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October Workshops in Ghent and New York City

 

 Two Workshops with Mark Riccio at the Hawthorne Valley School   (330 County Route 21C Ghent, NY 12075)

 

 Workshop Title: The Practice of Forgiveness according to Rudolf Steiner, Sergei Prokofieff, Michael Ryce

 Thursday, October 19th 2017 from 7pm to 9:15 pm

 Price: $30

 

Please, pre-register for the workshop at markriccio@ymail.com and check for more detailed information at www.organicthinking.org

 

 Forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood spiritual ideas and practices.  According to Sergei Prokofieff, forgiveness is central to everyone’s spiritual path, and our lack of forgiveness is responsible for our inability to work together on important tasks in life, work, and marriage.  Following Prokofieff’s suggestions, we will see how forgiveness can be brought about in our various energy bodies: astral-body, lower-ego, and higher ego. Based on this spiritual understanding, we will learn to take responsibility for our unloving reactions to our “neighbors”  by using Michael Ryce’s exercises (called “forgiveness sheets”) to bringing healing to fearful, hostile, guilt-ridden responses to people and life-events.

 

 This workshop is ideal for those who often work with “difficult people” and want to change their reaction (forgive) to those people; and it is also helpful for those of us who are difficult people and want to change how we treat/react to others. Those who work daily with challenging people, such as teachers, will benefit most by using these methods for their child study, dealing with parents, and fellow faculty members. As Steiner once famously asked: “Is my pupil's deficiency not the result of my own action?” or in other words: “make a change in yourself before wanting to see a change in others.” This is the type of forgiveness that we will be working with in this workshop.

 

 Please bring a short list of topics/people you would like to forgive as we will be going through the forgiveness process using examples from participants’ experience.

 

 

 

 Workshop Title: The Logik of the Heart: Learning the Basics of Rudolf Steiner’s Heart-logik Method of Writing and Meditation

 

 Friday October 20th 7 to 9pm and Saturday, October 21st from 9am to 12 and 1pm to 4pm

 

 Price: $100 for the workshop: $30 for Friday Evening only.

 

Please pre-register for the workshop at markriccio@ymail.com and check for more detailed information at www.organicthinking.org

 

 Using the spiritual truth of the fourfold human being as a model for organizing thoughts in the creative process leads to living thinking, which produces a living form, for example, lecture, essay, poem, play, book. In addition to affecting the head and logical mind, the inner structure of these forms based on living, wave-like thinking can affect the heart forces of the reader or listener, hence the term “Heart Logik.” By bringing content and form into an organic and harmonious connection the logik of the heart is created.

 

This type of writing is not new. It can be discerned in the Book of Job, Matthew Gospel, the discourses of Plato, and Goethe’s description of the archetypal plant to give just a few examples. Rudolf Steiner consciously and deliberately used heart-logik forms in his books lectures, architecture, Waldorf School lesson plans and curricula, as well as Eurythmy forms.

 

 The Philosophy of Freedom has been described as “the training manual for living form.” Mark Riccio will help us explore the many living forms in this book. Many of us focus on content and ignore form. This workshop will show us that form is important because it carries the content into the heart. We will come away with a deepened appreciation not only of what Rudolf Steiner wrote, but also of how he wrote it.

 

Some of the works covered: a Blake poem, Lord’s Prayer, a Bible chapter, and the Philosophy of Freedom selections.

 

 Please bring colored pencils (blue, green, red, yellow, and a lead pencil) to the workshop as we will be sketching Rudolf Steiner’s texts. Copies of the texts will be handed out. 

 

About Mark Riccio:

Mark Riccio grew up in Manhattan and graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School. He studied Anthroposophy with Frank Teichmann in Stuttgart, Germany. He also worked intensively with Rudolf Steiner’s heart-thinking meditation with Florin Lowndes author of The Enlivening the Chakra of the Heart. He completed several booklets including his dissertation on Waldorf in the light of heart thinking, and his most recent book based on the work of George O’Neil and Florin Lowndes: The Logik of the Heart: the organic templates of spiritual writers, Rudolf Steiner, and The Philosophy of Freehood (published in 2016, available at Amazon.com). He currently lives in Honolulu.

