founder of Anthroposophy
Waldorf Education – Waldorf education is a distinctive method of education practiced in Waldorf schools around the world. The concept was developed by Rudolf Steiner in Europe in the 1920s. Today there are more than 500 Waldorf schools worldwide and more than 100 Waldorf schools in North America. The aim of Waldorf education is to educate the whole child — head, heart and hands. The curriculum is geared to the child’s stages of development and brings together all elements — intellectual, artistic, spiritual and movement. The goal is to produce individuals who are able, in and of themselves, to impart meaning to their lives.
“You look at a plant and you say to yourself: I am a being of which I see only a mirror image, an inessential reflection, while on Earth. The more I turn my gaze to the stars, the more I see the true being up there. Nature is revealed in its entirety only when I look up from the Earth to the stars, when I consider the Earth and the cosmos as one. Then I can look back to myself as a human being and say: that which in the plant reaches up to the heavens has been compressed into myself on Earth. As a human being, I carry the physical world, the soul world, and the spiritual world.”
- The Anthroposophical Library located in a back alley in Pasadena, California.
- influence of Goethe – _The True Nature of Light & Electricity_
first mention of Rudolph Steiner in Usenet:
From: Paul Gillingwater (email@example.com)
Subject: Re: New Age Thinkers
Date: 1990-03-11 21:21:10 PST
The New Age is anything _but_ new, according to many thinkers. A useful reference is _The Occult Conspiracy_, by Michael Howard (Rider, 1989). He traces many “New Age” ideas as deriving from Masonic, Rosicrucian and Gnostic societies of the previous centuries. What has occured is that these old “occult” ideas have been updated, and reformulated in terms more consistent with the so-called “scientific thinking” popularised through recent educational advances. One quite influential group who helped to popularise these occult ideas was the Theosophical Society. They spawned a wide variety of ideas, and lead to various other movements, e.g. Anthroposophical Society (Rudolph Steiner), J. Krishnamurti, Alice Bailey.