The Human Life

Understanding Your Biography

George and Gisela O'Neil, Florin Lowndes


Includes poster-size life chart for plotting personal biographical patterns


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This classic handbook explores an anthroposophical approach to personal biography that can be both revealing and inspiring.  It has been long out of print and we are delighted to again be able to share it with what has become a much wider and receptive public.

Using the Life Chart as a pictorial representation of your own life and following the methods and insights offered by The Human Life, you will find your own patterns leaping off the sheet and into your awareness and heart.  Having done this many years ago, I am still startled at the power of this method and its revelations, and marvel that over and over again, it just works so very well and is so very accurate.

The gifts of The Human Life are there to be worked with.  Please, don't let this just become bedside reading: try it.  Your surprise will be exceeded only by the clarity and warmth this knowledge about yourself will breathe into your life.

Archetypal Imagination

Glimpses of the Gods in Life and Art

Noel Cobb



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This unique book is about freeing psychology's poetic imagination from the dead weight of unconscious assumptions about the soul. Whether we think of the soul scientifically or medically, behaviorally or in terms of inner development, all of us are used to thinking of it in an individual context, as something personal. In this book, however, we are asked to consider psychology from a truly transpersonal perspective as a cultural, universal-human phenomenon.

Noel Cobb teaches us to look at the world as the record of the soul's struggles to awaken, as the soul's poetry. From this point of view, the true basis of the mind is poetic. Beauty, love, and creativity are as much instincts of the soul as sexuality or hunger. Thus these essays praise the value and nobility of the imagination, and instead of the usual masters of psychology the exemplars here are the artists and mystics of the Western tradition: Dante, Rumi, Rilke, Munch, Lorca, Schumann, Tarkovsky.

I like Noel Cobb's outcries on behalf of ferocity, loneliness, anxiety, "the hideous hag of life," beauty sitting in the lap of terror, Edvard Munch's paintings and Garcia Lorca's panther-like poems - let's have more.

- Robert Bly

Understand Your Temperament!

A Guide to the Four Temperaments

Dr. Gilbert Childs



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Childs give us a refreshing treatment of the ancient doctrine of the four temperaments: choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholic. Dr. Childs shows us how to recognize the temperaments in ourselves and others, and how to understand their working in our behavior. he investigates in depth the origins and manifestations of the temperaments in both their psychological and physiological aspects.

Included are fascinating discussions of the relationships between adults of various temperaments and matters of compatibility in partnership, family, and workplace situations. There is also a section dealing with the temperaments of children, which includes helpful advice on how to help them in terms of attributes of behavior.

The Anthroposophical Understanding of the Soul

F. W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven



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The self-conscious human soul participates in two worlds: the external world and a still deeper interior world. As it mediates between these two worlds, an ever shifting stream of dynamic polarities continually moves through the soul in love-hate, joy-sorrow, pleasure-displeasure, desire-dissatisfaction, and laughing-weeping. The author examines these and other psychological processes.

This is a "classic" - one of the first books on the subject by an early student of Steiner. It was at Zeylmans' request that Steiner delivered the lectures published as Karmic Relationships, Vol. 3. And it was Zeylmans who later made it his life's work to reunite the Dutch Anthroposophic Society with the International Society in Dornach after the 1935 rupture - a task that took him until 1968 to complete.