"The Tao...is something that was considered a distant goal of the world and humanity, the highest element that human beings carried as a seed within them, and that would one day develop into a fully opened blossom from the innermost depths of human nature." —Rudolf Steiner
The recent explosion of spiritual teachings has offered countless paths to clairvoyant and metaphysical states of consciousness. This spiritual renaissance, including a renewed interest in Taoism, can be seen as a reflection of the modern individual's need to become aware of spiritual modes of perception and knowing. However, Meyer insists that many of these teachings lead to an ancient form of hazy, indistinct clairvoyance, in direct opposition to clear, rational but spiritualized thinking.
Between Goethe’s Taoism and Fritjof Capra’s Tao of Physics, Meyer guides the reader to the most modern form of Taoism, which is inherent in Rudolf Steiner’s work, particularly his Philosophy of Spiritual Activity (Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path). Meyer traces the evolution of human consciousness, from the dreamy clairvoyance of ancient Atlantis to the modern ability for clear abstract thinking, and to humanity’s newly unfolding clairvoyant faculties.
C O N T E N T S:
2. The Tao Experience of Atlantis
3. The Ego: Born of the Tao
4. The Loss of Clairvoyance—the Dawn of Thinking
5. Skythianos and the Preservation of Atlantean Clairvoyance in the West
6. Skythianos and the Hibernian Mysteries
7. The Far West and the Preservation of Atlantean Tao Experience
8. Two World Historical Tao Caricatures
9. D. N. Dunlop and the Tao Current of the Far West
10. Inner Connection between the Near West and the Far West
11. A Tao Experience of the 20th Century
12. Goethe’s Perception of the Tao
13. The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity as the Modern Path to Experiencing the Tao
14. Tao and the Technology of the Future
15. The Attack of Ahriman upon the Tao Potential
"My appreciation increased steadily as I read on..."—Owen Barfield
T. H. Meyer was born in Switzerland in 1950. He is the founder of Perseus Verlag, Basel, and is editor of the monthly journal Der Europäer. He has written numerous articles and is the author of several books, including Reality, Truth, and Evil (2005) and major biographies of D.N. Dunlop and Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz. He also edited Light for the New Millennium (1997) describing Rudolf Steiner’s association with Helmuth and Eliza von Moltke.