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ESOTERIC STUDIESspacerRUDOLF STEINER

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A PSYCHOLOGY OF BODY, SOUL & SPIRIT

Anthroposophy, Psychology, Pneumatosophy

These twelve lectures form the basis for an entirely new psychology that considers the whole human being in body, soul and spirit.

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ALCHEMY

The Evolution of the Mysteries

Alchemy and the Rise of the Modern Mysteries; The Loss of the Divine and the Alchemical Quest; Mysteries of the Metals; The Standpoint of Human Wisdom Today; Alchemy and Consciousness - the Transformation; Alchemy and Archangels; The Alchemy of Nature - Mercury, Sulphur, Salt; Beyond Nature Consciousness - the Spiritual Goal.

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ANTHROPOSOPHY (A FRAGMENT)

A New Foundation for the Study of Human Nature

This written attempt to create a spiritual anthropology was found among Rudolf Steiner's unpublished works after his death.

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ANTHROPOSOPHY AND THE INNER LIFE

An Esoteric Introduction

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.

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ANTHROPOSOPHY IN THE LIGHT OF GOETHE'S FAUST

Writings and Lectures from Mid-1890s to 1916

Goethe, the great German polymath poet, scientist, dramatist, and novelist, was a major influence throughout Steiner’s life and teaching. While still a student, Steiner wrote introductions to Goethe’ scientific writings (1884–1890), the collection of which became volume 1 in his Collected Works. He also wrote two volumes on Goethe’s epistemology (1886) and philosophy (1894). As he moved closer to the esoteric world, he also gave seminal lectures on Goethe’s fairy tale, “The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily.” Gradually, he finally approach Goethe’s masterwork, the epic (and deeply esoteric) drama, Faust.

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APPROACHES TO ANTHROPOSOPHY

Human Life from the Perspective of Spiritual Science

These lectures provide an excellent introduction to some of the leading themes of anthroposophy. Steiner carefully corrects certain misunderstandings that had arisen regarding his spiritual-scientific research and demonstrates how anthroposophy has nothing whatever to do with mysticism or spiritualism; nor is it simply a revival of ancient esoteric teachings. Rather, it is a genuinely modern spiritual teaching for Western humanity that builds upon the achievements of science and develops its exact methodology further into the investigation of spiritual realities through the awakening of higher organs of perception.

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ATLANTIS

The Fate of a Lost Land and its Secret Knowledge

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.

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AWAKE! FOR THE SAKE OF THE FUTURE

The implications of the worldview that arises from Anthroposophy—the life’s work of Rudolf Steiner—are both primary and far-reaching. More nuanced than any remotely comparable approach, his work not only suggests the need for a fundamental alteration of our deeply ingrained tendency to accept passively the received wisdom of staid conventionality, it also provides the concrete framework—for anyone with the will to do so—to wake up to reality in an entirely new way. In short, this work and its implications are, therefore, both radical and possibly quite powerful. If this were not true, Anthroposophy would have no real impact and no real enemies. However, this has not been the case.

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AWARENESS - LIFE - FORM

Basic Principles of Spiritual-Scientific Cosmology

As a planned follow-up to Theosophy Rudolf Steiner wrote a new text on the topic of cosmic evolution based on 'categories'. He spoke of this as the alphabet of the cosmic script to enable people to read the great 'book of nature'. It was, he said, was one of the most important impulses for the new Michael Age that began in 1879.

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BRIDGE BETWEEN UNIVERSAL SPIRITUALITY AND THE PHYSICAL AND THE PHYSICAL CONSTITUTION OF MAN

Soul-and-Spirit in Man's Physical Constitution; The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power; The Path to Freedom and Love and Their Significance in World-Events.

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CHANCE, PROVIDENCE AND NECESSITY

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THE CHANGE IN THE PATH TO SUPERSENSIBLE KNOWLEDGE

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CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUTZ

The Mystery, Teaching and Mission of a Master

The Mystery of Christian Rosenkreutz; The Working of Christian Rosenkreutz Today and in the Past; Christian Rosenkreutz as the Guardian of Modern Knowledge; From Ancient to Modern in Rosicrucian Teachings; Christian Rosenkreutz at the "Chymical Wedding"; The Cosmic Mission of Christian Rosenkreutz; The Question of "Rosicrucian" Literature.

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COMMUNICATING ANTHROPOSOPHY

The Course for Speakers to Promote the Idea of Threefolding

From time to time, reading Rudolf Steiner’s Collected Works, one encounters a previously unknown set of lectures that seems to promise no more than a rather specialized content, of interest primarily to those concerned with its apparent theme—here a preparatory course for those about to embark on a speaking tour to promote the “threefolding” of society. Then one discovers various subthemes that unexpectedly spark new insights, not only into Anthroposophy, but also into Steiner himself, who suddenly appears in a new light. In such cases, we may encounter a passage or lecture that illuminates, challenges, and ultimately transforms what we think we know, and our perspective changes. Our habitual understanding falls away, and we grasp that what we are reading is not information or description; it is a call to act in a new way. Thereby, we are no longer simply readers, but also participants in the adventure of Anthroposophy.

