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A Rosicrucian Path of Leadership

May 2011
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  • Published
    6th May 2011
  • ISBN 9780880107341
  • Language English
  • Pages 144 pp.

“Be a person of initiative and beware, lest through hindrances of your own body or hindrances that otherwise come in your way, you do not find the center of your being, within which lies the source of your initiative. Observe that, in your life, all joy and sorrow, all happiness and pain, will depend on finding or not finding your own individual initiative. This should appear, as if written in golden letters, constantly before the soul of anthroposophists. Initiative lies in their karma, and much of what meets them in this life will depend on the extent to which they can become willingly, actively conscious of it.” —Rudolf Steiner, Aug. 4, 1924

Torin Finser takes on some of our contemporary challenges and proposes new solutions. Rather than simply “kicking the can down the road,” as often happens with issues such as sovereign debts, Middle East conflicts, and environmental issues, Finser calls for individual initiative. Drawing on a variety of rich cultural and spiritual traditions, he makes the case for social change that begins within. To do so, one must first access resources that support initiative and innovation. Key questions discussed in this book include:

  • How is it possible to live a spiritual life in our materialistic age?
  • Can an individual person still make a difference?
  • How can we use a whole-systems approach to innovation?
  • How can planetary wisdom help us find appropriate leadership styles?
  • What are the inner conditions needed to work with the transcendent Self?
  • In the swirl of multi-tasking, how can we find moments of solitude and reflection?

We need new, a ethical individualism that is fully transformative. As quoted from the Peace Pilgrim in chapter 2: This is the way of peace—overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love. Today's world needs people of initiative—those willing to become the change that is so desperately needed. This book offers a wakeup call for inspired leadership.

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction: “Hear me God, I can’t take it anymore...”

Living a Spiritual Life in an Age of Materialism
Freedom and Initiative
Planetary Leadership


Meditations for the Days of the Week
The Pentagram as a Tool for Self-development
From the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach Program

Torin M. Finser

Torin M. Finser received his PhD in educational leadership from Union Graduate School, his MA in education from Adelphi University, and his BA from Bowdoin College. He taught at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, where he also served as faculty chairman. He has done extensive consulting with schools in organizational dynamics and leadership development and has been a keynote speaker at conferences around the world.

Dr. Finser is the author of numerous books, beginning with School as a Journey (1995), which has been translated into Mandarin, Farsi, Thai, Arabic, Korean, and Spanish. Torin has served as General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America and Chair of the Education Department at Antioch University New England, and is currently Director of Waldorf Programs.

A founder of the Center for Anthroposophy, he has recently pioneered their new Building Bridges Program for practicing teachers in independent and charter schools and Explorations for Waldorf parents. Educational History PhD, Union Graduate School, 1994 Educational Leadership with emphasis on Teacher Stress/Renewal MA, Adelphi University, 1978 Education BA, Bowdoin College, 1977 Double major in history and German Literature. Graduated in three years, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Waldorf, 1960–1974 Student at three Waldorf Schools: Rudolf Steiner School in NYC Green Meadow Waldorf School, NY, Freie Waldorf Schule in Krefeld, Germany.

Torin is married to Karine, has six children, and is also now a very happy grandfather!