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    ANTHROPOSOPHY IN THE LIGHT OF GOETHE'S FAUST

    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.

    APPROACHING THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA

    APPROACHING THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA

    In February of 1913 - a landmark year for Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy - the first General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society was held. In September, the Foundation Stone for the Goetheanum was laid in Dornach. The ground for Anthroposophy as we know it today was established.

    ARCHITECTURE AS PEACEWORK

    ARCHITECTURE AS PEACEWORK

    The First Goetheanum, Dornach, 1914

    “We need to create an energetic culture of peace—not idle talk of peace, but the real peace that can arise only out of a concrete, mutual understanding of the various individual cultures.”
    —Rudolf Steiner (lecture 2)

    ART HISTORY

    ART HISTORY

    as a Reflection of Inner Spiritual Impulses

    "I am going to show you a series of reproductions, of slides, from a period in art history to which the human mind will probably always return to contemplate and consider; for, if we consider history as a reflection of inner spiritual impulses, it is precisely in this evolutionary moment that we see certain human circumstances, ones that are among the deepest and most decisive for the outer course of human history, expressed through a relationship to art." —Rudolf Steiner

    AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    AUTOBIOGRAPHY

    Chapters in the Course of My Life: 1861-1907

    Rudolf Steiner seldom spoke of himself in a personal way, but in his Autobiography we are offered a rare glimpse into some of the most intimate aspects of his inner life, his personal relationships, and significant events that helped to shape the philosopher, seer, and teacher he became.

    AWAKE! FOR THE SAKE OF THE FUTURE

    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.

    BECOMING THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL'S COMPANIONS

    BECOMING THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL'S COMPANIONS

    Rudolf Steiner's Challenge to the Younger Generation

    'The younger generation is always faced with the dilemma of being heir to the old while about to become a guide for the new.... This cycle of lectures "to the younger generation" speaks of a pathway to a Michaelic harvest for ears that have the goodwill to hear.' - Carlo Pietzner

    THE BHAGAVAD GITA AND THE WEST

    THE BHAGAVAD GITA AND THE WEST

    The Esoteric Significance of the Bhagavad Gita and Its Relation to the Epistles of Paul

    This combination of two volumes in Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works presents Steiner's profound engagement with Hindu thought and, above all, Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. In the first course, 'The Bhagavad Gita and the Epistles of Paul', Steiner's main purpose is to integrate the flower of Hindu spirituality into his view of the evolution of consciousness and the pivotal role played in it by the Mystery of Golgotha - the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Steiner views Krishna as a great spiritual teacher and the Bhagavad Gita as a preparation, though still abstract, for the coming of Christ. For him, the Bhagavad Gita represents the 'fully ripened fruit' of Hinduism, whereas Paul is related but represents 'the seed of something entirely new'.

    BUILDING STONES FOR AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA

    BUILDING STONES FOR AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA

    Human Life in a Cosmic Context

    ‘If one is unable to conceive of the Christ mystery as a true reality, one also cannot develop any ideas and concepts relating to the rest of world existence that are imbued with reality, which really penetrate to the truth’. – Rudolf Steiner

    THE CHRIST IMPULSE

    THE CHRIST IMPULSE

    and the Development of Ego-Consciousness

    ‘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.’

    CHRISTIANITY AS A MYSTICAL FACT

    CHRISTIANITY AS A MYSTICAL FACT

    And the Mysteries of Antiquity

    During the fall and winter of 1901 - 1902, Steiner gave a series of lectures called "Christianity As Mystical Fact" to members of the Theosophical Society. The lectures were rewritten and issued as a book later that year. They mark a watershed in the development of Western esotericism. Stiener wrote of the idea behind his book:

    COMMUNICATING ANTHROPOSOPHY

    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.

    THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

    THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

    “What may be seen in the thoughts and memories left behind in the souls of those who love the dead is certainly added to the world that the dead need directly, but it also elevates, improves the existence of the dead. We could compare this to art in the physical world, but there is no comparison, because it is uplifting for the dead, an improvement, in a sense far superior to the way in which art improves the physical world for us. Thus, it has a deep meaning when we unite our thoughts with those of the dead.” (from the first lecture)

    COSMIC NEW YEAR

    COSMIC NEW YEAR

    Thoughts for the New Year 1920

    “Today, the ‘I’ is empty of atavistic, clairvoyant visions, and when we look back at the ‘I’, it is, so to speak, more or less only a point in our soul life. The content of this ‘I’ is a firm point of support for everyone, but still only a point. But we are living in a time when the point should once again become a circle in which the ‘I’ should once again received content.... Just as the ‘I’ was filled for the human being of the past with atavistic, clairvoyant content, so in our time our ‘I’ should fill itself with a new spiritual content, received in full consciousness, which once again provides the tie that binds our soul to the soul being of the divine. Now, a start must be made.” - Rudolf Steiner

    DEATH AS METAMORPHOSIS OF LIFE

    DEATH AS METAMORPHOSIS OF LIFE

    The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner

    This jewel of a book - consisting of seven lectures given in various cities, mostly in 1918 - movingly and with great spiritual maturity and rare emotional intensity expresses Rudolf Steiner's wisdom, insight, and compassion.

    DISEASE, KARMA AND HEALING

    DISEASE, KARMA AND HEALING

    Spiritual-Scientific Enquiries into the Nature of the Human Being

    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.

    DYING EARTH AND LIVING COSMOS

    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.

    THE EARLY HISTORY OF EURYTHMY

    THE EARLY HISTORY OF EURYTHMY

    Notebook entries, addresses, rehearsals, programs, introductions to performances, and a chronology, 1913–1924; Talks given before 16 eurythmy performances in Bottmingen, Dusseldorf, Munich, Berlin, Dornach, Stuttgart, Ilkley, and Penmaenmawr

    EDUCATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

    EDUCATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

    The Curative Education Course

    ‘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

    ESOTERIC LESSONS 1904 - 1909 VOL 1

    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.

    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

    ESOTERIC LESSONS 1913-1923

    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.

    ETERNAL AND TRANSIENT ELEMENTS IN HUMAN LIFE

    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.

    FIRST STEPS IN CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS RENEWAL

    FIRST STEPS IN CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS RENEWAL

    Preparing the Ground for The Christian Community

    The lectures and discussions presented here make up the first of the so-called five Priest Courses. They record the first steps of the remarkable journey taken in 1921 by a small group of dedicated souls who, out of their own inner needs and guided by Rudolf Steiner, sought a path to Christian religious renewal.

    FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND SOCIETAL FORCES

    FREEDOM OF THOUGHT AND SOCIETAL FORCES

    Implementing the Demands of Modern Society

    Freedom of Thought and Societal Forces provides a broad overview of Steiner’s fresh thinking on "social threefolding". He acknowledged that the demand for social change, derived above all from the working class, whom industrialization had forced into a kind of indentured life dominated by economics. From Steiner's perspective, the underlying issue was not only economic, however, but also spiritual or cultural. Culture and the cultured classes had become estranged from "real life". Society needed a "free" culture that would include all classes. It also needed to shift labour into the legal sphere of rights, the only place where workers could find real freedom in society. Capital, too, needed to be liberated from egotism and allowed, like goods, simply to circulate. Above all, Steiner understood that social realities could not be separated from the spiritual realities of human existence.

    “FREEMASONARY” AND RITUAL WORK

    “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.

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

    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.

    GOETHE'S FAUST IN THE LIGHT OF ANTHROPOSOPHY

    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.

    GOETHE'S THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

    GOETHE'S THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE

    An Outline of the Epistemology of His Worldview

    As the editor of Goethe's scientific writings during the 1880s, Rudolf Steiner became immersed in a worldview that paralleled and amplified his own views in relation to epistemology, the interface between science and philosophy, the theory of how we know the world and ourselves. At the time, like much of the thinking today and the foundation of modern natural science, the predominant theories held that individual knowledge is limited to thinking that reflects objective, sensory perception. Steiner's view was eventually distilled in his Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts in 1924.

