Tmasthenes's journal

First Eurythmy Flash Mob in all of Human History!!!

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Thu, 02/24/2011 - 3:06pm.

I am the Very Model of a Modern Anthroposophist

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 10:52am.

(NOTE: Philosophy of Freedom is the subject of the 6th verse in this parody)

Bellow to Barfield: Fuck You & Steiner Too! (But Long Live PoF!)

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Sun, 11/21/2010 - 10:23pm.
 Pardon my native New Yawk Anglo-Saxon, but I had to encapsulate the sentiments of Saul Bellow toward Owen Barfield as he expressed them in the letters they exchanged in the 1970’s --- letters which now appear in the new book of Bellow’s Collected Letters.
Here’s the review in the NY Times Review of Books:

Saul Bellow’s Quest for the Vernacular Sublime

I’ll give you “vernacular sublime” all right! I quote below the section about Bellow corresponding with Barfield and how Bellow finally tells Barfield --- in a much more polite and civilized way than I do --- to take Steiner, as it were, and shove him up Barfield’s bombastic British bio-dynamic butt!!!

But then the reviewer notes Bellow’s “turn to PoF” (metaphorical not literal) by praising Bellow’s “Declaration of Independence” from the doctrine of anthroposophy as well as Barfield’s prissy condescension to and haughty rejection of Bellow’s own artistic expression of his own ethical individualism.

Tom Mellett

All Aboard the Steiner Express!!!

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Sun, 11/21/2010 - 11:25am.


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Steiner Universe!!!!

Have you booked your tickets yet on the Rudolf Steiner Sesquicentennial Celebration Train Express???

Hurry!! Hurry!!! Before they sell out!!!

This is no "Peace Train! Holy Roller . . .”  of Cat Stevens now Josef Islam of the Arabic stream . . . 

No, this is the Rudolf Steiner Sesquicentennial Express!

Read all about it here

Wibke Reinstein Kicking Steiner's Butt --- Yeeaaahhhh!!!

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Sat, 10/23/2010 - 4:42pm.

I was all set to write Wibke Reinstein off as just another Steiner reincarnation wannabee --- with a flair for self-promotion and semi-New Age vagueness --- but then I happened to see a new entry on her Facebook discussion page

PoF for a Captive Audience

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Mon, 10/11/2010 - 12:24pm.

The Anthroposophical Prison Outreach Program has been flourishing for at least the last 8 years.  Here is their homepage

Here is the PDF copy of their latest newsletter with dozens of responses from prisoners all across the USA writing in about the positive effects anthroposophy is having on and in their lives.

On page 8 of the 12 page newsletter, I came across this Illinois prisoner’s short book review of PoF.

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path – wow! Not what I expected. This was the most purely philosophical study I have ever encountered. It’s the book I’ve been searching for since I discovered philosophy of any kind. The ideas developed in this study (I don’t know what else to call it) about freedom of will, monism and pure thought were extremely fascinating and reached far beyond what I have ever considered. The book was one of the most difficult I have ever read and required of me rereading of some paragraphs and chapters as I progressed – but was so very worth it. It opened me to an entirely new school of thought. Don’t be surprised if I request this book again in the future for further study.” --- Joseph, Galesburg, IL

I have long maintained --- for linguistic reasons alone --- that the correct translation for PoF should be The Philosophy of Inner Freedom.  Now reading that review from someone who is literally a “captive audience” for the book, someone whose external freedom is curtailed, helps to validate my translation.

Design your own PoF to become a "Living Symbol"

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 4:21pm.

That is the advice of Wibke Reinstein given at the end of an answer to a question as to whether she remembers her incarnation as Rudolf Steiner.

Rudolf Steiner in a Bikini

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 6:57pm.


Take the Rudi-Quiz!!! (12 Questions)

Submitted by Tmasthenes on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 2:39pm.

Wibke Reinstein is one of the choices in this “Rudi-Quiz” which appears on the back page of the latest newsletter of the Youth Seminar in Stuttgart, Germany.   (a kind of Foundation Year Study in Anthroposophy)