Podcast: Conscious Communication and the Media, with Noy Pullen

How do we develop the the – delete faculty of discernment and the ability to communicate consciously? Telana Simpson had a conversation that counts with Noy Pullen sitting alongside her fireplace in Cape Town. They talk about the written word and media, including newspapers and magazines, and how we can notice the force behind the media we consume, and how it may trigger us and allow us to go within to develop our inner resources and take responsibility for our growth. They also cover consciousness and creativity in this discussion around self-reflection and self-expression. Noy also shares a very practical self-coaching process and the usefulness of journaling..
From A sleep of prisoners
by Christopher Fry

Thank God our time is now when wrong
Comes up to face us everywhere,
Never to leave us till we take
The longest stride of soul we ever took.
Affairs are now soul size.
The enterprise
Is exploration into God.
Where are you making for? It takes
So many thousand years to wake,
But will you wake for pity’s sake!

Inspired by these words, Noy Pullen researches aspects of the human condition of our time.
a) The individual and its relationship to the group
b) The battle for our attention
c) The inner power of creativity
d) Consumerism – Obesity of body and soul

The question ‘Who am I?’ is being asked for the first time in the history of consciousness. Many young people no longer want a ‘job’ but rather want to engage in this changing consciousness, wishing to develop their inherent creative faculties and share their journey with others. They wish their endeavours to mean something more than a monthly pay-slip. They look for authenticity.

Through her research with young people Noy Pullen has detected patterns inherent in self-development for example ‘Practising’ i.e. rhythmical exercises. In her booklet Discovering Hope, Noy finds a common thread and knits the wisdom of some significant individuals of our time, Dr Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Byron Katie and Dr Rudolf Steiner, into a simple effective ‘gymnasium of the soul’. These basic techniques can strengthen us when we are catapulted over the outer threshold into a global perspective and on the other hand to guide us when we cross our inner threshold consciously to discover what lives in our individual soul world. For details about the booklet ‘Discovering Hope’ contact linoia@mweb.co.za.

See Podcast here: https://youtu.be/d4G0F3rz98Y

Information taken from: talkcommunication.innercoaching.co.za/conscious-media/ by Telana Simpson.

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STEPHEN NICHOLAS LLOYD 14 May 1947-18 December 2014

Stephen Lloyd was born 14 May 1947 in Gwelo, Rhodesia. His parents were from Leeds. His father was in the RAF and flew in the notorious Lancaster. After the war he was given the choice to be posted in Paris or Rhodesia. His mother, a sun-loving being, chose Rhodesia.

An only child, Stephen was outgoing, sociable and round like a teddy bear. He adored his quiet dedicated father from whom he inherited his common sense and sense of humour. He inherited his savoir vivre and love for the human voice from his mother.

At school he was good at sport, loved hymns singing each morning, but he had little interest in most academic subjects. The educational system in his school was totally removed from his daily experiences of life. He loved to cycle miles out from Bulawayo to his favourite Matopo Hills where he could sit for hours just watching nature and the marvellous rock formations. Mostly he would sleep outside on the balcony with his dog, watching the changing clouds and the clear starry night. His greatest thrill was the daily thunderstorm especially during November, lasting only an hour and leaving the earth rejuvenated. Stephen’s formative years were full of nature impressions. He was a champion ice and roller skater and would practice every day.

At the end of High School he received the highest marks of all students in French whilst his other marks were below average. He related to the French teacher as she was vivacious, elegant and she recognised and encouraged his extraordinary talent for sound. He learned to speak French from listening and being able to physically place the sounds where they are. Later when in Holland he remained quiet for months, not speaking the language, and then one evening he started talking Dutch.

Exposure to recordings of opera as a boy ignited his life-long love affair with the voice of Leontyne Price, who he was to follow wherever she sang in Hamburg, Salzburg, London etc.

