Colored shadows demo how all color has a subjective aspect. Let’s apply this to ether studies

colored-shadows4 colored-shadows3 colored-shadows2 colored-shadows1According to Goethe, all hues are colored shadows. Later, color scientists, most famously Edwin Land (founder of the Polaroid Corporation), appear to produce shadows of virtually every hue… (ref)

The above photo-demonstrations serve to bring healthy doubt into Newton’s one-sided, 100% materialistic explanations of color.

If studied, the images suggest a definite subjective element must be part of how we perceive color, how we estimate and imagine polarities where they may or may not exist, how in fact, each person may do this somewhat uniquely.

These photo-demonstrations of colored shadows are part of an old argument which may have new meaning in our post-2012 world.

You may know in the field of “free” energy, older ideas about ether are being revised and upgraded as we speak.

A main piece of the old argument between Goethe~Newton on color can be summarized freshly as:  Is color 100% a materialistic phenomena; or, is a subjective and physiological element part and parcel of how we view color?

This is a microcosm to the identical dilemma and conflict encountered by etheric researchers.  Those who know Goethe’s view of color can propose a useful question to etheric researchers:  Is ethericity 100% a materialistic phenomena; or, is a subjective and physiological element part and parcel of how we perceive and work with etheric formative forces?

If you have seen Chapter 19 of Balance on All Levels PACME+Soul it should be clear how one-sided scientists, paid by corporations, often prefer totally one-sided science, where human ethics, morals and choice are irrelevant.  Conversely, how Goethean, two-sided scientists-experimenters celebrate the etherical, moral and transformatinal aspects of working with ethericity.

The current generations of etheric researchers are intelligent and collaborative. See the free two-hour YouTube video of intro statements by 30 of the leaders at the 2015 gathering of researchers, approximately HERE

However current etheric researchers tend to be less interested in artistic and metaphysical Oneness than Steiner and his immediate successors on this topic in Anthroposophy, most notably, Ernst Lehrs.

Goethean holistic science analogized to “warp and woof”

warp-woofGoethe’s Science theory and method can be analogized to “warp” and “woof” in weaving. 

Warp and woof point to the two directions of threads in cloth. When woven together, regardless of the raw material, warp and woof together, conjoined, have the best chance of creating whole cloth.

The warp is the the laborious footwork of observing your subject, in Nature as much as possible, from as many angles as possible, in as many seasons as possible.  This is the Outer Game of Goethean Holistic Science.

The woof is taking all your external observations, written notes and explorations inside, into your thoughts and feelings:

  • What observations repeat?
  • What patterns, if any, can you perceive?
  • Have other explorers found these same repeating patterns or not?
  • Is you initial question (hypothesis)  still relevant to your own personal growth direction?
  • Do your observations support tweaking your hypothesis usefully?
  • Going all the way in to Imagination, Intuition and Inspiration, what light, if any, do they add to your subject?

When the Inner Game of GHS is complete, then the explorer returns back to the warp.  Time to report your findings to colleagues, and anyone else interested.  We share our of expansive joy.  We also share to see if others can see our openings to negativity, “chinks in our armor,” in our arguments, better than we can.  

Q:  How does this differ from conventional science?

A:  To understand how a Goethean approach differs, the frame has to expand to include the Three Sciences We Use Everyday.  If new to you, read that then come back here.  

The easy way to discern how a Goethean approach differs from conventional science is to go thru the above again in the framework-paradigm of Three Sciences:

The Outer Game of Goethean Science, the warp applies Second Order Science.  DO the labor of observing your subject, in Nature, as much as possible, from as many angles as possible, in as many seasons as possible. View your subject so completely, any second explorer, any other place on Earth, or in time in the last 100 years or next 100 years, can replicate and verify your observations.

Applying the methods of Second Order Science is the Outer Game of Goethean Science.

