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Joel Wendt




What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?

My main life riddle has been trying to discover the underlying spiritual reality behind human social and political life. This is described in my essay: The Meaning of Earth Existence in the Age of the Consciousness Soul.

What is your personal experience of collective wisdom in groups?

I've worked in 12 Step groups (addict in recovery for twenty years); with transcendentalist groups (an unpaid fellow for the Center for American Studies at Concord - 16 years [see]; in psychotherapy groups - 18 years in mental health field; and with the Rudolf Steiner work on the reverse cultus, a group conversational activity designed to create the possibility of direct contact with the Divine Mystery.

What is it about the work in this field that excites you and connects you to your own deepest self?

I am a practicing Christian Gnostic (know how to have a direct experience of the "wind" as in the Gospel of John:

[John 3:6-8] "What's born of the flesh is flesh, and what's born of the breath is breath. Don't be amazed because I told you you have to be born again. The wind blows where it will and you hear the sound of it, but you don't know where it comes from or where it goes; its the same with everyone born of the breath."

Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of what brought you to this work.

I always considered life to be the greatest teacher, and so I accepted that which life brought to me and in this (Psalm 23 - The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...) was led from experience to experience, whether it was a book or a person.

How would you like to be available to others in this field?

I am 67, and have a rich life experience. My website has a great deal of material on it and I have self published two books, the one most relevant here is called: "the Way of the Fool: the conscious development of our human character, and the future* of Christianity - both to be born out of the natural union of Faith and Gnosis". There is a potential latent in bringing esoteric Christianity into contact with exoteric Christianity, especially (from the esoteric side) the work of Rudolf Steiner (who is sometimes called: a scientist of the invisible). As someone who has achieved a modest yet remarkable self discoveries out of my own experience, but inspired by a true understanding of the Gospels and Rudolf Steiner, I can offer rather unique insights on all the main subjects with which this website is concerned, but at the same time rooted in pragmatic experience and exact and precise scientific discipline and thinking.

Links to this site or others:

Shapes in the Fire

the Way of the Fool

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