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Can Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science shed any meaningful light on one of the most materialistic of human pursuits: research on the atom?Physics teacher Keith Francis believes it can. He traces the concept of the atom from ancient Greece to contemporary quantum physics, all the time relating this compelling quest to relevant statements made by Rudolf Steiner.He concludes that there are, in fact, many connections and parallels between Steiner's thinking and atomic research, and that each illuminates the other in a revealing and inspiring way.This is an ideal book for Steiner-Waldorf teachers looking for a deeper understanding of science.
Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626)—English statesman, jurist, and philosopher—created a blueprint for the spiritual and scientific rebirth of humanity. Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925)—Austrian philosopher and seer—had the same ideal but proposed a path of knowledge that could hardly be more different from Bacon’s. Bacon and Steiner were remarkable characters, but even more remarkable is the clash that took place between them across a gap of three centuries. According to Steiner, Bacon was programmed by his spiritual handlers, from ancient times and through previous incarnations, to become the chief architect of an inhuman, diabolical technological society. Could this really be so, or was Steiner radically mistaken? Is it possible that Steiner was motivated as much by animus as by insight? Bacon, of course, didn’t say anything about Steiner, but he did provide a great deal of material that bears on the questions raised by the Austrian. In tackling these problems, Keith Francis deals with issues that seem never to have been confronted by Steiner’s followers. He gives historical contexts for both men, reports on their scientific philosophies, and to illuminate the whole situation, takes the reader on a journey from the pre-Socratic thinkers of ancient Greece to the post-Newtonians of modern Europe, visiting Arabian philosophers and European scholastics along the way.
To acknowledge and understand Rudolf Steiner’s unique achievement and life’s work, one must be able to accept that the founder and spiritual researcher of Anthroposophy was “a citizen of two worlds”: the spiritual and the physical. Anthroposophy teaches that this duality, rather than being a quality reserved for special individualities, is inherent to human nature. According to Rudolf Steiner, it is a central aspect of being human, even in times when the suprasensory aspect of humanity is eclipsed (for ordinary day consciousness) and almost eliminated by certain civilizations. The interest in Rudolf Steiner’s person and essence, in his attitude toward life and work, will continue to grow in the decades and centuries that lie ahead, both within and outside the anthroposophical movement. It will take hold of entirely different groups of people, including those who come with spiritual questions or discover them in times of need. Rudolf Steiner’s work grew to be “one unique effort of bringing courage to human beings” (Michael Bauer). This is the first of seven comprehensive volumes on Rudolf Steiner’s “being, intentions, and journey.” It presents Rudolf Steiner from childhood and youth through his doctorate degree and up to the time of his work for the Goethe Archives as editor of Goethe’s scientific writings. By considering his formative years in depth, we come to understand better the roots and development of Rudolf Steiner’s later spiritual research and teachings. This volume is a translation from German of the first three chapters of Rudolf Steiner. 1861 - 1925: Lebens- und Werkgeschichte. Band 1: 1861 - 1914 (Ita Wegman Institut, 2012).
An introduction to Anthroposophical Methodology and a complete analysis of Rudolf Steiner's 'Philosophy of Freedom (Spiritual Activity)', Gennady Bondarev's 'Organon' demonstrates that the methodology intrinsic to Anthroposophy is fundamental to and capable of unifying all modern sciences as it describes the monistic sensible-supersensible reality. Through its anthropocentric and ontological character, this methodology's actualization implies an evolutionary change of both the human subject and the process of cognition itself. Rudolf Steiner's fundamental epistemological work is thereby shown to be the foundation for the development of a new kind of 'beholding' thinking - what Goethe began to experience and called "anschauende Urteilskraft." This is volume 2 of 3. The volumes, taken together, contain a completely new translation of 'Die Philosophie der Freiheit' by Graham B. Rickett.
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, spent some five months of his life in Britain, visiting it ten times between the years 1902 and 1924. With the exception of German-speaking countries, the longest time Steiner spent abroad was in Britain, a place he clearly considered as central to his work. In this extraordinarily thorough study of over 1,200 pages and dozens of illustrations, Crispian Villeneuve documents these important visits, reproducing letters, articles, records and other archival material - much of it published for the first time. He also studies the interconnected theme of the life and work of D.N. Dunlop, Rudolf Steiner's closest British colleague. Rudolf Steiner in Britain has special significance for English-speaking peoples around the world, as well as for those seeking to understand how and why Steiner disseminated his spiritual world-view. Villeneuve's two-volume opus, the fruit of a decade of research, is finally available in a paperback edition.
