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    ANCIENT MYTHS AND THE NEW ISIS MYSTERY

    ANCIENT MYTHS AND THE NEW ISIS MYSTERY

    “In this series of lectures, Rudolf Steiner repeatedly challenges us to awaken a new way of thinking that can truly penetrate into the social questions surrounding us. As he so often did, Steiner emphasizes how Spiritual Science can, indeed must, address the pressing issues of the day. It might seem strange to some readers that a book with the titleAncient Mythsshould be a call to a new understanding of our modern condition, yet it is through an appreciation of the significance of myths in the lives of ancient peoples that Steiner makes clear the challenges we face in our modern ways of knowing.” —Signe Schaefer

    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)

    ARCHITECTURE, SCULPTURE, AND PAINTING OF THE FIRST GOETHEANUM

    ARCHITECTURE, SCULPTURE, AND PAINTING OF THE FIRST GOETHEANUM

    “This spiritual science should not be anything abstract, nothing theoretical, nothing unworldly, nothing unreal.... Thus, it had to create for itself an architectural style, a framework that arises from it as a nutshell from a kernel. Of course, one will be able to raise many objections, and they stand before my soul. But one thing was encouraging in a sense; something went through my soul as I worked on this architectural thought in all its details. When I was a very young man in the 1880s, I heard the Viennese architect [Heinrich] von Ferstel, who built the Votive Church in Vienna, give his commencement address about the development of architectural styles. With a certain emphasis, the great architect Ferstel cried out, ‘Architectural styles are not invented; they arise!’ I have always told myself that we live in an age today when everything spiritual has to be transformed in the human soul so that a new architectural style must arise from this transformation of spirit. The possibility of such a thing always stood before my soul.... One learns through encountering reality when not dealing with abstract ideas, symbols, and allegories, but rather with living art and real life. Spiritual Science needs at least the beginnings of a new architectural style and a new artistic language of forms. It may be imperfect [but] present human civilization demands it!” —Rudolf Steiner

    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

    ARTISTIC SENSITIVITY AS A SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO KNOWING LIFE AND THE WORLD

    ARTISTIC SENSITIVITY AS A SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO KNOWING LIFE AND THE WORLD

    Today’s orthodox notions of science—which is to say, of knowing—are exceedingly narrow; they posit, implicitly or otherwise, that the only knowledge possible, if any, is that of the physical world. But the skeleton key to unlocking the door, behind which lies the root of the problems and difficulties of our age, and thus their solution, is to be able to fully answer this question: What is it to know something? This question lies at the foundation of spiritual science. Rudolf Steiner had first to solve it for himself, pointing the way for others to do the same (in, for example, his Philosophy of Freedom), long before he could give such lectures as these.

    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.

    CONCERNING THE ASTRAL WORLD AND DEVACHAN

    CONCERNING THE ASTRAL WORLD AND DEVACHAN

    “My first lectures within the groups that arose from the theosophical movement had to be adjusted to the soul disposition of those people. They had assimilated theosophic literature and were accustomed to certain modes of expression. Initially, in order to be understood, I had to remain with those modes. Nor was it possible for me to use my own terms until, over the course of time, the work had progressed. As a result, the lecture material as it was made available through notes taken during the first years of the anthroposophic work gives a true, inner picture spiritually. It portrays the path I adopted to gradually make spiritual knowledge known, so that what was closer could lead to an understanding of what was more remote. But this approach must really be seen in light of its inner quality.” —Rudolf Steiner,Autobiography: Chapters in the Course of My Life, 1861–1907(pp. 66–67)

    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)

    CONSCIOUS SOCIETY

    CONSCIOUS SOCIETY

    Anthroposophy and the Social Question

    Delivered in the context of post-war cultural and social chaos, these lectures form part of Rudolf Steiner’s energetic efforts to cultivate social understanding and renew culture through his innovative ideas based on ‘threefolding’. Steiner develops a subtle and discerning perception of how social dynamics could change and heal if they were founded on real insight into our threefold nature as individuals, social beings and economic participants in the world. He doesn’t offer a programmatic agenda for change, but a real foundation from which change can organically grow.

