dialogue. Germany Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 . I have no form. Smaller discussion groups met three times to discuss these and other themes (led by Virginia Sease and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant. and then someone spoke again. Manfred Klett and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant each spoke for about an hour on “what concerns us now. Two basic themes came up in conversation again and again: people were more open at this meeting than usual. This was a beginning. General Secretary Norway 8 Basis for Open Communication One saw the striving for honest effort as we have not had it before. Georg Glöckler. Michaela Glöckler and Paul Mackay. just as a doctor makes himself superfluous to the patient if he is successful. Two questions were prominent: “What do we want?” and “What do you expect from the Goetheanum?”. Most of these comments were made spontaneously at my request. I felt it. And each one felt that such things happen to oneself as well. from Goethe’s “Faust”). So when someone groaned “We are at the end”.
one of this. but also how much of an effect this knowledge has had upon them. set up where he works. Our discussion group by contrast (Schmidt-Brabant/Sease) was very efficient.Not always Protected I noticed that people did not always protect themselves. It was possible to note that anthroposophy had worked upon the people present. Hoger Schüle. Society in the near future. General Secretary. the idea back to the Secopen yet. be authentic. We also looked at the dilettantism in the Society. There was no need to look leadership – independent of whether long for the many obvious deficienone might perhaps have preferred a cies in this respect. so that the purpose of the whole event nach institutions. ized” humanity: sufficient the four is replaced each Such criticism was not always spoken lightly. And it became clear why we need the Society. To achieve a discussion structure over the whole meeting we would have needed to complete the curve: if it is true that I still need the Society. at our request. Germany) the task and (distant) goal of “making brought up the question (discussion the Society superfluous” would call group Kühl/Sam) of how we judge for a decisive strengthening of the the success of a leader or committee. lating ourselves? Where are utive Council and Secbecause the other comments would seem too one-sided we headed with Michaelmas tion Leaders.” The meeting was an important and positive step in the direction of an open and dynamic Society and School – further steps are needed! Arthur Zajonc. I cannot give the positive anthroposophical themes? – At the meeting. Manager. In in the financial sector. how an in this or that situation. with the task Lukas Clinic. But it was also clear positive attitude born of “ethical indithat success – whatever it is – is an vidualism” towards the people in the important criterion for a committee or Executive Council and in the Section leader. Hardop then asked. new colonialism year by co-option. Germany Andreas Heertsch Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 9 . Kühl in the evening was felt by many to be one of the downs. Germany Growing together with the World Our program for the future? Unreservedly and sincerely we need to heed Rudolf Steiner’s urgent appeal to the newly founded Society in the Netherlands in 1923: “In all earnestness: try to grow together with the world! That will be the best. what do I expect from it? This last step was not taken. independent advisory board had been Johannes Hoffmann. because of their disappointThe meeting highlighted the open”) and then convey ment. I was told that the preparations concerns and initiatives of the the results back to the were insufficient (why weren’t the participants’ letters initiators: their own world leadership. because each speaker portrayed his or her individual view: what tasks do I perceive? However. Perhaps this shows the ambivalence 2000? Kühl promised to take of the “new openness”. we response that I would prefer to give. Johannes to me otherwise. Now I am still angry. I valued that very much. and so on. the Executive Council and the Goetheanum. When Dr. Other steps we prefer to take first and discuss later … (He laughs meaningfully. The conversation with Mr. Anders Kumlander. Some felt that it had been cerns are justified. But I think it was stimulating to the extent that we see some of the steps before us more clearly. I missed somewhat a structure of discussion. We looked at the question: do we still need the Society? Very many groups exist outside of it. so that my response would well? This world was practithis model might be need to be written terribly meticulously. Leader. We need to connect with what we are saying. Also the question: how can we work together better and how can we take up the necessary tasks? Yet I believe that it was a step in this direction. but not always enjoyable. Hopefully we will be able to take them. for it was possible to support one another mutually in a way that I consider fruitful. Dornach/Switzerland tax advisor. For me personally the lectures were also valuable. the most important ‘program’. Are we isoappropriate for the ExecI mention some of these non-public views anyway. certified public accountant. However. Andreas Heertsch. tax out any influence from three days I would have answered with more compoissues. One noticed not only what people know. question the stuOther Reactions Where are the Concerns dents (“We encourage of Humanity? Some of the participants were not prepared to express them to be completely their opinions publicly. Things are not entirely in the Benediktus Hardorp. General Secretary. Are these the leadership. tion Leader Council. Natural Science Section Ups and Downs There were many ups and downs at this event. it seems to In the discussion it swiftly became me. sure. Debus then different action or reaction from them described. To consequence. For this I am grateful. of anthroposophical work. Schmidt-Brabant’s suggestion of Christian Community. These conprevent the advisory became muddled in the end. howwork for all. an inner what success is. What steps are they? For example the question of more transparency at the Goetheanum. withever. USA An Advisory Board for the Executive Council? Trust in People Michael Debus (Priest Seminar of the Mr. Sweden Some Steps Are More Clear The meeting was very open. For this we need. but at least that is becoming clear. unfortunately. “Wala”. which in turn sent to all?) The question posed by the invitation. The four advisors meet twice a year. But where board from becoming inappropriate to tear them away from their work for are the concerns of “globaltoo “complacent”. as I felt very clear that it is not at all easy to say strongly during these days. obligates itself to re“How shall we continue?”. I find the usual do our concerns lie here as briefly looked at whether criticism itself a problem. Your telephone call comes too soon. Discussing this. Switzerland of reflecting the work of the seminar’s leadership back to them. cally eliminated. I also see that we did not arrive at a whole picture of the situation.) Johannes Kühl. “Do you want only money?” it was characteristic of the lack of clarity that reigned. That’s why there were these ups and downs. was followed up with little which is mirrored in the Dorspond appropriately. one said.
