On the Wings of Words

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On the Wings of Words: Conversations and Human Relations: Inner Aspects of the Fundamental Social Law and The Threefold Social Organism

“We live in [a time when] human beings must become independent. But on what does this depend? It depends on people’s ability…to become self-assertive, to not allow themselves to be put to sleep [in their thinking]. It is the antisocial forces that require development in this time, for consciousness to be present. It would not be possible for humanity in the present to accomplish its task if…these antisocial forces did not become ever more powerful; they are indeed the pillars on which personal independence rests. At present humanity has no idea how much more powerful antisocial impulses must become.” — Rudolf Steiner (Dec. 12, 1918)

Gary Lamb researched and gathered into this volume the many ways and perspectives that Rudolf Steiner has spoken or written about the profound importance of human relationships, human encounters, and right speaking and listening for engendering and maintaining spiritualized relationships and interpersonal communication, often referred to as “Goethean conversation” as described by Marjorie Spock.

Equally important, Lamb describes how these types of conversations and social dynamics attained through rigorous self-development practices provide the necessary soul-spiritual substance and forces for overcoming evil in modern life and for the implementing the Fundamental Social Law and a threefold social organism.

The author approaches all of this from the perspective of the mission of Christ and the Mystery of Golgotha.

C O N T E N T S:

Background and Context
Editor’s Notes

The Soul Dynamics of Human Encounters in Modern Life

Soul Dynamics within Thinking, Feeling, and Willing during Human Encounters

Listening with the Soul—Being Tolerant and Respectful of Other People’s Opinions

Control of Thinking and Forming Imaginative Pictures

The Creation of Undesirable Elemental Beings through Inappropriate Speech, Soul Attitudes, and Social Arrangements

Spiritualized Human Encounters and Associations

Rituals and Reverse Rituals as Acts of Invocation

Brief Review of Part 1

In Harmony with the Fundamental Social Law and the Threefold Social Organism

Future-Bearing Work: Developing an Objective Understanding of Other People’s Faults and Weaknesses

The Mission of Christ and the Mystery of Golgotha Related to Key Ideas in Parts 1–3


1: Earth Evolution: Seven Cultural Ages
2: Time Spirits and their Reigns


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 (see right). 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 6 × 0.35 × 9 in



Gary Lamb




February 2024






Steiner Books


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