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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 35

Can I know life's reality
So that it's found again
Within my soul's creative urge?
I feel that I am granted power
To make my self, as humble part,
At home within the cosmic self.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 9

When I forget the narrow will of self,
The cosmic warmth that heralds summer's glory
Fills all my soul and spirit;
To lose myself in light
Is the command of spirit vision
And intuition tells me strongly:
O lose yourself to find yourself.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Esoteric Development
Various GAs

Steiner depicts here the experience of his non-mystical, scientifically clear path to a cultivation of inner faculties for experiencing super-sensible realities. Topics covered include the "six basic exercises," fasting, suitable content and practical requirements for meditative training, changes and stages of inner awareness, the role of love in acquiring higher knowledge, the development of higher sense organs or chakras, and the three types of esoteric paths: Oriental Yoga, Christian-Gnostic, and European Rosicrucian.

“With an informative introduction by Alan Howard, Esoteric Development is a useful introduction to the spiritual development exercises taught by Rudolf Steiner.” - New Age Book Review.

Edited by Alice Wulsin and with a cover design by Peter Van Oordt. Translation credits are given on the individual lectures.

I. Inner Development December 07, 1905
II. Psychological Foundations of Anthroposophy April 08, 1911
III. Supersensible Knowledge: Anthroposophy As a Demand of the Age September 26, 1923
IV. Attainment of Supersensible Knowledge August 20, 1922
V. General Demands Which Every Aspirant for Occult Development Must Put to Himself
VI. Further Rules in Continuation of General Demands
VII. The Great Initiates March 16, 1905
VIII. The Path of Knowledge and Its Stages: The Rosicrucian Spiritual Path October 20, 1906
IX. Imaginative Knowledge and Artistic Imagination October 21, 1906
X. The Three Decisions on the Path of Imaginative Cognition March 02, 1915

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