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When Healing Becomes Educating, Vol. 2 - Waldorf Research Institute

When Healing Becomes Educating, Vol. 2 - Waldorf Research Institute

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around the sick person gain from sharing in the experience of such a destiny element? Finally, what signs are there that the affected individual belongs to humanity as a whole and is aware of his illness connecting him to humanity and something it needs for its salvation at the present stage of evolution? Questions such as these, put openly and honestly, lead to answers that can help take us further. They may take the form of good ideas; they may come as something one is suddenly able to observe; or they may make us understand words we read or hear in a new way. We can see how far the answer is the right one from the extent to which it helps to heal and to bring inner peace. I have found again and again that deep down patients know very well that their illness or handicap has something to do with themselves and their destiny. This deep-down knowledge can be brought to the patients’s full awareness by questions such as these and the answers that may come. Both the patient and those around him may gain great comfort from this. Ultimately the “Why me?” question can only be answered by the individual concerned, for the cause and consequence of destiny have their foundation in the I. Here past, present and future come together. How do I know if the wholly unexpected and seemingly groundless suffering I under go is necessary so that in a later life I may be able to cope with a major challenge presented to me? Illness and handicap serve not only to balance out things we have failed to do in earlier lives, or the significance of which we failed to grasp; their meaning also may relate solely to the near or more dis tant future. One of the most deeply moving discoveries Rudolf Steiner made during researches in this field was that there is hardly any great benefactor of the human race who has not had an earlier incarnation as someone handicapped in body and/or soul. If we learn to think and feel in terms of the future in this respect, we find ourselves able to meet the minor weaknesses and impediments of everyday life with humor. This humor is fed if we know that every weakness we overcome becomes a strength. Every problem we are unable to solve at the moment will one day, when it has been solved, enable us to speak words that give help and relief. If we thus create inner images of how someone else will be at a future time, quite different powers can be set free if we put our trust in them so that presentday problems can be overcome. Instead of taking things rather personally and getting extremely annoyed about them, we’ll be able to look at things more objectively and find it easier to cope with obstacles and problems that arise. The question of the “fault,” thus, goes through a helpful metamorphosis. For it is no longer a matter of whose fault it may ultimately have been but solely and entirely of what this “fault” may help us to see and to realize, what 78

we can learn by it and from it, and what potential for positive development opens up through it. Taking this view, it is also easier to face with greater composure the many sins we commit towards human beings and the world of nature that are part of modern life. The “collective guilt,” as it is called, of nations such as Germany and others also poses existential questions for the individual. Here it is helpful to ask oneself: What can this guilt—whatever its source—teach us, teach me today? How can I resolve guilt so that it becomes an active sharing of responsibility? Michaela Glöckler, MD Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum Postfach 134 CH-4143 Dornach Switzerland References 1. Mark 10, 46-52, based on Emil Bock’s translation into German. 2. Luke 7, 1-10, based on Emil Bock’s translation into German. 3. Luke 4, 31-37, based on Emil Bock’s translation into German. 4. From The Book of Job in the Old Testament. Goethe dramatized this “case record” in his Faust, the modern book of Job. This gives this type of sickness special significance in our present time. For the Faust figure represents the drama of modern human development, when man must become aware of the pact made with the devil, that is, his connection with evil. 79

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