What is Anthroposophy?: Three Perspectives on Self-knowledge (Google eBook)

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SteinerBooks, 2002 - Psychology - 90 pages
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This books can change your life. Radical and thought-provoking, it shows a completely new view of what it means to be human: a spiritual being in a universe that is not just physical, but also soul and spirit. This introduction to "anthroposophy" explains why Steiner describes this path as one that "unites what is spiritual in the human being with what is spiritual in the universe." Steiner describes what happens when we die and the relationship between physical life on earth and the etheric, astral, and spiritual life of the cosmos. He shows that physical life is completely interwoven with cosmic existence, and that the "missing links" in evolution are spiritual. He discusses the superficiality and soullessness of conventional psychology; our three states of being (waking, dreaming, and sleeping) and how each is bound up with our lives as physical, psychic, and spiritual beings. With the profound insights in this book, the world becomes a much larger, richer, and more exciting place to live. Here is a concise introduction to the ideas behind the ideas behind Waldorf education.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE PHYSICAL PERSPECTIVE
33
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
49
Ill THE SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE
67
Notes
83
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About the author (2002)

Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner was a noted Goethe (see Vol. 2) scholar and private student of the occult who became involved with Theosophy in Germany in 1902, when he met Annie Besant (1847--1933), a devoted follower of Madame Helena P. Blavatsky (1831--1891). In 1912 he broke with the Theosophists because of what he regarded as their oriental bias and established a system of his own, which he called Anthroposophy (anthro meaning "man"; sophia sophia meaning "wisdom"), a "spiritual science" he hoped would restore humanism to a materialistic world. In 1923 he set up headquarters for the Society of Anthroposophy in New York City. Steiner believed that human beings had evolved to the point where material existence had obscured spiritual capacities and that Christ had come to reverse that trend and to inaugurate an age of spiritual reintegration. He advocated that education, art, agriculture, and science be based on spiritual principles and infused with the psychic powers he believed were latent in everyone. The world center of the Anhthroposophical Society today is in Dornach, Switzerland, in a building designed by Steiner. The nonproselytizing society is noted for its schools.

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