Anthroposophy and Humanity

Anthroposophy is the name given by Rudolf Steiner* to a vast body of knowledge concerning humankind’s common spiritual heritage, it’s earthly heritage, and it’s dilemma in becoming the human race.  Much of what is now readily accessible as Anthroposophical knowledge was, before his time, a knowledge possessed and passed-on in parts by a few: Rudolf Steiner articulated this knowledge into a modern conceptual form, arriving at it by way of disciplined scientific research into the spiritual world, and elaborating it with his thorough familiarity with modern natural science and its requirements, creating a reference available to all of humankind. Also called spiritual science, Anthroposophy is a necessary complement for understanding the full significance of the physical/natural sciences and their evidence in everyday life. Anthroposophy encompasses a worldview befitting of all human dignity.

Commonly misconstrued and mislabeled as a philosophy, Anthroposophy’s clarifying effect has led to many significant cultural and scientific contributions which are slowly gaining recognition. As a path of knowledge for striving individuals searching for self knowledge, Anthroposophy is an invaluable aid, engaging humankind as they are, as beings of body, soul and spirit.

Individuals often form groups to study Anthroposophy, attempting to slowly comprehend 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>.

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; the art of Eurythmy; visual and sculptural arts initiatives; social initiatives, including financial initiatives.

*Rudolf Steiner (Feb. 27th, 1861 – March 30, 1925), born in Austria, was a scientist and artist of unusual breadth and depth, his advocacy for humankind evident in his contributions to the disciplines of pedagogy, physics, botany, zoology, medicine, agriculture, social sciences, chemistry, philosophy, art, architecture, nutrition and astronomy to name many. Steiner purportedly developed a natural capacity for “comprehensive” knowledge, allowing him to use his scientific capacity to describe the history of humanity and both the known and the hidden nature of the human being (Anthroposophy) in a way that anyone could understand, according to him, using unprejudiced capacities of thinking, the same unprejudiced capacities used in true natural scientific thinking and discovery. Steiner indicated that understanding Anthroposophy does not require a belief in their descriptions, many of which seem unbelievable at first (or second…) glance, but does require one’s own active scientific thinking participation and a devotion to discovering for oneself what is true in life to properly evaluate them; these capacities of thinking and feeling, he points out, are the same capacities necessary for open and honest discovery and participation in the natural scientific realm.

This local events calendar is maintained by friends of Anthroposophy in Eugene for the benefit of the local community.  All events listed therein 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 their own understanding of Anthroposophy and of life.

You can contact the maintainers of this calendar website at: rsgeugene(at)gmail.com

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