It’s much easier for children to grasp the soulfulness of Nature; hence, Waldorf Nature Stories and Rosicrucian Aquarian Stories for Children, (If you don’t these, worth getting. Full texts available online. First three volumes are best).
For adults already hardened into an intellectual “I am,” inner child work and muscle testing is how to open and widen The Crack in the Cosmic Egg.
When individual adults crack open their own cosmic egg, they begin to perceive the macrocosm within their own microcosm, or in language from the 1920s, perceive the soulfulness of nature again inside themselves; and, as semi-autonomous from their intellect.
The Flower Essence Society repertory book online asserts Goethean science is allied with alchemical/Rosicrucian science. See a pretty good exposition of first-order science-intelligence in the Three Sciences for Three Selves articles on this site.
First-order intelligence, cell-level intelligence, is often contrasted with second-order Cartesian-Newtonian science because the two are in conflict.
In second-order Cartesian-Newtonian science-intelligence, psychology is allotted only symbolic truth, “a disembodied system of symbols existing only in the interior world of the psyche*.” On the other hand, real-world physics and chemistry is deemed a realm of strictly soulless substances. This is what Steiner called “one-sidedness of Platonic thought,” as reported in Lehrs (1951): only one half of our perceived world is alive, the other half is dead, waiting for us to manipulate it productively.
Only in Rosicrucian Alchemy and Goethean Science were vague connections drawn between the living macrocosm of Nature and the living microcosm of inner human experience. The two are in correspondence, not consciously, but only sub- and unconsciously. This is why the connections are challenging for our conscious-waking self to see. Ernst Lehrs also points to Ruskin as having similar insight to Goethe and I agree.
Rosicrucian alchemists correctly intuited how the path of our personal-spiritual growth must unite itself with the external material world. They also correctly intuited this must be some simple experimental method available to the masses. Alchemy was their best guess. In part at least, Alchemy was too allied with black magic to ever catch on with the masses. A Christian natural science experimental method was needed—but what? This gave rise to the gentleman scientists of the 1600s-1700s like Thomas Jefferson. However whatever Goethean advances were made here were quickly co-opted by the Cartesian-Newtonians.
The need and the outline for a new experimental method, intuited but never uncovered by Rosicrucian alchemists, was further clarified by Steiner. There must be some simple experimental method for those wishing to encounter the workings of spiritual laws in the forms and processes of Nature; and thereby, to expand the individual’s knowledge, awareness, connection and intercourse with true spiritual laws and Beings, not perceivable by the five animal senses but perceptible with all 12 senses.
Alas Steiner too was ahead of his time. Time and history had to evolve several more metamorphoses until adequate and sufficient language appeared to fulfill the dreams of Goethe, the Rosicrucian alchemists, Ruskin and Steiner. Continue reading