Rudolf Steiner 1861-1925, developed Eurythmy a performance art. He wrote hundreds of books, a brilliant person in many fields from Austria(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Steiner).
Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual approach. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which "Thinking… is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas." A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge.
He is a must read for those interested in music.
Eurythmy is an expressive movement art originated by Rudolf Steiner in conjunction with Marie von Sivers in the early 20th century. Primarily a performance art, it is also used in education, especially in Waldorf schools, and – as part of anthroposophic medicine – for claimed therapeutic purposes.
Guardians of the threshold:
The Guardian of the Threshold is a menacing figure that is described by a number of esoteric teachers. The term "Guardian of the Threshold", often called "dweller on the threshold", indicates a spectral image which is supposed to manifest itself as soon as "the student of the spirit ascends upon the path into the higher worlds of knowledge". The Guardian of the Threshold is also the title of the third play (of a tetralogy of Mystery Dramas) written by Rudolf Steiner in 1912.
Thank you Brokeback, I want to investigate him further. I tried to read some books on him years ago, but they were hard going, at the time, for me.If he's a Goethe aficionado, got to be good.
All I know is I wish I could afford to send my boys to the Steiner school in tooting😞
I have been reading Steiner's works for a couple of years. I would be very happy to discuss Steiner's works or thoughts on Waldorf Schools or the Anthroposophical Society with anyone interested or who has looked into this area.
When I was working at Half Price Books in the Religion & Philosophy department, one day an older gentleman arrived with several boxes of Rudolf Steiner books and pamphlets which were quite old and in excellent condition.
I confess I knew nothing of the author. However, another employee was apparently deeply into the "fringe" of certain philosophical schools and he bought everything for an offer of $200.
I said to myself, "We'll never sell this crap."
I made room for everything and shelved the entire caboodle.
Within less than a week we'd sold everything at a collector's selling price of nearly $700. Even that price was (they told me) quite the bargain!
That made me want to delve and discover what the attraction was.
Long story short, the man's life is as colorful, interesting, and fraught with drama as any figure of his time.
Adolf Hitler hounded him erroneously as a "tool of the Jews" inasmuch as Steiner warned Germany that the embrace of the Nazis would prove disastrous for one and all.
Stop and think about it just for a moment.
How many great and famous men actually found Adolf Hitler to be admirable and how few (like Steiner) put themselves in harm's way to speak out and oppose the National Socialist movement.
His main aim was to (somehow) harmonize man's knowledge of Science with that of the separate realm of spiritual matters. For Steiner, it all starts with a basic understanding of Karma and Reincarnation. If you can swallow that large pill--well, you're on your way!
The trick is to avoid the notion of Destiny by exercising one's "free will" through enlightenment and education in all intellectual pursuits.
In my opinion, not that anybody cares, is that Science is objective and stems from non-contradictory descriptions of actual phenomena while Mysticism is subjective and impossible to measure, quantify, or make falsifiable.
In this regard, Jehovah's Witnesses are pretty much closer to Rudolf Steiner in mindset than to Isaac Newton.
A great many otherwise intelligent individuals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries earnestly sought to make discoveries as essential to everyday life (in the Spirit World) as technology in the everyday pragmatic world.
Those who (IMHO) squandered their intellectual gifts on Mysticism may have attracted vast hordes of followers and movements, but the general benefits aren't at all apparent in the long run. In fact, disciples of Pastor Russell and Rudolf Steiner (each in their own narrow category) probably wasted more people's time and money and energy than generated any positive outcome.
Rudolph Steiner was a 'white supremacist' of the highest order and believed that the German people were superior to other races. Jiddu Krishnamurti was the smartest one (in my opinion) that broke away from the original Theosophical movement and the influence of H.P. Blavatsky and Annie Besant.
"I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever , by any religion, by any sect........the moment you follow someone, you cease to follow Truth."- Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience." - Jiddu Krishnamurti
I just find his stuff interesting, I read some of his writing many years ago. I'm interested in his ideas about the preforming arts, And so Eurythmy has my attention at the moment.