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Rudolf Steiner - Author

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Books by Rudolf Steiner

Christ and the Spiritual World and the Search for the Holy Grail

Christ and the Spiritual World and the Search for the Holy Grail

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2019

There is no way of approach to the Grail through words of any kind, or through philosophical speculations. The only way is by changing all these words into feeling, by becoming able to feel in the Grail the sum of all that is holy... - Rudolf Steiner (from lecture 6) Reviewing human history in relation to the cosmic-earthly events of Christ's incarnation, Rudolf Steiner explains the significance of both the Gnostic religion and the legend of the Holy Grail. He indicates how the Grail emerges in human history, and how the 'stellar script' relates to the secret of Parsifal. Steiner examines humanity's existential quest in the historical patterns of human thought and spiritual development. We are shown the widespread influence of the sibyls, who with their astrological and clairvoyant prophecies were a backdrop to one of the richest cultural epochs, the Greco-Roman world. Steiner contrasts the revelations of the sibyls to those of the Hebrew prophets. This course of lectures, a complete edition from Steiner's Collected Works, offers an illuminating insight into the development of the soul through succeeding ages.

Evil

Evil

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/02/2019

This selection of lectures offers insights into the complexity of evil as a phe-nomenon that arises when an event or process appears outside its true context. As a result, something that is good initially may become evil because it occurs in the wrong place. Steiner tells us that this as an effect of Lucifer and Ahriman, spiritual beings who work as polar forces and hinder human evolution by opposing our appropriate development. Confronting these difficulties, however, ultimately furthers our spiritual development.

A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma Selected Lectures and Writings

A Western Approach to Reincarnation and Karma Selected Lectures and Writings

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2019

Michaelmas and the Soul-Forces of Man

Michaelmas and the Soul-Forces of Man

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2019

Esoteric Lessons 1910 - 1912

Esoteric Lessons 1910 - 1912

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2019

The Gospel of St.Mark A Cycle of Ten Lectures

The Gospel of St.Mark A Cycle of Ten Lectures

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2019

Esoteric Lessons

Esoteric Lessons

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2019

Concerning the Astral World and Devachan

Concerning the Astral World and Devachan

Author: Rudolf Steiner, James H Hindes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/01/2019

The Apocalypse of St John

The Apocalypse of St John

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

Die Philosophie Der Freiheit

Die Philosophie Der Freiheit

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2018

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2018

Christianity as Mystical Fact And the Mysteries of Antiquity

Christianity as Mystical Fact And the Mysteries of Antiquity

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2018

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2018

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2018

Initiation and Its Results A Sequel to the Way of Initiation

Initiation and Its Results A Sequel to the Way of Initiation

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2018

Meditations for Times of Day and Seasons of the Year. Breathing the Spirit

Meditations for Times of Day and Seasons of the Year. Breathing the Spirit

Author: RUDOLF STEINER Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered simply to assist in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality. Matthew Barton has translated and selected Steiner's verses, sensitively arranging them by theme. In this collection of meditations for times of day and seasons of the year, Rudolf Steiner delves into the rhythms of nature and their relationship to human beings. The verses in the first part refer to the cycle of waking and sleeping, echoing the greater rhythms of birth and death. They provide an accompaniment for each day, gently reminding us where we have come from and where we are going. The second section focuses on the human being's passage through nature's changing seasons - a greater cycle of sleeping and waking. Together they offer us a spiritual light for our journey through life.

Social Threefolding Rebalancing Culture, Politics & Economics - An Introductory Reader

Social Threefolding Rebalancing Culture, Politics & Economics - An Introductory Reader

Author: RUDOLF STEINER, STEPHEN USHER Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

In the aftermath of the devastating First World War, Rudolf Steiner gained a reputation as a leading social thinker. One mainstream reviewer of his book Towards Social Renewal referred to it as `... perhaps the most widely read of all books on politics appearing since the war'. Steiner's proposals for the reconstruction of Europe and the rebuilding of society's crumbling social structure were thus publicly discussed as a serious alternative to both Communism and Capitalism. Steiner's `threefold' ideas involved the progressive independence of society's economic, political and cultural institutions. This would be realised through the promotion of human rights and equality in political life, freedom in the cultural realm and associative cooperation in economics or business. In this carefully assembled anthology of Steiner's lectures and writing, Stephen E. Usher gathers key concepts and insights to form a coherent picture of social threefolding. Apart from fundamental lectures on the theme, the volume also features the full content of Steiner's unique Memoranda of 1917. The original texts are complemented with the Editor's introduction, commentary and notes.

Meditations for Courage and Tranquility. The Heart of Peace

Meditations for Courage and Tranquility. The Heart of Peace

Author: RUDOLF STEINER Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered simply to assist in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality. Matthew Barton has translated and selected Steiner's verses, sensitively arranging them by theme. In this collection - to promote courage and tranquility - Rudolf Steiner highlights the balancing, harmonizing forces of the heart, which are so much under attack in our cerebral culture. The verses aim to strengthen the heart by warming and enlivening thinking, allowing for genuine peace of mind; by drawing feeling into the dark depths of our will, in order to help develop courage; by nurturing a real sense of peace within the heart; and by helping us to help others. Together they provide a powerful antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life.

Self-Doubt Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Panic and Fear - Threshold experiences, crises of the soul and healing on the anthroposophical path

Self-Doubt Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Panic and Fear - Threshold experiences, crises of the soul and healing on the anthroposophical path

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Harald Hass Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2018

Mental and emotional disorders have reached epidemic levels in Western societies. Self-doubt, panic-attacks, anxiety disorders and personal fears of all kinds present major challenges to contemporary medical science. Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research offers a startlingly original and complementary contribution to the problem. True insight into psychological issues requires knowledge of the influences of spiritual beings, he suggests. In everyday life we are all confronted with metaphysical entities that can hinder or progress our development. Many forms of anxiety and self-doubt derive from such meetings on the border - or threshold - of our consciousness. Further, these `threshold experiences' are exacerbated today by a general loosening of the subtle bodies and components of the human soul. As these constitutional changes persist, says Rudolf Steiner, a condition of `dissociation' becomes increasingly common. A healthy emotional life will only be possible if individuals engage in a conscious practice of personal growth, strengthening their constitution through the action of the `I' or self. The expertly selected and collated texts in Self-Doubt offer numerous cognitive and practical ideas for the improvement of everyday mental and emotional health. Chapters include: The origin of error, fear, and nervousness; Crossing the threshold in the development of humanity and the individual; The polarity of shame and fear; The polarity of doubt and terrifying disorientation; The polarity of scepticism and claustrophobia, astraphobia, and agoraphobia; The origin of panic; Anxiety; The multilayered nature of terrifying disorientation; Healing aspects of the anthroposophical path of training; The spiritual-scientific qualities of fear compared with standardized diagnostic terms and as a basis for therapy.

The East in the Light of the West

The East in the Light of the West

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Harry Collison, Shirley Mark Kerr Gandell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/10/2018

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2018

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2018

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2018

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

The Three-Fold Commonwealth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2018

Christianity as Mystical Fact And the Mysteries of Antiquity

Christianity as Mystical Fact And the Mysteries of Antiquity

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2018

Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery

Ancient Myths and the New Isis Mystery

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Signe Eklund Schaefer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Karma Six Lectures

Karma Six Lectures

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

How to Know Higher Worlds

How to Know Higher Worlds

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2018

CHRISTIANITY AS MYSTICAL FACT AND THE MYSTERIES OF ANTIQUITY (Aziloth Books)

CHRISTIANITY AS MYSTICAL FACT AND THE MYSTERIES OF ANTIQUITY (Aziloth Books)

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2018

Artistic Sensitivity as a Spiritual Approach to Knowing Life and the World

Artistic Sensitivity as a Spiritual Approach to Knowing Life and the World

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Christopher Bamford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

Today's orthodox notions of science--which is to say, of knowing--are exceedingly narrow; they posit, implicitly or otherwise, that the only knowledge possible, if any, is that of the physical world. But the skeleton key to unlocking the door, behind which lies the root of the problems and difficulties of our age, and thus their solution, is to be able to fully answer this question: What is it to know something? This question lies at the foundation of spiritual science. Rudolf Steiner had first to solve it for himself, pointing the way for others to do the same (in, for example, his Philosophy of Freedom), long before he could give such lectures as these. Rudolf Steiner's work and words, still largely undiscovered as compared to their value for humanity, continue to point the way toward a different path--a way of knowing that encompasses the fullness, the breadth and depth of life and the worlds we inhabit. This knowing--which is to say, science--does not ignore or even contradict the narrower physical sciences of technologists and other specialists, but offers an expansive understanding of reality that also includes a deeper engagement with those aspects of our experience that we are told are beyond the ken of science. But is truth not accessible through art? Are poetry and literature, indeed the beauty and wisdom of each human language, not portals through which we can glimpse truths, every bit as real (though of a different order) than those we might grasp through a microscope? These thirteen lectures were given in Dornach, Switzerland, from January to May 1915, between the fifth and ninth month of World War I. Given the interrupted, fragmented nature of this sequence, one might assume that the lectures could not possibly present a tight, coherent whole. This is not the case. Rudolf Steiner lays down the framework for the series in a concise but detailed manner in the first two lectures, and then goes on to demonstrate in lecture after lecture how, on this basis, many aspects of life reveal the hidden presence and activities of the realities--and the approach--he has established in the framework. In fact, it is humbling to witness Rudolf Steiner's powers of attention and presence of mind: to see how, after a significant interval, in the same tone of voice and with seamless continuity, he can pick up and further develop and interweave his announced intention: namely, to provide a detailed look at things we have been considering for years.

The World of Fairy Tales

The World of Fairy Tales

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone

The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2018

The The Night as a Wellspring of Strength Sleep, Spiritual Encounters and the Starry Firmament

The The Night as a Wellspring of Strength Sleep, Spiritual Encounters and the Starry Firmament

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Edward De Boer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

`I fall asleep. Until I awaken my soul will be in the world of spirit, and there will meet the guiding impulse-giver of my earthly life, my genius, who dwells in the world of spirit, hovering round my head...' - Rudolf Steiner The night is an essential counterpart to the day. By day we possess the capacity of conscious, logical thought, whilst at night - leaving the physical body to regenerate during sleep - we give ourselves up to a different form of consciousness. Rudolf Steiner describes the night as the realm of intuition, a place of deep spiritual encounter, but also as a wellspring of renewal and healing. With its lucid introduction and notes, The Night seeks to conjure the special atmosphere and quality of the nocturnal hours, so that the real spiritual encounters of night-time can fruitfully inform our daily life, helping us to live in a fuller, healthier way. Night-time is when we can, consciously or unconsciously, meet our higher self; we have the opportunity to work with angelic beings, and even to access the world of the dead. The night can be a source of poetic and artistic inspiration, whilst for initiates it provides a field for conscious awareness. It is also a special time - before going to sleep and upon waking - for specific esoteric exercises. Edited by Edward de Boer, the textual passages, lecture extracts, exercises and the many verses and prayers in this anthology are an invitation to readers to engage more consciously with the starry heavens and the nightly realm.

Meditations for Harmony and Healing Finding The Greater Self

Meditations for Harmony and Healing Finding The Greater Self

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered to assist generally in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality. Matthew Barton has translated and selected Steiner's verses, sensitively arranging them by theme. In this collection - to promote harmony and healing - Rudolf Steiner helps us discover a renewed sense of our true place in the world. The verses show how we can learn to know ourselves by looking outwards to the substances and processes at work in the cosmos, and in contrast to know the world by looking inwards to the microcosmic depths of the human self. By integrating spirit and matter within, we heal divisions in our relationships with others. For modern people, increasingly divorced from a living relationship with nature, these verses help to unfold a world of interconnections.

Conscious Society Anthroposophy and the Social Question

Conscious Society Anthroposophy and the Social Question

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Matthew Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

Delivered in the context of post-war cultural and social chaos, these lectures form part of Rudolf Steiner's energetic efforts to cultivate social understanding and renew culture through his innovative ideas based on `threefolding'. Steiner develops a subtle and discerning perception of how social dynamics could change and heal if they were founded on real insight into our threefold nature as individuals, social beings and economic participants in the world. He doesn't offer a programmatic agenda for change, but a real foundation from which change can organically grow. Social forms and reforms, says Steiner, are `created together', not imposed by lone geniuses. Nevertheless, the detail of some of the thoughts and ideas he presents here as a possible model - down to the economic specifics of commodity, labour, taxation, ground rent and capitalism itself - are staggering in their clarity and originality. This is no mystic effusion but a heartfelt plea, backed by profound insights, to change our thinking and the world we live in. As he points out, thoughts create reality, and so it is vital how and what we think. Among the many contemporary and highly-relevant topics Steiner discusses here are: the nature of money and capital; taxation and the state; free enterprise and initiative; capitalism and Marxism; the relationship between employer and employee; `added value' theory and the concept of commodity; and `class consciousness', the proletariat and the bourgeoisie.

Meditations for the Dead Connecting to those who have Died

Meditations for the Dead Connecting to those who have Died

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2018

As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered to assist generally in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality. Matthew Barton has translated and selected Steiner's verses, sensitively arranging them by theme. In this collection - for maintaining a connection to those who have died - Rudolf Steiner offers hope and consolation to the bereaved. The first section features words of wisdom on death and its deeper, spiritual meaning; the second part consists of verses which stress the continued links between the living and the dead, indicating how our thoughts can help those who have departed earthly life. The final section is devoted to verses which express something of what the dead experience in their new existence.

Outline of Occult Science

Outline of Occult Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2018

"e;It is not a question of merely making certain communications. Presenting them in a manner consistent with a conscientious view of the corresponding plane of life is the real challenge. This is the plane where the loftiest ambitions are often handled poorly, and where knowledge and superstition can become confused one with the other."e;

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

An Introduction to Waldorf Education and Other Essays

An Introduction to Waldorf Education and Other Essays

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Theosophy, an Introduction

Theosophy, an Introduction

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

How to Know Higher Worlds

How to Know Higher Worlds

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

The Essential Rudolf Steiner

The Essential Rudolf Steiner

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

An Esoteric Cosmology

An Esoteric Cosmology

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/04/2018

Stalky & Co.

Stalky & Co.

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Rudyard Kipling was an English writer best known for his tales of life in British India and tales for children.Amongst Kiplings children tales are The Jungle Book and Just So Stories which remain some of the most popular works of children fiction today.This version of Kiplings Stalky & Co. includes a table of contents.

Plain Tales from the Hills

Plain Tales from the Hills

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Rudyard Kipling was an English writer best known for his tales of life in British India and tales for children.Amongst Kiplings children tales are The Jungle Book and Just So Stories which remain some of the most popular works of children fiction today.This version of Kiplings Plain Tales from the Hills includes a table of contents.

Captains Courageous

Captains Courageous

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Rudyard Kipling was an English writer best known for his tales of life in British India and tales for children.Amongst Kiplings children tales are The Jungle Book and Just So Stories which remain some of the most popular works of children fiction today.This version of Kiplings Captains Courageous includes a table of contents.

Kim

Kim

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

Rudyard Kipling was an English writer best known for his tales of life in British India and tales for children.Amongst Kiplings children tales are The Jungle Book and Just So Stories which remain some of the most popular works of children fiction today.This version of Kiplings Kim includes a table of contents.

Man Who Would Be King

Man Who Would Be King

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 22/03/2018

The Man Who Would Be King is a classic novella by Rudyard Kipling.The story chronicles two British adventurers who are made kings of Kafiristan.

Teosofia

Teosofia

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2018

Cronaca Dell'akasha

Cronaca Dell'akasha

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2018

Il Vangelo Di Giovanni

Il Vangelo Di Giovanni

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/03/2018

The Influence of Lucifer and Ahriman Man's Responsibility for the Earth

The Influence of Lucifer and Ahriman Man's Responsibility for the Earth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2018

Toward the Deepening of Waldorf Education

Toward the Deepening of Waldorf Education

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2018

Rudolf Steiner worked closely with the teachers of the first Waldorf school, which opened in 1919 in Stuttgart, Germany. This book contains the esoteric information that Steiner gave to the teachers, published for a general audience for the first time, in association with the Pedagogical Section Council of North America. Previously reserved exclusively for teachers, the book includes verses for children and teachers, the presentation at the opening of the Stuttgart Waldorf school, and accompanying essays by experienced teachers, discussing the significance of Steiner's words. This linen-bound hardback book is a treasure for any Waldorf teacher and those interested in Waldorf education, with the aim of bringing responsible freedom to teachers and, through them, to children.

Understanding Society Through Spiritual-Scientific Knowledge Social Threefolding, Christ, Lucifer and Ahriman

Understanding Society Through Spiritual-Scientific Knowledge Social Threefolding, Christ, Lucifer and Ahriman

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Matthew Barton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/11/2017

In the uncertainty following the end of the First World War, Rudolf Steiner perceived a unique opportunity to establish a healthy social and political constitution. He began lecturing throughout post-war Germany, often to large audiences, about his social ideas. Here, speaking to a more intimate grouping at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, Steiner seeks to deepen the themes of social threefolding, showing specifically how new social thinking is integral to anthroposophy. Steiner speaks of the superficiality of the materialistic view of history, originating with the economic shift amongst the population at the time of the Reformation. Back in Egyptian-Chaldean times, initiates ruled out of spiritual impulses. Later, in the Greco-Roman period, priests had power over their congregations. Today, homo economicus - or `economic man' - has become the dominant idea, with the capitalist and the banker taking control. But the healing of social relationships can only come about through different modes of thought; the life of spirit must be separated not only from politics but also from economics. True social understanding allows for comprehension of karma - the appreciation of each person's individual destiny. In parallel, says Steiner, we should work towards a global consciousness, as true social ideas are founded on people feeling themselves to be citizens of the world. In an important corollary, Steiner studies the incarnations of three significant spiritual beings in human evolution: Lucifer, Christ and Ahriman. Lucifer incarnated in the third pre-Christian millennium, Christ incarnated at the dawn of a new age, whilst an incarnation of Ahriman in the West is immanent. Ahriman is preparing this incarnation by insidiously promoting various ideas, for example that economic security is sufficient for healthy public life. A new wisdom must be achieved out of free human will, says Steiner, or else we will succumb to Ahriman.

The World of Bees

The World of Bees

Author: Rudolf Steiner, M Dettli Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2017

`The whole hive is really pervaded by the life of love. The individual bees relinquish love but develop it instead throughout the hive. And so we start to understand bee existence if we recognize that the bee lives in an air, an atmosphere, that is entirely impregnated with love.' From time immemorial, human culture has been fascinated by bees. Mythic pictures and writings tell of our close affinity and connection with these complex creatures, as well as the inestimable value of honey and wax. In recent years, bees have come to prominence again in the media, with reports of colony collapse and the wholesale demise of bee populations, forcing us to awaken to the critical role they play in human existence. Rudolf Steiner's unique talks reveal the hidden wisdom at work in bee colonies. Speaking in Switzerland in 1923, in response to concerns from beekeepers amongst his local workforce, Steiner delivered a series of addresses whose multi-layered content, structure and wording is unparalleled. In The World of Bees, editor Martin Dettli, a longstanding beekeeper, uses Steiner's seminal bee lectures as the main framework of the book, augmenting them with further relevant passages from Steiner's collected works. Dettli also provides substantial commentaries on the texts, placing them within the context of contemporary beekeeping. This new anthology is an essential handbook for anyone interested in beekeeping or the indispensable work that bees do for humanity. It features chapters on the origins of bees, human beings and beekeeping, the organism of the hive, the social qualities of bees, their relationship with wasps and ants, plants and elemental beings, the efficacy of honey, bee venom, as well as scientific aspects such as silica and formic acid processes and a critique of modern beekeeping.

The Three Wise Men And The Birth Of Jesus

The Three Wise Men And The Birth Of Jesus

Author: Rudolf Steiner, M Jonas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2017

`Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying: Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him. ' These words begin a story that will be familiar to many, whether from images on Christmas cards or school nativity plays, or more directly from Christian teaching. As often with images associated with Christmas, they have the power to evoke all kinds of feelings, from joy and hope to sorrow and doubt. But what do we really know of the birth of Jesus, and who were the mysterious wise men that are reported to have visited him? In this freshly-collated anthology of Rudolf Steiner's lectures, complemented with illuminating commentary by editor Margaret Jonas, we are offered solutions to the riddles surrounding Jesus's birth and the seemingly conflicting accounts within Christian scripture. Could there have been two different births - in other words, two infants, both named Jesus, born to two sets of parents? From the mystery of the birth, we are led to a study of the three wise men - who are mentioned in only one of the four Gospel accounts. Who were they, what was their teaching, and what was the meaning of the star they followed? And, why did they offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus? The Three Wise Men offers solutions to the enigma of the identity and spiritual backgrounds of these magisterial figures and also provides suggestions as to their possible future roles in the drama of human development. Featuring colour images, this original, thought-provoking book is a wonderful gift for anyone seeking to understand the birth of Jesus and the wise men from the East.

