Part 10 – Soul and Death
This session works with the speech of the Guardian of The Threshold as taught by Rudolf Steiner. The text is treated as a story using the storytelling mandala as a model. The various issues addressed by the speech of the Guardian are then used to form a story line with the story relating to an episode in one’s personal life where the nature of death became conscious. The story is then related to a personal selection from the themes of the speech. Sharing the written story with a dyad partner and revealing its root in one’s biography is the exercise.
Part 11 – Soul and Freedom – The path of sacrifice, Jumping mouse
This session works with the Native American tale of Jumping Mouse. This teaching story for children is a remarkably powerful lesson for the whole of life. You can work with a dyad partner using the storytelling mandala to parse out the transformation of a timid little mouse into a powerful self- sacrificing being. An episode is then selected that mirrors an event in our own biography that can be seen as a metaphor for our own search for higher sight.
Part 12 – Soul and Initiation – Overcoming despair, Hiawatha
There are many variations of the story of Hiawatha. In this session the dynamic between Hiawatha and the sorcerer Ahutaro is the focus of an excerpt from the story. The moral compass of Hiawatha that is masterfully depicted in the various tales is a remarkable masterpiece of psychological aspects of the process of initiation. A sharing of one’s own struggle to understand the relationship between despair and initiation is the exercise.
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.
In this profound series, Dennis teaches about human physiology and the learning process from a spiritual perspective. The series revolves around concepts from Karl Koenig and Rudolf Steiner, and aspects of struggle, gratitude, understanding the role of the ‘I’ and ‘Me’, and the importance of embracing uncertainty. He addresses the implications of fear, anxiety, humor, rhythm, and the significance of art and story as transformative tools.