no recipes. Suddenly our dream comes true: we find ourselves at the Goetheanum. “What now?” Then the participants and friends appear in the mighty hall for the curative education conference. similarly to the Ifgene conference. They also hope that a Serb Youth Section will eventually form there. Then the process of encounter begins. to go our individual way. it is not just a beautiful form. courage – and everything comes together in the question: how can we discover the other person? How do we find the dignity.SECTION FOR THE SPIRITUAL STRIVING OF YOUTH A Weekend with Serb Students At the end of September 1998. not even a mutual path or way of working is there and we all remain silent? “Dignity is the presence of Christ”. in order to radiate this light with them. open-floodgate. In spite of the newness. the words take on life. our task: now we have the chance to live it. in addition to biological rhythms. then with others. Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 . It will be prepared in comprehensive collaboration with non-anthroposophical scientists. History speaks to us through this immense “head”. An important area for this Section. and we laugh like children. and to create solutions. in the discussion group. and we begin our dialogue on “The Dignity of Encounter”. we imagine. but that all this is filled with life. in our own country. and constantly with the forms of the building. and we want the building and the people to be as we believed that they should be. but one must do it. and secondly will convey this cultural asset of humanity beyond the monopoly of the giant chemical groups and into the future. Two Serb students had already contributed to the previous two summer conferences. Then. it is within us. Stephanie Spitta. we discover each other with joy. in every conversation. we will find all answers. we plan a mutual project with the “Research Institute for Biological Agriculture”. our problems. simple wood. Pablo Serrano. 10 We return to the questions: the anthroposophical path. Such cosmology-oriented rhythm research finds direct practical application in many aspects of life. In particular. And we look joyfully at the other person. we feel at home. The students there meet regularly and have now turned their attention from Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas to “Faust”. Goetheanum Mathematical-Astronomical Section (Leader: Georg Glöckler) Modern research into rhythm has found that there are no life processes without rhythm. serving the other person. three co-workers of the Youth Section were in Belgrade to study Goethe’s “Faust” with the local student group and to discuss our 1999 summer conference. and we experience anthroposophy as the art of dignity. this moment is so simple and everything is clear. MEDICAL SECTION Anthroposophy is an Art of Dignity Impressions from the “International Conference for Curative Education and Social Therapy. In this instant we form a Latin American circle which enables us to discuss our countries. when Serbia feels rejected and attacked by the whole world. is to research the rhythms that are related to the life of soul and spirit. their courage in the face of wretchedness. It is there. We listen and discover ourselves in our own inner temple: in the carpentry building hall made of old. Speaking Spanish is so relaxing: our mother tongue allows us to become warm. At night.” 5 – 8 October 1998 Many dream of one day being able to visit the Goetheanum. all mysteries. We look at the human being as a member of the whole cosmos. There. irrespective of political confrontations. we seek for a path in the faces of the children of Quito. it is within the other person. Columbia and Spain and the next day we say: their “eyes” speak to us. which observes us and questions. For a moment. when no books. a pretext. Our mutual weekend gave them the impulse to continue. Ecuador Natural Science Section (Leader: Johannes Kühl) In the field of landscape ecology we are planning an event called “Landscape 2000 – the European Cultivated Landscapes as a Task”. but alone with ourselves and with someone who observes and asks. This prospect veritably cries out for seed initiatives of an anthroposophical stamp which will first of all assure a supply of genetic engineering-free seeds. but to live it. Agriculture Department Natural Science Section (Leader: Manfred Klett) One of our most relevant and necessary research tasks concerns the availability of biodynamic seeds and the development of appropriate farm and landscape varieties for all of our cultivated plants. we must assume that most cultivated plants will be genetically altered within the near future. even anthroposophy itself. first within ourselves. wide. must live it … “To serve the other person with joy” – to radiate light to the other person from our individual place. “What is dignity?” we ask ourselves and we carry this question into the eurythmy. Gaining an overview of the rhythms on a cosmic scale leads to a deeper understanding of human and earthly rhythms. quick-results oriented research being done in the field of genetic engineering. What we perceive there confronts our expectations. Its tangible part tells us about our destiny. so that spirit may manifest in each small deed. the