Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 13

And when I live in senses' heights,
There flames up deep within my soul
Out of the spirit's fiery worlds
The gods' own word of truth:
In spirit sources seek expectantly
To find your spirit kinship.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 39

Surrendering to spirit revelation
I gain the light of cosmic being;
The power of thinking, growing clearer,
Gains strength to give myself to me,
And quickening there frees itself
From thinker's energy my sense of self.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment
GA 10

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment constitutes a fundamental guide to the anthroposophical path of cognition or knowledge. In human consciousness, faculties are sleeping that, if awakened, lead to life-giving wisdom. With great clarity and warmth Rudolf Steiner details the exercises and moral qualities to be cultivated on the path to a conscious experience of supersensible realities.

This book, perhaps the most controversial of Steiner's extensive literary legacy, suggests the possibility of a person in the 20th century developing sufficient skills of concentration, empathy, etc. to be able to obtain first-hand knowledge of spiritual realities consciously.

In the collected edition of Rudolf Steiner's works in German, the volume containing the German text is entitled Wie Erlangt Man Erkenntnisse der Hoeheren Welten?, (Vol. 10 in the Bibliographic Survey). This translation into English was made by George Metaxa, with revisions by Henry B. Monges. It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

 Cover Sheet
 
 Preface to the Edition of May 1918
 Preface to the Third Edition
 Preface to the Sixth Edition
 
I.How is Knowledge Of The Higher Worlds Attained?
II.The Stages of Initiation
 Preparation
 Enlightenment
 The Control of Thoughts and Feelings
 Initiation
III.Some Practical Aspects
IV.The Conditions of Esoteric Training
V.Some Results of Initiation
VI.The Transformation of Dream Life
VII.The Continuity of Consciousness
VIII.The Splitting of the Human Personality during Spiritual Training
IX.The Guardian of the Threshold
X.Life and Death. The Greater Guardian of the Threshold
 
 Appendix

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