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Anthroposophy in Everyday Life - Rudolf Steiner - ISBN: 0-88010-427-9Anthroposophy in Everyday Life
Practical Training in Thought
Overcoming Nervousness
Facing Karma
The Four Temperaments

These four lectures by Rudolf Steiner are among the best-loved, most accessible presentations available of the anthroposophical approach to life. It is often thought that spiritual paths have no connection with practical life. This is a common misconception. As these lectures demonstrate, working out of a spiritual perspective can enhance our ability to deal creatively with the varied situations life brings us.

The first lecture, Practical Training in Thought, concerns the fundamental human activity of thinking. Everything we do, we do through thinking. The first task, then, is to realize the reality of thinking. To help us do this, Rudolf Steiner gives practical exercises that, if carried out, will allow us to experience the cognitive and even clairvoyant power of thinking in our lives.

Thinking in this sense is related to the "I". In Overcoming Nervousness, Steiner shows how exercises in thinking that strengthen the I also give us the calm and centeredness necessary to lead purposeful, healthy lives.

The third lecture, Facing Karma, takes us to the heart of life, to the place where we experience suffering and happiness. How are we to understand the various trials and tribulations life brings? The law of karma that determines whom and what we encounter helps us to develop the self knowledge necessary to transform ourselves in a way that is attuned to the larger cosmos of which we are a part.

Finally, in The Four Temperaments, we learn how the union of hereditary factors and our own inner spiritual natures shape our psychology. The guide here is the ancient tradition of the Four Temperaments: sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, and melancholic. Renewed understanding of these allows us to develop a truly modern spiritual psychology—the basis of any true self knowledge.

Anthroposophic Press
84pp; paperback
ISBN: 0-88010-427-9


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Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', which he defined as 'the consciousness of one's humanity', and the disciplined methods of studying this he termed ‘spiritual science’.  As a highly developed clairvoyant and spiritual initiate, he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal 'science of the spirit'.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties.  He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.

 

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