As a thank you to our members, SteinerBooks would like to share a preview of our first audiobook, Autobiography: Chapters in the Course of My Life: 1861-1907 by Rudolf Steiner.
Written in weekly installments for Das Goetheanum, December 9, 1923 - April 5, 1925 (CW 28)
Rudolf Steiner seldom spoke of himself in a personal way, but in his Autobiography we are offered a rare glimpse into some of the most intimate aspects of his inner life, his personal relationships, and significant events that helped to shape the philosopher, seer, and teacher he became.
This edition restores the original format of seventy chapters, just as Rudolf Steiner wrote them and submitted them to the Goetheanum weekly newsletter. This autobiography is not merely a narrative of his successes and failures, but primarily the story of a soul possessed of a precise and probing scientific mind and a natural clairvoyant ability to see into the spiritual world.
Although naturally clairvoyant, Rudolf Steiner always recognized the integrity and importance of modern scientific methods. Thus he developed a modern discipline he called Anthroposophy and Spiritual Science. During the century that followed the events related in this autobiography, Steiner's insights have touched and enriched numerous areas of life in ways that continue to transform people’s lives in the twenty-first century.
Series Foreword, Introduction, and Chronological Context
Part 1: Seeds of Awakening, Wiener-Neustadt to Vienna, 1861-1890
Part 2: Fertile Ground, Weimar, 1890-1897
Part 3: Must I Remain Unable to Speak?, Berlin, 1897-1907
A Chronology of Rudolf Steiner’s Life and Work by Paul Allen
Editorial and Reference Notes by Paul Allen (updated)
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Christopher Bamford, author of Healing Madonnas: Exploring the Sequence of Madonna Images Created by Rudolf Steiner and Felix Peipers for Use in Therapy and Meditation explores a little-known example of Rudolf Steiner’s efforts to bring into being, in a practical and future-oriented way, a contemporary embodiment of the wisdom that once lived in the ancient Mysteries—in this instance a sequence of fifteen images of the Madonna, intended originally for contemplation under supervision in a clinical setting as a new form of therapy for those suffering from wounds of the soul.
By Way of Introduction
Approaching the Images, or the Mystery of Seeing
Truth, Beauty, and Goodness
Sacred-Religious or Secular-Spiritual
Enter The Sistine Madonna
Devotion and Reverence
Sophia: Wisdom Becomes Love
The Presence of the Holy Mother
The Ancient Mysteries
Isis and Madonna
The Origins of the Madonna Sequence
A Short Prehistory of the Pentagram
The Images, Etheric Body, and Organization Underlying the Sequence
The Healing Madonna Images
Sistine Madonna (full image)
Alba Madonna (detail)
Madonna of the Goldfinch (detail)
Sistine Madonna (detail)
The publication of this work was made possible by a grant from the Waldorf Curriculum Fund.
Frank Chester is an artist, sculptor, and geometrician, who lives in San Francisco. He taught art for more than thirty years in high schools and colleges. Since encountering the work of Rudolf Steiner, Frank has been exploring the relation between form and spirit. In 2000, Frank discovered a new geometric form never seen before. Putting this form through the alchemical transformative process of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, many previously unknown geometric structures have emerged. This geometric form demonstrates a remarkable correlation to the form and functioning of the human heart. On the basis of experimentation with various related geometric forms and the movement of water in a vortex, Frank is uncovering indications concerning the relationship between etheric formative forces and the geometry, structure, and physiology of the human heart.
The Task of Biodynamics in the Evolution of the Earth — Enzo Nastati
Enzo Nastati is the principal director of The Eureka Institute, Codroipo, Udine, Italy. He has been a biodynamic farmer for over forty years and understands that the biodynamic agricultural method was always intended to be developed and fortified to meet changing demands over time. Mr. Nastati’s work has been recognized around the world where he lectures, consults, and conducts continuing research. Thirty-two years ago, spurred by his observations of extreme decrease in plant vitality immediately following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986, he began researching and developing preparations and application techniques to further meet the demands of our time. His work addresses the difficulties presented by electromagnetic fields, radioactive pollution, industrial pollution, water quality deterioration, GMOs, and other harmful effects of modern technology. www.dimensione-eureka.it
Body therapies for autism: Anthroposophical sensory integration — Michael Kokinos
Each autistic child presents a unique sensory processing mystery. keys to progress lie in understanding the individualized specific sensory needs of each child. Michael will show how Anthroposophic spiritual science gives us a rich perspective and fruitful directions through understanding the twelve senses that bridge spirit, soul, and body.