I have re-recorded these lectures, which are now entitled, True and False Paths in Spiritual Investigations" I am keeping the older recording up in case people have that older copy but, alas, the reading is very very fast in places and I apologize for that.

True and False Paths in Spiritual Investigation CW 243, a cycle of eleven lectures by Rudolf Steiner given in Torquay and Devon, England from the 11th to the 22nd of August, 1924. Translated by A.H. Parker and brought to you with the permission of Rudolf Steiner Press of London.

[This is a re-reading of the same cycle that was previously recorded under the title "INITIATE CONSCIOUSNESS".]


A zip file of the entire book.

1. Lecture 1: Nature is the Great Illusion, "Know Thyself" (11 August, 1924)

2. Lecture 2 The Three Worlds and their reflected Images (12 August)

3. Lecture 3: Form and Substantiality of the Mineral Kingdom in relation to Man's States of Consciousness. (13 August)

4. Lecture 4: The Secret of Investigation into other Realms through the Metamorphosis of Consciousness (14 August)

5. Lecture 5: The inner Vitalization of the Soul through the Qualities of the Metallic Nature (15 August)

6. Lecture 6: Initiation Knowledge. Waking Consciousness and Dream Consciousness (16 August)

7. Lecture 7: Knowledge of the World of Stars. Differentiation of the historical Epochs of Mankind and their spiritual Background (18 August)

8. Lecture 8: Potential Aberrations in spiritual Investigation (19 August)

9. Lecture 9: Abnormal Paths into the Spiritual World and their Transformation (20 August)

10. Lecture 10: Influences of the extra-terrestrial Cosmos upon the Consciousness of Man (21 August)

11. Lecture 11: What is the Position in respect of spiritual Investigation and the Understanding of spiritual Investigation? (22 August)

A cycle of 11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner, given in Torquay, England from August 11 to 22, 1924 (the last lecture cycle given abroad). This is an older translation by Olin D. Wannamaker of the newer titled 'True and False Paths of Spiritual Investigation'. (CW 243)

For your convenience, below is a zip file of this entire set of lectures. It does require that you have an unzipping utility of some kind on your computer. For you mac people this is built in.

The Entire Book of Initiate Consciousness


1. Nature is the Great Illusion. "Know Thyself"

2. The Three Worlds and Their Reflections

3. Form and Substantiality of the Mineral in Relation to the States of Human Consciousness

4. The Mystery of Research in Other Worlds through the Metamorphosis of Consciousness

5. The Inner Vitalizing of the Soul through the Characteristics of the Metallic

6. Initiation-Knowledge

7. Knowledge of the Stars

8. The Possibility of Aberrations in Spiritual Research

9. Abnormal Paths into the Spiritual World and Their Transmutation

10. The Influence of the Extra-Terrestrial Cosmos on Human Consciousness

11. What is the Present Status of Understanding as Related to Spiritual Research