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Observing Nature's Secret

Practical Exercises for Perceiving Soul and Spirit

Roger Druitt

104 pp.  
6" x 9 1/4"

Rudolf Steiner Press


Published:  June 2018


  • “[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.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Looking at Flowers: The Greater Picture
  2. A Leaf Exercise
  3. Metamorphosis
  4. What Am I Seeing When I Look? A Self-correcting Path to Knowing
  5. Gesture
  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 Color
  14. Redemption of the Beings of Nature and the Earth: Joining up a Divided World
  15. An Astronomical Conclusion

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