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Summing Up

Rudolph Steiner was certainly one of the most important thinkers of our age; a man who should surely go alongside Jung as a great visionary explorer of consciousness, even if public acknowledgment is not likely whilst the present sceptical-materialistic paradigm reigns.

Yet in spite of his great intellect and intuition of other worlds, Steiner was never really able to overcome certain limitations in his own thinking.  He never changed his cosmology, which remained ridiculous; even in later lectures he would refer back to his very early book Cosmic Memory.  He would have been a more successful thinker had he changed his concepts and allowed his ideas to  develop and evolve, which is something Carl Jung did.  Indeed, as we have seen, in the realm of psychological development, there are a number of parallels between Steiner, Jung, and Feud.  All were working on much the same thing - the unknown psychic realities all around us, and the way these determine even our conscious thoughts and responses - in the same time and place.

Yet Steiner goes beyond psychology.  Like other occult and gnostic teachers (e.g. the Gnostics and Kabbalists, Blavatsky, Edgar Cayce, and even Freudian and Jun-gian psychology) Steiner was tapping into something.  That "something" goes beyond the merely human psychic.  It would seem to be the intuition of the his-tory of the cosmos, not just the present physical cosmos known to science, but perhaps of other stages and cycles of evolution as well.

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