UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL WORLD
The nature of dreaming.
Hallucination. Etheric substance and increased strength of soul. The
esoteric script. Ordinary and super-sensible thinking. The ancient
founders of the religions and modern spiritual science of the
spirit. The nature of Christ. More about dreaming. The nature of the
astral body. The image of the I as the focus of experiences in the
spiritual world. Atavistic clairvoyance and healthy judgment. Clear
thinking as the precondition for spiritual science.
Berlin, April 18, 1914
UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL WORLD
Johann Gottlieb Fichte's
relationship to the spiritual world and to his human environment.
The distinction between physical and spiritual perception. The
destiny of a friend (Maria von Strauch-Spettini) and her elevation
to guardian spirit of the Mystery Dramas. The deceased friend and
poet (Christian Morgenstern) and his nature in the life after death.
The depiction of the Dornach building in the press. The formation of
judgment on the basis of spiritual science.
Berlin, May 12, 1914
AWAKENING SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS
About sleep. The contrast
between blood and nervous system and the rest of the organism in
sleep. Germs and ghosts. The nature of germs. Spiritual thoughts as
food for the dead. Overcoming egotism with regard to the dead. About
the death of a friend (Christian Morgenstern): The founders of the
religions and their significance. Modern mankind comes of age. The
deed of Christ. The nature of the physical world. The premise
underlying the Dornach building. Developing the thinking processes
as the task of our times. The expulsion of a member and the reasons
for this action.
Basel, May 5, 1914
THE PRESENCE OF THE DEAD IN OUR LIFE
and dreaming. The difference between the form and the action of the
deceased. Acquiring new concepts to understand the spiritual world.
A deceased individual (Maria von Strauch-Spettini) as protector of
the Mystery Drama performances. Joan of Arc. Experiencing the angels
(mildness) and the archangels (strength). The character of a friend
and poet (Christian Morgenstern) after death. The experience of the
spiritual world. Angels, archangels, Lucifer and Ahriman. The
transformation of experiences in the physical and the spiritual
world. The enrichment of thinking. The Dornach building. The essence
of the anthroposophical movement. The inauguration of the building.
Paris, May 25, 1914
THE BLESSING OF THE DEAD
Spiritual science as
“spiritual chemistry.” Concentration and meditation.
Perception of the inner word. Illusion and self-knowledge. The
nature of encounters with the deceased. Inspiration of Rudolf
Steiner's feeling and will through a deceased friend (Oda Waller).
Thinking becomes independent. The enhancement of logical thinking
through clairvoyant knowledge. The concordance between intelligence
and clairvoyance. The spatial and temporal firmament. Giordano Bruno
and spiritual science break through these firmaments. The limits of
knowledge and their refutation. Spiritual science as synthesis of
science, intellect, and clairvoyant research.
Paris, May 26, 1914
FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE
The great founders of the
religions and their task. Thinking that consumes and thinking that
nourishes. The “I believe” of earlier times and the “I
believe what I know” of today. Max Müller's statement
about the divine proclamation. Human beings as illuminating beings
after death. The significance of myths and fairy tales in life.
Meeting with two priests. The process of seeing. Dead and living
ideas. The saying “a healthy soul in a healthy body.”
The notion that our senses perceive only oscillations and
vibrations. Midsummer and Easter.
Notes from a lecture, Prague, April 17, 1914
ROBERT HAMERLING: POET AND THINKER
Berlin, April 26, 1914