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  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture I: The Three Steps of Anthroposophy
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    • confused with those things which, more than ever at the moment, appear
    • which we have to-day without realizing that methods of research which
    • supernatural worlds. And what makes its appearance as Mysticism is
    • scientific research, and recognizes what is justified in it. On the
    • his problems before him, so has the researcher into the spirit his
    • that of the senses ends. Above all, the research student of
    • Observation and Experiment. The results of research in these lines are
    • essence of the Cosmos is clearly perceived. But this etheric part of
    • We must first re-establish a clear cognition and knowledge of the true
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture II: Exercises of Thought, Feeling and Volition
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    • Anthroposophical research seeks to attain this in a first stage of
    • its experience becomes free from the body. We see clearly that
    • earth, and how it takes on the cloak of the physical organism through
    • earthly phenomenon, and that which man brings with him from the
    • Thus we reach the heart of Philosophy by imaginative cognition, of
    • in the modern spiritual development of mankind. In earlier periods of
    • the spiritual world to bear on his daily life.
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture III: Methods of Imaginative, Inspired and Intuitive Knowledge or Cognition
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    • after years, according to natural predisposition. The man who wishes
    • organization what in meditation appears as a process.
    • a review of the course of our own past life on earth. We see it as it
    • memory hold is only the abstract accompanying appearance of the real
    • learnt to speak who is in the same relationship to the Cosmos as the
    • growth. This happens only when he learns to speak. Then the powers of
    • his consciousness. He can learn to do this through Imagination.
    • meditation. It must be clearly emphasized that here the
    • the former, pictures appear of spiritual beings who live and move in
    • and our own psychic-spiritual experience appears enclosed in the orbit
    • beings. He attains a condition of experience which alone on earth the
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture IV: Exercises of Cognition and Will
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    • In continuing these exercises of inspiration it becomes clear that the
    • man, which during his life on earth exists in the reflection of the
    • of the earth-life.
    • In the same way, from a higher stage of vision, one recognizes earthly
    • the spiritual, psychic world into his life on earth. The nature of
    • earthly thought is as little comprehensible from itself as the form of
    • must recognize earthly thought as dead thought, if we want to
    • completely see the nature of earthly will. This is recognized in a
    • intends to form its ideas only on the experience of life on earth. It
    • before life on earth began; but we bring to life in us a true picture
    • during the earth-life is brought to life again in the subconscious
    • life on earth, independent of it. So, since we do not stand still at
    • earth-life, and not to a vision of the condition of the human spirit
    • self-experience of what is evident in the earth-life, but which
    • began to seek for proofs of God's existence, the very search was a
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture V: Experiences of the Soul in Sleep
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    • Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition. They do not appear in the
    • naturally appear grotesque. But the foregoing explanations have shown
    • clearly entered upon another world.
    • real form of sleep experiences is not made clearer through ordinary
    • dreams, but still less clear. This lack of clearness applies also to
    • with anxiety. Were it felt consciously, it would be soul-fear. But the
    • In the case of modern man there appears at this moment of sleep the
    • of sleep and was the medicine for this fear. For the man who lives
    • Christ. He overcomes his fears through the working of this into his
    • sleep. This fear prevents, as long as it is present, the inner vision
    • souls with which it had come into contact in earthly life. Considered
    • intuitively this leads to certainty on the subject of repeated earth
    • life; for these earth-lives reveal themselves in their relation to the
    • the predestined course of earthly life. In fact, what older
    • in their sleep back to their presence on earth. Naturally these same
    • holding on to his earthly life from birth or conception to death.
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture VI: Transference from the Psycho-Spiritual to the Physical Sense-life in man's Development
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    • the Cosmos which are reflected physically in the appearances of the
    • being part of this earth. The contemplation of that state in which man
    • his turning towards earthly life makes it clear that then he is not
    • sees in connection with himself in his pre-earthly spiritual state, is
    • In order to represent these relationships clearly we have to make use
    • During his pre-earthly existence man lives in the cosmic creation
    • Man has his pre-earthly existence in the active recognition of the
    • As during his existence on earth he perceives through his senses a
    • physical world round him in which he is active, so in his pre-earthly
    • psycho-spiritual man experiences in his pre-earthly existence, a whole
    • pre-earthly state, and in which he is active. He experiences it in its
    • representing the content of consciousness in the pre-earthly state.
