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The Night as a Wellspring of Strength

Sleep, Spiritual Encounters, and the Starry Firmament

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

118 pp.  
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Rudolf Steiner Press


Published:  June 2018


Selections from various volumes in The Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner

  • “I fall asleep. Until I awaken, my soul will be in the world of spirit and will meet there the guiding impulse-giver of my earthly life, my genius, who dwells in the world of spirit, hovering round my head.” —Rudolf Steiner

The night is an essential counterpart to the day. By day we possess the capacity of conscious, logical thought, whereas at night—having left the physical body to regenerate during sleep—we give ourselves up to a different form of consciousness. Rudolf Steiner describes the night as the realm of intuition, a place of deep spiritual encounter, as well as a wellspring of renewal and healing.

With its lucid introduction and notes, The Night as a Wellspring of Strength conjures the special atmosphere and quality of the nocturnal hours, so that the real spiritual encounters of nighttime can inform our daily life fruitfully, helping us to live in a fuller, healthier way. Nighttime is when we meet, consciously or unconsciously, our higher self. We have the opportunity to work with angelic beings and even to access the world of the dead. The night can be a source of poetic and artistic inspiration, and for initiates it provides a field for conscious awareness. It is also a special time for certain esoteric exercises before going to sleep and upon waking.

Edited by Edward de Boer, this anthology offers textual passages, lecture extracts, exercises, and many verses and prayers as an invitation to readers to engage more consciously with the starry heavens and the night realm.


  • Introduction
  • 1. Images and Impressions of the Night
  • 2. Night Consciousness
  • 3. Sleep as a Source of Renewal and Healing
  • 4. Spiritual Encounters
  • 5. The Starry Firmament
  • 6. Sacred and Holy Nights
  • 7. Meditations as Prelude and Epilogue to the Night
  • 8. Verses and Prayers
  • Notes
  • Sources

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    Anthroposophy: Esoteric Studies ; Anthroposophy: General ; Body, Mind, Health & Healing: General and Esoteric: Esoteric Studies