Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

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Book Tree, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 288 pages
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This book is specifically meant for those who are serious about walking a spiritual path and exploring a deeper part of themselves. It shares information on exactly why a higher world exists and what needs to be done to reach it. The tone of the book is very personal - to the point where you will feel like Steiner himself is sitting there with you, guiding you privately in the quest. Much is covered on dreams, meditation, focusing the mind and living a true spiritual life. The exercises can offer the reader a higher spiritual awareness and an increase in personal power, but only if they are performed consistently. Steiner was a Theosophist and much can be found from both Theosophical and Rosicrucian schools of thought, which means the knowledge shared is the best available from these accepted and proven sources. Beginners or the merely curious may not get as much from this work as those who have had some prior knowledge in these areas. A deeper part of the universe does exist and gaining access to it involves us unlocking a deeper part of ourselves. It is no simple task, but this book can serve as a key to those inner locks by applying oneself to its teachings.

 

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Contents

How Is Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
1
The Stages of Initiation
34
Some Practical Aspects
96
The Conditions of Esoteric Training
112
Some Results of Initiation
129
The Transformation of Dream Life
186
The Continuity of Consciousness
199
The Splitting of the Human Personality
212
of the Threshold
242
Appendix
257
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About the author (2007)

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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