Rudolf Steiner’s Foundation Stone Meditation and the Destruction of the Twentieth Century
“People who practice esoteric exercises grow spiritually into the future; they experience in themselves what will one day come about, and what they experience in this way is what we know as the higher worlds. These represent future conditions of humankind” -Rudolf Steiner, Munich 1907
Rudolf Steiner spoke the Foundation Stone meditation at the Christmas Conference of the General Anthroposophical Society in 1923, giving it to the Society members for strengthening their forces. The meditation’s words contain, as Sergei O. Prokofieff states, “the quintessence of the whole of Anthroposophy.” Thus, Rudolf Steiner was bestowing on the members the possibility of dealing resolutely with the specific tasks that awaited them.
In this short, potent volume, the author suggests further that “The Foundation Stone Meditation” represents the concerns of every individual of our time, allowing each of us to maintain our humanity in the face of the challenges and catastrophes of both the present and the future.
Steiner said that one could hear the words of the meditation “sounding” in one’s heart. This process of “hearing” will acquire even more significance and reality in future, and can be of enormous help to anyone who opens themselves to it. It is against this background that Selg has written this introductory book: to promote awareness of the meditation, understanding of its historic place in the catastrophic twentieth century, and its critical but latent contribution to the future.
C O N T E N T S:
1. “Evil forces have taken strong hold of humanity. . .”
The Destruction of the Twentieth Century
2. “In times of danger, this unique rhythm is the answer to everything. . .”
The Foundation Stone Meditation
About the Author
Peter Selg was born in 1963 in Stuttgart and studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin. Until 2000, he worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is now director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numerous books, many of which have been published in English.
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