Feeling Mystic's journal


Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 8:39am.

Rock Band called "Waldorf"

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 4:35pm.

Can you find the Waldorf School influence?
Kid Italy and Clark Steiner both grew up and enjoyed educational backgrounds in an environment based on a common philosophy of the Austrian scientist and educator Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and his "Waldorf" schools around the world; a philosophy also known as Anthroposophy (i.e. wisdom of the human being), in which the heightened capacities of thinking, feeling and willing are seen as key to unlocking enormous potential.

They both meet in the mid 90s in Italy and formed a band. Hence the name Waldorf. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner's philosophy, the Milan-based duo create perpetually unique performances with specially designed costumes and custom-built electronic instruments, where the two "disco knights follow their quest to find the Disghost", accompanied by other characters (fairies and goblins) of their imagination on stage. -music catalog


Rudolf Steiner exhibit at Pompidou Center in Paris

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 2:10pm.

Models of Rudolf Steiner’s Goetheanum II and the Representative of Humanity and a panel drawing were on display at the Pompidou Center in Paris last summer at one of the major artistic events of the year.

“Traces of the Sacred” displayed a broad selection of paintings, sculptures, installations and videos bringing together some 350 major works by almost 200 artists of international renown.

A significant strain of modern art has found its roots in the turmoil of the loss of conventional religious belief. The exhibition revolved around the role of the spiritual in the twentieth century and the struggle to offer answers to the questions "what are we, where do we come from, and where are we going?".

The goal of the exhibition is to explore the significance of the survival of such questioning throughout the twentieth century, and to show that it continues to fuel the invention of contemporary artistic forms, and as such represents an essential key to the understanding of modern art.

I wonder if the Goetheanum could have come up with something better than the cheap looking models for such a significant event, or are they authentic design models made by Steiner?

photos by Christian Grauer, rudolf-steiner.de

Rudolf Steiner Queen of Decadence

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Sun, 07/19/2009 - 12:20pm.

It always bothers me when a rock band names themselves after another well known word. When you search the original word on the web, for example Madonna, as in mother of Jesus, you get an endless list of links to Madonna the rock star. So when a search brought up Rudolf Steiner the rock band, I had a flash of an endless list of links to a rock band when someone searches for Rudolf Steiner the ethical individualist. Who is the band Rudolf Steiner and will they soon be dominating the internet?

Rudolf Steiner duo Kaya and Hora
In 2001, vocalist Kaya and keyboardist Hora formed the visual kei male duo Rudolf Steiner. Visual kei refers to a movement among Japanese musicians that is characterized by the use of eccentric, sometimes flamboyant looks. This usually involves striking make-up, unusual hair styles and elaborate costumes.

Rudolf Steiner audio song Queen of Decadence
In order to express the concept of "near future decadence", Rudolf Steiner decided to base their sound entirely on digital music with Kaya's dark and imaginative lyrics that centered on topics like gender identity and artificial life forms. This concept was also reflected in their makeup and costumes, which were influenced by gothic and fetish fashion. The band released two demo tapes, Perfect Garden and Queen of Decadence, but a recording deal was not made until 2002 when they signed to an independent music label and changed their name to Schwarz Stein. Schwarz Stein? Perhaps the new name sounds cool to Japanese. Hooray for the name change anyway.

Despite their growing popularity, Schwarz Stein announced in February 2004 that they would split up due to their different personalities and stances towards music. As rock bands want to be original, another band would not likely want to name themselves Rudolf Steiner again, but the cool name Anthroposophy is available.

Steiner and Obrist Architecture Compared

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Sun, 07/19/2009 - 12:40am.

Hermann Obrist tomb

Hermann Obrist

In the late nineteenth century German conventional architectural theory that had relied on historicism gave way to themes of rhythm, bodily movement, and space. Hermann Obrist (1863–1927) was one of the most influential visionaries of the time whose inspirations for abstract designs were derived from natural forms and phenomena. His fountains and tombs of around 1900 created the first abstract sculptures that developed a language of their own through the interaction of organic and inorganic structures. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) likely knew or knew of Obrist who was said to have Steiner books in his library.