    THE EAST IN THE LIGHT OF THE WEST

    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”.’

    THE ELECTRONIC DOPPELGÄNGER

    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.’

    THE FIRST CLASS LESSONS AND MANTRAS

    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)

    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.

    GOOD HEALTH

    GOOD HEALTH

    Self-Education and the Secret of Well-being

    Rudolf Steiner offered numerous practical methods to enrich and enliven our daily lives. Drawing on these, the texts in this anthology provide a wealth of ideas to strengthen our health through self-education and personal development. The content ranges from tangible and easy-to-practise exercises to relevant observations on human nature.

    HAPPINESS

    HAPPINESS

    Fortune, Success and the Human Spirit

    What is true happiness? This perennial question preoccupies many experts, including biologists, psychologists, sociologists and theologians, but their findings usually confirm what we already knew: that happiness is one of the most sought-after but elusive commodities.

    HEART THINKING

    HEART THINKING

    Inspired Knowledge

    The concepts of ‘thinking with the heart’ or ‘emotional intelligence’ are often used today, usually in contrast to intellectual thought. When Rudolf Steiner used the phrase ‘heart thinking’, however, he meant it in a very specific sense. Drawn primarily from his lectures, the compiled texts in this anthology illuminate his perspective – that heart thinking is intimately related to the spiritual faculty of Inspiration. The heart, he says, can become a new organ of thinking through the practice of exercises that work towards the transformation of feeling, shedding its personal and subjective character.

    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.

    KARMIC RELATIONSHIPS

    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.

    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.

    MEDITATIONS

    MEDITATIONS

    for Courage and Tranquillity

    The Heart of Peace

    As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered simply to assist in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality.

    MEDITATIONS

    MEDITATIONS

    for Times of Day and Seasons of the Year

    Breathing the Spirit

    As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered simply to assist in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality.

    MEDITATIONS  FOR HARMONY AND HEALING

    MEDITATIONS FOR HARMONY AND HEALING

    Finding The Greater Self

    As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered to assist generally in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality.

    MEDITATIONS FOR THE DEAD

    MEDITATIONS FOR THE DEAD

    Connecting to those who have Died

    As a spiritual teacher, Rudolf Steiner wrote many inspired and beautifully-crafted verses. Often they were given in relation to specific situations or in response to individual requests; sometimes they were offered to assist generally in the process of meditation. Regardless of their origins, they are uniformly powerful in their ability to connect the meditating individual with spiritual archetypes. Thus, the meditations provide valuable tools for developing experience and knowledge of subtle dimensions of reality.

    THE MICHAEL MYSTERY

    THE MICHAEL MYSTERY

    From the time of the Foundation Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society (Dornach, Christmas to the New Year, 1923–24) until his death shortly before Easter 1925, Rudolf Steiner wrote a weekly letter addressed to the members of the Anthroposophical Society. The letters were printed in the members' supplement to the Goetheanum Weekly and in its English edition, Anthroposophical Movement.

    MINDFULNESS AND REVERENCE

    MINDFULNESS AND REVERENCE

    Steps in Perception

    Contemporary interest in the meditative schooling of mindfulness is usually associated with Eastern traditions. Rudolf Steiner spoke of the same phenomenon, although he used the terms ‘attentiveness’ and ‘dedication’ – or, combining these two, ‘pure perception’. This way of mindfulness and reverence is not in conflict with spiritual paths founded on thinking or pure thought. However, as the texts in this anthology indicate, methods based exclusively on thinking cannot be successful if they are not supported by perception, feeling and will.

    MUSIC

    MUSIC

    Mystery, Art and the Human Being

    ‘Our neurosensory system is inwardly configured music, and we experience music as an artistic quality to the degree that a piece of music is in tune with the mystery of our own musical structure.’ – Rudolf Steiner

    NATURE SPIRITS

    NATURE SPIRITS

    Selected Lectures

    Based on knowledge attained through his highly-trained clairvoyance, Rudolf Steiner contends that folk traditions regarding nature spirits are based on spiritual reality. He describes how people possessed a natural spiritual vision in ancient times, enabling them to commune with nature spirits. These entities - which are also referred to as elemental beings - became immortalised as fairies and gnomes in myth, legend and children's stories.

