On the Life of the Soul
The four essays presented here were written during October and November of 1923 (CW 36)
Exploring dreams, fantasy, memory, and perception, Steiner develops here a remarkable, experiential path to higher knowledge. It is a very concentrated work that can be studied over and over.
I. The Human Soul in the Twilight of Dreams
II. The Human Soul in the Light of Spirit Vision
III. The Human Soul on the Path to Self-Observation
IV. The Human Soul in Courage and Fear
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.