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The Fourth Dimension: Sacred Geometry, Alchemy and Mathematics [Paperback]

Rudolf Steiner , David Booth
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1 April 2001 Sacred Geometry, Alchemy, and Mathematics
The point, line, plane and solid objects represent the first three dimensions, but a kind of reversal of space is involved in the ascent to a fourth dimension. Steiner leads us to the brink of this new perspective-as nearly as it can be done with words, diagrams, analogies, and examples of many kinds. In doing so, he continues his lifelong project of demonstrating that our objective, everyday thinking is the lowest rung of a ladder that reaches up to literally infinite heights. The talks in this series and the selections from the question-and-answer sessions on many mathematical topics over the years are translated into English for the first time in THE FOURTH DIMENSION. They bring us to tantalizing new horizons of awareness where Steiner hoped to lead his listeners: Topics include: * The relationship between geometric studies and developing direct perception of spiritual realities * How to construct a fourth-dimensional hypercube * The six dimensions of the self-aware human being * Problems with the theory of relativity * The Trinity and angelic hierarchies and their relationship to physical space * The dimensional aspect of the spiritual being encountered by Moses on Mt. Sinai

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Anthroposophic Press (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880104724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880104722
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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It's not a very easy book, but I think it can give a quite new point of view in our lives. It seems speaking only about geometry, mathematics,lines, cubes..., however you can discover that geometry laws are the ones of everything in the world and in our lives. Getting them and using them in our everyday life may mean better relationships and a more effective way of living.This, at least, is what I'm discovering not allowing myself to feel overwhelmed by the descriptions of some passages in transforming 3rd-dimension solids in 4th-dimension ones. I would suggest to read this book after (or together with) Steiner's books CW.105 and .227. MV
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5.0 out of 5 stars Familiarity with Steiner is a pre-requisite 2 Oct 2006
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I wholeheartedly recommend "The Fourth Dimension: Sacred Geometry, Alchemy, and Mathematics" to everyone familiar with the work of Rudolf Steiner. Regrettably, the previous reviewer had not studied the basic Steinerian concepts thoroughly enough to comprehend much of the rich and meaningful material in "The Fourth Dimension". First reading some of Rudolf Steiner's basic Anthroposophical books ("Knowledge of the Higher Worlds", "An Outline of Occult Science", "The Philosophy of Freedom", "Theosophy", "A Road to Self Knowledge", "Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts") will help the reader more fully understand his lectures. Keep in mind that the lectures were never intended to be published and read by the general public. Many books are available to read for free online at the Rudolf Steiner Archive (
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying 10 Sep 2006
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I suppose at the time this book was written, 100 years ago, that Steiners worlds seemed revelatory. But for anyone with exposure to metaphysical concepts like higher dimensions this book does not deliver.

This book was not written by Steiner but is a collection of his lectures on the subject of The Fourth Dimension. And the publishers choice of including the words sacred geometry and alchemy is somewhat misleading. Steiner is a controversial figure because much of what he talked about is hard to follow. In this book Steiner spends many lectures in which a great deal of the current lecture/chapter repeats the previous content.

In this book much of what he talks about does not agree with my own intuitive perceptions of higher realms or with what I have heard from others experiences. For instance, Steiner followed a train of thought that said that in order to go past any dimension, especially the third, that you need a kind of dimensional mirror to shortcut the limitations of the current dimension and add the next dimension. And in the case of getting past the the third dimension this lead Steiner to state that numbers in the fourth dimension (Astral realm) must be read backwards. If you see the number 782 in the Astral realm that must really be the number 287. Now keep in mind that while explaining all of his ideas about the fourth dimension Steiner never really tells you how to perceive it. There are no practices or techniques to use. Later in the book Steiner seems to either clarify or reverse himself when he says that the fourth dimension is time, something most people in metaphysics would be more likely to agree with rather than reversed numbers.

Steiner does go on to imply that animals seen outside of you in the Astral realm are really symbolic or occult representations of your internal state. This much agrees with shamanic views of power animals or spirit helpers.

The majority of the book is a series of question and answer topics. This area covers a wide range and is not organized into topics so it's a bit like a fishing expedition.

For me this was the second Stiener book I have tried to read the first being Egyptian Myths and Mysteries. While the Egyptian book had much more information or facts I was still left thinking 'so what' or 'how can that be proven' to many things Steiner claimed. I also have in my stack of books Biodynamics by Steiner and from flipping through that book it seems that will be a more meaningful book to me as I have an interest in sustainable agriculture and the spiritual forces involved.

From what I can tell thus far Steiner was greatly influenced by Goethe. So any future attempts I make into Steiner land will include either the book(s) Stiener has written about Geothe or other books by/about Goethe.

Finally, from my overall experience of Steiner, I believe he was a genuine man, sort of a prophet of his time. But as a civilzation I believe much of what he has said we have reached at least by a great deal of the metaphysical community consciously and by many of more of us unconsciously. So for most of my metaphysical peers many of the Steiner books will be difficult reading seemingly sparse of usefull information.

My final concern is that when people progress along the spiritual path there is no single version of the reality, short of the ultimate truth, that people all journey with. Though advanced souls may experience the astral plane they each do so from a unique viewpoint. So when people take Steiners views and make something like the Waldorf educational system, I take pause with some concern. I believe that there is some value in Waldorf, but like the body of Steiners works I have read thus far, I have to say that some of what I hear sounds squirrely.

So to my fellow spiritual seekers I say that I have realized that I am lookiing for spiritual nuggets to add to my understanding, not for someone to follow or model my walk on. And in the case of Steiner the nuggets in his field seems to be sparse. Be well.

P.S. If you were looking for an introduction to Sacred Geometry, the Lawlor book is at least four dimensions better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good information with topics not easy 2 Sep 2011
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This book includes very good information to understand the different dimmensions related to spiritual entities. It covers specific topics related to Geometry and Physics to explain the dimmensions. It is not an easy reading so you need to advance slow. The Q&A section is very interesting. Among the different topic in RS's books, this is very specific and not common. I recommend it !!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steiner was a genius, the more I read the more it becomes obvious 1 May 2011
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If you are a fan of geometry (sacred) and straight- its all the sacred, Steiner makes a great case for the forth dimension and proves with proofs. Hes the cats meow
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple is Better 4 Nov 2013
By J. Clark - Published on
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This text is simple enough for anyone with the capacity to think and visualize. It summarizes the basic theosophical philosophy of the fourth dimension of that time, and has ample pictures to aid with the understanding.

It is actually transcriptions of a handful of Steiner's lectures on subject including the fourth dimension.
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