    THE NIGHT

    THE NIGHT

    as a Wellspring of Strength

    Sleep, Spiritual Encounters and the Starry Firmament

    ‘I fall asleep. Until I awaken my soul will be in the world of spirit, and there will meet the guiding impulse-giver of my earthly life, my genius, who dwells in the world of spirit, hovering round my head…’ – Rudolf Steiner

    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.

    RHYTHMS OF LEARNING

    RHYTHMS OF LEARNING

    (Revised second edition) Introduction by Roberto Trostli

    What Waldorf Education Offers Children, Parents, and Teachers

    “The primary task of a Waldorf teacher is to understand the human being in body, soul, and spirit. The approach, the curriculum, and the methods of an education that can address the whole child will grow from this understanding.” —Roberto Trostli

    THE ROSE CROSS MEDITATION

    THE ROSE CROSS MEDITATION

    An Archetype of Human Development

    The Rose Cross meditation is central to the western – Rosicrucian – path of personal development as presented by Rudolf Steiner. Steiner repeatedly referred to the meditation as a ‘symbol of human development’ that illustrates the transformation of the human being’s instincts and desires. These work unconsciously in the soul, and in thought, feeling and will. Through personal development, the ‘I’ – the essential self – can gain mastery over these unconscious forces of the soul.

    RUDOLF STEINER SPEAKS TO THE BRITISH

    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.

    SELF-DOUBT

    SELF-DOUBT

    Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Panic and Fear

    Threshold experiences, crises of the soul and healing on the anthroposophical path

    Mental and emotional disorders have reached epidemic levels in Western societies. Self-doubt, panic-attacks, anxiety disorders and personal fears of all kinds present major challenges to contemporary medical science. Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual research offers a startlingly original and complementary contribution to the problem. True insight into psychological issues requires knowledge of the influences of spiritual beings, he suggests. In everyday life we are all confronted with metaphysical entities that can hinder or progress our development. Many forms of anxiety and self-doubt derive from such meetings on the border – or threshold – of our consciousness. Further, these ‘threshold experiences’ are exacerbated today by a general loosening of the subtle bodies and components of the human soul.

    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)

    SHAKESPEARE

    SHAKESPEARE

    Becoming Human

    ‘Like so much of Renaissance Art, Shakespeare’s work bears an open secret. The esoteric spiritual content is undisguised, though it may be unexpected and not always immediately recognized. And, like all the great artistic achievements... this work remains incomplete until we recognize and respond to its open invitation that we become active participants.’ – from the Introduction

    SOCIAL THREEFOLDING

    SOCIAL THREEFOLDING

    Rebalancing Culture, Politics & Economics

    An Introductory Reader

    In the aftermath of the devastating First World War, Rudolf Steiner gained a reputation as a leading social thinker. One mainstream reviewer of his book Towards Social Renewal referred to it as ‘… perhaps the most widely read of all books on politics appearing since the war’. Steiner’s proposals for the reconstruction of Europe and the rebuilding of society’s crumbling social structure were thus publicly discussed as a serious alternative to both Communism and Capitalism.

    THE THREE WISE MEN

    THE THREE WISE MEN

    And The Birth Of Jesus

    Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”

    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

    TOWARD A PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE ETHERIC WORLD

    TOWARD A PHENOMENOLOGY OF THE ETHERIC WORLD

    Investigations into the Life of Nature and Man

    “It is not the task of science to propound questions; its task is rather to observe them carefully as they are posed by human nature and the culture of a particular time, and to answer them.”

    TOWARD IMAGINATION

    TOWARD IMAGINATION

    Culture and the Individual

    7 lectures, Berlin, June 6 - July 18 (CW 169)

    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.

    THE WORLD OF BEES

    THE WORLD OF BEES

    ‘The whole hive is really pervaded by the life of love. The individual bees relinquish love but develop it instead throughout the hive. And so we start to understand bee existence if we recognize that the bee lives in an air, an atmosphere, that is entirely impregnated with love.’

