“There slumber in every human being faculties by means of which he can acquire for himself a knowledge of higher worlds. Mystics. Gnostics, Theosophists—all speak of a world of soul and spirit which for them is just as real as the world we see with our physical eyes and touch with our physical hands. At every moment the listener may say to himself: that, of which they speak, I too can learn, if I develop within myself certain powers which today still slumber within me. There remains only one question—how to set to work to develop such faculties.”
~ Rudolf Steiner from Knowledge of Higher Worlds and its Attainment
Those are the first words of the book. When I read them I was blown away by their lucidity and power. Totally magnetic. I told Alexandra they might be the most powerful opening words to any book I’ve read.
I got this book on the recommendation of Phil Stutz (author of The Tools). I hired Phil as my coach a couple months ago and he *loves* Rudolf Steiner. I love Phil and I love following Joseph Campbell’s advice to study the books the teachers you admire studied so here we are.
Rudolf Steiner was a remarkable man. Born in 1861, he was a philosopher, architect, and social reformer. He created the educational philosophy behind Waldorf school—there are 1,000 around the world today. He also created the biodynamic agricultural movement.
Busy, brilliant human. Clearly connected to something bigger than himself.
This book is all about his work on “spiritual science”—a philosophical approach to esoteric spirituality that Steiner attempted to ground in a Western, rational manner. (Get a copy here.)
It’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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