    GOOD AND EVIL SPIRITS

    GOOD AND EVIL SPIRITS

    and their Influence on Humanity

    ‘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

    THE HEALING PROCESS

    THE HEALING PROCESS

    Spirit, Nature and Our Bodies

    In all his lectures to doctors and in his explanations of anthroposophic medicine, Steiner emphasized that his medical concepts are not intended to replace conventional Western medicine, but to extend it; diagnosis and healing methods are expanded to include our soul and spirit.

    HOW THE SPIRITUAL WORLD PROJECTS INTO PHYSICAL EXISTENCE

    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

    HUMAN EVOLUTION

    HUMAN EVOLUTION

    A Spiritual-Scientific Quest

    ‘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

    THE HUMAN SPIRIT

    THE HUMAN SPIRIT

    Past and Present – Occult Fraternities and the Mystery of Golgotha

    ‘To live in truth, to wish to be true in one’s whole being, will be the watchword of the future.’ – Rudolf Steiner

    ILLNESS AND THERAPY

    ILLNESS AND THERAPY

    Spiritual-Scientific Aspects of Healing

    ‘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

    INFLUENCE OF THE DEAD ON DESTINY

    INFLUENCE OF THE DEAD ON DESTINY

    In these extraordinary lectures, Steiner explicates the manifold ways in which the so-called dead participate continuously in the lives of those on Earth. He begins by using concrete examples to establish the fact that the boundary between the physical and spiritual worlds is “right in the middle of the Human being”. It is in the gap between the “sensory”, or motor, nerves. According to Rudolf Steiner, there are not two kinds of nerves but only one, divided by a gap, or interruption, that is in fact the boundary between physical and spiritual realities.

    INITIATION SCIENCE

    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.

    INNER EXPERIENCES OF EVOLUTION

    INNER EXPERIENCES OF EVOLUTION

    In this most remarkable and in many ways unique course of lectures, Rudolf Steiner describes the inner experience of the states of consciousness known as the Saturn, Sun, Moon and Earth stages of evolution.

    INNER READING AND INNER HEARING

    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.

    INTRODUCING ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE

    INTRODUCING ANTHROPOSOPHICAL MEDICINE

    Taking account of modern medical knowledge and practice, and deeply versed in alchemical, Paracelsian, and naturopathic approaches, as well as homeopathy, aroma therapy, and other 'alternative' therapies, Steiner demonstrates, on the basis of his own researches, how a truly integrated whole-person medicine is possible - one that understands the human as a being of body, soul, and spirit; a microcosm in the macrocosm, a mirror of the earth and of the heavens.

    LIFE OF THE HUMAN SOUL

    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.

    MANTRIC SAYINGS

    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.

    MICHAEL’S MISSION

    MICHAEL’S MISSION

    Revealing the Essential Secrets of Human Nature

    ‘...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

    OUR CONNECTION WITH THE ELEMENTAL WORLD

    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.

    OUR DEAD

    OUR DEAD

    Memorial, Funeral, and Cremation Addresses

    This book collects Rudolf Steiner's memorial, funeral, and cremation addresses, as well as a sampling of prayers and meditations for the dead. The context, intimate and sober with grief, means that his intent is quite other than if he had been speaking in a lecture hall. His primary concerns "while based on spiritual-scientific research and, in some cases, the actual living expression of it in real time" are ethical and existential and, at the same time, ceremonial and communal. He stands as speaker before and for the living "relations, friends, and community members" and for the one who has died, even, in a way, for the greater "cloud" of all the dead. With his feet planted firmly on the Earth, Steiner moves seamlessly between the sensory-physical, embodied world and the invisible, suprasensory, discarnate one. Speaking in an intimate, personal manner to both worlds, he unites the living and the dead with words that are both practical and healing.

    PATHS AND GOALS OF THE SPIRITUAL HUMAN BEING

    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.

