The Question of Consciousness Today

A Conference with Virginia Sease

Fra Angelico St MichaelFriday evening, August 28th, Saturday, August 29th and Sunday August 30th

South Space, Cedarwood Waldorf School
3030 SW 2nd Ave. Portland OR 97201

Contact James Lee at [email protected]

This special conference with Virginia Sease is open to members of the Anthroposophical Society and members of the School for Spiritual Science. Additional information will be provided here in coming weeks. Saturday and Sunday meals and snacks will be catered and are included as part of the conference early registration fee: Anthroposophical Society Members $150 and School for Spiritual Science Members $250. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. To request work study or a full or partial scholarship contact James Lee at [email protected]. This event is sponsored by the Portland Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.

Two registration options:

1. Click here to register/pay online (make sure to include your Name, Email, Address, and Telephone in the “Comments or special instructions” section of the checkout process).
2. Or, fill out this registration form (PDF), enclose your check made out to Portland Branch, & mail to Ruth Klein, Treasurer, 3609 SE Center, Portland, OR 97202.

Overview of Events:

  • Friday – Public Lecture: Rudolf Steiner’s Contribution to the Question of Consciousness in Contemporary Life
  • Saturday – AS Members Lecture 1: The Enigma of Reincarnation Today and the Activity of the Hierarchies
  • Saturday – AS Members Lecture 2: The Development of the Human Ego in the Era of the Etheric Christ
  • Saturday – First Class Members Lecture 1: Silence When Meeting the Outer Expression of the Threshold
  • Sunday – First Class Members Lecture 2: Rudolf Steiner’s Esotericism before 1914 and its Metamorphosis in the Lessons of the First Class
  • Sunday – First Class Members Lecture 3: A Pathway through the 19 Lessons of the School for Spiritual Science: Encounters with the Hierarchies

Full Schedule and Description:

Friday
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Public lecture: Rudolf Steiner’s Contribution to the Question of Consciousness for Contemporary Life

Saturday
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Transportation to conference venue.
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: AS Members Lecture 1: The Enigma of Reincarnation Today and the Activity of the Hierarchies
11:0 0 AM – 11:30 AM: Break with Snacks
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Conversation about the Lecture
12:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Catered Lunch and Break for First Class and AS Member Participants at the Conference
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Art Exhibition in the Art Hall at the Cedarwood Waldorf School, curated by Robin Lieberman.
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Break with Snacks
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM AS Members Lecture 2: The Development of the Human Ego in the Era of the Etheric Christ
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Conversation about the Lecture
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Catered Dinner for First Class and AS Member Participants at the Conference
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: First Class Members Lecture 1: Silence When Meeting Inner and Outer Experiences of the Threshold

Sunday
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Transportation to conference venue.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: First Class Members Lecture 2: Rudolf Steiner’s Esotericism before 1914 and its Metamorphosis in the Lessons of the First Class
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Break with Snacks
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Conversation about the Lecture
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: First Class Members Lecture 3: A Pathway through the 19 Lessons of the School for Spiritual Science: Encounters with the Hierarchies
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Catered Lunch for First Class Members

Lecture Descriptions:

Friday Evening
Public Lecture: “Rudolf Steiner’s Contribution to the Question of Consciousness for Contemporary Life”
Today Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) is well-known in many spheres of life such as Waldorf education, medicine, therapy, bio-dynamic farming, architecture and art forms in general, and other endeavors which arise out of the impulse of Anthroposophy (the wisdom of the human being) which he developed. In addition to these fields he may also be credited as a clear thinker who introduced not only very clear and comprehensive descriptions of human consciousness and its evolution but also examples to illustrate his findings. We need only embark on a journey through some of his best-known works such as “Philosophy of Freedom”, “How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds”, “Esoteric Science, an Outline” and many more as well as his 6,000 lectures which were recorded in shorthand to discover that this enormous edifice – which also includes his artistic work: 4 Mystery Dramas, 2 large buildings called “Goetheanum”, a more than 8 m high wooden sculpture – has its fulcrum in consciousness in all of its manifold diversifications. The greatest contribution of Rudolf Steiner in regard to consciousness may be summed up in one sentence: All life, all evolution arises and subsists as consciousness and develops further as consciousness.
In this presentation Virginia Sease will describe some of the steps in the evolution of consciousness with a special emphasis on the importance of the integrity of the individual of the human being as a decisive factor in the disparities of civilization today.

Saturday Morning
AS Membership Lecture I: “The Enigma of Reincarnation Today and the Activity of the Hierarchies”
Many people in our time from childhood on have a feeling that they have previously experienced life on the earth before their present one. Moments or situations come over them with the sense: I know this; I have experienced this before. This experience often becomes the impetus for them to set out on a search for the reality of their identity. For example, a gifted person might ask “Why do I have this particular talent and others do not?” The former answer frequently given no longer suffices: “it is because of grace”. Today the recognition of reincarnation is widespread, therefore the question no longer concerns whether reincarnation exists but rather how does it work.
Rudolf Steiner, as no other spiritual researcher before or after, provides insights into the preparation for a new earthly life. In this preparation the spiritual hierarchies play a decisive role which we will form a central aspect of this lecture and the following discussion.

Saturday Afternoon
AS Membership Lecture II: “The Development of the Human Ego in the Era of the Etheric Christ”
To comprehend the complexities of the human ego it helps to become acquainted with the differentiation in regard to the ego which Rudolf Steiner described from various aspects. After considering these differentiations we will approach our theme through two special meditations by Rudolf Steiner which provide a background for the era of the accessibility of the Christ-Being in the etheric world. This pathway will lead through historical developments up to the dimensions of consciousness necessary for humanity today. The degree of I-consciousness which human beings can achieve in our present time will also determine how their spiritual endeavors to comprehend the Christ Mystery will work on in the future both for the individual as well as for humankind. It is important today to recognize at least from a cognitive perspective the reality of the presence of the Christ within the etheric sphere.

Saturday Evening
Members of the First Class 1: “Silence When Meeting Inner and Outer Experiences of the Threshold”
In approaching the necessity for silence in regard to the threshold between the physical and the supersensible worlds we will focus on several main aspects: the significance of silence for the inner life based on cultural history; Rudolf Steiner’s understanding of “silent knowledge” and the development of inspiration; the encounter of silence, listening and speaking in the last three mantric situations in the Class Lessons (17, 18, 19).

Sunday Morning
Members of the First Class 2: “Rudolf Steiner’s Esotericism before 1914 and its Metamorphosis in the Lessons of the First Class”
Now after more than a century we can regard Rudolf Steiner’s exoteric and esoteric contribution through Spiritual Science as an integrated continuum which through its innate flexibility and dimension/scope could find expression in

  1. the content appropriate for the work of the Esoteric School (1904 – 1914) and the work with ritual (1906 – 1914)
  2. in the form for the content
  3. in the verbal expression

With the inauguration of the Michael School on earth (1924) the prior content was significantly increased, the form underwent some vital changes and the verbal dimension may be regarded as highest achievement in cognitive-mantric expression, which, however, bears witness to earlier achievements in this domain. Examples will assist us in perceiving such metamorphoses.

Members of the First Class 3: “A Pathway through the 19 Lessons of the School for Spiritual Science: Encounters with the Hierarchies”
The role of the hierarchies becomes more and more decisive as the Class lessons proceed and the human being’s awareness of them progressively develops. This awareness proves to be of ultimate significance on the pathway.


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