Anthroposophy is an answer to the human need to develop a relationship to the world not perceptible with human senses. Many people nowadays try to understand human spirituality and its connexion with the cosmos. Anthroposophy, founded by Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925), shows them a way how one can broaden his/her abilities of perception and cognition. This process is described by Steiner in his book “Knowledge of the Higher Worlds”, „Theosophy“ and „Occult Science“.
Anthroposophy is not a doctrine but an approach that can stimulate an interest for phenomena which refer to mental and spiritual realities far beyond the material world. Rudolf Steiner’s works can provide ideas and guidance. A materialistic view of life which denies the existence of mental and spiritual realities independent of the material world will reject anthroposophy as being unscientific. However, the fruits of anthroposophy are revealed in their practical results. Apart from Waldorf education which was developed by Rudolf Steiner there are anthroposophic medicine, bio-dynamic agriculture and anthroposophic therapeutic pedagogy which are widely respected and acknowledged.
Rudolf Steiner was innovative in a number of other fields. He was engaged in mathematics and natural sciences which he described as a basis of understanding anthroposophy and edited for instance the scientific works of Goethe. Therefore, the subtitle of his main philosophical work “A Philiosophy of Freedom” is “observations of the soul according to scientific methods”. His method of cognition was far from vague, occult or nebulous. His ideas, which touched almost all fields of human knowledge, are reflected in his complete works of 260 volumes.
Anthroposophy offers answers to many vital questions. Today many people take Rudolf Steiner’s ideas as an orientation for their daily work. In the working groups of the Anthroposophical Society people meet in order to study anthroposophy and to exchange their own experiences with anthroposophical basic concepts (fundamental terms) and working hypotheses. These study groups are also the place where interested persons find activities and events for a first contact with anthroposophy.
Some examples of subjects include:
- Reincarnation and destiny
- The spiritual evolution of man and cosmos
- Laws of evolution in biographies
- The influence of spirit in nature, history and human life
- Impulses for culture, society and economy