A Healing Education, by Michaela GlocklerRudolf Steiner College Press
How can education help to provide a healthy life for children today?
Lecture titles: 'The Pedagogical Law and its Expression in Karma and Reincarnation,' 'The Image Character and Language of the Physical Body,' 'The Metamorphosis of Growth Forces into Intellectual Forces and the Rhythmic Nature of Astral Activity,' 'The Ego Organization as the Great Integrator'
In the first lecture, Dr. Glockler focuses on the 'pedagogical law' given by Rudolf Steiner in The Curative Education Course (also published as Education for Special Needs). She illumines the comprehensiveness of this law, the insight it offers into the workings of the fourfold human nature, and the karmic effects of this fourfold working from one life to another. She then takes us on a path that starts with the physical body, pointing out some of the wonders of embryological development and then bringing to our consciousness further growth rhythms of the brain and other organs. She demonstrates the difference between human and animal and shows how, in the animal, wisdom and intelligence have formed the physical body and express themselves through instinct. She opens new doors of understanding for the teacher that can lead him or her to grasp more clearly the significance that the releasing of intelligence from the body plays in human development.
. . . In the course of these lectures we receive extraordinary help and support to recognize not only the working of the etheric in its transformation into the formative, creative activity of thinking, but we also learn to feel our way into the many wonderful rhythms that the astral forces, the musical forces, use to penetrate the human body. The ego organization then stands before us as the great integrator.
Michaela Glockler, MD, is a pediatrician who has served for many years as the head of the Medical Section of the anthroposophical center in Dornach, Switzerland. She coordinates research, lectures worldwide, and has particular interest in the ways in which doctors and educators can assist each other.