Hermann Obrist

Rudolf Steiner
First Goetheanum 1913

Second Goetheanum

Should personal empathy for a persons background be a factor in a judges decision?

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Tue, 07/14/2009 - 8:13am.

Against justice as empathy

Sonia Sotomayor, nominated for the US Supreme Court, shares President Obama's vision of empathy as lying at the heart of judicial decision-making -- sympathetic concern for litigants' background and current circumstances, and for how any judicial decision would affect their lives. Conservatism stands unequivocally against justice as empathy -- and unequivocally for the principle of blind justice. Empathy is a vital virtue to be exercised in private life, but everyone must stand equally before the law, black or white, rich or poor, advantaged or not. This is written into the US Supreme Court oath:

"I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich. . . . So help me God."

American Anti-Empathy League
H. Walker Ranston, executive director of the American Anti-Empathy League, said that his organization was going to "do a full-court press" to convince Republican senators to vote down Ms. Sotomayor.

"Sonia Sotomayor has repeatedly made statements indicating that she has a human heart," Mr. Ranston said. "That is the last thing this Court needs."

Mr. Ranston said that while he applauded the choice of a Latino for the nation's highest court, "there are certainly many Latinos out there with no empathy at all who could have been chosen." The anti-empathy lobbyist said that President Obama should have named a nominee who renders decisions "with a robot-like absence of human feeling - like Judge Scalia."

Looking ahead to her confirmation hearings, Mr. Ranston said that Ms. Sotomayor can expect a tough grilling in the Senate over her "suspiciously pro-empathy views." "I'd like to say that I feel for her for what she's about to go through, but I'm incapable of that," he said.


Anthroposophy In Art

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 10:40am.

A pioneer of abstract art, Russian painter Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) was a believer that art in its many forms could help an individual escape the bonds of everyday reality and through abstraction could achieve a higher spiritual reality. His writings drew heavily on the fields of theosophy and anthroposophy, reflecting Kandinsky’s belief that his paintings were manifestations of a new spirituality. He did this primarily through color. Each color represented something specific for Kandinsky, and through his painting career, he worked away from representations of forms in reality toward shapes and colors meant to be emblematic or suggestive of other things.

In this painting, Murnau-Staffelsee (1905), the rich purples and greens exemplify this heightened sense of color, and showcase how Kandinsky began to construct paintings around particular experiences of color.

Colors were endowed with unique and specific properties. A particularly noticeable example was the deep blue frequently used by Kandinsky.

“Blue is the truly celestial color. It creates an atmosphere of calmness - not like green, which represents an earthly self-satisfied stillness; it creates a solemn, supernatural depth.”

“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man toward the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural. It is the color of the heavens, the same color we picture to ourselves when we hear the sound of the word ‘heaven.’”

By leaving behind the need to recognizably depict the known world, Kandinsky approached the freedom discussed in anthroposophy. “There is no must in art because art is free.” Kandinsky believed that the purity of his geometric compositions expressed a personal form of mystic salvation, delivering him from the depersonalizing industrialization of European society.

Critics consider the most important of Kandinsky’s Weimar period is Yellow-Red-Blue (1925), above. Its underlying structure is determined by the three primary colors, which are shaded from light (left) to dark (red), just as on a color chart. However, the diversity of forms present in the painting create a complex structure of color relationships.

Thousands healed by miraculous gaze

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Wed, 07/08/2009 - 4:45pm.
From Croatia, the birthplace of Rudolf Steiner, a new unexplainable phenomenon of miraculous healing has come in the form of a gaze called Braco. His gaze is his tool of transformation and healing, and over 200,000 people traveled to experience this man's silent gaze in 2008 alone.

Everyone is asking how only five minutes of this guru's gaze over can transform lives and influence spontaneous healing from severe, chronic and even untreatable illnesses?

Symphonic Eurythmy

Submitted by Feeling Mystic on Sat, 07/04/2009 - 7:03pm.

Symphonic Eurythmy bridges all language barriers. This is a clip from the Eurythmeum in Stuttgart, Germany from a tour they did in Europe a number of years ago.