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Secrets of the Threshold: 8 lectures in Munich, August 24-31, 1913 (CW 147)

Topics in these eight lectures include:

Lecture 1: The first reference to eurhythmy; the fourth mystery play, The Souls’ Awakening.

Lecture 2: Ahriman and Lucifer are both necessary and cannot be eliminated but only balanced.

Lecture 3: Elemental world; the first condition is the ability to transform into a foreign being.

Lecture 4: Ascent from elemental world to spiritual world; everything sensory must be abandoned.

Lecture 5: Professor Capesius.

Lecture 6: Roman letter Ahriman.

Lecture 7: No royal road; each soul has a unique path.

Lecture 8: Lucifer and Ahriman change their roles in different epochs.

This book is a translation from German of Die Geheimnisse der Schwelle (GA147).

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.

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.4 × 8.5 in


Ruth Pusch






June 1987






CW 147

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