Esoteric Development

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SteinerBooks, 2003 - Religion - 208 pages
This completely revised edition provides an ordered sequence of statements by Steiner on the development of higher, suprasensory knowing--Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition.

Nine chapters take the reader from the idea of inner development, through the cultural and evolutionary need for higher knowing, and then to examples of the practices and inner gestures required by this work. Steiner describes the necessary steps and stages, always insisting on the free, individual, and cognitive character of anthroposophic spiritual research.


  • Introduction by Stephen E. Usher
  • Esoteric Development
  • The Psychological Basis of Spiritual Science
  • Suprasensory Knowledge
  • The Attainment of Spiritual Knowledge
  • General Requirements for Esoteric Development: Guidance in Esoteric Training
  • The Great Initiates
  • The Rosicrucian Spiritual Path
  • Imagination Knowledge and Artistic Imagination
  • Three Decisions on the Path of Imagination Knowledge: Loneliness, Fear, and Dread
This essential inner guide is for anyone on a path of true spiritual development.

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1 Esoteric Development
2 The Psychological Basis of Spiritual Science
3 Suprasensory Knowledge
4 The Attainment of Spiritual Knowledge
5 General Requirements for Esoteric Development
6 The Great Initiates
7 The Rosicrucian Spiritual Path
8 Imagination Knowledge and Artistic Imagination
Loneliness Fear and Dread
Bibliography Further Reading
Notes on the Texts

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About the author (2003)

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.

Stephen E. Usher, Ph.D., is an economist with expertise in money, banking, and financial markets. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and served as a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1978 to 1980. His tenure overlapped with Paul Volcker, president of the NY Fed until President Carter appointed him Fed Chairman in August 1979. After heading Anthroposophic Press from 1980 to 1988, Mr. Usher joined a premiere international firm of consulting economists (NERA) and specialized in securities and financial markets. Mr. Usher established his own economic consulting business in 1999. He has lectured hundreds of times in business, cultural, and academic settings and taught introductory economics courses at Rockland Community College in New York and principles of money, banking and financial markets at SUNY as adjunct faculty. Mr. Usher has published numerous books.

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