Rudolf Steiner is considered a Spiritual Science Master and the knowledge he shares through this book will reveal a hidden reality. This reality influences everyday occurrences but not many people are aware of it and those who are, rule the world. Please enjoy "The Way of Initiation: How to Attain Knowledge of the Higher Worlds" by Rudolf Steiner, Ph.D.
Rudolf Steiner was the most prolific and arguably the most influential philosopher of his era. This book throws light on the development of the thoughts of this remarkable individual and reveals Steiner's engagement throughout his life with the world of theosophy. The author's experience on the subject comes through in a clear and authoritative manner. It leaves the reader asking for more on the subject while at the same time the content of this book requires a few rereading to fully appreciate it. This work profoundly impacted the development of alternative spirituality in the early twentieth century. In summation, this unusual book is a must-read classic for all students of enlightenment-both novices and seasoned scholars alike.
The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity (The Philosophy of Freedom): A Modern Philosophy of Life Developed by Scientific Methods
There are two fundamental problems in the life of the human mind, to one or other of which everything belongs that is to be discussed in this book. One of these problems concerns the possibility of attaining to such a view of the essential nature of man as will serve as a support for whatever else comes into his life by way of experience or of science, and yet is subject to the suspicion of having no support in itself and of being liable to be driven, by doubt and criticism, into the limbo of uncertainties. The other problem is this: Is man, as voluntary agent, entitled to attribute freedom to himself, or is freedom a mere illusion begotten of his inability to recognise the threads of necessity on which his volition, like any natural event, depends? It is no artificial tissue of theories which provokes this question. In a certain mood it presents itself quite naturally to the human mind. And it is easy to feel that a mind lacks something of its full stature which has never once confronted with the utmost seriousness of inquiry the two possibilities-freedom or necessity. This book is intended to show that the spiritual experiences which the second problem causes man to undergo, depend upon the position he is able to take up towards the first problem. An attempt will be made to prove that there is a view concerning the essential nature of man which can support the rest of knowledge; and, further, an attempt to point out how with this view we gain a complete justification for the idea of free will, provided only that we have first discovered that region of the mind in which free volition can unfold itself.
11 lectures in various cities, April 9, 2023 - May 26, 1924 (CW 84)
In his final lectures to the general public, Rudolf Steiner speaks with great clarity and purpose about the inner and outer need for the anthroposophil impulse in modern times. Following the fire that destroyed the first Goetheanum building in Dornach, Switzerland, Steiner had focused his efforts on rebuilding and reorganizing the Anthroposophical Society. But he also continued to travel and speak to the public--in Prague, Vienna, and Basel--to explain the purpose of the Goetheanum and to elucidate the broader aims of his spiritual work.
These lectures, including a semi-public series in Dornach, are collected here in English for the first time, along with an introduction, notes and index.
The volume features the following lectures:
- The Purpose of the Goetheanum and the Aims of Anthroposophy- Enhancing Human Powers of Perception to Develop Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition- Human Soul Life and the Development of Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition- Experience and Perception of the Activities of Thinking and Speech- The Physical World and Moral-Spiritual Impulses- Four Stages of Inner Experience- Perceiving the Etheric World- Soul's Eternity in the Light of Anthroposophy- Human Development and Education in the Light of Anthroposophy- Supersensible Perception, Anthroposophy as a Contemporary Need- Anthroposophy and the Ethical and Religious Life- How Do We Gain Knowledge of the Supersensible World?
This volume is a translation from German of Was wollte das Goetheanum und was soll die Anthroposophie? (GA 84).
11 lectures in Torquay, England, August 11-22, 1924 (CW 243)
In these cherished lectures, Rudolf Steiner posits a question: Why investigate the spiritual worlds at all? He then explores the contemporary need for spiritual knowledge and authentic paths that can lead to it.
Speaking in Torquay, England, at the International Summer School (organized by his friend and colleague D.N. Dunlop), Steiner surveys the differences in various types of consciousness--from ancient to modern times, in waking and dreaming, from space into time--and the changes that have taken place in relation to knowledge and science in history.
Rudolf Steiner then discusses the mystery nature of crystallized minerals and metals, such as copper and silver, and their relationship to the planets. He also describes how the ages of life can become organs of perception. In a dramatic conclusion Steiner explains the role of moon beings; ahrimanic elemental beings; and the true nature of mediumship, ectoplasm, and spiritual possession.
Presented here in a fresh translation that corrects many errors in previous editions, the text is complemented with notes, an introduction by Paul King, and an index.
- Nature is the Great Illusion: "Know Thyself"- The Three Worlds and their Reflected Images- Form and Substantiality of the Mineral Kingdom in relation to Human Levels of Consciousness- The Secret of Research into other Realms through the Metamorphosis of Consciousness- The Inner Enlivening of the Soul through the Qualities of Metals- Initiation Science- Star Knowledge- Possible Aberrations in Spiritual Research
This volume is a translation from German of Das Initiaten - Bewußtsein. Die wahren und die falschen Wege der geistigen Forschung (GA 243). The previous edition was titled True and False Paths in Spiritual Investigation (1985).
10 lectures in Dornach, Switzerland, April 1-22, 1924 (CW 233a)
"Steiner has been able to clarify the historical reality behind the Rosicrucian story, with all its aura of glamor and fantasy. That effected, he points to the enormity of its vision for the future evolution of ideas" (Dr Andrew Welburn, from the introduction).
In the immediate aftermath of the "Mystery act" called the Christmas Foundation Conference, Rudolf Steiner chose to speak on the subjects of Rosicrucianism and modern initiation and the mystery centers of the Middle Ages. Clearly connected to the events that had just occurred in Dornach--in which he not only reestablished the Anthroposophical Society but also assumed a formal position within it--Steiner begins by exploring the intellectual life of the Middle Ages and the role that the mysteries played within it. He illumines on the foundations of Rosicrucianism, its principles of initiation, and its inherent impulse for freedom. Steiner also discusses the secret teachings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the dawn of the age of Archangel Michael.
In the second series of lectures, "The Easter Festival and the History of the Mysteries," Rudolf Steiner describes how the annual festivals developed from the mysteries themselves. He speaks of mysteries connected to spring and autumn, Adonis and Ephesus, and the significance of Sun and Moon. Throughout the volume Steiner discusses the roles of Alexander the Great and Aristotle in world history and the significance of Aristotle's "Categories."
Published for the first time as a single volume, this freshly revised text is complemented with an extensive introduction by Dr Andrew Welburn, detailed notes and appendices by Professor Frederick Amrine, and an index.
This volume is a translation from German of Mysterienstätten des Mittelalters: Rosenkreuzertum und modernes Einweihungsprinzip Das Osterfest als ein Stück Mysteriengeschichte der Menschheit (GA 233a).
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