by Rudolf Steiner on the
therapeutic applications of Eurythmy
Eurythmy Therapy (previously titled:
Created in 1911, eurythmy was developed for years as an
artistic and educational discipline. Although Rudolf Steiner
pointed out its healing aspects from the very beginning, it
was only in 1921 that he gave a course of lectures that gave
the art of eurythmy a vital new application. To the assembled
eurythmists and doctors, he presented what one participant
described as '. . . a complete and detailed method of eurythmy
therapy, in which we could directly experience that even today
the creative and therapeutic power of the word . . . is still
Steiner's comprehensive lectures, republished here in a
thoroughly revised translation, describe the principles of
therapeutic eurythmy, giving many specific exercises.
Primarily intended for practising eurythmists, these lectures
also contain much material of general interest. Steiner
reveals the intricacies of rhythmic interplay between human
physiology and the life-forces in the world around us. He
describes the qualities of language and the dynamism contained
in the individual vowels and consonants, elucidating their
relationship with eurythmical movements and human experience.
Through such movements, individuals are able to access the
healing etheric forces.
exercises, referred to by Steiner as 'inner gymnastics',
contain enormous potential for psychological and physiological
well-being. Gaining ever-wider recognition today, they
complement conventional medicine, offering a therapeutic
process concerned with mind, soul and body.
This new edition of these important lectures - previously
published under the title Curative Eurythmy - includes
a new appendix with reminiscences by early eurythmists, as
well as additional commentary from Dr Walter Kugler.
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Eurythmy Therapy - Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925)
called his spiritual philosophy 'anthroposophy', meaning
'wisdom of the human being'. As a highly developed seer, he
based his work on direct knowledge and perception of spiritual
dimensions. He initiated a modern and universal 'science of
spirit', accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and
From his spiritual
investigations Steiner provided suggestions for the renewal of
many activities, including education (both general and
special), agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture,
science, philosophy, religion and the arts. Today there are
literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms and other
organizations involved in practical work based on his
principles. His many published works feature his research into
the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the
world and humanity, and methods of personal development.
Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures
across Europe. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophical
Society, which today has branches throughout the world.
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