Meditation: Guidance of the Inner Life
The demands of modern life are such that many people find great value in meditation. It can be hard to know where to start, however, or how to progress.
In this classic work, Friedrich Rittelmeyer recognizes the difficulties we face and proposes a Christian meditative path, to guide and inspire. His work is based on the Gospel of St John and he shows how the imagery in the text can be brought alive in people’s hearts through thought and imagination.
Rittelmeyer’s inner training is presented with a wealth of practical advice, and a gentle trust in his reader that glows from every page.
C O N T E N T S:
Foreword by Tom Ravetz
1. Inner Development and Meditation
2. Peace and Love
3. Meditation and Prayer
4. Intercession and Relating to Others
5. Hallowing Time and Space
6. Training the Life of Feeling
7. The Cross of the World
8. Meditation and Health
9. Training the Will
10. Exercises for Training the Will
11. Meditation and Mysticism
12. Overcoming Death
About the Author
Friedrich Rittelmeyer (1872–1938) was a Lutheran German minister, theologian, and the principal founder and first leader of The Christian Community. He came to prominence in the early 20th century as a leading academic liberal theologian and priest in Germany and wrote several books that advocated for a socially engaged “Christianity of deeds” (Tatchristentum). During World War I, he became one of the most high-profile clergy in Germany to publicly oppose the war. From the 1910s, his thinking was gradually influenced by Rudolf Steiner, and in 1922 a group of mainly Lutheran priests and theology students led by Rittelmeyer founded The Christian Community as an ecumenically oriented Christian community inspired by Steiner’s writings. The Christian Community is primarily a liturgical community with a loose creed that rejects Christian dogmas. Rittelmeyer saw it as a continuation of the liberal Christian tradition of which he was the foremost representative in Germany in the early 20th century.