Psychosophy as the application of Anthroposophy into therapy, cultural and spiritual development. This is an article written by Yehuda Tagar about William Bento's contribution to the last day of the 100 years Anniversary Conference of Anthroposophy and Psychosophy in Berlin, 2nd to 5th of November 2010.

By Yehuda Tagar

Amongst the handful of people who strove for many years to penetrate, understand, digest and apply the teaching of Rudolf Steiner’s Psychosophy, against persistent resistant and ignorance, Dr William Bento stands in a special position as clinician, researcher and scholar. William chose to come to the Berlin 100 years anniversary conference of Anthroposophy and Psychosophy at a very short notice and great sacrifice, at the heights of preparation for his own conference in California on Radical Psychology, as an East-West ambassador, completing the representation that made this conference into a truly international historic event.

For many of us his lecture was a profound experience not only of intense and thorough scholarship but of conscious spirituality in action, a ground breaking event and a foundation for many future studies. I cannot possibly do justice here to the rich content and the huge perspective that William shared with us, positioning Rudolf Steiner’s Psychosophy firmly in the evolution of modern psychology, past present and future. I can only try to indicate its character, impact and scope.

The lecture was a demonstration of heart intelligence, with the rich intellectual content deeply experienced by the speaker, and obviously well grounded in rich and diverse clinical experience. It demonstrated the objective reality of honest and grounded spiritual research. This was no intellectual speculation regarding abstract rehashing of Anthroposophical content – this was a lecture of rare and real substance. I had never met William before , nor had I any opportunity to share our work in Psychosophy, yet myself and my senior students of Psychosophy present in the conference recognised clearly the foundational frames of references underlying Psychosophy from many years of independent research and application on the other side of the world. The objective reality of Psychosophy became evident in William’s lecture to those who have engaged in it with any depth.

William cast surprising light about the obscurity of Rudolf Steiner’s Psychosophy during the 20th Century by describing in details the tragedy resulting from the great founders of modern psychology who made use of Steiner’s teaching, but never acknowledged it, obscuring the spiritual dimension of human existence as a result: Carl Jung, Roberto Assagioli, and William James. They all chose to make use of certain results of spiritual science, without referring to its original sources.

William took us through a journey of esoteric research well grounded in experiential professional application, entering the mystery connection between the expansion of human etheric body, the vulnerability of the heart, the dynamics of the Double, the Assuras current activity, the split in the human soul, as well as the preparation for the 6th Epoch. He connected the practice of Psychosophy to the Christ impulse, contrasting the archetype of I with the archetype of the anti-I, highlighting the moral conditions required for conducting Psychosophy work as an extension of initiatory processes. The intrinsic connection between the healing of psyche, psycho- therapy, and the transformation of human astrality into Spirit Self became a logical evolutionary sequence in his dissertation; the practicality of transforming personal evil into personal redemptive spirituality became a practical guide for practitioners.

William concluded his lecture with a vision, with a powerful imagination of the future of Psychosophy as a path of new faith, new love and new hope for the future of humanity. William’s lecture was a remarkable contribution towards the promised realization of Psychosophy as a contribution to the future of modern ethical psychology. It gave me a renewed hop in the future fertility of the Anthroposophical Movement.

Yehuda Tagar is the initiator and the co-convenor of the 100 years anniversary of Anthroposophy and Psychosophy. He is the 

founder of Psychophonetics, a psychotherapy modality of applied Psychosophy, the director of Persephone Institute of Psychophonetics (South Africa) and the principal of Persephone College UK.