How to Continue Your Relationship with Those Who Have Died
Selected Talks and Meditations by Rudolf Steiner
Edited and Introduced by Christopher Bamford
“Working with the dead” – maintaining, continuing, and enhancing our relationships with those who have died – was fundamental to Rudolf Steiner, as it is to every spiritual tradition. So, too, is the idea that human beings on both sides of the threshold constitute a single community. This book provides concrete, practical instructions for those who wish to engage consciously in the great work that the living and the so-called dead can do together.
Steiner speaks directly from experience, formulating meditation practices and verses that have worked for him. We learn of reading to the dead and of using verbs (not nouns) to communicate with them. We learn also about the importance of the sacred moments of falling asleep and awaking and of the way in which our memories are like “art” to them. Finally, we learn of the key soul moods to be cultivated: community with the world, gratitude, and confidence in the current of life. Gradually, we come to realize that the dead, and indeed the whole spiritual world, care deeply about every aspect of earthly life. We understand that the earth is the only place where death can be experienced, as well as the only place where we can love and form connections and relationships. We learn, too, how this love extends beyond the physical world and how the living and the dead can help each other.
I have personally used many of the practices discussed in this volume, always with richly rewarding results. I unhesitatingly recommend this book to anyone seeking to connect to people across the threshold of death.