pedagogical law. so that his activity and the Goetheanum may receive a new luster. the importance of self-education. we seek what we had hoped we would find there. so that nothing is a small or large illusion. It is also a step towards building connections that will continue. their innocence in the midst of pain and humiliation. And we seem to discover the Goetheanum there. The first feeling that arises in us is stillness – immeasurable. study. In view of the massive. and we see that it is its path to awaken people – not to talk about the spirit. it means a great deal to them that a such a meeting was possible. Especially now. We need to be able to hire a part-time collaborator with experience in European projects on similar themes. when the ideal physical circumstances are lacking. which will study the contribution that aesthetics in the landscape make to ecology.
which we managed better than expected thanks to the help of many friends from around the world. we are faced with the pressing task of supporting the work of the actual people working for the Goetheanum and within it. 10. we want to find concrete educational responses in collaboration with colleagues. models. Switzerland Credit card users please call: +41/61/706 42 70 Cash may be handed in at the Main Cashier’s Desk. newsletters. steps will be taken to actualize the Section’s specific tasks. who are engaged in working with spiritual scientific themes.0 Medical Section (Leader: Michaela Glöckler) There is a pressing need for worldwide support for the training of doctors and therapists and for making basic literature available where it is still lacking. to give you an idea of the wide variety of work being done. It is also important to look at the aspect of transformation in the changing relationship of people to their work and at the new meaning of the concept “work” in society. researchers and teaching institutions. To further this research. 40-5080-9 General Anthroposophical Society. Taking individual development into account. is scheduled for publication in 1999. collegium. In order reenliven this “branch of human activity that has been placed in a corner to the detriment of civilization” (Rudolf Steiner). graphics and the works of deceased artists. It is understandable that the flow of donations has drastically decreased since the major effort that many made to help renovate the Hall. speech artists. We stand before many tasks. musicians and puppeteers who are members of the School of Spiritual Science will be meeting for the first time in a major conference at the Goetheanum (Easter 1999) to discuss their research. 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Our primary task with the archives is to safely conserve the work of Rudolf Steiner so that it can be used for artistic research and public exhibits. “What is Anthroposophy?” (with 50 – 60 participants) cannot be covered by the participants. This involves finding and financing appropriate rooms (for exhibits. We hope very much that with united strength we will be able to succeed in the tasks before us.040. Ways of Making a Donation Please send checks to: Goetheanum. questions and intentions which we can only master with the help of all of you. covering 10 years of research. We would also like to turn our attention more to supporting young scientists and artists who approach the Goetheanum. Cordially yours Rolf Kerler (Leader: Virginia Sease) Eurythmists. Section for the Humanities (Interim Leaders: Frank Berger. Central will be the key question: how can we communicate knowledge in such a way that it is expressed in an imaginative form? Social Science Section (Leader: Manfred SchmidtBrabant) Advisors. We are also working on a documentation of the literature on anthroposophical medicine that has so far been published worldwide. Students are usually unable to finance these studies fully themselves. Pedagogical Section (Leader: Heinz Zimmermann) We want to study and improve the actual living conditions and future prospects of children and young people. but also of accompaniment. collaboration and exchange. 10 084 510. CH–4002 Basel. currently in a colloquium on the source of conflicts on a macrosocial and microsocial level. United Bank of Switzerland AG. CH–4143 Dornach 1. Art Section (Leader: Christian Hitsch) The art collection at the Goetheanum is divided into the areas of architecture. painting. Martina Maria Sam) Essential right now is to build up an infrastructure: addresses. regular conferences. 