Branch News 21st August

This Newsletter contains

  1. Wednesday Introductory talks – the young child.
  2. Conversations – Sue Simpson  -5 September.
  3. Friday Group – 26 August.
  4. Notes from the Committee Chair.
  5. Gardening Group Report.
  6. Leaderful Engagement in a Transforming World – 1 October.
  7. Notes from 3rd Introductory Talk – Three-foldness.

Wednesday Introductory Library Talks at the Rudolf Steiner Centre

401 Whitehead Road, Hastings

We warmly invite Playgroup parents along with Kindergarten and School parents to our next series of  introductory talks, looking at the Early Childhood years from birth until 7 years.

Babies in arms warmly welcome.

We offer these talks free of charge however a contribution in the Koha box towards the running of the Centre is always appreciated.

From 1.45 to 2.30 pm on Wednesdays ,

beginning

24th August 2022              

The mantle of care in the first 3 years.

Bernadette (Bernie) Raichle

 31st August 2022

Walking alongside the 4 and 5 year old child

Margaret Stevenson

 

7th September 2022

The wonders of the 6 and 7 year old and transition to school

Marjorie Theyer,


Conversations

Anthroposophy, Culture and Spirit.

Monday 5th September 2022

Beginning 5pm with soup and bread

Followed by a presentation from

Sue Simpson.

 

"The Anthroposophical Society and the School of Spiritual Science"

 

‘How can we combine full openness with the profoundest, most serious and inward esotericism?’

This question that Rudolf Steiner put to members of the Anthroposophical Society in December 1923, remains highly relevant to human beings today.

The task laid before members was to work and live in such a way that the esoteric would not be lacking even in their most external deeds. Steiner gave many indications and guidance for individuals to take up spiritual development that can be found in his writings and lectures. Within a few months of placing this question, a new initiative, the School of Spiritual Science was founded, how can we better understand this impulse?

In this talk I will share insights from my years of working within the Anthroposophical Society and with the Class, a common term for the School of Spiritual Science, and how this has supported me in my work as a eurythmist, teacher, general secretary and various other roles.


Friday night Discussion Group Meeting 26 August

"The Friday Gatherings are from 7 to 8:30 on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.  We begin with a discussion on current affairs or matters of interest to those who come, then we focus on, ask questions and discuss, one of Rudolf Steiner's Leading Thoughts where he endeavours to encapsulate the essence of Anthroposophy.  The gatherings in August will be on Friday  12th  and 26th studying Leading thoughts 7 and 8 respectively.

The Leading Thoughts be found at https://steinerlibrary.org/Books/26/RSP1973/


Notes from the Committee Chairperson.

The Committee is very small:  Robyn Hewetson, Kate Harland and Robin Bacchus.  The quorum is 3, so if someone is unable to attend we can’t meet.  We urgently need some volunteers to share this task and bring diversity of experience and outlook to our deliberations.  Can YOU volunteer?

What does the Committee do?

The Branch is an Incorporated Society under the “Incorporated Societies Act 2022”. 

We have rather a long name: Hawkes Bay Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in New Zealand.
We are, however, a separate entity to the Anthroposophical Society in New Zealand.

Our rules say:

“From the end of each Annual General Meeting until the end of the next, the Branch

Society shall be administered, managed and controlled by an executive Committee

consisting of not less than three members and not more than seven members, and shall

have full executive powers to carry out the aims and tasks of the Branch.”

On a physical level we have property: land - a city section, with gardens, a building that has been changed to suit our needs over many years, a library, furniture and equipment that has to be maintained in good condition for members to use when they meet.

On a process level we need finance and funds to achieve this.  Keeping track of this is a Committee responsibility as well.  We have to ensure we have sufficient funds.  If, as a member, you have not yet responded to our annual appeal, please do so soon.  An important role of the Committee is approving, modifying, or allocating expenditure on various projects initiated by members or groups.

Part of the process level is maintaining a website, sharing news and informing members by newsletter what is happening.  Another aspect is liaising with the NZ General Secretary as a regional group.  A member of the Committee welcomes. coordinates and cares for those who hire rooms for various activities, including enabling artists and musicians to share their skills.  More details of these in future newsletters.

