Knowledge of the Higher Worlds: How Is It Achieved? (Cw 10) by Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner's fundamental handbook for spiritual and personal development continues to grow more "modern" each day. His methods nevertheless remain clearly distinguishable from the many others that are generally available today. First, Steiner's path of spiritual growth is based on the clarity of thought normally associated with scientific research. Rather than denying clear thinking, his aim is to extend it beyond its present limitations. Second, Steiner recognizes-as all genuine disciplines always have-that the path to spiritual experience is arduous and dangerous, calling for tremendous self-control in thinking, speech, and action. The human being is a unity, and we cannot develop real knowledge without a corresponding development of feeling and volition.
As the twentieth century progressed Steiner foretold that humanity would begin to experience a longing for forms of experience that transcended intellectual and materialistic thinking. A hundred years after its initial publication in 1904, there are countless ways to achieve such experience-Eastern forms of meditation, channeling, remote viewing, and astral projection, to mention a few. There has also been huge increase in people reporting various kinds of suprasensory perceptions, such as near-death experiences and encounters with angelic beings.
In this context, Steiner's key spiritual workbook-reproduced here in the classic Osmond-Davy translation-is needed more than ever, given its unique, precise instructions for inner training, its protective exercises, and its indications for grounding and centering. Knowledge of the Higher Worlds begins with the conditions required for personal development, and guides us through the stages of initiation, its practical aspects, and its effects.