 

October Workshops at the New York City  Branch of The Anthroposophical Society (138 West 15th Street, NY, NY 10011)

 

 

 Workshop Title: In Search of a Spiritual Sexuality:

 Thursday, October 26th, 7pm to 9pm

 

 This workshop addresses these questions: what is spiritual or healing sexuality, how do you do it, and what is its value?

 

 I would like to share three basic approaches to spiritual sexuality: Traditional Daoist or Chinese, Barry Long’s work, and a new more intense healing approach. I will cover the pros and cons of these three approaches to spiritual sexuality out of my years of experience.

 

 The Daoist (Chinese) method of spiritual sexuality will be presented first with its emphasis on energy conservation, health, and longevity. The Daoist method is at the basis of popular tantric methods practiced throughout the United States. For those not familiar with Eastern Sexuality this is a good introduction to their methods and background ideas.

 

 Next comes the love based teachings of the Australian Barry Long. This path is very demanding of males, and requires men to get out of sexual fantasy and control, and enter into a genuine loving and selfless state to fulfill their highest duty to women. Barry Long believed that humanity could restore the balance it once had in love-making when partners shared a large golden aura, something completely forgotten by humanity.

 

 The third approach has to do sexuality as a healing path. “Healing path” means that as couples open up (let go of fear) and attain higher levels of love and intimacy, all types of dark spots show up and can put a sudden end to a once great loving sexual relationship.  

 

 This third path is ideal for couples who have very loving relationships but seem to run into obstacles and can’t figure out what happened. When couples can work through these obstacles, some incredible things happen as the body’s incredible wisdom takes over. Each act of intimacy becomes unique; and once partners stop shutting down and let the love and light flow, sexuality becomes a path of the light-body and self-knowledge. The third path requires the most work and commitment since couples are not used to releasing and confronting their issues through sexuality.

 

 Bio: I studied and practiced Daoist techniques, and was under the tutelage of a Hawaiian teacher who encouraged me to go beyond any accepted understandings of love making by trusting love and staying energetically open. After 15 years of her guidance and her help troubleshooting in healing sexuality, I was asked to share my experiences with other men.

 

 

 

 Title: The Logik of the Heart: Learning the Basics of Rudolf Steiner’s Heart-Logik Method of Writing and Meditation

 

 Saturday, October 28th, 10am to 4 pm, and Sunday, October 29th from 10am to 2pm

 Please pre-register for the workshop at markriccio@ymail.com and check for more detailed information at www.organicthinking.org.

 

 Using the spiritual truth of the fourfold human being as a model for organizing thoughts in the creative process leads to living thinking, which produces a living form, for example, lecture, essay, poem, play, book. In addition to affecting the head and logical mind, the inner structure of these forms based on living, wave-like thinking can affect the heart forces of the reader or listener, hence the term “Heart Logik.” By bringing content and form into an organic and harmonious connection the logik of the heart is created.

 

 This type of writing is not new. It can be discerned in the Book of Job, Matthew Gospel, the discourses of Plato, and Goethe’s description of the archetypal plant to give just a few examples. Rudolf Steiner consciously and deliberately used heart-logik forms in his books lectures, architecture, Waldorf School lesson plans and curricula, as well as Eurythmy forms.

 

 The Philosophy of Freedom has been described as “the training manual for living form.” Mark Riccio will help us explore the many living forms in this book. Many of us focus on content and ignore form. This workshop will show us that form is important because it carries the content into the heart. We will come away with a deepened appreciation not only of what Rudolf Steiner wrote, but also of how he wrote it.

 

 Some of the works covered: a Blake poem, Lord’s Prayer, a Bible chapter, and the Philosophy of Freedom selections.