There are social and spiritual goals as well – declared on the Society’s website as:

  • Promote Anthroposophy as an individual path of spiritual development and understanding of the human being.
  • Renew the path of development for the arts, sciences, and religion.
  • Connect this renewal to the everyday practicalities of life.
  • Create a world that values, supports and allows the potential and creativity of every individual regardless of their background.

Very fortunately we have a number of individuals and groups of members caring in various ways for our property including Library, the Gardens and grounds, for the ambience of the entrance Foyer welcoming visitors and for Art Displays on the foyer walls.  Thank you, one and all. 

There are several groups promoting and organising various activities in the Centre including:

  • A Festivals Group which arranges times when members can gather to celebrate various events through the year.
  • A Conversations Group which arranges fairly regular talks by members and others on aspects of their lives.
  • Another group, as yet unnamed, has been organising a series of short introductory lectures giving something of the essence of anthroposophy for new members and parents with children at Taikura who are curious about the background of Waldorf Education.

If you are able to help with these task and can volunteer to be a member of the Committee, please contact me or a member of the committee or respond positively if we approach you inviting you to join us.

Robin Bacchus. Write to me at Chair@AnthroHB.nz ; or talk to me on 8778 936 or 022-398 2805.


Report from the Gardening Group

Some areas have been cleared of acanthus, although it is a never-ending battle to get rid of the regrowth. The garden beds up to the path leading from Nelson Street to the front door of the hall are cleared, new plants put in and we try to keep them looking weed free.

It is a different picture with the front garden. Still many Acanthus there and it is very heavy work to dig them up – especially round the sand pit.  They are not good plants to have around young children.  Will the play group be an ongoing thing?  It would make a difference when deciding what to plant.

You have written in the newsletter about having a work bee.  That would be lovely, but I do think that there are no people around capable of this heavy work.

The only lighter work would be the painting of the fence between the front and back gardens.
Is there still stain matching the outside fence around?

Before removing the waste, it would be good to have the gardens cleared first, again: will there be people who have a trailer and the strength to clear the waste, including emptying out the compost bins.  They are full of rubbish and bad weeds.

Ineke Mulder




3rd Introductory Talk
in Library 17 August 2022

 

In the talk on 10 August, we looked at the 4-fold nature of the Human Being.  This talk looks at the 3-fold aspects. 

 

Four-fold Human being

The Human Being                 Organic basis

“I” organization                       Blood and immune system

“Soul” organization                 Nerves and senses

“Life” organization                 Glands and hormones

“Physical” organization          Skeleton

              

 Threefold human being

Morphology:                 head,                           chest,                          limbs/bowel

Physiology:                   nerve/sense,                rhythmic,                    limb/metabolic

Psychology:                  thinking,                     feeling                        willing

                                      (my thoughts)             (my feelings),             (my deeds)

                                      Past                             Present                        Future

 

The human being is a citizen of two worlds:
the spiritual world and the earthly physical world.

We relate via our three soul forces to these two worlds.

The present constitution of the human soul is such that these three soul forces are held together by the physical body.

 

But according to Rudolf Steiner we have as a humanity crossed a threshold by which the three soul forces are becoming independent.

The more they fall apart the more are we challenged to let the Ego become stronger and govern the independent soul forces to bring them together on a higher plan.

Rudolf Steiner gave 6 basic exercises to strengthen the heart forces by bringing balance between the three soul forces.

Not only to develop our thinking, or our will but to bring balance by checking this balance with the feeling forces.

 

References;

“How to Know Higher Worlds – a Modern Path of Initiation” by Rudolf Steiner

“Guidance in Esoteric Training” by Rudolf Steiner

 

In order to have access to the invisible world we need to master higher levels of consciousness.

We do know the different consciousnesses which Rudolf Steiner describes in “Occult Science”

 

Trance or deep sleep consciousness.             Mineral world.

Sleep consciousness.                                    The plant world.

Dream consciousness.                                   The animal world.

Waking consciousness.                                The human Being.

In this consciousness stand the three soul forces: Thinking feeling and will.

 

Consciousness in Anthroposophical work starts with thinking, that is the heart thinking or process or living thinking which then leads to the next three higher levels of consciousnesses.

