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Spiritual Friendship

Rudolf Steiner and Christian Morgenstern

Peter Selg Translated by Marsha Post and Christopher Bamford

144 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Illustrations: b/w & 1 color plate



Published:  September 2018


  • “Their complete understanding of each other and those two great spirits passing into each other created an atmosphere, perceptible to all, that had bearing force and radiated hope for the future.” —Marie Steiner-von Sivers

Peter Selg wrote this remarkable book on the formation of spiritual community and mutual assistance to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of Christian Morgenstern’s death on March 31, 1914. Rudolf Steiner was, for Christian Morgenstern, the decisive spiritual teacher and facilitator of the future, both historically and to him as an individual, which is why Morgenstern wished to recommend Steiner for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rudolf Steiner felt great warmth of heart and gratitude toward Christian Morgenstern, his poetic work, and especially his groundbreaking way of working with anthroposophical Spiritual Science.

  • “It is often said that to understand the poet we must go to his home country and understand that Christian Morgenstern is a poet of the spirit. And to understand this poet of the spirit, we must go into the land of spirit, to spirit regions.” —Rudolf Steiner

Spiritual Friendship was originally published in German as Geistige Hilfeleistung. Rudolf Steiner und Christian Morgenstern (Verlag des Ita Wegman Instituts, 2014).

Image: “The Slavic Human” by Rudolf Steiner; pastel study for painting the small cupola of the Johannes Building, Dornach 1914.

Related Titles

  • The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path : (CW 154)
  • Autobiography : Chapters in the Course of My Life, 1861-1907 (CW 28)
  • Verses and Meditations
  • Four Mystery Dramas : Revised Edition (CW 14)

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Art & Literature ; Anthroposophy: Biography & Autobiography and Anthroposophy: Life & Work of Rudolf Steiner