Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature

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Author: Rudolf Steiner,Christopher Bamford

Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press

ISBN: 9780880106153

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 219

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In the architecture of Rudolf Steiner's great cosmological temple, this extraordinary course of lectures on spiritual beings forms the central pillar with other important texts such as the fourth chapter of An Outline of Esoteric Science, The Spiritual Hierarchies and the Physical World, and Inner Experiences of Evolution. These works, outlining a revolutionary angelological cosmology, lie at the heart of Steiner's mission to transform our understanding of the world by laying down a new, non-dual, phenomenological path to a contemporary divine-spiritual-physical cosmology that is angelological and theophanic. For Steiner, what constitutes the world are "beings"-including the ground of the world itself, the "Father being." Steiner's cosmology or angelology is personal, and it is known in relationship; therefore, he presents it in terms of states and deeds of conscious, and of the divine-spiritual beings whose states and deeds they are. The spiritual world is thus always a world of beings. The twin realizations-that "I am an 'I'" and that "reality is constituted of other "I-beings"-go together. Cosmology is angelology. Spiritual beings define experience of the nature of reality. In these lectures, the reader is led through a series of meditations to recognize these spiritual beings and come to know their deeds. Steiner's approach is "contemporary" in that, while continuous with the most ancient understanding of the cosmos, he discovers it for himself, out of his own experience and consciousness, and expresses it in his own words with a logic and language appropriate to our time. Thus he teaches us, his readers, to do the same.

Foundation Stone Meditation

A Key to the Christian Mysteries

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Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff

Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing

ISBN: 9781902636825

Category: Religion

Page: 239

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Meditative reflection--strengthening thinking and feeling through the will--is one of the main methods of experiencing Anthroposophy. "The best path to this goal," says Prokofieff, "is inner work with the Foundation Stone Meditation, because this meditation is the quintessence of the whole of Anthroposophy, given in meditatively inspired form by means of earthly words." Rudolf Steiner described the substance of the "Foundation Stone Meditation" as spoken by him "out of the will of the spiritual world," and as "verses heard from the Cosmic Word." Owing to its spiritual and mantric form, the text of this meditation represents an archetype and is thus a key to the most diverse areas of world and human existence. Depending on "which spiritual portal is opened with this key," explains Prokofieff, "one arrives at one result or another, and one and the same line of the meditation becomes a reply to the most varied questions." The author applies this method in this work and, in the process, illuminates and opens up many dimensions of spiritual science. His research embraces, among other aspects, the relationship of the "Foundation Stone Meditation" to the being Anthroposophia, the spiritual hierarchies, human karma, the Rosicrucian, Michaelic and Grail streams, the Mystery of Golgotha, the two Jesus children, the three spiritual sources of Anthroposophy, and even the Constitution of the General Anthroposophical Society.

Inner Life of the Earth

Exploring the Mysteries of Nature, Subnature, and Supranature

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Author: Leary, Paul V.

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 088010922X

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Throughout human history, ancient wisdom and traditional myths have placed human beings between the heavens and the underworld, describing the heavens as the light-filled realm of the gods and the source of goodness, and characterizing the underworld as a demon-filled realm of darkness and the source of evil. Modern science, however, denies the heavens and knows little of the Earth's interior -- even physically -- beyond the first few miles, after which it simply resorts to conjecture based on the extrapolation of existing sensory data. In other words, natural science fails to take into account that the Earth is a living, spiritual being and ignores the presence of its soul-spiritual qualities and influences. To remedy this, during the early twentieth century, Rudolf Steiner researched the psychic, spiritual, and cosmic nature of the Earth's interior. He described how the different layers of the inner Earth affect and interact with human beings living on Earth. More theologically and cosmically, he spoke of the layers of "Hell," through which Jesus Christ traveled in the period between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, uniting and integrating himself with the Earth and with human destiny. The seven authors in The Inner Life of the Earth approach this difficult and little-discussed topic from different directions. They discuss how the forces emanating from the interior of the Earth affect the weather, our atmosphere, human beings, and how human behavior in turn affects them, showing that earthly and human evolution are a unity and should never be thought of as occurring separately. They also discuss the deep significance of Christ's incarnation, by which he united with the Earth to become the Spirit of the Earth. Without Christ's deed, the Mystery of Golgotha, which reunites cosmic and human evolution with the divine, human beings would be unable to work in freedom with Christ or with Sophia, divine feminine Wisdom, in her form as the Soul of the Earth, to overcome evil and help lift all creation toward goodness and greater human, cosmic, and divine fellowship.

Education Out of Bounds

Reimagining Cultural Studies for a Posthuman Age

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Author: T. Lewis,R. Kahn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023011735X

Category: Education

Page: 189

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Through a unique combination of critical, posthumanist, and educational theories, the authors engage in a surreal journey into the worlds of feral children, alien reptoids, and faery faiths in order to understand how social movements are renegotiating the boundaries of community.

The Physical Nature of Christian Life

Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Church

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Author: Warren S. Brown,Brad D. Strawn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521515939

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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This book explores the implications of recent insights in modern neuroscience that attribute mental capacities often ascribed to a disembodied soul instead to the functions of the brain and body in collaboration with social experience. It explores how this insight changes the traditional "care of souls," encouraging more attention to fostering spiritual growth through a social and communal focus.

The Holy Spirit's Agency in the Resurrection of the Dead

An Exegetico-theological Study of 1 Corinthians 15,44b-49 and Romans 8,9-13

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Author: Scott Brodeur

Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop

ISBN: 9788876527203

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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This work highlights the Apostles' profound teaching on the resurrection of the dead: God raised Christ Jesus and likewise will raise all who believe in him, through the agency of the Holy Spirit.

The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy

Realizing the Promise of Spiritual Union

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Author: Solala Towler

Publisher: Sounds True

ISBN: 1622032217

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 216

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“Harmony is the essence of a lasting and loving relationship,” teaches Solala Towler, “and no teaching offers us greater insight into the path of harmony than the Tao.” For anyone seeking to build greater connection, intimacy, and sexual fulfillment in their relationship, Towler presents The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy—an essential guide to a natural and joyous way of love. Filled with timeless practices and guidance for both individuals and couples, this elegant book explores: Timeless Taoist wisdom adapted for the complexity of modern relationships The art of clear, respectful, and authentic communication How to use the principle of yin/yang to create harmony within your relationship as well as within yourself Attuning sexual energy between partners for happy and sensual lovemaking, spiritual cultivation, and better health Chi gong (qigong) exercises, tai chi principles, and meditations to balance your subtle energies and align your spirit with that of your partner Does building a lasting relationship always require hard work and effort—or can you instead follow the natural flow of love, desire, and spiritual connection between you and your partner? With The Tao of Intimacy and Ecstasy, Solala Towler offers a practical and inspiring guide to traveling the “watercourse way” with your partner—one that gives you both the space to grow, explore, and discover the richness of your sacred union.