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to give advice and draw new choreographic forms.Feature 50th Anniversary of Marie Steiner von Sivers’ Death on December 27. She incorporated eurythmy into the drama to express spiritual aspects. Marie Steiner saw to it that quality transcripts replaced such practices. she often translated for Rudolf Steiner. In spite of all the kindness and charm that she possessed. and the entire international correspondence. Since she almost always accompanied him on his travels. Before that. saying it would not do to have a world society led by a married couple.” The eurythmy tours were not exactly easy. When their annual drama festivals in Münich were interrupted by the first World War. which of course was not always pleasant for other people. since people were not used to eurythmy. speech formation and acting from her youth onwards. He suggested the Theosophical Society. it is no wonder that she became seriously ill in 1910. He said that his work might be judged falsely if he were to join a movement that propagates oriental wisdom that it did not understand. European movement be founded? This opened the way for Rudolf Steiner to launch a new movement. She gave everything to this. but if one accustoms oneself to it – one sees what grand perspectives she always has and that she is against all exclusiveness from the beginning. But this always occured quietly behind the scenes. We know today that Rudolf Steiner wanted her to become the vice president of the Society when it was refounded in 1923. with or without errors. She then withdrew from the Society’s leadership at his suggestion. we would experience something of Marie Steiner’s impulse in the present. He mentioned several times that he himself was surprized at what had grown out of his original handful of suggestions: a genuine new art. will be the focus of this year’s Goetheanum Christmas Conference. . Her speech chorus tours made a tremendous impression on many people. for example. she was able to begin work on Goethe’s “Faust” in Dornach. Marie Steiner had a capacity that we hardly know today with comparable intensity: unbelievable and untiring enthusiasm for the task. But with all the work. whether with advice or financial aid or otherwise. One of the things I admire most about her is her enormous spiritual humility. which mainly had to do with their lack of understanding for Christianity. Publisher Marie Steiner began to collect and publish Rudolf Steiner’s lectures and books at a very early stage. which freed him from continual deadline pressures. From a conversation with Hella Wiesberger (Edited by Ursula Remund) Marie Steiner’s work. 1998 Many are not aware of the comprehensive influence that Marie Steiner von Sivers had on the development of the anthroposophical movement. She had the good fortune of being able to study with the best professionals in Petersburg. Thereupon she asked a second question: should not a new. he wrote: “I look with admiration at what you are doing. but the foregoing one belongs to it as well. If this impulse were cultivated more today. Marie Steiner played a vital role in building up the work. This is why it was later possible to cultivate the artistic aspect together with Rudolf Steiner in the anthroposophical work. but she refused. She soon asked Rudolf Steiner why he himself was not a member. Her exeptional organizational talent relieved him of an enormous burden. So Marie Steiner took the initiative and founded her own publishing company. Right from the beginning she saw a need for many 12 Art Marie Steiner loved the arts of recitation. His previous publishers had not treated him well. Marie Steiner’s work with the speech chorus was a unique impulse of hers. she saw a notice in the paper by the Theosophical Society mentioning lectures by Rudolf Steiner. She insists: “Rudolf Steiner belongs to humanity. from his sickbed. the editors visited Hella Wiesberger of the Rudolf Steiner Archives. Marie Steiner’s work led to performances of not only his four Mystery Dramas and Albert Steffen’s mystery dramas. Her second question is often quoted. If one reads her prefaces to Rudolf Steiner’s lecture cycles. To ask about this. she was not afraid to say what she thought. people would jot down whatever seemed particularly interesting to them and distribute it. Today people have forgotten how much eurythmy owes to Marie Steiner. as Rudolf Steiner’s word. Paris and Berlin. She handled lecture requests. but also of the first ever performance of Goethe’s entire “Faust” in the history of theater. In one of his last letters to Marie Steiner.” Marie Steiner was uncompromising with regard the the work. Again and again she asked Rudolf Steiner to come to the rehearsals. for example – many dislike her language. who has studied Marie Steiner’s life in depth. she had the rare opportunity of experiencing nearly all of his lectures. but also mentioned his reservations. to recommend a spiritual society that would be worth joining. At times the audience responded with whistles and tomatoes… One could say that Marie Steiner was an “ambassador of culture” for anthroposophy. It had only barely begun when she energetically set out to develop it. She asked Eduoard Schuré. Since she spoke several languages. When Marie Steiner then went to Berlin. After Rudolf Steiner’s death. Marie Steiner also came to the aid of many individuals. past and present. Marie Steiner also saw the necessity of arranging for good quality transcriptions of his lectures. Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1998 public lectures. She went to hear him and must have quite quickly decided to become a member. for the work of Rudolf Steiner. The Society Marie Steiner’s decisive influence on the beginnings of the Anthroposophical Society also came from her important questions. travel plans. Both of them were strongly attacked by members of the Society when they married in 1915. as can be seen from the reviews of that time.
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