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Community Life, Inner Development,
Sexuality and the Spiritual Teacher

Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of the
Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society

On-line since: 29th February, 2016

Community Life, Inner Development, Sexuality and the Spiritual Teacher

Rudolf Steiner Archive Document

Lectures Section

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 psycho-analysis, 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.

By Rudolf Steiner

Translated by Catherine E. Creeger
Bn 253; GA 253; CW 253

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 psycho-analysis, 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.

This lecture series is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland. From Bn 253, GA 253, CW 253.

Copyright © 1991
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CONTENTS

 Cover Sheet  
Contents
About This Edition
Introduction
 
Address 1: The Goesch-Sprengel Situation - 1 August 21, 1915
Address 2: The Goesch-Sprengel Situation - 2 August 22, 1915
 
Lecture 1: Requirements of Our Life together in the Anthroposophical Society September 10, 1915
Lecture 2: The Anthroposophical Society as a Living Being September 11, 1915
Lecture 3: Swedenborg: An Example of Difficulties in Entering the Spiritual World September 12, 1915
Lecture 4: Methods and Rational of Freudian Psychoanalysis September 13, 1915
Lecture 5: Sexuality and Modern Clairvoyance, Freudian Psychoanalysis and Swedenborg as a Seer September 14, 1915
Lecture 6: The Concept of Love as it Relates to Mysticism September 15, 1915
Lecture 7: The Philosophy of Psychoanalysis as Illuminated by an Anthroposophical Understanding of the Human Being September 16, 1915
 
The Protagonists
Resolving the Case
Notes
Back Cover




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