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Musings for the Modern Mystic

Rudolf Steiner was a 19th century Austrian mystic who created the foundations for organic agriculture, alternative education and even spoke out openly against the National Socialist Movement...

Rudolf Steiner and His Uncanny Predictions of The Future

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Organics are all the rage these days. Everything from baby food to bedding is coming in packaging certifying its organic nature, and — aside from the price in many cases — this is a very good thing. The consumer, by and large, has finally caught on and is demanding their products be pure.  We are what we eat, as the old adage goes, so we had better be sure what we’re consuming is coming from a wholesome source.

The same goes for education, though this is something we’re unfortunately a little behind on. While many companies have become much more progressive over the last 10 years, allowing a lot more flexibility, fun and freedom in the workplace — resulting in higher quality, creative turn-out — most public schooling systems (without discounting the strides they have made) are, for the most part, lagging behind in this regard. The minds of the people we produce are only as fine or as coarse as the quality of the education they’ve received, particularly in the beginning years.

“In 1921, as the power behind Hitler’s National Socialist movement grew, Steiner openly warned of the catastrophic effects it could have were they to come to power.”

Yet certain alternatives exist, such as the Conversations With God recommended Waldorf system of education, in which play, imagination and the integration of empathetic thinking with critical thinking play a huge part.

And while both of these things are well-known (Waldorf Education a little less so) very few people are familiar with the 19th century Austrian mystic who created them.

Organic agriculture’s beginnings can be traced back to something known as ‘biodynamic’ agriculture, a system of holistic farming and part of a larger philosophical system of thought known as anthroposophy, coined a ‘spiritual science’.

All of them emerged from the mind of a man by the name of Rudolf Steiner. An architect, philosopher, literary critic and social reformer born in Donji Kraljevec in 1861, Steiner remains a controversial figure to this day.

Claiming to have had significant spiritual experiences as a child, and the ability to see into a type of ‘supersensible’ reality, Steiner nonetheless kept quiet about all of it until his early 40’s, after he had worked his way through the halls of higher education and created a place for himself in the literary world.

The latter half of his life was then devoted to the establishment of numerous systems still in play today. By the time of his death he had written over 15 books, lectured extensively and created the alternative approaches to agriculture and education mentioned above, as well as many other facets of life.

“Incredibly, he also predicted — over 100 years ago, no less — that there would be a ‘vaccination against the soul & spirit.'”

Because of his unapologetic foray into mysticism he remains widely ignored by academia. Indeed, Steiner stated that one of his main purposes on earth was to bring the knowledge of reincarnation back to the western world, and that the earth itself has gone through numerous reincarnations. His ideas include everything from Rosicrucianism to Christian mysticism to the idea of the Akashic Records, landing squarely in the realm of what many still to this day label the ‘occult’.

It is also quite something to note that he predicted — over 100 years ago, no less — that there would be a ‘vaccination against the soul & spirit.’ [Not an exact quote.] as well as the rise of the consciousness-altering technology we’re all unwitting (yet also willing) participants in the experiment of. Indeed, the latter was even part of his larger ‘Cosmology of the Spheres’ (i.e. the planets of the Solar System), referring to it as ‘The Eighth Sphere’, something that was wholly virtual and akin to a form of hell (!)

Yet accounts of his personal life paint a picture of a highly moral man who was kind, passionate and deeply concerned for his fellow men and women and the societies they create.

In 1921, as the power behind Hitler’s National Socialist movement grew, Steiner openly warned of the catastrophic effects it could have were they to come to power. Even when he was personally attacked by Hitler, with many national extremists calling for a “war against Steiner”, he remained unmoved. Incredibly, he also

These are only some of the facts about the Austrian philosopher and mystic. As always, it is important for each of us to make our own determinations on such matters in life (and to take anything you read online with a grain of salt, including this article!) but if you believe in organic agriculture and different forms of alternative education, you’re already in line with some of his core philosophies, though you may not have even known it.

Kyle McMillan
Kyle McMillan

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