Understanding the Human Being

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Children and Their Temperaments

Marieke Anschütz


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One of the best and most accessible resources on the subject of the four temperaments and children. Anschütz gives us a guide to children's different temperaments and their role in child character, health and personality development. She illustrates her ideas with examples from home and school, using the context of the Waldorf/Steiner school classroom, and discusses how to use these insights in managing and relating to groups and individuals. This is an fascinating journey that will be enlightening and invigorating to both parents and teachers.

Reading the Face

Understanding a Person's Character through Physiognomy

Norbert Glas, MD



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As a boy traveling to school by streetcar, Norbert Glas often passed the time by studying the faces of his fellow passengers, pondering the significance of the shapes and contours of their noses, eyes, and mouths. Later in life, after becoming a medical doctor and a student of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, Glas gained greater insight into the mysteries of human physiognomy.

In Reading the Face, the first translation into English of his seminal work, Glas begins by defining the three parts of the human face and explaining the importance of their relative proportions. A face that is more pronounced in any of these areas tends to indicate certain personality traits and specific physiological characteristics. People with a strong mouth and chin, for example, tend to have a strong will and an active, driven, and assertive nature. With the help of many photos and drawings, Glas presents the physiognomy of three basic types and analyzes the specifics of the head, forehead, ears, eyes, mouth, and nose.

Reading the Face will be valuable to doctors, teachers, and anyone who wants to better understand, accept, and love others.

The First Seven Years: Physiology of Childhood

Edmond Schoorel



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Bob and I have always believed that Steiner delivered the seminar, known in English as Foundations of Human Experience or Study of Man, as information and insights to be used. It is, therefore, deeply exciting to come upon a book such as Schoorel's The First Seven Years, written as it is from someone who has been doing precisely that: using and applying and developing a living understanding for the material Steiner shared with the teachers of the original Waldorf School.

Schoorel's approach is wonderful - he takes a particular topic, describes it thoroughly then moves on to relate it to physiology and environment. So, for instance, when he discusses "the birth of the etheric body", he not only offers a clear and meaningful picture of what that means for the developing human being, but then discusses what physiological changes mark this process as well as how environment affects it.

For anyone interested in or working with young children, this book is a treasure to be turned to again and again. It fosters understanding as it also gives much food for the sort of thought that deepens and enlightens. The First Seven Years is a gift to teachers, parents and most especially to our children.

The Human Soul

Karl König



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Much of modern psychology has laid open our drives, attitudes, and traits, but it has stripped the human being of all wonder and beauty, of all meaning in pain and joy. Stripped of his soul, the human being is pale and corpse-like. König helps us to understand this missing soul with a detailed study of the human psyche, of pain, emotions, moods, the senses, consciousness, and dreams. A fascinating exploration of the mysteries and complexities of human nature. Very beautiful, as well.


Human Pre-existence and the Journey toward Birth

Peter Selg



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Not only do we pass through the gate of death as immortal beings, we also enter through the gate of birth as unborn beings. We need the term unbornness, as well as the term immortality, to encompass the whole human being. (Rudolf Steiner)

As anyone who has had a child knows, newborns enter the earthly world as beings different from their parents. They arrive with their own individuality, being, and history. From the beginning, they manifest an essential dignity and a unique “I,” which they clearly brought with them from the spiritual world.

This unborn life of a person’s higher individuality guides the whole process of incarnation. It frames our lives, but we fail to recognize this because of a single-minded focus on immortality, or life-after-death, which makes us forget the reality of our “unbornness.” This unbornness extends not only from conception to birth, but also includes the whole existence and history of one’s “I” in its long journey from the spiritual world to Earth. Unbornness—the other side of eternity—allows us to experience the fact that birth is just as great a mystery as is death. In a new and striking way, unbornness poses the mystery of our human task on Earth.

It was one of Rudolf Steiner’s great gifts that he returned the concept of unbornness to human consciousness and language. In this brief, stunning, and moving, almost poetic work, Peter Selg gathers the key elements and images needed to begin an understanding of—and wonder at—the vast scope of our unbornness. Drawing on and expanding on Steiner’s work, as well as Raphael’s Sistine Madonna and the poems of Nelly Sachs and Rainer Maria Rilke, Selg unveils this deepest mystery of human existence. After reading it, one will never look at a child or another human being in the same way again.

Life after death
life before birth;
only by knowing both
do we know eternity.
(Rudolf Steiner)

The Mysteries of Social Encounters

The Anthroposophical Social Impulse

Deiter Brüll



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The author begins from the point of view that at this particular time in human evolution we are called upon to pay particular attention to social interaction. Drawing from Rudolf Steiner·s insights on the renewal of social life, the author thoroughly explores the foundation, problems, and remedies that are so vitally needed today. Included are many gems that can be used in Waldorf school community settings or any place where individuals wish to serve a higher social purpose.

Reflections on the Mysteries of Love

René M. Querido


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René Querido spent a lifetime teaching and mentoring students seeking to discover the meaning of their lives. In Reflections on the Mystery of Love, one of his students asks some of the intimate questions that many people wonder about or struggle with, so that the responses can be shared with a wider audience.

Reflections is a fascinating book, touching on just about ever question I've ever asked or heard asked about Love in its many forms. This is great reading which leaves the heart full.

Perhaps falling in love should be renamed "rising in love." That sexual attraction may play a powerful part is undeniable and wholesome, but the soul spiritual aspects are equally important and will shape the relationship as it develops over the weeks, the months, and the years. We can, then, begin to ask ourselves, Why have we met? Is it coincidence? Is the fact that the loved one enters our life a mere accident? Isn't something of a mystery involved in our being brought together? Poets during the past two hundred years have expressed the wonder of this mystery.

René Querido from Reflections on the Mystery of Love