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The Etherisation of the Blood

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A Lecture By
Rudolf Steiner

Basle, October 1, 1911
GA# 130

Translated from a shorthand report unrevised by the lecturer. The volume of the Complete Edition of the works of Rudolf Steiner containing the original text of the following lecture, among twenty-two others, is entitled: Das esoterische Christentum und die geistige Führung der Menschiheit.. (No. 130 in the Bibliographical Survey, 1961).

This English edition of the following lecture is published by permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

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[ Note | Lecture | Answers ]

The following lecture was given by Rudolf Steiner to an audience familiar with the general background of his anthroposophical teachings. He constantly emphasised the distinction between his written works and reports of lectures which were given as oral communications and were not originally intended for print. It should also be remembered that certain premises were taken for granted when the words were spoken. “These premises,” Rudolf Steiner writes in his autobiography, “include at the very least the anthroposophical knowledge of Man and of the Cosmos in its spiritual essence; also of what may be called ‘anthroposophical history’, told as an outcome of research into the spiritual world.”


The Etherisation of the Blood

WHEREVER we, as human beings, have striven for knowledge, whether as mystics or realists or in any way at all, the acquisition of self-knowledge has been demanded of us. But as has been repeatedly emphasised on other occasions, self-knowledge is by no means as easy to achieve as many people believe — anthroposophists sometimes among them. The anthroposophist should be constantly aware of the hindrances he will encounter in his efforts. But the acquisition of self-knowledge is absolutely essential if we are to r