(added by the Editor of the 1952 edition of the original)
Note 1. Rudolf Steiner visited Lauenstein on 18th June, 1924,
almost immediately after the Home was opened. The children were
brought to him; and having first had a good look at each in turn,
talking with the child and enquiring into the history of the case, he
explained to us how this or that condition had come about, and gave
indications for therapeutical treatment and education.
explanations and advice given by Rudolf Steiner on the occasion of
this visit were noted down, and provide in each case a most valuable
addition to the words spoken by him in this course. Wonderful, above
all, was the example Rudolf Steiner set us in the whole way in which
he met the children, entering with loving and devout interest into
every single detail of their condition. For the little group of us
who were taking part together in these first beginnings of the work
of Curative Education, the whole visit was a deep experience, and the
memory of it continues to be cherished in the Institutions for
the Education and Healing of Children in Need of Special Care.
Some of the indications and instructions given by Rudolf Steiner will
be added here as Notes to the Course.
regards this boy, Rudolf Steiner told us that he is lacking in brain
sand (the calcareous concretions of the pineal body). The convulsions
and the whole general condition must go back to some fright to
which the mother had been subjected during pregnancy. (Enquiry
afterwards confirmed this.) He added that one must, in such cases,
always ask how things were with the mother during pregnancy. The
convulsions, he said, were a secondary effect.
therapy, Rudolf Steiner prescribed injections of thyroid gland
secretion. The medicament must enter the body in a centripetal
direction, in order to evoke a reaction that works centrifugally.
The preparation should still contain epithelial cells. On the day
following the injection, the fever curve, also the pulse and the
breathing, should be measured, quantitatively and qualitatively.
addition, the boy should drink a full glass of Levico water in the
course of each day, diluted in the proportion 1:8.
Eurythmy: O, I (ee), L.
Note 2. When this poor feeble-minded boy, who was as a rule
excessively restless, was brought to Rudolf Steiner, he became for
the moment quite peaceful and at rest, and the finer side of his
nature, which was generally overlaid and hidden, suddenly revealed
itself in a truly beautiful manner. Rudolf Steiner took particular
interest in the boy's sense-perceptions, and proved to us that he
cannot see far into the distance. When his bad teeth were alluded to,
Rudolf Steiner pointed out that his finger nails also were soft and
weak. The following notes of the conversation were made at the time:
Did you not notice anything particular about the mother? This
is a case where we can see evidence of a remarkable karma. The astral
body is over-ripe. Something is working in from the preceding
incarnation. The time between death and new birth has been quite
short, with the result that the soul has brought into this
incarnation something of the astral body of the former incarnation.
The boy still has even now strange dreams at night. This fact will
reveal itself to you in strange and disconnected remarks that he
makes after waking up. Supposing he has at some time or other seen
snakes, then it may be that now he will see them coiling and
uncoiling themselves. It is a case of a poor astral body, that has
its seat mainly in the back of the head. (Here Dr. Steiner
laid his hand, with a gesture of the most intense interest, on the
back of the boy's head, which was thickly covered with stubborn black
hair. This condition has to be met by introducing a
counter-astrality; and that we can do by the use of algae. For algae
draw in the astral forces of the surrounding air. Mushrooms do this
still more; but we had better not begin with the strongest
influences. All parasitic plants draw in astrality. By means of algae
injections, healthy astrality will be attracted astrality,
that is, which is opposite in quality to the astrality already in the
body; for there the astrality is bad.
therapy will therefore be: Algae inoculations D 5;
Belladonna D 4, D 10,
D 15, D 20,
Steiner was shown the record of the fits. The suggestion having
been raised that their occurrence might be running parallel with the
rhythms of the Moon, Dr. Steiner said that the influence of the Moon
could not in this case be the direct cause of the fits; at the most,
it could affect only the consciousness.
should be done, especially with the legs.
Note 3. Dr. Steiner said at Lauenstein: She has a kink
in her astral body; its form has no unity or coherence; above, it is
weak, whilst below, it is stronger.
