Rudolf Steiner Archive 

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere

Week 5

Within the light that out of spirit depths
Weaves germinating power into space
And manifests the gods' creative work:
Within its shine, the soul's true being
Is widened into worldwide life
And resurrected
From narrow selfhood's inner power.

Southern Hemisphere

Week 31

The light from spirit depths
Strives to ray outwards, sun-imbued;
Transformed to forceful will of life
It shines into the senses' dullness
To bring to birth the powers
Whereby creative forces, soul-impelled,
Shall ripen into human deeds.

—Translation by Ruth and Hans Pusch

See GA 40 for full calendar and German text.

Community Life, Inner Development, Sexuality and the Spiritual Teacher
GA 253

This collection of lectures contains Steiner's strongest statements on the issues of human relationships in a spiritual community such as the Anthroposophical Society. Occasioned by an unfortunate “scandal” involving people influenced by psycho-analysis, these lectures present Steiner's comprehensive assessment of Freud's work and of psychoanalysis as a whole. As Steiner shows, our physical life, including human sexuality, has spiritual roots; looking to sexuality for the explanation of human behavior is therefore looking in the wrong direction.

In emphatic, forceful language, Steiner makes clear that becoming part of a spiritual community entails responsibilities/ indeed, a new way of being. Above all, members must become actively interested and engaged in the concerns of the group, rather than simply wanting to benefit from it. It is essential for members to realize that a spiritual community is not just a club of like-minded people, but a living entity, a being that needs the care and respect of its creators. Throughout these lectures the attentive reader will gain much insight into the nature of the spiritual life and the role of the teacher in that life. This book will be of interest to anyone involved in a spiritual practice or a spiritual community. Translated by Catherine E. Creeger

About This Edition
Introduction
The Goesch-Sprengel Situation - Address I August 21, 1915
The Goesch-Sprengel Situation - Address II August 22, 1915
I. Requirements of Our Life together in the Anthroposophical Society September 10, 1915
II. The Anthroposophical Society as a Living Being September 11, 1915
III. Swedenborg: An Example of Difficulties in Entering the Spiritual World September 12, 1915
IV. Methods and Rational of Freudian Psychoanalysis September 13, 1915
V. Sexuality and Modern Clairvoyance, Freudian Psychoanalysis and Swedenborg as a Seer September 14, 1915
VI. The Concept of Love as it Relates to Mysticism September 15, 1915
VII. The Philosophy of Psychoanalysis as Illuminated by an Anthroposophical Understanding of the Human Being September 16, 1915
The Protagonists
Resolving the Case
Notes

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