    • In the further course of pre-earthly existence the conscious
    • recognition of the growth of the future earth-organism becomes
    • fainter. It never disappears completely from view, but it fades by
    • soul of man passes a later period of its pre-earthly existence. It no
    • is the reality of that which later on appears as religious learning to
    • cosmos, which becomes less clear to the ‘spiritual eye’. On
    • reproductive development within the existence on earth. The previous
    • before his physical organism receives him on earth. The events
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  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture VII: The Relationship of Christ with Humanity
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    • bring to bear on this transference whether he can gain a relationship,
    • its reference to man's development on earth.
    • worlds was made manifest in the man Jesus on earth.
    • human soul has passed in its pre-earthly existence, learns also to
    • Our earthly souls have attained the condition in which they now live
    • In this life of pictures, and not of thoughts, early man had a
    • dream-like experience of his pre-earthly existence. He felt his
    • pre-earthly soul-nature as an echo of what he had gone through. On the
    • an echo from pre-earthly existence grew ever fainter. Man's knowledge
    • sense-life on earth told him.
    • occurring in the evolution of the earth.
    • The Christ came down to earthly existence from those worlds in which
    • man had passed his pre-earthly life. By combining the experience of
    • pre-earthly life a gift of grace from that spiritual Sun-Being which
    • continued the ancient initiation-methods, told those who had ears to
    • hear how the Being who had before given to man the echo from spiritual
    • worlds of pre-earthly existence that he could carry into the earthly
    • life, had descended as the Christ upon the physical earth and taken
    • the early days of Christianity, spoke of the Christ-Being as one who
    • had descended from spiritual worlds to an earthly one. The teachers of
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  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture VIII: The Event of Death and Its Relationship with the Christ
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    • researcher into the spirit. He does by no means replace the ordinary
    • of man's earthly life.
    • The soul learns in this way how the physical, etheric and astral
    • continued activity of the spiritual in the organization of the earthly
    • This part of the soul disappears during earthly life by
    • This is the case with that part of it which in earthly existence is
    • The soul receives a thought clearly. Actually man when he thinks is
    • This is the part in which continues to live during earthly existence
    • transformed into the head-organization; and disappears in its
    • form-life during earthly existence, rises again on the other side to
    • physical body and earthly life.
    • disappears.
    • bearing upon Cosmology and Religious cognition.
  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture IX: The Destination of the Ego-Consciousness in Conjunction with the Christ-problem
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    • THE life of the soul in its earthly existence is passed in the facts
    • experience remains unconscious during the stay on earth. The soul is
    • earthly course of man manifests itself. And a copy of the outer world
    • pre-earthly existence; in the ego exists the eternal central being of
    • the pre-earthly existence. This activity has not changed in kind
    • during its earthly existence from what it was in its pre-earthly
    • tendency during earthly existence. The physical organization resists
    • existence on earth act in rebuilding the physical organism.
    • tearing down, that is, one which destroys the physical organism. This
    • during his existence on earth. Only this death is vanquished day by
    • accompanies human life during existence on earth as a tendency, as an
    • on earth man is prevented from seeing his etheric and astral
    • been removed. The picture of his life on earth just passed through
    • physical and etheric organism during existence on earth, namely, his
    • added a reflection of moral judgment, which appears within the
    • reflected thought-world as itself only bearing the character of the
    • consciousness during existence on earth. Its entry is prevented
    • in earthly life he looked upon himself as a physical being. He now has
    • an inner life formed by the moral quality of his activity on earth. He
    • on man's earthly activities is presented as facts to his soul.
