What is Anthroposophy?

Three Perspectives on Self-knowledge

Author: Rudolf Steiner,Christopher Bamford

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880105064

Category: Religion

Page: 90

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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.

What is Anthroposophy?

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781902636788

Category: Psychology

Page: 42

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Focusing on the central Christological insights, which form the core of Rudolf Steiner's philosophy, this work reflects an individual's own endeavors to build a connection to anthroposophy. It is a useful addition to the introductory literature on anthroposophy.

Anthroposophy (A Fragment)

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880109564

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 97

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This text, outlining a new methodology for the study of human nature, dates from 1910 and was found after Rudolf Steiner's death among his unpublished papers. Steiner had dealt with the same theme earlier in lectures. Asked for a written version, he tried to write down what he had said, but found himself unable to do so-the language would not completely relinquish the words. Nevertheless, what he was able to put down remains a major intellectual and spiritual accomplishment of the twentieth century. Steiner presents anthroposophy, which lies between anthropology and theosophy, as a way of studying the human being. Where anthropology studies the human being on the basis of the senses-i.e. by observation within the limits of the scientific method-theosophy recognizes the human as a spiritual being on the basis of inner experience and seeks to understand what it means to be human in a spiritual world. Between these two approaches-basically those of science and religion-lies anthroposophy, which seeks to study human beings as they present themselves to physical observation, while at the same time seeking to derive indications of the spiritual foundations of phenomena by a process of phenomenological intensification. The results of such phenomenological intensification, though fragmentary and incomplete, are of enormous importance. They constitute the first steps toward a truly cognitive psychology, one that demonstrates the richness of the phenomenological approach to the human being as a sensory organism. Starting from there, Steiner unfolds the seven life processes, the nature of I-experience, the meaning of the human form, and its complex relation to higher spiritual worlds. This is a key work, whose time has truly arrived.

Judaism and Anthroposophy

Author: Fred Paddock

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880105101

Category: Religion

Page: 187

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Librarian Fred Paddock of the Rudolf Steiner Library initiated this book, because he had long felt the need to make available some of the cutting-edge writings of European anthroposophists. Judaism and Anthroposophy examines the relationship between anthroposophy and religion, between Christian and Jewish esotericism, and between Kabbalah and anthroposophy. It also focuses on Jewish lives in anthroposophy, including those of Martin Buber, Hugo Bergman, Shimon Levy, and Ernst M ller. Also, three leading anthroposophic thinkers explore the question of anti-Semitism. This is an important contribution to the understanding of anthroposophy and its historical and contemporary interface with Judaism. THE CONTRIBUTORS: Johannes Schneider: "Christianity and Other Religions" G nther Rvschert: "On Judaism" Ruth Windolf: "The Hebrew Experience of Reality as Contrasted with the Greek" Schmuel Hugo Bergman: "The Blessing" Shimon Levy: "What Is the Contribution of Judaism to the Life of Anthroposophy?" Rolf Umbach: "The Kabbalah, an Esoteric Bridge to Christianity?" David Schweitzer: "Spiritual Background: The Cosmic Christ in Judaism" Hans J rgen Bracker: "The Individual and Unity of Humankind-An Account of the Zionist and Anthroposophist Ernst M ller" Gerhard Wehr: "Between Martin Buber and Rudolf Steiner: Hugo Bergman in Martin Buber's Biography" Rudi Lissau: "Chosen Destiny" Samuel Ichmann: "What God Is-or Isn't: A Jewish Waldorf Teacher's View" Ralf Sonnenberg: "The Dark Side of the Enlightenment-The Eighteenth Century, changing Perception of the World, and Anti-Semitism in the Early Modern Age Janos Darvas: "Frangois Joseph Molitor's Philosophy of History-Judaism As the Miniature Reflection ofHumanity" Dirk Lorenz: "Against a Return to Normality-Accusations of Anti-Semitism As an Occasion for Self-Examination"

