Joel's journal

a review of the Tradowsky book on the Prokofieff / von Halle fight over her stigmata experiences

Submitted by Joel on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 10:00pm.

Caveat: This is part of a larger work, so it will contain references to material that is not included.  This new work is tentatively titled: Manure for the Garden of Anthroposophy.  Obviosly, for the reader of this forum, I have placed it here because of the discussion below includes material on The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity.

A discussion of the Prokofieff/von Halle conflicts, in the light of Peter Tradowsky’s book: The Stigmata: destiny as a question of knowledge. 

I hesitate to repeat myself endlessly, but as this point is so crucial I will once again refer to Steiner (just keep in mind that thoughtful observation of the Society, coupled with knowledge of what he means here, fully confirms his prediction):

"Steiner lamented in Awakening to Community (lecture three, Feb. 6th, 1923), on the consequences of failing (which has happened) to properly take up The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity (or Freedom): “The way it should be read is with attention to the fact that it brings one to a wholly different way of thinking and willing and looking at things....The trouble is that The Philosophy of Freedom has not been read in the different way I have been describing. That is the point, and a point that must be sharply stressed if the development of the Anthroposophical Society is not to fall far behind that of anthroposophy itself. If it does fall behind, anthroposophy’s conveyance through the Society will result in its being completely misunderstood, and its only fruit will be endless conflict!”“

the many-sided view

Submitted by Joel on Wed, 05/18/2011 - 7:09am.

Friends (perhaps),

Rudolf Steiner tried to teach us that knowing something from just one point of view doesn't result in actually knowing it.   Why?

The Kill Shot

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 8:40am.


There is a lot of speculation in the media and elsewhere about the recent killing of Bin Laden by Navy Seals in Pakistan.   Did it really happen?  How much lattitude did the Seals have?  Is or was it morally right?   Most of the thinking on these questions is weak and reactive, and I want to explore this social phenomena in an effort to illuminate certain capacities of thinking, including ethical individualism, as this event can serve as an important lesson regarding thinking and Steiner's The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity.

I'm OK, your not !?!?!

Submitted by Joel on Mon, 05/02/2011 - 7:55am.


Several decades ago, a man by the name of Eric Berne engaged in an interesting experiment.   He was a practicing psychiatrist, and thought it might be possible to take those experiences and points of view, and render them in a much more ordinary language than otherwise common to the discipline.   As a result he wrote a book Games People Play, and eventually was born Transactional Analysis.  This system of thought gave birth to the idea of three ego states (threefoldness?): Child; Adult; Parent; and,  four life positions (fourfoldness?) I'm OK, your Ok; I'm not OK, your OK, I'm OK your not OK; and I'm not OK, your not OK.

the curious cases of criticism of Joel (that's me)

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 04/29/2011 - 9:36am.

I've been writing stuff for years. Don't keep my views to myself. Website, bookstore and then YouTube videos.

been busy while away, here's what's new ....

Submitted by Joel on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 4:52pm.

I'll hang out for a while in case there are any questions on these works:

the redemption of hate was written after by impulse I dropped in on the Waldorf Critics' discussion list near the beginning of Holy Week. It was written Easter Morning ...

after some years of not paying attention to the hints of various folks, I recently bought a copy of Steiner's Anthroposophy: a fragment, and then following some examination of that book I decided to write my own introduction as a substitute for the existing ones, which I had found wanting ...

reading Prokofieff's bit on what Christian Rosencreutz means to Anthroposophy, in a recent Anthroposophy World Wide, I thought I'd stick my two-bits into that question ...

I think I announced this here before, but in case I didn't ... I created over 230 videos for YouTube in 2010, and wrote a new book ... here are the relevant links:

the foolish philosopher:

The Art of God: an actual theory of Everything:

last journal entry - "all good things must come to an end"

Submitted by Joel on Wed, 09/08/2010 - 6:31am.

Friends, and acquaintances,

"An incorrect result of research in the spiritual world is a living being.  It is there; it must be resisted, it must first be eradicated" [R.S., ed.] ' (22.10.1915, GA 254)

recent deletion of Tom's comment to my journal

Submitted by Joel on Sun, 09/05/2010 - 4:29pm.

grandiosity, ego inflation and being "swept away" ...

Submitted by Joel on Sun, 09/05/2010 - 7:40am.

Dear Friends (playmates?),

In what I write next in my journal no one should think that I am not intimately familiar with these imbalances in the spiritual development of the ego.  I know them well - too well in point of fact - having succumbed to them more than once.   From another point of view, these often appear as various degrees of hubris.

If such excesses result in experiences that wake us up, they are a benefit ... if not, obviously then we are a danger to ourselves and others.

The problem comes in large part because of the existence of "talent".   All of us have various kinds of "gifts", which we have not so much earned, but possess as an aspect of the Creation and the normal differentiation (individuality) that goes along with this process.   We are not all alike in any number of ways, and we can observe this in many phenomena.   One person is more easily able to make friends.  Another has hands that with less effort can sculpt clay.   A third has an ear for music, and can remember heard tunes and verses with accurate ease.

Rudolf Steiner was hugely talented.  Our comparative mind tends to make us think that this makes him better than us, which is true in a little way (obviously we are all better at some things, and not so good at others).  In the larger scheme of things, such gifts are also a burden, because in Steiner's case, he had to live a life of "separation", mostly due to the fact that others could not find a right relationship to his "talent" and elevated him to the level of a minor deity out of their own confusion.