Rudolf Steiner’s Blackboard Drawings

I’ve just finished Gary Lachman’s very enjoyable biography of Rudolf Steiner, which I hope to summarise in a later post. For now I thought I would share a few of Steiner’s rather haunting and childish blackboard drawings with which he illustrated his lectures. Loads more available online of course. (source: (

Sehnsucht – C S Lewis

The German language has a word for the longing that C S Lewis evokes in much of his work: sehnsucht. The Wikipedia article describes it as a feeling of nostalgia for a time that we did not necessarily experience. Here is C S Lewis giving voice to that “piercing joy” of sehnsucht. “Apparently, then, our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited … More Sehnsucht – C S Lewis


Describing extracurricular priorities at St. Christopher School, Letchworth, which was set up by Theosophists led by Anne Ensor in 1915: “Eurhythmics relating in one direction to games in and in another to aesthetic harmony of music, art, and drama, leads to an acceptance of effort and an absence of tension.”

Primal Trust

I’ve just discovered, and am hugely enjoying, Gary Lachman’s work on esotericism. I’m feeling myself becoming ever more interested in Steiner’s spiritual education and its hopes of resisting the rising tide of materialism. I particularly liked this comment about cultivating a positive disposition towards life: So it would not be an exaggeration, I think, to say … More Primal Trust