When I was being trained in the Montessori Method it seemed to me that many people were unwilling to discuss the spiritual impact that her method has on both the child and the adult. People also seemed unwilling or unable to have a conversation about its depth and implications. By spirituality I mean to be aware. To be spiritual is to utilize those inherent qualities that are within all of us. My perception is that Montessori saw this and wanted to foster it. I even read that Montessori referred to the child as the little messiah. The child could teach us so much about ourselves and we as guides would never be the same. Montessori obviously had a strong faith and relationship with Catholicism. However, she seemed to use that faith and her relationship with Catholicism to find inherent universal qualities in all of us which could remind us of or make our relationship to God stronger.
I was always interested in the possibility of some relationship that she may have had with Theosophy. This inquiry always seemed to be perceived by people as a taboo conspiracy. Yet, I have delved a little further and came to what I think is an interesting conclusion. Theosophy is about the spiritual hierarchy helping humanity to evolve to a greater so called perfection. I interpret perfection as a greater union with God or one’s higher self (soul or spirit, tomato, tomatoe) so to speak. Theosophy says that each religion has a portion of the truth. It is interesting to me that Montessori was “forced” to stay with prominent members of the Theosophical Society towards the end of her life. While it is pretty obvious that her work was not necessarily influenced by Theosophy directly, I am left with an interesting thought. How perfect is it that Montessori ended up there of all places? Montessori was a religious and Universalist woman with a different “religious” but Universalist group.
I would love to read your comments and thoughts about this!!!