During his high school years his parents drifted apart, their marriage ending in an ugly divorce that traumatised him for a long time. After his parents’ divorced he lived with his mother and they moved house nearly every three months. After high school his father suggested that he study languages and off he went from the ‘bush’ via Rome to Neuchatel in Switzerland where he studied languages and simultaneous translation specialising in French. Only 17 years old and all on his own, this was a real culture shock. But he loved Switzerland with its beautiful mountains, cleanliness, organised ways and people.

Also being a skater he was a very good skier from the start and explored many mountain routes. During his time in Neuchatel he became interested in religion and was baptised a roman catholic, more out of a fondness for the theatrical aspect of the liturgy than for its foundation. It didn’t last long. After his graduation he went back to Rhodesia. When his father died he and a friend sailed off to England and worked for a year as waiters in a posh Chelsea hotel in London. He heard Leontyne Price for the first time live in the Albert Hall, the day after Martin Luther King was murdered. He often talked about it, saying that it was the greatest musical event of his life.
After a year he returned home and on New Year’s Day 1969 when he and I met, his life changed. He encountered Anthroposophy for the first time which was for him an obvious way to approach life, oneself and the world. His education had left him unscarred and his openness for what is real gave him an entrance into Anthroposophy. I always envied this in him. We moved to Cape Town and after a year, visited my family for Christmas in Holland. We decided after my father’s death two months later to return to Holland and make a go of it. After 9 months we both wanted to come back to SA.

We lived in to Cape Town and then Durban. We both missed the cultural scene of Europe and moved back to Holland after 2 years, first Amsterdam then The Hague. He worked for 5 years at the Weleda factory, preparing cosmetics, medicines and gardening where he developed an interest and his knowledge of anthroposophical medicine and therapy.

In his search for a singing teacher he met Thea Smits (the sister Lory Mayer Smits) who gave him singing lessons. Thea sent him to Jurgen Schriefer in Bochum with the message: “Here is someone who is a ‘total blank sheet’.” Once again his so-called ‘education’ left him open for a new approach to singing.

In 1979 he wanted to deepen his anthroposophical studies and started the foundation year at Emerson College in the UK. After one week he made the decision to do the eurythmy training and enrolled with the London School of Eurythmy under Marguerite Lundren. His class moved the next year to Peredur in East Grinstead as a pioneering class, whilst the rest of the school remained in London. 12 Students and one teacher (Inge Swartz) started to transform a home for pupils with learning difficulties into a eurythmy school with live-in students. A strong bond developed among these 12 which was rudely disturbed by the arrival of the third-years after Easter. During his final year Marguerite Lundgren became gravely ill and together with other classmates, Stephen nurtured her.

During that year Linda Nunhofer gave an introduction to curative eurythmy over several weeks. As the world of sound was where Stephen lived, this was an eye-opener for him. Since then, Linda’s approach to eurythmy (starting with the figures) has been his guiding principle in eurythmy. After his graduation Linda asked him to demonstrate the basic exercises in her introductory course during the next years. Stephen’s ‘P’ jump is legendary as not many, if any, can do it.

He taught at Michael Hall School but after 2 years decided that teaching children was not his forte. He became secretary of the School and taught on the Curative Eurythmy Training at Peredur during school holidays. He took over from Linda Nunhofer the introductory course for the 4th year eurythmy students. After Marguerite Lundgren’s death in 1983 Hayo and Isabelle Dekker joined the college of teachers and Stephen joined them in 1986, to teach speech eurythmy to the first year students. He was a member of the Eurythmy Group (at that time still called the London Eurythmy Group), taking part in many performances in and around the UK and Europe.