Then the woof.  We go inside, to our garret, our cave, our study, our meditations and contemplations.  We assess our observations.  We check our notes.  We recall…

“Being a scientist is simply being careful not to fool yourself” — John Carlson, amateur rocket scientist

We accept and admit to ourself our perceptions are necessarily SUBjective.  There can be error.  Bias, prdjudice and intolerance can all be uncovered and rooted out.  We check and often re-check to remove First Order Science distortions due to imperfect subjective perception. 

That’s not all.  We check ourself to see how we have changed observing our subject.  We also check to discern how observing our subject has changed us.  Maybe in observing birds and wildlife covered in oil from an offshore oil spill we come to a greater appreciation of and dedication to renewable forms of energy.  Noticing how we change in studying our subject is First Order Science.

Third Order Science appears in our moral-ethical conclusions based on our outer exploration and inner cogitations.  Perhaps as was done by some in the 1960s, our outer experiences and inner contemplations causes a few of us to conclude the military draft of young men forcing them to be footsoldiers in wars is unethical, cannot be supported and actions against this form of mind control are beneficial to the majority of people.  Perhaps we are so convicted of this view, a few of us collect bottles of cow’s blood, break into an Army recruiting office at night, and pour blood on all the files and documents we can find.  

This is how applying Goethean Science can lead to acts of civil disobedience.  Thoreau at least would applaud.  

Guess what?  The “powers that be” including virtually all corporations, understand this possible outcome of applying science in its holistic form (Goethean).  They don’t want this.  

How to control science to it remains the handmaiden of corporate interests?  You pay your scientists.  You pay them in part to make an unspoken bargain for them to keep their subjective (First Order Science) and moral-etheric considerations (Third Order Science) off the table, out of sight and out of mind.  

In this way, since about 1940 or 1950, science restricts itself more and more to uncovering only what the “powers that be” including virtually all corporations, wish to have uncovered and discovered; that is, more things to make them profitable.  

The above suggests why Goethean holistic science is potentially dangerous to the current status quo of elites; and, why science must be controlled as it currently is in early 2018. 

Written by Bruce Dickson, HolisticBrainBalance.wordpress.com

Goethean science as big tent for science and psychology

tent_bigThe idea of a “big tent” in psychology goes like this:  what theory of psychology is sufficiently broad and inclusive so it could embrace, support, shelter and nurture diverse techniques-methods under a single roof?  A “big tent” is a metaphor for a big idea, under which subordinate ideas can gather, identify common ground, find support and engage constructively.

In the 20th century, scores of competing models of the human psyche, each attempted to uncover strong therapeutic direction, what to do with this client in this circumstance.  This intention was healing, even tho many times between models, “the words got in the way.”

Academic psych texts, God bless them, often compounded this problem by comparing and contrasting psychological models.  This emphasized the individuality of each tree in psychology at the cost of a sense of direction and purpose to the whole forest.  This is why Gerald Corey’s Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, latest edition, is so well-respected.  He minimizes the conflict between facets of the field, emphasizing a synthetic and collaborative approach.

It’s September, 2014 now as I write this.  After 45 minutes of search and reading, Mr. Google has convinced me the topic of a “big tent” in psychology exists; however, the issue is no longer of much interest, addressed mostly in brief remarks to build consensus in opening talks at live, in-person, psychological conferences.

I agree, we do not want to return to the 1850s when primitive ideas about the human psyche, how humans compare to animals; and, whether humans are or are not “spiritual” resulted in knock-down, drag-out fights and heated debate.  Looking back, these seem no more productive than other unnecessary wars fought by men.

Mr. Google persuades me today the foundation on which a big tent for psychology can be erected—if possible—has nothing to do with psychology per se.  It has to do with science. 

In psychology we are, it seems, arguing with on diverse assumptions about science, physics and metaphysics–without recognizing our rhetorical ground is not level.

Mr. Google suggests where most thinkers on big tents in psychology get stuck is in defining science.  They want to define science.  They want one science, with these principles, these values and their definition.  They want a one-pointed science as their big tent in science.  Then they attempt to shoe-horn the human psyche into this mental definition of “science.” Continue reading

Review of Man or Matter (1985) the Einstein of etheric forces

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Review of the 1985 edition, the preferred edition, the most clear, readable and definitive of the three editions. If you have tried the 1951 edition free online, find it inspiring yet also confusing or hard to read, try the 1985 edition.  Tho clearly edited, 1951 edition was more a “first draft” of a later, more presentable edition.  1985 is author-revised and professionally edited by two editors. 

