from the Esoteric School
Esoteric Lessons 1904-1909: To read this book is to
be part of Rudolf Steiner's Esoteric School, to experience the
growth and development of Anthroposophy from within. First,
and most essentially, is the primacy of practice. Steiner
stresses attention, concentration. We waste so much time and
energy on thoughts and feelings that go nowhere.
Meditation―concentration on a living thought, an ideal of
higher origin―begins the process of self-gathering.
Controlling our thoughts, we begin to form our "mental"
(etheric) body, ordering our memories, we begin to work on our
astral body. These two tasks are our preliminary goal. "We
must make our life into a school for learning." Humility is
the key: when the world becomes our teacher, we must become
the beginning of these Esoteric Lessons, the
path is deepened. We witness Rudolf Steiner the spiritual
teacher in action. Throughout the lessons, Steiner moves
between the so-called Christian-Gnostic path and the
Theosophical framework of the Masters. As the years unfold,
however, the lessons move from the framework given by H.P.
Blavatsky toward a deeper, more universal and at the same time
more contemporary focus. Steiner reveals that behind what
Blavatsky brought lies the wisdom of Atlantis, which today
must come to live again. Here Christian Rosenkreutz, the
Rosicrucians, and the "old philosophers" (alchemists) become
important, for it was their task to bring this wisdom, now "enchristed,"
into the West.
"Two Masters stand at the head of
our Western School: the Master Jesus and the Master Christian
Rosenkreutz. And they lead us on two paths, the Christian
Esoteric and the Christian Rosicrucian. The Great White Lodge
guides all spiritual movements, and the Masters Jesus and
Christian Rosenkreutz belong to it." - Rudolf Steiner
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