A Psychology of Body, Soul and Spirit

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SteinerBooks, 1999 - Philosophy - 232 pages
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12 lectures, Berlin, October 23, 1909-December 16, 1911 (CW 115)In 1904, Steiner publicly described this classic account of the Western path of initiation. Beginning with the assumption 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 us through the stages of preparation, illumination, and initiation, from cultivating fundamental soul moods of reverence and tranquility to esoteric self-development. He also provides practical exercises for inner and outer observation and moral development. By patiently and persistently following his suggestions, new capacities of soul and spirit begin to form, revealing the contours of the higher worlds previously concealed from us.Robert Sardello s in-depth introduction places Steiner s lectures within the context of modern life and psychology and provides insights into how to read and use this text for inner development and a deeper understanding of spiritual science. The challenges we face in modern life require ever-deeper levels of wisdom and insight. In this important book, Rudolf Steiner becomes a teacher, counselor, and friend through advice that is practical, clear, and powerful. The text shows us how to cultivate the capacities for such insights and places them at the service of humanity. Contents:
  • Introduction by Robert Sardello
  • Part 1 "Anthroposophy"
  • The Human being and the Senses
  • Supersensible Processes in the Human Senses
  • The Higher Senses, inner Forces, and Creative Principles in the Human Organism
  • Supersensible Currents, Group Soul, and the I in Human Beings and Animals
  • Part 2 "Psychosophy"
  • Aspects of Soul Life
  • The Activities of Human Soul Forces
  • The Senses, Feeling, and Aesthetic Judging
  • Consciousness and Soul Life
  • Part 3 "Pneumatosophy"
  • Franz Brentano and Aristotle s Doctrine of the Spirit
  • Truth and Error in Light of the Spiritual World
  • "Imagination" Imagination; "Inspiration" Self-Fulfillment; "Intuition" Conscience
  • Nature, the Evolution of Consciousness, and Reincarnation
Steiner does not talk "about" soul; he speaks "from" soul. That is the entire method. There is, however, an entrance fee for doing psychology. The fee is that you need to leave behind your well-known-to-you self-identity. You must suffer the experience of leaving behind not only what you know, but also what you "think" you know of yourself. This requirement qualifies psychology as integral to the work of initiation. Robert Sardello, from his introduction
Essentially, the correct meaning of "theosophy" is the allowing of the god within us to speak; what it tells you about the world is theosophy. Anthroposophy, for its part, may be characterized as the wisdom spoken by us as human beings when we are between God and nature, and allow the human being in us to speak of what is shining into us from above and of what is projecting into us from below. "Anthroposophy" is the wisdom that human beings speak. Rudolf SteinerA previous translation of these lectures were published as "Anthroposophy, Psychosophy, Pneumatosophy" and as "Wisdom of Man, of the Soul, and of the Spirit." This volume is a translation from German of "Anthroposophie, Psychosophie, Pneumatosophie" (GA 115)"
 

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Contents

The Human Being and the Senses
3
Supersensible Processes in the Human Senses
21
The Higher Senses Inner Forces and Creative
34
Supersensible Currents Group Soul and the I
54
NOVEMBER 14 1910
77
The Activities of Human Soul Forces
93
The Senses Feeling and Aesthetic Judging 709
109
Consciousness and Soul Life
130
Truth and Error in Light of the Spiritual World
170
ImagnationImagination nspraronSelfFulfillment
188
Nature the Evolution of Consciousness and Reincarnation
207
Further Reading
223
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About the author (1999)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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