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Learning to Experience the Etheric World

Empathy, the After-Image and a New Social Ethic

January 2000
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  • Publisher
    Temple Lodge Publishing
  • Published
    1st January 2000
  • ISBN 9781902636009
  • Language English
  • Pages 112 pp.

Today our world is increasingly filled with feelings of movement and flux, speed and a lack of sufficient time to do what "needs to be done." Life is marked by change, upheaval and revolution. The authors of this book suggest that, amid this life of turmoil, people are beginning to have conscious and semiconscious experiences of the etheric world of life forces. Yet, this growing sensitivity to the etheric realm only intensifies experiences of movement and upheaval. To counter such feelings, we must take hold of our inner life and strengthen the "I"—our true self.

Featuring essays supplemented with a substantial amount of source material from Rudolf Steiner and other authors, this book introduces us to methods for strengthening one's essential self. In particular, we can learn to practice the ability to add to every physical perception—whether of a stone, a plant, an animal or another person—of the etheric reality associated with that entity. This process leads us to become more aware of the "after-image." We can also learn to become conscious within the etheric realm. This work with the after-image, says Baruch Urieli, "is not an esoteric path but is, rather, an endeavor to bring the beginnings of a natural consciousness of the etheric to full conciousness and, hence, under the rulership of the ego."

Learning to Experience the Etheric World is an invaluable resource for inner development and the beginnings of spiritual sight.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword: Mankind Crosses the Threshold by Baruch Luke Urieli

PART ONE: The Development of the After-image Faculty in Modern Man and the Sacrifice of Kaspar Hauser by Baruch Luke Urieli

1. Cultivating the Social Ethic by Hans Müller Wiedemann
2. Cultivating the After-image Experience by Baruch Luke Urieli
3. Some Observations about the Source Material on “Empathy and the After-image” from the Work of Rudolf Steiner by Baruch Luke Urieli

PART TWO: Collection of Source Material from Writings and Lectures by Rudolf Steiner

1. Lecture of June 10, 1912 (CW 137)
2. Lecture of August 15, 1916 (CW 170)
3. First appendix to The Philosophy of Freedom (CW 4)
4. Lecture of March 19, 1918 (CW 181)
5. Lecture of December 12, 1918 (CW 186)
6. Lecture of August 29, 1919 (CW 293)
7. Lectures of November 20 & December 7, 1919 (CW 194)
8. Lecture of November10, 1919 (CW 329)
9. Lecture of May 27, 1922 (CW 212)
10. Lectures of November 23 & December 9, 1923 (CW 232)
11. Lecture of January 13, 1924 (CW 233a)

Source Material by Other Authors:
Goethe, “The Theory of Colour II”
Manfred von Mackensen, “A Phenomena-Based Physics”
Jacques Lusseyran, excerpts from And there Was Light and “A New Vision of the World”
Alfred Heidenreich, excerpt from The Vision of Christ in the Etheric World


Baruch Luke Urieli

Baruch Luke Urieli is a retired priest of the Christian Community and a long-standing member of the Camphill movement, which has many centers around the world for people with special needs.

Hans Müller-Wiedemann

Hans Müller-Wiedemann (1924–1997) studied medicine in Tübingen following his service in World War II. His focus was psychiatry, neurology, and psychosomatic disorders. Beginning in 1953, he lived and worked in Camphill communities, first with Karl König in Scotland, then in South Africa, and from 1966 at the Camphill community near Überlingen on Bodensee. His key research was in the area of autism. He published books and articles about his field of work, as well as poetry. 

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (b. Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, 1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up. As a young man, he lived in Weimar and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar, known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research, and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education, education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He died in Dornach, Switzerland.