Anthroposophy and Humanity

Anthroposophy is the name given by Rudolf Steiner* to a comprehensive path of knowledge and characterizations. This knowledge concerns humankind’s collective and individual earthly, soul and spiritual heritage. Illuminating modern natural science, and using natural science’s primary tools, Anthroposophy provides observations and concepts of a scientific nature not generally sought for, yielding perspectives that can aid humankind to ethically and responsibly wield the vast data of natural science. Anthroposophy, when considered alongside of natural science, helps to bring the astuteness of each individual’s own human judgement to the fore, helping to align this judgement more and more over time with the realities we’re born into.

Anthroposophy is the result of methodical and disciplined scientific research into so-called spiritual (unseen) worlds**, the worlds that are also the sources of life on earth. Arrived at by using senses that all of humankind possesses, senses that initially give rise to natural science and, further refined and developed, give rise to Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner was able to develop his own spiritual scientific work alongside his thorough academic education in natural science, helping to elaborate this Anthroposophy that is available to all of humankind (to the extent it has been translated***). Anthroposophy can be regarded as the necessary complement for understanding the full significance of the natural sciences and their ongoing discoveries, findings and evidence.  A worldview befitting the dignity of all humankind, regardless of race, creed, color, orientation, or ability, is encompassed by Anthroposophy.

Anthroposophy provides much needed perspective for meeting the current challenges and dilemmas humankind faces while it continues to become the human race.  Although now readily accessible as Anthroposophy, this body of knowledge was, throughout history, gained and possessed in parts by a few and passed-on to a few. Rudolf Steiner made it his life’s work to translate this previously unarticulated and safeguarded knowledge into the modern conceptual form, making it available to all of humankind.

Commonly mislabeled or misconstrued as a philosophy or a religion, Anthroposophy is neither. As a body of knowledge and characterizations, it’s clarifying and enlivening effects have led to significant cultural, educational and scientific contributions and initiatives****, which are slowly gaining recognition but whose impact is great. For individuals searching or seeking for self knowledge Anthroposophy is an invaluable aid, engaging each uniquely as a being of body, soul and spirit.

A key to integrating the practical implications of Anthroposophy, and the light it sheds on the realities of life, lays in it’s scientific expose’ of reincarnation and the law of karma: when these concepts are kept in mind, one’s study of Anthroposophy can help one approach, and make healthy contributions to the resolving of, many of life’s contradictions, without condemning them, including many of the social ills that are exacerbated by our merely natural scientific view of life.

People often form groups to study Anthroposophy, reading together to study over time it’s comprehensive and scientific worldview. Some students or supporters 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.

**Rudolf Steiner described how he developed the capacities for “comprehensively” arriving at knowledge, capacities he emphasized were natural and latent in humankind, and thus capacities that any earnest and honest soul could eventually develop if they so desired. Steiner indicated that replicating his (and other spiritual scientists’) spiritual-scientific findings is contingent on the further development and refinement of one’s own latent soul capacities. Steiner emphasized that comprehending Anthroposophy does not require a belief in it’s descriptions (a belief he absolutely discouraged), nor does it’s comprehension require the capacities necessary for it’s discoveries, but, he emphasized, it does require one’s own unprejudiced thinking and judgement to properly evaluate them, along with a feeling for discovering what is true in life, and the will to do so; these healthy and common capacities of thinking and feeling and willing, he points out, are the same capacities necessary for honest discovery and participation in the natural scientific realm. Conversely, comprehending many natural scientific conclusions of life itself does require a belief in its descriptions. Unprejudiced thinking is something all humankind must strive for to attain, a difficult achievement in its own right, and a worthy and noble goal.

***Between 1883 and his death in 1925, Rudolf Steiner, using the German language, also 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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