Parenting as Initiation

Lecture by Dennis Klocek
August 2012, Sacramento, CA
Related to Spiritual Paths
Type: Audio, Podcast | Posted Aug 8, 2012

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This lecture was given to parents and faculty of the Sacramento Waldorf School in 2012. The topic addresses the original state of consciousness of human beings where the divine consciousness and the personality are mixed in the young child.

Then it is necessary for these two outlooks to separate in order for freedom of the individuality to result. This creates the divine – persona axis that reaches a peak in adolescence. The task is to then unite these two separate states of consciousness again in the search for initiation. These tasks are then related to the shifting roles of parenthood in contemporary life.


  1. Avice Hindmarch on December 4, 2021 at 4:50 am

    Hello Dennis,

    I have become the ‘guardian’ of a relatively new Waldorf School Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Unfortunately only 1 of the teachers ( a Eurythmist) has Waldorf Experience, the others have been trying to follow by attending annual workshops and what they can read. This is clearly not ideal, but yet we progress as best we can. At this stage it goes up to class 7 with High School being dreamed of… Educating and informing the parents has been the most challenging so would you mind if I pass on this video on education to the teachers? Kind regards, Avice Hindmarch.

    • Ben Klocek on December 6, 2021 at 10:28 am

      Hi Avice,

      Yes! Please do! We are enthusiastic in supporting educators. Let us know if there are other ways we can help.


  2. Lorene Allen on December 8, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    This material came at the perfect moment for me. I want to listen to it again.
    I am not able to make that happen. Where can I access the lecture again?
    also, during my listening, I could not get the player to repeat or play again.
    thank you for all you d to make this work available.

  3. Linda Kemp on December 12, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Thank you for this recording. I have listened to this audio multiple times as it really speaks to me. Sometimes it plays on my phone with no hitch. More often than not, access is denied on my laptop. Ben, can you help with this?

    • Ben Klocek on December 14, 2021 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Linda,

      Thanks for reporting your issue. I have tracked down the issue and fixed it. Please try again.

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Dennis Klocek, MFA, is co-founder of the Coros Institute, an internationally renowned lecturer, and teacher. He is the author of nine books, including the newly released Colors of the Soul; Esoteric Physiology and also Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics. He regularly shares his alchemical, spiritual, and scientific insights at

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