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COSMIC AND HUMAN METAMORPHOSIS

"As microcosms we are actually part of, and subject to, the same laws that cosmic beings are, just as the breath we draw is subject to our own human nature.... If our hearts are sensitive to the secrets of cosmic existence and not merely blocks of wood, the words we have been placed into the universe will no longer be an abstract statement. We will be fully alive to this fact. Knowledge and a feeling will spring up within us, the fruits of which will be born in our will impulses, and our whole being will live in unison with the great life, divine cosmic existence." Rudolf Steiner

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COSMIC MEMORY

The Story of Atlantis, Lemuria, and the Division of the Sexes

In the best tradition of the literature of ancient wisdom, Cosmic Memory reconstructs, from the akashic record, events that span the time between the origin of the Earth and the beginning of recorded history.

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COSMOSOPHY

Volume Two

These lectures comprise volume two of the Cosmosophy lecture course and the eighth volume in a series of lecture courses Rudolf Steiner gave under the general title 'Man and his Relationship to the Cosmos' for members of the Anthroposophical Society in 1920 and 1921. Previously untranslated.

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COSMOSOPHY VOL. 1

Cosmic Influences on the Human Being

Rudolf Steiner characterizes the relationship between inner and outer realities. In a sense deeper than normally recognized, the mind/body split is the result of a fear to penetrate the mind, the inner human being. This lack of inner courage rebounds on society and civilization producing the terrible conditions modern humanity finds itself surrounded by. Healing will come only when we summon the courage to penetrate the hidden mysteries within.

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THE DESTINIES OF INDIVIDUALS AND OF NATIONS

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THE DRUIDS

Esoteric Wisdom of the Ancient Celtic Priests

The Sun Initiation of the Druid Priests and their Moon Science; The Mysteries of Ancient Ireland; Celtic Christianity - the Heritage of the Druids; Teachings of the Mysteries - the Spirit in Nature; The Great Mysteries - the Mystery of Christ; The Function of the Standing Stones; Spiritual Imaginations.

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DYING EARTH AND LIVING COSMOS

The Living Gifts of Anthroposophy – The Need for New Forms of Consciousness

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.

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EARTHLY KNOWLEDGE AND HEAVENLY WISDOM

Paperback

There is a great difference between the meaning of "know yourself" in the ancient mystery centers and its meaning today. In ancient times, one tried to achieve after death what one can now attain during earthly life. In order to reach higher stages of development after we die, we must become fully human during life on Earth. Such matters have changed over millennia of human and earthly evolution.

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EARTHLY KNOWLEDGE AND HEAVENLY WISDOM

Hardback

There is a great difference between the meaning of "know yourself" in the ancient mystery centers and its meaning today. In ancient times, one tried to achieve after death what one can now attain during earthly life. In order to reach higher stages of development after we die, we must become fully human during life on Earth. Such matters have changed over millennia of human and earthly evolution.

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THE EAST IN THE LIGHT OF THE WEST

The Children of Lucifer and the Brothers of Christ

‘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”.’

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EFFECTS OF ESOTERIC DEVELOPMENT

Beginning with questions regarding the body's experience of food and drink - meat, coffee, alcohol - Steiner lays out the progression of anthroposophic spiritual inner work, up to direct perception of 'Paradise' and the Holy Grail. He discusses the role of human beings in our evolution that takes place between the forces of Lucifer and Ahriman.

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THE ELECTRONIC DOPPELGÄNGER

The Mystery of the Double in the Age of the Internet

‘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.’

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AN ESOTERIC COSMOLOGY

Evolution, Christ and Modern Spirituality

"In the Paris lecture series, I presented the meaning of a spiritual perception that had gradually 'matured' over a long period of time within me. I explained the general relationship among the aspects of the human being - the physical and etheric organizations as the media for manifesting life; the astral body as the medium for manifesting feeling and volition; and the vehicle of the 'I'. Then I added that the ether body of a man is feminine and that a woman's ether body is masculine. Thus, Anthroposophy illuminated a fundamental question of existence that was often discussed at the time..."

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ESOTERIC LESSONS 1904 - 1909 VOL 1

Only recently has it become clear that on most occasions Rudolf Steiner would visit a city to give a lecture, either to members or to the general public, and also hold a meeting of the Esoteric Section where he also gave a talk. These talks were intended to provide his most advanced students with the esoteric background of his ongoing spiritual research.

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ESOTERIC LESSONS 1910-1912

From the Esoteric School, vol. 2

Notes Written from Memory by the Participants and Meditation Verses by Rudolf Steiner (CW 266/2)

"Many who enter esoteric training are very disappointed and say that they had imagined the exercises to be much more energetic and the effects of the exercises to be far more drastic. Those who tell this to themselves should quickly consider the possibility that they are caught in a great error, and that they should make the greatest efforts to correct this error as soon as possible. It is not the exercises that lack enough energy, but rather the individual. It is not the exercises that are ineffective, but rather the person who is not making them effective. By living an esoteric life, the student should become an entirely different person. One must add something new to the old." - Rudolf Steiner

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ESOTERIC LESSONS 1913-1923

From the Esoteric School

Volume 3

Beginning in January 1913, five days after the Anthroposophical Society was founded, this rich volume traces the esoteric work (and lack thereof) in the decade leading up to the reestablishment of the General Anthroposophical Society at the "Christmas Conference" (1923/1924) and the subsequent creation of the First Class, which replaced the Esoteric Section.

