Tracing the concept of the Madonna from Gnostic sources as the basis for self transformational meditative practices into the mystery schools of today. Explore the esoteric practices that lead from the ancient Sophianic consciousness to the two aspects of the Black Madonna that make her a spiritual being who leads humans from the past into the future. From the Black Madonna to the task of the modern mysteries represented by the being Anthroposophia.
- Lecture 1
Healing the split between thought and will, the polarity spirit and will. The role of the Madonna in the creation, impulse and development of impulse as spiritual beings, the I and the Me, original purpose of I being, Sophia’s drama and yearning, creation of the Sophia Achamoth (Pistis/faith- knowledge, trust action), Lucifer and self feeling, motive as soul force, the illusion of matter, antipathy and sympathy as soul forces, soul breathing exercises, converting images to symbolic language of feelings, penetrating my will.
- Lecture 2
Topics include the distinction between my will and the ruling will of the cosmos, the significance of silence, seeing the spirit behind the manifest world, Kamaloca, karma and world will, The Black Madonna and esoteric tradition, the Marian church, Jaccus figure, working with the ABC process, disputing self feelings, issues around clairvoyance, the difference between soul experience and spiritual experience, working with symbols, constructing soul organs of perception, issues of trust, surrender, and blame.
- Lecture 3
Topics include how to judge the validity of spiritual experience, creating the heart eye through art, Demeter and Persephone, the kore figure, Anthroposophia as the second face of the Black Madonna, traditional culture into a culture of freedom and anxiety, transforming desire into transcendent will, humility and blame, Metanoia- changed thinking, transformed desire as imagination, the burned and devoured god, the scattered and buried god, the becoming process of an art work, techniques for finding a symbol of my catharsis.
Dennis Klocek, MFA, is co-founder of the Coros Institute, an internationally renowned lecturer, and teacher. He is the author of nine books, including the newly released Colors of the Soul; Esoteric Physiology and also Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics. He regularly shares his alchemical, spiritual, and scientific insights at dennisklocek.com.
As had been employed by mystery pupils of the past, modern explorers of the wisdom of self-transformation use symbolic imagery for enhancing their meditative practice. A specific practice which Rudolf Steiner called entering the astral body. Starting with the mandala as an archetype of consciousness, each session will use the methodology of breathing an image to enter into its symbolic content. Small workgroups will address the inner responses to these symbols using suggested protocols.