Rudolf Steiner stated clearly that conducting research and sharing its results are essential to keeping anthroposophy alive so that it continues to grow and develop for the well-being and future of humanity. He established the School for Spiritual Science in its present form, during the Christmas Conference for the Founding of the General Anthroposophical Society 1923/24, to foster such research.

From 1904 until 1914, Rudolf Steiner taught and guided esoteric pupils in a formally organized school. During the First World War and until 1922, this instruction was more individualized; however, in the year following the fire that consumed the first Goetheanum on New Year’s Eve 1922, he sought a new form and direction for this esoteric teaching. As a result, during the Christmas conference of 1923/24, Rudolf Steiner revealed the new School for Spiritual Science in the fifth statute of the refounded Anthroposophical Society. In this new form, the ancient relationship of what is esoteric to that which is exoteric would undergo a transformation. By placing the esoteric School for Spiritual Science into the statutes of the public General Anthroposophical Society, Rudolf Steiner indicated the destiny the two would henceforth share.

Following Rudolf Steiner’s death, there was a sense that the School for Spiritual Science had to be shrouded in protective secrecy; anthroposophy was under attack in Germany by the National Socialists and was being forced underground in Soviet Russia. Today this secrecy is no longer considered necessary.

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