geeks*, bearing gifts
*an anthroposophical geek is an adept at the arcane arts
of anthroposophical thinking
It may seem odd to describe anthroposophical thinking as
an arcane art, but this is the case. Many in the Anthroposophical
Society believe they are being anthroposophical by learning the
concepts given in Steiner’s lectures and books on Spiritual Science.
But Spiritual Science and Anthroposophy are not the same -
although two sides of one coin. Thinking/method (Anthroposophy)
produces thought/content (Spiritul Science).
The Incarnation of Anthroposophy cannot happen fast, being as it is a state of consciousness - an attentive and intentive willed thinking. We do it. We don’t read about it.
The Society Steiner tried to foster fell from grace when
he died. Such a Society only really works when at its core are
anthroposophical connections between the human and the spiritual
worlds. Right now this Society is mostly disconnected.
Anthroposophical geeks bearing gifts are two
individuals: myself (Joel A. Wendt) and Elizabeth Ancrum MacKenzie.
In us lives examples of this missing process of connection in a
finely attuned way, mostly supported by the interest of the higher
worlds. Not even Steiner could do what he did without the
cooperation of the higher worlds. His so-called “great deed” is
in reality far overshadowed by an even far greater sacrifice coming
from cosmic Beings.
Humanity needs what the Society bears within it as a
seed. The nature of this seed is an awareness that there is more
to thinking than what ordinary consciousness possesses.
This does not make ordinary consciousness any less special.
The relationship is more like how water is distributed in the
world. In some places there is more than enough, and sometimes
that excess can also be far more pure. At the same time, where
there is little, and the streams seem polluted, that is exactly where
Christ lives most strongly - where He is needed.
When you have pure water you also have a choice.
Do you share it, or not, for it is after all life-giving.
This is the problem that faces Elizabeth and I. We
sit aside a stream of pure water, meant for the Anthroposophical
Society, not for us. The really funny aspect of all this is that
there is little or no evidence the Society members want this
life-giving water of the spirit (true new spiritual research out of the
new Mystery of Thinking). The Society, as a collective culture,
often seems to believe that (and to act as if) Steiner gave all we will
ever want and that we need only live on the remains of what he gave in
That is very foolish. The Water of the Living
Spirit is only Living in the Present. In point of fact what is
most harmful to the Society is its constant drinking of the dead
thoughts of the Past, simply because they originated with Steiner.
Not to say we do not all have access to living thought, but
rather that when we pollute it with dead thought, or prefer the dead
thought to our own intuitions, we then interfere with what otherwise
wants to flow toward us from the pure waters of inspiration.
The purest water (spiritual research) is timely.
What Steiner gave he gave to the moment. What Elizabeth and
I have to give is for the moment. Steiner’s moment and our moment
are not the same. The modern Society does not live in the
monuments of its infamous Past, nor can it recreate the fantasy magic
of the Christmas Conference that failed.
Nor need the Society become dependent upon us the way it
became dependent upon Steiner. This is not the Europe of the
intellectual soul, and in America the consciousness soul is much
stronger. Elizabeth and I are like a tiny flame meant to ignite
other flames. It is not how we burn that counts ... it is how you
Our writings are free, just as water should be free.
To have to purchase the water of the spirit is wrong. Yet,
in the time of Ahriman’s Incarnation that is exactly how we think about
spirit - that it comes in books or courses or lectures and we have to
buy it. Strange that within us lives this same water, were we
just to recognize that it is there.
Everyone thinks and has thoughts. Everyone.
Shepherds’ Fire can be read for free on my
website, as can my The Art of
God: an actual theory of Everything. Go
to Shapes in the Fire, at
http://ipwebdev.com/hermit/ and enjoy!
Why anthroposophical geeks bearing gifts? Seems like a warning. For the
institutional Society, sure, Elizabeth and I are dangerous.
We mean to be. We mean to get inside the walled
City of the Society and tear down the barriers to individual thinking
and thought - barriers built every time someone writes or speaks: Steiner said. Barriers built every time a hierarchical
organization believes it’s Executive, or Councils and Section leaders
have the right to lead the thinking of the individual human spirit.
Steiner’s book: The
Philosophy of Spiritual Activity is a book
promoting spiritual anarchy. Make no mistake - that’s what it is
meant to do. The thought-error folks can make is to believe
anarchy (spiritual freedom) must lead to social disorder, and so they
prefer social order (some kind of assumed diplomatic brotherhood) over
individual spiritual freedom. Can’t have someone rocking the
boat. Got to be all on the same page - too much individualism is
The social culture of the Society does tend to deny
freedom and urge conformance. Just hear the stories of how hard
Elizabeth and I (and others) have tried to be published only to run
into walls and to be rejected. Better we should all think alike,
which is why we have “themes of the year”. Better we should all
worship the same guru, the great initiate Rudolf Steiner. Granted
there is resistance, and some sensible people, but here we are in 2012
still listening to Europeans tell us Americans how to be spiritual.
That’s not right, and never was right. Its true name is
spiritual imperialism. Ahriman likes it - he likes rigid order
and the repression of free intuitive thought.
Elizabeth and I say: burn it down to the ground.
The English alternative rock band Muse, has this refrain from
their song Uprising: They will not force us; They
will stop degrading us; They will not control us; We will be victorious.
Is the collective - the so-called Society, with us, or
against us? Don’t like us and them, then get rid of
hierarchical social order and the intrinsic nature of endless lectures
which are social/thought dominion over; and then replace
that with circle-like conversation or communion with - what Steiner called: the Reverse Cultus. We only
need each other. There are no special or leading
“anthroposophists”, and Elizabeth and I have no interest in joining
that club. We believe in rock ‘n roll - that is we believe in no
clubs at all.
About “spiritual research”: The problem isn’t that
individuals can’t, with a subtly more conscious ordinary thinking, have
contact with the spirit. No, the problem in the Society is the
lack of scientific discipline in the thinking. Just to have
thinking in the will and will in the thinking is not enough. Our
self-knowledge, and our research, must be empirical and reproducible.
It must also be open to critical examination by others in our
communities. Where are the arguments common to the scientific
enterprise? Not in our Society, which wants comfortable
(ahrimanic) social relations, and to hide disagreeable behaviors under
the rug. Those were the sins of Elizabeth and I. We wanted
science and vigorous challenging discussion. Too many
Society leaders wanted social power and egoistic recognition - to be
free to lecture and publish whatever they wanted, without any critical
review of their thought at all. All that was needed were the
magic words: Steiner
said. No wonder many see us as just