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ETERNAL AND TRANSIENT ELEMENTS IN HUMAN LIFE

The Cosmic Past of Humanity and the Mystery of Evil

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.

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EVIL

Selected Lectures

Despite the fact that evil is an omnipresent theme of our age, it remains one of the most problematic. Public references to it are continually made, but to what extent has society truly begun to understand its riddle?

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THE FIRST CLASS LESSONS AND MANTRAS

The Michael School Meditative Path in Nineteen Steps

"Initiation is precisely this: that we are able to see from the other side of the threshold. There, seeing is not just looking but is also reading. We read the spiritual deeds of spiritual beings who have brought everything into existence. And if we read long enough in this silence, if we put our heart and soul into this reading, we begin to hear in the spirit, and then the gods speak to us. And when the gods speak to us we are within the spiritual world." —Rudolf Steiner (April 25, 1924)

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FOUNDING A SCIENCE OF THE SPIRIT

14 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Previously published as At the Gates of Spiritual Science, these lectures offer a fine introduction to the whole of Rudolf Steiner's teaching, as well as including valuable material which is not to be found elsewhere. With great clarity and precision, Steiner speaks of the fundamental nature of the human being in relation to the cosmos, the evolution of the Earth, the journey of the soul after death, reincarnation and karma, good and evil, the modern path of meditative training, as well as giving answers to individual questions.

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“FREEMASONARY” AND RITUAL WORK

The Misraim Service: Texts and Documents from the Cognitive-Ritual Section of the Esoteric School 1904-1919

Alongside the Esoteric Section, Rudolf Steiner created the “Cognitive Ritual Section,” an order connected to Masonic tradition, but independent and Inspired by Anthroposophy. This astonishing volume contains the rituals, lectures, meditations, and other instructions Steiner gave to students and members of the esoteric school.

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FROM BEETROOT TO BUDDHISM...

Answers to Questions

The remarkable discussions in this volume took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. The varied subject-matter was chosen by his audience at Rudolf Steiner's instigation. Steiner took their questions and usually gave immediate answers. The astonishing nature of these responses - their insight, knowledge and spiritual depth - is testimony to his outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and profound thinker. Accessible, entertaining and stimulating, the records of these sessions will be a delight to anybody with an open mind.

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FROM COMETS TO COCAINE...

Answers to Questions

Previously published as Health and Illness Vols.1 & 2

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FROM CRYSTALS TO CROCODILES...

Answers to Questions

The remarkable discussions in this volume took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. At Rudolf Steiner's instigation, the varied subject-matter was chosen by his audience. He took their questions and usually gave immediate answers. The astonishing nature of these responses - their insight, knowledge and spiritual depth - is testimony to Steiner's outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and profound thinker. Accessible, entertaining and stimulating, the records of these sessions will be a delight to anyone with an open mind.

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FROM ELEPHANTS TO EINSTEIN

Answers to Questions

The remarkable discussions in this volume took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. The varied subject-matter was chosen by his audience at Rudolf Steiner's instigation. Steiner took their questions and usually gave immediate answers. The astonishing nature of these responses - their insight, knowledge and spiritual depth - is testimony to his outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and profound thinker. Accessible, entertaining and stimulating, the records of these sessions will be a delight to anybody with an open mind.

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FROM LIMESTONE TO LUCIFER...

Answers to Questions

The remarkable discussions in this volume took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. The varied subject-matter was chosen by his audience at Rudolf Steiner's instigation. Steiner took their questions and usually gave immediate answers. The astonishing nature of these responses - their insight, knowledge and spiritual depth - is testimony to his outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and profound thinker. Accessible, entertaining and stimulating, the records of these sessions will be a delight to anybody with an open mind.

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FROM MAMMOTHS TO MEDIUMS...

Answers to Questions

The remarkable discussions in this volume took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. The varied subject-matter was chosen by his audience at Rudolf Steiner's instigation. Steiner took their questions and usually gave immediate answers. The astonishing nature of these responses - their insight, knowledge and spiritual depth - is testimony to his outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and profound thinker. Accessible, entertaining and stimulating, the records of these sessions will be a delight to anybody with an open mind.

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FROM SUNSPOTS TO STRAWBERRIES...

Answers to Questions

The remarkable discussions in this volume took place between Rudolf Steiner and workers at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. At Rudolf Steiner's instigation, the varied subject-matter was chosen by his audience. He took their questions and usually gave immediate answers. The astonishing nature of these responses - their insight, knowledge and spiritual depth - is testimony to Steiner's outstanding ability as a spiritual initiate and profound thinker. Accessible, entertaining and stimulating, the records of these sessions will be a delight to anyone with an open mind.

