The Influence of anthroposophy
I have been reading some more of Gregoire Perra’s accounts, which, as recent testimony, are a valuable source of information for anyone wanting to learn from an insider about Steiner education and anthroposophy.
As I have already said, some of his accounts tie in with what I have observed from my own experience, and some with other accounts from all over the world. In this description, however, he lists some of the lesser known aspects of anthroposophy which I am pretty sure are unknown to anyone outside the culture – and probably to many of those on the fringes. They are all adhered to for spiritual reasons, and are important to those devoted to Steiner.
Here they are in English ;
Cremation for some, burial necessary for others- according to certain personality traits.
No underarm shaving.
Only certain colour clothing.
Avoid eating potato starch as it could make you materialistic.( !!)
Rules about how long to leave herbal tea to infuse before evil spirits enter it.
As little sport as possible – the body should be at rest ( I don’t think Rudolf was a sporty type).
Left –handers should be made right-handed.
Snuff out candles not blow, so as not to annoy the fire spirit who lives within.
Relationships with non anthros are left over from a previous incarnation and will die out, but those with other anthros will continue to the future.
Washing removes etheric forces, so only shower once a week .
The German language is used as much as possible –steiner would repeat in German what he had said in a different language.
A fascination with hexagons, triangles, the circle, pentagram, and images used in the parables of the Gospels, the Apocalypse or in other cosmologies, in common with Steiner.
Must say grace (steiner) before food – even in a restaurant !
To finish he says that what is the most terrifying is the way anthroposophy somehow manages to impose on the follower a different personality to his own – a mask which covers his true personality. This new person is incapable of asking even the most basic questions, becomes very rigid in her behaviour and ceases to function in some areas.
These are characteristics of dedicated anthroposophists, not those on the fringes, but we should not forget who are the most powerful people in Steiner schools.
As Mr Perra says, “Parents should reflect on whether they want their children to be influenced in this way.”