Future Dawning: Exploring Karma and Our Century
Future Dawning, a Spiritual Fantasia on World Themes, by Glen Williamson
This series of seminars will provide the first public opportunity to engage with "Future Dawning" in the English speaking world beyond the USA, following the drama’s highly acclaimed dramatic readings there in 2016 and 2017 and also, in part, in Dornach (during a conference organised by the Section for the Performing Arts) in 2018.
"Future Dawning,” published in 2016 by Steiner Books (USA) and currently available as a book is set in the 21st-century. The play takes up themes of Steiner's Mystery Dramas in a modern life context, the characters in Steiner’s plays appearing in subsequent incarnations. This new drama was originally written following a request to Glen by Dr. James Dyson to write a drama relevant for the Medical Section following the closure of Park Attwood Clinic (U.K.) in 2009. While some familiarity with Steiner's four dramas would undoubtedly be relevant for participants, this series of seminars is intended to present “Future Dawning" without this or any other prerequisite. Far from detracting from the contemporary relevance of Steiner’s irreplaceable original dramas, it is rather the hope that this series of seminars may also contribute to engendering further interest in them.
Each session will be devoted to an introduction and then to one of the play’s acts, all of which last about 60 to 70 minutes. These will be read together spontaneously in small groups, followed by prepared contributions by the Presenters, and including some time for conversation. The overarching context of Glen’s challenging drama addresses questions such as the pending incarnation of Ahriman, the dynamics of the renewal of the Mysteries in our time, the relationship between spiritual science and a hypothetical modern Christian church and possible dangers inherent in new etheric (or sub-etheric?) modalities of healing. The drama also highlights many highly contemporary themes, addressing them from a spiritual aspect, such as the connection between spirituality and sexuality and the dilemmas many of us find ourselves facing when confronting issues relating to socio-political administration in an increasingly technocratic world.
The three main presenters are all faculty members of the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP), itself a member of the International Federation of Anthroposophic Psychotherapy Associations (IFAPA).
It is hoped that this series of on-line seminars will also provide an opportunity to deepen our relationships to one another through exploring such themes as karma and reincarnation, the prospect of world government, the incarnation of Ahriman, and the Renewal of the Mysteries in a contemporary context, now nearly a hundred years following the Christmas Foundation Meeting. The prophetic nature of Future Dawning has, in many respects, been more than born out by more recent social developments.
All classes are presented ONLINE this year 2021:
The series will be recorded for those who are unable to participate live.
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