Betrayer of the Legacy of Rudolf Steiner
Harsh word: “betrayer”; but unfortunately quite
necessary. People can meet the Society members, and
enjoy their works. Just keep in mind that most of them
didn’t get what Steiner actually taught, and they use his
words (endlessly quoted), as a cover for their own weak
thinking. Don’t buy the Steiner they are selling.
They don’t know him, and have basically forged their ideas of
him into a grandiose myth. He was neither a minor deity,
or a saint. Just a remarkable human being with a lot of
amazing gifts. He should have won Noble Prizes in
multiple fields, but because he spoke of the spirit, and of
personal spiritual experiences, he was far too fringe to be
For Americans he is too idealistic.
None of this is to say that members and friends of the
Anthroposophical Society are not smart. Some are very
smart and some are wise, and some are smart and wise.
They just tend to share a really bad habit. They
treat Steiner as an authority. If he said it, it must be
true. He, on the other hand, was very clear that he did
not want that.
As a consequence of some of the flaws noted below, the Society
teaches "meditation". Everyone teaches
"meditation". What Steiner taught that was totally
new was how to "think" in a spiritual
Way. One good student of Steiner's called the result of
those teachings on thinking as leading to clair-thinking, a
new kind of clairvoyance. But in the case of the New
Mystery of Thinking, it is the act of cognition which is a
kind of "sacrament", and this "sacramental"
activity produces the connection between thinking and the
His principle work: The Philosophy of Freedom, had as its goal
enabling the reader to discover how to be inwardly free.
How to be free before appetites, and how to be free before
ideas. How to be free in the face of social pressures to
be moral in a certain way. At every level of the human
spirit and soul, Steiner wished to lead us to this precious
inner freedom. To go so far, in fact, as to make an Art of
this kind of freedom.
The last line of the original preface to The Philosophy of
Freedom is this: “One must be able to confront an idea and
experience it, otherwise one will fall into its bondage.”
Steiner tried introduce his students into appreciating that
when we awake in our inwardness, we find there Beings -
spiritual, otherwise invisible, Beings. Some of these
Beings were more dangerous to our freedom, others less
so. The mind/soul is the Narrow Gate as spoken of by
Christ: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate
and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many
enter through it.” Matthew 7:13
Now in Steiner’s book mentioned above, he did not describe
Christ or any other aspect of the spiritual realities his many
books and hundreds of lectures described. The Philosophy
of Freedom was to be free of doctrine. Yet, almost all
of his students turned his books and lectures into
doctrine. Unquestioned doctrine.
I’ve written for years to members and friends of the
Anthroposophical Society, the principle social organization
dedicated to the study of Steiner’s works, and in great
detail, about all the different ways they fail Steiner.
I’m leaving all that aside here, for here too - in this App -
I seek for the user of the App to be completely free.
That individual freedom is the most important aspect of
ourselves any of us can seek and acquire. It is not
Freedom before our appetites is not easy. Choosing our
own moral course outside of social pressures and religious
doctrines is not easy. The experience of profound ideas,
and being able to stand before them, in command of them, is
There is a how, or method, to how we think. That is ours
to design and create. That free artistic new thinking
(it is only in the current stage of the evolution of
consciousness that this is widely possible) will create a
what, or a content. Americans do this instinctively, and
oddly enough, their confrontation with the terrible questions
living in public life - in the life of our Social Rights and
Duties - in that arena of the social-political is the
alchemical crucible in which the deepest capacities of the
mind/soul are awakened.
Inwardly we seek to have ideas and not become in bondage to
them. Outwardly we seek to be social - to be members of
the community of humanity in a way that feels right to
us. Not right to others, but right to us. Trust
that “feeling”, for that personal “what is right” is why the
Universe puts us in the middle of social affairs in our
biographies. As Emerson pointed out: “In self trust all
virtues are comprehended”.
One of the main reasons that members of the Society can't
teach the New Mystery of Thinking is they don't know it.
Not knowing it, they assume what Steiner did was based upon
"meditation" as the basic practice. What Steiner
actually did was based upon awake cognition/thinking, and his
second, third, and fourth books were devoted to illuminating
this Path to the New Thinking/Cognition. Proof of this
is found in Steiner's "Anthroposophy
- a fragment" and in his obscure and mostly unexamined: