General Anthroposophical Section
Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge which aims to lead the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the world.
to the spiritual in the universe.
Rudolf Steiner, 1924
At the centre of the General Anthroposophical Section is anthroposophy itself, its essence and development - and the "problem of the human being" (Martin Buber) as a physical, soul and spiritual being. The human being can become the question and the content in his or her humanity; from this basic experience the Section develops its various directions of work and focal points.
The study of anthroposophy, its communicability and reception are a foundation of spiritual scientific knowledge and an integral part of the General Anthroposophical Section. The knowledge of the becoming, the living and the changing requires an active reception that builds on an individual, questioning engagement and on one's own experience. The search for an understanding of the human being in its relationship to the cosmos, to its environment and co-world, to the otherness of the other and to itself as a becoming, can enliven this relationship; it can have an inspiring and transforming effect. Such an attempt to gain knowledge as an active participation in reality includes requirements that go beyond an absorption of knowledge. The General Anthroposophical Section sets itself the task of promoting forms of active reception of anthroposophical spiritual science and developing them further in exchange with people, with institutions, with professional fields and training, including at the Goetheanum itself.
Rudolf Steiner opened up a meditative path of self-development towards a deeper understanding of reality in 1924 in nineteen teaching hours of the so-called "First Class" of the School of Spiritual Science - and he held these co-stenographed "Class Hours" in the General Anthroposophical Section. The path of soul-spiritual training outlined in the lessons aims to deepen the human being's becoming of self in knowledge through practice. The searching relationship of an encounter with oneself and with spiritual reality can lead to a growing commitment and connection to the world and to others, to the world around us and to the environment. In the study of spiritual science, the foundations of knowledge are formed for this: a conceptual form that allows the becoming and beingness of a spiritual reality to be penetrated with the brightness of consciousness and from this to shape life. The inner training path of the Class Lessons is the basis of all the Sections at the Goetheanum and their work in the various areas of civilisation. It also opens up spaces of encounter between people worldwide in which this kind of search for knowledge can be practised.
Finally, the core tasks of the General Anthroposophical Section also include scientific studies, publications and events that enable a deeper understanding and the establishment of an inner relationship with the work of Rudolf Steiner and his collaborators as well as with the nature and development of anthroposophy in the 20th century, including the Anthroposophical Society and its history.