SPIRITUAL SCIENCE

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The Programme

 

The programme aims to –

 

• Provide a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to exploring who we are as four-fold spiritual beings – from our earliest years through to adulthood and old age, from our temperament and soul qualities through to our earthly personality and the work of the angels.

• Harness and strengthen our everyday gift of loving remembrance and provide a practical introduction to contemplation, concentration and meditation.

• Help clarify karmic paths of development and realise connections between ourselves and others and the world we live in.

• Provide over 70 practical experiments or activities.

 

The approach –

 

 The programme consists of five work Ebooks with hyperlinks to this site (series title: ‘The Spiritual Science of Everyday Life’) covering 21 study units, with a Programme Presentation for each on this site, describing a spiritual explanation of, for example, memory, consciousness and ‘growing up’ and often contrast this with social/psychological and scientific accounts. (Print books are also available.) There are then one or more practical activities.

The programme as a whole hopes to explore how ‘it all fits together’ and the common threads that weave many spiritual paths together.

Across the whole five books you will be able to explore, for example:

 

• An introduction to Steiner’s important concept of the mind.
• The four-fold human being.
• The significance of our earliest memory
• The transformation of our 12 physical senses as a basis for extra-to-sensory perception
• A unique Personal Temperament Chart
• A unique Personal Soul Qualities Chart
• A soul/spiritual view of the human life cycle (in contrast to psychology’s view)
• How to see inside things
• A practical guide to concentration and meditation
• A Personality Profile – and the significance of trust, fear and habit.
• A unique Destiny Chart – The Matrix
• How to harness our Four Everyday Gifts –
         - Memory and The Gift of Remembrance
         - The Gift of Temperament
         - The Gift of Conversation
         - The Gift of Conscience
• How to explore human duality and work with the angels
• Over 1000 trigger questions that help the user fill in “Memory Bubbles” to create a personal biography.

Memory and thinking and how we change are about experience – about activity. Reading about it and reasoning it out is not the same as doing it. These are workbooks, not textbooks. It’s about ‘soul work’. So there are plenty of practical activities built into the programme – we call them Games.

 

There are four types of Game:

These main Games are intended to bring some doing into your study. These are our basic tools.

 

 

You will find a number of “Tickling Trout” Games. A ”Tickling Trout” aims to observe the world as an expression of thought and is a practical exercise in thinking, memory and observation.

 

You’ll find a number of “Memory Bubbles” both within some of the Games and at the end of each book. These are used, not so much for the memory itself (fascinating though they can be) but to practice, develop and strengthen the process of remembrance. The Memory Bubbles build up into a mini biography.

 You will also find some questions from the game, ‘Do You Remember…Who You Are?’ available from: www.DoYouRemember.Me

 

 

A whole evening, train or plane journey can be spent simply using some of these questions. The questions might appear light hearted or mundane or absurd – it’s the remembrance that matters. Some may have a cathartic effect – be careful.

All Games have been tried and tested during the course of 30 years working with scores, actually hundreds, of willing participants – adults and young people, from prisoners and teachers to company employees and community group activists. My sincere thanks to all those people – I hope they agree they were willing.

 

How to use this programme –

 

 The programme has its own storyline with a definite beginning, middle and end, for the individual to follow but feel free to dip in and out of it according to your interest. It can also be used as an activity pack for group workshops, so facilitators may want to pick and choose, adopt or adapt as appropriate. However, in either case, if you jump ahead, bare in mind that each unit builds upon the previous one – use the unit synopses if you need to refer back for some clarification. Each unit contains Tickling Trout strategically placed alongside the other text but I suggest you come back to these after reading the rest of the unit. The relevance of a Trout will then be clearer and you won’t feel as if you’re being ‘sidetracked’. You might do the same with the main Games – the Games should not be rushed – but do read through them first, as part of the main text. Finally, a few Games make use of a small glass prism – it would be helpful for you to get hold of one at some point.

The ideas and activities in these books have been drawn from or inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner had a deep understanding of ancient, well-rooted transformational paths. But he was a modern human being and sculptured a path suited for our times. He walked this path through and beyond to its highest reaches. His work will be our guide. This programme offers just a simple peek into a little of what he found. There’s a risk here. If ever my compression or expression risks becoming superficial I can only hope that it at least serves as a catalyst for your own study of Rudolf Steiner’s work. 

Why call the practical activities, “Games”? The capital G is in memory of Goethe*, whose work had such a profound influence on Rudolf Steiner, and âme comes from ‘heart, soul or spirit’ of the matter. ‘Soul work’ is serious business. Sometimes the effort required in playing a Game can seem like we’re paddling upstream against the current with a lot of obstacles in our way. But if we approach the âme of each Game with a certain lightness of being, we’ll find the way becomes easier and the current in our favour. They’re Games of ‘hide and seek’ and we play by enlivening our imagination and loving remembrance. The time of the human being living and learning as a mere spectator is drawing to a close. So many people are realising in so many ways, “We’re involved in this”, as a player in the Game.

 

To get involved – have a look through the presentations to get a feel of the programme and then go through amazon or other major platforms for the books – series title:

 

The spiritual science of everyday life

Book OneBook TwoBook ThreeBook FourBook Five

 

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a 18/19thc poet, dramatist, scientist, traveller, state minister and author of Faust and many other works. When editing Goethe’s natural scientific writings, Steiner recognised that he had found a scientist who had been able to perceive the spiritual in nature.