Sexuality, Love and Partnership: From the Perspective of Spiritual Science by Rudolf Steiner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Some insights I loved in this book:
If we're not interested in things outside ourselves, we will become sexually compelled. The one causes the other. Eroticism is a sense of being imprisoned by the body. The best cure for eroticism is to develop an aesthetic sensibility, to develop an active interest in the environment. You're not that interesting. No one person is. Watch sunsets; listen to music; talk to people. Focus on the wonders of people and things, not you.
The Christ impulse brings three things: wonder, compassion, and conscience. Where these three are, there is Christ.
Women and girls generally relate more with their imaginations, forming mental pictures of people that they love and hate, like and dislike. Thus they are able to have more nuanced perceptions of others than men easily can. On the other hand, Men and boys generally long for something not quite earthly. Their spirits are less connected to the body than in women and girls. The woman is more earthly, which is not a bad thing, but means that her spirit is more present. The man is more spiritual, which merely means that his spirit separates itself from the body more.
The etheric body of the man is female; the etheric body of the woman is male.
One can only really love someone by making a mental image of him or her. This happens through the etheric body. The etheric body is the bearer of love.
Feelings can be metamorphosed. An addiction for feasting can be transformed into feasting on literature. All baser feelings are higher feelings in germ.
When we are asleep, we are with other people in the spirit. When we are sociable during the day, in a certain sense, we are asleep.
Love creates joy for the universe.
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