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On the Wings of Words

Conversations and Human Relations: Inner Aspects of the Fundamental Social Law and The Threefold Social Organism

Rudolf Steiner
Commentaries by Gary Lamb
Compiled by Gary Lamb
February 2024
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    13th February
  • ISBN 9781621483656
  • Language English
  • Pages 96 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

“We live in [a time when] human beings must become independent. But on what does this depend? It depends on people’s become self-assertive, to not allow themselves to be put to sleep [in their thinking]. It is the antisocial forces that require development in this time, for consciousness to be present. It would not be possible for humanity in the present to accomplish its task if...these antisocial forces did not become ever more powerful; they are indeed the pillars on which personal independence rests. At present humanity has no idea how much more powerful antisocial impulses must become.” — Rudolf Steiner (Dec. 12, 1918)

Rudolf Steiner’s profound and practical insights and indications concerning what happens when human beings meet and interact with one another are scarcely known and studied seriously by few. But, despite having been worked with but scantly in the last hundred years, these indications and insights could easily provide the basis for a widescale reawakening of our own, perhaps latent, capacities to listen, speak, and understand one another at a higher level, as beings of soul and spirit.

This volume, edited and compiled by Gary Lamb, provides a succinct yet thorough overview of Steiner’s many remarks and insights into the mysteries of social encounter, as well as offering helpful commentary and contextualization.

Using Steiner’s words, and his own thread of commentary running throughout, Lamb shows how spiritualized conversations and interpersonal dynamics attained through rigorous self-development practices provide the necessary soul-spiritual substance and forces necessary for the overcoming of evil in modern life.

“Many thanks to Gary Lamb for collecting so much of what Rudolf Steiner said and wrote about human relationships! This work provides a wonderfully concentrated expression of what spiritual science can contribute toward a positive social future by way of enhanced self-awareness and active self-transformation.”

— Sherry Wildfeuer, editor, Stella Natura Biodynamic Planting Calendar

C O N T E N T S:

Background and Context
Editor’s Notes

The Soul Dynamics of Human Encounters in Modern Life

Soul Dynamics within Thinking, Feeling, and Willing during Human Encounters

Listening with the Soul—Being Tolerant and Respectful of Other People’s Opinions

Control of Thinking and Forming Imaginative Pictures

The Creation of Undesirable Elemental Beings through Inappropriate Speech, Soul Attitudes, and Social Arrangements

Spiritualized Human Encounters and Associations

Rituals and Reverse Rituals as Acts of Invocation

Brief Review of Part 1

In Harmony with the Fundamental Social Law and the Threefold Social Organism

Future-Bearing Work: Developing an Objective Understanding of Other People’s Faults and Weaknesses

The Mission of Christ and the Mystery of Golgotha Related to Key Ideas in Parts 1–3


1: Earth Evolution: Seven Cultural Ages
2: Time Spirits and their Reigns


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz 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.