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  • Title: Philosophy/Cosmology/Religion: Lecture X: On Experiencing the Will-Part of the Soul
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    • moment of earthly development. The human organism is now so
    • in its earthly form cannot be a foundation for it, then the experience
    • less normal course of human life on earth. It differs in childhood
    • combination of facts. The evaluation of human earth-activity completed
    • which during life on earth grows up in the unconscious region of the
    • human being. This spiritual-psychic being represents whatever earthly
    • earthly life, because his physical and etheric organism with their
    • forms predestined from former earth life, make it impossible.
    • results of the earth-life can be transformed in the subsequent
    • arisen during earth-life in the spiritual and psychic part of him. For
    • called the Soul-world in my Theosophy) a clear consciousness of
    • future physical earth-organism. Man then still has a tendency to look
    • back at his earthly life because of his moral qualities acquired
    • death man lives turned towards the earth and is permeated with those
    • the earth, but he is indirectly connected with it through a
    • man during his presence on earth has developed into a real value in
    • earth. But for the development of the spirit-cell for the future
    • the earth. This he can only do by cutting himself loose at the same
    • earth begins. Man enters once more into the lunar sphere and finds
    • future life on earth.
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture I: The Three Steps of Anthroposophy
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    • guests my heartiest greetings out of the spirit that prevails
    • free humanness, combined with generosity of heart and soul.
    • But this spirit also gives, I think, that largeness of heart
    • They are therefore meant from the heart. In this heartfelt
    • worked at the Goetheanum for years find that our visitors look
    • research so that it will be the foundation for making life in
    • do research in the supersensible worlds by borrowing the
    • the methods of scientific research developed during the past
    • research into the supersensible realm.
    • past. But again, the unclear introspection that is used
    • the area of natural scientific research. We can reach the
    • paths of research suited only to the sense world. We cannot,
    • that for the purpose of supersensible research here we are
    • research requires first of all is to direct his soul's
    • nature. But the spiritual researcher, just because he is
    • inner conformity of this spiritual eye appears before it
    • appears to a mathematician, or the content of his experiment
    • appears to the experimenter. This work that must be applied by
    • the researcher upon himself in preparation for the actual
    • research. Thus, as the mathematician or natural scientist
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture II: Soul Exercises in Thinking, Feeling, and Willing
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    • is now produced. Therefore, one must learn once again to live
    • research by means of an inner meditative exercising of the
    • years such a meditative exercise, you arrive one day at
    • realize clearly that all ordinary thinking takes place only
    • with the help of the physical organism, we also see clearly
    • experienced, however, with the same clear presence of mind
    • found in any clear concept produced by the observations
    • what was present in the earliest philosophers in a
    • earth and clothed itself in a physical and etheric body. Man
    • embryonic life, before birth. He learns to know the astral
    • learns to know the astral organism that in ordinary
    • at the same time, he learns to know the spiritual cosmos.
    • earth, and what man brings with him out of the supersensible,
    • earthly world and only clothes itself in the physical and
    • researcher's physical and etheric organisms. That happens
    • one upon the other: the earlier one first, subsequently
    • course of events in nature, you tear the will free from the
    • body in the physical world, we now learn — through such a
    • resolve, “This or that habit you have had for many years;
    • of your will so that in four, five or ten years it is so
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture III: The Imaginative, Inspirative, and Intuitive Method of Cognition
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    • It is important to keep this clearly in mind: it should be an
    • appears in inward experience if the meditation is successful,
    • only bear their usual character of abstraction, but in them one
    • disappears, to be able to return into the physical body and see
    • with his eyes as usual, hear with his ears and touch as he did
    • clairvoyant research that is then undertaken. If such
    • perhaps for some requiring a few weeks, for others many years,
    • ordinary consciousness appear only as a kind of reflection, a
    • concerning, at the outset, his earthly life. How we can
    • acquire knowledge of life beyond the earth will be shown during
    • supersensible character. Thereby we learn to understand
    • in the time before it has learned to speak, lives wholly within
    • perception. For in learning to speak, as language develops in
    • imaginative thinker experiences it fully consciously with clear
    • learned to speak. This is the paradox which, I think, makes it
    • especially clear how the human soul within modern spiritual
    • that the soul must bring to bear is necessary for advancing in
    • appeared, and to permit nothing else to enter in. Then there
    • within earth life. When one thus relates the spiritual
    • being reminded of what one experienced earlier. Just as one
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture IV: Cognition and Will Exercises
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    • of earth existence behind man's thinking, feeling and willing.
