ANTHROPOSOPHY, meaning ‘wisdom of the human being’, is the spiritual philosophy initiated by Rudolf Steiner that is based on his well-researched knowledge and direct perception of spiritual dimensions. He outlined a modern and universal ‘science of spirit’, accessible to anyone willing to exercise clear and unprejudiced thinking while enlivening the feeling life through refined sensory perceptions.
Steiner wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6,000 lectures during his all too short life from 1861 to 1925. His many published works feature his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development. He provided indications for the renewal of many activities, including education, agriculture, medicine/psychology, economics/social order, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. In 1924 he founded the General Anthroposophy Society, which today has branches throughout the world.
Membership in the Anthroposophical Society simply implies that one is open to considering the possibility of Steiner’s position that there are no limits to Man’s knowledge. And therefore, if one chooses to engage in deeper exploration of the human soul, the idea of free will is justified provided only that we have first discovered that region of the soul in which free will can unfold itself.
Steiner wrote in his introduction to “Riddles of the Soul”,
"A person bound to contemporary civilization, believing that we confront all kinds of insurmountable limits to our ability to know, only indicates a desire not to wake up. He wants to remain asleep. But anyone who in a modern sense wants to enter the spiritual world must begin to grapple with inner soul tasks at precisely the spot where the other person sets limits to knowledge. And as he begins to grapple with the ideas arising at this borderland, there opens up for him gradually, in stages, a view of the spiritual world. One must in fact take what anthroposophy offers in the way it is meant."
As stated by Schiller, a leading philosopher in Steiner’s time:
Truth seek we both – Thou in the life without thee and around;
I in the heart within. By both can Truth alike be found.
The healthy eye can through the world the great Creator track;
The healthy heart is but the glass which gives Creation back.