Lifting the Veil of Mental Illness

An Approach to Anthroposophical Psychology

Author: William Bento

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880105309

Category: Medical

Page: 117

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Mental illnesses are too often seen only in abstract terms. In keeping with this, mainstream psychology, which seldom acknowledges the psyche or soul, relies increasingly on pharmaceutical treatment. In his unique approach to anthroposophical psychology, or "psychosophy," William Bento views imbalances of the human soul in an experiential and human way. Basing his views on the work of Rudolf Steiner, Bento looks not only at the human body, soul, and spirit, but also at the way the whole environment of physical phenomena, life forces, and spirit beings affects us as individuals. Going well beyond our immediate, earthly surroundings, the author considers the cosmic effects of sun, planets and stars, offering a holistic view of the human soul. This is a valuable addition to the field of anthroposophical psychology and to the study of spiritual science as a whole.

Anthroposophy in Everyday Life

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880104272

Category: Social Science

Page: 81

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Four of Rudolf Steiner's best-loved lectures are collected in this book. They are some of the most accessible presentations of the anthroposophic approach to life available in English. Included are: Practical Training in Thought Overcoming Nervousness Facing Karma The Four Temperaments The first lecture concerns the fundamental human activity of thinking. Everything we do, we do through thinking. The first task, then, is to realize the reality of thinking. To help us do this, Steiner gives exercises that will allow us to experience the cognitive, even clairvoyant, power of thinking. In "Overcoming Nervousness," Steiner shows us how exercises in thinking also give us the calm centered sense needed to lead purposeful, healthy lives. "Facing Karma" takes us to the heart of life, where we experience suffering and happiness. The law of karma that determines life's experiences and encounters also helps us develop the self-knowledge required for self-transformation. Finally, "The Four Temperaments" show us how the union of hereditary factors and our own inner spiritual nature shape our psychology. The guide here is the ancient classifications of sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, and melancholic. Renewed understanding of these allows us to develop a truly modern spiritual psychology, which is the basis of all real inner development. With its many practical exercises, mantras, and meditations, this book is a fundamental introduction for anyone beginning or needing encouragement along the path of inner development.

Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855840966

Category: Religion

Page: 219

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This volume contains Rudolf Steiner''s leadin g thoughts and letters written for the Anthroposophical Soci ety. In brief paragraphs they succinctly present Steiner''s s cience of the spirit '

An Outline of Esoteric Science

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 0880108398

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 188

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Outline of the processes of cosmic evolution, including detailed exercises for attaining higher conscious states.

Eco-Alchemy

Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism

Author: Dan McKanan

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520290062

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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For nearly a century, the worldwide anthroposophical movement has been a catalyst for environmental activism, helping to bring to life many modern ecological practices such as organic farming, community-supported agriculture, and green banking. Yet the spiritual practice of anthroposophy remains unknown to most environmentalists. A historical and ethnographic study of the environmental movement, Eco-Alchemy uncovers for the first time the profound influences of anthroposophy and its founder, Rudolf Steiner, whose holistic worldview, rooted in esoteric spirituality, inspired the movement. Dan McKanan shows that environmentalism is itself a complex ecosystem and that it would not be as diverse or transformative without the contributions of anthroposophy.

Between Occultism and Nazism

Anthroposophy and the Politics of Race in the Fascist Era

Author: Peter Staudenmaier

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004270159

Category: Religion

Page: 420

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Peter Staudenmaier’s study Between Occultism and Nazism examines the controversial history of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophist movement in Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy as a case study in the political significance of esoteric and alternative spiritual groups.

Fruits of Anthroposophy

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9780880102025

Category: Religion

Page: 76

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These lectures give a fresh and exceptionally clear approach to the anthroposophical path of knowledge. Imagination is described as a widening of our experience of memory to cosmic dimensions. Inspiration is described as an extension of forgetting. Intuition is shown to be the means by which the spiritual world bears fruit for the future of human evolution.

