In Spring 1965 the Anthroposophical Society in America began publishing the Journal for Anthroposophy under the editorship of Henry Barnes. Many valuable articles, poems, and visual artwork appeared in the Journal over the next forty years.
Since 2006 the Journal has been gathering up and reorganizing some of this material thematically, as "Classics from the Journal for Anthroposophy." Series editor is Robert McDermott, PhD, a nationally known scholar in the field of philosophy, anthroposophy, and consciousness studies. Each issue has a significant new introductory essay written by its editor, someone with special interest and expertise in the volume's subject area.
The collection is now complete, and it is a remarkably accessible and contemporary introduction to anthroposophy, a natural resource for any anthroposophical initiative--school, farm, intentional community.
Current and back issues in this thematic collection, listed above, are available for order on our Store page. And you can order all ten "Classics" volumes now and receive a slipcover for the collection.
Meditation & Spiritual Perception
Meditative Life Today
At this time in Western history, anyone can meditate. Steiner frequently reminded the audiences at his lectures and tirelessly described for his readers how human souls were once so embedded in the creativity of the spiritual worlds that it was their physical surroundings, not their spiritual origins, which were unfamiliar to them. Thanks to the evolution of consciousness in our souls, our souls feel fully at home in the physical world but in the process we have lost our capacity to recognize the scope and nature of spirit existence. Perhaps not all human beings feel the loss yet. But humanity does have the longing and potential to turn the soul toward spirit powers that sleep in us, and toward spirit beings who await our efforts with an expectant interest. (From the introduction by Gertrude Reif Hughes.)
Meditation & Spiritual Perception includes fourteen articles of a very wide range. The introduction addresses:
"Meditative Life Today,"
"Meditation in the Soul and in the 'I',"
"Meditation as Praxis and Devotion,"
"Focusing: the Main Praxis,"
"The Devotional Aspect of Praxis," and
"The Threefold Nature of Both Meditation and the 'I'."
- Tyson Anderson: Reading of the Heart: "Spiritual Science" and the Origins of Christianity
- Robert Galbreath: Traditional and Modern Elements in the Occultism of Rudolf Steiner
- Gary Lachman: Rudolf Steiner, Jean Gebser and the Evolution of Consciousness
- Magda Lissau, Kurt Nelson, and Rick Spaulding: The Christian Path of Edgar Cayce: A Possible Aspect of Michael's Activity in America
- Karl Ernst Schaefer: Emergence of Ethical Individualism in Science and Medicine
- Mark E. Smith: "Simplicity's" Contribution to a Threefold Society
- Albert Steffen: Meeting with the Dead
- Tadea Gottlieb: Review of Our Relationship to Those Who Have Died
- Danilla Rettig: Review of Jacques Lusseyran's And There Was Light
- Alan Howard: I Think; Yet Not I ...
- Raphael Grosse Kleinmann: A Meditation on Inner and Outer Peace
- Paul Eugen Schiller: The Path of Initiation for the Present Day
- Hermann Poppelbaum: The Dignity of the Earth
- Rudolf Steiner: Words on Trust and Faithfulness
Art & Anthroposophy
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #83 (vol. #9 of the special editions)
$15.00: Art & Anthroposophy, edited and introduced by Hans-Joachim Mattke. [Go to order page.]
Perhaps no word appears more frequently in Rudolf Steiner’s work than “art.” He uses this term in a universal form, transforming the semantics of visual and performing arts. Steiner urges that teaching, for example, must become an artistic activity. In his rendering, a biography in its rhythms, characteristics, colors, decisions, changes, as well as low and high points, takes on artistic features.
Steiner’s idea of art included the renewal of society in general and more particularly certain human endeavors such as science, economy, and religion. He was convinced that his approach would in turn lead to a fundamental renewal of contemporary art.
In his introduction, Mattke writes “to the extent that we humans adopt a modern mindset, the more we will be divided from the reality that surrounds us. In response to this profoundly challenging situation, Steiner recommends that we do not assume a New Age paradigm, or a “back-to-nature” attitude such as Rousseau advocated. Rather, according to Steiner and anthroposophy, contemporary humanity needs to develop and practice new ways of thinking, feeling, and willing in order to reconnect to the spiritual character of human life and of the cosmos in a conscious way. Steiner’s conception of art is one of the ways to effect this reconnection.”
Today’s art calls for an individual encounter from ego to ego, for conscious work to meet the artist’s intentions and foremost for intense work on one’s own habitual thought systems and so called “normal” feelings. Losing the crutches of trained intellectual conclusions as well as the comfortable wellness of one’s familiar feelings is surely an intense learning process, a real threshold experience.
Art & Anthroposophy includes articles ranging from a very personal account of conversations between Margarita Woloschin and Rudolf Steiner; the significance of the First Goetheanum; an article by David Adams on Joseph Beuys; and a tribute to Beppe Assenza by Arthur Zajonc.