The East In Light Of The West The Children of Lucifer and the Brothers of Christ

The East In Light Of The West The Children of Lucifer and the Brothers of Christ

Author: Rudolf Steiner, H. Collison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2017

`A wonderfully beautiful legend tells us that when Lucifer fell from heaven to earth a precious stone fell from his crown... This precious stone is in a certain respect nothing else than the full power of the I .' Seven years after staging Edward Schure's drama The Children of Lucifer, Rudolf Steiner felt able to talk openly about the complex relationship between the beings of Lucifer and Christ. In an extraordinary series of lectures, Steiner addresses the difficult and often misunderstood subject of Lucifer's role in human development. Speaking within the broader context of ancient and modern - Eastern and Western - spiritual teachings, Steiner clarifies that Lucifer is not the simple caricature of evil that many imagine, but rather plays a pivotal role in human development. Whilst Rudolf Steiner held a deep respect for Eastern philosophy, he worked consistently from his personal knowledge of the Western - Christian - esoteric tradition. At a time when many of his colleagues revered ancient Eastern texts, Steiner viewed these same documents as representations of an earlier stage of human consciousness; as evidence of the heights that Eastern wisdom had reached, thousands of years before the development of Western science and culture. But Steiner maintains that the ancient truths need to be understood in the context of contemporary knowledge: that the old wisdom of the East has to be seen in the light of the West. Chapters include: Eternity and Time - Comparison of the Wisdom of East and West - The Nature of the Physical and the Astral Worlds - Evolutionary Stages - The Children of Lucifer and the Brothers of Christ - Lucifer and Christ - The Nature of the Luciferic Influence in History - The Bodhisattvas and the Christ.

Der Seelen Erwachen

Der Seelen Erwachen

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2017

Diese Ausgabe von "e;Der Seelen Erwachen"e; wurde mit einem funktionalen Layout erstellt und sorgfaltig formatiert. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner (1861-1925) war ein sterreichischer Esoteriker und Philosoph. Er begrndete die Anthroposophie, eine esoterische Weltanschauung, die an die Theosophie, das Rosenkreuzertum, die Gnosis sowie die idealistische Philosophie anschliet und zu den neumystischen Einheitskonzeptionen der Zeit um 1900 gezhlt wird.Auf Grundlage dieser Lehre gab Steiner einflussreiche Anregungen fr verschiedene Lebensbereiche, etwa Pdagogik (Waldorfpdagogik), Kunst (Eurythmie, anthroposophische Architektur), Medizin (anthroposophische Medizin), Religion (die Christengemeinschaft) oder Landwirtschaft (biologisch-dynamische Landwirtschaft). Aus dem Buch:"e;Mein Freund, ich kann in eurer Seele schauen,dass dieses Bild noch nicht euch voll gereift. Ich fhle, ihr vermgt die Kraft zu strken,die euch dies Bild vor Geistesaugen stellte. -Empfinden kann ich jetzt, dass ihr fr euchund auch fr eure Freunde Krfte schafft,wenn ihr die Strkung recht erstreben wollt. Erfhlen kann ich dies; doch wie es sichvollziehen wird, verbirgt sich meinem Schauen"e;

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2017

At the end of his life, Rudolf Steiner took up the task that was his special destiny: to bring to the West a knowledge of reincarnation and karma. To do this, he gave over eighty lectures in 1924 in which he explicitly and concretely revealed the destinies of various individuals from one life to the next in order to show how the general laws of karma operate in individual cases. He also revealed many details of the karmic streams of the members of the Anthroposophical Society. These volumes constitute an immeasurable contribution to the understanding of reincarnation and karma, and the tasks of the Anthroposophical Society in connection with the Archangel Michael. This new edition also includes Steiner's last address along with; the karmic groups of souls connected to Aristotelianism and Platonism, the karma of the anthroposophical movement, as well as the individual incarnations of Ernst Haeckel, Vladimir Solovioff and others.

Theosophy

Theosophy

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2017

This book is a good starting point among the hundreds of books written by Rudolf Steiner. He sees a tripartate model of the individual here: body, soul and spirit, cautioning us that these are only approximate terms. This book will give a description of some of the regions of the supersensible world. The reader who is willing to admit the existence of the sensible world only will regard this delineation as a mere unreal production of the imagination. He, however, who looks for paths that lead beyond this world of the senses will soon learn to understand that human life only gains in worth and significance through sight into another world. Such a man will not, as many fear, be estranged from the "e;real"e; world through this new power of vision. He learns to know the causes of life, while without it he gropes like a blind man through their effects. Only through the understanding of the supersensible does the sensible "e;real"e; acquire meaning.

The Connection Between the Living and the Dead

The Connection Between the Living and the Dead

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Secret Brotherhoods, Three Lectures Given at Dornach on the 18th, 19th, 25th, November 1917

Secret Brotherhoods, Three Lectures Given at Dornach on the 18th, 19th, 25th, November 1917

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/04/2017

This is a classic reprint of a hard-to-find esoteric work by Rudolf Steiner (27 (or 25) February 1861 - 30 March 1925). It was given at Dornach Switzerland during WWI, most likely at the first Goetheanum (designed by Steiner), which was begun in 1913 for the Anthroposophical Society, and completed in 1919.

Heart Thinking Inspired Knowledge

Heart Thinking Inspired Knowledge

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Martina Maria Sam Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The concepts of 'thinking with the heart' or 'emotional intelligence' are often used today, usually in contrast to intellectual thought. When Rudolf Steiner used the phrase 'heart thinking', however, he meant it in a very specific sense. Drawn primarily from his lectures, the compiled texts in this anthology illuminate his perspective - that heart thinking is intimately related to the spiritual faculty of Inspiration. The heart, he says, can become a new organ of thinking through the practice of exercises that work towards the transformation of feeling, shedding its personal and subjective character.The exercise sequences presented here call for two fundamental gestures. Firstly, renunciation, which extends from an extinguishing of images engendered in meditation, through inner silence, to a conscious suppression of sense perception. The second gesture involves the development of new feelings towards natural phenomena as well as to the reports of spiritual-scientific research. By practising these methods, we can attain a kind of thinking that is in harmony with the true nature and reality of what we seek to know.Rudolf Steiner's texts are collected together by Martina Maria Sam, who contributes a lucid introduction and notes.

Mindfulness and Reverence Steps in Perception

Mindfulness and Reverence Steps in Perception

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Andreas Neider Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Contemporary interest in the meditative schooling of mindfulness is usually associated with Eastern traditions. Rudolf Steiner spoke of the same phenomenon, although he used the terms 'attentiveness' and 'dedication' - or, combining these two, 'pure perception'. This way of mindfulness and reverence is not in conflict with spiritual paths founded on thinking or pure thought. However, as the texts in this anthology indicate, methods based exclusively on thinking cannot be successful if they are not supported by perception, feeling and will. In counterbalance to today's increasing intellectualization, the meditative exercises featured here connect with the perceptive activity of the human being's sensory organs. They could also be understood as exercises for developing empathy, helping to make our relationship with the world around us more conscious and intense. Rudolf Steiner's texts are sensitively edited and arranged by Andreas Neider, whose introduction and notes add further clarity to the theme.

Good Health Self-Education and the Secret of Well-Being

Good Health Self-Education and the Secret of Well-Being

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Rudolf Steiner offered numerous practical methods to enrich and enliven our daily lives. Drawing on these, the texts in this anthology provide a wealth of ideas to strengthen our health through self-education and personal development. The content ranges from tangible and easy-to-practise exercises to relevant observations on human nature.Steiner speaks of memory and forgetting as the basis of education and cultural development, explaining their significance for health and illness. He discusses the influences of the four human temperaments and their relationship to well-being, and the eightfold path in connection with self-education. Finally, he gives specific exercises for inner development to be practised on the various days of the week. The themes of personal resilience and 'salutogenesis' - an approach that focuses on factors that support human health and well-being rather than those that cause disease - are addressed directly by editor Harald Hass in his introductory essay.

Happiness Fortune, Success and the Human Spirit

Happiness Fortune, Success and the Human Spirit

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Daniel Baumgartner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

What is true happiness? This perennial question preoccupies many experts, including biologists, psychologists, sociologists and theologians, but their findings usually confirm what we already knew: that happiness is one of the most sought-after but elusive commodities. Rudolf Steiner's liberating view of happiness opens up new vistas and perspectives. Happiness, he says, depends on the human spirit, whose continuing evolution draws sustenance from the totality of life's experiences. We develop and learn in equal measure from both good fortune and misfortune, success and disappointment. Steiner urges inner equilibrium, emphasizing the transience of outward happiness. Inward happiness, however, can never be taken from us, depending as it does on, '...whatever we ourselves make of our outward fortunes'. This rich and inspiring booklet gathers all Rudolf Steiner's statements on the theme and features two complete lectures on happiness and spiritual knowledge. It also includes an insightful introductory essay by Daniel Baumgartner.

Toward a New Theory of Architecture The First Goetheanum in Pictures

Toward a New Theory of Architecture The First Goetheanum in Pictures

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2017

Architecture as Peacework The First Goetheanum, Dornach, 1914

Architecture as Peacework The First Goetheanum, Dornach, 1914

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2017

Initiation Science And the Development of the Human Mind

Initiation Science And the Development of the Human Mind

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2016

In an astonishing series of lectures on the science of spiritual knowledge, Rudolf Steiner begins by addressing an audience in Dornach, Switzerland - where, only months earlier, his architectural masterpiece, the first Goetheanum, had been destroyed by fire. He discusses the nature of our planetary system, revealing the planets that are characterised by freedom and those that determine destiny. The spirits of the moon live in seclusion, preserving 'original wisdom' and reflecting powers connected to sexuality, whereas the sun creates harmony. Jupiter is 'the thinker', whilst the spirits on Saturn act as 'living memory'. Speaking in London, Steiner states that the things that happen to people in sleep are more important than anything that occurs during waking hours! Human beings, he says, must learn to see themselves as an image of spirits and spiritual activities on earth. In a break from the theme, and returning to Dornach, Rudolf Steiner reports on his recent visit to England and Wales, where he attended an educational conference in Ilkley, a Summer School in Penmaenmawr and a school for the disadvantaged in the East End of London. Steiner speaks of the particular atmosphere he experienced in West Yorkshire and North Wales, where remnants of Druid spirituality live in the surroundings. The latter theme emerges strongly in the next lectures, which examine the Druid priest's sun initiation and perception of moon spirits. The Druids investigated the secrets of the universe, influencing both social and religious life. Steiner also describes the mythic being of Woden, who signified the birth of intellectuality and the subsequent fear of death - which, he asserts, can be healed by the Mystery of Golgotha. In the final section, Rudolf Steiner discusses: 'The past, present and future development of the human mind'. Again, he references the importance of Druid culture, noting that the ground plans of the stone circles in Penmaenmawr are similar to that of the first Goetheanum. He also points to the crucial roles of the ancient Mysteries and Christ's deed in human development.

Life of the Human Soul And its Relation to World Evolution

Life of the Human Soul And its Relation to World Evolution

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2016

How are we connected to the world around us? This question, says Rudolf Steiner, is one that lives subliminally, drawing us into the depths of the psyche. There, our candle of consciousness tends to flicker and go out. But spiritual schooling can relight it, so that we learn to perceive realms of our being beyond the restricted self. Whilst Steiner was undertaking major lecture tours of Germany and England, he took time to address his followers at the world centre of anthroposophy in Dornach, Switzerland. He speaks here on three major topics: 'The Life of the Human Soul', 'Spiritual Striving in Relation to Earth's Evolution' and 'The Contrast Between East and West'. The common theme, however, is our mutual responsibility for what the human being and the world will eventually become - which, according to Steiner, is far from a foregone conclusion. Even the way we think can change and affect the future: the degree, for example, to which we concentrate our picturing in meditation, infusing head thinking with warmth of heart. Rudolf Steiner reveals a hugely complex picture of interrelationships between humanity and the cosmos. Our head, heart, lungs and limbs all reveal subtly different qualities of connection with the invisible realities that continue to sustain us. Our eyes, for instance, only gradually evolved into organs of sight and were once vital organs, as our lungs are now. The lungs, in turn, will similarly evolve to provide us with another form of perception.As is usually the case, Steiner addresses a wide variety of topics in addition to those above. Included in this volume are thoughts on the significance of the cinema; the nature of the halo; technology as the 'true foundation' of the modern worldview; asceticism in the Middle Ages; the world of machines and the world of rite and worship; yoga and modern meditation exercises; pain as an awakener of knowledge; the emergence of the belief in ghosts; and the connection between stomach acid and soul qualities

Our Connection with the Elemental World Kalevala - Olaf Asteson - The Russian People the World as the Result of Balancing Influences

Our Connection with the Elemental World Kalevala - Olaf Asteson - The Russian People the World as the Result of Balancing Influences

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2016

The heart of this volume comprises Rudolf Steiner's commentary on the elemental forces that are responsible for our earthly nature as human beings - forces that influence us through our membership of a national or geographical group. When such elemental forces are not recognised and understood, he states, they cause conflict and chaos. However, Steiner indicates an important accompanying task that calls upon each human being to develop individuality, emancipating ourselves from the earthly influences underlying national and racial groups.These great themes are framed by Rudolf Steiner's pioneering research into the two major Northern folk-poems, the Kalevala and The Dream Song of Olaf Asteson. The former tells of the elemental spirits who created the conditions for our earthly incarnation, whereas the Dream Song has to do with the drama of excarnation - the journey of the human soul after death. Linking these vast motifs is Steiner's unique description of the mission and tasks of the Russian people and the contrast of their destiny to the North American people (who, he says, are 'dominating the Earth for a brief period of increasing splendour'). Steiner explains how elemental beings, responsible for the balance of land and sea, have created conditions where various peoples are enabled to develop their gifts and fulfil their destinies. Thus he speaks of Finland as the ancient conscience of Europe, Russia as the future bearer of the Christ-imbued Spirit Self, and the differing but complementary environments of Germany and Britain. Strikingly, he states that, 'no souls on Earth love one another more than those living in Central Europe and those living in the British Isles'. Rudolf Steiner also speaks of the necessary work of luciferic and ahrimanic beings that collaborate to enable the solid spatial forms of our physical bodies. Likewise, they influence our etheric and astral bodies, facilitating thinking, feeling and will to be imbued with life and consciousness.

Goethe's Faust in the Light of Anthroposophy

Goethe's Faust in the Light of Anthroposophy

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2016

The Mystery of the Trinity Mission of the Spirit

The Mystery of the Trinity Mission of the Spirit

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2016

Nature Spirits

Nature Spirits

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2016

Based on knowledge attained through his highly-trained clairvoyance, Rudolf Steiner contends that folk traditions regarding nature spirits are based on spiritual reality. He describes how people possessed a natural spiritual vision in ancient times, enabling them to commune with nature spirits. These entities - which are also referred to as elemental beings - became immortalised as fairies and gnomes in myth, legend and children's stories.Today, says Steiner, the instinctive understanding that humanity once had for these elemental beings should be transformed into clear scientific knowledge. He even asserts that humanity will not be able to reconnect with the spiritual world if it cannot develop a new relationship to the elementals. The nature spirits themselves want to be of great assistance to us, acting as 'emissaries of higher divine spiritual beings'.

Art History as a Reflection of Inner Spiritual Impulses

Art History as a Reflection of Inner Spiritual Impulses

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Stephen Sagarin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/07/2016

THE Rose Cross Meditation An Archetype of Human Development

THE Rose Cross Meditation An Archetype of Human Development

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/05/2016

The Rose Cross meditation is central to the western - Rosicrucian - path of personal development as presented by Rudolf Steiner. Steiner repeatedly referred to the meditation as a 'symbol of human development' that illustrates the transformation of the human being's instincts and desires. These work unconsciously in the soul, and in thought, feeling and will. Through personal development, the 'I' - the essential self - can gain mastery over these unconscious forces of the soul. The Rose Cross meditation features the red rose as an image to which the student, via specific means, aspires. To the plant is added the black cross which, pointing to the mystery of death and resurrection, provides a symbol of the higher development of the human I. The metamorphosis of the roses and the cross into the symbol of the Rose Cross is brought about by the student's inner efforts, creating an entirely new image. This becomes the starting point for further steps along the meditative path.The Rose Cross meditation is the only pictorial meditation whose content and structure Steiner described in such detail. In this invaluable book, the editor has drawn together virtually all Rudolf Steiner's statements on the subject, arranging them chronologically within the motif of each chapter. His words are supported by commentary and notes.

The Karma of Vocation

The Karma of Vocation

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2016

Awakening to Community

Awakening to Community

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2016

The Way of Initiation

The Way of Initiation

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Rudolf Steiner was a philosopher, social thinker, architect, and esotericist. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which 'Thinking ...is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colors and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.'

The Way of Initiation

The Way of Initiation

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Steiner was a philosopher, social thinker, architect, and esotericist. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which 'Thinking ...is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.'

The Electronic Doppelganger The Mystery of the Double in the Age of the Internet

The Electronic Doppelganger The Mystery of the Double in the Age of the Internet

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2016

'Large temptations will emanate from these machine-animals, produced by people themselves, and it will be the task of a spiritual science that explores the cosmos to ensure all these temptations do not exert any damaging influence on human beings.'In an increasingly digitised world, where both work and play are more and more taking place online and via screens, Rudolf Steiner's dramatic statements from 1917 appear prophetic. Speaking of 'intelligent machines' that would appear in the future, Steiner presents a broad context that illustrates the multitude of challenges human beings will face. If humanity and the Earth are to continue to evolve together with the cosmos, and not be cut off from it entirely, we will need to work consciously and spiritually to create a counterweight to such phenomena.In the lectures gathered here, edited with commentary and notes by Andreas Neider, Rudolf Steiner addresses a topic that he was never to speak of again: the secret of the 'geographical' or the 'ahrimanic' doppelganger. The human nervous system houses an entity that does not belong to its constitution, he states. This is an ahrimanic being which enters the body shortly before birth and leaves at death, providing the basis for all electrical currents that are needed to process and coordinate sense perceptions and react to them.Based on his spiritual research, Rudolf Steiner discusses this doppelganger or 'double' in the wider context of historic occult events relating to 'spirits of darkness'. Specific brotherhoods seek to keep such knowledge to themselves in order to exert power and spread materialism. But this knowledge is critical, says Steiner, if the geographical doppelganger and its challenges are to be understood.

Music Mystery, Art and the Human Being

Music Mystery, Art and the Human Being

Author: Rudolf Steiner, M. Kurtz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2016

'Our neurosensory system is inwardly configured music, and we experience music as an artistic quality to the degree that a piece of music is in tune with the mystery of our own musical structure.' - Rudolf SteinerWhat is music? Rudolf Steiner regards the essence of music as something spiritual, inaudible to the senses. The world of tones, borne on the vibrations of air, is not the essential element. 'The true nature of music, the spiritual element in music', he says, 'is found between the tones, lies in the intervals as an inaudible quality.'Rudolf Steiner spoke repeatedly about music as something inherent both in the cosmos and the human being. It played an important role in many forms of ritual and worship, and people once perceived a link between music and the world of stars, which was seen as the dwelling place of the gods. Nowadays our view of music is divorced from such religious outlooks, but research repeatedly demonstrates the profound effect it continues to have on us. In this unique anthology of texts, compiled with a commentary and notes by Michael Kurtz, Steiner describes the realm of the spiritually-resonating harmonies of the spheres and our intrinsic connection to this cosmic music. He also explores the phenomenon of musical listening and experience, as well as Goethe's approach to music.

Shakespeare Becoming Human

Shakespeare Becoming Human

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Andrew Wolpert Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

'Like so much of Renaissance Art, Shakespeare's work bears an open secret. The esoteric spiritual content is undisguised, though it may be unexpected and not always immediately recognized. And, like all the great artistic achievements...this work remains incomplete until we recognize and respond to its open invitation that we become active participants.' - from the IntroductionThe perennial universal appeal of Shakespeare's work is well established. His core themes explore the challenges of the human condition whilst celebrating the potential of human beings to achieve and develop in earthly life. But what is it that enables Shakespeare's characters to live and breathe beyond the confines of their written roles, some 400 years after the plays were first performed? In these collected lectures, edited with an extensive introduction by Andrew Wolpert, Rudolf Steiner throws new light on the Bard's work, describing the on-going life that flows from it, and the profound spiritual origins of Shakespeare's inspirations. He shows how Shakespeare can enliven us in our longing for contemporary ideals and truths; indeed, in our goal of becoming fully human. Our engagement with the plays, not just as actors and directors, but also as students and members of an audience, can thus become a co-creative participation in the redemptive potential of Shakespeare's enduring legacy. Steiner speaks about Shakespeare in connection with the evolution of the arts of poetry and drama, and the transitions between cultural epochs. He reminds us of the sources and characteristics of classical Greek drama, recalling Aristotle's definition of drama as catharsis, and pointing to Shakespeare's connection to these cultural and historical wellsprings.

