Inner Work for the Teacher

 

An Outline for a Renewal of Waldorf Education

Rudolf Steiner's Method of Heart-Thinking and Its Central Role in the Waldorf School

Mark-Dominick Riccio, Ed.D.

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Mark Riccio's book is a masterful presentation not only of the heart of Waldorf Education, but of ways of nurturing the heart-opening approach of this educations such that it - and those who teach it - spring to life, creative and loving in the here and now. Heart-Thinking, an articulation of Steiner's cognitive approach, when done with open eyes, a smiling face, and a warm heart leads the thinker through successive levels of understanding, each culminating in a flowering metamorphosis transforming into the next level. So, too, Riccio's 100 page gem of a book - to engage in his understanding, to try out his exercises (which are fun - no long faces here!), is to find oneself at a point of transformation - and the choice (the only real choice) is to embrace life more fully, open your heart, and move on to the next level.

As Riccio tells us, the heart of Waldorf Education takes the students (and their teachers!) on such a journey of heart-opening transformation as it teaches them the things they need to know to become part of the family of humanity.

The seed of revolution (or, more correctly, evolution) that is this book lies in the suggestion, the hope, of the author (and myself) that teachers and staff at Waldorf Schools embrace the challenge of developing their own capacities of Heart-Thinking (and in my mind, this applies without modification to homeschooling co-ops and parents). Were this to occur, it would transform the education offered into something that fills all of society with a new life - and nurtures rather than drains those who provide it and support it.

I have great hopes that many will embrace these proposals, this way of learning to love without blindness. Not just our children, but all of us, will thrive on the effort.

A Primer for Spiritually Thinking Educators

A New Organic-Living Translation of Rudolf Steiner's Original Essay, Education of the Child with Study Material

Mark Riccio

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Here at last is what many have been asking for - a workbook that moves step-by-step along the path outlined in A Study Guide to Rudolf Steiner's Heart-Thinking. Anyone following it with the liveliness of thought offered by the author will, I predict, find themselves in the adventurous realm of continuous discovery about both the world and themselves.

Mark Riccio offers up an excellent overview (i.e., how to proceed) and then begins with his own translation of Steiner's essay The Education of the Child. In doing so, he has reshaped the title to indicate that all educators (not just those in Waldorf settings) are invited to partake, as was Steiner's intent. In my mind, he also indirectly points to the fact that everyone is at one moment or another an educator and that anyone who wishes can draw from the well of its inspiration.

His process is one of diving into the words to arrive at the thought they surround, then to retrieve that thought from the depths of its dwelling place and bring it back into our world as living insight and inspiration. What you'll discover is nothing less than sheer joy.

For groups or individuals, this is a pathway from the head to the heart and out into the world. Enjoy!

The Little Series: Michaelmas

From the Work of Rudolf Steiner

Compiled by
Helmut von Kügelgen

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To our eye, Helmut von Kügelgen has succeeded in putting between two modest covers the deepest, most useful and most beautiful thoughts, essays, imaginations, verses and observations of Rudolf Steiner on the subject of Michaelmas and the Archangel Michael. This is a heart-opening, invigorating anthology.

Sample Contents:

  • How to Use This Booklet
  • Anthroposophy and the Human Gemüt
  • Michael's Battle with the Dragon
  • Twelve Verses from the Calendar of the Soul
  • Michaelmas Verse
  • The Michael Festival in the Course of the Year
  • Enthusiasm and the Consciousness o fthe Waldorf Teacher
  • Healthy and Ill instead of True and False
  • The Fine Weaving of the Spiritual in the Material
  • The Battle of Michael Described for the Waldorf Teacher
  • Truth-Wrought Pictures of Michael and the Growth of Human Freedom
  • Michael-Imagination
  • On the Genesis of Evil
  • Threefolding and the Michael Festival of the Future
  • Easter and Michaelmas
  • Trust in Spirit Bring Michael-Strength
  • Michael's Ascent to Time Spirit and His Battle with the Dragon
  • The Art of Education: Bulding the Vehicle in which Michael Will Ride into Our Civilization
  • On the Being of Michael - His Gaze - Rejection of Nationalism
  • The Message of Michael
  • The Equilibrium Between Lucifer and Ahriman through Christ
  • A Picture of Equilibrium
  • On the Mystery of Michael
  • From the New Testament

