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The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity - Rudolf SteinerThe Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity
3 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
Edited by Steiner for publication

The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity is an intermediate work, consisting of lectures which Rudolf Steiner personally reworked for publication.

Steiner begins by directing our attention to a second self, which is guiding us through life. This self guides us especially in early life as we raise ourselves to vertical balance in space, to an experience of community through acquiring the faculty of speech, and to the power of inner reflection with regard to ourselves and the world around us. We exchange this inherent developmental faculty, which is still connected to the spiritual hierarchies, for I-consciousness and memory in the course of our early life. Who or what is the source of  this wisely directed growth in the young human being? Steiner describes it in connection with the higher self of humanity Who lived in Jesus during the years between the Baptism and the Crucifixion. He points out that even if there were no Gospels to tell us of the Christ, we would know it from an examination of our own human nature. Looking within ourselves and at human history we can understand the spiritual guidance of humanity and of individual human beings.

Many people who approach anthroposophy for the first time are suspicious and even resentful of Christianity . . . . Others are perplexed that Steiner’s Christology puts forward quite radical elements when compared to the theology of his day or ours. In this book, Rudolf Steiner gives a broad, sweeping picture of human and cosmic evolution and the central place of the Christ impulse in it, and relates this evolution to our inner life, to the experiences and insights that anyone with the good will to look within can have . . . . Here we can find the inner sustenance to work toward building the culture of a new age . . . . A "classic” work of spiritual science. —Hilmar Moore

Anthroposophic Press
Trans: S. Desch (3 lectures, June 1911, GA15)
108pp; paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88010-364-0

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See also: The Spiritual Hierarchies and the Physical World


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