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How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Classics in Anthroposophy)

How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation (Classics in Anthroposophy) [Kindle Edition]

Rudolf Steiner , Christopher Bamford , Sabine H. Seiler
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In this classic account of the Western esoteric path of initiation, Steiner leads the student from the cultivation of reverence and inner tranquility to the development of inner life through the stages of preparation, illumination, and initiation. Practical exercises in inner and outer observation and moral development are described.

By patiently and persistently following these suggestions, new "organs" of soul and spirit begin to form, revealing the contours of higher worlds that had been concealed from us. Here, Rudolf Steiner is available as teacher, counselor, and friend. His advice is practical, clear, and powerful.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1542 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0880103728
  • Publisher: Anthroposophic Press (1 Jan 1994)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0029XFF6U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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Not many books are awesome. This is one. Rudolf Steiner is the father of 20th century spiritual development. His thousands of lectures and numerous books as well as his practical contributions in many fields have quietly influenced fields as varied as education, architecture, medicine and organic farming. This book is the essence of his practical guidance for personal development. It repays repeated reading and contemplation. Deep, sound, safe and wonderfully illuminating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be Your Own "Guru" 15 Aug 2004
This deceptively small book is in fact one of the core works of the genius Rudolf Steiner, still underestimated outside (and probably inside) the Germanaphone world.
The essence of Steiner's teaching in this book and others is that a person can gain at least a degree of enlightenment or even initiation "alone", without the need for "gurus" and "ashrams" as in, for example the Hindu, but also the Sufi and other traditions. The integrity and independence of each individual human spirit is respected.
For all who want to see "beyond the veil" and are found ready, this book can be vital information.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true modern path of Initiation. 23 Dec 1998
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In "How to Know Higher Worlds", Steiner undertakes the task of introducing the reader to the requirements of thought-life needed to percieve the higher processes of life and the cosmos. He provides a path of systematic development, for the faculties latent in each person, by which the development of a specific spiritual sensory organ may be cultivated. Once this is achieved, one is able to distinguish and move about with certainty in the subtle inner world of the human psyche, which is then shown to be interconnected to a vast realm of archetypal and spiritual forces which act upon the development of the cosmos. This book distinguishes itself as one of the definitive references on inner self-transformation, providing a path to a true self-knowledge, and expansion of one's empathetic relationship to the world.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seed meditation 5 July 2011
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"How to know higher worlds" is one of Rudolf Steiner's most well known works, alongside "An Outline of Occult Science". Steiner was the founder of Anthroposophy, regarded by most outsiders as a religious movement loosely based on Theosophy. Steiner himself saw Anthroposophy as a kind of "spiritual science". He believed that anyone who takes the time and makes the effort can develop the same clairvoyant powers he claimed to have himself, and in this manner confirm his findings. In this sense, then, Anthroposophy is "scientific".

In this book, Steiner outlines part of his method to develop the clairvoyant abilities needed to "see" into the spirit-world. Personally, I don't think he is detailed enough, indicating that real practice requires a teacher giving oral instructions. In contrast to modern how-to guides, that often promise quick results and even "ascension", Steiner's book emphasizes that seekers must be patient, disciplined and well-grounded in normal life. They must also be moral, committed to the higher cause of humanity and diligently study Steiner's own writings. In a sense, patience is the most important virtue, since it may take years to reach a point when initiation into the spiritual mysteries occurs. Through meditation and other practices, the seeker will develop his "lotus-flowers" or chakras, and be able to observe auras, etheric bodies and even thoughts. He will eventually encounter and learn a kind of occult alphabet, with the aid of which the spirit-world communicates esoteric truths. Hieroglyphs? One technique described by the author is the famous "seed meditation", mocked by C.S. Lewis during his "Great War" with Owen Barfield.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, profound, universal 11 Aug 2011
By jacketi
Have read and re-read this book several times. Aligns with what's best about Buddhism, Christianity and Sufi: the inner path and the incalculable value of right thought, right action and silence.

Provides incredibly helpful meditations, explains the steps to higher knowledge in detail, gives encouragement and clear instructions on what to aim for in the future (quite far away in the future in my case). Wish everyone could read this.
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