New Books 2018
Artistic Sensitivity as A Spiritual Approach to Knowing Life and the World (Rudolf Steiner, 13 lectures, Dornach, Switzerland, January-May 1915, CW161, Steiner Books, 2018). Dr. Steiner further develops and interweaves his announced intention to provide “a detailed look at things we have been considering for years.”
Autism: Meet Me Who I Am (Lakshmi Prasanna and Michael Kokinos, Lindisfarne Books, 2018). This book is for parents and families, teachers and schools, doctors and therapists who are looking for a deeper understanding of children with autism.
Basic Biodynamic Agriculture in 9 Meetings (Enzo Nastati, Lindisfarne Books, 2018). A biodynamic farmer for more than 40 years, Nastati understands from a deep and dedicated study of Rudolf Steiner's work that the biodynamic method was always intended to be developed and fortified to meet changing demands of time. His work addresses the difficulties presented by harmful effects of modern technology.
Concerning the Astral World and Devachan (Rudolf Steiner, Notes from 19 lectures and 4 private lessons, Berlin, 1903–1904, CW 88, Steiner Books, 2018). Moving back and forth between Eastern theosophical terminology and Western esoteric tradition, searching for words and pictures, for the first time Steiner was presenting the results of his spiritual-scientific research to small groups of people longing for deeper truths.
Conscious Society: Anthroposophy and the Social Questions (Rudolf Steiner, 8 lectures, Dornach, February 15 – March 16, 1919, CW189, Rudolf Steiner Press, 2018). Among the contemporary topics Steiner discusses are the nature of money and capital; taxation and the state; free enterprise and initiative; the relationship between employers and employees; “added value” theory and the concept of commodity; and “class consciousness.”
Discovering the Zodiac in the Raphael Madonna Series (Brian Gray, Wynstone’s Press, 2017). Rudolf Steiner described the healing effects of Raphael’s Madonnas in August 1908 and directed Dr. Felix Peipers to arrange 15 images as a therapeutic meditation. These images invite active contemplation and open our souls to divine mysteries.
Elisabeth Vreede: Adversity, Resilience, and Spiritual Science (Peter Selg, Steiner Books, 2017). This book—employing numerous, previously unpublished documents dealing with tragic misunderstandings in the anthroposophical movement—offers testimony to the greatness of this singular individual.
The First Class Lessons and Mantras: The Michael School Meditative Path in Nineteen Steps (edited by T. H. Meyer, CW 270, Steiner Books, 2017). The mantras of the Michael School are, in the truest sense of the word, a path for modern human beings—and indeed not just for our time between birth and death, but even more so for the time after death in the spiritual world.
Free, Equal, and Mutual: Rebalancing Society for the Common Good (Edited by Martin Large and Steve Briault, Hawthorn Press, 2018). Today’s economies have reached a critical turning point. This collection of essays shows a way ahead for rebalancing society through a cooperative commonwealth economy based on ‘voluntary socialism’, with a rights-based state and a flourishing civil society — working for the common good.
The Genius of Bees and the Elemental Beings: How the Spiritual World Works through Bees for Nature and Humanity (Ralf Roessner, Temple Lodge Press, 2017). Roessner elucidates the relationships between the genius of bees, the elemental world, and the human being. Anyone seeking deeper insights into the world of the honeybee will be enriched by this book.
Inhabiting Interdependence: Being in the Next Economy (John Bloom, Steiner Books, 2016). Bloom explores approaches toward transforming conventional habits of mind and practice that have led to today’s imbalance in our economic life and society as a whole.
Karlik: Encounters with Elemental Beings (Ursula Burkhard, Floris Books, 2017). Elemental beings such as gnomes and fairies exist in many folk and spiritual traditions, and Rudolf Steiner discussed their significance to our world. Blind from birth, Burkhard experienced gnomes and other elementals from early childhood. Here she describes her remarkable experiences and, in particular, her relationship with a gnome called Karlik.
The Light Course: Toward the Development of A New Physics (Rudolf Steiner, 11 lectures, Stuttgart and Dornach, December 23, 1919 - August 8, 1921, CW 320, Steiner Books, 2002). This "first course" in natural science, given to the teachers of the new Stuttgart Waldorf school as an inspiration for developing the physics curriculum, is based on Goethe's phenomenological approach to the study of nature. It includes explorations of color, sound, mass, electricity and magnetism.
The Logic Against Humanity: The Myth of Science and the Path of Thinking (Massimo Scaligero, Lindisfarne Books, 2017). This work examines the difficulties faced by modern-day philosophers and scientists who employ “discursive” thinking to explain the mystery of human existence.
Love and the Evolution of Consciousness: A Study of the Transformation of the Human Soul, the Double, and the Spirit (Karen L. Rivers, Lindisfarne Books, 2016). Rivers expresses the imperative need of individuals to walk a path of inner development that can lead to an ever-growing capacity for selfless love. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner and Valentin Tomberg, the author presents insights and strategies for understanding and transforming impure aspects of one’s self to cultivate heart thinking.
Meditations for Harmony & Healing: Finding the Greater Self (Rudolf Steiner, Selected verses, CW 40, 267, 26, Rudolf Steiner Press, 2018). Matthew Barton translated and selected Steiner’s verses, arranging them with sensitivity by theme. In this collection to promote harmony and healing, Rudolf Steiner helps us discover a renewed sense of our true place in the world.
