Practical Exercises for Perceiving Soul and Spirit
“[Students] 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 “anthroposophicalphenomenology”—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 weare led to the ultimate task—redeeming the beings of nature and of the Earth itself.
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