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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Important Books (26 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8087830202
  • ISBN-13: 978-8087830208
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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"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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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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This is a difficult read and i dont know if it has been translated from another language. sometimes i just found the sentence construction not easy to read and somewhat verbose at times. others may love it but its not for me and appeared dated to say the least.
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This work is truly insightful and essential reading for seekers curiously drawn to explore and understand more about themselves for reasons they can't often explain themselves. Steiner is one of the great exponents in this field of study - an inspired individual who's contribution to mankinds development will surely help and guide many people from all walks of life for many years to come.
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This book has changed my life for the better. To be able to think feel the world around is an incredible experience. If you feel your inner I soul needs help to find its way then this book is for you. The exercises Rudolph Steiner encourages you to do must be done with an inner,meditative conversation done with yourself. Feel yourself grow into this book, learn then move to find your own experiences. Become a better person infact the best a human can be then you really can reach for the heaven's.
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