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    ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE FOR ALL THE FAMILY

    ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE FOR ALL THE FAMILY

    Recognizing and treating the most common disorders

    Sergio Maria Francardo

    This invaluable book not only provides practical suggestions and advice regarding common medical issues and ailments, but also presents the fundamental principles of anthroposophic medicine. It explains the underlying picture of disorders in the human organism and the therapeutic approach of anthroposophic medical practice, giving answers to the questions that, in an ideal world, a patient would like to discuss at length with his or her doctor.

    THE ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

    THE ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY

    The Understanding and Continued Activity of the Christmas Conference

    Edited by Peter Selg and Marc Desaules

    “ . . . we are faced today with the need to turn the Society into a being that is active and effective in the world.” —Rudolf Steiner, November 1922

    ART AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

    ART AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

    Gottfried Richter

    “Gottfried Richter's Art and Human Consciousness is a significant book because it illustrates a way of reading art experientially, whereby the art object is an expression of a particular epoch's human experience and consciousness, particularly in regard to spiritual experience.” —Impressions, 1988

    AUTUMN SONGBOOK

    AUTUMN SONGBOOK

    Seasonal Verses, Poems and Songs for Children, Parents and Teachers

    An Anthology for Family, School, Festivals and Fun!

    Sally Schweizer

    This treasure trove of an anthology is full to the brim with songs and seasonal verses that will delight children and encourage them to sing and play. Illustrated throughout with colour images, the Autumn Songbook features five thematic sections: ‘Animals and Birds’, ‘Farming-Harvest’, ‘Festivals & Related Themes’, ‘Weather’, and ‘Spooks, Riddles & Odd Things’. Providing ample material for teachers and parents, the book also includes selections of rhyming words, commentary on the significance of repetition, rhythm and beat, suggestions for incorporating movement and gesture, and practical teaching and parenting tips.

    THE CHILD AS A SENSE ORGAN

    THE CHILD AS A SENSE ORGAN

    An Anthroposphic Understanding of the Imitation Processes

    Peter Selg

    “Because children’s ability to observe and perceive is unconscious, one does not notice how intensely and deeply the impressions coming from the surroundings enter their organization—not so much by way of various specific senses as through the general ‘sensory being’ of the child. It is generally known that the formation of the brain and of the nerves is completed by the change of teeth. During the first seven years, children’s nerve-and-sense organization, in its plasticity, could be likened to soft wax. During this time, not only do children receive the finest and most intimate impressions from the surroundings, but also, through the working of energy in the nerve-and-sense system, everything received unconsciously radiates and flows into the blood circulation, into the firmness and reliability of the breathing process, into the growth of the tissues, and into the formation of the muscles and skeleton. By means of the nerve-and-sense system, the body of children becomes like an imprint of the surroundings and, particularly, of the morality inherent in them.” —Rudolf Steiner
    (Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy 2, p. 68)

    CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES AND IMMUNIZATION

    CHILDHOOD ILLNESSES AND IMMUNIZATION

    Anthroposophic Ideas to Ensure the Wellbeing of Our Children in This Digital Age

    Ross Rentea

    Mark Kamsler and Andrea Rentea

    “This book, a highly researched yet accessible body of work, explains how current influences, primarily immunizations, infiltrate the child’s organism and make growing up more difficult. The book, however, then also offers many practical ways to overcome those hurdles. Supporting the health of the developing child with anthroposophic education and anthroposophic medicine will thus ‘soften’ the blow to the archetypical, desired development. The authors show dedication, integrity and clarity throughout the book.”
    — Mary Jo Oresti, MA, Founding member of the Educational Support Program at the Detroit Waldorf School and Director and founding member of the Teacher Educational Support Program, an international professional development program sponsored by the Association for a Healing Education.

