Online presentation by Christine Gruwez from Antwerp, Belgium
According to Rudolf Steiner, the heart, which he considers first of all as an organ of perception and balance, is immediately related to the most spiritual substance on earth: the warmth organism. Out of the warmth of the rhythmic blood circulation, the heart has taken shape. This is how we could come to understand that the heart has the possibility to develop.
The awakening of the etheric heart is an important step in this development as it can transform the perception of the sense-world into the steps of higher cognition. Through imagination and inspiration, we penetrate deeper in our inner being and at the same time we enter into the realm of the spiritual world.
The third step of intuition is when the heart becomes the eye through which we see the spiritual from within in the light of the inner Sun. This is where we can meet the Being of Christ in the etheric.
- CW 212 “The Human Soul in Relation to World Evolution”; Lecture 6 May 1922, “The Human Soul in Relation to Moon and Stars”
- CW 212 “The Human Soul in Relation to World Evolution”; Lecture 26 May 1922, “The Formation of the Etheric and the Astral Heart”
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Christine Gruwez studied philosophy and linguistics at the KU Leuven, the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium. She met anthroposophy through the Waldorf School in Antwerp, which her four children attended, and where she taught from 1976 to 1986. She also taught for a decade in the Waldorf Education Training Program. Since 1997, Christine has led seminars and conferences at Emerson College, at the Goetheanum, in Europe, Asia and the US.