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Rudolf Steiner's Foundation Stone Meditation

And the Destruction of the Twentieth Century

Peter Selg
Translated by Pauline Wehrle
January 2013
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    18th January 2013
  • ISBN 9781906999414
  • Language English
  • Pages 88 pp.

“People who practice esoteric exercises grow spiritually into the future; they experience in themselves what will one day come about, and what they experience in this way is what we know as the higher worlds. These represent future conditions of humankind” (Rudolf Steiner, Munich 1907).

Rudolf Steiner spoke the Foundation Stone meditation at the Christmas Conference of the General Anthroposophical Society in 1923, giving it to the Society members for strengthening their forces. The meditation’s words contain, as Sergei O. Prokofieff states, “the quintessence of the whole of Anthroposophy.” Thus, Rudolf Steiner was bestowing on the members the possibility of dealing resolutely with the specific tasks that awaited them.

In this short, potent volume, the author suggests further that "The Foundation Stone Meditation" represents the concerns of every individual of our time, allowing each of us to maintain our humanity in the face of the challenges and catastrophes of both the present and the future.

Steiner said that one could hear the words of the meditation “sounding” in one’s heart. This process of “hearing” will acquire even more significance and reality in future, and can be of enormous help to anyone who opens themselves to it. It is against this background that Selg has written this introductory book: to promote awareness of the meditation, understanding of its historic place in the catastrophic twentieth century, and its critical but latent contribution to the future.

C O N T E N T S:


1. “Evil forces have taken strong hold of humanity. . .”
The Destruction of the Twentieth Century

2. “In times of danger, this unique rhythm is the answer to everything. . .”
The Foundation Stone Meditation

Peter Selg

Peter Selg studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin and, until 2000, worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke Hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland), professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany), and co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum. He is the author of numerous books on Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy, medical ethics, and the development of culture and consciousness.