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  • Title: Cover Sheet
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    • and published by permission of Rudolf Steiner-Nachlassverwaltung,
    • Printed in Manuscript for the members of the School of Spiritual
    • through the School itself or in an equivalent manner recognized by
    • the School — the requisite preliminary knowledge. Other
    • opinions will be in so far disregarded as the authors of the works
    • in question are not willing to take them as a basis for discussion.
  • Title: Contents of this Lecture Series
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    • I. Soul-and-Spirit in Man's Physical Constitution
    • man has within him as definite organisms, a fluid body, an air-body
    • members of man's whole being and with the different Ethers. —
    • Thought and Tone; Ego and circulating Blood. — Man in the sleeping
    • Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition. — The circumscribed view of
    • the human organism prevailing today is unable to build any bridge between
    • has no place in the natural scientific thinking of today. — The
    • theoretical ideas on the four organisms in man. — The materialistic
    • and energy die away to nullity; but man's moral thinking imbues life
    • into substance and will. — The natural world dies away in man;
    • in the realm of the moral a new natural world comes into being; thus
    • of spirituality in the modern picture of the world which is based on
    • burning gas but the reflection of a spiritual reality revealed in the
    • III. The Path to Freedom and Love and Their Significance in World-Events
    • Man as a being of Thinking, Action and Feeling. — The connection of
    • the life of thought with the will. — Pure thinking: irradiation of
    • meaning of the ancient expressions: Semblance, Power, Wisdom. —
    • The significance of Freedom and Love in world-happenings.
  • Title: Lecture: Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
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    • Soul and Spirit in the Human Physical Constitution
    • Today I want to interpolate a theme which may possibly seem to you
    • development of subjects we are studying at the present time. We have
    • essential for a knowledge of man's being. On the one side, we are
    • gradually discovering man's place in the life of the cosmos, and on
    • the other, his place in the social life. But it will be necessary
    • today to consider certain matters which make for a better
    • understanding of man's being and nature.
    • When man is studied by modern scientific thinking, one part only of
    • the being is taken into consideration. No account whatever is taken of
    • the fact that in addition to his physical body, man also has higher
    • members. But we will leave this aside today and think about something
    • that is more or less recognized in science and has also made its way
    • into the general consciousness.
    • In studying the human being, only those elements which can be pictured
    • as solid, or solid-fluidic, are regarded as belonging to his organism.
    • elements pass into and out of the human being, but these are not in
    • themselves considered to be integral members of the human organism.
    • The warmth within man which is greater than that of his environment is
    • saying this. I have already drawn attention to the fact that when we
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  • Title: Lecture: The Moral as the Source of World-Creative Power
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    • I tried yesterday to give certain indications about the constitution
    • penetrating study of human nature is able to build a bridge between
    • self-consciousness, in his inner life. As a rule no such bridge is
    • built, or only very inadequately built, particularly in the science
    • current today. It became clear to us that in order to build this
    • of study today and is alone recognized by modern science as organic in
    • the organisms in the human constitution; that the existence of a fluid
    • penetrate into this delicately organized constitution. Naturally, up
    • to the warmth-organism itself, everything is to be conceived as
    • of the fluid body, of everything that is fluid in the human organism;
    • in everything aeriform, the astral body is paramountly active, and in
    • the warmth-organism, the Ego. By recognizing this we can as it were
    • remain in the physical but at the same time reach up to the spiritual.
    • to us in waking life from the moment of waking to the moment of
    • falling asleep. We perceive the objects around us, reason about these
    • perceptions with our intellect; we also have feelings in connection
    • experience this whole nexus of consciousness as something which, in
    • taken account of by ordinary science. It is not possible, without
    • further ado, to build a bridge from these imponderable, incorporeal
    • experiences in the domain of consciousness to the other objects of
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  • Title: Lecture: The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
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    • The Path to Freedom and Love and their Significance in World Events
    • Man stands in the world as thinking, contemplative being on the one
    • hand, and as a doer, a being of action, on the other; with his
    • feelings he lives within both these spheres. With his feeling he
    • the other side, feeling enters into his actions, his deeds. We need
    • success or lack of success of our deeds, how in truth all action is
    • accompanied by impulses of feeling, and we shall see that feeling
    • links the two poles of our being: the pole of thinking and the pole of
    • deed, of action. Only through the fact that we are thinking beings are
    • we Man in the truest sense. Consider too, how everything that
    • the fact that we can inwardly picture the world around us; we live in
    • this world and can contemplate it. To imagine that we cannot
    • contemplate the world would entail forfeiting our essential manhood.
    • As doers, as men of action, we have our place in social life and
    • fundamentally speaking, everything we accomplish between birth and
    • death has a certain significance in this social life.
    • In so far as we are contemplative beings, thought operates in
    • us; in so far as we are doers, that is to say, social beings,
    • will operates in us. It is not the case in human nature, nor is
    • it ever so, that things can simply be thought of intellectually side
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