a practical guide to exploring anthroposophy in our daily lives

The Programme Synopsis

Unit and Synopsis Practical Work


book one – Memory, Thinking, Consciousness


Where should we start thinking about memory and consciousness? We start with thinking. Exploring our biography as four-fold spiritual beings – the everyday gift of loving remembrance can help us. An Invitation.

1. Making Connections

Memory in a Nutshell (1): conventional theories of memory, short and long term memory. Classifying science, nature and nurture. The difference between exploring as a spectator and as a player. Memory in a Nutshell (2): conventional theories of remembering and forgetting. The approaches of neurology and ‘new science’. How do we explore the reality of our inner world and outer world?


♣The Connect 4 Game  (1) What’s the Plot

2. Thinking about Thinking

To explore memory and consciousness we have first to explore thinking. Rudolf Steiner’s concept of the mind: thinking, thoughts and things; apparent and residual reality; living thinking as an instrument to explore the world. What happens when we perceive, think about and remember something? The everyday gift of free, loving remembrance.


(2) Koan Knowing

3. All in the Mind?

The four-fold human being – our physical body, formative body, inspirational body and enduring “I”. ‘Mapping’ the soul and the interplay of our four ‘body streams’. Memories and our formative body stream from the past. Feelings and our inspirational body stream from the future. How consciousness arises. The distinction between our everyday I and our spiritual, enduring “I”. Karma and repeated earthly lives. Threading memories together.


(3) Imaging Imagination  (4) “Aha!” to “Aaah”



 book two – From the Cradle


From birth, through childhood and into adolescence – qualities of our four-fold being, including our physical senses, unfold and continue to transform throughout our lives.

4. Earliest Memory

Our earliest years. The ‘birth’ of our enduring “I”. The significance of our earliest memory. The enfoldment of our formative and inspirational bodies within our physical development. Early ‘island’ memories, which develop into ‘storyline’ memories. The ‘kissing gate’ of thinking and perceiving. The soul activities of willing, thinking and feeling.


(5) Imaging Imagination  ♣ The You are I Game

5. What Makes Sense

The stream of our physical senses. Early formation of ideas by experiencing the world through our senses. Conventional classification of the senses. Steiner’s description of twelve senses and their transformation as a basis for extra-to-sensory perception. ‘Inner’ and ‘outer’ senses and their relationship to our willing, feeling and thinking. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to physical senses; the development of intuitive thinking.


(6) Memory’s Blank Spot  ♣ The Sense Observation Game  (7) Light and Dark  ♣ The Sensible Insight Game

6. Going Back Forward

Can early sense experiences be stored in the brain and subsequently trigger off involuntary reactions in later life? An exercise in remembering backwards. Plotting different aspects of memory and the significance of intuitive remembrance. The interplay of our nerve-sense system with our moving, metabolic system and rhythmic system of breathing and circulation. Comments on some theories of emotion and the role of the amygdala in the brain.


♣ The Roll Mop Herrings Game  (8) Backwards Way Forwards

7. A Child of our Times

Observing the relationship between physical body form and learning in young children. Conventional theories of child development. The capacity to grasp ideas and the capacity to remember and a tendency for children to lean more towards one capacity. Nurturing a child’s senses and imagination. Memory in a Nutshell (3): repression and motivated forgetting.


♣ The Child of our Times Game  (9)“I Can’t Think of Anything”

8. Sylphs and Salamanders

The unfolding of our formative body, emergence of temperament and storyline memory. Temperament as a blend of inherited and non-inherited qualities appropriate to our karmic development. A Personal Temperament Chart. A Recent History of Temperament Theory. Contrast with modern personality theory. Comparison of Steiner’s description of soul activities, Jung’s typology of psychological types and ancient spiritual paths of transformation. The everyday gift of temperament. Influence of elemental forces.


(10) Real Reminiscence  ♣ The Temperament Game

9. Monday’s Child is Fair of Face?

The unfolding of our inspirational body and adolescent development. The alliance of soul development with our physical development. The emergence of soul qualities and the influence of planetary spheres of consciousness. Ancient mystery initiations and their awareness of the permeating consciousness of divine forces. A Personal Soul Qualities Chart. The illumination of the Spiritual Sun. Interplay of soul qualities and temperament, memory and feeling, and how we change.


(11) Family Contrasts  ♣ The Day Today Game  ♣ The Seal Change Game  ♣ The Contrast Wheel Game



book three – To the Grave – with contemplation, concentration and meditation


From our early 20’s to old age – conventional theories of adult development contrasted with phases of our soul-spirit development. As adults in this modern age we can explore the world and who we are through thinking – and develop a new ‘wisdom of the elders’.

10. Growing Up

The flow of our enduring “I” stream into adulthood. Conventional theories of adult development through to our mid 40’s. A soul/spiritual human life cycle. Our Sentient, Thinking-Heart and Spiritual Soul – individually and within the evolution of human consciousness. Soul moods of equality, fraternity and freedom. Self-awareness and the development of our willing, thinking and feeling. Conventional theories of adult development through to old age. Preparing the future course of our development and transformation of our Spiritual Self, Life Spirit and Spiritman.


