A Way of Self-Knowledge: And the Threshold of the Spiritual World (Cw 16-17) (Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner #225) (Paperback)

A Way of Self-Knowledge: And the Threshold of the Spiritual World (Cw 16-17) (Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner #225) Cover Image
By Rudolf Steiner, Christopher Bamford (Introduction by), Friedemann Schwarzkopf (Preface by)
This item is not currently available to order.

Other Books in Series

This is book number 225 in the Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner series.


2 written works, 1912 & 1913 (CW 16/17)

Part one, "A Way of Self-Knowledge" Eight meditations that take the reader on a journey through human experience. Beginning with ordinary experience, Steiner offers ways to imagine and understand the physical body, the elemental (or etheric) body, the elemental world, the Guardian of the Threshold, the astral body, the "I"-body (or thought body), the nature of experience in suprasensory worlds, and ways of perceiving previous earthly lives.

Part two, "The Threshold of the Spiritual World" Sixteen short chapters in which Steiner provides aphoristic thoughts on trusting one's thinking, cognition of the spiritual world, karma and reincarnation, the astral body and luciferic beings, how to recognize suprasensory consciousness, the true nature of love, and more.

These two complete books together represent Steiner's most personal statements about his own spiritual path. He speaks directly from experiences of cognitive research and explorations. Each of the meditations and aphorisms arises from his spiritual research and demonstrates how such spiritual research is to be undertaken. The "content" is Steiner's own, but readers can discover their own "content." Steiner's method of awareness--his path of attention to one's own experience--is universal and truly human.

A Way of Self-Knowledge is a true sequel and complement to the classic of inner development, How to Know Higher Worlds. It lays out in a way that is accessible to anyone the road to self-knowledge and to the world of spirit.


Introduction by Christopher Bamford
Preface by Friedemann Schwarzkopf


1. The Physical Body
2. The Elemental (or Etheric) Body
3. Clairvoyant Cognition of the Elemental World
4. The "Guardian of the Threshold"
5. The Astral Body
6. The "I"-Body or Thought-Body
7. The Nature of Experience in Suprasensory Worlds
8. Beholding Your Previous Earthly Lives


1. Trust in Thinking. The Nature of the Thinking Soul
2. Cognizing the Spiritual World
3. The Human Etheric Body and the Elemental World
4. Repeated Earthly Lives and Karma
5. The Astral Body and Luciferic Beings.
6. The "Guardian of the Threshold."
7. "I"-Feeling, the Human Soul's Capacity to Love, and Their Relationship to the Elemental World
8. The Boundary between the Sensory and the Supersensory Worlds
9. On the Nature of the Spiritual Worlds
10. Cosmic Beings of the Spiritual Worlds
11. On the First Rudiments of the Physical Body
12. The True "I" of the Human Being

A Way of Self-Knowledge: And the Threshold of the Spiritual Worldis a translation of Ein Weg zur Selbsterkenntnis des Menschen: In acht Meditationen (GA 16) and Die Schwelle dre geistigen Welt: Aphoristische Ausf hrungen (GA 17).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780880104432
ISBN-10: 0880104430
Publisher: Steiner Books
Publication Date: May 1st, 1999
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner