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The New Mysteries

And the Wisdom of Christ

August 2005
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publications
  • Published
    1st August 2005
  • ISBN 9781902636740
  • Language English
  • Pages 208 pp.

In the old mystery cultures, individuals experienced themselves as “children” of the gods, or even as their instruments. According to Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, the birth of independent thinking did not arise until our present state of consciousness—the awareness of one’s individual self. But who is this “I”?

Virginia Sease and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant maintain that true self-knowledge is intimately related to knowledge of the central being of world evolution—Christ, the “I AM.” Focusing on the being of Christ and on Christianity, the authors present a series of engaging lectures on the development of mystery wisdom today. Having given an overview of the history of the mysteries in their book Paths of the Christian Mysteries, the authors deepen and expand their study by drawing particular attention to the effect of the “Christ mysteries.” Some of the essential themes of this new volume include the transformation of conscience, the place of prayer and meditation, and the significance of sacrifice today.

Virginia Sease, PhD

Virginia Sease was born in Pennsylvania and earned her doctorate in German from the University of Southern California. She taught in a university and a waldorf school in Los Angeles and has been a member of the Executive Council of the Goetheanum since 1984. She directs the English language Anthroposophical Studies Program at the Goetheanum. 

Manfred Schmidt-Brabant

Manfred Schmidt-Brabant was born in Berlin in 1926. In 1975 he became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, and served as Chair of the Council from 1984 until his death in 2001. His service during those years included leadership of the Social Science Section of the School of Spiritual Science, and he lectured around the world on many subjects. He was the author of several books that have been published in English.