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Anthroposophy and the Inner Life - Rudolf Steiner bookAnthroposophy And The Inner Life
9 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Although the Anthroposophy and the Inner Life lecture series was given to an audience which had been studying anthroposophy, or spiritual science, for many years, they were described by Rudolf Steiner as an ‘Introductory Course’.

As the wide-ranging contents reveal, his gaze was clearly fixed on Western humanity in general, and Steiner, one of the most important spiritual teachers of the 20th century, felt it was vital to describe from many standpoints the aims and character of anthroposophy, the spiritual knowledge appropriate for our time. Most importantly, he strove to reveal the esoteric in an exoteric way, for this, he believed, is what the crisis of the 20th century demands.

In these lectures, given at Dornach in Switzerland about a year before his death, Steiner studies the implications of our human condition, particularly our inner natures, and encourages the reader to consider the possibilities that spiritual science can unfold for us. The subjects include: the transition from ordinary knowledge to the science of initiation; meditation and inspiration; love, intuition and the human ego; dream-life and external reality; imaginative cognition and the building of destiny; phases of memory and the real self.

Trans: V. Compton-Burnett (9 lectures, Jan to Oct 1924 Dornach, GA234); 134pp
Rudolf Steiner Press
9781855844179; paperback

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.


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