How to Know Higher Worlds

Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 9780880103725
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This is the classic account of the modern Western esoteric path of initiation made public by Steiner in 1904. He begins with the premise that the capacities by which we can gain insights into the higher worlds lie dormant within each one of us. Steiner carefully and precisely leads the reader from the cultivation of the fundamental soul attitudes of reverence and inner tranquility to the development of inner life through the stages of preparation, illumination, and initiation. Steiner provides practical exercises of inner and outer observation and moral development. By patiently and persistently following his guidelines, new organs of soul and spirit begin to form, which reveal the contours of the higher worlds thus far concealed from us. Steiner in this important work becomes a teacher, a counselor, and a friend whose advice is practical, clear, and effective. The challenges we face in life require increasingly deeper levels of understanding, and Steiner s text helps readers to cultivate the capacities for such insights and places them at the service of humanity. This is Steiner s most essential guide to the modern path of initiation he advocated throughout his life. It has been translated into many languages and has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. How to Know Higher Worlds has been admired by some of the most brilliant minds of our time. Contents: Foreword by Arthur Zajonc Prefaces by Rudolf Steiner How to Know Higher Worlds The Stages of Initiation Initiation Practical Considerations Requirements for Esoteric Training Some Effects of Initiation Changes in the Dream Life of the Esoteric Student Achieving Continuity of Consciousness The Splitting of the Personality in Esoteric Training The Guardian of the Threshold Life and Death: The Great Guardian of the Threshold Epilogue (1918) Afterword by Arthur Zajonc Index A true classic of spiritual literature. It is one of the best ways I know for opening up one s life to the spiritual realms in a manner that is balanced, integrated, and loving. It is the product of a great soul who pointed out new routes into the interior. David Spangler, author of Blessing: The Art and the Practice It is not only a personal guide to the spirit, but also a path through self-knowledge to compassionate action in the world. Arthur Zajonc, author of Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind"

An Outline of Esoteric Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 0880108398
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Outline of the processes of cosmic evolution, including detailed exercises for attaining higher conscious states.

Stage of Higher Knowledge

Author: Steiner, Rudolf
Publisher: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 0880109432
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In 1904, in the magazine Lucifer-Gnosis, Rudolf Steiner published some of his earliest articles on self-development, which became his classic How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation. Steiner continued his articles as "The Stages of Higher Development." He wrote of his intention in 1914: "A second part [of How to Know Higher Worlds] is to be added to this first part, bringing further explanations of the frame of mind that can lead to the experience of higher worlds." Though Steiner never found time to publish those articles as a book, they are collected in this volume. The Stages of Higher Knowledge records some of Steiner's early esoteric instructions, revealing how he became a pioneer of modern inner development and spiritual activity. He carefully guides the reader from an ordinary, sensory-based "material mode of cognition" through the higher levels of knowing he calls Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition. This small handbook will help anyone who wishes to take a serious approach to Anthroposophy as a path of knowledge, especially those who have already studied and worked with How to Know Higher Worlds.

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds

Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 1855842556
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Rudolf Steiner Press has published a new series of re-edited, re-typeset, and re-designed editions of the classic, authorized translations of Rudolf Steiner's foundational books. Each volume of this series is printed in a limited edition of 1,000 copies and sewn-bound in high-quality cloth, finished with colored end papers, and includes a book-mark ribbon. Steiner's foundational handbook for spiritual and personal development has grown more modern with time, though his methods remain clearly distinguishable from many current paths of inner work. First, Steiner's method is based on the clarity of thought normally associated with scientific research. Instead of denying clear thinking, his aim is to extend it beyond its present limitations. Second, Steiner recognizes as do all genuine paths that the way to spiritual experience is arduous and dangerous and calls for self-control in thought, word, and action. The human being comprises a unity, and we cannot develop knowledge without a corresponding development of feeling and will. Steiner predicted that humanity would begin to experience a longing for forms of experience that transcended intellectual, materialistic thinking. More than a hundred years after the first publication of this book, countless means are offered for achieving transcendental experience, including Eastern meditation practices, channeling, remote viewing, and astral projection. Moreover, there has been a huge increase in the number of people who report various suprasensory perceptions, such as near-death experiences and meetings with angels. In this context, Steiner's key spiritual guidebook is needed more than ever, given its unique, precise instructions for inner training, its protective exercises, and its indications for staying grounded and centered. Knowledge of the Higher Worlds begins with the preconditions for personal development and guides the reader through the stages of initiation, its practical aspects, and its effects."

What is Anthroposophy

Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 9780880105064
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This books can change your life. Radical and thought-provoking, it shows a completely new view of what it means to be human: a spiritual being in a universe that is not just physical, but also soul and spirit. This introduction to "anthroposophy" explains why Steiner describes this path as one that "unites what is spiritual in the human being with what is spiritual in the universe." Steiner describes what happens when we die and the relationship between physical life on earth and the etheric, astral, and spiritual life of the cosmos. He shows that physical life is completely interwoven with cosmic existence, and that the "missing links" in evolution are spiritual. He discusses the superficiality and soullessness of conventional psychology; our three states of being (waking, dreaming, and sleeping) and how each is bound up with our lives as physical, psychic, and spiritual beings. With the profound insights in this book, the world becomes a much larger, richer, and more exciting place to live. Here is a concise introduction to the ideas behind the ideas behind Waldorf education.

New Essential Steiner

Author: Steiner, Rudolf
Publisher: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 1584204788
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The New Essential Steiner is an illuminating, completely new introduction to the philosophy and essential writings of Rudolf Steiner, introduced and edited by Robert McDermott, who also edited the now-classic Essential Steiner. This new volume offers selections from a wide variety of Steiner's published works, presenting a broad, accessible overview of Anthroposophy. In his introduction, McDermott recounts Steiner's life and work, from his childhood and education to his work as a natural scientist, philosopher, scholar, educator, artist, interpreter of culture, and seer. He places Steiner in relation to major traditions of thought and explores the genesis and development of Anthroposophy. Although Rudolf Steiner is considered by many to be the greatest spiritual seer and philosophical thinker of the twentieth century and is credited with major cultural contributions such as the worldwide Waldorf school movement and the ever-growing biodynamic agricultural movement, he nevertheless remains relatively unknown to both academics and the public. The purpose of this volume is to redress that situation by introducing Steiner's work to a broader audience and making his name more universally recognized. The New Essential Steiner includes selections from Steiner's writings, which are grouped into chapters that demonstrate the breadth of his thinking and spiritual accomplishments.

A Way of Self Knowledge

Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: SteinerBooks
ISBN: 0880108509
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Part one, ?A Way of Self-Knowledge, ? contains eight meditations that take the reader on a journey through human experience. Beginning with ordinary experience, Steiner offers ways to imagine and understand the physical body, the elemental (or etheric) body, the elemental world, the Guardian of the Threshold, the astral body, the I-body (or thought body), the nature of experience in suprasensory worlds, and ways of perceiving previous earthly lives. Part two, ?The Threshold of the Spiritual World, ? contains sixteen short chapters in which Steiner provides aphoristic thoughts on trusting one's thinking? cognition of the spiritual world? karma and reincarnation? the astral body and luciferic beings? how to recognize suprasensory consciousness; the true nature of love; and more.

Nutrition

Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 1855842106
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Originally published in German in various volumes of the GA (Rudolf Steiner Gesamtausgabe or Collected works) by Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach.