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Anthroposophy, An Introduction
GA 234

These lectures were given to an audience of seasoned students of Anthroposophy; nevertheless, Rudolf Steiner described this course as 'introductory.'

As the wide-ranging content reveals, Steiner's gaze was clearly fixed on Western humanity in general. As one of the most important spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, he felt that it was vital to describe the purpose and nature of Anthroposophy from numerous perspectives. Most important, Steiner tried to reveal the esoteric nature of Anthroposophy in an exoteric way, because he believed that today's spiritual crisis requires it.

Given a year before he died, these lectures consider the implications of our human condition, especially our inner nature. He encourages the reader to consider our human and spiritual potential that Anthroposophy can help us develop.

Subjects include the transition from ordinary knowing to the science of initiation; meditation and inspiration; love, intuition, and the human I; dream life and outer reality; imaginative cognition and the building of destiny; and phases of memory and the true self.

This translation has been made by V. Compton Burnett from the German text (first published 1927, third edition 1959) entitled Anthroposophie: eine Einführung in die anthroposophische Weltanschauung. Zugleich eine Anleitung zu ihrer Vertretung vor der Welt. Second English edition edited by Owen Barfield.

Editors Preface
I. Anthroposophy as What Men Long For Today January 19, 1924
II. Meditation January 20, 1924
III. The Transition from Ordinary Knowledge to the Science of Initiation January 27, 1924
IV. Meditation and Inspiration February 1, 1924
V. Love, Intuition and the Human Ego February 2, 1924
VI. Respiration, Warmth and the Ego February 3, 1924
VII. Dream-life and External Reality February 8, 1924
VIII. Dreams, Imaginative Cognition, and the Building of Destiny February 9, 1924
IX. Phases of Memory and the Real Self February 10, 1924