Death as Metamorphosis of Life: Including What Does the Angel Do in Our Astral Body? and How Do I Find the Christ?

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The particular realities that Rudolf Steiner focuses on are twofold: ...

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The lectures in Death as Metamorphosis of Life address us in our soul lives and speak to our hearts. They make clear the bond that must unite our inner, spiritual work and the outer work of manifesting spirit in life. For if spiritual wisdom does not live and grow as a reality in the souls of those who practice it, then the practical wisdom of service called for by the spirit of the times will come to nothing.

The particular realities that Rudolf Steiner focuses on are twofold: working with the dead (and the spiritual hierarchies) and coming to know the Christ. What these two have in common is that they are both Earth-centered. They teach us the fundamental importance of everyday human destiny and earthly life-not just for humanity, but also for divinity and the cosmos. We learn not only what the dead can teach us about the spiritual world and the working of the hierarchies, but also what it means to be human in a spiritual sense. We learn of the importance of working with the dead and the angelic worlds, both for our own and their development, and for the future evolution of the Earth.

The Mystery of Golgotha is equally important. It must be understood spiritually. As Steiner says: "It is the will of the gods that the most important event on Earth must compel us to spirituality." The Christ must be experienced inwardly, not historically. At the same time, he must be found on Earth-for instance, in human destiny. The more we become aware of what is secretly, invisibly, unconsciously working in our lives, the closer we will come to working with the dead and to the kingdom of Christ.

How can we find the Christ? Steiner quotes the seventeenth-century mystic Angelus Silesius:The Cross raised on Golgotha, Cannot save you from evil, If it is not also raised within you.

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Introduction   Christopher Bamford     ix
The Three Realms of the Dead: Life between Death and Rebirth: Bern, November 29, 1917     1
The Mystery of Golgotha
The significance of the natural sciences in our time
Theology as a hindrance in the understanding of Christ
The influence of the dead and of Christ on human destiny
The reappearance of Christ in the etheric
Death as Metamorphosis of Life: Nuremberg, February 10, 1918     23
The relationships with the dead
The influence of the dead on the blood and nerve system
The principle of reversal in communicating with the dead
Falling asleep and waking up
Connecting the life of feeling with mental images
The relationship of the living with those who died young and those who were older
Compassionate and egotistical sorrow
Memorial services for the young and for the old
The dependence of the historical, social, and ethical life on the communication between the living and the dead
Humanity and the World: Heidenheim, April 29, 1918     42
The influence of spiritual science on conception, feeling, and willing
The destructive effect of natural scientific concepts on social life
The human being as microcosm and macrocosm
The laboratory should become an altar
The negation of destiny resulting from one-sidedness
Intellect destroys instinctive capacity
Instinct must be spiritualized
Perception of the spirit by "bringing about another tempo"
A school should give impulses for the whole of life
"The world's schoolmaster" Woodrow Wilson
Signs of the Times: East,West, and Central Europe: Ulm, April 30, 1918     60
Origin of the word "God"
Earth body, earth soul, physical culture, spiritual culture
The churches
What is it that is commonly venerated as "God"?
The East and the new Spirituality
Leninism as the bitterest irony
Tagore, the task of Central Europe between the Orient and Anglo-Americanism
Rebellion Against the Spirit: Hamburg, June 30, 1918     79
Relationships between the living and the dead
Falling asleep and waking up
The dead as counselors of the living
Lloyd George, Matthias Erzberger, Goethe's development
Faust and Wagner
Mephisto, Lucifer, and Ahriman
Psychoanalysis
Otto Weininger
Max Dessoir
Oscar Hertwig
Gibbon
Treitschke
The trials of gifted people
What Does the Angel Do in Our Astral Body?: Zurich, October 9, 1918     108
The working of the hierarchies in the human being
The aims of humanity in the future: fellowship, freedom of religion, insight into the spiritual nature of the world
The counter actions of Lucifer and Ahriman: sexual instincts, egotistic motives influencing health and illness
Misuse of technology
How Can I Find Christ?: Zurich, October 16, 1918     127
The disease of atheism, denial of Christ's misery, denial of spiritual idiocy
The Mystery of Golgotha and science
Harnack
The situation of humanity at the time of the Mystery of Golgotha
The year 333
The origin of the gospels through atavistic clairvoyance
Tertullian
The year 666
Justinian
The academy of Gondishapur
Mohammed
The Council of Constantinople of 869
Angelus Silesius
Johannes Mueller
Speech as gesture
Woodrow Wilson and Herman Grimm
Reference Notes     151
Rudolf Steiner's Collected Works     161
Significant Events in the Life of Rudolf Steiner     176
Index     190
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