My question is why do Americans imitate European Ways of seeking the spirit? I was getting ready to write my book “American Anthroposophy”, I chased down all the Steiner quotes on America I could find. See below – all Steiner … http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/anthroposophy.html
“...America is the place at which races or civilizations die.” R.S. The Mission of the Folk Souls, lecture 6.
“The Indians then took over with them to the West all that was great in the Atlantean culture. What was the greatest thing of all to the Indians? It was that he was still able dimly to sense something of the ancient greatness and majesty of a period which existed in the old Atlantean epoch, in which the divisions of the races had hardly begun, in which men could look up to the Sun and perceive the Spirits of Form penetrating through a sea of mist. Through an ocean of mist the Atlantean gazed up at that which to him was not divided into six or seven, but which acted together. This co-operative activity of the seven Spirits of Form was called by the Atlanteans the Great Spirit…He clung firmly to the Great Spirit of the primeval past.” R.S. Lecture 6 above.
America was discovered in order to provide a counter-balance to the Asian Great Spirit (luciferic lightness). America leads man to heaviness and materialism. (R.S. paraphrased from Lecture 2,
Inner Impulses Working in the Evolution of Mankind)”…American civilization, on account of the special organization of its people, is particularly exposed to the temptation offered by what the eagle speaks (1)….Central Europe…is particularly exposed to what is uttered by the lion (2)…Oriental civilization is preeminently exposed to what is uttered by the cow (3).”(1) “I give thee the power to create a universe in thine own head“(2) “I give thee the power to embody the universe in the radiance of the encircling air.”(3) “I give thee the power to wrest from the universe measure, number and weight.” R.S. Lecture 8, Man as a Being of Sense and Perception du Monde
If European and American civilization retain their present character, a materialistic cosmogony will cover over the Christ Event. (R.S. paraphrased from lecture 9, Man as Hieroglyph of the Universe.)
Not Steiner, me: [The antidote to this is the Christ centered cosmogony presented in my book: the Way of the Fool: the conscious development of our human character and the future* of Christianity – both to be born out of the natural union of Faith and Gnosis.]
The past brings fermentation that leads “Europe to the brink of the Abyss, which will array Asia and America against each other.” R.S. Lecture 3, The Mission of Archangel MichaelEmigration to America is greater than all other movements of peoples. (paraphrase, R.S. Lecture 4, Mystery Centers)
The Anglo-American victory over Europe in WWI will lead to a domination of European spiritual-cultural life in an external fashion. (paraphrase R.S. lecture 3, The Mysteries of Light, Space and Earth.)
The threefold social order is needed in order to overcome the influence of Anglo-American secret societies (paraphrase lecture 4 above).”…I believe that in the future my book [The Threefold Social Order] should be read in the West and in Russia, but that it has no chance of becoming effective in Germany. The West, for instance, can learn much from this book, for in a non-utopian manner it simply states how the three spheres co-exist and should interact. For the West the moment in time does not matter, for much is still to be done for the right interaction of the three currents, the spiritual life, the economic life, the political-legal life.” R.S. Threefolding as a Social Alternative. [emphasis added]
In 1924, for a time, some in America showed that stars were hollowed out spaces (paraphrase, R.S. lecture 3, The Evolution of Earth and Man and the Influence of the Stars)Following the American way of thinking, an attempt was made to extend the mechanical over human life itself. It will be an American Mystery to make use of the magnetism of the Earth, its double-ness. (paraphrase, R.S. lecture 12, The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric.
“Europeans prove, Americans affirm” R.S. lecture to workmen 3 March 1923.
When the sun is in Aquarius: “only then will the true American Civilization come.” (same lecture).
“We in Europe develop Anthroposophy out of the Spirit. Over there they develop something that is a kind of wooden doll of Anthroposophy. Everything becomes materialistic.” (same lecture”
But for one who is not a fanatic, there is something similar in American culture to what is anthroposophical spiritual science in Europe. Only everything there is wooden, it is not yet alive. We can make it alive in Europe out of the spirit, those over there take it out of instinct…” (same lecture)
“The time will one day come when this American woodenman, which actually everyone is still – when he begins to speak. Then he will have something to say very similar to European Anthroposophy*. One can say that we in Europe develop Anthroposophy in a spiritual way; the American develops it in a natural way.” (same lecture, emphasis added)
“The American is a young materialist…So too will the American’s blatant materialism sprout a spiritual element.” (when the Sun rises in the sign of Aquarius). (same lecture)
“But genuine Americanism will one day unite with Europeanism, which will have taken a more spiritual path.” (same lecture) [emphasis added].
Subterranean forces possess the American body – a geographical force, not a spiritual force. They chain man to the earth. Something from the human head streams toward magnetic and electric currents, neutralizing them – this is the human will. What overcomes these dependencies, which are part of karma, so that our inner life (if not our outward form) can come to freedom? The answer: the Mystery of Golgatha. (paraphrase of R.S. long discussion lecture 1, Anthroposophical Life Gifts.