Choral singing is enjoying a renaissance, and this timely book contributes to our understanding of what choir work can and should be about. Starting from the idea that education underpins the rehearsal process, James Neilson Graham delves into the theory and practice of working with singers, drawing on the insights of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in relation to movement and Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström in relation to the voice.
'This book... will appeal to those who are in touch with their inner creative impulses, or are motivated but do not know how to begin. The aim is to make this spiritual path possible for every person. It can change the way one relates to life and work - at first simply by an attitude shift, as a questioning, caring human being, taking seriously the spiritual forces that manifest in all outer phenomena.'
Why is it so difficult actually to understand and implement the "intentions of the Christmas Conference (in Rudolf Steiner's words), which represent a very concrete answer to the Anthroposophical Society's identity crisis"? - Peter Selg
Practical and Spiritual Guidance on Death and Dying
Based on the Work of Rudolf Steiner
• Nicholas Wijnberg • Philip Martyn
When faced with the prospect of death - one's own or someone else's - there is often little time to prepare. This compact booklet is written for anyone who has to deal with death and needs information quickly. It is also for those who wish to be ready in advance. Crossing the Threshold presents a wealth of easily-digestible guidance - both practical and spiritual - on all aspects of death and dying.
In ancient times humanity possessed an innate knowledge of the spiritual foundations of existence. Such knowledge could be acquired through inwardly accompanying the cycle of the year and its connected great seasonal festivals. But this instinctive knowledge had to be lost in order for human beings to discover individual freedom. In our time, as Sergei O. Prokofieff demonstrates in this comprehensive work, "... this knowledge must be found anew through the free, light-filled consciousness of the fully developed human personality".
• Judith von Halle • Translated by Frank Thomas Smith
‘Those involved with this illness professionally or as a relative can learn much from this study, which motivates them to a deepening of anthroposophy. They will also be inspired by how the author brings the illness into the realm of the living impulse of Christ.’ – Michaela Glöckler
'The contents of this volume have arisen from my own spiritual experience, and do not represent any kind of hypothesis or speculation, except where I expressly say that I am unable to make any definitive statement about a particular event or set of circumstances...' - Judith von Halle
Genetic manipulation, industrial methods of agricultural production and disregard for natural laws have all led in recent times to growing public concern about the safety of food. As a result, there is a corresponding growth of interest in organic methods of farming. Biodynamic agriculture, founded by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s, is a further development of the organic approach, using special preparations - which work in harmony with cosmic and earthly forces - to enrich the soil and enliven food.
Part 1: The Teachings of Agni Yoga in the Light of Christian Esotericism Part 2: The Teachings of Alice Bailey in the Light of Christian Esotericism Part 3: The Birth of Christian Esotericism in the Twentieth Century and the Occult Powers that Oppose it
• Sergei O. Prokofieff
This major work comprises a comprehensive study of Eastern and Western esoteric streams and the occult powers that stand behind them. In Part 1 Prokofieff discusses the spiritual movement of Agni Yoga, presented to the world by Helena Roerich and her husband, the painter Nicholas Roerich. Part 2 focuses on the teachings developed by Alice Bailey, whilst Part 3 considers the relationship between Eastern and Western spiritual masters and the occult streams they represent.
‘The power of Shakespeare lies in his evidently conscious knowledge, skill and understanding of how to work with the alchemical potential in the human soul in the crafting of his plays. Each play is made as an exquisitely unique transformative device for the education of the soul.’
A Way of Development for those Working in Education, Therapy and the Caring Professions
• Joop van Dam
Centuries before the birth of Christ, Buddha taught a path of love, compassion and forgiveness originating from his experiences of suffering in the world. The cause of suffering, he believed, lay within the soul, which had become self-centred and egotistic. Buddha inaugurated the Eightfold Path for purification and transformation – eight exercises which could lead to a new relationship with the world, from self-centredness to a warm interest in one’s environment and in other people. The exercises, described and explained here in their correct sequence – with each preparing the individual for the next step – are: the right view, the right resolve, the right word, the right action, the right standpoint, the right effort, the right remembrance and the right contemplation.