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How to Know Higher Worlds: A Modern Path of Initiation

(Classics in Anthroposophy)

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In this classic account of the Western esoteric path of initiation, Steiner leads the student from the cultivation of reverence and inner tranquility to the development of inner life through the stages of preparation, illumination, and initiation. Practical exercises in inner and outer observation and moral development are described.

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Paperback, 259 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Steiner Books (first published 1904)
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Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have put various Steiner books on my goodbooks shelves - and have read more than I can track down here. Rudolph Steiner was a remarkable man whose unusual ideas about Occult History and the nature of man did not prevent him form leaving a formidable stamp on the practice of education, medicine and agriculture. Indeed it is because his ideas have worked so well (particularly in education - I did a study of a Steiner school for my MA and can attest to its success) in practical fields that it ras ...more
Jul 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: esoteric seekers
I learned that the path to true knowledge lies outside of the perception of our normal senses. The esoteric knowledge can only result in a quieting of our mind and a focus on the improvement of the individual within us while recognizing the dependence of ourself on the world around us and the traits of others. The meaning of life is the question and not the answer.
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: open-your-eyes
Despite the seemingly poor translation, the heavy, sludge like writing of the early 1900s, and very little organization, this volume contains some of the most descriptive visualizations of supersensible phenomenon. Extremely detailed, often pontificating, and always slow reading, this book is screaming out for a modern translation, or even a remake. But although it took me 10 times longer than a book of similar length to finish, I have never received this level of knowledge from any source.
Carolyn Jourdan
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: spriritual seekers, paranormal,
What can I say? Wow. If you ever want to read the very finest book ever written by a not-at-all-flaky clairvoyant scientist genius saintly guy, this would be my highest recommendation. It's almost too much to handle, especially the description of meeting The Guardian of the Threshold. And it's NON FICTION. Don't need no vampires to make this interesting. ...more
Hong Vo
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've had this book sitting on my shelf for nearly 20 years. Even though I am familiar with much of Steiner's work, every time I attempted to read this over the years, something always seem to get in the way. I understand now the perfection of timing & the depth of readiness that was necessary for me to receive the knowledge contained in this wonderful book. A must for all serious students on the spiritual journey. ...more
Coquille Fleur
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthroposophy
Practical ways to apply more philosophical advice from Steiner. When I read this book, my life got really intense. Warning, if you don't want to be initiated, don't read this book. Seriously, every lesson I read in here gave me a life lesson as a test. Do you really want to become stronger spiritually? The golden road is a bitch, someone said that to me once, and it is so true. Reading this book will land you on the golden road. Worth it? I think so. ...more
Jun 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I've read this. It is more meaningful to me now than in the past. ...more
Dave Klaboe
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book captured my life for several years, and changed my way of thinking. I did find a lot of frustration in the practice of steiners ideas and philosophy which delves into the deep waters of Gnosticism, and esoteric metaphysics, as I tried to understand the methods. Still looking back, I know subtle changes did take place. The book does require a lot of introspection, and that is why it is hard to rate it as one would rate a book on its entertainment or literary merit.
Holly McIntyre
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
It is interesting to find all the accoutrements of 1980s New Age endeavors in a book first published in 1904! Meditation, chakras, auras, spirit bodies -- the whole shebang. The translation from the German was less than crystal clear, although I do not know if that is because of terminology or the ideas themselves. While I find the text too impenetrable to be useful for my own spiritual growth, it is an intriguing artifact in the history of culture and ideas.
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great way to listen to this book. Having it on tape made me understand it in a different way, and I listened to it over and over. This book really changed my life because it has exercises in it, that when applied, really work! I cannot recommend this enough, for any student of Anthroposophy, or someone interested in learning about the path of Anthroposophy.
Rina Tirtz
Feb 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Reminder that some religious beliefs that are against proper medication have killed many innocent yet ignorant people and those that force these ideals HAVE to stop and research actual biology or seek professional doctors and not con-artists that will lie in your face that your body's bad health is important for your magical powers. ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although the language may challange the reader from time to time, the knowledge inside this book is a real gem for the individuals walking on the spiritual path...
Valenfore Alestreneon
A really, really good book that prepares the student and demystifies a lot of rumors and stigma from non-Occultists.
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wowowow. I didn’t expect this book to be so great. I am so grateful for life to have led me to Janine’s farm in France, where I found and read this book (among so many others) and was able to get into Steiner. What an interesting man. I am still a bit skeptical, but nevertheless many of his teachings are pure gold. And, interestingly, much of it corresponds in some way to the streams of Eastern thought I have come to love and follow.


