Thanks to all for the replies,
I've now done a lttle more reading. From a novice's perspective would
it be accurate to summarise as follows:
The non-material components of the human being are the etheric body,
the astral body and the ego. The astral body represents the soul and
the ego is the spirit. For this reason humans possess both a spirit
and a soul, animals have a soul only, and plants have neither.
Is the term "ego" synonymous with "I" in Steiner's fourfold view of man?
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Daniel Hindes" <at@a...> wrote:
> The closest thing to "Anthroposophy for Dummies" is Stewart Easton's
> and the world in light of Anthroposophy." It should answer most of your
> basic questions.
> Anthroposophy teaches that the soul is entirely non-physical.
> Anthroposophy sees the soul as having several parts, the most
> which is the distinction between soul and spirit.
> The Spirit reincarnates.
> The Spirit is immortal.
> Christ is very important.
> Souls cannot be seen. They can be perceived by those with meditative
> training have reached a certain degree of clairvoyance.
> Animals have souls, plants do not.
> The above are some very brief, incomplete answers to highly complex
> questions. I think Easton's book will give you a good overview of
> Anthroposophy (and save me a lot of typing). Easton was a trained
> psychologist who earned his living writing textbooks. He was
> good at researching large topics and writing about them clearly. He went
> through a considerable portion of Steiner's work in writing this book.
> I hope this is helpful.
> Daniel Hindes
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > Subject: [anthroposophy] Anthroposophic soul
> > Hi,
> > I would like to learn how Anthroposophy perceives the human soul.
> > To what extent is it like the Christian view of souls?
> > Are souls non-physical and immortal?
> > How are souls reincarnated?
> > Can a soul be seen?
> > What happens when a person dies?
> > Do animals or plants have souls?
> > Would someone help me with answers or maybe point me to where I can
> > learn more. Rudolf Steiner was such a prolific author I'm just not
> > sure where to begin. From the (very) little I have tried to read I
> > find Steiner intellectually difficult to tackle. Is there an
> > "Anthroposophy For Dummies"?
> > Thanks,
> > Steve