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The Gate of Death and the Gate of Birth

6th Conference for a Culture at the Threshold

6th Conference for a Culture at the Threshold - The Gate of Death and the Gate of Birth
… Not only do we pass through the gate of death as immortal beings, we also enter through the gate of birth as unborn beings …
(Rudolf Steiner CW 297, P. 206)

In our time it has become difficult to pass through the gates of birth and death with courage and confidence. Entering a new realm of consciousness as well as unknown surroundings at these thresholds of human biography, means new challenges for us which can manifest as fear and insecurity. A pregnancy without fear and a natural birth are not a matter of course any longer. Numerous preventive medical checkups in the form of prenatal evaluations of the developing child using increasingly differentiated technological instruments make visible what is naturally secluded in the intimacy of the womb. This induces fear and insecurity.

Prevention becomes preoccupation with the child. At the other gate of life we experience equal challenges: fear of death, but also a longing for death with the demand of assisted suicide and active euthanasia, as well as questioning the significance of the duration of palliative illness. As pregnancy guides us through birth into life on earth, the moments of death will lead us across the threshold into the spiritual world. Also a sudden death may have announced itself and in retrospect it may not have been so unannounced after all. The preparation for these thresholds, as different as they are in their direction and quality, also shows surprising similarities. Today these processes of transition demand active, positive accompaniment and support, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The sixth Conference for a Culture at the Threshold at the Goetheanum will take place in cooperation of the General Anthroposophical Section and the Medical Section.

We are inviting trained personnel and their coworkers, as well as parents, and all of those involved and interested in such questions, to participate actively in the lectures, the work groups and an exchange of experience at this conference.

Booking closes 17th November 2017.

More information:

Conference programme and booking form (PDF)

Information at Goetheanum website


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