Medicine

An Introductory Reader

Author: Rudolf Steiner,Andrew Maendl

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855841338

Category: Medical

Page: 222

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Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities including education -- both general and special -- agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion, and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations based on his ideas.Steiner's original contribution to human knowledge was based on his ability to conduct spiritual research, the investigation of metaphysical dimensions of existence. With his scientific and philosophical training, he brought a new systematic discipline to the field, allowing for conscious methods and comprehensive results. A natural seer from childhood, he cultivated his spiritual vision to a high degree, enabling him to speak with authority on previously veiled mysteries of life.Topics include: true human nature as a basis for medical practice; the science of knowing; the mission of reverence; the four temperaments; the bridge between universal spirituality and the physical; the constellation of the supersensible bodies; the invisible human within us: the pathology underlying therapy; cancer and mistletoe, and aspects of psychiatry; case history questions: diagnosis and therapy; anthroposophic medicine in practice: and three case histories.

The Karma of Anthroposophy

Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society and the Tasks of Its Members

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 185584219X

Category: Social Science

Page: 179

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'If such authentic souls, such honest anthroposophists can be found ...then an upward movement and dynamic will arise. If such souls do not appear, then decadence will take its inexorable downward course...Today humanity stands before a great crisis: either it will see all civilization collapsing into the abyss, or else spirituality will raise civilization up by the power of the Michael impetus, through which the Christ impetus works, thus continuing, enriching and sustaining it.' In 1924, the final full year of his life, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of urgent, sometimes impassioned, talks to members of the Anthroposophical Society regarding their karma and its relationship to the culture of the time, referring in particular to the vital task of renewing civilization and preserving it from the threat of decline. Steiner's words characterize vividly a great spiritual battle, of forces gathering to fight for the soul of humanity itself. He presents a striking panorama in which anthroposophists are compelled to broaden their vision; to see true esoteric and exoteric anthroposophical work as a live yeast that can set all culture rising.To waken the members of the Society to the dimensions of their task, Steiner saw it as essential that they begin to understand the many different karmic threads from which the movement is woven. This recognition - of difference as much as unity - can give the strength of diversity which, if unconscious and unrecognized, leads easily to division. In the lectures and excerpts compiled here Steiner speaks of the unprecedented convergence of two specific groups of souls within the anthroposophical movement: the Platonists and the Aristotelians. In the karmic background lies a conflict of approaches, but the task today calls for a unity based on love and knowledge; to work with Michael and Christ in the face of Ahriman, materialism and the possibility of civilization collapsing into decadence. Given the challenges faced by humanity today, it has, perhaps, never been more urgent for those who ally themselves with Rudolf Steiner's work to study, absorb and take to heart the contents of this critically important material.

The Mystery of the Resurrection in the Light of Anthroposophy

Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 1906999120

Category: Religion

Page: 214

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The Mystery of the Resurrection approaches the deepest mysteries of the Turning Point of Time through Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research. At its heart stands the question of the restoration of the 'phantom' of the physical body, and its transformation into the resurrected body of Christ through the Mystery of Golgotha. The author draws a broad and differentiated picture of the tasks and possibilities that the Easter event, as well as Ascension and Whitsun, present - both for the individual and humanity. The final chapter considers the mystery of Easter Saturday, through which the two polar aspects of the Mystery of Golgotha - death and resurrection - interconnect, at the same time explaining the relationship of the Earth Spirit to the interior of the Earth. An appendix tackles the phenomenon of stigmatization from a spiritual-scientific perspective.

Anthroposophy and Christianity

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Anthroposophic Press

ISBN: 9780880101493

Category: Anthroposophy

Page: 26

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Following an excellent description of spiritual science as a training of consciousness (practical exercises are given), Steiner shows how, rather than establishing a "new" religion, spiritual science confirms Christianity as the universal, cosmic path of human evolution.