Want to know more about death and reincarnation or how to become clairvoyant – Steiner style?
Parents hoping to send their child to a new free school will be interested to find out exactly what the anthroposophists who have designed the curriculum and the “mission” of such a school believe – not always easy unless you have the stomach to read some of Steiner’s esoteric writings and lectures… most people don’t.
There are several recent videos online from the Rudolf Steiner College presented by Brian Gray, Program Director of the Foundations in Anthroposophical Studies and a trained Waldorf teacher. According to his bio
His research includes the realms of Star Wisdom, Cosmology, Sacred Architecture and Esoteric Christianity. He has lectured on Introduction to Astrosophy: Star Wisdom, The Human Being and the Stars, Natal Star Charts, Seven Soul Types, Inner Work: How to Know Higher Worlds.
He is praised in the comments for explaining anthroposophy so clearly, and indeed he is methodical and straight forward; trouble is, none of it is valid for anyone outside.
One of the presentations describes life, death and reincarnation, according to anthroposophy. Mr Gray is very certain about all the information he offers, and presents it as fact. As he says at the beginning, Rudolf Steiner said all this, so it must be true.
Some of the details about all the different types of “bodies” that humans comprise are very complicated, so they are listed in coloured chalk on the blackboard, for our convenience. I have picked out a few gems from the lecture;
3 ½ days after death the etheric body expands back and joins the cosmic ether.”
Enjoyments of the sense world have to be purged.
After the three death experiences the soul begins to seek new parents to incarnate again. You come back with a new physical, astral and etheric body.
In our lives the new experiences will be transformed experiences from a previous life.
Is this the same creed that Trevor Mepham, the head of Frome Steiner Academy espouses? Oh yes, it is. As someone familiar with the school of spiritual science, he knows about it all. Yet when asked by a BBC reporter whether Steiner believed in reincarnation. He replied “I wouldn’t say he [Steiner] believed in reincarnation”. Yup, that’s Steiner openness for you.
Another presentation from Mr Gray is entitled 6 Basic Exercises. (These are spiritual exercises, you understand – Steiner followers don’t set much store by physical exercise).
He goes through in order the kind of thing Steiner teachers are expected to do in order to develop spiritually towards calirvoyance as he explains Rudolf Steiner did.
The first one, objectivity, is designed to “Give strength to the soul after we birth to the higher self”
The second enables us to “Seek truth beauty and goodness in every situation of life” – is that why bullying in school doesn’t look the same to anthros as it does to other people?
Number 5 is open mindedness (how many times have we been told by Steiner commenters here that we should be more “open minded”?) but not in the way most people might think; it means open to believing any unlikely possibility anyone tells you, such as gnomes are real. As Gray puts it “Maybe things that have not happened before are happening now”. Spooky.
The ideas depicted in these videos are not harmful in themselves, and other sects have equally unusual tenets but remember, this is what Steiner teachers are learning, and this is what they wish to impart to our children, in a subtle way, without telling us. These beliefs are the reason Steiner schools exist; so that they can fill childrens’ heads with anthropsophiclal nonsense to help them “incarnate” better next time.
In a rather sad comment under the “exercises” video a former Waldorf student says there some parts of anthroposophy he still doesn’t understand asks Gray for more information. He doesn’t get a reply.