The Little Series: St. Martin

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Deepen your understanding of the human heart as expressed through St. Martin.  This lovely little book offers legends, history, insights into the life and meaning of St. Martin.  With its contents in your heart, your next November 11 Lantern Walk will be a source of richness and renewal.  Truly a beautiful book.

The Little Series: Christmas

From the work of Rudolf Steiner

Compiled by Helmut von Kügelgen

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These little books created by Helmut von Kügelgen are just amazing - each and every one of them was compiled with an eye toward the soul needs of teachers. The outcome is that each and every one of them carries within it such warmth, such heart-opening goodness, such hope and love, that they meet not just the needs of teachers, but of all of us.

Christmas is densely packed with meditations on the meaning of the seasons, the Gospel stories of Christmas, prayers and verses of resounding simplicity and richness, even a St. Nicolas celebration for children by von Kügelgen makes an appearance.

The tenderness and depth of Christmas is of a nature that extends well beyond a time of year -- as, in fact, the original Christmas has done.

Contents:

  • How to Work with This Booklet
  • The Four Different Accounts of Christmas in the Gospels
  • Universal Verse for the Earth
  • The Gospel of St. John
  • The Christmas Conference 1923/1924
  • Christmas Verse
  • Verses from the Calendar of the Soul
  • The Etheric Body as a Reflection of the Universe
  • Wisdom, Power and Love
  • In Praise of Love
  • The Armour of God - Verse by Angelus Silesius
  • Universal Verse for Our Earth
  • Freedom and Peaceful Collaboration
  • Isis, Sophia and Maria Unified in Love through the Child
  • Forces of Child and Forces of Eternity
  • The Birth of Christ in the Human Soul
  • The Christ-Impulse throughout History
  • Peace on Earth
  • Summer and Winter/New Year's Eve and the Holy Nights
  • Verses by Angelus Silesius
  • The First Gift
  • The Nicholas Messenger
  • Apocalyptic Advent Gospel - Gospel Texts for Advent, Christmas time, Epiphany and Beyond

The Steps toward Knowledge which the Seeker for Spirit Must Take

For Waldorf Teachers

Jørgen Smit

With an Introduction on the Soul Hygiene of the Teacher by David Mitchell

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Notes by the editor on a lecture given at a world congress of Waldorf schools in Stuttgart. Mr. Smit clearly and sensitively outlines the task of the teacher as a student of Anthroposophy. Smit's are some of the deepest considerations of the inner life of the teacher and its effect on students that are in print in English. Highly recommended.

Reading the Face

Understanding a Person's Character through Physiognomy

Norbert Glas, MD

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As a boy traveling to school by streetcar, Norbert Glas often passed the time by studying the faces of his fellow passengers, pondering the significance of the shapes and contours of their noses, eyes, and mouths. Later in life, after becoming a medical doctor and a student of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, Glas gained greater insight into the mysteries of human physiognomy.

In Reading the Face, the first translation into English of his seminal work, Glas begins by defining the three parts of the human face and explaining the importance of their relative proportions. A face that is more pronounced in any of these areas tends to indicate certain personality traits and specific physiological characteristics. People with a strong mouth and chin, for example, tend to have a strong will and an active, driven, and assertive nature. With the help of many photos and drawings, Glas presents the physiognomy of three basic types and analyzes the specifics of the head, forehead, ears, eyes, mouth, and nose.

Reading the Face will be valuable to doctors, teachers, and anyone who wants to better understand, accept, and love others.