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Inner Development - lectures by Valentin Tomberg - AnthroposophyInner Development
7 lectures by Valentin Tomberg

The focus of these lectures, given by Valentin Tomberg in Amsterdam in 1938, is the nature and spiritual activities of the "school" or community of the Archangel Michael.

At the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Michael brought about a tremendous revolution in the spiritual worlds, and with this he revealed the new mystery which inspires consciousness on earth in the form of Anthroposophy. Its content is the renewal of the awareness of the mysteries of nature and of karma or human destiny. Souls drawn to this school have a special relationship to thinking, with a powerful resolve for Truth. With this feeling for truth they live into the spiritual world as earthly companions and representatives of Michael and bring this truth as revelation into the minds and hearts of those who are seeking deeper and more fundamental values than the sensory-materialistic experience of the world can offer.

These lectures deal with the Michaelic spiritual path of anthroposophy in its Christian-Rosicrucian aspect. Tomberg speaks about meditation, the various stages of consciousness (Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition), the Guardian of the Threshold, the occult trials of initiation, and much else besides.

He concludes by describing the life of Rudolf Steiner as the life of a Christian initiate.

Valentin Tomberg (1900-1973) was a Russian-born anthroposophist who became a Roman Catholic after the Second World War.

Trans. R & P. Bloeden
Anthroposophic Press
119pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 363 9

See also: Anthroposophical Studies of the Apocalypse of St. John