Learning to Experience the Etheric World: Empathy, the After-Image and a New Social Ethic
Today our world is increasingly filled with feelings of movement and flux, speed and a lack of sufficient time to do what “needs to be done.” Life is marked by change, upheaval and revolution. The authors of this book suggest that, amid this life of turmoil, people are beginning to have conscious and semiconscious experiences of the etheric world of life forces. Yet, this growing sensitivity to the etheric realm only intensifies experiences of movement and upheaval. To counter such feelings, we must take hold of our inner life and strengthen the “I”—our true self.
Featuring essays supplemented with a substantial amount of source material from Rudolf Steiner and other authors, this book introduces us to methods for strengthening one’s essential self. In particular, we can learn to practice the ability to add to every physical perception—whether of a stone, a plant, an animal or another person—of the etheric reality associated with that entity. This process leads us to become more aware of the “after-image.” We can also learn to become conscious within the etheric realm. This work with the after-image, says Baruch Urieli, “is not an esoteric path but is, rather, an endeavor to bring the beginnings of a natural consciousness of the etheric to full conciousness and, hence, under the rulership of the ego.”
Learning to Experience the Etheric World is an invaluable resource for inner development and the beginnings of spiritual sight.
About the Author
Baruch Luke Urieli is a retired priest of the Christian Community and a long-standing member of the Camphill movement, which has many centers around the world for people with special needs.
Hans Müller-Wiedemann (1924-1996) studied medicine in Tübingen following his service in World War II. His focus was psychiatry, neurology, and psychosomatic disorders. Beginning in 1953, he lived and worked in Camphill communities, first with Karl König in Scotland, then in South Africa, and from 1966 at the Camphill community near Überlingen on Bodensee. His key research was in the area of autism.
Simon Blaxland de Lange has for many years worked as an educator for people with special needs. He is also a prolific writer and translator and an amateur musician and gardener. Blaxland de Lange helped establish Pericles Translations and Research, Pericles Training and Work (for adults with special needs), and the Pericles Theatre Company. Together with Dr Vivian Law, he cofounded the Humanities Research Group in 1997 and the British group of the Humanities Section of the School of Spiritual Science in 1998. He met Owen Barfield in 1979, and has been a student of his work for the past thirty years.
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