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FROM THE HISTORY AND CONTENTS OF THE FIRST SECTION OF THE ESOTERIC SCHOOL 1904-1914

Letters, Documents and Lectures

This volume is an important text for anyone interested in the development of Rudolf Steiner's teaching and for those wishing to explore the advice and admonitions Steiner provided for his early esoteric students. This collection of letters, circulars, and lectures offers a glimpse of the birth of the anthroposophic movement from the German section of the Theosophical Society of the late nineteenth century. One gains a clear picture as to why Steiner could no longer work within the theosophic framework, as well as the events that led to the split between the Theosophical Society under the leadership of Annie Besant and the Esoteric School under Steiner's guidance and leadership.

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THE FRUITS OF ANTHROPOSOPHY

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THE GODDESS

From Natura to the Divine Sophia

Rediscovering the Goddess Natura; Retracing our Steps - Mediaeval Thought and the School of Chartres; The Goddess Natura in the Ancient Mysteries; The Goddess in the Beginning - the Birth of the Word; Esoteric Christianity - the Virgin Sophia; the Search for the New Isis; The Renewal of the Mysteries; The Modern Isis, the Divine Sophia.

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GOETHE'S FAUST IN THE LIGHT OF ANTHROPOSOPHY

Spiritual-Scientific Commentaries on Goethe’s Faust, Vol. 2

This volume is the sequel to Anthroposophy in the Light of Goethe’s Faust (CW 272)

By late 1916, Rudolf Steiner had become an important interpreter of Goethe and frequently discussed Faust—probably Goethe’s greatest work—from the perspective of anthroposophic Spiritual Science. Although Steiner’s readings are unconventional and unsystematic, his insights into the text are penetrating and prescient, opening scholarly avenues not discovered or pursued by others until decades later and, in some cases, still await fuller elaboration.

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HARMONY OF THE CREATIVE WORD

The Human Being and the Elemental, Animal, Plant and Mineral Kingdoms

In one of his most popular lecture courses - formerly published as Man as Symphony of the Creative Word - Rudolf Steiner presents an extraordinary panorama of spiritual knowledge centring on the human being. We are the harmony of creation - a microcosm - containing within us 'all the laws and secrets of the world'.

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THE HOLY GRAIL

The Quest for the Renewal of the Mysteries

From the Mysteries to Christianity; Death and Resurrection in Ancient Egypt - the Miracle of Initiation; The Mystery of Golgotha; The Mystery of the Higher Ego - the Holy Grail; The Grail and the Spiritual Evolution of Humanity; The Gnostic Crisis and the Loss of the Mysteries; Stages of Evolution - Archaic Clairvoyance; The Role of the Mysteries; The Secret of Evolution - the Holy Grail.

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HOW THE SPIRITUAL WORLD PROJECTS INTO PHYSICAL EXISTENCE

The Influence of the Dead

‘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

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HUMAN AND COSMIC THOUGHT

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.

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INITIATION SCIENCE

and the Development of the Human Mind

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.

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THE INNER NATURE OF MAN

and Our Life Between Death and Rebirth

'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

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INNER READING AND INNER HEARING

Achieving Being in the World of Ideas

These two lecture courses, given just after the beginning of World War I, stand as a kind of unexpected gift. A few months later, once the war became a reality, the possibilities for esoteric work would change and it would become more difficult to do spiritual research. But in the short interval before the true horror of the conflict unfolded, Rudolf Steiner - almost by the way - was able to give these lectures, which lay out in the clearest fashion the path of anthroposophic meditation, and its assumptions, language, and consequences.

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THE INTERIOR OF THE EARTH

An Esoteric Study of the Subterranean Spheres

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?

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THE KARMA OF ANTHROPOSOPHY

Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society and the tasks of its members

'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.'

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THE KARMA OF MATERIALISM

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THE KARMA OF MATERIALISM

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THE KARMA OF VOCATION

Steiner takes us behind the scenes of routine activities, showing how the combined vocational work of all humanity affects the higher suprasensory realms. This activity mobilizes forces that lead to future worlds, which is the 'karma of vocation'. No human work is insignificant; it all contributes to grand cosmic processes.

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KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS

Esoteric Studies

Volume 1

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?'

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KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS

Esoteric Studies

Volume 8

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...’

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KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS

Esoteric Studies

Volume 4

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. This new edition also includes Steiner's last address.

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LEARNING TO SEE INTO THE SPIRITUAL WORLD

Lectures to the Workers at the Goetheanum

In these lectures - also published in From Mammoths to Mediums - Steiner covers a wide range of topics, from the development of independent thinking and the ability to think backward, to the uses of what seems boring and the reversal of thinking between the physical and spiritual worlds.

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LIFE OF THE HUMAN SOUL

and its Relation to World Evolution

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.

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LIGHT FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Letters, Documents and After-death Communications

Edited by T. H. Meyer

Helmuth and Eliza Von Moltke

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.

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LOVE AND IT'S MEANING IN THE WORLD

This collection brings together all of Steiner's main lectures and writings relating to love. It spans earthly love to the nature and function of spiritual love. Topics include: The Division of the Sexes; The Mission of Reverence; The Teaching of Compassion and Love; Wonder, Compassion, and Conscience; Faith, Love and Hope; as well as the title lecture.

