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Art and Soul: Rudolf Steiner, Interdisciplinary Art and Education

Art and Soul: Rudolf Steiner, Interdisciplinary Art and Education

Author: Victoria de Rijke

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030176044

Category: Education

Page: 184

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This book brings together Steiner's philosophical, biodynamic and cultural contributions to education, where 'spirit' and ‘soul’ are the creative elements in human evolution. His thought is applied to selected examples of innovative artistic practice and pedagogy of the present. This volume is intended for researchers in the arts and education with an interest in Rudolf Steiner's huge influence on educational thought and policy.This is an urgent point in time to reflect on the role of arts in education and what it might mean for our souls. An accessible yet scholarly study of interdisciplinarity, imagination and creativity is of critical widespread interest now, when arts education in many countries is threatened with near-extinction.

Psychoanalysis and Spiritual Psychology

Psychoanalysis and Spiritual Psychology

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 0880103515

Category:

Page: 152

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In these five lectures, Steiner lays the foundations for a truly spiritual psychology. The first two lectures constitute a critical examination of the principles of Freud and Jung. The last three lectures begin with a description of the threefold structure of human consciousness and go on to outline a psychology that takes into account both the soul's hidden powers and the complex connections between psychological and organic, bodily processes. Robert Sardello, co-director of the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture has contributed an important introduction from the perspective of a practicing psychotherapist.

Nature Spirits

Nature Spirits

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 1855840189

Category: Religion

Page: 212

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Based on knowledge attained through his highly trained clairvoyance, Rudolf Steiner contends that folk traditions regarding nature spirits are based on spiritual reality. He describes how people possessed a natural spiritual vision in ancient times, enabling them to commune with nature spirits. These entities--also referred to as elemental beings--became immortalized as fairies and gnomes in myth, legend, and children's stories. Today the instinctive understanding that humanity once had for these elemental beings, says Steiner, should be transformed into clear scientific knowledge. He even asserts that humanity will be unable to reconnect with the spiritual world if it cannot develop a new relationship to the elementals. The nature spirits themselves want to be of great assistance to us, acting as "emissaries of higher divine spiritual beings."

The Naturally Good Man

The Naturally Good Man

Author: Rod E. Keays

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781466984103

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Men inherit definitions about manhood, but many of these definitions no longer fit. A society that was once based on power, assumptions, and stereotypes is changing. Few people take time to learn about the history of male oppression, the foundations of male masculinity, and the evolution of the modern man. Join author Rod E. Keays as he examines these important topics and more, including why boys and men accept certain roles; why men bully each other; why its important to deal with emotions; and why its so hard for men to talk about sexuality. Keays explores his own experiences coping with the twists and turns that come with being a man. One thing he learns early on is that most men dont talk about their emotional highs and lows. As someone who likes to talk openly and frankly, he feels isolated, but he continues living life on his terms. Discover what good men have been doing for thousands of years and how mens groups can help men achieve their goals. The world may have its share of problems, but The Naturally Good Man continues to contribute to society.

