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Group Exercise

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“The least honest, are those who read The Philosophy of Freedom as they would any other book, and then flatter themselves that they have really taken in the thoughts it contains. They’ve kept on reading strings of words without anything coming out of it that might be likened to the striking of steel on flint.”

"The reading of the Philosophy of Freedom should not be a mere reading, it should be an experiencing with inner shocks, tensions and resolutions."

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GROUP EXERCISE (weekly)
Select a word or sentence from text to contemplate. (outer truth)
Post comment to video in study group (inner truth)

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  • Thinking exercise for January 16, 2018 readings : Chapter 1.0 - 1.2

    The thoughts that come to me with this reading are:

    • "How is Man rooted in nature?"
    • Also, "What is the scientific approach in order for us to come to the truth of this matter?"

    Steiner seems to be setting us up with the age-old question of 'freedom of the will' to more deeply explore these questions. If Man is part of nature, then how could we say that free will exists, or if we are somehow not completely at one with nature and her laws of cause and effect, then how do we  explain this relationship and our capacity for freedom from Nature's laws?

    The mood is being set for a scientific approach to thinking, and to seek a way out of what often turns into a philosophical dead-end.

  • I have been meditating on the following: 

    " The way to the heart is through the head."

    For a long time psychology has asserted that one's thoughts determine one's feelings. But I am trying to take a step beyond that idea. Instead of just selecting some thoughts and then waiting to see the effects on my feelings, I am just sitting quietly with the thinking process. I am trying to be an observer of the process of thinking rather than just "shopping" for more thoughts.

    Also, I think I understand what the "head" is, but I am not so sure about what is meant by " heart".

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