Cosmic Christianity and the Impulse of Michael

Cosmic Christianity and the Impulse of Michael

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 21/03/2016

At the end of his life Rudolf Steiner took up the task that was his special destiny; to bring to the West a knowledge of reincarnation and karma. To do this he gave over eighty lectures in 1924 in which he explicitly and concretely revealed the destinies of various individuals from one life to the next in order to show how the general laws of karma operate in individual cases. He also revealed many details of the karmic streams of the members of the Anthroposophical Society. These volumes constitute an immeasurable contribution to the understanding of reincarnation and karma, and the tasks of the Anthroposophical Society in connection with the Archangel Michael. First printed in English in 1953 with the title, Cosmic Christianity and the Impulse of Michael. Karma in the Life of Individuals and the Evolution of the World. Six lectures given at Torquay and London, England, between 12th and 27th August, 1924.

Mantric Sayings Meditations 1903 - 1925 Soul Exercises, 1903-1925

Mantric Sayings Meditations 1903 - 1925 Soul Exercises, 1903-1925

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/12/2015

Eternal and Transient Elements in Human Life The Cosmic Past of Humanity and the Mystery of Evil

Eternal and Transient Elements in Human Life The Cosmic Past of Humanity and the Mystery of Evil

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2015

In what has been referred to as 'the most advanced course in anthroposophy', Rudolf Steiner addresses one of the great questions of our time: the role of evil in human development. He speaks of the year 666, when three time streams intersected - the familiar linear stream and two 'lateral' streams - and the reoccurrence of the 666-year rhythm in history. At the heart of this mystery is the being Sorat ('the beast'), who attempted to flood humanity with premature spiritual knowledge by inspiring the scholars of the ancient Academy of Gondishapur. Although responsible for the saving of Aristotle's works, Steiner describes how the Academy generated tremendous but dangerous gnostic wisdom, which eventually spread through the Christian monasteries and inspired Western scientific thought. Its immediate negative impact, however, had to be counteracted by the Prophet Muhammad and the founding of Islam. In contrast to the 666-year rhythm in history, the 333-year rhythm is connected to the healing forces of the Mystery of Golgotha. The year 333 was a central point in the post-Atlantean age, but also a pivotal moment in establishing the Christ Impulse and the new equilibrium it brought to humanity, allowing people to gain wisdom through their own efforts. Such wisdom enables insight into three key areas: supersensible knowledge of birth and death; understanding of an individual's life; and the ability consciously to confront the adversarial beings of Lucifer and Ahriman. Steiner addresses a host of additional themes, including occult Freemasonry in Anglo-American countries; materialism in the Roman Catholic Church; prophetic and apocalyptic vision; dualism and fatalism in pre-Christian times; and the delusion of time and space. Seeking to awaken his listeners to the urgency of the tasks ahead of them, he urges that spiritual understanding be enlivened with enthusiasm, fire and warmth of heart.

The Human Spirit Past and Present - Occult Fraternities and the Mystery of Golgotha

The Human Spirit Past and Present - Occult Fraternities and the Mystery of Golgotha

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/12/2015

'To live in truth, to wish to be true in one's whole being, will be the watchword of the future.' - Rudolf Steiner In the midst of the lies and propaganda of the Great War, Rudolf Steiner struggled to convey the truths of the human spirit. The 'truth' asserted by partisan interests, he suggested, was invariably tinged with dishonesty - whether the outright mendacities of politicians and rulers (Steiner refers here to the machinations of the British Empire), or the manipulative techniques of secret societies, intent on securing and shoring up their own power. In relation to the latter, Rudolf Steiner highlights how, whilst we tend to reject overt authority nowadays, we succumb more easily to its covert forms in the 'received wisdoms' we often unthinkingly adopt. In seeking to help his audiences discern the spiritual struggle unfolding behind outer events, Steiner describes how the intrigues that led to the war were based on intentional deceit, which served hidden aims of which the public was mostly kept in the dark. In contrast to the divisiveness of untruth, truth is based on a realization of the interconnectedness of all things - of interdependence between the realms 'below' and 'above' us. The 'I', upon which all evolution on earth is predicated, signifies an overcoming of egotism and narrow interests, together with the imaginative embrace of all beings. Its spiritual reality - that descends to us from non-material worlds and towards which we evolve through earthly lives - is the epitome of truth. Amidst many other topics covered here, Rudolf Steiner speaks about The Qur'an and the Mystery of Golgotha; Henry VIII, Thomas More and the Church of England; the Jesuits and their State in Paraguay; Freemasons, esoteric symbols, and handshakes; Madame Blavatsky's occult imprisonment by Anglo-Saxon brotherhoods; Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov; and the occult literature of Papus and Levi.

Problems of Society An Esoteric View, from Luciferic Past to Ahrimanic Future

Problems of Society An Esoteric View, from Luciferic Past to Ahrimanic Future

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2015

'Whatever turbulent outward events occur in the world, whatever form is taken by things seeking to work their way out of the depths of human evolution, we only really hearken to the true, underlying nature of these events ...if we observe the world from a spiritual perspective.' - Rudolf Steiner In seeking to heal the many social crises of our time, Rudolf Steiner urges us to turn away from 'fixed principles, theories or social dogmas' and to rediscover the real nature of the human being. This inner reality - that cannot be understood in materialistic or deterministic ways - is the only basis on which society can truly be founded. But it is not sufficient to speak of well-meaning ideas, he says, unless we are also active in working for change; change that begins with each of us. In 1919, a year marked by strong social and political upheavals, Steiner was deeply concerned with questions relating to society. Having published a book on the subject (Towards Social Renewal), he embarked on a major campaign to publicize his 'threefold' social ideas. In addition to public lectures, however, Steiner sought to deepen the subject in a series of talks to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These lectures, gathered in this volume, reveal the 'inner' or 'esoteric' aspects of the social question. They complement Steiner's very practical efforts to realize threefolding in the historical context of his time. Whilst Steiner's suggestions for social change may not seem self-evident to pragmatic thinking, they will strike a resonant chord in many who seek deeper answers to the social problems of our times - problems that politicians seem unable to remedy. Amidst the many themes tackled here, Steiner addresses the issue of nationalism as a retrograde tendency; the tasks of Central Europe and Britain in relation to the East; the incarnation of Ahriman in the West, and the historical incarnation of Lucifer in the third millennium BC.

Michael's Mission Revealing the Essential Secrets of Human Nature

Michael's Mission Revealing the Essential Secrets of Human Nature

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/11/2015

'...This will generate a struggle covering the face of the whole earth. The one and only remedy for this nonsense being made of human evolution will be the path that can lead humanity to the spirit - the path of Michael, which finds its continuation in the path of Christ.' - Rudolf Steiner Speaking in the aftermath of the Great War, Rudolf Steiner presents a series of extraordinary lectures on the power and mission of the Archangel Michael. He paints on a broad canvas - in the context of cosmic and human evolution - revealing Michael's tasks in the past, present and future. Originally the countenance of Yahweh, Michael has metamorphosed from a 'night spirit' to a 'day spirit'. As 'the Countenance of Christ', Michael helps us find a balance between 'luciferic' and 'ahrimanic' tendencies. The old 'dualism' (such as good versus evil), says Steiner, needs to be replaced by the trinity of Lucifer-Christ-Ahriman. Filling our heart with the Christ Impulse creates an equilibrium between the luciferic influence that imbues our head and the ahrimanic influence at work in our limbs. Rudolf Steiner describes how humanity faces three dangers in the social sphere: spiritual life could flow into the 'pit of mendacity' ruled by Ahriman, individual rights might descend into the 'pit of selfishness' (Lucifer), and economics into cultural sickness and death (Asuras). In order to prevent European-American culture from perishing, it will be necessary to turn towards contemporary 'threefold' social ideas. Steiner also speaks about the principle of metamorphosis in connection with evolution and devolution, as evident in the design of the pillars in the newly-built Goetheanum. Architectural styles are an expression of human evolution, as can be seen in Greek temples, gothic Cathedrals, the Grail temple and the building at Dornach. Amidst many other themes, Rudolf Steiner addresses the problem of natural necessity and freedom, and the abolition of the trichotomy of body, soul and spirit at the Council of Constantinople in AD 869.

The Early History of Eurythmy

The Early History of Eurythmy

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2015

Rudolf Steiner Eurythmy: Its Birth and Development

Rudolf Steiner Eurythmy: Its Birth and Development

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2015

During 1924, before his last address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave over eighty lectures on the subject of karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the underlying laws of reincarnation and karma, and explore in detail the incarnations of certain named historical figures. In Rudolf Steiner's words, the study of karma is '?a matter of penetrating into the most profound mysteries of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course it takes lie those processes which are the basis of the other phenomena of world-existence?' In this second volume of the series. Rudolf Steiner considers individual karmic relationships in history - for example Marx and Engels - as well as surveying karma in human life, the shaping of karma after death, and the cosmic form of karma.

Paths and Goals of the Spiritual Human Being Life Questions in the Light of Spiritual Science

Paths and Goals of the Spiritual Human Being Life Questions in the Light of Spiritual Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2015

Speaking to audiences in Denmark, Germany and France, Rudolf Steiner discusses a wide range of topics: from positive and negative human soul capacities, true self-knowledge and karma, to changes in human consciousness, from ancient times to the modern era - all in the context of the incarnation of Christ on earth. The lectures illustrate the diversity of Steiner's approach when speaking to different audiences. Reflecting on the polymath Novalis, for example, he is urgent about the responsibility of spiritual science to help humanity awaken to the new age. A few months later, talking of Hegel and deploring the fact that an interest in spiritual matters often fails to be accompanied by an equal interest in logical thought, Steiner uses a dispassionate, philosophical tone. But throughout the lectures he is consistent in his view that spiritual science does not reject conventional science. Trained philosophical thinking leads to different conclusions than materialism, he says, but there is nothing in the field of spiritual science that need be rejected by rigorous scientific thought. Although the lectures were given to a variety of audiences, ideas recur from different perspectives and in different contexts, with strong thematic links binding them together. These include the relationship between philosophy and science; the nature of clairvoyance; Christ's presence in the etheric realm; reincarnation and karma; the mystery drama The Portal of Initiation; Christmas and its symbols; and the transformation of consciousness that occurred when Christ incarnated physically on earth. In the final lectures, Rudolf Steiner speaks inspiringly about the Christmas festival, contrasting the feeling of inwardness that people used to experience with the hectic cultural environment of modern cities. However, this does not lead Steiner to be nostalgic about the past. Rather, he states, we should seek to recreate a mood of inwardness in a new way, appropriate to our modern age and consciousness. These lectures give us the tools to bring such a contemporary spiritual approach to our lives.

Building Stones for an Understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha Human Life in a Cosmic Context

Building Stones for an Understanding of the Mystery of Golgotha Human Life in a Cosmic Context

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/06/2015

Speaking to audiences in Denmark, Germany and France, Rudolf Steiner discusses a wide range of topics: from positive and negative human soul capacities, true self-knowledge and karma, to changes in human consciousness, from ancient times to the modern era - all in the context of the incarnation of Christ on earth. The lectures illustrate the diversity of Steiner's approach when speaking to different audiences. Reflecting on the polymath Novalis, for example, he is urgent about the responsibility of spiritual science to help humanity awaken to the new age. A few months later, talking of Hegel and deploring the fact that an interest in spiritual matters often fails to be accompanied by an equal interest in logical thought, Steiner uses a dispassionate, philosophical tone. But throughout the lectures he is consistent in his view that spiritual science does not reject conventional science. Trained philosophical thinking leads to different conclusions than materialism, he says, but there is nothing in the field of spiritual science that need be rejected by rigorous scientific thought. Although the lectures were given to a variety of audiences, ideas recur from different perspectives and in different contexts, with strong thematic links binding them together. These include the relationship between philosophy and science; the nature of clairvoyance; Christ's presence in the etheric realm; reincarnation and karma; the mystery drama The Portal of Initiation; Christmas and its symbols; and the transformation of consciousness that occurred when Christ incarnated physically on earth. In the final lectures, Rudolf Steiner speaks inspiringly about the Christmas festival, contrasting the feeling of inwardness that people used to experience with the hectic cultural environment of modern cities. However, this does not lead Steiner to be nostalgic about the past. Rather, he states, we should seek to recreate a mood of inwardness in a new way, appropriate to our modern age and consciousness. These lectures give us the tools to bring such a contemporary spiritual approach to our lives.

True Knowledge of the Christ Theosophy and Rosicrucianism - The Gospel of John

True Knowledge of the Christ Theosophy and Rosicrucianism - The Gospel of John

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2015

'All existence is spirit. Just as ice is water, so matter is also spirit. Mineral, vegetable, animal or human - all are a condensed form of spirit.' - Rudolf Steiner In the two lecture courses featured in this volume, Rudolf Steiner presents a radical new paradigm. Tackling the central dilemma of modern civilization - the polarisation of science and spirituality - he seeks to broaden natural science through a comprehensive spiritual science. Rather than harking back to old spiritual forms or religions, Steiner's approach is based on a conscious and systematic intensification of thinking and perception. Rudolf Steiner approaches this spiritual-scientific task from two perspectives. In Kassel, Germany, he deepens insight into theosophy and Rosicrucianism, showing their relationship to science and religion. Although presented as an 'introduction', Steiner was never interested in simply providing information - not even in the form of new revelations - and his insights are from fresh angles and with new illustrative examples. These lectures deepen and develop key elements found in his fundamental works Occult Science, An Outline and Theosophy. Also featured are the fascinating question-and-answer sessions from the Kassel lectures. In Basel, Switzerland, Rudolf Steiner discusses that most esoteric of the accounts of the life of Christ: the Gospel of John. Whilst the focus is on the gospel, basic tenets of spiritual science, human existence and world evolution are considered, as is the concept of karma and the true nature of Christianity. In both sets of lectures Steiner dwells on the Prologue to the Gospel of John (given in his own translation), which offers a meditative approach to gaining insight into both the gospel and Christianity as a whole. Rather than distancing us from life, each of the lectures in this volume brings us closer to reality. As Rudolf Steiner states: 'Rosicrucian theosophy...does not make us into eccentrics, outsiders, but into friends of existence, for it doesn't look down on everyday life, alienating us from our mission on earth; it brings us closer.'

Dying Earth and Living Cosmos The Living Gifts of Anthroposophy - The Need for New Forms of Consciousness

Dying Earth and Living Cosmos The Living Gifts of Anthroposophy - The Need for New Forms of Consciousness

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/06/2015

These authoritative lectures, delivered during a period of deep crisis and conflict in world history, present a comprehensive spiritual teaching for contemporary humanity. Despite the raging world war, Rudolf Steiner was still actively touring Central Europe whilst simultaneously completing work on his architectural masterpiece, the first Goetheanum, in neutral Switzerland. The building of the Goetheanum - undertaken by a community of people from seventeen nations at war - forms a thematic backdrop to the lectures. In speaking of the walls in the new building, for example, Rudolf Steiner describes how their forms are not confining, but rather express an openness to the surrounding cosmos. Likewise, the carved motifs on the architraves of the wooden pillars are not fixed 'symbols' but are alive and continually metamorphosing . These observations are reflected in Steiner's broader discussions. He speaks of extending and deepening our connection with the world and the cosmos, going beyond our usual narrow limits and definitions to engage in 'community with the realities of existence'. We can do this, for example, with the so-called 'dead', who find it difficult to relate to sense-bound thinking. Rudolf Steiner explains how we can connect with them, greatly enriching our lives and 'making an enormous difference to their souls'. The distinction between fixed symbols and living motifs takes us to the core of anthroposophy, striving never to rest in inert forms of thought. In the field of education, Steiner thus warns about 'external measuring' of pupils and linear models of cognitive learning. Throughout the three lecture courses included here - which together form a kind of compendium of anthroposophy at the time - Steiner touches upon a wealth of absorbing themes, including the 'discovery' of America, the contrast between East and West, the qualities of European 'folk souls', Valentin Andreae's Chymical Wedding, and Darwinism. Regardless of his topic, however, Steiner consistently makes the urgent appeal that we 'grasp reality', looking further than abstract schemes of all kinds - such as social and political 'programmes' - to participate in the cosmos as conscious and fully human co-creators.

Anthroposophic Movement

Anthroposophic Movement

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2015

In describing the development of Anthroposophy, Steiner illumined the philosophies that lie at its roots. He speaks of Madame H. P. Blavatsky, of the anti-Christian forces in the world, and of the 'homeless' souls who seek a spiritual scientific understanding of the world and humanity.

From Symptom to Reality In Modern History

From Symptom to Reality In Modern History

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2015

In a radical approach to understanding current affairs and history, Rudolf Steiner presents a method of penetrating to the hidden causes and realities that lie behind outer appearances. Contemporary life cannot fully be understood by an analysis that is restricted to external events, he says. Deeper levels of meaning are revealed when one begins to view such events as symptoms. The causes of these symptoms - the reality behind them - are to be discovered on other levels of existence. Steiner demonstrates such a 'symptomatological' approach in these lectures, surveying some of the great developments in consciousness that have helped form the world over the last centuries. He examines the role of true socialism, the rise of nationalism, and characterises contrasting approaches to religion by drawing a distinction between 'the People of the Christ' in Russia, 'the People of the Church' in Central Europe, and 'the People of the Lodges' in the West. Amongst the wealth of material covered here, Rudolf Steiner discusses 'the mystery of evil' and 'the mystery of death', the birth of the consciousness soul, the significance of the scientific mode of thought, the metaphysical element in the study of history, as well as specific events such as the Russian Revolution and the suppression of the Knights Templar. He also reviews the circumstances surrounding the publication of new editions of his books The Philosophy of Freedom and Goethe's World View. Anyone seeking a more profound understanding of our times will find a firm basis for a meaningful exploration in this course of lectures.

Pearls of Thought Words of Wisdom. A Selection of Quotations by Rudolf Steiner

Pearls of Thought Words of Wisdom. A Selection of Quotations by Rudolf Steiner

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2015

'Truth is simple only for those who first wrestle their way though multiplicity. It is like a thread of many pearls.' - Rudolf Steiner Like pearls in the oyster, pearls of thought are easily overlooked. Lying hidden in texts, they keep their light under a bushel, serving the greater framework and context. But if we draw them out they begin to shine, revealing their translucent facets and intrinsic harmony. In this meditative treasure, the editor has harvested and threaded together such pearls from Rudolf Steiner's books, creating new textures and striking panoramas. Dynamic constellations of thought arise, allowing us unusual and surprising access to Steiner's spiritual and philosophical thinking. In contrast to the prevailing view that meaning arises only in context, these self-sufficient verbal universes show us that the opposite can also be true. The pearls of thought in this compact pocket book acquire enhanced meaning in isolation, mysteriously becoming independent of the thoughts and phrases that precede or follow them. This collection of quotations, free of jargon or technical terminology, is accessible to all readers interested in developing a meaningful understanding of the human being's place in the world and cosmos.

Self-Knowledge The Journey to Wisdom. Higher Knowledge, the Guardian of the Threshold and the Power of Christ

Self-Knowledge The Journey to Wisdom. Higher Knowledge, the Guardian of the Threshold and the Power of Christ

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2015

Many spiritual traditions speak of a 'guardian' or 'dweller' who protects the threshold to the spiritual world, warning the unprepared to pause in their quest for access to higher knowledge. The Guardian reveals the consequences of our negative actions and points to the full reality of our untransformed nature. This experience is said to be one of the deepest and most harrowing on the inner path, but is an essential precondition to any form of true initiation. The words 'Know thyself' were inscribed at the forecourt of the ancient Greek Temple of Apollo. Those who sought initiation in 'the mysteries' were thus instructed first to look within themselves. Likewise today, as spiritual seekers we need true self-knowledge, to distinguish between what belongs to our consciousness and what is objectively part of the spiritual environment. Rudolf Steiner taught that as long as we draw back from such knowledge, our spiritual quest will be unsuccessful. When we begin engaging with anthroposophy, it becomes clear that Steiner's teachings are not a doctrine or set of dogmas, but a path towards deeper insights. In this essential handbook, the editor has drawn together many of Rudolf Steiner's statements on the intricate and arduous path of self-knowledge, offering ongoing support and guidance. Chapters include: The Importance of Self-Knowledge for Acquiring Higher Knowledge; Seeking to Form an Idea of the 'Guardian of the Threshold'; The Guardian of the Threshold and Some Characteristics of Supersensible Consciousness; Morality on the Path of Knowledge; Self-Knowledge and Nearness to Christ; The Powers of Christ in Our Own Life; Knowing Ourselves in the Other; Self-Knowledge - World-Knowledge.

