DYING EARTH AND LIVING COSMOS


DYING EARTH AND LIVING COSMOS

RUDOLF STEINER    Book Number: 91748    Product format: Paperback

'The Living Gifts of Anthroposophy and the Need for New Forms of Consciousness' is the sub-title of this, the Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner from a series of authoritative lectures delivered during a period of deep crisis and conflict in world history. They represent a comprehensive spiritual teaching for contemporary humanity. Despite the raging First World War, Rudolf Steiner was still actively touring central Europe while simultaneously completing work on his architectural masterpiece, the first Goetheanum, in neutral Switzerland. The building was undertaken by a community of people from 17 nations at war and formed a thematic backdrop to the lectures. In speaking of the walls in the new building for example Steiner describes how their forms are not confining but rather an expression of openness to the surrounding cosmos. Likewise the carved motifs on the architraves of the wooden pillars are not the fixed 'symbols', but are alive and continually metamorphosing. These observations are reflected in his broader discussions - extending and deepening our connection with the world and the cosmos, going beyond our usual narrow limits and definitions to engage in 'community with the realities of existence'. We can do this for example with the so-called 'dead' who find it difficult to relate to sense-bound thinking. Steiner explains how to connect with the dead, greatly enriching our lives and 'making an enormous difference to their souls'. The distinction between fixed symbols and living motifs take us to the core of anthroposophy, striving never to rest in inert forms of thought. In the field of education, Steiner thus warns about 'external measuring' of pupils and linear models of cognitive learning. His schools have remained widely popular. Steiner in these lecture courses touches on the 'discovery' of America, the contrast between East and West, the qualities of European 'folk souls', Valentin Andreae's 'Chymical Wedding', and Darwinism. He consistently urges looking further than abstract themes such as social and political 'programmes' and to participate in the cosmos as human co-creators. 382pp in large softback with all 21 lectures given in Berlin between 22nd January and 6th August 1918 translated with an introduction by Matthew Barton.
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ISBN 9781855844193
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