Beginning in 1910 in Munich Rudolf Steiner wrote four modern
"Mystery Dramas" to portray in artistic form the spiritual path
of self knowledge described by Anthroposophy. These plays are
not merely symbolic but "spiritually realistic" depictions.
these three lectures Steiner describes how "The Portal of
Initiation" presents the intense and tempestuous inner events
of initiation experienced by the young painter, Johannes
Thomasius. The spiritual background of his several karmic tests
and his higher guidance and progressions is explained.
third lecture emphasizes the power of certain fairy tales and
poetry to bridge the gap between the spiritual and material
worlds. This is especially valuable for intellectual souls such
as the character, Capesius, in the drama.
Steiner incorporated much of the wisdom of spiritual science in
the Mystery Dramas. "If people will exert themselves ... to try
to work with the drama," said Steiner, "I will not have to give
any more lectures for a long time."
The Austrian-born Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was a respected
and well- published scientific, literary, and
philosophical scholar, when just after the turn of the
century he surprised his academic colleagues by turning toward
the esoteric spirituality of the Theosophical Society. In
1913 he founded the independent movement, Anthroposophy,
under the aegis of which he continued research out of his
trained seership for the renewal of twentieth century
Steiner's multi-faceted genius has led to radically new,
holistic approaches in medicine, science, education (Waldorf
schools), special education, religion, philosophy, economics,
history, agriculture (Bio-Dynamic method),
architecture, drama, the new art of eurythmy, and other