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’.

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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The Corruption of Science

I feel strongly we are in at least the beginnings of a major scientific revolution.  The existing paradigm of science has degraded to nothing more than subjectivity and filling agendas.  Nice article by Dr. Nancy Swanson…

Originally posted in ISIS Report, May 14, 2014

Many are the ways in which the powers that be obstruct and obscure our paths to knowledge  Dr Nancy Swanson

Say it in Latin for God

We need only look at the historical record to know that those who crave power have seized upon the belief system of the people in order to manipulate and control them.  All good ideas start out well enough but, sometime after gaining wide acceptance, they inevitably become corrupted.

Those who ruled the Roman Catholic Church used it as a tool for absolute control of the masses.  People who did not fall into line were threatened with excommunication, doomed to burn in hell forever.  If they fell too far out of line, they were burned alive on the grounds of heresy.

One method of control was to use Latin for mass.  The entire structure was formed around a language that the people did not speak, read or write.  This forced people to have a go-between, a priest, to intervene with God on their behalf.  Ostensibly God only understood Latin.

The great crime committed by Galileo Galilei was not so much what he said, but that he insisted on saying it in Italian, the language of his people, rather than the language of the scholars and priests [1].  Kepler and Copernicus had already published much of what Galileo espoused.  But they did it in Latin and therefore did not incur the wrath of the church.  Apparently you could say pretty much anything so long as very few understood what you were saying.  Not only was Galileo excommunicated, his book was banned, he was placed under house arrest for life and he was forced to recant.

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