In a series of short studies enlivened with colour illustrations, Henk van Oort takes the reader on a spiritual journey through a variety of topics relating to everyday experience. With chapters as diverse as ‘The Human Will’, ‘Quantum Physics’ and ‘Good and Evil’, the book’s common theme is the dynamic nature of human consciousness. This unique spiritual ‘travel guide’ opens up surprising new vistas to the ever-changing reality in which we live, helping us understand who we really are as human beings. The author demonstrates how our knowledge of the world is in a constant process of evolution. Tying together the disparate elements of the book is the inexhaustible spiritual source from which we receive inspiration and energy for life. Van Oort shows that our familiar material world finds its origins in the world of spirit. With a focus on Rudolf Steiner’s insights supplemented with the work of many other thinkers, Your Spiritual Journey reveals new pathways to our life’s earthly adventure.
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: from pre-science to science; the origin of mathematics; the roots of physics and chemistry, and the urge to experiment; the boundaries of science; understanding organisms: Goethe's method; the quest for archetypal phenomena; light, darkness, and color; the rediscovery of the elements; the nature of warmth; the scale of nature; the function of the ethers in the physical; subnature; the nature of atoms; and the natural and spiritual sciences.
This lecture is part of the collection "Nature's Open Secret" by Rudolf Steiner. Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist. He gained initial recognition as a literary critic and cultural philosopher. At the beginning of the 20th century, he founded a spiritual movement, Anthroposophy. He is considered the father of Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine and spiritual science. At the young age of twenty-one, Rudolf Steiner was chosen to edit Goethe's scientific writings for the principle Goethe edition of his time. Goethe's literary genius was universally acknowledged; it was Steiner's task to understand and comment on Goethe's scientific achievements. Steiner recognized the significance of Goethe's work with nature and his epistemology, and here began Steiner's own training in epistemology and spiritual science. Steiner's introductions to Goethe's works re-visions the meaning of knowledge and how we attain it. Goethe had discovered how thinking could be applied to organic nature and that this experience requires not just rational concepts but a whole new way of perceiving. In an age when science and technology have been linked to great catastrophes, many are looking for new ways to interact with nature. With a fundamental declaration of the interpenetration of our consciousness and the world around us, Steiner shows how Goethe's approach points the way to a more compassionate and intimate involvement with nature. The entire Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner are available from SteinerBooks.
In these unique lectures, given to members of his Esoteric School (1904-14), Rudolf Steiner's main intention is to throw light on the hidden content of the picture-language of myths, sagas and legends. Pictures, he explains, are the real origin of all things - the primeval spiritual causes. In the ancient past people assimilated these pictures through myths and legends. In order to work in a healthy way with pictures or symbols today, however, it is necessary that one should first become acquainted with their esoteric content - to understand them. At the time of these lectures Steiner was planning to inaugurate the second section of the Esoteric School, which was to deal in a direct way with a renewal - out of his own spiritual research - of ritual and symbolism. He gave these lectures as a necessary preparation, to clarify the history and nature of the cultic tradition. He thus discusses principally Freemasonry and its background, but also the Rosicrucians, Manichaeism, the Druids, the Prometheus Saga, the Lost Temple, Cain and Abel - and much else besides. Book jacket.
Now a classic, this is the fundamental text for those seeking a "Spiritual Understanding of Nature on the Basis of Goethe's Method of Training Observation and Thought." Working out of a detailed history of science, Lehrs reveals to the reader not only how science has been inescapably led to the illusions it holds today, but more importantly, how the reader may correct in himself these misconceptions brought into his world view through modern education.
The question of the cosmic reality of Christ is central to modern Christian awareness. We see lively debate about Christ's nature in relation to the earth and creation, not only within the Church itself but also in more speculative areas of thinking and feeling, such as creation spirituality and the New Age movement. The works of Teilhard de Chardin and Fritjof Capra have stimulated many to think spiritually about the created world and the part of humankind in its evolution. These issues were also illuminated by Rudolf Steiner in his Christology, which placed the Incarnation at a pivotal point of earthly evolution. Exploring the work of the cosmic Christ, Schroeder draws upon these sources and clarifies the concepts of "reality, evil, and the meaning of cosmic." He summarizes the cosmic dimension of Christ in the New Testament and the developing consciousness of humans in relation to the Logos, and examines how we are to engage personally in a natural but deeply conscious relationship with the Christ among us. Hans-Werner Schroeder, born in 1931, is a priest of the Christian Community. He teaches at the seminary in Stuttgart and is part of the leadership of this movement for religious renewal.
