Anthroposophy and the Absence of Faith
Rudolf Steiner, if memory serves, had on more than one occasion said something on the order of: Trust the Future.
This from a spiritual scientist, who often remarked about the horrible consequences that lurked ahead of humanity’s journeys if this or that didn’t get done properly.
For example, his remarks on the Culmination event: “Those who had come up to the spiritual world under the leadership of Alanus ab Insulis said to the descending Aristotelians: It is not our time to be present on earth now. We must first work out of the spiritual world. We cannot at all descend in some embodiments of the earth [in the nearest time]. You now have the task of coaching the intellect in the incoming consciousness soul age. The further development continued so by both those who were the leaders of the Chartres School and those who had senior positions in the Dominican Order were the head of those in the powerful transcendental solemn assembly who in the first half of the 19th century were preparing the later anthroposophical stream. First, they had to descend again, who more or less had worked as Aristotelians, because under the influence of intellectualism time was not yet ripe to deepen the spirituality of the first. But there existed an inviolable agreement. And from this it must from what is anthroposophical movement emerge something that must find its completion before the end of the current century. While there hovers a fate over the Anthroposophical Society that many of those who today are members of it must come down to earth before the end of the 20th century, but when united with those who also were either leaders of the Chartres School or students in it. So that before the end of the 20th century the Platonists of Chartres must interact here on earth with the recent Aristotelians, if civilization shall not get into a complete maturity. […] That this occurs, people in the 1900s must not forfeit! But since everything depends on the free will today, then this that it happens – namely, whether the groups which are allied with each other may go down again to do spiritualisation of culture in the 20th century – is additionally also depending on if the Anthroposophical Society understands nurturing anthroposophy devotedly in the right way.” free translation by Jostein Saether
Paraphrased here, by Stephen Usher: “Further, he [Steiner] states that a great Culmination of the Anthroposophical Movement should occur at the end of the Century, and upon this depended the fate of civilization. If the Culmination actually occurred, civilization would receive a new impulse that would lift it to a higher stage, but if it failed then a terrible and inevitable decay would result. The key participants in the Culmination drama are the Aristotelians and the Platonists. The former include Rudolf Steiner and most of the souls who established Anthroposophy at the beginning of the Century. The latter included the great masters of the School of Chartres in France who typically incarnate out of sync with the Aristotelians but who would incarnate in sync with them to achieve the Culmination.”
To repeat, for emphasis: If the Culmination actually occurred, civilization would receive a new impulse that would lift it to a higher stage, but if it failed then a terrible and inevitable decay would result.
Between the years 1997 and 2003, there was an Internet discussion group called: the Ark. It had originally been called: Anthroposophy, and then Anthroposophia, but the members found that dealing with flame wars and trolls (folk not interested in deeper discussions), the Ark was created giving a single individual full powers to maintain the integrity of the group, through kicking out any trouble makers, without the whole group needing to assent.
There were persistent individuals, who used anonymous email accounts to disguise their prior assaults, but their disruptive nature they could not contain, and so for the most part, Ark conversations were on a very high level.
It never occurred to any of us that we might be working on such a new impulse, especially one which had to do with the “fate of civilization”. It was only years later, in reading discussions on the “Culmination”, that my intuition was that the Ark gatherings was this event.
It was even more years later that I found out Steiner had been with us, under the name Harvey Bornfield. When I began to share that concept with others, the most frequent response was that this intuition was not true.
Fortunately, after Harvey died (we meet several times when we were both living in Arizona, I was inspired to make a book of his writings (1), using my saved files of the work from the Ark. I say fortunately, because that hard drive later died, and the rest of those discussions were, as far as I know, lost.
As is usual, when I write of something others do not like to hear, doubt is cast on those remarks. For me the matter was settled rather soundly, when I experienced, from the all surround everywhere-when, that Harvey had been Steiner, and during this Intuition-experience, I felt his joy at being finally recognized for that life of freedom, from having to be “the great initiate” – the object of so much dependency, and confusion living in others.
Besides Harvey, the Ark folk included me, Stephen Clarke, and Catherine MacCoun. All three of us have produced “gospels” of the Second Becoming of Christ [ see my recent works on these “gospels” (2) ].
Also in attendance was Bruno Abrami, the Italian master of The Philosophy of Freedom, and, via me, material from Barbara Gardner (aka: Elizabeth Mackenzie), some of which is here (3).
As I have indicated, the “Platonists” were devotes of the Goddess Natura (4), and the point here is to unite the Father and Son aspects of Anthroposophy with the Mother wisdom, as revealed by myself, Clarke and MacCoun.
MacCoun had united Tibetan and Christian Alchemy into a single whole. Clarke has united the deeper, and more hidden, wisdom aspects of indigenous peoples in the American southwest, with the ancient Hebrew Kabbalah. Out of me, comes the uniting of the Emerald Tablet with Anthroposophy, via studies of the works of Franz Bardon on the Hermetic Science of the ancient Egyptians.
Please be mindful of the fact that the Americas are a special place, when it comes to Earth Religion, so it is no wonder that three Americans, a wizard such as myself, a shaman such as Stephen, and a magician such as Catherine.
It remains for modern Anthroposophists to integrate these “Platonist” gifts, with works of the Aristotelians, as led by Rudolf Steiner. This can be done on an individual level, and the official form-structures, such as the Vorstand in Dornach, or the Councils in America, are essentially irrelevant – their approval is unnecessary, and their opposition a sign of a lack of Faith.
The Mystery trusts us, to manage that which is in the reach of our own wills, and we need to trust Them as to the big picture. Faith also being Trust.
To repeat again, for even more emphasis: If the Culmination actually occurred, civilization would receive a new impulse that would lift it to a higher stage, but if it failed then a terrible and inevitable decay would result.