Due to dwindling numbers of students and tension in the college the school was closed. Stephen moved to South Africa after his mother’s death in Zimbabwe, teaching at the Waldorf School and Camphill. In 2004 he became permanent resident of South Africa, teaching part–time and giving eurythmy therapy at Camphill, also teaching the basic exercises at the new Eurythmy Therapy Training in Cape Town. He co-organised the first two International Postgraduate Medical Training (IPMT) conferences, where he opened each morning with a eurythmy session. The 6 week course with Annemarie Ehrlich in The Hague and Sekem where he did eurythmy from early morning till evening, was a treasured period of his life. He also did weekly eurythmy exercise sessions with residents of his retirement village. Stephen loved gardening and most of his free time he would spend in his garden. Wherever he moved he always transformed the landscape.

A colleague at a teacher’s training course once remarked: “I always stay for Stephen’s lessons: You can see imagination at work”. His teaching was lively, inspiring, knowledgeable and with humour. He had that rare gift of igniting in people an enthusiasm for doing eurythmy. He constantly read and re-read Rudolf Steiner’s lectures about eurythmy and eurythmy therapy, always finding new ways to approach it. His sense of humour also found expression in eurythmy. Hayo Dekker once remarked to a student: “If you want to see how to do humour in eurythmy look at what Stephen does. He always goes out from the sounds”.

Stephen’s greatest assets were his common sense and his sense of humour. After sometimes difficult situations he would say, “Thank goodness I have my sense of humour back!” and then he could cope. Stephen was a born speaker and teacher and his subject was eurythmy. As a eurythmy therapist he had an extraordinary diagnostic skill.
After a long illness finally diagnosed as pancreatic cancer he was operated on without success and after much suffering, especially the last three days of his life, he died peacefully and consciously at home on 18 December 2014 at 5.10 AM.

No better description of Stephen’s character can be given than the words Linoia Pullen wrote:

With feet on the ground,
he floated on air,
rushed like the wind,
moved like water –
ripples touching eternity,
and he shone like the sun.

That is Stephen.

For the 46 years that I have been his partner and soul mate I will be eternally thankful.
Gerard Verheul
Hermanus, Christmas 2014

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Sergei Prokofieff

Sergei Prokofieff died on 26 July 2014 after a long illness. These words of Dr Rudolf Steiner are offered to him as we acknowledge and appreciate the gift of this life.

When I die
I shall gladly give my being
To the elements,
The elements I loved:
Spirit to flame
Soul to ether
Heart to wave
My body to the earth.
The spirit shall blaze
The soul shall expand
The wave of my heart shall murmur and sound
The body shall rest.

Sergei Prokofieff was born in Moscow in 1954 and his grandfather was the acclaimed Russian composer who died in 1953, just before his birth. Sergei studied fine arts and painting at the Moscow school of Art. He encountered Anthroposophy in his youth and made the decision to devote his life to it. He wrote his first book ‘Rudolf Steiner and the Founding of the New Mysteries’ while living in Soviet Russia. This was published in Germany in 1982. After the fall of communism he became the co-founder of the Anthroposophical Society in Russia and was a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach. A renowned lecturer and prolific author, more than 300 publications bore his name.

The deepest condolences go from the members and friends of the Anthroposophical Society to his wife, family, members of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society and all those who have been touched by his life and legacy. His life has been a testimony to Anthroposophia.

With warmest good wishes
On behalf of the members of the executive and councils of the Anthroposophical Society in Southern Africa
Noy Pullen

Synopses of various books are included. His recent publication in March 2004 concerned the ethics of euthanasia, a subject which has captured media headlines in many countries.

Encounter with Evil by Sergei Prokofieff
In our everyday lives, we are constantly challenged by the phenomenon of evil in all its many manifestations. But how can we cope with this seemingly eternal hindrance? In the first of these three essays, Sergei Prokofieff suggests that we start by developing a knowledge of the forces of evil in order to learn how they work in human evolution. Such knowledge is, in itself, the beginning of the process of overcoming evil. In order that members of the Anthroposophical Society might go further along this path, Rudolf Steiner gave them the spiritual ‘Foundation Stone of the Good’. This Foundation Stone – which consists of light, imaginative form, and the substance of love – can live in our hearts and souls as a firm foundation for esoteric work, and a creative contribution towards the overcoming of evil. Ultimately it can lead us to a conscious experience of Christ in the etheric realm of the earth. In the second and third essays, Prokofieff examines further themes relating to the etheric advent of Christ, and its connection with the Foundation Stone of the Good.

