The Anthroposophical Society as a Michael Community

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The Anthroposophical Society as a Michael Community: On the Word ‘We’ in the Foundation Stone Meditation

“What lies spiritually and cosmically at the foundation of a community like the Anthroposophical Society? In wrestling with this question, I have come to the inner conviction that it is justified to speak of the Anthroposophical Society as a Michael community.” —Paul Mackay

How can one understand Rudolf Steiner’s use of the word we in the last part of the Foundation Stone Meditation: “What we found from our hearts and direct from our heads with focused will”? What is the meaning of “we” here?

In the first part of this original and inspiring work, Paul Mackay takes this question as a point of departure, developing a unique approach to working with the seven rhythms of the Meditation. Based on personal experiences, he concludes that the rhythms express the members of the human makeup. We in the fifth rhythm has the quality of “spirit-self.” The second part of the book considers the same we from a karmic perspective, with reference to Steiner’s lectures on karmic relationships, events in the fourth and ninth centuries, the mystery of death and evil, and the restoration of karmic truth.

About the Author

Paul Mackay, born 1946 in Hong Kong, studied economics in the Netherlands and business administration in France. After working in international finance, he met and studied Anthroposophy in England and Germany between 1974 and 1977. From 1977 until 2012 he was active in anthroposophic banking, as cofounder and Executive Director of Triodos Bank in the Netherlands, then Executive Director of GLS Bank in Germany, and later Chairman of its supervisory Board. As of March 2012, he is President of the Board of Directors of Weleda AG in Switzerland. In 1996 Paul Mackay joined the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. In 2000, he additionally became leader of the Section for Social Sciences of the School of Spiritual Science.

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.2 × 9 in




November 2013






Temple Lodge Press


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