Evolution

If man’s future evolution is to avoid being swept into total degeneracy, a true spiritual culture will have to enter ever more strongly into external life. – Rudolf Steiner

Autumn – The Michael Festival

At this autumn festival of Michael there should grow in you everything that goes against love of ease, against anxiety, and makes for the unfolding of inner initiative and free, strong, courageous will. The Festival of strong will — that is how we should conceive of the Michael Festival. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on the path to Higher Knowledge

We must never forget that higher knowledge has to do with revering truth and insight and not with revering people. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on economic life

This limitation of interest to solely what people receive through their labour, instead of what they produce, is what poisons our entire economic life.

– Rudolf Steiner

Facing the future

We must progress, from a material attitude which has entered and taken hold of all minds and hearts, towards a spiritual attitude. For, that renewal, which is necessary to counterbalance today’s prosaic ways of life, can only be born out of the spirit. – Rudolf Steiner

The Christmas Festival

If we rightly understand this festival we must say: That which we believe to be born anew symbolically every Christmas Night, is the human soul in its original nature, the childhood-spirit of man as it was at the beginning of earth-evolution; then it descended as a revelation from the heavenly heights. And when the human heart can become conscious of this reality, the soul is filled with the unshakable peace that can bear us to our lofty goals, if we are of goodwill. Mighty indeed is the word that can resound to us on Christmas Night, do we but understand its import. – Rudolf Steiner

Christmas

The Christmas Festival is the Festival of the Holy Night, celebrated in the Mysteries by those who were ready for the awakening of the higher Self within them, or, as we should say in our time, those who have brought the Christ to birth within them. – Rudolf Steiner

Empathy

The path to the peaks of knowledge and the path to the heights of compassion are one and the same. Only knowledge and understanding -not preaching- will lead to empathy. – Rudolf Steiner

Why reverence is important

A soul educated by reverence will convert its dark cravings and aversions into a feeling for the beautiful and a feeling for the good. A soul that has cleansed its obscure instincts and will-impulses through devotion will gradually build up from them what we call moral ideals. Reverence is something that we plant in the soul as a seed; and the seed will bear fruit. – Rudolf Steiner

Spring

In the spring, physical and spiritual, heavenly and earthly, work together – Rudolf Steiner

Who knows…

We will always find that those who truly know are the most humble and that nothing is more alien to them than any lust for power. – Rudolf Steiner

Perception of Self

You must learn to perceive as your self that which lies outside you. Looking only within oneself leads to a hardening in oneself, to a higher egotism. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on colour

Colours are the soul of nature and the entire cosmos – and we become part of that soul when we live with the colours. – Rudolf Steiner

Winter

In the depths of winter the Earth is more earthly, more truly itself, than at any other time. – Rudolf Steiner

Seasons

I know about what I am as human only when I don’t live along stolidly, but when I allow myself to be lifted up to the heavens in summer, when I let myself sink down in winter into the Earth mysteries, into the secrets of the Earth. – Rudolf Steiner

Human Development

The strength people need to proceed along the path of human development can come only from the spiritual worlds. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on Rhythm

One can ascend to a higher development only by bringing rhythm and repetition into one’s life. Rhythm holds sway in all nature. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on Politics

Today’s policies and political activity treat people like pawns. More than ever before, attempts will be made to use people like cogs in a wheel. People will be handled like puppets on a string, and everyone will think that this reflects the greatest progress imaginable. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Easter

At present, mankind exists amidst inharmonious, disordered conditions. But man knows how the world has emerged from chaos, and that out of his chaotic inner being harmony will ultimately arise. Like the regular paths of the planets around the sun, so will the inner saviour of mankind arise, — herald and creator of unity and harmony amid all disharmony. All humanity shall be reminded by the Easter festival of the resurrection of the spirit from the present obscurity of human nature. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflecting on Autumn

At the beginning of autumn, at the Michael Festival, the picture of Michael with the Dragon will stand there to act as a powerful summons, a powerful spur to action, which must work on men in the midst of the events of our times. – Rudolf Steiner

Michael Festival….a festival for the conquest of anxiety and fear; a festival of inner strength and initiative; a festival for the commemoration of selfless self-consciousness. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Women

Anyone who fears a cataclysm in our social conditions if women are accepted not as generic entities but as individuals should be told that social conditions in which one half of humanity leads an existence unworthy of human beings are conditions that stand in great need of improvement. – Rudolf Steiner (over 100 years ago)

Human formative forces

What the human being sees, what is poured into his environment, becomes a force in him. In accordance with it, he forms himself. – Rudolf Steiner

Reflection on Spirit

Only a person who has passed through the gate of humility can ascend to the heights of the spirit. – Rudolf Steiner

Healing for humanity

What can be healing for humanity can develop only if people find the way into the spiritual worlds, if people do not forget that there was not only one Christmas but that there must be an everlasting Christmas, an everlasting coming-to-birth of the divine- spiritual in the physical, earthly human being. – Rudolf Steiner

Human Fellowship

Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled – thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty. ~ Rudolf Steiner