The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path
7 lectures, various cities, April 17 – May 26, 1914 (CW 154)
“To perceive the etheric world, we must become much more active, work much harder than we do in ordinary life. After death, too, the soul must be filled with much more active strength than in ordinary life to relate to its environment. Otherwise, we do not perceive the etheric world, just as we wouldn’t perceive anything if we lacked all senses in the physical world. Thus, we need a more active strength of soul to find our way after death and not to be deaf and blind, figuratively speaking, to the world we enter then.” — Rudolf Steiner (Apr. 18, 1914)
What is the relationship between those who have died and those who remain alive on Earth? Can we help those now in the spiritual world? Can they help us?
In these talks, Rudolf Steiner deals with the spiritual relationships that the living can have with those who have crossed over the threshold between life and death. In a realistic, practical way, he shows how an understanding of our spiritual nature reveals ways of knowing a world undreamed of by materialists.
The tone of these talks is warm and moving, clearly drawn from Steiner's own experience and the lives of those who had died and who were personally known to him—Robert Hamerling, Christian Morgenstern, and others.
This important work is for those who are coming to terms with the death of a love one.
This book is a translation from German of Wie erwirbt man sich Verständnis für die geistige Welt? Das Einfließen geistiger Impulse aus der Welt der Verstorbenen (GA 154).
C O N T E N T S:
1. Understanding the Spiritual World, part 1
2. Understanding the Spiritual World, part 2
3. Awakening Spiritual Thoughts
4. The Presence of the Dead in Our Life
5. The Blessing of the Dead
6. Faith and Knowledge
7. Robert Hamerling: Poet and Thinker