Lost Knowledge at Steiner House

I’m giving a talk on 23 January at Rudolf Steiner House, London, on my latest book Lost Knowledge of the Imagination.  Steiner House is a good location for this talk. Steiner himself saw developing imagination as the first step in his program of intensifying consciousness and achieving “supersensible perception,” and in the book, along with other figures such as the poet and Blake scholar Kathleen Raine and the scholar of Persian mysticism Henry Corbin, I devote much space to two thinkers closely connected to Steiner. The German poet, novelist and scientist J.W. von Goethe was Steiner’s central inspiration on his way to esoteric knowledge, and the essayist, historian of ideas, great friend of C.S. Lewis and occasional Inkling Owen Barfield, developed Steiner’s ideas and applied them to his own investigations into the evolution of consciousness. Both warrant chapters exploring how their insights into the cognitive character of imagination – its aspect as a “way of knowing” – can help us grasp imagination’s importance today. My talk will look at the historical roots of imagination being sidelined in favor of a strictly logical and empirical approach to knowledge, and will offer examples of how imagination can help us know reality and even, in some strange way, help it come into being.

Rudolf Steiner House 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT  (Telephone: 0207 723 4400.)

Time: 7:30

Price: £7/5 with concessions.

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12 thoughts on “Lost Knowledge at Steiner House

  1. Truth+Love=Unity/Liberty

    The search for Truth must be turned inward and away from the distractions which demand our attention as a result of the attention we pay to them. The more we pay, the more they demand. We become enslaved by the very things we must leave behind on our journey towards Liberation.

    The search for Truth must be empowered and protected by the love we have for ourselves and others. Love is the only remedy for the ills we will have to bear when we descend into the depths of ourselves to discover and sort out the horrendous mess which awaits us.

    Searching our Selves, loving our Selves, loving each other,

    Healing the division within our Selves, washing away the division between our Selves

    Plurality becoming duality becoming unity expressed through multiplicity of forms.

    Diversity in unity, individuality in Oneness, Humanity united in purpose,

    Awakening to Truth hidden within, awaiting remembrance of a Living long ago lost,

    In the mists of time, non-existent, known only in the minds of man,

    Past-present-future, being fully here in an eternal now,

    Living Truth, loving each other as our Selves

    Giving all that we have and in the end/beginning, receiving ALL that we could ever hope for,

    Liberty!

  2. . . . rage against the dying of the Light Part One

    Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Rage, rage against the dying of the light!

    (my interpretation/inspiration)

    (Dedicated to all free men everywhere who have and will give their lives for freedom!)

    The Light of Liberty in the hearts of brave men burning bright,
    Pledging their Lives and with dying breath on they fight,
    They’ll NOT go gentle into that good Night!

    The Light of Freedom in the minds of wise men burning bright,
    Pledging their Fortunes and with all spent, yielding nothing right,
    They’ll NOT go gentle into that good Night!

  3. . . . rage against the dying of the Light Part Two

    The Light of Truth in the souls of free men burning bright,
    Pledging their sacred Honor and with unwavering valor, battle on with all might,
    They’ll NOT go gentle into that good Night!

    The Light of Faith, Hope and Love of true Liberty lit long ago,
    “One if by land, two if by sea,” flaring to a raging blaze of glory for all to show.
    A way of life and death we see, all races, colors, and creeds, yearning to be free!

    Fiery Light in the Forge of the Founders lit, illuminating
    Our way of life and death, our struggle on up to glorious height,
    Shattering Light destroying the Darkness within depths, bringing clarity of sight.

    Up and out of the ash of chaos and destruction on rising currents of conflagration
    Soaring upon the abomination and desolation of heights, Fire Bird seeing all sights
    Rising Phoenix destroying past, living Now, preparing, bringing forth a new Nation

    Think for yourselves, o courageous men of worth!
    Forget not the beauty, freedom and peace of the Land of your birth!
    Question the authority of the monsters who revel in their false superiority!

    Question yourselves, o righteous men of worth!
    Forget not the hope, honor, faith, love and Wonder of your birth!
    Seek out Truth on every treacherous path leaving no stone unturned!

    Love from the deepest depths of your hearts, o mighty men of worth!
    Love sacrificing self for the Self!
    Love giving all to all, holding nothing back!

    Fear not the admission of your errors, o wise men of worth!
    Remember with longing, yearning and striving the wondrous land of your birth!
    For in the matrix of our imperfection patiently waits the precious gem of perfection!

  4. . . . rage against the dying of the Light Part Three

    Fear not the changes coming, o genius men of worth!
    Transmutation of the lead of the dead into the Gold of the Bold!
    Whom Fortune favors, Herculean labors we must perform ‘till we are cold!

    Out of the despair of Darkness into the Liberty of Light!
    Into dawn of a new Day we have traversed from the desperate Night!
    All demons, doubters and cowardly enemies from the flaming sword take flight!
    We have searched our depths true, eradicating all fear, leaving all that is right!
    We have girded our loins, donned our armor, and sharpened our swords,
    Now ready to strike with all our might!
    We will rage and fight!
    We will rage, rage!
    We will Rage against the dying of the Light!

    NEVER WILL WE GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT!

  5. On “Lost Knowledge”

    I know this seems like American patriotism (I’m American and a patriot), but at a deeper level it implies a human revolutionary attitude expressing a commitment to the principles of true Spiritual Liberty (spiritual anarchy) based on natural law. This transcends all planetary and national boundaries of species, race, color, creed, religion and philosophy!

