The Rudolf Steiner Course
Whether you have been studying Rudolf Steiner's work for many years or are brand new to Anthroposophy, this course is the broadest and deepest approach to the subject to be found in the English language.
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Please Note: In addition to its unique content, every download includes links to remarkable "Dynamic Diagrams" that shed light on foundational concepts of Anthroposophy, as well as to the hour-long video, "The Goetheanum Colored Glass Windows."
We look at the “fourfold” and “sevenfold” constitution of the human being as described and examined by Rudolf Steiner in myriad books and lectures. This group of lectures can serve as a foundation for exploring all of the other sections of this course.
SC01 The Physical Body [14:45]
SC02 The Etheric Body [16:19]
SC03 The Astral Body [14:44]
SC04 The Human Ego [19:55]
SC05 The Sentient Soul [20:49]
SC06 The Mind Soul [11:12]
SC07 The Consciousness Soul [13:44]
SC08 The Spirit Self [22:48]
SC09 Life Spirit and Spirit Man [18:48]
SC21 The Etheric Body’s Biography [11:48]
SC22 Incorporating the Astral Body [12:04]
SC23 The Role of the Ego [14:14]
SC24 Proportions of the Higher Bodies [15:53]
Includes a link to a "dynamic diagram" on video
Although the Hierarchies are a mainstay of Christian theology and iconography, Steiner spoke of them as active in all world religions. His expansive picture of the activities of the hierarchical beings portrays their intimate and dynamic relationship to human life and evolution.
SC10 The Third Hierarchy – The Angels, part 1 [16:17]
SC11 The Third Hierarchy – The Angels, part 2 [15:47]
SC12 The Third Hierarchy – Archangels & Archai [15:01]
SC13 The Second Hierarchy – Spirits of Form, Movement, & Wisdom [18:28]
SC14 The First Hierarchy – Thrones, Cherubim, & Seraphim, part 1 [17:21]
SC15 The First Hierarchy, part 2 [14:11]
SC16 The First Hierarchy, part 3 [15:06]
Rudolf Steiner felt that one of his most important tasks was to renew humanity’s understanding of reincarnation and karma, particularly in the light of Christianity. The picture he gives of repeated earth lives and the journey of the human soul and spirit between death and rebirth is markedly different from Eastern views of these events.
SC17 Introduction: Death and Rebirth [15:34]
SC18 What is Karma? [13:39]
SC19 New Perspectives on Reincarnation [14:28]
SC20 Reincarnation as Education [17:39]
Steiner noted more than once that Anthroposophy came into being so that the dead could communicate with the living. Eschewing the sensationalistic “spiritualism” and séances of his day, Steiner lectured frequently on the journey of the soul and spirit through the spiritual world, and the ways in which the living could help throw light on their path.
SC25 Links Between the Living and Dead [13:36]
SC26 The “Tableau” Experience and Kamaloka [31:34]
SC27 Shelley and Keats - Forming the Afterlife [12:27]
SC28 The Astral Body and the Inner Planets [17:00]
SC29 The Sphere of the Sun and the Outer Planets [18:48]
SC30 The “Cosmic Midnight” and Janus Experience [21:49]
SC31 Creation of the Hereditary Stream [15:42]
SC32 Thomas Traherne – Pre-Birth Experiences [22:11]
SC33 We Form the World We Need [23:02]
SC34 Sleep and Death [22:45]
Rudolf Steiner’s penetration of the concept of evolution lays the foundation for his teachings about history, Christology, and the genesis of evil. His metamorphosis of the evolutionary picture presented by Darwin and Ernst Haeckel led Steiner to a unique formulation of the way in which species, humanity, and the earth itself undergo ceaseless development and progress.
SC35 Introduction to Steiner’s Evolutionary Picture [13:32]
SC36 Perfection and Change; Saturn and Sun Evolution [23:22]
SC37 Light and Darkness [12:49]
SC38 Moon Evolution; Angels and Dragons [15:24]
SC39 Earth Evolution; Hindrance and Evil [18:57]
SC40 Densification, Lucifer & Ahriman [18:42]
SC41 Lemuria and Atlantis [29:28]
SC42 Darwin, Haeckel, Ontogeny & Phylogeny [14:24]
SC43 The Cultural Epochs [23:23]
SC44 Ancient Initiation Rites [29:46]
SC45 The Mission of the Israelites [23:10]
SC46 The Christ Principle in Evolution, part 1 [29:13]
SC47 The Christ Principle in Evolution, part 2 [33:26]
Rudolf Steiner’s life not only exemplifies the very same seven and nine-year rhythms of which he spoke so often, but is also rich in seemingly irreconcilable polarities. This biographical study is the first one to place an emphasis on these polarities and the insightful ways in which Rudolf Steiner strove to harmonize them.
SC48 Biography or Hagiography? Telegraphy. First clairvoyant experiences. [14:19]
SC49 Geometry. The herb gatherer. Schrörer, Goethe, & Otto Specht [17:59]
SC50 First publications. Weimar. Steiner meets his Master. [12:43]
SC51 The 1890s. Berlin and intellectual life. Zionism. Despair and revelation. [13:22]
SC52 Old & new clairvoyance. Thinking as a path. First marriage. [16:28]
SC53 First spiritual lectures. The Theosophical Society. Marie von Sievers. [22:15]
SC54 Luzifer-Gnosis. “Right & left wings” of esotericism. The Esoteric School. [21:22]
SC55 Growing activities in Europe. Experiencing a lecture by Steiner. [21:30]
SC56 Development of the arts. 2nd marriage. Theosophy & Anthroposophy. [20:51]
SC57 The First Goetheanum. WW I and an international artistic community. [20:19]
SC58 Threefold Social Order. Steiner & politics. The “daughter movements.” [23:35]
SC59 Fragmentation and chaos. Anthroposophy after the Great War. [11:31]
SC60 Burning of the Goetheanum. New impulses. Ita Wegman. Steiner’s death. [35:24]
Rudolf Steiner not only shared a great deal that he had discovered in his own spiritual research, but he also shared his methods, making it possible for anyone to “replicate” his investigations and findings. We look at aspects of this path in the light of Steiner’s own development and in the light of the conditions of our own time.
SC61 Did Steiner write in stone? Living in the moment. DIY: a modern path. [16:04]
SC62 A new path? Intensification of thinking. Being in the world. [18:22]
SC63 A book is the teacher. Contemplative exercises, often misunderstood. [21:11]
SC64 “Thought” exercises. The “looking back” exercise and its ramifications. [27:21]
SC65 Do these exercises really “work”? The centrality of the etheric world. [26:41]
SC209: The Future of Anthroposophy
“The good [that men do],” Mark Antony tells us, “is oft interred with their bones.” Steiner’s life was a whirlwind of achievement and innovation, cut tragically short. What has lived on, and what is still unfolding? We look at Anthroposophy today and prognosticate about Anthroposophy in the future from a number of perspectives.
SC69 A half century of struggle. The future of Steiner’s books. St. Peter. [44:55]
SC70 Fahrenheit 451. The fate of esoteric teachings. The Disciples & St. Paul. [17:09]
Although these three segments are especially directed to Waldorf teachers and parents, all course participants are welcome to listen. We note the frequently posed question, “Is Anthroposophy taught in Waldorf schools?” and proceed from there.
SC66 Waldorf & its stereotypes. Steiner’s choice of faculty members. [16:23]
SC67 The Waldorf curriculum & Steiner’s teachings. Cultural conservatism. [15:19]
SC68 Child development and Anthroposophy. Dogma or courage? [12:09]