    EDUCATION FOR NONVIOLENCE

    EDUCATION FOR NONVIOLENCE

    The Waldorf Way

    Torin M. Finser PhD

    Education for Nonviolence describes how we can actually do something about our increasingly violent world. Few in the media draw a clear connection between the all-too-frequent tragedies we hear and read about in the news each day and the way as parents and teachers we raise and educate our children. Abstract concepts, rote learning, and standardized tests cannot develop the emotional and social intelligence our children need later in life to build relationships, contribute to society, and succeed in the workplace. The author describes how Waldorf independent and charter schools provide much-needed pathways toward wholeness—sensory and nature-based education; the arts; character education; community building; traditions of hospitality; meeting the needs of boys...to name just a few of the topics covered in this book.

    ELISABETH VREEDE

    ELISABETH VREEDE

    Adversity, Resilience, and Spiritual Science

    Peter Selg

    Rudolf Steiner entrusted the Esoteric Section and the Mathematics and Astronomy Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, to Elisabeth Vreede (1879–1943) because of her special abilities. He commented, “Miss. Vreede is one of the people who best understand my lectures.” Elisabeth Vreede was recognized as the “esoterically educated” member of Steiner’s governing body.

    EVERYDAY EURYTHMY

    EVERYDAY EURYTHMY

    Exercises to Calm, Strengthen and Centre

    A Workbook for Daily Practice

    Sivan Karnieli

    With drawings by Nina-Sophie Jutard-Graewe

    ‘Eurythmy, if you have heard of it at all, is more than you realize. It is certainly different from how it usually appears...’

    FUTURE DAWNING

    FUTURE DAWNING

    Awakening in America (A Spiritual Fantasia on World Themes)

    Glen Williamson

    “A masterly and original artistic metamorphosis, daring throughout, yet contained and congruent with respect to its spiritual context.” — Dr. James Dyson, Anthroposophic physician (retired) and psychologist. Cofounder, Park Attwood Clinic

    GUIDED SELF-STUDY

    GUIDED SELF-STUDY

    Rudolf Steiner’s Path of Spiritual Development: A Spiritual-Scientific Workbook

    Torin M. Finser

    "First, one might ask: Why not just read the first three books? After all, Rudolf Steiner wrote them in such a way that the very act of reading them can awaken new faculties. Who could ever duplicate that? It might even seem presumptuous to select passages from books that were constructed by an initiate. To those who have these and other objections, I have the following response: My hope is that the pages in this book serve as an invitation, so that those who work with this material will then be motivated to go to the original texts and work with them more intensively." —Torin Finser

    INHABITING INTERDEPENDENCE

    INHABITING INTERDEPENDENCE

    Being in the Next Economy

    John Bloom

    In this insightful book, John Bloom, author of The Genius of Money, explores approaches toward transforming the conventional habits of mind and practice that have led to today’s imbalance in our economic life and in society as a whole. Acknowledging that money has permeated almost every aspect of daily life—including our relationships to nature and to one another—Bloom asks:
    How and why did we arrive at our current forms of social practice, including organizational life and governance?

    INTO THE HEART'S LAND

    INTO THE HEART'S LAND

    A Century of Rudolf Steiner's Work in North America

    Henry Barnes

    Henry Barnes—the author of A Life for the Spirit—brings us a comprehensive view of the development of the anthroposophic movement in North America. During its initial phase in the early 1900s, Americans began to return from Europe with word of an individual who spoke about the spiritual world from direct experience. The first spritual-scientific initiatives began in New York in the 1930s and spread across the prairies to the West Coast and beyond—to Canada, Mexico, and Hawaii—taking root in the hearts and minds of the “new world.”

    THE ISENHEIM ALTARPIECE

    THE ISENHEIM ALTARPIECE

    History – Interpretation – Background

    Michael Schubert

    “It is a well-known fact that The Isenheim Altarpiece has in the past been seen as having central significance as a ‘medium for healing’ by the Antonites. To what extent this function has taken hold again in our ‘modern’ times can be seen not only in the steadily growing numbers of visitors, but also in the fact that this book had to be republished after such a short time.” —Michael Schubert (preface to 2nd ed.)

    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

    Change from the Inside Out

    Torin M. Finser

    “To achieve great things two things are needed; a plan and not quite enough time.” —Leonard Bernstein

    LIVING INNER DEVELOPMENT

    LIVING INNER DEVELOPMENT

    The Necessity of True Inner Development in the Light of Anthroposophy

    Lisa Romero

    “The future of such spiritual esoteric movements as ours will depend more and more upon the realization that the spiritual development of humankind is a necessity.” —Rudolf Steiner

    THE MICHAEL SCHOOL

    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.

