Training our spirits

A lot is spoken about ‘spirit’ these days. Many people have a ‘faith’, following a religious doctrine, have practices that bring them into a state of wider awareness of a philosophy for life. And many more may well be wanting to explore these realms and not know where to start. Resisting involvement, standing on the sidelines, wanting to join in but just not sure who to trust.

My advice is to start by sitting. Just that. Become aware of all of you first before you venture forward. Once you can ‘read’ your own sense of vitality, then your body will inform, will give you indications on a visceral level as to whether it sits well for you, whatever ‘it’ is.

Rudolf Steiner spoke of having an awareness to ourselves through his practice of ‘Spiritual Science’ called Anthroposophy. From the Greek “anthropos, ”meaning man , and sophia, ”meaning wisdom. Rudolf Steiner said anthroposophy should mean awareness of one’s humanity.

” during occult training, the feeling of hate must disappear in us, otherwise it reappears as a feeling of fear; for fear is suppressed hate. We must transform the hate into a feeling of love, the love of wisdom.”

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 266 –

From the Contents of Esoteric Classes – Kassel, 26th February 1909

And may that wisdom start with knowing yourself more, from making time to just sit quietly, no words, no mantras, not even a specific posture, you could even lie down. It’s your practice, make it your own and explore how it feels before venturing forth. Be your own authority on you for now.

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