SEXUALITY and the
This collection of lectures contains Steiner's strongest statements
on the issues of human relationships in a spiritual community such
as the Anthroposophical Society. Occasioned by an unfortunate
“scandal” involving people influenced by psychoanalysis,
these lectures present Steiner's comprehensive assessment of Freud's
work and of psychoanalysis as a whole. As Steiner shows, our physical
life, including human sexuality, has spiritual roots; looking to
sexuality for the explanation of human behavior is therefore
looking in the wrong direction.
In emphatic, forceful language, Steiner makes clear that becoming
part of a spiritual community entails responsibilities/ indeed, a
new way of being. Above all, members must become actively interested
and engaged in the concerns of the group, rather than simply wanting
to benefit from it. It is essential for members to realize that a
spiritual community is not just a club of like-minded people, but a
living entity, a being that needs the care and respect of its creators.
Throughout these lectures the attentive reader will gain much insight
into the nature of the spiritual life and the role of the teacher in
that life. This book will be of interest to anyone involved in a
spiritual practice or a spiritual community.
RUDOLF STEINER (1861–1925), philosopher, scholar, scientist,
and educator, was the founder Anthroposophy, a modern spiritual path
or science. Out of his spiritual researches, he was able to provide
indications for the renewal of many human activities, including
education (the Waldorf Schools), agriculture (Biodynamics),
medicine (Anthroposophical Medicine), special education (the Camphill
Movement), economics, philosophy, and religion. In 1924, he founded
the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches
throughout the world.