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The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric - thirteen lectures by Rudolf SteinerThe Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric
A selection of lectures by Rudolf Steiner on the Second Coming of Christ

The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric: The first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles describes Christ's Ascension: "and a cloud received him out of their sight." As the disciples were looking up, two angels appeared and told them that "the same Jesus, taken up from you into heaven, shall come again in the same way as you have seen him go."

In 1910, Rudolf Steiner initiated a series of lectures announcing the advent of Christ's appearance in the sphere of the Earth’s etheric or life-body. This would begin, he said, between 1930 to 1940; and at first only a few would be aware of it, but in time more and more people - regardless of their religious affiliation - would be infused by Christ's living presence. Such "Damascus experiences," bespeaking a new natural clairvoyance, Steiner said, will become increasingly common.

“The Christ will become a living comforter . . . . However strange it may seem, it is nevertheless true that often when people, even in considerable numbers, are sitting together not knowing what to do and waiting, they will see the etheric Christ. He will be there, will confer with them, and will cast his words in such gatherings. We are now approaching these times . . . .”

This collection contains Steiner's lectures on this theme, as well as on important related issues, such as Spiritual Science and etheric vision, the etheric vision of the future, the Sermon on the Mount and the land of Shambhala, the "etherization" of the blood, the mysteries of comets and the Moon, Buddhism and Pauline Christianity, spirit beings and the ground of the world, and the three realms between death and rebirth.

Steiner Books
238pp; paperback
ISBN: 0 88010 519 4

 




 

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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