- A Painter’s Conversations with Rudolf Steiner, by Margarita Woloschin
- My Way to Anthroposophy, by Bruno Walter
- Cave Painting and the Mysteries of Prehistoric Art, by Van James
- Raphael, by Johann Kaspar Lavater
- Imagination, Creativity and Artistic Freedom, by Dennis Klocek
- An Introduction to the Watercolor Art of Gerard Wagner, by David Adams
- Lazure Painting: A New Breath of Color, by Robert Logsdon
- Marc Chagall – Gardens Are In Bloom In Me, by Diether Rudloff
- The Art of Black and White: Line and Shade, by Van James
- Sculpture as a Path of Inner Schooling, by Diether Rudloff
- The Survival of Architecture, by Rex Raab
- Joseph Beuys – The Protest Against Materialism’s Deformed Image of Man, by Diether Rudloff
- Occultism in Avant-Garde Art: the Case of Joseph Beuys, by David Adams
- Beppe Assenza, by Arthur Zajonc
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #82 (vol. #8 of the special editions)
$15.00: Waldorf Education, edited and introduced by Diana Hughes and John Kettle. [Go to order page.]
From the introduction:
The first Waldorf school shocked educators with its radical approach to educating children in the devastation of European civilization. Ninety years later, Waldorf education is still radical and still relevant, placing its fundamentally human approach against new threats to civilization. Rudolf Steiner wanted Waldorf schools to be open to all children, and there are moves in North America and around the world that would make Waldorf education more widely available. We think this is one of the best hopes for the future of humanity.
This selection of fourteen essays…offers a variety of responses to the questions of what Waldorf schools are and how these schools work. The first two, John Gardner’s “What is a Waldorf School?” and Reg Down’s “The Role of the Teacher-Artist Within the Waldorf School,” offer the most direct responses to the questions, though from very different lines of approach.
The largest group of essays offers glimpses of teachers at work in the classroom or mulling over challenges they have faced. This is the heart of the Waldorf approach, brought into the classroom through the organization of the curriculum and the skill and sensitivity of the teacher.
Following these are essays dealing with what remain two of the most contentious problems Waldorf schools and Waldorf school parents wrestle with: the religious impulse, as Henry Barnes profoundly analyzes it, and the adolescent sexual impulse, as it appeared to Rudolf Steiner.
Helmut von Kugelgen reviews Steiner’s determined stance on keeping the schools independent of government influence, a position now being reexamined by teachers and parents. And finally, we reprint a report from the German news magazine Der Spiegel on the success of Waldorf school pupils after graduation.
Included in this volume are:
- Diana Hughes and John Kettle: Waldorf Education: Radical and Relevant
- John Gardner: What is a Waldorf School?
- Reg Down: The Role of the Teacher-Artist Within the Waldorf School
- Christy Barnes: Can Imagination be Trained? A Crucial Question for Schools Today
- M. C. Richards: Early Childhood
- Eugene Schwartz: Grade One – Notes
- Ruth Pusch: What to Do about Witches
- Heinz Müller: Healing Forces in the Word and its Rhythms
- Amos Franceschelli: Mathematics in the Classroom: Mine Shaft and Skylight
- Hans Gebert: About Goetheanistic Science
- Christy Barnes: Training Capacities through the Study of Literature
- Henry Barnes: Has Religion A Role in Education Today?
- Rudolf Steiner: Education for Adolescents
- Helmut von Kügelgen: How Important is it that Schools are Independent Today?
- Der Spiegel: Research on Waldorf School Graduates: Government-Sponsored Study Comparing Graduates of Waldorf and State (Public) Schools
The editors of this issue, Diana Hughes and John Kettle, might have met in 1943, may have met in 1951, and certainly met in 1967, when John invited Diana, then a student teacher at Emerson College in England, and Alan Howard to become the first teachers of the first Waldorf school in Canada. In 1984 Diana started the first teacher education institute in Canada, from which she retired in 2009. John started and edited an architectural magazine, a political magazine, and a futurological newsletter before he and Diana married in 2007.
Science & Anthroposophy
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #81 (vol. #7 of the special editions)
Science & Anthroposophy, edited and introduced by the distinguished physicist and former general secretary of the US Anthroposophical Society Arthur Zajonc, PhD. [Go to order page.]
From the introduction:
In 1925, the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote, “When we consider what religion is for mankind, and what science is, it is no exaggeration to say that the future course of history depends upon the decision of this generation as to the relations between them.” One of the great accomplishments of Rudolf Steiner’s lifework was to offer an entirely different solution for the perennial conflict between science and religion, one that advanced a cognitively oriented, contemplative spirituality as a bridge between two realms of human life otherwise separated from each other…
The discoveries of science from quantum physics and relativity theory to neuroscience and biotechnology all beckon. They wait for those who will master these disciplines, internalizing the discoveries of each field, and simultaneously steep themselves in the meditative practices of anthroposophy. Then can the Gods change stones into bread, dead knowledge into healing spiritual wisdom.
