The holistic paradigm, Gaia, deep ecology, new alchemy, all have a hidden ancestor: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (17491832). At the young age of twenty-one, Rudolf Steiner was chosen to edit Goethes scientific writings for a new collection of Goethes complete works. Goethes literary genius was already universally acknowledged; it was Steiners task to understand and comment on Goethes unique scientific achievement. Rudolf Steiner recognized the compelling power of Goethes work with nature and developed Goethes theory of knowledge in remarkable and far-reaching ways. Here, in fact, began Steiners own training in epistemology and spiritual science.
In an age when science and technology have been linked to great catastrophes, many are seeking a different way to address nature. With a fundamental declaration of the interpenetration of our consciousness and the world, Rudolf Steiner shows in Natures Open Secret how Goethes approach points the way to a more compassionate, intimate involvement with nature.