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AGRICULTURE COURSE, KOBERWITZ, WHITSUN 1924, THE
Rudolf Steiner and the Beginnings of Biodynamics
• Peter Selg
Biodynamic agriculture, which has consistently increased in popularity over the years, was born from a single course of eight lectures delivered by Rudolf Steiner in Koberwitz (now in Poland) in June 1924. In The Agriculture Course Peter Selg presents an unprecedented study of the context within which the lectures took place, conveying a tangible sense of the celebratory mood and atmosphere of those Whitsun events. He highlights Steiner's intentions for the course - as well as the parallel lectures he gave in Breslau - by drawing widely on the available literature and numerous archive materials.
The Mystery of the Material World
• Hermann Beckh
As a practising Christian priest, Hermann Beckh was profoundly aware that the mystery of substance – its transmutation in the cosmos and the human being – was a mystical fact to be approached with the greatest reverence, requiring at once ever-deepening scholarship and meditation. He viewed chemistry as a worthy but materialistic science devoid of spirit, while the fullness of spiritual-physical nature could be approached by what he preferred to call ‘chymistry’ or ‘alchymy’, thereby taking in millennia of spiritual tradition.
Sketches of a Forgotten Life – From Vienna to Auschwitz
• Anne Weise
In a remarkable deed of original scholarly research and detailed detective work, Anne Weise recreates sketches of a lost life – of one of the millions of forgotten souls whose lives came to a violent end in the Holocaust. Her focus is Alfred Bergel (1902–1944), an artist and teacher from Vienna who was a close associate of Karl König – the founder of the Camphill Movement for people with special needs – who wrote of Bergel in his youthful diaries as his best friend ‘Fredi’.
AND IF HE HAD NOT BEEN RAISED
The Stations of Christ's Path to Spirit Man
• Judith von Halle
At Passiontide 2004, Judith von Halle received the stigmata - the duplication on her body of the wounds of Christ. Following a period of careful consideration, she eventually decided to share this intimate occurrence with a small group in Berlin in Michaelmas of that year. The phenomenon of the stigmata is usually either seen as a sheer miracle or is simply denied. In contrast, in her first lectures here, she attempts to arrive at a clear understanding of it - based on the spiritual scientific knowledge of Rudolf Steiner - and its significance for one's personal destiny.
ANIMALS ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Why Animal Experiments are Misleading and Wrong
Responsible Medicine Based on a Spiritual View of Creation
• Werner Hartinger, MD
Respected surgeon and medical doctor Werner Hartinger investigates the claims and counterclaims concerning experimentation on animals. Through meticulous analysis he comes to the conclusion that animal experiments are not only unnecessary, but that the experiments themselves are questionable and lead to meaningless results. The cruelty imposed upon animals is therefore not only gratuitous, he argues, but is unhelpful in the development of good medicine for human beings.
ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY AS A MICHAEL COMMUNITY, THE
On the Word "We" in the Foundation Stone Meditation
• Paul Mackay
"What lies spiritually and cosmically at the foundation of a community like the Anthroposophical Society? In wrestling with this question, I have come to the inner conviction that it is justified to speak of the Anthroposophical Society as a Michael community." - Paul Mackay
A Concise Introduction to Rudolf Steiner's Spiritual Philosophy
• Henk van Oort
Rudolf Steiner's work is recognized today largely due to the prominence of the international Steiner school movement, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical (holistic) medicine, and so on. However, the comprehensive spiritual philosophy that stands behind these practical initiatives is not so well known. In this concise presentation, based on years of giving introductory courses on the subject, van Oort presents an overview of key aspects of Steiner's thought. He deals with concepts such as body, soul and spirit, the relationship between man and animal, and the evolution of consciousness. The latter subject opens up panoramic vistas of human development in the form of successive cultural periods extending over thousands of years.
ANTHROPOSOPHY AND THE PHILOSOPHY OF FREEDOM
Anthroposophy and Its Method of Cognition
The Christological and Cosmic-Human Dimension of The Philosophy of Freedom
• Sergei O. Prokofieff • translated by Maria St. Goar
'I asked Rudolf Steiner: "What will remain of your work thousands of years from now?" He replied: "Nothing but the Philosophy of Freedom. But in it everything else is contained. If one realizes the act of freedom described there, one can discover the whole content of Anthroposophy."' - Walter Johannes Stein
APPEARANCE OF CHRIST IN THE ETHERIC, THE
Spiritual-Scientific Aspects of the Second Coming
• Sergei O. Prokofieff
Dedicated to the one hundredth anniversary of Rudolf Steiner's first proclamation of Christ's appearance in the etheric realm of the Earth, this book refers to various aspects of that Event that have so far not been adequately addressed. Sergei O. Prokofieff points to three themes of primary importance, all of which are connected directly with the tasks of the Society which Rudolf Steiner founded:
• The preparation of mankind for the Second Coming;
• Working together with Christ as the Lord of Karma;
• Recognising in anthroposophy the spiritual language in which questions can be posed to the etheric Christ today.
