Spiritual Friendship

Rudolf Steiner and Christian Morgenstern

Spiritual Friendship
Peter Selg By (author)
Marsha Post Translated by
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“Their complete understanding of each other and those two great spirits passing into each other created an atmosphere, perceptible to all, that had bearing force and radiated hope for the future” (Marie Steiner-von Sivers).

Peter Selg wrote this remarkable book on the formation of spiritual community and mutual assistance to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of Christian Morgenstern’s death on March 31, 1914. Rudolf Steiner was, for Christian Morgenstern, the decisive spiritual teacher and facilitator of the future, both historically and to him as an individual, which is why Morgenstern wished to recommend Steiner for the Nobel Peace Prize. Rudolf Steiner felt great warmth of heart and gratitude toward Christian Morgenstern, his poetic work, and especially his groundbreaking way of working with anthroposophical Spiritual Science. 

“It is often said that to understand the poet we must go to his home country and understand that Christian Morgenstern is a poet of the spirit. And to understand this poet of the spirit, we must go into the land of spirit, to spirit regions” (Rudolf Steiner).



1. “Your Cross as a Silent Support”: The Significance of Rudolf Steiner for Christian Morgenstern
2. “A Human Star”: The Evidence of Anthroposophy in the Realm of the Dead and the Unborn
3. Easter 1915: Seven Poems by Christian Morgenstern


This book was originally published in German as Geistige Hilfeleistung. Rudolf Steiner und Christian Morgenstern (Verlag des Ita Wegman Instituts, 2014).

Author Bio

Peter Selg was born in 1963 in Stuttgart and studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin. Until 2000, he worked as the head physician of the juvenile psychiatry department of Herdecke hospital in Germany. Dr. Selg is now director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). He lectures extensively and is the author of numerous books, many of which have been published in English.

Marsha Post is senior editor, translator, and Waldorf and adult education coordinator for SteinerBooks. While living in New York City, she was a leader in the Anthroposophical Society branch. She also served on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society.