Developing new ways of seeing and doing

There are many areas of professional practice where Anthroposophy has inspired unique forms of individual and social expression, including in the creative arts, natural sciences,  architecture, contemplative practices, finance, social entrepreneurship, religious renewal, and in research. 

A directory of these activities in Australia is being collated for the website, but for now, just an overview. 

The Arts

The practice, development and contemplation of the arts is central to Anthroposophy. But there is no one anthroposophical approach to art, other than that of creativity. However, the aim is not creative self-expression  but rather transcendence of self and a transformation of material substance towards the spiritual.. 

Steiner emphasised the role of arts in overcoming materialism and as a force for individual and social renewal. Therefore, the arts play a focal role in education and therapy, as well as in personal and professional development in any sphere of human activity.

In Australian scene, there are well-established vocational trainings and professional practices in the performing arts, including eurythmy, music, the visual arts and architecture. A list of these organisations is currently being collated. 

 

The Sciences

Goethean Science, or Goethean phenomenology as is is sometimes called, is perhaps the most distinctive methodology associated with Anthroposophy. It is a phenomenological approach to natural science that studies the qualities of the natural world, allowing the researcher, through a rigorous training of the sense perceptions, to understand and intuit the wholeness inherent in the world of nature. Goethean Science is therefore a qualitative approach to science, one that originally has its foundations in the research of poet and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832).

 

 

Religious Renewal

Anthroposophy is not a religion, but Rudolf Steiner did inspired a movement for the renewal of modern Christian life that has become the Christian Community. The Christian Community is a worldwide movement. It is not an ‘anthroposophical church’, although it is the only Christian church that recognises Anthroposophy as a inspiration for the broadening and renewal of theology. 

From the beginning, The Christian Community has been an independent sacramental community, without attachment to any existing church or ecumenical movement. It brings together individuals in its communities who seek to become Christians in a form appropriate for our time.

 

 

 

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