With twenty-seven books and thousands of lectures to choose from, it can be daunting to dive into this material. There are many ways to begin, but we recommend the following approach:
- Start with Theosophy and Knowledge of Higher Worlds.
- Look through the many lectures for topics that pique your interest. Lectures numbered 95-125 are good ones with which to start.
- Once you have got your bearings be sure to read Steiner's other seminal books: Occult Science, The Philosophy of Freedom and Christianity as a Mystical Fact.
Rudolf Steiner intended these carefully written volumes to serve as a foundation to all of the later, more advanced anthroposophical writings and lecture courses.
In 1930 Adolph Arenson published his monumental three-volume concordance titled Ein Führer Durch die Vortragszyklen Rudolf Steiners (1–50) — “A Guide to the Lecture Cycles of Rudolf Steiner (1–50)” (Berlin, Selbstverlag, Not Translated). This work — now out of print and exceedingly rare — is of the greatest aid to the student who can read German. Works presented here are those lecture cycles in the Arenson 1–50 which have been translated into English.