    OBSERVING NATURE’S SECRET

    OBSERVING NATURE’S SECRET

    Practical Exercises for Perceiving Soul and Spirit

    Roger Druitt

    ‘[The student] should look at the world with keen, healthy senses and quickened power of observation, and then give himself up to the feeling that arises within him… This feeling penetrates the superficial aspect of things and in so doing touches their secrets.’ – Rudolf Steiner

    THE ONE OF THE EMERALD TABLET

    THE ONE OF THE EMERALD TABLET

    Illuminating Ancient Cryptic Truths

    Anna Lups

    “Interpreting the final drawing from the Child Artist is for me the beginning of an exploration into the meaning of this exquisite gift he placed in my hands. As in the Gnostic myth, it involves a polarity. The Good and the Evil present themselves in their balanced capacity. Humanity meets the devouring monster and can slay it only after many painful sojourns into the depth of the Earth. On the horizontal plane, the domain of darkness, cacophony, and false gods, the overpowering jaws can annihilate me. It attacks my life force; it comes to me in the guise of a huge head with ferocious teeth; its small triangular body is chaotic, and the limbs are rudimentary. Is this me? The question lingers: Who can be identified as the Child Artist? Still in our midst, how can he be met? Do we want to pave a way to better listening and understanding?” (from the book)

    PARABLES

    PARABLES

    Torin M. Finser

    “One could say that a parable contains a larger lesson in a bite-sized portion. Using other words, a parable is a simple short story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.... The word parable can be traced back to Middle English and Old French origins as parabole and to the ecclesiastical Latin sense of parabola, meaning “discourse, allegory, or comparison.”... Parables use comparison, allegory, imagery, analogy, or a short story to convey a larger meaning.” (from the book)

    A PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DIGNITY

    A PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN DIGNITY

    Ad Dekkers

    Originally published in the Netherlands in 2011, this book is the result of a life's work devoted to developing the craft of psychotherapy in a way that leaves the therapist's and the client's own responsibilities intact and that stimulates a direct, open, and honest link with day-to-day reality.

    REVELATION

    REVELATION

    A Cosmic Perspective

    Edward Reaugh Smith

    With this major work, Edward Reaugh Smith concludes his singular series on the Bible and Anthroposophy. Understanding the Book of Revelation presents the ultimate challenge to those who wish to penetrate its deepest meaning—a spiritual mountain whose summit has remained beyond reach to most people. Paradoxically, in spite of its name, Revelation is the most veiled and mysterious book in the Bible.

    RUDOLF STEINER

    RUDOLF STEINER

    A Biography

    Christoph Lindenberg

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    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    1914–1918: The Years of World War I (Vol. 4)

    Peter Selg

    In volume 4, Peter Selg continues his thorough and careful exploration into Rudolf Steiner’s life and work, focusing on the period of 1914 to 1918 and World War I. Steiner experienced the assassination in Sarajevo as a deeply serious tragedy that would inevitably lead to war and lamented the widespread reluctance to regard such critical events with the appropriate earnestness and concern.

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    1919–1922: Social Threefolding and the Waldorf School (Vol. 5)

    Peter Selg

    “Any dependence of the spiritual life on the economic life and on the public life must cease. The spiritual life must stand on its own ground. Then it will be able to give to the economic life and to the public life what neither of them can give to the spiritual life. This is immensely important! We can become fully human only when we work on the basis of an independent spiritual life.” —Rudolf Steiner (Polarities in the Evolution of Mankind)

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    1919–1922: Social Threefolding and the Waldorf School (Vol. 5)

    Peter Selg

    “Any dependence of the spiritual life on the economic life and on the public life must cease. The spiritual life must stand on its own ground. Then it will be able to give to the economic life and to the public life what neither of them can give to the spiritual life. This is immensely important! We can become fully human only when we work on the basis of an independent spiritual life.” —Rudolf Steiner (Polarities in the Evolution of Mankind)

