Anthroposophy – defined


For some people, Anthroposophy is the rather bizarre spiritual philosophy expounded by Rudolf Steiner at the turn of the last century. Rudolf Steiner was a spiritual thinker.  He claimed to be able to have direct access to the  supersensible (beyond the five senses) world. He claimed this, and wrote down the findings of his “investigations” into these realms. According to Steiner, Anthroposophy is the living process of wisdom of humankind, embodied in an adaptive  path of personal development that leads the “spiritual in man” to the “spiritual in the universe”.


He also documented his own discovered method of developing the senses needed that he said are “slumbering in e ach of us”. He attempted to present this in a generically applicable way, through lectures and published works.

We are at a turning point in evolution where consciousness has an opportunity to awaken each individual to self-aware spiritual experience.  This self-awareness is a kind oif living thinking, a thinking “in real time”.

No longer the “drop in the ocean”, we can sustain our self, as a free ego, and experience bodily and super-physical life, through the development of a clear,  scientifically validated (based on repeated experience) set of spiritual organs for seeing and experiencing beyond physicality.

Anthroposophy has born a lot of fruit in this world – schools, medicine, architecture,  new forms of art, even new organisational theory. It also means  “wisdom of man”.

I’m particularly drawn to Steiner’s book “The Philosophy of Freedom” where freedom becomes a kind of mobile, free inner activity that allows us to develop an ability to see our own motives for action, in real time. Steiner’s philosophical foundations are very firm, even if you don’t buy into the vision of spirit he also propounded.

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  1. Living at the core of all of Rudolf Steiner’s work is his Philosophy Of Freedom. A new online “Philosophy Of Freedom Study Course” is available at Its free and includes videos, illustrations, observation exercises and diagrams to help study the book. In this book Rudolf Steiner gives his principles of free thinking and morality. It empowers one’s life through deepening scientific inquiry and living according to one’s highest ideals.

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