Observing Nature’s Secret: Practical Exercises for Perceiving Soul and Spirit
“[The student] should look at the world with keen, healthy senses and quickened power of observation, and then surrender to the feeling that arises within…. This feeling penetrates the superficial aspect of things and in so doing touches their secrets.” —Rudolf Steiner
How can we progress from the ordinary, everyday vision of the senses to perception of the subtle life and spiritual forces around us—the very forces that shape nature?
Basing his work on the research of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner, Roger Druitt begins with a fundamental question: What can you see? He presents a series of practical exercises for observing nature that, through diligent practice, allow the maturation of subtle capacities of perception. Considering multiple species of leaves, for example, leads to the concept of “leaf” itself. After this basic groundwork is established, we can take steps toward comprehension of further aspects, such as metamorphosis, gesture, and type.
Druitt demonstrates how this method—what he calls “anthroposophic phenomenology”—can be applied to other fields of nature observation, opening the way for its use in all areas of life. In each case, whether working with bees, rocks, stars, or color, he shows how we can access the “individuality” manifested in what is studied. Through a thorough step-by-step process we are led to the ultimate task—redeeming the beings of nature and of the Earth itself.
C O N T E N T S:
1. Looking at Flowers: The Greater Picture
2. A Leaf Exercise
4. What Am I seeing When I Look?
6. The Type
7. The Twelve Senses and the Special Case of Thought
8. Glimpsing the Ether
9. Bare Trees in January
10. The Plant’s Place within the Four Kingdoms of Nature
11. Applying the Method to Rocks
12. Applying the Method to Bees
13. Applying the Method to Colour
14. Redemption of Being of Nature and of the Earth
15. An Astronomical Conclusion
About the Author
Roger Druitt was surrounded by nature as a boy, growing up on a farm. Since the age of three he has wanted to understand the world and was fortunate to meet Anthroposophy in his teens. He studied mathematics at Cambridge, graduating in Economics, and worked in computing. He discovered the Anthroposophical Society and The Christian Community in the 1960s and has enjoyed the inspiration of both movements ever since, teaching widely on aspects of nature observation and connecting to the hidden spirit. He is also the author of Festivals of the Year: A Workbook for Re-enlivening the Christian Festive Cycle. Roger lives in Sussex and has four adult children, many grandchildren, and thousands of bees.
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