    • is extremely important to distinguish clearly in this way
    • pedagogy, to see clearly into these distinctions. Precisely
    • year ago, also to what is contained in the last issue of the
    • within the framework of earth life. He learns to know what he
    • that his soul-spiritual being begins with earthly life and ends
    • earth life but does not come so far as to perceive this
    • What appears then by means of this higher level of
    • way one attains a perception of the soul's pre-earthly
    • before it received on earth, I may say, the first atom of
    • soul-spiritual world and learns to know its pre-existent life.
    • in the ordinary consciousness of our earth life. Even with the
    • now I am to make clear how the real nature of man's earthly
    • concepts appears to inspired consciousness, I must make use of
    • something which during earthly life is continually passing over
    • present before man came into earth-existence, but instead was a
    • earth. It has remained just as a corpse remains of the living
    • earthly thinking back to a supersensible, life-filled
    • before birth. Through this, we really learn to know what our
    • earth existence. On earth, it is only expressed in a
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture V: The Soul's Experiences in Sleep
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    • Today I would like to give you an example of such research in
    • ordinary consciousness the phenomena of sleep appear as
    • existence. But simultaneously there appears in the
    • can a clear view of this first stage of sleep be attained.
    • experiences of earliest childhood. Indeed, if man were in
    • and in still earlier epochs of humanity. It would be an inwardly
    • have now learned to know two stages of man's unfolding:
    • that of his earliest childhood, which, if brought to
    • stage the soul experiences no clear distinction between subject
    • vaguely feels his organs — lungs, liver, heart, and so on
    • being but as a multiplicity of eyes, ears, lungs, liver and so
    • have to describe as permeated by anxiety, even fear. The soul,
    • from within. They are, in fact, fear-inspiring occurrences that
    • Mystery of Golgotha there appear the after-effects of what he
    • lived on earth before the Mystery of Golgotha. They received
    • I said, I describe things as they appear to inspired
    • earth. We actually have within us, I might say,
    • with other human souls in successive earth lives. They
    • now appear before the soul in a certain pictorial form.
    • These connections reappear, as does everything that has
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture VI: The Transition from the Soul-Spiritual Existence in Human Development to the Sensory-Physical
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    • understood, one must keep clearly in mind that the
    • number of viewpoints. For instance, someone might hear me say
    • etheric bodies in the morning is that his soul yearns to do so.
    • pre-earthly existence prior to his descent from the spiritual
    • Such a physical-etheric organism is not present in pre-earthly
    • pre-earthly existence he experiences a kind of cosmos as his ,
    • pre-earthly life, is a kind of cosmic seed of the later
    • himself when he descends to earth existence. Just think
    • of everything earthly man possesses as his physical
    • organism, spread out boundlessly: lungs, liver, heart, etc.,
    • in pre-earthly existence as a cosmos, this germ is immeasurably
    • for the spiritual, the pre-earthly existence — the word
    • for in pre-earthly existence one does not experience space as
    • language to characterize these conditions of pre-earthly
    • contracts more and more, until it finally appears small in
    • Thus, we must picture to ourselves that in his pre-earthly
    • being-together with other beings at this stage of pre-earthly
    • perception by intuition is a living reality for pre-earthly
    • possess finished and completed form — in pre-earthly life
    • our pre-earthly life we labor to make our physical organism as
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture VII: Christ in His Relationship to Mankind and the Riddle of Death
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    • world during pre-earthly existence, makes his transition to the
    • physical earth. If we want to place before our souls the very
    • the evolution of earth-humanity, it is absolutely necessary to
    • acknowledge the pre-earthly existence of man and thus come to
    • regions right down into earth existence. This Being had lived
    • an earthly form and began his earthly activity.
