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Are they simply gone?
The idea of "working with the dead" - continuing and enhancing our relationships with those who have died - was fundamental to Rudolf Steiner's work. This volume collects an enormously rich harvest of his thoughts on the subject.
Speaking from direct experience, Steiner presents meditation practices and verses that worked for him. We are shown the benefits of reading to the dead; that we should use verbs (rather than nouns) when talking with them; the importance of those sacred moments when falling asleep and awakening for asking questions and receiving answers; how our memories of the dead act like "art" for them; the key moods we should cultivate: and the importance of community with the world, of gratitude and confidence in the current of life.
We learn, too, of the many ways discarnated souls can help us in our work on earth. And we see the many ways we can help them.
This important volume not only helps us deepen our relationship to those who have died, but help us connect with those still around us and to our cosmic, spiritual environment.
A deeply useful book.
RUDOLF STEINER (1861-1925) became a respected and well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, particularly known for his work on Goethe's scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his earlier philosophical principles into an approach to methodical research of psychological and spiritual phenomena. His multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, philosophy, religion, education (Waldorf schools), special education (the Camphill movement), economics, agriculture (biodynamics), science, architecture, and the arts (drama, speech and eurythmy). In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which has branches throughout the world.