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.
"May all those who have the strength and courage, not only to bring the Michael-thought to manifestation in their souls but to make it living in their deeds, become true servants of Michael and bring about his victory, and thus lead mankind over the great crisis with which it is now confronted." - Ita Wegman
Ernst Marti devoted his life to researching the ‘etheric realm’ – a subtle area that exists between the physical and spiritual. Taking the numerous statements and references by Rudolf Steiner as his starting point, Marti develops our understanding of the etheric world in various fields – from the theory of knowledge to the natural world, through to music, the realm of colours, eurythmy and medicine. In doing so, he proposes exciting bridges from the ancient and medieval worldview to the present and future of natural and spiritual science.
Ernst Marti devoted his life to researching the ‘etheric realm’ – a subtle area that exists between the physical and spiritual. Taking the numerous statements and references by Rudolf Steiner as his starting point, Marti develops our understanding of the etheric world in various fields – from the theory of knowledge to the natural world, through to music, the realm of colour, eurythmy and medicine. In doing so, he proposes exciting bridges from the ancient and medieval worldview to the present and future of natural and spiritual science.
Seddon considers Europe from the point-of-view of the rulerships of the various Archangels of Time from Michael's regency between the mid-sixth and the third century BC, up to his present rulership between 1879 and the twenty-second century.
‘Could it not be that a tremendously important Event is taking place in the world, taking place right now, of which our own contemporaries have no presentiment? This is indeed so. A highly important Event is taking place that is perceptible, however, only to spiritual vision.’ – Rudolf Steiner, 25 January, 1910
During the Christmas Conference of 1923-24 when the Anthroposophical Society was refounded, Rudolf Steiner presented to its members for the first time the Foundation Stone Meditation. On consecutive days during that week he showed how elements of the Meditation could be rebuilt into new meditations - sometimes referred to as 'rhythms' - which could be inwardly practised. Zeylmans van Emmichoven was present at that formative meeting, and lived intensively with these 'rhythms' for more than 30 years. He started speaking about them publicly at a time when they were virtually forgotten. Initially in the Netherlands, and later during his extensive journeys around the world, Zeylmans began to make people aware of the germinating forces contained within the Meditation. This volume bears the fruit of his work on this theme. It remains a seminal book which has been an inspiration to generations of students of anthroposophy.
Meditative reflection - the strengthening of thinking and feeling through the will - is one of the main methods of experiencing Anthroposophy. "The best path to this goal", says Sergei Prokofieff, "is inner work with the Foundation Stone Meditation, because this meditation is the quintessence of the whole of Anthroposophy, given in meditatively inspired form by means of earthly words."
What does it mean to be human? What is knowledge? What is freedom? Philosophy offers answers to these questions, but are its rarefied arguments relevant to people today, or just abstractions? Are we not more preoccupied with day-to-day survival and the unending problems surrounding human relationships?
Christianity as the Essence of Humanity in Rudolf Steiner's Science of the Spirit
• Pietro Archiati
Pietro Archiati reaches beyond the earthly traditions and cultural expressions of Christianity to its true spiritual essence. His survey takes us from the history of an "all-too-human" Christianity to the history of actual "Christian" Christianity and its future development through a new scientific approach to the spirit.
The spiritual teacher Rudolf Steiner referred to the period of time encompassing the end of the twentieth century and the beginning of the new millennium as one of great spiritual struggle. Forces of destruction would wage war against forces of good, and the future of culture and civilization would depend on the outcome. In his many statements on the matter, he directed words of warning in particular to members of the Anthroposophical Society and movement. They would be called upon to develop spiritual qualities which would be crucial to the furtherance of human development.
Rudolf Steiner, the Austrian-born philosopher and spiritual scientist, systematically cultivated methods of spiritual vision and research, which enabled him to investigate the course of human evolution. Steiner described how the thoughts and deeds of the hierarchies of spiritual beings are discernible in the dimensions of soul and spirit. Under certain conditions, it is possible for an initiate who has developed special capacities, to grasp what these beings are actively preparing for the future. This was achieved especially by St John in his Book of Revelation, and likewise by Rudolf Steiner throughout his many years of spiritual research and teaching.
How the spiritual world works through bees for nature and humanity
• Ralf Roessner
‘The most important task of the bees, apart from the preparation of honey, wax and propolis, is the healing of the atmosphere! The honey bee, apis mellifera, alone, is able to perform this task. This is its first and foremost purpose.’ – Ralf Roessner
Treating Chronic Physical and Mental Illness with Mineral Remedies
• Dr Peter Grunewald
Presenting far-reaching new therapeutic research, Peter Grunewald examines the underlying spiritual aspects of constitutional treatment using medicines taken from the mineral kingdom. This constitutional approach, used in the treatment of chronic physical, neurological, developmental, emotional, behavioural and mental conditions and illnesses, centres on a system of nine minerals. Grunewald traces these nine substances on their paths through the human organism, and demonstrates their indications, effects and interactions. He also develops a spiritual and alchemistic understanding of the working of these substances, based on anthroposophical medical research.
Taking a radical departure from the usual comparative study of religion, Pietro Archiati shows that the various religions represent stages in each individual's path of development. In this sense the Great Religions create an absolute unity - not in what they say or teach, but in their contribution to each of us becoming ever more human. As Archiati says: 'The essence of a religion is in what it makes of a human being. And the actual unity of all religions is the creative product they have combined to make, namely the human being himself as the synthesis of all the religious paths which he has trodden in the course of his long evolution.'
As a child in a non-religious family, Michael Ridenour found a Bible one day and began reading. Initially excited by its lively stories, he paused at the New Testament, faced with a baffling inner question: Where in the world is Christ today? An unexpected answer came during his teenage years with a spontaneous experience of the Christ being, but this only led to more questions. Later, discovering the work of Rudolf Steiner, he found the authentic vision and language he needed to clarify and better comprehend his own experiences, but the questions kept coming.
On the Relationship of The Philosophy of Freedom to the Fifth Gospel
• Sergei O. Prokofieff
'The mystery of the Guardian, and the Threshold he protects, belong among the central most significant themes on the path of modern initiation. For, without the encounter with the Guardian, the Threshold to the spiritual world can never be crossed in full consciousness. The consequence would then be that for all the experiences in the realm on the other side of the Threshold there can be no certainty as to the truth of their contents.' - from the Preface