Originally Posted by The Hidden Life
Anyway, my question for Rhonwyn was about your statement above, about "the guardian angel waiting with the child in heaven before it is born." Would this mean that anthroposophists would believe that the soul (the divine spark, the life force or whatever better term there is, not just the physical functioning of the body) isn't present in a in-utero baby until just before birth? I am curious, because I had a friend once tell me this was her belief and I'm wondering if it came from anthroposophism.
Obviously, as a Catholic, I couldn't agree with this idea, since Christians believe that the immortal soul is bestowed at the moment of conception, not at or just before birth. So this is the kind of thing that has led me to believe that Waldorf schools are not compatible with my religion.LeeAnn
That said, the anthroposophical point of view is complex. Human beings reincarnate repeatedly. In between lives in the physical world they spend time experiencing various kinds of stuff in the spiritual worlds. As the time approaches for another life on earth, a preparatory process is experienced, which I won't try to describe, mostly because it is a long time since I studied this stuff and I don't want to misrepresent anything.
So basically, for anthroposophists the spirit is eternal and exists prior to conception. When the individual actually links themselves to the new physical body may vary, but I suspect it is usually well before birth and probably before conception: the individual has an interest and a connection with their parents that exists before they actually start to incarnate.
I am not saying that any of this is fact, just trying to lay out the ideas presented by Steiner.