Rudolf Steiner Archive Document
These eight lectures "present the first seeds of a curative eurythmy."
Though primarily intended for eurythmists concerned with therapy, they
will also interest anyone concerned with the rhythmic interplay between
physiology, the formative forces, and language.
By Rudolf Steiner
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Copyright © 1983
First English Edition, Rudolf Steiner Press, London 1983.
These eight lectures “present the first seeds of a curative
eurythmy.” Though primarily intended for eurythmists concerned
with therapy, they will also interest anyone concerned with the
rhythmic interplay between physiology, the formative forces, and
Translated from shorthand reports unrevised by the lecturer. The
original German text is published in the Complete Edition of the
works of Rudolf Steiner entitled, Heileurythmie (No. 315
in the Bibliographical Survey 1961).
This English edition is published in agreement with and permission
of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
This translation by Kristina Krohn in collaboration with Dr. Anthony
Degenaar has been made from the German Fourth Edition, 1981.
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| ||Cover Sheet
|The Publication of Rudolf Steiners Lectures
|Foreword to the English Edition
|Synopsis of Lectures
||April 12, 1921|
The relationship of the hygienic-therapeutic element of eurythmy to
the pedagogical and artistic element. Larynx and metamorphosis. The
larynx as a second human being within the human being. The eurythmy
carried out by the larynx. Stasis of the head and dynamics of the
rhythmic system, rhythm and arrythm and their connection with thinking.
The effect of poetry and prose on the human being. The connection
between movement of the limbs and thinking, digestion and headache.
Curative eurythmy exercises. The essential element in eurythmic movement.
||April 13, 1921|
The character of vowels and consonants. Speech and movement in earlier
times. The ceasing of these expressions of movement as language becomes
inward in our times. Bringing the body into movement again in eurythmy.
Bringing the various eurythmic vowels into the realm of therapy. Man
expressing himself through the vowel as person, as Man, as soul. The
difference between vowels and consonants. Various exercises.
||April 14, 1921|
When the human being performs consonants in eurythmy he goes out
of himself in the process of coming to grips with the outside world;
when he performs vowels he goes into himself in an inner activity.
The three principles at work in the consonant and their effect. The
speech-physiological processes that accompany the speaking of vowels
and their use in curative eurythmy. The inner connection between the
formative tendencies in speaking and eurythmic movements carried out
for curative purposes. Movement in the will and movement in the
intellect. The losing of the formative quality of language by the
intellect as being the inner cause of illness. Eurythmy brings the
formative quality and the will element back into language.
||April 15, 1921|
Vowels work directly upon the rhythmic organism, the consonants work
upon it via the metabolic-limb organism. Various exercises. Reference
to the syllable “Om”. Knowledge of the threefold nature of
the human organism as a basis for the educational training of gymnastics
(ensouled gymnastics) and of eurythmy. Bringing movement into man's
etheric body, regulating the etheric activity in the human organism by
means of hygienic-therapeutic eurythmy exercises.
||April 16, 1921|
By means of eurythmy exercises we work from out of the soul via the
etheric body. The necessity of making the etheric body flexible by
means of eurythmy. The therapeutic effect of various exercises.
Gymnastics that is merely physiological as being the school of
materialism. The application of the given exercises in special cases.
Reference to the length of time exercises should be done.
||April 17, 1921|
The hygienic-therapeutic effect of eurythmy on the
spiritually-orientated physiological element. Example of a recitation
of Goethe's poem “Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh ...”,
performed in eurythmy first with the vowels and then with the
consonants. The essence of listening. Listening is a condition
similar to sleep, a gentle imagining. The ether movements of the
person who is asleep or who is listening are made visible by the
physical body in eurythmy. Doing vowels and consonants alternately
in eurythmy stimulates the forces of growth.
|Lecture 7 (for doctors and medical students)
||April 18, 1921|
The upbuilding process is brought about by the formative forces raying
in from the cosmos, the forces of consolidation working from within.
The processes of secretion as the mediating element between the
formative forces and the forces of consolidation. The process of
perception as a continuation of the upbuilding process (formative
forces — secretion — consolidation) and its reversal in
ascending to Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition. Imagination is
a becoming conscious of consolidation; Inspiration a becoming conscious
of the processes of secretion; Intuition a conscious experiencing of
the formative process. The use of certain curative eurythmy exercises
when these forces are too weak, too strong or pathological. The
difference between Yoga breathing exercises and changes in the
breathing brought about by therapeutic eurythmy exercises. Penetrating
power of conviction in relation to existing medicine. Challenge to put
the newly-acquired ideas to work for the benefit of humanity.
|Lecture 8 (for doctors and medical students)
||October 28, 1922|
The significance of curative eurythmy. Its basis is artistic eurythmy.
The difference between them. In the case of curative eurythmy the
curative process arises through intensive cooperation between doctor
and curative eurythmist. A thorough diagnosis is a prerequisite of
curative eurythmy. The effect of speech and curative eurythmy on the
organism (examples of exercises). Human organs should be observed in
their polarity: centrifugal and centripetal dynamics. Sensitivity and
an artistic disposition are essential for being active as a curative
eurythmist. Curative eurythmy must be backed up by actual therapy.
Curative eurythmy is more important than massage because it has an
effect on all the members of man's being. Gym and curative eurythmy.
Experience in curative eurythmy gained through practice. Not to be
used in the case of fractures or carcinomas. A warning against
dilettantism. Soul-spiritual element added to existing physiology
and anatomy. Shallow criticism must not be tolerated. Opponents and
|Comments by the Editor of the Third German Edition
|References to the Fourth German Edition
|Concerning the Transcripts of the Lectures