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Classics in Anthroposophy Series

How to Know Higher Worlds

A Modern Path of Initiation (CW 10)

Paperback
January 1994
9780880103725
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  • Publisher
    SteinerBooks
  • Published
    1st January 1994
  • ISBN 9780880103725
  • Language English
  • Pages 288 pp.
  • Size 5.25" x 8"
$16.95

Published in 1904 (CW 10)

This is the classic account of the modern Western esoteric path of initiation made public by Steiner in 1904. He begins with the premise that “the capacities by which we can gain insights into the higher worlds lie dormant within each one of us.” Steiner carefully and precisely leads the reader from the cultivation of the fundamental soul attitudes of reverence and inner tranquility to the development of inner life through the stages of preparation, illumination, and initiation.

Steiner provides practical exercises of inner and outer observation and moral development. By patiently and persistently following his guidelines, new “organs” of soul and spirit begin to form, which reveal the contours of the higher worlds thus far concealed from us.

Steiner in this important work becomes a teacher, a counselor, and a friend whose advice is practical, clear, and effective. The challenges we face in life require increasingly deeper levels of understanding, and Steiner’s text helps readers to cultivate the capacities for such insights and places them at the service of humanity.

This is Steiner’s most essential guide to the modern path of initiation he advocated throughout his life. It has been translated into many languages and has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. How to Know Higher Worlds has been admired by some of the most brilliant minds of our time.

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This volume is a translation from German of the written work Wie erlangt man Erkenntnisse der höheren Welten? (GA 10).

“A true classic of spiritual literature. It is one of the best ways I know for opening up one’s life to the spiritual realms in a manner that is balanced, integrated, and loving. It is the product of a great soul who pointed out new routes into the interior.”
David Spangler, author of Blessing: The Art and the Practice

“It is not only a personal guide to the spirit, but also a path through self-knowledge to compassionate action in the world.”
Arthur Zajonc, author of Catching the Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Arthur Zajonc
Prefaces by Rudolf Steiner

1. How to Know Higher Worlds
2. The Stages of Initiation
3. Initiation
4. Practical Considerations
5. Requirements for Esoteric Training
6. Some Effects of Initiation
7. Changes in the Dream Life of the Esoteric Student
8. Achieving Continuity of Consciousness
9. The Splitting of the Personality in Esoteric Training
10. The Guardian of the Threshold
11. Life and Death: The Great Guardian of the Threshold

Epilogue (1918)
Afterword by Arthur Zajonc
Index

Rudolf Steiner

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.