ARCHETYPAL FEMININE IN THE MYSTERY STREAM OF HUMANITY, THE
Towards a New Culture of the Family
• Manfred Schmidt-Brabant • Virginia Sease
In ancient times, people's experience of the divine was imbued with the feminine archetype. The world of spirit was seen to be populated by goddesses, and women were honoured as priestesses and guardians of sacred rites. The later Greek and Roman civilizations, in contrast, were characterized by the principle of patriarchy, which still dominates our culture - despite the political and social emancipation of women in the West.
ARCHETYPAL HUMAN-ANIMAL, THE
Rudolf Steiner’s Watercolour Painting
A New Approach to Evolution
• Angela Lord
Rudolf Steiner’s watercolour painting ‘The Archetypal Human-Animal’ presents us with the enigmatic image of a strange creature apparently swimming in water. It has a human profile, showing a clearly outlined nose and slightly-opened mouth, with a mysterious eye, almost concealed in its greenish hair. It has appendages similar to hands and feet, and dark-blue plant-like forms float about in the water beneath the creature’s bright red and yellow body. Only the title provides us with a clue to its meaning: it is an ‘archetypal human-animal’ form. But even this is enigmatic. What is this strange, unusual creature – this archetypal human-animal? We are presented with a perplexing image and a puzzling description.
ARCHETYPAL PLANT, THE
Rudolf Steiner’s Watercolour Painting
• Angela Lord
Rudolf Steiner painted his Archetypal Plant watercolour in 1924, at a time when contemporary scientific methodologies were emerging and nature was being examined under the microscope. In contrast to the dissecting tendencies of natural science, however, Steiner’s painting depicts the living, dynamic potential which stands behind the plant – lifting us out of the specific genus and providing an image of the growing and formative forces inherent within each individual plant.
ARE THERE PEOPLE WITHOUT A SELF?
On the Mystery of the Ego and the Appearance in the Present Day of Egoless Individuals
• Erdmuth Johannes Grosse
‘That in our times a kind of supernumerary person is appearing who is egoless, who in reality is not a human being, is a terrible truth.’ – Rudolf Steiner
ART OF ACTING, THE
Body - Soul - Spirit - Word
A Practical and Spiritual Guide
• Dawn Langman
This book will be invaluable to teachers, acting students and practitioners alike. Langman's inspired methods, fed by some 45 years of teaching and practice, ensure the highest outcomes for the integration of voice, speech and language as a central ingredient of the actor's craft. She is the most unique and brilliant master teacher in this area I have ever encountered. - Rosalba Clemente, Head of Acting, Drama Centre, Flinders University
ART OF SPEECH, THE
Body - Soul - Spirit - Word
A Practical and Spiritual Guide
• Dawn Langman • Artwork by Raphaela Mazzone
"The Art of Speech offers to the English language a systematic, in-depth and thoroughly readable exploration of Rudolf Steiner's original exercises. Langman's contribution, developed over decades of research, performance and teaching, is filled with relevance for today's speech artists. The powerful spiritual inspirations that stand behind the spoken word are infused throughout, giving this book its wings." - Dr Diane Caracciolo, Associate Professor of Educational Theatre, Adelphi University
ART, AESTHETICS AND COLOUR
Aristotle – Thomas Aquinas – Rudolf Steiner
An Anthology of Original Texts
• Edited by Angela Lord
In this innovative anthology, Angela Lord presents a unique series of commentaries on art, aesthetics and colour by three of western culture’s greatest intellects. Her comparative study of the works of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and Rudolf Steiner illustrates how each of these towering thinkers employed an individual and groundbreaking approach. Yet, remarkably, there are common threads that weave through their collective works that have previously been overlooked.
AT THE DAWN OF A NEW CONSCIOUSNESS
Art, Philosophy and the Birth of the Modern World
• Bernard Nesfield-Cookson
The Italian Renaissance is considered by many to mark the beginning of the modern age, the name itself - literally meaning 'rebirth' - accurately expressing the innovation that took place during this period. Renaissance thinkers took a vital interest in history, literature and the arts, focusing on the human world as much as, if not more than, that of God; and the rapid development of the arts and sciences reflected their study of the visible, physical world in all its three-dimensional glory.
ATLAS OF THE POETIC CONTINENT
Pathways in Ecological Citizenship
• Shelley Sacks • Wolfgang Zumdick
"The places of the poetic continent are not physical places. They map the internal regions and contours of the inner human being that lives in a cosmos of other beings and life forms. They constellate the places of the soul."
ATTACK OF THE ENEMY
The Occult Inspiration Behind Adolf Hitler and the Nazis
An Esoteric Study
• Johannes Tautz
The time of Nazi dictatorship in Germany (1933-45) consistently stimulates more interest than any other period of human history, as witnessed by the countless books and other media on Adolf Hitler and his leading henchmen. What is the basis for this enduring fascination? And, does the abundance of available material help us truly to understand the phenomenon?
