Soul Exercises

Conflict and the Examined Life

By Dennis Klocek May 14, 2024
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In ancient times philosophers never considered their own soul life as existing separately from the world. It was widely believed that the personal will of a soul had a weak but perceptible effect on the way that the world unfolded. The weak effect became perceptible only if a soul took up the spiritual practice of…

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From Struggle to Gratitude: Searching for Clarity

By Dennis Klocek December 5, 2023
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In this profound series, Dennis teaches about human physiology and the learning process from a spiritual perspective. The series revolves around concepts from Karl Koenig and Rudolf Steiner, and aspects of struggle, gratitude, understanding the role of the ‘I’ and ‘Me’, and the importance of embracing uncertainty. He addresses the implications of fear, anxiety, humor, rhythm, and the significance of art and story as transformative tools.

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The Alchemy of Holy Week

By Dennis Klocek March 30, 2023
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In the yearly cycle the events of Holy Week can be the source of profound meditations on the relationship between pain and suffering on one hand and joy and gratitude on the other. Using indications from the work of Emil Bock on the daily events of Holy Week as a foundation, this weekend workshop will be composed of meditative pictures from alchemical sources of the planetary forces that serve as backdrop for the Christ drama. The focus of the work will be to explore alchemical imagery that is in harmony with the Easter celebration of the victory of life over death.

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Holy Week: An Alchemical Story

By Ben Klocek March 15, 2023
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Dear friends, As winter and spring tease with us with their comings and goings, we are passing through a sacred time for many spiritual people. In the Christian calendar, we are in Passiontide, leading toward Holy Week ending in Easter. For those raised in a Christian faith, much of these events and days may be second…

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The Book of Trials: On the Path to Seeing the Nature of Spirit

By Dennis Klocek February 6, 2023
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All those who seek to understand the world through the workings of spirit will meet the Guardian of the Threshold, who shows us our own true inner nature, the noble and the ignoble. To cross the threshold from the physical world into the spiritual as a practice of initiation, we are presented with trials through…

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Turning Living Nature Imagination Inward

By Ben Klocek January 25, 2023
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Thank you for your replies to this series on Goethe, phenomenology, and the etheric. I’m so pleased at the interest As I alluded to in my last email, it’s time to turn this way of seeing back on ourselves and peer at our own soul activity.  While Goethe refined this way of seeing into nature, Rudolf…

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Reading the Secret Script of Life

By Dennis Klocek January 24, 2023
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The political, social, environmental, and economic issues of the present time are rooted in polarities engendered by abstract, cause-and-effect thinking. The perception of the flow of life as strings of abstractions results in a mass mind that is locked into endless cycles of unsolvable polarities.

This workshop with Dennis Klocek will explore the roots of abstraction and then move towards morphological exercises that form the basis for the capacity to “read” the esoteric script.

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Developing Living Picture Thinking

By Ben Klocek January 13, 2023
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As I wrote in my last post, Johann von Goethe developed a way of observing nature that relies on clearing your mind of preconceived notions of the phenomena being observed, accurately observing the subtle details, and building up a living inner picture of those details through time. He applied this way of seeing, also called…

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Etheric Vision

By Dennis Klocek January 12, 2023
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In the inner work of developing your consciousness, there is a stage of development called “etheric vision”.  This concept is found in many forms in the work of Rudolf Steiner. To form an idea of this, it is useful to look at the work of Goethe known as phenomenology, or the perception of phenomena. This…

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