Start Now!: A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises : Meditation Instructions, Meditations, Exercises, Verses for Living a Spiritual Year, Prayers for the Dead & Other Practices for Beginning and Experienced Practitioners

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Anthroposophic Press Incorporated, 2004 - Self-Help - 269 pages
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Meditation instructions, meditations, exercises, verses for living a spiritual year, prayers for the dead, and other practices for both beginning and experienced practitioners--Start Now! has become the classic, indispensable text and reference for all those who are serious about the practice of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual science.

Start Now! is an inspiring guide to the practical aspects of Anthroposophy. It offers the most extensive collection available of Steiner's spiritual instructions and practices, including meditation instructions; mantric verses; daily, weekly, and monthly practices for developing one's soul qualities; karmic exercises and meditations for working with the dead, with the angelic hierarchies, and with our guardian angels.

CONTENTS:
  • Introduction by Christopher Bamford (background and context)
  • Prologue - Framing the Work (including Steiner's early "Credo")
  • Meditation Instructions and Explanations
  • The Way of Thinking
  • The Way of Reverence & Its Fruits
  • Developing the Chakras, or "Lotus Flowers"
  • Six Essential Exercises
  • The Backward Review, or "Retrospect"
  • Living the Year Spiritually (including the complete "Calendar of the Soul")
  • Meditations from the Esoteric School
  • The Rosicrucian Path
  • The Christian-Gnostic Path
  • Working with the Dead
  • The Foundation Stone Meditation
  • Meeting the Guardians
  • Bibliography & Further Reading

Start Now! may be the most unique and comprehensive spiritual guidebook available and will prove a lifelong friend and help along the way. No one who is serious about spiritual practice--whether a beginner or an advanced student--should be without this book!

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About the author (2004)

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.

Christopher Bamford is the editor-in-chief of Anthroposophic Press and Lindisfarne Books. A Fellow of the Lindisfarne Association, he has lectured, taught, and written widely on Western spiritual and esoteric traditions, and is a contributing editor to Lapis magazine. He is the author, translator, and editor of numerous books, including Celtic Christianity: Ecology and Holiness, Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science, and The Noble Traveller. An essay of his was included in the HarperSanFrancisco anthology Best Spiritual Writing 2000.

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