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The Evolution of Consciousness

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The Evolution of Consciousness

as revealed through Initiation-Knowledge

On-line since: 15th April, 2009

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Violet E. Watkin and Charles Davy
GA 227

In these comprehensive lectures, given to an English audience, Rudolf Steiner explains how it is possible to develop higher faculties of consciousness — Imagination, Inspiration, and Intuition. A particularly vivid description is given of one's life after death and the progress of the individual through the planetary spheres where tasks and goals for future incarnations are prepared in cooperation with the spiritual beings of the Hierarchies. The lectures culminate in the call for humanity to gradually take in hand its own destiny through the conscious and free development of spiritual capacities.

Evolution of Consciousness consists of thirteen lectures given at Penmaenmawr, Wales in August of 1923. They were published in German as, Initiations-erkenntnis. Die geistige und physische Welt- und menschheitsentwickelung in der Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft vom Geistespunkt der Anthroposophie, and are presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.

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Lecture I: First Steps towards Imaginative Knowledge August 19, 1923
Lecture II: Inspiration and Intuition August 20, 1923
Lecture III: Initiation-Knowledge — New and Old August 21, 1923
Lecture IV: Dream Life August 22, 1923
Lecture V: The Relation of Man to the Three Worlds August 23, 1923
Lecture VI: The Ruling of Spirit in Nature August 24, 1923
Lecture VII: The Interplay of various Worlds August 25, 1923
Lecture VIII: During Sleep and after Death August 26, 1923
Lecture IX: Experiences between Death and Rebirth August 27, 1923
Lecture X: Man's Life after Death in the Spiritual Cosmos August 28, 1923
Lecture XI: Experience of the World's Past August 29, 1923
Lecture XII: The Evolution of the World in connection with the Evolution of Man August 30, 1923
Lecture XIII: The Entry of Man into the Era of Freedom August 31, 1923
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