Note ~ You are correct, “Man or Matter” makes little sense. The original title was Man AND Matter. ‘Man AND Matter’ is the relationship Lehrs builds up. The unnecessary title change and forgetting the 1951 copyright suggest a lot about amateur publishing quality circa 1950.

A Waldorf high school science teacher by profession, Lehrs works from a detailed history of science and science biography, at a high school level. He cogently, coherently and politely points out the errors, detours and dead ends exclusively materialistic science took.

Lehrs honors and values the intelligent capacities of the isolated observer-self of Cartesian-Newtonian “hard” science. Lehrs shows how awareness itself, as part of Nature, is like salt crystals dissolved into water. If over time salt content increases, eventually, salt re-crystalizes out of the water into visible, separate crystals. Lehrs likens ‘salt crystalizing out of water’ to the emergence of the isolated observer-self of Cartesian-Newtonian “hard” science. This ego is a limited self, yet a necessary self, a necessary middle position in post-modern science.

Lehrs introduces his famous metaphor of conventional-traditional scientists as one-eyed, color blind, spectator-observer, isolated, divorced and apart from Nature. This caricature is also known as “Island Man.” The self-destructive addictions of the fictional Sherlock Holmes point to the dangers of humanity divorced and separated from Nature and from healthy self-connection. in recent generations, 19th century materialistic science is now the iron bands around the chest of our expanding capacities for Intuition, Inspiration and Imagination.

Lehrs re-frames the entire history of science using Goethe’s holistic-humanistic approach. This leads readers to clearer view of Goethe’s comprehensive holistic theory and Goethe’s general holistic experimental method. These are then applied to etheric formative forces, with varying degrees of success. At its best, a way forward is laid out to re-incorporating into post-modern science, etheric formative forces neglected-dismissed-ignored by Enlightenment science.

The reader is taken on a journey similar to Lewis Carroll in Alice into Wonderland and to the protagonist in Flatland. In little steps, a wondrous unforeseen landscape is gradually uncovered in glimpses.

For Lehrs, the big picture is Nature, the external world, and all the forces within it, are created out of gravity and levity, other polarities arising out of the primary polarity of gravity~levity. In the world Lehrs describes, gravity~levity are constantly at play and in play. Their meeting is the motive energy behind heat, friction, electricity, magnetism and radiation. Emphasis on how all forces devolve from gravity~levity is absent from the first edition. It may help to keep it in mind if you attempt reading 1951.

Along these lines is the modern idea, perhaps coined after Lehrs’ death, of “strong and weak forces.” I think Lehrs might agree that on Earth, gravity is the stronger force, levity is the naturally weaker force. While Lehrs proposes gravity~levity interacting to form other forces, a 50-50 proposition, is clearly not the case.

Q: Why did science of the 1890s abandon all ether theories?

A: No way to model the phenomena of mass was found in ether models–short of including God (our “rock” our “ground”) in atomic theory. This men of the time would not do. The solar system model of the atom, proton, neutron, electron was the best Plan B model they had. For atheistic 1800s scientists, this was the best they could do. See The_Vortex_Atom_A_Victorian_Theory_of_PDF

Lehrs resonates with Goethe, advocating a return to direct, personal observation of natural phenomena, to doing the inner work of evaluation and synthesis, to the final outer work of sharing what has been learned and how the experimenter has been changed by his or her study. This amounts to something like a return to healthy, truly human values in science.

With Lehr’s science coaching, it’s possible to begin perceiving in Nature the over-arching influence of gravity and levity, dancing in countless combinations and expressions all around us.