 

Imagination.  From object (analytical) to process consciousness.

We develop a skill to see each step of our biography in context and in becoming.  By working with the principle of Metamorphosis of plants we can start to develop these higher consciousnesses.

 

Inspiration.  This consciousness brings perspective between processes. What is essential and what not?

 

Intuition.  Consciousness that knows immediately what to do in a certain situation. An instrument to discover one’s own will and the other person’s will.  We get to the Highest Being itself.

 

In developing the three higher levels of consciousnesses we have to be conscious of the living process of thinking.

This we can do by working with the plants and metamorphosis. See also the lecture “Training of Practical Thinking” by Rudolf Steiner

We cross from day to night consciousness.  Importance of sleep time and meaningful relationship to it through the backward review.

 

A good example is given by Rudolf Steiner in his description of the “Rose Cross Meditation” in “Occult Science”.

 

Also a good knowledge of “day and night consciousness” is important especially for the teacher.

 

Rudolf Steiner also gave an overview of how Society can be structured in a 3-fold way.

It will be helpful to quickly give an overview what is meant with the “Three Folding of Society”.

 

1  The State or Political life must limit itself to the real political life itself and to the task of protecting its citizens from inside and outside. i.e., To provide for human rights in establishing equality for each individual person.

2  The State should not be seen as an entrepreneur. All those involved in the economic process should form associations of producers and consumers. (Note: this is already happening in the CSA or Community Supported Agriculture in the BD Movement). It is a matter of brotherhood in the Economic Sphere but in a completely objective way.

3  The State Should not be influencing or determining in any way the      Spiritual Cultural Life of its citizens.  They should be guaranteed Freedom (Spiritual) in the Arts, Science, Education and Religious expression.

 

In all this Rudolf Steiner gave a new and fresh realistic content to the old ideals of the French Revolution given by it at the end of the 18th Century in France.

                               Freedom in Cultural Life

                               Equality in Political Life

                               Brotherhood in Economic Life

 

Steiner also gave us an historical overview of the evolution of Social Forms of Community in the 5th lecture of “The Social Future” GA 332, in Zurich, on 29 October 1919

 

Society of Might.   Nerve/sense. Past

King/Workman

Some conquerors in Europe in the Middle Ages settled with their followers in some locality and the local people became their workmen.

The Will of the Community was to a certain extent only the reproduction of the Single Will which created what we can call a “Society of Might”. This was good when the King was good.  The leader was the authority in the Spiritual and Legal sphere.

We still see remnants of this in the world. Dictatorship or in Initiatives with the role of the founder who decides everything.

 

Society of Exchange.   Rhythmic. Present

Division of Labour.  Technology and capitalism change the community.  This started during the Industrial Age.

The labour work by an individual becomes merchandise, which is exchanged or traded.  Social life becomes a system of Trading.

The Will of one individual is opposed to the Will of another individual.

Only out of co-operation of one single member with another arises, as if by chance, the collective Will of the community.

Here the Legal sphere has become dominant.  The Rights of the individual prevail.

The Spiritual sphere has been fettered by the Legal Rights sphere.

 

Society of Commonwealth,   Limb/metabolic. Future.

To do with “Collective Will”, or “Common Will”, which then in reverse fashions works on the individual Will.

It must arise through cooperation of Single Wills within which everyone must be able to feel free.

What must be the content of this Collective Will?

It must contain what every soul and every human being can accept.

This means that the Spirit and Soul living in the individual human being must also live in the Collective Will of the Commonwealth.

For example, the education of the child in Waldorf Education, the treatment of the earth in Biodynamic agriculture.

This is possible only when those who build up the Collective Will carry in themselves of their own will, in their intentions, in their feelings and in their own thoughts, a complete understanding of the individual human being or of the earth.  Into the collective will must flow all that is felt by the individual human being, as his/her own Spiritual, moral, and bodily nature.

This is imperative.

 

So, the individual puts itself freely towards the general good. To submit freely their own will to the will of the World.

 

A Schooling path is of course very important to achieve what Rudolf Steiner recognized as the “Highest form of Art” namely the “Social Art”

 

Hans Mulder

Posted: Sun 21 Aug 2022

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