Moving through limiting life circumstances

GirlJoy’s physical support system had crumbled again, and the way ahead in her life remained blocked. Gino, who shared Joy’s need for a subtle balance between movement and stability, recognised her struggle. “Remember that you can find strength from spiritual sources,” he said to her compassionately in one of her moments of deep disorientation. “You yourself have told me that the physical is transitory. When your exoteric support structures have disappeared, you can access your power from the esoteric.”

Although Gino’s words revealed no new perspective to Joy, they greatly aided her to find a point of balance. Gino was aware of the subtle dimensions of life. His support was crucial to her because he was able to advise and encourage her without dragging her back under the veil of illusion.

Joy found her breakdown hard to accept because she had believed that she’d learned to hold the high ground over her emotions in any situation. Instead, she discovered that the vicissitudes of life were still able to provoke bitterness and depression in her. Maybe breakdowns are always a part of life? Perhaps what’s important is how we respond to them? Joy was aware that even in the depths of this current crisis a feeling of purpose lay just below the surface of her gloom. She recognised that her faith was growing stronger, enabling her to reorient herself more quickly after a breakdown than in her younger years. Continue reading

Inspirational Human Beings – Rudolf Steiner

Ok, ok, another white male and he’s also dead, like the wonderful Albert Schweitzer who was the first to appear in my mini-series on Inspirational Human Beings. I’ll do my best, in the future, to address the gender and racial imbalance and give praise to those who still walk amongst us, but I can’t make any promises..

Rudolf SteinerAlthough Steiner has passed away, his legacy is very much alive and kicking. And what a legacy it is! Through his spiritual philosophy, called anthroposophy, he made an enduring contribution to agriculture (bio-dynamic), education (Waldorf and Steiner schools), health (eurythmy, Hiscia Institute’s research on cancer), artistic expression (eurythmy), architecture, economics, social work (special needs) and even natural cosmetics (Weleda and Dr Hauschka brands)! If I manage to do a fraction of what Rudolf Steiner did in his lifetime, or have the same posthumous influence, I’ll die a happy bunny. Plenty of road ahead for me to travel! Sigh!

For a 6 minute intro to Rudolf Steiner, check out this preview of the film The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner by British film-maker Jonathan Stedall.

(Source of photo: Anthromedia,