Free Man Creator school

From Anthroposophy

Sharing early thoughts

The idea and the name

The 'Free Man Creator school' is the name for a vision: a contemporary version of a Mystery School (in the Mystery School tradition going back all the way from the old Egyptian and Greek mystery centres), specifically inspired on the School of Chartres but based on the injection of new knowledge since 1879.

School meaning: a meeting place, where people can learn and grow from the interaction of meeting other people with shared interests and ideals.

We choose not to use the term spiritual science for good reason, because science is only the knowledge part. The scope is to take an integrated approach towards art, science and religion (re 1907-GA284). A holistic approach towards philosophy, cosmology and religion (re 1922-GA215).

This includes the practice and praxis part of meditation and personal exercises, as covered under Initiation.

Inspiration comes more specifically from:

  • the esoteric school of St. Paul and Dionysius the Areopagite in the 1st century in Greece (revived in the 9th century by John Scotus Eriugena)
  • the School of Chartres in the 13th century in France
  • the rosecrucian stream (see also Christian Rosenkreutz)

For more details, also about what was taught, see the Mystery School tradition.

Why?

When multiple people share an interest, an ideal, and get together, there is the creation and building of 'a new center'. When we interact on the topic of spiritual science, initiation, the Christ .. we do that because we have something in common, and by our sharing thoughts and words contribute to the community of souls inscribing in the spirit world and thereby create something new.

See also notes on the importance of meeting in groups on: Communicating over spiritual science

How? and What?

Three main elements

In the spirit of the ancient mystery schools, and as explained by Rudolf Steiner, the term school should by understood as a preparation and support for a better life, and not the study of theorethical knowledge and spinning thoughts. Therefore one can put forth three pillars:

1 - practice of exercises for spiritual development, see Initiation and Initiation exercises such as meditation, concentration, soul work, etc

2 - study of spiritual science, as per the rosecrucian tradition

3 - acting in the world, after assimilating all the above, so as to embed our worldview, moral conscience into conscious acts in the world.

On the first point, as a quote by Steiner:

Once I am no longer there, an intellectualization of the anthroposophical spiritual science will happen. This is a great danger, because that means the whole movement will stagnate. That is why the right care for the internal esoteric work is so important. People don't realize and they don't want to hear it but it so: even when someone is sitting all by himself in a room, but with deep inner seriousness and full devotion of his heart is reading the Gospel of John or other spiritual scientific matters, he is thereby doing more for the good of the world than then people who make themselves important for themselves and others by all kinds of anthroposophical meddling

On the third, from a lecture by Adelheid Petersen in 1950 quoting Rudolf Steiner (see: On educating yourself .. and Communicating over .. )

Schooling is an essential foundation and a prerequisite. However anthroposophy should not be thought or studied as theory or theorethical science, it should be lived. .. What matters is how our soul is affected, moulded and develops so we can act in life. This is so much more important than all theorethical knowledge about spiritual scientific concepts.

And on the third point again, the important plea from 1923-06-17-GA258

If that became a reality in people's attitude, not necessarily overnight but over a longer time-span, the required impulse would certainly develop over a period of perhaps twenty-one years. Whenever anthroposophists encountered the kind of material from our opponents which I read out yesterday, for example, the appropriate response would come alive in their hearts. I am not saying that this would have to be transformed immediately into concrete action, but the required impulse would live in the heart. Then the action, too, would follow.

If such action does not develop, if it is only our opponents who are active and organized, then the right impulse is clearly absent. People clearly prefer to continue their lives in a leisurely fashion and listen to the occasional lecture on anthroposophy. But that is not enough if the Anthroposophical Society is to thrive. If it is to thrive, anthroposophy has to be alive in the Anthroposophical Society. And if that happens then something significant can develop over twenty-one years. By my calculations, the Society has already existed for twenty-one years.

However, since I do not want to criticize, I will only call on you to reflect on this issue to the extent of asking whether each individual, whatever their situation, has acted in a spirit which is derived from the nucleus of anthroposophy?

If one or another among you should feel that this has not been the case so far, then I appeal to you: start tomorrow, start tonight for it would not be a good thing if the Anthroposophical Society were to collapse. And it will most certainly collapse, now that the Goetheanum is being rebuilt in addition to all the other institutions which the Society has established, if that awareness of which I have spoken in these lectures does not develop, if such self-reflection is absent. And once the process of collapse has started, it will proceed very quickly. Whether or not it happens is completely dependent on the will of those who are members of the Anthroposophical Society.

Anthroposophy will certainly not disappear from the world. But it might very well sink back into what I might call a latent state for decades or even longer before it is taken up again. That, however, would imply an immense loss for the development of mankind. It is something which has to be taken into account if we are serious about engaging in the kind of self-reflection which I have essentially been talking about in these lectures. What I certainly do not mean is that we should once again make ringing declarations, set up programmes, and generally state our willingness to be absolutely available when something needs to be done. We have always done that. What is at stake here is that we should find the nucleus of our being within ourselves. If we engage in that search in the spirit of wisdom transmitted by anthroposophy then we will also find the anthroposophical impulse which the Anthroposophical Society needs for its existence.