The Mystery of the Resurrection by Sergei Prokofieff
This publication approaches the deepest mysteries of the Turning Point of Time through Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual research. At its heart stands the question of the restoration of the ‘phantom’ of the physical body, and its transformation into the resurrected body of Christ through the Mystery of Golgotha. The author draws a broad and differentiated picture of the tasks and possibilities that the Easter event, as well as Ascension and Whitsun, present – both for the individual and humanity. The final chapter considers the mystery of Easter Saturday, through which the two polar aspects of the Mystery of Golgotha – death and resurrection – interconnect, at the same time explaining the relationship of the Earth Spirit to the interior of the Earth. An appendix tackles the phenomenon of stigmatization from a spiritual-scientific perspective

The Cycle of the Year As a Path of Initiation Leading to an Experience of the Christ-Being: An Esoteric Study Of The Festivals by Sergei Prokofieff
In ancient times humanity possessed an innate knowledge of the spiritual foundations of existence. Such knowledge could be acquired through inwardly accompanying the cycle of the year and its connected great seasonal festivals. But this instinctive knowledge had to be lost in order for human beings to discover individual freedom. In our time, as Sergei O. Prokofieff demonstrates in this comprehensive work, ‘…this knowledge must be found anew through the free, light-filled consciousness of the fully developed human personality’. Tracing the spiritual path of the yearly cycle, Prokofieff penetrates to the deeper esoteric realities of the seven Christian festivals of Michaelmas, Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, Ascension, Whitsun and St John’s Tide. Basing his research on the work of the twentieth-century initiate Rudolf Steiner, he reveals how these festivals are spiritual facts that exist independently of religious traditions and cultural customs. Working with the festivals in an esoteric sense can provide a true path of initiation, ultimately enabling an experience of the Being of the Earth, Christ. The journey of study through this book can thus lead the reader to an experience of the modern Christian-Rosicrucian path, along which ‘…it is possible to take the first steps towards life in partnership with the course of cosmic existence’.

Rudolf Steiner’s Sculptural Group: A Revelation of the Spiritual Purpose of Humanity and the Earth by Sergei Prokofieff
Saved by good fortune from the flames that engulfed the first Goetheanum, Rudolf Steiner’s wooden sculpture of the Christ – ‘the Representative of Humanity’ – standing between the adversary forces of Lucifer and Ahriman, remains intact and on display, although unfinished, to this day. Unique in the history of art, the Sculptural Group was deeply connected to Rudolf Steiner’s inner being. The great Christian initiate even died by its side, having made efforts to work on the sculpture just days before he crossed the threshold. The essential source from which this work was created, says Sergei Prokofieff, ‘…lay in Rudolf Steiner’s ego, in his spirit…It was only out of this intuitive connection of his own ego with the Christ Being that he was able to create this work of art.’ Beginning with the Sculptural Group’s early history, and Steiner’s collaboration on its creation with Edith Maryon, Prokofieff enters into deeply esoteric perspectives, studying the artwork’s relationship with the mysteries of the Holy Grail, the etherization of the blood, the Seventh Apocalyptic Seal, the Legend of the New Isis, as well as the being Anthroposophia.

