Let me introduce you the greatest rising super-star in the anthroposophical firmanent today and demonstrate his commitment to the Philosophy of Freedom. His name is Sebastian Gronbach. He lives in Cologne (Koeln) Germany and his book Missionen: Geist bewegt – alles! (Missions: Spirit Moves --- Everything!) has been published by the prestigious anthroposophical house Verlag Freies Geistesleben.
He is a 40 year old 3rd generation Anthro --- whose grandpappy knew Steiner --- who has taken not only the German anthroposophical world by storm, but more importantly he’s “cracking the cult barrier,” as it were, and driving Steiner’s ideas public and mainstream. Sebastian does lectures, as you might expect, but more radically, he leads groups of “guerilla meditators” out into densely populated areas of various cities to create what looks like a sit-in but is really a meditate-in.
His home base blog is here
Jeder Mensch ist eine Mission - Wie lebst Du Deine Mission?
Every man is a mission --- How are you living your mission?
Spiritueller Dienstleister & Aktivist In der Tradition Rudolf Steiners
Spiritual service provider & activist in the tradition of Rudolf Steiner
And his motto? You will of course recognize the quote and source.
"Jeder von uns ist berufen zum freien Geiste, wie jeder Rosenkeim berufen ist, Rose zu werden." (Rudolf Steiner)
“Everyone of us is called to be a free spirit, just as every rose seed is called to become a rose.” (Rudolf Steiner)
But what sets him apart from other Anthroposophists is the tribute he gives to Ken Wilber’s Integral Philosophy for saving him as an anthroposophist.
Here is the beginning of an article Sebastian wrote for the Ken Wilber publication called: The Integral Leadership Review.
Anthroposophy from the Inside:
What People Have Wanted to Know about Anthroposophy and Not Found in Wikipedia.
I will not write long and beat around about the bush. The matter is very simple: Without Ken Wilber, I would not be an anthroposophist anymore. I am 40 years old and on the road since my 20th year as a teacher, lecturer and spiritual activist in anthroposophy. Almost exactly four years ago, I was just about ready to chuck it all and throw away everything that had to do with this spiritual impulse of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Then came Integral Spirituality and it rescued me—for anthroposophy. How has Wilber saved me? He has shown me my spiritual home on the big map. I now know my surroundings, my treasures, my shadow, my ways and pitfalls, my unknown fields, shady bogs, cliffs and dead ends. And I know that I am not alone and where my friends live. And so I write to you. Wilber helps me get the most out of my tradition, to leave behind the outdated, and to break new ground.
Steiner and Wilber: More than Words
If I have to say something about anthroposophy, then I am faced with a problem. You know this problem. With anthroposophy, it is about the same as with the Integral Vision: both are not explained in few words. Not only because very many words are needed, but above all because they go beyond what is expressed in words. We must understand Steiner—and I say this also applies to Wilber —not just literally. Both are, in a way, great poets. We can read their work from the top-left perspective. That means nothing else than that it is we who must bring their words to life. We need to learn to make their work sing in order for it to touch us. Poetry requires this and also Wilber always writes in a touching and artistic way. To me this is just the heart. Sometimes Wilber is not just true or false. Sometimes it is beautiful to cry. And that is part of the program. Spirit is in all quadrants and in the upper left spirit speaks as a poet. Steiner says that in his fundamental work, The Philosophy of Freedom, “All true philosophers are concept artists. For them, the human idea is the art equipment and the scientific method is an artistic technique.”
Of course, you can imagine the frenetic blowback he is receiving from the many hardbound dogmatic anthros still locked into the “Steiner said” world view, but it’s nice to see someone who as an artist-philosopher is painting concepts, using Ken Wilber as his “palette.”