Life Between Death and Rebirth: The Active Connection between the Living and the Dead
16 lectures, various cities, Oct. 26, 1912 – May 13, 1913 (CW 140)
In these lectures Steiner deals with the experiences of the human soul during and after death. On the basis of precise clairvoyant observations, he describes the events experienced during the millennium of the soul’s journey within the vast realms of soul and spirit between death and rebirth.
Steiner describes the states of consciousness experienced by our deceased loved ones and how we—by considering their new consciousness—can communicate with them and even help them. Reading these descriptions, it becomes clear that excarnated souls need the spiritual support of those presently incarnated, and that those still on earth, in turn, derive enlightenment and support from their former earthly companions.
- “Investigations into Life between Death and Rebirth,” part 1, Milan, Oct. 26, 1912
- “Investigations into Life between Death and Rebirth,” part 2, Milan, Oct. 27, 1912
- “Man’s Journey through the Planetary Spheres & the Significance of a Knowledge of Christ,” Hanover, Nov. 3, 1912
- “Recent Results of Occult Investigation into Life between Death and Rebirth,” Vienna, Nov. 3, 1912
- “Life between Death and Rebirth,” part 1, Munich, Nov. 26, 1912
- “Life between Death and Rebirth,” part 2, Munich, Nov. 28, 1912
- “The Working of Karma in Life after Death,” Bern, Dec. 15, 1912
- “Between Death and a New Birth,” Vienna, Jan. 26, 1913
- “Life after Death,” Linz, Jan. 26, 1913
- “Anthroposophy as the Quickener of Feeling and of Life,” Tübingen, Feb. 16, 1913
- “The Mission of Earthly Life As a Transitional Stage for the Beyond,” Frankfurt, March 2, 1913
- “Life between Death and Rebirth,” part 1, Munich, March 10, 1913
- “Life between Death and Rebirth,” part 2, Munich, March 12, 1913
- “Further Facts about Life between Death and Rebirth,” Breslau, April 5, 1913
- “Intercourse with the Dead,” Düsseldorf, April 27, 1913
- “Life after Death,” Strasbourg, May 13, 1913
Life between Death and Rebirth is a translation of 16 lectures from Okkulte Untersuchungen über das Leben zwischen Tod und neuer Geburt. Die lebendige Wechselwirkung zwischen Leben und Tod (CW 140)
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.