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MAN AS A PICTURE OF THE LIVING SPIRIT

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MANTRIC SAYINGS

Meditations 1903 - 1925

Soul exercises, 1903-1925 (CW 268)

Transform yourself for the sake of the world.
Learn to practice thinking, feeling, sensing, and willing without egoism.
Let your work be the shadow that your I casts
when it is shone upon by the flame of your higher self.

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MATERIALISM AND THE TASK OF ANTHROPOSOPHY

In this history of human consciousness, Steiner explains that the world ended in A.D. 300, when it became impossible to find spirit in nature. Since then, we have been living in an increasingly spiritual world on a disintegrating, dying Earth. Although people have been asleep to the spiritual reality that surrounds us, Steiner shows a way out of today’s blind materialism that takes us toward a new spiritual perception and knowledge, which is the only way that we will find the Christ in our time.

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THE MEANING OF LIFE

and other Lectures on Fundamental Issues

What is the meaning of life? This most fundamental of all questions has challenged human beings for millennia. Rudolf Steiner addresses the eternal enigma with a refreshing directness, giving profound and enlightening answers.

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THE MISSION OF THE FOLK-SOULS

in relation to Teutonic Mythology

'If we wish to understand the inner life of an individual we must study the soul as well as the body, and if we desire to gain real insight into national characteristics we must explore the psychic and spiritual element underlying them. This psychic and spiritual element, however, reflects not merely the activity of individual human souls working in concert, but has its origin in a higher order... Either one must seek a basis for the psychology of peoples in a spiritual reality or one must abandon such a psychology in total.' - Rudolf Steiner (from the Preface)

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THE MYSTERIES OF THE HOLY GRAIL

From Arthur and Parzival to Modern Initiation

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...

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THE MYSTERIES

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

In this lecture, given on Christmas day, Rudolf Steiner reflects on the deep mysteries of the events surrounding Christ's incarnation, death, and resurrection on Earth. The foundation of his message was the three magi from the East and Goethe's poem “The Mysteries,” told from the perspective of a kind of archetypal pilgrim of esoteric Christianity:

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MYSTERY KNOWLEDGE AND MYSTERY CENTRES

'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

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MYSTERY OF THE UNIVERSE

The Human Being, Model of Creation

The ancient mystery saying called on the human being to 'Know Yourself!' Rudolf Steiner explains that this maxim is not asking us to study subjectively our own personal character, but rather to come to a knowledge of our true, archetypal human nature - and with it the position we occupy in the universe.

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MYSTICS AFTER MODERNISM

Discovering the Seeds of a New Science in the Renaissance

Discovering the Seeds of a New Science in the Renaissance

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OCCULT MOVEMENTS IN THE 19TH CENTURY

Steiner gives a detailed account of the activity of occult groups working behind the scenes in the 19th century.

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ORIGINAL IMPULSES FOR THE SCIENCE OF THE SPIRIT

Christian Esotericism in the Light of New Spiritual Insights

In this previously untranslated volume, Steiner covers a wide range of subjects, from health and education, volcanic eruptions (in response to an eruption of Vesuvius at the time), planetary evolution, the Rosicrucian way of initiation, the modern science of the spirit, the Lord's Prayer, the blood that flowed on Golgotha, and karmic law.

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OUR CONNECTION WITH THE ELEMENTAL WORLD

Kalevala – Olaf Åsteson – The Russian People

The World as the Result of Balancing Influences

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.

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PATHS AND GOALS OF THE SPIRITUAL HUMAN BEING

Life Questions in the Light of Spiritual Science

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.

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THE PRINCIPLE OF SPIRITUAL ECONOMY

In Connection with Questions of Reincarnation: An Aspect of the Spiritual Guidance of Man

These talks reveal a particular aspect of how humankind have been guided spiritually throughout history—by the life forces and astral bodies of the great initiates and avatars that were preserved, duplicated, and interwoven with the leading personalities of history. Steiner gives numerous examples of this process, but he says that such inspired people are rare today. Nevertheless, we have the possibility of elevating ourselves in the future to the point where we can receive into ourselves the "I-being" of the Christ, which is indeed our greatest goal—"not I but Christ in me."

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ROSICRUCIAN WISDOM

An Introduction

The work of Rudolf Steiner is unique in the way it combines esoteric teaching with practical suggestions for the development of social life. Indeed, Steiner is best known today for the application of his ideas in areas such as education, medicine and agriculture. But none of this could have developed without the coherent and profound body of spiritual knowledge which stands at the very core of Steiner's work.

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ROSICRUCIAN WISDOM AUDIO BOOK

An Introduction

Audio Book, complete and unabridged version
(7 CD set) read by Peter Bridgmont

The work of Rudolf Steiner is unique in the way it combines esoteric teaching with practical suggestions for the development of social life. Indeed, Steiner is best known today for the application of his ideas in areas such as education, medicine and agriculture. But none of this could have developed without the coherent and profound body of spiritual knowledge which stands at the very core of Steiner's work.

