General Information about the Anthroposophical Society The General Anthroposophical Society is a worldwide movement with branches and groups in many countries. The centre is located at the Goetheanum, a cultural centre in Dornach, near Basel, Switzerland. The executive council, known as the 'Vorstand", provides leadership and coordination of the world Society as well as the School of Spiritual Science..
Our Changing Consciousness
It is astonishing when we consider the enormous change in consciousness that has taken place in the Western world over even the last 500 years. In 1500 a new world was about to open up. America had just been rediscovered, Copernicus was yet to propose the revolutionary concept of a sun-centred (rather than earth-centred) solar system, the renaissance was underway in art and the Reformation would soon come to stir and shake the foundations of Christian faith that had been so all embracing in medieval life.
Anthroposophy begins with what the head can grasp, takes on all the life and colour of which words are capable, and ends in warmth that suffuses and reassures the heart, so that one's soul can at all times feel itself in the spirit, its true home." Rudolf Steiner "Awakening to Community" 'Anthroposophy' means literally 'wisdom of the human being', and was developed and formulated by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). He was a spiritual researcher who was also a philosopher, scientist, educator and artist and he had a profound understanding of the world and what lived both as reality and potential in the human being. Anthroposophy is not just a body of knowledge, although the 50 or so books and around 6000 lectures given by Rudolf Steiner might at first give that impression. Nor is it merely a meditative path for self-development, but is elaborated and applied in scientific, social, artistic and other practical spheres of life. The goal of anthroposophy is to solve the riddle of the human being. Such questions as 'Where were we before birth? What is our purpose on earth? What happens after death? What is the soul? Where is the spiritual world?' are part of this riddle. Learning about these things can give rise to an understanding of how to live in accordance with positive guiding principles of life and how to work towards becoming a free, independent, moral human being.