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Old and New Methods of Initiation

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Sketch of Rudolf Steiner lecturing at the East-West Conference in Vienna.

Old and New Methods of Initiation

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LECTURE ONE, Dornach, 1 January 1922

The working of Lucifer and Ahriman in the human being's body, soul and spirit.

LECTURE TWO, Dornach, 7 January 1922

Distinction between human beings of East, West and the middle region. Contemplation of the Christ-being.

LECTURE THREE, Dornach, 8 January 1922

The development of religious life during the post-Atlantean cultural periods.

LECTURE FOUR, Mannheim, 19 January 1922

Intimate aspects of soul and spiritual life. Crossing the threshold. Contrast between West and East.

LECTURE FIVE, Breslau, 1 February 1922

Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition as actions on the way to reincarnation. The individual's relationship to the folk spirit — the cause of disorder among nations.

LECTURE SIX, Dornach, 11 February 1922

Ancient Mystery wisdom — ‘the prince of this world’, an opponent of Christ. Two main aspects of initiation. Cultivation of the will.

LECTURE SEVEN, Dornach, 12 February 1922

Old and new methods of initiation. Thinking with exactitude. Impartiality.

LECTURE EIGHT, Dornach, 17 February 1922

Metamorphosis of soul aspects during life on earth and life in the spiritual world. The heathen and Old Testament streams.

LECTURE NINE, Dornach, 18 February 1922

The threefold human organism and repeated earthly lives. The heathen stream and the Old Testament stream. Cyprianus (Calderón) and Faust (Lessing and Goethe).

LECTURE TEN, Dornach, 19 February 1922

Threefold man in relation to the four elements and to Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition. The need for spiritual life.

LECTURE ELEVEN, Dornach, 24 February 1922

Shakespeare, Goethe and Schiller in connection with the spiritual change of the fifteenth century.

LECTURE TWELVE, Dornach, 25 February 1922

The spiritual struggle of Goethe and Schiller during the age when intellectualism triumphs over ancient spirituality.

LECTURE THIRTEEN, Dornach, 26 February 1922

Recapitulation of the previous two lectures. The search for access to the spiritual world out of a modern constitution of soul.

LECTURE FOURTEEN, Dornach, 19 March 1922

The ideal of freedom in the work of Schiller and Goethe. The French Revolution. How can man as a social being achieve freedom?


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