    • birth, of which I spoke sketchily yesterday, he must bear in
    • evolution on earth through most significant and important
    • possessed by early humanity, as we shall be discussing
    • passed through since the primeval times of earth evolution, are
    • was also an echo of pre-earthly existence. The human being of
    • entering earthly life. Men of this ancient time knew of this
    • after-image of their pre-earthly existence, and at the
    • an earthly existence, and the power of this sun being has
    • among my soul experiences during the sojourn on earth, I also
    • have this, namely, that in looking back upon my pre-earthly
    • human death on earth was no special riddle. He was supported by
    • the power of his initiates and knew of his pre-earthly
    • something within him that had at the beginning of his earthly
    • near, it gradually dimmed, to be replaced increasingly by the
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture VIII: Ordinary and Higher Consciousness
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    • initiation knowledge, for only then does it become clear what
    • in his soul than he has had earlier. Thinking begins again.
    • consciousness, and back again. While the ordinary, earthly view
    • perception, so you now experience your own past on earth, all
    • year stand before the soul side by side.
    • appear simultaneously before the soul. I said that
    • practice. Earnest, constant meditation and practice help you to
    • myself clear I might add that in this regard an audience that
    • to bear in mind that in the super-sensible perception of which
    • instance, the manner in which certain traits appeared in
    • that he must now have this view of the ninth or tenth year of
    • the normal way to his ninth or tenth year. Man must always be
    • anthroposophical research only from the outside frequently
    • believe that what appears as imagination can be dismissed like
    • descends further into his physical body, and what appears to
    • and the visionary life, that makes it abundantly clear what is
    • Again, you see how you can gradually learn to comprehend
    • into the physical body during earthly life. But you can also
    • physical earth existence, for you must be able to live in a
    • fashion. But I want to make it clear that, above all in
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture IX: The Continuation of Ego Consciousness after Death in Relation to the Christ
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    • ordinary earthly soul life runs its course in the
    • of the physical body. When man is awake in earthly life,
    • other hand, in the waking condition only that enters clearly
    • experience in the higher worlds that we have learned about and
    • light stream in through the eyes and through the ear, the world
    • the soul experiences these reflected thoughts in its clear,
    • thoughts appear as reflections? — But first, let us keep
    • astral organism is adapted and attuned to man's pre-earthly
    • body's cosmic spirit form as it did in pre-earthly existence.
    • form what I have called earlier the cosmic germ of the physical
    • not directed to the earthly metamorphosis of the physical body,
    • accustomed to from pre-earthly life. The physical head
    • appearance of man's etheric body during the periods of waking
    • you can see that in earth existence, due to waking
    • consciousness, man bears potential death continually in his
    • through being born, man at once bears within his head system
    • we learn to understand that death has the tendency to
    • finds its way into earthly life more in the form in which it is
    • active in pre-earthly existence. This part of man's astral body
    • same manner as in the life of thoughts so that a clear
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  • Title: Philosophy, Cosmology and Religion: Lecture X: The Experience of the Soul's Will Nature
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    • existence on earth come to expression in thinking, feeling and
    • processes. At times, the feeling-soul tears itself away from
    • even during life on earth. When, through intuition, you
    • I want to illustrate this clearly, this is what happens: I have
    • in a weak replica in thinking, it appears on as an impulse in
    • feeling, and has its true reality in earthly life only in the
    • effects up into ordinary consciousness at all during earthly
    • that corresponds to the will. In the course of earthly life, we
    • in pre-earthly life. It is hindered now only by the presence of
    • we bear within us an entity in which flow together the impulses
    • bear this being through the portal of death when our earthly
    • sojourn on earth. When we bring it to a close we carry the
    • death his consciousness, until now only an earthly one,
    • accustomed on earth to live in a physical organization
    • earthly life in the light of the above described conditions.
    • forces work in a child and what effect can be brought to bear
    • state of a man's health. We can only learn to understand
    • growth. We also learn to recognize how the destructive
    • organism is not strictly separated by clear-cut boundaries from
    • course of our life just completed on earth, for that is the
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