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Enhancing the Powers of Thinking

Rudolf Steiner Translated by Matthew Barton Selected and Introduced by Edward de Boer

174 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Rudolf Steiner Press


Published:  August 2019


Rudolf Steiner differentiated clearly between the spiritual concept of Imagination and our everyday understanding of the word. As living, pictorial thinking, Imagination is a primary aspect of the contemporary path of inner development—the first of three levels of initiate knowledge and cognition. Imagination leads us into a world of flowing, living pictures, a realm of soul and spirit where everything is in continuous movement.

This anthology offers a survey of the diverse aspects of Imagination and imaginative cognition. As these thematically reordered texts show, Steiner’s Spiritual Science (Anthroposophy) is itself often pictorial and imaginative. He formulated many of its fundamental concepts, including the evolution of the world and humankind, in vivid, living imagery. However, whereas imaginative perception leads us to the threshold of the spiritual world, we might also succumb there to illusions, visions, and hallucinations.

This volume, collected by Edward de Boer, draws on the whole of Rudolf Steiner’s collected works, including his earliest writings and passages from his numerous lectures. Its purpose is to stimulate readers to practice, deepen, and extend their own imaginative consciousness. Steiner’s commentary on “exemplary Imaginations” encourages further study, contemplation, and training of one’s own pictorial thinking.


  • Imagination as Supersensible Cognition
  • The Rosicrucian Path of Schooling
  • Exercises to Develop Imagination
  • Understanding Imagination through Inspiration and Intuition
  • Illusions, Hallucinations, and Visions
  • Imaginative Perception as the Threshold to the Etheric World
  • Goethe’s Worldview
  • Exemplary Imaginations, with commentary on The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily”; the mystery plays; the great initiates; the Apocalyptic Seals; The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz; and the Michael Imagination

Related Titles

  • The Stages of Higher Knowledge : Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition (CW 12)
  • How to Know Higher Worlds : A Modern Path of Initiation (CW 10)
  • Stairway of Surprise : Six Steps to a Creative Life
  • Start Now! : A Book of Soul and Spiritual Exercises
  • Growing into Anthroposophy : Four Stages of Spiritual Thinking

    Related Titles by Subject:

    Anthroposophy: Esoteric Studies ; Anthroposophy: General and Esoteric: General