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ROSICRUCIANISM RENEWED

The Unity of Art, Science & Religion. The Theosophical Congress of Whitsun 1907

The Congress of the Federation of the European Sections of the Theosophical Society was held in Munich at Whitsun 1907 and marked the emergence of Anthroposophy from Theosophy. Rudolf Steiner surprised some participants and dismayed others when he introduced the Rosicrucian path - a path of thinking and the unification of art, science, and religion into the greater theosophical tradition.

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RUDOLF STEINER SPEAKS TO THE BRITISH

Lectures and Addresses in England and Wales

As demonstrated by the contents of this book, Rudolf Steiner was able to speak to the British in a very direct and lively way. He did not need to give a long introductory build-up to his main theme, as was expected of him in Germany for instance, but could refer immediately to esoteric ideas.

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SECRET BROTHERHOODS

and the Mystery of the Human Double

In the age of the internet and the proliferation of 'conspiracy theories', the idea that secret groups are seeking to gain control over humanity is no longer uncommon. This was not the case in 1917, however, when Rudolf Steiner spoke on this theme in these extraordinary lectures. His unique contribution to this controversial topic is no abstract theory, but arose from his specific research methodology involving the use of advanced forms of perception and cognition.

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THE SECRET STREAM

Christian Rosenkreutz and Rosicrucianism

Edited & introduced by C. Bamford.

During the early seventeenth century, Europe was suddenly embroiled in controversy with the publication of the first Rosicrucian texts. Ever since then, Rosicrucianism has stood at the center of Western Christian esotericism. Forced underground by the Thirty Years War, it was passed down secretly by alchemists, hermeticists, and Masons into the nineteenth century, when it inspired new spiritual movements, including Theosophy, the Order of Golden Dawn, and Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science.

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SECRETS OF THE THRESHOLD

Contains the first reference to eurythmy and deals with the fourth mystery play 'The Soul's Awakening'.

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SEXUALITY, INNER DEVELOPMENT, AND COMMUNITY LIFE

Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of the Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, 1915

7 lectures, Dornach, September 10–16, 1915 (CW 253)

“These lectures and documents from the summer and fall of 1915 were a response to a crisis in the Anthroposophical Society, a crisis Rudolf Steiner wanted the membership to be aware of. In part, the crisis was provoked by Alice Sprengel, a long-time student of Rudolf Steiner, and her reaction to the marriage of her spiritual teacher to Marie von Sivers. Her expectations, the exact nature of which is not quite clear, were connected to the important role she felt herself playing in the anthroposophical movement. Faced with the close working relationship and then the marriage of Rudolf Steiner and Marie von Sivers in the winter of 1914, Alice Sprengel not only sent personal letters to both but also brought her disappointment and sense of abandonment to the attention of other members of the Anthroposophical Society.”
“She also had a close relationship to Heinrich and Gertrud Goesch, a couple whose interest in Rudolf Steiner’s work was matched by an equally strong fascination with the then-emerging psychoanalytical school of Sigmund Freud. Influenced by Alice Sprengel and his own inner uncertainties, Heinrich Goesch accused Rudolf Steiner, both privately and publicly, of manipulating the membership of the Anthroposophical Society into a dependent status.” —Christopher Schaefer, PhD (from the introduction)

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SEXUALITY, LOVE AND PARTNERSHIP

From the Perspective of Spiritual Science

"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

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SPIRITUAL RESEARCH FOR MORAL ACTION

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SLEEP AND DREAMS

A Bridge to the Spirit

Introduction by Michael Lipson, Ph.D.

What are dreams? Every age, every culture, perhaps every person, have different answers. We can at least agree on one thing, however: dreams are other. Their presence in our lives demonstrate that we are not limited to a single mode of consciousness. The world of sleep is largely a blank for us, an abyss of non-consciousness, yawning between one day and the next, but the very fact that we can dream announces our potential for awareness within that abyss.

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SPIRIT AS SCULPTOR OF THE HUMAN ORGANISM

‘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

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SPIRITUAL BEINGS IN THE HEAVENLY BODIES AND IN THE KINGDOM OF NATURE

In the architecture of Rudolf Steiner's great cosmological temple, this extraordinary course of lectures on spiritual beings forms the central pillar with other important texts such as the fourth chapter of An Outline of Esoteric Science (CW 13); The Spiritual Hierarchies and the Physical World (CW 136); and Inner Experiences of Evolution (CW 132). These works - outlining a revolutionary angelological cosmology - are at the heart of Steiner's mission to transform our understanding of the world by laying down a new, non-dual, phenomenological path to a contemporary divine-spiritual-physical cosmology that is angelological and theophanic.

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THE SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS OF MORALITY

In this small, much-loved cycle of three lectures Rudolf Steiner indicates the sources for the recovery of a living morality for our time. He takes the example of St. Francis of Assisi. The spiritual world was connected with his coming. We see a warrior nature transformed into the expression of mercy, compassion, and love.

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SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND HUMANITY

In these lectures, one of the few series which Steiner later edited for publication as a book, he describes the second, wiser self which guides us through life and which makes us truly human.

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STAYING CONNECTED

How to Continue your Relationship with Those who have Died

The idea of "working with the dead" - of maintaining and enhancing our relationships with those who have died - was a fundamental part of Rudolf Steiner's work. This volume reaps a rich harvest of his thoughts on this subject. Steiner speaks directly out of his own experience, formulating meditation practises and verses that really work.

