The Human Heart - Rudolf Steiner

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The Human Heart - Rudolf SteinerThe Human Heart
a lecture by Rudolf Steiner

The Human Heart is a single lecture in which Rudolf Steiner describes the development and interaction of the etheric heart and astral heart in relation to the development of the growing human being. He describes a beautiful picture the the developing etheric body in which the etheric heart only coalesces into an organ at puberty and how the astral body, initially varied and differentiated, immerses itself into the various organs to which it is related around the same time. The etheric heart, containing an impress of the entire spiritual cosmos that the soul and spirit descended from prior to birth, is infused with the astral heart which takes in all human experience between birth and death. The etheric heart, a cosmic extract, is thus imbued with all of life's experiences as well as thought, feelings and intentions, and this following death is carried back to the cosmic ether, bringing human experience into the cosmos and forming the basis for future karma.

Mercury Press
one lecture, Dornach, 26 May 1922, GA212
booklet; 16pp
ISBN: 0-936132-73-6

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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 unprejudiced thinking.

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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The Human Heart - Rudolf Steiner