You say you want a revolution, well, you know... we all want to change the world...
You tell me that it's evolution, well, you know... we all want to change the world. --The Beatles
When the science of the spirit grows more and more away from abstractions into concrete life, there will appear among the circles, which occupy themselves with this science of the spirit, a special kind of human social understanding, a way of awakening human interest. There will be people who have certain capacities for teaching their fellow human beings about the different human dispositions... a practical study of the soul and of life will be cultivated and a true social understanding of human evolution will evolve. --Rudolf Steiner, Zurich, October 10, 1916
At one time or another most of us struggle with the questions: Who am I? And what am I meant to do with my life? Charting is a tool for discovering and developing our individuality. We may begin by looking at where we’ve come from, but the emphasis quickly shifts to where we’re going! Biography work has a very forward-moving quality, one that most people find remarkable. The key to change is often a new perspective, a new way of seeing! Charting illuminates phenomena.
Biography work teaches us to approach the exploration of our life experience with the objectivity of a scientist and the soulfulness of an artist. Questions can act as catalysts for a new way of seeing each other, a new quality of interacting to arise. A person who is artistic might enjoy drawing scenes from his or her childhood. Someone who is good with words might work through poetry or prose. People who are more mathematically or spatially oriented might like charting. A nature-lover could use the natural world as a vehicle for self-discovery. Biography work is not analytical but rather phenomenological: we are encouraged simply to foster interest in our own, and other’s, experiences. Everything “speaks.” Our task—our need really—is to listen well.