Grundlinien Einer Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Grundlinien Einer Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2015

Life Between Death and Rebirth

Life Between Death and Rebirth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Metamorphosis of the Memory in the Life After Death

Metamorphosis of the Memory in the Life After Death

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Life Between Death and a New Incarnation

Life Between Death and a New Incarnation

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Our Experiences During the Night and the Life After Death

Our Experiences During the Night and the Life After Death

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Working of Karma in Life After Death

Working of Karma in Life After Death

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Inward Experiences After Death

Inward Experiences After Death

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter

Moment of Death and the Period Thereafter

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Lively Interchange Between the Living and the Dead

Lively Interchange Between the Living and the Dead

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Human Being's Experiences Beyond the Gates of Death

Human Being's Experiences Beyond the Gates of Death

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

On the Connection of the Living and the Dead

On the Connection of the Living and the Dead

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Concerning the Affinity of the Living and the Dead

Concerning the Affinity of the Living and the Dead

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2015

A single lecture taken from the volume Life Beyond Death

Truth-Wrought-Words And Other Verses and Prose Passages

Truth-Wrought-Words And Other Verses and Prose Passages

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2015

Self-Consciousness The Spiritual Human Being

Self-Consciousness The Spiritual Human Being

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2015

Soul Exercises Word and Symbol Meditations

Soul Exercises Word and Symbol Meditations

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2015

Awake! For the Sake of the Future

Awake! For the Sake of the Future

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2015

Human and Cosmic Thought

Human and Cosmic Thought

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2015

Rudolf Steiner demonstrates that there are twelve main philosophical standpoints, and that the future of philosophy rests not upon defending one and refuting the others, but in learning to experience the validity of them all. What convinces us of the truth of a certain point of view? Why do we find it difficult to comprehend viewpoints that differ from our own? What are the inner foundations of our knowledge? In these concentrated and aphoristic lectures, Steiner speaks of twelve main philosophical standpoints, and the importance of understanding each of them. An appreciation of the variety of possible world views not only sharpens and makes more flexible our own powers of thinking, but helps us to overcome a narrow-minded one-sidedness, promoting tolerance of other people and their opinions. Steiner goes on to explain how each standpoint is also coloured by a particular 'soul mood', which influences the way we actively pursue knowledge. Several philosophers and their works are characterised in this manner, throwing light on their contributions to human culture. Through such insight into the true nature of human thinking, we are led to understand the quality of cosmic thought and how, in Rudolf Steiner's words, the human being can be seen as a 'thought which is thought by the Hierarchies of the cosmos'.

Anthroposophy and the Inner Life An Esoteric Introduction

Anthroposophy and the Inner Life An Esoteric Introduction

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2015

Although these nine lectures were given to an audience that had been studying anthroposophy, or spiritual science, for many years, they were nevertheless described by Rudolf Steiner as an 'introductory course'. Given shortly after the Christmas Foundation Meeting, in which Rudolf Steiner refounded and renewed the Anthroposophical Society, these lectures reformulate the content of spiritual science from a condensed, personal, experiential point of view. What Steiner presented in his fundamental work Theosophy in a descriptive, systematic way, is complemented here with great intensity, challenging us to cultivate a living experience of the spiritual nature of ourselves and of the world. This volume is therefore an invaluable companion to the book Theosophy. Given the unique nature of these lectures, they are suitable for both the advanced student and the beginner who wishes to embark on an exploration, however tentative, of the vast range of Rudolf Steiner's work.

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2015

During 1924, before his last address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave over eighty lectures on the subject of karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric commentaries examine the underlying laws of reincarnation and karma, and explore in detail the incarnations of specific historical figures. In Rudolf Steiner's words, the study of karma is '...a matter of penetrating into the most profound mysteries of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course it takes lie those processes which are the basis of the other phenomena of world existence...' In this eighth and final volume of the series, Rudolf Steiner offers insights on a variety of subjects, including Cosmic Christianity, the Michael impulse, the Arthur and Grail streams of wisdom, as well as the individualities of Gregory VII, Haeckel, Swedenborg, Loyola, Haroun al Raschid, Byron, Voltaire and others.

Initiation and Its Results - Scholar's Choice Edition

Initiation and Its Results - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Four Mystery Plays - Scholar's Choice Edition

Four Mystery Plays - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Four Mystery Dramas

Four Mystery Dramas

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/02/2015

Die groe Karma-Ubung

Die groe Karma-Ubung

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Man bekommt nicht die innere Stetigkeit im Verfolgen dessen, was in der Seele keimt und fruchtet, wenn man so eilen will von Neuem zu immer Neuerem, sondern es handelt sich wirklich darum, dass die Dinge reifen mussen in der Seele. Da muss man sich ganz abgewohnen, was heute eigentlich in vieler Beziehung ublich ist. Da muss man sich gewohnen an ein inneres aktives Arbeiten der Seele, an ein Arbeiten im Geiste.Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 9. Mai 1924Wenn vielen Menschen heute der Gedanke an Reinkarnation nicht mehr so fremd ist, so ist es doch weit schwerer, den karmischen Zusammenhang eines Ereignisses im gegenwrtigen Leben mit einem vergangenen Erdenleben konkret zu erkennen. Im letzten Jahr seines Lebens schildert Rudolf Steiner eine ber vier Tage sich erstreckende bung zum Schauen karmischer Zusammenhnge.

Erwachen am Menschen

Erwachen am Menschen

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Wir beginnen das erste Verstandnis fur die geistige Welt erst zu entwickeln, wenn wir am Seelisch-Geistigen des anderen Menschen erwachen. Dann beginnt erst das wirkliche Verstandnis fur die Anthroposophie.Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 4. August 1924Es gibt verschiedene Stufen des Erwachens: wir erwachen aus dem Tiefschlaf im Traum und wir erwachen aus dem Traum an der ueren, sinnlich wahrnehmbaren Welt. Es gibt aber noch eine dritte, kaum entwickelte Form des Erwachens: das bewusste Erwachen am Seelisch-Geistigen des anderen Menschen.

Spirituelle Erkenntnis als wirkliche Kommunion

Spirituelle Erkenntnis als wirkliche Kommunion

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Dass all dasjenige, was unser Verhaltnis zur Welt ist, zunachst sich als kosmischer Kultus erkennt im Menschen, das ist der erste Anfang dessen, was geschehen muss, wenn Anthroposophie ihre Mission in der Welt vollziehen soll.Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 31. Dezember 1922Die Welt zeigt sich dem erkennenden Menschen zunchst als gewordene, ja absterbende. Erst einer spirituellen Erkenntnis erffnet sich die Perspektive einer werdenden Weltwirklichkeit. Die Welt selbst wird zum Tempel des spirituell erkennenden Menschen.

Zwei Wege zu Christus

Zwei Wege zu Christus

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Neben dem angeborenen Idealismus der Jugend muss darauf gesehen werden, dass in der menschlichen Gemeinschaft etwas erworben wird, was eben erworbener Idealismus ist, was nicht blo Idealismus aus Blut und Jugendfeuer heraus ist, sondern was anerzogen ist, was man sich selbst erst aus irgendeiner Initiative erwirbt. Anerzogener, namentlich selbst anerzogener Idealismus, der auch dann nicht verloren gehen kann mit der Jugend, das ist etwas, was den Weg zu dem Christus eroffnet... Das ist der Willensweg zu dem Christus.Rudolf Steiner, Zrich, 11. Februar 1919Es gibt zwei Wege, die den Menschen heute erkennend und erlebend in die Nhe des wirkenden Christus fhren knnen: den "e;Gedankenweg"e; und den "e;Willensweg"e;.

Wirken mit den Engeln

Wirken mit den Engeln

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Wir sind frei im Gedanken. Aber die Kraft, die Freiheit im Leben anzuwenden, bekommen wir nur, wenn wir in den Schlaf hinaustragen den richtigen Zusammenhang mit den Urkraften, mit den Archai.Rudolf Steiner, Bern, 6. April 1923Es gibt eine verborgene Seite des Schlafes, ohne die wir uns nicht zu Menschen htten entwickeln knnen: das Wirken der Engel in ihren verschiedenen Hierarchien. Mit den Engeln mssen wir aber immer bewusster wirken, wenn wir uns weiter als Menschen entwickeln wollen.

Freiheit und Liebe

Freiheit und Liebe

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Wir entwickeln in unserem Handeln Liebe dadurch, dass wir die Gedanken hineinstrahlen lassen in das Willensgemae; wir entwickeln in unserem Denken Freiheit dadurch, dass wir das Willensgemae hineinstrahlen lassen in die Gedanken. Und da wir als Mensch eine Ganzheit, eine Totalitat sind, so wird, wenn wir dazu kommen, in dem Gedankenleben die Freiheit und in dem Willensleben die Liebe zu finden, in unserem Handeln die Freiheit, in unserem Denken die Liebe mitwirken.Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 19. Dezember 1920Es gibt einen konkreten Weg, Freiheit und Liebe im Leben verwirklichen zu knnen: in dem immer aktiver vom Willen ergriffenen Gedankenleben einerseits, in den von Gedanken immer bewusster durchdrungenen Handlungen andererseits. Beide Pole verbindend, entsteht auf diesem Weg die Weisheit.

Okkulte Wissenschaft und Einweihung

Okkulte Wissenschaft und Einweihung

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Wenn die innere Kraft des Denkens so entwickelt wird, ohne dass die Denkkraft den aueren Korper benutzt, dann werden wir eine Kenntnis des inneren Lebens erlangen, werden unser wahres Selbst erkennen, unser hoheres Ich.Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, 1. Mai 1913Es gibt eine dreifache Mglichkeit, das Leben der Seele durch Meditation so zu intensivieren und zu steigern, dass der Mensch Einblick gewinnt in die Tatsache der wiederholten Erdenleben und der geistigen Entwicklung der Welt.

Die Kunst des Wartens

Die Kunst des Wartens

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Die Menschen werden selbstverstandlich dazu kommen, den Geist in ihrer Seele zu fuhlen, und zwar nicht abstrakt, wie sie es heute tun, sondern sie werden empfinden, wie dieser Geist in ihrer Seeleregelmig und gesetzmig wirkt. Und sie werden, wenn ihnen etwas eingefallen ist, wenn sie selber ihr Seelisches mitteilen wollen, nicht darauf losstrzen wie ein wtender Stier auf die Menschheit, sondern darauf hinhorchen, was die geisterfllte Natur im Innern des Menschen spricht.Rudolf Steiner, Berlin, 7. Mrz 1911Zum wirklichkeitsgemen Umgang mit Ideen und Initiativen gehrt, den richtigen Zeitpunkt ihrer Verwirklichung abwarten zu knnen. In innerer, geistiger Bettigung knnen unsere Ideen und Initiativen sogar von den Gttern getauft werden.

Anthroposophie als personlicher Lebensweg

Anthroposophie als personlicher Lebensweg

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Dadurch, dass wir auf einem personlichen Lebenswege zu einer ewigen geistigen Wesenheit vordringen, dadurch stellt sich unsere Personlichkeit erst in der richtigen Nuance in die wirkliche Welt hinein, denn dadurch bekommen wir das Bewusstsein, dass auf jeden von uns als Personlichkeit gerechnet ist.Rudolf Steiner, Den Haag, 16. November 1923Eine wirkliche Erkenntnis des Geistigen im Menschen wie auch im Weltenall kann nicht anders entwickelt werden als durch das uns nahegehende Persnliche. Deshalb fhrt eine solche Erkenntnis, wie sie die Anthroposophie sein mchte, auch zur Bildung des Knstlerischen und Moralischen.

Der positive und der negative Mensch

Der positive und der negative Mensch

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Der Mensch kann sich zu hoheren Stufen nicht anders entwickeln, als dass er eine untere positive Stufe verlasst, sich in eine negative Stimmung versetzt und in dieser Stimmung einen neuen Inhalt aufnimmt und sich damit durchsetzt, dass er wieder auf einer hoheren Stufe positiv wirksam werden kannRudolf Steiner, Berlin, 10. Mrz 1910Wir schtzen den positiven, in der Welt wirkenden Menschen. Doch gbe es ohne die negativen, empfangenden Eigenschaften keine Entwicklung. Wichtig ist, zu lernen, wann, wie und wo wir als positive oder negative Menschen wirken sollen.

Idee und Wirklichkeit

Idee und Wirklichkeit

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Es erhoht die Wurde des Menschen, dass grausam immer zerstort wird, was er schafft; denn er muss immer aufs Neue bilden und schaffen; und im Tun liegt unser Gluck, in dem, was wir selbst vollbringen. Mit dem geschenkten Gluck ist es wie mit der geoffenbarten Wahrheit. Es ist allein des Menschen wurdig, dass er selbst die Wahrheit suche, dass ihn weder Erfahrung noch Offenbarung leiteRudolf Steiner, 1887Bereits im ideellen Erkennen der Welt lebt eine schpferische Ttigkeit des Menschen, die das Schpferische in der Natur sucht und durch den Menschen sich zu knstlerischer Gestalt fortentwickeln mchte.

Werde ein Mensch mit Initiative

Werde ein Mensch mit Initiative

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2015

Das ist im Karma eines jeden Anthroposophen eigentlich geschrieben: Werde ein Mensch mit Initiative, und siehe nach, wenn du aus Hindernissen deines Korpers oder aus Hindernissen, die sich dir sonst entgegenstellen, den Mittelpunkt deines Wesens mit der Initiative nicht findest, wie im Grunde genommen Leiden und Freuden bei dir von diesem Finden oder Nichtfunden der personlichen Initiative abhangen!Rudolf Steiner, Dornach, 4. August 1924Immer entscheidender wird es fr viele Menschen heute, aus innerstem Antrieb Initiative entwickeln zu knnen. Das ist sogar von weltgeschichtlicher Bedeutung.

Die Mystik Im Aufgange Des Neuzeitlichen Geisteslebens

Die Mystik Im Aufgange Des Neuzeitlichen Geisteslebens

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2015

The Temple Legend Freemasonry and Related Occult Movements from the Contents of the Esoteric School

The Temple Legend Freemasonry and Related Occult Movements from the Contents of the Esoteric School

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2014

spacer In these unique lectures, given to members of his Esoteric School (1904-14), Rudolf Steiner's main intention is to throw light on the hidden content of the picture-language of myths, sagas and legends. Pictures, he explains, are the real origin of all things - the primeval spiritual causes. In order to work in a healthy way with pictures or symbols today, however, it is necessary that one should first become acquainted with their esoteric content - to understand them. At the time of these lectures Steiner was planning to inaugurate the second section of the Esoteric School, which was to deal in a direct way with a renewal - out of his own spiritual research - of ritual and symbolism. He gave these lectures as a necessary preparation, to clarify the history and nature of the cultic tradition. He thus discusses principally Freemasonry and its background, but also the Rosicrucians, Manichaeism, the Druids, the Prometheus Saga, the Lost Temple, Cain and Abel - and much else besides.

Education for Special Needs The Curative Education Course

Education for Special Needs The Curative Education Course

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2014

'Essentially we do not really have the right to talk about normality or abnormality in a child's inner life, nor indeed in the inner life of human beings altogether...One does not gain much from such labelling, and the first thing to happen should be that the physician or the teacher rejects such an assessment, and goes further than saying that something is clever or sensible according to the way people are habitually thinking.' - Rudolf Steiner Speaking in 1924, when general attitudes to people with special needs were far from enlightened, Rudolf Steiner gave this seminal course of lectures to a small group of teachers and doctors as a fundamental basis for their future work. In the cultural context of the time, regressive ideas such as Social Darwinism and Eugenics were not only tolerated but popular (some 15 years after these lectures were delivered, the Nazis were to initiate their so-called 'euthanasia' programme). In contrast, Steiner - who as a young man had successfully tutored a boy with special needs - was devoted to the progressive task of special education and, in the words of one of those present, '...gave the course with pleasure and satisfaction'. In the twelve lectures, Rudolf Steiner describes polarities of illness and derives courses of treatment from a comprehensive analysis. He considers many individual cases in detail and gives indications on therapeutic exercises, diet and medicine. The 'I' (or self), he states, relates directly to the physical body, and spirit and soul need to be taken into consideration when making diagnoses. Throughout the course Steiner gives valuable advice regarding the educator's own development, emphasizing the need for enthusiasm, humour and courage. As with Steiner's lectures on agriculture, which stimulated the birth of the worldwide biodynamic movement, this single course has had a huge international impact, inspiring the founding of hundreds of schools and communities for people with special needs - encompassing both the Camphill and Steiner special education movements. Revolutionary in its approach, the far-reaching perspectives of these lectures are a living source of inspiration to both professionals in the field and parents and others seeking spiritual insight. This new edition features a fresh translation, introductory material, notes, colour plates and an index. 12 lectures, Dornach, Jun. - Jul. 1924, CW 317

Spirit as Sculptor of the Human Organism

Spirit as Sculptor of the Human Organism

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2014

'Let us be courageous and not draw back in fear when realities of the world of spirit that play into human life are unveiled. You see, the future of humanity depends on us learning to live with the world of spirit in the same way that we live with the physical world here on earth.' - Rudolf Steiner In a wide-ranging series of lectures, Rudolf Steiner demonstrates the integral nature of spirit and matter and their manifold connections. Speaking to audiences in London, Holland, Germany and Switzerland, Steiner explains how, through a process of evolving consciousness, humanity lost its knowledge and direct experience of the spiritual sources of existence, but now needs to reconnect with them. Spirit is the essence and power of life which, in Steiner's vivid image, 'strikes a match in our whole being' when we allow it to inform us fully. Our world cannot be understood only in physical terms but is inseparable from the divine realities continually creating and sustaining it. Reconnecting with the spirit calls upon us to heal the fractures between everyday consciousness and the metaphysical realms in which we are already embedded. In Steiner's descriptions, there is no end to the numerous reconnections possible: between our past, present and future; between the active, individualizing principle of the 'I' and the physical human body it works upon and shapes; between our physical actions and limb movements in one life and the forming or sculpting of our head in a future one; and above all, between the moral actions and insights we develop whilst alive on earth and our developing 'eye' for spiritual reality in the life after death, with all that this can mean for the future of human evolution. Taking a truly holistic approach, Rudolf Steiner tackles an eclectic series of subjects throughout these sixteen lectures - all united by the common theme of rediscovering how spirit pervades life. Apart from a focus on education in several lectures, he discusses: experiences during sleep; the human spirit and soul between death and a new birth; how spirit 'sculpts' the human organism; Christ from the perspective of anthroposophy; the battle for human nature between luciferic and ahrimanic beings; karma and the creation of conditions for our return to a new life on earth; human experience of the etheric cosmos; and the human being's faculties of hearing, speaking, singing, walking, and thinking. Together, these lectures offer a cornucopia of spiritual insights and wisdom for the present day. 16 lectures, various cities, 1922, CW 218

Human Evolution A Spiritual-Scientific Quest

Human Evolution A Spiritual-Scientific Quest

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2014

'Anyone who takes hold of what we call spiritual science, not with purely abstract thoughts but with his whole being, will see that this spiritual science goes right into the dexterity of the hands, that it makes a person more capable and enables him to extend his interest over wider areas and his will over a wider world.' - Rudolf Steiner Returning from travels in war-torn Europe, Rudolf Steiner gives a stark impression of the disastrous conditions of the time, encouraging deeper esoteric work as a counter to the world-situation. Speaking under the broad theme of human development in the light of anthroposophy, he analyses the gulf between contemporary culture and science - which he says are characterized by 'narrow-mindedness, philistinism and ineptitude' - and a scientific approach to the spirit. At the same time, Steiner is clear-sighted about the shortcomings of his followers, mentioning past failures and a continuing tendency towards sectarianism and dogmatic judgements. Rudolf Steiner discusses how we experience a state of separateness with the world through our physical form, whilst our aura - or soul-spiritual being - is already living actively in cosmic surroundings. A conscious crossing of the threshold into the spiritual world is urgent and necessary today, although Steiner warns of the dangers inherent in certain eastern and western approaches. The tendency of initiates of the Orient is to abandon the human race, whilst the American impulse is immersed too strongly in physical, bodily nature. And a potential demonic influence works through technology. However, a spiritual-scientific path of knowledge and development can allow us to navigate through these challenges. Other themes featured include: the threefold Sun Mystery of ancient times; the Mystery of Christ Jesus and the threefold being of man; the human limbs as thoughts of the higher hierarchies; the loss of the spiritual knowledge of the old Mysteries; the gulf between idealism and realism; the formation of language from Cosmic Intelligence; the Pythagorean School and the mendacity of the world at that time; the disintegration of words after death; the twelve senses; the spiritual impact of old people's death on the physical Earth; and the impulse of socialism. The wealth of spiritual thoughts and knowledge presented in these lectures remain as relevant today as they did when the they were first delivered. 9 lectures, Dornach, Aug. - Sept. 1918, CW 183

