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"
Rudolf Steiner ist der Begründer der Anthroposophie. Die Anthroposophie hat in den letzten Jahren immer mehr Einfluss gewonnen. Rudolf Steiner findet Anhänger in der bildenden Kunst, der Literatur, der Ernährungsphilosophie und vor allem in der Reformpädagogik. Die Pädagogik der Waldorfschulen basiert auf den Gedanken Rudolf Steiners. Steiner strebt eine ganzheitliche Menschenbildung an, bei der Leib und Seele durch eine entwicklungspsychologisch begründete »Erziehungskunst« harmonisch ausgebildet werden.
In diesem Buch zeigt Rudolf Steiner Schritt für Schritt, wie jeder Mensch sich einen Zugang zur spirituellen Welt verschaffen kann. Innerhalb der unzähligen Bücher zum Thema Meditation zeichnet sich Rudolf Steiners Klassiker durch seine sachliche, aller diffusen Schwärmerei abholden Sprache und Einstellung. Eine Einladung, einen spannenden Weg zu beschreiten.
Eine grundlegende Schrift der Anthroposophie von deren Begründer Rudolf Steiner: Mit Schulungen und Übungen lädt er hier dazu ein, sich der Frage nach dem Sinn des Lebens zu stellen. Steiners Weg zu einer selbstbestimmten Erkenntnisleistung verschafft Einblicke in übersinnliche Welten. Rudolf Steiner war Philosoph, Pädagoge, Naturwissenschaftler und Esoteriker. Er entwickelte das Konzept der Waldorfschule, der biodynamischen Landwirtschaft und der Eurythmie. Wie erlangt man Erkenntnisse der höheren Welten erschien erstmals zwischen 1904 und 1905 als Teil der Reihe „Meditationsvorgänge“.
Diese grundlegende Schrift Rudolf Steiners empfiehlt sich als Ausgangspunkt zu einem systematischen Studium der Anthroposophie. In dem Werk wird die leibliche, seelische und geistige Wesenheit des Menschen behandelt. Es wird darin zudem der Gedanke über Wiederverkörperung des Geistes und das Schicksal entwickelt sowie die seelische und geistige Welt und deren Verbindungen mit der physischen Welt beschrieben.
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.
"In dieser Schrift ist angestrebt, geisteswissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse über die Wesenheit des Menschen zu geben. Die Darstellung ist so gehalten, daß der Leser in das Dargestellte hineinwachsen mag, so daß es ihm im Verlaufe des Lesens wie zu einer Art Selbstgespräch wird. Gestaltet sich dieses Selbstgespräch so, daß dabei vorher verborgene Kräfte sich offenbaren, welche in jeder Seele erweckt werden können, so führt dann das Lesen zu einer wirklichen inneren Seelenarbeit. Und diese kann sich allmählich zur Seelenwanderschaft gedrängt sehen, welche wahrhaftig in das Schauen der geistigen Welt hineinversetzt. Deshalb wurde das Mitgeteilte in der Form von acht Meditationen gegeben, welche wirklich durchgeführt werden können. Geschieht dies, so können sie geeignet sein, der Seele das durch die eigene innere Vertiefung zu übermitteln, wovon in ihnen gesprochen wird" (R. Steiner)
Rudolf Steiner is perhaps best known for his influence and wisdom in the fields of education, agriculture, medicine, science, and art. It is often forgotten that it was as a spiritual teacher that he made these contributions. Unfortunately, while his immediate students had the advantage of Steiner as a personal guide to their inner lives, later readers have had only his written works to guide them. Steiner, however, did give a few lectures on inner development--especially on beginning a path of practice. This book now collects these lectures--some of which have never been in English--for the first time. It also contains a number of the basic meditations and exercises shared by Steiner with his students. Here readers will find descriptions of various practical exercises, including exercises for the moral qualities that students must develop, and for the various qualities of consciousness that inner development requires. This book is not only for beginners. Wherever you are on the path, this book will be your companion. CONTENTS: Introduction by Christopher Bamford 1. The Inner Life 2. The Path 3. First Steps 4. Ways to Inner Development (extracts) Six Essential Exercises The Three Ways The Christian Way 5. How Does the Soul Find Its True Being? Bibliography
These lectures on education were given well after the founding of several Waldorf schools in Europe, and thus Steiner was able to draw on the practical experience of this form of education in action.
This edition brings together an ordered sequence of statements by Steiner on the development of higher, suprasensory knowing -- imagination, inspiration, and intuition. Ten chapters take the reader from the idea of inner development, through the cultural and evolutioary need for higher knowing, to examples of the practices and inner gestures this work requires. Steiner unfolds the necessary steps and stages, always insisting on the free, individual, and cognitive character of anthroposophic spiritual research.
In dieser Schrift werden in aphoristischer Form einige Schilderungen gegeben derjenigen Teile der Welt und der menschlichen Wesenheit, die geschaut werden, wenn die geistige Erkenntnis die Grenze überschreitet, welche Sinneswelt von Geisteswelt trennt.
Dieses erstmals 1910 erschienene Werk enthält die umfassendste Darstellung im Werk Rudolf Steiners vom Wesen und der Entwicklung der Menschheit und ihrer Zugehörigkeit zu einem selbst in Entwicklung befindlichen Kosmos. Eine bedenkenswerte Alternative zur heute gängigen Auffassung.
Featuring more than ninety of Steiner s best-loved verses and meditations, this volume collects a range of material on various themes, such as working with spiritual beings, connecting with loved ones who have passed over, developing "I"-being, and celebrating festivals and seasons. Countless people have worked with these meditations over the decades and can testify to their power, as well as to the strength and comfort they offer for meditation and contemplation. Although there are various translations for many of these verses, George and Mary Adams s renderings can truly be said to be classic and are the most widely used in the English-speaking anthroposophic movement. George Adams was Steiner s personal interpreter whenever he lectured in Britain, and Adams thus developed an intuitive understanding of Steiner s esoteric work. Those who know these verses will be delighted that they are available again, while those who approach them for the first time will discover a treasure of wisdom and an abundance of tools for inner transformation. This edition also features the original German texts where applicable."

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