I participated in the First Class and the Circle in many locations in America and Europe. It was made perfectly clear what the rules were. If a person could be “tricked” with a leading question to admit that they were members – then what was the point of secrecy? I know some Circle members who talked to others about the circle who were not members. This was frowned upon and could result in being kicked out of the Circle. It is certainly possible that I might have been exposed to various “local rules” that only applied to certain groups. I don’t know. I only know what I experienced.
We should not be overwhelmed with the knowledge of evil in our time. The stronger these forces of resistance grow, the stronger we must grow in our spiritual faith to overcome them. It is a challenge of our time to leave fear, doubt and hatred behind and take on the cloaks of mercy of love, faith and wisdom. These divine virtues can bind and conquer the forces of evil that can then become new capacities of soul and spirit which develop into super-sensible organs of perception that see that all evil shall be redeemed.
Each individual is responsible for creating his own world by bringing what is inside of him to the perception of what is outside of him, and then determining his relationship to those perceptions for good or ill. Finding the bridge between the inner world of a thinker and the outer world of perception is the key to philosophy and the science of knowing. Perception gives us a chance to “know” something about the world and our relationship to it. But the real question is: What can the observer know?
Neoanthroposophy is not speculation nor spiritual research that “goes beyond” Steiner’s indications but is the continuing work of the spiritual beings Rudolf Steiner has lead us to. Neo means new and in this case means “new insight” into the indications of Steiner. Steiner gave us enough spiritual wisdom from the hierarchy to fill our spiritual research for hundreds of years. We can search through the newest discoveries in science and find that Steiner has already addressed these discoveries almost a century ago.