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THE SUN MYSTERY AND THE MYSTERY OF DEATH AND RESURRECTION

Exoteric and Esoteric Christianity

These lectures were given in 1922, midway between World War I and Steiner's death in 1925. They will be of particular interest to anyone wanting to comprehend Rudolf Steiner's mature understanding of his mission: 'enchristing' the world.

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SUPERSENSIBLE KNOWLEDGE

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THE TEMPLE LEGEND

Freemasonry and Related Occult Movements from the Contents of the Esoteric School

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.

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TOWARDS IMAGINATION

Culture and the Individual

Paperback

Starting with a new look at the Christian festival of Pentecost, Steiner shows how the chaos of his time - and ours - can be transcended by the development of Imagination.

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THE UNIVERSAL HUMAN

The Evolution of Individuality

Steiner describes the evolutionary task facing contemporary humanity as it prepares to enter the sixth epoch. In the past, human souls felt a strong connection with the group soul to which they belonged. Today, all 'group soul' characteristics - such as race and nation - must be discarded.

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UNIVERSAL SPIRITUALITY

and Human Physicality – Bridging the Divide

The Search for the New Isis and the Divine Sophia

‘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.’

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THE WORLD OF THE SENSES

and the World of the Spirit

‘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

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YOUTH AND THE ETHERIC HEART

Rudolf Steiner Speaks to the Younger Generation

“All knowledge, even purely scholarly knowledge, must merge into pure artistry.” - Rudolf Steiner, February 14, 1923

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CITIZENS OF THE COSMOS

Life's Unfolding from Conception through Death to Rebirth

Beredene Jocelyn

In this sequel to the bestselling 'Meditations on the Signs of the Zodiac', Beredene Jocelyn sheds valuable new light on the cosmic meaning of existence by charting life's passages in concert with planetary laws. With compassion, authority and a deep knowledge of spiritual science, the author explores in clear detail such subjects as life's year-by-year unfolding through the stages of child development and adult life, as well as thanatology (the science of death and dying) and the process of passing through the journey from death to rebirth.

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CORE ANTHROPOSOPHY

Teaching Essays of Ernst Katz

Ernst Katz

Ernst Katz was one of the foremost teachers of anthroposophy in America during the second half of the twentieth century. He was professor of physics at the University of Michigan and, quite likely, the only professor in the country who taught courses in both natural science and 'spiritual' science at the university level. In the early 1960s, Dr Katz began writing his 'teaching essays', his response to the many questions through the years intended to help students comprehend the profound wisdom contained in the major works of anthroposophy. Core Anthroposophy makes these essays available, offering present and future students of anthroposophy with a valuable and accessible resource for better understanding the esoteric teachings of Rudolf Steiner.

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THE CULTURE OF SELFLESSNESS

Rudolf Steiner, the Fifth Gospel, and the Time of Extremes

Peter Selg

"We must become selfless - that is the task of culture today for the future. Human beings must become more and more selfless. Therein lies the future of right moral life actions, the future of all acts of love that can occur through earthly humanity." - Rudolf Steiner (Approaching the Mystery of Golgotha)

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THE IMAGINATION OF PENTECOST

Richard Leviton

This controversial but stimulating work offers a comprehensive overview of Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophy and the many layers of the New Age movement.

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INNER DEVELOPMENT

Valentin Tomberg

The focus of this book is the spiritual work in the "school"—the community—of Michael. What does this mean? At the end of the eighteenth century, the Archangel Michael revealed the new mystery that has manifested on Earth as spiritual science, or anthroposophy. Its essence involves the renewal of our knowledge of the mysteries of karma and human destiny. Those who are drawn to this school have a special relationship to the human faculty of thinking—their inner feeling for truth has the strength of iron. This feeling for truth helps them to become companions of Michael at the threshold of the spiritual world.

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THE INNER LIFE OF THE EARTH

Exploring the Mysteries of Nature, Subnature, and Supranature

Various Authors

Throughout human history, ancient wisdom and traditional myths have placed human beings between the heavens and the underworld, describing the heavens as the light-filled realm of the gods and the source of goodness, and characterizing the underworld as a demon-filled realm of darkness and the source of evil. Modern science, however, denies the heavens and knows little of the Earth's interior - even physically - beyond the first few miles, after which it simply resorts to conjecture based on the extrapolation of existing sensory data. In other words, natural science fails to take into account that the Earth is a living, spiritual being and ignores the presence of its soul-spiritual qualities and influences.

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LIGHT FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Rudolf Steiner's Association with Helmuth and Eliza von Moltke

Letters, Documents and After-Death Communications

Edited by T. H. Meyer

This collection of previously unpublished letters and documents deals with themes which are of tremendous significance for our time, including: the end of the century and the new millennium; the future of Rudolf Steiner's science of the spirit; karma and reincarnation; life after death; the workings of evil; the destiny of Europe; and the hidden causes of the First World War.