Rudolf Steiner's Core Mission

Rudolf Steiner's Core Mission

Author: T. H. Meyer

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781906999100

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 217

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Rudolf Steiner's core mission--repeatedly delayed owing to the a lack of capacity in his colleagues--was to pursue contemporary spiritual-scientific research into the phenomena of reincarnation and karma. This stimulating book describes the winding biographical path of that mission. It focuses in particular on the mystery of Steiner's connection with the influential medieval philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas. Using numerous archival sources and publications, Thomas Meyer reveals many facts related to the core of Steiner's mission, showing the critical roles played by Wilhelm Anton Neumann and Karl Julius Schröer in its genesis and development. Meyer examines how Rudolf Steiner's students responded to his understanding of karma, placing this "most intrinsic mission" in the context of current divisions in the anthroposophic movement. He highlights especially the place of spiritual science in culture and history and shows how Steiner further developed the great scientific ideas of evolution propounded by Darwin by raising them to the plane of individual soul and spiritual development. As Steiner stated in 1903, "Scientific researchers explain the skull forms of higher animals as a transformation of a lower type of skull. In the same way one should explain a soul's biography through the soul biography which the former evolved from." C O N T E N T S Introduction PART I: Rudolf Steiner's Path to Karma Knowledge 1. The Aquinas Motif in Rudolf Steiner's Last Days on Earth 2. A Biography as Spiritual Midwife 3. An Event of "Extraordinary Importance" 4. Encounter with the Master 5. Battle of Words at Griensteidl Café 6. Amidst Admirers of Thomas Aquinas 7. Fercher von Steinwand and Dionysius the Areopagite 8. Wilhelm Neumann and 9 November 1888 9. "Take Careful Note..." 10. 9 November and the World of the Dead 11. The Starting Point for Steiner's Karma Research 12. Karma Knowledge and the Experience of Freedom 13. The Seven-Year Rhythm of Aquinas Insights 14. The Three Whitsun Lectures of 1920 15. "...Driven by Certain Reasons" PART II: Spirit Remembering amongst Steiner's Pupils 16. Marie Steiner's Aquinas Insight 17. Edouard Schuré and Rudolf Steiner's Master 18. The Breach of Trust and Schuré's Lapse 19. Friedrich Rittelmeyer Adds to Schuré's Testimony 20. A Visit to Monte Cassino 21. At the Sarcophagus of Albertus Magnus 22. How Ita Wegman's Karma Vision Awoke 23. Thomas Aquinas and Reginald of Piperno PART III: The Demons Must Fall Silent 24. The Karma Revelation Impulse of 1923/24 25. "The Demons Must Fall Silent" 26. K. J. Schröer and the Suicide of Crown Prince Rudolf 27. Wilhelm Neumann and Steiner's Chartres Research 28. "What Else Could One Have Done?" PART IV: Rudolf Steiner's Karma Research Today 29. The Demons Silent No Longer 30. Spiritual "Species Research" 31. Is Steiner's Karma Research Still Relevant Today?" 32. Epilogue Appendix Sources and Notes

Life Beyond Death

Life Beyond Death

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855844551

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 256

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Although western humanity has conquered the outer world with the aid of technology and science, death remains an unsolved and largely unexplored mystery. Rudolf Steiner, an exceptional seer, was able to research spiritually the question of what happens to human consciousness after the physical body passes away. In these remarkably matter-of-fact lectures he affirms that life continues beyond death. Far from being dissipated, the individual's consciousness awakens to a new reality, beginning a great journey to the farthest expanses of the cosmos. Here it embarks on a process of purification and preparation. Rudolf Steiner indicates that one of the most important tasks for our present civilization is the reestablishment of living connections with those who have died. He gives suggestions as to how this can be done safely, and describes how the dead can be of help to those on earth.

Eurythmy as Visible Speech

Eurythmy as Visible Speech

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855845688

Category: Religion

Page: 386

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Following his lecture-course Eurythmy as Visible Singing, these fundamental lectures on speech eurythmy – offered in response to specific requests – gave Rudolf Steiner the opportunity to complete the foundations of the new art of movement. Speaking to eurythmists and invited artists, Steiner connects to the centuries-old esoteric and exoteric Western traditions of ‘the Word’ – the creative power in the sounds of the divine-human alphabet – giving it concrete form and expression in the performing arts, education and therapy. In addition to the fifteen lectures in the course, this special edition features supporting lectures and reports by Rudolf Steiner, dozens of photographs and line drawings, as well as introductions, commentary, notes and supplementary essays compiled by editor Alan Stott, including ‘Eurythmy and the English Language’ by Annelies Davidson. Although aimed primarily at the professional concerns of eurythmists who perform, teach or work as therapists, the lectures offer a wealth of suggestions and insights to those with artistic questions and concerns. ‘Only someone who creatively unfolds a sense for art from an inner calling, an inner enthusiasm, can work as an artist in eurythmy. To manifest those possibilities of form and movement inherent in the human organisation, the soul must inwardly be completely occupied with art. This all-embracing character of eurythmy was the foundation for all that was presented.’ – Rudolf Steiner ‘For the poet, for the thinker, and for the movement artist who thinks with his/her whole body, the highest mental act is done with all their heart and with all their mind and with all their soul.’ – Alan Stott

