Anthroposophy and Humanity

Anthroposophy is the name given by Rudolf Steiner* to a vast body of knowledge concerning humankind’s spiritual heritage, it’s earthly heritage, and the dilemmas it faces in continuing to become the human race.  Some of what is now readily accessible as Anthroposophical knowledge was, throughout history, knowledge possessed in parts by a few and passed-on to a few. Rudolf Steiner made it his life’s work to elaborate and articulate this knowledge into the modern conceptual form, arriving at it and elaborating it by way of methodical disciplined scientific research into the spiritual world**. With the results of his spiritual-scientific research, combined and cross-referenced with his education and research in natural science, with which he was thoroughly familiar, he formulated an overall reference, Anthroposophy, making it available to all of humankind to the extent it has been translated***. Also called spiritual science, Anthroposophy would be a necessary complement for understanding the full significance of the ongoing discoveries, findings and evidence of the natural and psychological sciences and their significance.  A worldview befitting of all human dignity is encompassed by Anthroposophical knowledge.

Commonly misconstrued and mislabeled as a philosophy or a religion, Anthroposophy is neither. As a body of knowledge, it’s clarifying and enlivening effect has led to many significant cultural and scientific initiatives****, contributions which are slowly gaining recognition. For striving and seeking individuals searching for self knowledge, Anthroposophy is an invaluable aid, engaging individuals as they already are: as beings of body, soul and spirit.

People often form groups to study Anthroposophy, reading together to comprehend over time it’s comprehensive and scientific worldview. Some students of Anthroposophy are members of a worldwide movement called the General Anthroposophical Society, based at a World Heritage Site building called the Goetheanum, in Dornach, Switzerland. The General Anthroposophical Society, an all-inclusive society formed to support the helpful contributions of Anthroposophy in the world, welcomes supporters to join this society, and one can explore membership in the United States through this link: < http://www.anthroposophy.org/membership>.

*Rudolf Steiner (Feb. 27th, 1861 – March 30, 1925), born in Austria, was a scientist and artist of unusual breadth and depth, who apparently cared deeply for humankind. His advocacy for humankind was evident in his many contributions to science, art and religion, including contributions to the disciplines and study of pedagogy, physics, botany, zoology, medicine, agriculture, social sciences, chemistry, philosophy, art, architecture, nutrition, the study of history, and astronomy, to name some.

**Steiner purportedly developed a natural capacity for “comprehensively” arriving at knowledge, a capacity he said was latent in humankind, and thus a capacity that any earnest and honest soul could eventually develop if they so desired. While Steiner indicated that replicating his spiritual-scientific findings is contingent on further development and refinement of common soul capacities, Steiner also said that comprehending Anthroposophy does not require a belief in it’s descriptions (many of which seem unbelievable at first, or second, glance), but it does require one’s own unprejudiced thinking participation to properly evaluate them, along with a feeling for discovering what is true in life; these capacities of thinking and feeling, he points out, are the same capacities necessary for honest discovery and participation in the natural scientific realm.

***Between 1883 and his death in 1925, Rudolf Steiner worked as a writer and lecturer, giving some 6000 lectures while writing hundreds of essays and more than a score of books. (from rsarchive.org/Holdings/)

****Among the many initiatives that have grown out of Anthroposophically informed scientific knowledge are: Waldorf education and Waldorf Schools (known as Steiner schools in Europe); Biodynamic agriculture; Anthroposophical medicine; natural scientific initiatives; performing arts initiatives including dramatic and speech arts, and the art of Eurythmy; visual and sculptural arts initiatives; social initiatives, including financial initiatives.

This local events calendar is maintained by friends of Anthroposophy in Eugene for the benefit of the local community.  All events listed herein have some kind of relationship to Anthroposophy. Listed events should not be construed as representative of Anthroposophy per se, but rather are the initiatives of individuals seeking to deepen or share their own understanding of Anthroposophy.

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