Included in this volume are:
- Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, “A New Concept of Life”
- Wilhelm Pelikan, “Archetypal Relations between Plant and Man”
- G. A. M. Knapp, “Spirit in Matter”
- Theodor Schwenk, “The Spirit in Water and the Spirit in Man”
and “New Methods for the Testing and Improvement of Drinking Water”
- Michael Wilson, “Goethe’s Concept of Darkness”
- Howard Pautz, “There’s something about Peach Blossoms”
- Nicanor Perlas, “Biotechnology and Anthroposophy”
- Marjorie Spock and Mary Richards, “Rachel Carson: A Portrait”
- Hermann Poppelbaum, “The Dignity of the Earth”
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #80 (vol. #6 of the special editions)
$15.00. Novalis, edited with an introduction by Donald Melcer, PhD, professsor emeritus at Michigan State University, a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He coordinates the anthroposophical foundation studies at the Austin (Texas) Waldorf School. [Go to order page.]
This issue is an invitation for you to read what Rudolf Steiner and authors with anthroposophical backgrounds have to say about the poet-philosopher-scientist Novalis. Rudolf Steiner observed that reading Novalis’ work provides heartfelt knowledge of the heavenly splendor that exists within even the simplest of material things. Such an appreciation of everything of the earth and the secrets they contain will open the way for each of us to be true servants of the Michael Thought, “worthy helpers of what has now to enter Earth-evolution through anthroposophy.”
Included in this volume are:
- Rudolf Steiner, “Rudolf Steiner’s Last Address”
- Stephen Spitalny, “Who is John and Why are Fairy Tales so often Named After Him?”
- Lona Truding, “Novalis: Spirit of a New Age”
- Albert Steffen, “Novalis: Herald and Forerunner (I & II)”
- Novalis, “From Christianity or Europe, Excerpts from the Last Portion of the Essay”
- Albert Steffen, “Novalis: Herald and Forerunner (III & IV)”
- Novalis, “The Blue Flower”
- Christopher Bamford, “Novalis and the Easter Thought”
- Novalis, “Selected Fragments”
- Bruce Donehower, “What is Magical Idealism?”
- Arthur Zajonc, “An Aeolian Harp: Nature and Novalis’ Science”
- Novalis, “From Fragments”
- Novalis, “Hymns to the Night, I, II, III”
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #79 (vol. #5 of the special editions)
This volume is introduced and edited by Robert Hill, a writer and educator and retired president and CEO of Tunnell Consulting, an organization development consulting firm.
One of the most popular icebreakers when a group of anthroposophists gather is the question, “so how did you meet anthroposophy?” Depending upon how much time has passed since the initial encounter, the answer can take on more complexity and length. For this volume, editor Robert Hill has selected articles that illustrate a variety of these experiences. In his introduction, Robert describes the challenges and opportunities for self-discovery these “meetings” hold out to us and in so doing illustrate how they can serve as threshold experiences.
Mani and Service
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #78 (vol. #4 of the special editions) $15.00
Rudolf Steiner was deeply aware of the spiritual tradition inspiring the act of serving. The individual known as Mani and the spiritual streams flowing from Mani – the Cathars, the Templars, and others – held the special task of spiritualizing serving itself. This series of articles, edited by Robert Sardello, gives a beginning picture of the spiritual stream of Mani that Rudolf Steiner held with such great respect. Topics include a discussion on the Mani cosmology and practices; the kind of inner capacities, inspired by this stream, that have to do with serving others; caring for the wounded soul; being able to help others while completely releasing the need for a sense of personal power in doing so; and working through the heart.
Revisioning Society & Culture
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #77 (vol. #3 of the special editions) $15.00
This volume is selected and introduced by Douglas Sloan, PhD, professor of history and education emeritus at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Throughout his life, Rudolf Steiner stressed repeatedly that the most crucial task facing the modern human being is that of transforming our dominant ways of knowing the world. This emphasis is the red thread that runs through and connects all of Rudolf Steiner’s writings, lectures, artistic work, and practical endeavors. In his introduction to this important collection of articles, Douglas Sloan reflects further on the pressing urgency of our developing capacities for knowledge of the qualities of the world – life, beauty, meaning, value, selves, spirit – not only for a rich, meaningful human society and culture but also for the future of the earth.
Anthroposophy & Imagination
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #76 (vol. #2 of the special editions) $15.00
This volume is selected and introduced by poet Kate Farrell, whose books include Art & Wonder: An Illustrated Anthology of Visionary Poetry, and Time's River: The Voyage of Life in Art and Poetry.
In what way is imagination true? And what does it do for us? Throughout this collection is the sense that true imagination, unlike mere fantasy, is a more-than-rational way of knowing. It is a natural bridge between matter and spirit, and a transformative state and stage of consciousness open to us all. In the volume’s introductory essay, poet Kate Farrell reflects on the mystery of imagination and looks at reading as a life-changing imaginative activity. Ms. Farrell’s introduction was selected to be included in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2007, published by Houghton Mifflin.
Meeting Rudolf Steiner
JOURNAL FOR ANTHROPOSOPHY #75 (vol. #1 of the special editions) $15.00
Selected and introduced by Joan Almon, executive director of the Alliance for Childhood and former general secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America.
Meeting Rudolf Steiner presents what it was like to live and work with Steiner through the remembrances of his friends and associates, including the great Russian novelist Andrei Bely, humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, conductor Bruno Walter, poet Arvia MacKay Ege, eurythmist Lisa Monges and others.