AWAKENING THE WILL
Principles and Processes in Adult Learning
• Coenraad van Houten
How do adults learn?
What is the task of the adult educator in adult education?
What can adults do to take charge of their learning process?
BAREFOOT THROUGH BURNING LAVA
On Sicily, the Island of Cain – An Esoteric Travelogue
• T. H. Meyer
Drawn by the mysterious mount Etna, Thomas Meyer sets off on a quest to discover the secrets of the Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Stromboli. The Sicilian region is not only famous for the drama of its live volcanoes, but also for its associations with numerous cultural figures – ranging from Cain, Empedocles, Klingsor and the much maligned Cagliostro, through to Goethe and Rudolf Steiner. The author ponders their lives, work and karmic connections, whilst unexpected meetings with cryptic strangers result in discussions that are filled with spiritual insights and pearls of wisdom.
BATTLE FOR THE ETHERIC REALM, THE
Moral Technique and Etheric Technology - Apocalyptic Symptoms
• Nick Thomas
Using an accessible question-and-answer format, this short but focused book tackles themes relating to the etheric - or life - realm. What is etheric technology? What are the impacts of radioactivity and atomic energy? How should we read apocalyptic symptoms in science and society?
BEES AND THE ANCIENT MYSTERIES
• Iwer Thor Lorenzen
In an extraordinary exposition, Lorenzen – an expert beekeeper and student of contemporary spiritual science – describes the ‘Logos mysteries’, based at the ancient temple of Artemis in Ephesus, where priestesses were known as ‘Melissas’ (‘honeybees’) and the sacrificial priests were called ‘Essenes’ (or ‘bee-kings’). These cultic mysteries, he says, bore remarkable parallels to the workings of a bee colony – specifically in the relationship between the queen and worker bees to the spiritual ‘group-soul’ of the bees.
BEHAVIOURAL DISORDERS IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS
A Fresh Perspective
Insight – Empathy – Treatment
• Geertje Post Uiterweer
‘This book describes an essential insight, namely that the core or the individual “I” of those with a mental health issue or a learning disability is always healthy.’
BETWEEN EARTH AND HEAVEN
The Actor of the Future, Vol. 3
• Dawn Langman
In this third volume in The Actor of the Future series, Dawn Langman continues to explore the integration of Steiner’s research into speech, drama and eurythmy with Michael Chekhov’s acting methodology. Her advanced applications of all the basic processes allow the art of the actor and speaker to evolve beyond the ‘soul and body’ paradigm – still broadly accepted in contemporary culture – to include dimensions of the spirit. The book contains a seminal analysis of comedy and tragedy, showing how an understanding of their esoteric roots – sprung from the Eleusis mysteries of ancient Greece – deepen our appreciation and our ability to implement the practical suggestions made by Steiner and Chekhov to differentiate the fundamental styles. A comprehensive exploration of the vowels in relation to planetary beings lays the foundation for many layers of artistic deepening and application.
BIODYNAMIC YEAR, THE
Increasing yield, quality and flavour
100 helpful tips for the gardener or smallholder
• Maria Thun
Maria Thun, a pre-eminent expert in biodynamic cultivation methods - sometimes referred to as "premium organic" - has here compiled over 100 of her best gardening tips based on 50 years' research.
BIRTH OF A NEW AGRICULTURE, THE
Koberwitz 1924 and the Introduction of Biodynamics
• Compiled and edited by Adalbert Graf von Keyserlingk
In 1924 at Koberwitz, the estate of Count and Countess Keyserlingk, Rudolf Steiner gave a key course of lectures on agriculture. At a time when industrial methods were being introduced into farming, Steiner had a radically different, evolutionary, vision. Based on a revitalized relationship with nature, his approach encompassed knowledge of the cosmos, the elemental world and the earth, and utilized special planting methods and preparations. Today his biodynamic agriculture is widely valued and used around the world.
BODHISATTVA QUESTION, THE
Krishnamurti, Rudolf Steiner, Valentin Tomberg, and the Mystery of the Twentieth-Century Master
with new Foreword and Afterword by T.H. Meyer
• T.H. Meyer
'Enthusiastic readers are sometimes heard to say of a book: "I couldn't put it down" This is obviously either a metaphor or else a gross hyperbole. But I can't recall any book as to which in my case it came nearer to the literal truth than The Bodhisattva Question.' - Owen Barfield
Character, Psychology and Destiny
• W.J. Stein
"This book is a tribute to [Stein's] appreciation of the land of his adoption and, to those who knew him, it is a monument to his penetrative powers of spiritual perception." - A.P. Shepherd
• Hermann Beckh
‘The book before us here is not some kind of dusty text or just another undergraduate-level introduction to Buddhism. It is nothing less than the still, clear, luminous centre of a hurricane...’ – Neil Franklin (from the Foreword)
BY THE LIGHT OF THE LANTHORN
Working with People with Special Needs
A Cultural and Social Impulse in a Changing World
• Siegfried W. Rudel
'We cannot hold a torch to another's path without brightening our own.' - Ben Sweetland