The result? Sure enough, there is a place for etheric formative forces in post-modern science. Ether can no longer be dismissed as metaphysical abstraction and unreliable clairvoyance. Lehrs Man or Matter is not the last word on ether; it is certainly a most wonderful first word. I recommend it over Wachsmuth’s, Etheric Formative Forces, which I would read second, not first.

A second result of Lehrs gentle touch is much of what is called “physics” today is shown to be “Naïve physics”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Na%C3%AFve_physics

Lehrs suggests the following are also “Naïve physics:” “The Sun makes me hot;” and, “The diameter of this small ball of copper expands when heat is applied because the atoms are agitated and moving further apart.”

Our Naive scientist (inner three year old) likes simple “logical” explanations and is satisfied by over-simplified, naive ideas. This insight explains the origin of most superstition; such as, decaying meat directly causes-births house flies.

When our Conscious Waking Self goes along with naive conclusions, accepts naive explanations as the “final word,” we end up with dogma. which can take centuries to rectify. Lehrs politely suggests how many ideas of modern science, (1850-1950) are more similar to superstition. In the light of Goethean Holistic science theory and method, many of these dissolve and are transformed.

Q: How much progress has been made replacing more naive science ideas with more clear post-modern science ideas?

A: Not much. In 2018 we remain only at Day One of re-evaluating the naive conclusions of Natural Science in this new light. For those interested, the next step is an expanded science paradigm. This is the topic of the Three Sciences we use everyday.

The later sections of Man or Matter 3rd, on esoteric planetary and Hierarchy influences will interest only those already steeped in Rudolf Steiner’s esoteric Christianity.

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The naturally supportive science for exploring the whole person, Goethean Science

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Confusion, mystery and cultural conflict surrounds Energy Medicine (EM) methods in 2014. This is largely due to trying to understand EM with only Second Order, Cartesian-Newtonian scientific materialism.

The naturally supportive science for holistic healing of all kinds and its development is a different order of science, historically represented by Goethean Science (First Order Science).

Goethean Science is the naturally supportive science for exploring, and making use of, cell-level-intelligence; indeed, all aspects of the whole person.

Once recognized, this connection is so strong, “Goethean science” could easily become “Goethean Holistic Science.”

How do we access and make use of Cell-level-intelligence?

Cell-level-intelligence is sometimes called the “sum of our cells,” as if the intelligence of each cell connected into one larger intelligence.

I’ve collected 22 names so far for this ‘intelligent sum our cells.’ Three of them are “growth body,” “floating brain,” and “neural default mode.” See all 22 here: http://www.healingtoolbox.org/tools-that-heal/54-three-selves/126-22-names-for-inner-child-1of2

However you term this field, this is what every method of dowsing and muscle testing, 25 or more methods, tap into.

If Goethean Science is the naturally supportive science for our “growth body,” it suggests some surprising conclusions.

1) Goethe’s intention for natural science experiments was choosing a topic in natural science, performing simple experiments. Accumulated practice develops new inner capacities and expanded perception in the experimenter.

An intention for self-development in the experimenter applies 100% and fits like a glove, to all experiments and explorations in dowsing and muscle testing, since George Goodheart and Applied Kinesiology in 1965.

2) Given how many more people worldwide employ dowsing and muscle testing than are replicating Goethe’s plant morphology and color studies, this suggests dowsing and muscle testing have been the premier and most popular Goethean Science experiments since about 1970.

3) Goethe scholars and Anthroposophy students could be latecomers to this party; if, GS remains defined as only plant morphology, color study and geology.

4) Goethe’s intention for natural science experiments as a means of self-development for the experimenter applies more generally to all holistic health and healing; particularly, homeopathy.

How do self-healers and holistic practitioners work? They start with the whole person and experiment with their method of choice to learn as many causative factors and pathways to symptom relief, for this symptom, in this person, at this time.

5) This suggests Goethean Holistic Science is the science holism has been looking for since 1970. If true, holistic health need no longer contort itself, its philosophy and methods, to appear credible to old-school scientific materialism.

Your comments and discussion are welcomed on this by email 

Bruce Dickson, Health Intuitive HealingToolbox [att] gmail.com

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