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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 November 2017
KINDLE version review.

Are you the sort of person who enjoys your ego stroked? Hey, this book will do that for you. However, assuming that you are reading the book to progress in some way this book is actually going to set you back! It is a horrible mish-mash of pseudo Christianity, mock Buddhism and some pagan ideas thrown in. It actually has some Scientology methods in it, which is interesting since the book was published before that officially got off the ground. Of course now that present day Neo-Theosophy has firmly grasped on to the idea of Scientology it makes it more clear to see the connections. Neo-Theosophy (post Blavatsky Theosophy) is already well known as a pick and mix approach to spirituality and certainly has appeal to the dabblers out there but at the end of the day it is actually full of contradictions and BS, as is this book. While there is nothing wrong with an eclectic approach to spirituality (some might say it's essential) this book is not that, it is a book of dead ends and going nowhere.

Steiner goes to lengths to criticize spiritualism for example and then advocates it's methods! Given the fact that Steiner puts forward early experiences of ghosts, notably his aunt, as an impetus for his interest in the occult this seems disingenuous to say the least. He tells people to do the most basic spiritual practices in the wrong order and then bizarrely advocates Rosicrucianism while warning people off its methods. If you have any knowledge of the occult this book will read like the ramblings of a parish priest gone off the reservation. It is definitely Steiner at his most pious (that is saying something). He strongly recommends you join a major religion (any one will do he says) and he recommends you give service to it to progress spiritually and keep on the white (oh not the 'bad' black path) that he says will save you and you then go to his version of heaven. Basically Steiner's ethical individualism is on steroids in this book.

Apparently, according to Steiner, only the teetotal, celibate and pure of every though will get into the higher worlds (tell that to a certain Mr Crowley). Spiritual elitism at it worst. The book is really a way for Steiner to lure in those interested in 'Higher Worlds' when in fact the purpose of the book is to push his own particular version of ethical individualism, with a heavy helping of Anthroposophy brainwashing, on the masses. He even says that you have to be perfect to get anywhere near the astral. Really? Try Robert Bruce and you'll see that Steiner was definitely wrong on that one Astral Dynamics: The Complete Book of Out-Of-Body Experiences Or of you prefer a Kindle version of similar practices Mastering Astral Projection: 90-day Guide to Out-of-Body Experience

Steiner says that any disability or health condition will prevent you from accessing the astral, which is incorrect and in fact the aforementioned Robert Bruce has developed energy techniques for the blind to astral project. On top of this Steiner suffered from lifelong illnesses and frail health, so his assertion that experience of the Higher Worlds is only available to those in perfect health would be at best hypocritical. Then you have to ask if he believed that enough to preach it how did he actually have those experiences himself? In fact he talked endlessly about theory, with some dubious practices, but he was thin on the ground as to actual experience. He was more of an armchair occultist and this book reflects that.

Steiner's attitude is very much buttoned up approach to spirituality including his attitude to homosexuality and other aspects he does not approve of. Unless you are an evangelical Christian you probably won't like this book as that is very much its tone.

As a student of religion this book has its appeal. There is much to learn about the man himself but nothing about the spiritual path itself.

The Kindle formatting is not bad, about 5% has errors and some of the text is repeated page for page.
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on 3 November 2016
Well, I don't know who got permission to publish this edition, but it's pretty bad in my opinion. Clumpy text, with very few introductions to sections. It looks as if someone has just self-published Steiners papers and shoved a nice cover on. Also they can't even get his birthdate right - the back cover gives his birth/death dates as 1961 - 1925! Hilarious. Rubbish edition.
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on 11 December 2017
Dear oh dear
I just woke up to find out that l am a nasty human being.
From now on l know the truths about me and other human beings .the super-sensible-world isn't reachable ...what I learn here you don't get that in any religious books.fine book with endless details.
Great .
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on 28 February 2015
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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on 21 February 2017
Gives further no-nonsense information on how to get at your Self!
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on 23 September 2016
simply a must-read for all those who long for the truth.
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on 6 February 2014
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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on 17 September 2017
This is a great read! I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning how to develop a richer inner life. This book shows you how to do just that!
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on 18 February 2015
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. It sinks deep into the soul and will cause a change to start within you.
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on 14 August 2017
Worth a read
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