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The Esoteric Background of Waldorf Education

The Cosmic Christ Impulse

René M. Querido

108 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"




The Being of Christ and the Mystery of Golgotha are the vast subjects that Rudolf Steiner deals with in varied ways in books and lectures from 1900 until his death in 1925. Before proceeding with the central theme of this book, it is important for us to ask what Rudolf Steiner means when he speaks of these profound, far reaching topics. In the brief review which follows we begin to understand Steiner's Christology in an esoteric, historical context, and we become aware of Steiner's evolving development of these themes in his writings. Moreover, there emerges the awareness that , even when Steiner does not mention the Christ, he speaks and works directly out of the Christ Impluse in our time. From this remarkable concept we realize that our understanding of the Christ will gain new depths when we work appropriately within any aspect of the wide diversity which Steiner has brought to mankind.

The Leitmotif of this book is inspired by passages from the fifth lecture of Rudolf Steiner's Education as a Social Problem, given shortly before the opening of the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart:

  • "One should not look superficially at the so-called cultural phenomena of our age, nor should one doubt that modern human beings have to arouse themselves to real comprehension of the Christ Impulse if evolution is to go forward in a healthy way.... This is something future educators and teachers must take into their consciousness.... One must teach from awareness that one has to bring about salvation in the case of every individual child; one has to steer children toward finding the Christ impulse in the course of life, toward finding a rebirth within themselves.... Such things must not live in the teacher as mere theory; they can be introduced into one's teaching only if one is strongly taken hold of by them in one's own soul....

    "The best in me as a human being of this and following incarnations is what I find in myself as the Christ Impulse."... We should be clear, however, that this Christ impulse must not become the dogmatism of some religious body.... Human intelligence, left to itself, travels the path toward the ahrimanic; it can become active for the good only through taking in the true Christ impulse.

Related Titles

  • Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy 1 : (CW 304)
  • The Roots of Education : (CW 309)
  • The Spiritual Ground of Education : (CW 305)

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Waldorf & Special Needs Education and Waldorf & Special Needs Education: General