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New Observations: The Rudolf Steiner Lens in the 21st Century

New Observations is an independent, non-profit contemporary arts and culture journal that is written edited and published by the arts community in an expanded process, as a work of collaborative art.

This issue is dedicated to the research and art that have come out of over 100 years of what Rudolf Steiner had brought to humanity through what he called Spiritual Science, also known as Anthroposophy.

This issue is full of art work and images from a wide range of anthroposophic artists beautifully laid out and presented with quotes from Steiner and others. This is one issue that you will want to have and share with others.


Mia Feroleto: Publisher’s Letter

Elana Freeland: Guest Editor’s Letter

Michael McPherson: Who is Rudolf Steiner?
Karen McPherson: Eurythmy: The Art of Self-Transformation for Our Era
Michael Givens: Deceptive Messengers
Janette Jacobson: A New Impulse for Painting
Andrea Lyman: The Mystery of Mood in the Fifth
Michiko Bresnihan: East and West in Waldorf Education
Sheila Phelps Johns: The Erosion of Listening
David O’Hagan: The Eighth Sphere
Barbara M. V. Scott: The Light Root (Dioscorea batatas, or Chinese Yam, Human Consciousness and Health)

Atmani: The Lautsänger

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About the Author

ELANA FREELAND, a former Waldorf teacher, is now a writer, ghostwriter, teacher and lecturer who researches and writes on Deep State issues like geoengineering, MK-ULTRA, ritual abuse, targeting and invasive electromagnetic weapons (Nexus, October 2014). She is best known for her geoengineering trilogy: Chemtrails, HAARP, and the Full Spectrum Dominance of Planet Earth (Feral House, June 2014), Under An Ionized Sky: From Chemtrails to Space Fence Lockdown (Feral House, February 2018) and in October 2021 the third and last book of the trilogy, Geoengineered Transhumanism: How the Environment Has Been Weaponized by Chemicals, Electromagnetism, & Nanotechnology for Synthetic Biology. Elana came of age in the eye of the Sixties maelstrom. Her 4-book series Sub Rosa America: A Deep State History exposes the hidden history of America since President John F. Kennedy’s televised assassination. (An 80-page bibliography of some of what she read in order to write the series can be found at her website:

KAREN MCPHERSON AND MICHAEL MCPHERSON, began making a home in 1979 in this world for Anthroposophy and Eurythmy, the work of Rudolf Steiner. In 1984, The American Eurythmy School, a full four-year training program, was founded and has continued to grow throughout the years. Headquarters are in Dunsmuir, California.

MICHAEL GIVENS has been teaching Humanities, Classical Chinese, and Main Lesson blocks with a Waldorf homeschooling high school group in Oregon for the last 2 years, and also teaches in both the Doctoral and Masters programs at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health in Oakland, CA. Prior to this, he taught in the classroom and clinic for many years at the National University of Natural Medicine. He has also taught Humanities, Social Studies, and Composition in various high schools in California, New Mexico, and Oregon. He and his wife (Dr. Ali Givens, ND) have a clinic together in Oregon where he practices as a Licensed Acupuncturist. His article was published first in the Portland Branch Newsletter in February 20, 2021, then in Deepening Anthroposophy in August of 2021

JANETTE JACOBSON has spent her young adult years teaching children and looking for something that was missing in life-asgiven. Her training with Michael and Karen McPherson at The American Eurythmy School [both Michael and Karen have contributions in this issue] offered a path forward, the quest being how, again and again, will she hear her own heart speaking in the midst of life’s challenges and tasks. Janette taught Eurythmy to children and adults for more than two decades. In 2017, she fulfilled her painting training at the Arteum Painting School with Peter Stebbing, a training in which the capacity for feeling (which everyone has) is transformed into an organ of perception, a heightened sense for feelingly perceiving color and life around us. Janette currently paints and teaches painting.

ANDREA LYMAN, holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in vocal music education, and taught music privately and in a public school setting (K-12) before becoming a parent and happily finding Waldorf education in 1992. She received her certification in Waldorf Music Education in 2005 from Sunbridge College, and taught Waldorf school music for more than 20 years. She has taught music courses at Sunbridge College and Sound Circle Center, and is adjunct faculty for West Coast Institute in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Her two-part article, “Let There Be Music: The Music Curriculum in the Waldorf School (Grades1-8)” appeared in RENEWAL Magazine in 2009. She is currently president of AWME (The Association for Waldorf Music Education) and mentors schools, teachers and parents throughout the world. She is also the Director for the Waldorf Music Teacher Training in both China and the Philippines.

SHEILA PHELPS JOHNS, after earning her Bachelor of Music at University of Southern California and Masters in music at Wichita State University, completed anthroposophic trainings in both instrumental and singing therapy, then worked with the lyre in the early grades for 14 years at the Washington Waldorf School in Washington, DC. She now lives in Cuenca, Ecuador and organizes and presents workshops, conferences and trainings in North and South America as well as China and the Philippines.

MICHIKO FUJII BRESNIHAN is a Waldorf educator specializing in kindergarten who has lived in Japan and in the United States, and just returned to Japan with her husband, Brian.

DAVID O’HAGAN, a student of anthroposophy and of AnthroTech founder Paul Emberson, has launched a website hosting a number of his own deeply researched presentations like “The Battle for Humanity.” O’Hagan explores the complex and epochal technological developments that we are facing in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and biotechnology, and the step forward through recent Covid-19 developments. O’Hagan provides a detailed “look behind the curtain” of a vast project more popularly known as “The Great Reset” or “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (terms popularized by Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum). Grounded in spiritual-scientific understanding, the contents of O’Hagan’s website comprise a sobering encounter with some serious realities of an ahrimanic nature—realities that it is crucial to be aware of and to research further. He also provides a presentation of inner work through anthroposophy as a way forward. His interview by Catherine Austin Fitts can be found here: covid-19-injection-with-davidohagan/

BARBARA M.V. SCOTT, MS just Barbara M.V. Scott, MS, is a wildlife biologist, writer and biodynamic educator who began to practice biodynamic agriculture in 1989 at Aurora Farm. She offers workshops and consultations in composting, land stewardship, and heirloom seed cultivation. She seeks to continue her life’s work and research on sensitive crystallization with others practicing Sacred Agriculture. Since 2009, she has been working with Diascorea batatas (light root).

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Weight 17 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 0.7 × 11 in

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