Findhorn Fellow, Daniel Wahl, on the contribution of Goethe to modern day holistic science….
“The work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has had and will continue to have a profound influence on the emergence of a participatory worldview, which is in its essence holistic. It has provided us with an early example of a new epistemology, which transcends the Cartesian mind-body split and opens us up to understanding the material world around us as it continues to dynamically transform and manifest within consciousness. This way of seeing incorporates the quantitative and mechanistic worldview of Reductionist science into a holistic framework of a participatory science of qualities.
“Historically Goethe stands as a conduit of ancient hermetic and alchemical insights from the time of the Renaissance magi into our trans-modern time. His aphorisms on the theory of nature and science are echoed by the emerging holistic science and his opus magnum, Faust, stands as a warning to humanity.
“Each one of us is left with the task of embodying the central lesson of Goethe’s holistic, alchemical science: ultimately holistic science is about holistic living. It is in this process of individual, personal transformation that we may bring about the global transformation, which will end the current global, environmental, social and economical crises. Goethe was an alchemist and his fruitful creative life bears witness to just how deeply he was committed to the process of his personal transformation. A truly holistic science cannot be separated from the society it serves.”
When the healthy nature of man works as a whole, when he feels himself in the world as though in a great, beautiful, worthy, and precious whole, when his harmonious sense of well-being imparts to him a pure, free delight, then the universe, if it could experience itself, would, as having achieved its goal, exults with joy and marvels at the pinnacle of its own becoming and being.
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