    PHYSIOLOGY AND HEALING

    PHYSIOLOGY AND HEALING

    Treatment, Therapy and Hygiene – Spiritual Science and Medicine

    ‘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

    PROBLEMS OF SOCIETY

    PROBLEMS OF SOCIETY

    An Esoteric View, From Luciferic Past to Ahrimanic Future

    ‘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

    REIMAGINING ACADEMIC STUDIES

    REIMAGINING ACADEMIC STUDIES

    Science · Philosophy · Theology · Education · Social Science · Theory of Language

    “Each day Dr. Steiner opened the session dedicated to a particular branch of science with an introductory lecture.... These were amazing sketches—with an illuminating clarity and a sure brush stroke. Dr. Steiner painted a picture of each scientific field exactly as it was supposed to be in the future, seen from the anthroposophic perspective. With regard to the future tasks...these introductory lectures were like scientific sketches of an artist, in which the whole painting could be revealed to the viewer.” (a member of the audience)

    RETHINKING ECONOMICS

    RETHINKING ECONOMICS

    Lectures and Seminars on World Economics

    Rudolf Steiner gave this complex sequence of dense, subtle, multileveled lectures and seminars to students of economics in Dornach, Switzerland, during the summer of 1922. The course reflects a lifetime of thinking on the subject and marks the conclusion of his intense five-year period of activism in the service of social, political, and economic issues.

    ROSICRUCIANISM RENEWED

    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.

    SEXUALITY, INNER DEVELOPMENT,  AND COMMUNITY LIFE

    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)

    SOUL EXERCISES 1904-1924

    SOUL EXERCISES 1904-1924

    Word and Symbol Meditations

    "The whole world stands facing the human soul—dark, unknown as the blue of the sky. But what is unknown comes. The human soul must feel this coming as its own extinguishing. Sensing this self-extinguishing is followed by the right to re-create oneself anew from the outer world that has been absorbed.... "I am 'I.'"

    SPIRIT AS SCULPTOR OF THE HUMAN ORGANISM

    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

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

    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.

    THE SPIRITUAL HIERARCHIES  AND THE PHYSICAL WORLD

    THE SPIRITUAL HIERARCHIES AND THE PHYSICAL WORLD

    Zodiac, Planets and Cosmos

    The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner

    In these remarkable lectures, Rudolf Steiner re-establishes the human being as a participant in an evolving, dynamic universe of living spiritual beings: a living universe, whole and divine. He does so in concrete images, capable of being grasped by human consciousness as if from within.

    THE SUN MYSTERY AND THE MYSTERY OF DEATH AND RESURRECTION

    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.

    TOWARD A NEW THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE

    TOWARD A NEW THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE

    The First Goetheanum in Pictures

    “Yes, we really did try to carry out an architectural program here that was unprecedented, but it had to happen. If others hadn’t dared to do such a thing at various times, there never would have been progress in the evolution of humanity.” —Rudolf Steiner

    TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHRIST

    TRUE KNOWLEDGE OF THE CHRIST

    Theosophy and Rosicrucianism – The Gospel of John

    ‘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

    UNDERSTANDING HEALING

    UNDERSTANDING HEALING

    Meditative Reflections on Deepening Medicine through Spiritual Science

    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, ground-breaking insights into the practice and art of healing.

    UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY

    UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY

    Through Spiritual-Scientific Knowledge

    Social Threefolding, Christ, Lucifer and Ahriman

    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.

    UNIFYING HUMANITY SPIRITUALLY

    UNIFYING HUMANITY SPIRITUALLY

    Through the Christ Impulse

    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

    UNIVERSAL SPIRITUALITY

    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.’

    A WAY OF SELF KNOWLEDGE

    A WAY OF SELF KNOWLEDGE

    And the threshold of the spiritual world

    I hope that reading this book can become a kind of inner conversation. If this conversation unfolds in such a way that it reveals the hidden inner forces that can be awakened in every soul, then reading this book may lead to genu?ine, inner soul work. As a result you may find yourself gradually impelled to undertake that journey of the soul which truly leads to vision of the spiritual world.

    WHAT IS NECESSARY IN THESE URGENT TIMES

    WHAT IS NECESSARY IN THESE URGENT TIMES

    In early 1920, political, economic, social, and spiritual chaos was everywhere. The old world had fallen apart and would need to be rebuilt. Anthroposophy, too, had to be remade. Recognizing this, Rudolf Steiner worked tirelessly for the 'threefold social order', establishing the first Waldorf school, helping to create businesses, and addressing the talented, educated, and idealistic young people who were beginning to turn toward anthroposophy for answers.

    THE WORLD OF THE SENSES

    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

    YOUTH AND THE ETHERIC HEART

    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