This unique anthology presents the life and work of Christian Rosenkreutz and his importance for our time. Included are the 'true Rosicrucian writings' -- The Chymical Wedding; The Fame and Confession of the Fraternity of the Rosie Cross; The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians. Also included are important writings by Robert Fludd, Thomas Vaughan, Hinricus Madathanus, Daniel Stolcius, Heinrich Khunrath, several lectures by Rudolf Steiner, and a list of references to Christian Rosenkreutz by Steiner. Contains extensive editorial and reference notes and an annotated bibliography.
In 1828 a young boy was discovered on the streets of Nuremberg. In his hand he clutched a letter, directing him to some local stables where he was intended to work. This young man, Kaspar Hauser, who could barely write his name and could speak only a few words, was soon to become an international phenomenon -- the "Child of Europe." In this seminal work Peter Tradowsky addresses the mysteries surrounding Kaspar Hauser's life using the modern science of the spirit -- anthroposophy. His analysis delves deeply into the occult significance of the individuality incarnated as Kaspar Hauser.
Rudolf Steiner presented these lectures to about 100 German young people who hoped to bring Waldorf education into the culture of their time and for the future.
When John Hume leaves England and takes a teaching job at the Benjamin Thompson School in New York City, it is with the object of shedding a load of guilt that he has carried for twenty-fi ve years. It doesn't work, however, as he continues to be haunted by his old sorrow and becomes a suspect in the death of a young girl under circumstances eerily reminiscent of the incident that he is trying to forget. While coping with the tangled relationships within a deeply troubled school, he becomes involved with a much younger woman who knows nothing of his past. He faces another excruciating decision-should he stay in New York and try to work things out, or cut his losses and return to England.
Cosmic Christianity describes the relationship between the earthly and supra-earthly cosmic worlds by showing the relationship between the cosmos--as expressed in the movements of the stars--and the activities of Christ during his three years of ministry on Earth. The "gesture" of each astrological planet during those years is worked out and correlated with specific acts of the Christ as recorded in the Gospels. The apparent "looping" movements of Mercury, for example, are connected with the "seven signs" of St. John's gospel. The author goes on to explore the many ways in which these healing acts, which have been inscribed in the heavens, continue to work in evolution through the events of history and through our individual human lives. By studying this, we begin to understand our responsibility for developing the new Christian mysteries and, consequently, renewing the starry cosmos. Sucher presents a real foundation for modern star wisdom. Topics include the evolution of cosmology; the origins of the planetary symbols; our new relationship to the stars as revealed in human lives and historical events; and the role of the Archangel Michael in our individual relationship to the stars. This is an excellent place to begin one's study of the stars and their meaning for both our individual lives and for the world. To purchase other books by Willi Sucher, please visit the Astrosophy Research Center, where you will find some of his most important works on star wisdom. Included are: Isis Sophia I: Introducing Astrosophy Isis Sophia II: Outline of a New Star Wisdom Isis Sophia III: Our Relationship With the Stars Drama of the Universe Living Universe: Studies in Astrosophy Practical Approach I: Star Journals One Practical Approach II: Star Journals Two Practical Approach III: Letters
The Austrian-born philosopher Rudolf Steiner inspired a vast legacy of practical work in Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, the Camphill Communities for adults and children with special needs, as well as in many artistic and scientific domains. Underlying them all was a subtle and highly developed approach to thought, with which Steiner addressed philosophical issues in a new way. Many of these issues were also being tackled in parallel to Steiner by a number of his contemporaries, notably the Phenomenological school pioneered by Edmund Husserl and others. Steiner was notable too for developing concepts of structure and developmental ideas far ahead of his time. Seeking to clarify moral thinking in terms of his 'ethical individualism, 'steiner offered a challenging view of knowledge, not as abstract objectivity but as a creative relationship between the knower and the known. From this standpoint, all genuine knowledge is an expression of our active engagement with the world. Knowledge is never just about the world 'out there,' since every individual shares in reality that is known, and there are no morally neutral acts or thoughts.
Contains 27 articles, which reflect the author's work as a scientist, journalist and lecturer: articles on evolutionary questions, language, education, science, ecology, life after life, and contemporary thinkers such as Schmacher and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

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