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True and False Paths in Spiritual Investigation - Rudolf Steiner Anthroposophy lecturesTrue and False Paths in Spiritual Investigation
11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

In the lecture series, True and False Paths in Spiritual Investigation, Rudolf Steiner deals with the fundamental aspects of human consciousness, and the methods of examination of the spiritual realms which surround and permeate our sense-experienced physical world.  He describes how our relationship to the higher worlds is determined by our soul-physical constitution, citing how the ancient Chaldeans of the middle-east saw, thought and felt about the spiritual world in comparison to our own conditioned outlook.

He proceeds to describe changes that have occurred in the evolutionary course of time since this period and how approaches to the spiritual changed accordingly, bringing us eventually into our own period which is characterised by the emergence and development of the Consciousness Soul since the early 15th century, and more specifically, since the beginning of the Age of Michael in 1879 with its strong solar influences.

He describes the importance of using our own independent generative soul forces, our solar forces, and our Consciousness Soul clarity of mind, to develop the faculties whereby we consciously ascend into the higher cognitive realms, the spiritual worlds.  He stresses the importance of meditative exercises as contained in How to Know Higher Worlds to give regularity and balance in the development of the inner organs of soul and spirit necessary to perceive the higher worlds in an appropriate and healthy way.

In contrast he points out the dangers of retreating into earlier modes of consciousness, moon states of consciousness, where the human being, like the moon, offers itself passively as a reflector to other forms of consciousness.  Such lunar states are found in such things as mediumism/channelling, hypnotism, somnambulism (sleepwalking), and any state where sovereignty over one’s own soul is compromised for the sake of experiencing psychic/spiritual phenomena. He points out how such activities, apart from giving unreliable knowledge, invite the activities of beings who are actively opposed to the Michaelic sun forces which are available to humanity in this epoch and which humanity needs for its healthy evolution.

Trans: A. H. Parker (11 lectures, Torquay 11 – 22 Aug 1924, GA243); 222pp
Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 1 85584 030 8; paperback


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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