Principle of Spiritual Economy
Laws of Nature and Laws of Spirit
11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner
In the lecture series, The Principle of
Spiritual Economy, Rudolf Steiner describes a spiritual
process whereby the qualities and faculties acquired by initiates and
developed individualities who have made significant contributions
to spiritual and cultural development are not lost but are
preserved and used again by later humanity. The etheric bodies or
astral bodies of key individuals are preserved by the spiritual
Powers who guide humanity, rather than being allowed to disperse in
the normal course of events following death. These are then fused
with the etheric or astral bodies of souls who incarnate later,
souls whose destiny it is to bring further forwarding impulses into
Many examples are given from ancient
pre-history up to recent history. Such figures as Shem (eldest son
of Noah, the founding father of the Semitic peoples), Melchizadek,
Zarathustra, Hermes (founder of the ancient Egyptian culture),
Moses, Jesus, St. Augustine, Elizabeth of Thüringen,
Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa, Galileo, and
others, are described to illustrate this evolutionary phenomenon.
Introduction by Peter
First lecture: The
Principle of Spiritual Economy in Connection with Questions of
Reincarnation: An Aspect of the Spiritual Guidance of Mankind.
Christianity in Human Evolution, Leading Individualities and
More Intimate Aspects of Reincarnation
Fourth and fifth
lectures: Results of Spiritual Scientific Investigations of
the Evolution of Humanity
Sixth lecture: On
the Occasion of the Dedication of the Francis of Assisi Branch.
The Macrocosmic and Microcosmic Fire. The Spiritualization of
Breath and Blood.
The Event of Golgotha. The Brotherhood of the Holy Grail. The
Ancient Revelations and Learning: How to ask Modern Questions.
Tenth lecture: The
God of the Alpha and the God of the Omega.
From Buddha to Christ.
Anthroposophic Press/Rudolf Steiner Press
11 lectures, various cities, 1909, GA109
ISBN: 0 88010 162 8
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
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
delivery within the United Kingdom and overseas.
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