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MANI AND RUDOLF STEINER

Manichaeism, Anthroposophy, and their Meeting in the Future

Christine Gruwez

“The profound thought that lies in this is that the kingdom of darkness has to be overcome by the kingdom of light, not by means of punishment, but through mildness; not by resisting evil, but by uniting with it in order to redeem evil as such. Because a part of the light enters into evil, the evil itself is overcome.” —Rudolf Steiner (The Temple Legend, Nov. 11, 1904)

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MEDITATIONS ON THE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC

John Jocelyn

This esoteric classic contains meditations on each of the twelve signs of the zodiac. John Jocelyn uses traditional astrological symbolism to envision a Christ-centered zodiac - one in which each of the signs relate to an aspect of the New Testament. This is not a book about astrology, but about the deeper meaning of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The author relates the Zodiac signs to the development of inner Christ consciousness and encourages readers to meet their individual destinies more consciously and courageously and even with gratitude.

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THE MICHAEL SCHOOL

And the School of Spiritual Science

Peter Selg

When Rudolf Steiner embarked on the esoteric lessons of the First Class in the newly founded Esoteric School at the Goetheanum, he suggested that the School for Spiritual Science as an esoteric institution had, in the years preceding the Christmas Foundation Meeting of 1923, become estranged from its intrinsic task. This volume closely investigates those matters—to which Steiner referred only briefly—tracing the development of Rudolf Steiner’s idea of the School in relation to the Michael community, which he first discussed at length in his lectures on karma, given in parallel to the First Class lessons.

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MYSTERY STREAMS IN EUROPE AND THE NEW MYSTERIES

B. C. J. Lievegoed

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RUDOLF STEINER AND CHRISTIAN ROSENKREUTZ

Peter Selg

"Only in our time has it become possible once again to unlock the sources of Rosicrucian wisdom and allow them to flow into the whole of culture"¦ Christian Rosenkreutz has always lived among us and he is with us today too as the guide of spiritual life....

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RUDOLF STEINER'S VISION OF LOVE

Spiritual Science and the Logic of the Heart

Bernard Nesfield-Cookson

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, is a pivotal figure in contemporary esoteric thought. Through his books and lectures he provided an impetus for the spiritual renewal of many human activities, including education (Steiner Waldorf schools), agriculture, medicine, economics, the arts and religion.

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RUDOLF STEINER'S VISION OF LOVE

Spiritual Science and the Logic of the Heart

Bernard Nesfield-Cookson

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, is a pivotal figure in contemporary esoteric thought. Through his books and lectures he provided an impetus for the spiritual renewal of many human activities, including education (Steiner Waldorf schools), agriculture, medicine, economics, the arts and religion.

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STAR WISDOM AND RUDOLF STEINER

A Life Seen through the Oracle of the Solar Cross

David Tresemer

Robert Schiappacasse

From the book:
"We are each meant to discover the connection from our individual soul to spiritual realities not encompassed by the normal senses, requiring supersensible perception. Images can offer powerful assistance.... However, we have forgotten about our own imagination, the creation of our own images. What was meant to be a balance between self-created imaginations and the enjoyment of others' imaginations has become seriously lopsided.... We have become gluttons, even if unwilling gluttons, of images. The energetic body becomes fat while the soul starves. We are meant to feed the soul with our own realizations of its gifts. The personality and the soul feed each other, constantly."

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A STUDY COMPANION TO AN OUTLINE OF ESOTERIC SCIENCE

Clopper Almon

The author takes the reader step by step through one of Rudolf Steiner's most difficult texts. Almon's commentary is keyed by paragraph number to the text of An Outline of Esoteric Science. This study companion has four elements: themes or brief summaries of the main points of the text; review questions; discussion questions; and Almon's observations on the text.

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THE LANGUAGE OF CONSCIOUSNESS SOUL

A Guide to Rudolf Steiner's

Carl Unger

"After Rudolf Steiner had left us in the body, the gifts of the spirit that were offered by him in such overflowing measure could not continue. It must now happen that a community of human beings takes over the results of his spiritual research, takes them in such a way that they remain alive in the community. People must come together in anthroposophic work, united in such a way that Anthroposophy comes into its own." - Carl Unger (lecture in Stuttgart, Oct. 29, 1928)

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THREEFOLD MARY

Emil Bock

The Mary-Sophia mystery in human history, and the meaning of the feminine element in the evolution of consciousness.

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THE TIME IS AT HAND!

The Rosicrucian Nature of Goethe's Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily and the Mystery Dramas of Rudolf Steiner

Paul M. Allen

Joan deRis Allen

The authors begin by placing the fairytale against the background of Goethe's life and cultural setting. They then discuss its importance in the development of Steiner's spiritual science. Finally, they describe its visual language, profound mystical insights, and relevance for us today.

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YOUTH LONGS TO KNOW

Explorations of the Spirit in Education

John Gardner

In this collection of essays John Fentress Gardner illuminates many challenging aspects of modern life that concern him-and concern most of us, as well. From poverty and environmental degradation to sexuality, parental discipline, and the pressures of modern life; from the further paths of knowledge to war and peace-he reveals how all these faces of life speak, and he points clearly to what they themselves ask for. In this sense, he looks directly to the future, not as a prophet, or even guide, but as one filled with wonder and hope.

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