INITIATION SCIENCE

INITIATION SCIENCE

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855846142

Category: Religion

Page: 216

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In an astonishing series of lectures on the science of spiritual knowledge, Rudolf Steiner begins by addressing an audience in Dornach, Switzerland – where, only months earlier, his architectural masterpiece, the first Goetheanum, had been destroyed by fire. He discusses the nature of our planetary system, revealing the planets that are characterised by freedom and those that determine destiny. The spirits of the moon live in seclusion, preserving ‘original wisdom’ and reflecting powers connected to sexuality, whereas the sun creates harmony. Jupiter is ‘the thinker’, whilst the spirits on Saturn act as ‘living memory’. Speaking in London, Steiner states that the things that happen to people in sleep are more important than anything that occurs during waking hours! Human beings, he says, must learn to see themselves as an image of spirits and spiritual activities on earth. In a break from the theme, and returning to Dornach, Rudolf Steiner reports on his recent visit to England and Wales, where he attended an educational conference in Ilkley, a Summer School in Penmaenmawr and a school for the disadvantaged in the East End of London. Steiner speaks of the particular atmosphere he experienced in West Yorkshire and North Wales, where remnants of Druid spirituality live in the surroundings. The latter theme emerges strongly in the next lectures, which examine the Druid priest’s sun initiation and perception of moon spirits. The Druids investigated the secrets of the universe, influencing both social and religious life. Steiner also describes the mythic being of Woden, who signified the birth of intellectuality and the subsequent fear of death – which, he asserts, can be healed by the Mystery of Golgotha. In the final section, Rudolf Steiner discusses: ‘The past, present and future development of the human mind’. Again, he references the importance of Druid culture, noting that the ground plans of the stone circles in Penmaenmawr are similar to that of the first Goetheanum. He also points to the crucial roles of the ancient Mysteries and Christ’s deed in human development.

Life between Death and Rebirth

Life between Death and Rebirth

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9781621510369

Category: Anthroposophy

Page: 327

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16 lectures, various cities, Oct. 26, 1912 - May 13, 1913 (CW 140) In these lectures Steiner deals with the experiences of the human soul during and after death. On the basis of precise clairvoyant observations, he describes the events experienced during the millennium of the soul's journey within the vast realms of soul and spirit between death and rebirth. Steiner describes the states of consciousness experienced by our deceased loved ones and how we--by considering their new consciousness--can communicate with them and even help them. Reading these descriptions, it becomes clear that excarnated souls need the spiritual support of those presently incarnated, and that those still on earth, in turn, derive enlightenment and support from their former earthly companions. Contents: "Investigations into Life between Death and Rebirth," Milan, Oct. 26-27, 1912 (2 lectures) "Man's Journey through the Planetary Spheres & the Significance of a Knowledge of Christ," Hanover, Nov. 3, 1912 "Recent Results of Occult Investigation into Life between Death and Rebirth," Vienna, Nov. 3, 1912 "Life between Death and Rebirth," Munich, Nov. 26-28, 1912 (2 lectures) "The Working of Karma in Life after Death," Bern, Dec. 15, 1912 "Between Death and a New Birth," Vienna, Jan. 26, 1913 "Life after Death," Linz, Jan. 26, 1913 "Anthroposophy as the Quickener of Feeling and of Life," Tübingen, Feb. 16, 1913 "The Mission of Earthly Life As a Transitional Stage for the Beyond," Frankfurt, March 2, 1913 "Life between Death and Rebirth," Munich, March 10-12, 1913 (2 lectures) "Further Facts about Life between Death and Rebirth," Breslau, April 5, 1913 "Intercourse with the Dead," Düsseldorf, April 27, 1913 "Life after Death," Strasbourg, May 13, 1913 German edition titled: Occulte Untersuchungen über das Leben zwischen Tod und neuer Geburt Life between Death and Rebirth is a translation of 16 lectures from Okkulte Untersuchungen über das Leben zwischen Tod und neuer Geburt. Die lebendige Wechselwirkung zwischen Leben und Tod (CW 140)

Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition

Cosmos, Earth and Nutrition

Author: Richard Thornton Smith

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855843196

Category: Science

Page: 304

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In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in organic and biodynamic produce. Although once marginal and 'alternative', escalating concerns about the environment, health, food quality and animal welfare have brought organics into mainstream consciousness. Biodynamics, a unique development of the organic approach, does not narrowly focus on agricultural techniques. It was conceived as a new way of thinking about farming, nutrition and the world of nature, allowing for a revitalized relationship with the living soil, the elemental world and the cosmos. Originating from a series of eight lectures given by Dr Rudolf Steiner in 1924, biodynamics broadens the outlook of agriculture and the science behind it, leading to a holistic perspective that incorporates astronomical rhythms and unique preparations for plants and earth. The author describes the foundations on which not only biodynamics but also the wider organic movement is based. He builds bridges between mainstream science and Steiner's insights, making it easier for the wider organic and ecological movement to approach biodynamic concepts and practise. This book has much to offer to the beginner as well as to those already involved with biodynamics. Its broad range of topics - including the ecology of the farm organism, food quality and nutrition, community supported agriculture, planetary influences, seed quality, and the vitality of water - contribute to a deeper understanding of the subject. The author is also concerned to promote innovation so that biodynamics moves with the times. An appendix includes details for contacting various elements of the biodynamic world. DR RICHARD THORNTON SMITH was formerly a geography professor at the University of Leeds, specializing in soil science, environment and conservation. Widely travelled, he has a long-standing interest in indigenous and sustainable farming. He was introduced to the work of Rudolf Steiner at an early age, although his full involvement with biodynamics dates from 1990 when he began to participate in training programmes and workshops at Emerson College, Sussex. In 1996 he began a biodynamic extension programme in Sri Lanka, for which he published a book, most recently updated in 2007. Since 2001 he has been an inspector for the Biodynamic Association's Demeter and Organic Certification in the UK. In 2003 he produced an edited selection of Steiner's work relating to agriculture. He is currently a council member of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association, and lives in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

CONSCIOUS SOCIETY

CONSCIOUS SOCIETY

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9781855845435

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 194

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Delivered in the context of post-war cultural and social chaos, these lectures form part of Rudolf Steiner’s energetic efforts to cultivate social understanding and renew culture through his innovative ideas based on ‘threefolding’. Steiner develops a subtle and discerning perception of how social dynamics could change and heal if they were founded on real insight into our threefold nature as individuals, social beings and economic participants in the world. He doesn’t offer a programmatic agenda for change, but a real foundation from which change can organically grow. Social forms and reforms, says Steiner, are ‘created together’, not imposed by lone geniuses. Nevertheless, the detail of some of the thoughts and ideas he presents here as a possible model – down to the economic specifics of commodity, labour, taxation, ground rent and capitalism itself – are staggering in their clarity and originality. This is no mystic effusion but a heartfelt plea, backed by profound insights, to change our thinking and the world we live in. As he points out, thoughts create reality, and so it is vital how and what we think. Among the many contemporary and highly-relevant topics Steiner discusses here are: the nature of money and capital; taxation and the state; free enterprise and initiative; capitalism and Marxism; the relationship between employer and employee; ‘added value’ theory and the concept of commodity; and ‘class consciousness’, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie.