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I Am for Going Ahead

Ita Wegman's Work for the Social Ideals of Anthroposophy

Peter Selg
Translated by Margot Saar
Paperback
May 2012
9781621480020
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  • Publisher
    SteinerBooks
  • Published
    15th May 2012
  • ISBN 9781621480020
  • Language English
  • Pages 172 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"
$15.00

Ita Wegman is not only an inspiring genius of Anthroposophy, but she is also a healing genius of anthroposophic medicine. Perseverance, courage, greatness mark her being (Emanuel Zeylmans van Emmichoven).

With great empathy, delicacy, and directness, Peter Selg recounts, in three lectures, the moving story of Ita Wegman and her relationship with Rudolf Steiner in the context of the development of anthroposophic medicine and the formation of the Medical Section of the School for Spiritual Science. Steiner had suffered patiently until the right person—Ita Wegman—arrived to guide spiritual science’s healing mission into the medical field. In the fall of 1920, Ita Wegman founded a medical clinic in Arlesheim. From then on, she and Steiner worked together, both medically and spiritually, gradually unveiling a karmic working relationship unique in Steiner's life. Thus the stage is set.

"By taking in the war-traumatized children we will not lose sight of our task in curative education, on the contrary, it is the actual realization of this task, and if one cannot see that, one is not going forward with the big strides of time. I assure you that I will not fall into small steps; I want to stay with the big strides" (Ita Wegman, Aug. 20, 1942).

The second lecture focuses on anthroposophic curative, or therapeutic, education: "the social center, the heart even, of Ita Wegman's 'Medical Section'; To make a commitment to children with severe obstacles in their incarnation, out of spiritual insight into the human being and the wider karmic context, and to make this commitment as a group of people working out of a Christian-religious impulse" this was for Ita Wegman the true anthroposophic medicine."

Dr. Selg then describes Dr. Wegman's heroic efforts to create a true community of physicians working anthroposophically out of Steiner's indications and in the spirit of Christ; how she looked after her colleagues, always seeking to wake them up “to the destiny of their own being." She also tried to resist all that was happening in Nazi Germany, never forgetting Steiner's warning: "In the future, the Anthroposophical Society will be faced with the crucial decision of whether responsibilities will be met or not." This is the heart of this wonderful book—the inner struggle to make love responsible.

CONTENTS:

Foreword by Michaela Glöckler

1. “Jubilation in the spiritual world”
Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman

2. “To build up and strengthen these islands is my endeavor”
Ita Wegman and the Curative Teachers

3. “I do not want to interfere in any way with anyone’s freedom”
Rudolf Steiner and the Physicians

Peter Selg

Born 1963, Stuttgart.

1986–1993 Study of human medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Berlin and Zurich. Doctoral thesis: "Attempt to systematize Rudolf Steiner's human physiological ideas. An analysis of the entire lecture and written work (Witten/Herdecke 1995).

1993–2000 Further training as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy. Senior physician in the psychiatric department for adolescents and young adults at the Herdecke Community Hospital.

2000–2002 Research associate at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (Freiburg).

2002–2006 Head physician at the Ita Wegman Clinic Arlesheim (adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy); since 2006 establishment and management of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Anthroposophical Research

Since 2007 professorship for medical anthropology and ethics at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Alfter near Bonn); teaching in the Studium fundamentale and in the accompanying studies in anthroposophic medicine at the University/Witten-Herdecke

Since 2020, Co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland