THE SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE
‘ In 1923, together with the renewal of the Anthroposophical Society, Rudolf Steiner also founded the School for Spiritual Science. In a certain sense, this school formed the heart of the Anthroposophical movement. It consisted of several faculties or sections, such as an agricultural section, medical, astronomical, pedagogical, artistic sections and so on.
Outwardly, the school the form of a sort of university but inwardly, its purpose was a renewal of the old mysteries. The School for Spiritual Science in the Goetheanum was intended by Rudolf Steiner as a new mystery school in which it was possible to obtain insight, through exercise, into supersensible realities. Not only in a general sense, the way you find it described in Rudolf Steiner’s book Knowledge of the Higher Worlds but also in a specific sense with the intention to apply the insights one obtains in a practical way in various professions. In a certain way, you could say that the School formed the scientific core of the Anthroposophical movement.
Of course the word science here refers to spiritual science, i.e. a science that can be practiced only by people who apply themselves seriously to an inner spiritual development as the foundation of their thinking, feeling and acting out of their will in the world.
Central in this school is the so-called General Section for Anthroposophy. To that section, Rudolf Steiner gave from early 1924 on the class lessons. These are meetings with a meditative character meant directly for the development of capacities with which supersensible realities can be approached. In 1923, he had three classes in mind which represented three steps, three levels of inner development. The class lessons I mentioned were for the First Class which was started after the Christmas meeting. The next two classes were never realised’
‘What is the goal of this First Class?
The first level, the First Class, was given by Rudolf Steiner as a path that begins in the world in which we stand and ends with the encounter with our own higher spirit I. Step by step, one takes this path in the nineteen lessons given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 of which the texts were preserved. The members of the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science follow these nineteen lessons again and again, one per month. With each succeeding cycle the experience of these meetings can become more intensive.’
Taken from : ‘The Eye of the Needle’ Bernard Lievegoed (his life and working encounter with Anthroposophy) An interview with Jelle van der Meulen. Hawthorn Press.