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Transforming the Soul

vol. 1 (CW 58)

November 2005
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    1st November 2005
  • ISBN 9781855841581
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.

9 lectures, Munich and Berlin, December 2, 1909 – March 14, 1910 (CW 58)

In a refreshingly practical series of lectures, Rudolf Steiner speaks about the nature of the human soul and how it can be transformed and lifted to higher consciousness. He considers the spiritual significance of various expressions of human nature—laughing and weeping, sickness and health, error and mental disorder, positivity and negativity, and conscience. Steiner also discusses prayer, mysticism, the purpose of art, and the significance of language. Throughout these talks, he refers to many key historical figures, including Zarathustra, Socrates, Plato, Homer, Wagner, Goethe, Hegel, and Angelus Silesius.

See also the companion lecture course, Transforming the Soul: Volume 2.

This volume is a translation of Metamorphosen des Seelenlebens - Pfade der Seelenerlebnisse: Erster Teil (GA 58). A previous edition of this work: Metamorphoses of the Soul: Paths of Experience, vol. 1.

C O N T E N T S:

1. The Mission of Spiritual Science
2. The Mission of Anger
3. The Mission of Truth
4. The Mission of Reverence
5. Human Character
6. Asceticism and Illness
7. Characterizing Egoism
8. The Buddha and Christ
9. Observations about the Moon in the Light of Spiritual Science


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.