Learning to See Into the Spiritual World

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Learning to See Into the Spiritual World: Lectures to the Workers at the Goetheanum

4 lectures to workers at the Goetheanum, Dornach, June 28 – July 18, 1923 (CW 350)

“Truth and striving for truth must taste good to you; and lies, once you are conscious of them, must taste bitter and poisonous. You must not only know that human judgments have color, but also that printer’s ink nowadays is mostly deadly nightshade juice. You must be able to experience this in all honesty and rectitude, and once you can do so, you will be in a state of spiritual transformation.” —Rudolf Steiner

  • What is the relationship between coming to see the secrets of the universe and one’s own view of the world?
  • How far must one go before finding the higher worlds on the path of natural science?
  • Do cosmic forces influence all of humanity?
  • What connection do plants have with the human being and the human body?

In answering these questions, Steiner covers a wide range of topics, from the development of independent thinking and the ability to think backward to the uses of what seems boring and the reversal of thinking between the physical and spiritual worlds, and from the “physiology” of dreams to living into nature and the spiritual dimension of various foods we eat.

As always in his lectures to the workers, Steiner’s style is clear, direct, and accessible.


  1. “The Development of Independent Thinking and the Ability to Think Backward”
  2. “The Uses of What Seems Boring: The Spiritual World as the Inverse of the Physical”
  3. “Developing Honesty in Thinking”
  4. “Learning to Live Correctly in the Outer World”

This volume is a translation from German of 4 lectures (of 16) from Rhythmen im Kosmos und im Menschenwesen: Wie kommt man zum Schauen der geistigen Welt? (GA 350).

About the Author

Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.2 × 8.5 in


Walter Stuber






August 1999






CW 350


Steiner Books


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