Study Groups

Submitted by Tom Last on Mon, 11/22/2010 - 3:40pm.

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

Test with Text

Submitted by Tom Last on Sun, 11/21/2010 - 10:19am.

curro martino

Submitted by Admin on Fri, 11/19/2010 - 10:24pm.
Curro Martino
What is Initiation? What is “living thinking”? Is it possible to explore and to describe the invisible – the spiritual dimensions of the world – maintaining exactitude, clarity and transparency of thought? What kind of science is needed for this purpose and what does it require from the researcher? Which is the role of art? Is it possible to develop practical applications for every day life from the results found? Where does this lead?

Throughout his life Rudolf Steiner mentioned the importance of his philosophical, epistemological, fundamental work. The subtitle of “The Philosophy of Freedom” is “results of soul observation through nature scientific methods”. This indicates why, even though it is written in a purely philosophic language, “The Philosophy of Freedom” contains the whole of anthroposophy – Steiner’s lifework – as a seed. Over and over again Steiner mentioned that the thorough study of this particular piece of writing would lead naturally into clairvoyance through the development of a new kind of thinking which he called “living thinking”.

According to these premises I chose to approach this work in a very particular scientific, artistic, experimental way:

1)I summarized and rephrased every single paragraph in my own words, according to my understanding.
2)I wrote all summaries on one page and tried to figure out the “composition” of thoughts. I divided every chapter into seven separate steps and looked at their interrelatedness.
3)After this I tried to find the “gestures” in the thoughts through drawing and movement.

Some examples of the drawings, chapter 1:

Pure Thinking by Sri Chinmoy

Submitted by Admin on Fri, 11/19/2010 - 9:53am.

mingle room

Pure thinking is not escaping

Pure thinking is not observation

Pure thinking is not experimentation

Pure thinking is not God-fearing

The Fake Fruit

Submitted by Admin on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 9:51am.

Be Happy, Focus

Submitted by Admin on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 11:10am.
In chapter 3, the Philosophy of Freedom mentions three different states; everyday thinking, contemplation of an object and contemplation of thinking.

3-1 Everyday Thinking (passive) To observe my thoughts about the table while I am observing the table I have to put myself in a place outside any activity of my own.

3-3 Contemplation of Object (active) While I am reflecting on the object, I am absorbed in it; my attention is turned to it. To become absorbed in the object is to contemplate by thought.

3-4 Contemplation of Thinking (active) I can never observe the present thinking in which I am actually engaged; only afterward can I make the past experience of my thought process into the object of my present thinking.

How Often Are We on Mental Autopilot? You Might Be Surprised by David Rock
A new study by Daniel Gilbert and Matthew Killingsworth, confirms something we've all suspected: most of us are mentally checked out a good portion of the time. This shows that just under half the time, 46.9 percent to be exact, people are doing what's called "mind wandering". They are not focused on the outside world or the task at hand, they are looking into their own thoughts.

Unfortunately, the study of 2,250 people proposes, most of this activity doesn't make us feel happy. The study was designed to find out what kind of activities people did throughout a day, and which made them happiest. Mind wandering was just one of 22 possible activities people could list.

People reported that they mind wandered no less than 30 percent of the time. And here's the kicker: people report being unhappy during mind wandering. Something that we do nearly half the time makes us unhappy! No wonder there are so many spiritual and religious traditions trying to implore people to live in the present.

Whether someone is mind wandering or not turns out to be a better predictor of happiness than the actual activities people are engaged in. Think about just one implications of this finding: it explains why one person's hell on earth (say, filling in forms) can be another person's heaven, if they find themselves focused on the task.

Highest Pleasure

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 10:14pm.
(POF 13-11) The realization of one's sublimely great ideals brings a "joy" that makes the gratification of commonplace desires a triviality.