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The life-course of each and every human being, regardless of sex, ethnic origin, socio-cultural background, and individual characteristics grows out of one biographical pattern: the archetype of the human life. The life-course of each and every human individual goes through the same major life stages and trials, but each individual does this in its own singular way. This archetypal/individual life can be revealed through the "Life-Chart" included in this book.
The fact that we are building our life based on a universal pattern remains largely hidden to most of us. In antiquity there was already a dim knowledge of the archetypal human life, for example, in the understanding of the seven-years rhythm. However, it was not until Rudolf Steiner described this archetype in detail that it was adequately illumined to enable the development of a systematic approach to human biography, as well as ways to work with it.
The question: What, then, do we need to truly understand this archetype? has a twofold answer.
The exoteric answer is succinctly given in The Human Life: that an archetype of human life exists, even as each human life embodies the archetype in singular ways; and that this understanding, when grounded in a spiritual view, enables us to conduct our lives meaningfully and in harmony with the physical and spiritual world around us. Drawing primarily on Rudolf Steiner's books and lectures, as well as the authors' own spiritual research and other resources, the archetype of human biography is presented in detail and clearly outlined.
The human biography can be fully understood from a purely spiritual point of view. While many spiritual figures in various traditions have contributed to this understanding, today we find it primarily in the Spiritual Science (Anthroposophy) founded and developed by Rudolf Steiner. In order to fully reach to this spiritual understanding we do need, as he so often emphasized, a different kind of thinking than our normal, logical one; we need a purely spiritual thinking, the heart-thinking." The authors of The Human Life used this thinking in writing book so that the reader, touched by this "thinking with the heart", can gain deep insights into his/her own life through what his Life-Chart can reveal. Working with the Life-Chart may then become, for the receptive reader, an ongoing conversation with his/her own Higher Self, with the Genius of his/her destiny. This is the esoteric aspect of the book.
The Camphill Hudson Artisan Shop is an active artist studio that also features hand-crafted items from Camphill Communities throughout North America. We feature a variety of artisan crafts including pure beeswax candles, maple syrup, herbs and teas, pottery, woven and felted goods and one of a kind greeting cards. In addition, we carry Waldorf art supplies, Steiner books, and selection of Fair Trade Chocolate.
Our shop is filled with items perfect for gift and home that also gives you the opportunity to learn more about Camphill first hand - by meeting and talking to Camphill artists in their studio space. You can experience the enriching work being done in Camphill and learn more about our history - but also about our future!