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Mindfulness and Reverence

Steps in Perception

Rudolf Steiner
Introduction by Andreas Neider
Edited by Andreas Neider
Translated by Johanna Collis
July 2017
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Published
    7th July 2017
  • ISBN 9781855845367
  • Pages 170 pp.
  • Size 5.3" x 8.5"

Selections from various volumes in The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner

Contemporary interest in the meditative schooling of mindfulness is usually associated with Eastern traditions. Rudolf Steiner spoke of the same phenomenon, although he used the terms “attentiveness” and “dedication”—or, combining these two, “pure perception.” This way of mindfulness and reverence is not in conflict with spiritual paths founded on thinking or pure thought. However, as the texts in this anthology indicate, methods based exclusively on thinking cannot be successful if they are not supported by perception, feeling and will.

In counterbalance to today’s increasing intellectualization, the meditative exercises featured here connect with the perceptive activity of the human being’s sensory organs. They could also be understood as exercises for developing empathy, helping to make our relationship with the world around us more conscious and intense. 

Rudolf Steiner’s texts are sensitively edited and arranged by Andreas Neider, whose introduction and notes add further clarity to the theme.

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Andreas Neider

1. The Preparation
2. The Light–Soul–Process
3. The Soul Lives in the Senses
4. The Soul Feels in Breathing
5. Enlightenment
6. Pure Perception
7. Intensifying Perception
8. Purifying the Life of Thought and Feeling
9. Conversing with the Goddess Natura
10. Understanding Life as a Process of Breathing
11. Conclusion: Devotion and Love


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.