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Broadening Science through Anthroposophy
Volume 2: The World of Formative Forces
• Ernst Marti
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.
A Spiritual Biography
• Richard Seddon
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.
in Science, History, Philosophy & Art
• Yeshayahu (Jesaiah) Ben-Aharon
‘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
EXPERIENCES FROM THE THRESHOLD AND BEYOND
Understood Through Anthroposophy
• Are Thoresen
‘‘There is a physical world, which we all accept as real, but there is also a spiritual world, which interpenetrates this material world and is its cause and foundation. Between these two worlds exists a threshold that can be felt, seen clairvoyantly, traversed and passed through by anyone with a real desire to do so... At this threshold there is a guardian, whose task is to stop humans from passing across it unprepared...’ – From the Introduction
FIGURE OF CHRIST
Rudolf Steiner and the spiritual intention behind the Goetheanum's central work of art
• Peter Selg • translated by Matthew Barton
'Yes, that is the Christ. This is how my spiritual eye perceived him in Palestine.' - Rudolf Steiner, speaking of his sculpted figure of Christ
• Willem Zeylmans van Emmichoven
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.
FOUNDATION STONE MEDITATION
A Key to the Christian Mysteries
• Sergei 0. Prokofieff
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."
• Edward Warren
The conception of freedom today is increasingly connected to the realms of economics, politics, religion, and so on. But what really is freedom in its essence, and does it have a spiritual aspect?
FREEDOM THROUGH LOVE
The Search for Meaning in Life
Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom
• Nick Thomas
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?
FREEMASONRY AND RUDOLF STEINER
An Introduction to the Masonic Imagination
• N.V.P. Franklin
Today some six million Freemasons around the world continue to perform their rituals regularly – an enormous legacy of spiritual endeavour, kept largely in secret. In Britain alone there are over 7,000 Lodges, with a quarter of a million members. What is this wealth, this appeal, and how did the philosopher and spiritual scientist Rudolf Steiner reinterpret or reconstruct Freemasonry’s time-worn legacy?
• Hermann Beckh
‘Christianizing the Buddha’s impulse at the same time broadens the Christian horizon…’ – Hermann Beckh
FROM CHRISTIANITY TO CHRIST
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.
FROM THE MYSTERIES
• Hermann Beckh
In the early part of the last century, Professor Hermann Beckh began a search to discover the truth about the Mystery wisdom of antiquity. As a recognized authority on Buddhist texts, he knew that complete knowledge of such Mysteries was not to be found within the limitations of waking consciousness, sense perception and logic. Beckh was already aware that Gautama Buddha had indicated the stages of higher knowledge. Furthermore, his studies of Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophical teachings revealed that such knowledge could be experienced directly, given disciplined meditation. Clairvoyant cognition included the conscious penetration of sleep consciousness, the dream state and an experience of pre-natal consciousness. Both the Mysteries and Rudolf Steiner’s major books, he concluded, were founded on the same perceptions.
FUTURE ART OF CINEMA, THE
Rudolf Steiner’s Vision
• Reto Andrea Savoldelli
From Joseph Vogelsang and his mysterious peep-box to Hollywood blockbusters and Netflix, R.A. Savoldelli’s survey of cinema and film is based on practical experience – he was once the enfant terrible of Swiss cinema – and years of contemplation and study. He examines the difference between film as the ‘hypnotic monster’ referred to by the Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, and the art of film that Rudolf Steiner aspired to. The author depicts the historical development of cinema from its origins, paying particular attention to science fiction – from Star Wars to The Matrix – and influential filmmakers such as Eric Rohmer, Andrei Tarkovsky and Pasolini.
FUTURE IS NOW
Anthroposophy at the New Millennium
• Edited with an Introduction by Sevak Gulbekian
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.