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About the Author: Rudolf Steiner

Steiner was a philosopher, social thinker, architect, and esotericist.

"Steiner led this movement through several phases. In the first, more philosophically oriented phase, Steiner attempted to find a synthesis between science and mysticism; his philosophical work of these years, which he termed spiritual science, sought to provide a connection between the cognitive path of Western philosophy and the inner and spiritual needs of the human being.

"In a second phase, beginning around 1907, he began working collaboratively in a variety of artistic media, including drama, the movement arts (developing a new artistic form, eurythmy) and architecture, culminating in the building of a cultural center to house all the arts, the Goetheanum.

"After the First World War, Steiner worked with educators, farmers, doctors, and other professionals to develop Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine as well as new directions in numerous other practical areas.

"Steiner advocated a form of ethical individualism, to which he later brought a more explicitly spiritual component. He based his epistemology on Johann Wolfgang Goethe's world view, in which 'Thinking … is no more and no less an organ of perception than the eye or ear. Just as the eye perceives colours and the ear sounds, so thinking perceives ideas.' A consistent thread that runs from his earliest philosophical phase through his later spiritual orientation is the goal of demonstrating that there are no essential limits to human knowledge."

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ISBN10: 1855845318 | ISBN13: 9781855845312

This series of lectures on the science of spiritual knowledge 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 solar system, revealing the planets characterized by freedom and those that determine destiny. 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, whereas spirits on Saturn act as living memory. Speaking in London, Steiner states that what happens to people in sleep is more important than anything that happens while we are awake. He asserts that we must learn to see ourselves as images of spirits and spiritual activities on Earth.

Returning to Dornach, Steiner breaks with the theme and reports on his recent visit to England and Wales, where he attended an educational conference in Ilkley, a summer school in Penmaenmawr, and a school for the disadvantaged in the London East End. Steiner speaks of the particular atmosphere he experienced in West Yorkshire and North Wales, where remnants of Druid spirituality live in the surroundings. The latter theme emerges strongly in following lectures, which examine the Druid priest s Sun initiation and perception of Moon spirits. The Druids investigated secrets of the universe, influencing both social and religious life. He also describes the mythic being of Woden, who signified the birth of intellectuality and the subsequent fear of death, which he asserts can be healed by the Mystery of Golgotha.

In the final section, Rudolf Steiner discusses the past, present, and future development of the human mind. Again, he discusses the importance of Druid culture, noting that the ground plans of the stone circles in Penmaenmawr are similar to that of the first Goetheanum. He also points to the crucial roles of the ancient mysteries and Christ s deed in human development.


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