The Christ Impulse And the Development of Ego-Consciousness

The Christ Impulse And the Development of Ego-Consciousness

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2014

Christ will reappear but in a higher reality than the physical one - in a reality which we will only see if we have first acquired a sense and understanding of spiritual life. Inscribe in your hearts what anthroposophy should be: a preparation for the great epoch of humanity which lies ahead of us.' Rudolf Steiner's teachings of Christ - and in particular what he refers to as the 'Christ impulse' - are unique. Christ, he says, is an objective universal force, existing independently of Christian churches and confessions, and working for the whole of humanity. The impulse that Christ brought to earth acts for the advancement of all people, irrespective of religion, creed or race. Speaking in Berlin whilst still a representative of the largely eastern-oriented Theosophical Society, Rudolf Steiner presents multifaceted perspectives on the Christ impulse, based on his independent spiritual research: from the vast cycles of time preceding Christ's incarnation and the preparation for his coming, to the actual physical embodiment of Christ in Palestine, in Jesus of Nazareth, some two thousand years ago. Steiner also describes how Christ will influence the future development of the earth and humanity. In his opening lecture, Rudolf Steiner discusses the nature of the Bodhisattvas and their role in relation to Christ and human evolution. The Bodhisattvas are the great teachers of humanity, incarnating in human form during their passage through the various cycles of cultural development, and are intimately involved in preparing the work of the Christ impulse. In other lectures Steiner addresses subjects as diverse as the Sermon on the Mount in relation to the development of the faculty of conscience, and the current duality of male and female (microcosm) and its correspondence in the cosmos (macrocosm). The latter phenomenon is related to initiation within the Germanic and Egyptian mysteries, which reach their higher unity in Christian initiation. Among the myriad other themes that emerge here are: the introduction of the 'I' (or self) in human development and its essential connection to Christ; the preparation of the Christ impulse through the Jahveh religion and the law of Moses; the meaning of the Ten Commandments; and the new clairvoyance in relation to the appearance of Christ in the etheric. 7 lectures, Berlin, Oct. - May 1909, CW 116

How the Spiritual World Projects into Physical Existence The Influence of the Dead

How the Spiritual World Projects into Physical Existence The Influence of the Dead

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2014

'By cultivating spiritual thoughts here on earth we can provide nourishment for the dead...When fields lie fallow they produce no crops to feed humanity and people may die of starvation. The dead cannot die of starvation, of course; all they can do is suffer when spiritual life lies fallow on earth.' - Rudolf Steiner The founding of the Anthroposophical Society in 1913 marked a major change in Rudolf Steiner's work. Although Steiner had always been an independent spiritual researcher, the break with the theosophists removed all constraints, allowing for a full flowering of anthroposophy. These lectures, presented to audiences in Germany, France and Sweden, are filled with a freshness and vitality that reflect this new beginning, providing intriguing glimpses of great themes that Steiner was to develop in the years ahead. A predominant topic here is that of death. Rudolf Steiner seeks to explain how people on earth can reach the dead in a non-mediumistic way, and how such interaction between 'living' and 'dead' is mutually beneficial. Startlingly, he states that people who do not recognize the being of Lucifer during their earthly life - who have not 'already got to intuit and know the luciferic impulses in the human soul properly whilst here in life' - will be 'vampirized' by this being after death. Rudolf Steiner also elaborates on the activities of the adversary beings in present-day civilization - spiritual powers that play a necessary role in Earth evolution - and how we can counteract them. The longer someone can stay alive, for example, is a victory over Ahriman's activity. Even the losing of teeth has beneficial aspects, allowing us to '...gain certain impulses and these overcome Ahriman'. Steiner relates the actions of such spiritual entities to child development too, indicating the various influences in the seven-year cycles of growth. Also included are lectures on the Christian festivals and various artworks, including 'The Triumph of Death' in the Composanto cemetery at Pisa, which reveals great secrets of humanity's evolution. Whatever the subject addressed, it soon becomes apparent that these lectures were not just relevant to Steiner's audience in 1913, but also speak to contemporary souls around the world seeking spiritual orientation and understanding. 10 lectures, various cities, Jan. - Dec. 1913, CW 150

The Mysteries A Poem for Christmas and Easter by W. J. v. Goethe

The Mysteries A Poem for Christmas and Easter by W. J. v. Goethe

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

Unifying Humanity Spiritually Through the Christ Impulse

Unifying Humanity Spiritually Through the Christ Impulse

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2014

'Fundamentally, all of spiritual science ultimately aims to understand human beings in their essence, in their tasks and endeavours - in their necessary endeavours in the course of development.' - Rudolf Steiner In the midst of the division and destruction of the Great War, Rudolf Steiner speaks of the spiritual unification of all human beings. Rather than preaching a traditional morality, however, he states esoteric facts as he perceives them, based on spiritual-scientific research. These observations relate to the powerful universal impulse of Christ - a healing spiritual force that works through the various nations and races, irrespective of creed or colour - as a source of potential unity. Rudolf Steiner describes this impulse as the central core of human evolution. It allows for a conscious and newly-acquired connection between all human beings, in the context of the continuing diversification and fragmentation of the human race. The central motif in these lectures relates to the appearance of Christ on earth - knowledge of his historical incarnation, as well as Christ's manifestation in the present and future periods of human development. Rudolf Steiner creates an arc from the pre-Christian mysteries through Gnosticism and the older studies of the early Church Fathers, to Scholasticism and neo-Scholasticism. After ancient faculties of clairvoyance had began to fade, he explains, human beings could no longer see beyond the world of outer appearances, and direct perceptions of Christ were therefore no longer possible. And so the question arose as to how limitations on human knowledge could be overcome - a question which remains pertinent in our time. Steiner asserts that only a transformation of thinking, enabling a living and conscious inner conceptual life, can allow for a true understanding of the relationship between the earthly Jesus and the cosmic Christ. Such living thinking leads in turn to direct experience. Other topics in this volume include the birth date of the 'two Jesus children'; the wisdom of Gnostic teachings; the provenance of the Cross; the mysteries of the Christmas festival; insights into ancient Christmas plays, and reflections on individual consciousness of karma in the future

Universal Spirituality and Human Physicality Bridging the Divide: The Search for the New Isis and the Divine Sophia

Universal Spirituality and Human Physicality Bridging the Divide: The Search for the New Isis and the Divine Sophia

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2014

'Our contemporaries - who wish to keep to a narrow-minded and superficial outlook, are annoyed to find that spiritual science continually seeks the whole picture - that it has to create a bridge between the body and the soul, and truly explores how the psyche becomes corporeal and the body becomes psychological.' How do the soul and the spirit live in human physical bodies? In our materialistic age, in which the very existence of the metaphysical is widely rejected, such questions are rarely posed let alone addressed. In this exceptional series of lectures, Rudolf Steiner speaks in scientific detail about the connection of the subtle aspects of human nature - our soul and spirit - to our physical constitution. At the heart of this course are the well-loved 'Bridge' lectures, which appear in English for the first time in their wider context. Steiner discusses the solid, fluid, air and warmth bodies, and how these are connected with the various ethers, the 'I' and human blood. He goes on to describe how ideals and ideas impact the various aspects of the human constitution - how morality is a source of 'world creativity' - with moral thinking imbuing life into substance and will. Moral ideas have a positive effect, he says, whereas theoretical ones have a negative impact. In the realm of the moral, a new natural world comes into being, and thus the moral order and the natural order are intertwined. This volume also features Steiner's classic lecture on the Isis legend and its renewal today as divine wisdom - Sophia. Other themes include the mystery of Christ as the connection between the spiritual and physical sun; the permeation of the life of thought with will (love) and permeation of the life of will with thoughts (wisdom); the path to freedom and love and their importance in the universe; the metamorphosis of head and limbs through successive lives on earth; the threefold nature of the human form (head, thorax, limbs), the threefold nature of the soul (thinking, feeling, will) and the threefold nature of the spirit (waking, dreaming, sleeping).

The World of the Senses And the World of the Spirit

The World of the Senses And the World of the Spirit

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2014

'When we consider the plant world in all its greenery, or the stars with their golden glory; when we look at all this without forming any judgement from within ourselves but instead permit the things to reveal themselves to us...then all things are transformed from what they were in the world of the senses into something entirely different - something for which no word exists other than one which is taken from our very life of soul...' - Rudolf Steiner One of Rudolf Steiner's most fundamental objectives was to show how the spiritual world connects to and penetrates the material world. In doing so, he was pioneering a modern form of Rosicrucianism - countering traditional religious conceptions (that spirit and matter are polar opposites) as well as contemporary materialistic science (that ignores the existence of spiritual phenomena altogether). In this concise series of lectures, Rudolf Steiner shows how the human senses reveal the mysterious world of the will, which is at once a spiritual and physical phenomenon. The senses act as a portal connecting our physical and etheric bodies with what Steiner refers to as worlds of 'all-pervading will' and 'all-pervading wisdom'. He elaborates this theme, giving some unexpected and delightful insights into the senses of hearing and sight, and in particular how we experience colour. Steiner suggests that divine spiritual beings had different intentions for the formation of physical human beings, but that adversary powers caused disruption, leading to a more materialized constitution. He describes disorders in the connections between the human physical, etheric, astral and ego bodies, and the ill effects of one aspect overpowering the others. He gives insight into human glandular secretions, and why we need to eat and digest - also connected to the intervention of adversary beings. Among the many other themes tackled here, Rudolf Steiner describes the transformation of the human senses and organs, giving special consideration to the function of the larynx, which in future times will develop a special kind of reproductive power.

Good and Evil Spirits And Their Influence on Humanity

Good and Evil Spirits And Their Influence on Humanity

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2014

'We learn gradually to raise our eyes not only to material existence; instead we discover spiritual entities and their actions wherever we look in the universe...We get to know the deeds of these spirits. We are alive and active and we are within the spiritual entities and their activities.' - Rudolf Steiner This classic series of lectures presents systematic knowledge on many different spiritual entities, ranging from the higher hierarchies of angels down to hindering demons. Basing his presentation on spiritual-scientific research, Rudolf Steiner intends to awaken us to the existence of these beings and how they interact with all aspects of our lives. Steiner describes how animals, plants and minerals have group souls - with even an inert stone having a spiritual counterpart in the invisible world. The various planets in the cosmos are connected to great spiritual beings and hierarchies too, as is the zodiac, which is not a static band of fixed stars but is also evolving. Steiner gives a remarkable picture of how Christ relates to the zodiacal constellations and to our own higher aspects. Spiritual entities are associated with the evolution of earth and the previous stages of its existence - and here Steiner elaborates relevant chapters of his book Occult Science, An Outline, explaining how our task on earth is ultimately to develop love rather than wisdom (which was the goal of earth's previous stage). From cosmic considerations, Steiner leads to the spirits of the kingdoms of nature - the elemental beings, with their four classes connecting to the four elements - gnomes, undines, sylphs and salamanders, or earth, water, air and fire spirits. He describes how elemental beings are created by human activities - with coercion of the views of others leading to 'demons', lying leading to 'phantoms', and bad social systems to 'spectres'. Spirits are also created in the association of humans and animals, whilst other spiritual entities connect us with the arts. Steiner emphasises the importance of developing and appreciating the arts - such as music, sculpture, architecture, painting and poetry - for the sake of humanity's future evolution.

Light for the New Millennium Letters, Documents and After-Death Communications

Light for the New Millennium Letters, Documents and After-Death Communications

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Helmuth von Moltke, Eliza von Moltke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2014

Containing a wealth of material on a variety of subjects, Light for the New Millennium tells the story of the meeting of two great men and their continuing relationship beyond the threshold of death: Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) - the seer, scientist of the spirit, and cultural innovator - and Helmuth von Moltke (1848-1916) - a renowned military man, Chief of the General Staff of the German army during the outbreak of the First World War. In 1914, following disagreements with the Kaiser, Moltke was dismissed from his post. This led to a great inner crisis in the General, that in turn drew him closer to Steiner. When Moltke died two years later, Steiner maintained contact with his excarnated soul, receiving communications that he passed on to Moltke's wife, Eliza. These remarkable and unique messages are reproduced here in full, together with relevant letters from the General to his wife. The various additional commentaries, essays and documents give insights to themes of continuing significance for our time, including the workings of evil; karma and reincarnation; life after death; the new millennium and the end of the last century; the hidden causes of the First World War; the destiny of Europe, and the future of Rudolf Steiner's science of the spirit. Also included are Moltke's private reflections on the causes of the Great War ('the document that could have changed world history'), a key interview with Steiner for Le Matin, an introduction and notes by T. H. Meyer, and studies by Jurgen von Grone, Jens Heisterkamp and Johannes Tautz.

Soul Economy Body, Soul, and Spirit in Waldorf Education

Soul Economy Body, Soul, and Spirit in Waldorf Education

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2014

Outline of Occult Science

Outline of Occult Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 24/03/2014

This masterwork of the esoteric places humankind at the very heart of the vast, invisible processes of cosmic evolution. Esoteric science is the science of what takes place esoterically, in the sense that it is perceived not outside in nature but where one's soul turns when it directs its inner being toward the spirit. Rudolf Steiner worked on rosicrucian cosmology for many years to make it increasingly precise and accurate. This work remains the most effective presentation to date of a spiritual alternative to contemporary materialist cosmologies and of human evolution. Readers learn how the creation and evolution of humanity is embedded at the heart of the vast, invisible web of interacting cosmic beings, through whom the alchemical processes of cosmic evolution unfold. A detailed, practical guide to the methods or exercises, including the Rose Cross Meditation,"e; through which such initiation knowledge can be attained.

Agriculture Course The Birth of the Biodynamic Method

Agriculture Course The Birth of the Biodynamic Method

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/03/2014

When Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures 80 years ago, industrial farming was on the rise and organic methods were being replaced in the name of science, efficiency and technology. With the widespread alarm over the quality of food in recent years, and the growth of the organic movement and its mainstream acceptance, perceptions are changing. The qualitative aspect of food is once again on the agenda, and in this context Rudolf Steiner's only course of lectures on agriculture is critical to the current debate. With these talks, Steiner created and launched 'biodynamic' farming - a specific form of agriculture which has come to be regarded as 'premium organic'. However, the agriculture Steiner speaks of in this book is much more than organic, and involves working with the cosmos, earth, and spiritual entities. To facilitate this, Steiner prescribes specific 'preparations' for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born from his profound understanding of the material as well as spiritual worlds. He presents a comprehensive picture of the complex dynamic relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the practical measures which are necessary for bringing them into full play. This audio edition, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

Creative Speech The Formative Process of the Spoken Word: A Selection of Lectures, Exercises and Articles

Creative Speech The Formative Process of the Spoken Word: A Selection of Lectures, Exercises and Articles

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Marie Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2013

In this seminal work on a new art of speech, Rudolf and Marie Steiner demonstrate how the Word can truly be brought to life. From the authors' perspective, the audible sound of speech is only the end result of a much greater process that begins inwardly. In contrast to the belief that speaking is entirely a matter of correct placement in the mouth, Rudolf Steiner advises speakers to concentrate on what takes place before the mechanical production of sound is made in the physical organism. Relevant to actors, teachers, therapists and anybody seeking to reinvigorate the art of the Word, this book will be an invaluable friend and guide to improving clarity and restoring beauty to communication.

Rethinking Economics Lectures and Seminars on World Economics

Rethinking Economics Lectures and Seminars on World Economics

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2013

Disease, Karma and Healing Spiritual-Scientific Enquiries into the Nature of the Human Being

Disease, Karma and Healing Spiritual-Scientific Enquiries into the Nature of the Human Being

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

Today, illness is almost universally regarded as either a nuisance or a grave misfortune. In contrast to this conventional thinking, Rudolf Steiner places the suffering caused by disease in a broad vista that includes an understanding of karma and personal metamorphosis. Illness comes to expression in the physical body, but mostly does not originate in it, says Steiner, and thus a key part of the physician's work involves gaining insight into the whole nature of an individual - his essential core being. From this perspective, illness offers us the opportunity for deeper healing. Throughout this volume Rudolf Steiner draws our attention to the greater scope of the smallest phenomena - even a seemingly insignificant headache. He casts vivid light on things we normally take for granted, such as the human capacity to laugh or cry, and in the process broadens our vision of human existence. The apparently mundane human experiences of forgetting and remembering are intrinsic to our humanity, for example, and have unsuspected moral and spiritual dimensions. Steiner's insights are never merely 'lofty' or nebulously 'spiritual' but time and again connect with the minutest realities of everyday life. In these 18 lectures, delivered on a weekly basis as part of an ongoing course covering 'the whole field of spiritual science', Steiner elaborates in detail on the diverse interplay of the human being's constituting aspects (physical body, etheric body, astral body and ego or 'I') in relation to rhythmic processes, developing consciousness, the history of human evolution, and our connection with the cosmos. Within this broad canvas, some of his themes acquire a very distinctive focus - such as vivid accounts of the 'intimate history' of Christianity, 'creating out of nothing', the interior of the earth, and health and illness. Other topics include: the nature of pain, suffering, pleasure and bliss; the four human group souls of lion, bull, eagle and man; the significance of the Ten Commandments; the nature of original sin; the deed of Christ and the adversary powers of Lucifer, Ahriman and the Asuras; evolution and involution; the Atlantean period - and even Friedrich Nietzsche's madness!

Physiology and Healing Treatment, Therapy and Hygiene - Spiritual Science and Medicine

Physiology and Healing Treatment, Therapy and Hygiene - Spiritual Science and Medicine

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

'The intention is to take a practical subject and show how our spiritual science with anthroposophical orientation truly can play an effective role in everyday life.' - Rudolf Steiner Following his first major lecture course for medical practitioners, Rudolf Steiner sought to elaborate and deepen his 'extension' of the art of healing from a spiritual-scientific perspective. In this collection of addresses, discussions, question-and-answer sessions and lectures - running parallel to his major medical cycles - Steiner comments on contemporary medicine's emphasis on experimental, materially-based research and its subsequent lack of attention to therapy. Steiner's intention is not to detract from developments in medical science but to build on them with spiritual science - not quackery but a true art of medicine. The medical practitioner has an important task: diseases must be cured, and it is wrong not to intervene and simply to allow 'karma to take its course'. Speaking to audiences ranging from members of the general public to small groups of medical professionals, Steiner offers new insights into our understanding of human organs such as the brain, kidneys and liver, as well as the efficacy of healing substances including arsenic, sulphur, arnica and essential plant oils. He studies a broad range of specific medical conditions, giving advice on cancer, hysteria, rheumatism, gout, skin eruptions, typhoid, diabetes, haemophilia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, asthma, glaucoma, leukaemia, smallpox, insomnia, and childhood diseases such as measles. His commentaries on a raft of contrasting subjects - such as psychiatry, sexual maturity, memory, poisoning and detoxification - present challenging perspectives for patients and medical practitioners. Steiner's surprisingly non-dogmatic advice on vaccination, for example, gives a refreshingly balanced, and perhaps unexpected, point of view. This volume also includes a lecture on eurythmy therapy, a comprehensive introduction, index and notes, and nine full colour plates of Rudolf Steiner's blackboard drawings.

Illness and Therapy Spiritual-Scientific Aspects of Healing

Illness and Therapy Spiritual-Scientific Aspects of Healing

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2013

'An external view of states of health and sickness must be augmented by what we can also know about the inner, spiritual reality within the human being.' - Rudolf Steiner In a series of nine lectures to doctors, pharmacists and students, Rudolf Steiner presents a wealth of medical ideas with numerous therapeutic and diagnostic insights. As with his first series of lectures on medicine held a year previously (Introducing Anthroposophical Medicine), the range, depth and scope of Steiner's subject-matter is breathtaking. Speaking at the international centre of anthroposophy, the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, Rudolf Steiner begins by describing the interplay of physical and metaphysical aspects of the human being, presenting a paradigm in which the four bodies - physical, etheric, astral and ego or 'I' - interrelate in contrasting ways with the threefold human organism of head, thorax and metabolism, and with our capacities for thinking, feeling and will. These challenging but enlightening concepts unlock a wonderful diagnostic tool for the appraisal and understanding of patients. Steiner considers the medicinal actions of various substances - including silica, phosphorus, sulphur, arsenic, antimony and mercury. Among numerous other subjects, Rudolf Steiner discusses the methodology of medical examination; the treatment of developmental irregularities; the four types of ether; raw food diets; the I and assimilation of food; metal therapy and the actions of lead, magnesium, tin, iron, copper, gold, mercury and silver; the use of root and herbaceous parts and flowers in medicine; the rhythmic balancing process between the action of salutogenic and pathological forces; and the nature of death. This volume also features Rudolf Steiner's answers to questions, an introductory lecture to eurythmy therapy, a comprehensive introduction, notes and index, colour plates of Steiner's blackboard drawings, and facsimiles and translations of his notes for the lectures.

Understanding Healing Meditative Reflections on Deepening Medicine through Spiritual Science

Understanding Healing Meditative Reflections on Deepening Medicine through Spiritual Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2013

Rudolf Steiner's third great lecture course to physicians has a completely different character to his previous presentations. Delivered in response to a group of young doctors - who approached Steiner with the specific request for a course that would be 'quite intimate', but should not contain anything ' - which appealed only to knowledge and the intellect' - it offers unique, groundbreaking insights into the practice and art of healing. Steiner speaks about the influence of cosmic and earthly forces - the periphery and centre - on the human being. Proper understanding of these processes enables the physician to comprehend the actions of plants and minerals used in anthroposophic medicines, and thus to prescribe appropriate and individually specific remedies. Steiner paints a picture of the human being as a complex confluence of the forces of heredity, forces from the cosmos, and an individual's unique spiritual nature. The physician has to understand these relationships in order to be able to help effectively when they are out of balance. Steiner stresses the importance of personal development for physicians, and offers plentiful instructions for a meditative practice intrinsic to their work. Among a wealth of other topics, Steiner addresses inflammation and excessive growth; the nature of scarlet fever and measles; the importance of a child's food and breast milk; the functions of the liver, heart, head and skeleton; the incarnation process; karma as a guide for the physician; morality as a force streaming in from the cosmos; the cosmic trinity of Saturn, Sun and Moon in the healthy and sick human being; and the involvement of the heart in thinking. Included here are Rudolf Steiner's answers to questions, and the first newsletter from the Medical Section, with a key meditation for physicians. This volume also features 18 full colour plates of Rudolf Steiner's blackboard drawings, a comprehensive introduction, index and notes.

Occult Science An Outline

Occult Science An Outline

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2013

An authorised translation of this classic work, re-edited, beautifully typeset and designed, from a professional publisher dedicated to high-quality editions of Rudolf Steiner's books and lectures. The anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner is not a theoretical system, but the results of research based on direct observation. As Steiner's research was so vast and conducted over such a long period of time, no single book can be said to contain the whole of his spiritual teaching. However, of all his books Occult Science comes closest. Steiner even referred to it as 'an epitome of anthroposophical spiritual science'. The book sets out, in systematic order, the fundamental facts concerning the nature and constitution of the human being and, in chronological order, the history of the universe and man. Whereas the findings of natural science are derived from observations made through the senses, the findings of spiritual science, or anthroposophy, are 'occult' inasmuch as they derive from direct observation of realities which are hidden to everyday perception. And yet these elements of humanity and the universe form the foundation of the sense world. A substantial part of Occult Science is taken up with a description of the preliminary training which is necessary to make such spiritual observations. Given his energetic involvement in practical initiatives and extensive lecturing, Rudolf Steiner had little time to write books. Of those he did write, four titles form an indispensable introduction to his later teaching: Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, Theosophy, The Philosophy of Freedom and Occult Science.

Rudolf Steiner's Path of Initiation and the Mystery of the EGO and The Foundations of Anthroposophical Methodology

Rudolf Steiner's Path of Initiation and the Mystery of the EGO and The Foundations of Anthroposophical Methodology

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Sergei O. Prokofieff Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2013

Two lectures in Bologna: on 31 March 2011 at the International Conference to Mark the Centenary of Rudolf Steiner's Lecture in Bologna, and on 8 April 1911 at the Fourth International Philosophy Congress A special conference took place in Bologna in Spring 2011, marking the hundredth anniversary of a unique lecture Rudolf Steiner delivered to a philosophically-trained audience in the same city. In his key exposition, Steiner had given a concise description of the spiritual-scientific theory of knowledge as well as a brief outline of the anthroposophical path of schooling. In his contribution to the 2011 congress, Sergei O. Prokofieff tackles two principal aspects. On the one hand, he describes how Steiner's Bologna lecture contained the essential foundations for a new 'science of the human ego'. On the other hand, Prokofieff states that Rudolf Steiner was the first person to transform this same theory into a practical path of knowledge, following it to its very conclusion. Thus, the words of Rudolf Steiner's lecture were based entirely on personal experience. Together with a transcript of Rudolf Steiner's full Bologna lecture, Sergei O. Prokofieff's own lecture is reproduced here in an expanded version. In addition, this volume features Rudolf Steiner's important 'summaries of essential points', in which he develops and connects some of his key thoughts with further aspects of anthroposophy, especially in relation to their Christological foundations.

Constitution of the School of Spiritual Science An Introductory Guide

Constitution of the School of Spiritual Science An Introductory Guide

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2013

'If the intentions of the Christmas Conference are to be carried out, the Anthroposophical Society will in future have to fulfil, as far as possible, the esoteric aspirations of its members. With this end in view, the School, consisting of three Classes, will be established within the General Society.' - Rudolf Steiner, January 1924 A year after the burning of the first Goetheanum building in Dornach, Switzerland, Rudolf Steiner refounded the Anthroposophical Society during the Christmas Conference of 1923/24. At the heart of the Society he created 'the School of Spiritual Science', which has the specific task of presenting 'the esoteric aspect', and leading its members to knowledge and experience of the spirit. The School was to have 'Sections' to represent various fields of human endeavour, such as Medicine and Education, and three 'Classes', with the First Class to be established immediately by Rudolf Steiner. This short book is a collection of articles (from the Society Newsletter) and lectures by Rudolf Steiner from 1924, introducing and explaining the purpose of the School of Spiritual Science to members of the Anthroposophical Society. It forms a companion volume to The Foundation Stone / The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposophy.

The Social Future Culture, Equality, and the Economy

The Social Future Culture, Equality, and the Economy

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2013

Butterflies Beings of Light

Butterflies Beings of Light

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2013

The butterfly flutters above and over the earth, borne on the air and shimmering with light...We ought really to see them as nothing other than beings of light, joyous in their colours and the play of colours. All the rest is garment and luggage. - Rudolf Steiner Truly poetic and deeply esoteric, these lectures by Rudolf Steiner have been gathered here in a single volume for the first time, with an in-depth introduction that traces and explains the stages of butterfly metamorphosis. The emergence of the butterfly from its pupa is one of the most moving phenomena we can encounter in nature. In this creature's visible transformations, we can experience a revelation of spirit. The butterfly, says Rudolf Steiner, is ...a flower blossom lifted into the air by light and cosmic forces . It is a being that develops from and through light, via a process of incorporation and internalization. By gazing into the world of these special and rarefied creatures, we can intuit that they, ...ray out something even better than sunlight: they shine spirit light out into the cosmos .

From the Course of My Life Autobiographical Fragments

From the Course of My Life Autobiographical Fragments

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/05/2013

Your favourite occupation? Pondering and musing. Your idea of happiness? Pondering and musing. Your most extreme aversion? Pedantry and a sense of order. Of what are you afraid? Punctuality. The above quotations are extracted from a questionnaire filled in by a young man in his late twenties. That person, Rudolf Steiner, was later to found the spiritual science of anthroposophy and the many practical disciplines that arose from it. Eventually, he would write his Autobiography, although its composition would be interrupted by his unexpected death. This little volume is an essential complement to Steiner's unfinished autobiography. It gathers a wealth of personal testimonies - including lectures, resumes, notebook entries, a questionnaire, as well as biographical notes written for Edouard Schure - much of which has not been previously published in English. The various materials, together with rare photographs, have been expertly collated and introduced by Walter Kugler.

The Inner Nature of Man And Our Life Between Death and Rebirth

The Inner Nature of Man And Our Life Between Death and Rebirth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2013

'When we know how to enter deeply into the realm of the soul, we reach understanding of the harmony that exists between successive lives on earth and the whole of the physical world outside us.' - Rudolf Steiner In these eight lectures, given during the Great War as thousands of young men were being killed in battle, Rudolf Steiner - the great initiate of the twentieth century - describes the dramatic reality of the spiritual worlds encountered by human beings after death. He speaks of the joys and sufferings experienced in those worlds by people of different character; the vision of the 'ideal human being' that souls experience; the cosmic 'midnight hour'; the processes leading to rebirth in the world of the senses; the deeper causes behind such phenomena as materialism and criminality; and why, in the flesh, we lose our instinctive perception of the spiritual worlds. Steiner describes how knowledge of the spiritual realms, as well as the life beyond death and before birth, can be built on the foundations of modern science. Indeed, he speaks of mankind's involvement in science and its many achievements as necessary steps on the path towards a modern spirituality and true understanding of the soul, and describes in detail some of the methods by which direct perception of the worlds of soul and spirit can be developed.

Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centres

Mystery Knowledge and Mystery Centres

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2013

'By bringing the chosen leaders, prophets or priests to confront the powers of life and death, to discover the deeper needs and potential of the human spirit, the Mysteries had kept humanity in touch with the living foundations of experience. For those who went through their processes, the attainment of wisdom was the culmination of an existential struggle...' - Dr Andrew Welburn Modern scholarship knows little of the mystery schools of antiquity, offering only hypothetical explanations and external details. In these expansive lectures based on his personal spiritual insights, Rudolf Steiner offers a vivid description of the esoteric experiences gained by people in the ancient mystery schools, from the mysteries of Artemis in Ephesus, of Hibernia, Eleusis and Samothrace, to the Middle Ages. He also discusses the conditions under which initiation can be achieved today. Following preliminary lectures on the nature and function of the soul, Steiner presents a panoramic view of human and earthly evolution, including the roles of plants and animals. He also discusses the various metals, their curative properties and their connections with the planets.

Outline of Occult Science

Outline of Occult Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2013

One who undertakes to represent certain results of scientific spiritual research of the kind recorded in this book, must above all things be prepared to find that this kind of investigation is at the present time almost universally regarded as impossible. For things are related in the following pages about which those who are today esteemed exact thinkers, assert that they will probably remain altogether indeterminable by human intelligence. One who knows and can respect the reasons which prompt many a serious person to assert this impossibility, would fain make the attempt again and again to show what misunderstandings are really at the bottom of the belief that it is not given to human knowledge to penetrate into the superphysical worlds.

Grundlinien Einer Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Grundlinien Einer Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2012

The Way of Initiation (Illustrated Edition)

The Way of Initiation (Illustrated Edition)

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Edouard Schur, Edouard Schure Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2012

Essentielle Schriften

Essentielle Schriften

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2012

Rudolf Steiner war ein osterreichischer Esoteriker und Philosoph. Er begrundete die Anthroposophie, eine esoterische Weltanschauung, die an die Theosophie, das Rosenkreuzertum, die Gnosis sowie die idealistische Philosophie anschliet. Dieser Band enthalt seine Schriften:Der Seelen ErwachenDie Kernpunkte der sozialen Frage in den Lebensnotwendigkeiten der Die Prfung der SeeleDie Philosophie der FreiheitDie Pforte der EinweihungDer Hter der Schwelle

Mein Lebensgang

Mein Lebensgang

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 13/12/2012

Die - nicht immer ganz glaubhafte - Autobiografie des osterreichischen Anthroposophen und Esoterikers.

Ausgewahlte Gebete, Meditationen Und Mantrische Spruche

Ausgewahlte Gebete, Meditationen Und Mantrische Spruche

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2012

Cosmic and Human Metamorphosis

Cosmic and Human Metamorphosis

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2012

Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature

Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2012

Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2012

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2012

During 1924, before his last address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave over eighty lectures on the subject of karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the underlying laws of reincarnation and karma, and explore in detail the incarnations of certain named historical figures. In Rudolf Steiner's words, the study of karma is '?a matter of penetrating into the most profound mysteries of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course it takes lie those processes which are the basis of the other phenomena of world-existence?' In this fundamental first volume - and essential basis for study of the later volumes - Rudolf Steiner gives an overview of the laws and conditions of karma, and goes on to consider the incarnations of Friedrich Nietzsche, Lord Bacon of Verulam, Lord Byron and many others.

Our Dead Memorial, Funeral, and Cremation Addresses

Our Dead Memorial, Funeral, and Cremation Addresses

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2012

Esoteric Lessons

Esoteric Lessons

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2012

Lasers in Dermatology Proceedings of the International Symposium, Ulm, 26 September 1989

Lasers in Dermatology Proceedings of the International Symposium, Ulm, 26 September 1989

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/12/2011

Lasers in Dermatology presents an excellent and complete survey of the numerous applications of lasers in dermatological therapy and research, the fundamentals of laser-skin interaction, and the various laser sources and tools in use. A comprehensive outlook to new instrumentation, such as pulsed lasers of ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, completes this up-to-date overview, which is indispensable not only to practitioners and clinical researchers in dermatology but also to engineers and laser physicists in biomedicine.

The Philosophy of Freedom The Basis for a Modern World Conception

The Philosophy of Freedom The Basis for a Modern World Conception

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2011

Are we free, whether we know it or not? Or is our sense of freedom merely an illusion? Rudolf Steiner tackles this age-old problem in a new way. He shows that by taking account of our own activity of thinking, we can know the reasons for our actions. And if these reasons are taken from our world of ideals, then our actions are free, because we alone determine them. But this freedom cannot be settled for us by philosophical argument. It is not simply granted to us. If we want to become free, we have to strive through our own inner activity to overcome our unconscious urges and habits of thought. In order to do this we must reach a point of view that recognises no limits to knowledge, sees through all illusions, and opens the door to an experience of the reality of the spiritual world. Then we can achieve the highest level of evolution. We can recognise ourselves as free spirits. This special reprint, featuring the acclaimed translation by Michael Wilson, is being made available in response to public demand.

On Epidemics Spiritual Perspectives

On Epidemics Spiritual Perspectives

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2011

'If we can bring nothing up out of ourselves except fear of the illnesses which surround us at the seat of an epidemic, and if we go to sleep at night filled with nothing but thoughts of this fear, then we create unconscious replicas, imaginations, which are drenched in fear. And this is an excellent method for nurturing bacteria...' - Rudolf Steiner Based on brief, pithy quotations from Rudolf Steiner's collected works, the 'spiritual perspectives' in this volume present core concepts on the subject of epidemics. These brief extracts do not claim to provide exhaustive treatment of the subject, but open up approaches to the complexity of Steiner's extraordinary world of ideas. Some readers will find these fragments sufficient stimulus in themselves, whilst others will use the source references as signposts towards deeper study and understanding.

On Fear Spiritual Perspectives

On Fear Spiritual Perspectives

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2011

'We must eradicate root and branch any fear and dread in our soul concerning the future that is coming towards us...We must develop composure with regard to all the feelings and sensations we have about the future; we must anticipate with absolute equanimity whatever may be coming towards us, thinking only that whatever it may be will be brought to us by the wisdom-filled guidance of the universe.' - Rudolf Steiner Based on brief, pithy quotations from Rudolf Steiner's collected works, the 'spiritual perspectives' in this volume present core concepts on the subject of fear. These brief extracts do not claim to provide exhaustive treatment of the subject, but open up approaches to the complexity of Steiner's extraordinary world of ideas. Some readers will find these fragments sufficient stimulus in themselves, whilst others will use the source references as signposts towards deeper study and understanding.

On Meditation Spiritual Perspectives

On Meditation Spiritual Perspectives

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2011

'Meditating is a totally free undertaking; it is the epitome of an autonomous deed.' - Rudolf Steiner Based on brief, pithy quotations from Rudolf Steiner's collected works, the 'spiritual perspectives' in this volume present core concepts on the subject of meditation. These brief extracts do not claim to provide exhaustive treatment of the subject, but open up approaches to the complexity of Steiner's extraordinary world of ideas. Some readers will find these fragments sufficient stimulus in themselves, whilst others will use the source references as signposts towards deeper study and understanding.

Sexuality, Love and Partnership From the Perspective of Spiritual Science

Sexuality, Love and Partnership From the Perspective of Spiritual Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2011

'Rudolf Steiner presents the human soul dilemma, split into male and female attributes...but offers a path of development which will eventually lead to overcoming these - what Jung called 'individuation', a merging with the true self or true ego of the human being.' - from the Introduction We live in a sexualised society, surrounded by sexual imagery and content in almost every area of life. This presents us with many challenges, including an increasing blurring and confusion between love and sex; strife between men and women over their roles in society; and a consistent assault on the innocence of childhood. Despite the sensibilities of his time, Rudolf Steiner made a huge contribution to our understanding of the complex theme of sexuality. In this freshly-compiled anthology, Steiner describes the point in evolution at which human beings split from being androgynous and single-sexed to becoming male or female. He traces the changing roles of the sexes in society, from the matriarchal past to today's patriarchal dominance. The division of the sexes brings suffering, but also the possibility of achieving higher stages of love. In the distant future, humanity can evolve sexuality into a new form, with even the possibility of reproduction being metamorphosed. Refreshingly, Steiner is not judgmental and does not preach asceticism. He recognises the 'all-too-human' frailty people confront in their personal lives, even in the case of great individuals such as Goethe. Sex is a necessary stage of human evolution, and the split nature of the human being is a fact of our age. Its healing will be gradual but, like Amfortas in the Grail story - whose wounded groin was a metaphor for amorous misadventure - we can all be healed through love and compassion.

Grundlinien Einer Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Grundlinien Einer Erkenntnistheorie Der Goetheschen Weltanschauung

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2011

Die Apokalypse

Die Apokalypse

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2011

The Philosophy Of Freedom

The Philosophy Of Freedom

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2011

The Philosophy of Freedom describes Rudolf Steiner's path to freedom. It contains the nonconformist ideals of his youth that result from his study of mathematics, science, and philosophy culminating in a philosophy of life founded upon individualistic truth and ethical individualism. This is the first English translation and the only one sanctioned by Rudolf Steiner himself. Joint translators Prof. and Mrs. R. F. Alfred Hoernle were selected for their outstanding qualifications. First published in 1916, it is based on the original 1894 German Die Philosophie der Freiheit . Other translations have been based on the 1918 revised German edition. It includes inspiring passages about individualism that were removed from the book in 1918 and are missing in later translations: We no longer believe that there is a norm to which we must all strive to conform. If only we probe deep enough into the very heart of our being, there dwells something noble, something worthy of development.

Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge Outline of Occult Science

Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge Outline of Occult Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Austrian philosopher, playwright, and artist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) is perhaps best known as an educational philosopher and reformer, the founder of Steiner (or Waldorf) schools located around the world. Steiner was an active member and leader of the German branch of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical Society before forming his own Anthroposophical Society. His engagement with the occult stems from his work in theosophy and anthroposophy, philosophies invested in reaching and understanding the 'supersensible' world that relies on a cultivation of body, spirit, and soul. This anonymous translation of the fourth German edition was published by the Theosophical Publishing Society in 1914; the first edition was published in Germany in 1909. Steiner asserts in this work the necessary and intrinsic connection between what is possible through cognition with the power of the soul and the spirit. It will be of interest to scholars of spiritual philosophy, spiritual movements, and social psychology.

Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man

Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowledge Theosophy: An Introduction to the Supersensible Knowledge of the World and the Destination of Man

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2011

Austrian philosopher, playwright, and artist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) is perhaps best known as an educational philosopher and reformer, the founder of Steiner (or Waldorf) schools located around the world. These schools' philosophy represents the priorities Steiner discusses in Theosophy: the development of body, soul, and spirit. Goethe was an important influence on Steiner, and he edited the poet's scientific works (1889-1896). Steiner was an active member and leader of the German branch of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophical Society, eventually broke away from theosophy, as he developed his own spiritual philosophy termed 'anthroposophy'; this philosophical movement asserted the potential of realizing a spiritual reality through cognition. This 1910 translation by Elizabeth Douglas Shields is of the book's third German edition; it was first published in 1904. This work will be of particular interest to historians of philosophy, of spiritual movements and of education.

