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FROM WALDORF HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT TO PhD

Wal­dorf School grad­u­ates write and cre­ate projects instead of tak­ing Provin­cial exams. While there are always some stu­dents who will use oppor­tu­ni­ties like this to achieve less, what Wal­dorf pro­vides in such a ped­a­gog­i­cal model is the chance for stu­dents to excel to a degree that breaks molds and demon­strates what hard work and per­sis­tence can do despite the cir­cum­stances of life.

Wal­dorf edu­ca­tion gave me the courage to get the edu­ca­tion I wanted; to walk into the right offices and stand up for myself to the right people.

For that alone I am for­ever grateful.

RAISED IN THENEW AGE“: 1981–1999

My reli­gion as a child in the small fish­ing town of Steve­ston, B.C. in the 1980’s was the pop­u­lar Yogic prac­tice of Tran­scen­den­tal Med­i­ta­tion taught by Mahar­ishi Mahesh Yogi (it is also called TM; and yes, the one where they lev­i­tate and stuff like that).

As a child I didn’t under­stand prayer before meals, let alone Chris­tian­ity and I was always sur­prised when other fam­i­lies didn’t have sched­uled med­i­ta­tion times after school.

Despite my par­ents being poor, my mother insisted we attend Van­cou­ver Wal­dorf School K-12. So we moved to North Van­cou­ver where I was edu­cated in the Wal­dorf school sys­tem that has flour­ished out of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy.

1990’s: TEENAGE WICCA YEARS

After my par­ents divorced in 1991, my father got a new wife and so he could no longer have my sis­ter and I even part-time as he was start­ing a new fam­ily. I became a fat, depressed Goth kid at age thir­teen and got into Celtic mys­ti­cism and Wicca, largely through my mother’s pagan boyfriend and his friend who owned an occult shop in Pen­tic­ton, BC: where we had our yearly week vaca­tion with my dear, sin­gle work­ing mother. A spir­i­tu­al­ity that met my aes­thetic taste and wed with the Celtic her­itage my mother instilled in me daily helped me pull myself out of an almost cliché atheistic-suicidal despair in life and helped me focus on becom­ing an A++ kind of stu­dent from grade ten onward. In Vienna I was a Strebe. It means “striver or one who strives” and is the root of the same Eng­lish word. I was shocked after a few months to find out it was pejo­ra­tive; espe­cially since my Ger­man was Sch#!$e. Since the Aus­trian school day ended at noon I skipped most classes with the other exchanges to read in the cafe across the street til my host sis­ter and her friends fin­ished classes and we would all head down­town, or to muse­ums or the heuriger (tav­ern).

Original hand-bound, hardcover copy I made after apprenticing a bit with an old Scottish bookbinder my dad knew from the 70s.

Orig­i­nal hand-bound, hard­cover copy I made after appren­tic­ing a bit with an old Scot­tish book­binder my dad knew from the 70s.

VIENNA, WALDORF SCHOOL & HASIDIC MYSTICISM

I was exposed to Chris­t­ian her­meti­cism through New Age read­ing, and the fact that for a while after the divorce my mom, sis­ter and I lived with her boyfriend in North Van in an OTO house­hold. He was very abu­sive to us and we even­tu­ally escaped.

When I spent most of my grade ten year on exchange (from sell­ing off part of my 50k val­ued Magic: The Gath­er­ing col­lec­tion) in the Vienna Rudolph Steiner School, I was truly intro­duced to Jew­ish Kab­balah by a Hasidic Rabbi from Amer­ica lec­tur­ing on rein­car­na­tion and the Holocaust.

How Writ­ing THE CELTIC MYSTERIES OF W.B. YEATS Changed My Life

As I moved from my trou­bled teen years as a pagan and into the very tex­tual and philo­soph­i­cal land of Jew­ish Kab­balah and Hebrew myth, scrip­ture and com­men­tary, I won­dered if there was a way to inte­grate the Celtic with the med­i­ta­tive prac­tices of Kabbalah.

What I dis­cov­ered was Yeats had already started the project. He just didn’t fin­ish it.

As I was a weirdo even at Wal­dorf, I had no girl­friend and lots of free time on my hands (when I wasn’t play­ing D&D with my geek friends).

So I read and researched and lived the “Celtic Mys­ter­ies.” The project became my grad­u­at­ing the­sis and replaced the need for me to write British Columbia’s Provin­cial exams.

COMING SOON!

COMING SOON!

I got the high­est grades awarded (A+ on every aspect) and I went to col­lege in the top 1% of Cana­dian grad­u­ates; how­ever, I did not com­plete the year for eco­nomic reasons.

The National Post even called me, inter­viewed me and pub­lished eleven libelous para­graphs that bla­tantly lied about nearly every­thing I said in the inter­view. Hence my not doing any inter­views since on eso­teric or spir­i­tual subjects.

Then, I went to col­lege and used this same book to chal­lenge the remain­der of my BA and got into grad­u­ate school on pro­ba­tion. After a year of excelling in grad school I was accepted into my PhD program.

All of this from hav­ing writ­ten The Celtic Mys­ter­ies of W.B. Yeats at age 18.

I was accepted into my PhD with­out hav­ing tech­ni­cally been awarded a sin­gle degree.

The aca­d­e­mic sys­tem is one of those human insti­tu­tions that, while flawed, still has the power to reward the hard work and per­sis­tence of some­one like me.

W.B. Yeats’ vision of a “Celtic Mys­ter­ies” is far from com­plete. But I am proud to offer another ele­ment of that project to those who find beauty and value in Yeats’ vision.

As I release this finally to the world, I added a Fore­ward as well as a Post­script to deal with cer­tain issues of back­ground and con­text for the non-academic reader who just wants to hear about Celtic cul­ture, Irish myths, W.B. Yeats, or Kab­balah (Hebrew and Hermetic).

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