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The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity

Some Results of Spiritual-Scientific Research into Human History and Development

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The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document

Lectures Section

A second, wiser self guides us through life. Without it we would not go far, for it is what makes us human. In the first years of life - before memory and ego - it guides us to stand upright and to learn to speak and think. Then we exchange this wisdom, which is still connected to the spiritual hierarchies, for our ego-consciousness. Yet it remains ever-present and through meditation we can consciously connect to it. What or who is this wisdom? It is the same higher self of humanity that lived in Jesus during the years between the Baptism and the Crucifixion. This mind-bending book constitutes an important contribution to our understanding of the working of the Christ impulse in humanity.

By Rudolf Steiner

GA 15

This book is a translation of Die geistige Führung des Menschen und der Menschheit: Geistes wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse ueber die Menschheits-Entwickelung (volume 15 in the Collected Works), published by Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland, 1974. In English, The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity: Some Results of Spiritual-Scientific Research into Human History and Development. Cover Design by Barbara Richey and Mary Giddens.

This short book consists of three sections. Each section was originally a lecture (6, 7, and 8 June 1911) but was subsequently reworked by Steiner and cast into the form of an essay. These lectures, and those in The Mission of the Folk-Souls, are the only lectures reworked by Steiner for the public.

Some of the topics treated in this book are: the nature of the brain, the development of speech, angelic beings, ancient language, Zarathustra, Buddha, and Christ. It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
Contents  
Introduction June 5th 1911
Preface  
 
Lecture One June 6th 1911
Lecture Two June 7th 1911
Lecture Three June 8th 1911
 
Appendix  
Notes  




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