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How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Classics in Anthroposophy) Paperback – 1994
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
About the Author
Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.
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Every person on the spiritual path should read Steiner's books.
As Steiner explains, there are quicker ways of getting into the higher self/spirit side of oneself, but as he explains, opening yourself up too quickly, and not doing the work, can give you all sorts of grief. I get the feeling the Steiner was speaking of drugs in particular, and everyone has probably heard horror stories of the 'bad trips', some have unfortunately experienced.
As explained by Arthur G. Zajonc, "we live and act within a world whose deeper aspects are hidden from our physical senses, yet each of us possesses other faculties which, when cultivated, can left the veil that separates us form spiritual knowledge . . . Steiner charts a meditative path that leads both to inner peace and to enhanced powers of soul, and finally to lifting the veil."
Steiner's way is longer, and a lot more work, but if you follow his instructions, you'll gradually open yourself up to the higher world that lives along side us, and when you do, you will have the will-power, and inner strength to deal with the new world you've found. Yet really, it's as easy as just sitting around thinking.
I found the book to be both subtle and mind-bending at the same time. Here's an example of one of the exercises, which by the way, anyone can practice. "First we try to direct our whole attention to comparing a stone and an animal. The thoughts that we form to make this comparison must pass through the soul accompanied by lively feelings. No other thoughts or feelings must be allowed to intrude and disturb our intense and attention-filled observations. We should say to ourselves: "The stone has form. The animal has form. The stone stays peacefully in its place. The animal changes its place. It is instinct(or desire) that moves the animal to change its place. Instincts are also served by the animal's form. It's organs and limbs are shaped by these instincts. Stones on the other hand are not shaped by desires, but rather by a force that is without desire." pg. 49-50
How profound is that? An animal grows limbs because it desires to move. It's the kind of original thought that most of us will never have a single one of our whole lives. What Steiner is saying, is that it's our desire that shapes our world. It's our thoughts that build the physical world. Just as Edgar Cayce said over and over again, 'thoughts are things'. Do you see where this kind of thinking can take us? Reminds me of the Secret.
This is the kind of book you have to take in small pieces because it's so profound. Thank goodness we have high-thinking men like Steiner who left us with such wisdom.
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