A survey of recent history reveals a gloomy picture: an ongoing series of conflicts, wars and general turmoil. As a result of all this, the human emotional landscape has become littered with angry, bitter and vengeful feelings. The modern justice system, preoccupied as it is with finding and proving guilt, does little to remedy this tragic situation. However, many individuals and groups are seeking ways to break the never-ending cycle of recrimination.
"Eschenbach is the first medieval poet to represent a character who has to win his way through trial and error, from ignorance to wisdom, and from fascination with the world of the senses to recognition of higher realms of experience. In this sense he is representative of modern man." - from the Introduction
From Patter-Paws the Fox and Sharp-Claws the Lobster to Lusty-Lion and Trusty Mouse, young children will find the animated animal characters in these stories enjoyable and inspiring. Together with the lively detailed and expressive illustrations of Brian Gold, the narrative content offers stimulus to the young child's imagination and an encouragement to read.
An Introduction to the Fundamental Works of Rudolf Steiner
• Richard Seddon
'What was important for Steiner was less the body of his ideas themselves than the transformation they can bring about in the reader by opening the mind to the real nature of the spiritual world. Philosophy, properly regarded, is not the intellectual solution of abstract questions not being asked, but an activity that helps to resolve the questions which arise in the course of life itself. It must therefore itself become organically alive.' (From the Preface.)
More and more people are beginning to realize that education needs to continue throughout life. As individuals and collectively, we face the choice of either staying as we are, or striving constantly to develop.
Understanding a person's character through physiognomy
• Norbert Glas
As a boy travelling to school by tram, Norbert Glas often passed the time by studying his fellow passengers' faces. He would muse on what the shapes and contours of their noses, eyes and mouths signified. Later in life, having become a medical doctor and a student of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual-scientific world view, Glas gained numerous insights into the mysteries of human physiognomy. In this, the first translation into English of his seminal work, Glas begins by defining the three parts of the human face and explaining the importance of their relative proportions. A person with a face that is more pronounced in one of these areas will tend to have certain personality traits, as well as specific physiological characteristics. People with a strong mouth and chin, for example, tend to have a strong will and an active, driven and assertive nature.
Facts, Questions and Perspectives on September 11, 2001
• T.H. Meyer
Using the events of 9/11 and Pearl Harbor as his backdrop, T.H. Meyer studies questions of reality, truth and evil, offering important new perspectives. He shows that Anglo-American political practice (influenced by secret societies such as Skull and Bones) is based on an ideology of polarity and conflict. Meyer offers instances of this tendency, encouraging what Huntington famously referred to as a 'clash of civilizations'. For example, a week before George Bush senior spoke in Congress about the need for a 'new world order', a 'humorous' cartoon map in the Economist divided the world's continents into religious and philosophical blocks, creating a new region called 'Islamistan'.
Archiati brings the concept of reincarnation to bear on many aspects of modern life, including such vexed issues as abortion and rape. He also addresses the question of whether reincarnation appears in the New Testament, and explains how we can understand theological problems such as Christ's Resurrection and the Resurrection of the body from this wider context.
What was Rudolf Steiner like in everyday life? How was he when lecturing? What was he like as a creative artist? These and many other questions are answered by Assya Turgeniev, one of Rudolf Steiner's most important co-workers, in this beautifully-written first-hand testimony.
‘Anyone who embarks upon the study of anthroposophy will soon recognise that the mystery of the human ego lies at its very heart. This mystery is one of the central questions of anthroposophical Christology and at the same time forms one of the most difficult cognitive challenges presented by anthroposophy.’ – Sergei O. Prokofieff
In many ways, Rudolf Steiner is the forgotten genius of recent times. A powerful thinker, who developed an intricate spiritual philosophy based on his ability to research and perceive spiritual dimensions, Steiner is perhaps best known today for his legacy to education, medicine and agriculture. But behind these practical manifestations of his ideas lies a profound teaching, which he called a 'science of the spirit' or 'anthroposophy'. In these wonderfully succinct summaries of Steiner's thought, Roy Wilkinson introduces us to aspects of this spiritual philosophy.