(12) That’s Odd  ♣ The Ageing Game (1)  ♣ The Ageing Game (2)

11. Getting Involved

What does it mean to explore the world through thinking; Steiner on Goethe. Revealing the essential being of something. Strengthening our willing within thinking, balanced by feeling. How to see inside things – inquiring and intuitively investigating the essence of something. The everyday gift of conversation. Practical work.


(13) Duck or Rabbit?  ♣ The Don’t Name That Thing Game  ♣ The Whole Thing Game   ♣ The Conversation Game  ♣ The Memory Observation Game

12. A New Conversation

How old do we feel we are? Deterioration of the alliance between soul development and physical development through the ages. The need to take our soul-spirit development in hand. Developing a new ‘wisdom of the elders’. Sense-bound to sense-free thinking. A practical guide to concentration and meditation. Nurturing life as moral activity.


♣ The How Old Do You Think You Are Game  ♣ The Game



book four – Me and My Shadow


The wonderfully chaotic world of our adult life – exploring our personality as a shadow cast by the illumination of our enduring “I”. Exploring the weave of our karmic thread. The benefits and limitations of lifestyle programmes.

13. The Johari Game – an overview

A Personality Profile. Initial exploration, with a series of trigger questions, into: the ‘Open Window’ of things you know about yourself that others also know; the ‘Hidden Window’ of things you know about yourself but choose not to reveal to others; the ‘Blind Window’ of things other people know about you but of which you are unaware; the ‘Land of Serendipity Window’ of things neither you or others are aware of but which wait to be revealed.


♣ The Johari game  (14) Picture Your Self  (15) Four Stream Thinking  (16) Focus

14. The Open Window

Identifying different types of values. A personal values inventory. A hierarchy of premium values. The difficulty with values. Distinguishing values from ideals. A shared culture rooted in our participation with the world. The story of trust through the ages – who do I trust?


♣ The Yes But No But Game  (17) Where Did I Put My Keys?

15. The Hidden Window

Anxiety and fear in the modern world. Theories of Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder. Boredom and its connection to our life of memory, desires and our enduring “I”. What is fear?


(18) “I Can’t Remember What’s Her Name”  ♣ The Lamwitty Game  (19) Hold the Picture  ♣ The Hidden Window Game

16. The Blind Window

Habits. Habits and experience. Conventional theories of habitual behaviour. Habit and memory. Habit formulation and re-formulation. The Alexander Technique. Habitual thinking and common sense.


♣ The Habit Game  (20)Being in Control of Me  ♣ The Alexander Game  (21)Learn by Heart

17. The Land of Serendipity Window

Serendipity, synchronicity and karma. The present moment within the interplay of our four ‘body streams’. Tableaux memory, déjà vu and dreams. The flow and interplay of our yearning and judging. Fate and karma. Rumbling our karma. Conventional psychotherapy. A Destiny Chart. Becoming a sagacious Serendiptian.


(22) Karmic Lines  (23) I Don’t Get It  (24) A Rumble Book  ♣ The Ebb and Flow Game 

(25) “Only you can save mankind –”  ♣ The Serendipity Game  ♣ The Ageing Game  (3) – The Matrix

18. Through the Window

A potted history of positive optimism. Lifestyle programmes, optimism and pessimism, positivity and negativity. The stirring of our enduring “I” stream. Memory in a Nutshell (4): forgetting and forgiving. Strengthened willing – some pitfalls. What is conscience? Our everyday gift of conscience.


(26) Clarifying Catalysts  ♣ The I Will, You Will, Will You Game  (27) Wily Gremlins  (28) With the Future in Mind  ♣ The Ready to See the Beautiful Game



book five – Poles Apart?


Polarity at work in the forming of our biography. The illumination of who “I am”. The gift of remembrance and our challenge in the future.

19. The Earth and Me

The transformation of the earth and humanity. Point centred thinking: duality, polarity and projective geometry. Formative forces and “counter-space”. Goethe, metamorphosis and colour. The spiritual permeating the physical. Conventional approaches to human duality. The cult of the brain.


♣ The Duality Game  ♣ The Polarity Game  ♣ The Light and Dark Game  ♣ The Indigo Imago Emerging After Image Game  ♣ The Black Hole Game  ♣ The Left/Right Game


20. What Plato said to Aristotle

The biography of the earth and human consciousness. A polarity in the river of human consciousness – working towards a confluence. Polar forces intent on disturbing this work. Luciferic and Ahrimanic influences within our biography. Recognising and redeeming these influences.


♣ The Dialogue Game  (29) “Contrariwise…”  (30) The Oxbow Lake  ♣ The Old Nick and Harry Game  ♣ The Old Nick and Harry End Game

21. Not Me

The lemniscate of our karmic development. Growth and decay. The ancient mysteries and awareness of who “I am”. The illumination of our “I” by the Spiritual Sun Christ. The deterioration of the alliance between soul/physical development and the incarnation of Christ. The warmth of divine love felt by all human beings within all spiritual faiths. Developing “moral imagination”, free of Luciferic and Ahrimanic influences, cognizant of all consequences. Working with our Guardian Angel and our four everyday gifts. The gift of remembrance and our challenge in the future.


(31) Inside Out  ♣ The Seed Game  ♣ The Signs of the Times Game  ♣ The Big Review Game





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