    The life on this planet is just one expression of the huge diversity of life in the Cosmos. Natural law applies to everything in the Universe and all is subject to causality, the effects of which we ALL experience. I am advocating a cause (unity of purpose) the effects of which would be human survival, prosperity and stewardship of fragile planet on which we will have to depend for the foreseeable future.

    The course we are on is doomed to failure, but it is not too late to change our ways! Open the “eyes” of your hearts and take these thoughts in! Let them change and inspire you! We can regain the knowledge of our ancestors if we will only be still and listen with our entire Being! Namaste and peace to you all!

  6. Monanarchy

    I rule my internal Kingdom in accordance with natural law and have no need or desire to be ruled from without by others invoking the laws of man. Natural law transcends ALL other laws man has invented and is the only law which truly governs ALL actions and interactions between ALL beings. ALL causes have their effects and these effects ripple through time and space touching ALL for better or worse!

    Selah! Shalom! Namaste!

  7. Rage against hate, intolerance, selfishness, apathy, indifference, fear, ignorance
    Love the untouchable, the unlovable, the haters, the narcissists, the forgotten, the down-trodden
    Raging love burning through all barriers, all prejudices, all differences, all doubts, all illusion, all delusion
    Loving rage forgiving all transgressions, forgetting none for their lessons to be learned
    This love, this rage, this Magic existing deep within, waiting to be remembered, having been long forgotten
    Having been hidden, withheld, occulted, misinterpreted, misused, abused
    Turned towards the self, away from the Self
    Always there, always watching, always waiting to be asked for help
    If only we will stop–the mind–stop, be still, be quiet and listen to the Sounds of Silence
    The voices of the wise, the understanding, the merciful, the just, the loving, the victorious
    Speaking the Lost Knowledge, the forgotten Truth, showing us the way home along the Path of Return.

    Selah! Shalom! Namaste!

  8. Our ancestors gained knowledge of the worlds by direct observation and experience. All they had to use were their physical and psychic senses which were highly attuned to all that was around and within them. Their intellect combined with spiritual affinity enabled them to survive under very harsh and dangerous conditions. This natural intelligence, a true balance of right and left hemispheres, perceived the worlds’ multiplicity of forms from a dualistic perspective which converged on Unity. They did not feel apart from nature, but very much one with nature. This oneness has for the most part been disrupted by the focus of our modern society on mechanistic materialism.

    As a scientist, I see the physical laws and constants of this universe (as they are presently understood) as one possible expression of “higher” and more fundamental natural laws which “govern” the multiverse. There could be an infinite number of possible expressions and therefore universes. These fundamental natural laws could be the expression of one infinite consciousness (“. . . ALL IS MIND, THE MULTIVERSE IN MENTAL . . .). Our ancestors were so much closer to really understanding this in their so-called primitive state than we presently are in our so-called advanced civilized state. And then there is spiritual evolution (and devolution) to consider!

    My personal opinion is that the so-called human (not so very) race is racing towards a highly advanced form of barbarism and spiritual poverty which, if not corrected, will lead to our destruction and/or enslavement. This idea is nothing new, and definitely pessimistic, but the signs are all around us hidden in plain sight! The greatest “conspiracy” in human history is being perpetrated right in front of our very eyes, but we are too blinded by the myriad distractions deliberately thrust upon us.

    –to be continued

    Shalom and namaste to all!

  9. Breathing Together (The Multiverse is Mental 2)

    Latin con- + spirare = breathe together

    In my previous post, I alluded to an ongoing conspiracy to destroy/enslave the human spirit. You may think I’m a conspiracy nut, but that’s okay because I have already judged, and continually judge myself more harshly than any other being could possibly manage (much to my chagrin). Maybe this is why I am so negative and unhappy? I would rather live and deal with sincere negativity and unhappiness than insincere positivity and happiness! I’m not sure that happiness is anything but an illusory or imaginary state that people struggle their whole lives to attain! There are other real “states of being” far superior to anything that we can possibly imagine or pretend to achieve. I experienced one of these states long ago, and it has stayed with me albeit at the bottom of a heap of crap that I have managed to pile on top of ever since!

    –to be continued

    Namaste and shalom!

  10. The Abyss (Breathing Together 2–The Multiverse is Mental 3)

    December 31, 2016

    I wrote this in a brief moment of inspiration. Now I feel that inspiration turning into an all too familiar desperation. I have felt for a long time that an abyss has opened before me. An abyss created by opposing forces or rather an imbalance of forces–one trying to propel me forward towards the free me I want to be and yet already am and the other, sinister, conniving force chaining me back to remain the enslaved me that I never wanted to be and never really was.

    Forward into the Abyss I jump,

    Pulled ever downward by heavy, horrid gravity,

    Weight of Karma, effects of all those causes,

    Pain of all the wronged souls in my life,

    What went around coming back around,

    Debt of all love borrowed with accrued interest,

    Love never given, always taken,

    Giving, doing, being, living, loving,

    Receiving, waiting, wanting, dying, hating,

    Falling faster, will I wake before impacting?

    Will I Awake and See and Know and Love and just BE?

    Will I rise with Phoenix Wings extended catching air?

    Breathing in the breath of life, prana,

    Breathing out the breath of love, prana,

    Kundalini rising, Divine Mother’s gift,

    Serpent Fire burning as ten thousand Suns!

    Burning away necrosis, psychosis, stenosis,

    Fusing simple into incredible,

    Transmutation of dead lead into bold gold,

    Burning bright as ten trillion Suns,

    Bringing new Life to the darkest of Abysses!

    A Life once glimpsed never forgotten!

    Into the Abyss I must jump,

    Then, and only then, will I have a chance to fly!

    Shalom and Namaste!

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