Prokofieff investigates the deepest mysteries of Rudolf Steiner's life and individuality and examines the earthly and supersensible aspects of the first Goetheanum, the implications of the Christmas Conference of 1923-24, and the Foundation Stone meditation.
In this revised and expanded edition of his classic debut, Sergei O. Prokofieff investigates the deepest mysteries of Rudolf Steiner’s life and individuality, from ‘the years of apprenticeship’ and ‘the great Sun period’ to ‘the path of the Teacher of Humanity’ and ‘the birth of the New Mysteries’. He discusses the earthly and supersensible aspects of the first Goetheanum, the implications of the Christmas Conference of 1923-24, and the Foundation Stone meditation that Steiner left as a legacy to members of the Anthroposophical Society.
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Anthroposophy, spent some five months of his life in Britain, visiting it ten times between the years 1902 and 1924. With the exception of German-speaking countries, the longest time Steiner spent abroad was in Britain, a place he clearly considered as central to his work.
The Birth and Development of Spiritual-Scientific Karma Research
• T.H. Meyer
Rudolf Steiner's core mission, repeatedly delayed due to the incapacity of colleagues, was to pursue contemporary spiritual-scientific research into the phenomena of reincarnation and karma. This stimulating book describes the winding biographical path this mission took, and in particular focuses on the mystery of Rudolf Steiner's connection with the influential medieval philosopher and theologian, Thomas Aquinas. Utilizing numerous archival sources and publications, Thomas Meyer reveals many facts relating to Steiner's core mission, and shows the critical roles played by Wilhelm Anton Neumann and Karl Julius Schröer in its genesis and development.
Centenary Reflections on his Attempt for a Theosophical Art and Way of Life, 15 December 1911
• Virginia Sease
Among Rudolf Steiner's many initiatives that evoked visible, sustained impulses, there was one that did not develop as planned - his so-called "endowment" of 1911. This was his attempt to create a "Society for a Theosophical Art and Way of Life", that would work "under the protectorate of Christian Rosenkreutz". Rudolf Steiner envisaged a grouping of individuals who were "...deeply moved by a spiritual power like the one that lived earlier in Christianity". Through the forming of such a Society, he sought to enable a true spiritual culture to arise on earth - a culture that would "engender artists in every domain of life".
"People who practise esoteric exercises grow spiritually into the future; they experience in themselves what will one day come about, and what they experience in this way is what we know as the higher worlds. These represent future conditions of humankind." (Rudolf Steiner, Munich 1907)
and The Foundations of Anthroposophical Methodology
• Sergei O. Prokofieff • Rudolf Steiner
Two lectures in Bologna: on 31st March 2011 at the International Conference to Mark the Centenary of Rudolf Steiner's Lecture in Bologna, and on 8th April 1911 at the Fourth International Philosophy Congress.
Giving an overview of how the spiritual hierarchies and Christ, the Lord of Karma, work in the ordering of human karma, Prokofieff leads us to the karma and mission of the Anthroposophical Society, indicating what must come about before the end of the century if this karmic mission is to be fulfilled.
'Research into the sphere of karma ... forms the basis of the modern spiritual science of anthroposophy. For only by learning to understand these laws can the human being realize how spiritual forces work simultaneously in man and the cosmos, and link the two into a higher unity.'
A Revelation of the Spiritual Purpose of Humanity and the Earth
• Sergei O. Prokofieff
"After Rudolf Steiner's experience of the Christ mystery, which he describes in his autobiography as 'having stood in spirit before the Mystery of Golgotha', the revealing of this mystery to all people of good will - not only in the form of knowledge but also through art, which makes it accessible to direct perception - was one of the most important aims of his life." - Sergei O. Prokofieff
Elements from his Early Life and Cultural Development
• Crispian Villeneuve
Following his major work on Rudolf Steiner's ten visits to Britain, Crispian Villeneuve studies Steiner's relationship to the British Isles in the 40 or so years before those visits took place. The theme of Steiner's early connection to British culture leads inevitably to the broader topic of his relationship to modern science. This in turn highlights the polarity and tension between the Goethean philosophic view that arises from Middle Europe, and the 'Baconian' perspective emanating from Western Europe.