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    Volume 6 - 1923: The Burning of the Goetheanum

    Peter Selg

    “Try to become one with the world—that will be the best and most important ‘program’. It is something that cannot be contained in statutes but needs to burn in our hearts as a flame.” —Rudolf Steiner

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    RUDOLF STEINER, LIFE AND WORK

    Volume 6 - 1923: The Burning of the Goetheanum

    Peter Selg

    “Try to become one with the world—that will be the best and most important ‘program.’ It is something that cannot be contained in statutes but needs to burn in our hearts as a flame.” —Rudolf Steiner

    RUDOLF STEINER’S MISSION AND ITA WEGMAN

    RUDOLF STEINER’S MISSION AND ITA WEGMAN

    Margarete and Erich Kirchner-Bockholt

    ‘Because I felt that he knew how things were, I said simply:“I will stay with you.” Then he said significant things to me that I was not to repeat. A very ancient karma existing between him and myself was renewed. It was not until many years later that I first realised the significance of that meeting.’ – Ita Wegman

    SCHOOL OF THE ELEMENTAL BEINGS

    SCHOOL OF THE ELEMENTAL BEINGS

    Karsten Massei

    Is the world around us alive or is it dead? If the widely held belief were true—that matter is the basis of all we know as reality—then life would make no sense. The world would essentially be dead—an absurd notion! What we know as life would be an unexplainable phenomenon, an astounding but accidental miracle. Does this sound familiar? In the undeniable presence of life, this belief can never truly make sense. It demands faith. Thus materialism is superstition. If we dare to entertain the notion—albeit akin to a modern heresy—that life (being), not matter, is the foundation of what we know as reality, then both matter and life make perfect sense.

    SEX EDUCATION AND THE SPIRIT

    SEX EDUCATION AND THE SPIRIT

    Understanding Our Communal Responsibility for the Healthy Development of Gender and Sexuality within Society

    Lisa Romero

    A healthy relationship to gender and sexuality supports our well-being, both as individuals and as a community. The form of sex education that we bring to children and adolescents not only needs to combat the inner disturbances and imbalances created by social media and exposure to pornography—as the most prevalent sources of implicit sex-education in our time—but it also needs to serve them in cultivating useful capacities with which to meet the growing societal changes around this fundamental aspect of being human.

    SPEECH - INVISIBLE CREATION IN THE AIR

    SPEECH - INVISIBLE CREATION IN THE AIR

    Vortices and the Enigma of Speech Sounds

    Serge Maintier

    How the sounds of spoken language arise is ultimately still a mystery to researchers. Acoustic phonetics has analysed sound phenomena, whereas articulatory phonetics determines the physiological formation of spoken language. Little is known about the air, however, the central element of speech both within and immediately outside the body as it relates to audible sounds.

    SPIRIT-LED COMMUNITY

    SPIRIT-LED COMMUNITY

    Healing the Impact of Technology

    Lisa Romero

    Most of us believe that our potential for inner liberation and true freedom lies in the inner world of our capacities for thinking, feeling, and self-determined will. However, discovering how unfree we actually are has always been one of the necessary steps in awakenings on the inner development path. The foundations of our inner freedom, as well as our inner unfreedom, are greatly influenced during the years of child development.

    SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP

    SPIRITUAL FRIENDSHIP

    Rudolf Steiner and Christian Morgenstern

    Peter Selg

    “Their complete understanding of each other and those two great spirits passing into each other created an atmosphere, perceptible to all, that had bearing force and radiated hope for the future.” —Marie Steiner-von Sivers

    A SPIRITUAL ROADMAP

    A SPIRITUAL ROADMAP

    Walking the Path in the Twenty-first Century

    Michael Hedley Burton

    An investigation into the “threshold”—what it is, how humanity is meeting it today, and how it can be crossed

    SPRING SONGBOOK

    SPRING SONGBOOK

    Seasonal Verses, Poems and Songs for Children, Parents and Teachers

    An Anthology for Family, School, Festivals and Fun!

