Sophia Institute online Waldorf Certificate Program
Anthroposophy in Everyday Life
Course AEL1: Practical Training in Thought
Lesson 1: Introduction. Practical Thinking. Unpractical Thinking.
Lesson 2: Right Attitude and Proper Feeling for Thinking.
Lesson 3: Real Practice of Thought. Practical Exercises in Thinking I.
Lesson 4: Thinking through Observation.
Lesson 5: Practical Exercises in Thinking II.
Lesson 6: Practical Exercises in Thinking III. Example of a Practical Thinker.
Lesson 7: Practical Exercises in Thinking IV. Focused Thinking.
Lesson 8: Practical Exercises in Thinking V. Painting the Mental Picture.
Lesson 9: Practical Exercises in Thinking VI and VII. Arriving at Conclusions.
Lesson 10: Conclusions and Observations. How Thinking Changes.
Tasks and Assignments for Lesson 1.1.
The section of the lecture presented here introduces the study subject pointing out some examples of unpractical thinking thought of as practical thinking.
Steiner poses in this introduction to the theme in for him unusually strong language a critique of what passes "normally" as practical thinking. He states that so-called “practical thought” is often not thought at all but only the continuing pursuit of traditional opinions and habits. This is indeed an extremely interesting challenge to all of us. Are we actually thinking when we think we think, or are we only pursuing opinions and habits. And who can judge our thinking but we ourselves?
So - Steiner really challenges not only thinking in general but our own thinking in particular. This is not surprising, as much of the teaching of Anthroposophy is of course about self development including developing (and changing?) the way we are accustomed to think.
The lecture presented here - and subsequently this course - includes answers to the question on how to do just that: to change and develop our thinking.
This first lesson comprises basically two tasks. Firstly to study the text, perhaps repeatedly over several days, and secondly to work with and answer the question given below.
Please consider this section of the text and write down your thoughts and feelings concerning this introduction by answering the following question.
Do you see such unpractical thinking (as described in the text) somewhere today? Give examples and your own comments.