Rudolf Steiner introduced detailed, scientific knowledge of reincarnation and karma to the West. He gave concrete descriptions of the metamorphoses of individuals in the course of successive incarnations and specific examples of the working of karma, as well as practical exercises for experiencing the reality of reincarnation. He believed that experiencing the reality of successive earth lives would form the basis for true spiritual knowledge of the relationship of human beings and the cosmos.
These talks contain some of Steiner's most important teachings on reincarnation and karma. He gives examples and exercises that can lead to direct knowledge of the laws of reincarnation and karma. Included are:
-- How to get direct perception of the part of our being that passes through many lives on earth
-- How to develop a "feeling memory", which is necessary before direct experience of reincarnation is possible
-- Thought exercises for gaining knowledge of reincarnation and karma
-- Examples of the working of karma between two incarnations
-- How knowledge of reincarnation and karma affects our moral life