What is the Logik of the Heart ?

    In short, the Logik of the Heart is a creative and formative way of thinking that flows  in rhythm and symmetry. Logical thinking, first systematized by Aristotle, served humanity's ability to think abstractly, to coordinate the physical world and as well as construct sound arguments. Purely logical thinking is the shadow side of the logik of the heart.

  Logical thinking is the static, dead aspect of the Logik of the Heart. Heart logik grows one thought out of another organically; logical thinking forces relationships between unrelated elements by way of analysis and synthesis. Heart-logik is a slow and objective process while normal logic is hasty and arbitrary, and tends to be subjective. Logical thinking connects thoughts in thought-webs; heart-thinking develops ideas in symmetrical, harmonious gestalts.

   There has been very little written on the Logik of the Heart, its origins and usage. We do know from Steiner that Egyptians were heart-thinkers and the connections between their hearts and their heads were more harmonious than modern human beings.  When humanity was given independent powers of thought starting in 700 B.C., we always ran the danger of losing our heart-connected thinking in favor of purely logical thinking of Aristotle, which can be brain-based and amoral.  Some scientists are still suffering from a merely logical thinking having brought the near destruction of our planet. Environmental problems cannot be solved by linear thinking alone.

   There are consistent attempts by great cultures and authors to reintroduce again and again the forms of heart-thinking in terms of a healing architecture, literature, music, and art. Could the Italian Renaissance have been an attempt to heal the split between the human heart and brain by reintroducing a main source of heart-thinking in Plato? Was Thomas Aquinas not trying the same when he brought a Realist philosophy to counter the Nominalist currents bubbling in the monasteries of the day. We see in German Idealism the attempts of Hegel and Goethe to introduce a living philosophy and science to overcome the materialistic thinking of England and France.

   Although many of these cultures and individuals worked in dynamic ways, the Logik of the Heart was never spelled out directly as a way of thinking.  Logical thinking was clearly understood and has three acts of the mind: 1) name the object, 2) judge the object, and 3) syllogism. The Logik of the Heart works in levels and inter-relationship, and is therefore a qualitative process thinking, while logic is subject to our personal preferences.       

  The Logik of the Heart can be defined as a logic which has four levels or questions what? how? why? who? In addition to these questions there are symmetrical relationships, or polarity, between the levels. The mid-point of any Heart-logik sequence is called the "inversion" as the form moves inwards. There are many possible forms of the heart-thinking. Florin Lowndes pointed out that the ribbons seen with messages written on them in the Renaissance paintings or Hegel's Logic are some of the early manifestation of the Logik of the Heart.


   When the Bible is judged from the point of view of a critical logical type of thinking, it can be a disaster since the Bible has borrowed tales from other cultures (Old Testament), and the Gospels have well over 200 clear contradictions and inaccuracies. When the Bible is seen from the perspective of the Logik of the Heart, it appears as a carefully constructed document with an inner harmony and poetry. (See Bullinger's Companion Bible) If the stories were borrowed, then they were given a Heart-logikal form to enhance their power.

   The inner structure of Plato's writings and the Bible have served humanity by providing a way of thinking that opens the heart forces of the reader. Inspired works, both good and evil, have access to this higher wave-like thinking that engages more than the head and logical mind. The advertising industry has utilized this thinking in their specially written scripts and in their four-color diagrams and boxes that seem to appear every where on TV and logos.

  Although Rudolf Steiner consciously and deliberately used the Logik of the Heart in his writings, lectures, architecture, and Waldorf school lesson plans and curricula, his contemporaries never discovered it. Steiner remained tongue-tied until asked a question, however this never stopped Steiner from hinting at it. During his career he practically begged his followers to discover his method and even challenged people to rewrite his books and paint his Philosophy of Freedom. Such absurd requests only make sense in light of discovering his method, or at least to provoke discussion about how he wrote his books.

  The discovery of Rudolf Steiner's method of thinking was made by an American George O'Neil. It was never explained to me how exactly he figured it out except that he had read Mortimer Adler's How To Read A Book and had gotten some very basic clues from some of Steiner's close associates. (More about George in the section on George O'Neil.) Since Steiner left no indications on how to approach the Logik of the Heart, we have O'Neil to thank for the present form and diagrams of the Heart-logik.