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Rudolf Steiner Archive

Calendar of the Soul

Northern Hemisphere
Week 42

In this the shrouding gloom of winter
The soul feels ardently impelled
To manifest its innate strength,
To guide itself to realms of darkness,
Anticipating thus
Through warmth of heart the sense-world's
revelation.

Southern Hemisphere
Week 16

To bear in inward keeping spirit bounty
Is stern command of my prophetic feeling,
That ripened gifts divine
Maturing in the depths of soul
To selfhood bring their fruits.

—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

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