Anthroposophy and Secrecy

I am forwarding a post recently given by Jeremy Smith.  I too have long wondered about all of the secrecy put over by anthroposophists and consider it pretty unhealthy for the Waldorf Schools in particular.  I have long felt that Waldorf Schools need to be more explicit and upfront with people about the underlying philosophy. People will absorb what they are able to and and ready to receive at any given time in the way of spiritual understanding and knowledge.

Can it be damaging to expose humanity to the secrets of the universe too soon in their development? Perhaps, but I am more inclined to believe they will just be turned off and tuned out and uninterested if they are not ready to hear it.

I suppose, if you liken spiritual knowledge with, say, nuclear fusion, then yes, it could be damaging. But, there may be some flaws with an analogy like that.

At what point do we declare ourselves ready for receiving spiritual insight?  Wouldn’t it be the spiritual world itself who governs this discernment of readiness?  We simply don’t know enough to worry! So, I say, share your insights with those who want to listen, and relax the secrecy.  Nobody here (on this earth plane) has the corner market on truth.

Some of the comments on the recent thread “An Open Letter to Frank Thomas Smith,” about the online publication of the lessons of the First Class of the School of Spiritual Science, have caused me to think quite hard about my own position on making the lessons and mantrams available to any who seek them. […]

via Anthroposophy, the First Class and the Dharma Protectors — anthropopper

It starts with recognizing the other person is human. Hard nut, but that’s why we are here and not in the other place.

The Classroom is a true laboratory for young humans.

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

Music Education Works

Creative illustration of the brain Image from Pixabay, reproduced under Creative Commons CC0.

A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.

The study of 6-7-year-old children began in 2012, when neuroscientists started monitoring a group of 37 children from an underprivileged neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Thirteen of them received music instruction through the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles Program where they practiced up to seven hours each week.

Eleven children were enrolled in a community-based soccer programme, and another 13 children were not involved in any training programme at all.

The researchers compared the three groups by tracking the electrical activity in the brains, conducting behavioural testing and monitored changes using brain scans.

The results showed that the auditory…

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Why Music Matters: from Neuroscience & Sound


Nina Kraus, a biologist at Northwestern University, has spent the better part of her professional career researching how sound affects the brain. What she’s found has important implications for how adults and children manage the sounds that envelop them. “Sound is invisible, but it’s a tremendously powerful force,” said Kraus. “For better or worse, it…

via What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best? — MindShift

A quote about “Consumption society”

More and more articles will be produced, more and more factories will be built. No one now asks, ‘How many articles are needed?’ as was formerly the case, when the tailors in the town only made a s…

Source: Consumption society

Trump, Clinton and Brexit plus,plus,plus — anthropopper

In my post of March 3rd 2016 I referred, rather rudely, to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as “the arsecheeks of Ahriman.” The implication was that the 2016 USA presidential election represented a Hobson’s Choice (ie a non-choice or no choice at all) between two routes to a place you really wouldn’t want to go […]

via Trump, Clinton and Brexit plus,plus,plus — anthropopper