Note 4. At Lauenstein the following prescription was given:
Nicotiana enema, a five per cent decoction, twice a week. If this
does not help, then Nicotiana injections D 6.
Curative Eurythmy: F, M, UT (oot), TU
Note 5. When the children were brought to Rudolf Steiner at
Lauenstein, he particularly enquired whether there had not been some
weakness or debility in the mother. The mother declared that she had
never been seriously ill, but admitted that she had suffered from
chlorosis as a girl and had in general been very anaemic. Rudolf
Steiner: So the mother, you see, was evidently, earlier on, in
a delicate state of health. The father too had in his youth
been weak and ailing. Their first child, at whose birth the mother
was twenty years old and the father twenty-two, died young of
pneumonia. The second was the elder of the girls we are considering.
The third, a boy, is entirely normal. Then came, as fourth, the
younger of our two albinos.
Rudolf Steiner also
made enquiries about the geological conditions of the district in
which the children had been born. Information was given of the
presence of pyrites and gypsum, to which allusion is made in the
lecture. He then asked whether the people of the district were
strikingly blond. This was denied; on the contrary, they are inclined
to be dark. Lastly, he enquired whether the parents were relatives of
one another; the answer was in the negative.
Rudolf Steiner then
explained to us the connection of the albinism with the sulphur.
These children, he said, are completely
sulphurous. In them, sulphur processes are permeating the entire
body. The children are all eye; processes which
ought to be going on in the eye alone are here taking place
throughout the body. The quivering in the eyes and the furtive
glancing hither and thither are due to oscillation between ether body
and astral body.
Note 6. At Lauenstein, Dr. Steiner said that the
pathological symptoms which reveal themselves in this boy are due to
some suffering he underwent in his previous incarnation. He had
perhaps been alone for a long time stranded maybe from a
shipwreck and forced to spend long and tedious days in solitude. This
experience was then transformed and shows itself today as weakness of
treatment, the boy should have sugar injections D 6,
seven injections in fourteen days. Afterwards he should be sponged
with starchy water, this treatment also to be continued for
fourteen days. The body will have to change the starch into sugar,
and that will provide another means of stimulating the ego.
Steiner's advice for the education of the boy was as follows: He must
keep a diary, recording all that he has done right through the day.
That will strengthen his I. He should have stories told him with
pedagogical purpose in them, stories in which it turns out that
people who steal get the worst of it. The magpie is always thieving,
and in consequence the other birds will have nothing to do with it.
Then, the boy should be taught some practical job. He should learn
how boots are made. He could make boots for your whole
family! He could also learn gardening. And he should be
encouraged to solve all manner of little practical problems. For
example, how the door of a train might be so constructed that as soon
as someone got on to the step, the door would open (and afterwards
close again) automatically and other things of that kind.
Note 7. In reference to this boy, Dr. Steiner spoke of a
dwarfed or stunted pituitary body.
Injections of hypophysis (pituitary body) and treatment with arsenic,
as indicated in the lecture.
Eurythmy: L, M, S, R.
Note 8. The title of this booklet is Lieder zum Commers in
Jena am 17 Februar 1894. The verse referred to, from the song
'Zoologischer Jubelgruss' by Edwin Bormann is as follows:
Staunet nicht, O Festkumpane,
Wenn ein Archaeopt'ryx jetzt
Eben an der Rathausfahne
Seinen werthen Schnabel wetzt;
Wer heut' heimwärts sucht die Pfade
Geh' voll Fürsicht Schritt für Schritt,
:, : Dass er auf der Promenade
Nicht'nen Plesiosaurus tritt. :' :
An English equivalent might read:
On your homeward way, good people,
Should you chance to find a sleek
Pterodactyl, on the steeple
Whetting of his noble beak,
Do not be surprised or flustered,
But turn the corner with some care,
For you'll very, very likely
Find a Dinosauros there.