First of all, here are Steiner’s 10 commandments:

Paul Bard
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This right here is the seed bed of the Late New Age. "Spirit Science" enthusiasts. Weekend reiki trainees. "Light workers" with round-the-world plane tickets, harem pants and deity tattoos. People who think channeling disembodied entities is beneficial for humanity. If this is you, put Higher Worlds on your kindle.

A weird thing though is that, unlike everything in the Late New Age, there's a bit of empirical heft to the teachings here. It's a little bit grounded. And some of what is being transm
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first books that led me to spirituality and still remember its first sentence by heart: "There slumber, in every human being, faculties by means of which the knowledge of the higher worlds is attained..." I loved the archaic language it was written in, and felt like I was uncovering a hidden treasure.

Eager to experience some of this hidden potential within me, I immediately put some of it to practice, for example about observing the forces of death and life in everything. I
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: biodynamics, praxis
This is "occult" science. The pursuit of truth behind appearances is at the heart if any real religion or philosophy or science. This book is a practical manual for training the mind to perceive not just sense-perceptions but also to recognize activities occurring between physical objects. Steiner unfolds a Western articulation of the Perennial Philosophy (Huxley) before Huxley. This 1909 book is an extraction of the core of mystical Christianity, Mahayana Buddhism, and Theosophy. It discusses c ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and challenging work that provides direct instruction for how to gain increasing awareness and cognition of the "supersensible" realms. If you're a materialist then there's nothing here for you; but if you're not a materialist, then you recognize the importance of the mental and spiritual worlds that we all inhabit, even if you haven't really thought about them as things that can be actively explored, so to speak. This book tells you how to embark on that journey.

Why? Because man d
Feb 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What if the internet never existed and cocaine-fueled quacks were given legitimate platforms? Well, welcome to the true sub-text of Waldorf education! If these believers in Anthroposophy simply practiced their freedom of religion/speech/etc. that would be great! However, they pretend to be interested in the education of children, solely for their own eugenic means. Waldorf is a cult! Rudolph Steiner was a drug-addicted lunatic with racist affiliations.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The fourth Steiner book I've read and one of the most straight-forward. Made a lot of good points and always has an interesting and thought provoking perspective. I enjoyed reading this, i like the ideas. Unlike Bees and Agriculture, this is not a series of lectures. Organized as a progression from the starting point as a novice this book doesn't have the asides that the lectures experienced by fielding questions from the audience. ...more
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Steiner's works are dense and complex and voluminous. This text offers a good cross-section of his essential teachings.
Aimed at readers who wish to apply what is put forwards.

This book covers many topics that are often too widely defined in popular esoterics. Like Lujan Matus, Steiner foregoes a mass-market appeal text in favor of getting things clear.
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthroposophy
One of the essential books by Rudolf Steiner. A must for anyone interested in anthroposophy or spiritual growth.
Jan 31, 2009 is currently reading it
If you start reading this and you think "this dude is out there", well, you might be right, but take some time with it. And then call me and we'll chat. ...more
My son starts at a Waldorf school this fall, so I thought I'd read some Steiner. Happened to have an ancient copy of this one on my shelf. No idea how I got it. ...more
Tom Evans
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you want to tune in, this is the manual of how to do it.

Just wait until you meet the Lesser and Greater Guardians of the Gate !!
Joseph Voelbel
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very illumined exposition on the path to initiation replete with discernible truths for the betterment of self. An excellent piece for anyone desiring to be, "A servant of the world and humanity." ...more
Wendy 'windmill'

Read along side doing esoteric work. Very interesting & informative. Steiner gives good views & has interesting opinions. A very interesting character
Shawn Brady
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
German author covers chakra clearing and levels of awareness
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although some would say that science and spirituality do not mix, I’ve always considered myself a metaphysical witch of some sort; one who acknowledges my inner power and ability to transmute energy thanks to meditation and visualization, BUT at the same time; I also want to know why and how this magick is possible. If you’re a truth seeker like myself and have not yet read any of the works by Rudolph Steiner, I highly, highly recommend you get your hands on one of his books.

Since early childho
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