 

 Please bring colored pencils (blue, green, red, yellow, and a lead pencil) to the workshop as we will be sketching Rudolf Steiner’s texts. Copies of the texts will be handed out. 

 

 About Mark Riccio:

 Mark Riccio grew up in Manhattan and graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School. He studied Anthroposophy with Frank Teichmann in Stuttgart, Germany. He also worked intensively with Rudolf Steiner’s heart-thinking meditation and writing with Florin Lowndes author of The Enlivening the Chakra of the Heart. Mark completed several booklets including his dissertation on Waldorf Education in the light of heart thinking, and his most recent book based on the work of George O’Neil and Florin Lowndes’ work: The Logik of the Heart: the organic templates of spiritual writers, Rudolf Steiner, and The Philosophy of Freehood (published in 2016, available at Amazon.com). He currently lives in Honolulu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Title: The Practice of Forgiveness according to Rudolf Steiner, Sergei Prokofieff, Michael Ryce

 

 Sunday, October 29th, 3pm to 6pm

 Please, pre-register for the workshop at markriccio@ymail.com and check for more detailed information at www.organicthinking.org.

 

Forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood spiritual ideas and practices.  According to Sergei Prokofieff, forgiveness is central to everyone’s spiritual path, and our lack of forgiveness is responsible for our inability to work together on important tasks in life, work, and marriage.  Following Prokofieff’s suggestions, we will see how forgiveness can be brought about in our various energy bodies: astral-body, lower-ego, and higher ego. Based on this spiritual understanding, we will learn to take responsibility for our unloving reactions to our “neighbors”  by using Michael Ryce’s exercises (called “forgiveness sheets”) to bringing healing to fearful, hostile, guilt-ridden responses to people and life-events.

 

 This workshop is ideal for those who often work with “difficult people” and want to change their reaction (forgive) to those people; and it is also helpful for those of us who are difficult people and want to change how we treat/react to others. Those who work daily with challenging people, such as teachers, will benefit most by using these methods for their child study, dealing with parents, and fellow faculty members. As Steiner once famously asked: “Is my pupil's deficiency not the result of my own action?” or in other words: “make a change in yourself before wanting to see a change in others.” This is the type of forgiveness that we will be working with in this workshop.

 

 Please bring a short list of topics/people you would like to forgive as we will be going through the forgiveness process using examples from participants’ experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Logik of the Heart gives many models on how to improve your own writing templates by showing how Biblical authors, Plato, Emerson, Steiner, and Neale Donald Walsch composed their books in the heart-logik style. The book includes poems, prayers, and the Gettysburg Address. It develops a school of literary criticism and analysis: analyzing books according to their organic form. It provides educators a whole new way of mastering a text.

There is a thorough methodology given on how to work, read, and study a Steiner text (The Philosophy of Freehood)  for the purpose of developing the power of the Logik of the Heart.

 

 This website serves three groups of people. First, those who are already familiar with Rudolf Steiner and his writings and who want to go deeper into how Steiner wanted his books read and meditated on. Second, those writers who are looking for an organic-spiritual style of writing, the same style that was used by great writers as well as is being used by advertising companies and corporate media. Third, it serves Waldorf educators and great books teachers who want an organic method of teaching and organizing.

 

How to Use this website:

This website is  dedicated to George O'Neil and Florin Lowndes' work on Rudolf Steiner's books as well as the method of thinking and writing they discovered in Steiner's works. 

 

Rudolf Steiner composed his books with wave-like thought-forms.  These thought-forms would open the heart of his reader when read with enough awareness. Although many people read and have read Rudolf Steiner they never knew the true value of his books.

 

Of course the best place to start is section one What is the Logik of the Heart? for a basic description. However if you are familiar with Steiner's work go to Section 5 and 6 and look at how O'Neil sketched out a Steiner book and found incredible forms.

 

Or you can go to the various starter texts such as the Preface and Second Appendix to the Philosophy of Freedom in Section 6, under the link "Study Guide For Rudolf Steiner's Heart Thinking".