    Sally Schweizer

    This treasure trove of an anthology is full to the brim with songs and seasonal verses that will delight children and encourage them to sing and play. Illustrated throughout with colour images, the Spring Songbook features four thematic sections: ‘Animals and Birds’, ‘Nature’, ‘Dancing and Games’ and ‘International Greetings and Foreign Languages’. Providing ample material for teachers and parents, the book also includes selections of rhyming words, commentary on the significance of repetition, rhythm and beat, suggestions for incorporating movement and gesture, and practical teaching and parenting tips.

    SUFFERINGS OF THE NATHAN SOUL

    SUFFERINGS OF THE NATHAN SOUL

    Anthroposophic Christology on the Eve of World War I

    Peter Selg

    “Humanity must embark upon a conscious grasp of today’s events. For this reason, we must come to know Christ better, and this is connected with insight into the nature of the human being, Jesus of Nazareth.”—Rudolf Steiner

    SUMMER SONGBOOK

    SUMMER SONGBOOK

    Seasonal Verses, Poems and Songs for Children, Parents and Teachers

    An Anthology for Family, School, Festivals and Fun!

    Sally Schweizer

    This treasure trove of an anthology is full to the brim with songs and seasonal verses that will delight children and encourage them to sing and play. Illustrated throughout with colour images, the Summer Songbook features four thematic sections: ‘Animals and Birds’, ‘Nature’, ‘Dancing, Rounds and Games’ and ‘Silly Verses’. Providing ample material for teachers and parents, the book also includes selections of rhyming words, commentary on the significance of repetition, rhythm and beat, suggestions for incorporating movement and gesture, and practical teaching and parenting tips.

    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN EVOLUTION

    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN EVOLUTION

    A Spiritual-Scientific Study

    Ernst Katz

    After some three millennia, why write anything further on the Ten Commandments? They have been discussed, parsed, codified, moralized, and much more. In this book, Ernst Katz discusses the Ten Commandments in terms of the evolution of human consciousness, suggesting that we need to view this ancient moral guide in whole new ways.

    THE THREEFOLDING MOVEMENT, 1919

    THE THREEFOLDING MOVEMENT, 1919

    A History

    Rudolf Steiner’s Campaign For A Self-Governing, Self-Managing, Self-Educating Society

    Albert Schmelzer

    Following the end of WW1, Germany faced a period of revolutionary upheaval and general unrest. In the midst of these tumultuous events, Rudolf Steiner’s pioneering movement for social threefolding rallied around a unique conception. Its three principal goals were to promote human rights and equality in political life, freedom in cultural life and associative cooperation in economic life. Albert Schmelzer’s engaging yet rigorous study, the most complete to date, recounts the movement’s practical attempts to bring about social threefolding in 1919, giving lively descriptions of the principal characters involved.

    THE WARMTH MEDITATION

    THE WARMTH MEDITATION

    A Path to the Good in the Service of Healing

    Peter Selg

    Rudolf Steiner wrote the text of the “Warmth Meditation” on two sheets of A4 paper in neat handwriting and without revisions or corrections, complete with two small, sketch-like drawings. He gave the meditation to the medical student Helene von Grunelius in early 1923 and “described it as the way for medical practitioners to behold the etheric Christ.” It was intended for use by her and her circle of friends in their medical studies. The warmth meditation became their central esoteric medical meditation and has been maintained and practiced by countless individuals during the past eight decades, becoming for many the existential core of their therapeutic practice and perspective.

    WINTER SONGBOOK

    WINTER SONGBOOK

    Seasonal Verses, Poems and Songs for Children, Parents and Teachers

    An Anthology for Family, School, Festivals and Fun!

    Sally Schweizer

    This treasure trove of an anthology is full to the brim with songs and seasonal verses that will delight children and encourage them to sing and play. Illustrated throughout with colour images, the Winter Songbook features four thematic sections: ‘Christmas’, ‘Winter Indoors’, ‘Wintry Weather’ and ‘Winter Outdoors’. Providing ample material for teachers and parents, the book also includes selections of rhyming words, commentary on the significance of repetition, rhythm and beat, suggestions for seasonal stories, and practical teaching and parenting tips.