How to Know Higher Worlds Paperback – 26 Jun 2013
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read it slowly and I think it helps if you have read some of his other books or are aware of his thinking and ideas. Read morePublished 18 months ago by anthony potter
disappointing as i know this is now the full version of the book!Published 21 months ago by Liat Bar-on
Fascinating read with very practical approach. The translation can sometimes impede understanding but reading it with an open mind is the first step towards higher realms anyway. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Johanna Kovrig