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Rudolf Steiner
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  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: SteinerBooks, Inc (18 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880105267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880105262
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Start Now Start Now! offers an extensive and representative sample of Steiner's spiritual instructions and meditative practices, including meditation instructions; mantric verses; daily, weekly and monthly practices for the development of soul qualities; karmic exercises and meditations for working with the dead, the angelic hierarchies and our guardian angel. This is a unique volume in any language. No one... Full description

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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), some of whose meditations and meditation instructions are collected here, was a truth-seeker, visionary, and seer. Read the first page
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful
By Angus Jenkinson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As an author of a book on stress and life-management myself, I applaud this extraordinary collection of material from the work of Steiner, a polymath genius and spiritual adventurer. The text collects his meditations and exercise, many of which have been raided by other authors, including myself. The resulting treasure assembles the fullest kitbag of Steiner's unique and powerful advice on self-transforamtion available in the English language.
The strength of the book lies not simply in volume (it is not even a 'fat book'). After all junk food often comes on large platters. Rather, this is probably the wisest collection of practice guidance for living available in print, from anyone, anywhere.
Of course this might offend supporters of various holy books, such as the Bible or Q'ran, which certainly do contain wonderful advice. 'Love your neighbour' comes to mind. But, this collection is not in competition with these texts: it is not a holy book, but a practical spiritual one. It is a manual not a guidebook. A work that encourages and develops human freedom, not followership. And it is a proven fact that the outcome of a few years of serious working with its contents will be transformation: spiritual, practical, ethical.
More diverse (and modern) than the Dhammapada, the Buddhist text that perhaps comes closest as a collected guide to life, more intelligent and penetrating than any stress book, more optimistically challenging than Einstein, this is an Aladdin's cave for the spiritual path of human freedom and self-development. Mind you, it wil demand your active commitment to turn the words into gold. Steiner is tough. But those who make the journey will feel enormously grateful and sublimely empowered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Collection. 24 Jun 2013
By Minti
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This is a useful collection of meditative exercises. I am using it in a study group and we have found the lengthy introduction to be really helpful and interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and readable 30 May 2013
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The introductory chapters are a delight and the guidance for further work very practical. I am still working with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant Book!! 17 Mar 2014
By Caro
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For anyone who finds Steiner a bit heavy going, this book is a must. The translation is modern and idiomatic. Exercises are simple and easily do- able. I read it throough to start and now dip in and out....have recommended it to so many friends.
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2.0 out of 5 stars fulfills its purpose but not for newcomers 25 Jan 2005
By Sara Ciborski - Published on
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With its wide selection of Rudolf Steiner's instructions, verses, soul exercises and meditative material for different levels of inner work, Start Now fulfills its purpose of conveying to the reading public that Steiner, known chiefly for the practical initiatives that arose from his insights, was "first and foremost a spiritual practitioner and teacher." Anthroposophists may appreciate finding so much good material, along with the fine Introduction by Christopher Bamford, between the covers of one relatively inexpensive book. Newcomers to Steiner and Anthroposophy, however, would do better to go directly to Steiner's basic books. Start Now is full of lamentable inconsistencies and ambiguities in its references and citations, with too little context for most selections and too many unexplained terms and concepts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful except title 27 Mar 2008
By Patrick L. Uzzell - Published on
I recommend this book, even though I hated the title. Due to the transformative meditations in the book, it is one I use almost every day.

I particularly liked the verses that help to connect with the subtle unfolding of the seasons on a weekly basis. By meditating on mantras that connect us to cosmic events related to the seasons, it gives new meaning to the gradual spiritual changes throughout the year in a way much like gardening.

I also liked the Rosycross meditative visualisations which have helped me to connect,I feel, with Christianity on a deeper level.

It is refreshing to see a collection that reconciles spiritual impulses and streams such as love of nature and Christianity.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the introduction alone 2 Jan 2007
By D. Hindes - Published on
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The book itself is very good, but the 45 page introduction by Chris Bamford is truly excellent, and worth the price of the book alone! It is an overview of Steiner's own spiritual path in the context of the western esoteric tradition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done. 21 Jun 2006
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I was delighted with this book. I enjoyed both its format and content. Too wide in scope to be a full treatise on any one topic, it provides a solid, well-presented cross-section of many of Steiner's spiritual insights concerning personal growth. Readers who wish to delve deeper into Steiner will find references to many of his works.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for the Esoteric Student! 13 Jun 2010
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If you embark on Anthroposophy and seriously want to study its practical aspects, this book is a must. Not only you get personal indications from Rudolf Steiner but the writer will lead you through the steps one could develop for his/her own esoteric path. A solid reference study and clear, direct indications that make meditations a viable and vital part of one's life. A must have by one's side and indispensable for those who want to move on in a practical way. Highly recommended!
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