The Foundation Stone

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The Foundation Stone

“Anthroposophy can become fruitful in the world when a community of people is actively working with the Foundation Stone Meditation. When Zeylmans van Emmichoven revived this Meditation around the whole world, a process began though which the Anthroposophical Society itself, which has been through many conflicts and battles, could be healed again.” — Joop van Dam

During the Christmas Conference of 1923–24 when the Anthroposophical Society was refounded, Rudolf Steiner presented to its members for the first time the Foundation Stone Meditation. On consecutive days during that week, Steiner showed how elements of the Meditation could be rebuilt into new meditations (sometimes referred to as “rhythms”), which could be inwardly practiced.

Zeylmans van Emmichoven was present at that formative meeting and lived intensively with these “rhythms” for more than thirty years. Initially in the Netherlands, and later during his many journeys around the world, Zeylmans began to make people aware of the germinating forces contained within the Meditation.

This volume remains a seminal book that has inspired generations of students of Anthroposophy.

C O N T E N T S:

Translator’s Note
The Foundation Stone Meditation (Jan. 13, 1924)

The 1913 Foundation Stone
The Goetheanum as Revelation of the Cosmic World
The Fire
The Laying of the Foundation Stone, 1923
From the Philosophers’ Stone to the Stone of Love
The Seven Rhythms
The Lord’s Prayer
Concerning the Nature of the Foundation Stone
Man and Humanity
The Pentagram and the Sun of Christ
The New Isis

The Foundation Stone Meditation (Jan. 1, 1924)

About the Author

F. W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven (1893–1961) studied medicine, especially psychiatry, at the University of Leipzig . He helped form the Anthroposophical Society in The Netherlands in 1923 and became its General Secretary in 1935. Later, he was excluded from the General Anthroposophical Society as a supporter of the “Ita Wegman group.” He died during a lecture tour in South Africa.

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.5 × 8.5 in


John Davy




February 2003






Temple Lodge Press


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