Logistically

In the past and the ancient mysteries, the student-master relation was véry different: the master was a divine being and the student put his fate in the hands of the master. We are now millenia further, and the current mode is that it is up to us individually to do the work with and on our inner being. Up to the centuries after Christ, knowledge was handed over only with the spoken word. In the middle ages things were put in writing and distributed in book form.

Today we are in the age of internet connectivity and we though we may be physically separated, we have new opportunities to reach out and connect and get to know people in new ways. Rather than saying it is all no good, it is up to us to craft new ways that are valuable and can work for what is is important to us.

The value lies in the work we do ourselves on our own and on our self, but also how we can inspire, support, help eachother. That meaningful help can have many forms, also the less expected. Just one question asked by another person can make the difference in one's life.

Process and attitude-wise

This site is developed to support personal study and provide a common reference. The essence of the interaction should be a focus on the feeling and willing aspects. Explicitly: the focus of the school is not on the intellectual thinking process, and not to provide spoon-feeding alternatives to the process of soul work which can only be owned by the individual. Hence it assumes an active mind ànd soul, to take responsability for self-driven study and soul work, and initiatory exercices, so as to be able also to actively contribute in a joint collaborative group process.

This does not mean you need to know everything! Asking questions is at least as important as giving the answer (that is a big topic, see 'know thyself' and/or 'Parsifal'). And of course a group exists for joint contemplation.

Practical aspects today

1/ The idea is not to establish a classical or physical school, but rather to be creative and explore new forms. The school 'idea' is left open quite deliberately, awaiting interested people to come forth and contact us to co-create and develop this initiative further .

Some ideas for a group process:

  • introductory exchange of personal biography elements and learnings, maybe also with 'haves' and 'wants'
  • interactions to align and converge towards (a) common chosen study topic(s)
  • facilitation of questions and answers sessions (on a certain topic)
  • everyone in the group sharing their study experience and contribute from a different personal perspective, eg how the topic touched your soul

2/ Currently we do take questions from students, and will consider taking students who ask for guidance and support in their study or development.

The following practical starting points are offered on this site:

a) the practical info in the section 'About the study process and working spiritual science' on the Tools and practical site info page

b) the Q&A section that offers Questions and Answers around various topics as an opportunity for study, discussion and exploration

c) the FMC study schemas for an explanation, examples and references to other study schemas.

d) the Study Modules (see main site menu), either already online or not yet, or in various stages of development, on three subject areas all broad and deep:

e) the information related to Initiation, as spiritual practice is so crucial to complement the study process

Discussion

Someone asked a question about this:

It is an idea and initiative that has not matured yet, and definitely is not a 'school' as we know today, in that sense the term may not be well-chosen, but the idea is to be a platform to connect people, imagine like around a campfire, but then virtually, and share experiences - life experiences, questions, insights .. contents-wise like the old mystery schools offered, stepping over the divisions in contemporary culture (science vs art vs religion) .. with an inner path ingredient of doing the work as in contemplation, meditation, concentration .. there are a few people that have been talking this idea, because we are scattered around the world dispersed 'in the diaspora', as one person put it. So we have been wondering how to get to creating soul value with all the means available, for example one experiment was/is to take up the writing of old-fashioned letter writing (as in the 18th century). There are many good ideas coming from various parties, but to answer your question: it is not an established school or institute as such.

The goal is that it is created with and through people, and there are a few starting and stepping stones to that .. sharing (spiritual or pivotal) life experiences, connecting on topics of the study process and 'living with questions', the striving for insight, and biography work know yourself

Given the difficulties we can all see and experience in online interactions it's not obvious to use virtual tools to connect, therefore it has to be a smaller close circle in order to get trust, respect, patience and core values. Do you see what I mean? For example the FreeManCreator or anthroposophy.eu is not used as a study tool to converse over or go in depth of certain topics, but mostly people flashing in and out 'zapping' with short attention spans. This is just exemplary for what is also happening eg on facebook forums. This is and stays on the surface, quick thoughts, no depth .. and no inner deepening can be expected from this.

see eg what is truly expressed in the following .. but one has to take this to the soul and let it work there to deepen and connect to one's feelings and life purpose, see:

https://anthroposophy.eu/Notes_on_the_study_process

https://anthroposophy.eu/Active_soul_participation

https://anthroposophy.eu/Study_process_and_developing_imaginations

https://anthroposophy.eu/Reverse_ritual

I conclude with my first question and invitation: please feel free to share more specific questions, thoughts or suggestions you may have

There are many things coming together here .. pregnant of something is trying to happen here’, is trying to unfold .. People who truly do the soul work themselves have something to offer that can be of great value to create something relationshipswise as souls together, just by connecting. Hence this small group of people could initiate this, so that it could offer support, a bit like a roped travel mountaineering whereby the group can offer a circle of trust and reflection and exchange of life experiences along the way.

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