Observing Nature’s Secret: Practical Exercises for Perceiving Soul and Spirit (Roger Druitt, Rudolf Steiner Press, 2018). Basing his work on the research of Goethe and Steiner, Druitt presents a series of practical exercises for observing nature that, through diligent practice, allow the maturation of subtle capacities of perception.
Old and New Mysteries: From Trials to Initiation (Bastiaan Baan, Floris Books, 2014). The trials and rites that took place interest in the mystery centers of antiquity are vividly described in this book. Baan asserts that these days it is life itself which brings us trials, which can sometimes lead to deeper experiences of the spiritual.
Rosicrucianism Renewed - The Unity of Art, Science & Religion: The Theosophical Congress of Whitsun 1907 (Rudolf Steiner, 13 lectures in Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Masch, and Penmaenmawr, 1907–1923, CW 284, Steiner Books, 2006). This volume marks the birth of Anthroposophy as a spiritual movement of cultural renewal, and articulates this activity as the evolutionary tip of human consciousness reaching back to the primordial mystery centers. An extensive color section of facsimiles, photographs, and plates includes the esoteric and symbolic artistic work (the seals and columns) created for the First Goetheanum.
Rudolf Steiner Life and Work (Vol. 5), 1919–1922: Social Threefolding and the Waldorf School (Peter Selg, Steiner Books, 2017). This volume focuses on the three years following the “Great War” and Steiner’s efforts to help restructure society in a way that the recurrence of such a terrible calamity would be prevented in the future. It was a time of intense work, including a full schedule of travel and lectures, reaching out to political leaders, training teachers for the new schools, and working with theologians and ministers toward religious renewal.
Rudolf Steiner Life and Work (Vol. 6), 1923: The Burning of the Goetheanum (Peter Selg, Steiner Books, 2018). In volume 6 of his seven-volume biography of Steiner, Peter Selg focuses on one of the most tragic years for the anthroposophical movement, including especially the rise of nationalism and the seeds of hatred spawned by Adolf Hitler and his followers. Steiner expressed determination to rebuild and move forward.
School of the Elemental Beings (Karsten Massei, Steiner Books, 2017). The elemental beings, who are intimately, intrinsically connected to the living Earth and to the living human race, suffer from our indifference, egoism, and ignorance of life, but they have much to teach us and patiently await our attention.
Sources of Christianity: Peter, Paul, and John (Bastiaan Baan, Christine Gruwez, and John van Shaik, Floris Books, 2017). The three apostles Peter, Paul, and John are the most important starting point for understanding the beginning of Christianity. Each brings a different background and language and all three are needed to truly approach the reality of Jesus Christ.
Sources of Religious Worship: A History of Ritual from the Stone Age to the Present Day (Bastiaan Baan, Floris Books, 2018). In this book, Baan traces the origins and metamorphosis of human religion in historical, theological and humanistic terms, examining its significance for human life on earth and in the spiritual world.
Spirit-Led Community: Healing the Impact of Technology (Lisa Romero, Steiner Books, 2018). With our outer lives increasingly permeated by technology, we are now faced with the effects that it brings to bear on our inner lives. This book introduces spiritually healthy guidelines for lessening the negative influence of technology on the inner life.
Steinerian Economics: A Compendium (Edited by Gary Lamb and Sarah Hearn, Adonis Books, 2018). This book is a comprehensive overview of Rudolf Steiner’s contributions to economic science.
Transforming the Soul, Volume I (9 lectures, Berlin, October 14-December 9, 1909, CW 58, Rudolf Steiner Press, 2005). Steiner’s emphasis is on the preparatory steps— the metamorphosis and purification of the human soul—required for achieving true spiritual enlightenment. Life itself teaches and prepares us for progress, and Anthroposophy explains and brings this to consciousness.
Transforming the Soul, Volume II (9 lectures, Berlin, January-May 1910, CW 59, Rudolf Steiner Press, 2006). In a refreshingly practical series of lectures, Steiner speaks about the nature of the human soul and how it can be transformed and lifted to higher consciousness.
Understanding Deeper Developmental Needs: Holistic Approaches for Challenging Behaviors in Children (Adam Blanning MD, Lindisfarne Books, 2017). Teachers, counselors, and medical doctors will find tools here that can enrich their work with children. These constitutional pictures are accompanied by diverse therapeutic indications that will encourage children to unfold new growth and maturation, from the inside out.
Unveiling the Mystery of Dante: An Esoteric Understanding of Dante and his Divine Comedy (Eric L. Bisbocci, Lindisfarne Books, 2017). This unique study examines Dante’s Divine Comedy in relation to the evolution of consciousness and explores Dante’s connection to the Knights Templar, the Fedeli d’amore, and other esoteric movements in his eternal quest for Divine Wisdom (Sophia), personified in the figure of Beatrice.
Ways Into Christian Meditation (Bastiaan Baan, Floris Books, 2015). Baan starts by describing the steps needed to make meditation possible, drawing on ideas of Rudolf Steiner. He discusses various forms of meditation, including review of the day, meditations on specific words and images, and meditations for the deceased. Finally he describes a specifically Christian approach, using a few words and sentences from the Gospel of St. John that provide fruitful subjects for meditation.