New Places, New Projects

AHorsesView blog is going to be taking an indefinite break.  I am going to be working with my friend Chiara Marrapodi, founder of The Society for Animal Consciousness.  This will be a online platform in which I can indulge my desires to help develop knowledge of the human/animal relationship as it is approached through Goethean science.  Consciousness in animals is now ‘officially’ recognized, yet with many questions remaining; therefore many misunderstandings exist as we oftentimes attempt to apply our own human centrism to the animal.  The consciousness of the animality can be ascertained in a true manner, and by using a participative approach to science given to us by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and as further elucidated by Rudolf Steiner as well as others past and present, not the least of which are Henri Bortoft, Owen Barfield, Mark Riegner, and Craig Holdrege, we are able to find a way to sort through this maize of confusion in a way that is palpable by anyone who is genuinely interested.

To this end, Sophia* Institute for Animals Studies will eventually come into being through the Society.  This is anticipated to be a one-two year project to get started and is envisioned be an interactive learning platform for those who are interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of animals in a way that is not available in mainstream curricula.  My online equine health coach/nutrition courses are and will remain available through the American Council of Naturopathy.  The SIAS is not intended to be any type of ‘certifying’ entity but is envisioned to be a portal for exploring consciousness in non-human beings.  It is recognized that all aspects of life may affect consciousness in all sentient beings.  These aspects are comprised of: heredity, regimen (including nutrition), place, trauma, and resonance with human; therefore all of these subjects will be discussed on some level.

Chiara and I share many of the same philosophies and passions when it comes to the interaction we have with animals in our lives – I am very proud and excited to be working with her in this momentous endeavor!

From Henri Bortoft’s work and writings we learn that the universe is holographic, not atomistic – through every part of creation can we experience the whole if we so choose.  And that means animals are part of us, we can discover ourselves within the animal world.  It is time that we stop viewing them as “its” separate from us.  I invite you to come join us on a journey of learning to ‘presence the wholeness’ of nature.

Please join us at The Society for Animal Consciousness, both on Facebook and the web.

* Sophia means ‘divine wisdom’.

On the Path from the Darkness of Crises to the Light of Freedom

This is a well-written article, with the exception that I disagree “that it [the whole] is more than the sum of its parts”. Nevertheless, the gist of what is being said is valid. This ‘sum-is-greater-than-whole’ is a favorite phrase of so-called ‘natural health’ or the ‘holistic’ approach…the whole can never be more than the sum of its parts, which I don’t believe that Steiner actually ever held that concept as he fully understood what Goethe was talking about in his concept of the archetype. We actually must go into the parts in order to understand the whole, as the whole is a ‘becoming of’. Yet we cannot apply an arithmetic value to the parts, for if we did then we would have to say that the whole exists only because of its parts; in other words, if this is true, then the whole is secondary to the parts – which it is not. In actuality the whole being was conceived as an idea (the archetype) before the individual parts came into physicality. Reductionist science is valid…the problem is that it stops there and never moves “upstream” (Henri Bortoft) in its thinking, it fails to see the whole reflected as a hologram in its parts.

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A fundamental limitation of most modern science approaches is the undeniable possibility of a future discovery that can overturn existing theories. The overlooking of this possibility lies at the root of many modern world crises. These crises can be overcome only when science reforms its approach so that every understanding gained is firmly rooted in reality.

Anyone who goes through life with a conscious observant eye and a thinking mind must realize that, despite its plentiful and glorious achievements, humankind is facing multiple crises. These manifest themselves in seemingly all aspects of society, including education, health care, environment, agriculture, economy, and relationships from interpersonal to international.

In all of their striving, modern sciences have been trying to understand observed phenomena using various models or theories. These models start with certain presuppositions about the entities in the phenomena, and efforts are made to explain the phenomena in question by means of logical…

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Breaking through the ‘space barrier’ from abstract perception to alive natural perception

Fantastic article!

The Nature of Business

This is a guest blog written by scientist and natural philosopher Dr. Alan Rayner.

Imagine yourself standing petrified on the concrete edge of a swimming pool, while being jostled by those next to you. Someone splashing about in the water shouts to you. ‘Come on in, the water’s lovely!’ But you’ve never experienced full immersion in water before and you’ve never been taught how to swim. How do you feel?

Our cultural and educational institutions teach us, from a young age, to perceive our selves and others as if we were separate, isolated objects, both set apart from one another and boxed in by rigid boundaries.

In order to feel secure, we mentally sever ourselves from each other and the creative wildness of the natural world by setting in place an imaginary hard line or ‘cut’ – what I call ‘the space barrier’ – that enforces profound social and…

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The inconvenient truth

Gotta love this…short and to the point, and love Ridzerd’s choice of song to accompany!

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

It is, of course, more of an effort to deal with reality than to waffle in general terms about world harmony, about the individual soul being in harmony with the world, about harmony in the general love of humanity.

Anthroposophy does not exist to send people off to sleep, but to make them really wide awake. We are living at a time when it is necessary for people to wake up.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 177 – Fall of the Spirits of Darkness: Lecture 8: Abstraction and Reality Dornach, 13 October 1917

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Fanaticism is the worst thing in the world

The great Rudolf Steiner Quotes Site

Fanaticism is the worst thing in the world, particularly in education, — a fanaticism which makes a man press on in one direction and push ahead regardless of anything but his one aim, reduced to precise slogans.

But if one looks at the world, without prejudice one will concede: views and opinions are but views and opinions. If I have a tree here and photograph it, I have one view of it; the view from here has a definite form; but the view is different from here, and again different from over there; so that you might think it was not the same tree if you only had the pictures to go by. In the same way there are points of view in the world, there are outlooks. Each one only regards one aspect of things. If you know that things must be looked upon from the most manifold…

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Mind in Nature: A Question of Consciousness

This is a very nice essay, and even though not stated specifically also points out the evolution of human consciousness and how we are in the process of returning to ancient thoughts and philosophies but this time in a conscious way.

Holistic Science Diaries


Questions of consciousness – what it is, where it comes from, whether it evolved, how it relates to matter, and so on – are surely some of the most important and perplexing questions that have ever faced humanity. Yet what is almost as fascinating about these questions, is just how reluctant we are to ask them, even in the face of compelling evidence that has emerged from fields such as quantum physics and other sciences over the past century.

They are uncomfortable questions for many, no doubt, as they get right to the heart of how we experience the world. How we answer these questions will largely determine whether we see the world as alive with complex meaning and connection; or, as has been the case for much of the past few centuries, as little more than a set of coincidental mechanistic occurrences. And this, in my view, is…

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