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The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity
Rudolf Steiner Archive Document
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
Copyright © 1992
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.
This e.Text edition is provided with the cooperation of:
The Anthroposophic Press