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 1.2.
This section further introduces the study subject pointing out further examples of unpractical thinking thought of as practical thinking. Steiner touches on the materialistic or mechanical world view including the idea of the human being as a well functioning machine, and the age old question of who constructed this machine.
Concerning the natural world, the world that is spread out in front of us including all the phenomena of nature from the grassy fields, the animals, the air ... to the distant mountains and the seas ... we are made aware of the idea that also behind the natural world the world of the spirit is active at all times. Yes, that indeed the world is created by thought and is still ceaselessly being created in this manner ... just as the words that I am writing here or the words you may be writing as part of the assignments below are indeed creations of the thoughts that went into these words!
Please consider this section of the text and write down your thoughts and feelings concerning this section including answering the following questions or tasks.
1. What does Steiner mean with "right attitude and proper feeling for thinking"?
2. What is meant by the statement: "They forget the watchmaker?"
3. Comment on whether you see parallels in this text to today's discussions of "evolution versus creation".