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Three Streams in Human Evolution - Rudolf Steiner lecturesThree Streams in Human Evolution
The Connection of the Luciferic-Ahrimanic Impulses with the Christ-Jahve Impulse
6 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner covers an extraordinary amount of detailed esoteric knowledge in this six-lecture series titled: Three Streams in Human Evolution. The main theme is the activities and relationships between the three fundamental directing forces in human evolution, namely the Luciferic, which both inspires and tempts humanity from the realm of the superconscious; the Ahrimanic, which drives and deceives him from the subconscious; and the original progressive Powers which strive to maintain the balance between these two. He describes how over successive epochs of time, the Luciferic and Ahrimanic Powers alternate in their cultural predominance, and examines their relative influences in the Lemurian epoch, the Atlantean period, and finally our own post-Atlantean period.

He also examines their origins and how their ‘out-of-stepness’ as Beings of one rank within the Higher Spiritual Hierarchies, appearing within the stature and function of a lower rank, results in their anomalous effects on human and world evolution, but ironically how this contributes to our evolution as free and true human beings in the long run.

Among so many other historical elements, Steiner gives special focus on the span of years from the birth of Jesus to the year 666 A.D., with the pivotal point 333 in the exact middle. This year (333) was the exact midpoint of the 4th post-Atlantean epoch (the Greco-Roman period), but it was also the midpoint of the the entire post-Atlantean epoch, a period lasting 15,120 years. Steiner describes how an Ahrimanic impulse was preparing to enter into human evolution through the middle-east culture of Persia in the year 666 which would have thrown human evolution so far off its intended course that further human development would have been impossible.

This event, 333 years after this critical midpoint, was countered by the Christ event which was begun with the birth of Jesus 333 years prior to this point and which culminated with the enactment of the Mystery of Golgotha.

This occult presentation of the dynamics of Time balanced around significant midpoints is found elsewhere in Steiner’s lectures and is also described here.

Much more is given including how these events manifested historically and how their effects echo on through the centuries and can be witnessed even in our own time.

A lecture series well worth reading and re-reading.

6 lectures, Dornach, 4 – 13 Oct 1918, GA184
Rudolf Steiner Press
124pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 85440 720 0



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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