The Anthroposophical Understanding of the Soul

F. W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven



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.

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