The Philosophy of Freedom The Basis for a Modern World Conception

The Philosophy of Freedom The Basis for a Modern World Conception

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2011

LIMITED EDITION HARDBACKS TO COMMEMORATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF RUDOLF STEINER'S BIRTH Rudolf Steiner Press is proud to publish a new series of re-edited, re-typeset and re-designed editions of the classic, authorised translations of Rudolf Steiner's four fundamental works. Each volume of this series is printed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies and sewn-bound in high-quality cloth, finished with coloured end-papers and a marker ribbon. Given his energetic involvement in practical initiatives and extensive lecturing, Rudolf Steiner had little time to write books. Of those he did write - belonging almost entirely to the earlier years of his work - four titles form an indispensable introduction to his later teaching: Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, Occult Science, The Philosophy of Freedom and Theosophy. Are we free, whether we know it or not? Or is our sense of freedom merely an illusion? Rudolf Steiner tackles this age-old problem in a new way. He shows that by taking account of our own activity of thinking, we can know the reasons for our actions. And if these reasons are taken from our world of ideals, then our actions are free, because we alone determine them. But this freedom cannot be settled for us by philosophical argument. It is not simply granted to us. If we want to become free, we have to strive through inner activity to overcome our unconscious urges and habits of thought. In order to do this we must reach a point of view that recognises no limits to knowledge, sees through all illusions, and opens the door to an experience of the reality of the spiritual world. Then we can achieve the highest level of evolution, and recognise ourselves as free spirits.

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds How is it Achieved?

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds How is it Achieved?

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2011

LIMITED EDITION HARDBACKS TO COMMEMORATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF RUDOLF STEINER'S BIRTH Rudolf Steiner Press is proud to publish a new series of re-edited, re-typeset and re-designed editions of the classic, authorised translations of Rudolf Steiner's four fundamental works. Each volume of this series is printed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies and sewn-bound in high-quality cloth, finished with coloured end-papers and a marker ribbon. Given his energetic involvement in practical initiatives and extensive lecturing, Rudolf Steiner had little time to write books. Of those he did write - belonging almost entirely to the earlier years of his work - four titles form an indispensable introduction to his later teaching: Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, Occult Science, The Philosophy of Freedom and Theosophy. Rudolf Steiner's fundamental handbook for spiritual and personal development has grown more modern as time has passed, although his methods remain clearly distinguishable from the many others now in circulation. For one thing, Steiner's path of spiritual growth is based on the clarity of thought normally associated with scientific research. Rather than denying clear thinking, his aim is to extend it beyond its present limitations. Secondly, Steiner recognizes - as in all genuine disciplines - that the path to spiritual experience is an arduous and dangerous one, calling for self-control in thought, word and deed. Human beings comprise a unity, and we cannot develop knowledge without a corresponding development in feeling and will. Rudolf Steiner foretold that humanity would begin to experience a longing for forms of experience that transcend intellectual, materialistic thinking. More than 100 years after the first publication of this book in 1904, there are countless means to achieve such experience, such as eastern meditation, channelling, remote viewing and astral projection. In addition, there has been a huge growth in people reporting extrasensory perceptions of various kinds, such as near-death experiences and meetings with angels. In this context, Steiner's key spiritual workbook - reproduced here in the classic Osmond/Davy translation - is needed more than ever, given its unique, precise instructions for inner training, its protective exercises, and its indications for grounding and centring. Knowledge of the Higher Worlds begins with the conditions required for personal development, and guides us through the stages of initiation, its practical aspects and its effects.

Occult Science An Outline

Occult Science An Outline

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2011

LIMITED EDITION HARDBACKS TO COMMEMORATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF RUDOLF STEINER'S BIRTH Rudolf Steiner Press is proud to publish a new series of re-edited, re-typeset and re-designed editions of the classic, authorised translations of Rudolf Steiner's four fundamental works. Each volume of this series is printed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies and sewn-bound in high-quality cloth, finished with coloured end-papers and a marker ribbon. Given his energetic involvement in practical initiatives and extensive lecturing, Rudolf Steiner had little time to write books. Of those he did write - belonging almost entirely to the earlier years of his work - four titles form an indispensable introduction to his later teaching: Knowledge of the Higher Worlds, Theosophy, The Philosophy of Freedom and Occult Science. The anthroposophy of Rudolf Steiner is not a theoretical system, but the results of research based on direct observation. As Steiner's research was so vast and conducted over such a long period of time, no single book can be said to contain the whole of his spiritual teaching. However, of all his books Occult Science comes closest. Steiner even referred to it as 'an epitome of anthroposophical spiritual science'. The book sets out, in systematic order, the fundamental facts concerning the nature and constitution of the human being and, in chronological order, the history of the universe and man. Whereas the findings of natural science are derived from observations made through the senses, the findings of spiritual science, or anthroposophy, are 'occult' inasmuch as they derive from direct observation of realities which are hidden to everyday perception. And yet these elements of humanity and the universe form the foundation of the sense world. A substantial part of Occult Science is taken up with a description of the preliminary training which is necessary to make such spiritual observations. Although Occult Science is not all-inclusive, it is indispensable to serious students who seek to master Rudolf Steiner's extraordinary philosophy.

An Outline of Occult Science

An Outline of Occult Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2011

Karmic Relationships: Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships: Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/03/2011

Near the end of his life, Rudolf Steiner took up the task that was his special destiny to bring knowledge of reincarnation and karma to the West. Consequently, he gave more than eighty lectures in 1924 to explicitly reveal the destinies of various individuals from one life to the next. He explained how the general laws of karma work in individual cases and revealed many details of the karmic streams of the members of the Anthroposophical Society. These volumes constitute an immeasurable contribution to the understanding of reincarnation and karma and the tasks of the Anthroposophical Society in connection with the Archangel Michael. In volume five, Steiner discusses the difference between moon karma and sun karma, the influences of Christian and Islamic thinking, the transformation of inner human qualities from one life to the next, and much more.

Theosophy

Theosophy

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2011

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2011

The Healing Process Spirit, Nature and Our Bodies

The Healing Process Spirit, Nature and Our Bodies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/01/2011

Six Steps in Self-development The 'supplementary Exercises'

Six Steps in Self-development The 'supplementary Exercises'

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2010

The so-called 'supplementary exercises' - to be carried out alongside the 'review exercises' and meditation - are integral to the path of personal development presented by Rudolf Steiner. Together they form a means of experiencing the spiritual realm in full consciousness. Meditation enlivens thinking, the review exercises cultivate the will, whilst the supplementary exercises educate and balance feeling. Conscientiously practised, this path of self-knowledge and development has the effect of opening a source of inner strength and psychological health that soon make themselves felt in daily life. In six stages these exercises enable the practise of qualities that can be summarized as: control of thoughts, initiative of will, equanimity, positivity, open-mindedness and equilibrium of soul. When carried out regularly, they balance possible harmful effects of meditative practice and bring inner certainty and security to the soul. They are also of inestimable value in their own right due to their beneficial and wholesome effect on daily life. In this invaluable small book, the editor has drawn together virtually all Rudolf Steiner's statements on the supplementary exercises, supporting them with commentary and notes. With a chapter devoted to each exercise, they are described in detail and from different perspectives.

Strengthening the Will The 'Review Exercises'

Strengthening the Will The 'Review Exercises'

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2010

The review exercises bring the experiences of our daily lives to full awareness. By directing our attentive gaze to what has happened - whether in a single day or in whole phases of life - we kindle light in our will. Undertaking such a review backwards, in reverse sequence, or from an 'external perspective', requires a huge inner effort as we establish distance between ourselves and our daily experiences. In this essential handbook the editor has drawn together virtually all Rudolf Steiner's statements on the review exercises, supporting them with commentary and notes. Described from different perspectives and approaches, there are a surprising range of suggestions for carrying them out. Individual chapters focus on reviewing the day (transforming the power of memory); reviewing events in your life (awakening the higher self); reviewing the other's perspective (awakening social impulses); exercises in thinking backwards (illuminating the will); and more.

The Mysteries of the Holy Grail from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation

The Mysteries of the Holy Grail from Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2010

From the ancient British tales of King Arthur and his knights through the medieval Central European sagas of Parzival, right up to modern-day blockbuster novels and films, the Grail has long maintained its enigmatic presence in western culture. It is said to be many things: a lost and priceless treasure, the chalice cup of the Last Supper, the cup that caught Jesus Christ's blood from the cross on Golgotha, or even a secret royal bloodline...Basing his presentations on far-reaching spiritual research, Rudolf Steiner gave profoundly esoteric, multifaceted insights into the mysteries of the Holy Grail. Collected together for the first time in a single volume, together with commentary and notes, these passages offer vivid tableaux with a multiplicity of meanings: a story that speaks to the human soul with a depth and complexity that intellectual interpretations alone cannot begin to fathom. Just as Parzival had to encounter and engage with veils of illusion and valleys of shadow and doubt, Rudolf Steiner presents us with a similarly challenging path. This book is more than a treasure of thought and insight: it invites us to embark on a personal quest to develop the abilities and vision required for grasping the elusive Grail itself. As editor Matthew Barton writes: The vessel of the Grail gradually descends towards us and comes into focus as we raise ourselves individually to it by piercing through the illusions of materialism, acknowledging that we ourselves can ultimately become true vessels for the spirit.

Nature's Open Secret Introductions to Goethe's Scientific Writings

Nature's Open Secret Introductions to Goethe's Scientific Writings

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2010

Inner Experiences of Evolution

Inner Experiences of Evolution

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2010

The Dead are with Us

The Dead are with Us

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2010

In this valuable lecture Rudolf Steiner speaks with clarity about life after death, and explains how those on the earth can keep a connection with loved ones who have passed on. He describes the conditions in the environment of the dead, the advantages as well as the dangers of connecting with the dead, the importance of the moments of waking and going to sleep, the significance of dying in childhood and old age, and the appropriateness of different types of funeral services. This audio, single CD editions, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

Art as Seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom

Art as Seen in the Light of Mystery Wisdom

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2010

Within the Mystery cultures of ancient history, art, science and religion formed a unity that offered direction and spiritual nourishment to the broader society. Today, art, science and religion can again be reunited. However, as Marie Steiner indicates in her introduction to these lectures, these aspects of our culture need rejuvenation through fresh spiritual understanding and knowledge. Art cannot be renewed through compromise, but only by returning to the spiritual foundations of life. As she says: The remedy lies in unlocking the wisdom of the Mysteries and presenting it to humanity in a form adapted to contemporary needs. In these wide-ranging lectures, Rudolf Steiner offers spiritual insight for the modern day into a revitalised world of the arts. His themes include: the relation of art to technology, the moral experience of the worlds of colour and music, the legendary Norwegian Dream Song of Olaf Asteson, and the relationship between the various arts of architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry, eurythmy and the human being.

How Do I Find the Christ?

How Do I Find the Christ?

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/01/2010

How does one find the Christ today? Rudolf Steiner emphasizes the importance of striving for self-knowledge, the significance of experiencing powerlessness, and the eventual resurrection from powerlessness. In this important lecture he also speaks about the ancient Academy of Gondishapur, the significance of the year 666, the mission of Islam, as well as the crucial consequences of the Ecumenical Council of 869. This audio, single CD editions, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

The Work of the Angel in Our Astral Body

The Work of the Angel in Our Astral Body

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/01/2010

In this popular lecture Rudolf Steiner reveals that the angels - the spirits closest to human beings - are seeking to create images in human astral bodies. These images are given with the intention of bringing about 'definite conditions in the social life of the future' related to brotherhood, religious freedom, and conscious spirituality. Other spiritual beings, however, are working against the angels. If, as a result of their disruption, humanity sleeps though the angels' spiritual revelation, the consequences will be dire, and aberrations connected to sexuality, the misuse of medicine, and the misapplication of mechanical forces will begin to manifest. This audio, single CD editions, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

The Second Coming of Christ

The Second Coming of Christ

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 30/01/2010

Many contemporaries were unaware of Christ's incarnation on earth at the beginning of the modern era. And today, says Rudolf Steiner, many remain ignorant of the most important event of our time: the appearance of Christ in the etheric - or life - realm of the earth. Fundamentalist and millennial groups await a second physical incarnation, while atheists and materialists deny spirit altogether. Nevertheless, an incisive transformation is taking place in the human soul that will lead to an emerging clairvoyance. Just as Paul perceived Christ at Damascus, so may every human being experience Him today. This audio, single CD editions, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

Second Coming of Christ

Second Coming of Christ

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2010

How Do I Find the Christ?

How Do I Find the Christ?

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2010

Work of the Angel in Our Astral Body

Work of the Angel in Our Astral Body

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2010

Dead are with Us

Dead are with Us

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2010

The Riddles of Philosophy Presented in an Outline of its History

The Riddles of Philosophy Presented in an Outline of its History

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2009

Eurythmy Forms for Tone Eurythmy

Eurythmy Forms for Tone Eurythmy

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2009

Astronomy and Astrology Finding a Relationship to the Cosmos

Astronomy and Astrology Finding a Relationship to the Cosmos

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2009

In the Middle Ages, Astronomia - one of the Seven Liberal Arts - was as much about astrology as astronomy. In fact the two disciplines only parted company in the seventeenth century, as the materialistic world-view gained greater prominence. Where once human destiny was connected to stars and planets, and spiritual or soul qualities were associated with the natural world, now the cosmos was seen as consisting of gases, fire and dead rock. Rudolf Steiner brings a new spiritual perspective to our study of the heavens. Humanity, he says, is intimately connected to cosmic beings, who in turn are related to planets and stars. There is meaning in the cosmos. Although Steiner rejects the simplistic notion of the planets determining our lives and behaviour, he makes a clear connection between the heavenly bodies and human beings. Whilst criticizing the superficial nature of much astrology, Steiner shows that as individuals, and with the guidance of spiritual beings, we choose an appropriate time of birth to match the destiny we are to live. This enlightening anthology, expertly collated by Margaret Jonas, features excerpts of Steiner's work on the spiritual individualities of the planets, the determination of human characteristics by the constellation at birth, the cultural epochs and the passage of the equinox, cosmic influences on the individual and humanity, life in the planetary spheres between death and rebirth, solar and lunar eclipses, comets, and much more.

Eurythmy Therapy

Eurythmy Therapy

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2009

Created in 1911, eurythmy was developed for years as an artistic and educational discipline. Although Rudolf Steiner pointed out its healing aspects from the very beginning, it was only in 1921 that he gave a course of lectures that gave the art of eurythmy a vital new application. To the assembled eurythmists and doctors, he presented what one participant described as '...a complete and detailed method of eurythmy therapy, in which we could directly experience that even today the creative and therapeutic power of the word ...is still at work'. Steiner's comprehensive lectures, republished here in a thoroughly revised translation, describe the principles of therapeutic eurythmy, giving many specific exercises. Primarily intended for practising eurythmists, these lectures also contain much material of particular interest. Steiner reveals the intricacies of rhythmic interplay between human physiology and the life-forces in the world around us. He describes the qualities of language and the dynamism contained in the individual vowels and consonants, elucidating their relationship with eurythmical movements and human experience. Through such movements, individuals are able to access the healing etheric forces. The exercises, referred to by Steiner as 'inner gymnastics', contain enormous potential for psychological and physiological well-being. Gaining ever-wider recognition today, they complement conventional medicine, offering a therapeutic process concerned with mind, soul and body. This new edition of these important lectures - previously published under the title Curative Eurythmy - includes an appendix with reminiscences by early eurythmists, as well as additional commentary from Dr Walter Kugler.

Biography: Freedom and Destiny Enlightening the Path of Human Life

Biography: Freedom and Destiny Enlightening the Path of Human Life

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2009

The path of an individual human life - our biography - is something of a mystery. Despite the abundance of published biographies and autobiographies of celebrities and historical figures, the scientific study of human biography remains in its infancy, with little understanding of the inherent laws in the path of an individual's life. Yet as Rudolf Steiner shows here, every biography, regardless of the individual's fame, perceived importance or outer success, is ruled by archetypal influences, patterns and laws. This broad-ranging anthology addresses some critical and as yet unanswered questions: What effects do education - and in particular contrasting education methods - have on later life? How do the various periods of life relate to each other? Do the effects of events on the individual become evident immediately, or is their true impact delayed - perhaps by decades? To what extent can an individual shape the stages of his or her biography? How much freedom of choice do we have, and how much of life is predetermined? Out of the higher knowledge Rudolf Steiner acquired from his spiritual research, he described the human individuality as a being with a continuing existence - before birth and beyond death. This eternal being experiences many varied conditions and situations, the effects of which are observable in our biography. This book addresses these and other issues such as freedom and destiny, the effects of heredity, illness, and the impact of education, offering answers based on a profound knowledge of the human being. Compiled by E. Fucke (Selected lectures, various GAs)

The Universal Human The Evolution of Individuality

The Universal Human The Evolution of Individuality

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2009

The Karma of Anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society and the Tasks of Its Members

The Karma of Anthroposophy Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society and the Tasks of Its Members

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2009

'If such authentic souls, such honest anthroposophists can be found ...then an upward movement and dynamic will arise. If such souls do not appear, then decadence will take its inexorable downward course...Today humanity stands before a great crisis: either it will see all civilization collapsing into the abyss, or else spirituality will raise civilization up by the power of the Michael impetus, through which the Christ impetus works, thus continuing, enriching and sustaining it.' In 1924, the final full year of his life, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of urgent, sometimes impassioned, talks to members of the Anthroposophical Society regarding their karma and its relationship to the culture of the time, referring in particular to the vital task of renewing civilization and preserving it from the threat of decline. Steiner's words characterize vividly a great spiritual battle, of forces gathering to fight for the soul of humanity itself. He presents a striking panorama in which anthroposophists are compelled to broaden their vision; to see true esoteric and exoteric anthroposophical work as a live yeast that can set all culture rising. To waken the members of the Society to the dimensions of their task, Steiner saw it as essential that they begin to understand the many different karmic threads from which the movement is woven. This recognition - of difference as much as unity - can give the strength of diversity which, if unconscious and unrecognized, leads easily to division. In the lectures and excerpts compiled here Steiner speaks of the unprecedented convergence of two specific groups of souls within the anthroposophical movement: the Platonists and the Aristotelians. In the karmic background lies a conflict of approaches, but the task today calls for a unity based on love and knowledge; to work with Michael and Christ in the face of Ahriman, materialism and the possibility of civilization collapsing into decadence. Given the challenges faced by humanity today, it has, perhaps, never been more urgent for those who ally themselves with Rudolf Steiner's work to study, absorb and take to heart the contents of this critically important material.

How to Cure Nervousness

How to Cure Nervousness

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2009

Four Temperments

Four Temperments

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2009

Exercise for Karmic Insight

Exercise for Karmic Insight

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2009

The Four Temperaments

The Four Temperaments

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/05/2009

'The two streams in the human being combine to produce what is commonly known as a person's temperament. Our inner self and our inherited traits co-mingle in it. Temperament is an intermediary between what connects us to an ancestral line and what we bring with us...Temperament strikes a balance between the eternal and the ephemeral...' From personal spiritual insight, Rudolf Steiner renews and broadens the ancient teaching of the four temperaments. He explains how each person's combination of temperaments - with one usually uppermost - is shaped. Steiner gives lively descriptions of the passive, comfort-seeking phlegmatic, the fickle, flitting sanguine, the pained, gloomy melancholic and the fiery, assertive choleric. He also offers practical suggestions aimed at teachers and parents for addressing the various manifestations of the temperaments in children, as well as advice intended for adults' personal development. This audio edition, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

How to Cure Nervousness

How to Cure Nervousness

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/05/2009

'It is not always right to send someone to the chemist for some medicine when he's ill. Instead we should organize our lives in a way that renders us less susceptible to illness, or alleviates its impact. Disorders will impinge on us less severely if we strengthen the ego's influence on the astral body, the astral body's influence on the etheric and the etheric on the physical.' Nervousness, anxiety and agitation are all common symptoms of our increasingly stressed and pressured society. They manifest in the everyday form that many people experience, or sometimes as serious mental or psychological disorders. In this classic lecture, Rudolf Steiner offers practical advice and spiritual insight for those who wish to heal these proliferating ailments of modern life. He describes simple exercises that strengthen the inner self, with the goal of achieving the calm and centredness necessary to lead a purposeful and healthy life. This audio edition, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

An Exercise for Karmic Insight

An Exercise for Karmic Insight

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/05/2009

'There is the possibility of a comparatively quick maturing of insight into karmic relationships if, for a considerable time, we try patiently, and with inner energy, to picture with greater and greater consciousness an experience which would otherwise simply take its course, without being properly grasped, and fade away in the course of life...' In this unique lecture, Rudolf Steiner presents a practical exercise for gaining insight into karma. He draws our attention to the ordinary events of life, encouraging us to take an image of a single event and meditate on it. He describes the method in great detail, and explains how, over several days and nights, the image becomes incorporated into our various spiritual bodies. Eventually, this image reaches our physical body in a transformed state, leading to a perception of a previous earth life and the cause of the event first pictured in meditation...This audio edition, complete and unabridged, is read by respected actor and speech teacher Peter Bridgmont, author of Liberation of the Actor.

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2009

During 1924, before his last address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave over eighty lectures on the subject of karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the underlying laws inherent in reincarnation and karma, and explore in detail the incarnations of specific historical figures. In Rudolf Steiner's words, the study of karma is ...a matter of penetrating into the most profound mysteries of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course it takes lie those processes which are the basis of the other phenomena of world existence... A study of the karma of the anthroposophical movement and society, the spiritual gates of the sun and moon, and much more.

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2009

During 1924, before his last address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave over eighty lectures on the subject of karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the underlying laws inherent in reincarnation and karma, and explore in detail the incarnations of specific historical figures. In Rudolf Steiner's words, the study of karma is ...a matter of penetrating into the most profound mysteries of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course it takes lie those processes which are the basis of the other phenomena of world existence... In this volume, Steiner discusses the karmic relationships within the anthroposophical movement, including the predispositions which lead souls to anthroposophy, the two streams within the movement, plus Rosicrucianism, Arabism, Aristotelianism, the Platonists and the School of Michael.

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Karmic Relationships Esoteric Studies

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2009

During 1924, before his last address in September, Rudolf Steiner gave over eighty lectures on the subject of karma to members of the Anthroposophical Society. These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the underlying laws inherent in reincarnation and karma, and explore in detail the incarnations of specific historical figures. In Rudolf Steiner's words, the study of karma is ...a matter of penetrating into the most profound mysteries of existence, for within the sphere of karma and the course it takes lie those processes which are the basis of the other phenomena of world existence... A study of the karma of the anthroposophical movement and society, the spiritual gates of the sun and moon, and much more.

Goethe's Theory of Knowledge An Outline of the Epistemology of His Worldview

Goethe's Theory of Knowledge An Outline of the Epistemology of His Worldview

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2009

Inner Reading and Inner Hearing Achieving Being in the World of Ideas

Inner Reading and Inner Hearing Achieving Being in the World of Ideas

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/01/2009

Paths of Experience

Paths of Experience

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2008

Metamorphoses of The Soul

Metamorphoses of The Soul

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2008

Knowledge Of the Higher Worlds And Its Attainment

Knowledge Of the Higher Worlds And Its Attainment

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2008

Spiritual Hierarchies and the Physical World Zodiac, Planets and Cosmos

Spiritual Hierarchies and the Physical World Zodiac, Planets and Cosmos

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2008

Background to the Gospel of St. Mark (CW 124)

Background to the Gospel of St. Mark (CW 124)

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2008

Nutrition Food, Health and Spiritual Development

Nutrition Food, Health and Spiritual Development

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2008

Our instinctive knowledge of which foods are helpful and which are harmful appears increasingly to be fading. We are bombarded with advice, information and prescriptions as to what we should eat and drink, but the issues surrounding nutrition - questions of health, diet, taste, even ecology and sustainability - remain largely unresolved. Unlike most commentators on this subject, Rudolf Steiner tackles the theme of nutrition in a refreshingly open way. At no point does he try to tell us what we should or should not be putting into our bodies - whether with regard to an omnivorous or vegetarian diet, smoking, drinking alcohol, and so on. The job of the scientist, he says, is to explain how things act and what effect they have; what people do with that information is up to them. However, he emphasizes that our diet not only determines our physical wellbeing, but can also promote or hinder our inner spiritual development. In this carefully collated anthology, with an introduction, commentary and notes by Christian von Arnim, Rudolf Steiner considers nutrition in the light of his spiritual-scientific research. He explains the impact of raw food, vegetarian and meat diets, the effects of protein, fats, carbohydrates and salts, individual foodstuffs such as potatoes, beetroots and radishes, as well as the impact of alcohol and nicotine. His insights are vital to anybody with a serious interest in health, diet and spiritual development.

Weekly Meditations

Weekly Meditations

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Patsy Scala Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2008

The Four Temperaments

The Four Temperaments

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2008

The two streams in the human being combine to produce what is commonly known as a person's temperament. Our inner self and our inherited traits co-mingle in it. Temperament is an intermediary between what connects us to an ancestral line and what we bring with us...Temperament strikes a balance between the eternal and the ephemeral... From personal spiritual insight, Rudolf Steiner renews and broadens the ancient teaching of the four temperaments. He explains how each person's combination of temperaments - with one usually uppermost - is shaped. Steiner gives lively descriptions of the passive, comfort-seeking phlegmatic, the fickle, flitting sanguine, the pained, gloomy melancholic and the fiery, assertive choleric. He also offers practical suggestions aimed at teachers and parents for addressing the various manifestations of the temperaments in children, as well as advice intended for adults' personal development. Also available as an Audio Book

How to Cure Nervousness

How to Cure Nervousness

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2008

It is not always right to send someone to the chemist for some medicine when he's ill. Instead we should organize our lives in a way that renders us less susceptible to illness, or alleviates its impact. Disorders will impinge on us less severely if we strengthen the ego's influence on the astral body, the astral body's influence on the etheric and the etheric on the physical. Nervousness, anxiety and agitation are all common symptoms of our increasingly stressed and pressured society. They manifest in the everyday form that many people experience, or sometimes as serious mental or psychological disorders. In this classic lecture, Rudolf Steiner offers practical advice and spiritual insight for those who wish to heal these proliferating ailments of modern life. He describes simple exercises that strengthen the inner self, with the goal of achieving the calm and centredness necessary to lead a purposeful and healthy life. Also available as an Audio Book

The Second Coming of Christ

The Second Coming of Christ

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2008

The being whom we call Christ once walked the earth in flesh and blood at the beginning of our era. He will never again return in a physical body, for that was a unique event and will not be repeated. But He will come again in an etheric form in the period I have mentioned. People will learn to perceive Christ by virtue of growing towards him through this etheric perception. Many contemporaries were unaware of Christ's incarnation on earth at the beginning of the modern era. And today, says Rudolf Steiner, many remain ignorant of the most important event of our time: the appearance of Christ in the etheric - or life - realm of the earth. Fundamentalist and millennial groups await a second physical incarnation, while atheists and materialists deny spirit altogether. Nevertheless, an incisive transformation is taking place in the human soul that will lead to an emerging clairvoyance. Just as Paul perceived Christ at Damascus, so may every human being experience Him today. Also available as an Audio Book

Educating Children Today

Educating Children Today

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2008

spacer Vague and general phrases...cannot provide the basis for a genuine art of education, which depends on real knowledge of the human being. It is not that such phrases are wrong, but that they are as useless as saying that all parts of a machine must be made to work together harmoniously. To make a machine work you have to apply real, detailed knowledge, not phrases and truisms. For the art of education likewise, what is important is specific insight into the way the human being is constituted, and how each aspect develops. In his earliest and most succinct statement regarding education, Rudolf Steiner describes the stages of childhood development and explains why it is important to introduce aspects of the curriculum at specific times. He relates developmental steps in children to the births of the non-physical aspects of the human being: the etheric body that accompanies the change of teeth, the astral body that becomes apparent at puberty, and the birth of the I that heralds the individual's maturation to adulthood. Without this knowledge, says Steiner, well-meaning but misguided educational theory and practise can cause harm.

The Essential Rudolf Steiner

The Essential Rudolf Steiner

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2008

Theosophy, an Introduction

Theosophy, an Introduction

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2008

Rosicrucian Wisdom

Rosicrucian Wisdom

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2008

Spiritual Ecology Reading the Book of Nature and Reconnecting with the World

Spiritual Ecology Reading the Book of Nature and Reconnecting with the World

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2008

Today we face an increasing number of challenges connected to our environment - from climate change and extreme weather patterns to deforestation, threats to animal species and ongoing crises in farming. Hardly a day goes by without further alarming reports. How are we to respond - particularly if we wish to take a broader, spiritual view of these events? Today we face an increasing number of challenges connected to our environment - from climate change and extreme weather patterns to deforestation, threats to animal species and ongoing crises in farming. Hardly a day goes by without further alarming reports. How are we to respond - particularly if we wish to take a broader, spiritual view of these events? In the extracts compiled in this volume, presented here with commentary and notes by Matthew Barton, Steiner speaks about human perception, the earth, water, plants, animals, insects, agriculture and natural catastrophes. Spiritual Ecology offers a wealth of original thought and spiritual insight for anyone who cares about the future of the earth and humanity.

An Introduction to Waldorf Education and Other Essays

An Introduction to Waldorf Education and Other Essays

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/05/2008

An Esoteric Cosmology

An Esoteric Cosmology

Author: Rudolf Steiner, Edouard Shure, Bernard Garber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2008

An Esoteric Cosmology

An Esoteric Cosmology

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2008

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2008

How to Know Higher Worlds

How to Know Higher Worlds

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2008

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path

Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2008

Youth and the Etheric Heart Rudolf Steiner Speaks to the Younger Generation

Youth and the Etheric Heart Rudolf Steiner Speaks to the Younger Generation

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2008

Cosmic New Year Thoughts for New Year 1920

Cosmic New Year Thoughts for New Year 1920

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2008

Influence of the Dead on Destiny

Influence of the Dead on Destiny

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/02/2008

Truth and Knowledge

Truth and Knowledge

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Book Release Date: 24/10/2007

Speech and Drama

Speech and Drama

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2007

Secrets of the Threshold

Secrets of the Threshold

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2007

Balance in Teaching

Balance in Teaching

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2007

Education as a Force for Social Change

Education as a Force for Social Change

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

ISIS Mary Sophia Her Mission and Ours

ISIS Mary Sophia Her Mission and Ours

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

The rebirth of the feminine surrounds us in many forms--from the global movement for women's rights to a renewed interest in feminine spirituality, the Goddess, and the Divine Mother. What is the spiritual meaning of this rebirth? What is the feminine divine? Who is she? The feminine divine has had many names in many cultures: Ishtar in Babylon, Inanna in Sumeria, Athena, Hera, Demeter, and Persephone in Greece, Isis in Egypt, Durga, Kali, and Lakshmi in India. She is the Shekinah of the Cabalists, and the Sophia of the Gnostics. To Steiner, she is Anthroposophia (or Divine Wisdom), who descended from the spiritual world and passed through humanity to become now the goal and archetype of human wisdom in the cosmos. This book contains most of Steiner's statements on Sophia. We see him midwifing the birth of the Sophia, the new Isis, and divine feminine wisdom, in human hearts on earth. Each chapter explores the mystery of the various relationships of Sophia: Sophia and Isis, Sophia and the Holy Spirit, Sophia and Mary, the mother of Jesus (and Mary Magdalene), Sophia and the Gnostic Achamod, and Sophia and the New Isis. Above all, in a remarkable way, Steiner makes clear the relationship of Christ and Sophia. Contents: * Introduction by Christopher Bamford * Prologue: Living Thinking * Thinking Is an Organ of Percpetion * Thinking Unites Us with the Cosmos * The Holy Spirit and the Christ in Us * Sophia, the Holy Spirit, Mary, and Mary Magdalene * The Virgin Sophia and the Holy Spirit * Mary and Mary Magdalene * Sophia Is the Gospel Itself* Wisdom and Health * The Nature of the Virgin Sophia and of the Holy Spirit * Isis and Madonna * Wisdom and Love in Cosmic and Human Evolution * The Being Anthroposophia * The Gifts of Isis * From the Fifth Gospel * Sophia and Achamoth * The Legend of the New Isis * The Search for the New Isis * Sophia and Pistis * Michael, Sophia, and Marduk * A Christmas Study: The Mystery of the Logos

What is Biodynamics? A Way to Heal and Revitalize the Earth

What is Biodynamics? A Way to Heal and Revitalize the Earth

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

Philosophy of Spiritual Activity

Philosophy of Spiritual Activity

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

The Challenge of the Times

The Challenge of the Times

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

According to Luke The Gospel of Compassion and Love Revealed

According to Luke The Gospel of Compassion and Love Revealed

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2007

Michaelmas An Introductory Reader

Michaelmas An Introductory Reader

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2007

Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion and the arts. Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct 'spiritual research', the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.Samples of Steiner's work are to be found in this introductory reader in which Matthew Barton brings together excerpts from Steiner's many talks and writings on Michaelmas. The volume also features an editorial introduction, afterword, commentary and notes.

Christmas An Introductory Reader

Christmas An Introductory Reader

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2007

Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion and the arts. Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct 'spiritual research', the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.Samples of Steiner's work are to be found in this introductory reader in which Matthew Barton brings together excerpts from Steiner's many talks and writings on Christmas. The volume also features an editorial introduction, afterword, commentary and notes.

Atlantis The Fate of a Lost Land and Its Secret Knowledge

Atlantis The Fate of a Lost Land and Its Secret Knowledge

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2007

The wisdom contained in this book is not derived via the usual methods of scholarly and historical research, and neither is it based on theory or speculation. Rudolf Steiner acquired his original contribution to human knowledge from metaphysical dimensions of reality which are hidden to most people - but visible to anybody who is prepared to develop spiritual means of perception. With his philosophical and scientific training, Steiner brought a new systematic discipline to the field of spiritual research, allowing for fully conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries. Samples of his work is to be found in this book of edited texts, which brings together excerpts from his many talks and writings on the subject of Atlantis. This volume also features an editorial introduction, commentary and notes by Dr Andrew Welburn.

Christmas Plays by Oberufer WITH Paradise Play AND Shepherds Play AND Kings Play the Paradise Play, the Shepherds Play, the Kings Play

Christmas Plays by Oberufer WITH Paradise Play AND Shepherds Play AND Kings Play the Paradise Play, the Shepherds Play, the Kings Play

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/06/2007

For hundreds of years, ordinary folk in the small Austrian village of Oberufer on the Danube gathered in the local tavern at Christmas time to perform these plays to their neighbours. With their roots lost in medieval times, the plays gradually evolved to incorporate a unique mixture of broad peasant humour and deep reverence in their celebration of the birth of the baby Jesus. The Paradise Play serves as a Preface, presenting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, but with the promise of future salvation through Christ. The Shepherds Play follows with its portrayal of the birth of Jesus in a stable where he is sought out by a group of simple shepherds. The Kings Play , the final in the trilogy, depicts the visit of three wise Kings to the birthplace of the 'King of Humanity', and the murderous measures taken by Herod to try and thwart Jesus' mission. This revised edition of the plays - eminently suitable for amateur and professional companies alike - offers a clear layout of the texts, greatly elaborated director's and make-up indications, stage and lighting directions, and detailed costume designs illustrated in colour.

The Knights Templar The Mystery of the Warrior Monks

The Knights Templar The Mystery of the Warrior Monks

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2007

Founded in the early twelfth century, allegedly to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land, the Knights Templar became famous for their pioneer banking system, crusading zeal, and strict vows of obedience, chastity and poverty. Having grown to some 15,000 men, they came to be perceived as a threat by Philip the Fair, who in 1307 disbanded the group and tortured their leaders for confessions. The French king accused the order of heresy, sodomy and blasphemy. Recent works of fiction and popular histories have created a resurgence of interest in the mysterious Knights Templar. Numerous contradictory and fantastic claims are made about them, adding to the enigma that already surrounds the warrior monks of France. In this unique collection of lecture material and writings from Rudolf Steiner, a new perspective emerges. Based on his spiritual perceptions, Steiner speaks of the Templars' connection to the esoteric tradition of St John, their relationship with the Holy Grail, and their spiritual dedication to Christ. He describes the secret order that existed within the Templars, and the strange rituals they performed. He also throws light on the Templars' attitude to the Roman Church, and the spiritual forces that inspired their torture and confessions.

The Lord's Prayer An Esoteric Study

The Lord's Prayer An Esoteric Study

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/05/2007

'The Lord's Prayer' stands at the heart of Christianity. Over the past two millennia, it has been spoken millions of times by millions of people around the world. Rudolf Steiner affirms the power of this prayer, given by Jesus Christ himself, and encourages us to begin to understand it at deeper levels. Such an understanding, he explains, is now necessary for humanity's further development. In the four lectures he gave on this subject, collected here under one cover, Rudolf Steiner penetrates the esoteric meanings of the Lord's Prayer, relating its seven petitions to the seven spiritual and physical bodies of the human being. He also discusses the difference between prayer and meditation, and shows how true prayer is selfless in nature. This volume features an introduction by Judith von Halle, whose work is valued for her experiential knowledge of the Lord's Prayer and the events of Christ's life.

An Exercise for Karmic Insight

An Exercise for Karmic Insight

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2007

There is the possibility of a comparatively quick maturing of insight into karmic relationships if, for a considerable time, we try patiently, and with inner energy, to picture with greater and greater consciousness an experience which would otherwise simply take its course, without being properly grasped, and fade away in the course of life... In this unique lecture, Rudolf Steiner presents a practical exercise for gaining insight into karma. He draws our attention to the ordinary events of life, encouraging us to take an image of a single event and meditate on it. He describes the method in great detail, and explains how, over several days and nights, the image becomes incorporated into our various spiritual bodies. Eventually, this image reaches our physical body in a transformed state, leading to a perception of a previous earth life and the cause of the event first pictured in meditation...

St John's An Introductory Reader

St John's An Introductory Reader

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2007

Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion and the arts. Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct 'spiritual research', the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life. Samples of Steiner's work are to be found in this introductory reader in which Matthew Barton brings together excerpts from Steiner's many talks and writings on the festival of St John's. The volume also features an editorial introduction, afterword, commentary and notes.

Whitsun and Ascension An Introductory Reader

Whitsun and Ascension An Introductory Reader

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2007

Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion and the arts. Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct 'spiritual research', the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life. Samples of Steiner's work are to be found in this introductory reader in which Matthew Barton brings together excerpts from Steiner's many talks and writings on the festivals of Whitsun and Ascension. The volume also features an editorial introduction, afterword, commentary and notes.

Turning Points in History Zarathustra, Hermes, Moses, Elijah, Buddha, Christ

Turning Points in History Zarathustra, Hermes, Moses, Elijah, Buddha, Christ

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/2007

Easter An Introductory Reader

Easter An Introductory Reader

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2007

Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion and the arts. Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct 'spiritual research', the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life. Samples of Steiner's work are to be found in this introductory reader in which Matthew Barton brings together excerpts from Steiner's many talks and writings on Easter. The volume also features an editorial introduction, afterword, commentary and notes.

The Evolution of Consciousness As Revealed Through Initiation Knowledge

The Evolution of Consciousness As Revealed Through Initiation Knowledge

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2006

According to the initiate-research of Rudolf Steiner, humanity is in a continual process of transformation and evolution. Modern-day consciousness, based as it is on sense perception and abstract logic, differs considerably from the consciousness of ancient humanity. At that time, says Steiner, the human being was seen to be a microcosm, a concentration of the laws and activities of the cosmos. The loss of such knowledge today has led to the existential quest for meaning, and even the cul-de-sac of atheism. In these comprehensive lectures, delivered to an English audience, Rudolf Steiner indicates how it is possible for people to rediscover their connection to the cosmos. He describes how one develops higher faculties of consciousness - what he calls Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition - and gives a vivid description of life after death and the individual's progress through the planetary spheres. It is in these spheres, he explains, where tasks and goals for future incarnations are prepared in cooperation with the spiritual beings of the heavenly hierarchies.The lectures culminate in a call for mankind to take its own destiny in hand through conscious and free development of spiritual capacities. The new edition of this fundamental work features a revised translation as well as previously-unavailable addresses and question-and-answer sessions.

The Interior of the Earth An Esoteric Study of the Subterranean Spheres

The Interior of the Earth An Esoteric Study of the Subterranean Spheres

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2006

Modern science can speak with authority regarding only a tiniest fraction of the earth's interior. We have, quite literally, scratched just the surface of our planet. Can we truly know what lies beneath our feet, in the unimaginably deep depths of the earth? Can the phenomenon of spiritual investigation add to this question? In this comprehensive volume, with notes and an introduction, Rudolf Steiner's utterances on this theme have been brought together for the first time under one cover. His unique overview gives a picture of the nine layers of the earth as they become visible via the research of the spiritual scientist. The layers range from the familiar 'mineral' on which we live, to the innermost core which Steiner connects to human and animal powers of reproduction. In between are layers such as the 'Mirror Earth', which represents qualities of extreme evil, and the 'Fire Earth', which is connected to natural catastrophes. The information Steiner conveys is never abstract or theoretical, but intimately related to the human being. The Fire Earth, for example, is acutely affected by people's will. When the human will is chaotic and untutored, says Steiner, it acts magnetically on this layer and disrupts it, leading to volcanic eruptions. He also describes other natural catastrophes - such as extreme weather and earthquakes - in connection to the interior of the earth and karma.

Autobiography Chapters in the Course of My Life

Autobiography Chapters in the Course of My Life

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2006

The Roots of Education

The Roots of Education

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2006

Social Issues Meditative Thinking and the Threefold Social Order

Social Issues Meditative Thinking and the Threefold Social Order

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2006

Stages of Higher Knowledge

Stages of Higher Knowledge

Author: Rudolf Steiner Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2006