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Working with Anthroposophy

The Practice of Thinking

January 1992
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  • Published
    1st January 1992
  • ISBN 9780880103619
  • Language English
  • Pages 96 pp.

“Truths cannot be transmitted simply as stable dogmas. Truths are always of a given moment and, at each moment, must be grasped anew. This demands at each moment a renewed activity in relation to the human gift of understanding.” — Jörgen Smit (from the foreword)

The goal of this study is to cultivate the experience of living, intuitive thinking, such as we experience with every new understanding. As Kühlewind puts it, this unique contribution to practice of anthroposophy has a twofold purpose: “to stimulate working with spiritual science through exercises, and to stimulate independent new formulations of its content on the basis of experience.”

Working with Anthroposophy will help guide beginning students and inspire longtime students of the path opened up by Rudolf Steiner. As with all of Kühlewind’s works, this book opens new insights with each reading.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Jörgen Smit

1. The Character of Spiritual Science
2. Healthy Human Understanding
3. Contents
4. Knowledge and Ability: Knowing and Doing
5. Enslavement
6. Temptation
7. Right Study

1. The Transmission of Anthroposophy
2. On Speculative Anthroposophy


1. Understanding Imagistic Descriptions
2. Deductive Reason and the Supersensible
3. Remember Contents and the “State of the Soul”
4. Healthy Human Understanding
5. Pure Thinking
6. Mantras: Their Origin and Practice
7. Enthusiasm and Mysticism
8. “Esplanation” of “Contents”
9. Temptation
10. New Concepts
11. First Steps
12. Study as the Way to Pure Thinking
13. Active, Clairvoyant Thinking
14. The Experience of Thinking
15. Wordless Thinking
16. The “Two Ways”
17. Building Community
18. Scientificality
19. The Cultivation of Spiritual Science
20. Understanding Spiritual Truths


Georg Kühlewind

Georg Kühlewind (1924–2006) was a Hungarian philosopher, writer, lecturer, and meditation teacher who worked from the tradition of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science. Setting aside his early interest in music and psychology, he pursued a successful professional career as a physical chemist. Meanwhile, he continued to deepen his spiritual practice and insights. A prolific author (most of whose works are still only in German), Georg Kühlewind spent much time traveling the world, lecturing and leading workshops and seminars in meditation, psychology, epistemology, child development, anthroposophy, and esoteric Christianity. He was the author of numerous books. Kühlewind died January 15, 2006 at the age of 83.