Rudolf Steiner’s Path of Initiation and the Mystery of the Ego: And the Foundations of Anthroposophical Methodology by Sergei Prokofieff
Two lectures in Bologna: on 31 March 2011 at the International Conference to Mark the Centenary of Rudolf Steiner’s Lecture in Bologna, and on 8 April 1911 at the Fourth International Philosophy Congress A special conference took place in Bologna in Spring 2011, marking the hundredth anniversary of a unique lecture Rudolf Steiner delivered to a philosophically-trained audience in the same city. In his key exposition, Steiner had given a concise description of the spiritual-scientific theory of knowledge as well as a brief outline of the anthroposophical path of schooling. In his contribution to the 2011 congress, Sergei O. Prokofieff tackles two principal aspects. On the one hand, he describes how Steiner’s Bologna lecture contained the essential foundations for a new ‘science of the human ego’. On the other hand, Prokofieff states that Rudolf Steiner was the first person to transform this same theory into a practical path of knowledge, following it to its very conclusion. Thus, the words of Rudolf Steiner’s lecture were based entirely on personal experience. Together with a transcript of Rudolf Steiner’s full Bologna lecture, Sergei O. Prokofieff’s own lecture is reproduced here in an expanded version. In addition, this volume features Rudolf Steiner’s important ‘summaries of essential points’, in which he develops and connects some of his key thoughts with further aspects of anthroposophy, especially in relation to their Christological foundations.

Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society: And Pathways to the Future by Sergei Prokofieff and Peter Selg
Why is it so difficult actually to understand and implement the “intentions of the Christmas Conference” (in Rudolf Steiner’s words), which represent a very concrete answer to the Anthroposophical Society’s identity crisis’? – Peter Selg More than 100 years after its founding, the Anthroposophical Society faces serious questions – some of an existential nature – regarding its purpose and tasks in the present day. On 30 March 2012, in the course of the Society’s Annual General Meeting in Dornach, both Sergei Prokofieff and Peter Selg gave lectures in which they addressed difficult issues relating to the General Anthroposophical Society and its global headquarters, the Goetheanum in Switzerland. These lectures were met with a mixture of enthusiastic support and stern disapproval. They are reproduced here in full – together with supplementary material that helps broaden and deepen their themes – in order for each and every interested individual to have access to them. ‘The intention of my lecture was to draw attention to the fact that the recent development of the Goetheanum is no longer heading in the right direction; rather, it is heading in a direction that can be considered neither in the spirit intended by Rudolf Steiner, nor of service to anthroposophy. Before it is too late, this direction must be altered…Otherwise, the Goetheanum is in danger of being degraded to spiritual “insignificance”, and of becoming a mere combination of museum and conference centre.’ – Sergei O. Prokofieff

Honoring Life: Medical Ethics and Physician-Assisted Suicide by Sergei Prokofieff and Peter Selg and Willoughby Ann Walshe released on March 7, 2014
Peter Selg and Sergei Prokofieff on the soul-spiritual, ethical, and medical therapeutic issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide (and suicide as such) takes its inspiration from both Rudolf Steiner and the ancient Greek Hippocratic Oath. Peter Selg begins by showing how, for Rudolf Steiner, the principle of life-as immanent spirit and the living medium of the “I” or individuality-is inviolable and wise beyond our reckoning. It is the sacred task of healing always to attend to, honor, and serve life in this sense: to affirm, enhance, and strengthen the life-forces of the sick. As Rudolf Steiner puts it: “The will to heal must always function as therapeutically as possible… even when one thinks the sick person is incurable.” Though these words were spoken before the full consummation of materialist, technologically-enhanced medicine, Rudolf Steiner, as Peter Selg demonstrates, was well aware of the dangers of where medicine was heading. Sergei Prokofieff links the initiatory origins of Hippocratic medicine in the Mysteries with the return of the Mystery origin of medicine and healing in Anthroposophical medicine. Turning to Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual research, he considers suicide as an “illness” of our time and examines the spiritual consequences of suicide for the after-death experiences of those who have taken their own life: namely, that suicide results in the soul’s profound disorientation. He then goes on to show how suicide makes the after-death experience of Christ infinitely more difficult, as it does the “resurrection of the spirit” and the relation to the spiritual world. Far from being a “free” act, he concludes, suicide is quite the opposite. Anyone seeking insight into suicide will find here a profound and esoteric introduction to the problem.

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