Paths to Pure Thinking

The Development of Pure Thinking

Pure thinking leads to the discovery of freedom and leads us to the realm of spirit.

The moment pure thinking is experienced as will, man's attitude becomes that of an artist.

Pure Thinking

When is an action free?

When it has its origin in pure thinking.

These pure thoughts are ones that don't refer to perceptible things.

We think, but in our thinking there is nothing but will.

Out of pure thinking there can flow impulses to moral action that are no longer determined by anything but pure spirit.

The deed is determined purely and simply by its own ideal content.

We must purify our thinking and mold it, into will.

To this end we must make our individuality stronger and stronger, and this happens when we work our way through to pure thinking.

Try for once really to think actively and you will see how the heart is engaged.

For through active thinking we are able to bring force into our thinking – the force of a stout heart.

Study of Mathematics

Countless philosophers have expounded the view that pure thinking does not exist.

Philosophers who maintain this have never really studied mathematics.

Pure thinking is a fact demonstrated in the inner experience of mathematics.

Mathematical thought is thought detached from the sense world, and as it is entirely based upon rules of reason that are universal it offers a union with reality.

Mathematical thinking streams up entirely from our inner being.

Mathematics is training in pure thinking.

Study of Spiritual Science

A sure way to attain sense-free thinking is to let one’s thinking lay hold of the facts of the higher world, communicated in spiritual science.

Pure thoughts are ones that don't refer to perceptible things, such as basic theosophical teachings about man's make-up, existence between death and life, earth evolution, etc.

These facts cannot be observed with the physical senses.

The path that leads to sense-free thinking by way of the communications of spiritual science is thoroughly reliable and sure.

But someone may ask: How can I trust what spiritual researcher’s say, when I cannot see it for myself?

There is, however, another path that is even more sure, and above all more exact; at the same time, it is for many people also more difficult.

This path in is set forth in The Philosophy of Freedom.

In The Philosophy of Freedom you will find nothing at all that is derived from communications of spiritual science.

It testifies to the fact that pure thinking, working within itself alone, can throw light on the great questions of life — questions concerning the universe and man.

Within this book thinking is experienced in a way that makes it impossible for a person involved in it to have any other impression, when he is living in thought, he is living in the cosmos.

This relatedness to cosmic mysteries is the red thread running through the book.

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment describes a safe path leading to the supersensible.

But the path outlined in Knowledge of the Higher Worlds is above all for those who are not dedicated to science.

The content of The Philosophy of Freedom is not contrived or the results of mystical superstition, but rather in the strictest sense the result of introspective observation according to the scientific method.

“I was not setting forth a doctrine, but simply recording inner experiences through which I had actually passed. And I reported them just as I experienced them.”

The path into the supersensible presented in The Philosophy of Freedom is a kind of precondition for the cognitional striving of science.

It is a path for all those who would strive to fulfill the social and cognitional needs of our age and to become active in those realms.

The Philosophy of Freedom

“The primary purpose of my book (The Philosophy of Freedom) is to serve as thought training, training in the sense that the special way of both thinking and entertaining these thoughts is such as to bring the soul life of the reader into motion in somewhat the way that gymnastics exercise their limbs.”

Rudolf Steiner declares, “The intention in my Philosophy of Freedom is that the reader must lay hold --with his own thinking activity-- page by page,…

…that the book itself is only a sort of musical score, and that one must read this score through inner thinking activity in order to progress continually, out of his own resources, from thought to thought.

In this book, the reader’s cooperative effort is counted upon; and, furthermore, what the soul becomes when it shares in such thinking activity is also taken into account.

One who does not avow to himself, when he has completed the study of this book, that, through the thinking effort of his own mind, he laid hold of himself in an element of the life of the soul in which he had never before grasped himself,…

…who does not sense that he was in a manner been lifted above his ordinary way of thinking into a thinking free of the sensible…

…and that he moves altogether in this, so that he feels that he has become ‘free’ in his thinking from the limitations of the corporeal nature,…

--such a person has not really read in the true sense of the word this Philosophy of Freedom.

One who cannot make this avowal has not understood it in its essence.

It must be possible to say to oneself: ‘Now I know, through this effort of my mind in thinking, what pure thinking really is.’”

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Hi every one I have a simple qustion in my mind WHAT IS PRACTICLLY THINKING ? HOW YOU DEFINE THINKING ? THANK YOU TAZ


just in case u were being serious, if you did not want to read a book, then you would have to share yourself to show someone how they would best define a soul ability such as thinking for your best understanding


Taz, you know how like if you told a joke that i didn't like but we were buddies and I'd say, "Hey, man, that was practically a joke" as a friendly way to poke at you...? That's the same thing with meaning of "practically thinking"..... On another note, does the guy running this website still see Obama as one of the greatest embodiments of The Philosophy of Freedom?

Obama vs Romney

The ethical individualist is empowered by high ideals, imaginatively translates these into a specific goal of action, and uses technique based on the knowledge of science. Lets compare Obama to Romney. Obama begins with high ideals while Romney will say anything to get elected, Obama forms a picture of action like reforming healthcare while Romney will tell us his specific actions after the election. When it comes to using scientific knowledge to achieve your goals Romney may be better as ever since Carl Rove Republicans are masters at using scientific marketing practices to persuade voters to vote against their own interests, just as corporate advertisers convince people to live an unhealthy life against their interests.

If you compare Obama purely to an ideal of the perfect person I think he scores high except in moral technique which involves a more distasteful task of getting things through Congress. He didn't realize that you can't work with people who refuse to work with you, rather he denied the facts and held to his high ideal of people putting the country before political party. Republicans operate from a lower level of development that requires they be treated accordingly, which Obama has up till recently has refused to do. If he has learned his lesson his second term will be more successful.


an "ethical individualist", in Steiner's terms, is someone who is using their redeemed life body which would be called life-spirit. Obama redeeming his etheric? Personally haven't seen any evidence of that.


or you get an answer like this

I was struck by this line:

I was struck by this line: "To this end we must make our individuality stronger and stronger, and this happens when we work our way through to pure thinking."

What does "to make your personality stronger" mean?

Plus: I always come here to read this kind of lines. It motivates me to go back to POF and read it. I read it a lot this past 6 months. And I can confirm the affirmation about what it does to my heart. A current of "aliveness", sometimes like little pains appear while I delve in a line, sometimes long past events from my life are seen in a new light, and I surely become someone else after each session of reading it.

Once in a while, the moral impulses come. But for now I don't understand, what makes them come - as I always feel a bit out of my physical body when I read it, but I don't always feel this Good moralic impulse. When I do the interaction with people goes idealistic. And even they are transformed, and can't react in the usual way.

I used to go to a gym years ago. It was a volition thing: lifting weights and things like that. I was going 3 days per week. And recently I realized I should do the gym-thinking session 3 days per week.

Sometimes I can't do it anymore. I feel like my head is sick. It had enough of thinking and I can't go on. But I wait patiently for the next encounter with the book. All the concepts are being transformed again and again, and I'm thinking that's why I'm not in the mood to read it. And then I just think this one line again and again till I make it sound deep into my being. could write books about the life one has with this book.

Amazing comment, please write more


" could write books about the life one has with this book."

I found your comment to be one of the best personal sharing comments by someone who has achieved the deeper study of The Philosophy Of Freedom. This is a real talent to be able to put this experience in words. I hope that you would share more for the sake of the many readers who want to find a more personal experience of Steiner's book. I invite you to become a regular writer on this site or have some other way to express yourself. Please use the website contact link to email me.

Tom Last