A Spiritual Autobiography
Part I: Childhood and Youth
Trans. Frank Thomas Smith
‘They only awoke when the fire came through the roof…’.
The words of the news presenter jolt the toddler into wakefulness. Arousing to consciousness from a twilight of hidden memories, she asks: Who am I, and where was my consciousness before it entered my body?
In the first volume of her extraordinary true story, Judith von Halle tells of powerful spiritual experiences as a child and young person. Still in her third year, she begins to see the world with different eyes, observing things that people around here clearly cannot see – like the multicoloured currents of life – which her child’s mind calls the ‘magical life-force’ – or the ability to maintain consciousness whilst asleep, or perceiving grotesque faces at the threshold to what she calls the ‘World of Reality’. All the time, she is nourished by the ‘venerable Light’ that gives her strength and encouragement.
As a 10-year-old, the young girl has a shattering soul encounter that reveals the universal source of wisdom and love, offering a pathway to her search for wholeness. In her private thoughts she mulls over existential, philosophical questions such as life and death, transience, love and God. Yet in the everyday she has to navigate between what she calls the ‘day-theatre-world’ and what she knows as the ‘World of Reality’. She finds consolation in the realms of poetry, philosophy and art and experiences a breakthrough in her thinking, but it is not until the age of 25 that she is able to share her secret world of metaphysical knowledge. She discovers a group of people who have embraced an open-minded philosophy in which she finds astonishing correspondences with her own spiritual understanding. Here, she finds the concept of reincarnation, which brings her full circle – back to her original awakening to self-consciousness...
Swan Wings is a courageous, moving and inspiring testimony to the immortal spiritual individuality of the human being, its origins, capacity and full potential.
JUDITH VON HALLE, born in Berlin in 1972, attended school in Germany and the USA and subsequently studied architecture. She first encountered anthroposophy in 1997 and began working as a member of staff at Rudolf Steiner House in Berlin, in addition to her architectural practice.
In 2004 she received the stigmata, which transformed her life. Her first book was published in German in 2005, and she now works principally as a lecturer and author. Several of her books are published in English, including The Coronavirus Pandemic (Temple Lodge 2020). She and her husband live in Berlin.
Published in the UK by Clairview Books, 14 October 2021
£20.00; 288pp; 23.5 x 15.5 cm; P; ISBN 9781912992331