Meditation in Conversation
The conversation continues. After the Living Connections gathering on anthroposophic meditation Inessa Guseva has continued to seeking out interviews. They have been appearing in the weekly publication the Goetheanum. The circle that shepherded the Summer gathering into existence decided to keep the Living Connections website up for the time being as a platform for sharing these. Here you will find the original interviews that took place in preparation for the gathering and those that have occurred since. You can check back for new material or subscribe to the Goetheanum weekly www.dasgoetheanum.com
Das Goetheanum – Die Wochenschrift für Anthroposophie Nr.23-24 · 2017. Ein Essay von Bodo von Plato und ins Deutsche übertragene Auszüge aus den Interviews.
Was trennt uns von der geistigen Welt? Einzig und allein eine Gefühlswolke der Egoität, der «Eigenliebe», wie Rudolf Steiner das nennt, eine Hülle des «Selbstgefühls» um den Leib herum, wie Georg Kühlewind das bezeichnet.2 In der Meditation können wir diese Schicht vorübergehend verschwinden lassen …
The Goetheanum conference that will take place in July 2017 is an example of the growing interest and openness to the work of meditation and Anthroposophy more generally. The conference will provide a way for many people to support and benefit each other in their meditation practice. I can understand the reluctance people have had to offer instruction in meditation. None of us are initiates; none of us are Masters, so to speak. Yet many have been working at meditation for some years and have gained valuable experience. I feel the sharing of those experiences is an important part of becoming a spiritual community when done in the right way, with modesty.
«I feel that meditation gives more capacity for love, spiritual love and even self-knowledge, of course, which is not always so nice, but it is necessary. This is Anthroposophy to me, that you don't only meditate for your own development, but for other people's development.»
«Though meditation today is often presented as a way to better health and well-being, it also has a significant potential for interaction with philosophy. Rarely it is pointed out that the original aim of meditation was a deeper experience and knowledge of true reality.»
«it seems that more and more people, especially younger people, sense with growing awareness the presence of a potential aspect, mostly hidden in their being. There is more than what we see and experience of ourselves and each other, in a sense of the perceptible world.»
«I really had this question, how can you combine a spiritual life with social engagement. There were very few opportunities to do that, but something that really impressed me with anthroposophy was that were both a spiritual path and also social engagement.»
«Doch mit dieser innengerichteten Müdigkeit des Selbstwerdens, wird auch eine ganz andere Müdigkeit möglich, eine nach aussen gerichtete, zarte Müdigkeit, die die Zange des Ich löst, eine Müdigkeit des Staunens, des Zugänglichwerdens, des Wunderns über die Welt als einem Du...»
«The main purpose for me is really enhancing my professional life. Research on one hand, also based on meditation, imagination, inspiration, intuition, but also by intervening, offering help to people who suffer from conflicts, problems.»